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Handgun, pot found during traffic stop

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WILKES-BARRE — A stolen handgun and suspected marijuana were found during a traffic stop at Lehigh Street and Park Avenue just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.Police said Clifton Blake, 28, of Harry Street, Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, was in possession of marijuana. A passenger in the car, Joseph Monroe, 25, of George Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of Brooklyn, was allegedly carrying a .357 revolver.Police said the revolver was reported stolen.Blake was charged with possession of marijuana and Monroe was charged with receiving stolen property and firearms not to be carried without a license, police said.Monroe was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $20,000 bail.


Police file charges in variety of incidents

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:• Police cited Anthony Skipalis, 54, of Wilkes-Barre, with consumption of alcohol on Public Square when he was allegedly spotted pouring a Natural Ice Beer into a coffee cup while sitting on a bench at about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.• Police charged Kaci Olson, 34, of Kent Lane, Wilkes-Barre, with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after she allegedly struck her mother and bit her mother’s...

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Fugitive wanted in shooting captured by U.S. marshals in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Fernando Torres-Torres, 28, of Hanover Township, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and other related offenses in connection with a Hazleton shooting, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane announced Wednesday.Deputy U.S. marshals and task force officers from Scranton arrested Torres-Torres on Wednesday without incident in the 1400 block of Mark Drive in Hanover Township.Torres-Torres was charged in September 2013 for allegedly shooting Jose L. Romero-R...

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Scranton man indicted on sex trafficking charges

SCRANTON — A man from Scranton was indicted by a federal grand jury for sex trafficking of a minor by setting up meetings with clients at motels in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Sean Cantelmo, 28, allegedly conspired with others to coerce a teen girl to engage in prostitution and illegal sexual activity from February through May.The indictment issued Tuesday alleges Cantelmo used a cell phone to post advertisements f...

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Attorney named to board of United Way of Wyoming Valley

KINGSTON — Attorney Jane T. Smedley, an associate in the commercial department at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, has been named to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.Smedley focuses her practice on creditor’s rights, banking law and all aspects of commercial litigation. Her practice also extends to education law, guardianships and employment law.

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Old-time Pocono resort sold for $1.3 million

CANADENSIS — An old-time Pocono resort in operation since 1953 has been sold.The Pocono Record newspaper reported that the Daniels Top-O-the-Poconos Family Resort near Canadensis sold last weekend for $1.3 million.Three generations of the family operated the business since 1953. The newspaper reported that the resort was purchased by a congregation of Hasidic Jews that plans to use it as a Jewish campground, according to Bob Starrett, an agent with ReMax who broker...

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Ricketts Glen tower replacement will require emptying Lake Jean

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Wednesday that replacement of a dam control tower will require the complete draining of Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park.According to a DCNR news release, the dam depends on the tower to regulate the pool level of the lake, however the tower is deteriorating and must be replaced. The replacement project should last about a year, will cost about $800,000 and is scheduled to begin in spring 2...

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Expanded offerings highlight wine and spirits store opening

PITTSTON — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will celebrate the grand opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits today at 11 a.m. at Pittston Crossings on state Route 315, with PLCB board member Tim Holden cutting the ribbon and welcoming the public to the new store.Fine Wine & Good Spirits offers consumers a new shopping experience with an expanded floor plan, greater selection, new layout and center table.Wine tastings will be held throughout the day for those 21 an...

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Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs sponsors Osterhout Gala raffle

WILKES-BARRE — Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is sponsoring a Bermuda Island Getaway Raffle in conjunction with the Osterhout Free Library 125th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Club, the library announced.The raffle winner, who will be announced that night, will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two with flights from Philadelphia, lodging at the Grotto Bay Resort, and includes all taxes, fees and transfers. The trip has a value of $4,000.

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Mayor: Chief Dessoye has not submitted resignation letter

WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Thomas Leighton said Wednesday he has not received a resignation letter from Police Chief Gerard Dessoye.Leighton also said Dessoye has not spoken to him about leaving the top cop post.“As of today, Aug. 27, I do not have a resignation letter,” Leighton said.An independent newspaper on its website Wednesday reported Dessoye has accepted a position with King’s College as director of security. City Det. Capt. Joseph J...

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Exeter’s legal costs poised to top $100k in Leonard Galli’s termination

As a taxpayer, Leonard Galli is livid about what Exeter Borough is spending to keep him off the police force.Borough council suspended Galli from his post as a police sergeant in February following allegations that he misused a workplace computer. After a court battle, Galli was terminated in July.Exeter’s legal bills, meanwhile, have mounted rapidly, nearing $100,000 in a matter of months.“I’m well aware of it,” Galli said Wednesday....

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DA: No decision yet to retry man for 1982 deadly shooting

Was Tyrone Moore wrongly convicted in 1983 for a deadly shooting at a Wyoming animal hospital based on his nickname, which also was used by another man?Or would the jury’s verdict been different if his trial lawyers, Patrick Flannery and Joseph Yeager, impeached a prosecution witness and presented their own witness who would have testified Moore was not involved?U.S. District Court Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg in a 39-page opinion ordered Luzerne...

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Officials defend use of public money for Schott

Duryea Mayor Keith Moss says Schott North America Inc. applied to the borough for a share of gaming money to develop a new type of porous glass “because they couldn’t do it all themselves.”The company asked for $500,000, but the state Commonwealth Financing Authority, which decides which projects to fund in each county with the casino revenue, approved just $100,000 for Duryea in 2012.While readers have questioned the use of government money to fund a p...

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Superior Court upholds sentence in strip club robbery

HARRISBURG — A state appellate court has upheld a lengthy state prison sentence for a Philadelphia man convicted by a Luzerne County jury in robbing a strip club in Plymouth Township.Kevin Williams, 32, was sentenced in July 2013 to 10 to 20 years in state prison after he was convicted of robbery, trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal conspiracy.State police at Wyoming said Williams and William Gronosky, 31, of Nanticoke, entered ...

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Children’s Service Center staffers note 25-year milestone

Fresh out of school, and ready to begin a career in social work, Carolanne Jones-Leco hesitated for a moment.The person offering her a job with the Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley had just asked for a one-year commitment.A whole year? Twelve months?That seemed like such a long time to a woman in her early 20s.But Jones-Leco said yes, as did her colleagues Kimberly Martini and Laura Regan. All three started work on the same day, Jul...

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New bar to open in downtown Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A new bar will open on South Main Street in the fall, and promoters hope it will help stir up the city’s nightlife.“Stir” is the name of the new venture, to be opened by Jim Sperrazza of West Pittston.According to its website, Stir will be “the newest and hottest thing to hit the downtown,” featuring “the best sound and lighting.”Sperrazza, 50, and his business partner, Nick Chiumento, will open a ...

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Garbage strewn along Casey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre Twp. has property owner upset

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Diane Gianpietro is tired of looking at the junk and garbage thrown on Casey Avenue.

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Like Sex? Billboard on Route 309 says God does, too

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — There was no screeching of tires, or streaks of rubber on the road, but the message from high above Route 309 in a highly traveled business district was clear.As promised recently, the billboard reads: “I (heart) sex” — God. It was erected along the busy highway, alerting motorists to the upcoming month-long sermon series at the The Restored Church.The church at 47 N. Franklin St., is sponsoring the billboard on Route 309 in Wi...

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