8/3/2019Officials cracking down on code violations
in Glen Lyon
An angry couple
gave Code Enforcement Officer Joe Hillan an earful Thursday morning after they
spotted him taping a quality-of-life citation to the door of their Coal Street
home in the township’s Glen Lyon section.
The four abandoned vehicles in the
couple’s yard are an eyesore, Hillan told them.
“They’ve been warned and they
keep violating the law, so we cited them,” Hillan said.
The couple will be
cited $50 for each vehicle under the township’s Quality of Life Ordinance, he
The citation was one of 46 quality-of-life tickets township officials
and police wrote out Thursday during a code enforcement sweep of the township’s
Glen Lyon section. They also issued 10 property maintenance violations.
of the citations were issued for out-of-control grass and weeds and excessive
clutter on properties, including abandoned vehicles One was issued to the owner
of a boat that was in a parking lot being used to store items.
being used as a boat,” Building Inspector Jeff Pisanchyn said. “You can’t imagine
some of the stuff we see.”
Hillan, a lifelong resident of Glen Lyon, said he
is mindful the town was named in one study in 2016 as the most distressed place
in Pennsylvania. However, he doesn’t think that’s any excuse for people to neglect
“We are not asking for the world. Just clean up,” Hillan
said. “It doesn’t take money. Just cut your grass and keep your property clean.”
was joined Thursday by Pisanchyn, of Pisanchyn Inspection Agency, and three Newport
Twp. police officers.
At the time of the 2016 study, nearly a third of properties
in Glen Lyon were vacant. Hillan said a portion of the township’s housing stock
was purchased at sheriff’s sales and then neglected by the new owners.
Chief Jeremy Blank, who lives in Glen Lyon, said some people simply don’t do anything
to the properties they own.
“For the most part, it’s a nice town, but you have
certain people who refuse to do anything with their properties,” Blank said.
said more code enforcement pushes are planned for the future, issuing a warning
to property owners to clean up or be cited.
“We do it everyday, but sometimes
we try to do a bigger push like today,” Hillan said.
who sliced own face after argument with girlfriend pleads guilty to assault charge
Newport Township man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from allegations
he injured his girlfriend during a fight.
Police said the defendant sliced
his own face with a razor blade in an attempt to frame his girlfriend in the fight.
M. Kulina, 31, appeared before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough on Thursday,
where he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count each of simple assault and filing
a false report.
Prosecutors withdrew counts of strangulation and harassment.
was arrested in May after an altercation at the couple’s Old Newport Street apartment.
girlfriend told police that Kulina arrived at her place of work with her daughter,
while drinking alcohol from a travel cup. He was denied entry to the building
While the girlfriend was heading home, she spotted Kulina and
offered him a ride.
Upon arriving at home, she told police, Kulina attacked
her, struck her head off a counter and punched her in the head.
fought back, punching him in the face causing a laceration near his eye as he
She fled to a neighbor’s apartment.
When police arrived,
Kulina denied he was drinking, but officers smelled alcohol on his breath. They
also noticed a rolling pin and a bloody razor on the counter.
the woman assaulted him, causing lacerations on his face, but officers then noticed
the razor blade and the rolling pin were missing.
He later admitted to cutting
himself with the blade in an attempt to have the woman arrested.
pleaded guilty Thursday, Vough immediately sentenced to spend a year on probation.
was ordered to have no adverse contact with either the victim or any of the witnesses.
He also must maintain full-time employment.
plans hardware store in Newport Twp.’s Wanamie section
County Planning Commission granted preliminary approval Thursday for developer
Robert Cragle to begin site work to construct a 4,000-square-foot hardware store
with 2,000 square feet for lumber storage in the Wanamie section of Newport Twp.
a union electrician for 25 years, plans to build the store on a 3-acre vacant
site at 1001 Center St. next to his home.
He said after the meeting that he
originally wanted to open a sporting goods store. After seeing a demand for lumber
and other materials in the area, however, he thought opening a hardware store
with lumber storage would be a better idea.
There is no hardware store in Newport
Twp. and not everyone in the area always wants to travel to big chains like Home
Depot and Lowe’s, he said. If something breaks, he said he believes people just
want a quick fix and they don’t want to travel far to get a part they need.
hopes to complete the store in two years. He is currently doing wiring work at
True Value Company, which is occupying more than 1 million square feet in a distribution
center in Hanover Twp. near Luzerne County Community College.
