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HAZLETON Laws meantto crack down on illegal immi-grants working or living inHazleton are on the books inLuzerne County’s second larg-est city, but another court ruling issued Friday means it still can’tenforce them.A federal appeals court reaf-firmed its previous decision bar-ring Hazleton from enforcing laws targeting immigrants whoare in the United States illegally. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia issuedthe decision Friday.It was a ruling it made oncebefore, but the U.S. SupremeCourt ordered the lower levelcourt to review it once more. The ordinances the city enact-ed in 2006 sought to deny per-mits to businesses that hire peo-ple in the country illegally andfine landlords who rent to them.Because of an injunction againstthe city, the laws remain on thebooks but not used.Current Hazleton MayorJoseph Yannuzzi and hispredecessor, now U.S. Rep.Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton,both said on Friday thatthe ruling was not whatthey were hoping to see.“We’re disappointed,”Yannuzzi said, noting thatthe case now heads backto the Supreme Court. “Thisneeds a conclusion one way orthe other.”Barletta said: “I’m disap-pointed, but it can’t end here. This fight must go back to thehighest court in the country. Ibelieve the Hazleton ordinanceis not only constitutional buta common-sense approach to aproblem that the fed-eral government hasturned a blind eye to.”“I created this ordi-nance while I wasmayor because I haveseen first-hand the tollillegal immigration hason communities,” hesaid. “Our populationin Hazleton grew by50 percent, but our tax revenueremained the same. Small citiescan’t withstand the drain illegalimmigration has on them.”Barletta advocated for themeasures after two crimes werecommitted the same day in hiscity, both allegedly involvin
Current, formerHazleton mayorsdisappointed infederal appealscourt decision.
HAZLE TWP. Two dozenGreater Hazleton YMCA/YWCAday campers were injured Fridaywhen the school bus they were inwas rear-ended by a tractor-trail-er, causing officials to close thesouthbound lanes of Interstate81 for more than two hours. Anadult staff member was moreseriously injured and taken to anAllentown hospital. The crash occurred at about10:15 a.m. when the truck hitthe bus from behind in the south-bound lanes of the highway nearmile marker 139.5, state policesaid.A Mazda three-passenger vehi-cle also was involved in the crash,said state police at Frackville, butthey did not indicate how, add-ing that more details would bereleased at a later time. Policesaid 39 children and eight adultswere on the bus, two people werein the Mazda and one person wasin the truck.A second bus full of day-camp-ers was behind the truck whenthe crash occurred but was notinvolved in the crash, said SueFarley, CEO of the HazletonYMCA/YWCA. No one on thatbus was injured, but the chil-dren on it were transported toHazleton General as well to facil-itate coordinating with parentsand guardians of the children.When initial reports of thecrash were being relayed on thepolice scanner, the request foremergency responders was for a“mass casualty incident.”Hospital administrators didnot call an internal disaster drill,“but we went through the samemotions,” said Jane A. Danish,director of AdministrativeServices and CommunityRelations for the GreaterHazleton Health Alliance.Hospital staffers who were notscheduled to work, staffers work-ing on other floors of the hospi-tal and all available surgeons andpediatricians were called to theEmergency Department. A make-shift triage area was set up in thehospital chapel and an unoccu-pied area nearby.Several ambulances transport-ed children to Hazleton GeneralHospital. Two children were seenwalking from one ambulance intothe hospital while other childrenwere taken into the hospital onSCRANTON U.S.Rep. Matt Cartwrightisn’t opposed to fracking,he just wants to makesure it is done safely andwith minimal risk to theenvironment. That was the mes-sage from the MoosicDemocrat Friday after-noon following a pressconference on a bill he isco-sponsoring that wouldclose a loophole exempt-ing oil and gas companiesfrom having to complywith hazardous wastedisposal standards enact-ed a generation ago.He was at pains tounderscore the pointafter demonstratorKurt Shotko greetedthe gathering outsideCartwright’s Wyoming Avenue office with asign opposing hydraulicfracturing — commonlydubbed fracking theprocess by which drillerspump large quantities of water, sand and chemi-cals into the earth to frac-ture rock to extract gasand oil.“It is not my purposeto end fracking in theUnited States,” saidCartwright. “I see frack-ing as an opportunityfor the U.S. to developan energy source thatcreates a much smallerfootprint than something like coal an energysource that will help us todevelop energy indepen-dence.”Cartwright and Rep.Jared Huffman, D-Calif.,this week introducedthe Closing Loopholesand Ending Arbitraryand Needless Evasion of Regulations (CLEANER)Act, which aims to elimi-nate a hazardous wasteexemption that wasadded onto the ResourceConservation andRecovery Act (RCRA) in1980, Cartwright said.“We need to close thisloophole so that oil andgas companies play bythe same rules as every-one else,co-sponsor
Proposal wouldforce oil andgas companies to comply withstandardsenacted in 1980
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An adult involved in Friday’s school bus/tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 81 southbound in Hazle Township is taken by stretcher to an awaiting ambulance.
