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Times Leader 10-12-2011

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When you play in a tennistournament without oneof the top seedings at-tached to your entry,your goal is usually toplay as long as you can.That’s exactly what DanaYu and Chloe Alles ofDallas did Tuesday at theDistrict 2 Doubles Cham-pionships atKirby Park.
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Area woman compiles celebritycookbook for abuse charity
Dick Clark’smean meatloaf 
U.S. ties Iran to plot toassassinate Saudi diplomat
 Assassinationplot uncovered
Luzerne County commission-ers said they’re reviewing bid-ding procedures to determine whytheywereunawareacompa-nyownedbyformercountyClerkof Courts Robert Reilly wasawarded a contract to supplycleaning products.ReillywasconvictedoflyingtoFBI agents who questioned himabout moneyhe receivedfrom Barton Weidlich,acon-struction con-tractor who did work in Reilly’scounty officeandothercoun-ty buildings when Reilly was anelected official.Commissioners voted in Au-gust to award a low-bid contractto Tri-State Chemical to supplyseven cleaning products for a to-tal$6,531.Reilly,ofWilkes-Barre,established Tri-State in Marchandislistedastheownerinstatecorporation records.Commissioner ChairwomanMaryanne Petrilla said commis-sioners approve contracts withthousands of companies andmust develop a procedure tomake sure someone checks com-panyownership,thoughshe’snotsure how involved that reviewshould be based on the quantityof bidders.County Commissioner Ste-phenA.Urbansaidstatelawdoesnot ban convicted felons such asReillyfromsettingupbusinessesor obtaining government con-tracts.CountyControllerWalterGrif-fith, who found Reilly’s connec-tion to the company before thebusiness was paid for any work,said he believes Tri-State shouldbe put on a no-bid list as permit-ted by the county’s purchasing policy. Thepolicysaysthecountymayestablish a list of businesses thatareineligibletobidfora“reason-
Commissioners probe how firm owned by former clerk of courts won county contract
See REILLY, Page10A
 WASHINGTON–Withatabinthetensofmillions,itiswelcomenews to officials in Luzerne and Wyoming counties the federalgovernmenthasdeclaredtheirju-risdictions -- along with 13 otherPennsylvania counties -- eligibleforpublicassistancedisasteraid.Luzerne County officials arestill adding up the damage tocountyandmu-nicipal infras-tructure in the wake of Hurri-cane Irene and Tropical StormLee,butthetabcould be in therange of $35million to $40million, saidStephen Be-kanich, direc-tor of the coun-ty’s EmergencyManagementAgency.“The prelim-inary damageassessment inthe most heavi-ly impacted ar-eas is around$22 million indocumenteddamage, andthat number isonly going togrow as thebills come in,”Bekanich said Tuesday.Bekanichsaidhehopesfederalpublic assistance disaster reliefundscouldstartflowingintoLu-zerne County in two or three weeks.A public assistance disaster al-ready had been declared afterIrene, but there was even moreflood-related damage from Lee. The federal money could helppay for everything from reim-bursing the county and munici-palities for emergency responsecosts such as sandbags andpumping out levee walls to per-forming rescues, Bekanich said.
Luzerne County and municipaldamage could total $35million to $40 million.
Times Leader Washington Bureau
“The pre-liminarydamageassess-ment inthe mostheavilyimpactedareas isaround $22million … ,and thatnumber isonly goingto grow ….”
County EMAdirector
See AID, Page10A
Local reaction to Gov. TomCorbett’s education proposals Tuesday was mixed.State Rep. Phyllis Mundycalled it “no re-form at all.StateSen.JohnYudichak wel-comed the fo-cus on educa-tion but warned “thedevil is in thedetails.” Wilkes-Barre Area School Dis-trict Superintendent Jeff Nameyrepeated the argument thatschool districts could see statefunding drop with no reductionin costs. And Dallas School Dis-trict Superintendent Frank Gal-icki suggested that, in some dis-tricts,propertytaxescouldgouptopayfortheeducationofout-of-district children.Corbettofferedfourbroadpro-posalsshortondetails:Movetheapproval of charter schools outoflocalschooldistricthandsandinto a new state commission; in-crease the amount of tax breaksbusinesses can get by funding private-school scholarshipsthrough the state Education Im-provement Tax Credit program;create “opportunity scholar-ships” that would allow low-in-come students in poor-perform-
Corbett school plan graded
Lawmakers, area schoolofficials see pluses andminuses in reform proposal.
