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WILKES-BARRE – Two men lost their
lives in one of two house fires that raged in
the city Tuesday.
The victims, who have not been identi-
fied, were pulled unconscious by firefight-
ers fromthe thirdfloor of 37 Pine St. inthe
city’s East End neighborhood shortly after
5 p.m. Tuesday.
Firefighters performed CPRon the men
just outside the still-
burning building; one in
the backyard and one in
the street. Both were
transported by ambu-
lance to Wilkes-Barre
General Hospital, but
were pronounced dead
shortly after arriving at
the hospital at 5:30 p.m.,
acting Luzerne County
Coroner Bill Lisman
said. Carbon monoxide
intoxication was ruled the cause of death.
Lisman did not release the names of the
victims because their families have not
been contacted. Neighbors identified the
victims as middle-aged men of Hispanic
descent named José and Willy.
Michele Boice, of Harveys Lake, said
WI L KES- BARRE BL AZES
AIMEE DILGER PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER
Above: Paramedics
and firefighters
remove a fire vic-
tim from the scene
of a Wilkes-Barre
house fire Tuesday.
Far left: Flames are
coming through a
home on the corner
of Pine and Maxwell
streets.
Left: Wilkes-Barre
firefighters remove
a victim from the
Pine Street fire.
Two men
die after
fire rescue
Two vacant homes, targets of
complaints, burn in other blaze on
Academy St. early Tuesday morning.
By MATT HUGHES
[email protected]
EDWARD LEWIS
[email protected]
See FIRE, Page 8A
Lisman did
not release
the names of
the victims
because their
families have
not been
contacted.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mitt
Romney and Rick Santorum bat-
tled to the wire in a close Super
Tuesday finish, as each chalked up
victories instates they expectedto
win and ran neck-and-neck in the
fight for the day’s biggest prize,
Ohio.
RomneywonVirginia, Vermont,
Massachusetts and was projected
to win Idaho, piling up convention
delegates, and told cheering sup-
porters in Boston that was just the
beginning.
“We’re going to get more before
the night is over,” the former Mas-
sachusetts governor said. “We’re
onour way.”
His mood, however, appeared
less celebratory than resigned to
several more weeks of hard cam-
paigning.
SantorumwonNorthDakota—
a surprise —as well as Oklahoma
and Tennessee. The latter two de-
nied Romney the Southern break-
SUPER TUESDAY
20 1 2
ELECTION
Romney, Santorum duke it out
W I N N E R S
❏ Vermont
❏ Virgina
❏ Massachusetts
❏ Idaho
MITT
ROMNEY
❏ Tennessee
❏ Oklahoma
❏ North Dakota
RICK
SANTORUM
❏ Georgia
NEWT
GINGRICH
Both win states, and prized Ohio
is too close to call between them
By MARK Z. BARABAK
Los Angeles Times
See SUPER, Page 8A AP PHOTO
Danny Min-
cey leaves
Mississippi
Boulevard
Christian
Church to
cast his vote
Tuesday in
Memphis,
Tenn.
INSIDE
A NEWS: Local 3A
Nation & World 5A
Obituaries 6A
Editorial 7A
B SPORTS: Scoreboard 2B
Business 7B
C TASTE: Birthdays 4C
Movies/TV 6C
Crossword 7C
Funnies 8C
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PLAINSTWP. –Booths werefil-
led and counter seats taken Tues-
day as Andy’s River Road Diner
customers returned for food and
conversationat the eaterythat had
been closed since September’s
flooding.
For the first time in six months,
the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee
filledtheair andcontributedtothe
atmosphere of old friends getting
back together.
“It’s great gettingback,” saidAn-
dy Hornick Sr., the restaurant’s
semi-retiredfounder. “Iwasgetting
used to being re-
tired, but it’s great
to see all of our
friends again.”
Andy Hornick
Jr., 39, is the owner
now, but he has his
mom, Kathy, and
dadto help.
AndyJr. hasbeen
working at the din-
er since he was a sophomore in
high school. He said it cost
$350,000 to get the diner back in
shape – most coming from
Andy’s Diner is back,
serving up satisfaction
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
Andy Hornick Sr., of Andy’s River Road Diner, receives a welcome-
back hug from regular Cindy during the breakfast rush Tuesday.
By BILL O’BOYLE
[email protected]
See DINER, Page 8A
To see
additional
photos, visit
www.times
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HAZLETON – An early-
morning blaze that de-
stroyed an apartment build-
ing, damaged a home next
door and left about 24 peo-
ple homeless on Wednesday
was intentionally set.
Hazleton Deputy Fire
Chief Shawn Jones said a
two-story building at 133-
135 E. Diamond Ave. that
contained six apartments –
five of them
occupied –
was fully
engulfed in
flames when
firefighters
arrived a
little before 5
a.m.
The fire
quickly
spread to the
attic of a
single-family
home at 137
E. Diamond
Ave., which sustained fire,
smoke and heavy water
damage, Jones said.
Jones said at the scene
that officials considered the
blaze suspicious because
firefighters responded to a
fire on the porch of the
apartment building just
before 11 p.m. Monday. He
said someone had set fire
to a chair on the porch.
Later on Tuesday, Deputy
Fire Chief Brian Mandak
said state police fire mar-
Fire that left
24 homeless
was set, state
marshals say
See HAZLETON, Page 8A
Hazleton
Code En-
forcement
Officer Ri-
chard Wech
said the
building
presents an
“imminent
danger.”
By STEVE MOCARSKY
[email protected]
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Williams, Robert
OBITUARIES
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A BRIEF THAT RAN on 1C in
Tuesday’s Health Section
contained misinformation.
Jayden May, a 7-year-old from
Hanover Township who was
diagnosed with Type 1 Dia-
betes, will be receiving a dia-
betic alert dog that requires
the family to raise $20,000.
To help with fundraisers or
make a donation, contact Sara
May at: jaydens-
[email protected]
A STORY THAT RAN on 1A in
Tuesday’s edition incorrectly
said the Hanover Area School
District has decided which
days will be used as makeups
for the two flood-related
closures from September. The
board has not decided wheth-
er to tack them on to the end
of the school year or to be
in-session two other days.
BUILDING
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Issue No. 2012-067
WILKES-BARRE – On Mon-
day, all five City Council mem-
bers said they had questions re-
garding the waiving of permit
fees for the demolition of the Ho-
tel Sterling and were looking for-
ward to discussing the issue.
At Tuesday night’s work ses-
sion, none of the council mem-
bers brought it up.
“The ques-
tionhasn’t been
raised to coun-
cil,” said Coun-
cil Chairman
Mike Merritt.
Asked what
he meant by
that, Merritt
said Mayor Tom Leighton has
not yet offered a recommenda-
tion on whether the city should
waive the estimated $50,000 in
permit fees as requested by the
Luzerne County Council.
Merritt said council could
waive all, part or none of the fees.
Amajority of council members
interviewed Monday said they
would oppose dropping the fee,
which would be paid by the coun-
ty. They cited the city’s financial
investment in the Sterling –
about $300,000 – as the reason.
The County Council can opt to
provide the $1million for demoli-
tion, mothball the building for
possible future development or
do nothing. The county has a
stake in the property because of
$6 million in community devel-
opment loans for the project.
The city, which condemned
the 114-year-old structure, could
be forced to come up with the
demolition cost should the coun-
ty decide to revoke its offer to fi-
nance the demolition. City Con-
troller Kathy Kane informed
council of a movement to sup-
port state legislation that would
clarify the law as it applies to ar-
bitration awards and to munici-
pal pensions, binding arbitration
and unfunded state mandates.
Kane gave a packet of informa-
tion for each council member
from the Coalition for Sustaina-
ble Communities. She said she
will meet with council and the
administration to discuss the
concerns in detail.
On Thursday, council will
vote:
• On the appointments of Dan
Lavery to the city Housing Au-
thority and Christine Jensen, for-
mer city human resources direc-
tor, to the Planning Commission.
• To enter into a 30-month
lease agreement with FAHS Con-
struction group, Binghamton,
N.Y., for 5,000square feet of prop-
erty under the Veterans Memo-
rial Bridge. Leighton said the
company will make repairs to the
bridge this spring.
• To purchase newenergy effi-
cient widows for the police de-
partment headquarters for
$81,646 from Northeast Window
Inc.
City Council doesn’t address Sterling fee
Mayor has not yet made
proposal on waiving $50K in
fees, councilman says.
By BILL O’BOYLE
[email protected]
Leighton
WILKES-BARRE – A city
man who police say slashed a
teen boy in the head with a ma-
chete will stand trial next
month, a county judge said
Tuesday.
Junior Alberto Diaz-Reyes,
25, of South Grant Street, ap-
peared in Luzerne County
Court on Tuesday on charges of
aggravated assault, simple as-
sault, disorderly conduct and
harassment in the June 2011 in-
cident.
Judge David Lupas said he
will issue court papers schedul-
ing a trial for sometime in April.
Assistant District Attorney
William Finnegan said Diaz-
Reyes’ attorney, Christopher
O’Donnell, is waiting for docu-
mentation in the case to review.
Police allege Diaz-Reyes
swung a machete that slashed a
16-year-old boy in the forehead
during an argument in the area
of East Northampton and South
Grant streets.
The boy was taken to Geisin-
ger Wyoming Valley Medical
Center, Plains Township, where
he was treated for lacerations to
his forehead, injuries to his left
eye and a fractured skull, police
said.
According to court papers,
Diaz-Reyes was drinking beer
while sitting on steps to another
house at East Northampton and
South Grant streets when the
boy and his friends walked by,
and Diaz-Reyes started speak-
ing to the boy in Spanish.
An argument erupted when
the boy told Diaz-Reyes he did
not speak the language. Diaz-
Reyes and the boy shoved one
another as the boy tried to walk
away.
Diaz-Reyes ran after the boy,
pulling out a machete that he
swung at the boy, striking him
in the forehead and eye, the
complaint says.
Diaz-Reyes is currently jailed
at the Luzerne County Correc-
tional Facility on $10,000 bail.
A request to reduce his bail
amount had been previously de-
nied by a judge.
2011 machete attack
in W-B heads to trial
Junior Alberto Diaz-Reyes
charged with slashing teen
boy in head last June.
By SHEENA DELAZIO
[email protected]
FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
R
ich Burns, deputy administrator of the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties MH/MR Program,
speaks Tuesday during Luzerne County Council’s proclamation ceremony naming
March as Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The Arc of Luzerne
County says it joins people everywhere in raising awareness about disability issues.
WILKES-BARRE – A Lu-
zerne woman charged with
using another woman’s credit
card to make several purchases
in 2010 was sentenced Tuesday
to two years probation.
Annette Billings, 46, of Ben-
nett Street, was sentenced on a
single count of identity theft by
County Judge Tina Polachek
Gartley. Billings pleaded guilty
to the charge in December and
paid $1,161 in restitution Tues-
day. A remaining $161 must
still be paid, Polachek Gartley
said, and 25 hours of communi-
ty service completed.
WILKES-BARRE – The
sentencing of a Pittston man
convicted of several charges
relating to a case in which
prosecutors say he had an
inappropriate relationship with
a young girl has been delayed
until April.
Albert Chase, 33, who was
scheduled to be sentenced next
week on three counts of invol-
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course, and one count each of
rape of a person less than 13
years old and aggravated in-
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WILKES-BARRE – A Pitt-
ston Township man facing new
charges in relation to firing a
gun into a tax office in early
January has asked a judge to
reduce his $100,000 bail.
Michael Kozloski, 28, was
originally charged in January
with related charges, but those
charges were later dismissed.
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28, by Pittston Township police
include aggravated assault,
discharging a firearm into an
occupied structure, person not
to possess a firearm, simple
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rights.
COURT BRIEFS
WYOMING -- A man who
stopped to ask for directions at
a state police barracks was ar-
rested on evidence of drunken
driving.
State police at Wyoming said
Raymond J. Rock, 67, of Ed-
wardsville, drove his 2005 Che-
vy Malibu into the parking lot of
their Wyoming Avenue barracks
at about 4:30 Monday afternoon
and pulled to the back of the
building, where patrol cars are
parked.
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reserved for the Troop P area
commander, got out of his vehi-
cle and knocked at the rear
door, which is restricted to state
police personnel only. After
getting no answer, he walked to
another building on the proper-
ty and spoke with members of
the Troop P Vice Unit, who had
watched Rock pull into the
parking space, state police said.
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under the influence of alcohol
because he allegedly had a
strong odor of alcohol on his
breath, was unsteady on his feet
and didn’t know exactly where
he was, state police said.
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his accountant, state police said.
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and transported to Wilkes-Barre
General Hospital for a blood-
alcohol test. Charges are pend-
ing those test results, state
police said.
HANOVER TWP. -- Police are
investigating an altercation that
involved gunshots outside an
American Legion in a residen-
tial neighborhood early Tuesday
morning.
Police said a large fight that
involved several gunshots were
reported outside American
Legion Post 609 at Lee Park
Avenue and St. Mary’s Road at
about 3:43 a.m.
Several people were injured in
the fight but there were no
injuries related to the gunshots,
police said.
Anyone with information
about the gunshots is asked to
call Hanover Township police at
825-1251.
POLICE BLOTTER
HANOVERTWP. – Three peo-
plewerearrestedinseparatedrug
sweepsconductedbythestateOf-
fice of Attorney General’s Lu-
zerne County Drug Task Force.
Marion Gause, 44, of Myers
Court, Wilkes-Barre, also known
as Unique, and Nichole Lane, 42,
of East Ridge Street, Nanticoke,
were arrestedFridayafter theyal-
legedly soldheroininthe parking
lot at theHanover Mall, SansSou-
ci Parkway. Asearchof Lane’sresi-
dence uncovered heroin packets
stamped “No Way Out” and “Ma-
fia,” township police said.
Gause and Lane were charged
with several drug trafficking
charges and jailed at the Luzerne
County Correctional Facility for
lack of $50,000 bail each.
Gause is a member of the
Bloods street gang, police said.
Drug agents arrested Edward
Clark Pacheco, 31, also known as
“Q,” onMondayafter heallegedly
sold heroin in the same parking
lot. A search at Pacheco’s resi-
denceonEast MainStreet, Nanti-
coke, allegedly uncovered heroin
packets stamped “CVS” and
“Hangover,” crack cocaine, cell
phones, a digital scale and a .40-
caliber handgun, police said.
Pachecowas chargedwithmul-
tiple drug offenses and jailed at
the Luzerne County Correctional
Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Separate drug sweeps net 3 arrests
Times Leader staff
DALLAS TWP. – The
supervisors’ first work
session Tuesday ended
with the township’s two
fire companies agreeing
to work out their bound-
aries with Luzerne
County 911.
Dallas Fire andAmbu-
lance addressed the
board about disputed
territories within the
township after two for-
mer supervisors did not
approve suggestions
made by the fire compa-
nies and Luzerne Coun-
ty 911.
In August, 911 ap-
proached the township
to redistrict the dis-
patching territories due
to a new computer-aid-
ed mapping system.
Andrew Zahorsky of
LuzerneCounty911said
the county wanted
boundary CyberDuck 7.6.0 Crack + Registration Code Free Download 2020 on streets both fire com-
panies shared.
The map was final-
ized in August, and Za-
horsky said 911 started
using the new technolo-
gy last week.
Conrad Higgins of the
Kunkle Fire Co. said the
fire company is willing
to work out the issues,
though he felt Kunkle’s
territory has been de-
pleted over the last 50
years he has been a part
of the company.
In other business, the
board discussed chang-
es that will need to be
made to the zoning ordi-
nance to comply with
state Act 13, governing
the natural gas and oil
industries.
Jack Varaly, the town-
ship’s planning consult-
ant, said the new state
law supersedes local
zoning laws. The town-
ship approved compre-
hensive regulations on
natural gas activities in
October as two compa-
nies pursued gas facili-
ties there.
Varaly said there are a
few areas the law does
not address, such as
buffer zones and lot siz-
es, the township could
use to strengthen its or-
dinance.
Supervisor Liz Martin
suggested the township
protest the law by not
complying, but Solicitor
Thomas Brennan said
the township’s power is
given by the state, and
lawsuits could arise
from such an action.
Dallas Twp. fire companies working out boundaries
By SARAH HITE
[email protected]
The next supervisors
meeting will be at 7:30
p.m. March 20 in the
municipal building.
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Prison guard on trial
A Luzerne County jury heard testi-
mony Tuesday in the case of a county
prison guard charged with selling
drugs to another guard.
Christopher Walsh, 29, of Pittston,
faces three charges in the case. Testi-
mony is expected to
continue through
today.
On Tuesday, jurors
heard several record-
ed conversations
between Walsh and
another guard, Jo-
seph Ciampi, about
grand jury subpoe-
nas, testimony and how investigators
were tipped off to the drug activity.
Ciampi offered testimony to the
grand jury during the investigation
and had resigned from his position at
the county prison as a guard. Ciampi
has not been charged.
Walsh was charged in March 2011
along with three other prison work-
ers, following a 13-month probe.
After a grand jury hearing, prosecu-
tors learned Walsh allegedly sold
cocaine to corrections officers.
NANTICOKE
Bishop coming for service
St. John the Baptist Orthodox
Church, 106 Welles St., will hold a
thanksgiving service this evening at
about 7, after the Lenten Liturgy of
pre-sanctified gifts at 6.
His Grace Bishop Tikhon, the bish-
op of Philadelphia and Eastern Penn-
sylvania, is expected for the services.
The service is to give thanks for
the safety of firefighters and the Rev.
Adam R. Sexton and his family after
a fire broke out in the church rectory
during Sunday’s service, said Sexton,
who is also the city fire department’s
chaplain.
“It’s thanksgiving to the communi-
ty for all their support,” he said.
A pot luck in the church parlors
below the church will follow the
thanksgiving service.
HARRISBURG
Disciplinary actions taken
Disciplinary actions were taken by
state departments against 171 licens-
ed or commissioned professionals
and organizations across the state in
February.
Two of the measures were levied
against area professionals, according
to the Department of State:
• Mark H. Bell, of Shavertown,
was indefinitely suspended for no
less than 18 months retroactive to
June 28, 2011, by the state Board of
Medicine because he is unable to
practice medicine and surgery with
reasonable skill windows 7 iso download - Crack Key For U safety to patients
by reason of illness or addiction to
drugs or alcohol.
• David Lloyd Naugle, of Hazleton,
Luzerne County, was temporarily
suspended by the state Board of
Optometry, pending a hearing, on the
grounds that his continued practice
of optometry within the state may be
a danger to public health and safety.
NANTICOKE
Genealogy session is set
People hoping to trace their family
tree can learn a bevy of techniques
April 21 when Luzerne County Com-
munity College’s Educational Confer-
ence Center hosts a “Family History
Seminar.”
“Searching for our
ancestors: Navigating
federal, state and
local records,” will
run from 8 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. with ses-
sions covering how
to use the newly
released 1940 census,
state archives, military records in the
national archives and Luzerne Coun-
ty naturalization records.
Tom Mooney, genealogy columnist
for The Times Leader, will give an
informal noon talk on “why local
history is important to genealogy,”
and Northeast Pennsylvania Genea-
logical Society Secretary Helen T.
O’Brien will conclude with, “Where
do we go from here?” A buffet lunch
is included.
The local and state genealogical
societies are sponsoring the event.
Cost is $35 until March 12, $45 from
March 13 through April 16. Informa-
tion and registration forms are avail-
able through the events calendar at
genpa.org.
I N B R I E F
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Mooney
HAZLETON – Mayor Joe Yannuzzi
on Tuesday announced former Pennsyl-
vania State Police Cmdr. FrankV. DeAn-
drea Jr. as his choice to be the next city
chief of police.
“Frank and I go way back. I’ve known
him a long time. I know his experience
withthepoliceandhis experienceinthe
gaming,” Yannuzzi said at a press con-
ference at City Hall.
DeAndrea, 48, a native of Hazleton,
served as commander of the Pocono
Downs Gaming Enforcement Office un-
til retiring last April. That position
topped off a 23-year career with the
state police.
“I’m honored to actually be asked to
be the chief of the city of Hazleton,”
DeAndrea said. “As many of you know,
I’ve spent 25 years in law enforcement,
23 of them with the state police. And
other than three years in Philadelphia,
the majority of my time has been in Lu-
zerne County.”
DeAndrea said he “grew up” as a law
enforcement officer working with city
police officers, many of those years as a
forensics expert for the state police.
“Through all of my lawenforcement ca-
reer, I feel I’ve always had a good rela-
NEW CHI EF Former state police Cmdr. Frank V. DeAndrea Jr. to face City Council’s approval
Hazleton mayor tabs new top cop
STEVE MOCARSKY/THE TIMES LEADER
Mayor Joe Yannuz-
zi, left, announces
that retired Penn-
sylvania State Po-
lice Cmdr. Frank V.
DeAndrea Jr., right,
as his choice to
replace retiring
Hazleton Police
Chief Robert Ferdi-
nand at a press
conference on Tues-
day at City Hall.
By STEVE MOCARSKY
[email protected]
See HAZLETON, Page 4A
Luzerne County union representative
Paula Schnelly urged county council
Tuesday to further examine the Lu-
zerne-Schuylkill Workforce Investment
Board, an outside county agency that
handles job placement and training pro-
grams.
Representatives of the board, known
as the WIB, spent more than an hour
briefing council on the board’s work dur-
ing Tuesday’s work session as part of on-
going updates by outside boards and au-
thorities.
Schnelly said
WIB employees
have received ex-
cessive pay in-
creases and enhan-
cements to their
benefit packages
that could reduce
funding available
to service the un-
employed.
She tried to play
an audiotape of a
conversation at
the end of a Janu-
ary 2010 WIB
meeting that was obtained through a
public information request, but Council
Chairman Jim Bobeck said council
members must review the tape before
determining if it is permissible to play it
at a council meeting.
Schnelly played the tape for the media
after the meeting. It was a conversation
among WIB employees after a January
2010 meeting had ended, but the identi-
ty of the speakers and context of the pre-
ceding meeting could not be immediate-
ly verified for publication.
The meetingoccurredbefore a contro-
versial change that resulted in the elim-
ination of 36 county union jobs.
The WIB hired outside companies to
provide employment programs for
See COUNCIL, Page 4A
COUNTY COUNCI L
Union head
urges close
look at WIB
operations
Workforce Investment Board
workers getting too much
compensation, Paula Schnelly says.
By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES
[email protected]
Martha Herron,
chair of the
WIB, told coun-
cil the agency
is now meeting
all government
performance
standards with
no audit defi-
ciencies.
WILKES-BARRE – For the
second consecutive year, May-
or Tom Leighton has named a
City Hall employee as Grand
Marshal of the 32nd annual St.
Patrick’s Day Parade.
City Clerk Jim Ryan was
stunned when Leighton made
the announcement at a City
Hall press conference Tuesday.
“I knowthere have been a lot
of right-to-know requests from
the media to find out who this
year’s grand marshal would
be,” Leighton said, joking. “But
even the city clerk didn’t know
who we selected.”
Leighton said Ryan was cho-
sen for his strong Irish heri-
tage, as was the case inhis pick-
ing Marie McCormick, city ad-
ministrator, as the 2011 Grand
Marshal.
“This year’s grand marshal is
Parade a wee bit more Irish; Ryan made grand marshal
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
Jim Ryan, center, with wife Jeanmarie Ryan, is congratulated
Tuesday by Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton.
By BILL O’BOYLE
[email protected]
“This year’s grand marshal is a person that I
have admired and respected for years. He is
steadfast, dedicated, and the polar opposite of
the Irish stereotype.”
Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton
On City Clerk Jim Ryan, named Grand Marshal for St. Patrick’s parade
See MARSHAL, Page 4A
HANOVER TWP. – Blood spatter
covered a blue Hyundai outside a Ma-
rion Terrace apartment after Lisa
Scoffone allegedly was stabbed mul-
tiple times by her boyfriend, Joseph
Dunaj, on Tuesday.
Township police arrested Dunaj, 27,
outside 1601 Mark Drive as Scoffone
was leaning over the vehicle just after
11:30 a.m.
Scoffone was rushed by township
paramedics to Geisinger Wyoming
Valley Medical Center, Plains Town-
ship, where she underwent surgery,
Police Chief Al Walker said.
Walker said Dunaj was jailed at the
Luzerne County Correctional Facility
on a probation violation. Charges are
expected to be filed against Dunaj
pending an investigation, Walker said.
Police allege Dunaj stabbed Scof-
fone inside their apartment.
Court records indicate Dunaj is
serving a two-year probation sentence
that was imposed by a Luzerne Coun-
ty judge on May 6 on a criminal tres-
pass charge when he smashed a win-
dow at the same apartment on Nov.
20, 2010.
Scoffone filed a protection from
abuse order against Dunaj in January
in the apartment complex, said the
mother was outside honking her car’s
horn and getting no response fromthe
daughter.
“(Scoffone’s) mom stopped me to
help her check on this Lisa girl, she
said she wasn’t answering,” Bryant
said. “I walked in and yelled and she
(Scoffone) came down from upstairs.”
Bryant said she left and later return-
ed to find police at the same apart-
ment.
“I feel bad; I don’t even know these
people. With this happening around
here, it’s kind of scary,” Bryant said.
Bryant said the victim’s mother was
returning a young boy to the apart-
ment Tuesday morning. The apart-
ment is adjacent to a small playground
in the apartment complex.
A front window was smashed and
blinds were damaged in the 1601Mark
Drive apartment.
Township police detectives David
Lewis and Dean Stair were at the
apartment interviewing witnesses and
collecting evidence immediately after
the incident.
County Detective Dan Beky arrived
and spent a short time inside the
apartment before going to police
headquarters in an attempt to ques-
tion Dunaj.
2010 that he violated seven times, ac-
cording to court records.
Earlier in the morning, Lorinda
Bryant said she was walking to a bus
stop and was asked by Scoffone’s
mother to help her check on Scoffone.
Bryant, who resides on Mark Drive
Boyfriend Joseph Dunaj accused of attack on Lisa Scoffone
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
Blood on a blue Hyundai at Marion Terrace in Hanover Township shows the aftermath of a stabbing on Tuesday.
Joseph Dunaj was arrested on accusations he stabbed girlfriend Lisa Scoffone, who underwent surgery, police said.
Woman stabbed multiple times
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
Police conduct a probe of a stabbing
in Hanover Township on Tuesday.
By EDWARD LEWIS
[email protected]
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tionship with the members of the
City of Hazleton’s police,” he said.
“I live in Hazleton, I’ve raised six
kids in Hazleton, I think it’s a phe-
nomenal place. I’ve always had a lot
of respect for the police department
(here) and I’mactually very excited
to be the chief of the department,”
he said.
Yannuzzi said DeAndrea’s ap-
pointment must be ratified by at
least three city council members on
Thursday. If council approves,
DeAndrea will start work Friday
and will be sworn in at 10 a.m. Mon-
day.
Responding to a report that the
mayor’s top pick for the post was
Jerry Speziale, the former sheriff of
Passaic County, N.J., who acted
alongside Richard Gere in the 2009
police drama “Brooklyn’s Finest”
and resigned in 2010 to take a
$200,000-a-year job with the Port
Authority Police Department, Yan-
nuzzi said that was inaccurate.
Yannuzzi said he offered the job
first toDeAndrea, but DeAndrea ini-
tially refused.
“He asked if he could do anything
else and I said, ‘Yes, help me when I
put the ad in and, when we get the
resumes, you rank them.’ So Frank
did that. I guess going through that,
talking to me, talking about the po-
lice, the challenges, it got his adren-
aline going,” Yannuzzi said.
Yannuzzi said he and DeAndrea
narrowed a list of applicants down
to six and settled on Speziale, but
negotiations fell through.
“When that happened, Frank
askedif hecouldbeconsideredandI
said, ‘Give me your resume.’ He did,
and of course I knew that was my
original choice.
“So I asked himand he accepted,”
Yannuzzi said.
Yannuzzi said Hazleton has an
“outstanding” police department,
but, using a sports analogy, said it’s
comprisedof “a lot of goodathletes”
who are “not a team yet because
they don’t have the quarterback to
lead them through it.
“This is mychoice for the quarter-
back: Frank V. DeAndrea Jr.,” he
said.
HAZLETON
Continued from Page 3A
a person that I have admired
and respected for years,”
Leighton said. “He is stead-
fast, dedicated, and the polar
opposite of the Irish stereo-
type.”
Leighton said Ryan has
been “an anchor of his neigh-
borhood” who wears his Irish
pride on his sleeve.
Ryan, with his wife, Jean-
marie, and children Bridget
and Daniel, was shocked
when his name was called.
“I’m speechless; I had no
clue,” Ryan said. “It’s a tre-
mendous honor and I hope to
uphold the honor of all the
previous grand marshals.”
Leighton noted past honor-
ees include former Gov. Ed-
ward G. Rendell, former City
Administrator James F. Co-
nahan and Jack and Cece
McCarthy.
The mayor said Ryan is the
first child, and only son, born
to Edward J. Ryan and Mar-
cella P. Ryan, in Syracuse,
N.Y. He said Ryan grew up in
a large Irish family of 30 first
cousins.
One of Ryan’s first cousins
is world famous. Tom Kenny,
the voice of cartooncharacter
SpongeBob SquarePants, is
the godson and first cousin of
Ryan.
In a Times Leader story in
2009, Kenny saidRyanwas14
when he stood as his godfa-
ther.
“Obviously he has utterly
failed in his responsibilities,”
Kenny joked in the story.
Ryan’s ancestors hailed
from County Longford, Ros-
common, andCounty Tipper-
ary.
“Growing up in the Tipper-
ary Hill neighborhood, the
family was never far from
their Irish roots,” Leighton
said. “The area boasts of the
only traffic light in the world
where you will find the green
light over the red, in respect
for these roots.”
MARSHAL
Continued from Page 3A
adults and underprivileged
youths, and this work was previ-
ously handled by employees of
the county’s now-defunct Work-
force Investment Development
Agency.
A state hearing examiner or-
dered the county in June to re-
hire the employees and pay them
lost wages and benefits. The rul-
ing stemmed from an unfair la-
bor practices claim arguing the
county played a role in the out-
sourcing and failed to negotiate
the outside contracting of union
jobs as required by a collective
bargaining agreement.
The payment of past wages
was estimated at $1 million at
that time, and Schnelly, of the
American Federation of State,
County & Municipal Employees,
or AFSCME, said the amount
has increased since then.
County commissioners had
appealed the ruling, but a deci-
sion has not been publicly is-
sued.
Schnelly said she has not re-
ceived a decision on the appeal
and noted she has forwarded in-
formation to the FBI about the
WIB that she believes warrants
investigation.
County council members ap-
point members to the 33-person
board that oversees the agency.
WIB representatives had left
Tuesday’s meeting by the time
Schnelly spoke.
Martha Herron, chair of the
WIB, told council the agency
was facing multiple deficiencies
and on the verge of losing all
government funding three years
ago. It is nowmeeting all govern-
ment performance standards
with no audit deficiencies.
The agency’s executive direc-
tor Lucyann Vierling said the
agency, one of 22 WIB zones in
the state, oversees two Career-
Link offices in Luzerne County
in addition to other programs.
The agency received $9.06 mil-
lion in funding, mostly federal,
in the 2010/11 fiscal year, but
that amount has decreased to
$7.4 million this fiscal year, she
said.
In other business, county
Manager Robert Lawton an-
nounced county Security Chief
John Robshaw and Chief Engi-
neer Joe Gibbons have come up
with a plan to reopen county-
owned Moon Lake Park daily
from the second week of April
into November. Workers from
both departments will open the
gates to allowaccess. The park is
open weekends only for now be-
cause of security staff layoffs.
COUNCIL
Continued from Page 3A
Some lawmakers and law en-
forcers say a statewide ban on
texting while driving that goes
into effect Thursday is only a first
step in reducing distracted Aiseesoft MobieSync Crack ing and will be difficult to en-
force. Theyadvocate a banonany
hand-held cellphone use.
Approved by legislators in the
fall, the newlawwill take effect at
12:01 a.m. Thursday and makes
texting while driving a primary
offense carrying a $50 fine. A pri-
mary offense means police offi-
cers can pull over a driver for no
other reason than they see them
texting.
But how can an officer know
for sure that someone is texting
rather than dialing their phone?
That’s an issue some local po-
lice chiefs said their officers are
sure to encounter.
“We’ll have to cross that bridge
when we come to it,” said Keith
Keiper, chief of the Kingston Po-
lice Department.
He said officers will consider
extended time spent looking at a
phoneas a cluethat textingis tak-
ing place.
“It’s going to be hard to do,”
Keiper said, adding that he ex-
pects court challenges to some
tickets.
State Police Commissioner
Frank Noonan, a Clarks Summit
native, noted that texting is “a se-
rious problem and we are hoping
that we can educate citizens on
the dangers of texting while driv-
ing and prevent future acci-
dents.”
Noonan echoed Keiper’s com-
ments about howofficers will de-
termine when to initiate a traffic
stop.
“Our troopers will attempt to
use observations of the driver
while the vehicle is in motion to
determine if traffic stops are war-
ranted. An example might be the
motorist continues to manipu-
late the device over an extended
distance with no apparent voice
communication.”
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashin-
ski, D-Wilkes-Barre, said one
should pull over before sending a
text, email or using the web.
According to the state Depart-
ment of Transportation, distract-
ed driving played a role in14,000
crashes in Pennsylvania in 2010
and 68 people were killed.
Text messaging while driving
has skyrocketedover the past few
years and the trend is increasing,
according to AAA. The auto club
reported that its research found
21 percent of drivers admitted
text messagingwhile driving. Ac-
cording to the Virginia Tech
Transportation Institute, a driv-
er’s crash risk is doubled when
looking away from the road for
two or more seconds.
Michele Drago, a 22-year-old
Larksvilleresident andasenior at
Misericordia University, does not
text while driving but said she
has seen firsthand the dangers it
poses.
She was a passenger in a vehi-
cle when the driver was texting
and the vehicle almost veered off
the road. She said that while “my
friends don’t do it as much as
they used to” it’s still done. And
the law, which she fully supports,
might scare some into stopping
but it will likely still occur.
“(People who text while driv-
ing) are sneaky about it. They’ll
be more sneaky than they are
now,” Dragosaid. She agrees that
police have a tough task ahead.
“It’s going to be a hard law to
enforce,” Drago said.
Pennsylvania will become the
35th state to ban text messaging
for all drivers. “It’s a good first
step,” said Wilkes-Barre Police
Chief Gerry Dessoye, who also
noted it will be difficult to know
at a glance whether someone is
texting or simply dialing their
phone.
While Keiper said the texting
banhelps, ultimatelyheis hoping
the legislature will approve a
complete ban on hand-held cell-
phone use while driving.
Provisions that would have
done just that were taken out of
the texting ban bill before final
passage.
“The texting while driving ban
will be difficult to enforce in its
current form because police may
not knowor be able to prove that
the driver was textingas opposed
to dialing the phone. We need a
hand-held cellphone use while
driving ban. But, unfortunately,
as hardas it was toget the texting
ban passed, I just don’t think that
will happen any time soon,” said
Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston.
NEW STATE L AW Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, texting while driving will be illegal in Pennsylvania
Drivers must keep fingers off phone keypads
AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER
Beginning Thurs-
day, this activity
will be illegal.
Texting while
driving will be a
primary offense
carrying a $50
fine. A primary
offense means
police officers can
pull over a driver
for no other rea-
son than they see
them texting.
PennDOT reports
distracted driving
played a role in
14,000 crashes
statewide in 2010
and 68 people
were killed.
There have been at least two bills
this legislative session that, if
approved, would outlaw using
cellphones while driving:
• House Bill 896 was unanimously
approved by the House on May 10
and was sent to the Senate, where
it remains in that chamber’s Trans-
portation Committee. That bill
sought to address distracted
driving, which would encompass
cellphone use while driving and
any other activity that takes atten-
tion away from the road.
• House Bill 330, which would ban
all hand-held cellphone usage
while driving was referred to the
House Transportation Committee
on Jan. 31, 2011, and has not been
considered by the committee to
date.
B A N B I L L S O N H O L D
By ANDREWM. SEDER
[email protected]
Kingston repeals old shared
police services ordinance
KINGSTON -- Council voted Monday
night to repeal an ordinance regarding
shared police services between King-
ston and Edwardsville.
Mayor James Hag-
gerty said the ordi-
nance essentially
granted Kingston and
Edwardsville police
officers equal author-
ity and standing in
either borough, re-
gardless of the shared
municipal border.
Henry Mattern, Kingston’s municipal
solicitor, said the ordinance was unnec-
essary, as state law allows officers to
enter other municipalities for official
police business.
Haggerty said Kingston officials were
unaware that the ordinance was even in
effect. He had only learned about the
agreement, which dates back to 1991,
when he was consulted by another
lawyer in his capacity as a private at-
torney.
He also raised the issue of the differ-
ing hiring practices used by the two
communities.
Also, Municipal Administrator Paul
Keating said the municipality had been
awarded a federal SAFER grant of
$149,000, which will go toward two
years of funding the salary of a new
firefighter. The new hire will serve to
keep the department at 29 members as
one firefighter is slated to retire later
this year.
Keating also said Kingston is likely to
be awarded a combined federal and
state grant through the K-Route pro-
gram, which will fund 80 percent of the
estimated $900,000 that it will cost to
repave Pierce Street from the Veterans
Memorial Bridge to Wyoming Avenue.
Keating estimates work on the street’s
intersections will be completed in the
fall of 2012 with the actual repaving of
the street itself following in spring
2013.
Councilman Jack Schumacher pro-
vided his fellow council members with
photographs of the roadroad bridge
over Pierce Street that he feels show
the deterioration of the structure as
well as a lot of overgrowth and litter.
Other council members who live in
the vicinity of the bridge echoed his
concerns.
The council next meets at 7:30 p.m.
April 2.
B. Garret Rogan
Fairview crews are ready
to start repaving projects
FAIRVIEW TWP. -- Township Road-
master Russell Marhold said on Mon-
day that the road crews already had
finished patching roads for the spring
and were gearing up to start repaving
projects.
The news came just before Secretary
and Treasurer Barbara Wasiakowski
said that Luzerne County Community
Development officials were cutting
their yearly budget for road improve-
ments by about $50,000. Supervisors
will receive $75,000 as opposed to an
expected $125,000.
Marhold said the township will try to
replace two community roads this
season.
The board next meets 7:30 p.m. April
2.
Jon O’Connell
Plymouth Twp. soil test
findings are revealed
PLYMOUTH TWP. -- Township Engi-
neer Joe Mullen presented findings of
soil tests done on Tilbury Terrace Road
at Monday’s supervisors meeting.
There are roughly 60 homes on the
road, which was badly damaged by
flooding last July and September.
Mullen, of Pennoni & Associates,
explained how his company bored
holes into the road and GetDataBack Pro Offline Installer slope below
to determine the stability of the area.
Mullen said the friction of the sat-
urated, sliding earth, which is mostly
sand and gravel, and the weight of
vehicles, caused the road to collapse.
“This was a classic failure,” he said.
Chairperson Gale Conrad said an
alternate road would be built for use
while Tilbury is being repaired.
The board next meets in regular
session at 6 p.m. April 2.
Camille Fioti
Resident questions W-B
Township sewer bills
WILKES-BARRE TWP. -- At Monday
night’s council meeting, Michael Sro-
movski questioned more than $7,000
worth of bills for the sewer department
this past month.
Township Administrator Michael
Revitt said the pumps at Wilkeswood
Station were failing and Roto-Rooter
had to be called in to clean and repair
them. Damage caused by the sewer
backup also had to be fixed, he said.
Council next meets at 7:30 p.m.
March 26.
Susan Denney
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After a powerful American senator
called for airstrikes on Syria, President
Barack Obama said unilateral U.S.
military action against President Bash-
ar Assad’s regime would be a mistake.
The United States said it is propos-
ing a new United Nations Security
Council resolution demanding an end
to violence in Syria, first by govern-
ment forces and then by opposition
fighters. Russia and China, powerful
allies that have blocked a Security
Council resolution against Syria, made
clear they were still standing by the
regime in Damascus.
WASHINGTON
Afghan transition stressed
President Barack Obama said Tues-
day the furor in Afghanistan over the
accidental burning of Qurans under-
scores the need for the U.S. to transi-
tion out of the war there.
Obama emphasized that the U.S. still
plans to end its combat role in Af-
ghanistan by the end of 2014. The
drawdown will be a central topic of
discussion at the NATO meetings in
Chicago in May.
Obama said in a news conference
that the recent accidental burning of
Muslim Qurans by U.S. forces and the
protests that followed underscore the
challenges in Afghanistan and why the
U.S. is drawing down its combat role
there.
Thirty people died in the Quran
protests, including six American
troops.
HARRISBURG
All-electronic tolls favored
A new report bolsters the prospect of
the Pennsylvania Turnpike converting
to an all-electronic tolling system.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commis-
sion posted the report on its website
Tuesday, but officials stressed that any
actual conversion is at least five years
away.
The study by an outside consultant
recommends replacing toll booths with
overhead “gantries” on travel lanes.
They would electronically deduct tolls
from vehicles with E-Z Pass trans-
ponders and photograph license plates
of other vehicles so bills could be sent
to the registered owners.
Commission spokesman Carl DeFe-
bo said that, if the commission ap-
proves all-electronic tolls, that firm
also could oversee the implementation
of the new system.
LONDON
‘Small World’ writer dies
How do you sum up the work of
songwriter Robert B. Sherman? Try
one word: “Supercalifragilisticexpiali-
docious.”
The tongue-twisting term, sung by
magical nanny Mary Poppins, is like
much of Sherman’s work — both com-
plex and instantly memorable, for child
and adult alike. Once heard, it was
never forgotten.
Sherman, who died in London at age
86, was half of a sibling partnership
that put songs into the mouths of nan-
nies and Cockney chimney sweeps,
jungle animals and Parisian felines.
Robert Sherman and his brother
Richard composed scores for films
including “The Jungle Book,” “The
Aristocats,” “Mary Poppins” and “Chit-
ty Chitty Bang Bang.” They also wrote
the most-played tune on Earth, “It’s a
Small World (After Febooti Automation Workshop License key Sherman’s agent, Stella Richards,
said Tuesday that Sherman died peace-
fully in London on Monday.
I N B R I E F
AP PHOTO
Nugget goes for $8,100, by George
A McDonald’s Chicken McNugget
found by Rebekah Speight of Dakota
City that she believes resembles Presi-
dent George Washington is placed
next to a U.S. quarter bearing the
image of the nation’s first president.
Speight sold the 3-year-old nugget for
$8,100 on eBay.
TEHRAN, Iran — Efforts to find a dip-
lomatic solution to Iran’s disputed nucle-
ar programappeared to get a boost Tues-
day when world powers agreed to a new
round of talks with Tehran, and Iran gave
permission for inspectors to
visit a site suspected of secret
atomic work.
The two developments
counteredsomewhat the crisis
atmosphere over Iran’s nuclear
program, the focus of talks in
Washington between Presi-
dent Barack Obama and Israel’s visiting
prime minister.
Speaking at a news conference, Obama
said he sawa “windowof opportunity” to
use diplomacy instead of force to resolve
the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
He said he is focused on “sanctions” al-
ready imposed on Iran and on interna-
tional pressure to keep Tehran from de-
velopinga nuclear weapon. Iranians need
to show they are serious about resolving
the crisis, he said, adding that his policy
is not one of containment but of stopping
Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
The U.S. and its allies say Iran is on a
path that could lead to the production of
a nuclear weapon. Iran in-
sists its programis for ener-
