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– A Lu-zerne County senior judgescheduled a hearing next week for double homicidesuspect Hugo Selenski toappear in Luzerne CountyCourt.Senior Judge Chester Mu-roski said a hearing will beheld on April 7 to schedule apre-trial conference and/ortrial date for Selenski’s trialon homicide charges.Attorneys from the DistrictAttorney’s Office made arequest last month for thehearing after the state Su-preme Court declined a re-quest to hear Selenski’s ap-peal regarding the admissib-ility of testimony.Selenski is charged withkilling Michael Kerkowskiand Tammy Fassett in 2002. Their bodies were unearthedat the home he shared withhis girlfriend on Mount OlivetRoad in Kingston Township inJune 2003.
– A Wap- wallopen man investigatorssay was the main cocainesupplier in a drug ring plead-ed guilty to related chargesFriday.Anthony Manchio, 51, en-tered the plea before LuzerneCounty Judge David Lupas to13 related counts. Lupas saidManchio will be sentenced onJune 2.Investigators said Manchioand 22 other members of theOutlaws Motorcycle Club were charged in the ongoing investigation, known as Oper-ation Avalanche. According tocourt records, the investiga-tion began in July 2008 whenagents with the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation unitreceived information that thegroup was selling large quan-tities of cocaine in the Wilkes-Barre area.Undercover agents raidedthe Outlaws Motorcycle Club,based in a clubhouse at115 N.Main St., Ashley. Investiga-tors said they made about 30controlled cocaine purchasesfrom members since July2009. Thousands of calls wereintercepted through court-authorized wiretaps that ledagents to identify Manchio asthe Outlaws’ main cocainesupplier.
– The U.S.Attorney’s Office for the Mid-dle District of Pennsylvaniaannounced that a Wyoming County man was indicted by afederal grand jury in receiv-ing, possessing and distribut-ing child pornography.Prosecutors allege JosephKeller, 26, of Tunkhannock Township, used a computer todownload and distributeimages of child pornographybetween January 2010 andFebruary 2011. The charges stem from aninvestigation by the FederalBureau of Investigation, thePennsylvania State Police andthe Luzerne County DistrictAttorney’s Office.If convicted of the tworelated charges, investigatorssaid Keller faces a mandatoryfive-year prison sentence.
– A Hard-ing man charged with making two young girls pose nudeand sexually abusing themover a five-year period wassentenced Wednesday to14 to28 months in county prison.Allan Nelson Irace, 64, of state Route 92, was sentencedby Luzerne County JudgeDavid Lupas on two counts of indecent assault . Irace plead-ed guilty to the charges inNovember.Lupas deemed Irace a sex-ually violent predator after aninvestigation was conductedby the state Sexual Offender’sAssessment Board. Irace willhave to register his addressunder Megan’s Law for hisentire life.Lupas ordered Irace toreport to the county prison onApril18 to begin serving hissentence. Irace was repre-sented by attorney MichaelButera. Assistant DistrictAttorney Maureen Collinsprosecuted the case.Prosecutors alleged Irace,from January 2005 to January2010, inappropriately touchedthe girls, “French kissed”them and had them pose nudefor what the girls called “mod-eling.”
