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DALLASTWP.–ADallasMid-dleSchoolstaffmemberwassus-pended without pay earlier this weekonareportofinappropriatebehavior, law enforcement andschool district officials said Thursday.DallasSchoolDistrictSuperin-tendentFrankGalickisaidDallas Townshippolice,statepoliceandthe Luzerne County District At-torney’s Office are investigating the report.DistrictAttorneyStefanieSala- vantis confirmed her office’s in- volvement. “On Tuesday we be-gan the investigation,” she said.No charges have been filedagainst the unnamed staff mem-ber who worked at the middleschool on Conyngham Avenue.“It was reported to the admin-istration at the middle school onMonday,” said Galicki. The nextdaythedistrictbegananinternalinvestigation that determinedtherewasinappropriatebehaviorand the township police werecontacted, he said. Thetownshippolicecontactedthe District Attorney’s Office, which contacted thestatepolice,andbasedonthefindingsoftheirinvestigation, the staff member was placed on suspension with-out pay, Galicki added.He and Salavantis said they could not comment further be-cause of the ongoing investiga-tion.
Middle school workerdisciplined for allegedinappropriate behavior.
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SCRANTON – The co-ownerof a Kingston accounting firm was sentenced Thursday to 18months in prison for his guilty plea to charges he evaded paying income taxes.Jerome Pinkowski, 56, of Swoyersville,wasalsoorderedtopay $163,107 in restitution to thefederal government by U.S. Dis-trict Judge Richard Conaboy.Pinkowski and his partner,Christopher Wartella, 40, of For-ty Fort, were charged in Decem-ber with making false tax filingsthrough their business, Broody Associates on Warren Avenue.Pinkowski pleaded guilty toconspiracy to defraud the UnitedStates and making fraudulentand false statements. Prosecu-torssaidheandWartellaconspir-ed to defraud the Internal Reve-nue Service by under-reporting their employees’ wages to avoidthe payment of income and em-ployment taxes and by instruct-ing clients to re-classify wages asdistributions of income to evadethe payment of employment tax-es.In addition, Pinkowski willful-ly aided and abetted the prepara-tion of a client’s tax return that wasfalseandfraudulentinthatitunder-reported wages by approx-imately $21,340, which resultedin a failure to pay taxes in theamount of $5,214. Wartella pleaded guilty to onecount of tax evasion for underre-portinghispersonalincomefrom2004to2008,resultinginalossof $441,352 in taxes owed to thegovernment. He is scheduled tobe sentenced on July17.
Accountingfirm ownergets jail term
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SUGARNOTCH–MainStreetresident Anthony Henicheck ad-dressed borough council Wednesdaynightabouttheprop-erty at 867-869 Main St.Henicheckdescribedtheprop-erty as a “safety concern” due tothenailsanddebrisleftbehindaf-ter the owners removed the sid-ingfromthedwelling.Henicheckalsostatedthereareseveralstray catsatthelocation,andhevoicedconcern the debris would harborother annoyances such as snakesand rats.MayorBillDavissaidhehasre-ceived numerous calls regarding thepropertyandhasmademany trips to the location, but actionhas to occur through legal chan-nels. It was announced that tem-porary Code Enforcer David Ko-biak would visit the property ownerswiththeintentiontogivenoticetocleanupthepropertyorface legal proceedings to con-demn the structure.Kobiak has agreed to act asSugar Notch’s temporary codeenforcer until a permanent offi-cer becomes available. This fol-lows the resignation of Carl Al-bers on May 31.Councilapprovedactiontoaddthe first canine patrol to the bor-ough’s police department. Offi-cer Chris Pelchar said the addi-tion of a trained canine to theforcewillbeastrongdeterrenttocrimeduetoadog’skeensenseof smell and hearing. As well, ca-nines are very efficient in search-ingformissingchildrenoradultssuffering from dementia.Pelchar added the presence of the police dog would also be in-strumentalindrugsearches.Pel-charannouncedthathisownper-sonal dog would be used, and heispayingforthetraining,newin-sertforthepolicevehicleandthefirst year’s insurance out of hisown pocket. The addition of thedog will be at no cost to the bor-ough.Also, all residents are asked tobe aware that there are individu-als who are calling and identify-ing themselves as representa-tives from the water company needingtoreplaceawaterheater. This is a scam. In order to avoidbecoming a victim of this scam,residents should always ask forproper verification from the wa-ter company, officials said.
