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New York Yankees star AlexRodriguez reached basethree times in his secondgame with theScranton/Wilkes-BarreYankees on a rehabassignmentfrom NewYork.Rodriguezgot theYankees towithin onerun in thebottom ofthe eighthwith a laser single down theright field line, but neitherteam scored again and SWBfell, 3-2. Jordan Parrazscored easily from third onA-Rod’s single in the eighthinning.
 WILKES-BARREThereales-tate that houses the Movies 14 Theater complex is for sale for$8.5 million. The Greater Wilkes-BarreChamber of Commerce owns 25percent of the property and hasagreed to the listing, but ToddVonderheid, the chamber’s chief executiveofficer,doesn’texpectadeal anytime soon.“We’re justtrying to see where the mar-ket is,” Vonder-heid said. “We want to see if there is any ap-petite out therefor this.” When it soldthe retail por-tion of the150,000-square-foot develop-ment projectknown as Uni- versity Corners to a Californiacompany, the chamber retained25 percent ownership.Vonderheid said, “None of thosedetailshavebeendiscussedat this point,” when asked if thechamber’s stake would be part of the sale or retained. The complex is owned bySouth Main Street Redevelop-ment LLC, which includesCarlsbergPropertiesInc.andthechamber.Dogged by allegations of im-properly handling companyfunds,BillGeary,Carlsbad’schief executive,filedforbankruptcyinMay. The theater property is being marketed by NAI Commercial
Reel deal: Movies property for sale
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Theater staying open, butarea chamber agrees to listreal estate at price of $8.5M.
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“We agreed totest the mar-ket to seewhat opportu-nities presentthemselves.”
ToddVonderheid
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People who keep dozens of animalsintheirhomesinunsan-itary conditions often sufferfrom a psychological disorderthat is becoming more widelyknown because of the Internetand TV shows on the topic, ac-cording to a local psychologist.Hoarding including thehoarding of animals, which wasprofiled on a recent episode of A&E’s “Hoarders” – is associat-ed with anxiety disorders andobsessive-compulsive disorder,according to Marie C. Gray, anassistant professor of psycholo-gy at Misericordia University. Theissueofhoardinganimalshit home locally last week whenthe Luzerne County SPCAcharged Swoyersville residentAileen Kulpon with 60 counts of crueltytoanimalswhenofficialsfound 60 cats in an abandonedhome on Fourth Street in Hazle-ton that Kulpon owns.Cary Moran, education and volunteer director at the SPCA,said a team went to Kulpon’shouse on July 18 and confiscat-ed all of the cats because of thedeplorable conditions foundthere. Walls and floors were soaked with urine and feces. Severalcats were diagnosed with felineleukemia and a few were diag-nosed with feline immunodefi-ciency virus (FIV). Some had tobe euthanized, Moran said.Kulpon could not be reachedfor comment for this story.
The dark side of love for pets
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CatsfromawomanchargedwithcrueltytoanimalsarehousedattheLuzerneCountySPCAinPlainsTownship.Thirteenofthe60catscollectedinthehoardingcaseremainattheshelter.
 Animal hoarding is seen as mental disorder 
BySTEVEMOCARSKY 
 smocarsky@timesleader.com
“If this is a recurring theme with her, it’s going toget progressively worse.
