Police Blotter 7/27/15

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Police were told Newton was asked to leave because she was fighting with a security officer. a Michele Pomichter of West Pittston was cited for public drunkenness and released to a friend after she was discovered lying near the railroad tracks on Cleveland Street early Saturday morning.

Pridefest moves to Pittston, slated for Aug.

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The NEPA Rainbow Alliance PrideFest 2015 will be held in Pittston, Saturday, Aug. 15, at 49 S. Main St., marking a change in location for the event for members and supporters of the LGBT community. Organizers wanted to move the event, which had been in Wilkes-Barre‘s Kirby Park, to a location central to Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, and selected Pittston, which has a nondiscrimination ordinance, noted Paul Skrunk, chairman of the festival.

Lawsuit claims Montrose school officials ignored evidence of sexual abuse

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A woman who accused a former Montrose Area School District teacher of sexually abusing her as a teenager has filed a lawsuit against the teacher, former high school principal James Tallarico and others. The suit, filed this week in Lackawanna County Court, alleges Mr. Tallarico and other school officials knew the girl, then 14, was involved in a romantic relationship with teacher Jeffrey D. Norris in 2007, but they failed to take action to protect her or report it to police.

Prosecutors: Killer’s testimony was enough to convict him

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WARREN RUDA / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE Arthur F. Stoss Sr. is serving a life prison sentence for the March 2011 murder of Lillian Calabro. The jury that convicted Arthur F. Stoss Sr. of murder didn’t have to rely on witness accounts or a prosecutor’s misstatement during closing arguments to be convinced of his guilt.

Traffic Jams on I-81 Frustrate Drivers

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For the past week and a half the southbound lanes near Nuangola have been at a standstill right at the peak of rush hour. PennDOT reports being inundated with complaints.

Wyoming Area building feasibility study offers options, recommends closings

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CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE One option presented by the Wyoming Area School District building feasibility study recommends the closing of John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Exeter, above, and Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School in Harding. The Wyoming Area School District has released a building feasibility study that lists five core options with cost estimates ranging from Four core options call for closing Sarah J. Dymond Elementary School on Sutton Creek Road in Harding and expanding the secondary center on Memorial Avenue in Exeter.

The strangest things that have fallen from the Pa. skies

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An acorn-shaped UFO that some say crashed in the woods near Kecksburg in southwestern Pennsylvania 50 years ago is the event behind the July 24-26 Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department UFO Festival. The incident was detailed in our Monsters of Pennsylvania series.

Man Turns to Social Media After Finding Marine Grave Marker While Cleaning House

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A man cleaning out a home in Luzerne County discovered a grave marker made for a Marine veteran who died in 1986. Now he’s trying to find the family this marker belongs to.

Misericordia

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First row seated from left to right: Matt Gromala. Nicole Negron, Dr. Jennifer Black, Assistant professor of history and government , Misericordia University, Michael McDonnell, Jr., Cody Spriggs second row: standing: Michael Lombardo, Mayor Jason Klush, Dr. Thomas Botzman.

Man gets prison time for shooting that injured girls

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JACOB SEIBEL / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE Jamal Alford, left, will serve up to six years in prison for a 2013 shooting that injured two girls at the Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre. A Pittston man will spend up to six years in state prison for a notorious shooting at the Sherman Hills apartments in Wilkes-Barre that injured two children.

Lawyer was charged with trespassing at hospital before going missing, being found

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A Pittston lawyer who was reported missing Sunday had been charged with trespassing the day before at Moses Taylor Hospital. State police found attorney Cynthia Lynn Pollick, 45, of Newton Twp., on Monday.

Traffic: Lane closures in Pittston causes delays

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A utility company has closed the two left turning lanes from SR 315 South to Keystone Avenue in Pittston. They are preparing to run wires across Interstate 81 in the area.

Veteran band Strawberry Jam still busy three decades after forming

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There’s the Pierogi Festival in Edwardsville. Then there’s the Plymouth Kielbasa Festival.

Namedropper, July 19, 2015

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Elkview Country Club’s Women’s Golf Association members present a $3,350 check to Marley’s Mission from their annual charity golf outing. In front, from left: Alexis Loposky, Melanie Berardelli and Kodee Bates.

