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  INSIDE ANEWS: Local 3ANation & World 5AObituaries 8ABirthdays12AEditorial13A BSPORTS: Scoreboard 2BBusiness 7B CCLASSIFIED: Funnies18C THEGUIDE: Crossword/HoroscopeTelevisionMoviesEntertainment  WEATHER DominicArgentaSunny,raintonight.High50.Low29. Details, Page 8B C M Y K 6 09815 10011 WILKES-BARRE, PA FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012 50¢ timesleader.com T he T imes L eader        7        4       7        2        9        3   $ 30 VOUCHERFOR ONLY $ 15 Gate opens on harness racingseason at Pocono Downs SPORTS,1B  Annnnnnnd they’re off  Many Easter-time dramasbeing performed in area the GUIDE, INSIDE  A passion for tradition   WILKES-BARRE – As itsonce-majestic landmark neigh-bor sees a bleak, uncertain fu-ture, the brick four-story build-ing known as the Sterling Annex just north of the Sterling Hotelon River Street may soon have anew lease on life with a newowner.Purchased in2004 by theGreater Wilkes-Barre Chamberof Business andIndustry for$125,000, the29,522-square-foot structure was built in1912 as an Elks Lodge and wasacquired by the Hotel Sterling owners around World War II, when it took on its annex name,according to Times Leader ar-chives. The building was used as anancillary ballroom and meeting space for the hotel before serv-ing as a Luzerne County Com-munity College campus in thelate 1960s and 1970s. Offices were later housed there. The site has been pitched as alocation for a Susquehanna Riv-er or Luzerne County HistoricalSociety museum in the past. Wilkes University and King’sCollege also discussed a jointmuseum at one time. STERLING Chamber:New lifepossiblefor annex An official says “interest” isbeing expressed, but providesno details. ByANDREWM.SEDER   aseder@timesleader.com Newman SeeANNEX,Page14A SCRANTON -- Arriving inhandcuffs in federal court forhis arraignment on mail fraud,attorney Anthony Lupas Jr. went home with the pros-pect of facing additionalcharges as in- vestigators try to account formillionsofdol-lars from peo-plewhoinvest-ed with him.AssistantU.S. Attorney Michelle Ol-shefski saidshe was in dis-cussion withattorneys forLupas aboutbringing thecase before agrand jury.“We will in-dict at the ap-propriatetime,” she toldSenior U.S.District JudgeJames Munley at the arraign-ment. The criminal case runs paral-leltothecivilsuitsalreadyfiledagainst Lupas by people, many ofthemfriends,whoclaimedtohave lost their life savings in alongtime investment schemeoperated by the prominent at-torney.Prior to his arraignment, fed-eral agents served search war-rants and seized documentsand evidence at Lupas’ Plains Township apartment and for-mer law office on JacksonStreet in Wilkes-Barre. He wastaken into custody at his home. The criminal complaint filedagainst Lupas was under sealanditscontentswerenotpublicat this time. The next step inthe case is a preliminary hear-ing at which the prosecutionpresents evidence to supportthe charge that carries a maxi-mumpenaltyof20yearsinpris-on and a $250,000 fine uponconviction. The 77-year-old Lupas, a for-mer Wilkes-Barre Area SchoolDistrict solicitor and father of Luzerne County Judge DavidLupas, was seriously injured inafalllastyearandappearedfrailand weak in court. He was re-peatedly asked whether he un-derstood what was happening at the hearing.He carried with him a plasticbag of personal belongings andusedawalkertomoveaboutthecourtroom and courthouse. Hedeclined comment and told re-porters, “Don’t take it per- FEDERAL CHARGES Investors claim prominent area lawyer bilked them of savings Lupas arraigned on mail fraud DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER AnthonyJ.LupasJr.leavestheU.S.CourthouseinScrantononThursdayafternoonafterbeingarraignedonmailfraudcharges. ByJERRYLYNOTT   jlynott@timesleader.com “The prob-lem withthat is, ishe going toopen thedoor whenwe getthere?” AttorneyErniePreateJr. On AnthonyLupas’ housearrest and theeffort to servecivil papers onhim SeeLUPAS,Page14A  Thelargestjackpotinlotteryhistory had area residents lining up Thursday for their chance to win more than ahalf-billion dollars. The Mega Millions jackpot stood at$540 million Thursday afternoon, up$40 million the night before. The lot-tery game, which has drawings on Tuesdays and Fridays, has not seen agrand prize winner in the last18 