Nathan Lee Adams and Ter-rah Christina Cobb
Mark Everhart and JeanBaker
Jason Robert Gulyas andShannon Marie Martin
Manuel Enrique Garcia andAmanda Jean Haynes
Richard Alan Deno and Santi-na Vinciarelli
David Weiss and SheenaDelazio
Joseph Gushock Jr. and Ash-ley Ann Stuart
Leonard L. Hromek Jr. andJayne Louise Stokes
Michael A. Fuller and ChereRenee Keeney
Bradley M. Post and Shelia D.Casteel
Mark Mattei and Hillary LeighGross
George Fulton and NicoleneA. Fulton
Malcolm John Evans andDawn Van Keuren
Russell Escobar and JessicaGlaser
Alquan Dayshawn Council andJanida Smith
Leo Dragon III, Bear Creek,and Kathy Dragon, Bear Creek
Richard Podlesny, Hazleton,and Lisa Podlesny, Conyngham
Raymond Orth, West Hazle-ton, and Janet Orth, West Hazle-ton
Robert Lockman Jr., Shaver-town, and Keilie Lockman, Har-veys Lake
Mary Hart, Hanover Town-ship, and Thomas Hart, Ashley
David Ermish, Mountain Top,and Kimberly Ermish, Wilkes-Barre
Sandra Bullock, HunlockCreek, and Mark Bullock, Ply-mouth
Robert Mock, Sugarloaf, andKatherine Mock, Shenandoah
Brian Clark, West Pittston,and Audra Clark, Hughestown
Gladys Paez, Wilkes-Barre,and Vicente Paez, Wilkes-Barre
Victoria Hock, Freeland, andBrian Hock, White Haven
Tammy Mead, Wilkes-Barre,and Paul Mead, Columbus, Ohio
Chad Martin, Hunlock Creek,and Kelly Martin, Dallas
Elsa Soto, Hazleton, andJorge Garcia, McAdoo
David Neaus, Hazle Township,and Tonya Neaus, Hazle Township
Elmer I. Reese to ChesapeakeApplachia LLC, 82 acres, FranklinTownship
A Wilkes-Barre man whobilked thousands of dollarsfrom his late brother’s Eastonestate will serve up to 21/2 years in state prison, a North-ampton County judge decidedFriday.Jeffrey A. Benson, 50, ad-mitted earlier to felony theftfor stealing $83,645 intendedfor his father while adminis-tering the estate of GeorgeBenson Jr., who died in Febru-ary 2008 at 45.Benson was arrested afteran investigation by a North-ampton County detectivefound he took $167,291 that was to be split between his fa-ther, George Benson Sr. of Kyle, W. Va., and his mother,Lena H. Benson of Easton, po-lice said.But only his father was in-terested in pressing charges,and he wanted Benson prose-cuted to the fullest extent of the law, said defense attorneySusan Hutnik, who noted thatthe dad was "never involved inhis life."In court, Benson said hisbrother did not want his fa-ther to have a "red dime" of the money. But Benson saidhe takes responsibility, saying he was overwhelmed by grief and the demands of oversee-ing an estate."My father, the man whoselast name I bear, I wish him noill will," Benson said.Under Judge Leonard Zito’ssentence, Benson will be eligi-ble for parole after 15 monthsand will be on probation for31/2 years after he completeshis prison time. He also is or-dered to make restitution.In reaching his decision, Zi-to rejected Hutnik’s requestfor house arrest, saying hecouldn’t ignore the amount of money Benson stole."His mother is forgiving,however this crime cannot bepunished by house arrest," Zi-to said.Benson will report to prisonApril 8.
W-B man gets jail for estate theft
Jeffrey Benson admitted tostealing money intended forhis father.
The Morning Call, Allentown.
WILKES-BARRE – Retired cityfirefighter Norm Davis has an-nounced his candidacy for CityCouncil in District A as a Demo-crat.Davis retired from the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department after 36 years of service as anassistant fire chief. Agraduate of GAR HighSchool and the parale-gal program at PennStateUniversity,heat-tended fire science classes at Lu-zerne County Community College.Davis also served in the UAA.S.Marine Corps before his appoint-ment to the city fire department.Davis is married to the formerBarbara Fritzges and they have twosons, Edmund and Jason, and fourgrandchildren.Davis said he feels that service isthe answer tokeeping the citystrong. He saidstrong municipalservices will at-tract people tolive in the city. Hesaid police, firepublic works andcode enforcement services are ex-pected and must be provided.“Residents must feel safe and se-cure,” Davis said. “I feel the down-town is very important to our city,however our neighborhoods arethe heart and that’s where we needto concentrate.”Davis said he has seen a lot of forsale signs in front of city propertiesand he said that needs to change.“We have to treat our neighbor-hoods better,” Davis said. “Let’s be-gin with the residents.”
