Arson trial gets started
Testimony in the arson trial of a Berwick woman charged with setting fire to a Conyngham business and apartment complex in September 2010 began Tuesday and included the testimony of two elderly women who were home at the time of the blaze.
Gail Schneider, 44, is charged with six counts of arson and one count of criminal mischief relating to the September 2010 fire at the Lantern Lane Complex along South Main Street in the borough.
Assistant District Attorney Shannon Crake called Nellie Stratts, then 92, and Barbara Reese to testify Tuesday morning. Stratts escaped the building and then was assisted by neighbors while Reese, then 92, climbed out a window and onto a neighboring roof where she was rescued by firefighters.
Prosecutors say the blaze cost $1.5 million in property damage. Testimony will continue this morning.
Blogfest set for Friday
Northeastern Pennsylvania Bloggers will be hosting the 7th semi-annual Blogfest starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Rooney’s Irish Pub, 67 S. Main St., Pittston. There is no charge for admission for this informal gathering of bloggers, political candidates, elected officials and anyone interested in politics or blogging.
For more information, visit http://gort42.blogspot.com/; or http://nepablogs.org/; or http://www.pittstonpolitics.com/; or call 823-4508.
2 words: Spring cleanup
Wilkes-Barre’s annual spring cleanup will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. in locations across the city, which is participating in PennDOT’s “Great American Cleanup of PA.”
Interested volunteer groups or individuals are asked to contact the Department of Public Works at 208-4313 to register for Saturday. Only registered groups and individuals will be entitled to supplies, which include trash bags and gloves. The rain date is April 27.
2 will be honored
The Anti-Defamation League will honor the Rev. Thomas O’Hara and Rabbi Larry Kaplan at its Distinguished Community Service Award dinner on Sunday at the Woodlands.
The award recognizes individuals who share the league’s values and distinguish themselves by their contributions and leadership in their communities.
O’Hara served as the eighth president and first alumnus president of King’s College from 1999 to 2011.
Kaplan serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Israel. He came to the Wyoming Valley in 1988 from Miami, Fla.
The guest speaker will be Joseph P. Sullivan, chief inspector and a 28-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, for which he also serves as the commanding officer of homeland security and counter terrorism.
The dinner is open to the public and reservations can be made by calling Steven Roth at 570 826-5694.