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UPDATE: Hunt for ambush suspect briefly intensifies

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CANADENSIS — Hours after a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper was laid to rest, the hunt for a man charged with killing him briefly intensified late Thursday as authorities blocked roads around the home of the suspect’s parents.The Barrett Township Fire Department opened a shelter for residents in the area who were unable to get to their homes due to police activity in the rural northeastern Pennsylvania community, but shut it down not long after as police reopened the area to traffic.


Funeral held in Scranton for ambushed Pennsylvania trooper

SCRANTON — In an emotional, heartfelt eulogy, Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Derek Felsman said the best word he could use to describe his best friend, Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, was “impeccable.”“He was my best friend,” Felsman said during Friday’s service at Saint Peter’s Cathedral. “He was devoted to his family. Tiffany (Dickson’s wife) was his one and only. I will strive to be the kind of husband Dickson was.”Se...

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Jurors begin deliberations in Ramirez trial

WILKES-BARRE — Shane Stewart wanted to fight, his accused killer said.Patrick Ramirez, 26, of Missouri, testified in his own defense Thursday morning, telling a Luzerne County jury that Stewart, 25 — his co-worker and a close friend since their freshman year of high school — jumped into a truck window three times in the morning of Sept. 9, 2013, attempting to hit him and pull him out of the vehicle.“‘Let’s throw bodies,’” S...

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Pioneering eye doctor Joseph Pugliese brought new science to region

It was his work with eyes that gave him success, but those close to him remember the late Dr. Joseph F. Pugliese for his determination to give patients the best care he knew to offer.Pugliese, an eye surgeon from Wyoming, died on Wednesday at the age of 87. His son, Joseph Pugliese of Dallas, said his father had been ill for some time.The elder Pugliese is credited with bringing cutting-edge methods and technology to the region with same-day eye surgery, specialty care, ...

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Tom Leighton, Ron Felton continue feud over MLK Jr. holiday

WILKES-BARRE — Four months away from next year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the city was put on notice that the NAACP would not participate in any program held to honor the birthday of the slain civil rights leader until it closes for the day.Ron Felton, president of the Wilkes-Barre branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, presented the city council at its Thursday meeting with a resolution that stated the organization’s ...

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Body found near Interfaith Heights identified as Tyzheke Seward

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating the apparent shooting death of a man found in a field in the Interfaith Heights apartment complex near Coal Street Thursday morning.Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman identified the body as 23-year-old Tyzheke Seward of Wilkes-Barre.The grisly discovery was made by a tenant at about 7 a.m. who alerted a maintenance employee that a man was passed out drunk. The employee, who refused to give his name, said he attempted ...

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Eric Frein now on FBI’s 10 most wanted list

The FBI has added state trooper shooting suspect Eric Matthew Frein to their ten most wanted fugitives list, enabling additional resources for the investigation and increasing the reward for information leading to Frein’s capture by $100,000.Edward Hanko, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, made the announcements with state police Commissioner Frank Noonan at a 4 p.m. news conference today in Blooming Grove, where Frein, 31, allegedly ambushed Cpl...

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Crusaders win battle of unbeatens

WILKES-BARRE — And then there were two.With Coughlin’s 5-0 win over Wyoming Seminary on Thursday afternoon in Wyoming Valley Conference boys soccer, there are just two teams remaining with unblemished records as the Crusaders dealt the Blue Knights their first loss of the season.The Crusaders (7-0) and Wyoming Valley West (4-0) are the only two remaining unbeatens in the WVC and are scheduled to meet near the end of the season. The Blue Knights dropped to 7-1...

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Wysocki shares his story with students

Charlie Wysocki, former University of Maryland football star and co-author of “Saddle Up, Charlie” autographs his book for a student at the Theater at Lackawanna College in Scranton Thursday afternoon. Wysocki, a Wilkes-Barre native and who suffers from bipolar disorder, visited the college as part of the Lackawanna Reads program whose mission is “to provide everyone in the college community with an enjoyable and positive reading experience, to promote life-long learning, to...

