Fabby Desir

March 1st, 2011 08:04pm
Tar Heels add junior college LB to football recruiting class
by Brett Friedlander

Butch Davis has added a 26th member to his 2011 football recruiting class at North Carolina with the addition of junior college linebacker Fabby Desir on Tuesday.
Desir, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound native of Scranton, Pa., played the last two seasons at Lackawanna College, where he made 45 tackles and had seven sacks in eight games in 2010. He also recovered two fumbles, including one which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble and had an interception.
Lackawanna was 9-2 in 2010, and finished No. 12 in the NJCAA rankigs after a 34-20 win over Ellsworth Community College in the Graphics Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
“This means everything to me,” Desir, who was an all-region defensive back and 1,000-yard running back for Scranton High School as a senior, told the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper. ”I can start my life now. I am so happy and blessed. It’s very overwhelming. I am going to go and take it very seriously. I am a grown man now, I don’t need a pep talk about how I need to work hard. I know that I have to work hard and I am committed to going to college and getting my degree.”


Federal Lawsuit Filed in Prison Beating Case at Lackawanna County Prison‏

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY – Nearly six months after an inmate was beaten inside the Lackawanna County prison, a federal lawsuit has been filed on the victim’s behalf.Lawyers for Nicholas Pinto say warning signs were ignored and the assault was even encouraged by prison guards.The lawsuit is nine pages. It does not directly name any elected county officials but does name former warden Janine Donate and three prison guards.”It is sad. It is tragic that this fella was beaten like this,” attorney Patrick Rogan said.Sitting inside his Scranton law office, attorney Patrick Rogan discussed the lawsuit.”This is not an isolated event. The Nicholas Pinto beating was not an isolated event at the Lackawanna County prison,” Rogan said.The lawsuit claims on August 8th, the county failed to adequately protect Pinto, a federal inmate who was awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges.Instead, the lawsuit claims three guards turned a blind eye allowing another inmate, Michael Simonson to attack Pinto and stomp on his head. Court papers indicate one of the three guards was in the parking lot at the time and two others didn’t stop the assault.”The complaint in-and-of-itself is not a sensational complaint and I think that underscores the seriousness of the case,” Rogan said.The lawsuit also says county leaders were told Pinto had been victimized and raped by another inmate months before by a prison chaplain.”You know, prisons are prisons. I’m not saying prisons are nice places, but this one is different,” Rogan said.Attorney Rogan says he’ll try the case with help from the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter. The lawsuit seeks at least $250,000 in damages.”Hopefully through the process, we learn what is really going on, what has been going on and it get corrected and Mr. Pinto gets appropriately compensated and no other abuses occur at the Lackawanna County prison,” Rogan said.Since the beating last year, the former warden Janine Donate resigned from her post and just last week the interim warden started getting guards more training.A spokeswoman for Lackawanna County said she had not yet seen the lawsuit, but also indicated because of the litigation, she wouldn’t be able to comment. She referred all questions to the solicitor for the Lackawanna County prison board. Calls to attorney David Solfanelli were not returned Wednesday afternoon.

Job Fair at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

On Monday, February 7, 2011, a job fair will be held at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, 222 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA 18503.

The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be openings for:

Management positions
Don’t miss this opportunity!

For more information and list of the Chambers events visit:

Former youth center in Westside, now under new management, begins Youth Summer Program to combat local gang activity

Scranton Pa, June 4, 2010: Allisay Ministries, Inc. will host an Open House with live entertainment and refreshments to kick-off the new Summer Youth Program at the new community center on Saturday, June 12, 2010, 12: pm, 1018 Lafayette Street, in Scranton.

The new community center will begin a variety of daily program activities Monday, June 14th with seventy-five registered youngsters between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. Programs will consist of spiritual counseling, sports training/activities, martial arts, music lessons, theater groups, talent shows, educational seminars, recreational trips, afterschool programs, and much more. The center also provides an emergency food pantry to assistance families in need by calling the center anytime for an appointment to come for food they need to feed their family.

Allisay Ministries, Inc. and Lovick Holiness Church, Inc. (a non-profit Organization) formed this youth organization to aid in giving youth a positive, creative outlet to help curve interest in the increasing gang activity throughout the city of Scranton. The center will operate 12 months a year and provide breakfast and lunch programs beginning this summer.

Organizations that have donated money and materials to assist the opening of the community center include The University of Scranton, Slater and Sons Glass Company, Lackawanna County District Attorney Community Service Program, E&A Apparel, and The Steamtown Church. For more information or to make a tax-deductable donation, please contact: Pastor Michelle Bennett at: or call: 570-240-1447.