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The Abington Journal 08-24-2011

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Clarks Summit, Pa. AUGUST 24 TO AUGUST 31, 2011 50
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A Lackawanna County man waskilled when his Ultralight air-craft crashed. See Page A3.
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Pilot identified
This year Cocktails on theCourt was held at State StreetGrill. See Page A9.
ABINGTONS
Annual event new venue
Earth Camp took place at theAbington Area CommunityPark. See Page C7.
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Creative by nature
The USA Powerlifting 2011RawNational Championship tookplace at Hilton. See Page C10.
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ArtsEtc...............................C1Calendar...........................A2Classified...........................B1Crosswords .......................A11Obituaries.........................A8School.....................A7, C6- 8Sports..............................C9
INSIDE
The AbingtonFarmers’ Market inSouth AbingtonTownship andEssential EatingFarmers’ Market inChinchilla are nowopen for business.See Page A5.
HomegrownHarvest
LackawannaTrailJr./Sr.HighSchoolPrincipalJohnRushefskirecalledamember oftheschool’sclassof2009whodiedearlyAug.19inaone-vehiclecrashinLackawan-naCounty.“Withoutquestion,footballwasassociated withKyleLocker,said Rushefski,whowasalsoworkingatthehighschoolwhenLockerattended.“Hewasalwaysafriendlystudentwhowouldcome backtoTrailtocheeronfootball.KyleJohnLocker,21,ofDaltonwasa passengerkilledinthecrash,accordingtoLackawannaCountyCoronerTimothyRowland.DriverSeanMichaelBarrett,22,DicksonCity,wasejectedfromthevehicleandreceivedcriticalinjuries,accordingto police.ThecrashoccurredattheExit188on-ramptoInterstate81northboundatapproximately12:43a.m.thismorning,Aug.19,accordingtoPennsylvaniaStatePoliceatDunmore.Twootherpassengers,KayceePezak,22,Jessup,andElizabethMcManus,20,ScottTwp.,hadtobeextri-catedfromthevehiclebymechanicalmeans,accordingtopolice.RushefskisaidthatAug.19,LackawannaTrailfootballcoachSteveJervisspokewithmembersoftheschool’sfootballteamwhowerefreshmenwhenLockerwasasenior.“Theyhadamomenttoreflectandremem- ber.Hesaidtheplayersandcheerleadingsquaddefinitelywantedto“acknowledgethathisdeathwastrulyatragedy.
Principal:Crash victim‘first-class’volunteer
Dalton man, 21, dies in I-81 crash;accident injures three others
BYKRISTIEGRIERCERUTI
Abington Journal Editor
Kyle Locker
See Victim, Page 3
DUNMORE-
 Nearly two dozen friendsgathered outside the Pennsylvania StatePolice barracks Aug. 22 when David M.Ranakoski turned himself into policecustody at11a.m. Pennsylvania State police have filed charges against the17-year-old Scranton driver of a Ford Focus that struck a Jeep on Dark RegionRoad in Ransom Twp. in May. Thesecharges stem from a crash in which 22-month-old Cole Thomas Hazelton
Driver,17,faces chargesin RansomTwp. crash
BYROBERTTOMKAVAGE
Abington Journal Reporter
ABINGTON JOURNAL /JASON RIEDMILLER
David M. Ranakoski, left, turns himself in atthe Pennsylvania State Police barracks inDunmore Aug. 22 . He faces charges thatinclude homicide by vehicle, a criminal com-plaint filed .
See Driver, Page 3
We asked youngsters visiting the Abington Community Library:
“How do you envision Clarks Summit in100 years.
Alexander Robert Krenitsky, 8,Clarks Summit, said Clarks Summitpeople would all be robots. Theplanet would have three suns,three moons and blue grass.Susan Dritts, 9, Clarks Summit,said Clarks Summit would havenew things like flying cars andairplanes that could walk or aleaning tower of pizza.Jacob Weinberg, 10, South Abing-ton Twp. said people would com-municate through watches andcandy will be very expensive.