With his background
in electrical work and construction, he said he could offer personal service and
Luzerne County Planning Commission granted Cragle preliminary approval
to add approximately 22 parking spaces to the site.
Heath Eddy, executive director
of Luzerne County Planning Commission, said Cragle can start grading and improving
the property but he still needs to receive permits before he can start building
as well as final approval for his sewage plan from Newport Twp
Lyon teen charged in robbery
David Singleton - Citizens Voice
Luzerne County teenager faces robbery, theft and other charges after city police
say he stole $160 from someone he met in West Scranton under the pretext of selling
a video game console.
Jaden Monche, 17, of 212 E. Main St., Glen Lyon, was
arraigned Wednesday and held in Lackawanna County Prison on $25,000 bail.
Owen told police he met Monche and two other people May 3 at a convenience store
on South Main Avenue after making plans to buy a PlayStation 4 console in exchange
for $160 and his old PlayStation 2. Owen got into a car with the trio and handed
$160 to Monche, police said. Monche then pulled a knife and ordered Owen out of
the car before it sped away with the victim’s money, cellphone and a backpack
with the old Playstation console.
Monche’s preliminary hearing is scheduled
for 11 a.m. Wednesday.
death suit filed against Kingston nursing home
estate administrators of a Glen Lyon woman filed a wrongful death suit Monday
against a Kingston nursing home, alleging caretakers failed to adequately treat
bed sores that ultimately claimed her life.
Donna Ricketts, 67, died of septic
shock and other ailments brought on by the lack of care she received at ManorCare
Health Services-Kingston, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit, filed by
Ricketts’ sons, alleges she did not have any pressure ulcers when she was admitted
to the facility at 200 Second Ave. on Oct. 13, 2017.
The staff was aware that
Ricketts, who suffered from leg swelling, was at risk for skin breakdown yet did
not implement a plan for preventing pressure ulcers from developing, says the
complaint by Pittsburgh-based attorney A. Michael Gianantonio.
Soon after being
admitted, Ricketts began developing bed sores, yet the staff still failed to implement
interventions, according to the complaint.
During her time at the facility,
Ricketts steadily lost weight and developed more sores, including a large sore
on her right hip that developed a “black necrotic cap,” the complaint alleges.
Feb. 19, 2018, Ricketts was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital to be treated
for sepsis and an acute ulcer, according to the complaint.
“Because of the
infection developed as a result of the avoidable pressure wounds, Ms. Ricketts’s
condition continued to deteriorate until she passed away on March 12, 2018,” Gianantonio
The complaint alleges ManorCare failed to take appropriate action to
prevent and treat Ricketts’ pressure sores. The estate is seeking unspecified
Glen Lyon woman charged with
threatening to blow up county building
woman from Glen Lyon was charged earlier this week after she allegedly threatened
to blow up the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services building on North Pennsylvania
Tina Marie Billotti, 42, of East Main Street, made the alleged threat
that was overheard by another woman in the lobby on Monday, according to court
Billotti was charged by the county sheriff’s department with terroristic
threats and disorderly conduct. She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail after
she was arraigned by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz in Pittston.
to the criminal complaint:
A sheriff deputy stationed at the building was approached
by Children and Youth Supervisor Brian Steve at about 12:30 p.m.
the deputy there was a woman, identified as Billotti, in the lobby area who made
threats to blow up the building.
Another woman with children in the lobby overheard
Billotti saying if she did not get her children back after a hearing in October,
she was going to return with a bomb and blow up the Children and Youth building,
the complaint says.
Billotti was detained by the sheriff deputy.
read her Miranda rights, Billotti stated the reason she threatened to blow up
the building was she was upset at Children and Youth and with her situation, the
The alleged threat to Children and Youth is not the first time
the county agency has been targeted.
Phillip Finn Jr., 49, of Plains Township,
was charged in March 2017 after he allegedly firebombed Children and Youth Services
after the agency took his 8-year-old daughter from him. Finn was indicted by a
federal grand jury in July 2017, and a superseding indictment was filed against
him in May alleging he attempted to get a witness to withhold information.
project eyed for coal land near LCCC
By Borys Krawczeniuk
- Citizens Voice
A New Jersey developer has plans for up to 1.5 million
square feet of new warehousing on reclaimed former coal mining land near Luzerne
County Community College.
Earth Conservancy President and Chief Executive Officer
Michael Dziak revealed the project after a news conference in downtown Scranton
where a federal Environmental Protection Agency official announced another $500,000
grant to help the conservancy clean up more abandoned mine land near the college.
