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• Paul Lazzaro of Madison Street was cited withpublic drunkenness Saturday after a ght in front of ahouse in the 200 block of North Washington Street.Police responded to a report of two men ghting around 4 p.m. and arrived to break it up. Sean Zingaletold police he invited Lazzaro over and his guest gotintoxicated and became aggressive. Zingale said Lazzarorefused to leave when asked to do so.Zingale said that when he tried to shove Lazzaro outof the house a ght ensured. Police spoke to Lazzaroand saw that he was under the inuence of alcohol to adegree that he was a danger to himself and others. Hewas arrested, taken to police headquarters and held untilsober.• Brian Luke of Stroudsburg was taken into custodyafter police used a Taser on him Friday night along SouthWilkes-Barre Boulevard. Two girls reported around 7:25 p.m. that a whitemale who had been following them in the area of theMcDonald’s was hiding in a tree along the boulevard.Police located the male, later identied as Luke, in thetree and saw that he had a hand inside the front of hispants. They ordered him to put his hand in the air andcome out of the tree.He walked out but had his hands down by the front of his pants. He complied with a second order to put up hishands and police saw that his pants were open. He puthis hands down and tried to pull a brown object from hispants, prompting police to use a Taser on him.He was taken into custody and transported to theWilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment of injuriessuffered in an earlier incident on the Market StreetBridge.• Raechel Murray of Hillside Avenue, Edwardsville,said her Apple iPhone 5 was taken from her by one of themen who surrounded her in the parking lot of the PantryQuik, 161 Carey Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.She said four black males, short in stature with thinbuilds and between the ages of 19 and 21 were walking south on the avenue. They entered the parking lot andone of the started talking to her. The others surroundedher and one of them grabbed her phone from her hand.They ran north on the avenue with Murray chasing them.She said they went into an apartment building onSusquehanna Avenue.• Gunmen took a purse and cellphone during arobbery Saturday at a residence on Carbon Lane. The suspects were described as three black malesbetween the ages of 18 and 25 with thin builds andbetween 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet. 11 inches tall. Theywore blue jeans and blue, black and gray hooded tops. The victim said three men knocked on the front doorand asked for “Jimmy” around 7:45 p.m. Two of thempulled out handguns and rushed into the residence beforetaking the items. The suspect wearing a gray hoodedtop had a black handgun. The suspect wearing the blackhooded top had a silver revolver. The suspect wearing the blue hooded top did not show a weapon.Police questioned a person of interest after thereported robbery but he was released pending furtherinformation.• A homeless man was cited early Sunday morning with public drunkenness after police on patrol saw himharassing Wilkes University students on South MainStreet. Melvin Minkler, 49, was taken into custodyaround 2 a.m. and transported to police headquarters.He was unable to contact a sober adult for his releaseand was held until sober.
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Ellen Bujnowski, 69, of Hanover Green, died Fridayafter a courageous battle withovarian cancer.Ellen was a 1962 graduate of Hanover Area High School andreceived both her bachelor’sand master’s degrees in SpeechPathology from Bloomsburg University.Ellen’s faith and herdetermination to contribute tothe lives of those around herguided her. She was a devotedmember at the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church andimpacted the lives of thousandsof children in her nearly 40years as a speech pathologistat Wyoming Valley Children’sAssociation.Ellen’s passions, hobbies andinterests all involved selesslygiving to those around her —especially her family. She wasa role model and source of strength for her children. Hercompassion, resolve and joy forlife, particularly after the deathof her husband and during herbattle with cancer, will foreverinspire.Ellen was preceded indeath by her beloved husband,John Bujnowski, and herparents, Stanley and EleanorCzajkowski. She is survivedby daughter, Stacia, of Acton,Mass.; son Bo and his wife,Liz, of Middletown, Del., andson David and his wife, Kim, of Faireld, Conn. Ellen cherishedher grandchildren, Grace,Emerson and Jack.She is also survived by herdevoted sister, Jean, and herhusband, Stanley Semcheski,of Hanover Township; niece,Rachael Hammond; great-nephew, Colin Hammond;nephew, Matthew Semcheski,of Norfolk, Va.; aunts, uncles,cousinsandfriendswholovinglysupported her throughout herght … and by the children shetouched at the Wyoming ValleyChildren’s Association.A visitation will be 5 to 8p.m. Tuesday at Charles V.Sherbin Funeral Home, 630Main Road, Hanover Township,and a Mass of Christian Burialwill take place at 10 a.m.Wednesday in Exaltation of theHoly Cross Church, 420 MainRoad, Hanover Township.In lieu of owers, the familyrequests that donations inEllen’s name be made to eitherthe Abramson Cancer Center atthe University of Pennsylvaniaat 215-898-0578 (or http://www.penncancer.org/patients/giving/) or the Wyoming ValleyChildren’s Association at 570-714-1246 (or http://wvcakids.org/giving/).
