Mayor of Kittatinny Faces Felony

whatever-funny-mugshots-Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz of Kittatinny is looking at the possibility of up to 10 years in prison after being arrested Saturday afternoon for driving while intoxicated and causing a serious accident.  Petykiewicz, 56, suffered no injuries, but his BAC was measured at .14, which is well over the legal limit of .08.  The victim suffered serious injuries.

The victim is identified as 42 year-old Robert Doane, also from Kittatinny.  He was found in his car, bleeding heavily from his head and complaining of stomach pain.  Paramedics feared he may have had a back or spine injury, so they transported Doane by helicopter to the hospital in Wilkes-Barrie.  No serious back injury was found.

Doane is in stable condition at the hospital with a few broken ribs, a broken jaw, and scrapes and bruises.

The accident happened early Saturday afternoon at the intersection of State Highway 117 and Fonebone Road in the town of Frontenac.  Doane was heading north on Highway 117 and going the speed limit when Petykiewicz turned left off of Fonebone Road and hit the driver side door of Doane’s Buick.  Both cars went skidding upright into a farmer’s field.

The Buick had lots of damage to the driver side door, and it would not open.  When paramedics arrived, they had to carefully get Doane out of the passenger side door.

The only damage Petykiewicz and his Ford sustained was a heavily smashed up front end.  The deputy that responded to the crash said Petykiewicz had slurred speech and his breath and car smelled like vodka.  An open bottle of vodka was also found in the car.

When asked if he had been drinking, Petykiewicz said, “You’d be drinking too if you were me.”  He also begged the deputy if they could “keep this quiet?  I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

Petykiewicz was then arrested and taken to the county jail, where he then was fingerprinted and had mug shots taken.  Petykiewicz’s wife posted bail, which was set at $500.

District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says a hearing will be held in District Court on Tuesday morning at 9.  Morgenthau also said that Petykiewicz is being charged with “causing great bodily harm by impaired use of a motor vehicle.

Alice Magarian, who was following behind Doane, said that Petykiewicz did not completely stop at the stop sign on Fonebone Road.  Instead, the witness said he seemed to hesitate and then pulled out in front of Doane.

President of the Kittatinny City Council, Denelda Penoyer, says they will have an emergency meeting Monday evening before Petykiewicz’s court hearing to talk about the situation.  This meeting will be closed to the public.  She also mentioned that an elected official convicted of a felony automatically loses their job.  She declined to comment when asked if Petykiewicz should resign immediately.

If the mayor resigns or is convicted, an election will take place to determine the new mayor.  This election will be held on the first Tuesday that is at least 30 days after the council’s decision.

Published in: |on November 8th, 2015 |No Comments »

Steve Jobs at Stanford

PALO ALTO, Calif. (June 12, 2005) —

Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., gave a commencement address at Stanford University earlier today.  For Jobs, who attended Reed College in Portland, Ore. for six months before dropping out, this was his first time attending a college graduation.  In his address, Jobs mentioned this fact to encourage the graduates.

 

Jobs broke his speech up into three different stories about his life.  Jobs titled his first story “Connecting the dots.”  The main idea in this first story was why he decided to drop out of college.

 

Jobs started out the story by giving background on his parents, both biological and adoptive, and why he was put up for adoption.  He mentioned that his biological mother felt strongly that he should be adopted by college graduates.  His potential adoptive parents never graduated from college, and Jobs’ mother refused to sign the final adoption papers until the adoptive parents promised to send Jobs to college.

 

17 years later, Jobs went off to college.  After six months, Jobs says he didn’t see the value in wasting his working-class parents’ savings.  He mentioned the fact that he was very afraid of the future, but that he does not regret the decision to drop out now.

 

Wandering around campus, looking for empty soda bottles to return for money, allowed Jobs’ curiosity to get the best of him.  This curiosity would benefit him immensely in the future.

 

Jobs recalls taking a calligraphy class because of a poster he saw on campus.  They taught him about the different typefaces and what makes great typography.  “It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.”

 

At the time, calligraphy didn’t have any benefit to Jobs’ daily life.  However, ten years later when he was building the first Macintosh, Jobs used the techniques he learned in the calligraphy class to create a computer with impressive typography.