gy production and other
peaceful purposes.
EU foreign policy chief
Catherine Ashton said the
five permanent members of
the U.N. Security Council
and Germany had agreed to a newround
of nuclear talks with Iran. Previous talks
have not achieved what the powers want
— an end to uranium enrichment on Ira-
nian soil. The last round ended in failure
in January 2011. Ashton said the EU
hopes Iran “will now enter into a sus-
tained process of constructive dialogue
which will deliver real progress.
Iran nuke talks to resume
AP PHOTO
President Barack Obama gestures
Tuesday during a news conference in
the James Brady Press Briefing Room
of the White House in Washington.
Iranians need to
show they’re serious
about resolving the
crisis, Obama said.
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
Associated Press
CRI SI S Major powers OK new round; Iran to allow inspection of suspect site
WASHINGTON — More
than 70 percent of students in-
volved in school-related ar-
rests or cases referred to law
enforcement were Hispanic or
African-American, according
to an Education Department
report that raises questions
about whether students of all
races are disciplined even-
handedly in America’s schools.
Black students are more
than three times as likely as
their white peers to be sus-
pended or expelled, according
to an early snapshot of the re-
port released
to reporters.
The findings
come from a
national col-
lection of civil
rights data
from 2009-10
of more than
72,000 schools
serving 85 per-
cent of the na-
tion.
The Educa-
tion Depart-
ment said it
would release
more details
Tuesday.
“The sad fact is that minor-
ity students across America
face much harsher discipline
than non-minorities, even
within the same school,” Edu-
cation Secretary Arne Duncan
told reporters.
Duncan said some school of-
ficials might not have been
aware of inconsistencies in
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school in New York, said “zero
tolerance” policies in both
schools and the court system
disproportionately affect black
and Hispanic kids. He said the
policies have created a system
that takes kids out of school
and ultimately leads them into
prison where they become
hardened criminals.
“We’ve lost control of all
judgment here, and it’s almost
always a black kid or a Hispan-
ic kid” affected, Gonzalez said.
According to the Education
Department’s report, 42 per-
cent of the referrals to law en-
forcement involved black stu-
dents and 29 percent involved
Hispanics, while 35 percent of
students involved in school-re-
lated arrests were black and 37
percent were Hispanic.
Black students made up 18
percent of the students in the
sample, but they were 35 per-
cent of students suspended
once and 39 percent of stu-
dents expelled, the report said.
Minority
students’
penalties
harsher
Report raises questions about
whether Hispanics and blacks
are bring treated fairly.
By KIMBERLY HEFLING
AP Education Writer
According to
the Education
Department’s
report, 42
percent of the
referrals to
law enforce-
ment involved
black stu-
dents and 29
percent in-
volved His-
panics.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A
nursinghome where a 31-year-
old man died after a meth lab
fire that injured several other
people was cited for 18 viola-
tions last year, including not
providing adequate care, ac-
cording to state records ob-
tained Tuesday.
The victim was not a pa-
tient or employee of Park
HavenHome inAshtabula, au-
thorities said as they sought
to uncover how the meth lab
was set up in a resident’s room
and how long it went unde-
tected.
Police said charges were ex-
pected against two men who
were also burned in the fire.
The fire broke out Sunday
night, east of Cleveland, au-
thorities said.
Three residents and two
non-residents were hospital-
ized, including Shaun War-
rens of Ashtabula, who died
Monday at a Cleveland hospi-
tal. An autopsy was planned
Tuesday.
Police believe two visitors
and one Park Haven resident
knew about the meth lab, Po-
lice Chief Robert Stell told the
Star Beacon of Ashtabula.
The home’s alleged viola-
tions in a December survey in-
cluded not providing ade-
quate care, failing to investi-
gate how a resident was in-
jured and not properly
responding to residents’ com-
plaints about missing proper-
ty.
An earlier review of the fa-
cility, in June, resulted in cita-
tions for two violations.
Meth lab burns at nursing home
A man who was not a
resident died at facility
cited with 18 violations.
The Associated Press
AP PHOTO
Firefighters
enter Park
Haven Nursing
Home on Sun-
day to investi-
gate a fire
caused by a
meth lab in a
room at the
home in Ash-
tabula, Ohio.
STATE COLLEGE — Law-
yers in the Jerry Sandusky case
were ordered Tuesday to ap-
pear in court early next week to
address how much information
state prosecutors should be
compelled to disclose before
the start of trial on child sex-
abuse charges.
Judge John Cleland sched-
uled oral argument on the de-
fense request for additional de-
tails to be held
Monday morn-
ing in the Cen-
tre County
Courthouse in
Bellefonte.
Sandusky
lawyer Joe
Amendola said
last week he wanted the attor-
ney general’s office to provide
more details about the allega-
tions to help him prepare pos-
sible defenses based on an alibi,
the statute of limitations, dou-
ble jeopardy or other grounds.
Sandusky, 68, is a former
longtime assistant football
coach at Penn State.
He is confined to his home as
he awaits trial on 52 criminal
counts that involve 10 boys
over 15 years. He denies the al-
legations.
Cleland wants jury selection
to begin May 14, although the
two sides continue to hash out
pretrial issues.
Next week’s hearing centers
on the “bill of particulars”
sought by Amendola that
would provide more details
about the times, dates and loca-
tions where crimes allegedly
occurred, the names of people
who were present or nearby,
and “special events” such as
football games on the days of
the purported crimes.
Judge schedules hearing on Sandusky attorney’s request for more information
Lawyer Joe
Amendola said
last week he
wanted
Attorney
General’s Office
to provide more
details about
the allegations.
The Associated Press
Sandusky
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BUYNAK – Stephen, funeral 9 a.m.
today in the John V. Morris Funeral
Home, 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-
Barre. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in
the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship
site of St. Andre Bessette Parish.
ECKENRODE – Janice, funeral 10
a.m. Thursday in the Lehman-
Gregory Funeral Home Inc., 281
Chapel St., Swoyersville. Friends
may call 4 to 7 p.m. today at the
funeral home.
FISCHER – Theodore, Shiva 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Thurs-
day and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, at 604
Wildflower Drive, Plains Township.
HOGAN – Eugene, funeral 9:30 a.m.
today in the Kielty-Moran Funeral
Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave.,
Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial
at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish,
Plymouth.
GERMAN – Leonard, Shiva Thursday
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and 2 to 4
p.m. Friday at 445 North Gates
Ave., Apt. 1, Kingston.
GRODIS – Ruth, funeral 11 a.m. Thurs-
day in the Metcalfe and Shaver
Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming
Ave., Wyoming. Friends may call 5
to 8 p.m. today at the funeral
home.
LEWIS – Janice, memorial service 11
a.m. Saturday in E. Blake Collins
Funeral Home, 159 George Ave.,
Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 10
a.m. until the time of the service.
ROWLANDS – David, memorial
service 8 p.m. today in the Howell-
Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming
Ave., West Pittston. Friends may
call 5 p.m. until service time in the
funeral home.
SKORONSKI – Phyllis, funeral 10 a.m.
today in the Andrew Strish Funeral
Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville.
STOUT – Sarah, funeral 11 a.m. today
in McCune Funeral Home, 80 S.
Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.
Friends may call 10 a.m. until the
time of the service at the funeral
home.
WALKER – Alfonzo, funeral noon
today in the First Baptist Church of
Wilkes-Barre, 48 S. River St.,
Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 9
a.m. until the time of the service at
the church.
ZLUCHOWSKI – Michael, funeral 9
a.m. today in Jendrzejewski Funer-
al Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-
Barre.
FUNERALS
NANETTE WARNICK BAR-
TOWJONES, age 85, passed away
Thursday, March1, 2012. Bornand
raised in Pennsylvania, she attend-
edKingstonHighSchool andgrad-
uated from Penn State University
in 1949. She married William W.
Jones in 1952 and raised three
daughters. Nanette retired after 16
years as a social worker for the
state of Florida in Palm Beach
County. She was precededindeath
by her husband, WilliamW. Jones.
She is survived by her daughters,
Carol Jones, Linda Connor and
Gail Starr and five grandchildren
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March 4, 2012, at Winkenhofer
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nesaw, Ga. Burial will be at Oak
Lawn Cemetery in Hanover Town-
ship at a later date.
EDWARD J. ELMY, 89, former-
lyof MainStreet, Sugar Notch, and
Altoona, passed away on Monday,
March 5, 2012, at Hampton House,
Hanover Township.
Funeral arrangements are
pending fromthe George A. Strish
Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main
St., Ashley.
MARGARET (EDWARDS)
MONELLI, age 87, of Old Forge,
passed away Monday morning,
March 5, 2012, at Moses Taylor
Hospital in Scranton. Two sons,
John Monelli Jr. and Leo Monelli,
and several siblings also preceded
her indeath. She is survivedby her
sons Ronnie Monelli and wife Pa-
tricia of Old Forge, Randy Monelli
and wife Lori of Sunrise, Fla., and
Bradley Monelli and fiancee Mi-
chelle Ranielloof OldForge; broth-
ers, Robert and William Edwards;
14 grandchildren and many great-
grandchildren.
Graveside services by the Rev.
James A. Wert will be conducted
on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Marcy
Cemetery, Foote Avenue in Du-
ryea. Relatives and friends may
pay their respects today from5to8
p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Fu-
neral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St.,
Old Forge. Please visit www.Kear-
neyFuneralHome.com for direc-
tions or to leave an online condo-
lence.
DORIS D. VAN SCOTEN, for-
merly of West Pittston and Forty
Fort, passed away in Colorado
Springs, Colo., on February 11,
2012. Doris was born October 30,
1927, in Greenfield Township, Pa.,
to the late Arnold R. and Lura A.
(Kenyon) Decker. She was preced-
ed in death by husband James, for-
mer Pittston YMCA director; son
Kim, and sister Janice Howanitz.
Surviving are son James Van Sco-
ten and his wife, Betty; grandsons,
Joshua and Jason; sister Louise
Northup; sisters-in-law, Jean Scott
and Marilyn Van Scoten.
Amemorial service will be held
in Colorado Springs at a later date.
The family would like to thank
Odyssey Hospice for the special
care given to Doris. Memorial con-
tributions may be mailed to Odys-
sey Hospice, 5526 N. Academy
Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO
80918. Arrangements were made
through All Veterans Funeral
Home, Wheatridge, Colo.
M
ary Dolores McDermott Fra-
zier, 98, died March 4, 2012.
Mrs. Frazier was born in Wilkes-
Barre and was a graduate of St.
Ann’s Academy. She had formerly
worked for Bell Telephone of Penn-
sylvania, Bell Telephone of NewJer-
sey, and C&PTelephone of Virginia.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Ca-
tholic Church, Portsmouth, since
1943. She volunteered for the Red
Cross Blood Program for 42 years,
the Christ Child Society for 27
years, Maryview Hospital Auxiliary
and the U.S.O.
She was married to Johnnie E.
Frazier for almost 65 years until his
death on January 26, 2012, and was
also predeceased by a son, John Fra-
zier, and a daughter, Marilou F.
Spacek.
She is survived by her son-in-law,
James R. Spacek; grandchildren,
Michael and David, sons of the late
John “Jack” Frazier, John Spacek,
Margaret Bairley and Kathleen
Barnes; six great-grandchildren;
nieces, Jeanne Marie Natale, Peggy
Sarsfield, Elaine Chismer, Sister
Joanne McDermott, R.S.M., Patri-
cia McDermott, Scharlene McPhail,
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nephews, Joseph J. Kerrigan, Jo-
seph McDermott, Jaime McDer-
mott and The Rev. Christopher
McDermott.
A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
March 9, at St. Paul’s Catholic
Church by Fr. Leo Manalo. Burial
will follow in Greenlawn Memorial
Gardens. A Christian Wake Service
will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at
Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial dona-
tions may be made to St. Paul’s Ca-
tholic Church Restoration Fund,
518 High St., Portsmouth, Va.
23704.
Mary McDermott Frazier
March 4, 2012
Joann B. “Mimi”
(nee Bonfanti)
Miller, of Her-
shey’s Mill, for-
merly of Merion,
Pa., passed away
March 5, 2012.
She is survived
by her son Allie
Miller III (Sta-
cey) of Des Moines, Iowa, her daugh-
ter Patti (Thomas) Kiely of Berwyn,
and her six grandchildren, T.J., Max,
Tanner, Noah, Emmie, and Antonia.
Relatives and friends are invited
to her Memorial Mass on Friday,
March9, at 11a.m. at Ss. Peter &Paul
Church, 1325Boot Rd., West Chester,
Pa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in
Joann’s memorycanbe made toMain
Line Animal Rescue, 1149 Pike
Springs Rd., Phoenixville, PA19425.
Arrangements are by the D’Anjo-
lell Memorial Home of Malvern –
Frazer. Visit www.danjolell.com
Joann B. Miller
March 5, 2012
M
iriam Loretta Muth, affection-
ately known as “Mom,” “Gram-
my,” “Gigi,” and “Boo,” of Old River
Road, Wilkes-Barre, was receivedby
the choirs of angels in heaven in the
early morning of Tuesday, March 6,
2012. She passed away peacefully at
her home, surrounded by her loving
family.
Miriam was born on September
5, 1916 in Wilkes-Barre, the daugh-
ter of the late Isaiah and Elizabeth
Tracy Winters. She graduated from
Coughlin High School in 1934.
She marriedthe late JohnJ. Muth
in 1949 and together they celebrat-
ed 52 wonderful years of marriage.
She was a devoted member of the
former St. Therese R.C. Church in
Wilkes-Barre for 61 years and cur-
rently held membership at Saint Ni-
cholas Church in Wilkes-Barre.
Anyone who knew Miriam loved
her with all their hearts. Her unwa-
vering, all-conquering faith defined
her, radiatingwarmthandlove toall
with whom she came into contact.
She passed this inspiring faith on to
her family and loved ones. She was
knownto always be there witha lov-
ing hug, warmsmile, cheerful song,
and the reassuring words, “God
willing.” Her loved ones have been
deeply impacted by the incredible
love of Miriam, and they will miss
her so very deeply every day. She
was truly amazing.
Miriam’s greatest joy in life came
fromher family. Shefoundimmense
happiness in sitting on her front
porch, going for rides through the
valley, reading, and playing count-
less Scrabble games withher family.
She took great pride in the accom-
plishments of her children and
grandchildren, and she was actively
involved in all of their activities. Mi-
riam also found great peace and
pleasure in attending weekly Mass-
es.
Miriam cherished every second
of every day and was appreciative of
all of her blessings. She had a deep
appreciation for nature and a love of
poetry, as she could remarkably re-
cite numerous poems from memo-
ry. Miriam enjoyed experiencing
the beauty of the Lord’s creation
through travel. Among her many
trips were vacations to Hawaii, the
Finger Lakes, Canada, Disney
World and Ireland. Her visit to Ire-
land, particularly the hometown of
her mother, was a life-long dreamof
hers.
Miriam is preceded in death by
her parents, her husband, and her
sister, Florence Winters Downend.
Miriam treasured her eight chil-
dren with all her heart. Surviving
are her children, John Muth and his
wife Susan, of Bear Creek; Rita Jef-
ferson and her husband John, of
Ashley; Joseph Muth and his wife
Geralyn, of Wilkes-Barre; Miriam
Neher and her husband Ronald, of
MountainTop; GerardMuthandhis
wife Robin, of Nanticoke; Florence
Muthof Wilkes-Barre; Catherine Ri-
chards and her husband Thomas, of
Hanover Township; and Jean Muth
of Wilkes-Barre.
Miriam was also deeply beloved
by her 14 grandchildren, Katie Neh-
er Grove and her husband Charles;
Michelle Harned and her husband
Curtis; Ronald Neher Jr. and his
wife Ashley; Brian Muth and his
wife Sarah; Sara Muth and her fian-
cé Marty Kane; Melissa Osick and
her husband Brian; Lisa Jefferson;
Patrick Muth; Thomas Richards
and his girlfriend Michelle Beloin;
Amy Muth; Samantha Muth; Rebec-
ca Richards; Ally Muth; and Abby
Muth.
Miriam felt extraordinarily
blessed to have her seven great-
grandchildren as well. They are
Molly andAndy Grove; Krissy, Jack,
and Olivia Neher; Hunter Harned;
and Nathan Muth. Also, she just re-
ceived the exciting news that her
eighth great-grandchild is expected
this summer.
The funeral will be held on Fri-
day, March 9, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. from
Jacobs Funeral Service, 47 Old Riv-
er Road, Wilkes-Barre, followedby a
Mass of Christian Burial to be cele-
bratedat 9:30 a.m. inSaint Nicholas
Church, 226 South Washington
Street, Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will follow in Saint
Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Town-
ship.
Family and friends may call on
Thursday, March 8, 2012 from4 to 8
p.m. at the funeral home.
To send the family an online
message of condolence, you may
visit www.jacobsfuneralservice-
.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial con-
tributions may be made in Miriam’s
memory to Our Lady of Victory
Homes of Charity, 780 Ridge Road,
Lackawanna, NY14218-1682, or Ave
Maria University, 5050 Ave Maria
Blvd., Ave Maria, FL 34142-9505.
Miriam L. Muth
March 6, 2012
R
obert D. Williams, 73, of Lu-
zerne, passed away peacefully
surrounded by his loving family on
Monday in the Wilkes-Barre Gener-
al Hospital.
Born in Wilkes-Barre he was the
son of the late Fred Williams and
Dorothy Durling Williams Grobow-
ski. He was educated in the West
Pittston schools. He served in the
Army Reserves. For many years he
was employed at the Wilkes-Barre
General Hospital, Salek Optical and
retired from Clearbrook Treatment
Centers after 25 years. He was a
member of Our Lady of Hope Par-
ish, Wilkes-Barre. Robert’s life re-
volved around his family and
friends with addiction problems
and helping them with their sobrie-
ty. He was solovedby everyone who
knew him and he gave himself in so
many ways. Robert enjoyed the out-
doors and had a passion for fishing.
Preceding him in death were his
children Maureen Williams and Ri-
chardWilliams, sister MaryJeanTe-
desco.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years,
the former Marion Mozdian; chil-
dren Marion Otway and her hus-
band, Darran, Swoyersville; Robert
Williams, Wilkes-Barre; two grand-
children; sisters Carolyn Williams,
West Pittston; Dorothy Stucker,
Wilkes-Barre; brother, Fred Wil-
liams, Sunbury; nieces and neph-
ews.
Funeral services will be at
the convenience of the family
from the Metcalfe and Shaver Fu-
neral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave-
nue, Wyoming.
Interment will be in the Mount
Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Robert D. Williams
March 5, 2012
H
ope Cicon Moses of Hallandale,
Florida, passed away Monday,
March 5, 2012, at Aventura Hospital
and Medical Center, Aventura, Flor-
ida.
BorninExeter, she was the daugh-
ter of the late JosephCiconandMary
Dupock Cicon. Hope was a graduate
of the Nesbitt School of Nursing,
Kingston.
Prior to her retirement, she was a
registered nurse at Aventura Hospi-
tal and Medical Center.
After retirement, Hope continued
to work at Aventura Hospital as a
case manager.
Hope was a parishioner of St. Phi-
lip Antiochian Orthodox Church in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was al-
soa member of The Order of St. Igna-
tius of Antioch.
She was preceded in death by her
husband, James Moses, formerly of
Wilkes-Barre.
Surviving are her sons, James
Moses of Miami, Florida, and Mi-
chael and daughter-in-law Sandra of
Allentown, and several nieces and
nephews.
Funeral will be held Friday at 11
a.m. fromthe Mamary-DurkinFuner-
al Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-
Barre, with services at 11:30 a.m. in
St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox
Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-
Barre.
Interment will be in the parish
cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call Thursday from 5
to 8 p.m.
Hope Cicon
Moses
March 5, 2012
K
enneth C. Burke, 63, a resident
of Tutorial microsoft project Pittston, died Monday,
March5, 2012 at his home following
a lengthy illness.
Mr. Burke was born in Pittston,
son of the late John and Margaret
Rose Burke, and was a graduate of
Northeast High School, Duryea. He
served with the Army as a Private
First Class in Germany during the
VietnamEra. Following his military
service, he was a salesman and car-
pet installer and had worked for
Vanguard Fire Extinguisher Co. for
some time. Prior to his retirement
in1995 due toill health, he hadbeen
a cook at the Sky Liner Diner, Pitt-
ston Township.
Mr. Burke was a former member
of the Jaycees, the West Side Club,
Avoca; the Ancient Order of Hiber-
nians; the Polish Club of Dupont
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Duryea. In addition to his parents,
Ken was preceded in death by an in-
fant brother, John Burke.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years,
Linda Richardson Burke, at home;
children, Shyloe McDonald and her
fiancé, Gary Lance, West Pittston;
Jessica Lee and her husband, Den-
nis, Plymouth; Jill Burke and her
fiancé, Jeff Hoover, West Pittston;
JohnBurke, West Pittston; step-son,
Bernard McDonald, Dallas; broth-
ers andsisters, Patricia Howells and
her husband, John; Joseph Burke
andhis wife, Vera, andLorraineGre-
navich and her husband, Ted, all of
Nanticoke; Margaret Ann Burke,
New York City; James Burke, Jen-
kins Township; nine grandchildren
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held Friday at
9 a.m. from the H. Merritt
Hughes Funeral Home, Inc., a Gold-
en Rule Funeral Home, 211 Luzerne
Avenue, West Pittston, withFuneral
Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart
Worship Center of Nativity Parish,
Duryea. Interment will be in Clarks
Green Cemetery, Clarks Green.
Friends may call Thursday from4 to
7p.m. AChristianWakeServicewill
be held Thursday.
The family requests that flowers
be omitted and that memorial dona-
tions be made for funeral expenses
in care of the funeral home.
Kenneth C. Burke
March 5, 2012
R
obert S. Johnston, of Dallas,
died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in
the Hospice Community Care Inpa-
tient Unit at Geisinger South
Wilkes-Barre.
Born December 17, 1922 in
Brooklyn, N.Y, he was the son of the
late John E. and Elizabeth Aitken
Johnston.
He graduatedfromTunkhannock
High School in1940 and Penn State
University in 1947. Bob enlisted in
the Aviation Cadet Programin1942
andflew35missions over Europe as
a co-pilot andpilot of the B-24heavy
bomber in the 15th Army Air Force
based in Italy.
He was self-employed as a Manu-
facturers’ Representative.
Bob was a member of the Dad-
dow-Isaacs American Legion, Post
672, Dallas; Veterans of Foreign
Wars; Irem Temple Wilkes-Barre
Shrine Club and Dallas United
Methodist Church.
Preceding him in death were a
brother, Harold Johnston, and sis-
ter, Mildred Karshner.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years,
the former June Davis, Dallas;
daughter, Susan Iannuzzo and hus-
band Joseph, Wilkes-Barre; son, Da-
vid Johnston, Virginia Beach, Va.;
several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be
held Friday, March 9, 2012 at
11a.m. fromthe Harold C. Snowdon
Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main
Street, Shavertown. The Reverend
Robert G. Wood, Pastor of Dallas
United Methodist Church, will offi-
ciate. Friends may call at the funeral
home Friday from10 a.m. until time
of service.
Inlieuof flowers, memorial dona-
tions, if desired, may be made to
The Shriners Hospitals for Children
c/o IremTemple, 397 Country Club
Road, Dallas, PA18612
Robert S. Johnston
March 6, 2012
I
gnatius M. Scarantino, 92, of Pitt-
ston, passed away Sunday eve-
ning, March 4, 2012 in Wilkes-Barre
General Hospital.
Born in Italy on September 10,
1919, he was the son of the late Jo-
seph and Caroline Martel Scaranti-
no. He was a graduate of Pittston
High School and served in the U.S.
Army during World War II. He had
been employed as a machinist and
retired from American Chain and
Cable.
Mr. Scarantino was a member of
St. Joseph Marello Parish at St. Roc-
co’s Church, the San Cataldo Socie-
ty and the Knights of Columbus
Council 372, of Pittston.
He was preceded in death by
brothers, Louis R., Nicholas, Sam
and Phillip Scarantino, and sisters,
Rose Scarantino, Grace Dorula, and
Mary Pace.
Surviving are sisters-in-law, Mrs.
Louis R. (Mary) Scarantino and
Mrs. Nicholas (Carmella) Scaranti-
no, both of Pittston; numerous niec-
es and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11
a.m. on Thursday, March 8,
2012 from the Peter J. Adonizio Fu-
neral Home, 251 William Street,
Pittston, with a Mass of Christian
Burial at11:30a.m. inSt. JosephMa-
rello Parish at St. Rocco’s Church,
Pittston. Interment will be in St.
Rocco’s Cemetery, Pittston Town-
ship. Friends may call Thursday
from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral
home.
Onlinecondolences maybemade
at www.peterjadoniziofuneral-
home.com.
Ignatius M. Scarantino
March 4, 2012
ALBERTW. RAUGHLEY, 61, of
McGinnis Street, Plymouth,
passed away Tuesday, March 6,
2012 at home.
Funeral arrangements are
pending from the Yeosock Funeral
Home, 40S. MainSt., Plains Town-
ship.
F
lorence Carr Rollman, 97, for-
merly of Washington Square
Apartments in Wilkes-Barre, died
Sunday at Little Flower Manor.
Born September 1, 1914, in
Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of
the late Peter and Mary Burke Carr.
Florence attended Saint Mary’s
High School and was employed by
the former Wilkes-Barre Lace Mill
for several years prior to marriage.
Mrs. Rollman dedicated most of
her life to caring for her family.
Florence was a member of the
Parish of Saint Nicholas and was ac-
tive in the resident’s club of Wash-
ington Square Apartments, where
she had resided for 31 years.
Her husband, John C. Rollman,
died October 17, 1986. Sisters, Anna
Peranto and Emily Trevethan, and
brothers, James, John, George and
Harry Carr also preceded her in
death.
She will be missed by her sons,
John J. and his wife, Jean Rollman,
of Wilkes-Barre; James F. and his
wife, Dolores Rollman, of Barnegat,
New Jersey; and William P. and his
wife, Gail Rollman, of Williamsport;
granddaughters, Shannon Reilly,
Tiffany Rollman, Elizabeth Davis
and Melissa Caroccia; great-grand-
children, Morgan, Victoria, Aiden
and Maya; nieces, nephews, cousins
and friends.
Celebration of Florence’s Life
will be held Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
fromMcLaughlin’s - The Family Fu-
neral Service, 142 South Washing-
ton Street in Wilkes-Barre, with Fu-
neral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the
Church of Saint Nicholas. Inter-
ment will be in Saint Mary’s Ceme-
tery in Hanover Township. Visita-
tion will be held at McLaughlin’s on
Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Inlieuof flowers, memorial dona-
tions maybe made toParishof Saint
Nicholas, 226 South Washington
Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-
2897, or the charity of your prefer-
ence.
Permanent messages and memo-
ries can be shared with Florence’s
family at www.celebrateherlife-
.com.
Florence P. Rollman
March 4, 2012
HELENA COLABELLA, 90, of
the Nanticoke Villa, died Monday,
March 5, 2012, at the Hospice
Community Care at Geisinger
South Wilkes-Barre. Born on Nov.
30, 1921, in Nanticoke, she was the
daughter of the late Frank and Ste-
phania Stefaniak Adamski. She
had been employed by General
Electric Corp., Syracuse, and Gen-
eral Cigar Co., Nanticoke. She was
preceded in death by sisters, Mar-
tha and Florence, and brothers,
John and Ignatius. Surviving are
brother, Joseph, of Tulsa, Okla.;
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held
Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Stan-
ley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc.,
614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke,
with Mass of Christian Burial at 10
a.m. in the secondary site of St.
Faustina’s Parish (St. Mary of
Czestochowa Church), Nanticoke.
Final interment will be in the par-
ish cemetery, Nanticoke. Friends
may call Thursday from6 to 8 p.m.
“As prime minister of Israel, I will
never let my people live in the
shadow of annihilation.”
Benjamin Netanyahu
During a trip to Washington this week, the Israeli
prime minister asserted his country’s right to defend
itself against an Iranian nuclear threat. Netanyahu visited Capitol Hill on
Tuesday.
House transportation bill
seen as bad public policy
T
he recent commentary by U.S. Rep.
Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, about the
transportation bill (“Investing in in-
frastructure will help shore up economy,”
Feb. 29) certainly sounded like a great
accomplishment. Closer examination
reveals Lou is not telling us everything.
The House of Representatives’ Natural
Resources Committee approved what
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls
“the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen
during 35 years of public service.” LaHood
spent 14 years in Congress, serving as a
Republican representative from Illinois. He
told a news outlet that Congress always
came together in the past to support trans-
portation, but HR 7 is the most partisan
transportation bill he’s ever seen.
For 30 years, federal transportation
legislation has allocated a small portion of
the national gas tax to transit funding. But
under the new five-year bill just passed by
the House committee, funding for public
transportation systems will disappear.
That’s a bad public policy for all of us.
David Martin
Tunkhannock
Early screenings crucial
in colon cancer prevention
E
very year during March, medical pro-
fessionals, patients, family members
and others observe National Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month – a time when
concerned individuals raise awareness
about the incidence of colorectal cancer.
The message is straightforward: There are
simple steps we can take to prevent and
diagnose this disease.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading
cancer killer in America, claiming more
than 40,000 lives every year. According to
the Pennsylvania Department of Health,
the state’s colorectal cancer incidence and
mortality rates are higher than the nation-
al average (57.9 per 100,000 compared to
U.S. average of 52).
Fortunately, however, colorectal cancer
is one of the most preventable and easily
detected cancers – if screening occurs
early enough. Regular colorectal screen-
ings can detect polyps that can be removed
before they become cancerous. A recent
study in the New England Journal of Med-
icine was consistent with the value of
colonoscopy for this purpose, demonstra-
ting a 50 percent decrease in colon cancer
deaths in patients who had adenomatous
colon polyps removed.
Whether you’re male or female, follow
these guidelines, based on the U.S. Preven-
tative Services Task Force recommenda-
tions, beginning at age 50 (age 45 if Afri-
can-American):
• Have a fecal occult blood test yearly;
or
• Have a fecal occult blood test every
three years combined with a flexible sig-
moidoscopy every five years; or
• Have a colonoscopy every 10 years.
If you have a personal or family history
of colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps or
inflammatory bowel disease, talk with
your health care professional about earlier
screening
No matter what your age, you should
know colorectal cancer risk factors, symp-
toms and your family history. Make screen-
ing tests part of your healthy life. Talk with
your doctor about the colorectal screening
options available, using the above list as a
guide.
Colorectal cancer is highly preventable,
treatable and often curable when detected
early. Do the right thing for yourself and
your family: Get screened early.
Dr. Thomas J. Castellano
Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
Writer believes mandate
will hurt service members
P
resident Barack Obama’s push of his
unconstitutional health care mandate
is now taking a shot at military person-
nel and veterans.
Obama’s plan calls for increases between
30 percent and 78 percent in Tricare an-
nual premiums for the first year. After that,
the plan will impose five-year increases
ranging from 94 percent to 345 percent –
more than three times current levels – in
hopes it will push service members out of
Tricare and into “Obamacare.”
Not included in these cuts are civilian
unionized defense employees.
How are we letting this happen?
Raymond Pick
Kingston
Burning of Quran required
no apology from Obama
S
omething is wrong in this world. The
National Endowment for the Arts can
support a photographer who places a
crucifix in urine and calls it “art.” Yet Unit-
ed Nations/American troops accidentally
burn a copy of the Muslim Quran (which
reportedly had been desecrated by prison-
er extremists writing notes on the pages),
and 10 people, including four Americans,
are killed.
President Obama degrades America by
apologizing. Where are we going? There
were no apologies to America for the
deaths (murders).
James P. West
Shavertown
Poor management blamed
for downfall of USPS
I
previously challenged postal manage-
ment to not close the mail processing
center in Scranton and to increase ser-
vice, not decrease it. By announcing that
not only the Scranton facility will close,
but 11 other processing facilities, including
Reading, Lancaster, Williamsport and Erie,
the U.S. Postal Service management has
failed miserably to provide any evidence
that its mission is to save the USPS and
not dismantle it from within.
As I have seen in the last five years, bad
and subversive management decisions
have pushed the USPS to the precipice of
nothingness.
I recently read a letter to the editor
about cutting costs, referring to USPS
commercials. I’d like to expand on where
costs can be cut.
Pay for performance bonuses: How can a
company projected to lose $14 billion still
hand out bonuses, spot awards, etc.?
Detail assignments: When a valued
member of the postal service management
team fills in a vacancy in another facility
and area, not only do they receive salary
and compensation, but also per diem such
as travel, meals and, if far enough, hotel
accommodations. How much is this cost
annually?
A football field-sized behemoth known
as the Flats Sequencing System: The USPS
is into this machine roughly $1.4 billion,
and it has been referred to as a “boon-
doggle.” It isn’t known when, or even if,
there will be cost savings.
Second ounce free: This was recently
announced so that major mailers essential-
ly will pay the one-ounce price for up to
two ounces of mail. How can a corporation
that’s bleeding money have giveaways like
this?
Keep in mind, since 2004 the USPS has
had a decrease of 135,909 employees, but a
net increase of 822 headquarters positions.
Why are they necessary?
These are some of the facts that our
elected representatives should be looking
into and YTD 6.9.16 Crack - Crack Key For U investigated externally.
When these closings and consolidations go
into effect, it will be a sad day for what
was once the U. S. Postal Service.
I’m afraid when the dust settles history
will not be kind to not only the interests
who destroyed the Postal Service, but also
to those who stood idly by and let it hap-
pen.
Constantine Wayda
Ashley
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I
TWOULDBE easy to call
the gridlock in Congress
laughable, except for the
real impact it has on our
everyday lives – suchas the gri-
dlock on highways.
Case in point is the massive
transportation spending bill, a
confusion of practical and po-
litical priorities that lawmak-
ers seem incapable of turning
into clear federal policy. Since
a five-year transportation fund-
ing plan expired in 2009, Con-
gress has managed only a se-
ries of nine stopgap measures
to keep federal gasoline taxes
flowing back to the states.
Lawmakers are in the throes
of their latest attempt at a re-
placement plan, but the House
and the Senate have strayed,
seemingly oblivious tothe date
this month when the tempora-
ry highway bill expires.
Of the two, the Senate is
closer to having its act togeth-
er. It forged a bipartisan ap-
proach to a two-year bill that
would continue many current
programs, including the use of
gas taxes to support public
transportation. That’s impor-
tant federal policy of 30 years’
standingthat must be retained.
Still, the Senate bill has been
hit with a blizzard of distract-
ing amendments, including
one to strip mandated contra-
ceptive coverage from the fed-
eral health care law. Please!
The House, meanwhile,
weighed in with a stinker of a
transportation bill that would
have scrapped the guaranteed
transit support and helped pay
for expanded road projects
through more offshore drilling,
including in the Arctic Nation-
al Wildlife Refuge.
The Dallas Morning News
OTHER OPINION: HIGHWAY BILL
Stalled Congress
must get in gear
M
OONLAKEPARK–
the nearly 650-acre
Luzerne County
campground and
recreation area in Plymouth
Township–deserves better than
to fall into further disrepair
while, for yet another season, its
future remains murky.
The place should swarmwith
visitors onwarmspringdays. By
summer, its double Olympic-
sized swimming
pool ought to draw
oodles of area resi-
dents seeking cool
relief. Instead, most
park amenities have
been idled in recent
years because of the
county’s ongoing
budget problems. As
recentlyasthisweek,
public access has
beenrestrictedtoSaturdays and
Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Moon Lake’s gates will be
latched on weekdays.
Fortunately, two state law-
makers hope to intervene, res-
toring at least some activities
and ensuring lake access for
trout season. State Rep. Gerald
Mullery and state Sen. John
Yudichak, whose constituents
have voiced concern about the
park, intend to muster support
from state agencies, such as the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat
Commission.
Their stated aim: a partner-
ship between county and state.
Perhaps the best outcome,
however, would be for Moon
Lake’s ownership to one day be
transferred, ending any county
control. This oasis probably
could be better protected and
maintainedas a stateparkor the
property of another conserva-
tion-minded institution.
Twoyearsago, LuzerneCoun-
ty’s commissioners appeared
ready to plunder the park for po-
tential revenue from the natural
gas drilling industry. Historical-
ly, few of this county’s leaders
seemed to fully grasp the poten-
tial of its outdoor recreational
assets, including
the splendid Sev-
en Tubs Natural
Area in Plains
Township.
Don’t expect
significant
change under the
newly installed
Luzerne County
Council. Its mem-
bers understanda-
bly are fixated on the county’s
bottom line, and few of them
seem inclined to devote dollars
toward “nonessential” pro-
grams.
At the risk of sounding like
the Lorax, Dr. Seuss’ magical
character who speaks on behalf
of the trees and this month is
making an appearance in movie
theaters, the fate of our natural
resources rests largely in the
hands of people like you.
Unless you voice concern for
theparkandoffer your ideas, the
status quo probably will prevail.
Unless you tell elected leaders
that you value places such as
Moon Lake, these spots likely
will languish. Unless you do
something, nothing much will
be done.
Unless …
OUR OPINION: COUNTY PARK
Moon Lake worthy
of better upkeep
Fortunately, two
state lawmakers
hope to intervene,
restoring at least
some activities and
ensuring lake access
for trout season.
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flood insurance and personal sav-
ings, and the rest borrowed. The
diner had up to 6 feet of water in-
side when the Susquehanna Riv-
er swelled to historic levels.
“I’minvestedfor thefuture,” he
said. “A future without floods, I
hope. This is our place – our life.”
As plates filled with breakfast
food whizzed by, customers mar-
veled at the diner’s spanking-new
look. Orange walls, shiny stain-
less steel, black-and-white
booths, granite table tops and
new menus brought wide eyes
and big grins fromcustomers.
“We’ve been coming here for
years,” said Bridget Sassi, of In-
kerman. “It’s so family oriented.”
Jeanann Robbins, also of Inker-
topaz remask 5.0 1 crack - Activators Patch, said she and Sassi had
“bounced around” from place to
place waiting for Andy’s to reo-
pen.
“It’s service with a smile here,”
she said. “They make you feel
right at home.”
Andy Sr. was busy filling coffee
cups, making sure who got regu-
lar and who got decaf.
“Everythingis sodifferent back
here,” he said. “I just have to get
used to it again.”
Kathy Hornick walkedby hold-
ing her back.
“It’s goingtotakealittletimeto
get back in shape,” she said. “You
do things at home, but this is dif-
ferent.”
Kathy Loucks of Exeter was or-
dering breakfast with her daugh-
ter, Jennifer Fisher, of Dallas.
Fisher’s husband, Nicholas, is
fond of Andy’s chili.
“We love the food here,”
Loucks said. “And everyone here
is just sopleasant. We missedthis
place.”
TomandJaneVonFossendrove
over fromHarding. They said the
diner looks much better.
“Weusuallystopherefor break-
fast or lunch,” Tomsaid, “and the
great people.”
Across River Road, other flood-
damaged businesses remain
closed. Hornick Jr. said his diner
neverhadwaterlikeSeptember’s.
But that did not discourage him.
“This is our property,” he said.
“We never thought about relocat-
ing. This is our community.” PETE G. WILCOX PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER
Andy Horn-
ick Jr. mans
the grill
cooking ba-
con for the
breakfast
dishes Tues-
day at An-
dy’s River
Road Diner in
Plains Town-
ship. The
eatery was
flooded with
several feet
of water in
September
when the
Susquehanna
River rose to
a record of
more than
42 feet. The
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Kathy Hornick waits on the Martins, Ray and Joanna, of Luzerne,
as Andy Hornick Sr. checks on other patrons Tuesday.
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shals determined that the
structure fire was “a set fire”
and is under investigation.
Jones said the apartment
building was a total loss. The
second and third floors on
the 135 side of the building
collapsed into the first floor
and the third floor of the
other half collapsed into the
second floor, he said.
Hazleton Code Enforcement
Officer Richard Wech said the
building presents an “immi-
nent danger” and the owner,
Sonny Patel, who also owns a
Pantry Quik around the cor-
ner, had contacted a demoli-
tion contractor.
“Our biggest concern right
now is just to alleviate it,”
Wech said. He expects the
building will be torn down
within the next day or two.
Chris Lehman said his
parents, Louis and Rose Fe-
dullo, were forced from their
home next door, which sus-
tained heavy damage.
“From what we were told
by the fire chief and some
Hazleton police officers, they
suspect it was arson simply
because someone set a chair
on fire on the porch the night
before,” Lehman said.
STEVE MOCARSKY/THE TIMES LEADER
Fire officials investigate a blaze that destroyed this apartment
building at 133-135 E. Diamond Ave. in Hazleton on Tuesday.
HAZLETON
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the burned apartment building is
owned by her father, Richard Tat-
tersall, who sometimes rents
housing to “downtrodden” per-
sons who often cannot find hous-
ing elsewhere.
Kathy Evans, a neighbor and
Boice’s sister, said Jose and Willy
hadlivedinthe house for three or
four years. They and other resi-
dents of the house drank alcohol
frequently, and their activities
sometimes drew complaints
fromthe senior citizen’s high-rise
across the street, but they we-
ren’t bad neighbors, Evans said.
“None of them were really bad
people,” she said. “They like to
drink and sometimes they make
noise, but they’re not bad people,
really. My dad has been taking
them in for years, because no-
body else would help them. …
They were people nobody want-
ed.”
Second major fire in day
Theblaze, first reportedat 4:55
p.m., was the second major struc-
ture fire city firefighters battled
Tuesday. In the early-morning
hours, firefighters extinguished
fires at two adjacent, vacant
homes on Academy Street.
The causes of both fires are un-
der investigation.
Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay De-
laney described “an enormous
amount of flames” shooting from
the front of the Pine Street apart-
ment building when firefighters
arrived and learned from bystan-
ders the two men were still
trapped inside.
Firefighters entered the third-
floor apartment through a rear
door accessed from an outside
staircase at the back of the build-
ing andcarriedthe limpbodies of
the two men down the staircase.
Delaney performed CPR on one
of the men himself.
Five additional residents of the
building, a house divided into
several apartments, also escaped
fromthe first floor prior to the ar-
rival of firefighters.
Aneighbor whodidnot wishto
be identified said she, a family
member and a resident of the
building named Billy rushed into
the home and helped carry the
first-floor residents out.
Billy, who did not want to
speak to media or give his full
name, tried to help the men from
the third-floor apartment as well,
but was turned back by the
flames, she said.
James Johnson, 48, was one of
the residents who escaped the
fire. He said he has lived in the
home on and off for three years.
“I was downstairs and all of a
sudden the fire came… from up-
stairs… it was coming down,”
Johnson said. “I came running
out.”
Red Cross aiding victims
The Red Cross of Wyoming
Valley will provide shelter and
other aidtothevictims of thefire.
The Red Cross will put the fire
victims up in a hotel for at least
three nights, provide monetary
aid for them to buy essential
goods to satisfy their immediate
needs and make psychological
counseling available.
All victims lost medications in
the fire, Red Cross volunteer Mi-
na Hontz said, and finding re-
placements for themwas the Red
Cross’ first priority Tuesday
night.
Firefighters brought the fire
under control within about 30
minutes, and completed their
work at the house by 8 p.m.,
though the fire remains under in-
vestigation by state police fire
marshals and city fire investiga-
tors. Delaney would not com-
ment on the possible cause of the
fire while it is under investiga-
tion.
The flames were confined to
the building’s second and third
floors. Boice and Evans said the
building’s second floor was va-
cant.
No firefighters were injured.
Earlier Tuesday, fire destroyed
two vacant houses at 27 and 31A-
cademy St., while firefighters
saved Bob Moir’s house and a
business, Butler Casket Co.,
