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Deceased World War I vet from Kingston, PA. gets another recruitment notice

Jul 9

Man who died in 1995 receives Selective Service notice
KINGSTON — The Selective Service wants World War I veteran Bert Huey back.

Heart of Plains Township taking new shape

Jul 9

Landmark building is being torn down
PLAINS TWP. — A major vein connecting River Street and Main Street in downtown Plains Township is getting a face-lift.Changes include:• A now-condemned landmark bank building in the heart of the township is being demolished.

Renovations progressing at former Ramada hotel

Jul 9

Contractor says building will be ready for students in the fall
WILKES-BARRE — An anthracite mining art gallery and a tribute to Father Josef Murgas and Mr. Peanut playing the glockenspiel are just some of the historical highlights of the new King's College medical building — King's on the Square —...

Luzerne County's first West Nile bug of the season found in Wilkes-Barre

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — The state Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday found Luzerne County's first West Nile Virus-carrying mosquito of the summer in Wilkes-Barre, a little late in the season for the irritating bug.

Federal drug case against ex-cop moves forward

Jul 9

The federal drug case against a former Hughestown police officer took another step forward Wednesday with the filing of a criminal information against him.

Wilkes-Barre assault trial ends in split verdict

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — A Scott Street man accused of attacking a 79-year-old man three years ago was acquitted of the most serious charge following a trial in Luzerne County Court.

Newsroom reorganization means more reporters, updates

Jul 9

The Times Leader Media Group's newsroom was reorganized Wednesday to put more reporters in the field and get news online faster.

Letteer: Judge exceeded sentence guidelines

Jul 9

Hit-and-run driver also claims he should have been considered for boot camp, documents reveal
WILKES-BARRE — The Plains Township motorist who admitted guilt in the hit-and-run death of a 5-year-old boy plans to appeal his sentence by arguing that Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. abused his discretion by exceeding the sentence guidelines and by not...

Arena board calls for resignation of member for 'inappropriate conduct'

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority Wednesday called for the resignation of one its members over unspecified “inappropriate conduct,” setting the stage for a fight with him.

Luzerne County gets 3 bids to buy former Valley Crest Nursing Home

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — Three bidders have made offers to buy the former Valley Crest Nursing Home in Plains Township from Luzerne County.Proposals to buy the 27,474-square-foot building that lies on 62.4 acres were due at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Shickshinny might be looking for another secretary-treasurer

Jul 9

SHICKSHINNY—Borough Council is apparently looking for a new secretary/treasurer after hiring Amy Evans for the position in May.

Plymouth Twp. expects action on buyouts

Jul 9

PLYMOUTH TWP. — Township Solicitor Robert Zaruto said Monday night that the township is expecting that the 30 properties on the Phase 2 flood buyout list will be acquired at the beginning of 2015.

Peddler problem in Bear Creek Twp. discussed

Jul 9

BEAR CREEK TWP. — A rash of reports of peddlers brought words of caution for residents from the Bear Creek Township supervisors on Monday.

Escape charges filed James Bennett Kimmel, Frederick Charles Moran

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — Two inmates who failed to return to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility while on work release and medical release were arraigned Tuesday on escape charges.According to the criminal complaints:

Woman hurt in 2-vehicle crash in Lemon Township

Jul 9

LEMON TWP. — A 90-year-old woman from Strickland was transported to Tyler Memorial Hospital for injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle crash at state Routes 29 and Meshoppen Creek Road on Tuesday.

Pot plants are discovered

Jul 9

LEMON TWP. — State police at Tunkhannock on Tuesday said marijuana plants were discovered on private property in Lemon Township on June 23. All the plants and paraphernalia were seized.

Man charged with pointing gun on Public Square

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — City police charged a man from Luzerne with pointing a handgun at two people waiting to use an automated-teller machine on Public Square Monday night.

State police file 2 liquor law citations

Jul 9

HANOVER TWP. — State police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reported the following:

Man threatens to jump from bridge

Jul 9

SUGARLOAF TWP. — Two major highways in southern Luzerne County were closed for a brief time Wednesday morning when a 21-year-old man threatened to jump off a bridge, state police at Hazleton said.

Teen charged with uploading child porn

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — An 18-year-old man from Kingston was charged Wednesday with uploading a nude picture of a young girl on Facebook.

Vacant apartment unit catches fire

Jul 9

PLAINS TWP. —No one was inside the apartment and no injuries were reported in a fire that swept through a half-double apartment unit at 16 Crow St. around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Plains Township Fire Chief Carl Baker said.

Jury convicts inmate for stabbing prison officer

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — A murderer who was serving a life sentence at SCI-Dallas has been convicted of stabbing a corrections officer in the neck with a pen three years ago.

NITTANY NOTES: Jay Paterno looks back at the chaos

Jul 9

The ongoing and exhausting legal battle between the Paterno family and the NCAA doesn't look like it'll be ending any time soon.

Update with details: Wilkes-Barre General nurses return to work

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — After a five-day strike, nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital were allowed to return to work today.

Man faces drug, child endangerment charges after police search his home

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE — A city man was charged with drug possession and child endangerment today after police searched his home and found that there were two infants present as well as drugs, money, a handgun and paraphernalia.

Cooling station set up at West Side Career and Technology Center

Jul 9

UGI Electric and Red Cross set up cooling station
PRINGLE — UGI Electric Utilities and the American Red Cross set up a cooling station at the West Side Career and Technology Center on Evans Street in Pringle for those UGI customers without electrical service.

Vacant Plains Twp. apartment catches fire

Jul 9

PLAINS TWP. — No one was inside the apartment and no injuries were reported after a fire swept through a half-double apartment unit at 16 Crow St. around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Plains Township Fire Chief Carl Baker said.

Newsroom reorganization means more reporters, faster updates

Jul 9

The Times Leader Media Group's newsroom was reorganized Wednesday to put more reporters in the field and get news online faster. Now, all of the group's reporters will use the same planning system. When their stories are filed, they will be edited...

3 area roads, closed because of storm-related issues, now open

Jul 9

Three of the 13 roads in Luzerne County that were closed because of storm-related issues are now open, the state Department of Transportation has announced.Roads that have opened are:

Arena board votes for resignation of member for 'inappropriate conduct'

Jul 9

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority voted for the resignation of member George Horwatt for unspecified “inappropriate conduct.”

Thousands without power after destructive storm

Jul 9

Penn State - Wilkes-Barre campus in Lehman Township closed Wednesday.
Thousands of PPL Electric and UGI Utilities customers remain without electrical service Wednesday, a day after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region knocking down trees and utility lines.

Last night's storms cause a number of road closures in Luzerne County

Jul 9

DUNMORE – Last night's severe weather resulted in a number of road closures in Luzerne County.

Average gas prices for July 9

Jul 9

The average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre did not change overnight.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, the state and nationwide:

Move over meat and potatoes

Jul 9

I used to eat a baked potato with my steak. I've probably had mashed potatoes instead on an occasion or two.I don't eat steak anymore, but I still vary my baked-mashed potato eating.

Crash slows traffic on I-81 south

Jul 9

DUNMORE — A crash on Interstate 81 is slowing down traffic.The crash happened on Montage Mountain Road in Moosic. As a result, traffic is slow on I-81 south near Exit 182 (Davis St./ Montage Mountain Rd.)

Interstate 81 southbound reopens after incident in Sugarloaf Township

Jul 9

SUGARLOAF TWP. — Two major highways in southern Luzerne County were closed for a brief time Wednesday morning when a 21-year-old man threatened to jump off a bridge, state police at Hazleton said. 
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