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WASHINGTON The U.S.economy is gaining momentum andis poised for a stronger recoverylater this year, according to newdata Wednesday from the CommerceDepartment. The numbers alsoshowed that 2012 was stronger thanhad been estimated.Most mainstream economists hadexpected a second-quarter growthnumber below 1 percent, so thereport from the Bureau of EconomicAnalysis showing an annual growthrate of 1.7 percent from April to Juneprovided a positive surprise. It fol-lowed a private gauge of hiring calledthe ADP National EmploymentReport, which came in stronger thanexpected, with 200,000 new private-sector jobs in July over June. The government also revised itsgrowth figures going back five years,incorporating new data to find thatthe U.S. economy was stronger in2012 than had been estimated earlierand the Great Recession wasn’t asdeep as had been thought.For all those upbeat factors, the
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Less than 24 hours after a coro-ner’s inquest found a womanresponsible for the shooting deathof her boyfriend in September 2011,state police filed a homicide chargeagainst her.Jessica Alinsky, 29, oShenandoah, was charged with anopen count of homicide and tamper-ing with evidence after a six-mem-ber jury on Tuesday found she wasresponsible for Matthew Gailie’sdeath after a two-day inquest. The inquest is a rare proceeding in which a jury determines the man-ner of death of someone who hasdied and who, if anyone, is respon-sible for the death.Gailie, 34, died of a single gun-shot wound to the face inside hishome on Muskegan Circle in EagleRock — a gated resort communityin Hazle Township.Alinsky told investigators she wasin their home on the second floorwhen she heard a pop and wentdownstairs to find Gailie on thefloor.“(Tuesday’s verdict) was won-derful,” District Attorney StefanieSalavantis said Wednesday. “Wewere expecting it, but you neverknow what can come from a jury.
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JessicaAlinskyarrives at DistrictJudgeJames Dixon office in HazleTownship onWednesday to face homicide and tampering with evidence charges in the 2011shooting death of Matthew Gailie.
HAZLE TWP. —More than 250 jobs,including 95 newly created ones, will becoming to southern Luzerne County overthe next three years as a packaging firmmoves into an under-construction facilityin the Humboldt Industrial Park next year. Tech Packaging Inc., a contract pack-aging firm based in Jacksonville, Fla.,announced Wednesday it is constructing a 223,200-square-foot facility with the aimof opening in the spring.As heavy machinery readied the lot off Oak Ridge Road, elected officials, eco-nomic development leaders and otherswelcomed Bob Janes, the company’s presi-dent.As guests — including state Sen. JohnYudichak, state Rep. Tarah Toohil andGreater Hazleton Chamber of Commercechief Donna Palermo listened tospeeches and made some of their own, theroar of the bulldozers and rollers echoed inthe background.“It’s a sweet sound for the economy of HARVEYS LAKE A former mayor andtwo other people havebeen accused of using municipal sewer author-ity accounts to purchaseitems for personal use,including auto parts andhome appliances.According to statepolice at Wyoming,General MunicipalAuthority of HarveysLake Executive DirectorRichard Boice, 66, sonJason Boice, 38, a fore-man, and authoritysecretary Denise Sult,61, made the illicit pur-chases in 2007 and 2008. The authority is an inde-pendent entity, separatefrom borough govern-ment.Investigation beganafter an April 21, 2009,report of inappropri-ate charges brought byCharles Musial, then aborough council mem-ber and police officer— now the police chief — who told investigatorsthe authority stoppedusing him as a contract-ed sewer inspector inMarch 2009 after he fileda right-to-know requestfor records related toauthority accounts.All three defendants,who are borough resi-dents, face two countsof theft and two countsof receiving stolenproperty, according tocharges filed Wednesdayat the office of DistrictJudge James Tupper inKingston Township.“Mr. Boice maintainshis innocence,saidattorney Peter Moses,who is representing Richard Boice, adding that his client believesthe case is politicallymotivated.“Mr. Boice will notplead guilty in this mat-ter. We will dig in andfight this until the end,”Moses said. Troopers said recordsrevealed the following:
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Bob Janes,founder andpresidentof TechPackaging Inc.,announces onWednesday thecompany willopen a plant inthe HumboldtIndustrialPark in HazleTownship.
