Activities set for EMS week
Mayor Tom Leighton on Tuesday declared the week of May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Service Week in the city, a celebration that will end Saturday with an open house at two city fire stations.
The declaration calls attention to the service and sacrifice that the city’s and the region’s emergency responders exhibit daily. An open house will be held at the fire department headquarters at 20-22 E. Ross St. and the Hollenback Fire Station, 1020 N. Washington St.
The open houses will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free blood pressure screenings, fire safety presentations and fire and EMS equipment demonstrations will be offered.
Luzerne County 911 personnel will brief visitors on a new program, Smart 911, which allows residents to create a household medical profile that will be delivered to sponsoring 911 centers and first responders in the event of a medical incident.
For more information, visit www.wilkes-barre.pa.us or call the Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief’s office at 570-208-4261.
4 locals earn certification
About 150 attorneys have been selected as the first group of Pennsylvania lawyers certified by the PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section as specialists in workers’ compensation law.
Four Luzerne County attorneys were certified.
Those lawyers are Bart E. Ecker, Hazleton; Jeffrey C. Majikas, Hazleton; Timothy Belt, Kingston, and Donald Cosmo Ligorio, Kingston.
A lawyer who has successfully completed the exam is certified for five years.
Sentence reduction opposed
Prosecutors say a Butler Township man serving a life sentence for a 1992 homicide should not be considered for a reduced sentence because he didn’t file court papers in a timely fashion.
Todd Hyung-Rae Tarselli, now 39, said in papers filed late last year that because he was born in South Korea and was a juvenile at the time of the alleged crime, he should be considered for a reduced sentence, despite a birth date that says he was an adult at the time.
Tarselli argued that because Korea calculates ages differently than the United States, he was only 17 at the time he was charged with shooting and robbing his friend, 17-year-old Mark Bunchalk, and new state laws prohibit life sentences for juveniles.
Tarselli was charged in January 1992 with shooting and killing Bunchalk inside the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hazleton where Bunchalk had been working.
Prosecutors said in a filing Tuesday that Tarselli’s request should be thrown out because he didn’t file it in a timely fashion according to state law and that Tarselli knew about the information a number of years ago.
A judge has not yet made a ruling.
‘Fight for Air Walk’ set
The American Lung Association of Pennsylvania will host the 11th annual Wilkes-Barre Fight for Air Walk on June 8 at Betzler Field, 221 Highland Park Blvd.
The presenting sponsor of this year’s walk is Kindred Hospital.
Registration and other events, including a bonsai display by the NEPA Bonsai Society and an American Lung Association informational table, begin at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m.
Proceeds will support the Lung Association’s advocacy and research programs.
This year’s walk is in memory of Sandi Mancuso and takes place on her birthday. Her daughter, Sarah Fox, will speak about losing her mother to lung cancer.
A member of the Better Breathers Support Group, Butch Modzelewski, will lead the walk, playing bagpipes.
For more information, or to register for the walk, visit www.lunginfo.org/wbwalk or call (570) 823-2212.