See SCHOOLS, Page10A
all’s splendor reflects from the placid surface of the lake at Frances Slocum State Park on Tuesday, reminding flood-battered Northeastern Pennsylvania that water can be a source of calm, rather than anxiety. Forecasters are pre-dicting rain today and temperatures near the 60s through the weekend. For the forecast, see
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JENKINS TWP. – A New Jer-sey-based technology supportservices company announced Tuesday it is opening a newfacility at the CenterPointCommerce and Trade ParkEast next year that will employ75 people with starting annualsalaries ranging from $23,000to $50,000. The announcement wasmade inside the Mericle Com-mercial Real Estate-owned,41,000-square-foot unit wherethose hires will be program-ming software and repairing laptop computers, iPads,iPhones and computer hard- ware. The repaired or programmedunits will be sent to clients,mostly global pharmaceuticalcompanies including SanofiPasteur.
New CenterPoint firm to employ 75
C3i workers program softwareand repair laptops, iPads,iPhones, computer hardware.
Robert C.Piwko Jr.,senior vicepresidentof C3i,speaks atTuesday’spress eventconcerningC3i locat-ing a hard-ware depothub inJenkinsTownship.
See EMPLOY, Page10A
Local 3ANation & World 5AObituaries 2A, 6AEditorial 9A
Scoreboard 2BBusiness 7B
Birthdays 3CMovies/TV 4CCrossword 5C
Lukas PhillipsShowers, rain late.High 59. Low53.
Details, Page 8B
PAGE 2A WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com
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politicalprotestson Public Square inWilkes-Barre on Page 3A inTuesday’s editions requires aclarification. The story shouldhave noted that Steve Simko,63, of Harding, who said hehas been “bird dogging” U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton,for a year to get a meeting,met with the congressman athis Hazleton office for about30 minutes on Sept. 28, ac-cording to Barletta’s commu-nications director Shawn M.Kelly.
Tuesday’s edi-tion of The Times Leader gavethe incorrect winner of thefield hockey game betweenNanticoke and Wyoming Area.The story should have saidthat Serra Degman scored thelone goal as Wyoming Areadefeated Nanticoke1-0 in aWVC Division 2 game Monday.Brianna Murray assisted onthe goal. Alexa Gorski postedfive saves for the shutout.
The Times Leader strives tocorrect errors, clarify storiesand update them promptly.Corrections will appear in thisspot. If you have informationto help us correct an inaccu-racy or cover an issue morethoroughly, call the newsroomat 829-7242.
HARRISBURG – No playermatched all five winningnumbers drawn in Tuesday’s“Pennsylvania Cash 5” gameso the jackpot will be worth$500,000.Lottery officials said105players matched four num-bers and won $248.50 eachand 3,330 players matchedthree numbers and won $13each.
 Jim McCabe – 829-5000jmccabe@timesleader.com
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Issue No. 2011-285
rene M. Nalbach, 92, formerly of Park Towers,1E. Green St., Nan-ticoke, passed away late Sundayevening,October9,2011,atGuardi-an Elder Care, Sheatown. She wasbornJanuary24,1919,inNanticoke,a daughter to the late Joseph andCecelia Orlowski Ziolkowski.Irene was a graduate of Nanti-cokeHighSchool,classof1937,andawas amemberof St. FaustinaPar-ish (Holy Trinity Church), whereshe was a member of the church’s Women’sCatholicCouncil.Shewasalso associated with the Polish Women’s Alliance, Holy TrinitySchoolGuildandtheAmVetsAuxil-iary.Irene was employed as a packerfor Pioneer Dress Factory, Wilkes-Barre,andtheAcmeMarketinNan-ticoke as a checker.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband, Charles, in 2004; and byone brother; and six sisters.Presently surviving are a daugh-ter, Charlene Yanchik, Mt. Laurel,N.J.; several nieces and nephews,and grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral services
will be held at10:30a.m.SaturdayfromtheGront-kowski Funeral Home P.C., 51 W.Green St., Nanticoke, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St.Faustina Parish (Holy TrinityChurch). Interment will be in Holy TrinityCemetery.Callinghourswillbe held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.Inlieuofflowers,familyasksthatdonations be made to St. FaustinaParish.
