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Issue 24 — Thursday, January 11, 2018
 

ICE Freezes Martina,
But She Makes
The Best Of It

MATAMORAS — It's midwinter, and as we all navigate record-breaking low temperatures, snow, and ice, Matamoras Borough Councilman Kevin Rose's wife Martina Rose Cummings is having her own personal "ICE" adventure. Martina was deported to Germany last fall after Pike County Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) picked her up at her day job in Best Western Inn.

An ICE spokesperson confirmed that Cummings was picked up in late September and detained at ICE's Pike County holding area at the Pike County Correctional Facility in Lords Valley. Since then, ICE transferred Cummings to York Prison until deported to Germany a few weeks later. She is a German native from Mannheim, but has been staying with relatives in Berlin. Kevin visited Martina in York and cheered her up. Contrary to rumors, he said, "She was never arrested, only detained."

Though Martina had been in the U.S. for 10 years, she never sought citizenship, even though she could have obtained it, according to Kevin. If she obtained citizenship, she would not have been subjected to this adventure. Martina takes driving jaunts around Germany, including visiting Mannheim, where she grew up. Martina has been posting a daily status update, comments, lifestyle blogs, and photos on www.facebook.com.

She said, "Cooking, eating 'n food is my thing... 'til I get home...THAT IS my life, period. Come and join me on my travels through the German food extravaganza." She posted favorite recipes and blogs. And, of course, since she is a dog person, the family dogs keep her company. Meanwhile, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's lengthy memo distributed on Feb. 20, 2017 summarized the reason why people like Martina, who fell into the ICE enforcement net, were picked up.

Kelly sent the memo to his department heads as a follow-up to President Donald Trump's Executive Order, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," issued on Jan. 25, 2017. That order set guidelines to tighten up immigration enforcement. Kelly's memo stated, "Effective immediately, the department shall prioritize removable aliens who: (1) have been convicted of any criminal offense; (2) have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved; (3) have committed acts which constitute a chargeable criminal offense."

That list was the rub that stained Martina. She had had a theft felony in her past in Pike County and had served time in the Pike County Correctional Facility.
Kevin noted previously that since then, Martina had gone out of her way to live a public-service lifestyle, championing the Matamoras Borough Dog Park in Airport Park and conducting many fun events for people and pets in Airport Park for years.

Kelly's memo further states, "Apprehend [any] alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws [and] initiate removal proceedings." Kelly noted in his memo that though the policy enforcement might appear to be a broad-brush approach, he directed his staff, "exercise of prosecutorial discretion with regard to any alien who is subject to arrest, criminal prosecution, or removal in accordance with law shall be made on a case-by-case basis."

According to ICE this "case-by-case approach" leaves room for appealing the deportation. After a Matamoras Borough Council meeting, Kevin said, "She is appealing it and we expect her back in about two months."

Frozen Sprinklers
Close Popular Gym
Over The Weekend

DEERPARK, NY — Tri-State gym patrons eager to return to their fitness regimen after the holidays were thwarted last Saturday when fire-control sprinkler pipes froze at Planet Fitness.

The pipes burst and damaged the fire alarm system, according to Deerpark Town Supervisor Gary Spears.

The town fire inspector and building inspector posted notices at the entrance that the building was closed, and the exercise Mecca remained closed over the weekend and also on Monday.

A receptionist at the exercise center, located on Route 6, near Exit 1 of I-84, said Tuesday morning that repairs were almost complete and the gym was expected to open later that day.

"It's the busiest time of the year after the holidays, but they are working hard to get it open," Spears said Monday.

Temperatures throughout the Tri-State plunged to as low as 10 below zero over the weekend.

 

 

 
 
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Khillawan Says He Wishes Deadly
Confrontation Never Happened

SHOHOLA — After a conflict with his neighbors resulted in the death of his stepfather and critical wounding of his next door neighbor, Adrian Khillawan, 43, was back in court twice last week to face related charges and a bail revocation hearing. Arriving with state troopers from Pike County Correctional Facility, where he is incarcerated, Khillawan appeared before Magisterial District Judge Alan Cooper, in Shohola, for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 3. Charges included aggravated assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and other alleged offenses.

