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CMYK You can make the best steak Will play Swoyersville today for Junior Legion crown. Marinades: The secret for success is in the sauce SPORTS, 1B TASTE, 1C 768034 Nanticoke forces deciding game The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has decided to launch a criminal investigation into roughly 18,000 gallons of fuel that’s missing from the city’s fuel tanks. Salavantis said Tuesday she has assigned detectives Dan Yursha and Larry Fabian to the case. The detectives will interview employees and review records and video surveillance footage of the pumps to determine if any unauthorized use of fuel occurred. The criminal investigation follows a Times Leader story on July 1 that revealed the city could not account for 10,260 gal- lons of gasoline and 7,620 gallons of diesel fuel dispensed from the pumps at the Public Works Department from Dec. 1, 2011 to June 22. “There are 18,000 gallons missing. It’s important to see if possibly an outside source might be taking from the city pumps, or if it’s just employees that are taking from the pumps who are, or are not, permitted,” Salavantis said. A reporter uncovered the discrepancy by comparing fuel logs employees fill out to tank records that show how much fuel was removed from the tanks daily. Salavantis said detectives will review those records, and will also seek to review video tapes from surveillance cameras lo- cated at the Public Works Department. Drew McLaughlin, administrative coordinator for the city, said most of the fuel logs have been turned over to the state Department of Revenue, which is conducting its own audit and criminal investigation. McLaughlin said the city will cooperate with all agencies investigating the matter. City officials maintain the missing fuel is a product of poor record keeping. The criminal probes were prompted by a complaint filed by city resident Bob Kadluboski. Kadluboski asked Salavantis and the Department of Revenue to investigate based on the findings of The Times Leader’s investigation. Kadluboski had requested Salavantis refer the investigation to the state Attorney General’s Office based on the fact Mike Dessoye, chief of Luzerne county detec- tives, is the brother of Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerry Dessoye, who was appointed by Mayor Tom Leighton. Leighton has acknowledged he obtained fuel from the city pumps, for a vehicle he said was used for city business. He admitted he did not fill out logs documenting how much fuel he took or the number of miles he drove for city business. Salavantis said she does not believe there is a conflict. The two detectives assigned to the case will report their findings directly to her. “I looked at it very closely,” Salavantis said. “There is always going to be a connection with someone in different departments or different individuals. I want to make sure Luzerne County handles more cases and does not refer them out to an outside agency.” Leader of Dems in W-B LONG ROAD TO FLOOD RECOVERY AMERICAN LEAGUE Democratic National Committee chairwoman campaigns for Obama. YANKEES 6 BLUE JAYS 1 By BILL O’BOYLE Jenkins Township has the most buyouts – 67 – followed by 26 each in Conyngham and Plains townships, Brozena said. The five other municipalities and buyouts are: Shickshinny, 25; Exeter Township, 9; West Pittston, 5; Nescopeck Township, 4; and Hunlock Township, 1. Buyout offers should be presented to affected property owners this fall so the properties could be demolished this winter, Brozena said. WILKES-BARRE – With 112 days until the November presidential election, a major surrogate appeared in the city to stump for her party’s candidate. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Tuesday blasted Republican presidential candidate former Schultz Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for lying and having a penchant for secrecy regarding his time as president and chief executive officer at private equity firm Bain Capital. Schultz also painted a picture of the stark difference between President Barack Obama and Romney when it comes to helping the middle class. “President Obama sticks up for the middle class, while Mitt Romney sticks it to them,” she said. “That’s what this election is about – the difference between a president who is committed to creating American jobs and growing the middle class economy, or one who outsourced jobs, shut down factories and continues to mislead See BUYOUTS, Page 10A See DNC, Page 10A WHITE SOX 7 RED SOX 5 RAYS 4 INDIANS 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE NATIONALS 5 METS 4 IL BASEBALL AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER KNIGHTS 5 SWB YANKS 4 M INSIDE 163 flood-damaged sites to get buyout offers A NEWS Local 3A Nation & World 5A Obituaries 6A Editorials 9A B SPORTS: 1B B BUSINESS: 7B Stocks 7B C TASTE: Birthdays 5C TV, Movies 6C Crossword/Horoscope 7C D CLASSIFIED: 1D Comics 14D WEATHER Ava Swiderski. Partly sunny, a thunderstorm. High 88, low 70. Details, Page 8B ary Martin and Bryce Grassel, both 16, of Maryland, carry debris from inside a Main Street, Duryea, residence. The two are with a church group that spent Tuesday working in the borough. Volunteers from seven states are in the borough this week, helping homeowners still recovering from September’s flooding. For the story, see Page 3A. Feds to handle 75 percent of cost, and state to cover 22 percent, official says. By JENNIFER LEARN-ANDES The owners of at least163 Luzerne County properties substantially damaged by September flooding are expected to receive buyout offers, county Flood Protection Authority Executive Director Jim Brozena said during Tuesday’s authority meeting. The buyouts and demolition will cost 09815 10011 about $14 million, he said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide 75 percent of the funding for approved properties, and the state will kick in 22 percent. The remaining 3 percent match may be covered by part of a $15.7 million federal allocation to the county to help repair damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, officials have said. The 163 properties are in eight municipalities that accepted the county’s offer to handle their applications. Promoter upset with no-go on ‘Joe’ By BILL O’BOYLE 6 50¢ District attorney to probe missing fuel New action after TL story LINSANITY GONE FROM KNICKS Jeremy Lin is leaving New York and taking Linsanity to Houston. The New York Knicks announced Tuesday night that they will not match the Houston Rockets’ three-year, $25 million offer for Lin, a restricted free-agent. Lin became an international phenomenon in the Big Apple. The Rockets made it tough for the Knicks to sign off on keeping him by backloading their offer sheet with a $15 million salary in the third season. If the Knicks agreed to that deal, they would’ve faced a hefty luxury tax in 2014-15. 1B WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 WILKES-BARRE – The promoter for the showing of the film “The Joe We Know” did not agree with the decision to cancel the Friday night event. Marti Iben took strong objection to the report that she agreed with Marilyn Santarelli, the executive director at the F.M. Kirby Center, to cancel the film that was being offered free to the general public. “The Kirby decided to cancel the show,” Iben said Tuesday. “When I walked into a meeting on Friday, the paperwork was already done.” Santarelli told The Times Leader on Monday she, the Kirby staff and Iben made the decision to cancel as a team. Iben, who turns 49 today, has lived in Wilkes-Barre for eight years after moving here from Baltimore. She said she was asked her opinion on the scheduled Friday night showing and she said she told the Kirby officials that she felt it should go forward. Iben said she is not aware of any other cancellations of the film. It will be shown in Harrisburg on July 27, she said. “After careful consideration and due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, the Kirby Center has decided to forgo screening the film ‘The Joe We Know’ at this time,” said Santarelli in a prepared statement Tuesday The hour-long documentary about the late Penn State coach was first shown on Valentine’s AP FILE PHOTO Paterno, documentary subject Day as a present to Sue Paterno, the coach’s widow. It contains comments from 70 former Penn State players who were interviewed over 12 days in locations across the country. Iben detailed her position in a See JOE, Page 10A PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER Program and ticket for Kirby showing of ‘The Joe We Know’

Times Leader 07-18-2012

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