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does so within the four cornersof the governor’s blueprint,”said House Majority LeaderMike Turzai, R-Allegheny. “Andit means that you don’t get tospend every dollar of the tax-
“The goalis to havean on-time,no-tax-increasebudget without reck-less borrowing and thatprioritizes spendingand does so within thefour corners of thegovernor’s blueprint.”
StateRep.MikeTurzai,R-Allegheny
House majority leader
HARRISBURG — Pennsylva-nia’s state House Republicanmajority on Tuesday revealedmore details of its counterpro-posal to Gov. Tom Corbett’sbudget plan as it explores alter-natives to deep cuts to publiceducation, largely by squeezing money out of public welfareprograms. While they disagreed withCorbett over his educationcuts, House GOP members would maintain the $27.3 bil-lion bottom line set by the Re-publican governor that wouldcutoverallspendingbynearly3percent from approved spend-ing in the current fiscal year without raising any taxes. Theyalso would leave in reserve abudget surplus that had reac-hed a half-billion dollars by theend of April.“The goal is to have an on-time, no-tax-increase budget withoutrecklessborrowingandthat prioritizes spending and
Majority Republicans seek less severe cuts than governor’s
House GOPwants morefor schools
ByMARCLEV
 Associated Press
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 WILKES-BARRE – There wasa community gathering, songsand prayers in English and He-brew and then the raising of theIsraeli flag.On the surface it seemed likethe typical way Moshe and Mi-riamGriverhavespentIsraeliIn-dependence Day, or Yom Ha’Atz-maut,thepast63years.ButTues-day’s ceremonies were differentin one major way: Their celebra-tion occurred in Wilkes-Barre,not Jerusalem. The couple, in the Wyoming Valley visiting their son, daugh-ter-in-law and grandchildren inKingston, were among the morethan 50 people gathered at theLuzerne County Courthouse forthe annual celebration recogniz-ing Israel’s statehood.Much like its closest ally, theUnited States, the tiny MiddleEaststatehasbeenthroughwarsand suffered from terrorist at-tacksbutcontinuestobeastrong democracy. ThosegatheredTuesdayatthecourthouse noted the strong bond between the two nationsand how there are few places in
COUNTY COURTHOUSE CEREMONY
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StudentsfromtheUnitedHebrewInstitutewavetheIsraeliflagwhilesingingsongsTuesdaymorningduringaflag-raisingceremonyattheLuzerneCountyCourthouse.
Happy 63rd to Israel
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JewishwarveteransSamGreenberg,left,LenChernusandWil-liamSimonsaluteastheyraisetheIsraeliflagduringaceremonyinhonorofthe63rdbirthdayofthenationTuesdaymorning.
With songs, prayers and aproclamation from the county,nation’s statehood is marked.
ByANDREWM.SEDER 
 aseder@timesleader.com
SeeCEREMONY,Page14A
DALLAS TWP. – Represen-tatives from Williams FieldServices LLC presentedplans for a natural gas pipe-line project to township plan-ning commission membersand the public Tuesdaynight, and residents were giv-en a chance to address theirconcerns about the project.It was the company’s firstmeeting with the commis-sion about its land develop-ment and subdivision appli-cations to construct its 33½-mile Springville Gathering Line, which spans threecounties Susquehanna, Wyoming and Luzerne. Five-and-a-half milesof the pipeline would be locat-ed in Dallas andFranklin town-ships in Lu-zerne County. The company withdrew its joint land development appli-cation for a metering stationand the pipeline project lastmonth because land develop-ment approval for a naturalgas metering station withinthe township is dependentupon receiving a special ex-ception from the zoning hear-ing board. The zoning hear-ing for the proposed Wil-liams metering station is setfor May 16. Williams representativespresented land developmentplans on Tuesday for its pipe-line project and a subdivision
Natural gas pipelinemulled in Dallas Twp.
Williams’ proposal made toboard, public. Engineers’analysis to be sought.
