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CMYK Can you stand the heat? SWB Yankees introduce new management team Locals reaping the benefits of hot yoga classes SPORTS, 1B HEALTH, 1C 766502 Meet the new boss The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012 Neiman Marcus picks area PLYMOUTH SHOOTINGS Nicholas Maldonado Abaunza Swartwood LINKED IN BLOOD? High-end department store chain will bring 151 new jobs with distribution center. Victim in Friday shooting, INSIDE: Obituary for Lisa Abaunza, 6A suspects in Saturday fatalities related, but no connection seen. brother, Sawud Davis, 16, were charged Sunday with three counts of criminal homicide in the shooting deaths of Bradley Swartwood, 21, Nicholas Maldonado, 17, Plymouth, andLisaAbaunza,15,ofDuryea,inan apartment on First Street. Police reports indicate the shootings occurred when a drug deal went By EDWARD LEWIS A man shot Friday in Wilkes-Barre is a cousin to the suspects in Saturday’s triple homicide in Plymouth, but investigators have not found a connection between the two incidents. Shawn Hamilton, 18, and his half See SHOOTING, Page 10A By MARK GUYDISH JENKINS TWP. – The state used $895,950 in grants and tax credits to lure a Neiman Marcus Group distribution center to Jenkins Township, with the promise of 151 new jobs within three years. The high-end merchandiser is also expected to sink $12 million into site improvements, equipment purchases and employee training The company, known for selling items like $600 high-heel sneakers and $2,300 clutch purses, was looking at potential sites in several states, according to Mericle Properties Vice President of Area Marketing Jim Hilsher, but settled on a new building in Mericle’s CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park. “They were sort of on the fast track, so if we didn’t have something ready we might have missed this opportunity,” Hilsher said, adding that the 198,400-square-foot building Neiman Marcus will use was constructed “on speculation,” meaning no tenant was lined up when construction began. The building is in the final stages of completion, Hilsher said. Gov. Tom Corbett’s office announced the deal in a press release that said Neiman Marcus will lease the building for 10 “This was a years to handle all East Coast competitive operations. The company is expected to invest $12 million project that for building improvements, equipment purchases and emcould have ployee training. located in “As governor, I am honoring my promise to bring the Pennanother sylvania economy back and state if not grow private-sector jobs,” Corfor our pro- bett is quoted as saying in the release. “This was a competibusiness tive project that could have loclimate and cated in another state if not for our pro-business climate and economic economic development efdevelopment forts.” The state will provide efforts.” $375,000 through the PA First Gov. Tom Corbett grant program and $67,950 in job training assistance through the Department of Community and Economic Development. Department spokesman Steven Kratz said the money comes from annual appropriations in the state budget. The company is also eligible for up to $453,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, though, unlike the grant money, that comes after the state is satisfied that Neiman Marcus has delivered on a promise to add 151 jobs to the market within three years. Kratz said the grant money could be taken back if that promise isn’t met. Hilsher said he expects most of the jobs to go to area residents. “There are a few people in the com- AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER Messages in chalk line the sidewalk and street in front of 401 First St., Plymouth. PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER Susana Handelong of Stroudsburg is the mother of two of the victims in Saturday’s shooting in Plymouth. Nicholas Maldonado was killed and Daniel critically wounded. FOR PARENTS - AGONY By BILL O’BOYLE P LAINS TWP. – While in a hospital waiting room Saturday night anxious to hear news about her two sons, Susana Handelong couldn’t help but notice two other visitors who were laughing out loud. • On Sunday she found out they were the men charged in the killing of one of her sons and the attempted homicide of another. Handelong is the mother of Nicholas Maldonado, 17, and Daniel Maldonado, 19 – two of the four people shot in Plymouth Saturday night in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad. Nicholas died that night, while his older brother remains in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley with gunshot wounds to the head, arm and abdomen. Two others -- Bradley Swartwood, 21, and Lisa Abaunza, 15, of 50¢ Duryea -- also were killed. “We were there crying for our kids, and they were sitting in a corner laughing and joking around,” Handelong said. Handelong and her husband, Kevin, didn’t know who the two men were. The next day, while watching the news on TV, they saw the men -- Shawn Hamilton, 18, and his half brother, Sawud Davis, 16, -- in handSee FAMILY, Page 10A HAMILTON HAD POLICE RECORD Eighteen-year-old was shot in leg and charged with retail theft. By EDWARD LEWIS Shawn Hamilton’s arrest in Saturday’s killing of three people in Plymouth was not his first brush with the law. • Court records say Hamilton, then 16, was shot in the leg by Michael Dominic Rentko, 28, inside Rentko’s apartment on Park Street, Nanticoke, on Aug. 28, 2010. Rentko was charged with aggravated assault Hamilton and reckless endangerment, but the case stalled when Hamilton refused to cooperate with prosecutors, compelling po- See SITE, Page 10A See HAMILTON, Page 10A PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER The new Neiman Marcus warehouse facility in the CenterPoint Park in Jenkins Township. INSIDE A NEWS Local Nation/World Obituaries Editorials 3A 5A 6A 9A Julianna Kelly Partly sunny, a shower. 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