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Times Leader 02-19-2012

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 WILKES-BARRE – Somestudents at Wilkes-Barre Ar-ea’sGARHighSchoolsaytheassault involving a freshman whonearlylosthishandfroma machete attack 10 days ago wastheresultofrivaltensionsbetween students of African-AmericanandDominicanher-itage. While the incident may beisolatedtooneschool,thebru-tality of the offense has notbeenoverlooked.City police officers warnedprivately about hostilities be-tween the different races thathavemovedintotheneighbor-hoodinrecentyears.Duringabreak at a hearing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court twomonths ago, a casual conver-sationinvolvingofficers,adis-trict judge, a lawyer and a re-porter centered on racial ten-sions in the GAR neighbor-hood. Those officers predictedsome sort of violence, espe-cially with teenagers and young adults whom they de-scribedas“gangwannabes.”
Dangerous‘wannabes’
Law enforcement author-ities are still investigating  whatrole–ifany–gangrivalryplayedinthemacheteassaultnearGAR.“Gangmembersaredanger-ous no matter what sect they
GANGSINNORTHEASTERNPENNSYLVANIA
RACIAL TENSIONSCREATE CONCERN
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
AWilkes-BarrepoliceofficerathispostintheGARHighSchoolgymduringabasketballgame.Concernaboutgangviolenceishigheraftera15-year-oldboywasattackedwithamachetenearGARonFeb.9.Policesaidthevictimisblackandtheattacker,JuanBorbon,19,isHispanic.AWilkes-Barrepoliceofficerwatchescare-fullyattheGARHighSchoolgymna-siumFridaynightduringabasketballgame.Whileitisnormaltoseeapolicepresenceathighschoolsportingeventsacrossthearea,fearofanincidentishigheratGARafterastudentwasattackedwithamachetenearschoolgroundsFeb.9.
Cops: Gang rivalry may haveplayed part in machete attack 
ByEDWARDLEWIS 
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 WASHINGTON — A resurgent RickSantorumhopestospringhisnextbigsur-prise in Michigan. Newt Gingrich looksfor a campaign revival in the Bible Belt.Mitt Romney has hishome state of Massa-chusetts,andtheluxuryofpickinghisspotselse- where, if not every- where,astheracefortheRepublicanpresidentialnomination roars backtolife.Afterabriefmidwinterlull,theRepub-lican field faces a cross-country series of nine primaries and four caucuses be-tween Feb. 28 and Super Tuesday onMarch6.Atstakeare518delegates,morethanthreetimesthenumberawardedso
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Luzerne County Interim Manager Tom Pribula didn’t ask county councilmembers for permission before he toldSheriff John Gilligan he would be fur-loughed. Theelectedcouncilmembers learnedabout the furloughthrough media cover-age. What’s wrong withthis situation?Nothing. This is how thecounty’s new homerule government issupposed to operate, with a manager inde-pendently overseeing day-to-day operationsand personnel mat-ters.“It’s a 180-degreechange,” said JimHaggerty, one of thedraftersofthehistorichomerulecharterthattook effect Jan. 2. The charter powerswitch was meant tostopelectedofficials–previouslythreecoun-ty commissioners androw officers – frommaking politically motivated decisionsabout hirings, firings and promotions,Haggerty said.Personnel decisions that had beenmade by row officers and commission-ers for decades now are handled by an
HOME RULE
‘Cultureshock’ innew countygovernment
To avoid involvement of politics,manager’s personnel decisions notrun past county council members.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
 jandes@timesleader.com
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“Thosedecisionsare nowmade bythe nonpo-litical man-ager sim-ply in thebest in-terest ofthe coun-ty.”
