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Suspect returning to area
eorge Lee Barnes will likely betransported back to the area some-time this week from Philadelphia, where he was arrest-ed Friday night on a warrant in a fatalshooting in Ed- wardsville on May 16, said LuzerneCounty DistrictAttorney StefanieSalavantis.Barnes, 22, alleg-edly shot and killed Daron Rhashawn Trollinger, 26, at the Eagle Ridgeapartments during a drug deal, accord-ing to arrest papers. Barnes was wounded and was discharged fromGeisinger Wyoming Valley MedicalCenter, Plains Township, the day afterthe shooting around the same timeinvestigators recovered a .22-caliberrevolver from his Main Street apart-ment in Edwardsville. He was not asuspect at the time of his release. A warrant for his arrest was issued onMay 22.Members of the state police fugitivetask force, the U.S. Marshals Serviceand Philadelphia police arrestedBarnes, who was armed with a gun,around 9 p.m. Friday, police said. Hefaces a firearm’s charge in Philadel-phia, police said.
Cops: Driver leaves scene
The driver of a pickup truck fled thescene after a two-vehicle accident at8:55 p.m. Friday, according to statepolice.State police said Brittany Krapf,19,of Mountain Top was driving west onMizdail Road in a Pontiac Aztek and was struck by the oncoming pickuptruck, which lost control while nego-tiating a left turn at high speed.State police said both vehicles stop-ped, but the driver of the pickup fledafter he was confronted by 31-year-oldJason Rece, a passenger in the Pon-tiac. Anthony Cook, 25, of Alden, oneof three passengers in the Pontiac, wasinjured in the crash, state police said. The pickup truck was described as adark blue Ford F-150, possibly with adesign on the side, state police said. The driver was described as an older white male with white hair, approxi-mately 6 feet tall, weighing175pounds and wearing a straw cowboy hat, state police said.Anyone with information about theaccident or the driver of the pickup isasked to contact state police at Wyom-ing at 697-2000.
Meeting to discuss traffic
A public meeting to discuss resi-dents’ concerns about heavy-trucktraffic through White Haven will beheld at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the St.Patrick church parish hall, 506 ElmiraSt.State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, members of her staff, mem-bers of borough council and repre-sentatives from PennDOT will attend.
NIXLE service is free
Police are encouraging residents tosign up for the community informa-tion service NIXLE. The free service delivers neigh-borhood-levelpublic safety threats andcommunity event notifications by the web, email and cell phone.Residents can register at www.Nix-le.com or e-mail their information firstname.lastname@example.org, who willhandle the registration.A link to NIXLE can also be foundon the Pittston City web page, www.pittstoncity.org.
Internships are offered
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton,announced his office is accepting applications for student internships inhis Washington, D.C., and Northeast-ern Pennsylvania district offices forthe fall semester.Applicants must be at least18 yearsold. The start and end dates of theinternships depend on the student.Schedules are also determined basedon an intern’s availability. To apply, an interested studentshould send a resume and a coverletter by email to Barletta’s office atPA11Internships@gmail.com.Applications are due June15.
N E W S I N B R I E F
A Luzerne County back-tax sale isscheduled for June11, but this one is un-usual because it only covers property ownedbyHazleton-arearesidentJimLa-gana and his company.Laganasaidhe’sconfidentthesalewillbecalledoffbecausehe’sfinalizingarefi-nancingplanthatwillyieldcashtocoverall overdue taxes.JudgeshadagreedtoremoveLagana’spropertiesfrompastsales,includingoneon April12, based on Lagana’s promisesto repay the debt.Northeast Revenue Service LLC, thecounty’staxclaimoperator,arguedaspe-cial sale should be held if Lagana didn’tpay because the next first-stage auction won’tbehelduntilthefall,saidcompany representative John Rodgers. Thecourtagreedandorderedaspecialsale on May 14. Another extension wasgranteduntilJune11,butthecourtordersaidinboldprintthat“nofurthercontin-uances will be granted.” ThefollowingLaganaproperties,allinHazleTownship,couldbeupforauction:the Holly Lynn Mobile Home Park, twocorporate center buildings and threecommercialofficeandretailbuildingsonthe Airport Beltway – the Laurel Profes-sional Center, the Beltway CommonsandtheFranklinCorporateCenter,coun-ty records show.Lagana owes more than $289,200 intaxes on these and other properties for2009 through 2011, county tax recordsshow.Lagana said he has been working on arefinancing plan for months and tenta-tively plans to close on an agreement Wednesday.Hesaidhistenantsshouldn’tbe concerned because the restructuring is definite.He blamed his tax difficulties on thecountywidereassessment,sayinghistaxbillsdoubledonsomeproperties.Laganasaidhehadtohireappraiserstoprovetheproperties were over-assessed and waitforassessmentchallengestoberesolved.Rodgers said he wants the propertiesauctioned June11if the taxes aren’t paidsotheymayadvancetothecounty’sfree-and-clear sale in August, which is forproperties that don’t sell at initial sales.Rodgers said he will continue seeking specialsalesforpropertiesthatcarrytaxbills over $100,000.“Someofthesepropertieskeepgetting continuances. The taxing bodies needthe money,” Rodgers said.Properties are supposed to be auc-tioned if taxes have gone unpaid for two years. To get out of a sale, property own-ers must pay taxes owed, file for bank-ruptcyorconvinceajudgetograntmoretime.
One-owner back-tax sale planned
Jim Lagana says he expects to paythe bill and head off the sale.
