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Trial delayed

in guard’s killing

A federal judge has granted a request by attorneys for accused murderer Jessie Con-ui for additional time to file pretrial motions. The judge on Friday postponed the trial scheduled Sept. 16 to a yet-to-be determined date.

Last month Con-ui pleaded not guilty to the Feb. 25 stabbing death of Eric Williams, 34, of Nanticoke, a corrections officer at the Federal Correctional Institution at Waymart.

Con-ui, 36, of Arizona, was transferred from the prison and is held at the Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colo. He could face the death penalty if convicted of the first-degree murder charge.


Nexstar facing

defamation suit

The owner of a Monroe County business filed a defamation lawsuit against Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. regarding reports in August 2012 on WBRE-TV, Channel 28.

In the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Scranton, Timothy Shadle of Stroudsburg said the station falsely reported he was “scamming” his customers at All American Gold and Silver Exchange in the Scotrun Plaza, Bartonsville.

Shadle said because of medical issues he neglected to pay the annual $50 fee for the state Precious Metals Act license in June 2012.

In August 2012 members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department requested to see Shadle’s license and transaction records from the previous 60 days. The investigator determined that there was period of time in which the license had expired, the lawsuit stated. But Shadle maintained accurate records, the suit stated. Nonetheless, he was later charged with trading commodities without a license and failing to report them to the district attorney’s office, the suit stated.

In October 2012 the charges relating to the precious metals act were dismissed and, at the suggestion of the prosecution, Shadle agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, the suit stated.


Daughter accused

of theft from estate

Ann L. Rutledge, 63, of 92 Amherst Ave., Wilkes-Barre, faces theft charges after she cleaned out her late mother’s estate without giving her brother the inheritance to which he was entitled, Wilkes-Barre police said.

Alan Rutledge filed a report that his sister mishandled money left by of their mother, Ruth P. Olsen, who died in 2011, according to an affidavit. Ann Rutledge was administrator of the estate.

More than $190,000 in cash and real estate should have remained after Olsen’s death, police said. By December 2012 the account was overdrawn, and Alan Rutledge said he never received the $95,681 to which he was entitled.

Ann Rutledge was arraigned before District Judge Martin Kane on Thursday afternoon and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 29.


Tax reform topic

of public session

The public is invited to a property tax reform presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 40 N. Church St., Hazleton.

Dave Baldinger of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayers Association will discuss property tax reform and House Bill 76. City Councilman Kevin Schadder, who organized the presentation, says the revenue-neutral legislation proposes to eliminate school property taxes and raise the state income tax and state sales tax.

The public is invited to attend and learn how the proposed legislation would affect them and their families if adopted by the state Legislature and approved by the governor.

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