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entennial Day co-chair, Julia Munley,an attorney withMunley & Cartwright, said the upcomingCentennialweekend willhave a “com-munity carni-val atmosphereand will bethe highlightof the year-long ClarksSummit Cen-tennial Cele- bration.”There will be no shortageof fun August26 and 27 asthe weekend gets underwaywith the Rag-time Rumblereception Fri-day eveningfrom 6 to 8 p.m. at Nichols VillageHotel & Spa,1101 NorthernBoulevard in Clarks Sum-mit. Attendees are invited to wear a period costume if they choose and spend theevening mingling withfriends and neighbors. Cel-ebrate the borough’s 100th birthday with a cocktailand enjoy thefare from avariety of localrestaurants in-cluding NicholsVillage, whichis providing anin- kind dona-tion of their facility, food,venue and staff for RagtimeRumble night;Bazil/Basilico;Formosa; Cara-via; Cangiano’s;Amici; AtlanticFish; Akita and State StreetGrill. Beverageswill be provid-ed by Maiolate-si Wine Cellarsand SummitBeverage.Tickets for RagtimeRumble Centennial PartyAugust 26 are $20 and MuchhaschangedinClarksSummitduringthepast100yearsandmuchhasstayedthesame.GoneisthesplendoroftheCome-rfordTheatre.Therearenolonger heartygreetingsatKeensPharma-cysodabarorthebuzzofthe NorthernElectrictrolley.Butpedestrianscanstillexpectagreetingfromapasserby,beitafriendorstranger.It’snosurprisetowakeonasnowymorningtofind thewalkalreadyshoveledbyaneighbor.Thebusinessdistrictand schoolsystemstillthrive.Thereisanunparalleledspiritofpatriotismandcommunitythatchampionsveteransmonuments,librariesand  parks,civicactivitiesandplacesof worship.ThatcharactercanbeseeninstreetslinedwithAmericanflags,lawnsdecoratedfortheholi-daysandaprocessionofparades,festivalsandevents.Timemarchesonbutthein-spirationforprogressfrom100yearsagototodaystillremainsasClarksSummitanditsneigh- boringcommunitiesforgeapathintothenextcentury.TheAbingtonJournalinvitesthecommunitytovisitouropenhouseAug.27from10a.m.to1p.m.duringthecelebration.
Letter from the
EDITOR
Celebrate100 years of history this weekend
ByJOANMEAD-MATSU
Abington Journal Correspondent
See Celebrate, Page 7
INSIDE
Special Centennial Section
Schedule of Events -
PAGE 6
Centennial Map -
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For more coverage, see
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ABINGTON JOURNAL/ALEX SEELEY
 
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ClarksSummit,PA WEDNESDAY,AUGUST24,2011
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The Abington Journal, a weekly community newspaperthat is part of Impressions Media in Wilkes-Barre, PA, covers the “Abingtons”area of Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. This includes but is not limited toClarks Summit, Clarks Green, South Abington, Newton, Ransom, Glenburn,Dalton, La Plume, Factoryville, Waverly, Tunkhannock and the AbingtonHeights, Lackawanna Trail and Lakeland school districts.Ourcirculationhoversbetween2,000and3,000readers.Wetrytogettoasmany events as possible, but staff and space limitations make it impossible tocover everything. If you have news about your family, town or organization,please send it to us and we’ll do our best to publish it. Photographs (withcaptions) are welcome.
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THE ABINGTON
JOURNAL
 A Commemorative Blood Drive will be hosted by the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321Bedford Street, on Saturday Sept. 10 from10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is being held in remem-brance of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and in recognition of all who serve and protect usevery day.The need for blood is constant, and blood levels remain in a critically low condition through-out the area. However, just one pint of donated blood can save up to three lives.If you are looking for a meaningful way to remember those who died, whether busboys,bankers, airline passengers, police officers or firefighters, or a tangible way to recognize andhonor our military and other front-line responders, what better way than to donate your bloodto help save another’s life?