Children hurt in school bus crash
PITTSTON TWP.  The building has a food-service-grade kitchenand plenty of clearedspace in the backyard fora garden. There’s a shedfor smokers, and thebuilding sits two doorsdown from The VeteransCoalition internationalheadquarters. The former nightclub, The Staircase on thePittston Bypass, has allthe makings of a VeteransCoalition Beacon Houseto serve homeless veter-ans, organizers say. Butthe township won’t letthem have it.After a two-year-long zoning code update,the property along thePittston Bypass is zonedB-2 and, according to thenew code, does not allowresidency, said town-ship Administrator JohnBonita. The Beacon Houseprogram works to reducemilitary veteran home-lessness and lets veter-ans stay for up to twoyears as they learn jobskills and find employ-ment. In another track,veterans 75 and oldercan stay long-term inprivate rooms, so per-mission for residencyis a must. There are 25Beacon Houses in NewYork and two in SouthDakota. The zoning codewas approved after thecoalition made signifi-cant planning progress,said President Peter J.Forbes. The volunteernonprofit organizationhad secured funding tobuy the property, which
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Acar gets loaded onto awrecker truckfollowing aThursdayafternoon crash on state Route 309 in KingstonTownship,snarl-ing traffic through the area known as‘the rock cut.’State police were investigating.
Vehiclewrecks,causing tie-up
Mario Bevilacqua and KatieGraziosi,at left,of theWhatthe Fork food truck fromScranton,appear Friday witho-hosts Kelly Ripa and MichaelStrahan on‘LIVE with Kelly andMichael.’The area residents,who had help from the co-hostsin making their pulled-porktacos,were among 10 foodtruck operators competing in“LIVE’sTruckinAmazing Cook-Off.Viewers have 48 hoursfrom the end of the show tovote for their favorite truck onthe show’s website.On Monday,Ripa and Strahan will announcethe four food trucks thatreceived the highest onlineratings.After another audiencevote,the top two will competein front of the audience in earlyAugust for the $20,000 grandprize.
Area food truck gets taste of national spotlight
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Divorces sought and led in theLuzerne County Prothonotary’sOce fromJuly 15 through 26:
• GaryWilliams,unknown
address,and LindaWilliams,unknown address
Joanna Cook,Forty Fort,and
Henry Cook,Forty Fort
• Kim Lonsdale,Wilkes-Barre,
and Robert Lonsdale,Wilkes-Barre
Ana Slotterback,Hazleton,
andAndrew Slotterback,Thornhurst
• Patrick Haggerty,Pittston,
and Leeann Haggerty,Wilkes-Barre
• Stephen Casterline,
Plymouth,and DesireeCasterline,Nanticoke
• Courtney Dymond,Dallas,
andTimothy Dymond,Kingston
• Diane Con,MountainTop,
and Daniel Con,MountainTop
• Erica Conahan,Kingston,and
Michael Conahan,Kingston
Timothy Ott,Wilkes-Barre,
andTammie Ott,Ashley
• MarkWorzel,Exeter,and
Tammy Oeller-Worzel,PlainsTownship
Jonathan Grover,Wyoming,
and Dawn Grover,Wilkes-Barre
Tracey Sutli,unknown
address,and Ned Sutli,Benton
• Geln Hicks,Hazleton,and
Charles Hicks,Hazleton
Amy Petrucci,Pittston,and
Salvatore Petrucci,SimiValley,Calif.