Khillawan and his attorney, Robert Bernathy, Pike County public defender, waived the preliminary hearing, which, Bernathy said, is "customary" in criminal cases. Julie and Reginald Worthington, Khillawan's neighbors, appeared at the hearing. Asked what she would do if Khillawan was released, Julie said, "Move. I worry about him getting out."

According to police reports, Khillawan had threatened the Worthington couple and Julie's father, Howard McElnea, with a gun in the middle of the night last June, after they asked Khillawan to turn down his music, which had been blaring for hours as he set off fireworks. Khillawan was arrested and then released on $50,000 bail, requiring that he not have contact with those neighbors.

One report of his violation of that requirement reached District Attorney Ray Tonkin's office, Tonkin said. Then, on Nov. 2, state transportation department workers removed part of a wood fence that Khillawan put between his yard and McElnea's. The fence had been in the right-of-way, according to DOT spokesperson James May. But Khillawan got angry, said his neighbor, Don Gavoille.

Khillawan's stepfather, Jeffrey Van Slyke, 68, arrived with a gun, according to police reports. When McElnea, 78, came out to address the commotion, he brought a gun, and a struggle and gunfight resulted in VanSlyke's death and severe injuries to McElnea. After VanSlyke was shot, Khillawan picked up the gun, still in VanSlyke's hand, and threatened to kill McElnea's family.

Khillawan attempted, but failed, to pull the trigger, police reports said. Khillawan then evaded a warrant for his arrest, but turned himself in two weeks later, according to Lt. Brian Vennie, commanding officer at Blooming Grove state trooper barracks. As Khillawan left the Shohola court, he was asked what he wanted people to know. "I wish this never happened," he said. "My dad is the one who died. It was unjustified. The other guy got away."... for complete story, get this week's issue.

 

Ed Nikles Fills Vacancy For Dingman Supervisor

MILFORD — The Dingman Township Board of Supervisors appointed Ed Nikles to the Board at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting.
Nikles replaces former supervisor Kerry Welsh, who was elected Pike County Sheriff, for the remainder of the term that ends Dec. 31, 2019.
The Board reappointed Thomas Mincer as Chairman, Chris Wood as Zoning and Sewage Enforcement officer, Karen Kleist as Secretary and Treasurer, John Klemeyer as Solicitor and James Snyder as Township Roadmaster.

Dingman Township has been concerned about a new Wireless Telecoms bill known as HB 1620 for some time. The Township received a resolution from the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) and the Supervisor of Smithfield Township PA, Robert Lovenheim, outlining the Townships opposition to the bill. HB 1620 Wireless Infrastructure Development Bill amends the Wireless Broadband Collocation Act to strip townships of their ability to regulate placement and usage of wireless technology in the township.

Zoning Officer Chris Wood submitted a memo to the Board outlining his concerns about the bill and suggesting action. Lovenheim described HB 1620 as "a sweetheart deal for the wireless industry." The Board adopted a resolution opposing HB 1620 and submitting their resolution to state legislators to make their opposition clear. The Township released the fourth payment for the Park Trail Project amounting to $4,400, withholding $1,500 until the weather clears and the project can go through a final review. The next Dingman Township Board of Supervisors meeting will at 7 p.m. Jan. 16.

Schor, JMU Lose Quest For Title, Perfect Season

FRISCO, Tex. — James Madison University's and senior quarterback Bryan Schor's bids for a perfect season came up short when North Dakota State prevailed, 17-13, in the Football Championship Subdivision title game on Saturday. A national television audience on ESPN saw Schor, a Milford resident and former standout at Delaware Valley High School, throw for 148 yards, with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Riley Stapleton catching seven passes. Schor's long pass to the end zone on fourth down fell short with less than a minute remaining as defending champion JMU lost its bid for a repeat. Both teams ended the season 14-1, with JMU's win streak that led all NCAA Division I teams ended at 26 games. North Dakota State won its sixth national championship in seven years, having a five-year streak snapped in last year's FCS semifinals by James Madison... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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