MarieC.Gray
Assistant professor of psychology at Misericordia University
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SCRANTON – An attorney forformer Luzerne County JudgeMark Ciavarella on Wednesdayfiled an appeal of his convictionand sentence with a federal ap-pellatecourtandaskedthathebedeclared indigent.Attorney William Ruzzo filednotice of the appeal to the ThirdCircuitCourtofAp-peals.Ruzzoalsofil-edanapplicationtoapprove Ciavarellafor “in forma pau-peris”status,which would free himfrom having topay any filing fees associated with the ap-peal.In the mo-tion seeking in-digent status,Ruzzo says Cia- varella has lessthan $500 incashavailabletohim and heowns no real es-tate, stock orbonds. He notes a car Ciavarellaowns is “virtually valueless.”Ruzzo further says Ciavarellahas several lawsuits and civil judgments against him in excessof $100,000, and that contribu-tions Ciavarella made to his pen-sionwilllikelybeattachedtopaya $1.17 million restitution orderissued against him.Ciavarella was sentenced last weekto28 years in prison for hisconviction on 12 counts, includ-ingracketeering,moneylaunder-ing, mail fraud and tax evasion. Thechargesrelatedtohisaccept-ance of nearly $1million from re-al estate developer Robert Meri-cle,thebuilderoftwojuvenilede-tention facilities the county uti-lized.Ruzzo and his co-counsel, AlFlora, have been defending Cia- varella without compensationsincehewasfirstchargedinJanu-ary 2009. Ruzzo said he plans toaskthecourttonowappointhimand Flora for the appellate
Ciavarellaappealssentence,conviction
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 WASHINGTONSeekingto jolt the economy, President Ba-rack Obama will propose newideas to create jobs and help thestrugglingpoorandmiddleclassin a major speech after LaborDay.Andthenhewilltrytoseizepolitical advantage by spendinthe fall pressuring Congress toact on his plan.Obama’s plan is likely to con-tainamixoftaxcuts,jobs-boost-ing construction projects andsteps to help the long-term un-employed, a senior administra-tion official told The AssociatedPress. The official emphasizedthat Obama’s proposals wouldbe fresh ones, not a rehash of plans he has pitched for many weeksandstillsupports,likehisidea of an “infrastructure bank”to finance construction jobs.Onarelatedfront,Obamawill
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Insider: Plan likely to havemix of tax cuts, projects andaid for long-term jobless.
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harles M. Thomas, 81, of Pomo-na Street, Forty Fort, died Wednesday morning, August 17,2011, surrounded by his family atHospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Forty Fort, he was ason of the late Raymond and MaryHann Thomas.He graduated from Forty FortHigh School, class of 1948. He wasan accomplished wrestler having gone to the State Championshipsthree times. Charlie served in theU.S. Army during the Korean Con-flict.Charlie had resided in Forty Fortfor his entire life. Prior to his retire-ment, he was employed as a finan-cial analyst for the Luzerne CountyRedevelopment Authority. He wasanactiveandlifelongmemberoftheForty Fort United MethodistChurch, serving as a trustee for 12 years, a counter, and served onmany committees.He was a member of the UnitedMethodist Men Club, the CouplesClubandtheBowlingLeague.Char-lie was active and a member of  WyomingLodgeNo.468F.&A.M.,Caldwell Consistory and IremTem-ple.HewasalsoamemberofV.F.W.Anthracite Post No. 283, Kingston;American Legion, Post No. 672,Dallas;theFortyFortFireCo.;andamemberoftheNRA.HewasanavidPhiladelphia Phillies fan and Pitts-burgh Steelers fan.Preceding him in death were hissister, Melba Grose, 2009; and abrother, George Thomas.Survivingarehiswifeof57years, Theresa Wojciechowski Thomas;daughter,SusanHoyes,Trucksville;granddaughter, Corinne M. Hoyes,Forty Fort; as well as his grandson,Charles T. Hoyes, Mount HollySprings.
Funeral service
will be heldat 11 a.m. Saturday from theForty Fort United MethodistChurch, Wyoming and Yeager Ave-nues,FortyFort,withhispastor,theRev. Donald A. Roberts, officiating. The interment will be in MapleGrove Cemetery, Pikes Creek.Friendsmaycallfrom4to8p.m.Fri-day at the Hugh B. Hughes & SonInc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m.In lieu of flowers, memorial con-tributions, if desired, can be madeto the Forty Fort United MethodistChurch, Wyoming and Yeager Ave-nues,FortyFort,PA18704;ortotheAmerican Diabetes Association, 71N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18702.
Charles M. Thomas
August17, 2011
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arah E. Keithline, of McMullianHill Road, Tunkhannock, died Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at theGolden Living Center, Tunkhan-nock. She was born on Golden Hill, WyomingCounty,onApril21,1924,adaughterofthelateBenjaminandMinnie Mullinex Farr.Shewasa1942graduateofLacey- villeHighSchoolandwasamemberof the Eatonville United MethodistChurch.Sarah was preceded in death byher husband, Woodrow Keithline; adaughter,LindaL.Sims;sisters,Do-rothy Holly, Jennie Cole, BlancheHann, Minnie Hollister and EllaCole; and a brother, Miner Farr.Survivingaresons,CarlKeithlineof Sebastian, Fla., and Roger and wife, Cheryl Keithline, of Tunkhan-nock; daughter, Arlene Osborn of Fayette, Tenn.; as well as numerousgrandchildren and great-grandchil-dren.