which has been on Academy
Street since 1960.
Moir said he wasn’t surprised
to see flames coming from two
vacant houses next door after he
was awakened by
two young men
banging on the door
to his Academy
Street house.
“I’ve been talking
to the city about
these houses for four
years … nothing,”
Moir said. “We’re on
a main road here, the
smell, the mice and
the rats. All I’m told
from the city is, ‘Our
hands are tied.’ ”
Moir said 27 Acad-
emy St. has beenvacant for about
five years, and the other for at
least four years.
Delaney said firefighters were
called to the blaze at about 2:30
a.m., finding heavy fire and
smoke coming from both build-
ings.
Delaney credited two aerial
ladder trucks, one from the city
and the other from the Kingston
Fire Department, with saving
Moir’s residence and the casket
business.
“Without the two aerials, we
probably would have lost the oth-
er house,” Delaney said.
Runoff water froze
Cold temperatures quickly
froze water runoff on the side-
walks and Academy Street, mak-
ing suppression efforts difficult,
Delaney said.
“It looked like an inferno,”
Moir said. “The fire chief told me
thefirefighters weregoingtocon-
centrate on my house. The
flames were starting to shoot
over and they were afraid the fire
was going to jump. The firemen
did a terrific job, a
terrific job. They’ve
been checking my
basement and my
attic. They don’t get
paid enough.”
Moir said he had
water damage in his
basement from run-
off and several roof
shingles were
blown off by water
pressure from hos-
es. Adistance of less
than 5 feet separate
Moir’s house and 31
Academy St.
Delaney said it was too danger-
ous for firefighters to enter the
burning houses due to “structur-
al collapse.”
Sections of the roof on both
houses collapsed.
Firefighters returned to the va-
cant houses Tuesday afternoon
to extinguish hot spots.
Delaney said an investigation
by city fire inspectors Alan Kla-
pat and William Sharksnas is un-
der way to determine the cause.
Moir said he believed there
was noutilityservice tothe build-
ings, which were often used by
squatters.
“I called police at least once a
month saying, ‘Come on down,
there are people in there,’ ” Moir
said.
DrewMcLaughlin, city spokes-
man, saidthe city last boardedup
27 Academy St. on Feb. 28. He
said the city was unable to react
to complaints about the house
due to litigation involving the
property owner.
Luzerne County property re-
cords list the owner of 27 Acade-
my St. as Joseph Reisinger Jr., of
Wilkes-Barre. Reisinger pur-
chasedthe propertyinJune 2004.
The house at 31 Academy St.
was purchased by Dan and Janet
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Neighborhood fires
It is the fourth fire at a vacant
house in South Wilkes-Barre
since May.
A fire at a vacant house at 73
Sullivan St. claimed the lives of
two homeless men, Robert Klein
and James Moore Jr., both 52, on
May 31. The cause of the deadly
blaze has not been determined.
Firefighters found the body of
Jhole Beaubrun, 29, of Brooklyn,
N.Y., in a second-floor bedroom
of a vacant double-block at 19-21
Elizabeth St., after a blaze on
Aug. 4. Acause of the fire has not
been determined. Most recently,
firefighters extinguished a fire at
a vacant house at 257 Carey Ave.
on Friday.
The city obtained an emergen-
cy demolition order Tuesday af-
ternoon to raze the two buildings
for safety, McLaughlin said.
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Wilkes-Barre
firefighters were
called back to put
out hot spots at
two vacant
houses at 27 and
31 Academy St. in
Wilkes-Barre that
were destroyed in
a fire early Tues-
day morning. The
cause of the fire
is under investi-
gation.
“The flames
were starting to
shoot over and
they were afraid
the fire was go-
ing to jump.”
Bob Moir
Neighboring property
owner
throughthat he sought toshowhis appeal
among religious voters and cultural con-
servatives — two groups stubbornly cool
toward his candidacy.
“We’ve won races all across the country
againsttheodds,”theformerPennsylvania
senatorsaidatalate-nightrallyinSteuben-
ville, Ohio. “When they thought, OK, he’s
finally finished, we keep coming back.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
carried Georgia, home of the district he
representedfor years inCongress. He, too,
said it proved the naysayers wrong.
“I want youtoknow, inthemorning, we
are going to Alabama, we’re going on to
Mississippi, we’re going on to Kansas and
that’s just this week,” Gingrich told cheer-
ing supporters in Atlanta, referring to the
next set of contests.
ThebiggestprizewasOhio. With92per-
cent of precincts reporting, Romney, the
former Massachusetts governor, had 38
percent to 37 percent for Santorum, the
formerPennsylvaniasenator, andamargin
of about 6,000 votes.
Inall, votersin10stateswerecastingbal-
lots in Super Tuesday contests. But even
though Georgia dispensed the most dele-
gates, the greatest attention was focused
on Ohio, a November battleground where
Romney and Santorum devoted the bulk
of their time and resources.
Both candidates focused on the econo-
myinOhio, aRust Belt statethat hurt long
before the rest of the country sunk into
deeprecession, thenemergedtoa fitful re-
covery.
Santorum touted his roots across the
border in a Pennyslvania steel town, say-
inghewouldseektostrengthentheecono-
my by restoring America’s manufacturing
might. Romney unveiled a new slogan —
“more jobs, less debt, smaller govern-
ment” —andjabbedat Santorum’s digres-
sionintosubjects suchas contraception
and the separation of church and state.
“During this campaign there has
been discussion about all sorts of is-
sues,” Romney said in Canton. “I keep
bringing it back to more jobs, less debt
and smaller government. That’s what
my campaign is about.”
Thefourthcandidateintherace, Tex-
asRep. RonPaul, washopingforhisfirst
victory in the one remaining caucus
state, Alaska. (Voters inWyoming were
also caucusing) Paul campaigned hard
in North Dakota and appeared there
election night, but came up unavailing.
With his three victories and strong
showing in Ohio, Romney added con-
siderably to his lead among delegates.
But the results continued to flash cau-
tion signs.
He trailed Santorum and Gingrich,
respectively, amongthe most conserva-
tivevoters inOhioandGeorgia, accord-
ingtoexit polls. Healsoshowedcontin-
ued weakness among evangelical Chris-
tians, perhaps because of concerns about
his Mormon faith.
Whilethosevoters—whorepresentthe
base of the party — are likely to rally be-
hind the eventual winner, the resistance
has kept Romney from wrapping up the
nominating fight as quickly as he would
like.
Overall, 437 delegates were at stake
Tuesday, considerably more thaninthe12
previous contests combined; 1,144 dele-
gates are neededto secure the GOPnomi-
nation.
Even before the first ballots were cast,
Romney was assured a victory in Tues-
day’s delegate count, thanks in part to the
organizational failings of his main rivals.
Paul wastheonlyRepublicanotherthan
RomneytoqualifyfortheballotinVirginia,
oneof thelargerstatesvotingTuesdayand
another important target for bothpolitical
parties in November. Santorum also for-
feited more than a dozen Ohio delegates
by failing to qualify representatives in sev-
eral congressional districts, including the
oneinwhichheheldhiselection-night par-
ty.
The shortfall underscored the advan-
tage that Romney has maintained
throughout the ups and downs of the tur-
bulent nominating fight: his big financial
and organizational advantages.
Both were brought to bear on Super
Tuesday.
Repeating a pattern seen throughout
the contest, Romney vastly outspent San-
torumon the television airwaves, strafing
his chief rival with a relentless barrage of
negative advertising.
SUPER
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Pey-
tonManningerainIndianapolisis
expected to end today, according
to a report.
Citing anonymous sources,
ESPN reported Tuesday that the
Colts plan to hold a news confer-
ence to announce the long-ex-
pected decision. Manning and
teamowner JimIrsay are expect-
edto attend, the network said.
Colts spokesman Avis Roper
said he could not confirm the de-
cision — or that a news confer-
ence would be held today — be-
cause Irsay was out of town and
could not be reached for com-
ment. Neither Irsay nor Man-
ning’s agent, Tom Condon, re-
sponded immediately to messag-
es left by The AssociatedPress.
Manning has said in the past
that all hewantedtodowas finish
his career in a Colts uniform, but
aninjuredneckforcedhimtomiss
all of the 2011season.
“I can’t tell youwhat anhonor it
is to go start-to-finish with the
same organization here in Indi-
anapolis. ThatissomethingIhave
always wanted to do as a rookie
coming out,” Manning said after
signing a five-year, $90 million
contract in July. “Of course, you
never knowif that is possible, but
after yesterday it is official that I
will beanIndianapolisColtformy
entirecareer. I will not playfor an-
other team. My last down of foot-
ball will be with the Colts, which
AP PHOTO
The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is expected to end today,
according to a report. Citing anonymous sources, ESPN reported
that the Colts plan to hold a news conference today to announce
the long-expected decision. Manning is expected to attend.
N F L
Source: Colts set to dump Peyton
ESPN says team will announce
it is releasing quarterback at
press conference today.
The Associated Press
See PEYTON, Page 4B
INSIDE: Saints’ brass take blame, 3B
DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods
already has left his own mark in
world golf.
History will decide what it
means.
Thenumber that defines great-
ness in golf is 18. It has been that
way since 1986, when Jack Nick-
laus won his 18th professional
major at the Masters. And it will
staythat wayunless—or until —
Woods wins the five more majors
he needs to pass him.
“Whilehehasbeengonefor 2½
years, these guys who have all
learnedhowtoplay, orall learned
howtowin, are probably nolong-
er afraid of Tiger,” Nicklaus said.
“In my opinion, I still think Tiger
will regain what he does. He will
come back and play very, very
well. Whether he breaks my re-
cord is another issue. I still think
he will. But he still has to go do
it.”
If not, Woodsmight havetoset-
tle for another standard.
Thenext stepbelowthemajors
are the World Golf Champion-
ships, andWoods has amassedan
AP PHOTO
Tiger Woods smiles as he walks off the 18th green after complet-
ing the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament in Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla. on Saturday.
P G A
Where in the world will
legend of Tiger stand?
By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer
See GOLF, Page 5B
For what
appears to be
the first time in
the 74-year
history of the
PIAA Wrestling
Championships,
the 56 finalists
will not be the only ones under
the spotlight.
In a proposal last year to save
time and be more wrestler
friendly, the PIAA decided to
change the schedule for this
weekend’s tournament at Giant
Center in Hershey. That means
all four placing bouts in each
classification – championship,
third, fifth and seventh – will all
be held at the same time. And
the parade of champions in both
classifications will consist of all
112 medal participants.
In previous years, the 2A
finals started at 2:30 p.m., which
was following the third, fifth
and seventh-place bouts, which
started at approximately 12:30
p.m. This year, both will kick off
at 2 p.m.
The Class 3A championship
P I A A W R E S T L I N G
Going all at once now
DAVE ROSENGRANT
N O T E B O O K
See WRESTLING, Page 4B
WILKES-BARRE TWP. – During
their first two meetings against the St.
John’s IceCaps, the Wilkes-Barre/
Scranton Penguins were victorious in
both contests thanks to a total of four
shorthanded goals.
OnTuesday whenthe IceCaps made
their first trip to Wilkes-Barre, the
roles were reversed.
St. John’s scored three goals on their
first three shots and had two short-
handed tallies to beat the Penguins,
5-2.
“There’s no explanation for it,” said
Zach Sill, regarding the six shorthand-
ed goals that have resulted in the three
meetings against the two teams. “If
we’re going to win these games, we
have to capitalize on our special teams
and we can’t afford to give up short-
handed goals.
The loss drops the Penguins 33-19-
2-5 and keeps them in fourth place in
the Eastern Conference, two points
ahead of Hershey. The Penguins have
lost three out of their last five games
and are now12-13-2-2 at home.
Despite equaling St. John’s in scor-
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3-0 lead by connecting on their first
three shots of the game. John Albert
scored a shorthanded tally to put St.
John’s ontheboardat 4:48, followedby
a power play sequence that saw both
Matt Rust and Zach Sill hobbled after
blocking shots before Carl Klingberg
connected to give the IceCaps a 2-0
lead.
“I didn’t knowwhat the heck was go-
ing on. It was mayhem,” Sill said of the
power play sequence. “The first shot
hit Rust, went back to their guy and he
fed it over to (Paul) Postma for a one-
timer and it hit me. That was a pretty
good game plan by them.”
Former Penguin Jason DeSantis
scored with a shot fromthe high point
less than a minute later to put the Pen-
guins down 3-0 and bring an early end
for Scott Munroe in goal, who failed to
stop all three shots he faced. Munroe
was replaced by Patrick Killeen.
“I’m sure he’d like one or two of
AMERI CAN HOCKEY L EAGUE
Penguins get iced
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Matt Rust comes around the corner of the goal against St. John Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Shorthanded goals help St. John’s get past WBS
By TOMVENESKY
[email protected]
5
ICECAPS
2
PENGUINS
See PENS, Page 4B
Around the region, it’s hardly a secret.
From her high school days at Scranton Prep
to her three seasons playing guard for
King’s, Celia Rader has been known on the
court as a dangerous
shooter.
After this past week-
end, the NCAA tourna-
ment field knows it too.
Rader, a junior guard
for the Lady Monarchs,
tied the all-time record
for three-pointers in an
NCAA Division III wom-
en’s tournament game,
connecting on nine of them to help lift
King’s to a wild 64-63 win over William Pa-
terson in the second round.
Despite hitting five in the first half alone,
Rader found herself open down the stretch,
keying a double-digit rally with four more in
the game’s final four minutes.
“Celia’s our best shooter. It’s just that
she’s been hurt for a couple weeks,” King’s
coach Brian Donoghue said. “To be honest,
I think in our league play, (opponents) prob-
ably secure her a little bit more. The fact is
that there’s not a lot of film on her recently
because she’s been out.
“I’m sure they knew who she was, but
maybe not the range she has or some of the
things we try to get her loose on.”
Certainly the Lady Monarchs’ next oppo-
nent will know all about her. King’s faces
Emmanuel College in the Sweet 16 of
W O M E N ’ S B A S K E T B A L L
FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
King’s guard Celia Rader drives the ball
around William Paterson’s Floriana Borova.
Her secret’s
suddenly out
of the bag
Sharp-shooting prowess of King’s guard
Celia Rader was put on display for NCAA.
See RADER, Page 4B
By DEREK LEVARSE
[email protected]
UP NEXT
NCAA Division
III tournament
Third round
• King’s vs.
Emmanuel
5 p.m., Friday
Amherst, Mass.
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MEETINGS
Crestwood Football Booster Club
will be meeting Sunday at 6 p.m. at
Tony’s Pizzeria. Any questions,
please call Sherry at 855-6938.
Duryea Little League will hold its
monthly meeting on Sunday at 7
p.m. at the VFW on Stephenson
Street. This is a mandatory meet-
ing for all coaches to discuss the
upcoming season.
Hanover Area Cheerleader Booster
Club will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at
the high school cafeteria.
Hanover Area Wrestling Booster
Club will meet Thursday at 6:30
p.m. in the high school cafeteria,
all varsity, junior varsity and ele-
mentary parents are invited to
attend.
Heights Packers Booster Club will
be meeting Sunday at 7 p.m. at
Stanton Lanes Meeting Room.
Luzerne County Federation of
Sportsmen will meet at 7:30 p.m.
at American Legion Post 609,
corner of Lee Park Ave and St.
Mary’s Rd. Interested sportsmen
are cordially invited and club
delegates are urged to attend.
Nanticoke Area Little League will
hold its monthly meeting at 7:30
p.m. on Thursday at Nanticoke
High School. Board Members are
to meet at 7 p.m.
Wyoming Area Baseball - Meet the
Warriors Committee will meet
Wednesday at 6 p.m. in room129
at the high school.
REGISTRATION/TRYOUTS
Beginner to Intermediate Field
Hockey Players will have hold
signups for the upcoming season
beginning April 15 to May 20. There
will be a total of 6 training/game
play sessions every Sunday from
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will have
gear & sticks for sale for those
who have never played. To register
visit our website: www.kapowfh-
.com and print/complete/mail the
Youth Spring Training Flier on the
Homepage.
Hanover Area Little League will be
holding an additional registration
for this season on Saturday from
9:30 am until 11:00 am in the cafe-
teria at the Hanover Area High
School. All children residing in
Warrior Run, Sugar Notch & Ha-
nover Twp., excluding Preston &
Newtown, ages 4-16 as of April 30,
2012 are eligible to play. Regis-
tration costs are $45 per player
(ages 4-12) or $75 per family of 2
or more. Cost for Junior/Senior
League ages 13-16 is $65 per play-
er.
Nanticoke American Legion Base-
ball will hold sign-ups Saturday
from1-3 p.m. at the Nanticoke
legion hall on West Broad St. in
Nanticoke.Eligible participants will
be between the ages of 13-18, and
reside in the Nanticoke, Northwest
or Hanover areas. Registration fee
is $100. Any questions, please call
Joe at 814-1430.
Nanticoke Area Little League will
have final tryouts for 7 through 12
year old girls softball at 7 p.m.
Tuesday at Ed. Center Cafe. Boys
baseball tryouts will be at 7 p.m.
Thursday at the same location.
Anyone not on a major team must
tryout. Please call Wade 735-0189
for more information. Sign ups for
t-ball, coach pitch and 13 through
16 year old boys and girls will be
from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 10
at the field house behind the high
school.
Plains Soccer Association will hold
registrations for our upcoming
2012 Fall Soccer Season from 6
p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Plains Amer-
ican Legion, Carey Street, Plains,
on the following dates: March 25,
April 1, April 11 and April 15. Age
groups from U6 thru U18 will be
accepted. Eligible players must be
4 years of age by Aug. 1, 2012. New
players must show proof of age.
Forms can be printed in advance at
our web address www.plainssoccer-
.com.
South Wilkes-Barre Little League
will be holding its final signups for
this season on Thursday at the
parent teacher conference at
Kistler and Heights elementary
schools. Players ages 4 through 14
are eligible to play. Cost is $45 per
player, $60 per family for t ball
through little league, and $55 or
$80 for family for junior league.
There will also be a $30 deposit for
lottery ticket fundraiser. More
information on our web site at
www.swblittleleague.com.
Swoyersville Little League Baseball
and Softball ages 5-12; junior
division, ages 13-14; senior division,
ages 13-16; will hold registrations
Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at
the borough building. Cost is $30
for T-Ball and $50 for other
leagues. Family rate is $10 for each
additional child, but doesn’t apply
to junior or senior divisions. For
more information, call Dave at
899-3750.
LEAGUES
County Line Girls Softball League is
a newly formed ASA REC league
comprised of teams from Dupont,
Taylor, Minooka and Scranton, the
league is looking for teams in age
groups from 7 to 17 interested in
playing. For more info call Bob at
881-8744.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Athletes for Better Education
(AFBE) will be hosting a regional
basketball tournament in the
Hazleton area March 24-25. There
will be seven age groups for both
boys and girls: U10, U12, U13, U14,
U15, U16 and U18. Each team will be
guaranteed four games. There are
a limited number of spots available
in each division, so a quick re-
sponse is advised. The deadline is
March 18. For more information or
to register, visit www.afbe.org or
contact Jason Bieber at 866-906-
2323 or e-mail [email protected]
Freeland MMI’s Annual Basketball
Tournament will be held March
9-11. The tournament will have four
divisions: seventh grade boys,
seventh grade girls, eighth grade
boys and eighth grade girls. The
cost for the tournament is $150
and all teams are guaranteed three
games. For more information, call
Joe at 814-1350 or by email at
[email protected]
Freeland YMCA will host various
basketball tournaments through-
out March and April. The schedule
is as follows: March 9-11 is fourth
grade boys, March 16-18 is seventh
grade boys, March 23-25 is fifth
grade boys, March 30-April 1 is
fourth and sixth grade girls, April
13-15 is sixth, seventh and eighth
grade boys. The cost for all tourna-
ments is $125 and all teams are
guaranteed three games. For more
information, contact the YMCA at
636-3640 or by email at freelan-
[email protected] Applications
and more information is available
at freelandymca.com.
Kingston/Forty Fort Little League
will hold field clean-up days on
Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the
Forty Fort Little League Field on
Tripp Street and March 25 at 2
p.m. at the Hamilton Park Little
League Field on Dorrance Street.
Coaches and parents are encour-
aged to volunteer. For information
call Herb at 287-2969.
Valley Regional Girls Softball
League will hold its annual open
house Saturday at 3 p.m. for new
players and their parents. The
event will be held at the Freedom
Park Softball Complex in Drums.
Bulletin Board items will not be
accepted over the telephone. Items
may be faxed to 831-7319, emailed to
[email protected] or dropped
off at the Times Leader or mailed to
Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main
St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18711-0250.
BUL L E T I N BOARD
W V C G I R L S B A S K E T B A L L
S T A T S
BERWICK (8-14) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Caty Davenport 22 162 7.4 15 60.2 56 93 3 0 0.0
Kelly Sheptock 18 131 7.3 13 55.6 35 63 0 0 0.0
Geena Palermo 20 95 4.8 12 42.5 17 40 0 0 0.0
Margaret Bridge 22 95 4.3 10 54.8 17 31 0 12 0.5
Alexis Steeber 22 75 3.4 13 75.0 18 24 0 1 0.0
Allison Rinehimer 20 50 2.5 8 87.5 7 8 0 1 0.1
Bri Floryshak 21 48 2.3 8 57.7 15 26 0 1 0.0
Team 33.2 56.5 0.9
Defense 38.2
COUGHLIN (2-20) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Marissa Ross 12 82 6.8 14 26.1 18 69 0 0 0.0
Dannah Hayward 18 113 6.3 14 48.8 20 41 0 18 1.0
Danielle Georgetti 20 67 3.4 10 44.1 26 59 0 1 0.1
Cayla Sebastian 22 73 3.3 11 50.0 3 6 0 10 0.5
Kayla Eaton 19 58 3.1 14 60.0 9 15 0 10 0.5
Shelby Flaherty 22 55 2.5 7 54.5 6 11 0 3 0.1
Sierra Williams 20 21 1.1 4 35.7 5 14 0 0 0.0
Team 22.5 41.9 2.0
Defense 46.2
CRESTWOOD (14-8) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Sydney Myers 22 264 12.0 23 59.8 58 97 7 0 0.0
Kayla Gegaris 22 186 8.5 17 52.0 26 50 2 24 1.1
Rebecca Rutkowski 22 145 6.6 17 52.3 23 44 2 2 0.1
Sarah Andrews 22 137 6.2 14 63.2 43 68 0 4 0.2
Taryn Wojnar 19 95 5.0 16 66.7 6 9 3 24 1.3
Carina Mazzoni 21 77 3.7 10 100.0 6 6 0 15 0.7
Amy Jesikiewicz 22 64 2.9 10 33.3 1 3 0 13 0.6
Team 51.6 59.5 4.2
Defense 41.6
DALLAS (14-8) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Ashley Dunbar 22 288 13.1 26 63.7 86 135 7 9 0.4
Tanner Englehart 22 170 7.7 17 47.9 57 119 1 0 0.0
Jessica Hiscox 22 134 6.1 14 52.6 20 38 0 10 0.5
Talia Szatkowski 18 94 5.2 11 49.0 24 49 0 0 0.0
Samantha Missal 22 110 5.0 12 85.7 6 7 0 23 1.0
Sara Flaherty 21 92 4.4 14 62.9 22 35 0 0 0.0
Katy Comitz 22 87 4.0 10 70.8 17 24 0 8 0.4
Team 50.6 57.5 2.5
Defense 40.4
GAR (6-17) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Brenan Mosier 20 147 7.4 19 43.3 13 30 2 0 0.0
Marena Spence 22 158 7.2 16 42.2 38 90 2 14 0.6
Quieterriua Gross 21 150 7.1 20 55.7 34 61 1 4 0.2
Brea Seabrook 21 109 5.2 11 28.9 13 45 0 2 0.1
Unique Twyman 18 87 4.8 12 22.5 9 40 0 0 0.0
Julianna Leco 23 105 4.6 23 75.9 22 29 1 13 0.6
Quinniea Gross 18 70 3.9 18 43.5 10 23 1 0 0.0
Team 35.3 41.4 1.5
Defense 45.3
HANOVER AREA (6-15) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Danielle Tuzinski 21 362 17.2 30 64.2 113 176 13 22 1.0
Brittany Miller 21 120 5.7 13 44.8 13 29 0 1 0.0
Julie Mizenko 19 75 3.9 9 50.0 11 22 0 2 0.1
Katie Zuranski 21 80 3.8 8 61.5 8 13 0 13 0.6
Julia Smith 21 70 3.3 8 52.9 9 17 0 3 0.1
Mickie Kaminski 21 57 2.7 10 66.7 4 6 0 13 0.6
Samantha Masher 21 57 2.7 13 55.6 15 27 0 0 0.0
Team 42.5 56.7 2.6
Defense 55.7
HAZLETON AREA (9-15) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Keanna Schoennagle 24 148 6.2 16 48.3 28 58 1 24 1.0
Alyssa Sitch 24 137 5.7 16 44.0 11 25 2 8 0.3
Josie Bachman 24 127 5.3 13 58.5 38 65 0 3 0.1
Becca Zamonas 24 125 5.2 13 76.7 23 30 0 26 1.1
Annie Bono 24 93 3.9 9 82.9 29 35 0 10 0.4
Alyssa Pfeil 22 72 3.3 11 60.0 9 15 0 9 0.4
Brianna Woznicki 23 56 2.4 8 31.6 6 19 0 0 0.0
Team 38.5 55.4 3.7
Defense 43.6
HOLY REDEEMER (14-8) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Alexis Lewis 18 271 15.1 26 61.5 48 78 8 5 0.3
Paige Makowski 22 152 6.9 16 66.7 30 45 1 0 0.0
Alana Wilson 17 114 6.7 15 63.6 21 33 1 15 0.9
Shannon Murray 22 144 6.5 11 75.0 15 20 0 21 1.0
Julia Wignot 22 119 5.4 10 71.0 22 31 0 17 0.8
Alyssa Platko 22 117 5.3 13 50.9 27 53 0 0 0.0
Sara Altemose 21 95 4.5 10 71.4 20 28 0 15 0.7
Team 52.4 61.5 3.5
Defense 44.6
LAKE-LEHMAN (17-7) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Cayle Spencer 24 327 13.6 23 63.3 76 120 11 9 0.4
Nikki Sutliff 21 267 12.7 24 60.0 69 115 7 32 1.5
Emily Sutton 24 148 6.2 17 41.2 14 34 1 0 0.0
Shoshana Mahoney 23 69 3.0 12 59.3 16 27 0 1 0.0
Jen Konopinski 16 45 2.8 8 55.6 5 9 0 6 0.4
Carol Mosier 24 65 2.7 7 39.3 11 28 0 0 0.0
Emily Leskowsky 24 57 2.4 6 27.8 5 18 0 2 0.1
Team 46.5 56.1 2.3
Defense 34.3
MEYERS (11-12) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Amy Kowalczyk 22 179 8.1 17 57.4 27 47 2 38 1.7
Jazma Robertson 23 162 7.0 14 50.0 16 32 0 0 0.0
MacKenzie Winder 21 143 6.8 16 50.0 13 26 1 0 0.0
Salimah Biggs 23 143 6.2 20 46.9 15 32 2 6 0.3
Brianna Dimaggio 22 112 5.1 12 44.7 17 38 0 13 0.6
Cathy Quinones 23 35 1.5 7 29.4 5 17 0 2 0.1
Brandilee Soto 20 29 1.5 5 32.1 9 28 0 0 0.0
Team 36.7 46.3 2.7
Defense 38.2
MMI PREP (4-20) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Rachel Stanziola 24 191 8.0 18 48.6 35 72 3 2 0.1
Maria Carrato 24 171 7.1 17 29.2 14 48 2 15 0.6
Kayla Karchner 23 127 5.5 19 55.6 15 27 1 4 0.2
Kristen Purcell 24 123 5.1 19 41.7 15 36 1 3 0.1
Gabriella Lobitz 22 75 3.4 11 56.7 17 30 0 0 0.0
Hayle Shearer 24 81 3.4 11 42.9 9 21 0 0 0.0
Andrea Lara 24 35 1.5 8 16.7 1 6 0 0 0.0
Team 34.0 42.4 1.1
Defense 56.3
NANTICOKE (23-3) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Katie Wolfe 26 335 12.9 27 69.9 93 133 6 4 0.2
Samantha Gow 26 270 10.4 21 59.2 29 49 6 56 2.2
Kayley Schinski 25 226 9.0 24 67.5 54 80 4 36 1.4
Alex Brassington 25 183 7.3 23 65.8 50 76 3 22 0.9
Brittany Sugalski 25 112 4.5 11 66.7 12 18 0 8 0.3
Alex Holl 25 94 3.8 11 47.1 16 34 0 0 0.0
Cassie Yalch 26 68 2.6 12 66.7 12 18 0 14 0.5
Team 56.3 64.9 6.4
Defense 34.5
NORTHWEST (14-9) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Alivia Womelsdorf 23 475 20.7 36 59.4 101 170 17 1 0.0
Sarah Shaffer 23 223 9.7 28 62.5 20 32 5 51 2.2
DeAnna Gill 23 180 7.8 19 72.9 62 85 2 0 0.0
Maranda Koehn 23 71 3.1 8 45.8 11 24 0 0 GOM Player Pro 2.3.68.5332 Crack With Keygen Free download 2021 Christa Bosak 23 65 2.8 9 78.6 11 14 0 0 0.0
Kelsey Yustat 22 53 2.4 11 25.0 3 12 0 12 0.5
Team 47.2 61.7 2.8
Defense 41.9
PITTSTON AREA (17-7) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Mia Hopkins 24 486 20.3 39 60.4 119 197 19 3 0.1
Grace O’Neill 24 258 10.8 26 58.3 28 48 4 54 2.3
Allie Barber 24 185 7.7 15 64.1 41 64 2 6 0.3
Liz Waleski 24 144 6.0 19 64.7 22 34 1 0 0.0
Kelly Mitchell 23 63 2.7 12 90.5 19 21 0 0 0.0
Jacqueline Rabender 24 61 2.5 6 52.0 13 25 0 0 0.0
Kristen Fereck 22 37 1.7 6 75.0 6 8 0 1 0.0
Team 53.9 61.9 2.7
Defense 41.9
TUNKHANNOCK (15-7) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Lisa Kintner 22 281 12.8 26 60.2 56 93 7 1 0.0
Kassie Williams 22 242 11.0 25 59.1 39 66 5 36 1.6
Gabby Alguire 22 157 7.1 15 64.4 67 104 1 10 0.5
Amelia Ayers 22 101 4.6 13 59.5 47 79 0 5 0.2
Katie Proulx 21 73 3.5 11 35.3 12 34 0 1 0.0
Ashleigh Nafus 22 60 2.7 9 44.4 12 27 0 0 0.0
Shequoya Bonner 15 29 1.9 8 50.0 5 10 0 0 0.0
Team 45.5 57.6 2.5
Defense 38.4
WYOMING AREA (5-17) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Serra Degnan 22 231 10.5 17 48.5 65 134 3 8 0.4
Ashlee Blannett 22 147 6.7 18 70.5 43 61 2 0 0.0
Abby Thornton 22 137 6.2 15 42.7 41 96 1 0 0.0
Sara Radzwilka 22 94 4.3 10 43.8 7 16 0 13 0.6
Nicole Turner 17 53 3.1 11 41.4 12 29 0 1 0.1
Lexi Coolbaugh 21 42 2.0 9 44.4 4 9 0 2 0.1
Felicia Turner 19 23 1.2 3 60.0 9 15 0 0 0.0
Team 35.4 48.2 1.1
Defense 48.6
WYOMING SEMINARY (8-14) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Jessica Neare 20 164 8.2 15 70.6 36 51 1 11 0.6
Bridget McMullen 19 133 7.0 16 46.4 45 97 1 0 0.0
Ann Romanowski 16 103 6.4 13 49.0 24 49 0 1 0.1
Haley Karg 22 133 6.0 13 32.1 17 53 0 2 0.1
Jane Henry 21 117 5.6 10 47.7 21 44 0 0 0.0
Emily Gabriel 22 48 2.2 6 45.2 14 31 0 0 0.0
Dinah Williams 16 25 1.6 7 16.7 1 6 0 1 0.1
Team 33.5 47.2 0.7
Defense 44.6
VALLEY WEST (19-6) Gms Pts Avg Hi FT% FTM FTA 15+ 3s Avg
Tara Zdancewicz 25 434 17.4 28 69.3 113 163 18 1 0.0
Kaitlyn Smicherko 25 265 10.6 19 72.5 79 109 7 34 1.4
Cassie Smicherko 25 119 4.8 13 65.3 32 49 0 17 0.7
Olivia Hoffman 24 111 4.6 12 43.3 13 30 0 0 0.0
Cheyenne Reese 24 104 4.3 12 61.5 40 65 0 0 0.0
Taylor Reilly 24 83 3.5 8 56.1 23 41 0 0 0.0
Tara Judge 25 65 2.6 7 57.7 15 26 0 2 0.1
Team 50.9 63.9 2.3
Defense 39.3
NBA
Favorite Points Underdog
76ERS 5 Celtics
Rockets 1.5 RAPTORS
Jazz 8 BOBCATS
Lakers 7.5 WIZARDS
HEAT 12.5 Hawks
Bulls 7.5 BUCKS
Clippers 6.5 NETS
T’WOLVES 2.5 Blazers
THUNDER 9.5 Suns
SPURS 7 Knicks
NUGGETS 10 Cavaliers
KINGS 4.5 Hornets
WARRIORS 1.5 Grizzlies
College Basketball
Favorite Points Underdog
Big East Conference Tournament
W Virginia PK Connecticut
Georgetown 3 Pittsburgh
Louisville 4.5 Seton Hall
S Florida 4.5 Rutgers*
S Florida 2.5 Villanova*
Conference USA Tournament
Rice 1 E Carolina
Marshall 7 Smu
Texas-El Paso 3.5 Houston
Ala.-Birmingham 6 Tulane
Pac 12 Conference Tournament
Oregon St 4.5 Washington St
Ucla 12.5 So California
Stanford 10 Arizona St
Colorado 12.5 Utah
Mid American Conference Tournament
W Michigan 9.5 No Illinois
Toledo 3.5 C Michigan
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Oklahoma 1 Texas A&M
Oklahoma St 8.5 Texas Tech
AME RI C A’ S L I NE
By Roxy Roxborough
L O C A L
C A L E N D A R
Today's Events
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Miami-Hamilton (Ohio) vs. King’s (Myrtle Beach,
S.C.), 9:30 a.m.
Bluefield vs. King’s (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 11:30 a.m.
COLLEGE BASEBALL
Averett vs. Wilkes (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 9 a.m.
Susquehanna vs. Misericordia (Fort Pierce, Fla.),
Noon
COLLEGE TENNIS
Kings at Kissimmee, Fla.
THURSDAY, MARCH 8
H.S. WRESTLING
PIAA Championships at Giant Center, Hershey
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Carroll vs. Misericordia (Clermont, Fla.), 11 a.m.
Simmons vs. Misericordia (Clermont, Fla.), 1 p.m.
COLLEGE BASEBALL
Lebanon Valley vs. Misericordia (Fort Pierce, Fla.),
3:30 p.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Medaille vs. Misericordia (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 10
a.m.
COLLEGE TENNIS
King’s at Kissimmee, Fla.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL
PIAA Class 3A Tournament
Abington Heights vs. Northern Lehigh, 7:30 p.m.,
Lackawanna College
Scranton Prep vs. Danville, 7:30 p.m., Shamokin
H.S.
PIAA Class A Tournament
Susquehanna vs. Faith Christian, 6 p.m., Scranton
H.S.
H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL
PIAA Class 4A Tournament
Abington Heights vs. Upper Darby, 6 p.m., Lacka-
wanna College
PIAA Class 2A Tournament
Montrose vs. Wyalusing Valley, 7:30 p.m., Scran-
ton H.S.
Dunmore vs. Christopher Dock, 6 p.m., Coatesville
H.S.
Mid Valley vs. Mount Carmel, 6 p.m., Shamokin
H.S.
HS WRESTLING
PIAA Championships at Giant Center, Hershey
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NCAA Division III tournament
Third round
King’s vs. Emmanuel, 5 p.m. at Amherst, Mass.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Lebanon Valley vs. Misericordia, 9 a.m.
Arcadia vs. King’s (Salisbury, Md.), 10 a.m.
Stevenson vs. Wilkes (Salisbury, Md.), 10 a.m.
Emerson vs. Misericordia (Fort Pierce, Fla.), 11
a.m.
Frostburg State at Wilkes (Salisbury, Md.), Noon
Shenandoah at King’s (Salisbury, Md.), Noon
MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Misericordia at Tampa, 7 p.m.
COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD
NCAA Indoor Championships, TBA
SATURDAY, MARCH10
H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL
PIAA Class 2A Tournament
Meyers vs. Athens, 3:30 p.m., Pittston Area H.S.
Riverside vs. Loyalsock, 3 p.m., Williamsport H.S.
Holy Cross vs. Southern Columbia, 6:30 p.m., Ma-
rywood University
H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL
PIAA Class 3A Tournament
Nanticoke vs. Shamokin, 6 p.m. Shikellamy H.S.
Honesdale vs. Southern Lehigh, 3:30 p.m., Mary-
wood University
PIAA Class A Tournament
OldForgevs. Morrisville, 5p.m., MarywoodUniver-
sity
HS WRESTLING
PIAA Championships at Giant Center, Hershey
COLLEGE SOFTBALL
D’Youville vs. King’s (Salisbury, Md),10 a.m.
Washington and Jefferson vs. King’s (Salisbury,
Md.), Noon
Shenandoah vs. Wilkes (in Salisbury, Md.), Noon
Wilkes at Salisbury, 2 p.m.
COLLEGE BASEBALL
DelawareValley vs. Misericordia(Fort Pierce, Fla.),
9 a.m.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Cazenovia at King’s, 1 p.m.
MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
King’s at Lycoming, 1 p.m.
COLLEGE WRESTLING
NCAA Division III Tournament, 10 a.m.
W H A T ’ S O N T V
MEN'S COLLEGE
BASKETBALL
Noon
ESPN—BigEast Conference, secondround, West
Virginia vs. UConn, at New York
2 p.m.
ESPN — Big East Conference, second round, Ge-
orgetown vs. Pittsburgh, at New York
7 p.m.
ESPN — Big East Conference, second round,
Louisville vs. Seton Hall, at New York
ESPN2 — Northeast Conference, championship
game, Wagner at LIU
9 p.m.
ESPN — Big East Conference, second round,
South Florida vs. Rutgers-Villanova winner, at New
York
ESPN2 — Big Sky Conference, championship
game, at Missoula, Mont.
MLB
1 p.m.
YES — Spring Training, Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yan-
kees
NHL HOCKEY
7:30 p.m.
NBCSN — Toronto at Pittsburgh
NBA
7 p.m.
CSN — Boston at Philadelphia
8 p.m.
YES — L.A. Clippers at New Jersey
8:30 p.m.
MSG — New York at San Antonio
T R A N S A C T I O N S
BASEBALL
National League
PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Agreed to terms with
OF Andrew McCutchen on a six-year contract.
BASKETBALL
Women's National Basketball Association
WASHINGTONMYSTICS—Matched Atlanta’s of-
fer for G Matee Ajavon.
FOOTBALL
National Football League
ATLANTA FALCONS — Signed S Thomas De-
Coud.
HOUSTON TEXANS — Signed RB Arian Foster to
a five-year contract.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Released LB Demorrio
Williams.
OAKLAND RAIDERS — Named Lamonte Winston
director-player engagement.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS — Signed S C.J. Spill-
man to a three-year contract.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Named Brian An-
gelichiotight ends coach, BobBostadoffensiveline
coach, Earnest Byner running backs coach, P.J.
Fleck wide receivers coach, Steve Loney assistant
offensive line coach, Ben McDaniels offensive as-
sistant and Ron Turner quarterbacks coach.
HOCKEY
National Hockey League
NHL — Fined Ottawa D Erik Karlsson $2,500 for
slashing Florida F Sean Bergenheim during Sun-
day’s game.
CAROLINA HURRICANES — Loaned F Jared
Staal to Providence (AHL).
NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Recalled C Brad Mills
from Albany (AHL).
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS — Signed C Mikhail
Grabovski to a five-year contract.
American Hockey League
HAMILTON BULLDOGS — Recalled D Trevor
Hendrikx from Allen (CHL).
TEXAS STARS —Assigned F Nick Layton to Allen
(CHL).
SOCCER
Major League Soccer
NEWENGLANDREVOLUTION—Signed F Blake
Blake Brettschneider, MAlec Purdie and MMichael
Roach.
NEW YORK RED BULLS — Signed D Tyler Ruth-
ven, M Brandon Barklage, F Jose Angulo and F
Jhonny Arteaga.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS — Added M Floyd
Franks.
COLLEGE
STANFORD—Announced the retirement of men’s
associate basketball coach Dick Davey at the end of
the season.
TENNESSEESTATE—Announcedwomen’s bas-
ketball coach Tracee Wells will not be retained.
UNLV — Named Tim Hundley linebackers coach.
M I N O R L E A G U E
H O C K E Y
American Hockey League
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA
St. John’s . 57 35 15 5 2 77 191 165
Worcester. 56 25 20 4 7 61 148 151
Manchester . 60 29 28 0 3 61 155 174
Portland . 58 27 25 3 3 60 163 192
Providence. 60 26 28 3 3 58 148 174
East Division
GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA
Norfolk . 60 39 18 1 2 81 214 159
Penguins. 59 33 19 2 5 73 188 179
Hershey. 59 31 19 4 5 71 197 172
Syracuse. 58 24 26 4 4 56 182 190
Binghamton. 59 23 32 2 2 50 160 189
Northeast Division
GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA
Bridgeport . 56 31 19 3 3 68 172 156
Connecticut. 58 29 19 5 5 68 172 160
Albany. 58 27 22 6 3 63 150 165
Adirondack. 58 28 27 2 1 59 158 165
Springfield. 59 27 27 3 2 59 166 181
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Midwest Division
GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA
Charlotte. 58 31 19 3 5 70 163 155
Chicago. 58 31 22 2 3 67 161 149
Peoria . 60 31 26 2 1 65 177 165
Milwaukee . 57 30 23 2 2 64 162 147
Rockford. 59 26 26 2 5 59 164 187
North Division
GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA
Toronto. 59 32 20 5 2 71 174 143
Rochester. 59 28 22 6 3 65 172 175
Lake Erie. 60 30 25 2 3 65 148 168
Grand Rapids. 56 25 22 5 4 59 179 177
Hamilton . 58 26 26 1 5 58 145 174
West Division
GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA
Oklahoma City. 58 35 17 2 4 76 167 133
Abbotsford . 59 31 22 3 3 68 145 154
San Antonio . 58 32 23 2 1 67 146 155
Houston. 57 27 18 3 9 66 158 157
Texas. 57 25 28 2 2 54 168 182
Tuesday's Games
Houston 7, Abbotsford 6, SO
Bridgeport at Worcester, 7 p.m.
St. John’s 5, Penguins 2
Today's Games
Binghamton at Toronto, 11 a.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Peoria, 8 p.m.
Grand Rapids at Texas, 8:30 p.m.
Houston at Abbotsford, 10 p.m.
B A S K E T B A L L
National Basketball
Association
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB
Philadelphia. 22 17 .564 —
Boston . 19 17 .528 1
1
⁄2
New York . 18 19 .486 3
Toronto. 12 26 .316 9
1
⁄2
New Jersey. 12 27 .308 10
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
Miami. 29 9 .763 —
Orlando . 25 15 .625 5
Atlanta. 23 15 .605 6
Washington. 8 29 .216 20
1
⁄2
Charlotte. 5 31 .139 23
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Chicago. 32 8 .800 —
Indiana. 23 14 .622 7
1
⁄2
Milwaukee. 15 23 .395 16
Cleveland . 13 23 .361 17
Detroit . 12 26 .316 19
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
San Antonio. 25 12 .676 —
Memphis. 22 15 .595 3
Dallas . 22 17 .564 4
Houston . 21 17 .553 4
1
⁄2
New Orleans . 9 29 .237 16
1
⁄2
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB
Oklahoma City . 30 8 .789 —
Denver . 22 17 .564 8
1
⁄2
Minnesota. 20 19 .513 10
1
⁄2
Portland. 19 19 .500 11
Utah. 18 19 .486 11
1
⁄2
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers . 23 14 .622 —
L.A. Clippers. 22 14 .611
1
⁄2
Phoenix. 17 20 .459 6
Golden State . 15 20 .429 7
Sacramento. 12 26 .316 11
1
⁄2
Tuesday's Games
Charlotte 100, Orlando 84
Atlanta 101, Indiana 96
Miami 108, New Jersey 78
Houston at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
New York at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
H O C K E Y
National Hockey League
Atlantic Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
N.Y. Rangers. 65 42 16 7 91 180 137
Pittsburgh . 65 39 21 5 83 209 168
Philadelphia . 65 37 21 7 81 213 193
New Jersey . 66 37 24 5 79 184 176
N.Y. Islanders. 66 28 29 9 65 155 195
Northeast Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
Boston. 65 39 23 3 81 214 154
Ottawa. 68 35 25 8 78 209 201
Buffalo. 66 30 28 8 68 163 186
Toronto . 66 30 29 7 67 198 206
Montreal. 66 25 31 10 60 170 184
Southeast Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
Florida. 65 31 22 12 74 163 184
Winnipeg. 67 32 27 8 72 176 187
Washington. 66 32 28 6 70 175 188
Tampa Bay. 66 31 29 6 68 187 226
Carolina . 66 25 27 14 64 175 200
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
St. Louis. 67 42 18 7 91 174 132
Detroit . 67 43 21 3 89 211 156
Nashville. 66 38 21 7 83 188 171
Chicago. 68 36 25 7 79 203 200
Columbus . 66 21 38 7 49 156 216
Northwest Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
Vancouver . 66 41 17 8 90 209 161
Colorado. 67 34 29 4 72 171 180
Calgary . 66 29 25 12 70 159 181
Minnesota. 66 28 28 10 66 143 180
Edmonton. 65 25 34 6 56 172 196
Pacific Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA
Dallas . 66 35 26 5 75 174 178
Phoenix. 67 33 25 9 75 173 170
Los Angeles . 66 31 23 12 74 147 143
San Jose. 64 33 24 7 73 179 163
Anaheim . 67 29 28 10 68 170 188
NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime
loss.
Monday's Games
Pittsburgh 2, Phoenix 1
Winnipeg 3, Buffalo 1
Anaheim 4, Edmonton 2
Tuesday's Games
Boston 5, Toronto 4
New Jersey 4, N.Y. Rangers 1
Philadelphia 3, Detroit 2
Carolina 4, Washington 3, OT
Columbus 3, Phoenix 2
Ottawa 7, Tampa Bay 3
St. Louis 5, Chicago 1
Los Angeles 5, Nashville 4
Minnesota at Colorado, late
Montreal at Calgary, late
Dallas at Vancouver, late
Edmonton at San Jose, late
Today's Games
Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday's Games
Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Washington, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Columbus, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Anaheim at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Montreal at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
S O C C E R
FA Cup
England
Fifth Round
Replay
Birmingham 0, Chelsea 2
C M Y K
THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012 PAGE 3B
➛ S P O R T S
NHL
Crosby cleared for contact
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pen-
guins captain Sidney Crosby has been
cleared for contact, a big step toward
his return from concussion-like symp-
toms.
Crosby went through drills with his
teammates on Tuesday, the first time
he’s been a full participant in practice
since the symptoms returned after a
loss to Boston on Dec. 5.
The 24-year-old Crosby says he will
play at the moment he is symptom
free, but there remains no timetable for
his return. The Penguins continue a
four-game homestand on Wednesday
against Toronto.
Crosby missed more than 10 months
following a pair of hits to the head in
January 2011. He had two goals in his
season debut against the New York
Islanders, his only goals in the last 14
months.
Flyers retire Howe’s No. 2
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadel-
phia Flyers have retired former defen-
seman Mark Howe’s No. 2 and raised
the number to the rafters.
Howe was honored before Tuesday
night’s game against the Detroit Red
Wings. Howe is a pro scout for the Red
Wings and players for both teams
stayed on the bench to watch the cere-
mony.
Howe is Philadelphia’s career leader
in goals, assists and points for a defen-
seman. He played for the Flyers from
1982-92 and was a three-time Norris
Trophy finalist.
Howe said during the ceremony, “it
was as if I was born to become a Flyer.”
He is the fifth Flyer to have his num-
ber retired, joining Bernie Parent,
Barry Ashbee, Bill Barber and Bobby
Clarke. Howe was inducted into the
Hockey Hall of Fame last November.
Gordie Howe, one of the all-time
NHL greats, received a standing ova-
tion from Flyers fans when he was
introduced.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Ewing leads class into Hall
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Georgetown
great Patrick Ewing and former Kansas
star Clyde Lovellette lead a 10-member
class that will be inducted into the
National Collegiate Basketball Hall of
Fame in November.
The class was announced Tuesday in
Kansas City.
The two post players will be joined
by North Carolina’s Phil Ford, Wyom-
ing’s Kenny Sailors, Grambling’s Willis
Reed and Winston-Salem State’s Earl
Monroe.
Also inducted will be Joe B. Hall,
who followed Adolph Rupp as the
coach of Kentucky, and Dave Robbins,
who won more than 700 games at
Virginia Union.
Businessmen Jim Host and Joe Dean
will go in as contributors.
The induction ceremony is sched-
uled for Nov. 18 at the Midland Theatre
in Kansas City. The following night,
Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and
Washington will play in the semifinals
of the CBE Classic at the nearby Sprint
Center.
OLYMPICS
Coach K not thinking 2016
Mike Krzyzewski says he is only
thinking about this year, not about a
potential third Olympics as U.S. basket-
ball coach.
A day after Cleveland rookie Kyrie
Irving said he found out Krzyzewski
planned to lead the U.S. again in 2016,
the Duke coach says he is focused only
on the remainder of the Blue Devils’
season and the London Games.
Both Krzyzewski and USA Basket-
ball chairman Jerry Colangelo, in state-
ments provided Tuesday by USA Bas-
ketball, deny that discussions about the
future have taken place.
Irving said he would not pursue a
chance to play for Australia this sum-
mer in hopes of playing for the U.S. in
four years. Colangelo says Irving will
be given consideration if he continues
to play as well as he is now.
NFL
Foster signs 5-year deal
HOUSTON — Texans running back
Arian Foster has signed a five-year,
$43.5 million deal to stay in Houston.
An undrafted free agent in 2009,
Foster made $525,000 last season. He
was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2010
with 1,616 yards. He then ran for 1,224
yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
He was due to become a restricted free
agent next week, but his agent, Mike
McCartney, said Monday that Foster
was eager to work out a deal with the
Texans.
He’ll make $18 million in base salary
next season, plus incentives.
-- The Associated Press
I N B R I E F
Almost a week after the NFL pointed
to them for failing to stop a bounty pro-
gram involving some two dozen Saints
players, coach Sean Payton and general
manager Mickey Loomis apologized
and took the blame for violations that
“happened under our watch.”
“These are serious violations and we
understand the negative impact it has
had on our game,” Payton and Loomis
added. “Both of us have made it clear
within our organization that this will
never happen again, and make that
same promise to the NFL and most im-
portantly to all of our fans,” Payton and