• CarlosTavers,Hazleton,and
Neidy Ozuna,Springeld,Mass.
Shannon Mills,Yatesville,andTravisJ.Mills,YatesvilleJeremy Boyko,West Pittston,
and Mandy McCarley,Kingston
• Crystal Rist,Wilkes-Barre,
andWilliam Rist,Scranton
• Kristine Candrill,Dallas,and
Peter Candrill,Kalaheo,Hawaii
Jason Carey,Wilkes-Barre,
and Rosemary Carey,Wister,Okla.Marriage license applicationsled in the Luzerne CountyRegister ofWills Oce fromJuly 15 through 26:
• Peter Christopher Monka
Jr.,Charlotte,N.C.,and KellyMcNulty,Charlotte,N.C.
• DavidArthur Davis,Harveys
Lake,and KellyAnn Semanek,Harveys Lake
Barre,and HidayaAssaf,Paterson,N.J.
• Sidney LesterWilliamsJr.,
Wilkes-Barre,and MontressaClayrenda Canty-Smith,Wilkes-Barre
• Michael Pacheco,Hazleton,
andJeamy Santiago,Hazleton
Wilson Rodriguez Ruiz,
Hazleton,and Blanca RejonMartinez,Hazleton
• Israel CarmonaJr.,Hazleton,
and Olivia Grace D’Amato,Hazleton
• David M.Adamczyk Sr.,
MountainTop,and ChristineKay Skatuler,MountainTop
Tony Dupiton,Wilkes-Barre,
and Francesse Glaude,Wilkes-Barre
ToddJoseph Kuna,Inkerman,
andAlicia Olshefski,Inkerman
• Ronald Lee Heil,Hamilton,
N.J.,and BrendaZaa,Luzerne
• Patrick Paul Conahan,
MountainTop,and MarieElizabeth Brozowski,PlainsTownship
• DerekWayneThomas,Exeter,
andVictoria Lyn Stuccio,Swoyersville
• Eric BruceWagner,Mauldin,
S.C.,and Sarah HelenAbrams,Mauldin,S.C.
