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 WASHINGTON — The obesity epidemicmaybeslowing,butdon’ttakeinthosepantsyet. Today, just over a third of U.S.adults are obese. By 2030, 42 per-centwillbe,saysaforecastreleasedMonday. That’s not nearly as many as ex-pertshadpredictedbeforetheonce-rapid rises in obesity rates beganleveling off. But the new forecastsuggests even small continuing in-creaseswilladdup.“Westillhaveaveryseriousprob-lem,”saidobesityspecialistDr.Wil-liam Dietz of the Centers for Dis-easeControlandPrevention. Worse,thealreadyobeseareget-tingfatter.Severeobesitywilldou-ble by 2030, when 11 percent of adults will be nearly 100 poundsoverweight,ormore,concludedtheresearchledbyDukeUniversity. Thatcouldbeanominousconse-quenceofchildhoodobesity.Halfof severelyobeseadultswereobeseaschildren, and they put on morepoundsastheygrewup,saidCDC’sDietz.
Obesitydeclining?Fat chance
Number of U.S. adults who areobese to increase by 9 percentby 2030, according to forecast.
ByLAURANNEERGAARD
 AP Medical Writer 
SeeOBESITY,Page10A
Luzerne County ManagerRobert Lawton picked Chief En-gineerJoeGibbonstobeincom-mand if he’s unable to fulfill hisduties. The county’s home rule char-ter requires the manager to des-ignate an executive branch em-ployeeasactingcountymanagerin case the manager is suspend-ed, temporarily absent, incapac-itated or unable to serve. Thedesignation does not come withadditional compensation.Gibbons, 40, of Plains Town-ship, is praised by many of hiscolleagues for his thriftiness, workethicandcandoroncounty issues.In a letter about the selectionfiledMondayinthecountycoun-cilclerk’soffice,Lawtonsaidthe11-year county employee is qual-ified to take charge if necessary.Gibbons was hired as a staff engineer in 2001, promoted toassistant chief county engineerin 2005 and became chief engi-neer in 2007.“Mr.Gibbonsrangeofrespon-sibilityduringhiscountyservicefar exceeds the expected scopeof his title,” Lawton said.HecitedGibbonsoversightof county buildings and infrastruc-ture, development of leases andrequests-for-proposals, input oncollective bargaining teams,planning of the capital budgetand service as a member of theemergency response team.A graduate of Coughlin HighSchool and the PennsylvaniaState University, Gibbons’ prior work experience includes engi-neering positions with Virginia-
Current chief Robert Lawtonsays county engineer wellqualified to do job if needed.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
 jandes@timesleader.com
SeeGIBBONS,Page10A
Gibbons named backup county manager
Most local colleges have settuition rates for 2012-13 thatboost tuition at a higher per-centage than in recent years.All but one of the increasesexceed the national inflationrate of 2.65 percent, which waslast posted in March.Afteraveraginga3.9percenttuition rate increase over thepast three years, King’s Col-lege is the only institution of higher education in Lackawan-na, Wyoming or Luzerne coun-tiesthathasboostedtuitionupat least 5 percent. With a 2012-13 tuition rate of $29,174, it reflects a 5.4 per-cent hike over the current aca-demic year rate. That’s morethan double the national rateof inflation. The school’s board of trust-ees met Saturday to discuss amultimillion-dollarshortfallinthe 2012-13 budget that may mean a wage freeze for staff and lower financial aid re- wards for incoming students. Those financial aid rewards,an amount taken out of the col-lege’s budget resources to pro- vide students with lower out-of-pocket costs for tuition, are
King’s leads area colleges in boosting tuition rates
All but one of the increasesexceed the national inflationrate of 2.65 percent.
ByANDREWM.SEDER 
 aseder@timesleader.com
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StudentsleavetheHenryStudentCenteratWilkesUniversityonMonday.
