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Wilkes-Barre police seek shooting suspect

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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 at 570-826-8106 or 911.Wilborne should not be approached, police said.


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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UPDATE: Police ID drivers in Route 309 crash that sends them to hospital

KINGSTON TWP. — A two-vehicle crash sent a motorcyclist to a hospital after his bike collided with a sport utility vehicle on Memorial Highway (state Route 309) in the Trucksville section of Kingston Township Monday afternoon.Police early Tuesday morning identified the driver of the motorcycle as Anthony Hyznski, who was still in surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township shortly after midnight.Police at the scene said Hyzinski was taken ...

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Training key to sharpening skills to reduce joblessness in Northeastern Pennsylvania

WILKES-BARRE — Jobs and potential employees — Luzerne County seems to have a pool of both — but a gap in skills is driving a wedge between the two.But trade schools and CareerLink programs offer job seekers training options that can help close that gap.“You may think ‘what the heck, we have a high unemployment rate, but there are jobs’,” said Christine Jensen, administrator of CareerLink offices in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton. R...

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Sentences imposed for drugs sold in school zones questioned

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County assistant district attorney dotted her “I’s” and crossed her “T’s” when she sought a higher sentence for convicted heroin dealer Darrin Battle.A county jury on June 25, 2013, found Battle, 27, guilty of selling heroin packets for cash on Public Square.Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews said Battle sold heroin within 1,000 feet of Wilkes-Barre Area’s Coughlin High School and the Luzerne...

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WVC Boys Soccer capsules

Wyoming Valley Conference Boys Soccer CapsulesDIVISION I (Class 3A)Hazleton AreaCoach: Rob Schoener, 3rd seasonHome Field: Maple Manor Field (former Bishop Hafey football field)2013 Record: 2-13Key Players Lost: Mauro Notaro; Robert Vitagliano

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Realignment headlines 2014 boys soccer season

It’s no secret why the Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer league realigned for the 2014 season.After some controversy at last season’s district seeding meeting, the WVC coaches voted by majority to dump the power alignment it has used in the past and adopt a foundation where teams are now in divisions according to classifications.Several other sports in the district use the classification format, but in years past with separation in boys soccer being by a ...

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Dallas out for postseason glory

Even in spite of Dallas’ Wyoming Valley Conference title, the Mountaineers entered the state playoffs last year as gigantic underdogs. District 3 continually churned out quality teams that had lashed WVC girls soccer teams at states, and the conference had little-to-no experience against the rest of the state since making the move from a spring to a fall sport.Two overtime bouts in the state playoffs changed everything. One, a 1-1 win over Northern York settled in overtime; t...

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Cougars look to continue growing

The first win is out of the way and Misericordia enters the 2014 season having not lost a game now in more than nine months.A season-ending win against FDU-Florham was the first victory in Misericordia history, but before that the team was brimming with confidence. That means the Cougars are entering the 2014 season looking to pick up where they left off in 2013.“I think (the win) provided a lot of energy and excitement going into the offseason,” Misericordia...

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Abington Heights grad, Corey Spangenberg, leads Padres to victory

SAN DIEGO — Abington Heights 2009 graduate Cory Spangenberg had a two-run single for his first big league hit and Tyson Ross pitched six strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.Spangenberg, the team’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft, had his contract selected from Double-A San Antonio and started at third base. He came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning and singled to right off reli...

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Friend carries on Larksville benefit after passing of organizer

If a person or an event needed a hand, Sandie Reese was there to lend it.When the Larksville Volunteer Fire Co. canceled its bazaar last year, she started the Larksville Fall Festival to raise money for the fire company.After Reese’s death from a heart attack on Feb. 16, Swoyersville Councilman Chris Concert, a good friend who volunteered with her, vowed to continue the festival in her honor.Sandie’s Fall Festival, billed as a bigger and better eve...

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Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves

ATLANTA — On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter.Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.It was all the more unusual in that Hamels left the game with his bid intact after six innings. He was fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at T...

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Labor Day picnic revives old tradition

WILKES-BARRE — On a day when many have off from work and school, the Rev. Shawn Walker was among those who came to Kirby Park Monday to celebrate the nation’s workforce.The day-long celebration featured fun and activities for the entire family, along with live entertainment, but it also had a serious side.Walker, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Wilkes-Barre and a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District Board of Education, was among those to spea...

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Good things come to those who wait. After waiting out a rain delay that lasted two hours, ten minutes on Sunday and forced the game’s continuation Monday morning, the RailRiders pulled out a 2-1 victory over Lehigh Valley, then posted a 4-1 victory in the ensuing seven-inning game. That did more than just give the RailRiders a feel-good finish to the 2014 season, it allowed them to pass Lehigh Valley for fifth place in the International League North Division. It also gave the RailRiders...

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RailRiders take two, ride out of last place

MOOSIC — Don’t try to convince Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders catcher Austin Romine the final games of a lost Triple-A season were a lost cause.Don’t tell that to the RailRiders pitching staff, either.Romine rifled a home run off the top of the center field wall Monday as the RailRiders finished their 2014 season with two victories over Lehigh Valley, 2-1 in the completion of a suspended game and a 4-1 victory in the ensuing regular seven-inning game ...

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Trucksville church group will light watch fires for veterans

In war, watch fires were lit on hilltops and at the mouths of rivers after a battle, so those separated from their units could find their way back.On Sept. 19, the “Remembering Our Veterans Memorial” group from Back Mountain Harvest Assembly of God Church, Carverton Road, Trucksville, will light a watch fire to spiritually guide home, remember and honor all the POW/MIA from America’s wars and conflicts, said John Tasco, who represents the group.The ligh...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigating early morning shooting

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating an early-morning shooting that sent one person to the hospital.Police responded to North Meade Street just before 4 a.m. this morning for a report of a gunshot victim in a vehicle.Police say that one person was transported to a local medical facility for non life-threatening injuriesThe investigation of the shooting is ongoingCheck back with The Times Leader for updates.

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Hazleton police investigating the deaths of two

HAZLETON — Police are investigating the deaths of two individuals in a Hazleton home.Police were dispatched to the 800 block of James Street at around 8 p.m. on Sunday for a report of two unresponsive people. The individuals have not been identified at this time, or how they died.Police say that the investigation is ongoing, and that they do not believe it was a random act of violence.

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