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DALLASTWP.–Anautodeal-er suffered significant damage tohisstoragepropertywhenalight-ningstrikesetitablazeonFriday afternoon.KunkleFireChiefJackDodsonsaidcrewsrespondedtoareport-ed blaze along state Route 309not far from the Kunkle Fire Sta-tionaround4p.m.andarrivedtofindtwostorageshedsandalean-to fully engulfed in flames.Dodson said it took “a goodhalf hour” to bring the fire undercontrol because of the amountand type of items in the sheds,such as lawn mowers and trac-tors, acetylene torches, autoparts, a log splitter and tires.Dodson said one of the acety-lenetorchesexplodedasafireen-gine pulled up to the scene, butno one was injured. About 20Kunkle firefighters manning fivepieces of apparatus plus emer-gency medical service providers were on-scene, he said. The sheds are owned by Tim-othy Haddle, owner of KunkleMotors, a Saab dealership, Dod-son said. He estimated damagesto be at least $10,000, possibly even $20,000 or more.“After investigating, we deter-mineditwascausedbylightning.Between 2 and 4 p.m., we had anextreme amount of lightning inthe area,” Dodson said.Dodson said a lot of lightning isn’t unusual, but a strike to astructure is.“Lightning is a very strangeanimal,” Dodson said. “We rec-ommend all homes have auto-matic fire alarms so they go off whenalightningstrikeoccurs,ei-therhard-wiredoronfrequenciesthat dial directly to 911.”Dodson said the sheds wereprobably burning for about 15minutes before anyone noticedthe fire and called it in. That’s whyheprefersautomaticfireandsmoke alarms that send signalsto 911 rather than alarms thatsimplyemitanaudiblelocalalertfor people living in rural areas.“Ifyouliveouthereintheboo-nieswhereweare,noone’sgoing to hear alarms go off,” he said.
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Lightning ignites building
Dealer’s storage structureburns. Damage between$10,000 and $20,000.
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eorge Rittenhouse singsto Irene Vito during theShickshinny Senior Center40th anniversary celebra-tion Friday afternoon. LauraDorshefski, director of thecenter, said the facility sus-tained significant damage inthe September flooding.Given the repairs thatbrought the center to good-as-new condition and se-niors’ nervousness withforecasts for extended rain,Dorshefski thought the cele-bration would be a greatmorale booster. Even after adinner with lively entertain-ment, the seniors were stillup for a few rousing gamesof bingo before headingback to their homes andapartments. Among thoseattending were Irene An-drews, a resident at the se-nior high-rise for 26 years;former Shickshinny MayorAnnie Groover; and currentMayor Beverly Moore.
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PHILADELPHIA—ThePenn-sylvania Supreme Court has re- vived county prosecutors’ ability tousesecretgrandjuriestobring indictments, a unanimous rulechange the state’s justices said isnecessary to combat rampant witness intimidation in Philadel-phia and other high-crime areas.Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams told The Philadel-phia Inquirer that most shooting prosecutions in the city are com-plicated by witness intimidation.Enabling witnesses to testify insecret before grand juries shouldhelp prosecutors counter that. The policy change reverses a1976 decision abolishing indict-ing grand juries, saying they’reunnecessary.Asaresult,prosecu-tors could use grand juries to re-turnpresentments,whicharede-tailed reports that recommendcharges be brought. But oncethose charges were filed, a pre-liminary hearing still had to beheld — requiring witnesses totestify publicly — so a district judge could determine if proba-ble cause existed for the chargesto be tried in Common PleasCourt.By contrast, charges filedthrough grand jury indictmentsgo directly to trial. The rule change, which takeseffect in six months, doesn’t giveprosecutors unlimited discretionto use grand juries, however.“It’s limited in scope to situa-tionswherewitnessintimidationhas occurred, is occurring or islikely to occur,” said Daniel Fitz-simmons, the chief trial deputy fortheAlleghenyCountydistrictattorney’s office. Under the newrule,prosecutorswillhavetopet-itionthecounty’spresidentjudgefor permission to empanel agrand jury and file a documentgiving probable cause that wit-ness intimidation is a problem ina particular case, Fitzsimmonssaid.