SeeTUITION,Page10A
 WILKES-BARRE – A forensicaudit of invoices submitted by anattorneywhohasadmittedtodou-ble billing Luzerne County for le-gal services is complete, but thecounty is refus-ing to releasethereport.AssistantCounty Solic-itor Vito DeLu-ca on Monday denied The Times Leader’srequestforacopyoftheauditofat-torney Angela Stevens of King-ston,citingasectionofthestate’sRighttoKnowLawrelatingtore-cordsthatarepartofaninvestiga-tion.DeLuca said the county hasbeen “looking into” Stevens’ bill-ings since February, when The TimesLeaderreportedtheresultsof an investigation that revealedStevens repeatedly double billedthe county for work she perform-ed representing parents whosechildrenareinthecustodyofChil-drenandYouthServices. The investigation showed Ste- vens, who was paid more than$144,000 by the county in 2011,charged for each individual feepetitionshedeliveredtothecoun-ty courthouse, even though thepetitionsweredeliveredinasingletrip. She also billed excessivehours, sometimes claiming tohave worked more than 24 hoursinasingleday.Stevens,apartnerinPyrah/Ste-
Audit of Stevens invoices done
County won’t release reportconcerning attorney who saidshe has double billed county.
ByTERRIEMORGAN-BESECKER 
tmorgan@timesleader.com
SeeSTEVENS,Page10A
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orkers from Panzitta Enterprises repair part of the levee on North Washington Street in the Brookside sectionof Wilkes-Barre that was damaged by the flood of 2011. As a part of the Brookside repair project, North Wash-ington Street between Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and Brookside Street will be closed this week and most of nextweek. The closure is necessary to allow construction crews proper access to complete repairs. Wilkes-Barre MayorTom Leighton said the project is fully reimbursable and pre-approved by the Federal Emergency ManagementAgency and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
 The varsity football coach atHoly Redeemer High School hasbeen arrested on child pornogra-phycharges,accordingtotheDio-cese of Scran-ton. The FederalBureauofInves-tigation onMonday in-formed the dio-cese of the ar-rest of JosephOstrowski, whohas served as the varsity footballcoach at Holy Redeemer HighSchool, Wilkes-Barre, since June2011, diocese spokesman Bill Ge-nellosaidinapressrelease.FBIagentsinformedschoolad-ministrators that Ostrowski wasbeingarrestedonchargespertain-ing to the attempted productionof child pornography, Genellosaid.“Ostrowski was immediately suspended from his position, andschool administrators and dioce-sanofficialswillcontinuetocoop-eratefullywithlawenforcement’sinvestigation,”Genellosaid.He said no further informationon Ostrowski was available Mon-daynight.
Redeemercoach isarrested
Diocese: Ostrowski facingcharges relating to attemptedchild porn production.
BySTEVEMOCARSKandJOHNERZAR 
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r. Brian A. Brown, age 53, for-merly of Laceyville,, passedawayattheDarWayElderCareCen-ter in Estella, Pa., on Sunday eve-ningMay6,2012,wherehehasbeena resident since February.BrianwasborninMeshoppen,onMarch 22, 1959, the son of the lateGeorge E. and Marian E. EddBrown.BrianattendedtheWyalusingAr-ea High School, and after which fora number of years, worked for hisbrother at R.G. Brown Refuse Re-moval in Laceyville.Loving to be surrounded by hisfamily and many friends, he en- joyed camping, fishing, or doing anythingaslongashewasoutside.Heenjoyedmusicallofhislife,andhewasproudtobeamemberoftheFreedom Rides of Binghamton,N.Y.Surviving is his daughter, Aireal Webb of Lake Winola, and grand-children, Octavia Carpenter, andHoban Webb, both of Lake Winola;his sister, Janet E. Brown, of Tunk-hannock,andnineniecesandneph-ews, and many cousins.Besides his parents, he was pre-ceded in death by his brother, Ro-nald (R.G.) Brown, who passedaway on Feb.16, 2004.