draw-ings,bringingthejackpottoitshistorichigh, Pennsylvania Lottery spokeswo-man Lauren Piccolo said.Mega Millions tickets are sold in 42states plus Washington, D.C., and theU.S. Virgin Islands, and over the pastnine weeks Pennsylvania residentshave purchased $41.8 million of theticketsmakingthisupthisjackpot,Pic-colo said.Per drawing ticket sales have in-creased from $600,000 on the first Mega fever for half billion prize CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER HeidiGenasevidi,WestHazleton,andAlexPatelofLeoMatusnewsstandlaughaftershepurchased22MegaMillionsticketsforanofficepooland11moreforherself. SeeMEGA,Page14A Pot tops $540M for drawing  ByMATTHUGHES   mhughes@timesleader.com As of 9:30 p.m. Thursday the jackpotwas worth $540 million. SO, HOW MUCH?  WASHINGTON — The argu-mentsaredoneandthecasehasbeensubmitted,asChiefJusticeJohn Roberts says at the end of every Supreme Court argu-ment.Now the justices will wrestle with what to do with PresidentBarack Obama’s health careoverhaul. They have a range of options,fromupholdingthelawto striking it down in its entire-ty. The court also could avoiddeciding the law’s constitution-ality at all, although that pros-pect seems remote after this week’s arguments.And while the rest of us haveto wait until June, the justices will know the likely outcome of the health care case by the timethey go home this weekend. The justices will vote on thehealthcarelawinunderanhourthis morning in a conferenceroom on the court’s main floor.No one else will be present. The vote, which each justicemay record and save for poster- After arguments, high courtfaces health care law options From keeping act intact todumping it all, each choicecarries consequences. SeeHEALTH,Page11A ByMARKSHERMAN andRICARDOALONSO-ZALDIVAR   Associated Press DALLAS TWP. – Agents withthe federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo-sivessearchedahouseat78Har-ris St. on Thursday afternoonhoursafterJosephPicklowasar-restedbeforeheboardedaplaneat Philadelphia InternationalAirport with suspected explo-sives in a carry-on bag.Picklo, 29, had “commercial- Area man arrested at Philly airport CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER PolicewaitoutsidethehomeofJosephPickloinDallasTown-shipThursdaymorning.Picklowasdetainedafterallegedlytry-ingtoboardplaneinPhiladelphiawithsuspectedexplosivesinacarry-onbag. Joseph Picklo allegedly triedto board plane with suspectedexplosives in a carry-on bag. ByEDWARDLEWIS  elewis@timesleader.com SeeARRESTED,Page14A  K PAGE 2A FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012 THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com Backes,HelenFox,MarthaGlogowski,CatherineHungarter,OscarKester,CarolynMyers,SterlingPendolphi,RaymondPhillips,JamesQueignec,HelenRinehimer,SarahSapol,MaryShannon,LarryYencha,Robert OBITUARIES Page 8A ASTORYIN Thursday’sTimes Leader about BabeRuth’s legendary home run hitat Artillery Park in1926should have said the balltraveled an estimated 650feet. BUILDINGTRUST The Times Leader strives tocorrect errors, clarify storiesand update them promptly.Corrections will appear in thisspot. If you have informationto help us correct an inaccu-racy or cover an issue morethoroughly, call the newsroomat 829-7242. HARRISBURG – No playermatched all five winningnumbers drawn in Thurs-day’s “Pennsylvania Cash 5”game so the jackpot will beworth $325,000.Lottery officials said 67players matched four num-bers and won $274 each and2,689 players matchedthree numbers and won$11.50 each.Monday’s “PennsylvaniaMatch 6 Lotto” jackpot willbe worth at least $1,500,000because no player holds aticket with one row thatmatches all six winningnumbers drawn in Thurs-day’s game. 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Main St.,Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 +(ISSN No. 0896-4084)USPS 499-710 Issue No. 2012-090 LOS ANGELES — In afurtherclosing of Republican ranks, for-merPresidentGeorgeH.W.Bushformally endorsed — or, rather,re-endorsed — Mitt Romney on Thursday and said it was“timefortheparty to get behind” the for-mer Massachusettsgovernor.Appearing withRomney and formerfirstladyBarbaraBushat his office in Hous-ton,thenation’s41stpresidental-ludedtothe1970scountrymusichit “The Gambler,” by Kenny Rogers, mangling the lyricssomewhat. “I do think it’s timefor the party to get behind Gov.Romney,” Bush said. “Kenny Rogers sang, ‘It’s time when tohold ’em and time when to fold’em.’ ”Praising Romney’s rivals — whowentunnamed—Bushsaid,“Some of ’em waged a very goodfight.” But, he went on, the cou-plehad known Romneyfor“ave-ry long time” and “we’re so con- vinced ... that he’s the man to dothis job and get on and win thepresidency.”RomneyandtheBushessatto-getherinasetofmatchingbrownleather chairs — imported fromthe White House, the formerpresident said. He thanked thecouple and restated his familiarcriticisms of PresidentBarack Obama.“I think we’re on a very dangerous path,”Romney said, “and Ithink it’s important forus to select a nomineeand get on with a cam-paignthatwillfocusontwo very different visions forAmerica.”Bush’s backing of the Republi-canfront-runnerwasnosurprise. The two met at Bush’s TexashomeinDecember,notlongafterthe elder Bush told CNN thatRomneywasa“reasonableguy,aconservative fellow” and that he would make a “very good presi-dent.” Bush later told the Hous-ton Chronicle that he thoughtRomney was “the best choice forus.”Earlier this month, the Rom-neycampaignemployedaBarba-ra Bush robocall telling Republi-cans in Ohio and Vermont thatshe and husband had known theRomneyfamilyforyearsandthatshebelievedtheformergovernor was “the best man to lead thecountry for the next four years.”Bush’s announcement was justthe latest in a series of high-pro-file endorsements that havehelpedsealtheairofinevitability around Romney’s candidacy,evenasformerPennsylvaniaSen.Rick Santorum, former HouseSpeaker Newt Gingrich and Tex-as Rep. Ron Paul press on withtheircampaigns.Thenextvoteis Tuesday, when Wisconsin, Mary-landandtheDistrictofColumbiahold primaries.“Ihopetogetagoodnumberof delegates from those three con-tests and be on my way to securethenominationandtakingonthepresident,” Romney said Thurs-day.Florida Sen. Marco Rubiothrew his support behind Rom-ney on Wednesday night, saying theideathattheGOPracewouldcontinue until the party’s Augustconvention in Tampa was “a reci-pe to deliver four more years toBarack Obama.”Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,thesonoftheex-president,hasal-so signaled his impatience withthe drawn-out Republican race,endorsingRomneyadayafterhisprimary win last week in Illinois.“Itistimetogetbehindthenomi-nee,” the younger Bush told thePittsburgh Tribune-Review.Asked Thursday if he met dur-inghisTexasstopwithanotherof Bush’s sons, former PresidentGeorgeW.Bush,Romneysaidhehad not. “We speak from time totime,” Romney said. The nation’s 43rd presidenthas not endorsed a candidate inthe GOP contest. Time to rally behind Romney, Bush 1 says The former president joinsother prominent Republicansin calling for GOP fight to end. ByMAEVERESTON   Los Angeles Times AP PHOTO RepublicanpresidentialcandidateandformerMassachusettsGov.MittRomney,left,meetswithformerPresidentGeorgeH.W.BushandBarbaraBushtoreceivetheirendorsementsThursday.   2012 ELECTION MILWAUKEE — Newt Gin-grichbroughthisfalteringpresi-dential campaign to MarquetteUniversity on Thursday night,seeking to inspire around 300spectators with a talk centeredon values and innovation.In an address that sounded alittle like a college lecture, Gin-grichtalkedaboutarangeofsub- jects, including the fall of Com-munism, the Founding Fathers,the Constitution, the first flightof the Wright brothers, the na-tional debt and private retire-ment accounts.“You loanpower to thestate. Thestate does notloan power to you,” Gingrichsaid.He added,“In BarackObama’s world, we are subjects,not citizens.”Gingrich was introduced by his wife, Callista, a Wisconsinnative, who said, “Our only op-ponentis BarackObamaand weare committed to removing himfrom the White House.”In recent days, Gingrich hascut staff and cut back on cam-paign appearances. His top su-per PAC benefactor, casino bil-lionaire Sheldon Adelson, toldthe Jewish Journal on Monday thatGingrichis“attheendofhisline” in the race.Gingrich, the former speakeroftheHouse,istryingtoexecutea bare-bones strategy to remainin the race to the Republicanconvention.Gingrich’s national spokes-man,R.C.Hammond,saidsocialmediawouldbekeyforthecam-paign as it tries to get voters toinfluence the convention dele-gates. Gingrich makes campus stop ByBILLGLAUBER   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Gingrich suggests famil-iar criticisms