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Sunshine, slightly cooler temperatures expected as the week progresses

First Posted: 7:18 am - May 31st, 2016

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Sunshine is expected into the latter part of the week, and the temperatures won’t be quite as hot.

The National Weather service indicated that it was 61 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with fog and mist reported.

Areas of fog are possible before 9 a.m. this morning. Otherwise, sunny skies are expected today, with a high near 84.

Mostly clear skies will follow into tonight, with a low around 57.

Mostly sunny skies are predicted for Wednesday, with a high near 82. Partly cloudy skies will follow into Wednesday night, with a low around 57.

Mostly sunny skies are expected on Thursday, with a high near 79.

Cloudy skies are expected into Thursday night, along with a 40 percent chance of showers after 9 p.m. The low will be around 60.

Be sure to check out the Times Leader’s weather page for up-to-date forecast information and radar1

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State’s average gas price dropped by a penny overnight

First Posted: 7:12 am - May 31st, 2016

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The state’s average gas price dipped slightly overnight, but the local and national averages didn’t change.

AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:

• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.45 today, unchanged overnight and unchanged in the last week.

• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.47 today, down a penny overnight and up 2 cents in the last week.

• National gas average at $2.32 today, unchanged overnight, up 3 cents in the last week.

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Commuters could encounter scattered areas of traffic congestion this morning

First Posted: 7:08 am - May 31st, 2016

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Commuters could encounter some scattered areas of traffic congestion as the short workweek begins.

Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81 and 476. Some heavy congestion is reported on Route 315 in the area of East Main Street, as well as on Route 115 in the area of East Mountain Boulevard.

The North Cross Valley Expressway is free of congestion, but some could be encountered on the off-ramps. Widespread minor congestion is reported in the southbound lanes of the South Cross Valley Expressway.

Near the Wyoming Valley Mall, isolated areas of minor congestion are reported on Kidder, Mundy and Spring streets.

Downtown is generally quiet this morning, but some scattered areas of minor congestion are reported on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and onto South Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. Isolated areas of minor congestion are also reported on Hazle, North Main, South Main, North River and South River streets.

In Kingston, isolated areas of minor congestion are reported on Market Street, while scattered areas of heavy congestion are reported on Wyoming Avenue.

For up-to-date traffic information, including traffic cams, visit the Times Leader’s traffic page.

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Coughlin’s Kristi Pearage scores 5 for East in girls lacrosse all-star game

First Posted: 9:55 pm - May 30th, 2016 Updated: 9:56 pm - May 30th, 2016.

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SCRANTON — The Wyoming Valley Conference hosted its inaugural senior all-star girls lacrosse game Monday at Scranton Prep’s Loyola Complex.

The East team went on to a 13-7 victory over the West.

The WVC referees organized the game which featured players from seven teams. District 2 champion Wyoming Seminary was unable to participate because the Blue Knights are still active in the PIAA tournament.

Coughlin’s Kristi Pearage led the East with five goals. Teammate Savanna Robinson provided two goals and an assist.

Pittston Area’s Rachel Ferrance and Dana Zalewski each scored twice for the East.

“For me, it was a ton of fun to coach girls we play against” Wyoming Seminary and West coach Catie Kersey said. “We had some Scranton Prep girls come over to play for us. It was just a nice way to end the season and get one more lacrosse game in. Going from rivals to teammates is nice.”

The East came out on top, despite not having a goalkeeper. There was only one senior goalkeeper on the roster — Dallas’ Kathleen Brown. To handle the situation, organizers flipped the goal over to a small triangle-shaped size.

“I think the hard thing is that these girls aren’t used to playing with each other,” Kersey said. “So knowing names and all of those things. I thought they played well and had a ton of fun. I don’t think anyone was stressed about the score.”

The East posted five of the first six goals of the game to take an early commanding lead. Pearage corralled a high pass from Robinson and one-time it into the net for a 4-1 advantage. Crestwood’s Paige Zaleppa circled a defender on a clear and dumped it into net to go ahead 5-1.

The West started strong in the second half, trimming the deficit to 8-5 when Tunkhannock’s Savannah Gleason found net, thanks to Dallas’ Kyleigh Kravits’ pass with 16:24 remaining. The East responded with three straight.

Dallas’ Katie Kapral scored a hat trick for the West. Tunkhannock senior Rachel Miroslaw scored twice.

Since lacrosse’s inception in 2011, the WVC has grown from three teams to 11 this season.

“Absolutely, I think the more girls play in the summer, and the more and more opportunities there are the better we are going to get,” Kersey said.

H.S. GIRLS LACROSSE

WVC Senior All-Star Game

East 13, West 7

East`8`5`—`13

West`3`4`—`7

SCORING — EAST, Savanna Robinson (2g, 1a), Rachel Ferrance (2g), Dana Zalewski (2g), Haley Norwillo (1g), Kristi Pearage (5g), Paige Zaleppa (1g), Christine Kaffka (1g); WEST, Rachel Miroslaw (2g), Savannah Gleason (1g), Kyleigh Kravits (1g, 1a), Katie Kapral (3g), Gracie Franko (1a)

East — CRE, Zaleppa; PA, Ferrance, Zalewski, Bianca Mattei-Miller, Alyssa Neare, Norwillo; COU Brigid Wood, Pearage, Robinson; SP, Cara Copick, Kaffka, Amanda Boland, Julia McDonald. West — DAL, Katie Snedeker, Kapral, Julia Baloh, Kravits, Kathleen Brown, Michaela O’Connell; TUN, Haley Toczko, Miroslaw, Gleason, Franko, Jesse Hines; WA Claudia Waltz, Jordan Kelly, Danielle Vigueras, Emily Menta

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Jeff Skwierz, Marina Orrson defend Old Fort 5 Miler titles

First Posted: 5:29 pm - May 30th, 2016

By Robert Miner - For Times Leader



Marina Orrson, 25, of Shavertown finishes first in the female division of the Old Fort 5 Miler with a time of
Jeff Skwierz, 33, Forty Fort is the overall winner of the Old Fort 5 Miler on Monday with a time of 26:13.
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Marina Orrson, 25, of Shavertown finishes first in the female division of the Old Fort 5 Miler with a time of
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Jeff Skwierz, 33, Forty Fort is the overall winner of the Old Fort 5 Miler on Monday with a time of 26:13.
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FORTY FORT — Jeff Skwierz led a field of 481 runners and ran to his second straight victory in the Old Fort 5 Miler on Memorial Day. And Marina Orrson won her third straight female division title.

Skwierz, 33, a Forty Fort resident, broke the tape in 26 minutes and 13 seconds. The former standout runner from Lock Haven University outran second-place finisher, Steve Esposito, 26, of Chenango, N.Y., by 46 seconds. Mikael Hause, 22, of Kulpmont, pulled in third in 27:10

“It’s great that I won this race again,” Skwierz said. ” I went into the race hoping to break 26 (minutes). So I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t”t reach that goal. But I’m still excited about the win.”

The heat and humidity probably had something to say about the runners’ disappointing times. But Skwierz didn’t want to use the weather as an excuse.

“I’ve been training in the heat. So I knew what I was in for,” he said.

Orrson won top female honors, finishing sixth overall in 29:27.

Like Skwierz, Orrson, 25, of Shavertown, didn’t reach her goal – finishing under 29 minutes.

“I’ve run just over 29 over the last two years,” said Orrson, who was a standout runner for Misericordia University. “I think the weather got to me today. But I’ll be back again next year to try to break 29 again.”

Orrson did break 29 minutes in 2014 at Cape May, New Jersey, clocking in at 28:44 for her personal best in a 5 miler.

Second-place finisher, Esposito, ran track and cross country for Kutztown University.

Third-place finisher, Hause, is a recent grad from Misericordia University where he ran track and cross country. He was a runner-up in both the indoor 5K and 3K runs in this year’s MAC Championships. Hause holds school records at Misericordia in the 1,500 meter, 5K and 3K events.

Times Leader assistant news editor, Joe Soprano, continued his training for this year’s Wilkes-Barre Triathlon (swim, bike, run) with a personal best time of 44:45.

Soprano, who is an avid biker, has been training hard on running and swimming. He finished the Sprint version of the triathlon last year. This year his goal is to finish the tougher Olympic distance.

A family affair

Dr. Fred Lombardo, a Kingston podiatrist, his wife, Lynn, and their three boys, Charlie, 15, Carmen, 14 and Angelo, 12, all competed in Monday’s race. Angelo beat his father for the second straight year.

“Last year, I thought maybe it was a fluke,” the doctor said. “But now, I believe I’m just going to have to swallow it.”

