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Times Leader 02-24-2012

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 WILKES-BARRE – Lax over-sightofaspecialLuzerneCountylegal services fund permitted anattorneywhowaspaidmorethan$144,000in2011todoublebillthecounty dozens of times for traveltothecourthouse,aTimesLead-erinvestigationrevealed. Thebillingpracticesemployedby attorney Angela Stevens of Kingstonplayedasignificantroleincausingthecountyfund,which was allotted $125,000, to over-spend its bud-get by nearly$209,000 last year.Hundreds of invoices re- viewed by The Times Leaderrevealed Ste- vensrepeatedlybilledthecountyfordozensoftripsshemadetothecountycourthousetodeliverpet-itions for payment for legal fees,even though those petitions ap-pear to have been delivered in asingletrip. Thenewspaperalsouncovereddiscrepancies in bills relating totime Stevens claimed to havespent gathering information re-garding the number of hours shespent on a case so that she couldcreatethebills. The issues with the invoices wereneverdetectedbycountyorcourtofficialsbecauseneitherthe judgewhosignedthecourtordersapprovingthepayments,TinaPo-lachekGartley,nortwocountyof-ficesthatprocessedthem,everre- viewed them for accuracy or rea-sonableness.County officials were unawareof the double billings until a Times Leader reporter advisedthem of the results of a review of 469invoicesStevenssubmittedin2011.In an interview Tuesday with TheTimesLeaderandPresidentJudge Thomas Burke, PolachekGartleysaidshewasdistressedtolearnofthenewspaper’sfindings.
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SCRANTON – The U.S. PostalService said it plans to close themail processing center in Scran-ton and move operations to theLehighValleyaspartofacost-sav-ingconsolidationplan. The transfer, according to thePostal Service, would not affectretailservice,businessmailentryor vehicle maintenance oper-ations at the center. It is unclearhow many of the Scranton MailProcessing and Distribution Fa-cility’s300jobswouldbelost.According to U.S. Postal Ser- vice spokesman Ray Daiutolo, Thursday’sannouncementaboutthe Stafford Avenue facilitycomesafterstudiesnationwideof morethan400similarcenters. Thepotentialclosurewouldbethesecondinthreeyearsinthisre-gion.Amailprocessingcenterin Wilkes-Barre was closed in Octo-
Postal Service delivers bad news to Scranton processing center
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MailprocessingattheU.S.PostOfficeatStaffordAvenueinScrantoncouldbemovedtotheLehighValley.
It is unclear how many of thefacility’s 300 jobs would belost if it eventually closes.
ByGERARDHETMAN
Times Leader Correspondent
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Luzerne County Interim Manager TomPribulahasrejectedtheprisonunion’spro-posal to give up 3 percent raises in ex-changeforreducedlayoffs,thoughthefinalcall may come from county council. The manager makes decisions aboutstaffing and layoffs under the new homerule charter, but council approves collec-tive bargaining agreements, and the pro-posal would alter an ex-isting union contract.Prison union repre-sentative Tony Seiwellsaid Thursday the coun-ty won’t see futureunion-generated conces-sions from his membersif the proposal fallsthrough.Pribula said countymanagement had con-cerns about union stipu-lations required as partoftheconcession,thoughhedeclinedtogointo further detail.“The management had serious issues with it,” said Pribula, who plans to brief countycouncilaboutthematterduringanexecutive session Tuesday. Without concessions, the county willproceedasplannedwithlayoffsatthefacil-ity, Pribula said. The prison union – LIUNA Public Ser- viceEmployees’ UnionLocal1310--saidit would lose 16 workers to layoffs. Threenon-unionmanagersarealsoslatedforlay-off, the union said. The layoffs are among an estimated 56throughout the county required by the re-cently adopted 2012 budget, which con-tains a 2 percent tax hike. The union’s proposed agreement said
Prison union’sconcessionoffer rejected
County interim manager cites issueswith stipulations of deal that wouldhave saved jobs targeted for layoff.
