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August 06. 2013 11:50PM
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Kmart suit goes

to federal court

A lawsuit filed last month in Luzerne County Court by the Kmart Corp. alleging it is owed millions of dollars in damages its Edwardsville store suffered has been transferred to federal court.

Attorneys for Mark Plaza Fifty and Acadia Realty Trust filed court papers Monday notifying county court that the case has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

In the suit, Kmart alleges it is owed more than $9 million after the Mark Plaza Fifty, a subsidiary of Acadia Realty Trust, failed to take preventative measures to ensure the building would not be flooded.

According the the complaint, the store was damaged in floods from 1972 to 2011. Mark Fifty Plaza and the realty company failed to ensure the store would be protected from future floods, the suit says, failed to notify Kmart of potential flooding and failed to pay for repairs and damaged merchandise.


Three attempt to

abduct 7-year-old boy

Police said Tuesday a woman and two men in a white Dodge Durango tried to abduct a 7-year-old boy on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of Beade Street when a white woman driving the Dodge approached the boy at about 8:37 p.m. Two black men were in the rear seat, police said.

The occupants asked the boy to get into their vehicle and go for a ride. The boy ran to his mother and the woman drove away at a high rate of speed.

The mother was a few feet away from her son when the occupants of the Dodge asked the boy to get in.

Anyone with information about the attempted abduction or the vehicle is asked to call Plymouth police at 779-2147 or 911.


Reading, reception

location changed

The reading and reception by Dr. Carmella Sebastian of Sex and Spaghetti Sauce scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pittston Memorial Library has been changed to the Pittston Chamber of Commerce Building on Kennedy Boulevard.

Sebastian, a native of Pittston, known for her wit and common sense, writes about her Italian mother’s recipes for getting healthy and getting busy in your 50s and beyond.

The public is invited to attend. There is no charge. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.


Dairy Queen sales

to benefit Geisinger

On Thursday local Dairy Queen stores will celebrate Miracle Treat Day.

All day Thursday $1 or more of every Blizzard Treat purchased will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

In addition, Facebook RSVPs to Miracle Treat Day on Dairy Queen’s Facebook Page also will be matched with a $1 donation, up to $50,000.

For additional information, visit or call Mike McMullen at (814) 949-.2302.


Jenkins Twp. to get

$1.3M for flood recovery

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Jenkins Township $1,310,431 in funds for damage caused by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

The award will fund the acquisition and demolition of 14 repeatedly damaged structures located within the FEMA identified Special Flood Hazard Area in Jenkins Township, mostly in the bowl-shaped “patch section” of the township off River Road near the Eighth Street Bridge.

The properties will be deed restricted as open space in perpetuity and will help to restore the natural functions of the flood plain. The funds were pushed for by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton.

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