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Teen girl reported missing in Larksville

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LARKSVILLE —A 17-year-old girl was reported missing by her family on Friday, police said.Police said Samantha Yaron has not been seen by her family since Tuesday when she told her mother she was sleeping over a friend’s house. Yaron’s mother said her daughter never came home and has had not contact with her since Tuesday.Her mother told police Samantha has a friend that lives in Birchwood Estates in Larksville but does not know the address. The only information provided was the friend’s name is “Michelle.”Samantha’s boyfriend, “Ed” resides somewhere off Main Street in Edwardsville.Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Samantha Yaron is asked to call Larksville police at 570-9847.



Penn State coaches and administrators had another lump in their throat rise up yesterday.Late Thursday night there were reports that this Bardarbunga sucker was ready to erupt after all, some five days after what proved to be a false alarm.Turns out this was another one. It was a different area altogether that showed a fissure, and there was no ash involved.Of course, no matter what happens, it won’t affect Saturday’s Penn State game. But it was an...

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Wilkes-Barre man arrested at courthouse, charged with raping a child

WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man at the Luzerne County Courthouse Friday morning charging him with raping a child earlier this year.William Wunner, 28, of Moyallen Street, Wilkes-Barre, was at the courthouse for a pre-trial hearing on charges he purchased a 2013 Dodge Durango for $37,821 and a 2014 Dodge Caravan for $26,906 at Motorworld issuing checks that had insufficient funds, according to police and court records.

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Our Opinion: ‘Habitual truancy’ hurts Luzerne County students and broader society

If certain students at Wyoming Valley West School District parrot their peers elsewhere, the laundry list of excuses they’re likely to give for skipping school looks like this:Too tired.Stomachache.Had to babysit my younger sibling.Boring teachers.Mean classmates.Ultimately, no matter how serious or silly the reason, a high number of student absences signals trouble not only for the missing students, but for others in the...

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Our Opinion: Create aviation museum, or science center, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Would it be a good idea to …… build a museum at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport dedicated to aviation – or something even broader?Lackawanna County Commission Corey O’Brien pitched the notion of a flight museum at a recent meeting of the bi-county airport board, one of several suggestions he made for boosting the facility’s foot traffic and, in turn, its public profile. “It would be a way to attract people more routinel...

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Fork lift taken for joy ride

WILKES-BARRE — City police said a fork lift was recovered after it was driven from Nardone’s Bakery on Hazle Street late Thursday night.Police investigated a report that a fork lift was making too much noise at the bakery at about 11:30 p.m. A check of the area turned up nothing.Nardone’s employees reviewed surveillance video that recorded an unknown person driving the fork lift off the property.Police said the fork lift was recovered a short...

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Appeals court upholds DUI assault sentence; two women hurt in 2011 crash

HARRISBURG — A state appellate court upheld the lengthy state prison sentence for a Wilkes-Barre man who admitted he was drunk when he struck two people in the parking lot of the Woodlands Inn and Resort in March 2011.Jose Oquendo Jr., 32, last known address as South Sheridan Street, challenged his sentence of two to four years claiming it should have been imposed to run the same time with a state parole violation.Plains Township police said Oquendo had a blood alc...

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Average gas prices for August 29

The local and state average gas prices both didn’t change overnight, but are still down a couple of cents from 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 $3.40 today, unchanged overnight and down 2 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.94 today, down a penny overnight• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.45 today, unchange...

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TRAFFIC: Quiet morning for commuters

Traffic is free flowing throughout most parts of the Wyoming Valley this morning.Interstates 81 and 476 both show free flowing traffic. Slight congestion was reported on Route 11 south and north.For up to date traffic reports, including traffic cameras, visit The Times Leader’s traffic page at www.timesleader.com/section/traffic.

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Chance of rain, thunderstorm to linger into holiday weekend

Rain will move into the Wyoming Valley this weekend and into Labor Day.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 50 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. Sunshine managed to break through fair skies this morning to guide students and commuters to school and work.Sunny skies will be the trend for today, with a high in the mid 70s. Clouds will begin to move into the area tonight, with a low in the mid 50s.Partly sunny skies will stick around for Saturday, with a high...

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Northwest Area seeks to fill vacant school board seat

SHICKSHINNY — Due to a vacancy, the Northwest Area School District is seeking interested members of the community to apply for the position of school director.Interested members of the community should submit an application and resume by Sept. 2 to: Mrs. Audrey Ziegler, Secretary to the Board, Northwest Area School District, 243 Thorne Hill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.Public Interviews will be conducted on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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Joshua K. Gustinucci

Joshua Kolanich Gustinucci, son of Alan Dean Gustinucci and Kim Kolanich Gustinucci, Pittston, celebrated his 11th birthday Aug. 23. Joshua is a grandson of Margie and Jake Kolanich and Mickie and Alan Joseph Gustinucci, all of Plains Township. He is a great-grandson of the late Joseph and Mary Gustinucci, Jenkins Township; the late Lucille Budziak, Parsons; and the late John Kolanich, Stanton, California. Joshua has a brother, Troy, 5.

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Michela B. Welby

Michela B. Welby, daughter of Jamie and Angela Welby, Swoyersville, is celebrating her third birthday today, Aug. 29. Michela is a granddaughter of Michael and Alberta Hetro and John Endrusick, all of Wyoming, and Jim and Ginny Welby, Lehman Township. She is a great-granddaughter of Irene Hetro, Exeter. Michela has a sister, Gianna, 6.

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Olivia Dutko

Olivia Dutko, daughter of Stephen and JoAnn Dutko, Shavertown, celebrated her sixth birthday Aug. 22. Olivia is a granddaughter of Vladimir and Mary Dutko, Wilkes-Barre, and William and Mary Grace Maranki, Freeland. She has a sister, Jordyn, 10, and a brother, Christopher, 8.

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Louden J. Mullery

Louden John Mullery, son of Gerald and Michele Mullery, Alden, is celebrating his seventh birthday today, Aug. 29. Louden is a grandson of Gerald and Patricia Mech, Nanticoke, and the late Gerald and Janet Mullery, Plymouth Township. He has two sisters, Leah Marie, 14, and Lauren Shea, 12, and a brother, Liam Gerald, 8.

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Allie M. Lloyd

Allie Marie Lloyd, daughter of Jeffrey and Gretchen Lloyd, Luzerne, celebrated her first birthday Aug.28. Allie is a granddaughter of William and Kathleen Lloyd, Shavertown, and David and Margaret Nallon, Luzerne. She is a great-granddaughter of Rosemary Nallon, Larksville. Allie has a sister, Madeline, 6.

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Honors Lists

Luzerne County Community CollegeLuzerne County Community College recently announced the following students who earned recognition for outstanding academic achievement during the spring 2014 semester.

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Jaslar excels at dance competition

Gianna Jaslar, a dance student at the David Blight School of Dance, Wilkes Barre, recently competed at the Talent Olympics held at the Bushkill Inn and Resort in the Poconos. Jaslar competed in the 10-12 age group and won the first-place Junior Miss award for her tap routine. Jaslar is the daughter of Dina and Torrey Jaslar, Hanover Township. She is a student of Chrissy Howe and Candice Miscavage.

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