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Luzerne CountyHistorical Society boardmembers haveunanimouslyvoted to pro-ceed witha c q u i s i t i o nof the land-mark NewJersey Centraltrain stationin downtownWilkes-Barre,board member and areahotelier Gus Genetti saidWednesday.“Im very proud of them for making whatis a major decision.Hopefully, we can moveforward with this proj-ect with all due haste,”Genetti said. The society will ask thecounty RedevelopmentAuthority to transferthe property at the cor-ner of Market Street andWilkes-Barre Boulevard.Payment wont beoffered because societymembers estimate theymust raise around $2million to demolishdeteriorating addi-tions constructedin 1975 and restorethe original station,he said.“I can’t think of a more suitableowner of that his-toric property thanthe historical soci-ety,” Genetti said. “Ourvolunteers have chosento be guardians of his-tory wherever we can tosave it, promote it and
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 To guard against a re-occur-rence of an enrollment freezefor students seeking training at Job Corps centers, U.S. Sen.Bob Casey received biparti-san support for legislation toensure the federal agency over-seeing the program adheres toreforms outlined in an audit.Casey, D-Scranton, wasoined in an amendment bySens. Orin Hatch, R-Utah, andSheldon Whitehouse, D-RhodeIsland, that passed the SenateHealth, Education, Labor andPensions Committee, Casey’soffice said Wednesday in apress release. The amendment aims to pre-vent future shortfalls like theone that led to a three-monthfreeze preventing studentsfromattendingthecenterssuchas the one in Butler Township. The freeze caused by a pro- jected $61.5 million budgetaryshortfall for the 2012 programyear was lifted in April, but bythen Casey had called for aninvestigation by the Office of Inspector General and held ahearing in the Senate on thematter. The OIG review determinedthe Office of Job Corps wasunable to show it developeda sound budget and spend-ing plan and did not routinelymonitor budgeted costs toactual costs that led to theshortfall for the program year2011 and the first five monthsof program year 2012.“The mismanagement in JobCorps severely impacted animportant program that helpsat risk young people gain theskills they need to get jobs,”Casey said in aprepared state-ment. “Passing this bipartisana m e n d m e n twill providea measure of accountabil-ity for whatoccurred and take steps towardensuring this never happensagain.” The amendment requiresthe OIG to report by Dec. 1on administrative changes atthe Job Corps. It also requiresthat for the next five years theDepartment of Labor submitreports on the implementationof financial oversight measuresrecommended by the OIG;description of and the reasonsfor budgets shortfalls; descrip-tions and explanations forexpenditures in excess of thecontracted amount. The reports are to be sub-mitted every six months forthe first three years, and annu-ally in the following years. Inthe event of a budget shortfallduring the remaining year, thereports must be submittedevery six months.
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A fire reported around 3:35 p.m. Wednesday damaged a vacant house at 46 Harkins Lane, Wilkes-Barre, behindDodson Elementary School. Fire Chief Jay Delaney said there were heavy flames and smoke on the second floorof the house when firefighters arrived. It was brought under control around 4:10 p.m. Firefighters prevented theflames from spreading to adjacent houses; one just a few away and the other separated by a driveway.“No doubtit was very tense here,Delaney said.The city fire inspector was on the scene to look for a cause.Aman who wasvisiting in the neighborhood and did not want to give his name said he saw smoke and called 911.“It’s supposedto be empty,but people come and go in this place,he said.Two state constables were on scene with a warrant toserve on a person who had lived at the address.