Virginia I. Pieczynski, 88,Doylestown, formerly of Dallas,passed away Friday at HolyRedeemer, St. Joseph’s Manor,Meadowbrook, Pa.She was the daughter of thelate William and Anna PhillipsWasser. She attended DallasHigh School. Virginia was ahomemaker. She was a mem-ber of Gate of Heaven Church,Dallas, and the church’s Altarand Rosary Society. For a shorttime, she had worked at CollegeMisericordia in the housekeep-ing department and was a mem-ber of RSVP with the seniorcenter in Kingston.Virginia was preceded indeathbyherhusband,BenjaminPieczynski, in 1995 and a broth-er, William Wasser.Surviving are a son,Benjamin, and his wife, MaryJo, Doylestown; daughters,Rita and her husband, ThomasWalpole, Bensalem, Pa.; Annand her husband, JosephHometchko, Largo, Fla.; MaryLou and her husband, RichardStefanovich, Kingston; sis-ter, Lorraine Hawk, Dallas;grandchildren, Jennifer Brown,Ben Pieczynski, MichellePieczynski, Erin Walpole, RyanWolpole, Michael Wolpole, KyleWalpole, Victoria Tomberlin,Michael Hometchko, JaimeKarpovich; great-grand-children, Marielle Brown,Londynn Tomberlin, Brooklyn Tomberlin, Braydon Noble.Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Richard H.Disque Funeral Home, 2940Memorial Highway, Dallas,with funeral Mass at 10:30a.m. at Gate of Heaven Church,Dallas, with the Rev. Daniel Toomey ofciating. Friendsmay call 6 to 8 p.m. today atthe funeral home. Donations inVirginia’s name may be madeto The American DiabetesAssociation, c/o 71 N. FranklinSt., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701or to St. Joseph’s Manor,c/o 1616 Huntingdon Pike,Meadowbrook, PA 19046.
Robert A. Crawford Sr., 87, of Dallas, passed away Saturday athis home.Born in Philadelphia on Jan.17, 1926, he was a son of thelate Thomas and Annie DuncanCrawford. Robert was a gradu-ate of Northeast High School,Philadelphia. He was an ArmyAir Corps veteran of World WarII, serving in China. After thewar, Robert attended DrexelUniversity in Philadelphia.Robert started out as a toolmak-er and would nish his career asa sales engineer for Lemuel R.Lance Inc., Philadelphia, wherehe worked from 1968 until hisretirement in 2001. He had beena resident of the Back Mountainarea since 1963.Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former IreneStevenson, Dallas; children,Susan Crawford, Washington,D.C.; Thomas Crawford,Woodbury, N.J.; MargaretCrawford duBell, Doylestown;Lisa Quetsch, Mantua, N.J.; andRobertA.CrawfordJr.,Valencia,Calif.; grandchildren, Stirling Dubell, Robert A. Crawford IIIand Phoebe Dubell; and severalnieces and nephews.A memorial servicewill be at a future dateto be announced. The Crawford familywishes to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Mercy Centerand the loyal caregivers for thecare, kindness and support pro-vided throughout Robert’s ill-ness. Arrangements have beenentrusted to the Harold C.Snowdon Funeral Home Inc.,140 N. Main St., Shavertown.
