Area woman finishes stage
Dallas native Liz Byron completed the first stage Sunday of the Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 155-mile race through the Sahara Desert.
Runners carry their food and supplies in backpacks in the self-supported event. She finished in a time of 6:09:10 and crossed the line in 557th place out of 1,022 runners.
Byron, 29, a former standout Bishop Hoban athlete, is a special-education teacher at Gardner Pilot Academy in Boston, Mass. She also is trying to raise $50,000 through donations to purchase laptop computers for the school. Follow her updates at http://runforlaptops.edublogs.org/.
Judge’s son dies in hit-run
The son of Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse and Scranton cardiologist Linda D’Andrea Barrasse died as a result of injuries he received in what was described by authorities as a “pedestrian accident” in the Oakland section of the city, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Cody Barrasse, 22, of Moosic, died early Sunday morning at UPMC Presbyterian, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner.
He was a senior at Penn State University. An aunt indicated in an email that he was a finance major who was about to graduate from Penn State with honors.
A medical examiner spokesman said Barrasse was struck by a vehicle in the 3800 block of Bates Street at 2:13 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at 4:46 a.m. Sunday at the hospital. His aunt said he was a victim of a hit-and-run.
Pittsburgh police are investigating.
King’s bond hearing set
A public hearing will be held on April 22 on the bond financing of millions of dollars worth of projects at King’s College through the City of Wilkes-Barre Finance Authority.
The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the fourth-floor council chamber at City Hall , 40 E. Market St.
The vast majority of the funds will be used for refinancing, said John M. McAndrew, director of public relations at King’s. He said comments about “new” projects will be made after the school’s board meeting on May 3 and 4.
Drew McLaughlin, administrative coordinator for Wilkes-Barre, said the city is involved because the bonds have to be issued through an authority. Neither the city nor the authority is liable for payment, he noted.
The bonds date back to 2001 and projects funded included construction projects at the student residence halls and the Scandlon gymnasium, property acquisition and parking improvements.
PPL project hearings set
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled two hearings to receive public comment on the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project proposed by PPL Electric Utilities Corp. and the company’s application to use eminent domain as part of the project.
Administrative Law Judge David A. Salapa will conduct the hearings at the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire Co., 351 Old River Road, Thornhurst, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 2.
On Dec. 28, PPL filed applications and petitions seeking commission approval for the siting and construction of the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project in portions of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe and Wayne counties.
The public may attend the hearings and provide comments.
Nurses’ licenses suspended
Two Luzerne County nurses have had their licenses suspended by the state board of nursing recently.
Kim Mulaski, of Swoyersville, and Judy A. Thomas, of Kingston, both had their licenses indefinitely suspended, according to the Department of State. The reasons given were they are unable to practice “with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition, physiological or psychological dependence upon alcohol, hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination.”