Aloysious Sennett,Kingston,
andAshley M.Pochekailo,Kingston
•Vitali Pushkar-Verbitsky,
MountainTop,and LeandraDiane Pszeniczny,MountainTop
• Robert David Ozborne,
HanoverTownship,andJenelleElizabeth Price,HanoverTownship
• Frank HubertAllenJr.,
Kingston,and SaraJaneWanyo,Kingston
Thomas George Kauker,White
Haven,and LeeanneJarick,White Haven
• BrianJoseph Bechtold,Avoca,
and Mary Kathryn Dudascik,Dallas
• David EdwinWilliams
• Sean Michael Kosek,Ashley,
andZeneida Diaz,Wilkes-Barre
• Shawn David Skelton,Harveys
Lake,and Maura Larue Culkin,MountainTop
• KyleAllenJones,Hazleton,
and Meghan Lynn Formica,Hazleton
Arthur StephenWood,Wilkes-
Barre,and Pamela ShaeTaylor,Plymouth
Andres Diaz Gonzalez,
Hazleton,and EstherValerio,Hazleton
Joseph Michael Farrell
III,HanoverTownship,andDawn Nicole Sikora,HanoverTownship
• MatthewThomas Langan,
Yeninas,Plymouth• RobertJames GolaJr.,
Harding,andJamie LeeHungarter,Harding
Socrate K.CalderonZoquier,
Hazleton,and Katia M.TaverasUrena,Hazleton
TimothyJoseph Fox,Drums,
and Candin Lee Streit,Drums
• Sean Heidecker,Hazle
Township,and MelissasAnnPotts,HazleTownship
WilliamAlbert Ramm,
HanoverTownship,and CarolAnn Morris,HanoverTownship
• Kyle Nathan Gemberling,
Harveys Lake,and CharleenAmanda Rose Fisher,HarveysLake
• Michael Charles Musial
Jr.,Kingston,and Mary LynnPiontek,Kingston
JonathanAllen Lang,
MountainTop,and KellyMargaret Scherer,MountainTop
• Francis Charron,Dallas,and
Tara Matlock,Dallas
• DewaineArthur Brown,
Wilkes-Barre,and Brandi LynnGabriele,Wilkes-Barre
• GermanAdan Oliva Morales,
• Shawn David Myers,
Nanticoke,and Lauren Burgio,Nanticoke
• Leo G.Nalaschi,Pittston,and
Christine Marie Cairl,Pittsotn
Jerey Paul StewardJr.,Bear
CreekTownship,and KaitlynNicoleWaclawski,Wilkes-Barre
JereyJohn Piazza,Pittston,and KrisaAnnYurko,PittstonWilliam HenryZych,West
Hazleton,andJoann MichelleConrad,West Hazleton
• Mauricio Gabriel Larrosa,
Wilkes-Barre,and OlgaAbaskalova,Wilkes-Barre
• MarkThomas Remenar,Hazle
Township,andAmanda LeeLeshko,HazleTownship
• Brandon Michael Faught,
Northern Cambria,Pa.,andJessica Lee Burridge,Wapwallopen
Perez,Hazleton,andJennierPeralta Paula,Hazleton
John Barnshaw IV,La Crosse,
Wis.,and Lynn Letukas,LaCrosse,Wis.
and Shanna M.Woodru,Shavertown
• Fabian FrederickThomas,
Exeter,and Sherry Renee Rizzo,Exeter
James Michael Eveland,
Drums,and Krista ElizabethMundie,Drums
Casale,Digmans Ferry,andJillMarieVanderhook,Shavertown
• Georey Lee BellJr.,Bear
Creek,and EmilyJoan Pickett,Bear Creek
• Kenneth Michael McDaniels
III,Plymouth,and SabrinaMarie Lambacher,Plymouth
• MichaelJ.Lukatchik,
Yaracz,Shavertown• RandyJayWynings,West
Hazleton,and MargaretAnnHornick,West Hazleton
• Evil Lee Harter,White Haven,
and Kathleen Palina,WhiteHaven
• Bryan Patrick Boote,
Kingston,and Erica MarquettaDaily,Kingston
Frank Norton,Pittston,and
Wanda Stuccio,Pittston
• KodyAustin Butcher,West
Hazleton,and Leann Bianco,West Hazleton
• Michael Robert Gavlick,
Kingston,and LaurenJenniferChapman,Kingston
JereyThomas Gaylord,
JacksonTownship,and NicoleMichelleThompson,JacksonTownship
and Ruthann Senkus,Plymouth
• HectorAlfredoZelayaJr.,Bronx,N.Y.,and Lilliana
Delgado,Wilkes-BarreAddresses unavailable for thefollowing:
AnthonyJoseph LucidiJr.and
JacquelineAnn Kovaleski
• MatthewJohn Dinoski and
Kimberly Elizabeth Malys
• DwayneAllen Roberts and
Christine Dumas
John Richard Owens and
RichelleAnn Glasier
• Brian David Kern and Melissa
Ann Hockenbury
• Eimseim M.Rivera and Elia
Mercedes Batista
James Matthew Baynes and
Lisa Maria Fino
• Douglas Harris and Desiree
Cassandra Frega
Jorddy FalconezVergara and
Belkis Elizabeth Reinoso Pujols
Alan Rawlings andJaclyn
JohnThomas Borum and
Jean NicoleWaitkus
