News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Strelish, Henderson still cashing LCTA paychecks KINGSTON 8212 Two Luzerne County Transportation Authority officials charged last month in connection with the Ghost Rider scandal will continue receiving paychecks for another seven to 10 weeks. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:06:00 EST Accreditation renewed at Misericordia University DALLAS TWP. 8212 Misericordia University has completed a nearly two-year review to successfully maintain accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, though the process did help the school identify 30 areas that need improvement, President Tom Botzman said. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:00 EST Wilkes-Barre swears in newest firefighter at City Hall ceremony WILKES-BARRE 8212 Praise from the mayor and the fire chief highlighted Tuesday's swearing in of the city's newest firefighterEMT, Travis Temarantz. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:51:00 EST Wilkes-Barre police investigating alleged child rape WILKES-BARRE 8212 City police are investigating a reported sexual assault against a child Monday afternoon in the 100 block of South Sherman Street, according to a police report.The mother of the alleged victim, a 9-year-old girl from Hanover Township, reported the assault. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:19:00 EST Auditor General: DEP struggles to keep up with booming shale industry The Pennsylvania Auditor General's office this morning released a report that shows the Department of Environmental Protection has missed the mark in policing the natural gas industry. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:33:00 EST American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors ASHLEY 8212 The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:43:00 EST Sunshine today before rain, storms arrive for the midweek Sunshine will dominate the skies today before thunderstorms impact the Wyming Valley into the midweek.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 67 degrees as of 654 a.m. Fair skies greeting the morning commute with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:40:00 EST Average gas prices for July 22 The area's average gas price did not change overnight, but it is still down a nickel from last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, the state and nationwide Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:23:00 EST Report: Failure to raise levee in Wilkes-Barre, Plymouth could mean greater flood risk WILKES-BARRE 8212 If the height of the levee in Wilkes-Barre and Plymouth isn't increased by about a foot, it's possible that flood plain residents in those communities could be at a greater flood risk and see flood insurance rates rise in a few years. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:07:00 EST Eight Wilkes-Barre cadets complete fire academy training NANTICOKE 8212 Eight cadet trainees graduated from the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College on Monday.160John Shuey, of Wilkes-Barre, was one of those cadets, but one thing sets him apart from his fellow firefighters he... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:50:00 EST Arby's closings leave employees jobless Ashley Douglas was depending on her next paycheck from her job at Arby's to catch up with her rent. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:52:00 EST Convicted killer pleads no contest to corruption of minors WILKES-BARRE 8212 Convicted killer Andre Vancliff pleaded no contest to charges of conspiracy to corrupt minors, stemming from visits to his cell of two young girls. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:45:00 EST Turnpike changes affecting Northeast Extension WILKES-BARRE 8212 The 70 mph speed limit that will be put in place starting Wednesday on a 100-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the central part of the state is just the start of planned changes for the toll road, that will encompass our area. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:45:00 EST Figueroa pleads guilty to simple assault in Nanticoke bar melee WILKES-BARRE 8212 Melanie Figueroa pleaded guilty to a single count of simple assault in a case spawned by a Jan. 1, 2012 Nanticoke bar melee that left a victim with permanent facial scars from multiple slash wounds. Figueroa faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a 5,000 fine. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:42:00 EST Realtor seeks ejectment of Wyoming Valley adult men's club from property WILKES-BARRE 8212 An attorney for Del Balso Brothers Realty filed paperwork with the Luzerne County prothonotary seeking more than 1 million from the parent company of Gentleman's Club 10 in Wilkes-Barre Township. The paperwork also seeks removal of the company for failure to pay 60 months rent. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:38:00 EST