JamesHaggerty
Charter drafter
 The potential for tension betweenAfrican-Americans and Dominicansin Wilkes-Barre has increased dra-matically over the last decade justbased upon population changes, U.S.closest to the school have the high-est numbers of Dominicans living inthem compared to elsewhere in thecity.In the census tract in which GARpast decade, with about 4,500 Afri-can-Americans living within citylimits in 2010. The Dominican pop-ulation, on the other hand, wentfrom about a dozen in 2000 to morethan 600 just10 years later.Data also show neighborhoodsCensus data show.Students at GAR Memorial HighSchool have said a recent macheteattack by a Dominican against ablack student was racially motivated.Census data shows the black pop-ulation in the city has doubled in the
Population changes can increase potential for racial tension
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HANOVERTWP.
– Police citedthree teenagers on charges of un-derage drinking and charged afourth with driving without alicense following a traffic stopearly Saturday morning.According to police, officers onpatrol observed a vehicle pulledover on the side of Ashley Streetcontaining five occupants, all fe-male ages17 and18.A passenger side door was open,and one of the18-year-olds was vomiting, police said. She wastransported by Hanover TownshipAmbulance to an area hospital.Police said they determinedthree of the passengers had beendrinking, and issued citations forunderage drinking to ChristalDenoy,18, of Wilkes-Barre, Saman-tha Mitchell,18, of LyndwoodAvenue and a17-year-old from Wilkes-Barre. They were releasedto the custody of a sober adult.Police additionally charged thedriver of the vehicle, Paisley Scal-fer,18, of McLean Street, withdriving without a license. The vehicle was towed from thescene, police said.
HAZLETWP.
– Tina Delehantyof Hazleton told state police thatthe driver of a newer model silveror gray sedan backed into her Toyota Prius in the parking lot of Sheetz, 999 Airport Road, thenfled the scene. Anyone with in-formation about the incident isasked to contact state police at459-3890.
WILKES-BARRE
– City policereported the following incidents:• Police responded to a reportedarmed robbery attempt at Ap-pliance Parts Etc., 223 GeorgeAve., at approximately12:30 p.m.Saturday. The store owner, who did not wish to give her name, said a young, white male entered thestore and asked to use the phone.He was allowed to and then leftthe store, but returned momentslater, showed a black pistol andsaid “one more thing, I want yourmoney,” according to the owner. The owner told her daughter tocall 911, at which point the young man fled. The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens, about5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thinbuild. He was last seen wearing adark jacket.• Police said Saturday ChristinRutt, 32, of Larch Lane, will becharged with theft and receiving stolen property. Police said Ruttallegedly wrote out and cashedseven checks belonging to RobertMoran, also of Larch Lane, signing Moran’s name.• Police cited Timothy Hart-man, 22, of Kado Street, after heallegedly struck his sister, PatriciaPearson, of Plymouth, in the faceat11:56 p.m. Friday near 73 KadoSt.• Police arrested John Robertsof Wilkes-Barre and cited him ondisorderly conduct and publicdrunkenness charges after he alleg-edly yelled obscenities near thecorner of Lehigh and Grant Streetsat approximately 9:10 p.m. Frdiay.• Mary Harris of Wilkes-Barresaid someone smashed the win-dow of her vehicle and removed apurse while it was parked at theMidtown Parking Lot Friday eve-ning. Harris said the purse waslater found nearby, according topolice.
