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WILKES-BARRE Wilkes-Barre architect Carl Handmansaid he urged CityVest to moth-ball,orsealup,theHotelSterlinwhenheworkedontheprojectin2003 so the historic structurewouldn’t continue to deterioratewhile the site was marketed todevelopers.“If you know something’s badand you don’t do anything, and you let it gothrougheightmorewintersoffreezes,thawsandwater infiltration, the structure gets a heck of alot worse,” Handman said Friday.
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Developerblamedfor neglect
Architect said he urged CityVest topreserve the historic building so it wouldn’tdeteriorate.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
jandes@timesleader.com
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Carl Handman draws a sketch of the HotelSterling building.
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Though there’s plenty of action on the basket-ballcourtsthisweekendintheopeningroundsof the NCAA basketball tournament, there’s less ac-tion taking place in offices across the country.According to Chicago-based workplace consulting firm Challenger, Gray &Christmas Inc., total onlineviewershipofthegamesdur-ingworkhoursislikelytore-achatleast8.4millionhoursduring this year’s tourna-ment, which began Tuesdayand runs off and on throughthe championship April 4.Multiplythatfigurebytheaverage hourly earnings of $22.87 among private-sectorworkers, and the financialimpact exceeds $192 million.That does not even include those watching thegames on office televisions or those watchingames at home or at a bar because they’ve takenthe day off from work.In the old days, offices with televisions wouldtypically have workers gathering around thescreenafewtimesadaytocheckscoresandwatcha few minutes of game action.ThentheInternetcameandsiteslike ESPN.com offered live scoring updates for all games with the clickof the mouse. This dropped produc-tion even more.Butnowthere’swideraccesstogamecoverage: Smart phones, iPads, livestreaming video on the desktop, just toname a few.The impact seems extraordinarilyhigh, but Challenger, Gray & Christ-masChiefExecutiveOfficerJohnA.Challenger put the 8.4 millionhours of lost productivity in per-VIENNA — Diplomats andU.N. officials sought Friday todispel fears of a wider dangerfrom radioactivity spewinfrom Japan’s crippled nuclearreactors, saying there were nohazardstohealthoutsideoftheimmediate vicinity.As emer-gency effortsto reduce thedangersofin-creased radi-ation fromthe crippledplantwentin-to theireighth day,the U.N. nu-clear agencydescribedthesituation forthe secondday in a rowas worryinbut stable.Driven bywinds overthe PacificOcean, theradioactiveplume re-leased lastweek fromthe Fukushi-ma Dai-ichireachedSouthern California Friday,heightening concerns that Ja-pan’s nuclear disaster was as-suming international propor-tions.ButinVienna,diplomatsandofficialsfamiliarwiththesitua-tionassertedthattherewaslit-
U.N. todispelnuclearanxiety
Officials say there are nohazards to health outside ofthe vicinity.
ByGEORGEJAHN
Associated Press
“The ratesin Tokyoand othercities ...remain farfrom levelswhich re-quire ac-tion, inotherwords theyare notdangerousto humanhealth.’’
GrahamAndrew
InternationalAtomic EnergyAgency
See JAPAN, Page14A
MARCH MADNESS
S. JOHN WILKIN / THE TIMES LEADER
Lucky’s Sporthouse bartenders, Greg Yestrumskas, left, Amanda Rother and Audriana Lippnik, hear no evil, see noevil, and speak no evil as basketball fans play hooky fromwork and take in March Madness on a Friday afternoon.