Forty Fort Lions 36th annual Old Fort 5 Miler results

Top 5 finishers

Jeff Skwierz, 33, Forty Fort, 26:13

Steve Esposito, 26, Chenango Bridge, N.Y., Esposito 26:59

Mikael Hause, 22, Kulpmont, 27:10

Chris Wadas, 34, Courtdale, 27:13

Mickey Moorhead, 22, Wilkes-Barre, 28:48

Male award winners: Overall (Bernie Hargadon Memorial): Skwierz. First Forty Fort resident to finish (Ed Kupstas Memorial): Anthony Powell, 24, 36:25. Age group winners: 12 & under: 1. Chris Hine, 35:11; 2. Angelo Lombardo, 37:54; 3. Kyle Chesman. 13-15: 1. Collin Miller, 40:35; 2. Nick Miriani, 40:35; 3. Eric Balchun, 42:19. 16-19: 1. Jack Zaidecki, 34:53; 2. James Kosik, 35:39; 3. Gino Alunni, 36:03. 20-24: 1. Mikael Hause, 27:10; 2. Mickey Moorhead, 28:48; 3. Bernard Gavlick, 34:19. 25-29: 1. Steve Esposito, 26:59; 2. Kyle Suponcic, 30:01; 3. Kevin Curry, 35:28. 30-34: 1. Chris Wadas, 27:13; 2. Bob Yonick, 29:51; 3. Nick Wadas, 30:47. 35-39: 1. Mike Adamchick, 31:31; 2. Tim Craven, 32:16; 3. Markus Antilia, 33:15. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Paul O’Hora, 31:56; 2. Varga Laszio, 35:10; 3. C.J. Jersey, 36:27. 45-49: 1. Ken Quigley, 31:15; 2. Sean Robbins, 32:05; 3. Dan Rosa, 43:50. 50-54: 1. Paul Leonard, 29:31; 2. Lee Toussaint, 30:50; 3. Nick Volpeth, 35:12. 55-59: 1. Kevin Southard, 34:43; 2. Don Lavin, 35:34; 3. Mike Kinney, 36:21. 60-64: 1. Bill Cook, 33:55; 2. Fran Mirabelle, 40:58; 3. Rich Novack, 41:50. 65 & 0ver: 1. Len Sowinski, 41:07; 2. Charles Montagna, 41:26; 3. Len Matysezak, 41:43.

Top 3 females

Marina Orrson, 25, Shavertown, 29:27

Jenn Swiderski-Yonick, 29, Camp Hill, 32:51

Kelsey Cameron, 25, Pringle, 33:47

Female award winners: Overall: Orrson. First Forty Fort resident to finish: Erin Moreck, 35, 31:21. Age group winners: 12 & under: 1. Emma Horsley, 42:23; 2. Chloe Chipago, 44:06; 3. Abby Singer, 52:28. 13-15: 1. Caitlyn Bly, 41:57; 2. Alexandria Wesneski, 45:30; 3. Andi Blaski, 47:08. 16-19: 1. Ally Rome, 34:54; 2. Anah Bozerntka, 38:06; 3. Paige Kupsky, 38:51. 20-24: 1. Alexandria Plant, 35:24; 2. Stephanie McCloe, 38:39; 3. Alex Gonda, 40:10. 25-29: 1. Jenn Swiderski-Yonick, 32:51; 2. Kelsey Cameron, 33:47; 3. Riley Marcks, 38:46. 30-34: 1. Casondra Hamilton, 34:41; 2. Victoria Blazick, 36:40; 3. Nikki Pekarski, 40:04. 35-39: 1. Erin Treaster, 36:52; 2. Jill Matthews, 38:35; 3. Na. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Erin Griffin, 36:51; 2. Melissa Obmann, 38:50; 3. Jackie Kearn, 40:47. 45-49: 1. Amy Rome, 34:54; 2. Ann Zoranski, 36:18; 3. Traci Strungis, 39:24. 50-54: 1. Wendy Fisk, 42:10; 2. Kimberly Shambora, 44:27; 3. Bethany Hoffman, 46:03. 55-59: 1. Kim Hirt, 49:15; 2. Jane Colwell, 50:36; 3. Barb Rupert, 54:28. 60 & over: 1. Joyce Foster, 43:39; 2. Debbie Alunni, 44:57; 3. Stephanie Walski, 51:46.

Field: 481. Starter: Brandon Golembiewski, incoming Forty Fort Lions president. Timing and results: Kirbyracetiming.com Race director: Bernie Popson

Schedule

Saturday, June 4: West Pittston Anthracite 4 Mile Run at West Pittston Borough Park, Exeter Ave., W. Pittston. Info: Don Sherrer, 570-357-9144.

Sunday, June 19: 13th annual Wilkes-Barre Duathlon (5k run, 16 mile bike, 5k run) at Wilkes-Barre Public Square at 7:30 a.m. Info: 570-208-9622 Wilkes-Barre YMCA.

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2016 Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/Run in August

First Posted: 4:51 pm - May 30th, 2016

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Family Service Association of Northeastern PA (FSA) will conduct their eighth annual Pauly Friedman 5K Family Walk/ Run on Sunday, Aug. 14, at Misericordia University, Dallas. Attorney Megan Kennedy, of Mountain Top, will serve as chairperson. Registration for the 3.1 mile event is at 8:30 a.m. at the Anderson Sports Complex of the University. Start time is 9:30 a.m, pre-registration is suggested. The first 300 registrants will receive an official event t-shirt. Walk-ups accepted on race day. For more information contact FSA of NEPA at 570-823-5144, or email -rkemmerer@fsanepa.org. Participants, from left, are: Bob Silvi, chair of the Awards Committee; Ruth Kemmerer, chief advancement officer, FSA; Atty. Kennedy, Joanita Salla, event committee member; Cathy Beretski, event committee member; Tom Foley, director of FSA’s Help Line/211 and Theresa Langan, advancement assistant, FSA.

Rain could dampen Memorial Day plans

First Posted: 6:41 am - May 30th, 2016

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If you’re heading out to a Memorial Day event, it might not be a bad idea to grab an umbrella.

According to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service, a line of showers and thunderstorms will move across the area this afternoon, which could produce gusty winds.

The National Weather Service indicated that it was 63 degrees as of 5:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with mostly cloudy skies reported.

Cloudy skies will stick around for the rest of Memorial Day. Showers, along with possible thunderstorms, are likely before noon today. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected, and today’s high will be near 84.

Showers and thunderstorms will be possible before 9 p.m. tonight, with mostly cloudy skies expected. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected, and the low will be around 61.

Mostly sunny skies are predicted for Tuesday, with a high near 84. Mostly clear skies will follow into Tuesday night, with a low around 56.

Sunny skies are expected on Wednesday, with a high near 83. Partly cloudy skies will carry over into Wednesday night, with a low around 58.

Be sure to check out the Times Leader’s weather page for up-to-date forecast information and radar!

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Memorial Day in the Wyoming Valley starts out with no traffic congestion

First Posted: 6:28 am - May 30th, 2016

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Whether you’re gearing up for a Memorial Day event or traveling to visit family, traffic should do little to deter the morning commute.

Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81 and 476. Routes 315, 115 and the North Cross Valley are also free of traffic congestion.

The South Cross Valley Expressway is reporting scattered areas of minor congestion in both lanes of travel.

No traffic congestion is reported in the downtown area. Kingston is also free of traffic congestion.

For up-to-date traffic information, including traffic cams, visit the Times Leader’s traffic page.

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Historic Luzerne County Courthouse repairs in the works

First Posted: 7:04 pm - May 29th, 2016

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - jandes@timesleader.com



Sections of the fortress-like wall along the rear south lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre have been removed as part of a project that includes parking lot and pavement repairs.
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Courthouse history

The county courthouse, which is is on the National Register of Historic Places, officially opened for business on June 1, 1909.

The county spent nearly $2 million to build the structure and fill it with stained glass, artwork and finishes of marble, mahogany and dark oak.

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Sections of the fortress-like wall along the rear south lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre have been removed as part of a project that includes parking lot and pavement repairs.
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WILKES-BARRE — As Luzerne County’s majestic courthouse marks its 107th anniversary this week, county officials are preparing to address water damage to plaster, tile, art and gilding inside.

“It’s a process that began too long ago and has gone too long without movement on it, so we’re happy to finally move this matter forward,” county Manager C. David Pedri recently told the county council.

Interior repairs have been on the back burner since the 2013 completion of a $5.2 million project to stop leaks by refurbishing the courthouse domes and other sections above the roofline.

The county’s 2015 capital plan kept a previous allocation of $2.2 million in past-borrowed funds to repair past interior water damage, but the project did not advance.

Pedri, who had publicly identified courthouse repairs as one of his main priorities when he first became acting manager in January, said the engineering department is in the process of signing a work order with A & E Group, Wilkes-Barre, and the nationally renowned New York City-based Evergreene Architectural Arts.

Evergreene will inventory and assess the condition of all finishes that must be restored, recommend treatments and prioritize projects that can be completed in phases as money allows, Pedri said.

Detailed plans and specifications also must be developed to bid out the restoration, he said.

This isn’t Evergreene’s first involvement in the county. Its art restoration experts boarded a two-person lift brought into the courthouse rotunda in 2012 to photograph and collect test samples of artwork in and around the courthouse dome as part of a preliminary assessment. Support braces were required in the office below due to the weight of the special lift.