Libraries embrace technology, becoming busier than ever

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WARREN RUDA / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE Lois Ostrowski, a volunteer who helps teach computer classes, works on one of the computers at the Pittston Memorial Library. The library’s $1.5 million expansion is nearly complete.

Occhipinti-Kaminski

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Ashley Nicole Occhipinti of Moscow and David Frederick Kaminski of Pittston, together with their parents, announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Michael and Karen Occhipinti, Moscow.

West Pittston man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Wyoming man

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After selling a safe to a Wyoming man, West Pittston resident Matthew M. Mattioli made a copy of the victim’s house key and proceeded to empty it of hundreds of thousands of dollars the man saved up over decades, court documents allege. Wyoming police have charged Mattioli, 26, of 312 Exeter Ave., with felony theft and criminal trespassing in the thefts, which took place between April 2014 and this March.

Folk duo Years of Madness featured during this montha s Third Friday

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Pittston folk duo Years of Madness is the featured artist for July’s Third Friday art walk in Wilkes-Barre.

Prominent attorney Spohrer dies

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George Spohrer, a founding member of one of the region’s most prominent law firms, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 89. Born and raised in Pittston, Spohrer spent a career as a litigator and was a founding member of the Kingston-based law firm Hourigan, Kluger & Spohrer – now known as Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn – in the early 1950s, according to his son, attorney Jonathan Spohrer.

Growing pains: A. Duie Pyle seeks to hire during driver shortage

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Trucking, warehousing and distribution company A. Duie Pyle is growing and looking for truck drivers as an ongoing shortage continues to get worse. The company recently built a new service center in the Grimes Industrial Park in Pittston Twp.

New Trucking Facility Brings Jobs, Traffic

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But some who live nearby are concerned with the facility also adding more traffic to the area’s already busy roads. The $12 million trucking terminal A. Duie Pyle opened near Pittston.

Pittston native joins Candlebox

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Good things are happening to Pittston musicians. Native Brian Quinn recently joined Candlebox and will begin touring with the group on July 23. Quinn has had some studio time with Le Projet, a new band featuring members of Candlebox, Sevendust and The infinite Staircase.

Pittston man charged with downloading child porn

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A Pittston man was arraigned Monday after an investigation revealed he had been downloading child pornography from file sharing networks for nearly two decades, police said. Andrew Watkins, 38, was arraigned in Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer’s office on charges of criminal use of a communication facility, two counts of child pornography and two counts of sharing child pornography.

Study ranks state’s fiscal condition at low end

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Pennsylvania ranks low among the 50 states in terms of its fiscal health, according to a new study by the Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia The Keystone State ranks 41st overall based on such factors as the amount of state debt, pension debt and having enough cash coming in to cover short-term bills during the fiscal 2013 year. Pennsylvania ranked 45th in 2013 in having enough cash on hand to cover short-term bills and 26th in the size of its pension debt and health care debt, according to the study.

Ruddy-Hoffman

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Loriann Elizabeth Ruddy and Keith John Hoffman II were united in marriage May 23, 2015, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. The Rev.

Simulation training helps officers be ready for anything

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Pittston police Detective Sgt. Neil Murphy and Officer Kyle Shumosic burst through the doors of a classroom Friday and shot a man with simulation weapons.

Police train for shooter at school

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Lawmen descended on Pittston Area Middle School on Thursday morning to prepare for the worst-case scenario – a gunman on the loose inside a Luzerne County school. About 35 officers – including federal agents, Pennsylvania Game Commission officers and police from Pittston, Jenkins Twp.

Pittston library director stepping down

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The director of the Pittston Memorial Library will step down from her post and start a new job by next month. “It was very sudden,” Director Anne Hogya said of her impending move.

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The opening shot pans across a section of the Dunmore Cemetery, lingering on a simple headstone engraved with the surname “Brooks.” A young man walks along a path, out of focus, in the back of the shot.

PA hard rock icon, Jack Pyers, finds acoustic voice

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Sitting in the lobby of a Pittston hotel on a drab and rainy Sunday for an impromptu interview following a recording session with the inimitable Bret Alexander, Jack Pyers’ casually toned-down appearance couldn’t be any further from the image for which he’s best known.