New Jersey developers warehouse project would sit on about 130 acres in
Nanticoke and Newport and Hanover townships. It is separate but not far from several
warehouses built in the neighborhood by Missouri-based NorthPoint Development,
Dziak said. Dziak declined to name the New Jersey developer because the deal remains
The company would likely develop the 130 acres in 2021. Plans call
for multiple buildings, but could change.
Well see how they configure
it, Dziak said. A lot depends on the market. Right now, big buildings
are in vogue.
In the last few years, NorthPoint has developed warehouses
in the same neighborhood for Spreetail, an online home and garden products retailer;
Chewy.com, a pet products manufacturer; Adidas, the sneaker company; Patagonia,
a clothing retailer; and True Value, the hardware retailer.
130 acres will cost about $7 million by the time the land is ready for development,
Dziak said. The project will include a roundabout at Middle Road and Prospect
Street that feeds an access road to the land, he said.
He has no estimate of
the number of jobs the project will create because its nature remains so uncertain,
We wont know that for a long time, Dziak said.
$500,000 grant will help pay for the design of a $3 million project to clean up
another 50 acres unrelated to the New Jersey developers project, Dziak said.
has awarded the conservancy about $4 million over the years to clean up rocky
and scarred abandoned mine land, a remnant of the regions long-gone coal
mining era. In all, the conservancy has cleaned up more than half the more than
16,000 acres of former Blue Coal Co. land in Luzerne County that it acquired in
August 1994 for about $12.5 million. Former U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski helped obtain
the land with a special $20 million federal budget earmark.
Man cut face in scheme to implicate girlfriend
James Halpin - Citizens
A Newport Twp. man beat and choked his girlfriend while in a drunken
rage, then cut his own face with a razor as part of a scheme to get her thrown
into jail, according to police.
Police said the trouble began when Patrick
M. Kulina, 31, of 143 Old Newport St., took a bus to his girlfriend's work, drinking
alcohol from a travel cup with her 4-year-old daughter in tow. Security officers
denied entry to Kulina, who was drunk, and his girlfriend, Sally Atkins, subsequently
gave him a ride home, the charges allege.
When police responded to Kulina's
apartment around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, Kulina claimed Atkins attacked him with a
rolling pin that was on the kitchen counter.
Kulina claimed he had not been
drinking, but police said he smelled of alcohol and they observed an empty vodka
bottle on the floor of the apartment, which was in a state of disarray and appeared
to have been the scene of a struggle.
Officers also observed multiple bruises
on Atkins' head, neck and chest, police said.
Atkins reported when they got
to the apartment she told Kulina to leave but he pushed his way inside. Kulina
then began throwing Atkins around the apartment, hitting her head on the kitchen
counter and squeezing her neck so she could not breathe, according to police.
one point during the struggle, Atkins punched Kulina in the face, causing a cut
near his right eye with a ring, the complaint said.
Police said as Atkins was
leaving the apartment, Kulina occupied himself by "throwing himself face
first onto the floor."
After speaking with Atkins in another apartment,
police noticed a razor that had been on the counter of Kulina's apartment had
been moved and the rolling pin was gone. Kulina also had new injuries and was
bleeding from his forehead and the right side of his face, police said.
claimed all the injuries on his face were the result of being attacked by Atkins,
according to the complaint. However, Patrolman Thomas Nalbone had taken pictures
of Kulina when he first arrived on scene, and the pictures showed Kulina sustained
additional injuries while he was alone in the apartment, police said.
with the pictures, Kulina admitted he cut himself with the razor in an effort
to have Atkins arrested so he could stay in the apartment, the complaint said.
charged Kulina with aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault, making
a false report and harassment. Magisterial District Judge Joseph D. Spagnuolo
Jr. arraigned him on the charges Wednesday morning and set bail at $100,000.
was being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary
hearing set for June 5.
of Forestry probes wildfires around Nanticoke
Staff Report - Citizens
The Bureau of Forestry is investigating wildfires that were intentionally
set around Nanticoke.
The bureau is offering a $1,500 reward for information
that leads to an arrest.
According to a news release:
were set the evening of April 3 in Newport Twp. and Hanover Twp. outside of Nanticoke.
the time the fires were set, eastern Pennsylvania was under a "red flag warning,"
a warning issued by the National Weather Service to indicate increased wildfire
The fires burned dozens of acres.
