House panel OKs
Boback’s vets bill
The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee on Monday unanimously passed House Bill 1742, which was authored by Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, and provides for a partial exclusion of veterans’ compensation benefits from income calculations.
The bill states that only 50 percent of veterans’ compensation benefits can be used to determine their eligibility for Pennsylvania’s benefit programs, including tax and fee exemptions and rebates. The bill also extends the exclusion of a veteran’s compensation benefits to that person’s unmarried surviving spouse. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
No ID for man
found in river
The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office said Monday that the identity of the man pulled from the Susquehanna River Sunday morning in Hanover Township remains unknown.
Acting Coroner William Lisman has ruled no criminal activity is associated with the man’s death. Lisman said dental records are being reviewed and the man’s identity may not be known until Wednesday.
A fisherman reported seeing a person in the water and river rescue crews responded to the Susquehanna River shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday. State police and the Coroner’s Office ask anyone who may be able to identify the man to call township police at 570-825-1254.
Toohil hosting dust
State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, will host a public meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the township Commons Building, 103 W. 27th St., to provide an update regarding the recent dust complaints in the village of Lattimer.
Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Air Quality will discuss the results of a year-long study of air samples taken in the Hazle Township community.
Man pleads guilty to
August John Stile Jr., 49, of Hughestown, pleaded guilty Monday to the defrauding investors of approximately $310,000.
According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, Stile admitted to devising a scheme to defraud private investors of money by fraudulently offering short-term investment opportunities based upon a promise of a return with substantial interest in less than 90 days.
Stile was the purported vice president of JFC Group and the president of Stile Consulting, which had offices in Exeter and Dickson City. Stile admitted that rather than investing the money he received from investors to fund projects as promised, he used the funds for his own purposes.
will see changes
The Mega Millions multistate lottery game now offers larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, a million-dollar second prize and better odds of winning any prize.
The first drawing under the new game matrix is today. The ticket price remains $1. The Megaplier option price also remains $1. Drawings still consist of five white balls and one gold Mega Ball, for a total of six winning numbers.
Under the new game, the number of white balls has increased to 75 and the number of gold balls has decreased to 15. The result will be overall odds of just 1-in-14.71 to win any prize.
The prize structure also has changed. For example, the second prize increased from $250,000 to $1 million for matching the first five numbers. And the Megaplier is expanded to include a five factor. That means a Mega Millions ticket can now win up to $5 million without matching all six numbers. Under the new game matrix, the odds of hitting the jackpot are about 1-in-258,890,850.