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1 WADSWORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT A N N U A L R E P O R T RANDALL REINKE CHIEF OF POLICE MATTHEW HISCOCK DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS ROSTER DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL CHART PERSONNEL CHANGES 2016 DEPARTMENT STATISTICS 2016 DISPATCH STATISTICS 2016 PUBLIC RECORDS STATISTICS POLICE K9 ZORO S.W.A.T. BIKE PATROL SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS / D.U.M.P. COMMUNITY RELATIONS SOCIAL MEDIA USE OVI TASK FORCE DRUG OVERDOSES AND USE OF NARCAN MEDINA COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS WPD CERTIFICATION 2016 RECAP OF EVENTS ANNUAL REPORT Page 1

3 As of December 31, 2016 Rank Name Date of Hire Chief of Police Reinke, Randall M. August 12, 1992 Lieutenant Dorland, David A. January 10, 1994 Sergeant Blubaugh, Melissa K. January 10, 1994 Sergeant Elchlinger, James S. August 27, 1999 Sergeant Ballway, Michael J. August 17, 1998 Sergeant Chafin, Daniel L. February 1, 2010 Sergeant Rose, Joe C. February 21, 2006 Patrol Officer Spoerke, Peter W. September 16, 1996 Patrol Officer Cooper, Joshua A. August 23, 1999 Patrol Officer Sipos, Katie L. December 15, 2000 Patrol Officer Walser, James R. II January 2, 2001 Patrol Officer Shannon, Sean P. November 14, 2001 Detective Schismenos, Dawn C. April 29, 2002 Patrol Officer Blubaugh, Andrew J. January 9, 2003 Patrol Officer Ahern, John A. March 31, 2003 Patrol Officer Patterson, Michael P. December 8, 2003 Patrol Officer Dorner, Wendy M. July 30, 2001 Detective Markley, Matthew S. November 8, 2004 Patrol Officer Innocenti, Adam P. September 2, 2008 Patrol Officer Shonk, Daniel R. August 10, 2009 Patrol Officer Studer, Heath E. April 26, 2010 Patrol Officer Petit, Seth P. February 21, 2011 Patrol Officer Haas, Kyle A. March 21, 2011 Patrol Officer Allenby, James January 2, 2013 Patrol Officer McCune, Curt S. January 17, 2013 Patrol Officer Godwin, Keith August 11, 2014 Patrol Officer Reed, Tim March 2, 2015 Patrol Officer Lamielle, Dakota May 3, 2016 Patrol Officer Kuduzovic, Ashley August 1, 2016 Communications Officer Dodge, Brian K. May 20, 1998 Communications Officer Emrick, Wendy R. May 26, 1999 Communications Officer Covil, Nicole L. May 30, 2003 Communications Officer Sonntag, Heidi A. February 14, 2005 Communications Officer Urdiales, Olivia L. March 30, 2009 Communications Officer Neforos, Jenny September 19, 2011 Communications Officer Brown, Richard September 6, 2016 Communications Officer Bennett, Julie December 12, 2016 Police Administrative Assistant Buzard, Kathryn A. June 8, 2009 Auxiliary Patrol Officer Neil, Matthew A. January 12, 1997 Auxiliary Patrol Officer King, David E. December 31, 2001 Auxiliary Patrol Officer Woolard, Joel F. March 21, 2013 ANNUAL REPORT Page 2