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t fall for ‘shell game’ of lawmakers who say they won’t raise taxes but really do

In the old days, the people elected men and women to represent them in Washington, D.C. Today, corporations buy people to represent them in D.C.Instead of electing the most qualified person, we elect the person with the most money supporting him or her. In turn, instead of representing their constituents, they spend most of their time raising money for their next election.In order to appease constituents, they promise to lower taxes – or at least not raise them. Th...

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Letter to the Editor: Area’s top field hockey coaches provide lessons for life

Coach Karen Klassner’s 600th Wyoming Seminary field hockey victory is exceptional, setting her in a sparse field of coaches nationally.Two of this exclusive group of seven hail from Luzerne County, including Elvetta Gemski at Crestwood High School. This is truly an extraordinary achievement for our county.

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Week 4 High School Football Capsules

Crestwood (3-0) at Pittston Area (1-2)7 p.m. todayThe Coaches: Crestwood’s Greg Myers (60-50, 10th year); Pittston Area’s Jim Norris (1-2, 1st year)Last Meeting: Crestwood 55-14 in 2013All-Time Series: Crestwood leads 6-5Quick Fact: Crestwood rushed for a season-high 510 yards in...

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Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre Township officials told to resign en masse

Wilkes-Barre Township Mayor Carl Kuren, you are in complete denial. You and thief, felon and hopefully federal prison inmate John Yuknavich, the former volunteer fire chief, misled the people.When there is a new fire chief appointed, I want a full background check by the Pennsylvania State Police. Where does the $101,000 a year now go, and to whom? Who pays the $3,500 a month for the bills? Why has the state held back $125,000 over the last five years?Mayor Kuren, you sa...

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Ell’s four goals drive Royals’ win

Greta Ell scored four goals and dished out two assists to lead Holy Redeemer to a 9-1 win over Hanover in a Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey game on Thursday.Rachel Platko finished with two goals, while Jen Ringsdorf had a goal and an assist.Coughlin 2, Wyoming Valley West 0Kyra Wozniak and Kaitlyn Lukashewski each scored a goal in Coughlin’s win over Valley West.Brigid Wood and Kelsey Gabriele each recorded an assist, w...

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Berwick, Valley West renew rivalry

Some rivalries are based on geography. Pittston Area and Wyoming Area. Dallas and Lake-Lehman.Others are created due to success. Coughlin and Dallas in girls soccer for example.Then there is the rivalry between Berwick and Wyoming Valley West football, which will commence at 7 p.m. today at Spartan Stadium in Kingston. It’s based on heritage, in particularly of one man — Berwick coach George Curry.“I grew up in Larksville. Played at Larksvill...

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Steelers Mitchell ready for ‘business’ trip

PITTSBURGH — The proof is in the notes. Meticulously crafted. Carefully annotated. Relentlessly pored over. One glimpse at Mike Mitchell’s studiousness is all it took for longtime Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor to realize how seriously his team’s newest safety takes his football.“You can pretty much get a game plan off them,” Taylor said.That’s kind of the point. The Steelers signed Mitchell to a five-year, $25-million contr...

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Letter to the Editor: Elks Lodge No. 109 extends gratitude to supporters of golf tournament

Once again, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Elks Lodge 109 had a very successful golf tournament.I thank coordinators Ed and Charlotte Yarmel for all their hard work.I also thank the sponsors, the volunteers, the people and companies that made donations and, of course, the golfers.Cathy BrojakowskiPringle

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Troubling trends lead to Big Ten hitting bottom

NEW YORK — The numbers don’t lie. The Big Ten is in bad shape.Troubling trends in recruiting and some reluctance by schools to invest the way it’s done in the Southeastern Conference have been dragging down Big Ten football in recent years. This season looks as if it could be rock bottom.The gory details through three weeks:*1-10 vs. other Big Five conferences.* 24-14 overall in nonconference games, worst among record among the Big...

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