Funeral services
will be held at11 a.m. Saturday from the Sheldon-KukuchkaFuneralHome,73W.Tio-ga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev.Lori Robinson, pastor of the Eaton- villeUnitedMethodistChurch,offi-ciating. Interment will be in Sunny-side Cemetery, Tunkhannock.Friends may call from 10 a.m. untilthetimeoftheserviceatthefuneralhome.Online condolences may be sentto www.sheldonkukuchkafuneral-home.com.
Sarah E. Keithline
August17, 2011
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andaBaseski,96,ofWyoming,died Wednesday, August 17,2011, at the Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospital.Herhusbandof75yearsis Walter Baseski.Born in Swoyersville, a daughterofthelateJosephandMaryOstrow-skiHarzinski,shewasaveryspiritu-al woman who made religion andchurchanimportantpartofherlife.She was a loving wife and very gen-erouspersonwhoenjoyedspending time with family.Her and her husband looked for- ward to spending their winters inFlorida and enjoyed those annualtrips there. In earlier years, she andher husband owned and operatedthe Christmas Wafer Bakery.Shewasprecededindeathbysev-eral sisters and brothers.Survivingaretwosons,Barryandhis wife, Theresa, Carverton, andLanceandhiswife,Marianne,Carv-erton; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;andniecesandneph-ews.
AMassofChristianBurial
 willbeheldat10a.m.FridayatSt.Franc-esCabriniChurch,Carverton.Fam-ily and friends are invited to attendthe Mass. Interment in St. Mary’sCemetery, Swoyersville.ArrangementsbytheWroblewskiFuneralHome,1442WyomingAve.,Forty Fort.
 Wanda Baseski
August17, 2011
John B.Krewson, 61,died Sunday,August 14,2011, at theUniversity of PennsylvaniaHospital inPhiladelphia.Born in Meshoppen on March 11,1950,asontothelateMaryBrittonKrewson and Cecil Krewson Jr.,Johnwasa1968graduateofTunk-hannock Area High School and at-tended Mansfield State College.A resident of Meshoppen, he was a devoted partner to the loveof his life, Diana Krewson, and abeloved father, friend and brother.John was known for his warmsmile, sharp wit, enduring humorand compassionate heart.Surviving are a son, Paul Krew-son of Wyalusing; a daughter, An-gelyn Sheppard of Leavenworth, Wash.;threestep-daughters,JenniferJenningsO’BrienofMeshoppen,Me-lissa Jennings of France, and LeighAnn Jennings of Meshoppen; andninegrandchildren,McKenzieKrew-son,KendalKrewson,SpencerKrew-son,McKenzieSheppard,CoreyPod-minick, Emily Podminick, Kim Diar-ra, Christopher O’Brien and AaronO’Brien;threesisters,JudithTullyof  Tunkhannock, Lucinda Francis of Falls, and Maureen Farrell of Dalton;two half-brothers, Michael Krewsonand Kitt Krewson; as well as severalnieces and nephews.
Insteadof
afuneral,therewillbeacelebration for family and friendsfrom2to6p.m.SundayattheTritonHose Co., 116 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock.In lieu of flowers, please make do-nations to the American Cancer So-ciety.Condolences may be sent at www.aplitwinfuneralhomes.com.
John B. Krewson
August14, 2011
J
ames Joseph Slusser, of King-ston, passed away at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center,Plains Township, Monday, August15, 2011.Born on October14,1949, James“Jim” was a son of the late Josephand Eleanor (Rogers) Slusser of Kingston.HeresidedinKingstonallhis life and graduated from Wyom-ing Valley West High School, classof1968. Upon graduating, he enlist-ed in the U.S. Army and served inVietnam and in the Military Police.Prior to becoming disabled, he was employed by Slusser Construc-tion and Berwick Forge and Fabri-cating.James was a member of the sixCounty Firemen’s Associations,American Legion, life member of the Disabled American Veterans,and a life member of the KingstonFire Department.Jimissurvivedbyhislovingwifeof 35 years of marriage, the formerNancyJonesofFortyFort;brothers,Richardandhiswife,Denise,ofMa-ryland,andRobertandhiswife,To-ni, of Texas; nephews, Richard Jr.,Joseph and Jonathan; sister-in-law,ShirleyJonesofKingston;aswellashis beloved pets, Earl, Chance andAngel.