Walter Fudjak Jr., 85, of GlenLyon, fell asleep and went tothe Lord on Saturday at theGuardian Elder Care, Sheatown,where he had been a patient forthe past six weeks.Walter was born in GlenLyon on Nov. 13, 1927, the sonof the late Walter and Pearl(Wengryn) Fudjak Sr. He was alifetime resident of Glen Lyon,where he graduated from theNewport High School, Class of 1945. He was a lifetime mem-ber of St. Nicholas UkrainianCatholic Church, Glen Lyon,where he also served as a formertrustee. Walter was employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot from1954 until his retirement in1983. Later, he was employed asa courier for the Hanover Bank,Glen Lyon. He was a veteranof World War II, serving in theArmy from 1946 to 1947, andwas a recipient of the World WarII Victory Ribbon.HewasalsorecognizedbytheAmerican Red Cross for donat-ing 14 gallons of blood whileemployed at Tobyhanna. He wasa member and former treasurerof the Italian American Sporting Club, Glen Lyon, a member of the American Legion Post 350,Nanticoke. He served one termas a Newport Township com-missioner from 1986-1990. Healso served as an auditor forNewport Township from 1992-2003.Walter was an avid NotreDame and New York Yankeesfan. He enjoyed going on bustrips to Notre Dame and NewYork to see the games.Preceding him in death washis sister, Rosemary (Fudjak)Chest.Surviving are his wife of 58years, the former Bernadine(Yablonski) Fudjak, at home;daughters, Deborah, Glen Lyon,and Ann Louise Cragle and herhusband, Donald, Alden; onegranddaughter, Sarah Cragle.Also surviving are nieces, neph-ews and cousins.Funeral services willbe on Tuesday begin-ning with PanachidaServices at 9:30 a.m.at the George A. Strish Inc.Funeral Home, 211 W. MainSt., Glen Lyon. Mass of DivineLiturgy is at 10 a.m. at St.Nicholas Ukrainian CatholicChurch, East Main Street, GlenLyon, with the Rev. John Seniwofciating. Interment will be St.Nicholas Cemetery, Glen Lyon.Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m.today. Parastas services will beat 7 p.m.In lieu of owers, contribu-tions can be made in his mem-ory to St. Nicholas UkrainianCatholic Church, P.O. Box 62,Glen Lyon, PA 18617. The fam-ily would like to express theirgratitude to Dr. Richard Hiscoxand to the staff at GuardianElder Care for their kindnessand compassion provided toWalter during his stay.
Michael Petyo, 85, of Mountain Top, passed away onSunday morning at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township on Oct. 31, 1927, asonofthelateGeorgeandHelenDanko Petyo. Michael attendedWilkes-Barre Township HighSchool and served with the U.S.Marine Corps during WorldWar II. Prior to his retirementin 1990, he had been employedfor many years as postmasterwith the U.S. Postal Service inNuangola. Mike was a memberofSt.Leo’s/HolyRosaryChurchin Ashley, and he was a memberof the Lithuanian Social Club inWilkes-Barre Township.He was preceded in death byhis brothers, John and GeorgePetyo, and by his sisters MaryGrula and Helen Domanski.Surviving are his wife of 63years, Mary D. Kumor Petyo;children, Denise Jacono andher husband, Frank, Milford,Del.; Michael Petyo and hiswife, Claudette, Allentown;Edmund Petyo and his wife,Corinne, Wilkes-Barre; sevengrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister AnnMcManamon and her husband, Thomas, Levittown; nieces andnephews.Funeral services willbe at 9 a.m. Tuesdayat the Nat & GawlasFuneral Home, 89 ParkAve., Wilkes-Barre, with a Massof Christian Burial to followat 9:30 a.m. in St. Leo’s/HolyRosary Church, 33 ManhattanSt., Ashley. Interment will be inSt. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may 5 to 8p.m. today at the funeral home.Online condolences may besent by visiting Michael’s obitu-ary at www.natandgawlasfuner-alhome.com.
