News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Luzerne man beaten, possibly with brass knuckles, robbed in his home LUZERNE — Police are investigating the home invasion, assault and robbery of a borough resident on Tuesday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:52:14 EST Wilkes-Barre police seek suspects in fraud case WILKES-BARRE — City police are seeking assistance in identifying two people suspected in access device fraud at an automated-teller machine.Police did not release further details.The photos appear to be outside a Turkey Hill store. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:43:15 EST Suspended Wilkes-Barre Area teacher submits alibi defense WILKES-BARRE — A suspended high school administrator and longtime wrestling coach says he was at a funeral home at the time a former student claims they had a sexual encounter, and he has witnesses to prove it. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:50:14 EST Wyoming Valley activist’s campaign means 250 new flags to fly along Veterans Day parade route KINGSTON — There will be 250 American flags flying along the Veterans Day Parade route this year, thanks to Jim Walsh and his friends and associates. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:49:11 EST Jenkins Twp. officials want input on land use after flood buyouts JENKINS TWP. — Jenkins Township supervisors held a special meeting on Wednesday night to receive public input on possible uses for land along River, Miller, Jennings, and Tennant streets purchased through the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyout program after the September 2011 flood. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:48:15 EST Medical marijuana debate making its way to King’s College, Wilkes-Barre If medical marijuana eases suffering, then patients deserve access to it, First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said Wednesday.“To that extent, I don't care what the substance. I'm 100 percent behind whatever helps them,” he said. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:48:11 EST Greater Nanticoke Area elementary school receives state grant NANTICOKE — Christine Mash played the guitar and students in the K.M. Elementary School's early education program sang their favorite Halloween songs. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:47:11 EST Spooky bowling fundraiser will benefit Salvation Army WILKES-BARRE — Zebra Communications, the student run public relations agency at Wilkes University, will host a bowling event with a Halloween theme to benefit the Salvation Army. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:17:10 EST School district investigating BB gun brought to school WILKES-BARRE — Three Wilkes-Barre Area School District students face expulsion hearings and possible criminal charges after a BB gun was apparently brought onto a school bus earlier this week. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:10 EST Police seek information on driver of white vehicle that hit pole, fled DURYEA — Borough police are investigating a hit-and-run accident that occurred around 4 a.m. Wednesday on Brown Street.Police responded to a report of a white vehicle, possibly a Nissan, that crashed into a telephone pole in the 300 block. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:25:26 EST Wilkes-Barre police arrest man on charges he sexually assaulted young girl WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they say sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in July. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:53:14 EST New tool for parents, guardians to raise safer teen drivers PennDOT announced on Oct. 20 a new partnership which will help keep teen drivers safe and save the commonwealth nearly $70,000 in annual printing costs. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:40:16 EST Access to ATM led to stabbing in Pittston PITTSTON — City police were able to identify several people involved in a stabbing on Friday by using a receipt from a fast food restaurant, according to an arraignment of one of the suspects on Wednesday. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:46:16 EST Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association gets grant to treat Scotrun Brook The Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association is getting state cash to help protect the region surrounding the troubled creek.Mehoopany Creek flooded in 2011 devastating the small town of the same name and many homes in the rural Wyoming County neighborhood. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:56:13 EST Inmate sentenced for stabbing correctional officer denied appeal HARRISBURG —The state Superior Court has denied a challenge by a state inmate who appealed his two-to-four year prison sentence for stabbing a correctional officer when housed at the State Correctional Institution at Retreat in Newport Township. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:22:24 EST