Memorial services
will be heldat a later date at the convenience of his family. Interment will be in theNorth Flat Cemetery.Arrangements were madethrough the Sheldon FuneralHomes, Main Street, Laceyville.In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations tothe Braintrim Baptist Church,Church St., Laceyville, PA18623.
Brian A. Brown 
May 6, 2012
Norma B.Custer, 88, of  Tunkhannock,passed away atthe GoldenLiving Center, Tunkhannock,on May 4,2012. She wasborn in Buffalo, N.Y., on July 1,1923, the daughter of the late Earland Eleanor Bowe Becker. Norma workedasacashierinthegiftshopat the Pink Apple. She enjoyedspending time with family andfriends.In addition to her husband, PaulCuster, Norma was preceded indeath by her sister Geraldine Gray.She is survived by son, Michael W.CusterofRichland,Washington;daughters, Paula Zenger of Tunk-hannock, and Jeanne Shoemaker of Mehoopany; grandchildren, Do-nald, Erin and Jason Marabell of  Tunkhannock, and Robby, Jesse,and Michael Jr. Shoemaker of Me-hoopany.
Servicewill
beprivateatthecon- venience of the family. For onlinecondolences or directions, visitaplitwinfuneralhomes.com.
Norma B. Custer 
May 4, 2012
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etty Lane Henning, R.N., 84,of Tunkhannock, died Thurs-day at Hospice Community Care,Dunmore, after an illness.She was the wife of EdwardHenning.She was born in Tunkhannock,daughter of the late William A.and Carrie Michael Comstock.She was a retired registerednurse, formerly working at Proc-ter & Gamble, Mehoopany, assite nurse and Tyler MemorialHospital. She attended the Rus-sell Hill United MethodistChurch. She was a graduate of  Tunkhannock High School, classof 1945, and a 1949 graduate of  Wilkes-Barre General HospitalSchool of Nursing.She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Lane,in 1993; a son, John Lane, and abrother, Kenneth Comstock.Surviving, beside her hus-band, are her brother RussellComstock of Baltimore; daugh-ter in-law, Kelley Lane of Akron,Pa., and two granddaughters,Megan and Samantha Lane.
Funeral Services
will be heldat the Russell Hill United Metho-dist Church, Rt. 6, Tunkhannock,on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Mott will offi-ciate. Interment will be in Sun-nyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock.Arrangements were entrustedto the Harding-Litwin FuneralHome, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunk-hannock. In lieu of flowers, me-morial donations may be direct-ed to the Russell Hill UMC, RR 3Box 241A, Tunkhannock, PA18657.Visit www.aplitwinfuner-alhomes.com.
Betty Lane Henning 
May 3, 2012
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ewis A. Smith, 61, of Jenkins Township, passed away Friday,May4,atWilkes-BarreGeneralHos-pital.He was born in Larksville, De-cember 2,1950. Lewis was a gradu-ate of West Side Tech High School,Pringle. He worked as an EMT fortheKeystoneVolunteerFireDept.,a volunteer fireman and AmbulancefortheLarksvilleFireDept.andtheExeterFireDept.Hewasanavidfanof the NY Knicks, the NY Yankees,Buffalo Bills and the Syracuse Or-angeman. He loved to play cars andtrains with his grandsons and en- joyed watching NASCAR #2 Rusty  Wallace, “CSI Miami” and “Walker Texas Ranger.” He will be greatly missed by his family and friendsHe is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Ann Marie (Shin-ko) Smith; his son, Jason White, of  West Wyoming; daughters, Chrissy and her husband, David Snyder, of JenkinsTownship;DawnandMarty Gardner, of Mountain Top; KellieKizis, of Exeter, and Kristen Zang,of Colorado Springs; brothers-in-law, Bob and Joanie Shinko, of Harding, and Mike and Nanci Shin-ko, of White Haven; sisters-in-law,SallyJonesofPlainsandJoanKray-nak of Swoyersville. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Scott Smith,David Snyder, James Kuna andClint Kytle, and nieces and neph-ews.
