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Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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Wednesday, August 3, 1994
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1 6 Hazleton Standard-Speaker, Wednesday, August 3, 1994 Auction, open house set in Mountaintop On Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m., Traiman Real Estate Auction Organization will host the auction of 62 lakefront and other homesites at the Village of Laurel Lakes, Mountaintop, Rice Township. Douglas Clemens, president, chairman and auctioneer of the Traiman Organization, said two new homes will also be included in the auction. An established year-round community, Laurel Lakes is one and one-half miles from Exit 43 (Nuangola) of Interstate 81, 12 minutes south of Wilkes-Barre and 15 minutes north of Hazleton. Features include a private lake with fishing for large and small mouth bass, public water and sewer, and underground electric and cable. Each of the homesites will be offered individually to the public, Clemens said. He added that at least 15 of the lots will be sold at absolute auction, and all remaining losts will be offered at auction with "very low reserve prices, as much as 50 percent off the last asking price." According to Clemens, Laurel Lakes offers the only lakefront lots currently available in the Mountaintop area. Interested parties may preview the homesites anytime on their own or during scheduled open Area man being honored by Owens-Corning today TOLEDO Gordon Ann-strong, a scientist at the Hazleton Science and Technology Center, is being honored today by Owens-Coming. The company is recognizing 39 of its global scientists for their outstanding achievements during 1993-1994. Armstrong is invited to Owens-Coming's second annual City trying to recoup fees in airport suits Hazleton officials are in court this week trying recoup more than $150,000 in legal fees from developer George Woefel for filing and withdrawing three nuisance suits against the city. Mayor John Quigley said Woefel sued the city because he claimed the city's expansion plan for the Hazleton Municipal Airport violated the National En-viommental Policy Act. Two other suits claimed the city deprived him of the use of his property near the airport. "He claimed we took the land," the mayor said, even though shopping centers are being built there. "He filed three lawsuits against the city and then withdrew all of them the latest in May," Quigely said. "The lawsuits were designed to stall and delay the city's plans for the airport," he said. "The city is claiming all these suits were frivilous." While fighting and trying to settle these suits, the city racked up $21,000 in hearing fees and another $130,000 in attorney fees. "We're attempting to get the counsel fees out of him," Quigely said. The mayor said they've gone through two days of extensive testimony and the outcome is still uncertain. "Actions of this nature are relatively difficult," he said. "It's not over yet." The recovery hearings will continue today before Judge Gif-ford Cappelini at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Charged with DUI Joseph Kripp Jr., 21, of 105 James St., McAdoo, was arrested for driving under the influence after an accident on South Hancock Street in the borough at midnight Saturday. Borough police said the car he was driving hit a parked car owned by Andrew Bacho of 639 S. Hancock St. Kripp was arrested after a blood-alcohol content of .192 was detected, police said. Both vehicles sustained severe damage. SUMMER IS PICNIC TIME. Pacn a Basket with our fresh baked goods, head somewhere cooi ano yeen and fm reiax French Sticks Pitza Rolls Buns plut more! 222 W. 17ttlSt Mon.-Fri. 6-5, Sat W, Sun. 6-2 454439 J3L houses which will be held on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.; Aug. 13 from noon to 4 p.m.; and on Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. until time of auction. To help prospective buyers learn more about the auction process, the Traiman Organization will offer a free bidders' awareness seminar on Aug. 10 at the Best Western East Mountain Inn in Wilkes-Barre. Attendees who may be interested in building a new home in the near future will also have an opportunity to meet and obtain information from some of the Wilkes-Barre area's top builders at a New Home Builders Forum. The evening's events will begin promptly at 7 p.m. At the seminar, representatives from the Traiman Organization will explain the auction method of selling and buying real estate, answer questions and conduct a practice auction to demonstrate how the bidding will actually be done at the auction. At the forum, prospective homesite buyers will be able to obtain information and ask questions about mortage financing as well as about building a new home. In addition to the home builders, representatives from York Federal including homesite, construction and home mortage financing. Science and Technology Recognition Gala to receive an award and recognition for his scientific contributions in building materials composites technology. The other honorees are from Sarnia, Canada; Battice, Belgium; Falkenberg, Norway; Aiken, South Carolina; and Granville, Ohio. Hosting the gala will be Glen H. Hiner, chairman and CEO of Owens-Corning and Dr. Sharell L. Milkesell, vice president of Science and Technology. "Armstrong deserves individual recognition for his contributions in building materials composites technology," Mikesell said. "Owens-Corning relies on these new discoveries to raise industry standards and maintain its leadership position." The worldwide Science and Technology organization is vital to Owens-Cornin's global growth agenda. Significant scientific breakthrough will support the company's $5 billion sales goal for the year 2000. Owens-Coming is the world leader in advanced glass and composite materials. The $3 billion company is a leading manufacturer of residential building products, including insulation, roofing shingles and windows. It is also the largest