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 WILKES-BARRE – While policecontinue to investigate whetherthe machete attack near GARHigh School earlier this month was gang-related, several hundredpeople attended a forum Thursdaynight on how to prevent thespread of gangs in their communi-ties and schools. Teachers, parents, school andlaw enforcement officials heardfrom local and national gang ex-perts, including FBI agent D. Da-rell Dones, during the two-hourprogram at King’s College.“Nobody but nobody is not af-fected by gangs,said Dones, aninstructor in the bureau’s Behav-ioral Science Unit.He warned the more than 250people in the audience about thepresence of gangs locally despitethe distance from New York, NewJersey and Philadelphia, wherethey have strongholds.“Just because you don’t see ’em,
Apackedauditoriumofteachers,politiciansandconcernedcitizensovercrowdedtheKing’sCollege’sBurkeAuditoriumtodiscussthethreatposedbygangstothearea.
Getting streetwiseat forum on gangs
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D.DarellDonesoftheFBIinQuantico,Va.,wasthekeynotespeakerattheOperationGangUpprogramThursdaynightatKing’sCollege.Donesisaninstructorinthebureau’sBehavioralScienceUnit.
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oseph John Koschella, 85, a resi-dent of Swoyersville, passedaway peacefully Wednesday morn-ing, February 22, 2012 in HospiceCommunity Care, Inpatient Unit atGeisinger South Wilkes-Barre.His loving wife is Leona B.(Treckiewicz) Koschella. Together,JosephandLeonashared56beauti-ful years of marriage.Born on April 12, 1926, inSwoyersville, Joseph was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Drobe-nak) Koshella.A lifelong resident of Swoyers- ville, Joseph received his educationat the former Holy Trinity School,Swoyersville.A United States Army veteran,Joseph honorably served his coun-try during World War II. Through-out the war, he was stationed inCentral Europe and the Rhineland.He was the recipient of the Europe-an-African-Middle Eastern Cam-paign Medal and the World War IIVictory Medal. Upon his honorabledischarge on July 23, 1946, Josephhad attained the rank of PrivateFirst Class.Prior to his retirement in 2008,Josephwasemployedfor41yearsasa wastewater analyst for Inter Met-ro Industries Corporation, Wilkes-Barre.Joseph was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Roman CatholicChurch, Swoyersville.Aproudveteran,Josephwasa60- year member of the American Le-gion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644,Swoyersville, holding membership with the post’s Home Association.Additionally, he held membership with the Steel Workers of America.An avid gardener, Joseph greatlyenjoyed tending to his apple trees.He was also an avid walker, usually walking two miles every day.Family was always at the centerof Joseph’s life, and he cherishedeach moment he had with his lovedones. He will forever be remem-bered as a loving husband, father,grandfather, brother, uncle andfriend.Inadditiontohisparents,JosephandMaryKoshella,Josephwaspre-cededindeathbyhisgrandson, Da- vid Mishkel, who passed away onNovember3,2011;hisbrother,JohnKoshella; his sisters MargaretMcDermott, Ann Kasyan and RoseKoshella.In addition to his loving wife, Le-ona, Joseph is survived by his chil-dren, James Koschella, of Boston,Massachusetts; Joan Mishkel andherhusband,Ken,ofYorktown,Vir-ginia; Sharon VonFrantzius and herhusband, Ted, of Tamarac, Florida;LisaSt.Clairandherhusband,Lee,of Swoyersville; his grandchildren,Steven Mishkel; Seth, Hana, Noraand Noah St. Clair; his sisters MaryStasik, of New Jersey and HelenBrozowski, of Plymouth; numerousnieces and nephews.
Relatives and
friends are re-spectfully invited to attend
 
thefuneralwhichwillbeconductedon Monday, February 27, 2012 at9:30 a.m. from the Wroblewski Fu-neral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by aMass of Christian Burial to be cele-brated at 10 a.m. in Holy TrinityChurch, 116 Hughes Street,Swoyersville, with the Reverend Jo-seph J. Pisaneschi, his pastor, offi-ciating.Interment with the Rite of Com-mittal will follow in Saint Mary’sCemetery, Swoyersville, where Mil-itaryHonorswillbeaccordedbytheUnited States Army.Family and friends are invited tocall on Sunday, February 26, 2012from5to8p.m.atthefuneralhome.For additional information or tosend the family of Mr. Joseph JohnKoschellaanonlinemessageofcon-dolence, you may visit the funeralhome web-site www.wroblewski-funeralhome.com.In lieu of flowers, memorial con-tributions may be made in Joseph’smemory to Hospice CommunityCare, 601 Wyoming Avenue, King-ston, PA18704.
