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Woman charged

in hit-and-run case

Borough police and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office have made an arrest in the March hit-and-run death of Plymouth man.

Melinda Shoppel has been charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed, duty to give information and render aid, and driving while operating privilege is suspended or revoked, said District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis.

Plymouth police were advised on March 9 that a man had been struck by a vehicle and was possibly trapped beneath it at 125 E. Main St. Police found William Goulstone lying in the roadway with serious injuries. Witnesses identified Shoppel as the driver of the vehicle that struck Goulstone, 54, Salavantis said.

Shoppel allegedly fled the scene on foot but was apprehended in a nearby apartment. There, she was interviewed and provided a written statement that she was the driver who hit Goulstone and left the scene, Salavantis said.

Shoppel was arraigned Friday at the office of District Justice Donald Whittaker and released on her own recognizance. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday before Whittaker.


Fundraiser features

kids’ color ‘fight’

A colorful event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Shadowbrook Inn and Resort to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Children 4 and younger can play in a designated ColorFIGHT game, while adults and children 5 and older play in the ColorCOURSE obstacle course. Guests of all ages can play Frisbee golf.

Participants are asked to bring goggles and clothing they are not afraid to stain. The colors used during the fight and obstacle course will be a powder mixed with corn starch and should easily brush off, but they might stain some clothing.

The cost is $10-per person with all proceeds benefiting Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and other Geisinger Health System children’s services. For more information, call 800-322-5437.


Killer’s request

for retrial denied

A Luzerne County senior judge this week threw out a request by a man serving a life sentence on a homicide charge to have a new trial.

Senior Judge Joseph Augello denied a post-conviction collateral relief request of Gregory Orlando Fann, 26, to have a new trial on charges he shot and killed Aaron Witko, of Tunkhannock, in Edwardsville in May 2008.

Fann was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced in March 2010 to life in prison.

Fann claimed in a filing, among other contentions, that he had ineffective counsel at the time of his trial.

Augello said in a filing that accompanied his ruling that the verdict in the case was “appropriate,” that no complaint Fann made would cause him to reconsider his decisions and that Fann “miserably failed” to establish any issues.


Library re-opens

after flea trouble

The Pittston Memorial Library re-opened Friday after it was shuttered for nearly a month because of a flea infestation.

Library board of trustees president Barbara Quinn said the pests affected two small areas — the children’s area and the computer area.

“We didn’t want to take any chances,” Quinn said. An exterminator treated the problem that was first noticed July 27. But the bugs proved resilient and library officials decided it was best to close the facility and treat for the full 21-day flea gestation period.

The library was closed for 24 days, a little longer than needed to be sure extermination efforts were successful.

“We haven’t seen them in weeks,” Quinn said of the fleas.

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