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—Cellphone records from awomanwhoallegedlyplannedtomeet William “Chilly” Uggianoto smoke marijuana revealed“numerous calls and texts” tothe cell number of Andre Fuller,according to a search warrantﬁled on Thursday.Fuller, 22, of John Street,Kingston, was charged lastweek with shooting Uggianomultiple times on South Grantand Wayne streets on Aug. 3.Uggiano, 19, survived gun-shot wounds to his head, hand,leg and buttocks. He remainshospitalized at GeisingerWyoming Valley MedicalCenter. He identiﬁed Fulleras the alleged gunman froma photo array, noting Fuller“grinned” before ﬁring multiplerounds from a .45 caliber hand-gun, police said.After Fuller was arrestedon Aug. 24 and charged withcriminal attempt to commithomicide, aggravated assault,carrying an unlicensed ﬁrearmand reckless endangerment, heallegedly gave police his cell-phone number.Investigators believe Fullerwas in possession of his cell-phone at the time of the shoot-ing. Cellphone records of thewoman who planned to meetUggiano the night he was shotrevealed numerous calls andtexts to Fuller’s cellphone, theafﬁdavit states. The search warrant seeksincoming and outgoing phonecalls, including texts andemails.Fuller’s preliminary hear-ing that was scheduled for Thursday was continueduntil Sept. 27. He remains jailed at the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.According to the criminalcomplaint:Uggiano said a female friend,who is not named, called him tomake arrangements to smokemarijuana on Aug. 3. Uggianofelt this was “odd” because hehad been asking the girl to meethim on numerous occasions butshe would always say no.As Uggiano approached thearea of South Grant and Waynestreets where he was supposedto meet the girl, he observedanother man identiﬁed as Fullerapproach him with a gun, thecomplaint states. Uggiano toldpolice Fuller “only grinned” athim and began to shoot himmultiple times, according to thecomplaint.
Police pursue cellphone records of Andre Fuller, who is charged in Aug. 3 shooting in Wilkes-Barre
DORRANCE TWP. —A subdivision involving 94 acres off Hollow Roadreceived the approval of thetownship supervisors onWednesday night. The plot is known asthe Robert and MelanieDavis Minor subdivision,and according to townshipofﬁcials the parcel will bedivided into three tracts.Six requests for zoning codewaivers also were acceptedby both the supervisors andthe township’s planning commission. The waiversinvolve wetlands, contourintervals, stormwater con-trol, utility services, scalerequirements and soil test-ing for lot three. The supervisors and plan-ning board, however, stipu-lated that approval fromthe state Department of Environmental Protection isrequired for a sewage plan-ning module.In a lingering issue involv-ingKeithHazlakofStairvilleRoad and the MountainExpress Trucking Co.,Hazlak was told by solicitorWilliam Karpowich that theofﬁcials of the trucking ﬁrmhave yet to ﬁle an appeal of alleged code violations thatinclude the lack of a zoning permit, lack of an occupancypermit and failure to submita land development plan. TheﬁrmhasuntilSept.14to register an ofﬁcial appeal,Karpowich said. Otherwise,he said, an enforcementaction against the companycan be ﬁled before a district judge.Hazlak has made threeappearances at the supervi-sors’ meetings in order topresent issues related towhat has been describedas excessive noise, trafﬁc,harassment and alleged zon-ing violations.In other matters:
• DEEB Enterprises of
Hazleton, owned by Dr.
Bassar Bittar, has offered to
sell to the township a tractof land off St. Mary’s Roadfor $1, Karpowich said. Theland was purchased at aLuzerne County tax sale for$500, he said.
• The supervisors
approved the Septemberﬁnancial report, whichincludes a $16,000 dona-tion to the township’s vol-unteer ﬁre department, a$9,125 payment to YenasonMechanical for furnaceinstallation work and a$4,931 payment to PennsySupply for anti-skid mate-rial.
• An executive session
was conducted prior tothe regular meeting to dis-cuss pending litigation,Karpowich said. The next public meeting has been scheduled for 7p.m. Oct. 7.
