Man Apprehended After Resisting Arrest for Reckless Use of a Deadly Weapon

By Ernesto Bautista, criminal reporter

RUMPHANNOCK, Pa. – A man was apprehended Monday afternoon after resisting arrest for trespassing a local farm under the influence of alcohol, according to the Schuylkill County police department.

Clem Kadiddlehopper, the 70 year old farm owner, called 911 and reported hearing shots being fired around his house. Responding Deputy Roland Smithers called for backup after Kadiddlehopper informed him from a window in the second floor that it was coming from the barn. His wife Susan, also a deputy of the SCPD, arrived shortly after.

“I was going about my regular day,” said Kadiddlehopper. “Then all of a sudden I started hearing loud gun shots.”

Robert Worthington, a 48 year old displaced worker from the Susquehanna Steel Corp., entered the farm’s barn located at 3451 E. Cussville Rd. with a rifle and a liquor bottle, the police report says.

They were able to disarm Worthington right away, but the officers struggled to remove him from the premises. He assaulted both deputies before Mrs. Smithers had to use a Taser gun that disabled him temporarily.

“It’s not something we typically employ,” said Mrs. Smithers. “But we had to make sure to be safe, and I was glad I didn’t have to use deadly force.”

Circuit Judge Clarence Simon issued charges of public intoxication, trespassing, two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and reckless use of a deadly weapon. Worthington is being held at Schuylkill County jail overnight pending a bail hearing Tuesday.

“I wasn’t going to hurt no one,” Worthington told the police. “I was just all worked up over all this crap going on, and I thought I might feel better if I shot up some bottles.”

Worthington told the police he was distraught over a pending divorce and the loss of his job. Mrs. Worthington could not be reached for comment.

Schuylkill County typically prohibits the SCPD from hiring spouses yet they were able to make an exception for Mr. and Mrs. Smithers to fulfill the goals of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Gender Equity Act.

“Mr. and Mrs. Smithers don’t usually work the same shift, and they told me this was the first time they had ever responded to an incident together,” the sheriff said. “I’m just glad they were able to avoid having to use lethal force and that everything worked out OK.”

The 1966 law promotes the hiring of more women as police officers, deputies and state troopers. Mr. Smithers has worked for the SCPD for 10 years, two more than his wife.

[Article written from a fictional fact sheet, any coincidence is a mere coincidence. Submitted as a final exam story written in two hours as a deadline exercise.]

Published in: |on May 14th, 2015 |No Comments »

Media Slideshow

Blackhawk Technical College Dress for Success Fashion Media Slideshow

This media slideshow is a compilation of my pictures taken for Journalism 310 – Publication Photography. The pictures were put together in a slideshow for J237 – Writing for News Media.

The music was gracefully given by JaBig from Check him out!

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

JTS big city system in small town; huge results


I boarded the bus in Janesville to get a feel for what public transportation is like in this city. The following is my broadcast feature.


Published in: |on May 2nd, 2015 |No Comments »

Photography Song Title Literalism

For Journalism 310, we had to take pictures and compose them in a way to literally display a song title. Can you guess what song I picked?

Final Homework 4

Published in: |on April 21st, 2015 |No Comments »

Regional MAA chapter to hold two-day meeting


More on the Wisconsin Chapter of Mathematical Association of America annual meeting here.

Published in: |on April 18th, 2015 |No Comments »

Book Composite Project – Fahrenheit 451

For Journalism 310 – Publication Photography we had to create a “composite” image for a front cover of a book. Basically, we had to take the essence of the book, and make a collage of at least three different photos. All photos had to be original and no extra illustrations could be used. This was the result:
Book Composite - Fahrenheit 451

These were the original pictures before any Photoshop work:
Fire Station - Janesville, WI

Stack of Books 1

 Stack of Books 2

Fire Place

Published in: |on April 2nd, 2015 |No Comments »

Major accident may cost Mayor Petykiewicz

KITTATINNY, Penn. – Mayor Gustavus Petykiewicz could face up to 10 years in prison for causing an accident that landed a 42-year old man in the hospital while driving intoxicated.

Petykiewicz,56, and the other driver, Robert Doane, collided at the intersection of state Highway 117 and Fonebone Road Saturday just after . According to the police report, Petykiewicz’s vehicle ran the stop sign at the intersection while Doane was crossing. The resulting impact forced both of the cars to flip and slide into the adjacent farmer’s field.

According to a witness who was driving behind Doane, he was traveling at regular speed when Petykiewicz struck him.

When inspected, the mayor’s car had a pervasive alcohol smell and half-empty vodka bottles on the passenger side, according to the same report.

“You’d be drinking, to, if you were me,” he reportedly told responding deputy, Gordon Slivovitz after being asked if he had been drinking.

The report also quotes Petykiewicz with trying to keep the situation between him and the officer due to his public title.

Petykiewicz, who was already under public scrutiny due to his controversial budget proposal that would eliminate police enforcement before noon, failed both a sobriety and Breathalyzer test. The breath test indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.14, almost twice the legal limit.

Ambulances were notified immediately after Slivovitz noticed Doane disoriented and bleeding at his wheel. The driver side door was inoperable, so he was taken out through the passenger side and onto a back board with a head brace.

Doane had to be airlifted from the scene as the paramedics were worried he had injured his spine. A Flight for Life helicopter took Doane to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre after an hour of the accident.

Doane remains at Wilkes-Barre in a satisfactory condition according to a nursing supervisor. They were able to confirm he had several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and various abrasions and contusions to the head, chest and abdominal area but that spinal injury was avoided.