Bagging the hoops
INSIDE
A NEWS:
Local 3ANation & World 5AObituaries 2A, 8AEditorial13A
B SPORTS:
Scoreboard 2BBaseball 6BBusiness 8B
C AT HOME:
Birthdays 4CFunnies10C
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Olivia AstolfiPartly sunny, colder.High 46. Low34
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Thanks to the NCAA and CBSsport-s.com, watching tournament basket-ball games on your desktop is easierand a bit safer.The “Boss Button” allows viewersof game action on ncaa.com orcbssportsline.com to watch the gameof their choice. If someone is coming,a quick click of the button brings up anew screen portraying an e-mail in-box that looks innocuous enough thatit wouldn’t raise any questions, unlesssomeone were to actually take a closelook at the e-mail itself.The content is updated daily andFriday’s included this snippet:“Congrats on making it throughThursday. But, you’re not out of thewoods yet. In fact, you need to startgetting crafty because by now every-one is starting to get suspicious. Imean honestly, how long has it beensince you were at your desk ALLDAY?!”The e-mail ends with these wordsof wisdom: “Remember it’s not slack-ing if you don’t get caught!”In addition, if for some reason youwere actually watching the game
‘Boss Button’ helps defend against calls for slacking 
See ‘BUTTON’ , Page10A
ByANDREWM.SEDER 
aseder@timesleader.com
TRIPOLI, Libya Trying to outmaneuverWestern military intervention, Moammar Gadha-fi’s government declared a cease-fire on Fridayagainsttherebeluprisingfalteringagainsthisartil-lery, tanks and warplanes. The opposition saidshells rained down well after the announcementandaccusedtheLibyanleaderoflying.Wary of the cease-fire, Britain and France tooktheleadinplanstoenforceano-flyzone,sending British warplanes to the Mediterranean and an-nouncingacrisissummitinPariswiththeU.N.andAraballies.InWashington,PresidentBarackOba-maruledouttheuseofAmericangroundtroopsbutwarned that the U.S., which has an array of na-
Gadhafi usescease-fire tactic
See CEASE-FIRE, Page14A
HAZLETON Thirteen stu-dents graduated Friday with anewtoolthattheysaygivesthemconfidence and will make it eas-ier for them to seek employmentTheir new tool is the Englishlanguage.The English as a Second Lan-guage Warehouse program,which prepares participants forjobsinthewarehouseindustry,isa comprehensive, 285-hourcourse that covers many topicsspecific to warehouse employ-ment and teaches English com-munication skills. On Friday, thefirst graduates of the programearned their completion certifi-cates.“Thisprogramwasestablishedas part of our goal to assist localcompanies to find qualified em-ployees and to help local resi-dents find jobs,” said Elaine Stal-fa, site administrator for the Ca-reerLinkcenterinHazleton.“We
For ESL students, word is ‘graduated’
BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Fromleft are ESL director Peg Rood, graduate Santa Tejada ofHazleton and instructor Eileen Kane.
See ENGLISH, Page10A
A Hazleton-area programtrains people to get jobs inthe warehouse industry.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
Jesus MunozCorporino Pena PerezJacqulin C. LopezJennyiffer DiezEdwin J. OteroAmarilis BaezMarlen AmadisSanta T. TejadaIrene M. UrenaMargarita NicasioMarie E. ClairismeMaximino VelezRosa Molina
ES LWA R E H O U S EP RO G RA MG RA D UAT ES
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Lucky’sSpor-thousehandedoutpaperbagmasksto bas-ketballfans.
By fair means or foul, local basketball fansare living out their annual rite of spring, theNCAA college basketball tournament
ByANDREWM.SEDER 
aseder@timesleader.com
“I’m at juryduty baby!”
Mask onanonymous personat Lucky’sSporthouse, areference to anexcuse for missingwork
ByHADEELAL-SHALCHI andRYANLUCAS 
Associated Press
 
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onald P. Rozanski, of BardwellRoad,Factoryville,Pa.,diedFri-day, March18, 2011, at the Commu-nity Medical Center in Scranton.He was born August 20, 1947, inWilkes-Barre, a son of the late Johnand Marion Pasternak Rozanski.Ron was a 1965 graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township HighSchoolandwasaU.S.NavyVeteran,servingtwotoursofdutyinVietnamwith the Navy Seabees Bravo Com-pany.HewasamemberoftheElkLakeAmerican Legion Post and was em-ployed as a welder at the Procter &Gamble Plant in Mehoopany, Pa.,for25years.Afterhisretirement,hewas a self-employed welder.Ron is survived by his wife of 18years, Carolyn Carey Strohl Rozan-ski;brothersandsisters-in-law,Johnand wife, Holly, of Springville, Pa.,and Gary and Sandra of Nuangola;sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Annand David Koval of Bear CreekTownship; as well as numerousnieces and nephews.