4 An Overview of The Wadsworth Police Department s Personnel Structure Chief of Police Police Administrative Assistant - Fill In Communications Officer Administrative Sergeant - 1st Shift Lieutenant MCDTF - Assigned Officer (1) Detective Bureau (2) Sergeant First Shift Sergeant Second Shift Sergeant Third Shift Sergeant Swing Shift 2nd/3rd Patrol Officer (5) Patrol Officer (6) Patrol Officer (5) School Resource Officer (1) Communications Officer (3) Communications Officer (2) Communications Officer (3) Auxiliary Patrol Officer (3) WPD Current Rank/Structure: 1 Chief of Police, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Administrative Sergeant, 4 Shift Sergeants, 22 Patrol Officers, 8 Communications Officers, 3 Auxiliary Officers, 1 Civilian Employee/Fill-in Communications Officer. % of Whole Department Sworn Full Time Officers 29 71% Communications Officers 8 20% Auxiliary Officers 3 7% Civilian Employees 1 2% Sworn Full Time Officers % of Sworn Officers Admin % Front-line Supervisors 4 14% Detectives % Patrol 16 55% Special Assignments (SRO/DTF) 2 7% Patrol Officer off, Military 1 3.4% ANNUAL REPORT Page 3

5 2016 Personnel Changes The Wadsworth Police Department welcomed four new hires in Patrol Officer Dakota Lamielle Patrol Officer Ashley Kuduzovic With Lt. Dorland and Chief Reinke Communications Officer Rick Brown Communications Officer Julie Bennett ANNUAL REPORT Page 4