WILKES-BARRE In a letterpenned to 13 county judges, a defenseattorney outlines increasing caseloadsin Luzerne County’s conflict counselpool and suggests at least one way toalleviate the problem.Attorney John Pike, who works asa private criminal and civil attorneyas well as part of the county’s con-flict counsel pool of attorneys, saidin an April 24 letter his caseload hasbecome “administratively overwhelm-ing.”He is concerned his clients mightbecome affected because he is being spread thin, he said. The county’s conflict counsel poolconsists of attorneys who representindigent defendants when the PublicDefender’s Office has a conflict.Pike’s letter accompanied a requestFriday to be removed from the homi-cide case of WilliamAllabaugh, 25, of Plymouth, who ischarged with shooting and killing 39-year-old Scott Luzetskyand injuring StephenHollman, then 29,at Bonnies Bar inPlymouth on Sept. 9.Pike had been appointed toAllabaugh’s case earlier this monthwhen Allabaugh requested his attor-neys from the Public Defender’s Officebe taken off his case, citing he was notpleased with his two attorneys’ repre-sentation.County Judge Lesa Gelb on Fridayassigned attorney Robert Buttner torepresent Allabaugh.Pike wrote in his letter he has 52open cases he was assigned as conflictcounsel attorney and that he averagestwo or three new cases a week.A conflict counsel attorney for 17years, Pike has seen an increase inthe number of cases being assigned tohim and other conflict attorneys, hesaid Friday. That increase, he said in his letter,has resulted in some of his clients notmeeting with him in a timely fashionand his inability to make every courtappearance.
Personality differences
Recently, Pike said he has seencases being assigned to conflict coun-sel attorneys due to a personality dif-ferences between a defendant andtheir assigned public defender. Typically, a case may be assignedto a conflict counsel attorney when apublic defender has either represent-ed a co-defendant or a witness in thecase, or another similar conflict.“It only seems to me based uponmy observations and experiences,that unless the defendant has a trueconflict or issue with the PublicDefenders Office as a whole, andnot just with the individual assistantpublic defender, the defendant shouldremain a client of the public defend-er, albeit a different assistant publicdefender,” Pike wrote.Pike said eliminating these types of appointments would reduce the num-ber of assignments.Several other conflict counsel attor-neys declined comment Friday.Chief Public Defender StevenGreenwald did not return a messageseeking comment.Conflict counsel attorneys handlea number of aspects of law, including several types of criminal proceedings,homicides, juvenile matters and appel-late cases. There are 11 positions in the coun-ty’s conflict pool, but not every posi-tion is filled. Attorney William Wattrecently resigned from the pool. Anattorney is assigned to a case in arotating fashion.
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WILKES-BARRE —U.S. NavyWorld War II Veteran DorisMerrill has competed in theNational Veterans WheelchairGames since 1999 when theywere hosted in Puerto Rico. Shewas 75 and a “novice.”Confined to a wheelchairsince 1957, she wanted to seewhat she could do. She won herfirst gold medal.“Surprised isn’t the word,”Merrill said. “I was dumbfound-ed!”Merrill, of Nanticoke, has par-ticipated every year since then,traveling to cities including Anchorage, Alaska, San Jose,Calif., and San Antonio, Texas.“They called me an athlete,”Merrill, now 89, said with alaugh. The competition with nearly600 athletes from the U.S., GreatBritain and Puerto Rico features18 medal events and two exhibi-tion events each year. It is thelargest annual multi-sport wheel-chair event for military serviceveterans who use wheelchairsfor sports competition due tospinal cord injuries, amputa-tions or neurological problems.Although it is a competitionby name, Merrill said it is moreabout the fellowship.
