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Veterans receive medals

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, presented long-overdue medals to four veterans during a ceremony at the Wyoming County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.

These war heroes represent a time span that encompasses an incredible period in American and world history, Barletta said. They risked their very lives so that we could remain free, and spread the ideals of liberty to millions of people around the world. These medals are long overdue.

Receiving medals were:

• Ross Harvey (deceased), U.S. Army, April 29, 1943 to Oct. 22, 1945. Harvey was awarded the European-African Middle-Eastern Campaign medal with one silver service star, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the World War II Honorable Service Lapel Button. The medals were requested by Eileen Collins and received on his behalf by John Collins of Meshoppen, son-in-law of Harvey.

• Wesley Virtue of Eatonville, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1947-1949, and U.S. Marine Corps, January 1951-December 1953. He received the Navy Unit Commendation awarded to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Service Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, U.N. Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the Rifle Marksman Badge.

• Miles Dooley of Washington Township, U.S. Navy, Sept. 12, 1967-Sept. 2, 1969. Dooley was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Navy Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal.

• Paul Hegedty of Tunkhannock, served on active duty with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom June 19, 2003-Nov. 1, 2003, and continued his service with the U.S. Army Reserves until 2012. He received the Global War on Terror Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal and Bronze Star attachment.

Child abuse suspected

Hazleton city police are investigating a report of suspected child abuse of a 2-month-old girl who was brought to Hazleton General Hospital on Monday morning.

Detective Lt. Kenneth Zipovsky said police responded to a report at 11:42 a.m. of a female child with a head injury. When police arrived at the hospital the child was receiving emergency treatment for brain bleeding and swelling, Zipovsky said. The child was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening.

The case is being investigated by detectives from Hazleton's police department and the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with caseworkers from the Luzerne County office of Children and Youth Services.

Police Chief Frank DeAndrea said Children and Youth removed a second child from the home as a precaution. The investigation is in its preliminary stages. Anyone with information should call 459-4940 and ask to speak with Zipovsky.

County groups get grants

Luzerne Conservation District will receive nearly $400,000 in funding for watershed protection in Luzerne County, the Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday.

The grant of $397,778 was part of an $18.7 million package of state Growing Greener Program and federal Nonpoint Source Management grants released by the department.

Other Luzerne County recipients were:

• Earth Conservancy, $46,750

• Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc., $11,999

• Weatherly, $10,500

Grants will be used to improve watersheds, runoff, acid mine drainage and educational programs.

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