FuneralServices
 willbeheldat11a.m. Friday at the Corco-ran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. MainSt., Plains Township. Interment with Military Honors will follow inOak Lawn Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre.Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m.Friday morning.Memorial donations may bemadetotheSPCAofLuzerneCoun-ty, 524 E. Main St., Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or BlueChip Farms Animal Refuge, 974Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612-9465.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeat www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
James Joseph Slusser 
August15, 2011
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NANTICOKE – City Admin-istrator Holly Circo on Wednes-day night reported progress inthe K-Route road reconstruct-ion project. The K-route is a federallyfunded program because theroads, Alden, Union and Pros-pect streets, are federal emer-gency routes out of town.Circo said the city has ap-proved a contract with PennsySupply Inc. for the first phaseon Alden Road. The city is now waiting on a response from thePennDOT legal departmentand construction should beginin two to three weeks. The council passed a resolu-tion to transfer three parcels of land on Main Street to the Gen-eral Municipal Authority. CitySolicitor William Finnigan saidthe resolution will allow him toprepare the deed and transferthe property to the GMA. The lots are presently va-cant.Hank Marks, authority chair-man, told the council LuzerneCounty Community Collegehad asked that the parcels justdeeded to the authority becleaned up before the dedica-tion of the school’s Health Sci-ence Center in the former Kan- jorski Building on Main Street.He said the lots had tall weedsand materials left by a contrac-tor.Councilman James Litchkof-ski said he would contactLCCC to find out the date of the dedication so the lots couldbe cleaned in time.A resident complained aboutpotholes on Alden Road. Hesaid he had just paid $400 forsuspension damage his me-chanic said was due to the con-dition of the road.He got into a brief shouting match with Mayor JosephDoughtery. The mayor said,“We’re doing what we can with what we have.”City Clerk Betsy Chesinskistated copies of the Home RuleCharter, which will be up forapproval on the Nov. 8 ballot, were available in the municipalbuilding.Jerry Hudak, chairman of theNanticoke Government StudyCommission, said a series of in-formational meetings would beheld to educate the public onthe charter. The dates of themeeting are Sept. 13, Sept. 27and a third date in October.
Nanticoke roadupgrades to begin
The city is waiting on thestate. Construction shouldbegin in two to three weeks.
BySUSANDENNEY 
Times Leader Correspondent
City council will next meet onSept. 7 at 7 p.m.
W H AT ’S N E XT
RANSOM TWP. – A 67-year-old pilot died Wednesday nightfrom injuries suffered when hisultralight aircraft crashed in a wooded area off Creek Road. The crash occurred around6:10 p.m. and the pilot died ap-proximately an hour later in theemergency department at Com-munity Medical Center, Scran-ton, according to LackawannaCounty Coroner Tim Rowland.Rowland did not release thename of the pilot from the Ran-som Township area, saying hehad not yet spoken to the wife of the victim.An autopsy will be scheduledon the victim, said Rowland.State police on the scene saidthe plane went down in woodsapproximately 300 yards fromtheroadway.TheNationalTrans-portation Safety Board and theFederal Aviation Administration were notified and were expectedat the crash site today.A section of the road betweenBald Mountain and Milwaukeeroads was closed to traffic andstate police were protecting theaccident scene for the arrival of federal investigators.Arlene Salac, an FAA spokes- woman, said there was only onepersononboardtheaircraft.TheFAA will have investigators onthe scene, she said, adding, “TheNTSBistheultimateagencythatis going to determine the cause.” TheFAAregistrylistedtheair-craft as registered to WilliamSpear of Ransom Road.ItwasaChallengerIImanufac-turedin1992bytheQuadCityUl-tralight Corp. The fixed-wing,single-engine plane was classi-fied as an experimental aircraftand amateur built.
Ultralight crash kills 1
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
AsectionofCreekRoadinRansomTownship,LackawannaCounty,wasclosedWednesdaynightbystatepoliceinvestigatingaplanecrashthatkilledthe67-year-oldpilot.
Craft goes down in Ransom Twp.
