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Former inmate targeted residence of other ex-inmate

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NANTICOKE — A Nanticoke man suspected Thomas Worthy Painter burglarized his residence because they had served time together in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, according to charges filed.Painter, 19, of Third Street, Glen Lyon, was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief and underage drinking. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $25,000 bail.Police said William Fisher discovered the front door was forced open at his residence on West South Street Monday night. Fisher claimed a Sony Playstation 2, a baseball video game and video game components were stolen.


Gunfire on Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating gunfire in the area of 172 Coal St. early Tuesday morning.Police said several gunshots were reported at about 12:13 a.m.Officers were flagged down by a resident of 172 Coal St. who stated a rear window was shattered by a spent round.A bullet fragment was recovered from a door at the residence, police said.Police said they recovered nine 9mm shell casings in the area of 212-214 Coal St.No ...

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UK deputy leader criticizes ill boy case

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Tuesday it was inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who took their ill 5-year-old child to Spain in order for him to receive a revolutionary type of radiation therapy for a brain tumor.Clegg told the BBC his “heart goes out” to Brett and Naghemeh King.“This is a family in a state of real anguish who have taken this exceptional step of moving their sick child to anoth...

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Average gas prices for September 2

Gas prices continue to lower after the holiday weekend.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.39 today, down a penny over the weekend and down a penny in the last week. Diesel is at $3.93 today, down a penny over the weekend.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.45 today, unchanged over the weekend and down a penny in the last week. ...

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Traffic report for September 2

Commuters should experience little issues as the short work and school week begins.Interstates 81 and 476 both show free-flowing traffic this morning, along with Routes 315 and 309. There are areas of congested traffic in downtown Wilkes-Barre, as well as on West Main Street in Plymouth.For up-to-date traffic reports and traffic cameras, visit The Times Leader’s local traffic map at www.timesleader.com/section/traffic.

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Severe weather could impact the Wyoming Valley tonight

It looks like the Wyoming Valley will get one more dose of rain before the skies clear into the weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 71 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. Fair skies lingered overhead, with the sunshine peaking through the clouds to welcome students and morning commuters to the short week.Rain and thunderstorms will once again move into the Wyoming Valley this evening — there’s a chance some of the weather could be severe.

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Wilkes-Barre police seek shooting suspect

An early-morning shooting in Wilkes-Barre on Monday sent a woman to a hospital.Police responded to North Mead Street just before 4 a.m. for a report of a gunshot victim in a vehicle. Police said the woman suffered non life-threatening injuries.An investigation resulted in the filing of aggravated assault and associated charges against Sherman Wilborne, of Parkview Circle, Sherman Hills Apartments. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the watch commander...

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Apparent murder-suicide under investigation in Hazleton

HAZLETON — City police on Monday continued to investigate the deaths of a husband and wife in their James Street home the previous night, in what appears to have been a murder-suicide.Police were dispatched to the 800 block at about 8 p.m. Sunday for a report of two unresponsive people, and they found two bodies inside. Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman confirmed on Monday that the bodies were those of Michelle and Wayne Volciak.Police had said in a news releas...

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Surgical technology students graduate

Luzerne County Community College recently awarded degrees to graduates of the college’s surgical technology program. Members of the graduating class also attended a pinning ceremony and post-graduation dinner to celebrate their achievements. Recent graduates, from left, first row: Nicole Wallize, Danville; Holly Cragle, Berwick; Karen Latsha, Bloomsburg; Debbie Krakoski, Plains Township; and Jeffrey Lawrence, Nuremberg. Second row: Sondra Ferraro, Kingston, director, surgical technology...

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King’s students complete physician assistant program

Forty one students recently completed the physician assistant studies master’s degree program at King’s College and received their degrees at the college’s annual summer commencement ceremonies. Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, graduates can practice in almost any field of medicine, including family practice, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and orthopedics. Graduates, from left, first row, are Amanda Gummo, Shelby Munson, Kaitle...

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News for Seniors

DALLAS: The Irem Women’s Auxiliary is hosting its last 2014 summer luncheon from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Irem Country Club. The luncheon is open to the public, handicap accessible and parking is free. The cost is $18. Reservations should be made or cancelled by 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, by calling Bernice West at 570-256-3031 or Sally Wagner at 570-675-2325.EDWARDSVILLE: The Edwardsville Active Adult Center, 57 Russe...

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Pets of the Week

Name: StrayI.D. No.: A23571685Sex: femaleAge: adultBreed/type: Shih Tzu/mixAbout this dog: white and black, small, long coat, not spayed•••Name: NoneI.D. No.: A22660596Sex: maleAge: ...

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Jacob A. Missal

Jacob Aiden Missal, son of Lauren Missal and Levi Naugle, is celebrating his eighth birthday today, Sept. 2. Jake is a grandson of Ron and Joanne Missal, Wilkes-Barre. He is a great-grandson of Mary Lou Widman, Ron and Betty Missal and Mary Sue Holmes. Jake has a sister, Ella, 3.

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Misericordia honors nursing graduates

Misericordia University recently held a pinning ceremony for nursing students graduating from the part-time accelerated evening Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. Nursing students receiving their pins, from left, first row: Tina Maria Zannetti, Bear Creek Township; Angela Loncola, Tannersville; Melissa Davies, Wilkes-Barre; Suzanne Lennon, Mocanaqua; Yeidy Santana, Wilkes-Barre; Marc Eddy Mode, Queens Village, New York; Brittni Ayn Williamson, Sweet Valley; Shawn Marie Wright, Tunkhannock; ...

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FORTY FORT: Candy’s Place is hosting a Reiki Circle from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6. Cost is $10 per person. All are welcome. Reiki accelerates the body’s healing process using what is called white light energy. The circle will be led by Reiki Masters Pat Nicolino and Mary Ann Gaprindachvili.For more information, or to register for the event, call Candy’s Place at 570-714-8800.NANTICOKE: Nanticoke City is anno...

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Other Opinion: Tell teens to get real about school day and get enough sleep

Teenagers who need more sleep should go to bed earlier, not expect schools to delay start times for them.The issue has resurfaced yet again with an American Academy of Pediatrics statement citing research that indicates sleep comes later for middle and high school students in puberty’s grip. The academy urges that their school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Otherwise, it says, teens are at higher risk for obesity, depression, auto accidents and poor academic performance...

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Letter to the Editor: Mountain Top motorist urges everyone, even police, to observe construction zone’s speed limit

So the rock remediation project on state Route 309 near Mountain Top makes you late for work. Then wake up earlier.I realize that all the people being inconvenienced are expert drivers, and the 35 mph speed limit is far below your threshold of professional driving skills. I know, because I’m an expert driver of 25 years and can easily negotiate that mountain in its current – one lane – state at 60 mph without an issue. But, I am also well-versed in physics.

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William Barton and Jamie Gauthier: Support EPA’s clean water rule for sake of Pennsylvania’s businesses

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re talking about, businesses rely on clean water to produce safe, high-quality products.In 2001, the Philadelphia Brewing Co. acquired a 38,000-square-foot brewery facility on the city’s Frankford Avenue, filling a space that had long been vacant and bringing new life to a changing commercial corridor. Today, the wildly successful brewing company employs 30 and pays family-sustaining wages. It is also part of Pennsylvania’...

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