Blood drive to honor victims of 9/11
DAILY EVENTSAugust 24:
Family Lung  Health Awareness Day
, at theViewmont Mall from10 a.m. to4 p.m. Sponsored by the Amer-ican Lung Association in Penn-sylvania.Features lung functiontesting by the Luzerne CountyCommunity College Respira-tory Department, games, educa-tional displays and handout-s.Area agencies such as thePennsylvania Department of Health will be available to an-swer questions about lung dis-ease. Cost: Free.
Waverly Community House Playground Project Ground-breaking Ceremony,
on the back lawn of the Comm,1115 NAbington Road, at noon. Incommemoration of the first dayof the Comm’s Playground Project Rebuild.
August 25:
Fundraising event for “Walk the Talk ... forthe Cure” team
at Patsel’s inClarks Summit. The team will participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York scheduled for Oct.15 and16.Cost: $50 includes heavy appe-tizers and live entertainment.Cash bar. Silent auctions willinclude: one -night stay at NYC’s Michelangelo Hotel,located between Times Squareand Radio City Music Hall, aJunior Suite, valued at $925/night. Info: Event tickets must be prepaid within a week of theevent with payment mailed to:Carmina Rinkunas at 2005Elden Drive, Clarks Summit,PA18411.
Summer Acrylic Painting Classes,
at the Abington Senior Community Center from1to2:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Sign up aweek in advance. Info:586.8996.
August 26:
LackawannaCounty George Wesley Noon-time Concert,
from noon to1 p.m. on the Linden Street sideof the Courthouse. Info:963.6800 ext.1854.
 Ragtime Rumble,
presented  by the Clarks Summit BoroughCentennial Committee, at Ni-chols Village from 6 to 8 p.m.Cost: $20. Tickets available for sale at The Abington Journal,Angels Galleria, Sole to Soul,Sanderson Place, Everything Natural, Artisans Image, Lynn’sHallmark, Clarks Summit Bor-ough Bldg., Kidazzle and Ni-chols Village.
St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral Block Party,
from 5 to10 p.m. continuingthrough the 27th. Corner of Pittston Avenue and East ElmStreet, Scranton. Features avariety of foods, drinks, gamesand music. Info: 961.9231or www.saintstanislauspncc.org.
Spirited: A Visitation From Jonathan and Janet,
at Coun-tryside Community Church at 7 p.m. Daily columnist and hu-morist Jonathan Richard Cringand master musician JanetClazzy will be performing for an evening of music and mono-logue, including readings fromMr. Cring’s book Digging for Gold with original musicaltunes performed by Ms. Clazzyon the oboe and WX-5 Wind Machine. Info: 587-3206 or countryside-church.org
Square Dance and Polka Party
on Friday, at the IremTemple Country Club Pavilionin Dallas from 7 to11p.m.Hosted by the Volunteers of America. Featuring Joe Stankyand the Cadets. “Red” Jonesand Joe McKeown will be call-ing the square dance and EddieDerwin and the Polka Naturalswill also be playing polka fa-vorites. Cost: $10 with proceedsto benefit the local programs of Volunteers of America. Info/tickets: 825.5261.
St. John’s Russian OrthodoxCathedral Homemade PirogieSale
, at the church center locat-ed on Hill Street, Mayfield,from noon to 4 p.m. Home-made pirogie will be sold onfirst come first serve basis for $6 per dozen.
August 27:
Spirit of Phila-delphia Cruise, Show and Din-ner,
hosted by St. Joseph’s Se-nior Social Club. Stop at Mt.Airy Casino with a $35 coinrebate. Info: Theresa 654.2967.
 Music on the Lawn and Craft Show,
at Lake Winola United Methodist Church on MapleDrive in Mill City. Begins at 2 p.m. Cost: $9. Info/tickets:351.7365.
The University of Scrantonbaseball team Prospect Show-cases,
from12 to 5 p.m. atConnell Park in Scranton. Cost:$80. Info: bartolettim2@scran-ton.edu.