Funeralservices
willbeat11a.m. Tuesday from the Shel-don-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc.,73W.Tioga,Tunkhannock,withFa-ther Richard Polmounter, pastor of the Church of The Nativity BVM,Tunkhannock, officiating. Friendsand family may call at the funeralhome from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.Memorial contributions may bemade to NTSAD, 2001 Beacon St.,Ste. 204, Boston, MA 02135; or totheWyomingCountyCancerSocie-ty.Online condolences may be sentto the family at www.sheldonku-kuchkafuneralhome.com.
Ronald P. Rozanski
March18, 2011
J
ohn “Jack” F. Wasmanski Jr., 81,ofPlainsTownship,passedawaypeacefully Wednesday morning,March16,2011,intheHospiceoftheVNA Inpatient Unit of the HeritageHouse, Wilkes-Barre, following anillness.Jack was born in Plains Town-ship, on August 8, 1929, and was asonofthelateJohnandSophieBla-zekWasmanskiSr.Hewasalifelong residentofPlainsTownshipandwasagraduateofPlainsMemorialHighSchool, class of1947.HewasemployedbythePennsyl-vania Department of Transporta-tion until his retirement. He was asuccessful professional bowler andcompeted under the professionalname of Jack West. He toured theprofessional bowling tournamentcircuit across America for manyyears.He was a member of Ss. Peter &Paul Church, Plains Township, anda retired member of the Profession-al Bowlers Association.Survivingarehislovingwifeof57years, the former Mary G. Elko;brothers-in-law,JosephElkoandhiswife, Theresa, Dupont, Edward El-ko, Arlington, Texas, and WilliamElko, Dupont; as well as severalnieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack’sfuneral
willbeconductedat 9 a.m. Monday from the Mark V.YanaitisFuneralHome,55StarkSt.,Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss.Peter & Paul Church, Plains Town-ship. Interment will be in St. MaryByzantine Cemetery, Plains Town-ship. Friends may call from 2 to 5p.m. Sunday.The family requests memorialdonationsmaybegiventoSs.Peter& Paul Church, 13 Hudson Rd.,Plains, PA18705.Condolences and directions maybeaccessedatwww.yanaitisfuneral-home.com.
John F. Wasmanski Jr.
March16, 2011
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eterJeromePillets,77,widowerofColettePoulinPillets,former-lyof106ShipyardCircle,Anderson,S.C., died Wednesday, March 16,2011 at Carlisle Nursing Center inDue West, S.C.Born in Exeter, he was a son of thelatePeterandHelenZavadaPil-lets. He was a member of St. Bona-ventureCatholicChurchinWeston,Fla., where he was a church usherandanEmmausBrother.Jerrywasaveteran in the U.S. Navy serving inthe Korean War.Jerry was President and founderof American Recruiters of the USAInc.; American Recruiters Inc.;American Executive Search Inc.;American Medical Recruiters Inc.;American Recruiters of Miami Inc.;and was an owner and officer of Mini-Care Services.He attended St. Johns HighSchool in Exeter where he letteredinbasketball.Hewasalsoamemberand avid golfer at The BonaventureCountry Club in Weston, Fla.Jerry was preceded in death bytwo brothers, Daniel and StephenPillets; and one sister, Rose MarieDavis.Surviving are three daughters,Laura Bowen and husband, Robert,of Honea Path, S.C., Joni Zalopanyand husband, Peter, of Seminole,Fla., and Deborah Morris of Wood-stock, Ga.; one brother, David Pil-lets of Savannah, Ga.; eight grand-children and one great-grandchild.
Funeralservices
willbeheldat 11 a.m. Wednesday at theHonea Path Presbyterian Church,withtheRev.DeborahBroadwellof-ficiating. The family will receivefriends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior tothe service at the church.In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Honea Path Presby-terianFoodPantry,POBox512,Ho-neaPath,SC29654.Thefamilywillbe at the home of a daughter, LauraBowen, 515 Todd Road, HoneaPath.Pruitt Funeral Home is in chargeof arrangements.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeat www.parkerwhitepruitt.com.