Irene M. Nalbach 
October 9, 2011
illiam Bartleson, 85, of Exeter,passedawayMonday,October10, 2011, in the Highland ManorNursing and Convalescent Center,Exeter.BorninKingston,hewasasonof the late Pearl Bartleson. He servedintheU.S.NavyduringWorldWarIIas a petty officer 2nd class.He was a graduate of LuzerneHigh School, class of 1943. Bill re-sidedinLuzernefor50yearsbeforerelocatingtoExeterin1996.Hewasemployed as a cabinet maker at Ge-orge B. Steinhouse for 20 years andSuperior Mill Works for 22 years. William was a member of theVFWPostNo.283KingstonandtheFOE, formerly of Wyoming.Preceding him in death was hislongtime companion, Helen La-porte.Surviving is his stepson Ron La-porte and his wife, Regina PerroneMattie Laporte, Pittston.
 will be heldat 10 a.m. Thursday in theMetcalfe and Shaver Funeral HomeInc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, withtheRev.JeffreyKlansek,oftheFirst Baptist Church of Wyoming,officiating. Interment will be inChapel Lawn Cemetery, Dallas.Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. un-til the time of service Thursday.
 William Bartleson
October10, 2011
enevieve A. Keefe, 85, of Prin-gle, died Monday, October 10,2011, in Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre.She was born in Larksville, adaughter of the late Andrew andMary Giza Kush. She was formerlyemployed by Duplan Corporationandalsoworkedfor35yearsatCon-solidated Cigar, Kingston.Genevieve was a member or theSenior Center, Wilkes-Barre, and aformermemberoftheLadies’Auxil-iaryofthePringleHoseCo.Shewasalso a member of St. IgnatiusChurch, Kingston.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband, Robert W. Keefe, in 1978;and by six brothers and two sisters.Genevieveissurvivedbyherchil-dren, Ann Marie Brennan, Rich-mond, Va., Robert Keefe, Dallas,and Debra Gulich, Kingston; sevengrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral will
be at 9 a.m. Thurs-day from the Kopicki FuneralHome, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with Mass of Christian Burial at9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church. In-terment will be in the parish ceme-tery, Pringle. Friends may call from6 to 8 p.m. today.
Genevieve A. Keefe
October10, 2011
ary Lou Capristo, of ParrishStreet, Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.Born January 4,1922, in Mount Ver-non, Texas, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Belle To-lar Teague.She graduated from San AngeloHigh School, Texas, class of 1940.Mary Lou was formerly employedby Bell Telephone Co. of Las Vegas,Kansas, Texas and Wilkes-Barre.Prior to retirement, she was a for-mer president of Telecom Pioneersof Wilkes-Barre.She enjoyed sewing for familyand friends and also baking birth-day cakes.Mary Lou was a member of St.Andrew’s Parish, Wilkes-Barre, where she worked the bazaars andchurch dinners.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband,Michael;sonMichael;andbrother, Sammie Teague.Survived are her children Cathyand her husband, Robert Scocozzo, Wilkes-Barre, and James C. Capris-to,Wilkes-Barre;grandchildren,Mi-chael and Mia Scocozzo, JameeRuccoandNicholasCapristo;great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Soph-ia Rucco; sister, Treasure Cannon,New Iberia, Louisiana; as well asseveral nieces and nephews.
