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Our Opinion: Brace for disasters in NEPA with supply kit and shared plan

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As safe and secure as you might think you are, face it: Bad things happen.This month, during National Preparedness Month, you’re urged to assess the likelihood of certain emergencies unfolding in your neighborhood – whether spawned by natural causes or nefarious ones. Then, make sure you have the plans and supplies in place to increase the likelihood you’ll not only be able to cope with those calamities, but do so in relative comfort. In the event of widespread disaster, such as a blizzard, that means being self-sufficient for two to three days or more.


Suspected cop killer still at large

Based in Swiftwater, Monroe County, Pocono Mountain School District has canceled classes today because officials fear for the safety of students waiting for buses while suspected gunman Eric Matthew Frein is still at large.In another development, Wallenpaupack Area School District has cancelled classes today. The district includes the area where the deadlyshooting occurred Friday night in Blooming Grove Township.

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Navient to hold job fair on Saturday

WILKES-BARRE — Navient will host an on-site job fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at its Wilkes-Barre facility, located at Hanover Industrial Park, 220 Lasley Avenue.The company plans to hire more than 100 full-time employees by the end of the year. Positions are available in customer service, collections and loan servicing.

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Scranton to close several streets, restrict parking for fallen trooper’s funeral

SCRANTON — Several streets will be closed and parking will be restricted downtown during the funeral service of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson on Thursday.According to a news release from the Scranton Police Department,there will be parking restrictions from 6:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. from the 100 block to the 1,1000 block of Wyoming Avenue.The 300 and 400 blocks of Linden Street will also be closed during that time.Police say that no street parking is permitted in t...

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Sunshine to brighten the Wyoming Valley through most of the weekend

Sunny skies will brighten the rest of the week and last into the weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 44 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. Areas of patchy fog could be found throughout the Wyoming Valley, creating a gray ride to work and school this morning.Those areas of fog will last until 9 a.m. — otherwise, sunny skies are expected today. The high will be in the high 60s.Clear skies are expected tonight, with a low in the upper 40s....

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Average gas prices for September 17

Gas averages dropped by a penny across the board overnight.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 $3.38 today, down a penny overnight and down 2 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.91 today, down a penny overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.45 today, down a penny overnight and down 3 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $...

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Traffic report for September 17

Commuters might run into a snag if traveling on Interstate 81 north this morning.A stretch of the interstate’s northbound lane near Avoca is reported as having heavy congestion. A reporter indicated that what appears to be a motor vehicle crash has brought traffic to a halt in the area.Interstates 476 and 380 are showing free-flowing traffic this morning.Moderate traffic is being reported on the off ramps from Route 315 to the North Cross Valley Expressw...

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State police Troop P officials involved in manhunt

WYOMING — Many state police investigators from Troop P, based in Wyoming, were involved in the intense investigation that identified a Monroe County man they say is responsible for the shooting of two troopers outside the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.Trooper Tom Kelly, public information officer for Troop P, was assigned to handle media affairs during the investigation.Along with Kelly, Troop P Commander Capt. James E. Degnan as well as several Troop P tr...

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This week’s Good Eats!

Editor’s note: Please send news for this space by noon Friday to people@timesleader.com or by mail to Good Eats, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. To ensure accuracy, information must be typed or computer generated.THIS WEEK: Sept. 17 to Sept. 23Spaghetti Dinner, 4-6:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. A variety of pastas and sauces, sa...

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Search underway for trooper shooting suspect, ‘survivalist’ Eric Frein

According to state police, Eric Matthew Frein is armed and dangerous.According to Frein’s father, a U.S. Army veteran who taught his son how to use a rifle, Frein “doesn’t miss.”And as of Tuesday, Frein, 31, was the target of a massive manhunt as hundreds of law enforcement officers combed the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono region in search of the Canadensis man accused in the Friday night slaying of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon K. D...

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Trial in DUI-death crash opens with tearful testimony

WILKES-BARRE — A Missouri man unintentionally caused the death of his friend and co-worker Shane Stewart last year, according to a Luzerne County prosecutor speaking at the trial’s start Tuesday.Defense attorney Charles Ross said in his opening statement that Stewart’s own actions were the cause of his death.Patrick Ramirez, 26, and Stewart, 25, also of Missouri, had been drinking heavily for several hours before the incident in a McDonald’s parki...

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Future of Hotel Sterling property coming to a vote

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council on Tuesday discussed options for the former Hotel Sterling property and likely will vote on a plan next week.Council solicitor Dave Pedri provided an overview of the situation with the property, located at Market and River streets. Several years ago, the county loaned CityVest $6 million to rehabilitate and market the property for development, which never came to fruition. The building was condemned and demolished last year.Ped...

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Wilkes-Barre to demolish 3 vacant properties

WILKES-BARRE — The city will spend $34,100 to demolish three vacant buildings paid through the Office of Economic and Community Development budget.The demolitions at 212 Madison St., 60 E. North St. and 69 Kado St. were each put out for bid and the contracts were awarded to Stell Enterprises Inc. of Plains Township.At city council’s work session Tuesday night chairman Bill Barrett asked about recouping money from the property owners and pointed out the that K...

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Brewing it your way

There are so many wonderful accompaniments to a cold glass of milk - but what about a warm cup of coffee? Warm beverages are more and more necessary as the days grow chillier.Though the name might lead you to think otherwise about the flavoring (and in some cases, it’s true), the coffee cake is actually a delicious pastry meant to be eaten alongside a cup o’ joe, not necessarily something that tastes like one.Coffee cakes are sponge-like, often spiced with ci...

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Wilke-Barre Parking Authority takes aim at free spots

WILKES-BARRE — Members of the city Parking Authority Tuesday again discussed how to increase revenues, this time calling for a crackdown on free parking in vacant downtown lots.Last month, the authority announced it expects to turn over less money to the city than in years past. Andrea Caladie of ParenteBeard, auditors, told the authority board that its reserves are depleted and with anticipated expenditures coming, the account needs to be replenished.Last year, th...

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Local grocer reacts to Shurfine distributor, AWI filing Chapter 11

WILKES-BARRE — Shurfine distributor Associated Wholesalers Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last week, creating a ripple of concern through regionally owned supermarkets, but grocers contend shelves will remain stocked.Associated Wholesalers Inc., (AWI) based in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and its subsidiaries provide most the inventory for nine Gerrity’s Supermarkets in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties as well as 14 other Shurfine grocery stores, such as Quinns Markets...

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Contractor guilty of working without permit, license in W-B

WILKES-BARRE — Gary Roccograndi, who did not show up at a hearing on Tuesday, and was found guilty of not having the city-required permit and license to perform home remodeling work in Wilkes-Barre.District Judge Martin Kane found Roccograndi guilty of both charges. City attorney Tim Henry said Roccograndi initially intended to plead not guilty, according to court documents.“When your a contractor in the city of Wilkes-Barre, you have to be licensed if you...

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Genetti’s video shows alleged shooter in Wilkes-Barre vandalism spree

WILKES-BARRE — A private security camera captured the image of the person police identified as a person of interest in a vandalism spree that damaged the windows of nearly two dozen parked vehicles earlier this month.The image is that a male walking north on North Pennsylvania Avenue by Genetti’s garage, Bruce Hoegg, general manager of the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, said Tuesday.The male crossed the avenue and walked along the park, Hoegg...

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