Peter Jerome Pillets
March16, 2011
F
rank J. Mesh, 53, of AlexanderStreet, Wilkes-Barre, passedaway Friday, March 18, 2011, at hishome following a lengthy illness.Born on May 21,1957, in Wilkes-Barre,hewasasonofthelateThad-deus and Bernadine YarushefskiMesh. He graduated from HanoverAreaHighSchool,classof1975,andresided in the Lyndwood section of Hanover Township for most of hislife before moving to Wilkes-Barrein 2002.Frank had been employed bySmiths Aerospace Components,Plains Township, for18 years, retir-ing in 2007 due to health issues.He was a social member of theCatholic War Vets Post, AmericanLegion Post and The Fraternal Or-der of Police, all of Hanover Town-ship, and will be remembered as anavidNewYorkYankeesbaseballandDallas Cowboys football fan.Survivingarehiswife,theformerNancy Carey, with whom he cele-brated their seventh wedding anni-versary on August 29, 2011; a sonRyanMesh,Nesquehoning,Pa.;anda daughter Courtney Mesh, Wilkes-Barre; a stepson, Geoff Carey,Wilkes-Barre; step-granddaughters,BrianaandNatalieCarey;hisbroth-er,TeddyMeshandhiswife,Carole,Milton,Del.;andhissister,RosanneMesh-Klein and her husband,Frank,LyndwoodsectionofHanov-er Township; as well as a nephew,Jeffrey Mesh.
Private services
will be at theconvenience of the family. Therewill be no public visitation.Frank’sfamilywouldliketothankthe nurses of Hospice CommunityCare and also Dr. James Jiunta, hisdoctor, for the compassionate caregiven during his illness.Arrangements are under the di-rection of Davis-Dinelli FuneralHome,170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke.
Frank J. Mesh 
March18, 2011
C
eliaKlugerFreed,83,diedattheJewish Home of NortheasternPA in Scranton Thursday morning,March17, 2011.BorninWyoming, andaresidentofWestPittstonandKingstonasanadult,shewasadaughterofthelateLouis and Katye Rosenfeld Klugerand was a graduate of WyominHighSchoolandCollegeMisericor-dia.ShewasEternalLightmemberof Temple Israel Synagogue, a mem-ber of the Jewish Community Cen-ter,WestPittstonLionesses,Hadas-sah, Queen Esther and other reli-gious and civic organizations.Celia was preceded in death byher beloved husband, Monroe.She is survived by her sons, AlanFreed and his wife, Kathie, Sayre,Pa.,andEricFreedandhiswife,Do-ris Varlese, New Rochelle, N.Y.;daughter Ellen Freed, New York,N.Y.;twograndchildren;sisters,Re-nee Subrin, Chevy Chase, Md., andRuth Spector and her husband,Alan, Rockville, Md.; brother, Nor-man Kluger and his wife, Phyllis,Naples, Fla.; as well as nieces andnephews.
Funeral service
will be held atnoon Sunday at the Rosenberg Fu-neral Chapel, 348 S. River St.,Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Larry Ka-planofficiating.IntermentwillbeintheWestPittstonJewishCemetery.Shiva will be observed from 6 to 8p.m. Sunday at the Woodlands.Memorial contributions, if desir-ed, may be made to the NationalFederation of the Blind.Condolences may be e-mailed byvisiting Celia’s obituary at www.ro-senbergfuneralchapel.com.
Celia Kluger Freed
March17, 2011
Margaret A.“Maggie”Man-cos,65,ofWestWyoming andformerly of Pittston,passed awayThursday,March 17,2011, following a lengthy illness.Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was adaughterofthelatePeterandAlvi-na Urban Manganello.ShewasamemberofSt.Antho-ny of Padua Church, Exeter, andwas a 1963 graduate of West Pitt-ston High School, with honors.She then attended nursing school.Margaret belonged to thePROUD(PeopleRegardlessofOurDisabilities)organizationthatmetregularly at John Heinz Institute.Priortoherillness,shewasale-gal secretary for the law firm Ro-sen, Jenkins and Greenwald.Survivingareherhusbandof43years,MichaelJ.Mancos;andchil-dren, Debbie Mancos, Shavertown,and Michael P. Mancos, Wyoming.Also surviving are a sister, MarilynLitwin and her husband, Edward,Harding; nephew Edward Litwin Jr.,and his wife, Nicole, and great-neph-ew Joshua, Pittston; and nephewBrianLitwinandhiswife,Rosemary,and great-niece Julia, Plains Town-ship.
