Township police and Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office on Monday released their findings on the deaths of John J. Walton, 51, and his wife, Stacy A. Walton, 41, in December 2012, determining that the case as a murder-suicide.
The bodies of the couple were found inside her home at 470 E. Butler Drive on Dec. 17.
The 10-month investigation that involved interviews and forensic analysis determined John Walton killed his wife before taking his own life, according to a news release.
Stacy Walton had been separated from her husband and had obtained a protection from abuse order against him, alleging he had threatened to kill her and then himself, according to court records.
A .22 caliber handgun and two spent cartridges were found inside the house.
VA to discuss
vets’ mental health
The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Mental Health Summit aimed at improving the mental health of veterans today at The Woodlands, Plains Township.
“This is an opportunity for us all to sit at the same table, to listen and learn from each other. We all want the same thing – for our veterans and their families to be well-cared for,” said Dr. Timothy Lomauro, chief of psychology and the coordinator of the summit.
The Mental Health Summit will include breakout sessions and a networking fair. The summit will conclude from 12:15-12:30 p.m. with closing remarks from VA leadership.
Northwest hosts talks
Northwest School District is having panel discussions todayto promote awareness for childhood concussions.
Students can attend the discussion at 8 a.m. in the Jr./Sr. high school auditorium at 243 Thorne Hill Road; 10:45 a.m. in the primary school cafeteria at 417 Shickshinny Lake Road; and 2 p.m. in the intermediate school cafeteria at 20 Sunset Lake Road. A discussion for parents will be held at a later date.
A concussion happens when the brain moves back and forth inside the skull. Symptoms include altered thinking, difficulty concentrating and remembering new information, dizziness, vomiting and lack of energy, sadness or irritability and more sleep than usual or trouble falling asleep.
Special-education teacher Jennifer Oiler is helping to coordinate the event and said it’s important for parents to know the signs of a concussion, especially during sports seasons. Quick response to a head injury could mean faster recovery time.
LCCC to hold 9/11
Luzerne County Community College will hold a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony on Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the college’s Walk of Honor at the Regional Public Safety Training Center in Nanticoke.
The event is free and open to the public.
Three area schools
attain high rank
Ranked by Washington Monthly magazine’s “2013 College Rankings” edition, King’s College took 121st place out of 684 U.S. schools to offer master’s degrees.
The ratings were based on how the schools interacted with their communities by way of public service initiatives and how they contribute to the public good.
This category also looked at research programs and graduating and recruiting students from low-income households.
Misericordia University ranked 264th in this category.
The magazine also identified schools offering master’s degrees nationwide that give the “Best Bang for Your Buck,” or schools that offer quality education at reasonable prices.
Misericordia ranked 97th in this category, King’s earned the 100th spot and University of Scranton took 140th place.