ByJERRYLYNOTT 
 jlynott@timesleader.com
WILKES-BARRE
– A cityman seen with a pistol in down-town Wilkes-Barre pleadedguilty Wednesday to two relatedcharges.Demitrius Parham,18, of Parrish Street, entered the pleato two firearms charges beforeLuzerne County Judge JosephVan Jura.Parham, who is incarceratedat the county prison, will besentenced on the charges onOct.14, Van Jura said. Parham was also ordered to write aletter of apology to two cityofficers.According to court papers, onApril 28, two people were seenremoving pistols from a back-pack and placing them in their waistbands near East North-ampton Street and Wilkes-BarreBoulevard. When approached by police,one of the men, Parham, wasseen moving his hands to his waistband and appeared to bechambering a round into a pis-tol, police said.
WILKES-BARRE
– A city woman pleaded guilty Wednes-day to charges relating to with-drawing thousands of dollarsfrom two local banks and wiring the money to Spain.Crystal Ramirez, 34, of Black-man Street, entered the plea toone count each of theft by un-lawful taking and attemptedtheft by unlawful taking beforeLuzerne County Judge JosephVan Jura. Ramirez was orderedto pay $4,850 in restitution and will be sentenced on Oct.14,Van Jura said.According to court papers, onJan.18, Ramirez told police she was ordered to open up a bankaccount with $50, and that mon-ey was transferred into it by amale.She said she withdrew $4,850from the Luzerne Bank in Wilkes-Barre and that she wastold more money would bedeposited later that day.Ramirez said she went to theLuzerne Bank in Wyoming andtried to withdraw $7,500 after$12,950 was transferred into theaccount.A clerk at the bank alertedpolice to the activity.
WILKES-BARRE
– A King-ston man sentenced last July totwo years house arrest and10 years probation filed court pa-pers Wednesday asking to bereleased from house arrest.Leo Yerashunas, 69, was sen-tenced on an arson charge forsetting fire to the former GlassBar in Edwardsville in 2008 forinsurance money.Luzerne County Senior JudgeJoseph Augello sentenced Ye-rashunas in July 2010 after hepleaded guilty to the charge amonth earlier.In court papers filed Wednes-day, Yerashunas’ attorney, Tho-mas Cometa, said his client hascompleted a required100 hoursof community service and isgainfully employed to “meet hisfinancial obligations.”Cometa said Yerashunas hasserved more than12 months of house arrest and without vio-lating any rules or regulationsmade by the probation depart-ment.Augello set a hearing for Sept.8 when he will decide if Ye-rashunas’ house arrest can beterminated.Prosecutors say Yerashunasset the fire on Oct. 30, 2008, justtwo weeks before more than$500,000 in insurance coverage was about to expire.
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PITTSTON
Firefighter in hospital
A Pittston city firefighter remainedhospitalized on Wednesday, a day afterbeing struck by a vehicle outside thefire station on Kennedy Street.Michael Shovlin was upgraded to faircondition at Geisinger Wyoming ValleyMedical Center in Plains Township, ahospital spokeswoman said. He hadbeen listed in stable condition.Police said a red Dodge pickup truckstruck Shovlin around 2:30 p.m. Tues-day. Neither a description of the drivernor a license plate could be obtained atthe time, police said.Anyone with information that wouldlead to an arrest is asked to contactPittston police at 570-654-2425, exten-sion 505.
HARRISBURG
Disciplinary actions taken
 The Pennsylvania Department of State announced disciplinary actions Wednesday:• Alisa Barrett, Debbie Williams andCharlene Arena, doing business asShear Tease of Forty Fort, were or-dered by the state Board of Cosmetol-ogy to a pay a civil penalty of $1,500and $513 for the cost of investigationbecause the owners engaged in boothrental while operating their own busi-ness.• Megan Suzanne Chopack of King-ston was indefinitely suspended by thestate Board of Nursing because she hasbeen charged with acquisition or pos-session of a controlled substance bymisrepresentation, fraud, forgery, de-ception or subterfuge.
LUZERNE COUNTY
DUI checkpoints planned
Local police departments will beconducting several DUI checkpointsand roving DUI patrols throughoutLuzerne County over the next two weeks, the Pennsylvania Department of  Transportation announced. The checkpoints and patrols will beheld in the following areas on the listeddates:• Forty Fort, Plains Township, Wright Township and Larksville onFriday.• Butler Township, Exeter Boroughand Kingston Township on Friday, Aug.26.• Hanover Township, Pittston, Har- veys Lake, Lehman Township andForty Fort on Friday, Sept. 2.