DALLASTWP.–Areanursesare celebrating their proud his-tory at Misericordia Universi-ty’s Pauly Friedman Gallery ata special retrospective exhibittitled,“TheHistoryandImpactof Nursing Education in Lu-zerne County,1887-2012.” Through displays, memora-bilia, artifacts and narratives,the exhibittraces theevolutionandlegacy of nursing andnursing edu-cation in Lu-zerne County and how it in-tertwines with the his-torical devel-opmentofthecounty. The dis-play high-lights memo-rablemomentsinthehistoryof local nursing education andnursingpractice,anditfeaturesuniforms, nursing pins, pic-tures,classyearbooks,andrareand precious artifacts. High-lights include a display on theCadetNurseCorps,andspecialexhibitsthatdetailtherelation-ship of nursing with the localcoal mining industry, nursing practice past and present, andthe impact of local nursing onthe area’s disaster recovery inthe aftermath of the AgnesFlood.“Somuchofthelocalhistory of nursing was being lost or ig-nored,” said Donna Snelson,adjunct professor at Misericor-dia. “We started the Center forNursing History in 2005 withmoney from a state grant, andMisericordia was graciousenough to give us space tohouse the permanent exhibit.”Snelson said nursing educa-tion started with one-year “di-ploma programs,” which weregenerally housed and fundedby local hospitals, but much of the history of these early pro-gramswasstoredawayinbase-ments of former students andinstructors.“Wilkes-Barre General Hos-pital was actually one of thefirstdozenNightingaleschoolsin the country,” said Snelson.On Wednesday, about 50alumni of the former PittstonHospital School of Nursing came out to the exhibit as part
Misericordia Universityoffers a look at 125 years ofeducational history.
Times Leader Correspondent
“So muchof the localhistory ofnursingwas beinglost or ig-nored.”
See NURSING, Page 7A
It’shardtotellifthePennsyl- vania Fish and Boat Commis-sion’s Fish for Free Days hasrecruited new anglers into li-cense buyers.After all, when a one-day re-prieve on the license require-ment is granted, how does onedifferentiate between veteranangler and first-time novice? WaltDietz,whoservesastheoutreachandeducationcoordi-nator for the PFBC’s NortheastRegion, said even if the pro-gram isn’t recruiting new an-glers as hoped, it’s still not afailure.“Ifitdoesn’tworkandpeoplecome away with a free day of fishing, what’s the harm?”Dietzsaid.“It’shardtotabulateif it’s working or not, but it’s anenticement.Offerpeopleanop-portunity to try it out beforethey decide to buy a license.” The PFBC has been offering Fish for Free Days since 1984.Back then a single day, Sept.22, was designated to allowpeople to fish without needing a license.Later, the PFBC offered FishFor Free Days as the back-to-back Saturday and Sunday of the same weekend. That wasgenerally scheduled for the weekendinearlyJuneaspartof National Fishing & Boating Week. The move was risky becauseacoupledaysofraincouldputadamperontheentireweekend.In1996,thecommissiondecid-ed to move one of the Fish ForFree Days from the spring tothefall.Theagencyalsoselect-ed the fourth Saturday in Sep-tember – National Hunting &
Fish for Free Days still has state’s backing
The success of the programis uncertain, but no one isready to end it just yet.
WALT DIETZ/PENNSYLVANIA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION
Waterways Conservation Officer John Cummings teaches ayoung angler how to cast during last summer’s Fish for FreeDay at Frances Slocum State Park.
See FREE, Page 6A
Fish for Free Days allow anyone(resident or non-resident) tolegally fish with no fishing li-cense required to fish on allPennsylvania’s waterways onthe designated days. All otherfishing regulations still apply.Two dates are typically chosen –May 28 and Sept. 3.
For more information
on theFish for Free Days and the Fam-ily Fishing Program, visitwww.fish.state.pa.us/fish_funda-mentals.htm.
H O W I T W O R K S
WILKES-BARRE – How can an organi-zation with a 10-building campus in theheart of downtown Wilkes-Barre that hasexisted since the Civil War and servesmore than 4,000 clients a year escape thepublic’s attention?Children’s Service Center, a behavioralhealthorganizationthathasservedWyom-ing Valley children and their families for150 years, is wondering exactly that. In itssesquicentennial year, it is attempting tobuild awareness of the services the centeroffers among community and businessleaders,serviceprovidersandthepublicatlarge.“Ourbiggestchallengeoverthepast150 years and today is distancing ourselvesfrom the other programs in our area thathave ‘children’ in the title,” CSC Directorof Development Liz Hubbard said.“…We’re trying to just get the word outabout who we are.”Chief Executive Officer Michael Hop-kins said the organization is seeking “anawareness of what we do; who we serve; who we help; if you have a need, how wemaybeabletohelpyoumeetthatneed;therecognition that we’ve been a member of the community for a very long time andprovide a service that’s sorely needed.”Inanefforttobringgreaterawarenesstothe work it does, the center is rebranding itself,advertisingitsservicesandreaching out to community and business leadersthrough informational luncheons. It host-editsfourthsuchluncheononWednesday.So what, exactly, is Children’s ServiceCenter?It’s a lot of things, actually, according toHopkins.
Unique in state
He said unequivocally that no organiza-tion in the state provides the array of ser- vices for children and families that thenonprofit does. The bulk of the services the organiza-tion provides are outpatient services, in-cluding individual and group counseling,medication management and psychiatricservices, Hubbard said.It also runs youth group homes in Wilkes-BarreandNanticoke,providesther-
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Classroom therapist Margie Banks hugs a student at the end of the day at Children’s Service Center in Wilkes-Barre. The cen-ter is advertising its services and reaching out to community and business leaders through informational luncheons.
CSC rebranding itself
Children’s agency seeks attention
See CHILDREN’S, Page 6A