BySARAHHIT
 shite@timesleader.com
SeePIPELINE,Page14A
Attorney Stefanie Salavantis ismounting a Republican write-incampaign to run for LuzerneCounty district attorney againstincumbentJackieMustoCarroll.“People have been encourag-ingmetodothis,andIthinknowisthetimeIshouldstepup,saidthe 28-year-old Dallas resident.No Republicanssecured the neces-sary signatures toget on the ballot,and Musto Carroll,seeking her second full term, isunopposed on the Democraticballot.Salavantis said she needs atleast 250 Republican write-in votes on May 17 to obtain thenominationtorunagainstMustoCarroll in November and has re-ceived the party’s backing.However, Musto Carroll could
Republican starts write-in campaignto run for DA against Musto Carroll
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IncumbentJackieMustoCar-roll,aDemocrat,isseekinghersecondtermasLuzerneCountydistrictattorney.
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AttorneyStefanieSalavantis,Dallas,ismountingaRepub-licanwrite-incampaigntorunfordistrictattorney.
Stefanie Salavantis needs atleast 250 GOP write-in votesand more than Musto Carroll.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
 jandes@timesleader.com
SeeSALAVANTIS,Page14A
YATESVILLE Unforeseencircumstances left the PittstonAreaSchoolDistrictwitha$1.26million windfall in next year’sbudget, but the district still esti-mates it will end the 2012-13school year nearly three quartersof a million in the red.Al Melone of Albert B. MeloneCo.,theschooldistrict’sbusinessadministration consultant, said without cuts the district is pre-dicted to end the 2012-13 school year with a negative balance of $744,000.Members of the school board’sfinance committee discussed ways of overcoming the looming deficit at a public meeting Tues-day.BoardmemberMarilynStarnasaid the board has asked to meet with the teachers to discuss thedistricts budget and a
Looming deficit worries PA officials
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District has $1.26M surplusfor 2011-12, but $744,000shortfall expected for ’12-’13.
By WILLIAMBELL 
Times Leader Correspondent
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Consult-antAlMeloneexplainsbudgetlinesinaspecialmeetingcalledbythePitt-stonAreafinancecommitteeaboutthe2012-13budget.
 
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obert D. Coleman, 83, formerlyof Mountain Top, passed awaySunday, May 8, 2011, at the TimberRidge Health Care Center, Plains Township.HewasbornJune9,1927,inFair- viewTownship,asonofthelateDa- vidH.andHelenG.StoutColeman.He was a graduate of Fairview Township High School.Mr. Coleman was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World WarII.HelaterattendedtheLehighCar-pentry & Cabinet School. He wasformerly employed for many yearsby the Robin Door & Sash Co. andlaterbytheMorganMillWorksCo.,prior to his retirement.Robert was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church inMountain Top, where he served formany years on the Church Council,asayouthleader,andasasextonatthechurch.HewasamemberoftheMountain Top Ambulance Associ-ation,servingaspastpresident,vicepresidentandtreasurerfor50years.He was preceded in death by his wifeof60years,JuneR.JakubowskiColeman, on December 15, 2009;and by an infant daughter, MichelleRoseColeman,in1955.Hewasalsoprecededindeathbyasister,HelenBozak; and by his brothers, Alvinand David Coleman.Surviving are daughters Marga-retHelen(Coleman)DrumLondonand her husband, William, FortyFort, and Linda Denise (Coleman)Prushinskiandherhusband,Antho-ny,HoneyPotSectionofNanticoke;grandchildren, Raymond RichardDrumJr.andhiswife,Trish;RobertDaniel Drum and his wife, Kristin;Melissa Ann Eppler and her hus-band, Eric; Jessica Lynn Wren andher husband, Lance; and HeatherLeeFogartyandherhusband,Ryan;great-grandchildren, Troy VincentHorton, Christopher AndrewDrum, Kaitlyn Jessica Chacke, EricEppler, Joseph S. Chacke III, DaleRichard Anthony Drum, Sara Jane Wren, Laney June Elizabeth Drumand Anna Mae Wren; sister, GraceVerosky, Allentown, Pa.; as well asnieces and nephews.Robert’s family would like tothank Dave Patronick, Bob’s room-mate for the past 2 ½ years. Davehas saved Dad’s life and helped himthrough the rough times. We also wouldliketothankthestaffandres-idents at Timber Ridge and ValleyCrest,fortheirlovingcareandhelp-ing to celebrate special family cele-brations,especiallyMomandDad’s60thWeddingAnniversary.Wealso would like to thank Pastor MicheleKaufmanfortakingcareofDadasamember of her family, and HospiceCommunityCareforitsbriefbutap-preciated care.