KINGSTON
Block grant survey set
 The municipality will be conducting a door-to-door survey on all of thestreets between Division Street andUnion Street on Friday between 9 a.m.and 3 p.m. The purpose is to gather essentialinformation for filing a CommunityDevelopment Block Grant throughLuzerne County that will be used forstorm water pumping improvements. The municipality says all informa-tion will be kept confidential.
NANTICOKE
LCCC meeting changed
 The Luzerne County CommunityCollege Board of Trustees’ meeting forthis week has been rescheduled toMonday. The meeting will be at 6:30p.m. at the College’s Educational Con-ference Center in Nanticoke.
 WILKES-BARRE
Library sets India program
“Novel destinations – India” will bepresented at the Osterhout Free Li-brary on South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, today from 5 to 7p.m. The cul-ture of India will be presented throughthe story of detective Vish Puri in hissearch for servant Mary in the book“The Case of the Missing Servant,” by Tarquin Hall.
 WYOMING COUNTY
Road will close days
 The Wyoming County maintenancecrews will be implementing a daytimeroad closure along Route 4015 (Mesh-oppany Ridge Road) in Meshoppen. The road will be closed daily from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. The section of the roadaffected by the road closure is betweenStanek Road and Route 6. A detour willbe posted along Route 87 and Route 6,and completion is anticipated by Fridayat 4 p.m.
I N B R I E F
 WILKES-BARRE – The city Zon-ing Hearing Board on Wednesday ap-proved the Salvation Army’s requestto operate a 24-hour Adult Rehabil-itation Center at 60 New Hill St., afewhundredfeetfromitscurrentsiteon Hazle Avenue. The board voted 3-1to approve therequest for the Salvation Army ARCprogram that houses about 50 adultsin need of basic necessities, therapy,counseling and spiritual direction with issues of substance misuse, le-gal problems, relational conflicts,homelessness and unemployment. The center also provides food andshelter for homelessmen. The approvalcame after an objec-tion from the chair-man of the city’sHousing Authorityand its executive di-rector. RobertMcGinley and JackZiegler testifiedthey have concernsabout the clients in-teracting with chil-dren served by theagency and also se-nior citizens who re-side nearby.“We’re not concerned about theirsuccessesandwelaudtheworkoftheSalvation Army,” Ziegler said. “How-ever, we are concerned about the fail-
Salvation Army gets OK for rehab
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AttorneyMarkMcNeilis, left, presentstheWilkes-BarreZoningBoardwithplansforanewlocationoftheSalvationArmy’snew24hourAdultRehabil-itationCenteronWednesday. Ontheboard, fromleft, areWilliamHarvey, JohnBergold, SolicitorCharlesMcCormickandZoningOfficerWilliamHarris.
Wilkes-Barre Zoning Hearing Boardacts despite complaints from theHousing Authority.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
SeeZONING, Page9A
“…We areconcernedabout …the peoplewho don’tmake itthroughtheir pro-gram…
JackZiegler
Protester
SEEINGREDINPITTSTON
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. Rizzo and Jason Sabatelle of Sabatelle’s Market in Pittston hold up a sign for the tent where theywill be serving Italian dishes during the Pittston Tomato Festival. The 28th annual event with enter-tainment, a parade, games, tomato fights and plenty of home-grown tomatoes, runs tonight throughSunday in downtown Pittston.