The NEPA Bonsai Society’s21st Annual Open House,
from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MidwayGarden Center1865 Highway315, Pittston. The event willinclude a large bonsai tree dis- play by the society’s members,various demonstrationsthroughout the day, bonsai treesand related items for sale,Shakuhachi flute entertainment by Jamie Orfanella, and a bon-sai tree competition open to allmembers. Info: 654.6194.
St. Joseph’s Senior Social Club Trip on The Spirit of Phil 
With a stop on the way homeatthe Mount Airy Casino. Cost:$85, which includes a$35 slot play at the casino.
 Kayla McGrady Memorial  Benefit,
at the Kingston Amer-ican Legion 386 WyomingAve., at 4:30 p.m. There will befood, drinks, DJ, Chinese raffle,and memorial souvenirs. All proceeds will go to the KaylaMcGrady Scholarship for 2013,her graduation year. Cost: $20for adults, $6 for Children and Friends of Kayla, and free for kids under. Tickets/Info:288.1794. Donations can also be sent to: Margaret & Richard Rovine,121Penn St., Kingston,PA ,18704.
 Benefit Horse Show for theOver The Hill Farm,
at theAberdeen Stables,1121Aber-deen Road, Madisonville, start-ing at 8 a.m. There will bevarious riding classes, includingWestern, English, Hunter/Jumper and Driving. There willalso be raffles, silent auctions, bake sales and food.
Shop for a Cause Macy’s March of Dimes Fundraiser.
For $5, customers can purchasea savings pass that offers 25 percent off most regular, saleand clearance purchases at thestore or online all day. (Someexclusions apply.) Macy’s willdonate100 percent of the $5cost of the savings pass to theMarch of Dimes to help givemore babies a healthy start inlife.
August 28:
2011Children’s Miracle Network Charity Golf   Event 
benefiting Janet WeisChildren’s Hospital pediatricservices, at Sand Springs Coun-try Club on Clubhouse Drive inDrums. Hosted by McLane of Jessup. Cost $75 per golfer or $300 per team. Info: 330.8470or lperry@mclaneco.com.
 Five days, four nights trip toCape Cod Mass.,
runs to Sept1. Includes transportation,meals, tours, taxes, gratuities.Info: 654.2967
COMMUNITYCALENDAR
Photographs from EarthCamp that appeared in theAug.17 edition were incor-rectly cropped. They appear correctly this week on PageC7.We regret the error.
EDITOR’S NOTE
Editor,
This year, there are threecandidates for school direc-tor at-large: Mike Fleming,Frank Santoriello and TomBrogan.Mr. Brogan is the “unioncandidate.” I say the unioncandidate for the followingreasons: Until recently hewas a member of the AHEAunion leadership and chair-man of the grievance com-mittee, filing grievances and  bringing the school district tocourt on behalf of the union,costing taxpayer dollars inthe process. During the pri-mary in May, phone calls insupport of Mr. Brogan appar-ently came from the localAHEA union and the statePSEA teacher’s union. Theseare the organizations thathave endorsed Mr. Brogan.As a society, we rail at thethought of special interestsinfluencing all levels of our  political systems. Do wewant the AHEA Union lead-ership to have this type of access to a local decision-making entity with such adirect impact on our commu-nity?You will meet the candi-dates around town and youshould ask questions – ques-tions especially on the candi-dates’ views, positions and  bodies of work over time inthe district. It can be an in-dicator of their future ac-tions. I believe that Mr. Bro-gan has a body of work thatdoes not lend itself to garner your vote. Please ask him thefollowing:1) Why did he participatein the strikes against Abing-ton Heights School District?The board’s approval of thecurrent contract, in 2007,was the first time since1985that Mr. Brogan and theunion did not strike while inthe midst of contract negotia-tions.2) Does he support theunion’s position of not takinga one-year pay freeze for 2011–2012, but asking ap- prox. $ 9.8 million in in-creases over 5 years? Theequivalent of 47.76 mils of tax increases. 3) Should theunion contribute to their health insurance premiums?4) How can he separate theinterest of the union lead-ership from that of the dis-trict? I believe that with theunion’s support of his candi-dacy he cannot.I am a director on the board and running for re-election. I have formed aticket with Mr. Mike Flem-ing for the upcoming elec-tion. While Mike and I donot agree on every issue, weare like-minded in that wewant to maintain or improvethe district’s high quality of education at a fair value tothe taxpayers. We have nohidden agendas. We willwork our best to be outstand-ing stewards of your moneyand the Abington HeightsSchool District.
