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Damenti’s owners file lawsuit against insurers in wake of fire

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WILKES-BARRE — Owners of a landmark Butler Township restaurant destroyed by a fire in March filed a lawsuit Monday in Luzerne County Court against two insurance carriers alleging they were misguided in securing insurance policies.Kevin and Helen McDonald, owners of Damenti’s, Inc., filed the three-count suit against The Farmers Fire Insurance Company of York, and Robert C. Williams Insurance Agency of Wilkes-Barre. They are seeking $1.1 million for damages they sustained for their business and personal belongings.The couple resided above the restaurant and escaped unharmed when flames ripped through the restaurant on state Route 309 on March 17. A pet cat perished in the blaze.


Ex anti-crime activist pleads guilty to endangering children, sex offense

WILKES-BARRE — A self-proclaimed anti-crime activist who held signs at street corners urging people to “report a drug dealer” pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court to sexually assaulting a teenage girl and endangering two children.John Dehart, 46, began making a statement saying he loved children when Judge Michael Vough told him to wait until he is sentenced on Feb. 13.Vough ordered an evaluation of Dehart by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender As...

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Larry Johnson ‘at peace’ with decision to leave Penn State

Other than his family, few people knew that Larry Johnson had already made up his mind. He was leaving Penn State.From outside the program, it had appeared that the revered defensive line coach had made the switch instantaneously. One day he was with the Nittany Lions, the next he was set to join rival Ohio State.But what wasn’t immediately clear was that Johnson wasn’t going to return to the Lions’ staff, even before he got a job offer from Buckeyes co...

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Our Opinion: Voice your design suggestions for Wyoming Valley’s planned Center for Jewish Life

A former shopping plaza in Kingston soon will be repurposed for use by the area’s Jewish residents and the broader community, and you’re invited to offer input on how the new place should look.A public conversation about the planned Center for Jewish Life is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingston Municipal Building.This project’s ramifications go far beyond a single piece of West Side real estate. Organizers intend to convert a 13-acre site along Thir...

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Kingston police officer charged with drunken driving after ATV crash

KINGSTON — State police at Wyoming on Monday filed drunken driving charges against a Kingston police officer, alleging he was intoxicated when he crashed an ATV on Zerby Avenue last month.John Sosnoski, 24, of Ashley, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and summary counts of speeding and operation of ATV on streets. The charges were filed with District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston, according to online court records.State police allege Sosno...

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Lorenzo Burgos pleads guilty in road rage slaying

WILKES-BARRE — A Plymouth man today pleaded guilty to a third-degree murder charge stemming from a road rage incident last August.Lorenzo Burgos Jr., 23, was immediately sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after he also pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment before Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley.State police charged Burgos with intentionally striking Fred John Kleman Jr., who had yelled at him to slow down when he was driving on Notting...

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PennDOT rolls out program to help teen drivers

PennDOT and the private sector have teamed up to publish resources to help keep teen drivers safe.The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, developed by the Safe Roads Alliance and sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Sheetz, provides parents with a printed handbook designed as a simple, easy-to-follow guide to help their teens become safe and responsible drivers.The alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving highway safety by improving driver edu...

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Blood found not Frein’s; school boosts security after ‘sighting’

BLOOMING GROVE — The Pennsylvania State Police Monday said blood droplets found at a home were confirmed to be human blood, but DNA testing proved it was not the blood of accused killer Eric Matthew Frein.The testing was done as state police continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Frein.On Oct. 16, state police said two separate homeowners at two locations in the Cresc...

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Penn Staters in the NFL: Robinson gets first touchdown

For a second week in a row, a former Penn Stater scored his first NFL touchdown.Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson pulled in his first touchdown pass Sunday on a nifty catch-and-run for a 31-yard score against the Cleveland Brown.Robinson was targeted by quarterback Blake Bortles seven times in the game. He finished with four catches for 60 yards and the one score in the Jaguars’ 24-6 victory.The former Penn State star is ...

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Hemingway lives on through local scholars

“Hemingway is deceptively simple yet endlessly complex and continues to be groundbreaking,” Russ Pottle, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia, said.Pottle, Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Brian Carso, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of history and government, are members of the Misericordia University academic community and were among 280 attendees at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Ernest Hemingway Society held ...

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Rain predicted to start tonight

It looks like the rain will hold off until tonight before soaking the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 34 degrees as of 7:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly cloudy skies kicked off the day, but there are clearings for the sunshine to peak through. Some fog also greeted morning commuters in certain areas.Mostly cloudy skies will be the trend today, with a high in the mid to upper 50s.Cloudy skies ...

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Area’s gas price down 7 cents in the last week

Average gas prices continue to drop across the board, with the local average down 7 cents in the last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.22 today, down 2 cents over the weekend and down 7 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.77 today, down 3 cents over the weekend.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.24 today, down 3 cents ...

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Traffic report for October 20

It looks like the new week will kick off with an ideal morning commute to work and school.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Some traffic is reported on Route 315 near the I-81 interchange in Pittston. Closer to Wilkes-Barre, some traffic on Route 115 is reported near the Woodlands Hotel. Traffic is also reported on Route 115 past the I-81 interchange.The North Cross Valley Expressway is free of traffic this morning, but there i...

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Carmelite Sisters raise miniature horses near Hazleton

Sir Galahad snorted, apparently annoyed at one of the other stallions.Daisy nuzzled her little daughter, a foal called Element of Surprise.And a dozen other mares rushed toward a fence, eager for the treats Sister Marie Cecile held in her hand.Similar equine dramas happen a lot at Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf Township, where the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Byzantine Catholic Church tend a herd of 40 miniature horses.“We’r...

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State agent presents lecture

Senior Supervisory Special Agent Janene M. Holter of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office recently presented a lecture on cyber bullying and internet safety to a group of nearly 100 community professionals at the Thomas P. Saxton Pavilion, Edwardsville. The lecture was part of The Professional Education Series sponsored by First Hospital, Kingston, an affiliate of Commonwealth Health. Principals at the lecture, from left: Mark Schor, chief executive officer, First Hospital; Holter...

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A. Pickett Construction supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital

A. Pickett Construction Inc., Kingston, recently held its 20th annual golf tournament fundraiser at Fox Hill Country Club. A. Pickett Construction, its sub-contractors and clients, raised $9,025 for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The company is in the planning stages for next year’s golf tournament to be held June 12, 2015, at Fox Hill Country Club. If interested in participating or making a donation, call 570-283-2057. At the check presentation at the Westmoreland Club,...

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Tristan O. Brezinski

Tristan Olivia Brezinski, daughter of Joel and Alyse Brezinski, Trucksville, celebrated her fifth birthday Oct. 19. Tristan is a granddaughter of Georgine and Al Brezinski and Phil and Bonny Miller, all of Dallas.

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Liam G. Upton

Liam Gerard Upton, son of Daniel and Meghan Upton, Kingston, is celebrating his fourth birthday today, Oct. 20. Liam is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Horn, Kingston, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Upton, Bloomsburg. He is a great-grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John D. McCarthy, Kingston; Anne Marie Horn, Wilkes Barre; the late George Horn; Marjorie Barba, Doylestown; the late Charles Barba; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Upton. Liam has a brother, Cormick, 4 months.

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