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— BoroughCouncil will hold a public worksession at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday inthe borough building, with themonthly meeting immediatelyfollowing. A special meeting will be 6 p.m. Sept. 18 to openbids for the renovations of theborough building.
—Residents are reminded therebate period for 2013 HanoverArea school taxes ends Sept.12. If making installment pay-ments, the ﬁrst payment is dueSept. 12.County and borough taxesare in penalty and can be paidat the tax ofﬁce until Dec. 31.Collection hours are 2 to 4p.m. Monday and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. For an appointment,call 570-825-4043. The taxofﬁce will be closed Sept. 20through Sept. 27.
— AnOklahoma man was killed in aone-car crash on Interstate 80early Wednesday morning, statepolice in Hazleton said.Michael Ray Mitchell, 34, of Tulsa, was headed east near milemarker263justbefore6a.m.whenhis 2009 Honda Civic drifted off the roadway into the grassy cen-ter median and struck two trees.He was killed upon impact andpronounced dead at the scene byLuzerne County Deputy CoronerGerald Jones, police said. The cause of death was deter-mined to be multiple traumaticinjuries and the manner of deathappears to be accidental, policesaid, adding that the case remainsopen pending further investiga-tion.Valley Regional Rescue,Valley Regional Ambulance andKisenwether’s Towing assisted.
— Citypolice reported the following:
• A window was smashed at a
residence on South Welles Streeton Tuesday.
window at a residence on GeorgeAvenue on Sunday.
• Police cited Anthony Paul
Lizzi, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, withpublic drunkenness and underagedrinking when he was allegedlyseen intoxicated on North MainStreet on Aug. 25.
• Police arrested David S.
Carpenter, 24, of Hillside Street,Wilkes-Barre, on Monday afterhe allegedly threatened a womanwith a gun while they were riding an ATV. The woman said she toldCarpenter he was driving too fastwhen he allegedly threatened her,according to the criminal com-plaint.Carpenter was charged withterroristic threats, simple assaultand harassment. He was jailed atthe Luzerne County CorrectionalFacility for lack of $10,000 bail.
• It was reported Tuesday that
someone stole copper wiring andtubing from a vacant building onNorth Fulton Street.
• Nolen Miles was cited with
harassment after he allegedlystruck his girlfriend in the face,causing minor injuries, during anincident in the area of 98 S. MainSt. late Monday afternoon, policesaid.
• Seara Peterson, 21, was
charged with a felony count of retail theft after she allegedlyconcealed two t-shirts and leftBoscov’s at 15 S. Main St. with-out paying for them on Monday,police said, adding that she hadtwo previous retail theft convic-tions.
• Javon Isaac, 18, was cited
withharassmentafterheallegedlystruck a female in the head witha closed ﬁst in the area of HuberStreet Park and South ShermanStreet on Monday afternoon,police said.
• Ryan Eckhart, 34, was arrest
-edandtransportedtotheLuzerneCounty Correctional Facilityafter police found him passedout in his vehicle at South Mainand Academy Streets Tuesdayafternoon and discovered he hadnumerous warrants for his arrest,police said, adding that a subse-
was in possession of marijuana.
• Police on Tuesday picked up
Justin Mausteler on an arrest war-rant while they were investigating a ﬁght at 145 N. Sherman St. on Tuesday afternoon, police said,adding that Mausteler was alleg-edlyinpossessionofasyringeanda crack pipe.
• A woman reported Tuesday
at someone opened credit cardaccountsinhernameandaccruedcharges on them totaling morethan $7,500.
— State policeat Tunkhannock captured CarlJohn McNeal, 35, who is wantedby the Alabama Department of Probation and Parole.McNeal was captured whilestate police investigated a domes-tic dispute at a house on StateStreet on Friday. Police alsocharged McNeal with simpleassault and harassment afterCrystal Jackson, 28, of Nicholson,reportedthatMcNealgrabbedherand banged her head on the ﬂoor.She was taken to CommunityMedical center in Scranton fortreatment, police said.
— A WhiteHavenmanfacesaslewofchargesafter he allegedly had illegal andprescription drugs in his systemandwasinvolvedinacrash,policesaid.Police allege that Steven K.Koch, 31, of Old Route 940, ini-tially denied driving when police
responded to a crash on East
Butler Drive on Aug. 7, but lateradmitted to driving the vehicle.His passenger, Nikki Bertolette,was injured and had told policeshe couldn’t remember what hap-pened.Police said they found a mari- juana pipe, a hypodermic needleand empty heroin bags on Koch,and allege he discarded an emptypill bottle containing heroin pack-ets and more needles. A foren-sic examination of Koch’s blooddetermined that he was under theinﬂuence of Alprazolam, marijua-na, heroin and cocaine the day of the crash, police said.Koch was charged with twocounts of driving under the inﬂu-ence of drugs, recklessly endan-gering another person, posses-sion of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a sus-pended license, reckless driving,careless driving and false reportsconcerning an accident.Charges were ﬁled withDistrict Judge Daniel O’Donnellin Sugarloaf Township. A hearing willbescheduledlaterthismonth,police said.
police charged Eric Landolt, 46,
of Laﬂin, on evidence of drunkendriving after he allegedly strucka building housing GeorgettiPaintingCo.onWestCareyStreeton Aug. 17.Landolt drove away and wasstopped by state police after hefailed to stop for a red trafﬁcsignal at North River Street and
Exit 3 of the North Cross ValleyExpressway.