See-through netting was later installed at the interior base of the dome to allow use of the rotunda without worries about falling plaster.

The damaged paintings inside the dome include four women representing common law, statute law, moral law and equity that are on a fine burlap material adhered to the plaster. Evergreene representatives concluded in 2012 that three of the four appeared to be stable and intact enough to restore without removal, though common law may have to be detached for more extensive repairs or replacement.

The dome also includes frescoes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

Pedri told the council he will further discuss the restoration plans when he presents the 2017 capital plan by the June 1 home rule charter deadline.

The county continues to pursue an active claim against New Jersey-based D.A. Nolt, which completed the exterior dome repairs, arguing the company should be on the hook for at least $691,400 in water damages to interior murals and plaster because it did not properly cover the domes to prevent rain from getting inside the building.

Arbitration hearings on this outstanding claim have been scheduled in September, Pedri said.

Any money recouped will be applied to interior repairs, he said.

The council had agreed to a $375,000 arbitration settlement with D.A. Nolt in February to close out another claim in which the company argued it was owed more than $1.59 million due to costly delays beyond the company’s control.

Work has begun on another project to refurbish the south lawn, including the rear parking area. The project will repair cracked pavement at the south entrance that has forced county officials to carve out a pedestrian path with safety netting to prevent visitors and workers from tripping.

A portion of the fortress-like wall between the parking lot and lawn also has been removed as part of a plan to tie in the lawn to the Wyoming Valley Levee trail running behind the courthouse.

Pedri told the council the project was slowed by the discovery of a 20-inch water line behind the wall. Pennsylvania American Water’s drawings had indicated this line was in the parking lot, which means plans for stairs leading to the lawn must be altered to prevent excessive pressure on the water line, he said.

The project, including paving of the rear lot, should be completed by the end of the summer, Pedri said.

Courthouse history

The county courthouse, which is is on the National Register of Historic Places, officially opened for business on June 1, 1909.

The county spent nearly $2 million to build the structure and fill it with stained glass, artwork and finishes of marble, mahogany and dark oak.

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WVC athletes dealt with heat in different ways at PIAA Track and Field Championships

First Posted: 6:05 pm - May 29th, 2016

By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com



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Class 3A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Ray Richard, Jr.`Valley West`400 dash`4`8

Uzee Ukattah, Sr.`Dallas`100 dash`24`17

Tyler Wozniak, Sr.`Valley West`shot put`13`17

Matthew Houser, Sr.`Hazleton Area`300 hurdles`19`T-17

Franco Balbuena, Sr.`Coughlin`1600 run`29`18

Jacob Khalife, Sr.`Coughlin`discus`143-0`23

Uzee Ukattah, Sr.`Dallas`200 dash`24`24

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Katie Kravitsky, Sr.`Dallas`high jump`2`2

Kayla Merkel, Jr.`Hazleton Area`javelin`4`2

Ally Rome, Sr.`Dallas`3200 run`9`3

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`shot put`8`3

Abby Norwillo, So.`Pittston Area`pole vault`18`5

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`discus`4`6

Taryn Ashby, Jr.`Pittston Area`javelin`15`9

Madisyn Hawkins, Jr.`Coughlin`pole vault`9`T-9

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`javelin`1`11

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`200 dash`24`12

Marley O’Brien, Sr.`Pittston Area`javelin`12`17

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`100 dash`26`22

Megan Dalo, Fr.`Berwick`long jump`31`32

Class 2A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Dominic Hockenbury, Sr.`Lake-Lehman`3200 run`1`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`300 hurdles`4`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`110 hurdles`3`2

Brandon Chafin, Jr.`Hanover Area`long jump`3`5

Mark Robinson, Sr.`Meyers`long jump`11`6

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`200 dash`8`7

Carlo Telesco, Sr.`Meyers`discus`11`9

Nick Minnich, Sr.`Hanover Area`high jump`10`T-11

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`200 dash`15`14

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`100 dash`16`15

Ben Krouse, Sr.`Northwest`pole vault`10`T-15

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`22`21

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`100 dash`20`23

Brandon Bruckner, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`25`25

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Caroline Banas, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`high jump`3`T-4

Nalasjia Harris-Johnson, Jr.`Meyers`100 dash`8`6

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`200 dash`12`14

Karen Hilenski, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`discus`17`14

Autumn Kaminski, Jr.`Holy Redeemer`100 hurdles`8`15

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`100 dash`11`T-20

Alyssa Christian, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`shot put`21`21

Relay team; Seed; Finish

Valley West boys Class 3A 1600 (Mitchell Forgash, So.; Matt Bobkowski, Sr.; Jamie Webb, Sr.; Ray Richard, Jr.); 18; 24

Meyers boys Class 2A 3200 (Simran Magnat, Sr., Rudy Rivera, Jr., Josh Schiowitz, So., Tim Snyder, Sr.); 19; 13

Wyoming Area girls Class 3A 400 (Jalen Rhodes, So.; Jillian Spak, Sr.; Vanessa Shedlock, Jr.; Bree Bednarski, Sr.); 23; 13

Coughlin boys Class 3A 400 (Mike Brown, Sr., Cole Horan, So., Vincent Todd, So., Nick Carman, Sr. ); 18; 19

Lake-Lehman girls Class 3A 3200 (Jade Fry, So.; Jace Garnick, So; Haley Kubiski, Jr.; Olivia Vasey, So.); 22; 20

Lake-Lehman boys Class 2A 400 (Tyler Billotti, Fr.; Trey Borger, Jr.; Nick Eury, Sr.; Zach Oulajahadamed, Sr.); 24; 28

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As the sweltering temperatures started to soar, Payden Montana sought shelter under a tree.

Katie Kravitsky hid under and umbrella.

And Nalasjia Harris-Johnson tried to find a level playing field with extra liquids.

The PIAA Track and Field Championships weren’t just made uncomfortable by the searing 90-degree sun that had humidity constantly on the rise.

They were downright strength-sapping.

“I guess I can say the heat played an issue, but everybody else ran in it, too,” said Wyoming Valley West speedster Ray Richard, who finished eighth in the boys Class 3A 400-meter dash. “I felt fine. I guess it hit me during the race. It was about the second curve when I started to feel it. I could see everybody pick up. I didn’t have any more strength to give.”

The oppressive conditions probably cost Lake-Lehman’s Dominic Hockenbury a state record run, may have cost Dallas’ Katie Kravitsky a gold medal and may have kept many others from executing their best performances.

It didn’t stop Dallas senior distance standout Ally Rome from winning her first state track medal —a bronze in the girls Class 3A 3,200 run — but it did leave her feeling queasy.

“A mile in, I felt really chilled, which is obviously not good,” Rome said. “It was a really tough race with the heat.”

That meant some tough luck for Hockenbury, who ran a terrific boys Class 2A 3,200 run while winning his third consecutive PIAA gold medal in the event. The Syracuse-bound senior completed the first six laps in just over 6:30, but his lightning pace slowed a step over the final two times around the track.

“I definitely started to feel the heat there,” Hockenbury said.

He wound up winning in 9:13.70, just short of the state-record time of 9:04.09 he was gunning for.

“Under the right conditions, I know I can run that,” Hockenbury said. “I’m just happy with the pace I’m running. I got on that pace. If I had people right around me or in front of me, I would have been pushing it.”

Meyers sprinter Harris-Johnson pushed herself to a third straight PIAA medal in the girls Class 2A 100 dash with a sixth-place finish, but not without a little extra help. She said she drank extra fluids, but they didn’t do much to cool her as she roared down the track.

“It was really hot,” Harris-Johnson said. “I felt like passing out. I got in the shade.”

That’s where Montana stayed between throws while she was winning a bronze medal in the shot put during Friday’s girls Class 3A finals.

Despite competing at last year’s state championships, held under much cooler conditions, Montana was caught off-guard by the rising heat and humidity. So she headed for the nearest shady tree she could find, then came back better equipped for her sixth-place finish in the girls discus throw.

“I was more prepared for it because of (Friday’s) heat,” Montana said. “I drank more, I brought an umbrella.”

That was Kravitsky’s idea.

The Dallas senior sat under an umbrella between her tries as she earned her third straight state medal in the high jump with a career-best silver medal finish Saturday. But Kravitsky still felt burned in the end, as she felt the sun’s strong rays melting away the energy she needed to hit the state-winning height of 5-9 — which she’d cleared previously for a career best.

“It was really hot out and I don’t really like the heat,” Kravitsky said. “I don’t do well in the heat. I tried to give it the best I could.”

That’s about all any of the competitors could do, as the soaring temperatures sunk the potential for spectacular performances and left many athletes feeling especially drained.

“I didn’t feel quite right,” Rome said. “Just kind of fighting, I was able to hold on.”