beheldat9a.m.Fri-day from the Mamary-Durkin Fu-neral Services, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Chris-tian Burial held at 9:30 a.m. in St.Andrew’sChurch.IntermentwillbeheldinSt.Mary’sCemetery,Hanov-er Township. Friends may call from4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mary Lou Capristo
October11, 2011
aryConwayAzain,83,formerlyof Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at St.Mary’s Hospice House in Athens,Ga.Born September 29, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Neal andCatherineKeatingConwayofSugarNotch.Mary was a graduate of St. Leo’sHigh School in Ashley and was alife-longmemberofSt.CharlesBor-romeo Church (now Holy Family)in Sugar Notch. She was employedin the garment industry for many years.Mary was preceded in death byher brothers, Joseph and Neal Con- way.Mary enjoyed traveling andspendingtimewithfamily,especial-ly visiting her granddaughters.She and her husband were char-ter members of the Bishop HobanParents Club.She and her husband, Joseph, would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary October 16,2011.Inadditiontoherhusband,sheissurvived by her son, Michael, andhis wife, Linda, Watkinsville, Ga.;granddaughters, Katherine and Sa-rah Azain, Watkinsville, Ga.; sister,Dorothy Namey, and her husband,Joseph,SugarNotch;andnumerousnieces and nephews.
beheldat9a.m.Sat-urday from the Mamary-Durkin Fu-neral Services, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Chris-tianBurialat9:30a.m.inHolyFam-ilyChurch,SugarNotch.Interment willbeheldinSt.Mary’sAntiochianOrthodox Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5to 7 p.m. Friday. Those who desire may give me-morialcontributionstoAlzheimer’sAssociation; or St. Jude Children’sResearchHospital,Memphis,Tenn.
Mary Conway Azain
October 5, 2011 WASHINGTON Unitedagainst Barack Obama, SenateRepublicansvotedTuesdaynightto kill the jobs package the presi-dent had spent weeks campaign-ingforacrossthecountry,asting-inglossatthehandsoflawmakersopposed to stimulus-style spend-ingandataxincreaseonthevery wealthy. The$447billionplandiedona50-49tallythatgarneredamajor-ityofthe100-memberSenatebutfellwellshortofthe60votesneed-edtokeepthebillalive.Thetallyhadbeen51-48,butSenateMajor-ity Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,switchedhisvoteto“nay”sothathecouldforceafuturerevote.Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of ScrantonjoinedmostDemocrats votingforthejobsbill,whileGOPSen. Pat Toomey of Zionsville joined other Republicans in vot-ingagainstthemeasure.“PresidentObama’slateststim-ulusbillcontainshundredsofbil-lions of dollars in increasedspending and more tax hikes, whichwon’tcreatejobsanymorethan his last stimulus bill did,” Toomeysaidinastatement.“With the unemployment rateat 9.1 percent, we do not havetime to waste on political gamesandbigtaxincreasesthatwillon-ly make our economy weaker forallAmericans.” Toomeysaidhesupportsa“re-al jobs plan” that includes reduc-ingfederalregulationsandratify-ing pending trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea andPanama, which he says will in-creasePennsylvaniaexports.But Casey said he has advocat-ed breaking up the jobs bill intodifferent pieces, “starting withthetaxcuttohelpbusinesseshire workers.”Partisan gridlock in Congress“has again halted efforts to putPennsylvaniansbacktowork.To-night’s vote wasn’t even on pas-sage of the jobs bill. It was on whether to begin debate,” Caseysaidinastatementafterthevote. The demise of Obama’s pack-age was expected, despite hiscampaign-style efforts to swing the public behind it. The WhiteHouse and leaders in Congress were already moving on to alter-native ways to address the na-tion’s painful 9.1 percent unem-ployment,includingbreakingthelegislation into smaller, more di-gestible pieces and approving long-stalledtradebills. TheWhiteHouseappearsmostconfident that it will be able tocontinuea2-percentage-pointSo-cial Security payroll tax cutthrough2012andtoextendemer-gency unemployment benefits tomillions of people — if only be-cause, in the White House view,Republicanswon’twanttoacceptthepoliticalharmoflettingthoseprovisionsexpire.
TimesLeaderWashingtoncor- respondent Jonathan Riskindcontributedtothisreport.
GOP senators defeat Obama’s jobs bill
Focus will now be on voting onparts of the package partiesmight be able to agree on.