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PITTSTON — City Councilawarded a bid Wednesday nightto repair the lighting system atRiverfront Park that was dam-aged by flooding in 2011.Wyoming Electric & Signalof Wyoming won the contractwith a bid of $62,500. Only oneother bid was received. RichardMellow Corp. of Dickson Citybid $79,775.On Sept. 8, 2011, in the wakeof Hurricane Irene and TropicalStorm Lee, the SusquehannaRiver crested at 44.6 feet and thePittston’s Riverfront Park wascompletely under water. All thelighting fixtures were damaged. The repair project includesthe relocation and replacementof electrical power panel supply,the replacement of six ballastsand six lamps and replacing allconduit and wires between junc-tion boxes and 11 light poles.City Administrator JoeMoskovitz said the electricalboxes need to be relocated tohigher ground in case of anotherflood.He said the city will be reim-bursed with Federal EmergencyManagement Agency funds.Councilman Danny Argo, wholives across from the park inthe Oregon Section of the city,said he would like to see policepatrols stepped up in that area.He said he often hears screaming and people smashing bottles atall hours of the night.“If we’re going to spend thismoney, I think we should havepolice patrols down there,” Argosaid.“Forthesafetyofthepeoplethat want to take a walk downthere.”Mayor Jason Klush said hewould request police look intothe issue.In other business:
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A.R. Popple of Wilkes-Barre torepair inlets and manholes onKennedy Boulevard and WilliamStreet.Popple was the low bidder at$80,950. Three other bids werereceived: Multiscape of Pittstonat $87,973; Stell Enterprises of Plains Township with $101,297;and T. Brennan Equipment of Carbondale at $125,005.Moskovitz said PennDOT hasplans to pave Williams Street,from the Pittston Bypass toKennedy Boulevard, which willalso be paved. The work will include thereplacementofvariousinletsandmanholes located on KennedyBoulevard and William Streetin preparation of the PennDOTpaving project. Moskovitz saidthe inlets are in disrepair andneed to be replaced. Now is thetime,hesaid,aheadofthepaving project.
•Council transferred funds
from one 2012 state communitydevelopment block grant project,the 107 South Main Street reno-vation project, to the Tomato Lotlighting project, which encoun-tered unforeseen utility issuesthat requires some poles to berelocated.
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 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.FloridaGov.RickScotton Wednesday demandedan apology from longtimecivil rights activist JesseJackson for comparinthe state’s struggle withthe Trayvon Martin caseto the civil rights clasheswith police during the1960s in Selma, Ala.Jackson joined the pro-test this week and calledFlorida the “Selma of ourtime” and even comparedScott to former AlabamaGov. George Wallace.While he was gover-nor, Wallace famouslystood in the door at theUniversity of Alabamato try to block the entryof two black students.Jackson also made refer-ences to Florida as anapartheid state.Scott in a release blast-ed Jackson’s comments as“reckless” and “divisive”and said he should apolo-gize to residents.“It is unfortunate thathe would come to Floridato insult Floridians anddivide our state at a timewhen we are striving forunity and healing,” Scottsaid.But Jackson whospent Tuesday night withprotesters at the stateCapitol — stuck by hiscomments Wednesdayand said he wanted tochange the disparitiesthat exist in the stateinstead of resorting to“name calling.” The flurry between theRepublican governor andJackson marked one of the few reactions fromScott since a group beganoccupying the Capitolafter George Zimmermanwas acquitted on July 13in the shooting death of Martin. Protesters havesaid they will not leaveuntil Scott calls a specialsession to have legisla-tors change the state’s“stand your ground” lawand address other issuessuch as racial profiling.Scott, who did meetonce with protest leaders,has steadfastly refusedto call a session. Sincethen, the protest hascontinued and attractednational media attentionand earned the support of celebrities such as HarryBelafonte. During mostof that time Scott hasbeen traveling across thestate.
