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Woman facing 2 counts
A woman accused by city police of placing two young children in a taxi foran unsupervised fare to an address waived her right to a preliminary hear-ing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court.Holly Karpien, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, waived two counts of endangering the welfare of children to Luzerne CountyCourt on Thursday.According to the criminal complaint:A Burgit cab driver told police he was dispatched to the 500 block of South Main Street on March 30 totransport a10-year-old girl and an 8-month-old toddler to the100 block of Jones Street. The transport was notsupervised by an adult, police said. The driver took the children to theJones Street residence and found itunoccupied. The children were return-ed to Main Street, where Karpien alleg-edly called a second cab to take thechildren to Jones Street, the complaintsays.Police said in the complaint that thetemperature was in the mid-20s andthe two children were wearing light- weight pajamas. The toddler was notcovered in a blanket, jacket or headcovering, police allege.
DUI charge goes forward
A man accused by city police of drunken driving and endangering apolice officer during a pursuit waivedhis right to a preliminary hearing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on Thurs-day.Jeffery Narkewicz, 41, of Plainfield,Conn., waived two counts each of driv-ing under the influence of alcohol andfleeing or attempting to elude police,and one count each of reckless en-dangerment, resisting arrest, disorder-ly conduct, driving with a suspendedlicense, accidents involving injury andseveral traffic citations to LuzerneCounty Court.Police charged Narkewicz with flee-ing the scene after he struck a vehicleon Hazle Avenue on April 8. Policespotted Narkewicz in the area of WoodStreet, where he allegedly attempted toescape. An officer jumped on his vehi-cle when he turned onto SambourneStreet, where he was forced to stop byan oncoming vehicle, according to thecriminal complaint.Police said in the criminal complaintthat Narkewicz was intoxicated.
Armed robbery probed
Police are investigating an armedrobbery that took place at approximate-ly 3:29 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Hill,460 W. Main St.Police described the suspect as a white male, approximately 5 feet 9inches tall, with a thin build, and wear-ing a black shirt, gray pants, blackbaseball cap and black shoes.Police said the man entered the storeand asked the clerk for change for adollar bill. The clerk opened the cashregister, at which point the manshowed a knife and demanded themoney from the register, police said. The clerk gave him an undeterminedamount of money from the register,police said.Police said the suspect fled ontoMain Street in a small silver vehicle.Anyone with any information aboutthe incident is asked to call NanticokeCity Police at 735-2200.
$7K grant helps seniors
Thanks to a $7,000 grant from TheBlue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Crossof Northeastern Pennsylvania, SerentoGardens teamed with a nurse and apharmacist to educate more than 300residents at Med-Ed meetings at localsenior centers and housing complexesduring the past year. The free sessions covered topicssuch as throwing away expired med-icines, the hazards of interactionsamong drugs, the dangers of sharing prescriptions, and how to notice signsof alcoholism among the elderly. The need for such education is espe-cially great in the Hazleton area, where2010 Census figures indicate that near-ly half the population is age 45 or olderand one in four residents is older thanage 62.Across the country, poisoning byprescription medicines is currently thesecond-leading cause of unintentionaldeaths annually, according to the Cen-ters for Disease Control and Preven-tion.
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KINGSTON–Aschildrenarebeingre-moved froma home to enter foster care,theyaregiven10minutestofillagarbagebagwithpersonalbelongings,saidLindaCoolbaugh,founderofS.M.I.L.E.,achar-itybenefitingWyomingCountyChildrenandYouth. This is often the first experience chil-dren have when entering the foster caresystem.Inanefforttomakethistransitioneas-ier, S.M.I.L.E collects items such as per-sonal hygiene items along with clothing andotheritemsforfosterchildren,tobereceivedfromchildrenandyouthservic-es after the youths are removed fromtheirhomes.Recently, Holy Trinity LutheranChurchinKingstonheldafundraiserforproject S.M.I.L.E. during the 40 days of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday andending on Easter Sunday. Coolbaughstarted S.M.I.L.E, which stands for Suit-casesMakeIndividualsLivesEasier,lastOctober.On Saturday, the church gave severalhundred items to Coolbaugh. Collecteditemsincludedfleeceblankets,undergar-ments, magazines, notebooks, pencils,puzzles, clothing, sippy cups, shampoosandsoaps.“Since I started this, I have collectedaboutfourcarloadsofitems,”Coolbaughsaid. “They (Wyoming County ChildrenandYouth)willcallothercountychildrenand youth agencies to see if they needanything.”Starting last October, Coolbaugh hastriedtogetthewordoutabouttheneedsof children entering foster care throughherlocalnewspaper,theWyomingCoun-tyPressExaminer.HardingresidentCandyFrye,formerlyof Tunkhannock, saw Coolbaugh’s letter
Reaching out to foster children
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MatthewWhite, of Wilkes-Barre, loadsitems into a bag to be given to fosterchildren as part of Project S.M.I.L.E.
Church collects items for youth entering system
Times Leader Correspondent
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To help out with project S.M.I.L.E, contactLinda Coolbaugh at 836-2765 or 905-5834.