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COLUMBUS,Ohio—Gettingfacetime with the family doctor couldsoon become even harder.A shortage of primary care physi-cians in some parts of the countryis expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain cover-age under the federal health care lawnext year. Doctors could face a back-log, and patients could nd it difcultto get quick appointments.Attempts to address the providergap have taken on increased urgencyaheadofthelaw’sfullimplementationJan. 1, but many of the potential solu-tions face a backlash from inuentialgroups or will take years to bear fruit.Lobbying groups representing doctors have questioned the safetyof some of the proposed changes,arguedtheywouldencouragelesscol-laboration among health profession-als and suggested they could createa two-tiered health system offering unequal treatment.Billsseekingtoexpandthescopeof practice of dentists, dental therapists,optometrists, psychologists, nursepractitioners and others have beenkilled or watered down in numerousstates. Other states have proposedexpanding student loan reimburse-ments, but money for doing so istight.As xes remain elusive, the short-fall of primary care physicians isexpected to grow.Nearly one in ve Americansalready lives in a region designatedas having a shortage of primary carephysicians,andthenumberofdoctorsentering the eld isn’t expected keeppace with demand. About a quartermillion primary care doctors work inAmerica now, and the Association of American Medical Colleges projectsthe shortage will reach almost 30,000in two years and will grow to about66,000 in little more than a decade.In some cases, nurses and physicianassistants help ll in the gap. The national shortfall can be attrib-uted to a number of factors: Thepopulationhasbothagedandbecomemore chronically ill, while doctorsand clinicians have migrated to spe-cialty elds such as dermatology orcardiology for higher pay and betterhours. The shortage is especially acute inimpoverished inner cities and ruralareas, where it already takes manymonths, years in some cases, to hiredoctors, health professionals say.“I’m thinking about putting ourhuman resources manager on thestreet in one of those costumeswith a ‘We will hire you’ sign,” saidDoni Miller, chief executive of theNeighborhood Health Associationin Toledo, Ohio. One of her clinicshas had a physician opening for twoyears.In southern Illinois, the 5,500residents of Gallatin County haveno hospital, dentist or full-time doc-tor. Some pay $50 a year for an airambulance service that can y themto a hospital in emergencies. Womendeliver babies at hospitals an houraway. The lack of primary care is botha fact of life and a detriment tohealth, said retired teacher andcommunity volunteer Kappy Scatesof Shawneetown, whose doctor is20milesawayinaneighboringcounty.“People without insurance or amedical card put off going to the doc-tor,” she said. “They try to take careof their kids rst.”In some areas of rural Nevada,patients typically wait seven to 10days to see a doctor.“Many, many people are not tak-ing new patients,” said Kerry AnnAguirre, director of business devel-opment at Northeastern NevadaRegional Hospital, a 45-bed facility inElko, a town of about 18,500 that is afour-hour drive from Reno, the near-est sizable city.Nevada is one of the states withthe lowest rate per capita of activeprimary care physicians, along withMississippi, Utah, Texas and Idaho,according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The problem will become moreacute nationally when about 30 mil-lion uninsured people eventually gaincoverage under the Affordable CareAct, which takes full effect next year.“There’s going to be lines for thenewly insured, because many phy-sicians and nurses who trained inprimary care would rather practicein specialty roles,” says Dr. DavidGoodman of the Dartmouth Institutefor Health Policy and ClinicalPractice.Roughly half of those who will gaincoverage under the Affordable CareAct are expected to go into Medicaid,the federal-state program for thepoor and disabled. States can opt toexpand Medicaid, and at least 24 andthe District of Columbia plan to.