FuneralServices
 willbeheldat 11:30 a.m. Saturday morn-ing from St. Paul’s LutheranChurch, 316 S. Mountain Blvd.,Mountain Top, with the Rev. Mi-chele Kaufman, pastor, officiating.IntermentwillbeinAlbertCemete-ry, Wright Township. Friends maycall from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at theNat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, and from10to11:30a.m.Saturdaymorningatthe church.Inlieuofflowers,memorialdona-tionmaybemadeinRobert’smemo-ry to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707; or to the Mountain Top Ambulance Association, POBOX 63, Mountain Top, PA18707.Online condolences may be senttowww.natandgawlasfuneralhome-.com.
Robert D. Coleman
May 8, 2011
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nn Marie Button, or “Cookie,”asshewasaffectionatelyknownby family and friends, returned toGod Monday afternoon, May 9,2011, after a courageous three-yearbattle with cancer.Annleftthisworldsurroundedbyherlovingfamily,whichwasalwaysthe most important thing to her.Born August 7, 1935, in Wilkes-Barre,shewasadaughterofthelateJohn and Mary Fennick Dzanko. A1953 graduate of Wilkes-Barre TownshipHighSchool,Annearneda degree in nursing from Misericor-diaUniversityin1960andamaster’sincounselingfromtheUniversityof Scranton in1970.Ann was a nurse and manager of human resources for RCA Corpora-tion in Mountain Top for several years before entering the field of education.Sheretiredafter32yearsas a guidance counselor for the stu-dents of Crestwood High School.Ann was a devout Catholic and aselfless mother, wife, grandmother,great-grandmother, guidance coun-selor,nurseandfriend,whosealtru-istic nature drew others to confideinher,sharingwithhertheirlifesto-ries, hopes and dreams. She alwaysofferedashouldertoleanon,anearto listen and a contagious smile to warm your heart and brighten yourday.During her years of service atCrestwood High School, Ann of-fered inspirational guidance andcounsel to students and familiesalike.Hersunnydispositionandev-er-optimisticoutlookwerematchedonly by her zest for life. Ann had anadventurous spirit and always livedlife to the fullest. Even after her di-agnosis, her smile never faltered,and she held strong her position asthe sturdy roots in her flourishing garden of family and friends. Herlightshinesonintheheartsandme-mories of those she has touched.Her sister, Louise Dzanko, pre-ceded her in death.She will be deeply missed by herhusband, Charles I. Button; chil-dren,CharlesT.andhiswife,Karen,ofSpringboro,Ohio;Donaldandhis wife, Louise, of Wilkes-Barre; and TamaraAnnofAlbany,Calif.;grand-children, Charles, Jennifer, Jessicaand Ana Shinal; a great-grandson,Carson; aunt Ann Proctor; andmany friends.
Visitation will
be held atMcLaughlin’s, 142 S. WashingtonSt., Wilkes-Barre, from 4 to 8 p.m.Friday, with a celebration of Ann’sLifeat7p.m.AFuneralMasswillbecelebratedat10a.m.SaturdayintheChurch of St. Jude’s, 422 S. Moun-tain Blvd., Mountain Top.Memorial donations are pre-ferred and may be made to Hospiceof the Sacred Heart, 600 BaltimoreDrive,Wilkes-Barre,PA18702-7901;Memorial Sloan-Kettering CancerCenter, PO Box 27106, New York,NY 10087-7106; or the Parish of St.Jude’s, 422 S. Mountain Blvd.,Mountain Top, PA18707-1996.Permanentmessagesandmemo-riescanbesharedwithAnn’sfamilyat www.celebrateherlife.com.