of the president.Santorumplans to say Obama erred inappointing anambassador toSyria, blew anexitstrategyforIraqandAfghan-istan, and wrongly abandonedmissile programs in Poland andthe Czech Republic.He also says Obama let HosniMubarak fall in Egypt while wel-coming Islamists as replace-ments.FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Republi-can presidential candidate RickSantorum is strongly criticizing President Barack Obama in a for-eign policy speech that suggestthe United States has been weakon Iran, ignores ally Israel andrushes to engage America’s ene-mies.Santorum had planned to de-liver what his aides describe as amajor policy address on Thurs-day in California.An outline of the speech pro- vided to The Associated Press Santorum: U.S. too weak onIran, Israel during Obama era  ByJULIETWILLIAMS   Associated Press Santorum WILKES-BARRE -- Police areinvestigating the reported theftof $14,000 Thursday from a woman who was to receive afinder’s fee for locating a walletcontaining cash.June Walsh of North MainStreet said two women persuad-ed her to withdraw the money from her bank account so shecould give it to them in returnfor the finder’s fee.Instead they took the money from Walsh and fled, police said. The investigation continues. EXETERTWP. – State policeare asking for assistance tolocate a woman consideredsuicidal and missing since 9a.m. Thursday in the area of Falls, Wyoming County. Terri Remetta, 49, of Falls, is white, 5 feet, 4 inches tall,160pounds with a tattoo of a holy cross on her upper right arm.She was last seen wearing apink, hooded-zipper sweatshirt,blue jeans, tan corduroy bootsand carrying a brown shoulderbag.Anyone with information of her whereabouts is to contactstate police at the Tunkhannockstation at 570 836-2141. BUTLERTWP. – Police areinvestigating a one-vehicle crashon North Hunter Highway on Thursday that injured the driv-er. Thaddeus Szczurowski, 56, of Drums, was traveling north onthe highway around 3:25 p.m.and left the roadway for anundetermined reason, striking several trees.He was transported to Geis-inger Wyoming Valley MedicalCenter, Plains Township. POLICE BLOTTER CHICAGO — Nearly two dec-adesafterJohnWayneGacy’sex-ecution, Cook County sheriff’sofficials hope to excavate thebackyard of a Northwest Sideapartment building in their con-tinuingsearchforadditionalvic-timsoftheserialkiller,aspokes-man for Sheriff Tom Dart said. Thesiteactuallywasprevious-ly investigated after a retiredChicago police homicide detec-tivetippedauthoritiestothefactthathehadseenGacyintheyard with a shovel in his hand beforedawn one day in the1970s. Thatdig, in November 1998, turnedupaglassmarbleandaflattenedsaucepan,butnobodies,accord-ingtoChicagoTribuneaccountsoftheChicagopoliceexcavation.DartreturnedtotheGacycaselast year when he exhumed theskeletons of several unidentified victims in the hopes DNA couldhelp identify them. The inquiry led to the identification of one victim,WilliamGeorgeBundy,aChicago man who disappearedat age 17. At the time, Dart saiddetectives assigned to the Gacy investigationwereconsideringanumber of other investigativeavenues.Among them: excavating the yard of the apartment building  where Gacy’s mother lived andGacy once worked as a mainte-nance man.“This sitewas onethatwas al- wayslookedatasapossibilityforpotentialvictims,”saidFrankBi-lecki, a spokesman at the sher-iff’soffice.“Andlawenforcementshould run every lead out. Thisis just another piece of the Gacy puzzle that should be run out. We hope to do that.”Dart had not put a timetableontheeffort,thoughBileckisaidhe mentioned that spring, whenthe ground softens, would be agoodtime.Theefforthasrunin-to obstacles, however. So far,Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has denied Dart’srequest to seek a search warrantfortheproperty,sayingthesher-iff’sofficedoesnothaveprobablecause — sufficient informationthat the search will produce evi-dence of a crime — to obtain a warrant.SallyDaly,aspokeswomanforAlvarez,saidtheinformationthesheriff’sofficepresentedwasthesame information as in 1998, when the search was done withtheconsentofthepropertyown-erandfailedtoturnupevidencethat Gacy had buried bodies onthe property.