Funeralservices
will be held at 9a.m. Monday from the Gubbiotti Fu-neral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave.,Exeter,withaMassofChristianBuri-alat9:30a.m.atSt.AnthonyofPaduaChurch,Exeter.TheRev.JosephSib-ilano,O.S.J.,pastor,willbecelebrantwiththeRev.PaulMcDonnell,O.S.J.,as homilist. Interment will be inMount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.Relativesandfriendsmaycallfrom6to8p.m.Sundayatthefuneralhome.DonationsmaybemadetotheMi-chael J. Fox Foundation for Parkin-son’sResearch,TributeGifts,ChurchSt. Station, P.O. Box 780, New York,NY10008-0780,inHonorofMargaretMancos.
Margaret A. Mancos
March17, 2011
Edwin I.Thomas, 91, of Wilkes-Barre,passed awayFriday, March18, 2011, at theGeisingerWyoming Val-ley MedicalCenter, Plains Township.He was born February12,1920,in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the lateLewis and Mabel Thomas. Edwinwas a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II in the PacificTheater.Priortohisretirement,hewas employed for many years as asheetmetalworker,withtheSheetMetalWorkersUnion,Local44.HewasamemberoftheCentralUnit-ed Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre.Edwinwasprecededindeathbyhis wife, Ruth Thomas.Surviving are sons, James E.Thomas and his wife, Patricia,Wilkes-Barre, and Edwin L. Thomasand his wife, Maryann, Apalachin,N.Y.; grandchildren, Angela Manga-nello and her husband, Angelo, Deb-orah Thomas, Alison ThomasSchachter and her husband, Seth,and Edwin Trevor Thomas and hiswife,Heather;aswellasgreat-grand-children, Mia Ruth Manganello, Ai-den Schachter and Rebecca Schach-ter, and Edwin Max Thomas.
Funeral services
will be heldat 11:30 a.m. Monday from theNat&GawlasFuneralHome,89ParkAve., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev.John F. Laskowski, pastor of CentralUnited Methodist Church, officiat-ing.Familyandfriendsmaycallfrom10:30 to11:30 a.m. Monday at the fu-neral home.In lieu of flowers, memorial dona-tionsmaybemadetoCentralUnitedMethodist Church, 65 Academy St.,Wilkes-Barre, PA18701.
Edwin I. Thomas
March18, 2011
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John A. Hasay,95, farmer, busi-nessman, andveteran, passedaway on Thurs-day, March 17,2011.Born in 1915,in FairmountSprings,Pa.,hewasthesecondsonof the late George and Mary Paciga Ha-say.He worked the family farm andwalkedtoone-roomschoolhousesonRed Hill and later in Pleasant Valley.With his father he sold eggs, pota-toes, and jugs of apple cider in theNorthEndofWilkes-Barre,andfromtheseearlyexperienceshedevelopedthe skills to later sell cars.During the Great Depression, hefound work in the mines with theNottingham Coal Co. in Plymouth.WhentheWPAwasformed,withhisolder brother, Andrew, he drove adump truck at the Bernice Minesnear Lopez, Pa.When World War II started, being intheservice,heandhiswife,thefor-mer Anna Orzechowski Hasay, whopassedawayin2003,weremarriedinOctober 1944, but the Army thenshipped him overseas to the China-Burma-India Asiatic Pacific Theater,where he was stationed with the859th Ordnance Heavy EquipmentCo. as an engineer.He played a part in the construc-tion of the Ledo Road from India toChina, described as one of the great-est engineering feats of the entirewar.After the war, he became a roadforemanforthePennsylvaniaDepart-ment of Highways and began selling cars for Bill Johnson Chevrolet andR.G. Smith in Berwick. Then Dodgewent on strike in1950, which causedhimtoworkforDoyleSutliffChevro-let, where he and his younger broth-er, Joseph, later bought the Shick-shinny business, forming HasayChevrolet in1956.When Joseph suddenly passedaway in 1958, John ran the businessalone every day while supporting