WILKES-BARRE – County Senior Judge Chester Muroski on Tuesday jailed one defendant and issued arrest warrants for 12 others who were found in contempt for allegedly failing to pay child support.
Steven McCracken, Cherry St., Duryea, was lodged for failure to pay $5,012.
Those for whom warrants were issued:
• Michael Gontz, W. 2nd St., Hazleton, $2,665
• Denyse Jones, Lost Trail Drive, Hunlock Creek, $3,804
• James Hayes, Green St., Ashley, $1,486
• Michael Tattersall, Pocono Trailer Court, Wilkes-Barre, $547
• Kenton Krumich, Sr., Meadow Run Road, Bear Creek Twp., $3,800
• Isaias Stahl, Ernst Rd., Mohrsville, $2,446
• Elizabeth Bakanowski, Walnut St., Hazleton, $898
• William Youells, III, Old Highway Road, Monroe Twp., $2,404
• Kevin L. Vernovage, Lilly Lake Road, Wapwallopen, $4,862
• Donald Thomas, Foote Ave., Duryea, $1,034
• Robert Hunter, Hoyt St., Pringle, $1,391
• Christopher Askew, Main St., Nanticoke, $4,831
WILKES-BARRE – A West Hazleton man pleaded guilty this week to starting fires at several locations in Hazleton in September 2012.
Lawrence Ustonofski, 50, of West Broad Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of arson, two counts of reckless burning and five counts of criminal mischief.
Ustonofski, who was scheduled to stand trial on the charges, will be sentenced on Dec. 9, county Judge David Lupas said.
According to court papers, Ustonofski set fire to a sign at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Broad Street, at Grand Central in Hazleton and a brush fire before being arrested by police.