Frank Santoriello
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Editor:
I would like to offer athank you to the NEPAMiners for helping makethe Scranton/Wilkes-BarreAffiliate of the PancreaticCancer Action Network’sSecond Annual PancreaticCancer Awareness NightJuly 17 a tremendous suc-cess.With the support of the NEPA Miners organiza-tion and the fans whocame out to support our efforts, we were able toraise much needed aware-ness about pancreatic can-cer, share our personalstories as volunteers whohave been affected by thishorrible disease but mostimportantly continue our efforts in creating hope infinding a cure for pan-creatic cancer.It is through events likePancreatic Cancer Aware-ness Night with the NEPAMiners that we can makea difference in this fight.Thank you again to all of those involved, and welook forward to our Third Annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Night nextyear.Pancreatic cancer is thefourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with just six per-cent of patients survivingmore than five years. De-spite these terrifying sta-tistics the National Can-cer Institute (NCI) onlyallocates two percent of its research funding to pancreatic cancer.More funding needs to be allocated to finding acure, and on July 17 wetook another step in theright direction by educat-ing the public on the need to continue to raiseawareness throughout our community about thisdisease. November is PancreaticCancer Awareness Monthand the volunteersthroughout our area willcontinue our efforts tofight pancreatic cancer throughout our communi-ty. To learn more aboutthe Scranton/W-B Affil-iate of the PancreaticCancer Action Network and ways you can join thefight against pancreaticcancer, please visit Pan-can.org/Scranton
Taryn Jones
ClarksSummitPinked on the Patio, a fundraiser to benefit the AmericanCancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Programs, is to beheld on Sept. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Abington Manor,100Edella Road, Clarks Summit. The event will feature “Pinked”around the world hors’de’oeuvres and cocktails. There will also be “Pinked” shirts and hats for sale.
PHOTO SUBMITTED
Shown, from left: Kathy Rowinski, Timmie Ott, Beth McGuigan, LoriZeshonski, and Linda Heath. Absent from photo is Elaine Shepard, ofClassic Properties, Clarks Summit.
Pinked on the Patio returns
 
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
State Police forensic team drives into the scene of a fatal plane crashseveral hundred yards off Creek Road in Ransom Twp. in LackawannaCounty on Aug. 17. A section of Creek Road in Ransom Township,Lackawanna County, was closed by state police investigating a planecrash that killed the 67-year-old pilot.
RANSOMTWP.-
A Lacka-wanna County man was killed when his Ultralight aircraftcrashed in a wooded area off Creek Road on Aug.17 ap- proximately 300 yards fromthe roadway, according tostate police.The Lackawanna CountyCoroner’s Office identified the man as William Spear, 67.An autopsy was completed byLackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland, who said thecause of death was “multipletraumatic injuries,” and themanor of death accidental.State police at Dunmoresaid the plane went downAugust17 in the woods ap- proximately 300 yards fromCreek Road at about 6:10 p.m.Spear was transported tothe Community Medical Cen-ter, Scranton, where he died from injuries suffered in theaccident.The National Transporta-tion Safety Board and theFederal Aviation Adminis-tration were called to thescene for investigation.Arlene Salac, an FAA spo-keswoman, said there wasonly one person on board theaircraft.“The FAA will have in-vestigators on the scene,” shesaid, adding, “The NTSB isthe ultimate agency that isgoing to determine thecause.”According to NicholasWorrell of the NTSB, theon-scene part of the investiga-tion has been completed and a report will be released with-in10 to 20 business days,followed by a final reportwhen the investigation iscomplete, which normallytakes six months to a year.The aircraft was a Chal-lenger II manufactured in1992 by the Quad City Ultra-light Corp. The fixed-wing,single-engine plane was clas-sified as an experimentalaircraft and amateur built.William and BeverlyBrown, who live near thecrash site, thought their prop-erty might be in danger.“It was coming down rightnear our house about100-300feet away,” William Brownsaid. “The plane was sputter-ing really bad, the motor revved up high and the planeshot straight up into the air.After it shot up, we heard itcrash into the trees about15seconds later. It was veryclose to the house, we thoughtit might crash into our garageor house, but the pilot wasable to get it off the ground again unfortunately hecouldn’t save it.”The FAA registry listed theaircraft as registered to Spear,of Ransom Road, RansomTownship.
