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Diocese employee

charged with theft

An employee of the Diocese of Scranton, one with a 27-year tenure, has been charged with pilfering $340,786 from the Diocese.

Sharon Warunek, 66, of Scranton was charged Thursday with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Warunek was suspended without pay on Aug. 21, a day after the diocese reported to the district attorney that it suspected she had taken the money, according to a statement from the diocese. She was terminated from employment on Sept. 6. The funds stolen were to be given to Catholic missionaries around the world, the statement said.

In a written statement, Bishop of Scranton, Joseph C. Bambera, promised continued commitment to missionaries while trying to maintain strict oversight of the Diocese’s finances.

“Despite the sad reality that there will always be individuals who seek to exploit and circumvent whatever system that is in place, we must remain vigilant in our oversight of the resources entrusted to our care and steadfast in our commitment to be missionaries,” Bambera said.


‘Blue Mass’ set

for this Sunday

The Hanover Township Fire Department will host a “Blue Mass” for firefighters, EMS and police on Sunday at the Holy Family Church in Sugar Notch. All are invited to attend the 8:30 a.m. service.


Police looking for

Altoona escapee

City police last night released an all-points bulletin for Christian Cooper, 19, who allegedly is carrying a .45 caliber handgun, police said. Cooper is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen in Wilkes-Barre.

He is wanted for stealing a vehicle and escaping a juvenile detention center in Altoona, police said. His last known address, according to his drivers license, is Dallas, police said.


Bellace to speak

at Keystone College

In celebration of National Alcohol Awareness Month, Keystone College will welcome nationally recognized motivational speaker and comedian Matt Bellace as he presents “Getting High Naturally” on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks.

Sponsored by the Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series, the event is free and open to the public.

Bellace has been a motivational speaker and comedian since 1995. He is the author of the book “A Better High.” His stand-up comedy can be heard on Sirius XM’s comedy channels, and he previously appeared on truTV’s “World’s Dumbest.”


Church schedules

Chinese auction

Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, behind Independence Toyota off the Airport Beltway, will host a Chinese auction on Sunday to benefit the Kathryn Labar Charitable Foundation.

A large variety of baskets include items such as Harley-Davidson and Vera Bradley merchandise, auto detailing supplies, art work and gift certificates. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the auction begins at 2 p.m. There will be a preview 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Entrants do not have to be present to win.

The charitable foundation supports children, the elderly, animal rescues, urgent animal care and families in personal or medical crisis.


Crime Watch marks

its 1st anniversary

Avoca Neighborhood Crime Watch will celebrate its first anniversary at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s School Auditorium on Spring Street.

Originally scheduled for Oct. 18, this social meeting will include pizza, hoagies and soda for those in attendance. Queen of the Apostles Parish will host this event.

Anyone who needs a ride or wants more information should call Jim at 570-457-8446, Ned at 570-457-6109 or Gene at 570-457-0776.

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