A memorial
service will be held Wednesday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. atKiesingerFuneralServicesInc.,255McAlpine St., Duryea, with PastorAl Cremard of the Independent Bi-ble Church of Duryea officiating.Friends may call Wednesday from 3p.m. until time of service. Onlinecondolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices-.com.
Lewis A. Smith 
May 4, 2012
 
ANAMEWASOMIT- TED
from the honor rollthat ran on Page 2C onMonday for Hanover AreaJunior-Senior High School.John Yurkoski, grade10,attained honors.
ANEWSBRIEFON PAGE3A 
Monday listed anincorrect date for Larks- ville United MethodistChurch’s chicken barbecue.It will be held on Saturday,May19, from 4 to 6 p.m.for “take-out” only. Call287-5805 for more informa-tion.
ABIRTHANNOUNCE- MENT 
published Sunday in The Times Leadershould have listed Jenniferand John Stefanik, Free-land, as the parents of adaughter born April13.
CORRECTIONS
KINGSTON — Council passedanordinanceMondaynightlicens-ingtheWyomingSeminaryUpperSchooltocloseNorthSpragueAve-nue between West Hoyt and WestMarketstreetstoallvehiculartraf-fic.Pedestrians will still be allowedonthatsectionofthestreet. Wyoming Seminary will pay a yearly licensing fee of $12,700 tothemunicipalityfortheprivilegeof closingthestreet. The municipality would main-tainownershipofthestreet,which wouldremainintact,buttheschool would be responsible for mainte-nance,itwaspreviouslystated.Barriers installed by the school would bar vehicles from entering the campus area, but could be re-movedtoallowemergencyvehicleaccess. The change is meant to give WyomingSeminaryamorepedes-trian-friendlycampusandimprovetraffic flow in the neighborhoodaroundHoytStreet.In another matter, several resi-dents accused municipal officialsof ethnic discrimination over theremovalofaconcretewallatJamesS. Keiper Memorial Park. They said it was done because it wasmainlybeingusedbyHispanicsforhandballgames. The wall was a popular featurepark and was used as a backboardfor tennis as well as for handballgames.Kingston officials denied thatthe wall was taken down for thatreason.Municipal Administrator PaulKeatingsaid,“Thishasnothingtodo with ethnicity. We had lots of complaints from people whothoughttheareawastoocrowded,”Municipal Administrator PaulKeatingsaid.He also noted structural prob-lemswiththewall.MayorJamesHaggertysaidthatequipment comes and goes de-pendingonthemunicipality’splanforapark.Ofthedestructionofthe wallhesaid,“Itwasacollectivede-cision. The community was in- volved.” To the accusing residents hesaid, “I don’t appreciate the impli-cation that the wall was takendownforanimproperreason.Another resident complainedabout traffic patterns on JamesStreet,saying,“Thatstreetisahaz-ard.It’sadanger.Iwantthatstreetstraightenedout.”“We’lllookintoit.We’llstudyit,”Council Vice President Robert Thompsonsaid.In other business, the councilpassed an ordinance to comply  withtheWyomingValleySanitary Authority’s requirements for wastewater collection and treat-ment.
Seminary licensed to close Kingston street
BySUSANDENNEY 
Times Leader Correspondent
Council will meet in work session,May 21, 2012 at 7 p.m.