“There is even less probablecausenowasaresultofthenega-tive results of the consented-tosearch in 1998,” said Daly, add-ing the prosecutors in the office were“opentoreviewinganynewinformationthattheSheriff’sOf-ficemaycurrentlyhaveorobtainin the future.”Gacy was convicted of themurders of 33 young men andboys in the 1970s, all but one of them strangled, many of themrecovered in his crawl space. He was executed by lethal injectionatStatevilleCorrectionalCenterin1994. What brought sheriff’s offi-cials back to the property wasthat, during the 1998 dig, only two spots were excavated eventhoughradarsurveysoftheprop-erty reportedly detected morethan a dozen anomalies underthe ground. That raised the sus-picions of the retired detective whoinitiallytippedpolicetotheGacy connection, Bill Dorsch.He provided the Tribune a letterfrom the radar company saying the initial dig was incomplete.“In a proper investigation,”the letter said, “the authorities wouldhavebeenmorewillingtoexcavate any possibility.”Dorsch, who retired in 1994from the Chicago police after 24 years, recalled that one morning at 3 a.m., as he came home from work,hesawGacywithashoveland they chatted briefly. AfterGacy’s arrest, he called sheriff’sofficials with the informationabout him, assuming officials wouldinvestigatethetipandpo-tentially excavate. That appar-ently did not happen until the1998 excavation. Officials seek more bodies linked to Gacy murders MCT FILE PHOTO Policeguardanareain1998at6114W.MiamiAve.,Chicago,whereasearchwasconductedforevidenceofvictimsofserialkillerJohnWayneGacy. John Wayne Gacy wasexecuted for murders of 33young men and boys in 1970s. BySTEVEMILLS  Chicago Tribune  FORTY FORT -- Forty Fort Cemete-ryisgraduallybeingrevitalizedafterasummer that saw nature wreak havocon the historic site.FortyFortCemeteryBoardofTrust-ees member Andy Tuzinski said pro- jects are in the works to finish remov-ingbrush,downedlimbsandlargetreetrunks on cemetery grounds.“Thebulkofthedamagedtreeshavebeen removed, but some small woodpiles remain that still need to be re-moved,” Tuzinski said Wednesday.“It’s an ongoing, everyday cleanup.” Tuzinskihopespeoplerecognizethelong-standing, historical significanceof the burial site of United States con-gressmen, Civil War and Revolution-ary War veterans and a Pennsylvaniagovernor.“We definitely want to increaseawareness about taking care of thecemetery, but we also want people tobe able to enjoy it and immerse them-selves in its history,” he said.Last fall, winds from HurricaneIrene knocked down two large trees,andarandomlightningstrikeearlierinthe summer downed a third.Much of the brush and downedlimbs blocked the view of several gra- vesites.Matters grew worse as the Susque-hannaRiver,swollenwithrainandrun-off from Tropical Storm Lee, threat-ened to overflow its banks.Special compaction machinery wasbrought in to bolster the nearby levee,avoiding serious damage from flood- waters but ripping up the cemetery grounds in the process.One crypt was damaged by truckscarrying materials to the flood wall. That portion has since been re-paired; however, the Forty Fort Ceme-tery Association does not have thefundsorthemanpowertocleanupthemassive downed trees. The heavy  work was done by a private, volunteercontractor. The rest has been carried out by thecemetery’s caretaker, David Marlowe. The cemetery is managed by a pri- vate, nonprofit corporation that de-pendsprimarilyoninvestmentincomeand has limited funds from which todraw.However,projectsandspecialeventsare being planned to continue the res-toration of the site.Aprojecttoinstalltwogatesateachentrance is in the works to “keep the wrongpeopleoutandlettherightpeo-ple in,” Tuzinski said. Thegateswillbeinstalledtoencour-age walking and deter vehicle trafficduring evening hours.A third gate, which separates thenearby soccer field from the cemetery,has been replaced by the LuzerneCounty Flood Protection Authority. Tuzinski added that a cleanup eventopen to the public will be held at thecemetery on April 21 in conjunction with Earth Day.“Alotofpeoplethatwereintegralinthe building of this county are buriedthere,” he said.