 

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward…So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

 

Jobs then moved on to talk about love and loss.  He states that he was lucky because he found what he loved to do early in his life.  Jobs and Wozniak, the other co-founder of Apple, started the massive company in his parents’ garage when Jobs was 20.

 

As Apple grew and the profits and employees increased, Jobs was fired from his own company.  The partner he hired didn’t see eye to eye with Jobs, and the Board of Directors sided with the partner.  Jobs was devastated.

 

Even though being fired from his own company almost broke him completely, Jobs said he still loved what he did.  Eventually, Jobs created NeXT and also Pixar.  Jobs states that being fired from Apple was the best thing that could have happened to him.

 

During this period, Jobs met and fell in love with his future wife, Laurene.  Remarkably, Apple ended up buying NeXT so Jobs returned to his original company.

 

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”

 

Jobs’ third and final story is about death.  “…for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

 

Jobs talked a lot about living life to the fullest and about his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.  The doctors told him he had three to six months to live and that he should go home and prepare.

 

After having a biopsy, the doctors discovered Jobs had a rare form of cancer that was curable by surgery.  “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

 

At the age of 50, Steve Jobs looks forward to continuing to do what he loves with his family.

Published in: |on October 26th, 2015 |No Comments »

Warhawk Football Victorious

The Warhawk football team hosted the UW-La Crosse Eagles at Perkins Stadium last Friday night.  After a disappointing loss to Oshkosh and an end to their 36 game win streak the week before, the Warhawks looked to bounce back against the Eagles.

 

The Warhawks came into the game with a 4-1 record, and a 1-1 conference record.  La Crosse owned a 2-3 record, also with a 1-1 conference record.  Whitewater, after falling to sixth in the national rankings, desperately needed a win to stay competitive in the playoff race.

 

The game was not well played, but the Warhawks pulled out the victory.  La Crosse put up a bigger fight than expected, but Whitewater pulled away late to escape with a 30-12 victory in front of a crowd of about five thousand fans.

 

Jarrod Ware, Tyler Glass and Jordan Ratliffe each scored touchdowns for the Warhawks to seal the victory.  Defensive back Vince Mason picked off Eagles quarterback John Tackett twice.

 

The game was definitely a strange one.  Both Ratliffe and Ware left with injuries.  The top two running backs, Dennis Moore and Nick Patterson, were already out, so the Warhawks had to put their fifth-string back into the game.

 

There was also a revolving door at the quarterback position.  Starter Chris Nelson got the majority of snaps, throwing for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Freshman quarterback Cole Wilber got some experience under center, taking the offense into field goal position on his second drive.

 

After the game, head coach Kevin Bullis touched on the quarterback situation.  “We live in an age where a quarterback is entitled to a job, but that’s not the case.”  Bullis added, “Cole is a very talented young man, and he earned the opportunity to get some game snaps.”

 

After a slow and sloppy start, the Warhawks finally started to gain some momentum.  After one of Mason’s interceptions, Ware ran it in for a short touchdown to get out to a 16-0 lead.

 

La Crosse made some adjustments and finally found the end zone at the end of the half to make it 16-6.  They scored again at the beginning of the second half to get within four points.

 

“I thought we were going to blow it.  The Eagles had all of the momentum and we couldn’t do anything to stop them.  I would’ve been really disappointed and shocked,” said student Zach Slattery.

 

Later in the game, Nelson quieted some of those fears with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Manny Jones.  This pushed the lead to 23-12.

 

Both teams struggled to do much else until Glass scampered for a 21-yard touchdown run that put the Eagles away for good.

 

The Warhawks put up a total of 537 yards.  With only a few touchdowns to show for all those yards, it is an indicator of how they failed to finish off their drives with points.

 

“It was kind of frustrating to watch, the offense didn’t seem to be on top of their game tonight,” said Ethan McGuire.

 

The Warhawks look to stay on track when they travel to Stevens Point to face the Pointers on Oct. 24.

Published in: |on October 19th, 2015 |No Comments »

Proposed 2016 Budget

Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz unveiled his proposed 2016 budget for Kittatinny and held a press conference earlier today. The proposed budget must be approved by Dec. 1, and will go in effect on Jan. 1. Since Kittatinny has been under immense financial stress lately, this proposed budget will become a hot topic in the City Council.