Mayor Petykiewicz was released on a $500 bail paid by his wife Gloria shortly after being booked, fingerprinted, and his mugshots were taken.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Schuylkill County District Court on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., according to District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, where he will face a charge of causing great bodily harm by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

Mayor Petykiewicz and his wife refused to make a statement and were unreachable for any further comments.


Published in: |on March 21st, 2015 |No Comments »

Apple Computer CEO shares lessons with Stanford graduates

STANFORD, Calif. – Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc., Steve Jobs delivered a speech based on his life experiences to the attendants of Stanford University ‘s 2005 commencement ceremony.

Not holding back any details of his personal life and struggles, the 50-year old tech guru spoke about his adoption, momentary departure from Apple, and success against a rare type of pancreatic cancer.

Jobs began by acknowledging the fact that his address was the closest he had ever gotten to a college graduation. He explained the cost of tuition had exceeded his working-class parents’ budget and decided to drop out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

He, however, began to “drop in” on classes that interested him. One such class was a callygraphy class, of which he had no intention of ever applying in the future.

“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do,” he said after insinuating Microsoft Corp.’s Windows had taken after Apple. “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

Jobs continued his speech by retelling the publicized story of his ousting from Apple at age 30 – only 10 years after he had co-founded the company along with Steve “Woz” Wozniak in his parents’ garage.

Without mentioning his name, Jobs recalled the “falling-out” with John Sculley, former president of Pepsico. Sculley was brougth in to run Apple alongside Jobs, but after a conflict of ideas the board of directors sided with the more experienced businessman. Leaving Jobs out of the company he helped found.

Jobs recounted how that moment had felt as though he had let down the future entrepreneurs. As he became close to giving up, he realized what had happened at Apple did not change his feelings towards his line of work.

Once this mourning period was over, Jobs went on to found NeXT, a computer development company that would later become the foundation for the Mac OS X Operating System. Additionally, he acquired Pixar, the studio responsible for the first computer-animated movie, “Toy Story.”

“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs said. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”

Jobs closed his speech with a somber yet powerful message: life’s inevitable end.

About a year ago he was diagnosed with a pancreatic cancer that the doctors initially recognized as fatal. When the doctors ran tests, however, they discovered it was a rare form of cancer that was curable with treatment. This sudden brush with death taught him a lesson that he was eager to share with graduates.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” he advised graduates. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

Concluding his speech, Jobs wished the graduating class for one final thing as they “graduate to begin anew: stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Jobs’ speech was recieved with a standing ovation and cheering from the crowd.

Published in: |on March 14th, 2015 |No Comments »

Employability workshop helps students land jobs

By Ernesto Bautista, reporter

JANESVILLE, Wisc. – As he took the floor in jeans and a shirt, most students believed he was just there to present the main speaker.

He looked presentable, yet his attire was not what the audience expected for a speaker on employability. Especially when they caught on a fact that would later make sense.

“You might’ve noticed I’m not wearing shoes,” he said to the crowd. “I don’t wear any as a reminder to myself that I don’t have to.”

Chris Czarnik, a popular public speaker in Wisconsin, was the main presenter for Blackhawk Technical College’s spring employability workshop that gathered over 60 people from around Janesville on Feb. 27, 2015.

Czarnik’s provided attendees with tips on how to market themselves, be prepared for interviews, and be confident in explaining their worth.

Attendants ranged from nursing to criminal justice students, who were looking for the right things to say and do when looking for a job.

“It’s scary to think of getting a ‘real job’ nowadays,” said Nicholas Powers, a 21 year-old criminal justice student. “Taking opportunities like these and learning from them will help set me aside from the rest.”

According to Czarnik, the real issue isn’t the economy – but the lack of confidence in the new pool of applicants.

“Hiring is like dating,” he proposed. “The number one reason people don’t get hired is that there is nothing unique about them.”

Czarnik believes that people can, and should, change their life path if they are not happy with its current state.

The event was sponsored by the Career and Professional Development office at BTC as one in a series of events to promote skills that will help students land jobs.

“We strive to provide experiences like this for students that they normally wouldn’t get in the regular class setting,” said Katherine Cruz, intern at the CPD office.

Students who complete a set amount of events from the series can apply for the “Certificate of Professional Development.” This is meant as a seal of approval by the school of the student’s intent towards higher aspirations.

Czarnik, who returned to BTC after previously presenting there in the fall, serves as the career coach at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin and owner of a training organization that helps link companies with potential employees.

Published in: |on March 6th, 2015 |No Comments »

Photoshoot with Mr. Francis Hatch

Francis Hatch, 45, of Janesville, Wisconsin, listens while his son, Jesse, tells him how his day at school was.

Francis Hatch, 45, of Janesville, Wisconsin, listens while his son, Jesse, tells him how his day at school was.

For Journalism 310, one of the assignments was to take a picture of an interesting person – essentially someone who a publication would want to write about. I met Mr. Francis Hatch though my wife, and I find his story as interesting as any. In this picture, I wanted to capture the relationship between him and his son, Jesse. Jesse still very much looks up to his dad and interacts with him by telling him about his day. Hatch has some good days and some bad days, like any other person. Though he was a little under the weather when I got there for the shoot, he came around and allowed me to take some good pictures of him – he even gave me a few smiles!

Here is a link to an article written about him on the local newspaper.

Published in: |on March 3rd, 2015 |No Comments »