Sugar Notch addresses property concerns
Mayor says code enforcer willspeak to owners of MainStreet structure.
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Due to the holiday, the next coun-cil meeting will be Thursday, July5 at 7 p.m.
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WILKES-BARRE – Council-man Tony George said he has waited long enough to see re-ceipts from LAG Towing and hesuggested council think aboutstarting the process to terminatethetowingcompany’scontract.“The city has the right to re- view his records and his shop,”George said. “If he thinks he canthumb his nose at council, then we should begin proceedings toterminatehiscontract.”A phone message left on LAGowner Leo Glodzik’s cellphone wasnotreturned.George said he has been wait-ing more than a month to reviewLAG’s records after residentscomplainedtheywerebeingover-chargedfortowingfees.Aspartof hiscontractwiththecity,Glodzikis required to submit reports andreceiptstothecityforreview.Thecity administration has not de-manded that Glodzik providethose records, saying that the po-lice department keeps its own re-cordsofvehiclestowed.Council Vice Chairman BillBarrett said LAG should providetherecordstothecityandGeorgeshouldbeallowedtoreviewthem.“We should have the records,”Barrett said. “LAG should be re-quired to present them and com-plywiththecontract.”George’s statements were ap-plauded by residents in attend-ance at Thursday night’s councilmeeting. Bob Kadluboski, thecity’s former towing contractor,and Mark Robbins, a Forty Fortresident who has alleged a con-spiracy among LAG, the city po-liceandMayorTomLeightonformorethanayear,werebothelatedto hear George demand the re-cords.“This council needs to investi-gateLAGandthefeesheischarg-ing,”Kadluboskisaid.Robbins gave council a list of someofLAG’sbillsandheofferedtoprovidecopiesofLAGbillsthathe secured through a right-to-know request. George said he wouldappreciateseeingthosere-cords. The list Robbins had showedfees in the hundreds of dollars --averaging between $400 and$600.“Council has to make LAG ac-countable,”Robbinssaid.Kadluboski and Robbins alsoasked council to look into themayor’s plan to lease the city’sparkingassets.Todayisthedead-lineforthereturnoftheRequestsfor Qualifications from prospec-tivebidders.Drew McLaughlin, the city’sadministrative coordinator, saidhe’s not sure what the procedure willberegardingthereleaseoftheRFQrespondents.Leighton approved the RFQ toinclude a minimum up front pay-mentof$20milliontobidonleas-ingtheparkingassetsfor30yearsor50years.Desman Associates, a Chicagobased parking consulting firm, wasretainedbythecity’sParking Authority to review the RFQ andrecommendwhatwouldbearea-sonableupfrontpayment.JerrySalzmanofDesmanAsso-ciateswouldnotdisclosewhatfig-ure he recommended, but it wasclearthefirmdidnotendorsethecity’s$20millionfigure.InalettertoTheTimesLeader,SalzmansaidDesmandidnot“inanyway”validatethe$20millionfigure.“Ifthereisanysuggestioninthepublic mind ... regarding the $20millionvaluesetforthintheRFQ,itisimportanttoclarifythatDes-man has not concurred with the value,” Salzman wrote. “It is aclear misinterpretation of ouropinion and absolutely incor-rect.”Leightonhasstatedthat$8mil-lionwouldcomeoffthetopoftheupfront payment to satisfy re-maining debt on the Intermodal Transportation Center ($7 mil-lion)and$1millionofdebtonoth-erparkingfacilities.Robbinssaidthecitywillneverget anything close to $20 millionupfront.Heprovidedacostanaly-sisthatshowedhiscalculationstobe a maximum upfront paymentofunder$7million.Council approved the appoint-ment of James Davis to the Park-ing Authority board, filling theseat of Joseph O’Brien, who re-signed. O’Brien has not attendedrecentauthoritymeetings.