 Ann Marie Button
May 9, 2011
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AmeliaAmyD.Dzoh, 89, of Nanticoke andShickshinny,passed away Tuesday after-noon, May 10,2011, at home.Amelia wasborn in Nanticoke on December27, 1921, a daughter of the lateFrank and Victoria (Grzenda) Za- jaczkowski.ShewasagraduateofNanticokeHighSchool.WhilelivinginNanti-coke,sheworkedattheformerRe-treat State Hospital, HamptonNursing Home and the LuzerneCounty Treasurer’s Office.Amelia was also past presidentof the Democratic Women’s Club. When she and her late husbandmoved to Shickshinny Lake area,they became foster parents of 36children in 24 years and adoptedsix of these children. She was amemberofSt.FrancesChurchandSt. Mary’s Church.Amelia was preceded in deathby her husband, Edmund; daughter Tammy; sister Regina Blockus; andbrother Frank Zajaczkowski.Surviving are sons, Brian, Hazle-ton; Gordon, Bloomsburg, Pa.;James,Shickshinny;andAlex,Nanti-coke; daughters, Laura, Orlando,Fla., and Beverly Peters, Shickshin-ny;sistersCeceliaRosolowski,Victo-ria Yarmel, and Arlene Paliscak;brothersRaymondZajaczkowskiandEdmund Zack; 11 grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services
will be held at10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Mayo Fu-neral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St.,Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in HolySpiritParish/St.Mary’sChurch,Mo-canaqua. Burial will be in St. Mary’sCemetery, Mocanaqua. Visitation willbefrom8:30to10:30a.m.Thurs-day morning.Inlieuofflowers,donationscanbemade to Holy Spirit Parish/St. Ma-ry’s Church, 150 Main St., Mocana-qua, PA18655.For additional information, or tosend condolences, please visit www.mayofh.com.
 Amelia “Amy” D. Dzoh 
May10, 2011 WAWAYANDA, N.Y. — A manfrom Pennsylvania and anotherfrom New Jersey were piloting the two small planes that collid-ed and crashed soon after taking off from the same upstate NewYork airport, authorities said Tuesday.State police identified the pi-lots as William Clark, 53, of Ma-tamoras, Pa., and Gary Delia, 61,of Sussex, N.J.Police said each was flying asingle-engine Piper on Mondayafternoon when Delia’s planeclipped Clark’s and they crashedinto a wooded area in the Or-ange County town of Wawayan-da, about 60 miles north of NewYork City. The men had earlier arrivedat Orange County Airport in De-lia’s Piper Comanche, policesaid. Clark had been hired to flya Piper Cherokee back to SussexCounty Airport in northern NewJersey. Both men were en routeto Sussex when the collisionhappened, police said.Investigators from the Nation-al Transportation Safety Board were at the crash sites, locatedabout 200 yards apart in a wood-ed, muddy area about 10 milesnorth of the New York-New Jer-sey border, Capt. Joseph Tripo-do said.Delia’s plane burst into flamesupon impact, while Clark’s wascrushed, scattering debris over a wide area. Tripodo said police and emer-gency crews had to use all-ter-rain vehicles to reach the crashsites. The plane Clark was flying  was owned by Edward Crump,of Boonton, N.J.A message left on Crump’shome answering machine Tues-day wasn’t immediately return-ed.A woman answering thephone at William Clark’s homein Matamoras said no one wasavailable and hung up.Parker Space, a town officialin Sussex, told the New JerseyHerald that Delia and anotherman flew to the New York air-port to pick up a plane they were going to work on.“He loved flying,” Space toldthe newspaper. “It looks like hedied doing what he loved to do.”
Planes collide; 2 pilots die
The Associated Press
WILKES-BARRE
– Citypolice are searching for an el-derly man who disappearedfrom his home Tuesday morn-ing.Family members of RamonDiaz, 75, saidhe left hishome in thecity at approxi-mately11a.m. Tuesday and was headed tothe areaaround Wilkes-Barre Town-ship Boulevard. He takes severalmedications, including insulinand heart medicine, familymembers said.Diaz is described as a Hispan-ic male, 5 feet, 5 inches tall,140pounds with gray hair. Hedrives a red 2007 Toyota RAV4.Anyone encountering or withinformation about Diaz is askedto contact city police at 826-8106 or call 911.City police reported the fol-lowing incidents:• CVS Pharmacy, 351S. MainSt., reported someone stolediapers from the store at 3:57p.m. Tuesday.• Police arrested JosephJames, 32, of Pottsville, oncharges he violated a protectionfrom abuse order at15 N. Wash-ington St. at 4:42 p.m.• Police arrested Ernest Za-laffi of Avoca on charges hestole items from WalgreensPharmacy, 400 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd. Police saidZalaffi was arrested at 9:51a.m. Tuesday at Sheetz gas station.