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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 son’s 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 Loughnane’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-Lawson’s 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.
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.