News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media UPDATE: Wilkes-Barre Township council votes to withhold funding from fire department WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With no representatives of the township fire department attending a special meeting Tuesday night with council and the mayor, council voted to cut all funding to the department until further notice. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:50:20 EST Philadelphia judge shoots down Scranton’s commuter tax One day before it was to go into effect, Scranton's commuter tax was struck down by Philadelphia Judge John L. Braxton.On Tuesday, Braxton filed his opinion and order in the controversial case that had commuters opposing city officials' plan to prop up the city's struggling municipal pension funds. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:12 EST Previous conviction suppressed in deadly Mother’s Day hit-and-run WILKES-BARRE — A hit-and-run suspect's request to prevent evidence of a previous leaving-the-scene conviction from being introduced at trial has been granted, though other requests were denied. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:13 EST Governor to speak at GOP ‘Victory Dinner’ in Luzerne County Governor Tom Corbett will be the keynote speaker at the GOP's 2014 Victory Dinner later this month at the Woodlands Inn.“We are very pleased to welcome Governor Corbett to Wilkes-Barre for this exciting event,” Bill Urbanski, chairman of the Republican Party of Luzerne County, said in a news release. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:49:11 EST Former Luzerne County acting sheriff’s PFA hearing continued again WILKES-BARRE — A hearing scheduled for Tuesday on an application for a permanent protection-from-abuse order against former acting Luzerne County sheriff and Duryea police chief Charles Guarnieri was continued again. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:33:09 EST King’s students get a chance at Notre Dame entrepreneurship program WILKES-BARRE — King's College continued expanding connections with the University of Notre Dame Tuesday by announcing a new opportunity for local students to participate in the Indiana institution's entrepreneurship master's program. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:12:08 EST 'Apparently Kid' walks with dinosaurs WILKES-BARRE — Noah Ritter, the 5-year-old kindergarten student and Internet sensation from Pottstown, made a second appearance on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and apparently he will be making many more.Ritter, whose meteoric rise to fame began with an interview with WNEP-TV's Sofia... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:08:24 EST Dallas School District gets infusion of cash DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School district has been getting some good financial news. The district's nonprofit foundation received donations from two businesses totalling $11,500 Tuesday morning, and the district will be getting $315,000 from the state in long-delayed reimbursement for construction of the new high school. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:31 EST Wilkes-Barre paving projects to start this week in the Heights section, South Wilkes-Barre The City of Wilkes-Barre issued a travel advisory for several city streets during a road paving project scheduled to begin on Thursday.Beginning Thursday, Pennsy Supply will be milling and paving the following streets:• Heights Section — Grove Lane, Oakwood Lane, Cross Lane, Opal Lane and Worth Lane Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:28 EST Details scarce in reported gunshot injury in Kingston WILKES-BARRE — A male with a gunshot wound reportedly was dropped off at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital this morning.A Luzerne County 911 dispatch supervisor confirmed someone with an apparent gunshot wound was taken to the hospital just before 10 a.m. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:28:17 EST Employees return to Hazle Township factory after blaze WEST HAZLETON — Employees of the Silgan White Cap factory in Valmont Industrial Park have been admitted back into the building around 3 p.m. after fire broke out about two hours earlier.Witnesses on the scene said flames had been shooting through the roof and black smoke was billowing from air vents. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:30:08 EST Military brass push for more pre-kindergarten access Three retired U.S. Army generals, including Kingston resident Maj. Gen. Joseph Perugino, came to Wilkes-Barre this morning to push for what they argued is a critical national security need: high-quality pre-school programs. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:03:10 EST Hearing continued in Wilkes-Barre stabbing case WILKES-BARRE — A preliminary hearing for Angus Garrison, who faces two aggravated assault charges stemming from an alleged stabbing earlier this month, has been continued. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:36:24 EST Cold breadsticks and burgers: Has Olive Garden lost its way? Expect big changes at Olive Garden. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:34:15 EST