Joseph John Koschella 
February 22, 2012
H
enry R. Manarski, 86, of Hud-son, passed away in peace withhisfamilyathissideonFebruary22,2012.Henry was born in Plains on Feb-ruary27,1925.Hewasthesonofthelate Frank and Stella (Senderovicz)Mlynarski. He was a graduate of PlainsMemorialHighSchool,classof 1943. Henry was drafted by theU.S. Army after high school andfought in Europe during World WarII as a member of the 127th A.A.A.Gun Battalion. After the war he set-tled in Plains and married the for-mer Leona Considine of Hudson in1953.Henry was active in local politicsformuchofhislife,havingserved22 years on the school boards of bothPlains and Wilkes-Barre Area, and wasalsoactiveinmanyotherpoliti-cal organizations in Plains through-out his life. Henry was a member of the Plains American Legion Post558 for over 60 years. He was em-ployed for many years in the Asses-sors Office of the Luzerne CountyCourthouse. Henry enjoyed a long retirement and always cherishedthe time he was able to spend withhis five grandchildren.He was a life-long member of theformer St. Joseph Church, Hudsonand a current member of Ss. Peterand Paul Church, Plains.Hewasprecededindeathbyasis-ter, Natalie Pliscott of Exeter.In addition to his wife, Leona,Henryissurvivedbydaughters,Ka-ren Caffrey and her husband, Jo-seph, Hudson; Debra Manarski,Hudson; son, Mark Manarski, andhis wife, Virginia, Plains; andgrandchildren, Caitlin, Matthew,Joseph, Erica and Benjamin. Alsosurvivingarebrothers,AlbertMly-narski of Manville, N.J., and Ed- ward Manarski of Swoyersville.
Henry’sfuneral
 will be con-ducted on Monday at 9 a.m.from the Mark V. Yanaitis FuneralHome, 55 Stark Street, Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial inSs. Peter and Paul Church, Plains.IntermentwillfollowinSt.JosephCemetery, Hudson. Friends maycall Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.In lieu of flowers, memorial do-nations may be given to Alzheim-er’s Association, 57 N. FranklinStreet, Wilkes-Barre, PA18701.Condolences or directionsmay be accessed atwww.yanaitis-funeralhome.com.
Henry R. Manarski
February 22, 2012
J
osephP.Schmieg,79,formerlyof ExeterandaresidentoftheTim-ber Ridge Nursing facility, Plains Township, passed away WednesdayFebruary 22, 2012 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center af-ter a brief illness.HewasborninExeter,onDecem-ber 8, 1932, and was the son of thelate Louis and Margaret KaiserSchmieg.He was a member of ImmaculateConception Church, West Pittston,a graduate of the former St. Mary’sHigh School, Scranton and a 1959graduate of Wilkes University. Joe wasaStaffSergeantwiththeUnitedStates Air Force serving during theKorean War. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a caseworker forthe Department of Public Welfare.Joe was a member of the PlainsAmerican Legion Post 558, Plains.Inadditiontohisparents,hewaspreceded in death by a nephew,Sean J. Pace, and brother-in-law,Harry J. Pace Sr.Heissurvivedbyhissister,MaryMargaret Pace of Exeter; nieces,Cathy Morgan and her husband,Chuck, and their sons, Chucky andColby, of Moosic; Margie Pace of Exeter; Patty Pace of Exeter; neph-ew Harry J. Pace of Exeter, also thefamily pets, Happy, Charger andMulatto.
A blessing
service will beheldSaturday,February25,atnoon at Kiesinger Funeral ServicesInc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.Friends may call for visitation from11:30 a.m. until time of service.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeto www.kiesingerfuneralservices-.com.