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PLAINS TWP. – Done withbaseball this year David Sikoralooked forward to next season.He and his mother, Lourdes, joined hundreds of other play-ers, parents, coaches, relativesand the front office staff of theScranton/Wilkes-Barre Yan-kees for a feel-good night at thePlains Little League, on themend from a devastating arsontwo weeks ago.“Iplayedmanygamesonthatfield,” said Sikora, 10, wearing the yellow shirt from his teamthe Pirates.“It’s cool,” he said of the buzzandexcitementonTokachFieldand in the stands Friday night. Thanks to an outpouring of support from the area, the dam-age to the clubhouse and con-cession stand is being repairedsooner than expected.“Did I expect to walk in hereand see how much is done,”asked Richette Gulitus, leaguepresident.“It’sabsolutelyamaz-ing.”Inside the concession stand whereshestood,newsheetrock was hung on the ceiling. In theupstairs room looking out ontothe field, the walls had been re-painted, new electrical servicepanels installed and a new roof was built.GulitussaiddeveloperRobertMericle is helping out with therebuild. If the league had to dothe work on its own it wouldtake until next season to com-plete, but it should be done intwoweekswiththehelpofMer-icle, she saidDonations have been coming frommanysources,andmoreisto come. A benefit is scheduledSunday from noon to 6 p.m. atHun’s West Side Café, 570Union St., Luzerne,. with allproceeds being given to theleague.Gulituswasflooredwhenshe was handed $50 by a 9-year-oldgirl on the field who raised themoney with another girl.“They all made bracelets andthey sold them,” said Gulitus.From their seats in the club-house behind home plate,ShaneCegelka,6,andsisterTes-sa, 4, watched one of the threegames being played that night. Their dad, Jerry, who coachesShane’s team and manages theteam of his other son. Ethan,stood by. “Very disappointing,”he said of his reaction to the ar-son. He knew Brian Gashi, who’s been charged with thecrime, Cegelka said. “But thecommunity would rally, they al- ways do,” said Cegelka.From behind the chain-linkfence near home plate John Da- viessatatamicrophoneandan-nounced the games. The public address announ-cer for the Scranton/Wilkes-BarreYankeeshasbeenonahia-tus this year while the teamplaysalltheirgamesontheroaddue to the renovations being made at PNC Field in Moosic.He and others from the frontofficedonatedtheirtimetohelptheleagueraisemoney,saidKa-tie Beekman, vice president of marketing with the team. Theleague asked for help fixing thefield, said Beekman. But aftersomebrainstorming,sheadded,the office staff came up with an-other way to get involved.Beekman said she asked theleague, “Why don’t you let uscome down and crash your Lit-tle League for the night?” The answer was obvious.“I get a kick out of the kids,”said Davies during a break be-tween games.A boy came up to him andasked him to autograph a base-ball, Davies said. When Davies told him, “I’mnot a player, just a PA announ-cer,” he said the boy replied, “Iknow.”
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Helpers make playpossible in Plains
Community rallies to aidwhen field’s clubhouse andstand are burned.
Photos of the rally to helpPlains Little League, Page 4B
HARRISBURG — A formerPennsylvania lawmakercharged in a public corruptionscandalsaidhedidn’tknowthatan ex-aide had performed cam-paign work on taxpayers’ dime. Testifying in his own defenseon the fourth day of his trial be-fore a Dauphin County jury on Thursday, former Rep. StephenStetler contradicted testimony byaformerlegislativeaidewhosaidthelawmakerwasoutoftheHarrisburg office for weeks at atime working on various elec-tion campaigns. The aide, John Paul Jones,claimed Stetler knew he was il-legally doing political activity onstatetime.Jonessaidhefalsi-fied comp-time slips and the of-fice manager helped in the cov-er-up.Severalotherprosecution witnesses also testified thatthey openly did campaign workin Stetler’s office.Stetler called Jones’ allega-tions “outrageous” and testifiedhetoldallhisemployees“facetoface” to keep campaign activity separate from their legislativeresponsibilities.Stetler has pleaded not guilty to four counts of theft and onecount each of conspiracy andconflict of interest. The trial isscheduled to resume Monday. The former York County law-makerwaschairmanofboththeHouse Democratic Policy Com-mittee and the House Demo-cratic Campaign Committeeduring the 2004-2006 period in which prosecutors say the ille-gal activity occurred.Stetleristhelastof25peoplechargedinawide-ranginginves-tigation by the state attorney general’s office to stand trial.
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