Benton man killed in crash with truck
A Benton man died after his car struck a logging truck Tuesday afternoon, Dallas Township police said.
Galen Waltman, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said Waltman was was driving a white Subaru eastbound on Carpenter Road at 12:19 p.m. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at Lake Street, colliding with a northbound truck driven by Fred Kidd, 46, of Noxen.
It was not known why Waltman failed to stop, police said.
Hazleton man gets prison time
A Hazleton man has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison and two years supervised release and ordered to make $150,000 in restitution for making a false claim for benefits under the Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, or EEOICP.
Joseph M. Yesvetz, 57, pleaded guilty to the offense back in February.
Yesvetz filed a claim on behalf of his father who died in 2001 after working at a beryllium plant and who allegedly suffered from chronic beryllium disease. The charges allege Yesvetz lied on the claim form by failing to report his prior conviction in 2008 for mail fraud in connection with his receipt of more than $88,000 in Pennsylvania state workers’ compensation benefits meant for his deceased father.
Yesvetz allegedly received $150,000 in April 2012 as a result of his false claim under the EEOICP.
Slain Nanticoke prison guard honored
State Sens. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, and John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, will honor Federal Correctional Officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke by adding his name to the Luzerne County Community College “Walk of Honor.”
The dedication ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of Community Safety Day sponsored by both senators at the LCCC Public Safety Training Institute, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.
Williams was killed in February while working in a housing unit at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary in Wayne County.
NAACP to address Zimmerman verdict
The local chapter of the NAACP will host a press conference Saturday to give its official response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal before a Florida court in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The group’s noon gathering at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 105 Hill St., also will be an occasion to circulate petitions in response to the verdict, as well as the Supreme Court’s action regarding the Voting Rights Act.
Sallie Mae committed locally, Casey assured
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, met with new Sallie Mae CEO Jack Remondi Wednesday and the senator said he was assured that the financial services company with an office in Hanover Township plans to keep and grow employment locally.
The meeting was pressed by Casey after Sallie Mae announced it was splitting its operations into two companies. Casey said he was told not only aren’t jobs being cut, but the company is still looking to fill up to 80 positions at the local office, which already employs about 850.
VA Center picks associate director
The Veterans Administration Medical Center announced the selection of Joseph Sharon as its associate director, effective this week.
Sharon will be responsible for a broad range of services including the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, facilities management, fiscal, human resources, VA police service and emergency preparedness, voluntary service, nutrition and food services, environmental management, logistics and the Veterans’ Canteen.