• Police said they will chargeJames Joseph, 32, of Pottsville,on charges he violated a protec-tion from abuse order after heallegedly sent a text message toAmy Marcinkiewicz at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday.• Amanda Ellsworth of Ply-mouth said she was assaultedby a woman known to her at4:38 a.m. Tuesday. Police saidEllsworth was hospitalized at Wilkes-Barre General Hospitalafter the attack.• Marquita Peck of EmpireCourt said someone removedher phone from her vehicle while it was parked at 41FultonSt. Monday.• Clestine Howard of139 Woodside Drive said two watch-es were stolen from her resi-dence Tuesday.• Police said they arrestedKathy Moore, 22, of Coal Street,on multiple warrants for traffic violations at 243 Coal St. at 6:15p.m. Monday.• Patricia Brojakowski of17Gore St. said someone took her white1997 Jeep Wrangler, Penn-sylvania license plate numberFDP 8687, sometime between11p.m. Sunday and11:15 a.m.Monday.• Police cited Stephanie Walter of 509 Roosevelt St.,Apt.1, on retail theft chargesafter she allegedly pumped$30.20 of gasoline into her vehicle and left without pay-ment at Turkey Hill,198 N.Penn Ave., at 5:47 p.m. May 2.• Oscar Goicoechea of 56Kent Lane said someone re-moved a gray Honda lawnmow-er from his property sometimebetween12:01a.m. and10:10a.m. Monday.• Police said they will chargeShawn Mazzitelli of 34 S. Welles St. with harassment andsimple assault after he allegedlycame to his ex-wife’s home onLloyds Lane, refused to leaveand threatened her Sunday.• Police cited Kyle Perrymanof Brandon, Fla., on harassmentcharges after he allegedlythreatened and threw items atKenya Murphy at 308 N. Em-pire Court, Apt. 430, at 9:03p.m. Sunday.
PLAINS TWP.
– A New YorkCity man was arraigned Tues-day in Wilkes-Barre CentralCourt on charges he cheated while playing a table game atMohegan Sun at Pocono Downscasino. Tianlong Huang, 30, wascharged with fraud by the statepolice gaming enforcementunit. He was jailed at the Lu-zerne County CorrectionalFacility for lack of $2,000.Huang allegedly added $15 tohis initial bet after a win whileplaying Spanish 21at about1:35a.m. Tuesday, according to thecriminal complaint.A preliminary hearing isscheduled on May17 beforeDistrict Judge Diana Malast inPlains Township.
HAZLE TWP.
– State policeat Hazleton said12 large-screentelevisions were stolen during aburglary at Ashley FurnitureStore, Airport Road, Sundaynight into Monday morning.Anyone with informationabout the burglary is asked tocontact state police at Hazletonat 459-3890.
WEST HAZLETON
– A Ha-zleton man was killed Mondayin a motorcycle crash on DeerRun Road.Police said Robert A. Cobb,60, lost control of his motorcy-cle shortly after 4 p.m. whiletrying to avoid a vehicle turning into the Super Wash car wash.Police said Cobb died at thescene.Police said they have notdetermined whether the vehicleturning into the car wash was acontributing factor in the crash.State police forensics and colli-sion reconstruction units areassisting police in their investi-gation.
FORTY FORT
– Police saidthey are investigating severalthefts from motor vehicles inthe borough.Anyone with informationabout the thefts is asked tocontact police by dialing 911.
POLICE BLOTTER
Cops search for manwho left W-B home
Diaz
Protest at land trust meeting 
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
StephenChisarick
of Dallas protestsoutside the North Branch Land Trust’sannual din-ner and auction Tuesday at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. Chisarick, who said hevolunteered at the land trust on an almostdaily basis for five years, is upsetabout thefiring of a high-ranking employee over personal matters, and accused the organization ofcovering up the firing by saying the employee left. Land trust director Paul Lumia ac-knowledged the employee was terminated but did not wish to comment on the protest.
 
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JIM THORPE
New statue to be unveiled
A hall of fame named after sportsgreat Jim Thorpe in the town thatbears his name plans to unveil a secondlife-sized statue of Thorpe. The latest bronzed statue at the Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame willdepict Thorpe throwing a discus. Thefirst statue unveiled in 2007 showed Thorpe playing football.Hall president Jack Kmetz said Tues-day the organization plans to erect athird statue in the next few years show-ing Thorpe playing baseball. Thorpe won the decathlon and pen-tathlon in the1912 Olympics, and laterplayed professional football and base-ball.He died in1953 and the remains of the native Oklahoman are laid to restin the town of Jim Thorpe.