POLICE BLOTTER
 WILKES-BARRE TWP. Barnes & Noble in the ArenaHub Plaza was abuzz on Satur-daywiththesoundsofchildren,interacting with therapy dogs,completing coloring pages andmaking puppets. Theactivitieswerepartofthe Wyoming Valley MontessoriSchool Parents’ AssociationbookfairheldSaturdayandcon-tinuing today to benefit theschool’s extracurricular activ-ities.Patrons of the store simplyneeded to indicate that they wantedtosupportthebookfair,and a percentage of their pur-chasesweredirectedtowardtheschool."We sponsor over 50 suchevents each year to benefit thecommunity," said Donna Wench, community relationsmanager at the store.Principal Dennis Puhalla ex-pressed appreciation at theturnout for the event. He saidtheschoolwasaneffortforareachildren from 18 monthsthrough sixth grade to reachtheir social and academic po-tential. The Montessori con-cept is to allow students’ learn-ing experience to be self-direct-ed.He said the Montessori sys-tem fostered a love for learning among students while also in-stilling a sense of confidenceandindependence.Hesaidevenconflict resolution was some-thing older students learned,making adult intervention lessnecessary. Graduates of theMontessorisystemseemtoeas-ilytransitionintootherenviron-ments.Puhalla retired two years agofrom the public school systemandnowcelebratestheopportu-nity his new job gives him. Healsocreditsparentsforfullypar-ticipating in their children’seducation.Julia Godfrey, 6, excitedlysaidthattheschool"givesherachance to learn." Whenaskedwhatherfavoritething about the school is, theprimaryschoolstudententhusi-astically says "subtraction."Both Julia’s parents, Keithand Maria Godfrey, credit theschoolwithofferingagreatedu-cation, giving students the op-portunity to learn at their ownpace.Maria Godfrey, who alsoteaches at the school, said, "Ilove what I do.”"The children enjoy an greatenvironment at the school andget great preparation for theirfutures," said Heather Horsly,mother of students Emma, 6,and Will, 3.Horsly was also volunteering at the event, assisting childreninmakingdogpuppetsandtalk-ing about the therapy dogs atthe event. The school will use fundsraised during the book fair tosupportsuchactivitiesasafieldtrip to the Franklin Museum inPhiladelphia. The public can learn moreabout the school on its website, www.wvms.org.
B O O K FA I R
Montessori Parents’ Association hosts book fair to raise funds for school events
Turning page to help area school
ByGERIGIBBON
Times Leader Correspondent
DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
JaxonCarey,4, ofShavertownpetsabassethoundtherapydognamed‘DixieduringMontessoribookfairSaturday.
LAFLIN – It wasn’t a mobscene, but a crowd turnedout for a trio of actors from“The Sopranos” in town Sat-urday night to take care of some business.Vincent Pastore, Tony Dar-row and Joe Gannascolispent a fewhours at Ash,the cigar barbelow theBuca Del Vi-no restau-rant, signinautographs,posing forphotos andenjoying themselvesat the $50 apersonevent. The threemen, knownfor theirmobsterroles in films and the popularHBO series, are playing off their wise-guy personas in anew show, “Dinner with TheFoodFellasand came toNortheastern Pennsylvaniato promote the recentlyopened restaurant andlounge on state Route 315.Jonathan Walsh, a partnerin the venture, appreciatedthe visit.“This is more of friendscoming out helping friends,”said Walsh.More than 50 people min-gled with the actors in thedimly lit, smoke-filledlounge, just the right placefor Gannascoli to shop hishandgun-shaped ashtrays.He also had copies of hiscookbook/novel, “A Meal toDie For.” It’s loosely basedon his own life and includesrecipes.“I was a chef for 20 years,”he said, in cities such as NewOrleans, Boston, Los Angelesand New York.His experience in thekitchen suits him well for thefood show yet to be pickedup by a network.“We’re going to be going out to restaurants, critiquing and talking to their chefs,said Gannascoli. And eating too.Darrow added the cablenetwork TLC is interested inshooting seven episodes.Jill Hertel of Dallas was in-terested in shooting photosof the actors.She surprised her husbandDoug with a Valentine’s Daygift of a ticket for the event.He sat down with Pastore while she took their photos with her iPhone.A fan of “The Sopranos,”Doug Hertel relished the mo-ment and the surroundings.“It’s a great atmosphere,”he said.
 A meal with ‘mobsters’
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
ActorVincentPastore, right, oftheTVshow‘TheSoprano’s’ chatswithwriter/producer/actorWilliamDeMeoinAshcigarbarbelowtheBucaDel VinorestaurantinLaflinonSaturdayduring"TheFoodFellas"event. OtheractorsinattendancewereTonyDarrowandJoeGannascoli.
Actors from ‘The Sopranos’attend local event centeredaround food.
ByJERRYLYNOTT 
 jlynott@timesleader.com
“We’re go-ing to begoing outto restau-rants, cri-tiquing andtalking totheirchefs.”