State Results

Class 3A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Ray Richard, Jr.`Valley West`400 dash`4`8

Uzee Ukattah, Sr.`Dallas`100 dash`24`17

Tyler Wozniak, Sr.`Valley West`shot put`13`17

Matthew Houser, Sr.`Hazleton Area`300 hurdles`19`T-17

Franco Balbuena, Sr.`Coughlin`1600 run`29`18

Jacob Khalife, Sr.`Coughlin`discus`143-0`23

Uzee Ukattah, Sr.`Dallas`200 dash`24`24

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Katie Kravitsky, Sr.`Dallas`high jump`2`2

Kayla Merkel, Jr.`Hazleton Area`javelin`4`2

Ally Rome, Sr.`Dallas`3200 run`9`3

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`shot put`8`3

Abby Norwillo, So.`Pittston Area`pole vault`18`5

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`discus`4`6

Taryn Ashby, Jr.`Pittston Area`javelin`15`9

Madisyn Hawkins, Jr.`Coughlin`pole vault`9`T-9

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`javelin`1`11

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`200 dash`24`12

Marley O’Brien, Sr.`Pittston Area`javelin`12`17

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`100 dash`26`22

Megan Dalo, Fr.`Berwick`long jump`31`32

Class 2A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Dominic Hockenbury, Sr.`Lake-Lehman`3200 run`1`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`300 hurdles`4`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`110 hurdles`3`2

Brandon Chafin, Jr.`Hanover Area`long jump`3`5

Mark Robinson, Sr.`Meyers`long jump`11`6

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`200 dash`8`7

Carlo Telesco, Sr.`Meyers`discus`11`9

Nick Minnich, Sr.`Hanover Area`high jump`10`T-11

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`200 dash`15`14

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`100 dash`16`15

Ben Krouse, Sr.`Northwest`pole vault`10`T-15

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`22`21

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`100 dash`20`23

Brandon Bruckner, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`25`25

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Seed`Finish

Caroline Banas, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`high jump`3`T-4

Nalasjia Harris-Johnson, Jr.`Meyers`100 dash`8`6

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`200 dash`12`14

Karen Hilenski, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`discus`17`14

Autumn Kaminski, Jr.`Holy Redeemer`100 hurdles`8`15

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`100 dash`11`T-20

Alyssa Christian, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`shot put`21`21

Relay team; Seed; Finish

Valley West boys Class 3A 1600 (Mitchell Forgash, So.; Matt Bobkowski, Sr.; Jamie Webb, Sr.; Ray Richard, Jr.); 18; 24

Meyers boys Class 2A 3200 (Simran Magnat, Sr., Rudy Rivera, Jr., Josh Schiowitz, So., Tim Snyder, Sr.); 19; 13

Wyoming Area girls Class 3A 400 (Jalen Rhodes, So.; Jillian Spak, Sr.; Vanessa Shedlock, Jr.; Bree Bednarski, Sr.); 23; 13

Coughlin boys Class 3A 400 (Mike Brown, Sr., Cole Horan, So., Vincent Todd, So., Nick Carman, Sr. ); 18; 19

Lake-Lehman girls Class 3A 3200 (Jade Fry, So.; Jace Garnick, So; Haley Kubiski, Jr.; Olivia Vasey, So.); 22; 20

Lake-Lehman boys Class 2A 400 (Tyler Billotti, Fr.; Trey Borger, Jr.; Nick Eury, Sr.; Zach Oulajahadamed, Sr.); 24; 28

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Misericardia recognizes adult learners

First Posted: 10:33 am - May 29th, 2016

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Inductees 5-7-16 Kelly Jones, Pamela Urbanski, Charles Hampton, Kelly Lynch, Shivaun O'Donnell, Nicole Negron, Kristin Nardone, Samantha Monahan
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Kelly Jones, Pamela Urbanski, Charles Hampton, Kelly Lynch, Shivaun O’Donnell, Nicole Negron, Kristin Nardone, Samantha Monahan
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The Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University recognized the academic accomplishments of adult learners during an induction ceremony for the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Adult learners who were inducted into the honor society included, from left: Kelly Jones, West Wyoming; Pamela Urbanski, Nanticoke; Charles Hampton, Duryea; Kelly Lynch, Avoca; Shivaun O’Donnell, Wilkes-Barre; Nicole Negron, Dallas; Kristin Nardone, Exeter and Samantha Monahan, Kingston.

No traffic snarls expected for Sunday commute

First Posted: 8:27 am - May 29th, 2016

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Free-flowing traffic is expected on most of the major roadways Sunday in the Wyoming Valley.

Interstate 81, Interstate 80 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike are all clear of any traffic jams, according to traffic data.

Along Wyoming Avenue near Kingston, expect some minor congestion. Similar traffic patterns can be expected on Route 309 and near the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township.

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Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department holds annual Memorial Day ceremony

First Posted: 8:20 pm - May 28th, 2016 Updated: 10:39 pm - May 28th, 2016.

By Melanie Mizenko - mmizenko@timesleader.com



Boy Scout Troop 146 members Tanner Manzoni, right, and Matthew Roberts, raise the flag during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
Lake-Lehman High School junior Collin MacMullen, left, and alumnus Matthew Miller play ‘Taps’ during a Memorial Day service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Duncan MacMiullen salutes the flag during the singing of the national anthem at a Memorial Day Service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
Girl Scout Troop 30151 members Brianna London, right, and Cheyanna Snyder, left, lay a wreath with the Rev. Thom Morris of St. John’s United Church of Christ during a Memorial Day service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
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Boy Scout Troop 146 members Tanner Manzoni, right, and Matthew Roberts, raise the flag during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TTL052916JacksonMemorial_1-3.jpgBoy Scout Troop 146 members Tanner Manzoni, right, and Matthew Roberts, raise the flag during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.

Lake-Lehman High School junior Collin MacMullen, left, and alumnus Matthew Miller play ‘Taps’ during a Memorial Day service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TTL052916JacksonMemorial_2-3.jpgLake-Lehman High School junior Collin MacMullen, left, and alumnus Matthew Miller play ‘Taps’ during a Memorial Day service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Duncan MacMiullen salutes the flag during the singing of the national anthem at a Memorial Day Service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TTL052916JacksonMemorial_3-3.jpgRetired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Duncan MacMiullen salutes the flag during the singing of the national anthem at a Memorial Day Service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.

Girl Scout Troop 30151 members Brianna London, right, and Cheyanna Snyder, left, lay a wreath with the Rev. Thom Morris of St. John’s United Church of Christ during a Memorial Day service at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.
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JACKSON TWP. — More than two dozen area residents took time from their holiday weekend on Saturday to honor area veterans who paid the ultimate price as the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Memorial Day ceremony.

A wreath laying and presentation of the colors were held at the department’s headquarters on Chase Road. Eight firefighters from the department stood at attention while the police blocked off the portion of Chase Road. The program, which also honored deceased members of the fire department, lasted about 30 minutes

“We forget the sacrifices veterans made,” The Rev. Thom Morris said after delivering the opening prayer.

Morris, a Vietnam veteran and pastor at St. John’s United Church of Christ, also delivered the benediction.

Stating that “war is sometimes necessary,” Morris said that veterans are individuals “who wrote out blank checks to the U.S. government up to and including their lives.”

“It sounds crazy having to go to war for world peace,” Morris said during his prayer. He also hoped that people won’t forget our service men and woman are currently fighting three wars — the wars against Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS.

Morris believes that “all (veterans) carry scars” and not enough respect is paid to them.

Jackson Township first started holding Memorial Day ceremonies in 1948, according to retired Lt. Col. Duncan MacMullen, who has been organizing the event since 2010. MacMullen is a Lehigh Valley native, but retired to Jackson Township.

“For me, it’s quite an honor,” said the former U.S. Army ordnance officer, who served tours in Iraq and Kuwait. “I was flabbergasted, but I enjoy doing the (Memorial Day) thing.”

Hannah Kasko, a ninth-grader at Lake-Lehman, sang the national anthem after members of Boy Scout Troop 146 from Shavertown raised the American flag.

Brianna London and Cheyanna Snyder, both 10 and members of Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA Brownie Troop 30151 from Dallas, accompanied Morris to lay a red, white and blue wreath at the “Lest We Forget” memorial stone. London and Snyder also led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Both girls have been assisting in the ceremony for a few years and said they consider it an “honor.”

Snyder said she does it in honor of her grandfather, retired Col. Daniel Wells, who served his country for 29 years.

A band, consisting of Lake-Lehman High School band members and alumni, provided patriotic music.

Collin MacMullen, an 11th-grader at Lake-Lehman, and Matthew Miller, a Wilkes student, played “Taps” after the Jackson Township Fire and Rescue Service roll call. Robbie Lauer, a member of the Troop 146, pulled a bell, which honored the fallen of the fire department.

A short reception organized by the spouses and families of the firefighters was held after the ceremony.

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Luzerne County preparing for another potential state budget impasse

Pedri wants to be ready if state misses deadline again

First Posted: 7:51 pm - May 28th, 2016

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - jandes@timesleader.com



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Luzerne County’s administration is working on a plan to avoid another crisis if state officials again fail to pass a budget by June 30, officials said.

In response to last year’s state budget impasse, a council majority was forced to obtain an emergency $20 million loan to avoid a county government shutdown and defaulting on an annual required debt repayment.

