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760574 CMYK The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 FLOOD RECOVERY $1.50 P E N N S TAT E S C A N D A L They’re a godsend Sandusky case led to new questions Anger resulted in many states re-examining and expanding mandatory reporting laws. UNION RAGS RALLIES TO TAKE BELMONT Union Rags picked up where I’ll Have Another left off — coming from behind to win a Triple Crown race. In Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, it was even a photo finish as Union Rags edged Paynter by a neck. I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with stirring stretch drives. But the champ was scratched from the Belmont on Friday and retired due to a tendon injury. 1C By JOANN LOVIGLIO Associated Press NHL PLAYOFFS DEVILS 2 KINGS 1 NBA PLAYOFFS HEAT 101 CELTICS 88 MLB ORIOLES 6 PHILLIES 4 YANKEES 4 METS 2 IL BASEBALL BATS 9 SWB YANKS 5 INSIDE A NEWS: Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 2A, 7A, 10A B PEOPLE: 1B Community News 3-7B, 9B, 11B Birthdays 8B C SPORTS: 1C Outdoors 12C D BUSINESS: 1D E VIEWS: 1E Editorials 3E F ETC.: Puzzles 2-3F Books 5F Travel 6F CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Tony Ott and Katie McGrew work inside the flood-damaged home of Tom Reilly on Montgomery Avenue in West Pittston. Christian group reaches out to region Susan and Duane Kirk of Modesto, Calif., cut sheet rock for a flooddamaged home in Plains Township. They are members of a Christian group that came to Wyoming Valley to help with flood recovery. By BILL O’BOYLE WEST PITTSTON – Flood victim Tom Reilly’s nine-month quest to get his family back in their home is now within sight, thanks to faith-based volunteers. Fourteen volunteers from Modesto, Calif., worked in the Wyoming Valley last week to help victims like Reilly rebuild their homes – and their lives. The Christian-based group traveled at their own expense to do carpentry work, run electrical wires and put up sheet rock to repair flood-damaged homes. “They have been a godsend,” the 71-year-old Reilly said. “They’re angels – good people “They’re angels – good people who have given their time to help me and my family.” Tom Reilly Flood victim who have given their time to help me and my family.” The groups are coordinated by the Disaster Relief Coalition of Luzerne County to help residents. Flooding caused an estimated $40 million in damages last September when the Susquehanna River rose to a record See GODSEND, Page 14A Little remains of fund for county’s capital projects The practice of dipping into the fund to pay debt service will stop, manager says. Maxwell Gregor Partly cloudy. High 85. Low 60. Details, Page 14C 6 09815 10077 2 injured in shooting in Hanover An investigation by the District Attorney’s Office is ongoing. More money spent Commissioners also dipped into the fund in 2010 and 2011 to HANOVER TWP. – Two men were seriously injured when they were shot in the 1000 block of South Main Street near the Hanover Village Apartment Complex early Saturday morning. Police identified the gunshot victims as Lamar Bobbett, 27, of Edwardsville, and Maurice Cooley, 27, of Hanover Township. Hanover Township police said they responded to the 1000 block of South Main Street at around 2 a.m. Saturday, following reports of an altercation among several persons and shots fired. They did not find the victims there, but rather around the corner in a parking lot at the Hanover Village Apartment Complex. Township Detective David Lewis said the victims had apparently been moved there by car. The two gunshot victims were transported by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Med- See BONDS, Page 10A See SHOOTING, Page 9A By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES Luzerne County owes $412 million from past borrowing, but only about $21.5 million is left to cover repairs and other capital project needs, a review of records shows. County Manager Robert Lawton said the administration is scrutinizing plans for the remaining money because additional borrowing won’t be an option in the foreseeable future. “Whatever capital projects we have will have to come out of that pot of money,” Lawton said. The balance stems from an $87.89 million bond package approved by former commissioners in 2008 to fund capital projects, a deficit and improvements at Luzerne County Community College. Commissioners set aside See SANDUSKY, Page 13A By MATT HUGHES G CLASSIFIED: 1G WEATHER PHILADELPHIA — When the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State erupted last year, public anger was not only directed toward Jerry Sandusky, whose trial begins Monday, but toward the people around him who didn’t report their suspicions to police. In the months that followed, that Sandusky anger led many states to re-examine and expand their so-called mandatory reporting laws that require people to report suspected abuse or face civil and criminal penalties. Some state laws apply to professionals like doctors and teachers, while others apply universally to all adults. Child advocates and academics are divided, however, about whether increasing the number of mandatory reporters will make the public more vigilant, or simply overload an already CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Mike Bielecki prepares ornamental decorations for cleaning so they may be placed back on the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. Roughly $8 million of the county’s remaining $21.5 million capital projects fund is earmarked for work in and around the courthouse. $34.47 million of the borrowed funds for county capital projects, and $12.97 million was spent as of the end of March, records show. That spending included: • $3.6 million for exterior courthouse design and repairs; • $573,500 for an employee time-tracking system; • $1.1 million for a 911 computer-aided dispatch program; • $1.77 million to fix county bridges damaged by 2006 flood- ing.

Times Leader 06-10-2012

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