JoeGannascoli
‘The Sopranos’actor
 WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Tenfuture caregivers spent Saturdaymorning at the Wyoming ValleyMall to greet shoppers with en-thusiastic smiles and providethem with expert advice abouthealthyliving.Shopperssattogettheirbloodpressure checked and answeredquestions about their lifestyle tohelpthembehealthier. Thegroupwascomprisedofse-nior level nursing students fromLuzerneCountyCommunityCol-lege who were there as part of community service necessary toearn their degrees, according tonursinginstructorAllisonStone.“They put a lot of work intothis,”Stonesaid. They gathered pertinent re-searchmaterial,conductedbloodpressure screening and generally“gotthewordout,Stonesaid.Sheanticipatedabout200peo-ple would take advantage of thecommunityservice. There is a definite “lack of awarenessabout health, shesaid.Manypeopledon’tknowtheseriousness of the risks they arefacing by smoking, excessive al-cohol consumption, overeating orlackofexercise,shesaid.“Some are even afraid to gettheir blood pressure taken be-cause they are afraid of what itmightbe,shesaid.ScottWibberley,oneofthepar-ticipating nursing students,helped coordinate the event. Hesaid some of the easiest thingsthatcanbedonetostayhealthin-cludehealthyeating,lowsodiumintake,exerciseandsmokingces-sation.
Lesson in healthy living for students, shoppers
DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
JohnRopietski ofWilkes-BarregetshisbloodpressurecheckedbyApril Liszewski, anLCCCnursingstudent, duringahealthfair.
LCCC event features bloodpressure screening,information at area mall.
ByRALPHNARDONE 
Times Leader Correspondent
WEEKLYLOTTERYSUMMARY
DailyNumber, Midday
Sunday: 4-2-9Monday:1-0-0Tuesday: 9-9-4Wednesday: 0-1-1Thursday: 8-4-4Friday: 3-4-0Saturday:1-2-5
BigFour, Midday
Sunday:1-7-9-1(7-1-9-5, doubledraw)Monday: 6-6-8-0Tuesday: 4-7-3-7Wednesday: 7-4-9-7Thursday: 7-8-9-9Friday: 4-7-0-2Saturday: 3-9-1-1
Quinto, Midday
Sunday:1-8-7-8-7Monday: 8-6-0-0-7Tuesday: 6-8-8-0-4Wednesday: 8-3-8-2-2Thursday: 6-6-9-6-1Friday: 8-4-0-5-1Saturday: 9-7-6-9-5
TreasureHunt
Sunday: 01-02-12-17-30Monday: 01-04-16-20-21Tuesday: 06-12-16-21-24Wednesday: 09-11-20-22-27Thursday: 05-10-15-16-22Friday: 05-06-14-26-29Saturday: 08-10-21-24-29
DailyNumber, 7p.m.
Sunday: 7-3-9Monday: 2-9-9Tuesday: 4-1-0Wednesday: 0-6-4Thursday: 6-6-5Friday: 3-9-5Saturday: 4-4-1
BigFour, 7p.m.
Sunday: 5-7-8-6Monday: 6-4-4-3Tuesday: 2-9-0-5Wednesday: 9-9-7-1Thursday: 6-6-8-8Friday: 4-8-4-2Saturday: 0-6-0-8
Quinto, 7p.m.
Sunday: 0-3-2-2-9Monday: 6-4-5-4-1Tuesday: 5-1-9-6-3Wednesday: 9-0-6-1-9Thursday: 8-1-5-7-4Friday: 5-9-0-0-6Saturday: 5-0-0-0-3
Cash5
Sunday:10-13-15-29-39Monday: 01-05-14-19-23Tuesday: 24-29-31-32-33Wednesday: 04-25-29-30-33Thursday: 04-23-24-33-34Friday: 01-13-25-36-41Saturday: 04-21-28-36-42
Match6Lotto
Monday: 03-10-19-21-38-39Thursday: 01-05-08-13-30-41
Powerball
Wednesday:11-12-32-52-56powerball:11Saturday: 23-28-50-56-59powerball: 05
MegaMillions
Tuesday: 03-05-10-26-27Megaball: 27Megaplier: 02Friday:16-25-28-32-40Megaball: 03Megaplier: 03
 
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 TOBYHANNA
Special airing on Depot
 The new WVIA Original FeaturePresentation, “A Century of Service, The Army at Tobyhanna,” premieresMarch1at 8 p.m. on WVIA TV follow-ing an all-new State of Pennsylvanialive from the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The pro-gram re-counts theevents andstories thatintertwined the U.S. Army’s service toour country with our patriotic hard working region.