ABINGTON JOURNAL/JASON RIEDMILLER
 A hangar for the aircraft that was involved in the crash is shown above, along with a neighboring hangar.
“It was coming down right near our house about100-300 feet away. The plane was sputtering really bad, the motor revved up high and the plane shot straight up into theair. After it shot up, we heard it crash into the trees about15 seconds later. ”
WilliamBrown,RansomTownshipresident
Pilot in crash identified
BYABINGTONJOURNALANDTIMESLEADERSTAFFS
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RushefskisaidthatwhileLockerwasasenioratLacka-wannaTrail,heandtwoother studentsrequestedpermissionofRushefskitodedicatetheir seniorprojecttorefurbishingtheschool’sweightroom.Rushefskiaddedthatfouryearslaterthe benchestheypaintedandequip-mentthecoveredisstillingoocondition.“Theyworkedreallyhard.Theydidafirst-classjob.Lockerwasastudentand footballplayeratLackawannaCollege.Accordingtotheschool’swebsite,Lockerwasafreshmanoffensivelinemanduringthe2010-11season.ThecollegepostedthefollowingtoitsFacebookpageFridayafter-noon:“TheLackawannaCol-legefamilywouldliketoex- presscondolencestothefamilyofstudent-athleteKyleLockewhopassedawayinacaracci-dentthismorning.WeareallsaddenedbythelossofafellowFalcon.GriefcounselorsareavailabletostudentsintheStu-dentAffairsoffice.”Asourceclosetothefamilywhowishedtoremainanony-moussaidthat,asayouth,LockerwasaCubScoutwithPack21inDicksonCity.TrooperThomasJ.Krem- paskysaidthatthecrashoc-curredasthevehicle,travelingnorthontheExit188on-ramplostcontrolwhilenegotiatingarightcurveintheroadway.Hestatedthatindoingso,thevehi-cletraveledofftheroadwayand struckalightpolewithitsrightside.BothLockerandBarrettdidnothaveseatbeltsinuse,accordingtopolice.Pezak,whoreceivedmoderateinjuriesand McManus,whoreceivedseriousinjuries,werebothwearingseat belts.Accordingtopolice,a preliminaryinvestigationre-vealedthatalcoholwasacon-tributingfactorinthecrash.AnyonewithinformationisaskedtocontactPennsylvaniaStatePoliceatDunmoreat570.963.3156.LockersfuneralwillbehelAug.24attheFrankT.Mazur FuneralHome,Inc.601DundafSt.,DicksonCity,withmassat9:30a.m.inSt.Mary’sVis-itationChurch,DicksonCity.EveryoneattendingisaskedtogodirectlytotheChurch.En-tombment,St.Mary’sMauso-leum,DicksonCity.
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On August 24 at noon,the Waverly CommunityHouse will hold a ground- breaking ceremony on the back lawn to commemoratethe first day of the Comm’sPlayground Project Re- build. The public is in-vited. The Waverly Com-munity House is located at1115 North Abington Road in Waverly.According to ExecutiveDirector, when the play-ground at The Comm wasinspected several safetyregulations were found; thewood was splintering, and new safety codes have been put into effect after the playground had been builtin 1990.The restoration will be toincrease visibility of the playground and redo thewoodwork. While it will bean updated version with polyvinyl chloride (PVC)on the deck and handrailsand arsenic-free pressure-treated wood, the layoutwill remain the same.