HANOVER TWP. – Police knewassault and burglary suspect StevenBrannigan was telling a lie.Officers showed up at a residencein the Marion Terrace apartmentcomplex looking for Thomas Owenson Aug. 1. They watched Brannigan, 20, andOwens, 21, enter the residence.Afterofficersknockedonthedoor,Brannigan allegedly told them he was alone.Policesearchedtheapartmentandfound Owens lying on the floor trying to hide behind abed, according tocharges filed.Brannigan,Owens and DanielBanks, 24, werecharged Tuesday inthe violent beating of NanticokeMayor Joseph Dougherty on June25.Nanticoke police Detective Capt. William Shultz said Dougherty wasbeaten with brass knuckles and a wooden club on South ChestnutStreet before the trio stole his com-pany-issued vehicle, a 2011 Chevro-let Cruze.Shultzcalledtheattacka“crimeof opportunity,” noting Dougherty wasnot specifically targeted by the threemen.Brannigan and Owens had been jailed at the Luzerne County Correc-tional Facility since their arrests onAug. 1, when Owens was found in-side the apartment.Brannigan was charged with hin-dering apprehension, and Owenshad been a fugitive since Feb. 15 whenaLuzerneCountyjudgeissuedanarrestwarrantforskippingahear-ing on a probation violation, courtrecords show.Owens pleaded guilty to escapefrom a youth detention school inButlerTownshipinSeptember2008.He was sentenced to six months pro-bationbutfailedtoreporttoaproba-
Police: Mayor not specific target of attack
Authorities detail how theyencountered three suspected inJoseph Dougherty’s beating.
ByEDWARDLEWI
elewis@timesleader.com
Brannigan
SeeBEATING, Page9A
DALLAS TWP. – Williams Field Ser- vices LLC can now move forward withitsproposednaturalgaspipelineprojectafter signing an agreement with thetownship Tuesday, but the companymust follow the rules as set forth bytownship officials.Concerned residents are trying to de- vise legal action to take on the issue, asthepipelinewilltapintoanother gas line about1,800 feet from the Dal-las School District cam-pus. The agreement wouldallow Williams to con-struct five miles of itsSpringville Gathering Line in the town-ship pursuant to several stipulations. Williams spokesperson Helen Hum-phreys said signing the agreement withthe township was “very important” tothecompany’spipelineproject,whichisalready underway in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.“We have a 25-year contract with Ca-bot Oil & Gas to construct, operate andmaintain a pipeline to move the naturalgas from wells ultimately to Americanhomes and businesses,” she said. “If wecan’t construct the pipeline, we don’thave the contract. The major issue contested in 2 ½months of negotiations was whether lo-cal zoning laws applied to natural gaspipelines. Township Solicitor Thomas Brennansaid this issue still has not been resolv-ed, but the company will submit a zon-ingapplicationtothetownshipthatwillbe approved contingent upon compli-
SeePIPELINE, Page7A
AccordOKs planfor pipelinewith rules
The natural gas pipeline will tie intoanother one near the Dallas SchoolDistrict buildings.
BySARAHHIT
 shite@timesleader.com
EDWARDSVILLE – Police said aman purchased new clothes at a storeto replace bloody clothing after hestabbed another man in woods behindthe West Side Mall.Jimmie L. Carrier III, 27, addresslisted as homeless, was arrested whenpolice spotted him on Tuesday walk-ing with two other people on Route11.Police allege Carri-er stabbed DanielHoltslander in thearm during a fight just before 4:30 p.m.Carrier told policethat after he stabbedHoltslander, he wentinto the Dollar Gen-eral store to wash his hands and buynew clothes, according to charges fil-ed.Holtslander was treated for his in- juries at Wilkes-Barre General Hospi-tal, police said.Carrier was arraigned before Dis-trict Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on two counts each of ag-gravated assault and simple assault,and one count each of reckless en-dangerment and disorderly conduct.He was jailed at the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.According to the criminal com-plaint:Holtslander told police he was in- volved in an altercation with Carrierin the woods about money. Holtslan-der said he grabbed a backpack Carri-er was carrying and realized he wasbleeding from his arm.Holtslander alleged Carrier washolding a knife in his hand. He called911 and Carrier walked out of the woods with two other people, thecomplaint says.Police said Holtslander suffered twolacerations on his arm and he used hisbelt and shirt to control the bleeding.Police canvassed the area and foundCarrier walking along Route 11 nearMark Plaza.A pocket knife with dried blood wasfound in Carrier’s pocket, the com-plaint says.Police said in the complaint thatCarrier admitted to stabbing Holtslan-der during a fight. He said he went tothe store to wash his hands and tobuy new clothes.A preliminary hearing is scheduledon Aug. 24 before District Judge PaulRoberts in Kingston.
Man bought new clothes after he stabbed another, police claim
Homeless suspect says he went intostore to wash his hands and buynew clothes to replace bloody ones.
ByEDWARDLEWI
elewis@timesleader.com
Carrier

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