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Search underway for trooper shooting suspect, ‘survivalist’ Eric Frein

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According to state police, Eric Matthew Frein is armed and dangerous.According to Frein’s father, a U.S. Army veteran who taught his son how to use a rifle, Frein “doesn’t miss.”And as of Tuesday, Frein, 31, was the target of a massive manhunt as hundreds of law enforcement officers combed the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono region in search of the Canadensis man accused in the Friday night slaying of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, and of critically injuring Trooper Alex T. Douglass, of Olyphant, outside the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.


State police Troop P officials involved in manhunt

WYOMING — Many state police investigators from Troop P, based in Wyoming, were involved in the intense investigation that identified a Monroe County man they say is responsible for the shooting of two troopers outside the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.Trooper Tom Kelly, public information officer for Troop P, was assigned to handle media affairs during the investigation.Along with Kelly, Troop P Commander Capt. James E. Degnan as well as several Troop P tr...

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Trial in DUI-death crash opens with tearful testimony

WILKES-BARRE — A Missouri man unintentionally caused the death of his friend and co-worker Shane Stewart last year, according to a Luzerne County prosecutor speaking at the trial’s start Tuesday.Defense attorney Charles Ross said in his opening statement that Stewart’s own actions were the cause of his death.Patrick Ramirez, 26, and Stewart, 25, also of Missouri, had been drinking heavily for several hours before the incident in a McDonald’s parki...

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Future of Hotel Sterling property coming to a vote

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council on Tuesday discussed options for the former Hotel Sterling property and likely will vote on a plan next week.Council solicitor Dave Pedri provided an overview of the situation with the property, located at Market and River streets. Several years ago, the county loaned CityVest $6 million to rehabilitate and market the property for development, which never came to fruition. The building was condemned and demolished last year.Ped...

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Wilkes-Barre to demolish 3 vacant properties

WILKES-BARRE — The city will spend $34,100 to demolish three vacant buildings paid through the Office of Economic and Community Development budget.The demolitions at 212 Madison St., 60 E. North St. and 69 Kado St. were each put out for bid and the contracts were awarded to Stell Enterprises Inc. of Plains Township.At city council’s work session Tuesday night chairman Bill Barrett asked about recouping money from the property owners and pointed out the that K...

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Brewing it your way

There are so many wonderful accompaniments to a cold glass of milk - but what about a warm cup of coffee? Warm beverages are more and more necessary as the days grow chillier.Though the name might lead you to think otherwise about the flavoring (and in some cases, it’s true), the coffee cake is actually a delicious pastry meant to be eaten alongside a cup o’ joe, not necessarily something that tastes like one.Coffee cakes are sponge-like, often spiced with ci...

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Wilke-Barre Parking Authority takes aim at free spots

WILKES-BARRE — Members of the city Parking Authority Tuesday again discussed how to increase revenues, this time calling for a crackdown on free parking in vacant downtown lots.Last month, the authority announced it expects to turn over less money to the city than in years past. Andrea Caladie of ParenteBeard, auditors, told the authority board that its reserves are depleted and with anticipated expenditures coming, the account needs to be replenished.Last year, th...

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Local grocer reacts to Shurfine distributor, AWI filing Chapter 11

WILKES-BARRE — Shurfine distributor Associated Wholesalers Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last week, creating a ripple of concern through regionally owned supermarkets, but grocers contend shelves will remain stocked.Associated Wholesalers Inc., (AWI) based in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and its subsidiaries provide most the inventory for nine Gerrity’s Supermarkets in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties as well as 14 other Shurfine grocery stores, such as Quinns Markets...

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Contractor guilty of working without permit, license in W-B

WILKES-BARRE — Gary Roccograndi, who did not show up at a hearing on Tuesday, and was found guilty of not having the city-required permit and license to perform home remodeling work in Wilkes-Barre.District Judge Martin Kane found Roccograndi guilty of both charges. City attorney Tim Henry said Roccograndi initially intended to plead not guilty, according to court documents.“When your a contractor in the city of Wilkes-Barre, you have to be licensed if you...

