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WILKES-BARRE — Thursday’s snowstorm resulted in the cancellation of cases before Luzerne County Court, with a guilty plea hearing for a former Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority executive director among the cases to be rescheduled.


Fred DeSanto, 64, was scheduled to appear before Judge Michael T. Vough at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in connection with the diversion of services case against him. His appearance has been pushed back to 9 a.m. Feb. 27.


DeSanto allegedly used WVSA staff to do work for the District 16 Little League, for which he was a district director.


DeSanto, who had been executive director of WVSA since 1998, was placed on administrative leave, with pay, by the WVSA Board of Directors on Aug. 15, 2012. DeSanto resigned Aug. 27, 2012, and had been scheduled to be interviewed by the WVSA board about the allegations. He held other positions in WVSA’s administration for 18 years.


WILKES-BARRE — An inmate who threatened to unleash a shooting spree upon guards at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility has pleaded guilty in county court.


John Hayden Calk, admitted to one count of terroristic threats in a Wednesday appearance before Judge David W. Lupas.


County detectives said Calk, 29, formerly of Edwardsville, repeatedly stated during an incident last February that he was going to buy an AK-15 assault rifle and wait outside the jail to shoot officers. Calk allegedly claimed “what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary would be nothing” compared to what he would do, according to charges filed.


In March 2013, Calk was sentenced to 16 to 32 months in state prison on charges by city police that he robbed a purse from a woman on Spring Street on June 21, according to court records. Calk stated he was going to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle and threatened “he was going to wait outside the jail and shoot at the guards coming out.”


Calk also claimed he wanted a prison sergeant “dead,” telling other officers, “My word is my bond and I will get yas (sic).”


Detectives said Calk repeatedly pledged to shoot correctional officers, making a reference to the shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012, when 20 children and six adults were gunned down at an elementary school.


The prison sergeant was making rounds the night of Feb. 22 when she learned her name was written on a wall in a cell that was occupied earlier that day by Calk. The message in large letters stated, “Kill Sgt. (name),” the complaint said.


Lupas ordered Calk to serve eight to 16 months in state prison concurrent with his present sentence. Calk also is to undergo anger-management classes and have no contact with the victims. He was remanded to the State Correctional Institution - Chester.


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