WHAT’S NEXT
FAIRVIEW TWP. -- Supervi-sors on Monday night an-nounced that Woodcrest Avenueis to be widened but remain atwo-way thoroughfare in prepa-ration for a proposed 28-homedevelopment to be built on ex-tensions of Woodcrest and Leeavenues.Lastmonth,ataninformation-al meeting, the supervisors re- viewedroad-wideningplansthat were to restrict Woodcrest to aone-way street.After getting strong feedbackfrom residents, Chairman Rob-ert Orloski said supervisors de-cided to keep the road as it is, widening it 8 feet to handle in-creasedtraffictothenewhomes.“Based on the pleas and com-ments of residents in the area… wefeelitisin(our)bestintereststo honor the residents’ wishes atthis time,” Orloski said.David Yefko, the township’sengineer,saidbothroadwaysareto be widened on one side be-causesplittingthedistanceonei-ther side is structurally and eco-nomically unsound.He said running thin strips of road on both sides would decay faster and require more mainte-nance. A single, wider path onone side could prevent prema-ture decay. He also said planshave not been solidified.Residents were concernedthat the expansion would creepinto their front yards.Joanne Dinoski, who livesalong Lee Avenue, asked if they should expect to lose property frontage.Orloski said the township would be stretching the road on-ly as far as the public right of 
Woodcrest Ave. will be widened
Fairview Twp. officials say itwill remain a two-way forhome development.
ByJONO’CONNELL 
Times Leader Correspondent
The next board of supervisorsmeeting is June 4.
WHAT’S NEXT
SeeFAIRVIEW,Page7A
BEAR CREEK TWP. -- Theplightoftownshippropertyown-ers facing high sewer fees re-mains very much on the mind of township supervisors, but appar-ently isn’t generating much sym-pathy from those in a position todoanythingaboutthecostofthestate-mandated sewage treat-mentplan.OnMonday,thesupervisorsof-feredareportonarecentmeeting  with the state Department of En- vironmental Protection, which ismandatingsewersforaportionof the township. The supervisors voted down the mandated planearlier this year because the cost wouldbeundueburdenonhome-owners. Estimates place themonthlycostforthoseonthesys-tem at $145, a cost supervisorssaid could be the highest in thestate.Board Chairman Gary Zinga-retti said DEP suggested thetownshiplookintoextendingthesewers into other areas to spreadout the costs, something the su-pervisorsdon’tthinkwouldhelp.“We are highly skeptical that woulddoanythingbutraisecostsbecause we are already working  withtheareasofhighest(popula-tion)density,”Zingarettisaid.DEP also said the township’sestimatesofavailablegrantfund-ingwereunrealisticallyhigh,Zin-garettisaid,whiletheinitial$500connection fee the township wasplanning on collecting was toolow. In response to audiencequestions, the board said that if the township doesn’t move for- ward with the sewers, DEP willcome in and do them and thecosts will almost certainly beevenhigher.Zingaretti said the supervisors will meet again with DEP, but will also meet with legislators totrytocometoaresolution.Money issues dominated themeeting in other ways as the su-pervisors discussed options forreplacing a 16-year-old dumptruck used for snow plowing andfor doing repairs to Weiss Road, whichwillrequiresignificantcul- vert repair before a badly neededpavingworkcanbedone. The board discussed not re-placing the truck or buying asmallertruckinsteadofspending thenearly$160,000toreplacetheplow,butlearnedthelargebedof the dump truck might be neededtoholdenoughsaltandcinderstoreach the farthest parts of thetownship. Options under consid-eration include a used truck andcoordinatingserviceswithneigh-boring communities to avoid theneedforatruckaltogether. The township is considering having its own road crew tacklethe culvert work on Weiss Road, which will cost an estimated$20,000 to $25,000 on top of theestimated $940,000 to tar andchiptheroad.Butsomeconcerns were raised about how the roadcrew’s regular work would getdone during the estimated two weeksitwouldtaketodothejob,and whether it might not be bet-
Bear Creek presents sewer report
ByJANINEUNGVARSKY 