W-B official wants tower fired
Councilman Tony George askscity council to start processto terminate LAG contract.
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–Townshippolicereportedthefollowing:•ResidentsofGraveDrivereportedThursdaytheirmail-boxesweredamagedovernight.•AnthonyMistoveofSheri-danLanewastakenintocustody around3:45p.m.Thursdayout-sidetheTurkeyHillstoreonSouthMainStreetonanarrest warrantfromHunterdonCounty,N.J.Hewaswantedonachargeofforgery.Mistoveinitiallypro- videdafalsenametopoliceand wastransportedtotheLuzerneCountyCorrectionalFacility.•AwarrantwasissuedforthearrestofAmirJohnsonofWilkes-Barreforallegedlyviolatingaprotectionfromabuseorder.AprilCuascutreportedJohnsonthrewheragainstacarandas-saultedherattheLuzerneCoun-tyHousingAuthorityapart-mentsonSecondStreetlate Wednesdaynight.Johnsonlefttheareabeforepolicearrived.Anyoneknowingthewhere-aboutsofJohnsonisaskedtocontactPlainsTownshippoliceat570829-3432orLuzerneCounty911.
–Policefileddrugchargesagainsttwomen Thursdayandseizedheroin,marijuana,drugparaphernaliaandU.S.currencyduringasearchofaresidenceat541W.MapleSt.Policesaidtheybegananinvestigationafterreceiving reportsJeffreyCastillo,22,wassellingheroinintheHazletonarea.TheysaidtheyconductedcontrolledandundercoverbuysfromCastilloandobtainedasearchwarrantforhisWestMapleStreetresidence.Castillowasarrestedoutsidetheresidenceafterleavingina vehicle.GibronCastillo,19,wasarrestedafterasearchoftheresidence,policesaid.PolicechargedJeffreyCastillo withfourcountsofdeliveryofacontrolledsubstance,fivecountsofpossessionofacontrolledsubstance,fourcountsofcrimi-naluseofcommunicationfacility andonecountofpossessionof drugparaphernalia.HewascommittedtotheLuzerneCoun-tyCorrectionalFacilityforlackof$50,000straightbail.GibronCastillowascharged withonecounteachofposses-sionofacontrolledsubstanceandpossessionofdrugparapher-nalia.Hewascommittedtothecountyprisonforlackof$10,000straightbail.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — The biggest sensation on CapeCod right now isn’t the lobster,the historic lighthouses or itsrollingsanddunes.It’snotevenaKennedy.It’s a bear.Abruinbelievedtohaveswumabout 500 feet across the CapeCodCanalfromthemainlandonMemorialDayweekendhascap-tured the imagination of resi-dents as it traipses across thepeninsula. Officials say researchdatingtothe1700ssuggeststhisis the first bear on the Cape.Boston-areanewscastsarefea-turing daily updates on thebear’s whereabouts, and a CapeCodBearTwitterfeedhasnearly 1,300 followers. A local brewery is even offering bear-themedshirts.“Well, my goodness. How of-ten do you see a bear on CapeCod?”saidMarionLarson,aspo-keswoman for the Massachu-setts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.“It’sreallycoolandpeo-ple are really excited about it.”A Cape Cod Times reportertold the paper she spotted thebeararound6a.m.Thursdayandsaid it bounded across the roadlike a puppy. Thebear,likelyamaleabout3 years old, has been seen near achicken coop, a cranberry bog, agolfcourseandmorethanadoz-en other locations along a 60-mile stretch of the Cape fromSandwich east to Provincetown.Nowthatthebearhasreachedthe tip of the Cape, wildlife offi-cialssaytheymayattempttoim-mobilize and move it to an area where other bears live. Officialssaid bears don’t generally turnaround and go back where they came from, and it can’t go any farther east.“He’s at the end of the line, asfar as real estate,” Larson said. The bear can only be tranquil-ized if officials can isolate it in atree or some other confinedspace, said Laura Conlee, thestate’s bear expert.
Visiting black bear sensation for Cape Cod residents
Bruin is believed to haveswum across the Cape CodCanal from the mainland.
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