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West Pittston man who hosted neo-Nazi meetings sentenced for peddling bath salts

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SCRANTON — A federal judge on Monday sentenced Todd Morgans, 35, to more than 11 years in prison on charges he distributed a large amount of bath salts.Morgans pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to distribute controlled substances linked to bath salts from December 2011 to July 2013, when federal agents raided his Liberty Street, West Pittston, house.


Police: 3 dead in UPS facility shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the company’s warehouses in Alabama, leaving two people dead, police said. The shooter also was killed in the gunfire.Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told reporters that the gunman was wearing his uniform when he started shooting either in or near some offices inside the warehouse. The warehouse is in an industrial area just north of the Birmingham airport.Police Lt. Sean Edwards t...

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Filmmaker: Eric Frein was in my documentary

CANADENSIS — The manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials.State police Tuesday brought in an armored tactical vehicle outfitted with robotic video cameras. The vehicle, called The Rook, can deliver officers to the second story of a house without having to approach f...

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Council chairman’s harassment charge assigned to new judge

Conflicting harassment complaints between Luzerne County Council chairman Rick Morelli and a boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend will be heard by District Judge Joseph J. Carmody.The case was transferred earlier this month from District Judge Ronald W. Swank, according to court papers.Police cited Morelli with harassment in July after an exchange between the chairman and David Fey outside a Mountain Top pizzeria. Morelli in turn filed a harassment complaint against Fey....

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Bridge repair reduces I-81 to one lane for early afternoon

There is a single lane closure on I-81 North, between Exit 178B (Avoca) and Exit 180 (Moosic) for bridge repair, according to a news release from PennDOT district press Officer James May.Delays are anticipated in the area, and motorists should consider using an alternate route.Estimated time for reopening is 3 p.m.

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Cool temperatures, sunshine dominate this week’s forecast

Sunshine and cooler temperatures will continue to be the trend in the Wyoming Valley for most of this week.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 44 degrees as of 7:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. That chilly start to the morning was greeted with sunshine, along with some patchy fog in some areas.The fog is expected to last up until 10 a.m. this morning. Otherwise, sunny skies are predicted for today, with a high in the upper 60s. ...

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Average gas prices for September 23

Gas prices continue to drop across the board, with Wilkes-Barre’s average down 3 cents in the last week.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 $3.36 today, down a penny overnight and down 3 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.90 today, up a penny overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.43 today, unchanged overnight and...

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Traffic report for September 23

It’s shaping up to be another easy ride into work and school today.Interstates 81, 476 and 380 all show free-flowing traffic this morning. It was also congestion free on the North Cross Valley Expressway this morning.There are areas of traffic congestion on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in the city this morning, along with minor congestion on Academy Street.Areas of heavy congestion are reported on Wyoming Avenue in Kingston near James and Chester streets....

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St. Faustina Cultural Centre plans events

The board of directors of the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke, recently met to discuss upcoming scheduled events. These include an evening of music and ministry of the Diocesan Office of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18; the showing of the ‘Miracle of the Bells’ movie at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19; a production of the ‘Miracle of Bethlehem,’ an outdoor Christmas play, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at St. Faustina Grove, Sheatown...

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Memorial service for aborted children held

The second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the memorial site of the Tomb of the Unborn located at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton Road. The prayer service began with a prayer written by the Rev. Frank Pavone, followed by the praying of five decades of the rosary for all aborted babies. The Tomb of the Unborn was erected in 1996 by the Wyoming Valley Knights of Columbus. The sponsoring organizations were Priests for Life, Citizens for...

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The Knights of Columbus Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne, recently selected officers for the fraternal year. New officers, from left, first row: Michael Lanczak, comptroller; Anthony Solack, deputy grand knight; and James Mazeitis, financial secretary. Second row: Bernard Solack, warden; John Duesler, administrative assistant; and Thomas Havrilak, recording secretary. Also selected was Wayne Williams, grand knight.

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Many Miles Begin With One Step

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” — William ShakespeareDenise Cunningham embodies this quote. During a recent fundraiser, “The Ultimate Tire Challenge,” the tire was bigger than her. Looks can be deceiving though. Cunningham’s determination and passion tackles anything that dares stand in her way.Cunningham is the general manager and a personal trainer with Leverage Fitness Studio in Forty Fort — a job she describes as &...

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GAMING BLOG: WWE 2K15 delayed, gameplay trailer released

It’s a good news, bad news situation for “WWE 2k15.”First, the bad news. It was announced last week that next-gen versions of this year’s grappling franchise would be delayed until November 18. The game was originally set to release on October 28.“Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles,̶...

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Governor: Frein after police, not civilians

BLOOMING GROVE TWP. — Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday said that Eric Matthew Frein, the gunman accused of killing a state police corporal and critically wounding a state police trooper, is only after police, not civilians.The governor’s remarks at the Blooming Grove Municipal Building in Pike County, came the same day that officials in Luzerne County swung into action following reports of a suspicious man walking in a wooded area near the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plain...

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Pentagon: U.S., partners launch Syrian airstrikes

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.Using a mix of manned aircraft — fighter jets and bombers — plus Tomahawk cruise missiles, the strikes were part of the expanded military campaign that President Barack Obama authorized nearly two weeks ago in order to disrupt ...

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Eagles lose Kelce to surgery

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce will undergo sports hernia surgery and be sidelined for an unknown period, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday.The loss of Kelce, who was injured early in the second half of a 37-34 win over Washington Sunday, is another blow for an offensive line already reeling from injuries.Kelce is the third season-opening starter to suffer an injury that will take him out of the lineup. Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis and right tackle Allen Bar...

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Pirela, Yanks punch Orioles

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter began his final series at Yankee Stadium by breaking open the game with a two-run double, and he had three RBIs to lead the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Monday night.Michael Pineda retired his first 13 batters before J.J. Hardy singled sharply to left field, pitching 7 1-3 innings and combining with three relievers on a one-hitter. Jose Pirela, the Yankees’ team-record 57th player this season, became New York’s first playe...

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Berwick slips by GAR on tennis courts

Berwick (7-8) won two of three singles matches and nabbed No. 1 doubles to slip past GAR, 3-2, in a high school girls tennis match on Monday.Lynndath Thelamaque won No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-2.Wyoming Seminary 5, Pittston Area 0Madison Nardone topped Elaina Menichelli 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 singles to lead the Blue Knights to a win.The team of Abby Capin and Megha Sarada won No. 1 doubles 6-0, 6-1.Dallas 4, Hanover 1...

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