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ensure its under goodstewardship for thefuture.”Interim AuthorityDirector Andrew Reillysaid the decision will beup to the authority board,which meets Aug. 20.Priorcountyadministra-tions had planned to allo-cate $2 million in commu-nity development funding to outfit the structure fora tourism bureau, seniorcenter and possibly othercounty-related offices, butcounty Manager RobertLawton canceled the allo-cation in May 2012, say-ing he would have a “diffi-cult time” getting businessloan funds for a projectthat won’t create jobs.
County involvement
 The county already hadgiven the authority $6.1million to buy the prop-erty for an appraised $5.8million and begin restora-tion.With no funding, thecash-strapped authorityagreed last September toinvite interested devel-opers to submit plansto purchase or lease thestructure, but the requestfor proposals was put onhold to obtain an apprais-al valuing the 6-acre site,with also includes a stripmall. The society will ask theauthority to transfer own-ership of the entire parcel,not just the portion withthe train station, Genettisaid.“Our board has a visionand plans. We could uti-lize the whole area,” hesaid. The society’s restora-tion would return the144-year-old station toits original appearanceand prepare space insidefor the Convention andVisitors Bureau, whichwould generate rentalincome, he said.“There are offices thatwould be available forother purposes as well,”he said.
Endangered site
Society board mem-bers agreed to intervenebecause the station isdecaying and has beenidentified as an endan-gered historic site bycommunity historicalsocieties. The societyowns four properties,including the SwetlandHomestead in Wyominand Denison House inForty Fort.Genetti and other soci-ety members admired thestation’s wood paneling,built-in bookcases andmolding during a tour Tuesday. The stained-glass windows and someother decorative fixtureswere put into storageseveral years ago after anattempted theft.“The actual peripheralof the building that isgoing to be removed is inthe worse shape,” Genettisaid. “You have to lookbeyond the trash anddebris at the substantialconstruction, the brick-work.”
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WILKES-BARRE Prosecutors wanted DanielLoughnane’s bail revokedand the hit-and-run suspect jailed.But instead, a county judgewarned Loughnane after heand his attorney, Peter PaulOlszewski, Jr., agreed somevoice mails he left on his7-year-old sons cellphonewere inappropriate.“Treat your son like heshould be treated,” JudgeMichael Vough said. “Notlike a pawn.”Loughnane, 40, of Hanover Township, is facing trial inMarch on a felony chargethat he left the scene afterhe allegedly struck RebeccaMcCallick, 19, with his vehi-cle on Hazle Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, on July 24, 2012.McCallick died at GeisingerWyoming Valley MedicalCenter, Plains Township.Prosecutors wantedLoughnane jailed on allega-tions he made contact withhis son’s mother, JessieSpencer, through voice mailsleft for his son andan incident at theirson’s school in LehighCounty in May. CountyJudge Richard Hughespreviously orderedLoughnane to have nodirect or indirect con-tact with Spencer.First Assistant DistrictAttorney Samuel Sanguedolcesaid after a conversation withOlszewski and Vough listening to the voice mails, he wouldwithdraw his office’s requestto revoke Loughnane’s bail if additional conditions were putin place.Vough saidLoughnane can speakto his son only about“things a 7-year-oldis concerned about,”such as soccer,school and cartoons,and that any issues,scheduling or othercustody matters be addressedthrough Loughnanes civilattorney, Erik Dingle.Vough said that after lis-tening to the voice mailsLoughnane left for his son, hefound them to be “inappropri-ate” and said the content of the messages are not things7-year-olds need to be privy to.Vough warned Loughnanehe did not want to see himback in his courtroom for anycourt proceeding before trialand to not leave similar mes-sages again. This week, Loughnane’sattorneys made severalrequests to have evidencethrown out or suppressed inthe case.A judge will make a ruling on the requests at a later date.Loughnane is next scheduledto appear in Luzerne CountyCourt for a pre-trial hearing on Oct. 21.
SCRANTON
Memorial plannedfor ex-governor
 The life of Bill Scranton, formergovernor, congressman, presidentialcandidate and ambassador to theUnited Nations, willbe celebrated Aug. 14at a church in the citythat bears his family’sname. The event will beheld at 10:30 a.m.in the CovenantPresbyterian Church,550 Madison Ave.Scranton succumbed to a cerebralhemorrhage Sunday at a retirementcommunity in Montecito, Calif.,where he lived with Mary, his wife of 71 years. He was 96.