6 The Wadsworth Police Department had two sworn officers retire in Lieutenant Rob Wyrick Lieutenant Rob Wyrick retired from the Department June 30, 2016 after 27 years of service. Lieutenant Wyrick began working for the WPD in 1989 as a Patrol Officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1995 and to Lieutenant in Sergeant Jim Wilcox Sergeant Jim Wilcox retired from the Department April 30 th, Sgt Wilcox began working for the WPD in He spent most of his time in the Detective Bureau before being promoted to Sergeant in In 2009 he returned to the Detective Bureau as a Sergeant and he spent the remainder of his career there. ANNUAL REPORT Page 5

7 Wadsworth Police Department Promotions In 2016 the Wadsworth Police Department conducted a promotional process for candidates that met the qualifications and were interested in the positions of Police Sergeant and Police Lieutenant. Sgt. Dan Chafin On May 3, 2016 Patrol Officer Dan Chafin was promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. Chafin was hired as a Patrol Officer in February of Sgt. Chafin is a Firearms instructor, Taser instructor and a Field Training Officer. Sgt. Chafin is married with twin daughters. Lt. Dave Dorland On June 20, 2016 Sgt. Dave Dorland was promoted to Lieutenant. Lt. Dorland began his career with the Wadsworth Police Department in January 1994 as a Patrol Officer and was promoted to Sergeant in November of Lt. Dorland has served the Department as a Firearms instructor, Field Training Officer and member of the Medina County SWAT team. Sgt. Joe Rose On June 20, 2016 Patrol Officer Joe Rose was promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. Rose was hired as a Patrol Officer in February Sgt. Rose is a Field Training Officer, Controlled FORCE trainer and certified DRE for the department. Sgt. Rose has been married for 15 years with two sons. Sgt. Dan Chafin Sgt. Joe Rose (left) and Lt. Dave Dorland (right) ANNUAL REPORT Page 6

8 2016 DEPARTMENT STATISTICS Police Calls for Service 15,000 14,578 14,000 13,000 12,455 12,000 11, Class 1/Major Offense Incident Reports Investigated ANNUAL REPORT Page 7

9 Burglary/Thefts by Larceny Type Other 38% B & E 9% Shoplifting 27% MV Parts 1% From MV 20% From Building 5% Thefts by Store Home Depot 1% Lowes 4% Giant Eagle 5% Target 8% Kohls 13% Buehlers 3% Other 10% Walmart 56% ANNUAL REPORT Page 8

10 Total Arrests Adult vs. Juvenile Arrests Adults Juveniles ANNUAL REPORT Page 9

11 2016 Arrest Comparison Females Males 588 Females 31% Males 69% Top Five Arrest Charges 2016 vs Criminal Damaging/Trespass Drug Related Theft/RSP/MV Theft Domestic Violence OVI ANNUAL REPORT Page 10

12 2016 Alcohol/Drug Related Arrests Drugs 36% UAC/Open container/sale to Underage 14% OVI 50% 2016 Violent Crimes Arrests Sex Crimes 6% Assault 33% Domestic Violence 61% ANNUAL REPORT Page 11

13 2016 vs Citations Issued 4,000 3,500 3,656 3,000 2,500 3,156 2, ,083 1,500 1,Parking Traffic Summons Traffic Stops made 2015 Top Five Traffic Offenses Cited for in 2016 OVI 16% Stop Sign 14% Assured Clear Distance Ahead 26% Speed 20% Driving under FRA suspension 24% ANNUAL REPORT Page 12

14 2016 vs Crash Reports Property Damage 55 Injury Fatal 0 0 Private Property Alcohol Related Crash Statistics 2016 vs Injury 3 5 No Injury Total ANNUAL REPORT Page 13

15 Alcohol Related Crashes by Month Jan 0 3 Feb 2 2 Mar 0 1 Apr May Jun Jul Aug 1 1 Sept Oct Nov 0 Dec 1 2 ANNUAL REPORT Page 14

16 Alcohol Related Crashes by Day 2016 vs Alcohol Related Crashes by Shift % 19% 6AM to 2PM 30% 35% 6AM to 2PM 50% 2PM to 10 PM 10PM to 6 AM 35% 2PM to 10 PM 10PM to 6 AM ANNUAL REPORT Page 15

17 Top Five (5) Accident Reports by Street Street Name # of Accidents in 2016 High Street Glary Disk Cleaner 5 Crack Interstate Route Broad Street 42 Akron Road 40 College Street 30 # of Accidents Accident by Cause Code High Street Interstate 76 Broad Street Following too Close Failure to Control Failure to Yield Akron Road College Street Improper Backing Improper Lane Change Top Five (5) Accident Causes Cause Code # of Accidents in 2016 Following Too Closely 146 Failure To Control 71 Failure To Yield 47 Improper Backing 58 Improper Lane Change 26 ANNUAL REPORT Page 16

18 Dispatch Statistics Total Calls Received by Dispatch 20,500 20,000 19,500 19,000 20,207 18,500 18,000 17, ,586 Calls Breakdown by Method Received Other/Unmarked Web Telephone ,810 7,643 Self Initiated In Person 911 1,074 1,053 2,464 2,461 7,661 8, ,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 9, ANNUAL REPORT Page 17

19 2016 Calls by Day of the Week Sunday 2,406 Monday 2,791 Tuesday 3,017 Wednesday 3,038 Thursday 2,965 Friday 3,308 Saturday 2,682 Friday 16% Thursday 15% Saturday 13% Sunday 12% Monday 14% Wednesday 15% Tuesday 15% 2016 Average Number of Calls Per Day of the Week ANNUAL REPORT Page 18

20 2016 Breakdown of Calls Taken by Dispatch Call Type Disorderly 196 Alcohol Related 173 Assault 35 Burglary 61 Custody Dispute 83 Domestic 239 Drugs 181 Fight 47 Gun 29 Illness/Injury 27 Juvenile 366 Knife 4 Mental Illness 117 Missing Person 64 Noise Complaint 199 Overdose 22 Robbery 1 Security Check 716 Sex Offense 30 Stalking/Menacing 106 Stolen Vehicle 25 Suspicious Person/Vehicle 1,165 Telecommunications Harassment 176 Theft 762 Traffic Stop 3,156 Traffic/Parking Complaint 1,013 Trespass 134 Vacation House Check 1,411 Vandalism/Damaging 160 Warrant Service 648 Search Warrant 11 Summons 102 Bad/Forged Checks 26 Animal Complaint Dispatch Calls Taken by Service 18,000 16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 8,000 6,000 4,000 2, ,811 2, Police Fire EMS ANNUAL REPORT Page 19

21 L.E.A.D.S. Data LEADS is the acronym for the Law Enforcement Automated Data System. LEADS is the statewide computerized network which provides computerized data and communications for criminal justice agencies within the state of Ohio. LEADS is administered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol superintendent. LEADS does not include data and files separately collected and maintained by intrastate regional systems or other individual user systems. LEADS Totals Warrants Entered Missing Persons Entered Articles Entered 9 20 Stolen Vehicle Reports Entered 4 10 Stolen Vehicle Reports Cleared 2 5 Criminal History Checks Accessed ,772 Ohio Vehicle Registration Checks 4,703 7,575 Ohio Operators License Checks 8,610 13,312 Out of State Vehicle Registration Checks Out of State Operators License Checks Protection Orders Entered Stolen Plates Entered 8 8 Stolen Plates Cleared 9 3 Stolen Guns Entered 10 5 Stolen Guns Cleared 1 3 Hit Confirmations Received Hit Confirmations Sent Mobile LEADS transactions are also able to be run through the patrol vehicles power iso 5.7 free download - Crack Key For U well as the dispatch terminals. This includes queries on vehicle registrations and operator s license. In 2016, a total of 152,310 transactions were run through the mobile terminals. ANNUAL REPORT Page 20

22 Public Records Statistics Background Checks Requested & Completed 2016 vs Background Checks by Month ANNUAL REPORT Page 21

23 Public Records Requested & Completed 2016 vs ,300 1,250 1,200 1, ,283 1, Public Records Requests Completed by Month ANNUAL REPORT Page 22

24 Criminal Prevent Restore Pro Keygen Nuisances Property Owners in the City of Wadsworth are required to comply with provisions and fees for abatement of criminal nuisance activity as set forth in Ordinance No There are fifteen (15) activities that, if occurring at a residential dwelling unit, and engaged in by an owner, occupant or invitee of the owner or occupant of a residential dwelling are declared to be public nuisances. The police department is responsible for tracking instances of criminal nuisance activity, notifying the owner of the property and assessing abatement costs when necessary. Total Letters Mailed 2 nd Offense 3 rd Offense 4 th Offense 6 th Offense Cost of Abatement Assessed Abatements Excused $1, $2, ANNUAL REPORT Page 23

25 WADSWORTH POLICE APPOINT K9 ZORO K9 ZORO AND HANDLER PETIT ANNUAL REPORT Page 24

26 DONATIONS FOR K9 PROGRAM The Wadsworth Police Department received an outpouring of support and donations toward the new police K9 program in 2016 that enabled the department to purchase K9 Zoro and assist in funding the training of Zoro and Handler Petit. American Legion Post 170 Fraternal Order of Eagles #2217 Walmart Foundation Grant/Wadsworth Walmart Summa Health Center at Wadsworth Rittman Auxiliary Dr. Sam Ghoubrial Wadsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars #1089 Residents of Bayberry Estates Mr. & Mrs. Leedy Ms. Mary Kepler donation made in the name of William and Pearl Williams Ms. Irene Graham donation made in memory of dog, Casey Ms. Judy Welday donation made in memory of dog, Marty Mr. Andy Esterle Dr. Jason Esterle Mr. & Mrs. Barr Mr. & Mrs. Hartenstein Grizzly Mart THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ANNUAL REPORT Page 25

27 SWAT The Wadsworth Police Department along with eight other Law Enforcement Agencies in Medina County make up the Medina County SWAT team. Wadsworth Police Department currently has four (4) officers who are members of the SWAT team, two (2) of which serve as Team Leaders. In 2016, Det. Matt Markley resigned from the SWAT team after 10 years of service. Following interviews and testing, Patrol Officer Kyle Haas was selected to replace Det. Markley on the SWAT team from Wadsworth Police Department. Ptl. Kyle Haas is sworn in as a member of the Medina County SWAT team. The SWAT team trained every month in Five (5) training days were used for range and weapons manipulation skills. In February, the training was held at the Cleveland PD shoot house. The SWAT team also participated in an interdepartmental training session along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff s Office in anticipation of the RNC. Other trainings focused on movement drills, hostage rescue drills and breaching drills on doors, windows and through walls. The SWAT team was activated two (2) times in Both calls were involving barricaded subjects, one in a motor vehicle and the other in a residence. Sgt. James Elchlinger trains with Cuyahoga County S.O. and RTA ANNUAL REPORT Page 26

28 Bike Patrol The Wadsworth Police Department s Bike Patrol officers provide security at events throughout the city as well as regular patrol duties as time and weather permit. While the Department has seven officers who have completed the bike patrol training, ability to patrol as a bike unit varies greatly on the number of officers working shift at any given time as well as work load and specific shift activity. Officer Markley (left) and Officer Cooper (right) patrol on bikes during the 2016 Blue Tip Festival Parade Event Presence: Blue Tip Parade & Festival - Fireworks Bike Rodeo at Memorial Park Scare on the Square Candlelight Walk Shift Patrol ANNUAL REPORT Page 27

29 SRO School Resource Officer Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti Patrol Officer Innocenti continued to serve the Wadsworth Police Department as the School Resource Officer (SRO) in faculty members. Officer Innocenti maintains a constant presence in and around the schools as well as conducting numerous trainings and programs with the students and In 2016, Officer Innocenti assisted the schools with lockdown/evacuation drills and also worked with school administrators and teachers throughout the year on a number of issues in order to promote a safer learning environment. Trainings Conducted by SRO Officer Innocenti in 2016 Safety Town Program 3 rd Grade Safety Belt Program Safety Forces Camp A.L.I.C.E. Training Refresher Classes Traffic stops/accidents/insurance Class - WHS OVI Fatal Vision Classes - WHS Forensics Class - WHS Hidden in Plain Sight - WHS Assisted with the ICAC presentation - WMS Drug and Alcohol class - WMS ANNUAL REPORT Page 28

30 Alcohol Compliance Checks The Wadsworth Police Department in conjunction with the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) conducted random compliance checks at various licensed alcohol establishments throughout the city in March 18, 2016 Two Wadsworth Officers along with the OIU conducted alcohol compliance checks on thirty-one (31) total establishments in the City of Wadsworth. No violations were found. October 13, 2016 Two Wadsworth Officers along with the OIU conducted alcohol compliance checks on twenty (20) establishments within the City of Wadsworth. Seven (7) of the twenty (20) establishments sold alcohol to an underage person. Those establishments were cited by the OIU while the clerks that made the sale were charged criminally by the Wadsworth Police Department. The Wadsworth Police Department remains committed to keeping alcohol out of the hands of area youth. D.U.M.P. The DUMP box allows the public a safe way to anonymously dispose of unused or unwanted medications in a safe manner. The box is located on the first floor of City Hall and is monitored and maintained by the Wadsworth Police Department. In 2016, a total of 768 pounds of unwanted medication was collected and turned over to the Medina County Drug Task Force for disposal. On April 30 th, 2016 and October 22 nd, 2016, Wadsworth Police Department also participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. An Officer was on hand to collect unwanted medications from the public as they drove through the department s parking lot. ANNUAL REPORT Page 29