Joseph P. Schmieg 
February 22, 2012
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ogi W. Krywokulski, 96, of Al-toona, passed away ThursdayFebruary23,2012attheGoldenLiv-ing Center, Wilkes-Barre.He was born in Altoona, on No- vember18,1915 and was the son of the late Alex and Carrie Krywokul-ski.Logi was a member of the Ukrai-nian Church, Altoona, Pa. He at-tended Altoona schools and was re-tired as an electrician for the Penn-sylvania Railroad, Juniata, Pa.Inadditiontohisparents,hewaspreceded in death by his son Ste-phenandhisdaughterKayeWytiaz,and his brothers, Nick and CharlesKrywokulski.Logi is survived by his wife of over 71years, the former Annabelle(Garman) Krywokulski; his daugh-ters, Nancy Munski and her hus-band, Thomas, of Avoca, and Ma-ryann McGill and husband James,of Langhorne, Pa.; son-in-law, Char-les Wytiaz, of Pittsburgh; 13 grand-children; six great-grandchildren,and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services
will be held atthe convenience of the family.Funeral arrangements have beenentrusted to Kiesinger Funeral Ser- vices Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Du-ryea.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeto www.kiesingerfuneralservices-.com.
Logi W. Krywokulski
February 23, 2012ASHLEY Borough council voted on Thursday to solicitbids for a new dump truck forthe street department.Councilman Joe Gorman vot-ed yes but stated he had reser- vations about proceeding withan actual vehicle purchase untilthe borough had an opportunityto review actual 2012 tax re-ceipts.“I’d feel more comfortableholding off until we actuallyknow where we stand,” saidGorman. “And maybe if we waituntil later in the year, we canget a better deal when plowtrucks are in less demand.”In another matter, boroughSolicitor Bill Vinsko announcedthe properties at 70 N. Main St.and 55-57 N. Main St. will beoffered for sale at minimum bidamounts of $2,000 and $40,000,respectively. The bids must be in by March3.Council members also an-nounced they’re seeking imme-diate bids for repairs to a storm-damaged manhole drain on Cul- vert Street that is spewing rawsewage into nearby SolomonCreek.Council President Jim Mullinsaid the bid process will be overtoday and work will begin assoon as possible to correct thedamaged storm drain and stopthe sewage leak.
ASHLEY BOROUGH
Bids for new truck are sought
One councilmen says he’drather wait until year’srevenue picture is clearer.
BySTEVENFONDO
Times Leader Correspondent
The next council meeting is March13 at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Fire-man’s Park.
WHAT’S NEXT
New Turkey Hill opens in Plains Twp.
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
ThenewTurkeyHill
Minit Markets store opened Thursday morning at16 S. Main St.,Plains Township The 4,000 square-foot store, which will employ 30 people, replaces Tur-key Hill’s original location in Plains at15 Maffett St. The new 24-hour store features12 fill-ing stations for gasoline, grocery products and a grab-and-go menu from the Real TimeCafé. Grand opening festivities continue with radio remotes on March 2 from 4 p.m. to 6p.m. and March 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
FREELAND
StatepolicechargedMichaelMokshefskiJr.,27,ofBlakeslee,withaggravatedassaultandsaidhedraggedapoliceofficerwithhispickuptruckonRidgeStreetonThurs-dayafternoon.OfficerMatthewWilliamswasflownbyhelicoptertoGeisinger WyomingValleyMedicalCenter,PlainsTownship,wherehewastreatedforheadinjuriesandreleased.Around3p.m.WilliamswasinterviewingMokshefskiinhisJeepComanchewhileinvestigat-ingadisturbanceonRidgeStreetandaskedthedrivertoturnofftheignition,statepolicesaid.WhenWilliamsreachedinandtriedtoturnofftheignition,Mokshefskidroveaway,drag-gingtheofficerapproximately100feetbeforehefelloffandstruckhishead,statepolicesaid.MokshefskiwasapprehendednearEffort,wherehegotoutof hisJeepandfledintoawoodedareaalongstateRoute940,policesaid.
