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Homicide trial scheduled

Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb on Wednesday scheduled the homicide trial for William Allabaugh to begin May 6.

Allabaugh, 25, of East Main Street, Plymouth, is charged in the shooting death of Scott Luzetsky, 39, and the critical injuring of Stephen Hollman, 29, at Bonnie's Bar in Plymouth on Sept. 9.

Allabaugh pleaded not guilty Dec. 20 to criminal homicide and criminal attempt to commit homicide.

Gelb has imposed a gag order that prohibits prosecutors and defense attorneys from publicly discussing the case.

Allabaugh is jailed without bail at the county prison.

Keep pets safe in winter

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it has received thousands of complaints about people who leave pets outside in the cold. Although they are covered in fur, pets can still suffer from frostbite and exposure and become dehydrated. With snow and low temperatures predicted, PETA asks to consider sharing the following:

Keep animals indoors.

Don't allow your cat or dog to roam outdoors.

Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick.

If you see animals left outside without shelter, notify authorities.

JCC speaker series

The JCC Institute of Learning at the Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., announced its speaker series for upcoming months. Programs meet on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the JCC Rifkin Resource Center and are open to the community free of charge.

Speakers will be as follows:

• Jan. 2: Rabbi Larry Kaplan, Temple Israel, Swearing to God, Making Vows & Keeping New Year's Resolutions

• Jan. 9: Dr. Alan Austin, Misericordia University, Coming to America and Immigration in Northeastern Pennsylvania

• Jan. 16: Brian Benedetti, Misericordia University, The Pauly Friedman Gallery

• Jan. 23: Cantor Ahron Abraham, Temple Israel, Is God An Environmentalist?

• Jan. 30: Mary Therese Biebel, The Times Leader, Stories Behind the Stories, The Adventures of a Features Writer

• Feb. 6: Rabbi Roger Lerner, Temple B'nai B'rith, Modern Judaism and the Atheist, the Agnostic and the Believer

• Feb. 13: Jack Dunn, Civil War Perspectives

• Feb. 20: Arts YOUniverse, Downtown Arts Presentation

• Feb. 27: Tony Brooks, Luzerne County Historical Society, The Butler Brothers of Wilkes-Barre, Opposing Views of the Civil War in Letter Form

• March 6: Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky, UHI, Ohav Zedek, Jewish History in 60 Minutes, Part 3

• March 13: Sheldon Spear, Wyoming Valley's Jews during the Jazz Age

Temple Hesed goes green

Temple Hesed, Scranton, has been accepted into the GreenFaith Certification Program, the nation's first interfaith environmental certification for houses of worship. The synagogue is the first house of worship in Pennsylvania to join this program.

The program is designed to help churches, synagogues, mosques and temples earn recognition as environmental leaders by carrying out more than two dozen environmental activities over two years.

For more information about the program, contact Stacey Kennealy at skennealy@greenfaith.org.

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