Project involves nearly 100acres o Hollow Road,supervisors say
Trustees authorize new employees, discuss charter renewal at Thursday’s session
For the ﬁrst time in many meet-
ngs, plans for the new Bear Creek
ommunity Charter School were onhe back burner at the meeting of thechool’s board of trustees.With the school year in its thirdeek, the board heard updates oneveral programs, discussed reautho-ization of the charter and addressednumber of personnel issues before arief discussion about the new school.chool CEO Jim Smith noted that theuilding design plan is mostly reﬁnednd they are now awaiting a secondost estimate for construction.In the meantime, Smith said, hes working on budgets for furniture,echnology and other related itemsor the new school. Plans are still onourse for construction bids to go outn January and a groundbreaking inarch, Smith said.
But the majority of the meeting
involved academic and operationalupdates for the existing school. Theboard heard about benchmark testing being done using a system based onthe new Common Core test standards.
Administrator Brian Dugas reported
that staff and students are comment-ing on how different the questions arefrom what they have been accustomed. The board also discussed waysto enhance the science curriculum,including incorporating science intothe writing class curriculum andthe enrichment program. Smith alsoreported that he is beginning the reau-thorization process for the school’scharter, which expires in August 2014.In personnel matters, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of a kin
• Ratied the hiring of Kelly Burtch
as a part-time kindergarten aide.
• Ratied a reduction in force mov
-ing Kimberly Charney from full-timespecial education paraprofessional topart time, 25 hours per week whileschool is in session.
• Ratied the hiring of Cherly
Cardillo as a part-time special educa-tion paraprofessional for 20 hours perweek at $12.50 per hour.
• Ratied the hiring of Marlene
Stempien as part-time cafeteria aide at$8.50 per hour for 25 hours per week.
• Ratied the appointment of BryanBenkoski as head soccer coach at a sti
-pend of $1,500 and Stephen Forney asassistant soccer coach at a stipend of $1,000 for the fall season.
• Approved the hiring of Leah
Zelinka as a long-term substitutethrough Nov. 7 at a rate of $153.85 perday.
• Approved the addition of Karen
Laskowski, Matthew Ide, MichaelGross, Christian Wilson, Amanda
Belore, Carolyn Kaminski and Emily
Esenberg to the substitute list at a rateof $100 per day.
Jewelry storerobber found guilty by court
a Wilkes-Barre jewelry store in 2008 was sen
-tenced Wednesday to more than a decade inprison, the U.S. Attorney’s Ofﬁce announced on Thursday.Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M.Munley sentenced Huby Ramkissoon, 38, of New York City, to 11 years in prison for the May14, 2008, robbery of Dunay Jewelers on HazleStreet.Munley also ordered that Ramkissoon beplaced on supervised release for three years fol-lowing his release from prison and that he pay$89,285 in restitution, representing the valueof money and jewelry stolen during the DunayJewelers robbery.Ramkissoon’s sentence is the result of aninvestigation into a 2008 scheme to rob multipleLuzerne County jewelry stores, according toU.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith. To date, four otherindividuals have been charged in connectionwith that scheme in either federal or state court.Devon Nash and Jerry Smith were chargedandconvictedinfederalcourtinconnectionwiththe May 5, 2008, robbery of the Steve HydockDiamonds in Kingston. Smith and Jason Sotowere charged and convicted in connection withthe May 14, 2008, robbery of Dunay Jewelers.Smith was convicted in federal court, and Sotowas convicted in state court.Kirk Robinson is awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to use ﬁrearms in connection withboth robberies.Prosecutors had alleged that Nash and
Smith both pointed guns at Steve and Barbara
Hydock during the Kingston robbery whileRamkissoon waited outside. They also allegedthatRamkissoonandSmithheldDunayJewelersoperators David and Nancy Pavlick and DeanaMorgan at gunpoint and restrained them withﬂex ties before ﬂeeing the store.Ramkissoon was originally charged with the
robbery in 2008 by Wilkes-Barre police. At the
time the complaint was ﬁled, Ramkissoon wasa fugitive. A federal grand jury in Scrantonreturned an indictment against Ramkissoon onOct. 16, 2012, charging him with the robbery
scheme. The Federal Bureau of Investigation
located and arrested Ramkissoon in New YorkCity on Dec. 18.OnMay30,Ramkissoonpleadedguiltytotwocounts associated with the Dunay Jewelers rob-bery: interference with commerce by robbery,and using and brandishing a ﬁrearm in further-ance of the robbery.
ThecasewasinvestigatedbytheFBI,Kingstonpolice and Wilkes-Barre police. Assistant U.S.
Attorney John C. Gurganus prosecuted the case.
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