WILKES-BARRE
Citypo-licereportedthefollowing:OfficerscitedRichardWren,ofWilkes-Barre,withharass-mentafterChristineFerrisre-portedhepushedherintoawallandstruckherinthefaceinsideaSouthGrantStreetresidenceonTuesday.KathleenLoftusreported Wednesdayawindowwassmashedonhervehiclewhileit wasparkedonJosephLane.KeithPutnam,ofSouth WashingtonStreet,reported WednesdayawindowwassmashedonaU-Haulrentaltruckthatwasparkedintheareaof94CareyAve.SusanHankeyreported WednesdayawindowwassmashedonhervehiclethatwasparkedonSouthMeadeStreet.DavidRichards,ofHanover Township,reportedTuesdayamanpunchedhiminthefaceintheareaofNorthMainandEastBennettstreets.Richardsreport-edthemanaskedhimformoneybeforehewasassaulted.OfficersarrestedMarkZuc-zykofMountainToponchargesofpublicdrunkenness,resisting arrestandaggravatedassaultat12:50a.m.SaturdayattheHard- wareBar,14S.MainSt.PolicesaidmedicswerecalledtopoliceheadquartersbecauseZuczyk wasinjuredinafall.Whileenroutetoanareaemergencyroom,policeallege,Zuczykspitinthefaceofamedic.BrennanAbrahamof  Wilkes-BarresaidsomeonestoleaToshibalaptopandanmp3playerfromhisvehicleat424NewGroveSt.at12:38a.m. Tuesday.Aschoolbusandcarcollid-edWednesdaymorningattheintersectionofAmberLaneandNorthShermanStreet. Thebusdriver,KeithShaverofWyoming,saidhestoppedatastopsignonAmberLanearound11:35a.m.andproceededthroughtheintersectionwhenthebuswasstruckbyaSaturnsedandrivenbyJosephLanganofWilkes-Barre.LangansaidhestoppedatasignonNorthShermanStreetandthenwentthroughthein-tersectionwhenthebusstruckhiscar,policesaid.Langansufferedmoderateinjuriesandwastakentoalocalhospital,policesaid.
WILKES-BARRETWP.
AmanwasarraignedWednesdayonchargesheusedacreditcardbelongingtohisformeremploy-er.DavidJosephSmith,44,of ScottStreet,Wilkes-Barre,wasarraignedbyDistrictJudgeMichaelDotzelon29countseachoftheft,forgeryandaccessdevicefraud.Hewasreleasedonhisownrecognizance. TownshippolicesaidMichaelSivilichJr.,ofUSAgainClothesCollectionSystem,reportedinDecemberthataformeremploy-ee,identifiedasSmithusedthecompany’screditcardtomakeunauthorizedpurchases,accord-ingtothecriminalcomplaint.PoliceallegeSmithusedtheUSAgainClothescreditcardmultipletimesatthreebusi-nessesinthetownshipintheamountof$4,731fromNovem-bertoDecember,thecriminalcomplaintsays.
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DALLAS TOWNSHIP
Charged with selling pot
A man was arraigned Thursday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on chargeshe sold marijuana.David J. Schultz, 38, of Country PineEstates, was charged with three countsof possession with intent to deliver acontrolled substance, two counts eachof possession of a controlled substanceand possession of drug paraphernalia,and a single count of communicationsfacility. He was jailed at the countyprison for lack of $5,000 bail. Township police allege Schultz soldmarijuana from his residence in thetrailer park on Wednesday. A search of the house trailer, with the help of apolice canine, allegedly uncovered alarge amount of marijuana and contra-band, according to the criminal com-plaint.Schultz was arrested at a bowling alley in Wilkes-Barre Wednesday night.
SCRANTON
Kulick’s release imperiled
Federal prosecutors are seeking torevoke the supervised release of formermob associate Robert Kulick based onhis alleged use of alcohol that led to hisarrest on charges of violating a protec-tion from abuse order his wife hadobtained.U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith on Thursday asked a federal judge to issuea court order directing Geisinger Med-ical Center to release Kulick’s medicalrecords relating to his admission tohospital’s Wilkes-Barre location on Feb.14.Kulick was taken tothe hospital after hisarrest for calling andthreatening his es-tranged wife, MicheleMattioli-Kulick. At thetime of his arrest, Robert Kulick wasfound to possibly be under the influen-ce of drugs or alcohol, Smith said.Kulick pleaded guilty in September2009 to being a felon in possession of afirearm. He was released from prison inMarch 2011after serving17 months. He was also ordered to serve two years onsupervised release.As a condition of his release, he wasordered to refrain from excessive useor alcohol, according to court records.Smith said the U.S. Probation Officeapplied for an arrest warrant for Kulickon Feb.15 for violating conditions of his supervised release. The medicalrecords are needed as evidence at ahearing that will be held to determineif he violated those conditions, Smithsaid.
