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marginal population change that oc-curred in the district over the past 10 years,” Blake said. “As a member of theSenate Democratic Caucus, I take greatexception to the implications and mo-tivesoftheRepublicanapproveddraftre-districting plan as it raises serious Con-stitutional and voting rights questions.”Gov.TomCorbett,intheHazletonarea Wednesday, said redistricting has beengoing on for decades and the politicalparty in the minority is always upset when realignment is proposed.“Honestly, I haven’t even had time tolookatthemaps,”Corbettsaid.“Butreal-ly,whenhasn’tredistrictingreceivedcrit-icism from the other side?”In the 14th Senatorial District, Yudi-chak will lose the boroughs of Luzerne,Swoyersville,Exeter,WestPittston,West Wyoming, the city of Pittston, Jeddo andFreeland boroughs and Foster Township. The district would also lose Pocono and TobyhannatownshipsinMonroeCounty.InCarbonCountythedistrictwouldshedMahoning Township. The 14th District would add Heidel-berg, Lynn and Washington townshipsand Slatington borough in Lehigh Coun-ty; Allen, East Allen, and Lehigh town-shipsandBathandWalnutportboroughsin Northampton County; and in CarbonCounty Parryville and Bowmanstownboroughs,andthetownshipsofPennFor-est, Towamensing, Lower Towamensing and Franklin.Yudichak said it is his hope that the fi-nal redistricting plan will not split Lu-zerne County among multiple senatorialdistricts as proposed in the preliminaryplan.“Luzerne County needs to be made as wholeaspossiblewhenitcomestorepre-sentation in the Senate,” Yudichak said.“I will continue working with my Senatecolleagues to see what action can be tak-en before a final plan is adopted.”Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township,notedthatMonroeCountywillnowbeitsown district, something the residentsthere fought for over the years.“I am pleased that the 20th SenatorialDistrict remains largely intact,” Bakersaid. “While it is disappointing to nolonger represent people with whom Ihave a good working relationship, chang-es are necessary to bring the populationinlinewithConstitutionalrequirements. The people of Monroe County havepushed long and hard to be representedthroughasinglesenatedistrict,sothatisa positive aspect of the new plan.”Inthe20thDistrict,Bakerwillnolong-er represent Price and Middle Smithfieldtownships in Monroe County; Fair-mount, Huntington, Nescopeck and Sa-lem townships and Nescopeck and NewColumbus boroughs in Luzerne County;and will add Foster Township and Free-land and Jeddo boroughs in LuzerneCounty.
Residents who disagree withthe preliminary plans to changelegislative district boundaries will have a chance to be heard.On Nov.18, at noon, the Legis-lative Reapportionment Com-mission will meet in Hearing Room1oftheNorthOfficeBuild-ing in Harrisburg to hear publiccomment on the proposed stateSenate and House district mapsthe commission approved onMonday by a 3-2 vote.Spurred by new census data,the state must carry out the con-stitutional mandate of one per-son, one vote by ensuring eachdistrict is equally represented inHarrisburg. In the House, eachdistrict will represent approxi-mately 62,253 constituents; inthe Senate, it’s 254,048. This means some areas wherepopulation has grown the pastdecade, such as the Poconos andLancasterareas,willseechangesand so too will those areas in thestate, such as Philadelphia andthe western half, that have seenpopulation dips. Theimpactofredistrictingwillbefeltlocallyasthecommission’sproposal calls for numerous mu-nicipalities – and in some cases,portions of them – to be part of anew legislative district.For example, Hazleton, Hazle TownshipandWestHazletonarecurrentlypartofthe116thHouseDistrict, represented by Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township.But under the proposed mapthe commission has preliminari-ly adopted, West Hazleton andpartofHazleTownshipwouldbemoved into the 119th District,now represented by Gerry Mul-lery, D-Newport Township. ThechangesalsocallforPlainsandPittstontownshipstobesplitbetween districts. CurrentlyPlains is represented solely byEddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre and Pittston Township isrepresented by Mike Carroll, D-Avoca. The commission will hold apublichearingtolistentowhatitcalls “exceptions” to the propos-al. Anyone wishing to testifymustsubmitinwritingthenameof the individual or group thespeaker represents, a signature,mailingaddress,anddaytimetel-ephone number and email ad-dress if the speaker has one.“It’s going to last a long time,”saidCharlesE.O’Connor,Jr.,thecommission’s executive director.“It’s not going to be a 15-minutehearing.” Those who wish to be heardmust contact the commission.ButthosewhocannotmakeittoHarrisburg can send their state-menttothecommission,specify-ing that they will not attend thehearingbutwouldliketheircom-ments entered into the record.Comments can be sent throughNov.30forthosewhodonotwishto testify at the Nov.18 hearing.
Public may comment on redistricting plan
A proposal for realigninglegislative boundaries will bethe subject of a hearing.
– Policearrested James Tindol, 28, of Harveys Lake, at his home inthe Bresleau section of thetownship Tuesday on chargesrelated to an Oct. 22 burglary. Tindol was charged withcriminal conspiracy to commitburglary, criminal conspiracyto commit theft by unlawfultaking, receiving stolen proper-ty, theft by deception, accessdevice fraud and identity theft.He was arraigned Tuesdaybefore District Judge James Tupper, Kingston Township,and is being held at LuzerneCounty Correctional Facilityfor lack of $5000 straight bail.
