Faculty member cleared
A Hanover Area School District faculty member has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a student had made comments to another faculty member that suggested misconduct, the district solicitor confirmed on Thursday.
Solicitor George Shovlin said the student had made comments about one faculty member to another faculty member “alleging conduct which, if true, would amount to a serious breach of conduct and which could also amount to criminal misconduct.”
Shovlin said the faculty member to whom the student made the comments immediately informed the school principal, who called the student in for an interview along with the faculty member to whom the student made the comments.
The student said the comments were untrue and apologized for making them. The student also provided a written statement confirming that the comments were untrue, Shovlin said.
The faculty member about whom the comment was made was independently interviewed and denied any misconduct took place.
“However, in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the student,” the student’s parents were informed of the incident. And because the comments “could have amounted to a serious crime if true, police were also called to conduct their own inquiries,” Shovlin said.
Police found no criminal misconduct, and the faculty member, who had been placed on paid leave, was asked to return to work, Shovlin said. “Because no misconduct on the part of the faculty member has been found, the privacy rights of the faculty member and the student will be strictly maintained.”
DA’s mom, sister plead
The mother and sister of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance inside the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino.
Cletta Salavantis, 65, of Shavertown, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and harassment. She was fined $524, which was paid.
Jennifer A. Dompkosky, 44, of Wyoming, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. She was fined $300.50, which was paid.
Salavantis and Dompkosky pleaded guilty to the summary citations before District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township on Monday.
According to Plains Township police:
Salavantis was cited for striking Shaun Coe, manager at the Bar Louie restaurant, and threatening to “rip out his trachea” after she and Dompkosky got into an argument with him over a party reservation on Feb. 22.
Salavantis told police her daughter, Stefanie, is the district attorney and that she was on her way to the casino and “heads would roll” once she arrived, according to the police report.
Toomey acts to aid depot
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, has offered an amendment to a bill to fund the government after March 27 that would increase Defense Department operations and maintenance funding by redirecting money from the Pentagon biofuels program.
The region’s largest employer, The Tobyhanna Army Depot, could be a big beneficiary if the amendment becomes law.
Toomey, after learning that the Monroe County depot that employs about 5,000 people has begun laying off 418 civilian contract employees, authored an amendment to provide a modest increase to the Defense Department’s account, which helps pay for the salaries of these and other Army civilian contract employees involved in operations and maintenance.
To ensure that his proposal is deficit-neutral, the Toomey amendment would offset this funding increase by diverting funds from the Pentagon biofuels programs.