Campaign chairs announced
The Osterhout Free Library has announced that Clayton and Theresa Karambelas are the 2013 annual campaign chairs, both well-known for their community involvement.
Clayton Karambelas recently received the first Lifetime Ambassador Award from the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and is director emeritus of the organization. He sits on the board of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and is on the board of trustees of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA.
He and Theresa volunteer for many area nonprofit agencies including the Osterhout Free Library, the United Way and the American Heart Association. He was the owner and operating manager of the Boston Candy Shoppe, a mainstay on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square, before founding C.K. Coffee Service.
The Osterhout Free Library’s campaign goal this year is $412,000. Special events such as the annual gala are planned to help meet the goal. Efforts also include raising funds for the library’s North Branch and the ongoing Windows of Opportunity Campaign.
5 hurt in school bus crash
Five students were taken to a hospital after a school bus and another vehicle collided Tuesday morning on state Route 307 near Route 92 in Tunkhannock Township.
The crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. as thebus was transporting about 35 students to Tunkhannock Area middle and high schools.
District Superintendent Michael Healey said the five students — with minor injuries, mostly bumps and bruises — were taken to hospitals as a precaution. Healey says the rest of the students were put on another bus and continued on to school.
Trial set for PD’s staffing case
A Luzerne County senior judge has scheduled a trial date in a lawsuit filed by the chief public defender against the county.
Senior Judge Joseph Augello scheduled a June 24 trial in the lawsuit Al Flora, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed against the county in April, claiming his office was so underfunded and understaffed that it could not provide adequate defense to indigent defendants.
The situation had become so dire, Flora argued, he was forced to limit the type of cases the office would accept, which led to hundreds of defendants being unrepresented.
Attorney John Dean has previously said the county has made several concessions to address concerns raised by Flora, but Flora has refused to approach the process as a “give and take” and instead has used it as forum “to raise petty grievances.” “Plaintiffs have not offered to make a single concession in their position or relaxed their view that the county is nothing more than a checkbook which should immediately approve every request (the office) makes,” Dean said in court papers.
Abduction reports pursued
Police said they are investigating an attempted abduction of three boys by a white male near Kistler Elementary School on Old River Road at about 8:12 p.m. Saturday.
A man wearing a ski mask and a blue jacket grabbed one boy and later two other boys, telling them to “come here,” police said. The boys pulled away and screamed for help.
The man was last seen running toward railroad tracks behind Miner Park, police said.