Times Leader Correspondent
SeeBEARCREEK,Page10A
PLYMOUTH TWP. -- The WyomingValleySanitaryAuthor-ityOrdinancewaspassedatMon-day’stownshipboardmeeting.According to township Solic-itor Robert Zarota, the ordinanceis an update to ensure that thenewEPAregulationsareincludedin the township’s current ordi-nance.Inanothermatter,thetownshippassedameasuretopurchasetheCoalStreetBridgefor$10,900. Thebridge,whichthetownshiphas been renting, was severely damagedbytheJuly3storm.PennDOT will replace thebridgewithapermanentone,butthis action will take approximate-lytwoyearstocomplete.SupervisorCouncilwomanGailConrad said there are about 200residentswhosehomesareaffect-ed by the Coal Street Bridge andthat the township “cannot leavethemwithoutaccess.”Conrad said that once Penn-DOT’s new bridge is completed,the township will sell the old oneand get its money back. Conradsaidthecompanyfromwhichthetownshipispurchasingthebridge“maybuyitback”oritwillbe“putupforsale.Councilpassedameasuretoap-point Boston-Lawson to performa study on the sewage system inparts of the township. The study  will be completed at a cost not toexceed$2,000andisanupdatetothe Act 537 Plan, which is re-quiredbytheDEP.AlanBaranskiofNEPAAlliancereported the township has re-ceived a $375,000 gaming grant, whichwillbeusedforroadrepairanddrainageissues.Baranskialsosaid improvements under the Re-covery Act are progressing andthattheDepartmentofLaborandIndustry’s Workforce is involved withseveraloftherepairs.
Plymouth Twp. adopts WVSA law
Municipality to buy CoalStreet Bridge, damaged inJuly 3 storm, for $10,900.
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DANVILLE
GHS honored as employer
Geisinger Health System was recent-ly named to the Becker’s Hospital Re- view and Becker’s ASC Review list of “100 Great Places to Work in Health-care” for 2012. This is the second con-secutive year Geisinger has been in-cluded in the list.Geisinger, based in Danville, ownslocal hospitals in Plains Township and Wilkes-Barre and has an affiliation withCommunity Medical Center in Scran-ton. The Becker’s listing recognizeshealth care organizations that create anoutstanding workplace through robustbenefits, opportunities for develop-ment and a strong sense of community.Among the Geisinger programshighlighted were the accrual of nursing retirement benefits from day one, ca-reer enhancement programs, a reten-tion committee that focuses on nursesatisfaction and the MyHealth Rewardsprogram designed to encourage em-ployees to better their health.
HAZLETON
Athena Award winner
Jeannine Lesante Mazurkiwecz, of Sam-Son Productions, has been select-ed as the recipient of the 2012 GreaterHazleton Chamber of Commerce Athe-na Award, sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships.Mazurkiwecz has worked as a reporter,news anchor andnews director at thefamily-owned televi-sion news stationLocal News13/Sam-Son Productions andis now a member of the administration. She also is an in-structor at McCann School of Businessand Technology and at King’s CollegeMass Communications Department.She and her husband, Mark, have twochildren, Alyssa and Mason.Her most significant contribution tothe community is her willingness to work with all non-profit organizationsto spread their message to the publicabout the importance of donating time,money and/or skills, according to theChamber. The Athena Award, presented each year to a Hazleton Area businesswo-man “for outstanding professionalachievement,” will be presented at theChamber’s120th Annual Meeting onMay17 at Genetti Best Western Inn &Suites Hall of Presidents in Hazle Township. To make a reservation, call455-1509 or email lmantush@hazle-tonchamber.org.
HANOVER TWP.
Honors for veterans’ graves
AMVETS Post 59 of Hanover Town-ship will be placing flags on veterans’graves at St. Mary’s cemetery on Sat-urday. Any per-son or orga-nizations in-terested in help-ing is asked tomeet at the posthome, 578 Fel-lows Ave., at 9 a.m. The post placesmore than 8,000 flags at the cemetery and all assistance will be appreciated. If possible call the post at 825-8197 be-fore the date to confirm your participa-tion.