“Therearealwaysthingsthatcanbedone to make it look better.” FORTY FORT CEMETERY AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER Andy Tuzinski looks at the Hoyt crypt in the Forty Fort Cemetery. Now repaired, the crypt was damaged by trucksbringing dirt to bolster the flood wall back in September. Tuzinski will head a cleanup of the cemetery April 21. Clean resting place Projects revitalizing historic graveyard  ByJOEDOLINSKY  Times Leader Intern What: Forty Fort Cemeterycleanup When: 10 a.m., Saturday, April21, (weather permitting)Rain makeup day April 28 Contact: Andy Tuzinski, 570-760-1255 HOW TO HELP C M Y K THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012 PAGE 3A L OCAL ➛ timesleader.com  DALLAS TOWNSHIP Medical program to open T he Misericordia University Centerfor Adult and Continuing Educa-tion is introducing an 18-credit certif-icate program in Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)Administration this fall semester. The certificate program preparesstudents to take the Certified Imag-ing Informatics Professional exam-ination.Misericordia’s PACS Administra-tion certificate is designed for med-ical imaging or health care IT profes-sionals who want a career in healthcare imaging informatics.Jobs available to the imaging in-formaticists include the PACS andRIS administrators and other profes-sionals who are involved with theplanning, selection, implementationand operation of PACS and RIS. The program is also for imaging informatics specialists involved withthe analysis, design and developmentof the systems, and imaging systemsengineers who want to update theirknowledge in this field of study.Call 674-6451 for more details. HARRISBURG Bike law starts Monday A law that sets new rules for statemotorists to follow when encounter-ing a bicyclist will take effect at 12:01a.m. Monday. The law, designedto improve safety andtraffic flow, wassigned by Gov. TomCorbett on Feb. 2. The new law re-quires motorists toleave a 4-foot “cush-ion of safety” whenpassing a bicyclist. To achieve this cushion, driversmay cross a roadway’s center line when passing a bicycle on the left,but only when opposing traffic al-lows.Drivers trying to turn left must also yield the right of way to bicycle riderstraveling in the opposite direction. PITTSTON TWP. Film about band honored  The WVIA high-definition srcinaldocumentary film, “Remembering theScranton Sirens,” which premiered on WVIA TV on Oct. 5, received a 2012Pennsylvania Association of Broad-casters Award for Excellence inBroad-casting Competi-tion inthe Out-standing Documentary Program category. This WVIA srcinal documentary film celebrates the exceptional musi-cal legacy of one of the most signif-icant but unheralded “territory”dance bands in American musicalhistory, which introduced iconicartists such as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Russ Morgan, and Bill Chal-lis, whose musical innovation pres-aged their international fame andprofoundly influenced the Big Bandera. SCRANTON Nurse will be honored Regional Hospital of Scranton islooking to honor one of its nursesthrough its annual Patient ChoiceAward program. This award recognizes the level of quality care, comfort and compassionoffered by nurses each day.Continuing the tradition of recog-nizing its nurses, the hospital is ask-ing for input from the community,and one nurse chosen from the nomi-nations will receive the PatientChoice Award at Regional Hospitalduring Nurses’ Week, May 6-12.Regional asks former patients andfamily members to be involved inspotlighting an exceptional nursebecause patients are the ones directly impacted by outstanding care. Those who have come or who havehad family members come to Region-al Hospital of Scranton for inpatient,outpatient or emergency care in thelast year who have a nurse they’d liketo thank for going the extra mile, areinvited.Nominations for the 2012 PatientChoice Award will be accepted untilApril 27.Nominations can be made online atthe hospital’s website at www.region-alhospitalofscranton.net. I N B R I E F Corbett  WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne Coun-ty judge on Thursday granted a protec-tion-from-abuse petition against a one-timeassociateofareputedmobboss,af-ter his wife said he threatened her andtheir children.JudgeMichaelVoughputtheorderinplace,aswellasseveralprovisions,foraperiod of18 months after Michele Mat-tioli-Kulick filed the srcinal petition inJanuary.Mattioli-Kulick said in the petitionherhusband,RobertKulick,threatenedher and their teenage son and daughtershortly after Mattioli-Kulick’sfather,JosephMattioli, PoconoRaceway founder andchairman, died.Mattioli-Kulick al-leged Kulick threat-ened to “destroy” herand burn