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Injured bird makes recovery

An injured bird of prey that was found by a couple visiting the area to attend a concert last month flew away when a state Game Commission officer arrived to pick it up at the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department.

The bird, probably a hawk, took flight when the box was opened to examine it on Feb. 22, said wildlife officer Phil White.

He assumed that the bird might have been temporarily grounded because it flew into a window or a building in pursuit of prey. “When hawks are focused on prey, they sometimes fly into structures,” he said. “This bird was probably stunned from the impact.”

It might have been a Cooper’s hawk or a Sharp-shinned hawk, said White. The bird flew away so fast he could hardly get a glance at it. Hawks prey on small songbirds and small mammals.

The injured bird was found on Public Square last month by James and Valerie DeLisle from Bear, Del.


New water pipes on way

Pennsylvania American Water Co. has announced a series of water main replacement projects involving more than 8,800 feet of pipe, some of which is 108 years old. The combined cost of the projects, which will be done in Mountain Top, Nanticoke, and Newport and Hanover townships, is about $1.5 million.

The projects include replacing undersized, cast-iron water mains with new 8-inch ductile iron pipe. In mid-March, crews are slated to start installing new water main along Division Street in Mountain Top, and along several Newport Township streets, including Stanley, Center, Chestnut and Spruce.

Construction projects set for April include installing new pipeline along Center Street in Hanover Township and more than 5,000 feet of new water main along several streets in Nanticoke, including Prospect, Broad and West Grand.

For information, contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.


Boards discipline 3 in county

The boards that oversee professional licensure in the state disciplined 99 professionals in February, including three from Luzerne County.

The state board of nursing revoked the license of Renee Colon, of Kingston, based on findings that she pled guilty to four felony counts last year.

The state board of medicine suspended the license of Karen A. Andrews, of White Haven, for no less than four years because she has been unable to practice as a physician assistant with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of addiction to drugs or alcohol.

That same board also placed the license of Andrew P. Flavell, of Pittston, on its permanent voluntary surrender list and a public reprimand was placed on his permanent disciplinary record because he violated the board’s law by being guilty of immoral or unprofessional conduct.


Rosetti gets prison term

Fred R. Rosetti, former executive director of the Northeastern Intermediate Unit 19, was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months’ imprisonment and a $30,000 fine for fraud and theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani also ordered Rosetti to make restitution to the NEIU in the amount of $137,944.13 immediately.

An indictment returned in February 2012 alleged that between July 1, 1998 through June 30, 2010, Rosetti, 64, of Archbald, ordered NEIU employees to perform home maintenance at his residence, personal secretarial services, personal shopping for Rosetti and his family and to assist in the planning and preparation of Rosetti family events.

Rosetti also created false travel vouchers and ordered NEIU employees to create false travel vouchers for his benefit. He also intentionally failed to document his used vacation, sick and personal days, which enabled him to include all of the undocumented time-off in an accumulation of days for which he received a cash payout when he retired.

Rosetti pled guilty on Feb. 7 after entering into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mariani rejected Rosetti’s plea agreement that included a 12- to 18-month prison term. Rosetti was entitled to withdraw the plea but chose not to.

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