– Arthur Wes-ley Schade of Hazle Townshipsaid someone spray-painted histrailer while it was parked atthe rear of the Hazle TownshipMunicipal Building and Fair- way Motors sometime between7 a.m. and 6:05 p.m. Tuesday.
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–David Yost said someonesmashed his mailbox on RockGlen Road with an unknownobject Sunday.
– Citypolice reported the following:• Police said Robert Gribble,42, address unknown, will becited with retail theft after heallegedly left Boscov’s Depart-ment Store, South Main Street, without paying for jewelry onOct. 26.• Police said Amanda De- witt, 31, of Edwardsville, willbe cited with retail theft aftershe allegedly left Boscov’sDepartment Store, South MainStreet, without paying forclothes on Oct. 28.• Police said an unknownmale failed to pay for items atDollar General, South MainStreet, on Oct. 21.• Janelle Skipalis, of Hanov-er Township, reported twopurses were removed from her vehicle at South Washingtonand East Northampton streetson Oct. 21.• Kevin Ryan, of Kingston,reported on Oct. 22 that 12radiators were stolen during aburglary at 31 Poplar St.
– A man was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court oncharges he assaulted anotherman at a party.Eric Scott Jones, 33, of North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged withaggravated assault and simpleassault. He was jailed at theLuzerne County CorrectionalFacility for lack of $75,000bail.City police allege Jonesassaulted Andrew Casterline ata party at his residence onOct. 23, according to the crimi-nal complaint.Casterline suffered severefacial injuries that requiredsurgery, police said.Jones’ arraignment on Wednesday was his second forthe same fight at his residence.Police charged Jones withassaulting George Casterlineand stealing a wallet and in-haler at the party, the criminalcomplaint says. He had been jailed at the county correction-al facility for lack of $75,000bail from his earlier arrest.
– Two men were arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court oncharges they stole constructionproducts.Justin Alan Nodes, 28, andRobert Romanelli, 39, both of St. Johns Road, Butler Town-ship, were charged with theft,receiving stolen property, crim-inal conspiracy and criminaltrespass. Nodes was furthercharged with driving with asuspended license. They were jailed at the Lu-zerne County CorrectionalFacility for lack of $5,000 bail.
WILKES-BARRE–Thenamesof the people who’ve applied tolead the county as manager un-der the new Home Rule Chartergovernment will be released af-tertheelectiontothecommitteeempoweredtofillthepost,pend-ing a signed agreement that theybe kept confidential. The Home Rule Charter Tran-sition Committee voted 5-2 toenacttheconditionatitslastreg-ularly scheduled meeting beforethe Nov. 8 general election.Voters will elect 11 people tosit on the county council underthe charter that does away withthe three elected commissionersand many elected row offices. The manager, who will be thechief executive of the county, will be appointed by the transi-tion committee. The job has at-tracted 70 applicants whosequalifications were being re- viewed and graded by commit-tee consultant Ken Mohr.“I have had people say to me,‘If it’s going to be released I would like to have my name withdrawn,’” said Mohr.Committee Chairman Jim Bo-beck raised the is-sue of confiden-tiality to “reduceany type of leaksor actions bycouncil candidate without the au-thority of the”committee. The names of themanager and the clerk of thecouncil could be released if thecommittee decided to do so, headded.He ran into some oppositionfrom committee member andcouncil candidate Rick Morelli whowantedtowaitforthecoun-cil members to join the transi-tion committee, saying they willbe the ones to govern the countycome Jan. 2.“It’s a valid point, but I think itshould be held off for another week,” said Morelli.Committee member Jim Hag-gerty, an attorney and mayor of Kingston, suggested that the in-formation be provided on Nov.14upon“executionofaconfiden-tiality agreement which simplysays they will maintain the confi-dentiality of the information un-tilfurtheractionofthetransitionteam.” There is no penalty if theagreement is broken, acknowl-edged Bobeck. If people releasethe names it shows “They don’t want to work with a group,” hesaid.
Agreement is reachedon release of names
The home rule transitiongroup will keep managerhopeful names to itself.
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ob Charnichko pulls a trailer full of kids on a hayride at Kennedy Park in Wilkes-BarreTownship on Wednesday afternoon.
SanitationstickersareonsaleattheTownHall,weekdaysbetween8a.m.and4p.m.AllWestWyomingresidentsarerequiredtopurchasestickers. Thecostis$200.IfpurchasedbeforeJan.31,2012,seniorcitizens,65andolder,willreceivea$25rebate;allotherswillreceivea$15re-bate.IfpurchasedfromFeb.1to28,2012,thefullpricewillbecharged,$200.AfterFeb.28,2012,thecostwillbe$300forthe yearandcitationswillbefiled withthedistrictjudgefornon-compliancewiththeordinance.StickerscanbepurchasedbymailatWestWyomingBoroughBuilding,464W.8thSt.,West Wyoming,PA18644.Visa,Mas-terCardanddebitcardsareac-cepted.