31 Community Relations In 2016 the Wadsworth Police Department hosted and took part in a wide range of community programs. SAFETY FORCES CAMP LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS SAFETY TOWN ANNUAL REPORT Page 30

32 COPS & KIDS 2016 THANK YOU WALMART FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN THIS PROGRAM! ANNUAL REPORT Page 31

33 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT (NNO) THANK YOU TARGET FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN THIS EVENT! ANNUAL REPORT Page 32

34 Students in Government WHS Reality Day WMS 3 rd Grade Safety Belt Program Click It or Tickit Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Medina County OVI task force Peace Officer Memorial Event Touch A Truck Event Reimer Road Baptist Church Fall Festival and Car Show Home Depot Safety Day Walk to School Events Wadsworth Airport Props and Pistons Festival National Drug Take-Back Event MCPAL Medina County Police Athletic League Safety Forces Camp Juvenile Traffic Diversion Program ANNUAL REPORT Page 33

35 Social Media and the Wadsworth Police Department With the addition of an Administrative Sergeant position in 2016, the Wadsworth Police Department began to take an even more proactive approach to the use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The department created weekly posts such as Warrant Wednesday where the photo and identity of a current wanted subject by the department was posted and the Police Log which gives a breakdown on the number and type of calls the department handled over the course of the previous week. The social media pages also include posts of useful information and tips relating to scams, criminal activity, traffic or weather related issues in and around the City and community programs and events. ANNUAL REPORT Page 34

36 OVI Task Force Local Wadsworth area OVI saturation patrols were conducted throughout a majority of the months in Officers who committed to working the various saturation patrols invested a total of hours in this specific task force. One Medina County OVI Task Force checkpoint was also held within the City of Wadsworth in April Our personnel participated in many of the special details (sobriety check points and saturation patrols) that were held in other areas of Medina County as well. Drug Overdoses and the use of NARCAN In 2016 the Wadsworth Police Department saw an alarming increase in the total number of overdose calls. The total number of overdoses rose from forty-two (42) in 2015 to sixty-eight (68) in A majority of the overdoses seen in the City of Wadsworth are due to heroin and other opiates such as fentanyl or carfentanil. The availability and use of NARCAN, a medication utilized in emergency response incidents to counteract heroin overdose, has continued to be a highly effective tool for the Wadsworth Police Department. In 2016, Wadsworth Police Officers used NARCAN forty-nine (49) times resulting in forty-six (46) lives saved as compared to sixteen (16) NARCAN uses and fourteen (14) lives saved in The Wadsworth Police Department thanks the Summa Health System for providing our officers with NARCAN at no cost. ANNUAL REPORT Page 35

37 Medina County Drug Task Force In 2016 the Wadsworth Police Department (WPD) continued its assignment of a patrol officer to work full time with the Medina County Drug Task Force (MCDTF). The MCDTF conducted a total of seventy (70) drug related criminal investigations within the City of Wadsworth in 2016 leading to the arrest of fifty-six (56) people on eighty-six (86) criminal charges. Currently, seven (7) additional criminal cases are pending presentation to a Medina County Grand Jury. MCDTF agents executed five (5) search warrants and conducted twenty-six (26) forensic exams on mobile devices relative to DTF investigations in Wadsworth in Medina County Drug Task Force Statistics for the City of Wadsworth Drugs Seized Drug Marijuana 9,978 grams 33.1 grams Cocaine 1.5 grams 2.88 grams Crack 47.1 grams 2.43 grams Heroin 6.3 grams 18.3 grams LSD 159 UD 2 UD Fentanyl 10.8 grams 9.46 grams Meth 29.1 grams 1.48 grams Pharmaceuticals 96 UD 99 UD ANNUAL REPORT Page 36

38 Criminal Charges For Wadsworth Crime Trafficking Cocaine 1 1 Trafficking Crack Cocaine 2 2 Trafficking Heroin 4 9 Trafficking in Fentanyl 8 4 Trafficking LSD 1 3 Trafficking Marijuana 1 3 Trafficking Meth 6 Trafficking MDMA (Ecstasy) Trafficking Rx Drugs 1 3 Possession of Cocaine 1 1 Possession of Crack Cocaine 2 Possession of Carfentanil 2 Possession of Fentanyl 1 Possession of Heroin 4 5 Possession of Marijuana 5 1 Possession of Meth 5 3 Possession of Rx Drugs 1 Pseudoephedrine Violation Illegal Assembly of Chemicals Manufacturing Meth 2 Deception to Obtain Rx Drugs 2 Illegal Processing of Drug Docs. 3 Permitting Drug Abuse 2 1 Tampering With Evidence 1 3 Theft 4 Other Misc. Charges 3 Other Agency Arrest Warrants 14 3 Total Degree of Criminal Charges Federal Charges st Degree Felony nd Degree Felony rd Degree Felony th Degree Felony th Degree Felony Misdemeanor Charges Arrest Warrants 14 3 Total ANNUAL REPORT Page 37

39 Departmental Awards Wadsworth Police Department Officer of the Year Patrol Officer Heath Studer Officer Heath Studer was selected to receive this award by a majority of his peers and supervisors. He has previously been named Officer of the Month in January and March of He is a very active officer and has served as a Field Training Officer for new hires as well as a member of the Medina County Child Abduction Response Team. Patrol Officer Heath Studer was hired by Wadsworth Police Department as a patrol officer in April His career in law enforcement began in the Washington DC area, graduating from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy with top honors, before moving to Ohio to be closer to family. Starting in 2017 he will be assigned to the Detective Bureau. Chief Reinke presenting Patrol Officer Heath Studer with the Officer of the Year award Patrol Officer Heath Studer ANNUAL REPORT Page 38

40 Departmental Commendation Patrol Officer Keith Godwin Patrol Officer Keith Godwin was presented with a Departmental Commendation for his lifesaving efforts. On May 2, 2016, Patrol Officer Godwin arrested a 16 year old female on a Summit County warrant. While transporting the juvenile, he noticed that she began foaming at the mouth and became non-responsive. At the time, Patrol Officer Godwin was north bound on State Route 8 near exit 1A in Akron, Ohio. Patrol Officer Godwin reacted quickly to the medical emergency. He informed dispatch then pulled his cruiser to the side of the road and attempted to revive the juvenile. Realizing the juvenile was not responding and that she was exhibiting signs of an opiate overdose, he removed the juvenile from the cruiser and administered two milligrams of Narcan. He then placed her into the recovery position and continually monitored her condition until EMS arrived. While awaiting EMS, Patrol Officer Godwin continued to give the juvenile sternum rubs and calling her name. After approximately five minutes, the juvenile started to acknowledge him. She wasn t talking, but was able to shake her head and blink her eyes in response. Patrol Officer Godwin noticed that she appeared to be in shock and shaking. He then retrieved a coat and covered her. The juvenile was eventually transported to Akron Children s Hospital by Akron EMS. Patrol Officer Godwin s quick actions contributed considerably to saving the juvenile s life. ANNUAL REPORT Page 39

41 Certificate of Appreciation SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti In 2016, Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation. He has officially been the School Resource Officer since the Fall of 2013 and served as a School Liaison prior to that. Over the last few years he has worked hard to build a very successful relationship with the schools as well as with Juvenile Probation. Patrol Officer Innocenti is quick to handle any school related calls, runs a multitude of programs and conducts countless tours of the Police Department to school classes of all ages. He is also quick to assist with volunteer opportunities and has flexed his schedule to accommodate such activities whenever asked. He is recognized for all of his hard work and for making the partnership between the Wadsworth Police Department and the Wadsworth City School such a success. ANNUAL REPORT Page 40

42 WPD RECEIVES STATE CERTIFICATION ANNUAL REPORT Page 41

43 Recap of WPD Significant Events in 2016 January shift reassignments are effective Patrol Officer Joe Rose represents the department at the Medina County OVI Task Force s mock sobriety checkpoint for members of the Leadership Medina County class Three forfeited vehicles to the department are sold at the city-wide auction. February 2-3 The Sierra Wireless systems begin to be installed in the patrol vehicles as a better solution to wireless connectivity. 2-8 Patrol Officer Joseph Killion is appointed as a patrol officer and is assigned badge #34. He begins the 20-week basic training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy The first video conference between the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) and the Wadsworth Municipal Court is held. An incarcerated defendant at the Richland Corrections Institute pleads not guilty to four charges of theft. These video conferences will alleviate the need to transport these defendants from the various institutions for their court appearances. March 3-4 Chief Randy Reinke and SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti recognize a Valleyview Elementary student as an honorary police officer for the day and provide her and her friend with a ride to school in a patrol vehicle Patrol Officers Heath Studer and Keith Godwin partner with the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) and conduct alcohol compliance checks on 31 establishments, and identify zero violations WPD contracts with SIMTAC Services and host a firearms simulator at WFD #2 for four days. The majority of personnel train at least once and additional training is provided to the agents of the MCDTF The System is upgraded and goes live The written test for the sergeant promotional process is administered to 11 candidates: Patrol Officers Dan Shonk, Seth Petit, Heath Studer, Dan Chafin, James Walser, Katie Sipos, Mike Patterson, Joe Rose, Adam Innocenti, and Detectives Dawn Schismenos and Matt Markley. April 4-5 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week (April 10-16, 2016) recognized with a mayoral proclamation Sergeant David Dorland participates with other city leaders in the annual Students in Government Day. ANNUAL REPORT Page 42

44 April(Cont d) 4-22 The Medina County OVI Task Force conducts an OVI checkpoint in the 700 block of southbound High Street. 372 vehicles are checked with no OVI arrests. Four drivers are diverted for further investigation and three are cited for DUS The written test for the Lieutenant promotional process is administered to two candidates: Sergeants Dave Dorland and Melissa Blubaugh Sergeant Jim Wilcox works his last day after being hired April 24, 1991 and retires with more than 25 years of service Sergeant Melissa Blubaugh represents the department at the annual National Drug Take Back Day and collects approximately 70 pounds of unwanted/expired medications from the public Patrol Officer Tim Reed represents the department at the Healthy Kids Day event at the YMCA. May June 5-2 Communications Officer Sherra Diosy begins her part-time employment with the department and begins her field training. 5-3 Patrol Officer Dakota Lamielle is hired and begins his field training program. He is assigned badge # Patrol Officer Dan Chafin is promoted to Sergeant SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti and Patrol Officer Heath Studer participate in Reality Day at the Wadsworth Middle School Peace Officer Memorial Day is observed Click It or Ticket education and enforcement campaign begins and continues through June 5, Auxiliary Patrol Officer David King received a mayoral proclamation for the observance of Peace Officer Memorial Week Sergeant Melissa Blubaugh represents the department at a local Click It or Ticket event spearheaded by the Medina County Safe Communities Throughout the month of May, hundreds of young students tour the WPD. 6-4 Bicycle Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti partners with the Friends of Wadsworth Trails group for a Bicycle Rodeo at Memorial Park. 6-6 SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti spearheads the Wadsworth Safety Forces Camp. Approximately 150 middle-school aged students attend the week-long program Patrol Officer Joe Rose is promoted to Sergeant and Sergeant Dave Dorland is promoted to Lieutenant Various members of the department participate in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through Medina County. ANNUAL REPORT Page 43

45 June (Cont d) 6-21 The Blue Tip Parade commences the week-long Blue Tip Festival Patrol Officer Joe Killion graduates from basic training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy Lieutenant Rob Wyrick works his last day after being hired August 28, 1989, and retires with more than 27 years of service. July 7-18 Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti participates in the two weeks of Safety Town from July August 8-1 Ashley Kuduzovic is sworn in as a patrol officer and issued badge #36. She begins her 15-week FTO training program. 8-1 Sherra Diosy resigns from her position as a Police Dispatcher 8-2 Department members participate in the National Night Out event at Target was WPD s 9 th year participating in the event Kelsey Evans works her last day as a WPD dispatcher. She served in this position since December 4, Patrol Officer Dakota Lamielle begins the shadow phase of his field training SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti conducts ALiCE refresher training with all of the teachers in the WCS system and the WHS PAC SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti returns to his assignment as the School Resource Officer (SRO) with the Wadsworth City Schools. This year begins his 4 th year as the full-time (SRO) The Drive Sober or get Pulled Over national campaign begins and continues through Auxiliary Patrol Officer Dave King represents the department at the annual car show held at Buehler s in support of the Wadsworth Safety Forces Camp. Funds raised were donated to the WSF Camp Auxiliary Patrol Officer Dave King represents the department at the annual Touch-A-Truck event at the Key to My Father s House Church Patrol Officer Dakota Lamielle is released from field training and is assigned to solo patrol on second shift. September 9-1 Det. Matt Markley resigns from the Medina County SWAT team. He served as a member of the team for over ten years (since 4/27/2006). 9-6 Richard Brown begins his employment with WPD as a full-time dispatcher Interviews are conducted with 6 patrol officers for the K-9 Handler position. Following the interviews, Patrol Officer Seth Petit is chosen to be the new handler. The selection process is conducted by Lt. Dorland, Sgt. Blubaugh, Sgt. Chafin, and Sgt. Rose. The patrol officers who ANNUAL REPORT Page 44

46 applied for the position include: Seth Petit, Kyle Haas, Katie Sipos, John Ahern, Keith Godwin, and Tim Reed Sergeants Dan Chafin and Joe Rose attend the first of three week long sessions at Supervisor Training & Education Program (STEP) in Columbus. Two other sessions are in October and December The MCPAL (Medina County Police Athletic League) resumes at Lincoln Elementary School. Every Tuesday and Thursday a group of students engage in after school activities with police officers. Departmental participants include: SRO/Patrol Officer Adam Innocenti, Patrol Officers Seth Petit and James Walser, and Detectives Dawn Schismenos and Matt Markley Patrol Officers James Allenby and Keith Godwin are recognized for their OVI and traffic enforcement efforts at the annual Medina County Safe Communities Breakfast Awards Banquet. Ptl. Allenby led the department with 18 OVI s during the award period, which was from July 1, 2015 through June 30, Ptl. Godwin led the department in traffic enforcement during the same period with over 400 traffic stops in a wide range of violations Car 27, a Ford Police Interceptor SUV, is placed into service. October 10-1 Auxiliary Patrol Officer Dave King represented the department at the Home Depot for their Safety Day event Patrol Officer Seth Petit begins his first day of K-9 Handler training with his new K-9 partner, Zoro, at Excel K-9 Services in Hiram, OH. The training is scheduled to last six weeks SRO Ptl. Adam Innocenti, with assistance from a K-9 from MCSO, conducts a drug check at the Wadsworth Middle School. No contraband is discovered Bicycles from WPD property are given to the Wadsworth High School. The students will repair and refurbish the bikes to be donated to local charities The selection process to add another WPD officer to the Medina County SWAT team is held. The three candidates (Ptl. Haas, Ptl. Godwin and Ptl. Reed) participate in a written exam, scenario-based exercises, and an oral board interview. Ptl. Kyle Haas is subsequently chosen to join the SWAT team. Ptl. Haas is the 11 th WPD officer to be a member of the multijurisdictional Medina County SWAT team since WPD joined the team in April, A written civil service exam for patrol officer is held at the Northside Christian Church. 89 people applied for the exam, 1 withdrew before the test, and 77 showed up to take the examination Patrol Officers Adam Innocenti and Dan Shonk partner with agents and confidential informants of the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) to conduct alcohol compliance checks throughout the city. Seven (7) out of the twenty (20) establishments checked were cited for violations Auxiliary Patrol Officer Dave King participates in The National Drug Take-back event. The public simply drove through the city hall parking lot and Officer King took possession of the ANNUAL REPORT Page 45

47 unwanted/expired prescription medications. Thirty (30) pounds medications are collected and relinquished to the MCDTF for proper disposal Patrol Officer Kyle Haas is sworn in with the Medina County Sheriff s Officer as a Reserve Deputy for the Medina County Regional SWAT team. November 11-9 Initial interviews for patrol officer are held with the top 10 candidates from the WPD civil service exam held on Ptl. Petit and his K-9 partner, Zoro, complete their training with Excel K-9 Services. They begin their first shift together on November Ptl. Joe Killion resigns from WPD The American Legion presents Adam Innocenti with a check for $ for Safety Forces Camp Ptl. Innocenti attends the annual Blue Tip Festival banquet where he is presented with a $ donation for the WPD Safety Forces Camp Car 26, a Ford Police Interceptor SUV, is placed into service. December 12-3 Various departmental members participate in the annual Cops and Kids (formerly Shop with a Cop), organized by Detective Matt Markley Patrol Officer Ashley Kuduzovic completes her field training and is assigned to first shift Dispatcher Katy Buzard completes her communications officer training and is able to work solo as a dispatcher Julie Bennett begins her first day as a full-time dispatcher At the departmental meeting, Chief Randy Reinke presents the 2016 Officer-Of-The-Year Award to Patrol Officer Heath Studer. Patrol Officer Keith Godwin receives a Blue Commendation Award for his life saving actions involving a female juvenile who overdosed in his efforts as School Resource Officer during Rick Brown completes his communications officer training and is able to work as a solo dispatcher. He is assigned to second shift Officers of the Month January Ptl. Heath Studer July Ptl. Keith Godwin February Det. Matt Markley August Ptl. Keith Godwin March Ptl. Heath Studer September Ptl. Dan Shonk April Ptl. John Ahern October Ptl. Kyle Haas May Ptl. Joe Rose November Ptl. Tim Reed June Ptl. Tim Reed December Ptl. James Allenby ANNUAL REPORT Page 46

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EAST ALTON — After an

East Alton Middle School student

decided to organize a fundraiser

to help the Boys and Girls

Club of Bethalto, members of

five area motorcycle clubs spent

their Saturday selling pulled

pork and washing cars.

Shaylea Frasier, 12, said she

wanted to do something after

finding out the club’s summer

program was in danger after a

grant expired. The club runs a

separate after-school program

at the school, but both programs

are in danger of being

eliminated.

“I go to the club every day I

get a chance,” she said. “I like

it because they’re very helpful

there. They’ve helped me raise

my grades and it’s a place to

socialize. When I found out we

might lose it because of funding,

I wanted to do something.”

She asked her dad to attend

a meeting about the problem.

“By the time I got home

from the meeting, I found out

my daughter had already

called everybody,” Robert

“Bam Bam” Frasier said,

referring to members of area

motorcycle clubs. Frasier is a

member of the Bush Pilots

Motorcycle Club.

Shaylea’s original idea was

to sell a pulled pork lunch plate

from J’s Grill on Main Street in

East Alton, but that evolved to

include a car and bike wash.

When Frasier went to talk to

Jason Harrison, one of the owners

of J’s Grill, the owner of

Speedway Car Wash next door

came over and volunteered the

use of two of his bays so the

group could include a car wash.

Members of the Bush Pilots,

Bootleggers, Bluff City, Salty

Dawgs and Dreamweavers

motorcycle clubs pitched in,

donating time and supplies.

Ronnie Perkinson of Bluff City

Motorcycle Club donated a 265pound

hog and Harrison cooked

it 12 hours in a pit.

“It was just one club reaching

out to another. I made sure

the girls had what they needed,”

he said, gesturing to the

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Claims mount in wake of storm

By SANFORD J.SCHMIDT

TheTelegraph

Aflood of insurance

claims has followed a

storm of hailstones,

resulting in insurance

companies setting up catastrophe

teams to handle claims.

John Williams, a State Farm

See HELMET, Page A11

Insurers, shops scramble to get customers mobile

agent based in Carrollton, said

10,000 claims have been filed in

connection with an April 28 hailstorm

in the southern half of the

St. Louis metropolitan area.

Allstate, another major carrier,

has 75 property field

agents and 100 auto field

adjusters working on the hail

damage claims.

Scott Neudecker, an Alton

State Farm agent, said the big

insurer has a drive-up claims

service station in Collinsville

HEAD START ON SAFETY

and one in Fairview Heights.

“We have eight lines at one

location writing claims 12 hours

a day,” he said. “We’re writing

up claims faster than the body

shops can handle the repairs.”

Some people might have to

Foundation, hospital sponsor helmet giveaway

By DANETTE M. WATT

For TheTelegraph

ALTON — Just in time for bike-riding season,

more than 300 lucky children ages 4 through 12

received a free helmet Saturday during Alton

Memorial Hospital’s

sixth annual Family

Dave Whaley, senior

coordinator of public

relations at AMH, said 20

vendors were on hand to

share such information as

how to keep poisons away

from children.

Safety Fest.

The event was

held on the Medical

O f f i c e

Buildings/Cancer

Care Center parking

lot from 10 a.m. to 2

p.m. Saturday.

The helmet giveaway

partially was

sponsored by

Helmets First, a

foundation begun by

pediatrician Joseph

E. Cangas in

Columbia. The foundation

and Alton

Memorial share the cost; each helmet costs $6 to

$8.

“As a pediatrician and someone who used to

cycle a lot, I started talking to kids when they

came in for appointments,” Cangas said. His

foundation started out giving 100 helmets one

Volunteer Cathy

Churchman fits 7year-old

Melissa

McFarland of Godfrey

with one of some

320 bike helmets

given away Saturday

at Alton Memorial

Hospital’s Family

Safety Fest on the

AMH campus. The

event included

booths from the

Illinois State Police,

Alton Fire

Department,

Southern Illinois

University Dental

School and the Red

Cross. Left: Kaden

Robinson, 4, of

Bethalto, demonstrates

proper brushing

techniques while

visiting the SIU

Dental School booth

Saturday. Dental students

held miniworkshops

on dental

care.

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JAMES B. RITTER

wait two to three months to get

their autos repaired, said Mark

Anderson, owner of Andy’s Auto

Body in Alton.

Body shop owners and insurance

agents said insurance

companies and repair shops are

setting priorities so that cars

See CLAIMS, Page A11

Bikers get

cooking

for benefit

Motorcyclists help with

student’s fund-raiser for

Boys and Girls Club program

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“To Kill a Mockingbird” live:

Curtain’s Up Theater Company,

SIU Edwardsville Dunham Hall, 2

p.m., $15 and down. (618) 670-

8030.

“Gone With The Wind”: 3 and

7 p.m., The Wildey, Edwardsville,

$5. (618) 307-2053.

Mountain Man Rendezvous:

music, vendors, knife-throwing,

more, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Camp

DuBois, Wood River.

Free concert: 2 p.m., St.

Mary’s Church, Alton. (618) 463-

5306.

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The school, opened in 1837, was built of native stone, quarried here and transported by

Benjamin Godfrey’s railroad from the riverfront. Master stonemasons and carpenters,

many of Irish descent, worked on the college buildings. Undated postcard from the collection

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SPOTLIGHT

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❖ OUR EVERYDAY PEOPLE ❖

World class

Coach coordinates college championship

By DAN BRANNAN

TheTelegraph

Tom Roth, a

Carrollton native

and an assistant

baseball coach

for Robert Morris

University in

Springfield, will be the

co-tournament director

of the Small College

World Series.

The series is set to

begin this week at Robin

Roberts Stadium in

Springfield, starting

Sunday and running

through Thursday.

Baseball is truly

something that Roth

holds close to his heart.

“Baseball has been

my sport since I was a

kid,” Roth said. “I

played all the way

through from the

younger leagues to high

school. Hosting a World

Series takes a lot of

coordination. We have

vendors, hotels, food,

banquets and meetings

to coordinate. We have

to coordinate between 10

teams playing. We have

meetings nearly every

day.”

The Carrollton native

has been in law enforcement

for more than 30

years, first starting in

Greene County in

January 1981 and moving

to Jersey County in

October 1989. He plans

to retire in the next

year. This is his sixth

year as the assistant

baseball coach at Robert

Morris University in

Springfield and he said it

is something he sincerely

loves.

“I like working with

young kids,” he said. “I

think it is very rewarding

to see them

improve as they go

along. At the college

level, you have to have

patience and try to connect

with them to get

the message across.

TODAY

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For TheTelegraph

Carrollton native Tom Roth is serving as the co-tournament director of the Small

College World Series, which starts today at Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield. Roth

has been in law enforcement for more than 30 years, first starting in Greene County

in January 1981 and moving to Jersey County in October 1989.

“Once the message

gets across, usually they

will listen. You have to

work within the program

you have for the whole

team.”

Roth said as a coach,

he wants his players to

know he cares about

them.

“I try to teach a lot of

life lessons to them,” he

said. “I kind of use stories

that I have been

part of in the past or I

have heard and try to

implement and show

them.

“If they lose a game

or are beaten today, I

try to show them they

can pick themselves up

Bingo: 6:30 p.m., Bethalto

KC.

Bingo: 6:30 p.m., Wood River

VFW.

Gamblers Anonymous: 7

p.m., St. Clare’s Hospital; (618)

465-1722.

Al-Anon: 7:15 p.m., St. Paul

Church, Staunton; (618) 463-

2429.

Bethalto Fine Arts Boosters: 7

p.m., Civic Memorial High School;

(618) 259-5291.

Town and Country 4-H: 6:30

and they will improve on

themselves tomorrow

and be fine.”

There will be a lot of

talent showcased at the

Small College World

Series, Roth said, which

includes colleges under

enrollment of 1,200. He

said he is excited that

Robert Morris

University in Springfield

will be taking part.

The cost of Small

College World Series

games is inexpensive, $5

for all the games during

the day. He said Major

League scouts will

attend, possibly from the

Cubs, Indians and

Pirates.

p.m., Bethalto Senior Citizens

Center. For boys and girls ages 8

to 19; (618) 377-8588.

Country Line Dancing for

Seniors: advanced class. 9:30 a.m.

Bethalto Area Seniors Center,

Bethalto. (618) 786-2035.

Macoupin County Historical

Society: 7 p.m. “The Great

Chicago Fire.” (217) 556-1731.

Alton Godfrey Rotary Club: 6

p.m., Sports Tap.

