In brief

June 23rd, 2015 7:28 pm

First Posted: 10/16/2013


Trooper’s case

pushed back to ‘14

The trial for a state trooper charged with illegally accessing her ex-boyfriend’s cellphone and falsely reporting he assaulted her has been pushed back into 2014.

Carrie Ann Gula, 35, of West Pittston, had been scheduled to stand trial starting Nov. 4. Defense and prosecution agreed in a hearing before Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb Thursday afternoon that more time was needed to prepare for trial.

State police at Wyoming allege Gula accessed the Verizon cellphone account of Eric Thomas on Aug. 1, 2012, and changed his password. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Reimiller said the prosecution already has had information from Thomas’ phone extracted and provided that to the defense.

Gula’s attorney, Joseph Nocito, asked that additional information from Thomas’ Verizon account, including passwords and security questions, also be provided. Reimiller said that could take 20 to 30 days.

As well, the judge is considering suppression requests from Nocito, who challenged the validity of a state police search warrant, and whether investigators have the right to information about computer IP addresses connected with Gula.

Gelb set a March 3 trial date.


Flags at half-staff

for WWII flier

Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered U.S. and state flags at the Capitol Complex and in Lackawanna County to be lowered to half-staff today in honor of U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher.

Fenstermacher, of Scranton, was killed in action at age 23 during World War II when his aircraft crashed in Belgium. His remains were recently identified and are being buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Both flags shall remain lowered until sunset on Friday and be raised to full-staff on Saturday.

All Pennsylvanians are authorized to participate in this tribute, the Governor’s Office announced.


General Hospital

seeking volunteers

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s Volunteer Department is looking for people to serve the community by donating their time and efforts to Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest community hospital.

The department is seeking adult men and women, seniors and church and school service groups to work flexible hours as hospital greeters and adult volunteer aides. Other volunteer functions include assisting visitors in the surgical waiting room, answering phones, making deliveries and taking the volunteer hospitality cart to patient rooms.

Volunteering can be a rewarding experience that provides an opportunity to learn new skills, develop new interests and make new friends. For more information or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator Daria Kochanievich at 570-552-1199.


Keystone College

dedicating field

As part of Homecoming Weekend activities, Keystone College will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate its new $3.1 million synthetic all-weather field and track complex on Saturday during halftime of its men’s soccer game against Cairn University. The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The state-of-the-art, 360-by-240-foot field, with an accompanying eight-lane track, is near Ned Boehm Field and adjacent to Keystone’s Sugar Shack maple sugar facility on the eastern edge of campus. The new venue will benefit more than 600 Keystone students who participate in intercollegiate and intramural sports.

It will host field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer and track and field as well as intramural and community recreation sports.