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After indictments, business as usual at Wilkes-Barre credit union, solicitor says

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WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union was open Friday, a day after its former assistant manager Amanda Magda was named in two federal indictments alleging she witnessed forged signatures of credit union members on loan applications.The attorney for the credit union, located on the first floor in Wilkes-Barre City Hall, said the institution has installed new policies set forth by the National Credit Union Administration ever since federal authorities served subpoenas for financial records in March.Attorney Dominick P. Pannunzio said Friday the credit union has not received any more subpoenas since then.“All I can say is, the credit union was the victim and its 2,300 members,” Pannunzio said.


County payment for inmate’s abortion questioned

Luzerne County’s former budget/finance director Donna Magni is questioning a $1,245 county prison payment to an Allentown abortion clinic and suggested her inquiry into the matter prompted her termination.“I found out about the alleged abortion on January 15, 2014, and January 31, 2014, I was terminated from my position under false pretenses,” Magni, of West Wyoming, recently wrote in a letter asking the state to force the county to provide her with more informati...

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Heated bidding over Nanticoke property in tax sale

A former Nanticoke bowling alley fetched the highest bid — $70,000 — in this week’s free-and-clear Luzerne County back-tax auction.Hazleton resident Pasquale Scalleat acquired the 1.6-acre property on Washington Street after fending off intense competition from three men — Jignesh, Bhikhabhai and Anup Patel.Bids started at $856.Attorney John Rodgers, who ran the auction, quickly snapped his head back and forth numerous times between the...

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Wyoming Valley Mall hosting back-to-school fair today

WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Valley Mall will host a Back to School Kids Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.Vendors include dance studios, water parks, nonprofit organizations, a virtual charter school, a karate school and more. The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department will offer safety demonstrations. Entertainment includes a magician, a juggler, dancers, a karate demonstration and a live radio broadcast from Frankie Warren on Magic 93 from 10 a.m. to noon....

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Letter to the Editor: Rabbits slaughtered to fuel global fur trade; don’t stand for it

Each year some 50 million animals are slaughtered worldwide simply for their fur. Fox, mink, raccoon. And in places where they can get away with it, dogs and cats. But a grim loophole is allowing fashion retailers to get all the fur they want from another helpless animal, and all without reporting a single murderous statistic.So many rabbits are now slaughtered they are the fastest growing part of the fur trade. It’s because their pelts are considered a “byproduct”...

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Wilkes, Misericordia welcome fall students

Jordan Hoffman and John Brophy lead the Misericordia University Class of 2018 in a procession between two rows of faculty members during the Fall Convocation program, which began at Lemmond Center and was followed by a convocation march to the campus amphitheater on Thursday. The students were reminded that the university, founded by the Sisters of Mercy as College Misericordia, will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year.

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Nanticoke tot gets new lease on life

Alexa Mihalos celebrated her second birthday on July 8, 2014, but to members of her family, the celebration was a rebirth because of everything the little girl has been through over the past two years.Born with narrow nasal passages which impaired her breathing, Alexa has spent a large portion of her young life in a hospital and connected to a tracheostomy (trach) tube undergoing numerous medical procedures to correct the problem.And even though she received numerous pre...

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Getting a little ink

Ken Kile of Vodoo Tattoo in Bloomsburg tattoos Dave Mensh, also of Bloomsburg, at the NEPA Tattoo Arts Festival Friday at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. The festival runs through Sunday. For complete coverage of the event, see Sunday’s edition of The Times Leader.

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Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Bob’s Discount Furniture moving into the neighborhood

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With a grand opening planned for next week, Bob’s Discount Furniture will be joining the list of new retail businesses opening in Wilkes-Barre Township this year.The opening is the latest development in the township’s retail shuffle. Party City moved into the Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace and Shoe Carnival is scheduled to open in the same plaza in November. Earlier this summer Gabe’s opened its doors in the East End Centre, Wilkes-Bar...

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Crusaders top Warriors

EXETER — Ryan Keyes shot a match-best 38 to lead Coughlin to a 166-187 victory over Wyoming Area on Friday in golf action at Fox Hill Country Club.Coughlin’s Tyler Kurilla and Collin Krokos each shot a 42, as did top Warriors finisher Ryan Wrubel.***H.S. GOLFCoughlin 166, Wyoming Area 187...

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Dominant Vegas set for rematch

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Things have come easy at the Little League World Series for the team from Las Vegas.The West Region champions have steamrolled three opponents by a combined score of 33-5, cruising along mostly under the radar.Players expect things to get a lot tougher when they renew old acquaintances with Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West in the U.S. final on Saturday.“We played them before and beat them 13-2,” said Austin Kryszczuk,...

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RailRiders on brink of elimination

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The RailRiders need a miracle to qualify for the playoffs now.After Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 11-7 loss to Buffalo on Friday night at Coca-Cola Field, the team’s elimination number in the International League North Division dropped to one, while the number dropped to two in the race for the league’s Wild Card spot.The game started off right for the RailRiders as Jose Pirela’s 10th home run of the season gave them a 1-0 lead whe...

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Man cited after walking through bus station with no pants on

WILKES-BARRE — A man was arrested Friday after police noticed him walking through a bus station with no pants or underwear on.While on patrol in the area of the lower level of the parking garage next to the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center on South Washington Street, officers observed a man known to them as Mark Stelma walking in the area of the buses and the parking lot.Stelma was walking around wearing only a tee shirt and shoes, and naked from t...

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Cops: Man hands them pot at Sherman Hills, leads them on high-speed chase

WILKES-BARRE — A New Jersey man faces a slew of charges and bail of $250,000 after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase from the Sherman Hills apartment complex following a traffic stop.Officers conducted a traffic stop on Bradley Ercel Burgess, of Bergin Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey, just after 7 p.m. Wednesday near Coal Street and Logan Court and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from Burgess’ vehicle, police said.Police asked Burgess w...

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Mo’ne’s accomplishments still inspire despite loss

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Mo’ne Davis will look like a typical eighth-grader when she begins classes at Philadelphia’s Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in a couple of weeks.Thick braids? Check. Bright smile? Yep.But Davis is anything but your average 13-year-old.None of the other kids in her class have ever been on the cover of Sports Illustrated or have had Lil’ Wayne and Ellen DeGeneres gush over them.

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36 players near the top at Barclays

PARAMUS, N.J. — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, and then closed with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a 6-under 65. That gave him a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays.Three dozen players were within five shots of the lead, a ...

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Blockbuster deal to include 76ers’ Young

MINNEAPOLIS — The wait is almost over.The blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland will be completed on Saturday, making the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference and turning Andrew Wiggins into something of an anomaly.When Wiggins is moved from the Cavs to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the deal, he will become just the second No. 1 overall draft pick to be traded without playing a game for the team tha...

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Eagles unsettled at kicker

PHILADELPHIA — Turns out the Philadelphia Eagles have competition for a starting job: kicker.Coming off a poor performance in a playoff loss last January, Alex Henery has missed two of his three field-goal attempts in the preseason, including a 31-yard try in Philadelphia’s 31-21 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.Henery made a 36-yarder against the Steelers. He missed a 47-yarder last week at New England.“I wish I could put my finger on i...

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