-- The Associated Press
 TUNKHANNOCK
Wyoming County post filled
 The state Senate has confirmedKaren Bishop of Mehoopany to be the Wyoming County prothonotary, clerkof courts and clerk of orphans’ court.Bishop had been the county’s firstdeputy for those row offices and waspromoted to acting prothonotary, clerkof courts and clerk of orphans’ courtafter the March 2010 retirement of Paulette Burnside.She was nominated April13 by Gov. Tom Corbett. She’ll serve through therest of the year.
 WILKES-BARRE
Grandparents meeting set
 The NEPA Intergenerational Coali-tion will host a conference to givegrandparents the tools they need to bebetter caregivers for their grandchil-dren. The coalition, madeup of about 20 areaagencies and orga-nizations coping witha rising demographictrend of grandparentsacting as primarycaregivers for theirgrandchildren, willhost its fifth annualGrandparents Raising GrandchildrenConference on Friday, June 3, at theGenetti Hotel & Conference Center. The conference, which is also open torelevant agencies and organizations, will be from 7:45 a.m. to1:30 p.m. The program’s keynote speaker willbe Amy Goyer, a grandparenting expert with AARP and vice president of Grandparents.com. Eight workshopsessions have been scheduled. The conference is free, but reserva-tions are required by May 27. Reserva-tions may be made by contacting An-nette Grella of the Area Agency onAging at1-800-252-1512 or 822-1159,extension 2429, or by e-mailing agrel-la@aging.luzerne-wyoming.org.
 TUNKHANNOCK
Seniors seek donations
 The senior class at TunkhannockArea High School is seeking donationsto pay for an all-night party followingraduation. The party was started in 2009 toprovide seniors a safe, alcohol-freeplace to celebrate their graduation. OnJune 6, 2008, three teens were killedand another seriously injured in a sin-gle-car accident on Lemon Creek Roadin Wyoming County. Two of the teenskilled, Brandon Murray and BrittanyGiberson, had received their diplomasfrom Tunkhannock Area just hoursearlier.Attendance is expected to exceed1,500 this year, but students need toraise $8,000 to pay for the event.Donations may be made by contact-ing class adviser Angie Burke at 836-8241or angie.burke@tasd.net.
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JimThorpe, winner of the decathlonand pentathlon in the1912 Olympics.
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 WILKES-BARRE – The citypolice department will soonhave a new tool in identifying and targeting trouble spots.Mayor Thomas Leighton on Tuesday announced theimplementation of anew 100 percent elec-tronic records-keeping system for the depart-ment. Officers begantraining with the newsoftware on Monday.“Ourofficersdoadan-gerous job every day,”Leighton said. “Theyshould be supported not just with our praise, but with thetools they need to get the jobdone and come home safe.”In time, the department willbuild a database of incidentsthat officers can search frompatrol-car-mounted laptops.Leighton said the system willallow police to better targetnuisance properties and tomore easily share information with other city departments,including the Health Depart-ment, Code Enforce-ment and the Commu-nity Action Team. The system was pur-chased with a $300,000Records ManagementSystems grant from theDepartment of Jus-tice’s Community-Ori-ented Policing Servicetechnology program.Leighton also announcedthe purchase of 100 Glockmodel 21sf Smith and Wesson.38 caliber handguns together with holsters, magazines, mag-azineholdersandammunition. The purchase of the weaponsand associated training will bepaid for with a federal $80,000JAG Recovery Grant and ispending council approval. The city police departmenthas 91 officers.Chief Gerard Dessoye saidthe guns will replace its stan-dard issue Beretta 96d hand-guns, which are more than 10 years old. Those guns were in-tended when purchased as atransitional weapon betweenthe department’s old revolversand modern semi-automaticpistols, Dessoye said.“As with any tool, it be-comes outdated,” the chiesaid of the department’s oldguns.Dessoye said the decommis-sioned weapons would be soldat auction to the “highest re-sponsible bidder.” Council will vote Thursday on motions topurchase the new handgunsand to authorize the sale of theold ones. The Glock is the weapon of choice of 60 percent of law en-forcement agencies, includinPennsylvania State Police,Dessoye said.
 Wilkes-Barre department will be able to build a database of incidents to assist patrols
Electronic system will aid police
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Wilkes-BarrePoliceChief GerardDessoye talks about the newelectronic records systemthe department is implementing.
