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Police: Indiana man ate murdered girlfriend’s body parts

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southeastern Indiana man admitted to police officers that he fatally stabbed his girlfriend and then mutilated her body, including cooking and eating some of her organs, according to police documents released Monday.Joseph Oberhansley, 33, of Jeffersonville appeared in court Monday, where he was formally charged with murder in the death of Tammy Blanton, 46. He also was charged with abuse of a corpse and breaking and entering.Oberhansley denied the allegations against him and told Judge Vicki Carmichael he’s not the man police say he is, claiming that his name is Zeus Brown, the News and Tribune and The Courier-Journal reported.


UPDATE: Police say rifle used to ambush Pennsylvania troopers

The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday.Releasing a profile of the killer, Lt. Col. George Bivens said investigators are focusing on the possibility that he had an “ongoing issue with law enforcement or the government” and was targeting the Blooming Grove barracks specifically.

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Luzerne County gets first payment from Sterling parking lot use

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County has received its first payment garnished from parking fees at the former Hotel Sterling lot.County solicitor David Pedri said on Monday that the county received a check for $11,675 from LAZ, the company with which CityVest has an agreement to administer parking services. The payment is CityVest’s share from parking fees collected May 1 through July 31.“It’s obviously a small step owed toward a $6 million mortgage, how...

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Wilkes-Barre Area renews minority hiring efforts

WILKES-BARRE — Ronald Shivers stood up and made the same appeal he has given the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board periodically for years: What is being done to increase the number of minority teachers?It’s an issue that has bedeviled the district for the last decade as the number of minority students has grown while the teaching staff remains overwhelmingly white. Shivers made the same case he and others have made before: Minority students benefit by “seeing people ...

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Former deputy sheriff sentenced on theft charge

WILKES-BARRE — A former Luzerne County deputy sheriff who admitted to taking $375 from a prisoner transport fund for personal use was sentenced to the county’s accelerated rehabilitation disposition program on Monday.Judge David W. Lupas sentenced Donald Lasoski, 35, of Wilkes-Barre, to six months in the special probation program for first-time offenders.Lasoski was accused by county detectives of removing $375 from the fund that was kept in a safe inside the...

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Vets: Staffing key issue at local VA

PLAINS TWP. — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center currently has no veterans on its electronic waiting list and 95.5 percent of appointments are scheduled within 30 days, the medical center’s director, Dr. Michael Adelman said Monday at a veterans town hall at the hospital.But Adelman admitted there is room for improvement, and several veterans provided examples of that, including claims that employees ignore veterans waiting in line for service to inaccuracies in reimbu...

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Unplanned shutdown problems at PPL nuclear plant near Berwick resolved, NRC says.

SALEM TWP. — Issues that had caused a higher-than expected number of unplanned “scrams,” or nuclear reactor shutdowns, at the PPL Susquehanna Steam Electric Station have been resolved, according to a letter released by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.The NRC sent a letter to plant Chief Nuclear Officer Timothy Rausch dated Sept. 12 outlining events that began in March, 2013, and led to a change in status of the unit 2 reactor from a “threshold” ...

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Judge to decide evidence in Jessica Alinsky’s homicide case

WILKES-BARRE —Without any objection from defense attorney Demetrius Fannick, Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley permitted prosecutors to use Jessica Alinsky’s domestic abuse allegations during her criminal homicide trial.Alinsky’s trial for the killing of her boyfriend, Matthew Gailie, 34, is scheduled to begin Oct. 6.Alinsky, 30, of Shenandoah, was charged with criminal homicide and tampering with evidence on July 31, 2013, less than a day afte...

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Luzerne County Council Chairman Rick Morelli compelled to testify in divorce proceeding

WILKES-BARRE — For nearly 40 minutes inside a Luzerne County Courtroom on Monday, county Council Chairman Rick Morelli testified about his five-year relationship with Deana Pickett.Morelli, 43, of Sugarloaf, said the relationship with Pickett, 36, of Dallas, was sexual at a time when they were both married to other partners. Morelli’s divorce from his wife became final earlier this month.Deana Pickett filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Paul Pickett...

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Maday assumes helm of Downtown Business Association

WILKES-BARRE — It’s good when you have Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Shivers the River Cat and an Irish leprechaun all on your team.It’s even better when one person is all of those characters — and then some.John Maday, the affable, tireless downtown advocate, was named interim president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, replacing John Chaump, who reigned last week to take a promotion with Barnes & Noble that requires him to relo...

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'Surge' returns and is surging online

Coca-Cola has answered the prayers of many, many 90's kids. USA Today reports that Surge is back on the market. Sort of. For a (possibly) limited time. A listing popped up on Amazon Monday for a li...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport gets $4 million for taxiway expansion

AVOCA — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, announced Monday the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.1 million grant to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport to support a taxiway extension at the airport.“Safe, reliable transportation is critical to Northeastern Pennsylvania’s economy,” Casey said. “Extending this taxiway will help keep Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International an attractive location for flights from across the country.R...

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Leighton appoints Robert Hughes as acting Wilkes-Barre city police chief

WILKES-BARRE – Mayor Thomas M. Leighton on Monday appointed police Commander of Operations Robert Hughes as acting chief.“I am confident that Commander Hughes will provide the leadership needed to maintain police department operations as acting Chief,” Leighton said of the 25-year department veteran.Hughes is the interim replacement for Chief Gerard Dessoye, who resigned effective Sunday to take a position at King’s College.Liza Prokop,...

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Testimony to begin Tuesday in fatal drunken driving crash in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A jury was selected in Luzerne County Court late Monday afternoon for the trial of a Missouri man charged in a drunken driving crash that killed his friend in Wilkes-Barre last year.Patrick Ramirez, 26, of Blue Springs, is charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, accidents involving death, driving under the influence, careless driving and failure to stop and render aid. He is represented by attorneys Charles Ross, John Donovan and Gir...

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St. John’s Church in Exeter part of merger

A story that appeared Saturday on Page 3A about the merging of local churches requires a correction. St. John the Baptist Church in Exeter, not Pittston, closed a few years ago and has since merged with St. Anthony’s Church to form St. Barbara’s Parish. The St. John the Baptist Church building in Exeter was purchased last July by West Pittston Contractor Marc E. Minichello for $60,000.St. Cecilia’s Church, already merged with St. Anthony’s in 2011, is consid...

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Governor vows capture of trooper’s killer

Investigators won’t rest until they capture the gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday.Corbett, joined by State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, spoke briefly at Blooming Grove Baptist Church on Monday afternoon and asked the public to “pray for the soul” of slain Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II.“I know that on behalf of the state police, nobody’s going to let a ...

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Telecom Pioneers visit Riverview Ridge

The Wilkes-Barre chapter of Verizon Telecom Pioneers recently distributed 80 place mats, handmade from greeting cards, to the residents of Riverview Ridge Assisted Living, Wilkes-Barre. Each resident received a place mat. The Telecom Pioneers is a nonprofit organization of retired and active members of Verizon Communications. Some of the participants, from left, first row, are Kathryn Krall and Olga Bragg, residents. Second row: Dolores McGill and Rosemary Gawat, Pioneers; Charlene Moss, acti...

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