hiswife and three young sons. During thistime,notonlydidheachieveout-standing success – single-handedlyselling more than1,000 new Chevro-letsinthe1973modelyear–butalsowhile being a Democratic Commit-teeman for over 50 years, he raisedthree sons, one becoming a StateRepresentative, another, a Magist-erial District Judge, while his thirdsonworkedwithhimatthebusiness.His small town Chevrolet dealershipwas one of the nation’s longest run-ning single Motor Division franchis-es in Chevrolet history, selling Che-vys for over 54 years.He held life membership at theAmericanLegionPost495,theMoca-naquaV.F.W.Post6434,andtheUnit-ed Sportsmen Camp 271. He was ontheBoardofDirectorsfortheformerWyoming National Bank in Shick-shinny, a member of the former As-cension Parish in Mocanaqua, andheld memberships with the CatholicWar Veterans, the Am-Vets, the Elks,the Moose and many other organiza-tions.Besideshiswife;brothers,Andrewand Joseph; and parents, he was pre-ceded in death by his sister, Mary.He is survived by his son Georgeand his wife, Nancy, and grand-daughter, Rachel; son John and hiswife, Ember, and grandson, John Ja-cob, and granddaughter, Molly; sonAndrew; sisters, Anna Crepack andSophie Gabana, all of Shickshinny;sisters, Helen Heller and Irene Kro-piewnicki of Bloomsburg; as well asseveral nieces and nephews.
Funeral services
will be heldat 9 a.m. Monday from theMayo Funeral Home, 77 N. Main St.,Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of ChristianBurialat10a.m.inSt.Mar-tha’sChurch,HolySpiritParish,Fair-mount Springs, Pa., with his pastor,the Rev. Anthony Generose, as cele-brant. Entombment will be in thefamily’s mausoleum at MossvilleCemetery, near his Red Hill farm inFairmount Township. Military ser-vices will be conducted by AmericanLegion Post 495 of Shickshinny. Vis-itation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m.Sunday at the funeral home.Condolences may be sent by visit-ing www.mayofh.com.
John Hasay 
March17, 2011
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WILKES-BARRE – A city man willagainstandtrialonhomicidechargesinthe death of a 1-year-old after his firsttrial resulted in an acquittal of first-de-gree murder and a mistrial.LuzerneCountyJudgeTinaPolachekGartley scheduled a June 27 trial datefor37-year-oldLamontCherry,chargedwithhomicideintheMay2009deathof his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter, Za-layia McCloe.Cherry first stood trial in McCloe’sdeath in January, and after a two-weektrial,includingjuryselection,amistrialwas declared due to a juror’s miscon-duct after the jury had decided Cherrywas not guilty of first-degree murder.Juror Gretchen Black, a seventh-gradeteacheratNorthwestAreaSchoolDistrict and mother of four, had con-ducted research after the jury had gonehome for the day about retinal detach-ment – a complication of shaken babysyndrome McCloe allegedly sufferedbefore her death.An investigation was conducted andBlack was not charged with any wrong-doing.Cherrywillnowfacechargesofthird-degree murder and involuntary man-slaughter. Had Cherry been convictedof first-degree murder, he would havefacedthedeathpenaltyorlifeinprison.William Ruzzo, Cherry’s attorney,said he does not expect the new trial tolast more than four days.Polachek Gartley said there will be apre-trial hearing on June 20 where sheand attorneys will discuss questionsasked to potential jurors as well as in-structions to be given to jurors who areselected.The judge said she will concentratespecifically on if any juror has heardabout the case and what they knowabout it.
Cherry will be retried on homicide charge
W-B man’s first trial resulted inacquittal of charge and mistrial.
