Wayne Boy, 10, Is Charged In Elderly Woman’s Death
DUNMORE — A 10-year-old Wayne County boy has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a 90-year-old woman who was under the care of the boy’s grandfather. Pennsylvania State Police in Honesdale said that last Saturday, Tristen Kurilla, 10, of Damascus Township, was visiting his grandfather, Anthony Virbitsky on Skylake Road, Tyler Hill, where Helen Novak also resided.
At about 11:15 that morning, police received a call that Novak was deceased in her bed at the Tyler Hill address. Later that afternoon, Martha Virbitsky and Kurilla came to the Honesdale state police barracks and Virbitsky reported that Kurilla, who is her son, told her that he had gone into Novak’s room and she yelled at him, whereupon he got mad, grabbed a cane and put it around Novak’s throat. After being Mirandized, Kurilla told police that he pulled Novak down on the bed, held the cane to her throat and punched her several times, police reported.
Dr. Gary Ross performed an autopsy on Novak at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Ross reported that he found blunt force trauma to Novak’s neck and ruled the death a homicide. He stated that the account Kurilla provided to police was consistent with the injuries observed in the autopsy. Kurilla was charged as an adult and arraigned before Magistrate Bonnie Carney. No bail was set. Kurilla was lodged at the Wayne County Prison. Carney set the preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22, at the Wayne County Central Court.
Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said the crime of homicide is specifically excluded from the juvenile act, thus Kurilla was charged as an adult; however, a juvenile may petition the court for a hearing asking that the matter be transferred to juvenile court.
Locals Gather To Discuss
Documentary About Milford
MILFORD — Lisa Mazzarella, producer of the “Our Town” documentary series by WVIA, is encouraging all Milford locals to contribute their videos, photos and stories for a one-hour documentary that will broadcast across twenty-two North Eastern Pennsylvania counties, as well as parts of New York and New Jersey. “What is the pulse of Milford?” The engrossingly passionate Mazzarella wants to know. “What does a day-in-the-life of Milford look like?” “Small towns make for the biggest stories and we want to hear about them,” she went on to say, at a meeting held in the Foundation Room of the Milford Columns on October 8th.
WVIA is ready to give Milford a broad audience, but Milford needs to come together and provide the substance. As a community, Milford is being asked to bring the material: Photos of your favorite secret spot; Videos highlighting shop owners or historical treasures; Aged photographs of interesting people, places, or things that tell a compelling story of Milford. Historical stories, contemporary stories, private stories, or public stories, all are welcome. Mazzarella wants to hear a diversity of stories from the community as to what makes Milford so special and to bring a new perspective of the town to a primarily non-local viewing audience.
John F. Kennedy speaking at Grey Towers two months before his untimely death. Milford’s old milling and farming history. The town’s long-standing relationship with New York City vacationers. The creeks and waterways. Indian lore. Shop owners. Architecture. Natural beauty. Personal stories within Milford. Anything goes. Mazzarella wants to see, hear, and feel the pulse of Milford today, and WVIA is ready to give Milford an audience. So grab your camera, get some friends, and tell your story!
A public meeting will be held at the Milford Library (119 East Harford Street) on October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. for anyone living in the Milford area to pitch their ideas of stories they want to see in the documentary... for complete story, get this week' issue.