Regional briefs for Feb. 23, 2012

Judge argues for Meyers’ future

WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County Judge William H. Amesbury said he did not violate the state Code of Judicial Conduct’s ban on partisan activities by forcefully arguing against the closure of his alma mater, Meyers High School, before the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board on Tuesday.

Judge Amesbury was among hundreds of students, parents and alumni who confronted the board at a public meeting Tuesday over a preliminary study weighing the possible effects of closing Meyers, one of three public high schools in the city. School district officials say the study was prompted by the ongoing costs of repairing and renovating the 82-year-old school – $4 million since 2004.

Trial postponed in poisoning case

WILKES-BARRE – An 80-year-old woman accused of poisoning her son’s girlfriend appeared Wednesday in Luzerne County Court long enough to postpone her trial until October.

Helen Galli of Wyoming waived her right to a speedy trial when asking Judge Fred A. Pierantoni to schedule her trial for October. The date is set for Oct. 22. Ms. Galli remains free on $25,000 bail.

Ms. Galli is accused of spiking juice that she gave to her son’s girlfriend, Dawn Simyan, with antifreeze in March 2010. Police said Ms. Galli wanted to block Ms. Simyan’s access to money that Ms. Gallis’ son, Victor, received from a gas lease.

Funeral director’s license suspended

DURYEA – A funeral director who admitted to billing a family for more than his posted prices was suspended from practicing for three months and fined $4,000 by the state Board of Funeral Directors.

Mark Kiesinger of Kiesinger Funeral Service signed a consent decree that said he overcharged for some services and double billed for another for a funeral conducted in 2006. The decree said fees that Mr. Kiesinger charged exceeded those on the funeral service’s price list for a client who pre-paid for his funeral through an irrevocable trust administered by Preneed Associates.

Outbreak grows at Lake-Lehman

WILKES-BARRE – The number of wrestlers infected with herpes gladiatorum at Lake-Lehman increased to six on Tuesday, according to Superintendent Jim McGovern.

Herpes gladiatorum, caused by the herpes simplex virus, makes lesions break out on the skin, generally within eight days of infection. Before lesions appear, the infected individual can experience symptoms including fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. Once a person contracts the virus, he or she is infected for life.

Child porn plea in Monroe County

POCONO TWP. – A 42-year-old Monroe County man has pleaded guilty Wednesday to receiving child pornography.

Michael Nawrocki admitted to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to using a computer in July 2010 to download images of child pornography, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

After an investigation by the FBI along with the state police and Pocono Twp. police, Mr. Nawrocki was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2010, according to the release. Mr. Nawrocki could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced May 29,

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