LUZERNE COUNTY
Board to interview hopefuls
 The Luzerne County Board of Elec-tions and Registration will publiclyinterview citizen applicants for a fifthboard seat on Monday night. The following citizens will be in-terviewed at the 5 p.m. meeting, which will be held in the county’s EmergencyManagement Agency building on Wa-ter Street in Wilkes-Barre: H. JeremyPackard, Michael Lombardo, JamesShoemaker, Mike Lacey and Jane Acri. The fifth member will be selected bythe four election board members al-ready appointed by county council –Republicans John Ruckno and JohnNewman and Democrats Thomas Bal-dino and Barbara Williams. The fifth member will serve as theboard chair.
 WILKES-BARRE
Resentencing in cat case
A woman charged with 48 counts of cruelty to animals in a case whereprosecutors say she had 60 cats insideher Swoyersville home in July 2011wasresentenced in the case Wednesdayafter admitting to a probation vio-lation.Aileen Kulpon, 49, who now residesin Carbondale, appeared before Lu-zerne County Senior Judge JosephAugello Wednesday, and was resen-tenced to five years probation in thecase.Prosecutors saythey revoked Kulpon’soriginal probationarysentence handeddown by a magisterialdistrict judge in No- vember after shefailed to appear fortwo scheduled ap-pointments with probations officers inLackawanna County.Kulpon had been jailed for a shortperiod and released after Wednesday.Kulpon was charged after investiga-tors went to her house on July18 andconfiscated all of the cats because of the deplorable conditions found there. Walls and floors were soaked withurine and feces. Several cats were diag-nosed with feline leukemia and a few were diagnosed with feline immunodef-iciency virus (FIV). Some had to beeuthanized, investigators said.
HARRISBURG
NRT kits are available
 The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering free, four-week nico-tine replacement therapy, or NRT, kitsand counseling support to residentstrying to quit using tobacco. The kits will be available through the state’sFree Quitline (800-QUIT NOW) for sixto eight weeks, while supplies last. The NRT giveaway is fundedthrough Tobacco Master SettlementAgreement funds and a federal grant. To receive a free NRT kit, call 800-QUIT NOW (800-784-8669). For moreinformation, call the Quitline or visit www.DeterminedToQuit.com.
I N B R I E F
Kulpon
PITTSTON – Gino Tighe had $1mil-lion of flood insurance on his family’smetal fabrication business. It wasn’tnearly enough. When the Susquehanna River over-floweditsbanksinSeptember,hisBene-dict Street plant took on as much as15feet of water, which destroyedmachinery inside worth morethan $2 million. That didn’t in-clude damage to the building it-self. Tighe’s flood insurance – themaximum amount available covered only $500,000 in loss tothe structure and another$500,000 for building contents.A Small Business Administra-tion loan for disaster victims would have helped recovery tre-mendously,TighesaidonFriday,butnotataninterestrateof6per-cent. That’s why Tighe spent the day in Washington,D.C.,onThursday.Hewasone of several people to testify beforethe House Small Business Committee’sSubcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. The hearing, titled “Examining theRole of Government Assistance for Di-saster Victims: A Review of H.R. 3042,”provided the subcommittee with infor-mationontheroleofthefederalgovern-mentinlong-termdisasterrecoveryandprograms offered by state and federalgovernment.After Tighe described hisdealingswiththeSBA,thesub-committee heard expert testi-mony about potential conse-quences of legislation pro-posed by U.S. Rep. Lou Barlet-ta, R-Hazleton.Barletta’s bill, House Reso-lution 3042 the DisasterLoan Fairness Act, would cutthe interest rate on all SBA di-saster recovery loans to 1 per-cent for 30 years.
