Former publisher accused
MaineToday Media, publisher of the Portland Press Herald, is accusing former Times Leader publisher Richard Connor of misusing more than $500,000 in company money while he also headed MTM, the Press Herald reported Wednesday.
Connor, who ran The Times Leader since his Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co. bought the paper in 2006 and also ran MTM since June 2009 until he left both companies in 2011, gave himself unauthorized salary increases, according to a memo released to MTM employees on Wednesday by the company’s current publisher, Lisa DeSisto, the Press Herald reported.
Desisto wrote that the company’s insurer has reimbursed MTM $537,988.68, minus a $50,000 deductible.
Connor told the Press Herald he is being wrongly accused and that he tried to clear up financial questions with MTM before his departure, but that the company wouldn’t cooperate. Connor said most of the expenses that MTM claims were misused were legitimate and he was ready to sort things out with the insurer.
“They’re wrong, and they’re lying,” he said of the details disclosed in the memo. “It’s going to get resolved, and get resolved in my favor,” Connor told the newspaper.
Wilkes-Barre Publishing filed a federal lawsuit against Connor in May 2012, alleging he has failed to repay $250,000 in loans the company made to him. Connor disputes those claims, alleging the company failed to give him credit for pay cuts and bonuses he was owed but did not accept. A trial is pending.
Parade planning ahead
The Wyoming-West Wyoming Memorial Day Committee will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the West Wyoming Borough building to discuss final preparations for the parade.
Anyone who would like to be on this committee or help in any way is invited.
Call 693-2109 with any questions.
Lemonade contest planned
Business owners, entrepreneurs and the community are invited to the Best Tasting Lemonade Contest at the Greater Pittston YMCA, 10 N. Main St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The children of the YMCA will be setting up their business, The Lemonade Stand, during the Healthy Kids Day Event and are raising money for their program. There will be local celebrity judges and prizes.
This contest leads up to Lemonade Day — NEPA on May 4.
Those registered for Lemonade Day and who would like to participate, should email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday. There is still time to register your child for Lemonade Day — NEPA 2013. Learn more at www.nepa.lemonadeday.org or call 570-690-2446.
Chief accused by state AG
Agents from the Attorney General’s Office arrested James Romano, 42, police chief of Scott Township, Lackawanna County, accusing him of intimidating a witness and instructing a victim or witness to withhold information from law enforcement, Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced.
In March, Romano, who is also a part-time officer in Dickson City, was investigating sexual misconduct charges he filed against a Lackawanna County high school teacher. Investigators say Romano began a romantic relationship with a woman he was interviewing as part of that investigation, revealed confidential investigative information to her and told her she was “his favorite victim.”
Romano is charged with two counts of intimidation of a witness or victim, and one count of obstructing administration of law or other governmental function. He was arraigned before Scranton District Judge Joanne Corbett and held on $150,000 bail. .