“I will say this now, and I will say it again, we are not going to be in that position again,” county Manager C. David Pedri recently told the county council.

All county services were in jeopardy last year because the administration kept fronting money to keep human service agencies operating as it waited for overdue state reimbursements, Pedri said. By the time the administration presented the proposed $20 million borrowing to council, the county had no other means to cover payroll and other pressing expenses outside human services.

Pedri said he implemented new protocol when he took over as acting manager in January, requiring human services to reimburse the county for their payroll within five business days after these employees are paid.

Even in years when there was no state budget impasse, the administration waited a month or two for human service departments to turn over state reimbursement, Pedri said.

“We can’t extend this money. We don’t have the reserve to do that, so we have to make the tough decisions now,” Pedri said.

The administration also has been developing a plan to gradually “step down” human services if state funding is cut off, leaving only state-mandated services, Pedri said.

For example, counties must provide protective services for endangered children and the elderly, but they are not required to operate active adult centers for seniors.

Pedri said he will present this plan to the council in late June or early July.

Councilman Harry Haas said the plan should be finalized by the end of June because he wants to “hit the ground running” with immediate cessation of services July 1.

“I think it’s almost a foregone conclusion there’s going to be an impasse,” he said.

Haas had refused to support last year’s county emergency borrowing to send a message of displeasure to state leaders. He proposed the county consider withholding fees and other revenue due to the state if there’s another impasse to encourage them to act.

“This is all going to roll downhill. It’s going to escape the politicians in Harrisburg,” he said, referring to the ramifications of a budget impasse. “It’s going to affect this council, and we’re going to be forced to act, and it’s inherently unfair.”

A proposed line of credit also will be part of the administration’s proposed plan to the council, Pedri said.

Pedri said no money could be borrowed from the credit line without the council’s approval. He wants to have a revenue source in place because last year’s borrowing was “extremely time-consuming” and “tenuous,” with the financing secured “just under the wire,” he said.

Councilwoman Kathy Dobash said she’s “leery” of resorting to a line of credit without exhausting other cost-savings ideas, such as a reduced work week.

Pedri said he is considering all options and isn’t treating a line of credit as the “end-all, be-all.”

He did not advocate cutting human service branches in anticipation of an impasse because these branches don’t significantly impact the county’s general fund operating budget when state funding is flowing, he said.

The county match is 20 percent for Children and Youth and 8 percent for Mental Health/Developmental Services, he said. No county funding is required for Aging, he said.

Pedri said he’s working with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to stay on top of options deployed in other counties. Some counties are not as vulnerable because they have reserves to tap in emergencies, he said. In comparison, Luzerne County has a deficit and may not get out of the red for years.

According to the association, the average county had to come up with $12 million to keep human services departments operating during last year’s state budget impasse.

Seventy percent of the 67 counties drew down on their reserves, while the remaining 30 percent borrowed funds, the association said.

Some other association statistics: 48 percent delayed payments to providers and vendors; 32 percent made staff changes such as hiring and training program freezes; and 22 percent reduced services.

Luzerne County paid $46,185 in interest on its $20 million emergency loan, which was repaid in January after the state started releasing funding owed to counties. The county is attempting to recoup some of the interest from the state, Pedri said Friday.

Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.

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Dominic Hockenbury, Raheem Twyman have golden moments at PIAA track and field championships

First Posted: 6:56 pm - May 28th, 2016

By Paul Sokoloski - psokoloski@timesleader.com



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Saturday’s Results

Class 3A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Ray Richard, Jr.`Valley West`400 dash`49.61`8

Jacob Khalife, Sr.`Coughlin`discus`143-0`23

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Katie Kravitsky, Sr.`Dallas`high jump`5-08`2

Kayla Merkel, Jr.`Hazleton Area`javelin`147-07`2

Ally Rome, Sr.`Dallas`3200 run`10:44.81`3

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`discus`122-09`6

Taryn Ashby, Jr.`Pittston Area`javelin`131-02`9

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`javelin`125-06`11

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`200 dash`126.11`12

Marley O’Brien, Sr.`Pittston Area`javelin`122-07`17

Megan Dalo, Fr.`Berwick`long jump`15-08.25`32

Class 2A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Dominic Hockenbury, Sr.`Lake-Lehman`3200 run`9:13.70`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`300 hurdles`38.34`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`110 hurdles`14.45`2

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`200 dash`23.09`7

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`200 dash`23.40`14

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`100 dash`11.47`15

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`41-01`21

Brandon Bruckner, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`39-10.75`25

Ben Krouse, Sr.`Northwest`pole vault`NH`T-15

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Nalasjia Harris-Johnson, Jr.`Meyers`100 dash`12.33`6

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`200 dash`26.41`14

Relay team

Valley West boys Class 3A 1600 (Mitchell Forgash, So.; Matt Bobkowski, Sr.; Jamie Webb, Sr.; Ray Richard, Jr.); 3:28.02; 24

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SHIPPENSBURG —His eyes scanned Seth Grove Stadium one final time as Dominic Hockenbury delighted in another golden moment.

Hours later, Raheem Twyman looked to the skies in thanks for his first.

From the Wyoming Valley Conference’s first state title to its last, both winners sure had a way of capturing attention.

Lake-Lehman’s Hockenbury breezed to his third straight state championship in the boys Class 2A 3,200 run Saturday, while Twyman of Meyers finally found that elusive state gold he’s spent his whole high school career chasing by making a mad dash at the fnish to win the boys Class 2A 300 hurdles in the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

“Lsst year, I didn’t have enough in me to give that little push at the end,” said Twyman, who was nosed out for the 2015 300 hurdles state championship. “This year, I just knew I needed to pull energy out of somewhere.”

Hockenbury was hardly pushed at all, winning his race in 9:13.70 — more than seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Then the finality of one of the most dominant high school distance careers in PIAA history hit him.

“I won’t be here again next year,” Hockenbury said. “This is one of the last runs in awhile where I’ll be able to lap the field.”

He has that method down to a science.

Hockenbury beat the final finishers around the track while challenging the state record for three-quarters of the way. He fell just short of setting a new mark, but no matter.

With two cross country gold medals and a run of three consecutive state track titles, the Syracuse-bound senior leaves Lehman as one of the most decorated runners in PIAA championship history.

“I’m either tied, close to or have the most state titles of anybody in history,” Hockenbury said he was told. “That’s not something many people get to do.

“I’m really cherishing that.”

A handful of other competitors from the Wyoming Valley Conference joined him in holding state medals dear.

Dallas high jumper Katie Kravitsky hit a height of 5-8 to earn a silver medal in the girls Class 3A high jump, Hazleton Area’s Kayla Merkel fired the javelin 147-07 feet to also take second place, while Twyman also added a silver medal to his collection in the boys Class 2A 110 hurdles.

After two years of state heartache, Dallas distance runner Ally Rome ran through a case of the chills on a steamy, hot day to earn a bronze medal in the girls Class 3A 3,200 run. The performance was a testament to an unbreakable will that refused to let her body deny her a trip to the medal stand again.

Wyoming Valley West junior Ray Richard collected his second straight state medal when he placed eighth in the boys Class 3A 400 dash, while Northwest’s Tanner Kennedy grabbed a seventh-place medal in the boys Class 2A 200.

Berwick’s Payden Montana had a dashing finish, taking sixth in the girls Class 3A discus throw to earn her second state medal of the weekend after her bronze medal shot put performance Friday. Meanwhile, Meyers junior sprinter Nalasjia Harris-Johnson finished sixth in the girls Class 2A 100-meter dash to earn her third consecutive state medal in that event.

That Hockenbury breezed to a third straight state track title surprised nobody.

He was challenged for barely a lap, broke free from the lead runners by the end of the second lap and was on pace to set the state record of 9:04.09 with two laps left. But the strength-sapping weather took a step off his pace over the last two laps.

His time didn’t make him a state record-holder, but it did give Hockenbury a comfortable victory over state silver medalist Zach Skolnekovich of Quaker Valley, who finished in 9:21.14.

“I fell off pace a little coming into the (final) mile,” Hockenbury said. “I definitely started to feel the heat out there. I’m just happy with the pace I ran.

“It feels kind of special.”

It felt like a huge relief to Twyman.

After qualifying first in both the 110 and 300 hurdles in the state’s preliminary runs, Twyman was edged out by Milton’s Ian Nieves for first place in the 110 finals.

“The 110, I just got out of the blocks a little too slow,” Twyman said. “If I could have had one more hurdle, we would have been neck and neck.”

In the 300 hurdles, he stuck his neck out.

A late push following the final hurdle led Twyman to a finishing time of 38.34, propelling him past Freeport’s Dylan Hochbein, who finished in 38.60.

It was a complete reversal of last year’s state finish, where Northwest’s Tyler Burger overcame Twyman by a nose at the finish in a thrilling 300 final.

“I didn’t want that to happen again to me,” Twyman said. “I’ve been in the second-place position. If that happened to me two years in a row, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself, especially being the favorite in two hurdles.