The Associated Press
NESCOPECK – A truck driversurvived a crash down a steepembankmentTuesday,onlytobestruckandkilledbyanothervehi-cle after climbing back to theroadway. The crash occurred Tuesdaymorningintheeastboundlaneof Interstate 80 near exit 256, Co-nyngham/Nescopeck. It shutdown the highway’s eastboundlane for several hours as investi-gators pieced together the sceneand recovered the truck.State police at Hazleton saidthedriverlostcontrolofthetrac-tor-trailer and traveled off theshoulder of the highway anddown an embankment, coming to a rest on its side at the bottomof the hill. The driver climbed out of thetruck, over the guardrail andback to the roadway, where he was fatally struck by another ve-hicle, state police said.State police said the driver of the second vehicle did not stopandtheyaretreatingtheincidentas a hit-and-run.State police are seeking infor-mation about the vehicle thatstruck the man.State police have not releasedthe name of the victim.
Driver killedafter survivingplunge off I-80
Times Leader staff 
HANOVER, N.H. — Presiden-tial candidate Mitt Romney tooksome less staunchly conserva-tive stands than his rivals intheir debate Tuesday night, de-claring he can work with “good”Democrats and positioning him-self closer to the center in line with his claim that he can drawcrucial independent voters innext year’s general election.He even defended portions of the Wall Street bailout, a partic-ular sore point with many con-servative voters who will playan important role in choosinthe Republican nominee next winter and spring.But the former Massachusettsgovernor joined the others insharply criticizing numerous as-pects of President Barack Oba-ma’s economic policies in a de-bate focused on the nation’s fraileconomy.Stealing a bit of attentionfrom the debate, Romney pickedup New Jersey Gov. Chris Chris-tie’s endorsement a few hoursbefore it began. He’s hoping thatendorsement, by a man consid-ered a possible major contenderuntil recently, will help cementhis support among the GOP es-tablishment and nurture an im-age that he’s the party’s inevi-table nominee.Romney said no one likes theidea of bailing out big WallStreet firms. However, he said,many of the actions taken in2008 and 2009 were needed tokeep the dollar’s value fromplummeting and “to make surethat we didn’t all lose our jobs.” The nation was on a precip-ice, Romney said, “and we couldhave had a complete melt-down.” The bailouts are a touchy sub- ject in the campaign, as manyGOP voters fault Obama’s hand-ling of the matter. Romney saidhe disagreed with Obama’s ac-tions to shore up General Mo-tors and Chrysler, although theadministration says the moves were highly successful andmuch of the federal money hasbeen repaid.Romney also said he would work with “good” Democrats tolead the country out of econom-ic crisis. He said that’s what hedid as Massachusetts governorand what he would do if he winsthe White House. Texas Gov. Rick Perry wasnot asked about the bailouts,but his campaign distributed hispast statements saying “govern-ment should not be in the busi-ness of using taxpayer dollars tobail out corporate America.”In the debate, sponsored byBloomberg News and the Wash-ington Post, Perry said the gov-ernment must open the way formore production of domesticenergy sources. The nationmust “pull back those regula-tions that are strangling Amer-ican entrepreneurship,” Perrysaid.Former pizza company exec-utive Herman Cain repeated hiscall for replacing the U.S. taxcode with a 9 percent nationalsales tax and a 9 percent levy onpersonal and corporate income.Given a chance to assail WallStreet, Minnesota Rep. MicheleBachmann blamed too muchregulation. She also said Obama wants to let Medicare collapse,pushing everyone into “Obama-care,the health overhaulpassed by congressional Demo-crats in 2010.Former House Speaker NewtGingrich blamed Federal Re-serve Chairman Ben Bernankefor the recession.Also criticizing aspects of Obama’s administration wereRep. Ron Paul of Texas, formerUtah Gov. Jon Huntsman andformer Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.Meanwhile, Obama defendedhis economic policies and crit-icized his Republican foes in a visit to the general election bat-tleground of Pennsylvania.In the debate, Gingrich saidAmericans have a right to beangry about the economy, buthe said that the solution is firing Bernanke and Treasury Secreta-ry Timothy Geithner.“If they want to really changethings, the first person to fire isBernanke, who is a disastrouschairman of the Federal Re-serve. The second person to fireis Geithner,” Gingrich said.Many of Cain’s rivals went af-ter his “9-9-9” tax plan — bothseriously and in jest.“I thought it was the price of a pizza when I first heard it,”Huntsman joked.