"Circumstances around all
of these fires have led us to the conclusion that the fires have been intentionally
set. Some of the fires have put public and firefighter lives and property at risk,
which is of great concern," said Michael Kern, chief of the bureau's Division
of Forest Fire Protection, in the press release. "Intentionally setting a
wildfire is arson and we take that very seriously. We are asking for anyone who
may have information to come forward."
Information can be forwarded to
bureau Special Investigator Terry Smith at 717-362-1472 or at email@example.com.
Anonymous tips also will be accepted but do not qualify for the reward.
Twp. man charged with cruelty to animals
Eric Mark - Citizens Voice
Newport Twp. man failed to provide veterinary care for his injured pit bull after
it was attacked by another dog last month, authorities allege.
52, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, cruelty to animals and neglect
of animals in connection with the incident.
According to an affidavit filed
by a humane society police officer for the SPCA of Luzerne County:
responded to Steltz’s Center Street home on March 16, after the SPCA received
a call about an incident the previous evening in which a dog was allegedly hurt.
told the officer his dog Dusty had been attacked by another of his dogs and had
a broken leg. Steltz allowed the officer to see the injured dog, which was lying
on its side and unable to get up, with blood coming from its ears. The dog had
visible puncture wounds, the officer observed.
The officer told Steltz the
dog needed immediate veterinary treatment, but Steltz said he would not have the
money until he got paid. He agreed to sign the dog over to the SPCA so it could
receive immediate care.
The dog was taken to Northeast Veterinary Referral
Hospital, where a veterinarian determined it had severe soft tissue injuries.
After the dog was released to the SPCA, an examination revealed puncture wounds
to its chest, neck and legs and other injuries.
Steltz was arraigned Wednesday
and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for
Glen Lyon man sentenced
for child pornography
As a first
time offender, a Glen Lyon man was eligible for a probationary sentence on charges
he downloaded and viewed child pornography.
Instead, Kyle Christian Kazmierski
will spend several months in jail.
Kazmierski, 28, appeared Friday before Luzerne
County Judge Michael T. Vough to be sentenced on 13 counts of child pornography
and a single count of dissemination of children engaged in sex acts. He pleaded
guilty to the charges in January.
Kazmierski’s attorney, Vito DeLuca, told
Vough his client was eligible for the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program
for first time offenders. Kazmierski also has been attending counseling since
his arrest by state police in July.
Vough asked Kazmierski if he was employed.
haven’t been able to find a job,” Kazmierski replied.
“How do you support yourself?”
DeLuca said Kazmierski resides with his parents.
Kazmierski to nine-to-23 months in the county correctional facility followed by
three years probation. He also must register his address with authorities for
25 years under the state’s Megan’s Law.
State police said they found 13 videos
of children engaged in sex acts on a computer inside Kazmierski’s home on Engle
Street. Kazmierski told troopers he had been viewing child pornography for four
to five years, court records say.
Kazmierski had been free on $100,000 bail,
and was sent to jail after the sentencing hearing.
Lyon’s enduring miracle
By William C. Kashatus, Citizens' Voice
correspondent / Published: December 14, 2014
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What would December be like
without a brand new Christmas film? Since the 1930s, Hollywood has given us a
long list of yuletide movies, including: “A Christmas Carol,” “Miracle on 34th
Street,” “White Christmas,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “The Santa Clause,” and,
of course, this year’s black comedy, “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” coming to theaters
Few local residents realize, however, that “The Miracle of the Bells”
was a popular TV re-run every Christmas for nearly a decade in many parts of the
nation. Although the movie received mixed reviews after it premiered in 1948,
later audiences came to appreciate the film’s simple but enduring message of “faith,
hope and renewal.”
For those who live in the Wyoming Valley, “The Miracle of
the Bells” represents a culture and a time we will never see again. It also continues
to spark the interest of the movie-going current generation because of its fascinating
— if not controversial — backstory.
Based on the best-selling novel by Russell
Janney, “The Miracle of the Bells” told the life story of Olga Treskoff, an aspiring
local actress and native of Glen Lyon, a once-bustling coal town in Newport Township.