She has made friends of com-petitors from across the nationand Britain. The games are theone time a year she gets to seethem. “We look forward to see-ing one another. There is noenvy; we cheer eachother on.”
Her son, Pepper,says she socializes toomuch. The 53 medals shehas won over the yearssay otherwise. This year, Merrillwon gold in swimming,bowling and motorizedrally, and she won silverin slalom.
Oldest participant
Merrill was the old-est participant at thisyear’s event. Despiteher age, she says she isnot intimidated by younger par-ticipants. “They are my cheer-leaders. They treated me so roy-ally. I was blessed.”She has continued to par-ticipate in the games each yearbecause she feels accepted, shesaid. It is “our bridge to thewalking world,” she said.“You can see it — the cama-raderie, the positive attitude,Merrill said.Next year’s games will be heldin Philadelphia, and her son andhis entire family plan to be thereto cheer her on for the first time.Albert Cortez, an area Armyveteran, also intends to partici-pate in the Philadelphia gamesnext year.
He recently boardeda plane to the NationalVeterans WheelchairGames in Tampa Bay,Fla.. When he landed,his wheelchair was bro-ken. The local VeteransAdministration officelent him a chair for thegames.
As a result, Cortezsaid he didn’t think hewas going to win any-thing.
“I was only expect-ing to show, but I wongold!” he said. He wontwo gold medals inbowling and slalom.
He also won a bronze medalin boccia ball, a game he hadnever played before.Cortez has participated in theGames on and off since 1996,and his medals are on display onhis walls at his Simpson home.“I decided to do it because itwas something new,” he said,“and I’ve been in love with itever since.”
 Votes certiedin school race
Results of a special election held thisweek involving the Hazleton Area SchoolDistrict were certified in their respec-tive counties Friday and will be added toLuzerne Countyvotes Monday. The special election was held Tuesdayin Carbon and Schuylkill counties afterLuzerne County failedto notify the two entitiesthat a candidate had with-drawn from the HazletonArea School Board race.SteveHahn’snameerrone-ously appeared on the bal-lot and he received a number of votes ineach county. His name correctly did notappear on the Luzerne County ballot inMay.After Tuesday’s special election, candi-dateCarmellaYenkevichpersevered,afterlosing the May primary, and will now beincludedonthe ballotinNovember.Yenkevich and candidates JamesChapman, Bob Mehalick and ClarenceJohn will appear on the Democratic tick-et. Mehalick, Chapman, John and JaredO’Donnell will appear on the Republicanballot.
 Allegedrioters tostandtrial
Five men charged with causing a riotat the State Correctional Institution atDallas in 2010 will face a jury of theirpeers Monday.Derrick Stanley, 43, Anthony Locke,34, Andre Jacobs, 31, Carrington Keys,32,andDuanePeters,41,werechargedinApril 2010 after police said they coveredand tied their cell doors at the prison’srestrictive housingunit. Themenclaimtheywerebeingretaliat-ed against after civil complaints and com-plaints with several other agencies werefiled against several corrections officers,andsotheyattemptedtogettheattentionof prison guards to talk about the injus-tices theywere receiving.Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb ispresiding over the case. Stanley, Locke,Jacobs and Keys represent themselves inthe case with the assistance of stand-bycounsel.
Healthdepartment todistributetablets
 The state Department of Healthwill provide free potassium iodidetablets from 2 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 8 toPennsylvanians who live, work or attendschool within a 10-mile radius of oneof the state’s five nuclear power plants,including the Susquehanna SteamElectric Station near Berwick.Potassium iodide, or KI, can help pro-tect the thyroid gland against harmfulradioactive iodine when taken as direct-ed during radiological emergencies.Directions detailing when to take thetablets and how to store them will beprovided with the KI.KI tablets are also available through-out the year at county and municipalhealth departments or state health cen-ters. They will be distributed locally at:
• Berwick Fire Department, Reliance
Hose Co. No. 1, 501 W. Third St.,Berwick.