Romney strikes more moderate tone in GOP debate
Ex-gov. picks up Christie’sbacking. Candidates taketurns blasting Obama.
 Associated Press
THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 PAGE 3A
Professor in D.C. marathon
A Wilkes University professor isparticipating in the U.S. Marine CorpsMarathon in Washington, D.C., on Oct.30, to raise money for a college scholar-ship.Michael R. Davidson, an assistantprofessor of history, isrunning to raise fundsfor the Wilkes Uni- versity Dr. JamesRodechko Scholarshipin History and will beaccepting pledges permile as well as pledg-es based on his com-pletion of the mara-thon. The Marine Corps Marathon is cur-rently in its 36th year and is the sixthlargest marathon in the United Statesand ninth largest in the world. The raceroute starts in Arlington, Va., and even-tually crosses the Key Bridge into Ge-orgetown.
PennDOT issues advisory
 The state Department of Trans-portation has issued a travel advisoryfor Davenport Street and ShawneeAvenue.For the next three weeks, there willbe a single lane closure on DavenportStreet to West Shawnee and then all of  West and East Shawnee to the Ply-mouth/Larksville border.Paving work will be Monday throughFriday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather per-mitting, and delays are expected.
Speed reduced on turnpike
 The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commis-sion advises motorists traveling south-bound from the Mahoning Valley Inter-change on the new Pohopoco Creekand Lehigh River bridges to be pre-pared for reduced speeds and slow-moving traffic this week between 7a.m. and 5:30 p.m.Heavy truck traffic will be entering and exiting the left lane southboundthrough Saturday from designatedconstruction entrances located be-tween mileposts A75.5-A72. The speed limit will be reduced to 40mph and enforced daily between 7 a.m.and 5:30 p.m. through the entire three-mile work zone.
Latino networking event set
 The Wyoming Valley CYC LatinoCommittee will host its first monthlyViernes Latino networking event Fri-day, 5 to 8 p.m., at El Rincon Latino atthe corner of Union and North Mainstreets. There is no cover charge andthe public is invited to attend. There will be Latin music by a DJ and ma-riachi band, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event coincides with HispanicHeritage Month, which runs Sept.15 toOct.15.
FEMA specialists at Lowe’s
FEMA hazard mitigation specialistsare on hand this week at the Lowe’shome improvement store at the ArenaHub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township toprovide information about ways torebuild or remodel that can reduce therisk of damages from future disasters. They also will be there to answerquestions about FEMA’s NationalFlood Insurance Program.FEMA specialists are available atLowe’s10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today throughFriday, and10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Heavy equipment damaged
Heavy equipment being used torepair Railroad Grade Road on StateGame Lands 57 in Ross Township was vandalized some time between 3 p.m.Sept. 29 and 7 a.m. Oct.1, the Penn-sylvania Game Commission’s North-east Regional Office reported on Tues-day.A backhoe and grader sustainedsignificant damage, including broken windows, flattened tires and damagedcontrol mechanisms. Also, the backhoe was used to destroy sections of road,damage bridges and injure trees. The Game Commission asks thatanyone with information on the vio-lation should call the Northeast Officeat 675-1143.