WESTHAZLETON
Decomposing body found in home
Borough police discovered a man’sbody at 425 Anchor St. after a pass-erby smelled a suspicious odor ema-nating from the home Monday morn-ing.Patrolman Rich Naprava would notrelease the deceased’s name or age,but he said it appears, based on thelevel of decomposition, that the manhad been dead at least two weeks.Naprava said the cause and mannerof death is still under investigation,but at this point, it appears to benatural causes. No autopsy is sched-uled, but the body will be X-rayedlater this week, he said.Anyone with information aboutthe death should call police at 570-455-3733.
WILKES-BARRE
King’s gets rankedamong ‘best colleges’
King’s College has been placed onnational lists from Forbes magazineand Affordable Colleges Online inrecognition of its overall excellenceand for providing students excellentreturn on their tuition investment.King’s has been placed on the list of “Best American Colleges” compiledfor Forbes by The Center for CollegeAffordability and Productivitybased on multiple factors related toaffordability and student and fac-ulty achievement. King’s ranking improved to 431st from 447th of 650institutions in the annual rankings.Less than 15 percent of the near-ly 4,400 colleges and universitiesnationwide are included in Forbessixth annual ranking. King’s was theonly Luzerne County college or uni-versity included in the list and, along with The University of Scranton,was one of only two institutions inNortheastern Pennsylvania. Bothhave been named to the list everyyear of its existence.
HARRISBURG
 Association praises bill’s supporters
 The Pennsylvania Health CareAssociation commended U.S. Sen.Robert Casey and seven of the state’sU.S. representatives for co-sponsor-ing bipartisan leg-islation that wouldcount a patient’stime in “observationstatus” in a hospitaltoward the three-daymandatory inpatientstay necessary forMedicare to coverpost-acute skillednursing care. The association has been stronglyadvocating for Senate Bill 569 andHouse Resolution 1179, which wouldpermit hospitals to care for people inobservation status, but would allowthose hospital stays to count towardthe three-day Medicare requirementfor post-acute care.Currently, Medicare pays for upto 100 days of skilled nursing cen-ter care after a qualifying three-dayinpatient hospital stay. But with hos-pitals increasingly caring for patientsin observation status – meaning thepatient hasn’t been formally admit-ted to the hospital despite receiving the very same care in the very sameroom as someone who had beenadmitted seniors who need post-acute care at a skilled nursing cen-ter are finding they face hefty billsbecause Medicare won’t cover theircare. The association commended U.S.Reps. Lou Barletta, Matt Cartwrightand Tom Marino, among others, fortheir support.
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WILKES-BARRE — While otherscelebrate Christmas in July by baking cookies and watching holiday mov-ies, United Way of Wyoming Valleycelebrates the half-way mark by col-lecting food for those in need.“In the summertime, United Waynoticed pantry shelves were getting bare,” John Winslow, director of communications and special events,said. The Christmas in July Food Drivecompetition began in 1989, andsince then, many companies havedonated food to help the hungry inthe Wyoming Valley during the sum-mer months. This year, 45 companies and orga-nizations collected food and mone-tary donations throughout the entiremonth of July, nearly tripling 2012’s16 donors.Although the United Way did notreach its goal of collecting 100,000pounds, it still took in 77,451 poundsin the past four weeks. Since itsbeginning 25 years ago, a whopping 1,190,614 pounds of food has been col-lected for Wyoming Valley residents.