“My last year down here, I had to get gold.”

Kravitsky nearly grabbed one herself.

She made the height of 5-8 on her second attempt and watched two other high jumpers get hung up on that height. But on her final try, Valerie Przekop of Central Bucks South made 5-8, then cleared 5-9 to rally for the gold medal.

“Yeah, I was hoping to come in and win,” Kravitsky said. “I go in with that mentality for every meet. I gave it the best that I could. The other girl gave it a little bit more, I guess.”

Still, the second-place finish was Kravitsky’s highest of her three career state medals.

“It’s awesome,” said Kravitsky, a senior who will jump for Cincinnati next season. “I’m really thankful to have medaled again. Not really the outcome I wanted, but leaving here with second is not too bad.”

Her Mountaineers teammate Rome would have been happy with any medal.

After two years of going home without one while competing through illness and injury, Rome finally broke through. She finished the girls 3,200 in 10:44.81 to earn bronze.

“I’m really happy with my pace and how I ran,” Rome said. “It was a really tough race with the heat. A mile in, I felt really chilled, which is obviously not good. With the last two years not going well, I got a bad feeling.

“I said, ‘I just want to finish with that medal.’”

Montana got her second of the weekend to take home, hitting a personal best of 122-09 in the discus.

“I was hoping to come here and get two medals,” Montana said.

And Harris-Johnson ran a time of 12.33 to keep her streak of sprint medals running through her three-year high school career.

“I didn’t even think I’d make it to the finals,” Harris-Johnson said. “I’m excited I medaled.”

For some, securing a medal was a given.

For others, just getting one was a reason to give thanks.

“After three years of trying to get the gold,” Twyman said, “getting so close, it really means a lot to me.”

Saturday’s Results

Class 3A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Ray Richard, Jr.`Valley West`400 dash`49.61`8

Jacob Khalife, Sr.`Coughlin`discus`143-0`23

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Katie Kravitsky, Sr.`Dallas`high jump`5-08`2

Kayla Merkel, Jr.`Hazleton Area`javelin`147-07`2

Ally Rome, Sr.`Dallas`3200 run`10:44.81`3

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`discus`122-09`6

Taryn Ashby, Jr.`Pittston Area`javelin`131-02`9

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`javelin`125-06`11

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`200 dash`126.11`12

Marley O’Brien, Sr.`Pittston Area`javelin`122-07`17

Megan Dalo, Fr.`Berwick`long jump`15-08.25`32

Class 2A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Dominic Hockenbury, Sr.`Lake-Lehman`3200 run`9:13.70`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`300 hurdles`38.34`1

Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`110 hurdles`14.45`2

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`200 dash`23.09`7

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`200 dash`23.40`14

Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`100 dash`11.47`15

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`41-01`21

Brandon Bruckner, Jr.`Hanover Area`triple jump`39-10.75`25

Ben Krouse, Sr.`Northwest`pole vault`NH`T-15

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Nalasjia Harris-Johnson, Jr.`Meyers`100 dash`12.33`6

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`200 dash`26.41`14

Relay team

Valley West boys Class 3A 1600 (Mitchell Forgash, So.; Matt Bobkowski, Sr.; Jamie Webb, Sr.; Ray Richard, Jr.); 3:28.02; 24

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Highways, roadways clear to kick off Memorial Day weekend

First Posted: 8:18 am - May 28th, 2016

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Those hitting the roads to pick up last-minute wares for backyard barbecues and other Memorial Day weekend festivities ought to face smooth sailing.

All the major highways and roadways are clear Saturday morning, including the traffic flow on Interstate 81, Interstate 80 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Routes 315 and 309 are clear as well.

Expect a bit of a sluggish go on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston as well as on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre. Otherwise, traffic shouldn’t be a problem Saturday in the Wyoming Valley.

High temperatures, storms possible for Memorial Day weekend

First Posted: 8:10 am - May 28th, 2016

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Rain and thunderstorms are possible this Memorial Day weekend, but otherwise expect sun and temperatures to push the low 90s.

For Saturday, expect partly sunny skies and a high near 91, according to the National Weather Service. The low will be around 66 degrees. A chance of a thunderstorm is likely after 3 p.m. Expect some patchy fog in the early morning.

Sunday figures to be similar, with a high of 85 expected during the day and temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s overnight. There is a 60 percent chance of a rainfall after 5 p.m. The likelihood of rain increases to 90 percent after 9 p.m.

Memorial Day is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 80. A low of 62 is expected. There is a 50 percent chance of rainfall.

Expect the sun and higher temperatures to stick around throughout the remainder of the week.

For more weather information, check www.timesleader.com/weather.

Payden Montana, Abby Norwillo pull off surprising finishes at PIAA Track and Field Championships

Banas, Chafin and Robinson also make PIAA medal stand

First Posted: 7:17 pm - May 27th, 2016 Updated: 9:09 pm - May 27th, 2016.

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Berwick’s Payden Montana competes during the girls Class 3A shotput Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Montana set a personal record with a throw of 42-06 1/2 feet to take a bronze medal in the event for the highest finish among Wyoming Valley Conference competitors.
Hanover Area’s Brandon Chafin finished fifth to earn his first state medal in the boys Class 2A long jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Hanover Area’s Brandon Chafin competes in the boys Class 2A long jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Holy Redeemer’s Caroline Banas made her second straight trip to the state medal stand by finishing tied for fourth place in the girls Class 2A high jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Holy Redeemer’s Caroline Banas competes in the girls Class 2A high jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Coughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins competes in the girls Class 3A pole vault Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Hawkins finished tied for ninth place.
Coughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins competes in the girls Class 3A pole vault Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
Hanover Area senior Nick Minnich finished 11th in the boys Class 2A high jump Friday in his first season of competing in track and field at the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University.
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Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Uzee Ukattah, Sr.`Dallas`100 dash`11.34`17

Tyler Wozniak, Sr.`Valley West`shot put`51-0`17

Matthew Houser, Sr.`Hazleton Area`300 hurdles`40.61`T-17

Franco Balbuena, Sr.`Coughlin`1600 run`4:28.97`18

Ray Richard, Jr.`Valley West`400 dash`48.85`Q

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`shot put`42-06.50`3

Abby Norwillo, So.`Pittston Area`pole vault`12-0`5

Madisyn Hawkins, Jr.`Coughlin`pole vault`11-6`T-9

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`100 dash`12.79`22

x-Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`200 dash`25.87`Q

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Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Brandon Chafin, Jr.`Hanover Area`long jump`22-0.50`5

Mark Robinson, Sr.`Meyers`long jump`21-11.75`6

Carlo Telesco, Sr.`Meyers`discus`137-11`9

Nick Minnich, Sr.`Hanover Area`high jump`6-0`T-11

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`100 dash`11.88`23

x-Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`110 hurdles`14.85`Q

x-Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`300 hurdles`38.76`Q

x-Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`100 dash`11.38`Q

x-Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`200 dash`23.20`Q

x-Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`200 dash`22.79`Q

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Caroline Banas, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`high jump`5-4`T-4

Karen Hilenski, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`discus`104-10`14

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`100 dash`12.92`T-20

x-Autumn Kaminski, Jr.`Holy Redeemer`100 hurdles`15.91`Q

x-Nalasjia Harris-Johnson, Jr.`Meyers`100 dash`12.29`Q

x-Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`200 dash`26.15`Q

Relay team; Time; Finish

Meyers boys Class 2A 3200 (Simran Magnat, Sr., Rudy Rivera, Jr., Josh Schiowitz, So., Tim Snyder, Sr.); 8:24.56; 13

Wyoming Area girls Class 3A 400 (Jalen Rhodes, So.; Jillian Spak, Sr.; Vanessa Shedlock, Jr.; Bree Bednarski, Sr.); 49.18; 13

Coughlin boys Class 3A 400 (Mike Brown, Sr., Cole Horan, So., Vincent Todd, So., Nick Carman, Sr. ); 43.25; 19

Lake-Lehman girls Class 3A 3200 (Jade Fry, So.; Jace Garnick, So; Haley Kubiski, Jr.; Olivia Vasey, So.); 9:41

9.81; 20

Lake-Lehman boys Class 2A 400 (Tyler Billotti, Fr.; Trey Borger, Jr.; Nick Eury, Sr.; Zach Oulajahadamed, Sr.); DNF; 28

x-Qualified for Saturday’s semifinals and finals

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Berwick’s Payden Montana competes during the girls Class 3A shotput Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Montana set a personal record with a throw of 42-06 1/2 feet to take a bronze medal in the event for the highest finish among Wyoming Valley Conference competitors.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track1-1.jpgBerwick’s Payden Montana competes during the girls Class 3A shotput Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Montana set a personal record with a throw of 42-06 1/2 feet to take a bronze medal in the event for the highest finish among Wyoming Valley Conference competitors.

