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item onPage 2A in Wednesday’s pa-per transposed the allegedactions of two women in-volved in a fight on Tuesday.Police said Rochelle Hubbert,of New Alexander Street,Wilkes-Barre, told them thatLatisha Aiken, of BeekmanStreet, Wilkes-Barre, came toher house, yelled at her andstruck her in the face. Aikentold city police that Hubbertpulled a pistol on her and bitthe arm of Aiken’s daughter,according to police.Police noted that bothwomen were charged withdisorderly conduct and ha-rassment.
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Times Leader Correspondent
City council will next meet onSept. 7 at 7 p.m.
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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
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Craft goes down in Ransom Twp.
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.