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CMYK TODAY’S Golden sendoff SPORTS, 1C FOR DEAL! Sign up now at E TC , 1F 284752 ACTO R A L EC BA L DW I N M U L L S L I F E A F T E R ’ 30 R O C K’ 60ONLY@ 120$ DAILY NEPA Coughlin’s Shelley Black wins 100 hurdles in final PIAA meet DEAL $ The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA Stabbing is listed as cause of death SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011 S U M M E R ’ S U N O F F I C I A L S TA R T Lot of fun for everyone Dragons will race at Riverfest Coroner says Jonathan Balester, 56, died from multiple wounds. By STEVE MOCARSKY By MATT HUGHES and JERRY LYNOTT WILKES-BARRE – An autopsy performed Saturday on the body of Jonathan Balester determined the Kingston Township man was stabbed to death in his home. Balester, 56, of North Lehigh Street, died from multiple stab wounds, said Balester Luzerne County Coroner John Corcoran. He and others involved in the investigation released few details about the death that has been ruled a homicide. Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll said the investigation is ongoing. State police reported Balester’s body was discovered in his home at 10:38 p.m. on Thursday. Investigators were at the house that night and Friday collecting evidence and interviewing neighbors. Friends and neighbors said Balester was active in the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly Church and described him as a caring person who also taught Bible studies at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. The church’s pastor Dan Miller said Balester often allowed people in need the use of an apartment above a detached PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER Anton Koss, 5, of Sweet Valley, sits behind the wheel of Max Emel’s micro sprint racing car on Saturday at the Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company Fair. Coming in for a closer look is Anton’s little brother Evan, 2. Event roundup includes festivals, concerts By STEVE MOCARSKY D BUSINESS: Mutuals 6D Break out your shorts and sandals – and your day trip planner. With Memorial Day weekend upon us and marking the unofficial start of summer, thoughts turn to favorite festivals and popular warm-weather events in Northeastern Pennsylvania that are just around the corner. The most popular regional events this summer as far as attendance will be NASCAR’s Pocono 500 June 10-12 and the Pennsylvania 500 Aug. 5-7 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. As raceway vice president Bob Pleban once said, Pocono Raceway becomes the third largest city in the state on race day. If you’re someone who likes your auto racing closer to home, the Giants Despair Hillclimb might be more your speed. The mile-long race is July 9-10 on East Northampton Street in Laurel Run. Drivers encounter E VIEWS: Editorial 2E Forum 3E See LOTS, Page 14A See STABBING, Page 14A INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 2A, 10A B PEOPLE: Birthdays 5B C SPORTS:Scoreboard 2C Baseball 3C Outdoors 12C F ETC.: Puzzles 2F Travel 8F G CLASSIFIED SUMMER FORECASTS Weather: Brian Lovejoy, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y., said folks in Northeastern Pennsylvania can expect normal temperatures and normal amounts of rainfall this summer. The average low, high and mean temperatures for June are 57 degrees, 78 degrees and 68 degrees. Those for July are 62 degrees, 83 degrees and 72 degrees. Those for August are 60 degrees, 81 degrees and 70 degrees. On average, there are 12 days in June with precipitation (including days with just trace amounts), 11.4 days in July and 11.1 days in August. Gas prices: Jana Tidwell, public affairs specialist with AAA Mid-Atlantic, said analysts believe gasoline prices will continue to retreat and settle in the $3.25 to $3.75 per gallon range throughout the summer. CHARLES D. FLACK JR. MCT PHOTO A dragon boat breaks up the American flag reflection as it starts to race down the Schuylkill River. 1 9 5 4 - 2 0 11 Remembering a giant friend Jonah Astolfi Partly sunny, northern shower in the afternoon. High 85. Low 63. Details, Page 14C Philanthropist, civic leader recalled during memorial service Saturday. By MATT HUGHES BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER 09815 10077 WILKES-BARRE – Every year on the weekend of Wyoming Valley Riverfest, the typically austere riverscape of the Susquehanna is transformed by the appearance of “The ata few traction is hundred colorful kay- the specaks and ca- tacle of it. noes traveling en Anyone masse. can do it. This year, visitors to You do not Riverfront necessarily Park will have to be see something new an athlete cutting to do it.” through the John Maday murky waRiverfront Park ters: the Committee heads of member dragons. While paddlers participating in the Susquehanna Sojourn will again be among the river’s travelers on the weekend of June 17-19, dragon boat racing is a new addition to the Riverfest activities. “The attraction is the spectacle of it,” said John Maday, a Riverfront Park Committee member who organized the See DRAGONS, Page 14A WEATHER 6 $1.50 Friends of Charles Flack wait in line to enter the Church of Christ Uniting in Kingston for his memorial service on Saturday. KINGSTON – In his lifetime, Charles Flack Jr. touched the lives of countless others. On Saturday, hundreds of his friends, associates and protégés packed a memorial service to celebrate the life of the man known as “Rusty,” who was, in many ways, larger than life. “This place is bursting at the seams, just like Rusty was bursting at the seams,” former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said at the service. “If there’s one way to deFlack scribe Rusty, it’s bursting at the seams with life, energy, zeal, compassion… Rusty was a big man, but the more I learn about Rusty, the more I learn he was bigger.” Flack, 56, passed away at his home Thursday following a 19month battle with cancer. He was chairman of Diamond Consolidated Industries INSIDE: Times Leader Editor and Publisher Richard L. Connor remembers Rusty Flack, Page 1E Inc., a West Wyoming perforated metal company he and his brother Harold took over following their father’s death in 1979. Flack was a great philanthropist, a civic leader who served on boards for The Luzerne Foundation, Wyoming Seminary and the Greater WilkesBarre Chamber of Business and Industry, among others, and an influential leader of local ReSee GIANT, Page 8A

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