manufacturer of glass fiber reinforcements used in thousands of consumer and industrial products worldwide. The corporate world headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio. In uniform Daniel B. Gudanowski, son of Bruce and Alice Gudanowski, 410 Hudsondale St., Weatherly, enlisted in the Air Force's Delayed Enlistment Program, according to Tech. Sgt. Jude Fritz, the local Air Force recruiter. Gudanowski, a 1992 graduate of Weatherly High School, will soon be enlisted into the Regular Air Force. Upon graduation from a six-week basic training course at Lackland Air Force Base, near San Antonio, Texas, Gudanowski is scheduled to receive technical training in the electronic career area. Gudanowski will be earning credits toward an associate degree in applied sciences through the Community College of the Air Force while attending basic and technical training schools. Public drunkenness Peter Bugaiski, 29, of North Locust Street was cited for public drunkenness by Hazleton police after be was found to be extremely intoxicated in the area of East Diamond Avenue, between Garfield and Arthur streets, at 4:52 a.m. Tuesday. mmmm cup and save "I 4 CLEANING ' artorpame MiaiMrStoMr 384-2412 m Senior Discount ma m .SLJPAHpwi. TRESCKOW PLAYGROUND DEDICATED Residents and officials gathered Sunday to dedicate a refurbished playground on Maple Street in Tresckow. The facility has new modular equipment and the older equipment has been refurbished. Funding came from the Pennsylvania Department of Comminuty Affairs, the Banks Township supervisors and business, professional and group sponsors. Playground association volunteers and township residents did the work. Taking part in the dedication were, from left, theRev. John Ondic, pastor of St Michael's Church; David Bodnar; Tony Havrilla; state Rep. Keith McCall; Carbon County commissioners Tom Gerhard and John Mogilski, and Supervisor Joe Billig. Man charged with polluting river, asbestos violations PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal grand jury charged an Illinois man Tuesday with dumping harmful amounts of oil in the Schuylkill River and improperly dismantling and disposing of asbestos at a riverside property. Kenneth Morrison, 44, of Streator, 111., faces a maximum 41 years in prison and $2.25 million fine if convicted of all nine counts of federal environmental crimes. Peter H. Kostmayer, director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Region III, said Morrison's behavior was incorrigible. "This kind of irresponsible conduct will not be tolerated," Kostmayer said Tuesday. The EPA said Morrison, who owned a scrap metal salvaging business, pumped as much as 3,000 gallons of oil into the Court will rule on Larsen impeachment delay by Fri. By PAMELA SAMPSON Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG (AP) -Treading on previously unexplored legal territory, Commonwealth Court said Tuesday it will decide by the end of the week whether to postpone the impeachment trial of ousted Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen. Larsen the first Pennsylvania justice to be impeached has asked the court to stop the trial altogether, claiming the procedure would violate his constitutional rights. Before considering that request, the court must decide whether to issue an injunction to halt the proceedings until a decision is reached on whether to bar the state Senate from conducting the trial. The proceedings are to focus on seven impeachment articles adopted by the state House in May. The trial is scheduled to begin next Monday. If the Senate convicts Larsen on any charge, he will be barred from ever holding public office. Lawyers for Larsen and the Senate presented their arguments before Commonwealth Court on Tuesday. Larsen attorney William Costopoulos said the impending trial violates the state Constitution, which gives the Legislature the authority to impeach civil officers. Larsen is now an ordinary citizen, Costopoulos argued, because he was removed from the state's highest court by an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge after being convicted on two conspiracy counts. In April, Larsen was convicted of arranging to obtain prescription medication in the names of court Troop S activities State police at Troop S, West Hazleton, issued 548 citations and 165 written warnings while patrolling interstate routes 80 and 81 in July. Police investigated 26 accidents and four hit-and-run accidents, in which 19 people were injured. They also arrested four motorists for driving under the influence and investigated two criminal offenses. REHEARSALS RESUME Our Lady of Grace Choir will resume rehearsals at the church Thursday at 7:30 pjn. m Schuylkill River in southwest Philadelphia last year. The oil caused a sheen on the water. The indictment said that Morrison, the owner and president of Streator-based La Salle Central Contracting, ran a scrap metal salvaging business in Philadelphia which dismantled large industrial tanks containing oil and tar. Morrison knowingly discharged fuel oil from one of the tanks between June 21 and 22 last year, according to the indictment, which said the substance flowed through drain sumps on the industrial site and into the river. Morrison did not have a permit to discharge any oil into the Schuylkill and failed to notify federal environmental authorities of the discharge, the U.S. Attorney's office said. The U.S. employees. The decision has been appealed to Superior Court. Larsen 's fellow justices relieved him of his duties and the Court of Judicial Discipline suspended him from the Supreme Court and revoked his pay. "Justice Larsen is no longer hasn't been since June 13, 1994 a civil officer," Costopoulos said. "It's no different from the Legislature issuing articles of impeachment against me." The trial is scheduled to be conducted mostly by a Senate committee, which will then report to the full Senate. Costopoulos claims impeachment-by-committee also goes against the state Constitution. Larsen claims he would suffer irreparable damage by having to go through the Senate