News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Luzerne County 911 worker resigns A Luzerne County 911 telecommunicator has resigned in connection with the recent dispatching of emergency crews to the wrong location, according to a county statement. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:08:14 EST Car-less chef wins new set of wheels from United Way of Wyoming Valley PLAINS TWP. — “Wow,” John Konze said Monday outside Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs after he was named the winner of a 2015 Chrysler 200S from the United Way of the Wyoming Valley's Community Campaign. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:11:13 EST UPDATED: Photo of Hanover Township bank robbery suspect released HANOVER TWP. — Police have released a surveillance photo showing a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery Monday afternoon.According to Det. Sgt. Dean Stair, a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches, entered the Crossroads branch of M&T Bank, 722 Sans Souci Parkway, at about 1:35 p.m. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:45:07 EST Fire damages Wilkes-Barre double-block home WILKES-BARRE —Two adults and their dog escaped a blaze that damaged a double-block house on Poplar Street early Monday morning.Fire Chief Jay Delaney said firefighters responded to 136-138 Poplar St. just before 1 a.m. finding heaving fire and smoke at 138, which was unoccupied. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:21:09 EST Fire displaces family of three in Newport Township NEWPORT TWP. — A family of three was left homeless Monday after a fire erupted at their Glen Lyon home. John Conover, who lives at 133 E. Main St. with his wife and son, said he was in the kitchen when he saw his television set flicker and go out in the... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:13:05 EST Lawsuit filed by two Wilkes-Barre police officers over injuries settled WILKES-BARRE — A lawsuit filed by two Wilkes-Barre police officers against a man they arrested during a violent domestic disturbance was settled out-of-court last week. Sgt. Duane Price and officer Stephen Freeman filed the three-count suit in Luzerne... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:43:06 EST Wilkes-Barre General Hospital razes vacant homes A wrecking crew is seen working on the demolition of a home on West Chestnut Street in Wilkes-Barre on Monday. This and two other homes, owned by Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, were removed for safety and cleanliness reasons, hospital spokeswoman Renita Fennick said. There are no plans for the site where the houses were... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:37:12 EST British singer Joe Cocker dead at age 70 LONDON — British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:16 EST Pharmacist gets prison time in federal fraud case An Old Forge pharmacist will serve 15 months in prison and must pay back more than $166,000 in a health care fraud case, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:10:07 EST Superior Court upholds sexual assault sentence for Hazleton man HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court upheld the lengthy prison sentence and designation of a sexually violent predator for a Hazleton man.Lanning Vagts, 49, formerly of Hollywood Boulevard, pleaded guilty Feb. 14, 2013, for sexually assaulting a girl for nearly eight years until 2004, when she turned 16. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:31:16 EST Boback announces district outreach events for January DALLAS — In order to address questions and concerns of residents of the 117 Legislative District, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) announced her legislative and veterans outreach hours for the month of January. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:24:09 EST Man who helped subdue Pocono gunman among Carnegie Heroes PITTSBURGH — The parks director of a Pennsylvania township who helped subdue a gunman charged with killing three people at a municipal meeting last year is among 19 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:03:15 EST Wyoming Valley could get some rain heading into Christmas It looks like it's going to be a rainy week in the Wyoming Valley, but it should clear by Christmas.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 31 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly cloudy skies kicked off the beginning of the short school week. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:55:07 EST Average gas prices for December 22 Average gas prices saw large drops over the last week, with the local average nearing the $2.50-mark.The national average, however, could break the $2-mark soon if averages keep dropping. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:27:05 EST Traffic report for December 22 It should be an easy ride into work and school on what is probably the beginning of a short week for most.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 115 and 315 are also free of traffic congestion, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:24:06 EST