PLAINS TWP.
Man killed in I-81 crash
A Scranton man was killed when helost control of a vehicle on an on-rampto Interstate 81Sunday night. The Luzerne County Coroner’s Of-fice identified the man as 51-year-oldCarlos Vargas Medina.State police said Medina was trav-eling at a high rate of speed exiting state Route115/309 to Interstate 81 when he lost control of his vehicle thatrolled several times at about 9:10 p.m.Medina was ejected from the vehicle,state police said.Acting Coroner William Lismanpronounced Medina dead at the sceneat10 p.m. Lisman said Medina was not wearing a seat belt.
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Henry Cancer Center, at GeisingerWyoming Valley Medical Center, PlainsTwp., is one of Geisinger’s facilities.
Mazurkiwecz
 WILKES-BARRE Attorneys forhomicide suspect Hugo Selenski havefiledcourtpapersrequestingthecharg-es against their client be thrown outand that prosecutors not be permittedto seek the death penalty.Attorneys Shelley Centini, EdwardRymsza and David Lampman, in hun-dreds of pages of court filings Monday,asked a county judge to rule on the re-questsinpreparationforSelenski’sSep-tember trial.Selenski, 38, is facing the death pen-altyifconvictedinthedeaths of Tammy Fas-sett and Michael Ker-kowski,bothofwhom were 37 when they died. Investigators al-lege Selenski killedFassett and Kerkow-ski on May 3, 2002.Judge Fred Pierantoni has set Selen-ski’s trial to begin on Sept.10. The attorneys have asked Pierantonito not allow prosecutors to seek thedeath penalty against Selenski becausethey have not shown or establishedenoughprooftoestablishacapitalcase. The “aggravating circumstances,Selenski’s attorneys said, violate thecruelandunusualpunishmentclauseof the U.S. Constitution and “impairs theright to trial by jury.” The attorneys also ask that chargesagainst their client be dismissed be-cause Selenski was originally charged with the killings in March 2006, andthat more than six years have passedsince the date of the filing of the charg-es. That,theattorneyssaid,isaviolationof Selenski’s speedy trial right, whichrequires prosecutors to bring a defend-ant to trial within 365 days of being charged.“It is patently unfair to require (Se-lenski)tonowmarshaladefensetoalle-gations relating to events occurring more than 10 years ago when the com-monwealth could have, and shouldhave, brought the charges earlier,” theattorneys wrote.If the case goes to trial, the defensecontends two separate juries should bechosen in Selenski’s case – one for the
Attorneys want Selenski charges tossed
BySHEENADELAZIO
 sdelazio@timesleader.com
Selenski
See SELENSKI, Page 8A
JACKSON TWP. – A resignation of a full-time police officer has township officials ex-ploring the possibility of entering a contractfor police services from a neighboring munici-pality.Supervisor Vice-Chairman Al Fox said theexploration is only a study with no decisionbeing made to disband the township police of-fice.“One of our full-time police officers resignedon Jan. 1 to take another position outside lawenforcement,” Fox said. “What the supervisorsdecided was to investigate what is best for thetownship to do at this point and time.” The resignation left the force with three full-time and nine part-time officers to provide24/7 coverage for more than 4,600 residents within 13 square miles. Fox said there is about30 miles of roads in the township.A state prison, State Correctional Institu-tion at Dallas, is located in the township.Police expenditures are about $256,000 of the township’s $1.03 million budget for 2012.Salaries and medical insurance for police offi-cers absorb most of the police department’s
Police quandaryin Jackson Twp.
ByEDWARDLEWIS 
elewis@timesleader.com
Supervisors looking at possibility of contractingfor police services with another municipalityafter officer resigns.
