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Crash kills Benton woman

Benton woman died from injuries she sustained in a car accident on Old Tioga Turnpike on Monday, state police at Shickshinny said.

The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 65-year-old Sara McMullen.

State police said McMullen was a passenger in a 1997 Saturn driven by a man whose name was not released.

The man lost control of the vehicle that struck a tree at about 8:35 a.m.

The driver and McMullen were trapped inside the vehicle and were extricated by members from Huntington Fire Rescue. The driver was flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for major injuries, state police said.

McMullen was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where she died.


County must pay for lawsuit

Luzerne County taxpayers will be on the hook for bills associated with a civil lawsuit filed against the county and Controller Walter Griffith after the county’s insurance agency said last week it would not reconsider a denial of payment.

County solicitor Vito DeLuca said Tuesday he was notified in February the county’s insurance company would not cover the costs of the suit. DeLuca said he requested a reconsideration, but that request was denied last week.

Judd Shoval is suing Griffith and the county. Shoval, a member of the board of CityVest, a nonprofit group that sought to revitalize the Hotel Sterling, filed the lawsuit in January.

The suit alleges Griffith recorded a March 29 telephone conversation Shoval had with him without Shoval’s knowledge or consent. Shoval seeks damages for violation of the state wiretap law and invasion of privacy.

DeLuca said the county is not covered by insurance in the suit because of an “invasion of right of privacy” allegation and because Griffith is being sued in his capacity as a county official.


Judge to preside on TV

In an historic first, Superior Court President Judge Correale Stevens will spend an hour with the Pennsylvania Cable Network on Thursday at 7 p.m. to talk about Pennsylvania’s legal and judicial systems.

In a series called “Courts 101 with Judge Correale Stevens,” the head of Pennsylvania’s second highest appellate court will appear on PCN for four episodes. During the hour-long programs, Stevens will talk about judicial temperament, what makes a good lawyer, and more about the court process. Viewers can check pcntv.com for airtimes.

Stevens, a Hazle Township native, is a former state representative and former Luzerne County district attorney and Common Pleas Court judge.

Viewers can check www.pcntv.com for air times.


Walk to fight blood disease

A Care Walk to benefit Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, an organization to advance the treatment and cure for thalassemia, considered a fatal blood disease, is scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m., at Robert Yaple Park in Hughestown. Refreshments and snacks will be available. Gift baskets raffles are part of the event.

To sponsor a team or donate gift certificates, food or raffle baskets, call Kristy DeRome Gomberg at 570-510-2489. All money raised will go directly to Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.


RR club gathering

The Endless Mountains Model Railroad Club will meet May 18 at 6 p.m. at the club building, also known as the old Cavanaugh building, just south of Dimock on Route 29. New members are welcome. For more information, see the website at www.emmrrc.wix.com/trains.

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