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First Posted: 10/28/2014
Camelback Resort unveils largest lodge and indoor water park in the Northeast
• Camelback Resort offered a sneak peak Wednesday of its mid-term construction of what it says is the largest ski-in/ski-out indoor waterpark hotel in the United States.
Consisting of 533,000 square feet, the new Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark at the base of Camelback Mountain is scheduled to open March 2015.
The $163 million project will result in an eight-story, 453-suite hotel, complete with an adventure themed indoor waterpark and indoor adventure center geared towards families. When fully operational, the hotel and water park are expected to employ 500, with 120 being lifeguards.
Suspended Wilkes-Barre area teacher submits alibi defense
• A suspended high school administrator and longtime wrestling coach says he was at a funeral home at the time a former student claims they had a sexual encounter, and he has witnesses to prove it.
According to papers filed Wednesday in Luzerne County Court, Stephen Stahl will present evidence he was attending a viewing at Clarke Piatt Funeral Home in Hunlock Creek on March 19, 2004. The document names four witnesses who will give testimony confirming Stahl’s presence at the viewing.
His name also appears in the register book, court documents say.
Isis Ann Brown pleads guilty in death of aunt
• Isis Ann Brown pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree homicide Thursday in the death of her 78-year-old aunt, Dorothy Koreny of Hanover Township.
Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough sentenced Brown to 10 to 20 years in state prison followed by 10 years’ probation, with credit for 209 days already served. She also must make restitution of $8,465 and continue mental health treatment.
Vough said he believes mental illness factored heavily in Brown’s actions, “but it’s not an excuse.”
Study: Beef up Luzerne County 911 staff
• A new independent study backs up complaints that Luzerne County’s 911 center is understaffed, recommending the addition of 15 full-time employees.
The center is currently budgeted for 77 full-time employees, and the proposed 2015 budget did not increase that amount.
County 911 Executive Director Fred Rosencrans sought the study, which was completed by MCM Consulting Group, Inc., after the center was criticized for dispatching emergency crews to the wrong location in a May 15 fatal blaze.
The union representing 911 telecommunicators released its own report in July blaming emergency call problems on staffing shortages, saying there were not enough telecommunicators working at the time of the fatal fire.
Canine helps put all 3 suspects in Pittston stabbing in custody
• With cooperation from the U.S Marshal’s Service and the Luzerne County Probation Office, Pittston City police now have the two remaining suspects wanted in the Oct. 17 stabbing incident on Tomato Fest Drive in custody.
Police said Luiyomal Pagan-Ardono, 23, of Scranton, turned himself in at the Luzerne County Probation office, and Bobby Jo Engle, 18, of Pittston, turned herself in at the Pittston City police station.
Police had captured Luiyomal Pagan-Ardono’s brother, Jose Pagan-Ardono, 19, of New Street, Duryea, overnight Tuesday.
All three suspects were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and reckless endangerment.
Mother sues Luzerne County over son’s injuries
• A Larksville woman is suing Luzerne County over injuries she says her 14-year-old son sustained at the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Bear Creek Township.
The two-count suit, filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court, seeks unspecified damages. It claims the injuries may diminish the boy’s future earning capacity, and also claims negligence by the county inflicted emotional distress upon the mother.
According to the civil complaint, Melissa Moser, her son and other family members gathered at the nature area on May 13 for a fishing trip.
Disgraced Kids for Cash judge Mark Ciavarella on the move in federal prison system
• Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella is on the move in the federal prison system.
A key figure in the Kids for Cash scandal, Ciavarella is at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate locator.
He had been at the medium security Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin, Illinois since September 2011.
Ciavarella, 64, had been transferred recently, but the exact date was not available Saturday. His release date is Dec. 30, 2035, according to the Bureau of Prisons. A federal judge sentenced Ciavarella on Aug. 11, 2011 to 28 years in prison for his conviction on charges connected to the scandal.