First row, standing, from left: Camille Marquardt, Donna Khademi, ErichOlsen, Haqique Mirza, Hayley Updyke, Peyton Reese, Hannah Gilbertand Logan Finn (in mask). Second row: Casey Clark, Jeremy Schobel(Counselor), Ethan Jones (Counselor) and Erich Olsen (Counselor inTraining). Foreground, far left: Kento Matsui (hidden), Duncan Breig and Antonio Maletta.
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died.Ranakoski faces chargesthat include homicide byvehicle, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, driving under theinfluence of alcohol or con-trolled substance, drivingvehicle at safe speed and driving while operating privi-lege is suspended or revoked,according to a criminal com- plaint filed with DistrictMagistrate James Gibbons.Ranakoski and his attorneyGerald Karam declined tocomment on the case.Deputy District AttorneyRobert Klein commented onconcerns about the delay incharges being filed.“We did a thorough in-vestigation and had an acci-dent reconstruction done,”Klein said. “We filed theappropriate charges and the preliminary hearing will bethe next step in the case…We relied on the expertise of the state police who did thereconstruction.”According to Klein, therewill be other charges comingforward. There are juvenile petitions that will be filed and the other adult in the car,Patrick Molnar, will becharged with simple posses-sion of a controlled sub-stance.Ranakoski was given athree- day voluntary surren-dering period to police after the charges were filed. Ac-cording to Klein, it was doneas a scheduling matter tomake sure the Common-wealth was present for thearraignment and the bailconditions.“It’s just the way the casehas worked out,” Klein said.“No two cases are alike. Our thoughts are prayers are withthe family. It’s just unfathom-able what it’s like to lose a22-month -old. I can’t evenwrap my head around that.Our sympathies go out to thefamily. We hope they canfind the strength to go onevery day.Court papers allege thatmarijuana may have played a part in the accident. Kleindid not comment directly onthis case, but talked about thedangers of young peopledriving under the influenceof drugs or alcohol.“We won’t comment onany details of the case whileit’s ongoing. But generallyspeaking, any time that anytype of illegal substance, or for that matter when a young person is using alcohol and compound it by getting be-hind the wheel of a vehicle,nothing good can ever comefrom that,” Klein said.Ranakoski was allegedlysmoking marijuana whiledriving May 9, according to police reports and blood analysis reports. At that timehis vehicle rear-ended a Jeepon Dark Region Road, occu- pants in the Jeep were An-drew Carullo, 25, of Scran-ton; Ashley Jennifer Hazel-ton, 21, of Scranton, who wasdriving and her child, Cole.According to police, ColeHazelton died as a result of the collision and subsequentfire. At that time Carullo and Ashley Jennifer Hazeltonreceived severe burns and were life-flighted from Com-munity Medical Center inScranton to the Lehigh Val-ley Medical Center.The preliminary hearingwill held Sept. 1 at 9:15 a.m.Bail was set a $50,000straight bail. If Ranakoski iscapable of posting bail, thereare several conditions thatwould kick in, includingabstaining from drugs and alcohol through a color mon-itoring system, avoiding con-tact with the victims or co-defendants, refraining fromdriving a vehicle and agree-ing not to commit any further crimes.At Lackawanna CountyCentral Court, Aug. 11 it wasstated that Ranakoski is notexpected to post bail and hisarraignment and he will beremanded to the LackawannaCounty Prison.
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ABINGTON JOURNAL /JASON RIEDMILLER
David M. Ranakoski, center, turns himself in at the Pennsylvania StatePolice barracks in Dunmore today, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m.
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 A crowd gathers Aug. 22 at thebarracks of Penn-sylvania StatePolice at Dunmorewhere David M.Ranakoski turnedhimself in at 11a.m.

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