BySHEENADELAZIO
sdelazio@timesleader.com
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Lamont Cherrywalks through thehall of the Lu-zerne CountyCourthouse onthe way to amorning hearingwith other prison-ers behind him.Cherry nowfacestrial on charges ofthird-degree mur-der and involun-tary manslaugh-ter.
See CHERRY, Page 4A
Luzerne County Senior Judge Ri-chard Saxton has denied countyProthonotary Carolee Medico Ole-nginski’s legal action attempting toforce the county to keep the protho-notary as an elected post when homerule is implemented in January.Medico Olenginski’s suit arguedthat the keeping of civil records fallsunder the judicial system, and put-ting those duties under an appointedcounty manager and elected councilthrough home rule would violate thestate constitution.The county had argued thatthere’s no case law or evidence thatthe prothonotary is part of the courtbranch and that thelaw allows homerule charters to res-tructure the office.Medico Olengin-ski will remain in of-fice through 2013but will lose herpower to run the of-fice when home ruleis implemented inJanuary. The suitdid not attempt tostop the rest ohome rule from tak-ing effect.County attorneyMark Bufalino saidthe county is “verypleased” with the de-cision.Saxton’s rulinreaffirmed his argu-ment that the proth-onotary is not partof the judiciary andhas no standing tosue, Bufalino said.“The majority of the people who insti-tuted this new homerule government said this is whatthey wanted to happen, so this deci-sion means their votes will be ful-filled,Bufalino said.“We think the court soundly had ahandle on all of the issues and madea well-reasoned decision,” he said.Prothonotary Solicitor Sam Stret-ton said he will appeal to Common-wealth Court because he does notbelieve the law intended the coun-ty’s executive branch to oversee thekeeping of civil court records.“I disagree with the court’s ratio-nale, and I think it creates a verydangerous precedent,” Stretton said.“I respect Judge Saxton, but thistime I think he’s wrong, with all duerespect.”The suit is filed against the threecounty commissioners as well as the11-member Government Study Com-mission that drafted the charter,though the study commission hasdisbanded.
Action byMedicoOlenginskiis denied
Judge rules against prothonotary’sattempt to keep her job when homerule is implemented.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
jandes@timesleader.com
“The ma-jority ofthe peoplewho in-stitutedthis newhome rulegovern-ment saidthis iswhat theywanted tohappen, sothis deci-sion meanstheir voteswill be ful-filled.”
Mark Bufalino
County attorney
ASHLEY–TheU.S.PostalServiceabandoned its Ashley Post Friday.After more than 150 years of oper-ation, the U.S. Post Office at 31 N.Main St. in Ashley shut its doors forthe final time at 5 p.m. Friday.“I’m going to miss it terrible,”Joan Thomas, of Manhattan Street,saidattheofficeFriday.“It’stheonlypost office I ever knew.”The closure of the Ashley office,announced Feb. 14, was part of a2009 review that examined 3,300stations and branches in urban andsuburban areas across the country,focusing on facilities in relativeclose proximity to one another. Cus-tomers are being referred to post of-fices on South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre,SouthMountainBoulevardinMountain Top or North River Streetin Plains Township.ManystoppingbyforonelastvisittotheAshleyofficeFridaysaidthoseoffices can’t replace what the Ashleyoffice offered.Gary Kratz, of Forty Fort, said heuses the Ashley Post Office when heis in the area because the smallerbranch office is typically less-crowd-ed than the main Wilkes-Barrebranch.Kratz said he thinks the U.S. PostService should keep the Ashley of-fice.“It’s not as busy as the main onedowntown,”hesaid.“Youdon’thaveto stand in line.”Louis McManus, of Wilkes-BarreTownship, said “the location is ac-tually excellent. It’s easy to access(and) a lot of people use it.”She said customers from WarriorRun, Sugar Notch and even parts of Nanticokenowhavetotravelfartherand wait longer for postal services.The Ashley branch is about twomilesfromtheWilkes-BarrePostOf-fice.Customers of the Ashley officesaid the office is also out of the floodplain, on a public bus route and of-fersspeedier,morepersonalservice.“ThisweekIboughtthreebooksof stamps, just so I don’t have to go toWilkes-Barre,” Thomas said.