FO R M O R E I N FO R M AT I O N
WILKES-BARRE – After muchthought and effort, Don Miller an-swered one part of the question andlefttheotherpartunanswered.Miller,aWorldWarIIhistorian,au-thorandtheMcCrackenProfessorof HistoryatLafayetteCollege,wasthefeatured speaker Sunday at Holo-caustRemembranceDayattheJew-ishCommunityCenter.Hespoketoap-proximately 100peopleonthetop-ic, “Whether ornot the Alliescould have orshould havebombed Ausch- witzduringWorld War II.” Approxi-mately 6 millionJews were killedby the Nazi re-gime during the Holocaust, forcing them into concentration camps likeAuschwitzinPoland.“Idon’thaveanyeasyanswers,”ac-knowledged Miller, who has servedasahistoricalconsultantfor“ThePa-cific” documentary on HBO, “World WarIIinHD”ontheHistoryChannelandason-cameraexpertinthePublicBroadcasting System’s program,“TheBombingofGermany.”Alliedforceswerebombinginthearea of Auschwitz in the summer of 1944anditcouldhavebeenatarget,hesaid.“Itwasfeasible.”However,thatwasbasedonhisre-search, Miller said, which showedtheAmericanaircommandneverun-dertookitsownfeasibilitystudy.Miller criticized a review done byJohnJ.McCloy,assistantsecretaryof the war, in 1944 who would not au-thorize the bombing. McCloy con-cluded the bomber flights wouldhavehadtooriginatefromEngland,approximately 2,000 miles awayfrom the camp, and the aircraft andcrews could not be diverted fromtheir critical missions of destroying
Whether Allies could have or should have bombed Auschwitz discussed
‘Tough issue’ mulled
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Mitchell Pisarz,14, lights one of six candles each representing1million people that diedin the Holocaust. Behind Mitchell are his father, Allan, and grandfather, Morris, a survi-vor of Auschwitz.
“I don’thave anyeasy an-swers.”
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HAZLE TWP. – The HazletonArea School Board will hold abudget meeting Wednesday anda finance committee meeting Thursday to try to come up with ways to balance the school dis-trict’s budget. TheboardlastThursdayvotedto rescind a previous vote that would have eliminated all socialclubs and all middle schoolsports. That was after a gymnasiumfull of concerned parents, teach-ersandstudentspleadedwiththeboardatthemeetingatMcAdoo-Kelayres Elementary School tosave the programs.Board members listened asparents, teachers and studentstook turns stepping to the podi-um to speak in favor of not cut-ting the programs.After deciding to keep thesports and clubs, they unani-mously approved board memberSteveHahn’smotiontoaskallde-partment heads to cut 5.5 per-cent more off their alreadyslashed budgets.Another heated agenda item wasthepurchaseofa$4.4millionmagnet school that will be usedto solve the overcrowding in theclassroomsinthedistrict.Amag-netpublicschoolhasspecificpro-grams and instruction that arenot available elsewhere in aschool district and that are spe-cially designed to draw studentsfrom throughout the district. Ac-ceptance in the school would re-quire good grades, interest in aspecific curriculum and teacherrecommendations. The building is located inDrumsandisownedbyCANDOCorp. The board voted against a mo-tion to postpone the purchase of thebuildingbecausethebuilding would provide the 1,500 seatsneeded to alleviate the over-crowding issue in the district.Business Manager Tony Rybaexplained that although the ini-tial cost for the magnet school is$4.4 million, the district wouldbe reimbursed 66 percent for thebuildingandanadditional25per-cent would be reimbursed fromconstruction. Final net cost would only be $1.5 million. The meeting Wednesday be-gins at 5 p.m. in the Administra-tion Building’s second-floor con-ference room. The finance com-mitteemeetingonThursdayisat7 p.m. in the Hazleton Area Ca-reer Center, large group instruc-tion room.
School board rescinds vote toeliminate all social clubs,middle school sports.
Time Leader Correspondent
The mother of a teenager who took his own life several years ago has formed a sup-port group in Hazleton forfamilymembersandfriendsof people who have committedsuicide.SamanthaNeaman,40,saidshe formed the Suicide Be-reavement Support Group tohelp others who have lostlovedonestosuicidedealwiththe special issues in the griev-ing process.In addition to their grief,survivingfamilymembersandfriends are often plagued byguilt that they did not see orrecognize signs that the per-son was in distress. Thatmakes the grieving processthat much more difficult, shesaid.“It’s a whole different proc-ess in addition to the normalgrieving process,” Neamansaid. “It’s so beneficial for sur- vivorstowalkintoaroomandbe with people who are going through the same thing.”Neaman’s 13-year-old son,Kyle Koslop, killed himself onFeb.10,2007.Neamansaidhersonwaspopular,outgoingandan excellent student. He gaveno indication he was suicidal.“He was very bright, funny,popular,” she said. “He was just a fantastic kid. I had noreason for concern.” The formation of the groupcomesatatimewhensuicidesareontheincreaseinthecoun-ty.In 2010, 50 people commit-ted suicide, up from 35 in2009, according to the Lu-zerne County Cororner’s Of-fice. This year, 14 have com-mitted suicide, the coroner’soffice said.Neaman said she was moti- vated in part to start a Hazle-tonareagroupbecausenineof the 50 suicides in 2010 in- volved people from the Free-land/Hazleton area. The group has been formed with the help of Catholic So-cial Services, which has spon-sored a suicide bereavementgroup in Wilkes-Barre forroughlythepast25years,saidDenise Rowinski-Mengak, su-pervisor of the adult and fam-ily services counseling pro-gramfor CSS.Neaman said she had beenattending the Wilkes-Barregroup for a number of years.Having a second group in thesouthern part of the county will help reach more people. Thegroupwillmeetthesec-ondandfourthThursdayofev-ery month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.at Catholic Social Services,214 W. Walnut St., Hazleton.
New group helps family of suicide victims
Surviving members andfriends are often plaguedby feelings of guilt.