Year-round need
Bill Jones, president and CEO of theUnited Way, said the agency contin-ues to hold the competition each yearbecause there are many people in ourcommunity who are in need of helpregardless of the season.On Wednesday, all donations wereweighed on a large commercial scaleat the Commission on EconomicOpportunity building in Wilkes-Barre.Popular nonperishable items donat-ed were cereal, pasta, tuna fish andpeanut butter and jelly. Monetarydonations were also donated, with $1equaling 2 pounds of food for the com-petition.After the United Way and Weinberg Food Bank employees collected 30days’ worth of donations throughoutthe morning and the afternoon, theyadded up totals. For the second yearin a row, Sallie Mae collected the mostwith 33,722 pounds.“These organizations support thou-sands of people all year round, andwe’re thrilled with the turnout of thisyear’s campaign,” said Tracy Stine of Sallie Mae’s Hanover Township cen-ter. The second and third place honorswent to Guard Insurance Group and Trion Industries, which also weregiven awards to be displayed at theiroffices. This year was architecture and engi-neering firm Borton-Lawsons firstyear participating in the Christmas inJuly Food Drive. Assistant to the CEOFran Stroh said there was much posi-tive feedback in the office as a result.“For the first year, we got a goodresponse,” she said.
Distribution network
 The donations are given to theWeinberg Food Bank, which has a net-work of pantries and agencies for dis-tribution to senior centers, child carecenters and lunch programs that helpthe poor.“We are extremely grateful to all of the employees and the 45 companies. Their donations are going to get in thehands of people in need,” Jones said.Although the Christmas in JulyFood Drive is competitive by natureand name, Jones said it is friendly andbrings the participating companiesand organizations together.“Generosity is what our communityis all about,” he said.
John Winslow of United Way, Arron Orchard, a senior from Miscordia University, and Bill Jones of United Way unload a van filled with donations from the university to the Weinberg FoodBank inWilkes-Barre onWednesday morning.The collection was part of the Christmas inJuly program in which more than 40 local organizations collected food and monetary donations tohelp meet the need of the hungry in the community.
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WILKES-BARRE City policeteamed up with state police vice andnarcotic troopers from Wyoming toarrest four people in three undercoverdrug-buy operations Tuesday night.Arrested in a sting at Coal StreetPark were John Edward Longfoot, 19,of Dana Street, and Eric Conahan, 22,of Dougher Lane, both in Wilkes-Barre.Khalil Owens, 20, of Darling Street,Wilkes-Barre, was arrested in theMineral Springs apartment complex,and Dumont Anderson, 36, of ProspectStreet, Wilkes-Barre, was arrested onNorth Pennsylvania Boulevard.Accordingtothecriminalcomplaints:
Just after 5 p.m., authorities
spotted a drug sale going on insidea parked vehicle at Coal Street Park.When authorities converged on the car,Longfoot was arrested while Conahanranthroughaplaygroundandbasketballcourts.Conahan ran across Coal Street andinto a rear yard of a house on WaltersLane, where he allegedly hid itemsunder wood planks next to a shed.Conahanjumpedinabushinanattempttohidewhenanofficerzappedhimwitha Taser when he refused to show hishands, the complaints say.Abagcontainingalargepieceofcrackcocaine and five bags of heroin packetsstamped “Mexico” under the woodplanks, according to the complaint.
• Owens was arrested after he alleg 
-edly agreed to sell three heroin packetsstamped “Devil Face” in the MineralSprings complex just before 8 p.m.Authorities said they found 12 addi-tional heroin packets, cash and twocellphones in Owens’ pockets, the com-plaints say.Anderson was arrested after authori-ties allegedly saw him conduct anexchange of money and crack cocainefrom his vehicle in the area of NorthPennsylvania Avenue and Harry Streetat about 10 p.m.Longfoot, Conahan, Owens andAnderson were arraigned Wednesdayby District Judge David Barilla inSwoyersville on two counts of posses-sion with intent to deliver a controlledsubstance and one count of criminalconspiracy. Conahan was also chargedwith resisting arrest and criminal use of communication facility. They were jailed at the LuzerneCounty Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail each.Preliminary hearings are scheduledon Aug. 15.
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EDWARD LEWIS
elewis@timesleader.com

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