trial a claim rebutted by senators anxious to proceed. The Senate is patterning Larsen's impeachment after U.S. Senate trials of federal judges. Costopoulos is trying to persuade the court not to follow the federal model. "This court has a rich history of not rubber stamping what they do in Washington," Costopoulos said. Acknowledging there is little iOH, " PASTOR EMERITUS In a recent vote of members of the consistory at St Paul's Reformed United Church of Christ, West Hazleton, the Rev. Richard D. Abernethy, right, was accorded the honor of pastor emeritus. The presentation was made by Kenneth, president of the consistory, on Sunday morning during a worship service honoring Aberneth y's more than 40 years of service to the church. Coast Guard said it cost more than $1 million to clean the oil. Environmental officials also found that from late 1992 to June 1993, the period in which Morrison ran the Philadelphia salvaging operation, Morrison improperly removed and disposed of asbestos from two buildings on the property, the indictment said. He allegedly failed to wet the asbestos stripped from pipes and equipment, to properly place it in leak-proof containers and to deposit it at a waste disposal site, the grand jury alleged. Morrison was charged with three violations of the federal Clean Water Act and sue violations of the Clean Air Act. The alleged violations occurred at the site of the former Celotex Industrial Plant. legal precedent to help guide the judges, Commonwealth Court President Judge David Craig posed a question to Costopoulos: "Doesn't the federal Constitution give us guidance in no man's land?" Attorney Arlin Adams, who represents the Senate impeachment committee, said the Senate's plan to follow the federal model is proof that the mechanisms in place to impeach Larsen are constitutional. Adams also said the Legislature's authority to impeach extends to current and past civil officers. The trial must not be delayed by an injunction because the Senate has made room on its calendar, Adams argued. A postponement could backlog Senate business until next year. Contrary to Costopoulos's claim, Adams said the Legislature has a constitutional duty to pursue impeachment without interference from the courts. "The legislative body has only one check over the judiciary, and that is impeachment," Adams said. Costopoulos would not rule out a possible appeal if the injunction is not granted. Police Girl flees man in van A 12 year old girl told Hazleton police that a man in a van tried to abduct her Tuesday morning. The girl said she was walking on East Court behind the First Valley Bank around 10:20 a.m. when a white man driving a black van stopped and told her to get in, city police said. The girl then ran home. Police said the van is an older model van with black United windows and several rust spots on the driver's side and rear. Police don't have a description on the man. Anyone with information on the incident or the driver, should call Hazleton police at 459-4940. An investigation is continuing. Trailer stolen A 40-foot box trailer used for storage was stolen from a Hazle Township construction site over the weekend. The owner, George Racho, of Hazleton, said someone went to the Stockton No. 6 site with a front-end loader or similar equipment and moved dirt piles near the trailer so it could be towed onto State Route 3019. State police Trooper Daniel Balliet said the trailer was then either towed by the loader, or a truck trailer, north on Route 3019 and then west on Diamond Avenue sometime between July 29 and July 31. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information is asked to call state police at 459-3890. Window broken The driver's side window of a Shenandoah resident's car was smashed while the car was parked on a borough street Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The vehicle, owned by Michael Kasko, was parked near his home at 212 S. Main St. Conduct charge A 20-year-old West Mahanoy Township resident was charged with disorderly conduct by Shenandoah police after a domestic disturbance in the borough Friday night. A spokesman said Kevin Bellerby of Franklin Street, Shaft, was apprehended in the 400-block of West Poplar Street. Bicycle stolen from front yard Three unidentified girls stole a new Huffy 10-speed bicycle from a Hazle Township yard late Tuesday afternoon. State police Trooper Frank DeBellis said the girls took Michele Burke's bike out of her 1043 Seybert St. yard around 4:45 p.m. and were seen leaving the scene on bicycles heading south on Seybert Street minutes later. Two of the girls are about 12 years old with blond hair and the third girl is about 6 years old with brownish-black hair, DeBellis said. The bike, which was purchased Sunday, is pink and gray with a teal seat, purple handle bars and pink brake wires and bearing serial number IC3028A01. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call state police at 459-3890. Driver injured A West Hazleton woman was injured Monday morning in a rear-end collision at East Broad and Fourth streets in the borough. Angela Goulstone, 31, of 202 E. Green St. complained of back and neck pain, and was transported to Hazleton General Hospital, where she was treated and released. Borough police said the woman was traveling west on Broad Street when she was forced to stop suddenly, and her van was struck in the rear by a Bell of Pennsylvania truck driven by John Bayzick, 24, of 439 Main St, Conyngham. Bayzick told police he could not stop in time. Criminal mischief A sign located in a com field along Ridge Road in Hollenback Township, owned by Robert Robbins of R.R. 1, Nescopeck, was cut in half with a chain saw late Monday or early Tuesday, state police at Troop N said. McAdoo man cited David A. Giranda, 26, of McAdoo was charged with criminal mischief and harassment at 4 a.m. Monday after an incident at 118 E. Birch St., Hazleton. City police said he allegedly broke the glass window of an exterior storm door and harassed the home's occupant. t

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