Norm Davis will run for W-B City Council
SCRANTON – HarryCardoni, the attorney atthe center of former JudgeMichael Toole’s corruptioncase has been suspendedfrom practicing law in fed-eral court. The ruling, issued Fri-day by U.S. District CourtChief Judge Yvette Kane,is based on the Dec. 28 rul-ing by the state SupremeCourt that suspended Car-doni from practicing law inPennsylvania. The suspension wasbased on Cardoni’s admis-sion that he had given Toole free use of a New Jer-sey beach house as a re- ward for assigning an at-torney that had been handpicked by Cardoni to hear-ing an uninsured motoristarbitration case.An attorney suspendedfrom practicing law instate court is subject to thesame disciplinary action infederal court unless theyfile an objection stating reasons why the identicalpunishment should not beimposed.In her order, KaAnenoted Cardoni had not fil-ed any objection.
Cardoni is suspendedfrom the federal courts
Times Leader Staff
ORLANDO,Fla.—Dollsdon’tstrap on parachutes and jump off buildings.Action figures do. And on Fri-daymorningmorethan300plas-ticG.I.Joefigureswentparachut-ing off the roof of Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel to kick off G.I. JoeCon, a two-day conven-tionatthesiteforfansoftheHas-bro toys. Withhelpfromaclusterofcol-lectors, the 300 G.I. Joes werethrown from the building to agroup of fans below. When thefiguresfloateddowntoearth,thefans ran to where they landed inhopes of snagging one of the sol-dier souvenirs, which are exclu-sive to the convention.G.I. Joe brand manager Alex-ander Sturke said the parachutedrop has become a tradition.“The whole idea of throwing aguy up in the air and having himparachute down is a fun thing todo for kids,” Sturke said.But they’re not all kids.Luciano Guimaraes, 35, of Clermont,Fla.,walkedawaywithoneofthelimited-editionfigures, whichheplanstokeepforhiscol-lection.“New figure. New style. It’s ve-ry exciting,” Guimaraes said. The18th annual convention isacelebrationoftheactionfiguresthatfirstappearedin1964and,al-most 50 years later, continues toinspire a new generation withcomic books, cartoons and fea-ture films.Collectors and fans fromaround the world will be at theconvention, which features thou-sandsofrareandvintagefigures,panel discussions and contests.
A strategic maneuver for G.I. JoeCon
Three hundred action figuresare launched from hotel fortwo-day convention.
The Orlando Sentinel
– Boroughtax collector Mary Ann Brodgin-ski reminds residents the end of the rebate period is April15 forthe 2011county/municipalproperty taxes.Hours of collection are Mon-day from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tues-day from 6 to 8 p.m. or by call-ing for an appointment at 825-4043. Payers should send bothcopies of the tax bill when mail-ing in payments.
– The boroughstreet department will begincollecting yard waste Friday.Leaves can be placed in plasticbags that are not tied. Grasscannot be placed in plastic bags.Branches must be cut in 4-footsections and can be no largerthan 2 inches in diameter.Branches can be placed in acontainer or bundled.Shrubs and clippings will becollected. Shrubs will not bepicked up if there is a dirt ballon the roots. Rocks and dirt willnot be collected.
. - TheJenni Sunshine Foundation willbe having its Spring Fundraiserand Food Drive11:30 a.m. to 5p.m. today and Sunday at the Walmart Supercenter.Potato pancakes and hand-made spring-themed grapevine wreaths will be available for adonation. Free children’s artprojects will be offered between11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. eachday.All children must be accompa-nied by an adult.Canned or non-perishablefood items will also be collectedto be donated to the St. Vincentde Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre. The foundation is a communi-ty-based organization that isbroadening children’s horizonsthrough the arts and helping thehomeless. .
. -- State Rep.Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, announced the stateDepartment of EnvironmentalProtection has awarded a$15,747 grant to Wright Town-ship as a reward for recycling performance and an incentive tocontinue improving recycling rates. The township received theRecycling Performance Grantbased on recycling1,151.8 tonsof material in 2008 and its pop-ulation.DEP also awarded a $22,270grant to Luzerne County to helpdevelop and operate hazardous waste recycling collections inButler and Hanover townships.