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Machete attacker

appeals sentence

Convicted machete attacker Juan Borbon has filed an appeal after his sentencing in Luzerne County Court earlier this month.

Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. sentenced Borbon, 21, to spend eight to 16 years in prison as punishment for nearly severing the hand of GAR student Marquis Allen during what prosecutors say was a racially motivated attack by Borbon and other Dominicans on black youths outside the school on Feb. 9, 2012. He was convicted at trial on Sept. 11.

In papers filed Thursday, a Berks County attorney representing Borbon maintained the prosecution failed to demonstrate criminal intent, that evidence was insufficient to rebut Borbon’s alibi that he was not at the scene, that “the verdicts were against the weight of the evidence in that the verdict was shocking to the conscience,” and that Sklarosky’s verdict was excessive for failing “to appropriately consider the defendant’s age, family, lack of a prior record and the circumstances of the defendant’s involvement in this offense.”

The motion filed by Bechtelsville attorney Eric Winter requests the verdict be overturned and/or a new sentencing hearing.


Grants available

for fire cos., EMS

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) application period opens at 8 a.m. Monday and the deadline for all grant applications is 5 p.m. Dec. 6, U.S. Rep. Matt Carwright, D-Moosic, has announced.

The primary goal of the AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations; it has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that applicants start the application process as soon as possible by reviewing the “Application Assistance Tools” on the AFG website — www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant. These tools are designed to help applicants begin to plan their applications ahead of the application period.

Cartwright’s economic development staff is available to answer questions on the AFG application process.


Job fair coming to

Hazleton Area H.S.

State Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, will host an expo and information fair — “Jobs for You” — at Hazleton Area High School, 1601 W. 23rd St., on Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Representatives from more than 50 Hazleton area businesses will be available to provide students with information on careers that can be pursued in the local community.

Co-hosting the event are Partners in Education and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. Top sponsors include Bemis Co., George J. Hayden Inc. Electrical Communications, Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, PPL and UGI.


Parole officers

using GPS

Having completed training, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation started using GPS technology to monitor offenders on parole supervision this month.

About 50 offenders in the state so far have been placed on GPS electronic monitoring, which consists of an ankle unit, or receiver, that is placed on offenders as part of the board’s sanctioning process to monitor the location of parolees and safely supervise them in the community.

The ankle units alert parole officers when a parolee enters exclusion zones or locations where the offender is prohibited from going, such as elementary schools, a spouse’s residence, or known gang hangout areas.

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