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Bank robber nabbed in Public Square Funding for state

fairs in jeopardy
By Patrick Sweet
Staff Writer

WILKES-BARRE — A
homeless man confessed to
robbing PNC Bank in the
city’s downtown around 10 By Robert Swift received $19,227 this year;
a.m. Tuesday, according to Harrisburg Bureau Chief Harford Fair $19,227;
FBI documents. Luzer ne County Fair
Gerald Hullihan, 55, HARRISBURG — State $15,500; and Northeast Fair
walked into the bank at 11 W. aid to county fairs is up in $13,400.
Market St. and handed a tell- the air as lawmakers face The agriculture depart-
er a note, authorities said. tough decisions while craft- ment classifies fairs in five
“This is a holdup! Give me ing a new budget. classes depending on days
money,” the note stated, fol- Pennsylvania’s 115 county of operation and fair fair-
lowed by a threat that Hulli- fairs and shows are a sum- ground acreage. This deter-
han would shoot the teller if mertime staple, providing a mines how much aid is giv-
she did not cooperate. showcase for the state’s en. A county fair typically
The teller followed the large agriculture industry. runs seven or more days.
demands of the suspect, giv- In flush economic times, the A complete loss of state
ing him roughly $2,530, fairs can count on divvying aid wouldn’t mean the
which he placed into a back- up several million dollars in shows won’t go on, said
pack. Hullihan then fled the aid from Harrisburg to help Mark O’Neill, spokesman
bank and hid in the bushes pay out prize money to con- for the Pennsylvania Farm
about a block away from the testants and underwrite Bureau. However, each fair
bank. improvements to buildings board would need to consid-
Hullihan gave a portion and grounds. er unpalatable options, such
of the money to an unidenti- But this year, assurances as increasing admission fees
fied man he encountered in of state aid haven’t been or reducing prize amounts,
an alley before moving forthcoming as the state he said.
toward Public Square, budget deficit hits $1.2 bil- “We’re not saying a fair is
according to an FBI affida- lion. The House and Senate not going to happen because
vit. return to session Monday of this,” O’Neill said. “The
Hullihan was apprehend- with fiscal issues taking cen- last thing they want to do is
ed on Public Square with ter stage as the June 30 dead- raise an admission fee.”
$2,351 by Wilkes-Barre line looms for approving the At the Capitol, lawmakers
police, who were helped by 2010-11 budget. are girding for tough fights
Bob Kadluboski, owner of When Gov. Ed Rendell on many appropriations
City Wide Towing and proposed an initial budget that have enjoyed consider-
Repair Co. in February, he made no able backing in the past.
Kadluboski spotted the allocation for the county “The line item for county
suspect after hearing the fairs and that was when the fairs is one that has enjoyed
man’s description on his deficit was pegged at a much strong bipartisan support
police scanner. He dialed 911 smaller $500 million. over the years, but restoring
and waved over a nearby The fairs already sus- any of the governor’s cuts
officer. tained a major aid cut in the this year will be extraordi-
“I made sure to watch and current budget receiving $2 narily difficult,” said Erik
make sure the guy didn’t million, compared to $3.6 Arneson, spokesman for
have a weapon,” Kadluboski million in fiscal 2008-09. Of Senate Majority Leader
said. that amount, $1.6 million Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester.
Kadluboski said Hullihan went to grants for the fairs, “It (aid) can’t be promised
was apparently unarmed $300,00 to youth agriculture in any way, shape or form,”
while in Public Square. programs and $55,000 for said Kristin Ebersole-Craw-
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

Hullihan faces federal MARK MORAN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE youth agricultural organiza- ford, executive director of
charges of bank robbery. Wilkes-Barre police and officers from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s De- tions, according to the state the Senate Agriculture and
partment take alleged bank robber Gerald Hullihan into custody Tuesday Agriculture Department. In Rural Affairs Committee.
psweet@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2117 on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Northeastern Pennsylvania,
the Wayne County Fair rswift@timesshamrock.com

Rehkamp will be replaced on case after failing to disclose potential conflict of interest
By Dave Janoski case was representing him in a Rehkamp, the former presi- On Thursday, the state Supe- pending, he hired the attorney lawyer “raises an appearance
Projects Editor financial dispute with his ex- dent judge of Perry and Junia- rior Court granted a motion representing Diaz-Flagg’s ex- of impropriety sufficient to
wife, the state Superior Court ta counties, was removed from filed by an attorney for husband to represent him in undermine public confidence
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Senior Judge C. Joseph Reh- recently ruled. all judicial duties by the state Evamaria Diaz-Flagg asking it an alimony dispute with his in the integrity and impartiali-
kamp, removed from two Rehkamp, 61, entered the SupremeCourtafterhisarrest, to vacate a ruling Rehkamp own ex-wife, Kerry Rehkamp. ty of the proceedings,” a three-
Luzerne County homicide tri- Accelerated Rehabilitative Dis- but his attorney in the domes- made in her Perry County ali- The court ordered that a new judge panel in the Superior
als following an alleged inci- position program for first-time tic violence case said he will mony case and replace Reh- judge be named to rehear argu- Court ruled. The attorney who
dent of domestic violence in offenders in March after being seek Rehkamp’s reinstatement kamp with another judge. ments between Diaz-Flagg and represented Rehkamp, Samuel
January, will be replaced in a charged with drunkenly after he completes the six- Diaz-Flagg’s attorney, Jona- her husband over alimony pay- L. Andes, could not be reached
Perry County alimony case assaulting his wife Valerie month program, which than W. Crisp, argued Reh- ments dating to 2006. for comment.
because he failed to reveal that Rehkamp in their Plymouth includes drug and alcohol kamp should have revealed Rehkamp’s failure to reveal
the husband’s attorney in that Township home. counseling. that while his decision was his hiring of the ex-husband’s djanoski@citizensvoice.com, 570-301-2178

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