Bingo: 7 p.m., Edwardsville

American Legion; (618) 656-6355.

Duplicate Bridge: 12:30 p.m.,

Senior Services Plus, Alton; (618)

254-3320.

Wood River Rotary Club:

MAY 6, 1987

The Monticello

College Foundation of

Godfrey gave Washington

University in St. Louis $1

million to be used in the

university’s Mr. and Mrs.

Spencer T. Olin Fellowship

Program for Women. The

fellowship program was

the only one of its kind in

the nation. The Olin

Fellowships were awarded

to women pursuing graduate

and professional studies

at Washington U. in the

areas of biological and biomedical

sciences, humanities,

physical sciences and

mathematics, social and

behavioral science, business,

fine arts, law, medicine

and social work. The

program was established

in 1974.

“It will be great baseball

and very competitive,”

he said.

Opening ceremonies

begin at 5 p.m. today at

Robin Roberts Stadium

in Springfield.

Of all his accomplishments

in his life, Roth

said being co-director of

the World Series is probably

his biggest.

“I will be so proud of

it,” he said. “Of course I

am nervous that we forgot

something, but I will

be very happy when it is

done. People will see

very good baseball at

the World Series. There

are a lot of good teams

participating.”

Send your Our Everyday People ideas to Telegraph Executive Editor Dan Brannan, P.O. Box 278,

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

MONDAY

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Noon, St. John’s United Church of

Christ, Wood River; woodriverrotary.com.

Nicotine Anonymous: 7 p.m.,

St. Clare’s Hospital, Alton; (618)

377-6107.

Al-Anon: 7 p.m., First Christian

Church, Edwardsville; 8 p.m., Elm

Street Presbyterian Church,

Alton; (618) 463-2429.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 9:15

a.m., Madison Mutual Insurance

Building, Edwardsville; 6 p.m.,

Brighton North Elementary

School; 5:30 p.m., Community

Christian Church, Alton; 5:30 p.m.,

Brown Street Baptist Church,

Alton; (618) 465-6279.

OUR PAST

Compiled by CHARLOTTE STETSON

MAY 6, 1962

Mark Gvillo, the 2

1/2-year-old son of Mr.

and Mrs. Richard Gvillo

of Rosewood Heights,

believed drowned in a silo,

was found by his mother

stuck up to his knees in a

muddy field. The tot, who

had followed his father out

to a field, had sunk to his

knees and literally could

not move. After he disappeared

it was first feared

that he had climbed up in

a door and fell into a silo

with 5 feet of water in it.

Firefighters had responded

and pumped the water

out. When he was not

found there, his mother

started searching the

freshly plowed field, and

found him an hour after

he disappeared.

What they’re

saying on

FACEBOOK

Comments on death

of the Beastie Boys’

Adam Yauch

Truly one of God’s own prototypes.

Wow . poor man. Feels like

a piece of me died, knowing

he’s gone.

Let’s get “Paul’s Boutique”

blasting from every window

in town.

Comments on story

about “Octomom”

Nadya Suleman having

to declare bankruptcy

Maybe she shouldn’t be

spending 500 on her hair

and having a gym membership.

Her 15 minutes is so over.

I don’t see why the media

is still fueling her; there are

loads of single moms in

this world that struggle

every day too, me being

one of them; you just do

what you have to do and

make the best you can of

it. Who cares what she

decides to do to make

money to support her

family? It’s her life to live,

not everyone else’s.

It just blows my mind she

paid to have a million kids

and now can’t afford them?

Some people really should

not be parents.

Let that nasty broad go do

some porn and quit hating.

She’s got mouths to feed. Is

it respectable: no. During

the course of me being a

dad I’ve had some jobs I

haven’t always been real

proud of, but my kids

always have had the things

they need and most of

what they want.

I remember her on Susan

Orman and Susan said she

should go and do a book

and a TV series. Sounded

like those doors were available

to her. I would think it

would be sad if she chose

this instead.

“This is terrible about the

Octomom, don't you think?"

Dripping with sarcasm, I do

love the headline. Oh, yes,

and in unambiguous terms

— if you're wondering about

your moral compass and its

ultimate outcome, and you

are willing to watch the

pornographic film she would

release, you’re a lowlife. Put

her on a Reproduction No

Fly List, take her kids and

revoke the licenses of any

physicians who would help

her have more.

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I.L. Harrold, at his

inauguration as mayor of

Wood River, demonstrated

by his announcement of

budget cuts that his

promise of economical

government would be put

into effect immediately.

The $99,900 budget was a

reduction from the one the

year before, despite an

$11,000 indebtedness the

new administration faced.

The two liquor commissioners,

with salaries of

$25 each, per month, was

cut to a nominal $1.

Claude Reed of

Worden Avenue had

been named superintendent

of the WPA streetcar

track removal project,

which would

employ 350 men.


Chuck Gable

and his wife Barb and his

children, Robert, Patrick

and Elena warmly extend

their thanks and appreciation

to family, fr iends,

St. Peter & Paul Parish

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Principal honored

by WOD award

EDITOR’S NOTE:

This is another in a series

of profiles of the 2012

YWCA Women of

Distinction. We will continue

to run these stories

in the days leading up to

the 22nd annual luncheon

May 24 in the Commons

at Lewis and Clark

Community College in

Godfrey. For tickets, call

(618) 465-7774.

By JESS CHARLTON

For TheTelegraph

GODFREY — Barb

Gillian is a dedicated

mother and wife who has

made a name for

herself as an educator

in her community.

Last month,

Gillian, 59, celebrated

37 years of

marriage to her

husband, Harold.

They have two children:

a son,

Keelan, and a daughter,

Nedina.

Gillian has been named

one of the recipients of

the 2012 YWCA Women of

Distinction Award.

There have been

many strong women who

have accomplished so

much, and I feel it’s quite

an honor to be among

them and to be considered

that I made a difference

in the community.”

Gillian said.

“It really is a privilege

by the YWCA to win the

award,” she said. “I was

quite surprised but

extremely pleased and

very honored to receive

it.”

Gillian has been the

principal at Alton High

School since July 1, 2008,

when she became the first

woman to hold the job.

She has worked in the

Alton School District for

26 years and will retire at

the end of the current

school year.

Gillian has been in the

education field for 35

years. Before she came to

Alton High, she taught

pre-kindergarten through

high school for nine

years. She also taught

special education and was

a truant officer for Alton

High.

At Alton High, she has

been assistant principal,

adviser, guidance counselor,

and she ran an

alternative school for the

area.

“Each job has provided

me to learn new things,”

she said. “Also, each job

prepared me to be principal

for Alton High.”

Along with her experience

of teaching and guiding

students, she has been

involved in the

Alton-Godfrey

Rotary Club,

Lovejoy Memorial

Board and was a

part of the YWCA

board. She serves

on the

Riverbender.com

Gillian

Community Center

Board, and she is

part of the Madison

County Regional Office of

Education in

Edwardsville.

She said each of her

experiences in the community

helped direct her

to being principal of Alton

High.

They all give me

options to make connections

with the school or

with community organizations,”

she said.

Working for Alton High

has given Gillian many

great opportunities to

help not only in her community,

but also her students.

The organizations

that help support Alton

High also help provide

options for experience

for students beyond

high school,” she said.

“It’s very important for

them as they become

young adults, and it

helps show the students

what they can do for

their community.”

Gillian said she is looking

forward to the rest of

what this year has in

store for her.

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Drug raid good step for Alton

Last week’s raid of a suspected

drug house in

Alton was good news for

the city and its residents

— except for those living in the

home, of course.

Officers from the Alton Police

Department and the multiagency

Illinois Law Enforcement

Alarm System conducted the

raid on 2700 Residence St., in the

city’s East End. The house

apparently had been notorious in

the neighborhood, with neighbors

saying they had been complaining

to police for years about the

activities there.

The house also came to the

attention of authorities last

December, when it was the

scene of a home invasion in

which the intruders robbed the

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I UNDERSTAND

why Newt Gingrich's wife

is by his side on the campaign

trail. It finally

dawned on me that he is

on his third marriage,

and he has a wandering

eye, I do believe. I guess

she doesn't want to let

him out of her sight.

I WAS at Russell

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occupants, struck at least one of

them and shot two pit bull terriers.

In Thursday’s raid, authorities

took a total of eight men,

women and children into custody

from the house. They did

the same with a male suspect, a

woman and a child who were in

a car police stopped on East

Broadway after it had just left

the house.

Charges were filed Friday

against three of those taken into

custody.

Alton Police Chief David

Hayes said police recovered “a

sizeable amount” of drugs while

carrying out the search war-

time with their grandkids.

That’s one reason I

was puzzled when I

became aware of the general

opposition to any

bike trail in the county.

As we age we tend to

have more health concerns.

We get conditions

like obesity, heart disease,

diabetes, emphysema,

strokes, cancer, high

blood pressure, arthritis,

etc. Has your doctor ever

told you to get some exercise?

I know mine has. A

bike trail would be good

because it gives us older

adults a sport we can participate

in instead of just

watching. Have you ever

watched your son or

daughter play a sport and

wish in the back of your

mind that you could be

out there playing with

them? Cycling and hiking

are healthy activities that

we can do with all members

of our families. It’s

difficult and sometimes

dangerous to ride in the

county, but some YTD 6.9.16 Crack - Crack Key For U us do

it anyway. A bike trail

could be used by all residents

of the county in

order to stay healthy.

From what I understand,

the proposed trail

won’t go through any of

the hunting areas.

Instead, it will run along

the highway. As far as

funding goes, the county

could discuss the possibility

of charging a fee for a

trail pass. I know

Wisconsin does this for

some of its trails.

I really enjoy living in

this county, but it would

be better to have a safe

place to ride, hike and

meet with friends for a

healthy outdoor activity.

People who ride understand

the fun and freedom

you feel when riding

a bike. Maybe try it

sometime and see how

enjoyable it is before you

let this opportunity pass

you by.

MAX SALINAS

Batchtown

Commons Park today, and

my dog stepped on a needle

left by some druggie.

They don't make tetanus

shots for dogs, never mind

the other things you can

pick up from such

garbage. What am I supposed

to do if her jaw

clenches and she starts

seizing? Not to mention,

what if it was a child?

EDITORIAL

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I WANT to speak out

to those who watched my

son DaRon Hearn get

gunned down on April 2,

2007. I truly don’t understand

how you have slept

peacefully the last five

years knowing what you

know.

I wonder how do you

live with yourself knowing

that you saw what

happened to my child. Do

you ever think about if it

would have happened to

someone in your family?

How you would feel if no

one came forward and

spoke out to put a murderer

away for what they

did?

It’s time for someone

to speak up. If you’re

afraid, you need to put

God in your life and do

the right thing. My son

was no worse than the

people who took it upon

themselves to take his

life. Why do you feel it’s

OK for them to walk

these streets after what

they did? How would you

feel if the same people did

something to someone you

love because they feel

they have gotten away

with killing my child?

I mourn about my son

every day. I don’t know

how a person could live

with themselves knowing

what happened and not

coming forward. You’re

no better than the people

who did what they did.

I just don’t get it. You

will reap what you sow.

DEBRA BRADLEY

Alton

ONE OF the first

impressions I got when

moving here (Calhoun

County) seven years ago

is that healthy, familyoriented

activities are

popular. There is a big

interest in sports. People

here are social and like to

do things together.

Parents go to ball games,

fathers take their kids

hunting, and grandparents

just like spending

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rant. He said authorities would

seek forfeiture of the property,

which he said was on the list of

the top 10 most problematic in

the city, because of the alleged

drug activity.

Detectives confiscated

cannabis, drug paraphernalia

and narcotics in the suspected

crack house, and police said

they later went to a second residence

in Alton, where they

seized “contraband” related to

the first bust.

City inspectors also say they

plan to post the home as being

unsuitable for occupancy and

issue citations for building code

violations, among them for junk

Coming up on

Saturday, May 19,

will be an

anniversary of a

community campaign that

many said would never

work — Bucket Brigade.

Bucket Brigade coordinator

Dale Neudecker is

so proud of the group

marking its 25th anniversary

this year.

“People questioned me

and said no one likes to

paint when I started it,”

he said. “I really felt we

should be doing something

to improve our

community. I went

through all my thought

processes and I thought

most of us could handle a

paintbrush to some

extent and help our

neighbors. That is the difference

between loving it

and giving someone a

helping hand to keep

their property up.”

Pride Inc., The

Telegraph and Sherwin

Williams Paint are the

proud sponsors of Bucket

Brigade. TheTelegraph

runs an ad coupon for

people to nominate homes

and also has written

many stories promoting

the Brigade over the

years; Sherwin Williams

provides the first 300 gallons

of paint and also

goes out and inspects

homes in the process.

When the Bucket Brigade

is over each year, The

Telegraph publishes photos

of all the participants.

Pride Inc., a beautification

group, has been

fighting to clean up the

Alton-Godfrey region and

beyond for many years.

TheTelegraph has also

been part of Pride Inc.

from its beginnings.

Neudecker has a few

funny stories about

Bucket Brigade. He said

a group started chipping

and was ready to paint a

home on its list; unfortunately,

it was the wrong

house. When the woman

came out and talked to

the group about it, it

was YTD 6.9.16 Crack - Crack Key For U 11 o’clock in

the morning and the

group decided to finish

painting it. The next

week, the same group

came back and painted

the house it was supposed

to paint.

Without the large number

of volunteers, which

includes businesses, organizations,

civic groups,

churches and individuals,

Bucket Brigade wouldn’t

exist. Each year, literally

hundreds turn out on this

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have been painted from

Jerseyville to South

Roxana.

Bucket Brigade always

can use volunteers and

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more information, con-

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and garbage, flies and other

insects, and weeds.

The best news about the

operation was the reaction of

neighborhood residents, at least

one of whom described himself

as “elated” about the raid.

When neighbors become fed up

with the violence and crime

that drug dealers bring to their

streets, then police can count

on their cooperation in targeting

and prosecuting the criminals.

The neighbors said they

tact Pride Inc. at (618)

467-2375 or Neudecker at

(618) 978-6241.

I must say I am so

proud that Sherwin

Williams in Alton has

continued to be a sponsor

of Bucket Brigade all

these years. Without

Sherwin Williams, Bucket

Brigade wouldn’t happen.

The donation of time and

paint is the equivalent to

thousands of dollars in

commitments to the campaign

each year and is a

wonderful gift. People

around the community

should remember this

commitment to help others.

“I think Sherwin

Williams’ community

effort is far and above

what would be expected

of a local business and a

paint store today,”

Neudecker said.

The Lewis and Clark

Ham Operators also participate

in Bucket

Brigade, riding with each

Brigade committee member

and helping the communication

process.

Without the ham operators

it is difficult for

organizers to know who

were annoyed by the traffic,

the number of people coming to

the house and loud vehicles.

Hayes said calls increased

after the December incident.

The message, he said, “was

that they needed to take back

their neighborhood. This came

directly from the neighbors.”

He said neighbors thanked

him after police took away the

occupants of the house.

We would like to add our

thanks to the Alton Police

Department, as well as the

Illinois Law Enforcement

System. We hope this is the

beginning of a new spirit of

cooperation among police and

the city’s residents to help rid

Alton of the criminal element

that has been dragging it down.

Neighbors coalesce through painting project

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editor expressing a wide variety of viewpoints.

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needs paint and how the

process is going.

Neudecker and his

group have proven the

skeptics wrong. People

actually do love to paint

if they are doing it for

their neighbor and teaming

up with a group of

people in the process.

I know Neudecker

well after working with

him for 15 years, and I

think he is more proud

of Bucket Brigade than

almost anything else he

has done in his life. His

commitment to Alton-

Godfrey and the region

in regard to beautification

and community

spirit is literally second

to none. He has handed

that down to his two

children, Karen Wilson

and Scott Neudecker,

and now even his

grandchildren and so

many others throughout

the community.

Lasting relationships

have been formed

throughout the Alton

region because of Bucket

Brigade and I think

Neudecker will be

remembered for his

vision of the community

project.

As Neudecker

describes it, Bucket

Brigade is simply “neighbors

helping neighbors.”

“That is why it has

worked for 25 years,”

Dale Neudecker said.

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The U.S. Postal

Service has asked

Congress for billions

of dollars

and permission to close

hundreds of small-town

post offices in an effort to

avoid bankruptcy.

I suggest another alternative.

Keep the small

post offices open and simply

charge all mail the

full first-class rate, thereby

eliminating the ultralow

nonprofit and bulk

rates. The reduction in

workload and the increase

in real revenue should

help close the postal

office’s shortfall.

For example, each

week I get dozens of

requests from charities

from all over the world

for donations, all mailed

at a not-for-profit rate

that is just a fraction of

the normal first-class

postage rate. Plus, my

mailbox is overflowing

Our mother was a

very special person.

Mom grew

up during the

Great Depression. She

came from a humble

home but a very loving

home. It was a sure

thing that when she got

married and had children

of her own, it was a

given that she gave 110

percent to make sure life

was better for her children.

Many times she might

have wanted a new dress

or maybe even some

jewelry, but she gave it

all up to see to it her

children were never

wanting for anything.

When she finally would

ask for something special,

it would have been

hard to turn her down.

The story I will recount

for you is one of those

times when she asked

for a little special treatment

that almost no one

in the family was

remotely interested in

doing but her. No one

could deny her this event

because she had given so

much for all of us in the

past.

You see, Mom had

read an article in either

the Post-Dispatch or the

Globe Democrat that

talked about a famous

chef. His name was

Robert Tetart. The article

said he had been the

personal chef of several

Missouri governors and

had cooked for several

presidents. His seafood

and Italian recipes were

famous the world over,

so the article said. Now,

for the first time, he had

opened his own restaurant

in Branson, Mo.,

and everyone could experience

his delicacies.

That was just the ticket

for our Mom. She said

with unwanted, deeply

discounted bulk rate “junk

mail.”

Over the years I have

supported various charities.

Apparently, this has

put me on the national

“hit list” as often I get as

many as a dozen charitable

requests in a single

day, all mailed at a fraction

of the first-class rate.

Unfortunately, not all of

these charities are

designed to help the

needy. Some are designed

to help those who operate

them and a few are simply

scams.

One excellent source of

information on a charity’s

legitimacy and financial

she needed to eat like

royalty and go to

Branson and eat at this

prestigious restaurant.

This was all fine and

dandy but, Mom wanted

David, my younger

brother and I to go along

with her and Dad. I

asked if my girlfriend

could go along with us;

Mom agreed.

So we took off on a

Saturday morning in

Dad’s 1967 Ford Galaxy

500, which was purchased

from the new

Roberts Ford. It was a

four-door and our first

air-conditioned car,

which our father was

very proud of, and we

headed to Branson, Mo.,

to the home of Chef

Tetart and his famous

restaurant.

David, Nancy and I all

sat in the back seat:

somewhat crowded, but

not too bad. We couldn’t

go straight there; we had

to stop a few places on

the way for Mom but

finally on to Branson we

went.

Finally we arrived in

Branson. We checked in

to a Holiday Inn not too

far from the Great Table

Rock Lake. After settling

in and unpacking, we got

directions to the chef’s

restaurant. After being

on the road most of the

day, and considering it

was getting close to dinnertime,

we all loaded

back up and headed to

Chef Tetart’s restaurant,

the place our mother

wanted to go. Mom made

us all dress up a little.

performance can be found

at www.charitynavigator.org.

This will show

you what percentage of

the funds raised are actually

used for charitable

purposes versus overhead

and fund-raising.

Overhead includes the

salaries of the charity’s

operators.

Some well-rated charities

include the Salvation

Army, whose head

receives a salary of only

$13,000 per year to manage

a $2 billion per year

operation. Overhead at

the Salvation Army is

only 4 percent. Ninety-six

percent of donations go to

the needy.

Other notable charities:

The American

Legion national commander

receives no salary for

his efforts. The Veterans

of Foreign Wars (VFW)

and the Disabled

Americans Veterans

She said that a person

should dress for dinner

when dining in style.

Mom gave David and me

a very stern talk about

not fighting or complaining

about anything while

we were at the restaurant.

If the chef were to

come out and ask us how

the meal was, we were to

say, “just fine.”

When we arrived at

the restaurant, I couldn’t

believe my eyes; it was

a tree house built on

stilts, a screened-in

porch and all. It was

next to the river with a

nice view. The waiter

seated us in very uncomfortable

straight chairs

and placed a cloth napkin

on each of our laps and

that was weird. The waiter

brought out the menus

and again I am in shock!

No beef, no fries, no

hamburger, just four

choices on the menu.

This was bad.

Blackened trout,

squid, shrimp and lobster

bisque, and baked chicken

with a wine and curry

sauce. Mom decided we

would all have chicken;

even our father didn’t

offer to try any of the

other dishes. Mom

ordered for all of us. It

seemed like it took forever

for the food to come.

We were all hungry.

Finally the salad came;

it looked like about six

blades of grass and three

spinach leaves with a

midget tomato on the

side. The salad had an

unidentified dressing on

it, but we had to try it or

Mom would be upset.

Mom reminded me that

we were having fun and

enjoying some fine dining.

Finally, the main

course came. It looked

like a chicken leg

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national commanders also

reportedly take no salary

for their efforts, nor do

the commanders of the

Vietnam Veterans

Association and the

Military Order of the

Purple Hearts.

But the salaries of

some charity heads do

bother me. The president

of the American Red

Cross reportedly

receives a salary of

$951,957 per year plus

expenses. The president

of the United Way

reported receives a base

salary of $675,000 plus

benefits. But these

salaries pale in comparison

with the UNICEF

CEO’s $1,900,000 per

year plus expenses. This

seems to be unreasonable

compensation to run

a charity.

President Obama

made a quick trip to

Mom’s special Mother’s Day dinner

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attached to a thigh but

the problem was it didn’t

look like any chicken I

had ever seen. All five

chickens were green;

they were covered in

some slimy green curry

sauce. There was no way

I was going to eat this

slimy green excuse for a

chicken. Mom demanded

that we eat it, so I picked

at it a little bit and then

very discreetly covered it

with my fancy napkin as

if it were dead and so

Mom would think I ate it.

Now for the big event,

the chef, Robert Tetart

come out and over to our

table, stands right behind

me, he squeezes my

shoulders and ask “how

was it, son?” I looked at

Mom and she gave me

one of those looks, so I

said it was “just fine.”

Mom said how much she

had enjoyed the meal,

she was real happy. Mom

got to shake the chef’s

hand and she just glowed

with happiness.

We left the restaurant

and headed to the hotel,

Mom went right in so I

grabbed Dad before he

went into the room and

asked if it was OK if we

could walk down the

street to a McDonald’s

hamburger place so we

could get a burger. Dad

said “better yet, I will

drive you; I need a hamburger

also.”

I am not sure if Mom

ever found out what we

did, but I did spend the

next 20 years complaining

to her about the

famous chef and his

green chicken.

Andy Batchelor is a retired local

business owner. He lives in

Fosterburg with his wife. He

likes to spend some time each

year traveling. E-mail him at

[email protected]

Afghanistan last week.

The good news is the president

seems to be determined

to bring back the

thousands of American

troops he sent to

Afghanistan in the

“surge” plan to overwhelm

the Taliban. The

bad news is, as fired

General McChrystal predicted,

the surge has been

a military and financial

disaster. And worse news

is that the president

signed an agreement

promising that America

will continue to financially

support the Afghan

government for 10 more

years. The actual amount

Obama committed to was

not announced but it is

certain to be a significant

amount.

The Associated Press

reported last week that

the U.S. military has significantly

under-reported

the number of our troops

Here’s the catch:

people who read

uninteresting

material do not

like to read. It is a most

unfortunate problem in

today’s society because

reading is very important

in developing one’s cognition.

Reading improves

comprehension, memorization,

language technique

and many other

valuable skills. Reading is

almost as essential as

breathing in its importance

in developing one’s

imagination. For one not

to take advantage of his

or her ability to read is a

waste of potential.

People who do not like

to read have a logical reason

for their dislike: they

read boring books.

All too often I have

seen my friends and siblings

challenged by the

fact that reading can be

mundane and dreadful. A

prime example of one of

these people is my sister,

who reads to “improve

her intelligence,” so she

reads books such as 600page

biographies on

Einstein. She never finishes

them; she usually

stops at page 50 or so. She

does not enjoy reading, so

it boggles my mind as to

why she would persist in

trying to read a book like

that. She wishes to extend

her vocabulary, but that

is difficult to accomplish

when you read a book

that has three scientific

jargon words in each sentence.

Instead of trying to

challenge herself with

dull, lengthy books, she

should aim to read books

that capture her interest.

One of the hardest

things for a non-reader is

identifying a good book to

read. Well-known classics

are often the first choice

for many people.

Unfortunately, classics

are not classic because

they are new; rather,

they are classic because

they are old and sometimes

extremely difficult

to read. I enjoy reading,

but classics just as easily

discourage me to read as

a sunburned man is discouraged

to go outside. As

a freshman, I was

required to read Dickens’

“A Tale of Two Cities.” It

is older than America,

and some of the words

look like they were random

letters arranged by a

monkey. It was the most

difficult diction I have

ever read, but it was also

the greatest story I have

ever read because it took

hold of my deepest emotions.

I am an avid reader,

so I have developed a

strong reading comprehension,

but a non-reader

has difficulty comprehending

the greatness of

that story because the

meaning is obscured by

19th-century diction. A

non-reader who reads this

book will most likely be

affected negatively and

attacked by our Afghan

“allies.” USA Today

claims that at least 70

American servicemen

have been shot by Afghan

government troops.

France recently

announced it is withdrawing

its small contingent

after several French

troops were shot by

Afghan government soldiers.

The president of

France explained: “I am

not sending Frenchmen to

Afghanistan so they can

be shot in the back.”

Several other countries,

including Australia, have

also withdrawn their support

of our Afghanistan

adventure.

It is a shame that our

president majored in law

instead of history.

Don Miller is the executive director

of Corridor 67 and a former

publisher of TheTelegraph. E-mail

him at [email protected]

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finish it (or not) with a

closed mind. He will think

to himself, “If classics are

supposed to be amazing,

then non-classics must be

terrible.” This clearly is

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