Some scenes were shot on location with as many as 600 residents being used as
“extras” at $10 each. Also featured are several of the town’s prominent structures,
including St. Michael’s Church and the once imposing coal breaker.
of the Bells” is a touching story about an aspiring actress named Olga Treskovna
(played in the film by Alida Valli) who escapes the sooty environment of Coaltown,
Pennsylvania, for Hollywood. Through a series of incredible circumstances, Olga
manages to land the highly coveted role of Joan of Arc in a film about the French
heroine’s life. Tragically, Olga dies suddenly after wrapping up the film’s final
Marcus Hook, a hard-nosed movie producer (Lee J. Cobb) wants to reshoot
the film with another, better-known actress, rather than risk losing a fortune
on an “unknown” who he can no longer groom for stardom. But press agent Bill Dunnigan
(Fred MacMurray), who has journeyed to Coaltown to learn Olga’s life story, tries
to persuade Harris to release “Joan of Arc” as originally filmed.
a national demand for the release of the movie, Dunnigan enlists the aid of Father
Paul (Frank Sinatra), the priest of a poor parish named “St. Michael the Archangel,”
and purchases a day’s worth of bell ringing from the local churches. In the middle
of the publicity stunt, a miracle occurs at St. Michael’s when mine subsidence
beneath the church causes the statues of the Virgin Mary and St. Michael to turn
seeming to stare at Olga’s casket. As a result, the bells continue to ring for
three full days.
This “miracle,” originating in the simple goodness of a young
movie actress born and raised in Coaltown, not only convinces Harris to change
his mind, but transforms the community from spiritual poverty to faith, hope and
love for each other.
The inspiration for Janney’s novel was Olga Treskoff,
who was born Anna Trotzski on May 7, 1892 in Glen Lyon. Her family lived at 66
E. Main St. and her father, Jan, and some of her brothers worked in the coal mines.
After elementary school, Anna worked as a domestic servant for a wealthy family
in Wilkes-Barre. By 1913, she had moved to New York City, changed her name to
Olga Treskoff (after the title role of a 1913 film starring Helen Gardner), and
appeared in several silent films.
In 1920, Olga met Russell Janney, a Broadway
producer. They became business partners as well as lovers. Between 1921 and 1934
the couple co-produced several plays and musicals on Broadway and in London. The
most successful of these was a 1925 musical titled, The Vagabond King, in which
Olga had the role of Lady Mary. In mid-1937, Olga became ill with cancer and died
a year later on April 21, 1938.
Devastated by her untimely death, Janney, at
age 46, accompanied her body to Glen Lyon. Her funeral was held at St. Michael
the Archangel Church and she was buried in the parish cemetery. Though he continued
to produce plays, Janney often returned to Newport Township to visit Olga’s grave
site. During one of these visits he was inspired to write the novel, “Miracle
of the Bells.” Published in 1946, the novel became an immediate best seller.
October 1946, Janney sold the rights to Jesse L. Lasky and Walker MacEwen, producers
for RKO Pictures, which released the film two years later in 1948. The novelist
netted $100,000 plus five percent of the producers’ gross up to the first $4 million.
After $4 million, Janney was to receive 10 percent of the producers’ gross, with
no maximum limit set.
Interestingly, Irving Pichel, who directed the film,
did not want to shoot any of the scenes in Glen Lyon. The town’s well-constructed
houses, paved streets and bustling business district did not meet his expectations
of what a dilapidated mining town should be. Instead, he tried to convince producers
Lasky and MacEwen that a sound stage with unpainted shacks, muddy streets and
culm banks would make the scenery more realistic to the expectations of moviegoers.
a compromise was reached. While most of the filming would be completed at a reproduction
movie set of a Pennsylvania mining town at RKO’s Forty Acres ranch in Culver City,
Calif., some of the scenes would be shot on location in Glen Lyon.
wasn’t the only sticking point, either. Frank Sinatra’s ties to organized crime
almost prevented him from securing the role of Father Paul. Producer Jesse Lasky
had to ask the Catholic Church for its approval before signing the star to the
part. In return, Sinatra, who was born and raised a Catholic, donated his salary
to the church.
The crooner actively pursued the role hoping to steal the spotlight
from Bing Crosby, who also played a singing priest in the film, “The Bells of
St. Mary’s,” three years earlier. To be sure, the two actors were competing for
top billing at the box office in the 1940s. Although Sinatra insisted on having
several songs written into his role, the only one the producers agreed to was
“Ever Homeward,” a popular Polish folk song.
Casting presented other problems,
too. Clark Gable and Cary Grant were considered favorites for the lead male role
of Bill Dunnigan. Either heart throb would have been a much better choice than
Fred MacMurray, who eventually landed the role. Gable and Grant were more suave
and debonair than MacMurray, who is best remembered as the father-figure from
the 1960s TV sitcom, “My Three Sons.” But neither of those leading men was available
at the time of the filming.