her posses-sions and made repeated threatening calls and text messages.KulickwasarrestedinFebruaryforvi-olating a temporary PFA order by alleg-edly contacting Mattioli-Kulick.Vough said Thursday that KulickmusthavenocontactwithMattioli-Kul-ick or their teen children, and that Mat-tioli-Kulick has exclusive possession of their Bear Creek Township home. The judge said Kulick may contactMattioli-Kulick after 30 days from Thursday’s date, via email communica-tion only, which is limited to “issues re-garding the welfare of the children.”Mattioli-Kulick must return a Cadil-lac to Kulick, along with personal prop-erty that was inside, including a com-puter.Contact with the children, court pa-pers say, can be made by phone or textand must be “reasonable and appropri-ate.”Kulick cannot contact his childrenduring school hours and can contactthem only if they respond to him andagree to the contact.Physical contact with the children,court papers say, will happen only un-dera“mutualagreement”betweenKul-ick and his children.Mattioli-Kulick was represented by attorney Mary Vidas. Kulick was repre-sented by attorney Michael Beltrami. The estranged couple filed divorcepapers in December. The divorce hasnot yet been made final. PETITION FILED Wife of one-time area mob associate says he threatened her and their children Judge grants a PFA on Kulick See KULICK, Page 6A Kulick BySHEENADELAZIO  sdelazio@timesleader.com  WILKES-BARRE – Rodolfo HiraldoPerez said Thursday he understood hedidn’t have to testify at his trial on hom-icide charges.He said he knew it was his right toremain silent before he swore to tell thetruth.“I didn’t know what I was doing,” Pe-rez, 25, testified in the third day of histrial on homicidecharges in the January 2011 death of 21-year-old Vladimir Ruiz. “If Ihad the intent to killhim, I would’vestabbed him morethan once. I (had) nointention to assassi-nate anyone.”Attorneys will present closing argu-ments this morning before a jury is in-structed on the law by Judge David Lu-pas and sent to deliberate Perez’s fate.Perez, with the help of an interpreter,testified for about an hour Thursday,telling a jury he had been drinking anddoing drugs for a number of hours athis Wyoming Street, Hazleton, resi-dence with friends, including WillisGonzalez.At one point during the night on Jan.15, 2011, Angel Sanchez, 21, showed up with a gun that Perez said he put underhis mattress. Around 1:24 a.m. Gonza-lez got up, went into the bedroom, andthen told Perez they had to go to thenearby bar.Perez said he saw Sanchez, who toldhim to cover him in the fight he wasgoing to have with Ruiz in case some-one decided to jump him.A black man punched Gonzalez, Pe-rez said, and the two went across thestreet when he then heard gunshots. In- vestigators say that in that altercationGonzalez shot and killed Juda Hope, See PEREZ, Page 6A Perez trialin slayingis nearinglast phase Closing arguments are set today inthe 2011 stabbing death of VladimirRuiz. BySHEENADELAZIO  sdelazio@timesleader.com Perez An explosion at a compres-sor station in SusquehannaCounty on Thursday morn-ing had officials in Dallas Township concerned. The state Department of Environmental Protection was alerted around11:30 a.m.to an explosion at the Lath-rop compressor station inSpringville Township, Sus-quehanna Coun-ty. The depart-ment said there was a small nat-ural gas leakfrom the station but that air-quality testing showed noproblems in the surrounding area. Helen Humphreys, aspokeswoman for compres-sor station owner WilliamsPartners LP, said there was afire.A recently completed 33-mile pipeline runs from thestation to the Transco inter-state pipeline in Dallas Town-ship. Township officials saidthey were informed Thurs-day that the flow of gas to the Transco had been shut downat the compressor stationand that township EMA Co-ordinator Alan Pugh wasmonitoring the situation.“We’ve got our EMA check-ing into everything on theirend of things,” township Su-pervisor Liz Martin said.“They have a direct line in with other EMAs in the area. We’ve got everyone alerted tomake sure that everything upof the two pipelines.