LUZERNECOUNT
$23 million for rail projects
 Two freight-rail improvements inLuzerne County will receive funding aspart a $23 million state allocation an-nounced Thursday byGov. Tom Corbett.Corbett said theimprovement willhelp businesses ex-pand and improveoperations.Pittston IndustrialLLC, also known asInterstate Distribution Center, willreceive $700,000 to construct andrehabilitate track to increase rail ac-cess, a release from Corbett said. The Delaware & Hudson RailwayCo. will receive $3 million to build andrepair track related to infrastructuredevelopment in Luzerne, Susquehannaand Wyoming counties, the releasesaid.
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Aaron, the Dallas Township PoliceDepartment canine, with suspectedmarijuana confiscated .
KulickCorbett
 WILKES-BARRE – An Edwardsvilleman who police say was high on bathsalts when he called police to say there were“90peoplelivinginthewallswillstand trial in March on related charges,a county judge said Thursday.Robert Hospodar, 30, of FranklinStreet, will face charges of disorderlyconductandendangeringthewelfareof childrenatatrialtobeheldtheweekof March 26, Judge Joseph Sklarosky, Jr.,said.Hospodar’s attorney, Paul Galante,saidatthispointheisrequestingatrial,but he and his client have been discuss-ing a possible guilty plea.Hospodar and AmberSutton, 27, of LuzerneAve., West Pittston, werecharged after police saidtheywerehallucinatingonbath salts and nearly cuttheir 5-year-old daughter with knivesthey were using to stab people they be-lieved were living in the walls of theirapartment. The girl was not injured and full cus-tody of the child has been given to Sut-ton’s mother, police said.Sutton had been entered in the coun-ty’s Treatment Court program as a re-sult of the charges, but was removedfrom the program in late December.A county judge said in October Sut-tonfailedtoappearforcourtandawar-rant for her arrest was issued. She wastaken into custody in December.JudgeWilliamAmesburysaidSutton will be lodged at the prison “until fur-ther order of the court.”Policesaidtheyrespondedtothecou-ple’s apartment in March 2011“for a re-port of 90 people living in the walls.”Hospodar, Sutton and their daughter were in the apartment. Police said theadults were holding knives and otherknives were on the floor.Hospodar and Sutton “exhibited ex-tremelyparanoidbehavior,policesaid.Each said the other was on bath salts,according to the affidavit.“They were pulling drywall off the walls and sticking their heads in the walls describing the people in whichthey claimed they saw. They wereplunging knives into the holes in the wallsattemptingtostabthepeople,”ac-cording to the affidavit.
Man allegedly told police 90 people were living in the walls of West Pittston home
Trial set in bath salts incident
BySHEENADELAZIO
 sdelazio@timesleader.com
Robert Hospodar’s attorney, PaulGalante, said at this point he is re-questing a trial, but he and his clienthave been discussing a possible guiltyplea.
 WILKES-BARRE – Bruce Lefkowitz,owner of Harrold’s Pharmacy, wants tomove his family’s 65-year-old businessdown the street to the former site of theOld River Road Bakery.Lefkowitzandhislegalcounsel,FrankHoegan, presented the idea to CityCouncilonThursdaynight.Lefkowitzisone of two bidders looking to purchasethe former bakery. The two bids were:Lefkowitz,do-ing business as 250Old River RoadProperties LLC,$50,000; and Dar-ren Stucker, doing business as Beek-man Street Proper-ties LLC, at$52,000. Stuckerdid not attend thecouncil meeting and his bid was notmade available for public inspection.Lefkowitz brought an architect’s ren-ditionofwhatthepropertywouldbelikeif he were the successful bidder. Hecalled it his “vision of the property” andsaid it would have a positive impact onthecommunity.Hesaidhealreadyhasaparty interested in his current building at179 Old River Road.“My family has been committed toSouth Wilkes-Barre for more than 65 years,” Lefkowitz said. “We thought it was fitting that we take a look at theproperty.”Lefkowitz and Hoegan said they werenot overly concerned about Stucker’shigher bid.“The criteria in the bid sheets saidconsideration will be given to the high-est and best use for the property,” Hoe-gan said. “Also important is the bidder’sability to get financing.”Frank Sorick, president of the Wilkes-Barre City Taxpayers’ Association, en-
See PHARMACY, Page 6A
Pharmacyowner wantsbakery site
Bruce Lefkowitz, owner of Harrold’sPharmacy, 1 of 2 bidders for formersite of Old River Road Bakery.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
City Council willhold a work ses-sion March 6 and aregular meetingMarch 8 in councilchambers, CityHall.
