News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Thousands without electrical service after destructive storm HARVEYS LAKE 8212 An old Coleman stove came in handy for Marietta Goyle on Wednesday. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:58:00 EST Wilkes-Barre General nurses return to work WILKES-BARRE 8212 After a five-day strike, nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital were allowed to return to work on Wednesday. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:54:00 EST Heart of Plains Township taking new shape PLAINS TWP. 8212 A major vein connecting River Street and Main Street in downtown Plains Township is getting a face-lift.Changes include8226 A now-condemned landmark bank building in the heart of the township is being demolished. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:47:00 EST Luzerne County's first West Nile bug of the season found in Wilkes-Barre WILKES-BARRE 8212 The state Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday found Luzerne County's first West Nile Virus-carrying mosquito of the summer in Wilkes-Barre, a little late in the season for the irritating bug. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:46:00 EST Federal drug case against ex-cop moves forward The federal drug case against a former Hughestown police officer took another step forward Wednesday with the filing of a criminal information against him. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:46:00 EST Wilkes-Barre assault trial ends in split verdict WILKES-BARRE 8212 A Scott Street man accused of attacking a 79-year-old man three years ago was acquitted of the most serious charge following a trial in Luzerne County Court. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:45:00 EST Newsroom reorganization means more reporters, updates The Times Leader Media Group's newsroom was reorganized Wednesday to put more reporters in the field and get news online faster. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:45:00 EST Letteer: Judge exceeded sentence guidelines WILKES-BARRE 8212 The Plains Township motorist who admitted guilt in the hit-and-run death of a 5-year-old boy plans to appeal his sentence by arguing that Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. abused his discretion by exceeding the sentence guidelines and by not finding Letteer eligible for boot camp, among other reasons. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:44:00 EST Arena board calls for resignation of member for 'inappropriate conduct' WILKES-BARRE TWP. 8212 The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority Wednesday called for the resignation of one its members over unspecified 8220inappropriate conduct,8221 setting the stage for a fight with him. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:44:00 EST Luzerne County gets 3 bids to buy former Valley Crest Nursing Home WILKES-BARRE 8212 Three bidders have made offers to buy the former Valley Crest Nursing Home in Plains Township from Luzerne County.Proposals to buy the 27,474-square-foot building that lies on 62.4 acres were due at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:44:00 EST Shickshinny might be looking for another secretary-treasurer SHICKSHINNY8212Borough Council is apparently looking for a new secretarytreasurer after hiring Amy Evans for the position in May.Councilman Michael Steeber said at Tuesday's meeting that a special meeting will have to be scheduled to consider an applicant who can serve as secretarytreasurer and be bonded. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:43:00 EST Plymouth Twp. expects action on buyouts PLYMOUTH TWP. 8212 Township Solicitor Robert Zaruto said Monday night that the township is expecting that the 30 properties on the Phase 2 flood buyout list will be acquired at the beginning of 2015. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:43:00 EST Peddler problem in Bear Creek Twp. discussed BEAR CREEK TWP. 8212 A rash of reports of peddlers brought words of caution for residents from the Bear Creek Township supervisors on Monday. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:43:00 EST Man threatens to jump from bridge SUGARLOAF TWP. 8212 Two major highways in southern Luzerne County were closed for a brief time Wednesday morning when a 21-year-old man threatened to jump off a bridge, state police at Hazleton said.The man threatened to jump from a bridge on state Route 93 that crosses Interstate 81 just before 7 a.m. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:36:00 EST Teen charged with uploading child porn WILKES-BARRE 8212 An 18-year-old man from Kingston was charged Wednesday with uploading a nude picture of a young girl on Facebook.Noe Junior Vargas, of Pringle Street, was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane on a single count of child pornography. He was released on 10,000 unsecured bail. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:36:00 EST