“Right now, we have noconcern at this point for thesafety of our students,” Gal-icki said at approximately 4p.m. Thursday. The incident also had somebreathing a sigh of relief thatthere will not affect us here.”District SuperintendentFrank Galicki said school wasnot let out early Thursday be-cause Pugh informed himthat the gas flow had beenshut down and there was nodanger to the district cam-pus, which is located about1,800 feet from the junction Compressor blast brings anxious moments to Dallas Township Schools remain in sessionafter Susquehanna Countygas flow is shut down. 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The Democratic-run Sen-ate is expected to block the plan.According to an AssociatedPress story, the GOP plan fea-tures sharper deficit reductionand starkly less governmentspending than Democrats want.It would block President Oba-ma’s proposal to boost taxes onthe wealthy and would insteadlower income tax rates whileerasing many unspecified taxbreaks.Obama’s budget would raisetaxes on families making above$250,000 and on oil and gascompanies, add funds for roadsand schools and cull modest sav-ings from domestic programs. Two local congressmen – U.S.Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton,and U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, voted forthe budget. U.S. Rep. Tim Hold-en, D-St. Clair, voted against it.Barletta said the GOP mea-sure would balance the budgetin as little as a decade, and re-peals the president’s health carelaw, reforms the tax code, pre- vents devastating cuts to nation-al defense, preserves Medicarefor future generations and cutstrillions in federal spending overthe next 10 years.“We can’t keep spending mon-ey we don’t have, and we cannottax our way to prosperity,” Bar-letta said. “Right now, our na-tional debt is nearing $15.5 tril-lion, yet President Obama intro-duces budget after budget thatincrease our debt by trillionsmore, and Senate Democratshave refused to introduce a bud-get in almost 1,100 days.”Marino saidthe budget hesupportedshows how se-rious HouseRepublicansare about cut-ting the deficit.“It also dem-onstrates our efforts to saveMedicare from bankruptcy andpreserve it for future genera-tions,” Marino said. “The presi-dent’s budget failed to win a sin-gle vote in the House. Washing-ton is broken.”Democrats accused the GOPof writing a plan that would endthe age-old guarantee that Medi-care would cover most of se-niors’ medical bills and wouldslash transportation, researchand other programs far toodeeply, even as the measure would protect the rich fromObama’s proposed tax hikes.“Today I voted against the Re-publican budget that would endthe Medicare guarantee and un-dermine the retirement security of millions of American seniors,”Holden said. “It recklessly cutstransportation funding by over$30 billion, jeopardizing oureconomy, jobs, and transporta-tion system.” The GOP package would sliceeverything from food stamps totransportation. It envisions col-lapsing the current six incometax rates into just two, with atop rate of 25 percent compared with today’s 35 percent. It wouldalso eliminate unspecified taxbreaks. House passes Republican budget The proposal contains heavydeficit reduction cuts. It facesSenate opposition. ByBILLO’BOYLE  boboyle@timesleader.com Barletta Marino Holden HARRISBURG—Agroupin-cluding seven municipalities Thursday sued the state of Pennsylvania over its new lawregulating the rapid growth of natural gas exploration, saying among other things that it un-constitutionally takes away thepower to control property fromtowns and landowners for thebenefit of the oil and gas indus-try. The approximately 120-pagelawsuit was filed in state Com-monwealth Court. Plaintiffs in-clude townships in southwest-ern Pennsylvania — Robinson,Peters, Cecil and Mount Pleas-ant in Washington County, andSouth Fayette in Allegheny County — where exploration of the MarcellusShale is under way, and Nocka-mixon Townshipand Yardley Bor-oughinsoutheast-ernPennsylvania’sBucks County where officialsareworriedabouttheirinability to control future exploration of differentnaturalgasformations.Amongtheobjectionablepro- visions cited by the lawsuit arerequirements that drilling, waste pits and pipelines be al-lowed in every zoning district,including residential districts,aslongascertainbuffersareob-served.A spokesman for Corbett, Er-ic Shirk, said Thursday the gov-ernor’sofficehadn’tyetseenthelawsuit. Towns sue over Marcellus Shale law ByMARCLEVY   Associated Press
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