See POLICE, Page 4A
 WILKES-BARRE Aldona Smith,94, said she can’t wait to speak hermind when she addresses a rally today caretheyreceive,andtheyenjoytheac-tivities as well.RonPatti,executivedirectoratGold-enLivingSummitonNorthPennsylva-nia Avenue, said he approached Smithto sign a petition protesting the Med-icaid cuts.“Wewantedhernameonthepetitionto let Gov. (Tom) Corbett know wearen’t happy with these cuts,” Pattisaid. “Aldona’s response was, ‘I heardthey’remeddlingwithMedicaidagain.She was up on the subject; she readsabout these issues all the time.”Patti said his 120-bed facility wouldcut direct care expenses last. He saidquality-of-life items – such as bringing inentertainment,takingpatientsshop-pingortotourthefallfoliageorattenda movie – could be cut back.inHarrisburgontheimportanceofres-toringMedicaidcutstonursinghomes.“They shouldn’t ever cut Medicaid; we need it so badly,” Smith, a residentof Gilligan Street, said Monday.Smith has seen Medicaid dollars putto good work – she’s a volunteer atGolden Living Summit and her latedaughter,MarieElenaSmith,hadbeena patient there.Smith said patients appreciate the
Aldona Smith to be in capitalseeking to have cuts in Medicaidto nursing homes restored.
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
See SMITH, Page 4A
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Aldona Smith plays the piano in her Gilligan Street residence. The 94-year-old Smith, who volunteers at Golden Living Summit and often plays piano for theresidents, is going to address a rally in Harrisburg today on Medicaid. She is protesting Medicaid cuts made to nursing homes.
 W-B woman, 94, to speak at rally 
 WILKES-BARRE Wilkes-Barre Area Superintendent Jeff Namey made no mention of  whether or not he will retire thisJune during the School Board’smonthly work session, but said af-ter the meeting that he will prob-ably make a statement at Wednes-day’s regular meeting.School Board President Ma-ryanne Toolehad confirmedFriday thatNamey had ver-bally told her heplans to retireJune 30; his con-tract runsthrough June2015. Contacted Friday, Namey had declined comment other thanto say he would probably make astatementattheMondaymeeting.Official business is rarely con-ducted at the work sessions, withthe board reviewing agenda itemsand receiving reports from ad hoccommittees. The Wednesday meetings are more formal, with votes on the agenda items.Monday’s work session opened with a report from Project Manag-er Gary Salijko of Apollo GroupInc., the company that handlesmuch of the district’s major repair work. Salijko said design work ona new main water line at MeyersHigh Schoolis underwayand bidsshould be out by early June and work done in July and August.A leak in the existing watermain under the basement floorhas bugged the school board formorethanayear,withrepeatedat-
W-B Area superintendent sayshe’ll probably have statementat Wednesday’s meeting.
ByMARKGUYDISH
 mguydish@timesleader.com
See NAMEY, Page 4A
Namey
Namey silent on retirement
DALLASTWP.—Despitesever-alcost-savingstrategies,theDallasSchoolBoardwillstillraisetaxesasreported by the district businessmanager at a work session Mon-day.BusinessManagerGrantPalfrey presented the board with an out-look of the proposed final budgetfor the 2012-13 school year, whichincludes a 2.1percent tax increasealong with about $1.3 million incutsthroughoutthedistrict. The board will not raise taxesabovethestate’sAct1index,whichis based on the statewide weekly  wage index and changes annually.Palfeysaidtheboardcouldhaveap-pliedforspecialexceptionstoraisetaxesabovethe2.1percent,butopt-edagainstthemeasure.“It was a goal here that after thebuildingproject,wewouldtakethepedal off and stay within that in-dex,”saidPalfey.He said the board had slowly raised taxes over the last eight yearstopayforthenewhighschool
Dallas school taxes to rise 2.1%
District will also cut spendingby $1.3 million and will notreplace several teachers.
BySARAHHITE 
 shite@timesleader.com
See DALLAS, Page 7A
The board will accept public com-ments and vote on the proposedfinal budget at 7 p.m. May14 in theadministrative building.
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