News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Infant death is ruled homicide The death of a 2 12-month-old boy in Nanticoke in February was ruled a homicide by the Luzerne County Coroner's Office earlier this month.An autopsy by forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross found Jaxon Eckrote died from asphyxiation. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:37:00 EST Bridge work causes delays Pouring of concrete decking that began again on the Veterans Memorial Bridge linking Kingston and Wilkes-Barre caused delays Tuesday with traffic reduced to a single lane while the work was underway. The 6 million project, which began in April 2012, is expected to be completed this summer. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:37:00 EST Dallas Post honored for 125 years The Dallas Post, a community newspaper celebrating its 125 anniversary, was honored with a proclamation from state Sen. Lisa Bakers office Tuesday. Shown looking at the proclamation is Dotty Martin, Times Leader Community Newspaper Group editor and editor of The Dallas Post, along with Baker. The Dallas Post highlights news and events... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:37:00 EST On with the show! Cole Lucinski eats some blue cotton candy Tuesday while watching the Hanneford Circus at the 109th Armory.Brittany Lefkoski and Virginia Morrow, 17, take a 'selfie' with Ruffles at the Irem Shrine Circus. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST King's students clean up King's College students Cory Tobin of Pittston, right, and Kellie Kopko of Wilkes-Barre pick up debris in Nesbitt Park on Tuesday during a spring cleanup project involving members of the King's College community who were cleaning up the park and Public Square downtown, where King's is soon to have an added presence with the... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST PSP releases Easter weekend traffic stats Troopers statewide investigated 397 crashes during the three day Easter holiday weekend.Two people were killed and 128 others were injured. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST Local supervisor elected to state board Jackson Township Supervisor John 8220Jay8221 Wilkes Jr. was elected to the executive board of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors during the association's 92nd Annual Educational Conference April 13-16. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST Trees to light up on Public Square Nearly 17,000 LEDs strung around 31 trees will get their official lighting debut Thursday evening on Public Square. The event begins at 7 with the switch flicked at sundown. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST Environmental grants go to 5 local groups Two school districts and three local conservation groups will get at total 14,028 in environmental education and stewardship grants through the state Department of Environmental Protection, Gov. Tom Corbett announced. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST Volunteers in Medicine expanding services Volunteers in Medicine will open a new free clinic in Scranton and expand services in Wilkes-Barre thanks to two grants from the state Department of Health. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST 'Ghost riders' kill LCTA marketing plan KINGSTON 8212 A local marketing firm has recommended that the Luzerne County Transportation Authority abandon a 75,000 marketing campaign because of negative publicity surrounding the 8220ghost rider8221 scandal. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:00 EST City Council will consider gas line change WILKES-BARRE 8212 City Council on Thursday will consider entering into an easement agreement with UGI to install a 12-inch natural gas transmission line in the city's Brookside section. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:35:00 EST$10K-grant-to-help-support-ADA-post&source=RSS Cartwright announces $10K grant to help support ADA post WILKES-BARRE 8212 A 10,000 juvenile accountability block grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will continue to provide partial funding for an assistant district attorney ADA working on juvenile cases in Luzerne County, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, said Tuesday. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:35:00 EST$10K-grant-to-help-support-ADA-post&source=RSS$10M-to-HUD-No-so-fast-officials-told&source=RSS Return $10M to HUD? No so fast, officials told Federal officials may take months or even years to reach a final decision on whether Luzerne County will be forced to repay 10 million in loans for projects that have not created jobs, county Community Development Director Andrew Reilly told County Council. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:35:00 EST$10M-to-HUD-No-so-fast-officials-told&source=RSS Police get phone records in woman's death WILKES-BARRE 8212 City police obtained cellphone records of a former Wilkes-Barre Township police detective to determine if he was in contact with Laurie Merritt before she died in a fire at her Wyoming Street house last week, according to two search warrant affidavits. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:35:00 EST