ALarksvillemanisfacingfederalandstate charges on allegations he injectedhisownsemenintoyogurtcontainersof two of his coworkers over a 20-monthperiod.Joseph Bartorillo, 60, was charged Tuesdaywithafederalcountoftamper-ingwithaconsumerproductthataffect-ed interstate commerce. The charge, filed by the U.S. Attor-ney’sOffice,doesnotdetailthecriminalallegations.But Wyoming County District Attor-ney Jeff Mitchell, who is also preparing statechargesagainstBartorillo,saidthemanusedasyringetoinjecthisownse-menintotheyogurtatleast13timesbe-tweenOctober2009andMay2011.Theincidents occurred at Bartorillo’s placeof employment, the Procter & Gambleplant in Washington Township, nearMehoopany, Wyoming County.Mitchell said there is no indicationthat Procter & Gamble products weretampered with.Bartorillo has signed a plea agree-menttothefederalcharge,butheisnotincustody,saidHeidiHavens,aspokes- woman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.She said no date has been set for hisinitialarraignmentappearance,andshedeclined to provide details on the caseother than what was in federal filings.According to the plea agreement, he would face a sentence of two years inprison and an undetermined fine. If he went to trial and was found guilty, hecould face a maximum of 10 years inprison and could be fined up to$250,000. The federal investigation was con-ductedbyagentsoftheFBIwiththeas-sistance of the detective’s unit of the Wyoming County District Attorney’sOffice.AmessageleftwithBartorillo’sattor-ney,DemetriusW.Fannick,wasnotim-mediately returned Tuesday.Mitchell said his office became in- volved in the case when the employeesreportedsuspectedproblemswiththeir yogurts to officials. Federal testing labs were involved to determine the sub-stance.“Weneverhadacaselikethisbefore,Mitchell said.He hasn’t determined what state-lev-el charges will be filed.
Larksville man facing federal and state charges, authorities say
Feds: Coworkers’ yogurt tainted
SCRANTON The attorney for a womanwhoclaimsaKingstonpoliceof-ficerengagedinracialprofilingduringatrafficstopsaidhebelieveshercasefitsapattern of traffic stops in which the offi-cer has targeted drivers based on theirrace.JosephSklaroskySr.,alongtimecrim-inal defense attorney, said he becamesuspicious of Patrol-manJonathanKarasin-ski after detecting apattern of arrests theofficer made involving minorities who werestopped for minor traf-fic violations.“I have some cases where my suspicions were aroused. It justseemsawfullypeculiarthat certain people were getting stoppedregularly,” Sklaroskysaid during a break Tuesday in the civiltrial of Nicole Niedz- wiecki.Niedzwiecki, 28, of Kingston, is suing Ka-rasinski, the munici-palityofKingstonandPoliceChiefKeithKeiper, alleging violations of her consti-tutional rights. Testimony began Tues-day morning before Senior U.S. DistrictJudge Edwin Kosik.Niedzwiecki,whoiswhite,claimsshe was illegally stopped by Karasinski onMay 14, 2008, after he witnessed herdriving with four black friends near theCabaret Lounge strip club on MarketStreet.Niedzwiecki testified she dropped off twoofthefriendsattheclubandwasim-mediately stopped by Karasinski, who
Cop accusedof profilingfaces lawsuit
Testimony begins in woman’s suitagainst officer, chief, Kingston;claims traffic stop based on race.
“It justseems aw-fully pecu-liar thatcertainpeoplewere get-ting stop-ped regu-larly.”
JosephSklarosky Sr.
 WILKES-BARRE – As part of its ef-forttoreformthejuvenilecourtsystemin the wake of corruption, LuzerneCountyistakingthenovelapproachof lettingyoungpeoplehelpeachother.Judge Joseph Cosgrove on Tuesdayswore in the first volunteer mentors intheJuvenileJusticeCollegeMentoring Program, a collaboration between thecountyandKing’sCollege. The 26 volunteer mentors, all cur-rent King’s students, will meet twice a weekfortwohourswithjuvenileswhohavebeenchargedwithminor,non-vio-lentoffensesandhavebeenreferredbythe county. The mentors will help the juvenileswiththeirhomework,partici-pate in structured educational activ-itiesandhopefullyprovidethesupportthe juveniles need to get their livesbackontrack.Juvenile Court Judge DavidLupassaidtheprogramwillactin concert with the newlyformedYouthAidPanelsasadi- versionary program to preventcases from rising to the level of acourtproceedingandwillpro- videthecourtanadditionaltoolincasesinvolvingjuveniles. The panels, overseen by theDistrict Attorney’s Office, hearcases of juveniles charged withminor,non-violentoffensesandcanenforcecontractssignedbyoffend-ers spelling out the conditions of theirpunishment.“It’s always preferable when we canaddress situations involving juveniles withinourcommunity,closetohome,”Lupassaid.“This is the epitome of involvementin the community,Cosgrove said.“…We every day see situations whereinvolvement could have prevented whatwemustdealwith.“Judges don’t want to shirk respon-sibility…wejustwishwedidn’thavetodo many of the things wehave to do and face… thekind of difficulties and prob-lemsthatcomebeforeus,es-pecially when we see thathad there been that elementof involvement at somepoint, the kind of involve-ment that these mentors aretaking on, perhaps, perhapssomething would have beendifferent.”Paul Lindenmuth, associ-atecriminaljusticeprofessorat King’s, said the program will bemore educational than punitive and will demystify the opportunities avail-abletojuveniles,likecollege.“We’re not looking at judging theseindividuals,” Lindenmuth said. “We’relooking at educating them so theymakebetterdecisionsinthefuture.”Lindenmuth said all juveniles re-ferredtotheprogramwillfirstbeeval-uatedbycountysocialworkersandthestudent volunteers were selected afterpassing an application, interview andbackgroundcheckprocess.