WHAT’SNEXT
PITTSTON – An inmate atthe Luzerne County Correc-tional Facility was charged Thursday with having sexualencounters with four teenagegirls, including a 13-year-oldgirlwhoclaimedhethreatenedher.Carlos Antonio Rios, 19, of ParsonageStreet,Pittston,wasarraigned on four counts of statutory sexual assault and asingle count of invol-untary deviate sexualintercourse. He wasremandedtothecoun-ty prison for lack of $1.2 million bail.Rios has been jailedsinceSundayonatres-passing charge whenhe was caught by po-lice at the RiverviewManor apartment complex, where he formerly resided.Rios had been ordered to stayaway from the apartment com-plex, police said.Heallegedlygavethreeteensthe same promise ring only tohave it returned when the girlsfound out he was cheating onthem. Police retrievedthe ring from Rios’ 29- year-old girlfriend.Police allege Riospressureda13-year-oldgirl into having sex in-side a Riverview Ma-nor apartment in lateDecember.Shesaidheslapped her, called hernames and threatenedto kill her if she told anyone.Rios told police he only lec-tured the 13-year-old and twoother female juveniles aboutsex.Hebelievedthegirlwas17 years old, not13.During the investigation in-
Pittston man allegedly had sex with teen girls
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
Carlos Rios,after his arrestby Pittstonpolice Thursdayafternoon. Rios,19, of ParsonageStreet, Pittston,was arraignedon four countsof statutorysexual assaultand a singlecount of invol-untary deviatesexual inter-course. He wasremanded to thecounty prisonfor lack of $1.2million bail.
Police say investigation ofone encounter led toinformation on others.
ByEDWARDLEWI
elewis@timesleader.com
See GIRLS, Page 6A
Police allegeRios pres-sured a13-year-old girlinto havingsex in lateDecember.
HAZLETON Michael Leib em-ploys116 people at his company’s twolocations, but he said if it weren’t forgovernment overregulation, he wouldbe hiring more.U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Thursdaytoured Leib’s Hazleton Casting Co. todiscuss how government regulation isaffecting small businesses. Toomeysaid came away with a clearer pictureofhowredtapereallyholdsbacksmall-business growth.“No question, overregulation hin-ders growth,” Toomey said. “And (theObama) administration has come up with more regulations than we’ve everseen before.” Toomeytouredthefull-servicefoun-dry for ferrous and special alloys thatpours materials needed for machineparts. Leib has another location in Weatherly.“Too many regulations are costing us jobs, growth and money,” he said.“This was a fascinating tour; these aregood-payingjobs,andthisisagoodin-dustry.” Toomey praised Leib and his oper-ation, noting the company has found a way to grow and to sell its productsoverseas. The freshman senator saidhe came to Hazleton to have a discus-sionontheeffectsofoverregulationonsmall businesses.Leibsaidifcurrentregulationswerein effect in 1989 when he was starting out, he would not have been success-ful.“We’reallforprovidingahealthyandsafe environment, but we need com-mon sense, too,” he said.Leibsaidhesellsminingequipmentand pumps to power generation com-panies and drilling companies. He has
SENATOR’S VISIT
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, center with yellowhard hat, talks with Hazleton Casting Co. President Michael Leib on Thurs-day morning. Fromleft are state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, Toomey and Leib.
Toomey raps overregulation
See TOOMEY, Page 6A
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
“Too many regulations arecosting us jobs, growth andmoney. … This was a fasci-nating tour; these are good-paying jobs, and this is agood industry.”
Pat Toomey
U.S. senator

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