Hanover Area’s Brandon Chafin finished fifth to earn his first state medal in the boys Class 2A long jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track2-1.jpgHanover Area’s Brandon Chafin finished fifth to earn his first state medal in the boys Class 2A long jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Hanover Area’s Brandon Chafin competes in the boys Class 2A long jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track3-1.jpgHanover Area’s Brandon Chafin competes in the boys Class 2A long jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Holy Redeemer’s Caroline Banas made her second straight trip to the state medal stand by finishing tied for fourth place in the girls Class 2A high jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track4-1.jpgHoly Redeemer’s Caroline Banas made her second straight trip to the state medal stand by finishing tied for fourth place in the girls Class 2A high jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Holy Redeemer’s Caroline Banas competes in the girls Class 2A high jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track5-1.jpgHoly Redeemer’s Caroline Banas competes in the girls Class 2A high jump Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Coughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins competes in the girls Class 3A pole vault Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Hawkins finished tied for ninth place.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track6-1.jpgCoughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins competes in the girls Class 3A pole vault Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Hawkins finished tied for ninth place.

Coughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins competes in the girls Class 3A pole vault Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track7-1.jpgCoughlin’s Madisyn Hawkins competes in the girls Class 3A pole vault Friday during the PIAA Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Hanover Area senior Nick Minnich finished 11th in the boys Class 2A high jump Friday in his first season of competing in track and field at the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_track8-1.jpgHanover Area senior Nick Minnich finished 11th in the boys Class 2A high jump Friday in his first season of competing in track and field at the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University.

SHIPPENSBURG — Deep in her heart, Payden Montana knew she could hit a new distance.

Abby Norwillo had no idea she’d reach such heights.

Yet, both Wyoming Valley Conference athletes pulled off major surprises during the field events portion on the opening day of the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University.

Berwick’s Montana moved into the top three in the state Friday, throwing the shot put 42-01 1/2 feet to finish with a bronze medal, just before Norwillo of Pittston Area cleared 12-feet to make the medal stand in the pole vault.

Both marks were personal bests for each sophomore state medalist.

“I was aiming for it,” said Montana, who moved up five spots from her No. 8 seeding in the girls Class 3A shot put. “Competition day, it’s always more adrenaline, more energy. At districts (where state seeding is obtained), I didn’t throw as far as I did earlier in the season. I knew I had more in me.

“Third place is all I was asking for. “

Norwillo wasn’t even asking for that much.

An 18th seed coming in, the Pittston Area sophomore wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near the girls Class 3A pole vault finals. But Norwillo kept clearing each height while watching 27 other competitors in the event fall out.

She cleared 12 feet faster than Spring Grove’s Nathalie Elliott, who finished sixth, and Hempfield’s Molly DeBone, who wound up seventh, before Norwillo got hung up on the 12-6 height to wind up the fifth-best pole vaulter among Class 3A girls at states.

“It’s such a shock, honestly,” said Norwillo, who was almost speechless after making the state medal stand. “I wanted to PR (set a personal record) today. That was the goal, to clear 12 feet. I’ve been working so hard for it, ever since I made it (the state meet) in districts. “

Hard work produced big dividends for a few other WVC athletes who were rewarded with state medals.

Holy Redeemer senior Caroline Banas cleared 5-4 to win her second state medal in the girls Class 2A high jump, finishing in a fourth-place tie with Lydia Bottelier of Palisades.

And the boys Class 2A long jump produced a pair of WVC medalists, as Hanover Area’s Brandon Chafin took fifth place and Mark Robinson of Meyers finished sixth.

Banas easily jumped the 5-4 height, but seemed to run out of steam when the bar moved to 5-6 on an especially hot and humid day at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium.

“I wish I cleared 5-6,” said Banas, who jumped 5-7 earlier this season. “I’m still happy I medaling and placing fourth. I hit 5-6 and I couldn’t clear it. I don’t know, I guess I didn’t have as much energy in my legs. But I’m walking away happy. That was my goal, to medal. I did.”

So did Chafin, although he fell a couple spots from his third-place seeding and dropped more than a foot from his District 2 championship jump.

“I got fifth — not really what I wanted,” said Chafin, a junior who wound up with a fifth-place jump of 22-1. “That really wasn’t what I was looking for. But I have to live with that.”

He’ll live with taking home his first state medal after bowing out early in the same state event last season.

“I’ll take it,” Chafin said. “I’m so happy I got one.”

So is Robinson, whose leap of 21-11 set a personal best by three inches and gave him a long-sought long jump medal in his final state meet at his future home. The Mohawks senior is headed to play football at Shippensburg in the fall, but he won’t join the track team.

“This is the last track event of my life,” Robinson said. “I’ll never do track again. I could, but I don’t want to. So it was do-or-die. First long jump medal at states, feels great.

“I’m going to end it on a good note.”

They’re far from finished.

Meyers standout Raheem Twyman qualified first for Saturday’s 110 meter and 300-meter boys Class 2A finals after finishing the 300 hurdles with a state silver medal last year.

In Class 2A, Meyers sprinter Nalasjia Harris-Johnson will run the girls Class 2A 100 dash semifinals, while Nanticoke Area freshman Amiah Lukowski and Wyoming Area senior Bree Bednarski qualified for the girls Class 2A 200 dash semis. Hanover Area’s Mohammad Chesson will join them in the semifinals of the boys Class 2A 200.

Holy Redeemer hurdler Autumn Kaminski made the girls 100 hurdles field along with Northwest’s Tanner Kennedy in the 100 boys sprints after qualifying Friday for the final day’s semifinals and finals. And Wyoming Valley West’s Ray Richard will join them in the boys Class 3A 400 field.

That intense action will begin at 9 a.m., when Lake-Lehman’s Syracuse-bound star Dominic Hockenbury trying to win his third straight state gold medal in the boys Class 2A 3,200-meter run. He’ll be followed by Dallas’ second-seeded girls Class 3A high jumper Katie Kravitsky, Hazleton Area’s fourth-seeded girls Class 3A javelin thrower Kayla Merkel and Berwick’s Montana, seeded fourth in the girls Class 3A discus throw, favored to win more state medals.

“I got to be here for two years, got comfortable with the situation,” Montana said. “I’m definitely looking for another podium.”

Friday’s Results

Class 3A

Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Uzee Ukattah, Sr.`Dallas`100 dash`11.34`17

Tyler Wozniak, Sr.`Valley West`shot put`51-0`17

Matthew Houser, Sr.`Hazleton Area`300 hurdles`40.61`T-17

Franco Balbuena, Sr.`Coughlin`1600 run`4:28.97`18

Ray Richard, Jr.`Valley West`400 dash`48.85`Q

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Payden Montana, So.`Berwick`shot put`42-06.50`3

Abby Norwillo, So.`Pittston Area`pole vault`12-0`5

Madisyn Hawkins, Jr.`Coughlin`pole vault`11-6`T-9

Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`100 dash`12.79`22

x-Bree Bednarski, Sr.`Wyoming Area`200 dash`25.87`Q

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Boys

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Brandon Chafin, Jr.`Hanover Area`long jump`22-0.50`5

Mark Robinson, Sr.`Meyers`long jump`21-11.75`6

Carlo Telesco, Sr.`Meyers`discus`137-11`9

Nick Minnich, Sr.`Hanover Area`high jump`6-0`T-11

Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`100 dash`11.88`23

x-Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`110 hurdles`14.85`Q

x-Raheem Twyman, Sr.`Meyers`300 hurdles`38.76`Q

x-Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`100 dash`11.38`Q

x-Mohammad Chesson, Jr.`Hanover Area`200 dash`23.20`Q

x-Tanner Kennedy, Sr.`Northwest`200 dash`22.79`Q

Girls

Name, Grade`School`Event`Time`Finish

Caroline Banas, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`high jump`5-4`T-4

Karen Hilenski, Sr.`Holy Redeemer`discus`104-10`14

Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`100 dash`12.92`T-20

x-Autumn Kaminski, Jr.`Holy Redeemer`100 hurdles`15.91`Q

x-Nalasjia Harris-Johnson, Jr.`Meyers`100 dash`12.29`Q

x-Amiah Lukowski, Fr.`Nanticoke Area`200 dash`26.15`Q

Relay team; Time; Finish

Meyers boys Class 2A 3200 (Simran Magnat, Sr., Rudy Rivera, Jr., Josh Schiowitz, So., Tim Snyder, Sr.); 8:24.56; 13

Wyoming Area girls Class 3A 400 (Jalen Rhodes, So.; Jillian Spak, Sr.; Vanessa Shedlock, Jr.; Bree Bednarski, Sr.); 49.18; 13

Coughlin boys Class 3A 400 (Mike Brown, Sr., Cole Horan, So., Vincent Todd, So., Nick Carman, Sr. ); 43.25; 19

Lake-Lehman girls Class 3A 3200 (Jade Fry, So.; Jace Garnick, So; Haley Kubiski, Jr.; Olivia Vasey, So.); 9:41

9.81; 20

Lake-Lehman boys Class 2A 400 (Tyler Billotti, Fr.; Trey Borger, Jr.; Nick Eury, Sr.; Zach Oulajahadamed, Sr.); DNF; 28

x-Qualified for Saturday’s semifinals and finals

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Luzerne County Correctional Facility examining possible attempted prison escape

First Posted: 7:11 pm - May 27th, 2016

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A Luzerne County Correctional Facility inmate tried to climb out of a cage in the prison yard, but it’s unclear if he was trying to escape, a prison official said.

