News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media 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 Nanticoke man arrested for shooting in Wilkes-Barre WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man was arraigned Thursday on charges he shot a woman in the head near Gordon Avenue in South Wilkes-Barre last week. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:15:08 EST University of Scranton partners with Hildebrandt Learning Centers in building reuse SCRANTON — The University of Scranton teamed with two Luzerne County businesses to devise a project converting a vacant junior high school into a combination of student housing and early learning center. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:10:07 EST Woman charged with assaulting officer waives hearing WILKES-BARRE — A woman accused of assaulting a city police officer with a syringe waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Martin Kane on Thursday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:09:19 EST Harveys Lake councilman waives DUI hearing KINGSTON TWP. — A Harveys Lake councilman charged with drunken driving waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Tupper.The hearing for Thomas Kehler, 62, was scheduled for Thursday.Kehler, through his attorney Frank Nocito, waived the proceeding to county court on Wednesday. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:01:14 EST Nanticoke will make accommodations for people displaced by projects NANTICOKE — The city council adopted a resolution at Wednesday night's meeting that ensures the city will make accommodations for people displaced due to Community Development Block Grant projects. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:45:09 EST