News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Luzerne County’s first Muslim cemetery still in limbo Plans for Luzerne County's first Muslim cemetery are on hold due to a court challenge.The Islamic Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania obtained approval from the county Zoning Hearing Board to build the cemetery in Larksville in September. It also would be the first new cemetery in the county in decades. Sun, 24 May 2015 19:35:11 EST John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, die in New Jersey TRENTON, New Jersey — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86. Sun, 24 May 2015 18:30:13 EST Conquering addiction: Examining the link between drugs and crime WILKES-BARRE — In light of recent drug-related crime, some Wyoming Valley residents believe there is a simple solution: Solve the drug problem and the crime problem will take care of itself.Can that be the solution? Sun, 24 May 2015 18:15:11 EST One dead in Shickshinny cycle crash SHICKSHINNY — State police have reported that a crash near Shickshinny Sunday morning resulted in the death of a motorcycle operator.According to a police report, emergency crews responded to the report of a collision of a sedan and a motorcycle at 10:30 a.m. “just south of Shickshinny Borough.” Sun, 24 May 2015 18:00:11 EST Attempted burglaries reported in Wilkes-Barre neighborhood WILKES-BARRE — Police reported four attempted burglaries at residences in the city's North End early Sunday.Three attempts were reported in the 600 block of North Franklin Street. A 20-inch, pink Mongoose BMX-style bicycle with flowers and rusty chrome rims was reported stolen from one of the residences. Sun, 24 May 2015 14:30:11 EST Driver killed in one-car crash in Wyoming County NICHOLSON TWP. — State police said Bruce Oakley, 28 of Nicholson, was killed early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on U.S. Route 11.The crash occurred at approximately 2:55 a.m., one-tenth of a mile south of the border of Wyoming and Susquehanna counties, state police said. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:50:11 EST Police report man’s bogus ransom call was attempt to get drug money WILKES-BARRE — A Larksville man faked being held captive and demanded a ransom in an attempt to get money from family members to buy drugs, police said.Anthony Klem, 26, was later arrested Friday, police said. Sun, 24 May 2015 10:20:12 EST Police investigating report of shots fired in Wilkes-Barre’s North End WILKES-BARRE — Police Sunday collected shell casings in the area of Madison and East Linden streets after a report of shots fired at 4:27 a.m. Police said nothing is known to have been struck at this time. The investigation continues, police said. Sun, 24 May 2015 08:10:11 EST Lackawanna County restaurant inspections: May 18-22 The following are recent Lackawanna County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Sun, 24 May 2015 06:45:15 EST Collision results in overturned vehicle WILKES-BARRE — A collision at the intersection of North Washington and East North streets resulted in the overturning of a red Hyundai Santa Fe and severe damage to a green Mercury Cougar.Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Sat, 23 May 2015 20:35:11 EST Phylicia Thomas case to get national attention from Unsolved Mysteries The search for a young woman who disappeared over 12 years ago is getting increased media attention. Sat, 23 May 2015 19:50:11 EST Passion, need to contribute drive millennials The millennials have arrived. And by all accounts, it looks like they're here to stay. Sat, 23 May 2015 19:25:11 EST Jackson Township Fire Department holds ceremony to honor veterans JACKSON TWP. — A gathering to remember the men and women of Jackson Township “who sacrificed their lives to secure our freedoms” and continue to “selflessly serve the residents” was held on Saturday at the annual Jackson Fire Department Memorial Service. Sat, 23 May 2015 19:15:11 EST Program gives children firsthand experiences with nature KINGSTON TWP. — The warm sun overhead and a cool breeze rustling through the trees made for an excellent day to learn about nature. Sat, 23 May 2015 17:35:12 EST Zeroing In: Though small in number, voters got it right on election day Kudos to the voters, especially those in Wilkes-Barre. They were a small group, a reported 26 percent of registered voters, but they took a stand.Voters demonstrated in Tuesday's primary election that they were not going to be taken for granted. No more business as usual. Enough was enough. Sat, 23 May 2015 16:30:12 EST