Several actresses were also considered for the
part of “Olga,” including Ingrid Bergman, who played opposite Crosby in “The Bells
of St. Mary’s.” But she was filming her own Technicolor version of “Joan of Arc.”
Thus, Alida Valli, an Italian actress who resembled Bergman, was given the part
of Olga. Just 26 years old, Valli was already widely regarded as the “most beautiful
woman in the World” by the motion picture industry.
Perhaps the most damning
obstacle to the film’s success was the employment of three different screenwriters.
Originally, Janney was given sole responsibility for the screenplay. But producers
Lasky and MacEwen reconsidered because of the novelist’s lack of experience with
the silver screen.
Instead, Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood’s most popular screenwriters,
was hired. But Hecht only agreed to the assignment if he didn’t have to read Janney’s
novel. Insisting that reading the book would “interfere with his creative genius,”
Hecht’s resistance was probably due to laziness.
To appease Janney, Quentin
Reynolds, a good friend and editor of “Collier’s” magazine, was hired to read
the novel and report the contents to Hecht. Further complicating matters, playwright
DeWitt Bodeen was assigned to produce the screenplay for the role of Father Paul.
Miracle of the Bells” premiered in New York City on March 16, 1948. But “The Hollywood
Reporter,” one of two national rags devoted exclusively to the movies, announced
the previous October that the film was to be shown in Los Angeles in December
1947 in order to qualify for the 1947 Academy Awards.
Despite the finagling,
the movie received mixed reviews and failed to receive a single Academy Award
nomination. “New York Times” film critic Bosley Crowther attributed the failure
to the mediocre screenplay produced by three different writers who “conspicuously
overlooked several of the morally-salvaged characteristics of Janney’s novel.”
film lost approximately $500,000 at the box office; a debt that was never repaid
to the Bank of America. Instead, the Bank assumed the copyright of the film and
joined with Paramount Pictures to find a television audience to recoup their losses.
Nor did the controversy end there.
According to the American Film Institute,
Raymond Polniaszek, Glen Lyon’s sole undertaker, sued RKO for $500,000 in damages
in August 1948. Polniaszek claimed that he had been negatively caricaturized as
“Nick Orloff” in the film and that he participated in a number of real-life events
that were depicted, including the burial of a woman named Olga Trotski. The disposition
of that suit was never disclosed.
The film’s success finally arrived in the
mid-1950s, when “The Miracle of the Bells” was shown in southern California at
Christmas time for nearly a decade – a holiday tradition that was replicated by
many television stations nationwide — and scored the highest viewer numbers of
any television program.
Sadly, Glen Lyon, the bustling coal town of the 1940s,
no longer exists. Its anthracite industry is long gone and with it went some of
the most prominent structures in town, including the breaker and St. Michael’s
But thanks to Russell Janney’s novel and the re-release of the film
in 2013 by Olive Productions in DVD and Blu Ray formats, future generations have
the opportunity re-live “The Miracle of the Bells,” and discover a mining town
that, for a brief moment, captured the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers across
William Kashatus teaches history at Luzerne County Community College.
Email him at Bkashatus@luzerne.edu. The author wishes to thank Elaine Slabinski
for the inspiration for and assistance with this column.
For further reading:
Russell Janney, “The Miracle of the Bells” (1946)
Township man charged with child pornography
police arrested a man who allegedly downloaded child pornography on a computer.
Vincent Rokosz, 28, of West Main Street, Wanamie, admitted he began viewing child
pornography for personal gratification because mainstream pornography would not
"work" for him, according to arrest records.
Rokosz was arraigned
Wednesday by District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre on 17 counts each of
dissemination of photos or videos of children engaged in sex acts and child pornography
plus a single count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was jailed
at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
to a criminal complaint:
State police with the Computer Crime Task Force learned
in early December that a computer was being used to share child pornography.
tracked the computer to Rokosz's address where a search warrant was served Wednesday.
admitted to investigators he views pornography for gratification. He claimed there
was a point in time when mainstream pornography would not "work" for
him and began viewing child pornography.
Rokosz alleged he has been viewing
child pornography for about five years using certain search words. He would search
for child pornography every four or five months and delete the images or videos
from his computer.
Investigators allege they found 12 images or videos of child
pornography on Rokosz's computer.