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PITTSTON – A former mayor haslaunched an emotional attack aimed atderailing the re-election chances of acurrent city councilman.Michael Lombardo, who served asmayor from1998 to 2006, has authoreda letter to residents of the city urging them not to vote for Councilman Dan-ny Argo. Lombardo’s let-ter is filled with emotionand it recounts severalpersonal incidents involv-ing Argo and the Lombar-do family.ArgosaidmuchofLombardo’scharg-es are hearsay and untrue.“As a close-knit and prospering com-munity, we cannot and should not con-tinue to ignore unprofessionalismfromelected officials in our city administra-tion,” Lombardo wrote. “In the case of Councilman Danny Argo, we cannotdismisshisuncouthcomments,hisdis-regard for policy, his abuse of powerand his general lack of respect for ourcitizens. I cannot accept the excuse of ‘That’s just Danny being Danny.’ Mr.Argo’s behavior hasbeen consistently in-appropriate for anelected official.”Lombardo citedcomments allegedlymade by Argo afterthe shooting death of Pennsylvania State Trooper Josh Miller.Lombardo’s brother, Trooper Robert Lom-bardo, was seriously wounded in the inci-dent.“In 2009, shortly af-ter my brother was se-riously wounded and Trooper Josh Miller was fatally wounded,DanArgo,whileattheLithuanian Club inPittston, was heardsaying ‘the wronState Trooper died. There is no justifiableexcuse for this com-ment,” Lombardo wrote.Argo denied making the statementand warned that Lombardo should beprepared to prove the accusation.“He better have proof of it,” Argosaid. “It’s hearsay and defaming to me. This is nothing but dirty politics. We’retalkingaboutsomethingthathappenedtwo years ago. It’s hearsay nonsense. Itcame out of a bar where people weredrinking.”Lombardo also wrote about a 2004incident when Argo called 911after the
Ex-mayor ripsPittston citycouncilman
Michael Lombardo, Pittston mayorfrom1998-2006, urges residents notto re-elect Councilman Danny Argo.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
“This isnothingbut dirtypolitics.We’re talk-ing aboutsomethingthat hap-pened twoyears ago.It’s hear-say non-sense.”
PittstoncouncilmanDanny Argo
On MichaelLombardo letter
See PITTSTON, Page 6A
 A BIG WELCOME FOR BIG PURPLE GUY
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 A 
delynn Brill, 2,of HanoverTownship, runs togive kids TV fa-vorite Barney ahug after story-time with Barneyon Tuesday after-noon at the Mohe-gan Sun Arena atCasey Plaza inWilkes-BarreTownship. Bar-ney’s specialfriends from thestory time groupof the OsterhoutFree Library inWilkes-Barre gotto spend sometime with the pur-ple dinosaur. “Bar-ney Live in Con-cert-BirthdayBash” show timeis today at10:30a.m. at the arena.The new inter-active concertparty with thelongtime PBSshow characterwill feature 25 funand upbeat sing-along tunes.
 WILKES-BARRE For severalmonths after leaving the company hesold Pepperjam in April, 2010,Kris Jones tried to figure out wherehis next opportunities were. Tuesday, the highly successful en-trepreneur, with 12 years of Internetmarketing experience, revealed hisplans.After eight months of development,Jonesannouncedhowhisnewcompa-ny – ReferLocal.com – will help localsmall businesses leverage socialmedia, such as Facebook and Twitter,and the Internet to drive business.Jones said his new company willhave a “soft opening” today. He saidthat by the end of the year, ReferLo-cal.com will have15 full-time employ-ees.According to information providedby Jones, ReferLocal is a member-on-ly, local digital advertising platformfeaturing exclusive deals and offersfrom local businesses. He said thatunlike other local deal websites thatfocus on 50-to-90-percent-off dailydeals at local restaurants or spas –(his company will offer daily deals atthose locations too) – ReferLocal in-cludes all types of local advertisers.Jones said his company will offerdeals from plumbers, lawyers, andhair stylists, and other local or profes-sional service businesses looking fornew customers.Jones said membership is free andadvertisers pay only for performance.He said members earn points redeem-
Entrepreneur taps ’Net power
Pepperjam founder to launchwebsite that offers local dealsfrom all types of advertisers.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
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Kris Jones at hisnewbusiness,Re-ferLocal, on SouthMain Street inWilkes-Barre. Themembers-only, localdigital advertisingplatformwill fea-ture exclusive dealsand offers fromalltypes of local ad-vertisers, not justspas and restau-rants.
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