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CMYK Valley’s Fastest Man event begins In town ravaged by tornado, class held wherever possible. Nicholas Hilton, Claudia Camargo win first leg of event. NATION & WORLD, 5A SPORTS, 1B 20 $ VOUCHER FOR ONLY 10 $ 300957 In Joplin, Mo., school is a store The Times Leader WILKES-BARRE, PA SPORTS SHOWCASE By BILL O’BOYLE PHILLIES 9 D’BACKS 2 METS 7 PADRES 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE ROYALS 5 YANKEES 4 WILKES-BARRE – The real estate that houses the Movies 14 Theater complex is for sale for $8.5 million. The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce owns 25 percent of the property and has agreed to the listing, but Todd Vonderheid, the chamber’s chief executive officer, doesn’t expect a deal anytime soon. “We’re just “We agreed to trying to see test the marwhere the market is,” Vonder- ket to see heid said. “We what opportuwant to see if nities present there is any ap- themselves.” petite out there Todd for this.” Vonderheid When it sold CEO of area the retail porchamber, which tion of the owns 25% of 150,000-squareproperty foot development project known as University Corners to a California company, the chamber retained 25 percent ownership. Vonderheid said, “None of those details have been discussed at this point,” when asked if the chamber’s stake would be part of the sale or retained. The complex is owned by South Main Street Redevelopment LLC, which includes Carlsberg Properties Inc. and the chamber. Dogged by allegations of improperly handling company funds, Bill Geary, Carlsbad’s chief executive, filed for bankruptcy in May. The theater property is being marketed by NAI Commercial DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER See MOVIES, Page 12A Movies 14 on East Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre. The dark side of love for pets RAYS 4 RED SOX 0 TWINS 6 TIGERS 5 INSIDE A NEWS: Obituaries 2A, 8A Local 3A Nation & World 5A Editorials 11A B SPORTS: 1B B BUSINESS: 8B Stocks 9B C LIFE: Birthdays 4C Television 7C Movies 7C Crossword/Horoscope 9C Comics 10C D CLASSIFIED: 1D WEATHER Mason Antonik Sun, a thunderstorm. High 85, low 60. Details, Page 10B By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER AIMEE DILGER/THE TIMES LEADER Cats from a woman charged with cruelty to animals are housed at the Luzerne County SPCA in Plains Township. Thirteen of the 60 cats collected in the hoarding case remain at the shelter. Animal hoarding is seen as mental disorder By STEVE MOCARSKY People who keep dozens of animals in their homes in unsanitary conditions often suffer from a psychological disorder that is becoming more widely known because of the Internet and TV shows on the topic, according to a local psychologist. Hoarding – including the hoarding of animals, which was profiled on a recent episode of A&E’s “Hoarders” – is associated with anxiety disorders and By BEN FELLER AP White House Correspondent 09815 10011 “If this is a recurring theme with her, it’s going to get progressively worse.” Marie C. Gray Assistant professor of psychology at Misericordia University obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to Marie C. Gray, an assistant professor of psychology at Misericordia University. The issue of hoarding animals hit home locally last week when the Luzerne County SPCA charged Swoyersville resident house on July 18 and confiscated all of the cats because of the deplorable conditions found there. Walls and floors were soaked with urine and feces. Several cats were diagnosed with feline leukemia and a few were diagnosed with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Some had to be euthanized, Moran said. Kulpon could not be reached for comment for this story. Aileen Kulpon with 60 counts of cruelty to animals when officials found 60 cats in an abandoned home on Fourth Street in Hazleton that Kulpon owns. Cary Moran, education and volunteer director at the SPCA, said a team went to Kulpon’s See ANIMALS, Page 12A Obama to lay out his plan for jobs after Labor Day Insider: Plan likely to have mix of tax cuts, projects and aid for long-term jobless. 6 Ciavarella appeals sentence, conviction Attorneys for ex-judge also want him declared indigent to free him from paying fees. A-Rod again in SWB New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez reached base three times in his second game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on a rehab assignment from New York. Rodriguez got the Yankees to within one run in the bottom of Rodriguez the eighth with a laser single down the right field line, but neither team scored again and SWB fell, 3-2. Jordan Parraz scored easily from third on A-Rod’s single in the eighth inning. 50¢ Reel deal: Movies property for sale Theater staying open, but area chamber agrees to list real estate at price of $8.5M. NATIONAL LEAGUE THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011 act on his plan. Obama’s plan is likely to contain a mix of tax cuts, jobs-boosting construction projects and steps to help the long-term unemployed, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. The official emphasized that Obama’s proposals would be fresh ones, not a rehash of plans he has pitched for many weeks and still supports, like his idea of an “infrastructure bank” AP PHOTO to finance construction jobs. On a related front, Obama will President Barack Obama visits the Whiteside County Fair during WASHINGTON — Seeking to jolt the economy, President Barack Obama will propose new ideas to create jobs and help the struggling poor and middle class in a major speech after Labor Day. And then he will try to seize political advantage by spending the fall pressuring Congress to See OBAMA, Page 12A livestock judging Wednesday in Morrison, Ill., during his threeday economic bus tour. SCRANTON – An attorney for former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella on Wednesday filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence with a federal appellate court and asked that he be declared indigent. Attorney William Ruzzo filed notice of the appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Ruzzo also filed an application to approve Ciavarella for “in forma pauperis” status, which would free him from having to pay any filing fees associated with the appeal. In the motion seeking indigent status, Ruzzo says Cia- Ciavarella varella has less than $500 in INSIDE: Powell cash available to seeks to overhim and he turn judgment, owns no real es- 12A. tate, stock or bonds. He notes a car Ciavarella owns is “virtually valueless.” Ruzzo further says Ciavarella has several lawsuits and civil judgments against him in excess of $100,000, and that contributions Ciavarella made to his pension will likely be attached to pay a $1.17 million restitution order issued against him. Ciavarella was sentenced last week to 28 years in prison for his conviction on 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. The charges related to his acceptance of nearly $1 million from real estate developer Robert Mericle, the builder of two juvenile detention facilities the county utilized. Ruzzo and his co-counsel, Al Flora, have been defending Ciavarella without compensation since he was first charged in January 2009. Ruzzo said he plans to ask the court to now appoint him and Flora for the appellate See APPEAL, Page 12A

Times Leader 08-18-2011

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