The inmate, who was not identified, was housed in the restrictive housing unit, or “RHU,” which is reserved for prisoners caught committing an assault or other serious misbehavior behind bars or high-level state inmates awaiting sentencing.

Inmates in this unit are locked in single cells 23 hours per day with one hour of exercise five days a week.

For outside exercise, the unit has a separate yard equipped with several wire cages that prevent inmates from physically contacting each other, said interim County Correctional Services Division Head James Larson. Each cage is designed to hold one inmate and allows them enough space to do push-ups or stationary exercises, he said.

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The inmate climbed to the top of the wire cage Tuesday afternoon, which is about 15 feet high, around 6 p.m. and snapped two anchors.

Guards were able to get him down before he could climb out through the top of the cage.

“He didn’t get to the roof or outside wall. We’re not even sure he tried to escape. He never breached the perimeter,” Larson said.

The inmate has been hospitalized several times for mental health issues and has been coming in and out of the county prison system for years. During incarceration, he has been charged with several misconducts, including damage of a typewriter used by inmates, Larson said.

He will be charged with destruction of county property. Larson said he also will discuss the specifics with the county District Attorney’s Office to determine if an attempted escape charge is warranted.

“I’ll have to get a legal opinion on that,” Larson said.

About two hours earlier, prison guards were forced to address another incident involving RHU inmates, he said.

The prison bans RHU inmates from covering the window that allows guards to see inside their single-occupancy cells, in part to prevent suicide attempts, he said.

Two inmates refused to comply with three successive orders to remove window coverings, forcing guards to assemble response teams to enter and place these inmates in restraint chairs while both the inmates and their cells were checked, he said.

Larson said one of these inmates has mental health issues, and the other has acted out.

“A lot of times they do this as a way to get attention. This thing happens all the time,” Larson said.

Both inmates will undergo internal misconduct hearings before an independent examiner, he said.

Prison officials have been wrestling with an increase in inmate assaults and fighting — problems that have been blamed on a rise in inmates who are addicted to drugs, battling mental health issues and involved in gangs. The aging facility on Water Street in Wilkes-Barre has been at or over its 505-inmate capacity in recent years.

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Police seek phone records in Dallas School District bomb threats case

First Posted: 4:11 pm - May 27th, 2016 Updated: 4:17 pm - May 27th, 2016.

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DALLAS TWP — Police are applying for a court order to identify a phone number they believe is connected to the threatening calls that prompted the evacuation of Dallas School District buildings Monday, officials have told the Times Leader.

Dallas Township Police Chief Robert Jolley confirmed Friday the investigation into Monday’s bomb threat resulted in the discovery of a phone number on the district’s server that could be linked to the bomb threat calls.

Jolley said the police department is in the process of filling out a court order in an attempt to identify the source or point of origin for the calls.

Dallas School District was one of many nationwide that received threatening, computer-generated phone calls Monday, forcing evacuations and disrupting class schedules.

The investigation into another bomb threat, discovered Wednesday written in a bathroom at Dallas Middle School, is ongoing, Jolley said. That threat also prompted the evacuation of the building, forcing 670 students to wait in Dallas High School’s auditorium while their own building was swept by police.

Jolley said footage from hallway surveillance cameras is being examined, along with phone records.

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Michael Scavone pleads guilty in fatal Harveys Lake hit-and-run, sentenced to 7 to 16 years

Harveys Lake man admits to killing Paula Jones in hit-and-run crash

First Posted: 10:02 am - May 27th, 2016 Updated: 2:46 pm - May 28th, 2016.

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Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, left, hugs Inez Lewis, the mother of Paula Jones, following a guilty plea and sentencing Friday in Luzerne County Court. Jones’ killer, Michael J. Scavone, was sentenced to serve up to 16 years in state prison.
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Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, left, hugs Inez Lewis, the mother of Paula Jones, following a guilty plea and sentencing Friday in Luzerne County Court. Jones’ killer, Michael J. Scavone, was sentenced to serve up to 16 years in state prison.
http://mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_stef.jpgLuzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, left, hugs Inez Lewis, the mother of Paula Jones, following a guilty plea and sentencing Friday in Luzerne County Court. Jones’ killer, Michael J. Scavone, was sentenced to serve up to 16 years in state prison.

WILKES-BARRE — Inez Lewis recalled gazing at her daughter’s lifeless body, struggling to grasp how someone could drive drunk, run down another person and leave them dying on the side of the road.

It was unimaginable, Lewis said, that someone could be so selfish.

“That danger resulted in the death of my 31-year-old daughter, Paula,” she said, fighting through tears.

Lewis’ words came after her daughter’s killer, Michael J. Scavone, agreed to plead guilty Friday in Luzerne County Court to charges stemming from the June 7, 2015, hit-and-run that claimed the life of Paula Jones and prompted sweeping changes to traffic laws at Harveys Lake.

Scavone, 51, of Harveys Lake, pleaded guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, two counts of driving under the influence, and a single count of accidents involving death or personal injury. Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas accepted Scavone’s plea, as well as his attorney’s request for immediate sentencing.

Scavone will serve between seven and 16 years in state prison.

A shackled Scavone erupted in tears during a short statement to the court, saying, “I never meant to hurt anybody. I’m truly sorry.”

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, who prosecuted the case along with assistant district attorneys Thomas Hogans and Michelle Hardik, said though the Jones family received a bit of closure, a hole remained in their lives that “will never be filled again.”

“This has been a very difficult case, a very heart-wrenching case, to lose such a beautiful woman,” she said following the hearing. “But we had a great sentencing today and (Scavone) will be facing a lot of time in prison.”

Salavantis noted the sentence was county’s first use of Kevin’s Law, legislation passed in 2014 that increased the prison sentence of those who flee the scene of an accident involving death. The law was named in memory of 5-year-old Kevin Miller, a Dallas boy killed in a December 2012 hit-and-run crash.

“That’s why we’re looking at such a significant sentence here,” Salavantis said.

Prosecutors said Scavone struck and killed Jones, of Factoryville, as she jogged along Lakeside Drive at Harveys Lake last summer.

Scavone, a repeat DUI offender who allegedly told investigators he spent the day of the incident drinking beer and Yukon Jack, fled the scene of the crash and was later found sleeping at his mother’s house, prosecutors said. Analysis of his blood indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of .214 some two hours after the crash.

In the months following the fatal hit-and-run, community members rocked by Jones’ death formed a safety committee that pushed for lower speed limits, crosswalks, and a heavier police presence on Lakeside Drive.

Litigation also followed Jones’ death.

Her husband, Brian Jones, filed a 20-page civil suit in August alleging wrongful death and seeking damages against Scavone, American Legion Post 672 in Dallas and several defendants associated with the Grotto Pizza bar and restaurant in Harveys Lake — two locations prosecutors allege Scavone was drinking at prior to the crash.

Attorney Neil O’Donnell, who represents the estate of Paula Jones in the civil matter, said Scavone’s admission was an important acknowledgement for their lawsuit.

“He admitted to drunk driving, he admitted to causing a collision, he admitted to leaving the scene of the collision, and that has a bearing in a civil litigation,” O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell said Jones’ death was “an enormous loss” to her family, particularly her 14-year-old daughter, Kayla.

“It’s a tragedy,” he said, “and we’re going to pursue the best form of civil justice we can.”

Scavone was originally scheduled to appear in court Friday for a bail reduction hearing. A previous bid to reduce his $400,000 bail amount was rejected in December, and a second attempt was withdrawn prior to the start of a hearing in March.

But instead of a third attempt at a reduction, Scavone was led out of the courthouse destined for a lengthy stay in state prison.

“I’m just really happy that it’s over,” Lewis, her eyes shielded behind a pair of dark sunglasses, said following the hearing.

“I really hope this is a lesson for everyone that gets behind the wheel after drinking and driving,” she continued. “It’s devastating, and to lose a child, it’s horrible.”

During the hearing, Lupas said he was “disturbed” by the circumstances of the case, particularly Scavone’s history with alcohol. Lupas said he, too, hoped a lesson would emerge from the matter.

“I don’t think there’s any true justice that can be made out of this incident,” the judge said. “But hopefully, others learn the choices we make can have (a) devastating impact. Life-long impact.”

Reach Joe Dolinsky at 570-991-6110 or on Twitter @JoeDolinskyTL

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Local, national average gas prices climbed overnight

First Posted: 8:40 am - May 27th, 2016

By Travis Kellar - tkellar@timesleader.com



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The local and national average gas prices climbed slightly overnight, while the state’s average didn’t change.

AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:

• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.45 today, up a penny overnight and up 3 cents in the last week.

• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.47 today, unchanged overnight and up 3 cents in the last week.

• National gas average at $2.32 today, up a penny overnight, up 5 cents in the last week.

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