Butler Township Community
Center, 415 W. Butler Drive, Drums.
Luzerne County Community
College,PublicSafetyTrainingInstitute,1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.
 The Department of Conservation andNatural Resources has named BenjaminStone manager of Ricketts Glen StatePark, a 13,050-acre recreation area inLuzerne,SullivanandColumbiacounties.Married and the father of two young sons,Stone,34,isanativeofWilliamsport,Lycoming County, and succeeds TerryDaltroff, who retired.Stone received a bachelor’s degreein recreation management from LockHaven University. He began his careerwith the Bureau of State Parks in 2006 asa park manager trainee with the bureau’sRegion 1 office in Emporium, CameronCounty. He served as manager of nearbySizerville State Park and later was trans-ferred to the assistant manager’s post atHills Creek State Park Complex, basednear Wellsboro, Tioga County, and com-prised of eight state parks in Tioga andPotter counties. Stone most recently wasemployed as manager of Caledonia andMontAlto state parks inFranklinCounty.
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WILKES-BARRE — If city police believeDavon McAllister’s version of events,intruders left behind marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a West River Streethome invasion Thursday night.Police found a safe containing marijuanaand six bundles of $1,000 each, heroin andseveral cellphones inside the apartment at140 W. River St., they said.McAllister, 22, and his roommate, AnthonyS. Tinnin, 22, were arraigned Friday on threecounts of possession with intent to delivera controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to deliver drug para-phernalia. They were jailed at the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $75,000 baileach.Police uncovered the alleged drugs andcontraband, they said, while investigating ahome invasion at the apartment reportedlyinvolving two men armed with firearms justbefore midnight.According to the criminal complaints: Tinnin met police and showed them arear door that was kicked in. Tinnin walkedpolice through the apartment when officersspotted a scale, an open box of sandwichbags and a larger bag containing empty bagson the kitchen table.McAllister returned to the apartment asofficers continued to walk through, search-ing for intruders.Police allege they spotted two large bagscontaining 45 smaller bags filled with mari- juana, a paper bag containing 40 wax bagsof heroin and 15 packaged bags of crackcocaine on the living room floor.McAllister said he uses empty bags for jewelry, the complaints state. Tinnin and McAllister were transportedto police headquarters. Tinnin declined tospeak with police.But McAllister told police, “all the narcot-ics, scale and packaging material must havebeen left there by the intruders,” the com-plaints state.Police obtained a search warrant forthe apartment after McAllister declined asearch request.During the search, police allege they founda safe, rubber bands, several cellphones andempty wax bags in a closet and McAllister’sdresser.Police opened the safe that allegedly con-tained a large bag of marijuana, six bundlescontaining $1,000 each, and three bundlesof $900 each for a total of $8,700. Tinnin had $219 in his pockets, policesaid.Court records say McAllister was arrestedon marijuana possession charges in 2012:
• State police at Wyoming said McAllister
had marijuana bags in his pockets when hewas stopped in a vehicle in the ShermanHills apartment complex on July 24, 2012.
• City police said McAllister had mari
- juana in his pockets when he caused a dis-turbance during an unrelated incident in theSherman Hills apartment complex on Sept.22.Judge David Lupas on Nov. 14 sentencedMcAllister to one-year probation on the sep-arate marijuana cases, court records show.Preliminary hearingsare scheduled on Aug. 6.
Areavets strike success in NationalVeteransWheelchair Games
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Doris Merrill won three golds and one silver in the recent National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Florida. The World War IINavy veteran was the oldest participant in the games.
Search of Wilkes-Barre apartment turns up drug paraphernalia and bundled cash, police say.
“I decidedto do itbecause itwas some-thing new,and I’vebeen in lovewith it eversince.”
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