Landolt was charged with twocounts of driving under the inﬂu-ence of alcohol and one counteach of failure to use a seat belt,failure to stop at red trafﬁc signaland careless driving.
— Township police reported the fol-lowing:
• Police arrested Darryl
BernardTaylor,34,ofRidgeStreet,on charges he assaulted a womanin his residence Friday morning.Amanda Lopez told police Taylorstruck Neisha Merrill in the facewith a rechargeable ﬂashlight asMerrill was sleeping, according toa news release. Taylor and Merrill left the resi-dence in a vehicle. Taylor wasstopped on Hazle Street, Wilkes-Barre, where he told city policehe was taking Merrill to the hos-pital but she got out of the vehiclebeforetheygotthere.PolicefoundMerrill on North WashingtonStreet and took her to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Taylor was charged with sim-ple assault and harassment. Hewas jailed at the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
• Whitney Catizone, of
Diamond Avenue, reportedMonday several items were stolenfrom her residence during a bur-glary.
• Police are investigating a
three-car crash that occurred atabout 12:42 p.m. Tuesday andsenttwodriverstothehospitalfortreatment of minor injuries.
• Lori Sabol, of Knox Street,
reported someone damagedher screen door using a pelletgun sometime between 10 p.m.Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Street, reported that someoneshot a hole through her bedroomscreen and into her bedroom wallwith an unknown caliber weaponon Aug. 29.
• Charges are pending against
a juvenile after police investi-gated a report by Scott Grifﬁthof Knox Street that someonesmashed the rear window of his2005 Mitsubishi Outlander some-time between 12 and 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. The juvenile is believedto have shot out the window witha BB gun, police said.
reported that he started his white2001 Mazda 626 at about 6:10a.m. Wednesday, returned insidehis house, heard a noise outsideand saw two males get in his vehi-cle and drive away. The vehiclebears Pennsylvania license plateJGL3563. Anyone with informa-tion should call police at 570-825-1254.
E. Salko, 25, of Ridge Street,
Freeland, was arraigned Tuesdayon charges he stole a .22-caliberriﬂe from a residence on HemlockStreet on Friday. Police allegeSalkosoldtheriﬂefor$40,accord-ing to the criminal complaint.Salko was charged with twocounts of theft and a single countof receiving stolen property. Hewas jailed at the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.
PITTSBURGH — APennsylvania congressmancaught a cutting-edge ride to theairport on Wednesday.U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, aRepublican from Altoona, madea 33-mile trip from CranberryTownship to PittsburghInternational Airport at about 11a.m. in a computer-operated car. The so-called driverlessCadillac SRX was designed byCarnegie Mellon Universityresearchers who have been work-ingontheprojectsince2008.Thecar uses inputs from radars, laserrangeﬁnders, and infrared cam-eras to maneuver in trafﬁc.Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation andInfrastructure Committee,and he was accompanied byBarry Schoch, secretary of thePennsylvania Department of Transportation.Shuster saw a Carnegie Mellontest vehicle about ﬁve years ago,and he said it was crammed sofullofequipmentthattherewasn’teven room for a person inside.Now, the 2011 Cadillac is basi-callyastandardmodelwithallthesensors and electronics discreetlyhidden. It didn’t look out of place on the drive to the airport,which began in a suburban areawith stop-and-go trafﬁc and thenreached speeds of about 65 mphon a major highway. A CarnegieMellon engineer was in the driv-er’s seat as a safety precaution.Shuster said he can now imag-ine a future where such vehiclesenter the mainstream, potentiallyreducing accidents, fatalities andcongestion on roads. But there’salso a military angle.“It’s going to be great for ourmilitary to able to send vehiclesinto combat without people inthem,” Shuster said. The U.S. Defense AdvancedResearch Projects Agency beganholding competitions for driv-erless vehicles in 2004, and aCarnegie Mellon team won the2007race,alongwith a $2millionprize.Raj Rajkumar, the leader of theCarnegie Mellon project, said thebiggest design challenge for driv-erlessvehiclesismanagingunpre-dictable events.“It takes a long time to betaught all the things we know”about driving, Rajkumar said of the software. “You can build asystem that works correctly today— how do you know it’s going towork well tomorrow? Because it’sa new set of conditions, and youare unable to test all possible con-ditions. It’s an inﬁnite number.”Rajkumar thinks some driv-erless cars may reach the mar-ketplace by 2020, though someexperts say it will take longer.GM, Nissan and Google are allworking on projects, as are otheruniversities.For now, engineers are stillgathering data and running tests.A camera on the car recordedShuster’s trip and streaming video is available online.Carnegie Mellon also let locallaw enforcement know about theroad tests, and one ofﬁcer imag-inedapossiblefuturewhereDUI’sno longer exist.“It’s very intriguing,” Lt. KevinMeyeroftheCranberryTownshipPolice Department said as hewaited for Shuster to depart.
u.S. Rep. Bill Shster, the chairman of the Hose Transportation andInfrastrctre Committee, gets into a self-driven Cadillac SRX in Cranberry,Pa.,onWednesday.
Pa. congressman takes a ridein a computer-operated car