Mayor Petykiewicz started to press conference by saying he has a heavy heart, and that he had to make many difficult decisions. He mentioned that he sympathizes with the employees of Susquehanna Steel who lost their jobs due to the plant closing one blast furnace. Susquehanna Steel is Kittatinny’s largest employer, and an integral part of the town’s economy.

The loss of industrial property value due to the blast furnace closing is estimated at over $100 million. This is the main reason that the mayor is forced to make drastic changes. The unemployed workers may also move out of town, therefore causing empty houses to drive down residential property value, which is estimated to decrease by about $1 million.

Another major aspect of the proposed budget is the feud between the mayor and the police chief, Roman Hruska. Mayor Petykiewicz is proposing cutting two officers, which would save about $110,000 in wages. The mayor is also proposing a $35,000 contract with Schuylkill County sheriff’s deputies. The deputies would take over the 4 a.m. to noon shift in Kittatinny.

Chief Hruska is infuriated by this proposal. “I cannot stand idly by and watch a city of this size be deprived of police protection for a third of the day…I don’t know what the mayor was smoking.” Chief Hruska also mentions this proposal puts the citizens in unnecessary danger. He believes that the police department should be the last place to look when deciding where to make cuts.

One more expense related to the police department is the need for a new police cruiser. The estimated cost is almost $55,000. Much of the cost for the cruiser is in the special equipment needed for it.

In the proposed budget, the mayor took garbage pickup off of the city’s tax levy. He proposed to add the cost to the city water bills. The service itself will remain the same, however the charge will be about $30 per month, or $360 per year per household. Commercial and industrial properties already privately handle their waste-disposal.

The mayor is also proposing a tax increase, from 4 mills to 4.3 mills. For example, if a house is valued at $100,000, the owner would only pay $30 more in property tax per year. Mayor Petykiewicz is also open to increasing it to 5 mills, or a $100 increase in property tax per year. The mayor encourages people to voice their opinions on the tax increase.

Mayor Petykiewicz hopes to increase tourism to the area. He is encouraging different newspapers to vacation in Kittatinny and write articles about their experiences. The mayor referred to Kittatinny as “the gateway to North Central Pennsylvania.” He also says it is one of the most beautiful places around.

A 10 percent pay cut is also possible for officials. Many officials say they are in support of the cut if other agree to it.

Denelda Penoyer, president of the City Council, says there is an immense amount of work to be done by Dec. 1. She says there are a lot of things she disagrees with in the proposed budget. The council will go over the proposal and make what is expected to be a large amount of changes to it. She also encourages to people of Kittatinny to voice their opinions on the proposal. Penoyer noted that it will be a long and hard road to get a budget approved.

Published in: |on October 13th, 2015 |No Comments »

Connor Moore: Busiest Student in Whitewater

The world of broadcasting is probably one of the most difficult career fields to get into successfully. Connor Moore, a sophomore at UW-Whitewater, has already made a name for himself at UWW-TV by becoming the co-sports director.

 

Moore has always had a fascination with sports. He grew up watching the Bears and Bulls. Moore was also a huge Brett Favre fan; obviously not the most usual combination.

 

While some people dream of being professional athletes, Moore had different dreams. Moore says that ever since he started to watch sports, he has always wanted to be a well-known broadcaster that calls the biggest games on TV.

 

The opportunities offered here at UW-Whitewater with the TV station are one of the biggest factors that brought Moore here. He says he enjoys the small campus setting. Plus, it would be immensely more difficult to get the hands-on experience in a bigger school.

 

If he couldn’t get into the broadcasting field, Moore says he would have looked into sports management. “I looked at sports management to become a General Manager one day for a sports team. If Whitewater had sports management, I’d probably double major.”

 

After a little over a year of broadcasting sports for UWW-TV, Moore says he has already made some great memories. His favorite is the two NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games he announced. “Just the situation and significance of those games made it that much more fun.”

 

Moore also took over the play-by-play job for Warhawk football games this year. That job is usually reserved for some of the older students, but Moore made such an impression on the executives that he got the job.

 

Being a co-sports director has both perks and downsides. Moore says he is worried about possibly being the “weak link” compared to Andrea, the other sports director.

 

However, Moore is looking forward to doing what he loves: announcing sports and being around the athletes.

 

After his college career, Moore hopes to get into more high-profile sports broadcasting. “ESPN has and always will be the main goal.”

Published in: |on September 30th, 2015 |No Comments »

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