News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Group petitions Wilkes-Bare City Council to stop housing project at shuttered hospital site WILKES-BARRE — A petition with 295 signatures was presented to City Council Thursday, opposing the construction of a housing project at Dana and Grove streets.Shawn Kennedy of Moyallen Street presented the petition asking council to change the city's zoning rules to not allow the complex to be built. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:54:21 EST U.S. Sen. Robert Casey helps Arc of Luzerne County clients become ABLE WILKES-BARRE – People with disabilities and their families can look forward to a brighter financial future now that the ABLE Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, has become law. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:08:13 EST Great Dane Indigo helps boost spirits of residents at Kingston rehabilitation center KINGSTON — An 8-month-old Great Dane named Indigo has helped patients undergoing therapy at River Run Rehab and Nursing Center improve their attitude and outlook on life. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:54:07 EST Wilkes-Barre man sentenced to one year house arrest for third DUI conviction WILKES-BARRE — A city man was sentenced this week in Luzerne County Court for his third drunken driving conviction in six years. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:30:14 EST Third PFA violation filed against Wilkes-Barre man WILKES-BARRE — A man who has been shot and allegedly kidnapped this year was recently charged by city police with violating a protection-from-abuse order, his third offense since Nov. 25 when the restraining order was issued. City police said the latest... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:25:19 EST Sentencing date set for former Wilkes-Barre Township fire chief SCRANTON — Former Wilkes-Barre Township fire chief John Paul Yuknavich will learn his fate next month when he is scheduled to be sentenced for stealing $45,000 from the fire department. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:31:08 EST Fugitive from Virginia captured in Hanover Township HANOVER TWP. — A man from Virginia wanted for skipping a court hearing in Newport News Circuit Court earlier this year was captured by township police and U.S. Marshals Friday morning.Authorities said William Montague, 20, was arrested when he was found at an apartment on Knox Street at about... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:44:05 EST Girl attacked another girl at Children's Service Center WILKES-BARRE — City police said a girl attacked another girl with a knife at the Children's Service Center on South Franklin Street on Thursday.The victim sustained minor wounds as a result of the assault, police said.Police said the girls are 11 and... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27:06 EST Mixture of clouds, sun expected this weekend It's shaping up to be a quiet weekend for the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 32 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies kicked off the last day of the workweek. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:28:07 EST Traffic report for December 19 An easy ride into work and school should welcome commuters this morning.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Route 115 is also free of traffic, but there is some minor traffic on Route 315 near the on-ramp with the North Cross Valley Expressway. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:18:10 EST Volunteers come to church’s aid WILKES-BARRE — Sometimes Santa Claus comes in different forms.On Thursday, he arrived at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the form of four plumbers, several U.S. veterans, an attorney, a sister church and an anonymous donor. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:45:09 EST 2 local women must pay more than $40,000 in restitution for welfare fraud HARRISBURG — Two women from Luzerne County must repay more than a combined $40,000 after their recent convictions for welfare fraud. Suzanne M. Cosenza, 37, of Plymouth, received more than $30,500 in Subsidized Day Care benefits, according to a news release... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:34:07 EST Supreme Court: Child killer to get new sentencing hearing A Wilkes-Barre man sentenced to death for molesting and killing his 3-year-old niece in 1992 will get a new sentencing hearing and could possibly avoid the death penalty, the state Supreme Court has decided. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:22:11 EST Wilkes-Barre to submit LSA applications for six projects WILKES-BARRE — If Ali Kazimi wants to bring up to 30 new jobs to the city and improve a vacant building he owns at Market and Franklin streets, he will have to find funding other than state gaming funds. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:28:09 EST Couple displaced by Jenkins Township trailer fire JENKINS TWP. — A man and woman were displaced after their mobile home caught fire late this afternoon at the Heather Highlands mobile home park.Fire Chief Dan Kosisky said no one was at home when the fire broke out, but firefighters were unable to save the family pets. He said the home sustained extensive damage. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:34:06 EST