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UPDATED: AG’s office busts alleged steroid, prescription pill rings

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WILKES-BARRE — Correctional officers, a pharmacist technician and a recently-released Dallas Cowboys guard were among the Luzerne County residents charged Wednesday in connection with two alleged anabolic steroid rings.A state Attorney General’s Office investigation dubbed “Operation Gym Candy” led to the arrest of 13 suspects from five Northeast Pennsylvania counties who are alleged to have participated in the distribution of steroids and prescription drugs.All suspects were released on varying amounts of bail, ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.


Drug charges get Luzerne County prison guards suspended

Luzerne County prison guard Pete Fischer was suspended without pay Wednesday due to criminal charges linking him to an anabolic steroid and prescription drug ring, county officials said.The same suspension action was initiated against a second county prison guard charged in the ring — John Taffera — though the status of his compensation was under legal review because he is on workers’ compensation, officials said.Taffera, who posted bail of $50,000, had...

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Tonight’s lecture at Wilkes University by Michael Reagan cancelled due to delay in making a connecting flight

WILKES- BARRE — The 7:30 p.m. lecture by Michael Reagan at Wilkes University has been cancelled due to a delay in making a connecting flight. Wilkes regrets the cancellation, said Vicki Mayk, a spokeswoman for the school.Reagan, the some of the late President Ronald Reagan, was to deliver the Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center.

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Attorney guilty of corruption of minors has law license suspended

HARRISBURG — A local attorney who pleaded guilty to corruption of minors last year has had his law license suspended.By an order of the state Supreme Court dated Sept. 30, attorney Robert C. Zanicky, whose office address was 16 Sand Hollow Drive in the Drums section of Butler Township, has been suspended on consent from practicing law for a period of two years. The suspension will take effect Oct. 30, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court has announced.Zanick...

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WVW students participate in History Day contest

Two Wyoming Valley West Middle School students represented the State of Pennsylvania at the National History Day competition held in June in Maryland. Madalyn Pabst and Nicole Boutanos presented their table-top project entitled ‘The Neglect of Child’s Rights’ in the junior division of the competition at the University of Maryland. This year’s theme was ‘Rights and Responsibilities.’ National History Day is an annual competition that gives students the oppor...

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LCCC holds annual student art exhibit

Luzerne County Community College held an art exhibit featuring the work of students in the communication arts program at the college’s Schulman Gallery. The show included drawings, paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, animations, photographs, portfolios, computer graphics and original music. At the event, from left, first row: Connie Toporcer, Mountain Top; Kristen Lick, Kingston; Waltraut Piontkowksi, Nanticoke; Jeszika Lee, Pittston; Michael Coleman, Plains; Fawn M. Tomlinson, B...

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GNA Elementary honors students

Bus Brigade and Morning Helpers at the Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary Center were honored at the annual Awards Day. The fifth-grade students helped escort students to breakfast, classrooms and buses. Students received a certificate and a golden bus zipper pull. Theresa Jacopetti, speech pathologist, coordinates the program. Members of the Bus Brigade, from left, first row, are Dylan Bohinski, Emily Borwn, Abigail Cullen, Renee Polgar, Trinity Belles, John Chernowski, Cameron Dennis and Tho...

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Swoyersville Kiwanis planning Halloween tailgate party

The Kiwanis Club of Swoyersville is sponsoring its first ‘Trunk or Treat’ tailgate party 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and school grounds, Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Rain date is Sunday, Nov. 2. Businesses, organizations and residents are invited to participate by decorating their vehicles with tricks and treats for children of all ages. The event is designed to create a safe and friendly environment for children to celebrate the Halloween se...

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Plains Class of 1956 hosts picnic

Plains Memorial High School Class of 1956 hosted its annual picnic reunion on Aug. 2 at the Wilkes-Barre Township fire house. Plans for the 60th anniversary reunion to be held in 2016 were discussed. At the event, from left, first row, are Joseph Mattis and Donald Waxmonsky. Second row: Joseph Skochen, Jean Gable Bohac, Margery Galtley Roslewicz, Dorothy Gates Condo, Margaret Motsko Kropiewnicki, Basil Kulick and Raymond Condo. Third row: Edward Gawelko, Clem Ritter, Jean Lisinski Marstell, W...

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Swoyersville Kiwanis sponsoring breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Swoyersville is hosting its annual breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton cafeteria, Hughes Street, Swoyersville. The menu includes pancakes, sausages, eggs, toast, sos, coffee, tea and dessert. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children 5-12 and can be purchased in advance from any Kiwanis member or at the door. Committee members, from left: Cheryl Baranosky, president; Ed Grebeck; Sandy Williams; and Jack Tobias.

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Church planning ham dinner

The board of trustees of Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, is sponsoring a ham dinner 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. Take outs will be available. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and younger. Reservations and tickets are available by calling the church office at 570-822-7246. Tickets will also be available at the door. Members of the committee, from left, are Gary McCutcheon, Pat Wheeler, Charlie Fick, Jack Michael, Bonnie Kuebler, Joan Michael a...

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Spaghetti and meatball supper planned

The deacons of the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, are hosting a spaghetti and meatball supper beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. Cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children and free for children younger than five. Dinner includes salad, rolls and dessert. Take outs will be available from 3:30 p.m. For more information call the Rev. Lukesh at 570-283-3631 or 570-709-2320. Some of the participants, from left, are Chris Jester, Becky Zavada and Kelly Austin....

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Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Women plan rummage sale

The Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Women will hold their annual fall rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11, at the church, 1011 Mountain View Drive, Lehman. Friday’s sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lunch will be served on Friday. A bake sale will also be held. Saturday will be bag day. Homemade vegetable soup will be sold for $5 per quart. Gently used items for sale can be dropped off at the church. Planning the event, f...

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In Brief

HANOVER TWP.: A local group of volunteers is hosting a fundraising benefit for Scott Jablowski from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Catholic War Veterans Grove, Hanover Township.Jablowski, a life-long Hanover Township resident, suffered neural-skeletal brain injuries as a result of an assault in late June. He is undergoing physical rehabilitation and is recovering through medical treatments. Proceeds from the event will help with the mounting medical ...

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Jeffrey H. Gray

Jeffrey H. Gray, son of Jeff and Tricia Gray, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating his third birthday today, Oct. 2. Jeffrey is a grandson of John and Patty Singer, Wilkes-Barre, and Jeff and Sandra Gray, Maryland. He is a great-grandson of Gwen Singer, Lucille Schuetz, Wilkes-Barre, and Claudia Lombardo, Florida. Jeffrey has a brother, Nathan, 1.

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Kate M. Barth

Kate Mackenzie Barth, daughter of Scott and Lisa Barth, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, Oct. 2. Kate is a granddaughter of Dee and Bob Thomas, Wilkes-Barre; Judy Barth, Deerfield Beach, Florida; and Joanna and Bruce Barth, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Chase M. Karabon

Chase Matthew Karabon, son of Lenny and Renae Karabon, Hanover Township, is celebrating his sixth birthday today, Oct. 2. Chase is a grandson of Randy and Debbie Bloom, Hanover Township; Ray and Rena Hanna, Shickshinny; and Len and Claire Karabon, Kingston. He is a great-grandson of Mary Ambrose, Kingston. Chase has a sister, Carlee, 8 months.

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOLClass of 1969 is hosting a mixer for its 45th anniversary reunion 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Arena Bar and Grill, 380 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre. Members and guests from the Class of 1969 and other classes or friends are welcome. Registration is requested but not required. Call Karen at 570-823-6877. Participants will order from the menu.MEYERS HIGH SCHOOLClass of 19...

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