Describing the devastation
Inhistestimony,Tighedescribedthedevastation to his family’s business andthedefeatintheeyesofhisfather,Gene, who started the business with his wifeDebbiein1989.“Wedesperatelyneededfinancial help because we weren’t con-ducting any business and draining thecompany’s funds on the cleanup.” ThenhetoldataleofdealingwiththeSBA,whichrequestedthesamerecordsfour times over a 10-week period andsomehowdeterminedthatthebusiness
SBA LOANS
Pittston businessman tells congressional committee about need for government help
Flood victim goes to Congress
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Gino Tighe stands in his Pittston metal fabrication plant next to a machineruined in September flooding.
BySTEVEMOCARSKY 
 smocarsky@timesleader.com
See FLOOD, Page 4A
To read testi-mony fromthe hearingand watch avideo ofBarletta’sremarks visit
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 WILKES-BARRE – Local communityorganizers and activists gathered Satur-day at King’s College’s Sheehy-FarmerCampus Center for what event plannershoped would be the first event towardsestablishing a local network of individu-als looking to take action to solve someof today’s most chal-lenging issues.Representativesfrom several local or-ganizations hosted aneconomic crisis pre-sentation by KrystalHall of the New York-based Poverty Initia-tive,agroupdedicatedto helping the impov-erished acquire thetools to improve theirown situations. The event focusedon the issues facing the poor and working classes today, such asincome inequality, un-employment and stu-dent debt. The inten-tion was to show thatthese national andglobal problems fea-ture local consequenc-es and local voices could play a role inhelping to resolve them.Frank Sindaco, who heads the North-eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Cen-ter, which he describes as a “grassrootsorganization dedicated to helping localresidents fight for human rights,” wasoneofthemainfacilitatorsofSaturday’s
Organizerswant to aidimpoverishedarea citizens
Activists establishing network ofindividuals to solve problems.
ByB.GARRETROGAN
Times Leader Correspondent
See ISSUES, Page 4A
KrystalHall isfrom thePovertyInitiative,a groupdedicatedto helpingthe impov-erishedacquire thetools toimprovetheir ownsituations.
 WILKES-BARRE – The pins weretumbling at Chako’s Family Bowling Center on Saturday for the SpecialOlympicsannual Luzerne CountyBowlingInvitational. Thefun-for-alleventfeaturedspecialathletes aged 7 to 70 vying for six cov-etedspotsintheSpecialOlympicsqual-ifyingroundtobeheldinAllentowninApril.Accordingtoeventorganizers,morethan130specialathletesfromthrough-outNortheasternandCentralPennsyl- vania pre-registered to participate inthecompetition. Thefestivitiesweresponsoredbythe Wilkes-Barre Firefighters Athletic As-sociation as part of their longstanding partnership with the local chapter of theSpecialOlympics."We’ve been sponsoring this event with the Special Olympics for over 25 years," said Wilkes-Barre firefighterRich Voelker. "Just to come here andseethesmilesontheirfaces,thatalonemakesitallworthwhile."SpecialOlympicsCompetitionCoor-dinator Chris Roamexplained that an-nual bowling competitions like Satur-day’s event have been a cornerstone of the organization since she began herdutiesin2006."Take a look around," said Roam asshe assessed the crowded lanes. "ThisiswhatSpecialOlympicsareallabout."
Special Olympic athletes vie for spots in qualifying round
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Volunteers Carl Hughes and Barry Hughes, Wilkes-Barre, help Larry Bloomand Jared Miller, Trucksville, get ballsgoing during the Multi-County Special Olympics Bowling Competition at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center Saturday.
Striking up the fun
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Jared Miller, left,and Larry Bloom,Trucksville, waitpatiently for bowl-ing action to startfor the competitionat Chacko’s FamilyBowling Center.
BySTEVENFONDO
Times Leader Correspondent

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