for Obama visit
Two sources have confirmed President Barack Obama’s appearance at Lackawanna College is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday.
The president’s stop in Scranton is part of a two-day bus trek through New York and Pennsylvania during which he will discuss his plan to help the middle class and curb higher education costs.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Scranton native, is expected to join the president at his appearance in the city, according to Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and a White House official.
On Thursday, Obama will deliver remarks at the University at Buffalo and Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y. On Friday, the president will participate in a town hall event at in the morning at Binghamton University and then deliver remarks at Lackawanna College.
It’s that time of year again, as kids, teens and young adults are heading back to school, and Geisinger experts will hold a health fair in the city to help students with the transition.
Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 25 Church St., will hold a “Back-to-School Wellness Fair” on Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m., to offer tips on topics from re-programming sleep patterns, to homesickness, vaccinations and illness symptoms that should keep your children home.
The event will include health screenings, games and information booths staffed by health experts and designed to prepare families for the new school year. All ages are welcome and healthy refreshments will be served. For more information, go to: Geisinger.org/tipsheet.
Dallas man’s theft
trial is moved
A trial scheduled to be held this week for a Dallas man charged with taking money from a non-school youth basketball league has been rescheduled to October.
Judge Lesa Gelb rescheduled the trial for Christopher Walsh, 37, to begin on Oct.28, after requests made by attorneys.
Walsh is charged with stealing the money from the Luzerne County Lightning Youth Basketball League between October 2011 and July 2012.
Man faces assault
charges in Mich.
A Wright Township man charged with sexually assaulting the same two girls for a period of time in Michigan and Luzerne County has appeared in Michigan to face charges.
David Zarn, 46, who has been free on bail, jailed and then released on bail again within recent weeks, has appeared voluntarily to Michigan authorities to face charges there.
Prosecutors say Zarn faces a possible life sentence on the charges in Michigan. Zarn previously sought to withdraw a waiver of his extradition to Michigan, but in a one-page order filed Monday, Judge Lesa Gelb said that request is no longer valid because Zarn has gone to Michigan.
In a criminal complaint outlining the charges Zarn faces in Michigan included in the prosecutors filing, Zarn allegedly sexually assaulted two girls between 2002 and 2006 in Detroit.
to switch lanes
Motorists who frequently travel across the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Pierce Street) will see a change beginning today.
The contractor will be switching all traffic to the newly constructed deck from the old deck. One lane in each direction will be in use until the summer of 2014 to complete phase 2 of construction on the bridge.
The switch will take place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may cause traffic delays. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic.
Motorists are advised to follow the new signs and pavement markings when approaching the bridge from Wilkes-Barre and Kingston.
Watch will meet
Plymouth Neighborhood Watch will meet at Goodwill Hose Company No. 2 at 7 p.m. today.