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WILKES-BARRE


6th District Republican


Committee to meet


The 6th District Republican Committee will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Norm’s Pizza & Eatery, 275 N. Sherman St.


Pat Umbra is the Executive Secretary of the committee.


SCRANTON


Gun violence prevention


event set for today


Volunteers from Organizing for Action-PA will host a gun violence prevention event at Scranton’s Courthouse Square at 1 p.m. today.


The group, a non-profit spin-off of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, said in a release the event is designed to “tell Congress that they won’t stop fighting to protect our children and protect our communities” and “won’t let leaders in Washington forget that they can act to make our communities safer.”


Volunteers will gather on the North Washington Avenue side of the square.


WILKES-BARRE


Attorneys file mental


infirmity defense


As promised, attorneys representing a Forty Fort woman charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in 2008 have filed court papers notifying the court and prosecutors that they will be using a mental infirmity defense.


Megan Panowicz, 28, is charged in the August 2008 death of Sharon Shaughnessy, who was killed on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston when she was reportedly struck by three vehicles. Panowicz is scheduled to be tried Sept. 23.


Panowicz’s attorneys, her father, Robert Panowicz, and Basil Russin, said in a filing Tuesday that Megan Panowicz suffers from post traumatic stress disorder caused by the accident that killed Shaughnessy.


“The events which caused her to have post traumatic stress rendered her incapable of appreciating the significance or consequences of her behavior and affected her ability to determine what was right or wrong at that crucial moment,” the attorneys wrote.


Panowicz has a “longstanding disorder” that causes her to avoid stressful situations by “attempting to over self control.” The attorneys said they intend on calling two doctors as well as Panowicz and her mother, Cheryl Panowicz, to prove the infirmity defense.


Prosecutors will have a chance to respond to the filing. A hearing will then be scheduled.


OLD FORGE


Major traffic


delays expected


Major traffic delays are expected in the area around the Main Street Bridge in Old Forge and a route leading to it from Interstate 81 today and Thursday.


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that each day crews will deliver four beams for the new Main Street Bridge, taking Davis Street Exit 182 from Interstate 81 to Union Street, and then taking Keyser Avenue to Drakes Lane, where they will meet up with Main Street and back down to the bridge.


The first beam is expected to arrive just after noon.


Motorists are advised to take alternate routes when possible.


NOXEN


Intertribal Powwow


spots are available


Spots are available for vendors, volunteers and drummers at the ninth annual Intertribal Powwow on Sept. 28 and 29 on the Noxen Fire Co. grounds at 3493 Stull Road in Noxen, Wyoming County.


Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. both days. The event is a gathering of all Nations, with a Grand Entry of dignitaries and dancers in full regalia at noon. The event is open to the public with no admission fee.


Meals will be provided for all dancers and vendors. There will be a chili cooking contest Friday night with a cash prize to be determined by votes at $1 per plate. Saturday will be pot luck, so bring a dish to share. Sunday breakfast and dinner will be provided, but participants should bring their own place settings; wash stations will be provided.


Camping is free, but there will be a $7-per-day charge for electricity.


Anyone interested in volunteering or being a vendor or a drummer should call Natalie Wisteria at 570-947-2097 or email wisteria18704@yahoo.com for more information.


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