ASHLEY POST OFFICE
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Mike Yech visits the Ashley Post Office for the final time on Friday. It shut its doors for the final time at 5p.m. aftermore than150 years of operation.
The last postmark 
Residents mourn loss of post office
“I’m going to miss it terrible.It’s the only post office I ev-er knew.”
Joan Thomas
Ashley resident
ByMATTHUGHES 
mhughes@timesleader.com
See STAMP, Page 4A
ASHLEY – One man is working topreservetheAshleyPostOffice’sinteri-or for public display.Michael Chmiola, 28, wants to pre-serve the interior façade of the post of-fice – a wood structure that will be dis-mantled and placed in storage unlessChmiola can convince the U.S. PostalService to donate it so it can be placedon display. The Plymouth HistoricalSocietyhasalreadytoldChmiolathatithas space to display the structure.“It’slastedsolongmaybe158years– and it will be gone soon,” Chmiolasaid. “This is an important part of ourhistory and it should be put on displayandnotplacedinstorageordestroyed.Ray Daiutolo, regional spokespersonfortheU.S.PostalService,saidamain-tenance crew will be in there soon tostart removing all the equipment anddismantling the wooden façade.“I’m facilitating Mr. Chmiola’s re-questwithourdistrictoffice,Daiutolosaid. “Some of the work to unpostalizethe space we rent could result in somedamage. But if they can salvage thewooden structure, we will try to helpMr. Chmiola out, but we won’t know
Ashley’s old post office could live on in history 
DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
Michael Chmiola hasa plan to keep me-mories of the Ash-ley Post Office alive.He wants the U.S.Postal Service todonate much of theinterior so that itcan be put on dis-play. The PlymouthHistorical Society isinterested and saysit has the space.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
See ASHLEY, Page 4A
PLAINS TWP. – Township po-lice are trying to sort differentstories about what happened inthe Woodlands Inn & Resortparking lot, where two womenwerestruckbyavehicleearlyFri-day morning.It may come down to surveil-lance video of the incident thatwasreportedjustafter2a.m.,po-lice Lt. Richard Lussi said.Police said two women, MariaPhillips, 18, of Wilkes-Barre, andTaysha Toro, 18, of Brooklyn,N.Y.,werestruckbyavehicledri-venbyJoseM.OquendoJr.,29,of Wilkes-Barre.Phillips suffered a head injuryand Toro suffered injuries to herwrist and an-kle. They weretransported toGeisingerWyoming Val-ley MedicalCenter inPlains Town-ship, Lussisaid.Oquendosped away afterhitting the twowomenandcol-lided head-onwith anothervehicle whileleaving theparking lot, po-lice said.After the second crash, wit-nesses chased Oquendo throughthe parking lot.“It is an ongoing investiga-tion,”Lussisaid.“We’vereceivedconflicting stories about whathappened.”Lussi said there were state-ments by witnesses that Oquen-dowasassaultedbeforehestruckthe two women with his vehicle.Oquendo suffered minor inju-riesandwastransportedtoGeis-inger Wyoming Valley MedicalCenter.Lussi said Oquendo refused tosubmit to a blood-alcohol test.Under state law, drivers sus-pected of being intoxicated whorefuse to submit to a blood testautomatically lose their driver’slicense for one year.“We didn’t charge him yet be-cause we’re still investigating todetermine what happened,” Lus-si said.Police may still be able to de-termine Oquendo’s blood-alco-hol level by executing a searchwarrant and subpoena for hismedical records, which is com-monlyperformedbylawenforce-ment agencies.“We’ll know more when we re-viewthesurveillancetapes,”Lus-si said.
Woodlandscar injuryincidentstudied
Two women are injured Fridaymorning. No charges have yetbeen filed.
ByEDWARDLEWI
elewis@timesleader.com
Under statelaw, driverssuspected ofbeing in-toxicated whorefuse tosubmit to ablood testautomaticallylose theirdriver’s li-cense for oneyear.

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