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Genetti’s video shows alleged shooter in Wilkes-Barre vandalism spree

WILKES-BARRE — A private security camera captured the image of the person police identified as a person of interest in a vandalism spree that damaged the windows of nearly two dozen parked vehicles earlier this month.The image is that a male walking north on North Pennsylvania Avenue by Genetti’s garage, Bruce Hoegg, general manager of the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, said Tuesday.The male crossed the avenue and walked along the park, Hoegg...

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Letter to the Editor: King’s College chided for accepting grant from gambling-generated revenues

The gaming industry does more harm than good; thousands of people are banned from casinos from the harm it does.The Catholic church does more good than harm, and the church always opposed the gaming industry for the harm it does. So why would King’s College, a Catholic educational institution, accept a $250,000 gaming grant? Isn’t that hypocrisy at its best?I like to gamble, and know the harm it does, not receiving any grants.What would Jesus say? ...

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Letter to the Editor: Former Rep. Joe Sestak outlines right approach for confronting ISIS

When I read a column recently by former Adm. Joe Sestak about the need to develop a balanced approach to handling ISIS in Iraq, I was compelled by his logic.I commend Sestak, who is also a former U.S. congressman, for the way he discussed the benefits of U.S. surgical airpower along with calling on the Treasury to cut off funding to ISIS.I am an opponent of unwise use of military force, but I agree with Sestak’s ideas on this issue. He certainly brings a lot of log...

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Spartans boys soccer still unbeaten

HANOVER TWP. — The Wyoming Valley West boys soccer team remained unbeaten on Tuesday afternoon thanks to a 5-0 shutout win over Hanover Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference divisional crossover match.The Spartans (4-0) got three goals from Hunnter Maxwell and a pair from Mike Bazadona en route to the victory on the road.Lake-Lehman 11, MMI 0The Black Knights had the easy victory on the road as Nick Wnuk and Tanner MacDougall each tallied ...

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PSU solidifies plan for true freshmen

Penn State has played six true freshmen in its first three games. The ideal situation for Nittany Lions coaches is to keep it that way.Like it was under Bill O’Brien, James Franklin’s staff uses green, yellow and red designations for true freshmen when it comes to playing time.Green tags went to FS Marcus Allen, WR Saeed Blacknall, CB Christian Campbell, TE Mike Gesicki, WR Chris Godwin and CB Grant Haley, all of whom have now seen the field. Quarterback Trac...

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Letter to the Editor: Gov. Tom Corbett’s transportation-funding plan broke no-taxes pledge

Contrary to The Times Leader’s editorial “Low gas prices vindicate Gov. Tom Corbett’s transportation-funding strategy” (Sept. 5), the governor is not owed an apology on his transportation bill. Rather, he deserves rebuke for violating his pledge not to raise taxes.In 2010, Gov. Corbett signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes. This was politically convenient, as candidate Corbett used this to help defeat his Democratic challenger, Dan Onorato, wh...

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Nittany Lions’ focus remains on offensive line

The adrenaline rush has fully drained away. What’s left for Penn State after Saturday’s surprising rally at Rutgers are the reminders of why it was very nearly a loss.Anyone who saw the game can probably take a guess what the topics of conversation have been in the film room so far this week.“We’ve talked about it ad nauseum,” coach James Franklin said at his weekly press conference. “We’ve got to get the running game going. We&#...

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Redeemer growing up on the court, still perfect

WILKES-BARRE – No one really knew.Not Jack Kablick. Not Courtney Kijek. Not Kassie Schinski.No one in the Holy Redeemer volleyball program could tell how long it was going to take for the young Royals to gel together.Based on one match, the answer is not too long.Junior attacker Lauren Slavoski had a match-high 11 kills and the Royals kept rolling in the Wyoming Valley Conference with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Tuesday night in girls’ vol...

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Dallas Township supervisors hear requests

DALLAS TWP. — The township supervisors heard a number of requests at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.Among those requests were:• American Asphalt, a paving company from Shavertown, requested approval to close Alderson Road for three weeks in 2015 to replace a bridge near the Lake Street power station.• Williams Gas Company has requested permission to survey a parcel of township land for possible drilling in the near future. Supervisor L...

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