Judge Joseph Cosgrove speaks at King’s College on Monday evening to the first 26student volunteers who will aidthe county’s juvenile justice systemby acting as mentors to juveniles charged with minor, non-violent offenses.
Volunteer mentors sworn in
King’s students to meet with juveniles charged with non-violent,minor offenses twice a week.
“This isthe epi-tome ofinvolve-ment inthe com-munity.”
Judge JosephCosgrove
but he believes the cityneedsmorecopsthatitnowcan’tafford.Leightonalsosaidhewillcontinuecrackingdownonnuisanceproperties,absen-teelandlordsanddisorderlytenants.Healsowantsto:consolidatethehealthandbuildingcodedepartments;establisha community development fund pool, which would be a 50 percent match pro-gram up to $5,000 to fund exterior up-gradessuchasnewsidingforhomes,andstart Wilkes-Barre Enhancement Blocks, where residents would be eligible for taxabatementontheirhomeimprovements.“Thisisnotaboutwinninganelection,butaboutmakingourcitybetter,”Leight-on said. “At times during the campaign,some candidates running for city officehavebeenmoreinterestedinplayingpoli-ticsthandoingwhatisinthebestinterestofthecity.On-the-jobtrainingcanbecost-ly.”Leighton is awaiting a determinationfrom the state Ethics Commission on WILKES-BARREMayorTomLeight-on stood in front of the nearly completeCourtright Housing Development andtalkedabouthisplansforathirdtermon Tuesday.Leighton,51,thetwo-termDemocrat,isrunning for a third four-year term in No- vemberagainstRepublicanLisaCopeandLibertarianBetsySummers.“No,I’mnottakinganythingforgrant-ed,”Leightonrespondedwhenaskedifan-nouncing his plans for another term waspresumptuous.“Iwantresidentstoknow whatmyprioritieswillbeshouldtheyre-electme.” Withcitycouncilmembers,administra-tion department heads and city employ-eesstandingbehindhimandflankinghim,Leighton read a prepared statement thatdetailed his accomplishments and whathisplansareforthefuture.Hesaidthenumberoneissuefacingthecityremainspublicsafety.Hesaidhehashired29policeofficersinhissevenyears, whethertherewillbeafull-scaleprobeof his hiring practices. Unknown personshave filed complaints with the commis-sion, citing Leighton’s hiring of his chil-dren and relatives to summer positionsduring his first two terms. The commis-sion’sinvestigativedivisionisconducting apreliminaryinquiryintothecomplaints.Also attending the press conference were three of Leighton’s staunchest de-tractors – former city tower Bob Kadlu-boski, Libertarian Party leader Lou Jasi-koffandMarkRobbins,theFortyFortman whohasallegedwrongdoingintheadmin-istration and police department in deal-ingswithLeoGlodzikofLAGTowing,thecity’stowingcontractor.JasikoffaskedLeightonifhewouldde-bate Summers and Cope, and the mayorquicklyrespondedthathewould.
Leighton lists his priorities for Wilkes-Barre if he’s elected to a third term
With family andfriends beside him,Mayor TomLeightondiscusses his plansfor a third termTuesday eveningwhile standing be-fore the CourtrightHousing Devel-opment. RepublicanLisa Cope and Liber-tarian BetsySum-mers are runningagainst Leighton.

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