Swoyersville chooses Chris Concert as mayor in wake of Vincent Dennis’s death

SWOYERSVILLE — The borough honored late mayor Vincent Dennis on Monday night with a single carnation laid on the desk that the longtime lawmaker had used at council meetings for the last three decades.Then council chose a new mayor. Councilman Chris Concert was tapped to fill the vacancy created by the April 21 death of Dennis, 84, “until the next municipal election.”Officials could not immediately say when the next election will be.Concert, ...

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Wyoming Seminary’s late charge seals 10-9 win over Coughlin

WILKES-BARRE — Wyoming Seminary scored the game’s last three goals, including the tying and winning goals by Kate Romanowski, Monday afternoon to pull out a 10-9 victory at Coughlin in the game, that in all likelihood, decided the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 girls lacrosse title.The Blue Knights, who won the first two WVC titles before the conference split into two divisions this season, clinched a tie for the division title and need only a home victory over wi...

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Wilkes-Barre mayoral candidates debate issues during forum at Wilkes University

WILKES-BARRE — For one evening, the playing field was level.Each of the five candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Tom Leighton faced the same questions in the same allotted time period Monday during the first organized public forum for the city’s mayoral candidates.Hosted by the Downtown Residents Association, the forum was attended by Democrats George Brown, Tony George, Darlene Duggins-Magdalinski and Brian Kelly and Republican Frank Sorick. Each candidate w...

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Chicken owner alleges dirty politics by Newport Township commissioner

NEWPORT TWP. — A resident claimed foul play Monday, when he squawked that a township commissioner turned stool pigeon and ratted out his chicken coop for political revenge.“This whole thing is about a political vendetta because I am supporting a young lady for commissioner named Debbie Forgach Zalesky,” Tom Pantle said during public comment at the commissioners’ meeting. “Last Saturday, I received a letter telling me to get rid of my chickens or face $...

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Abby Favata drives in 4, Berwick rolls past Pittston Area

HUGHESTOWN — Berwick took advantage of three Pittston Area errors to plate five runs in the opening frame as the Bulldogs rolled past the Patriots, 14-1, in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 softball.Abby Favata’s bases-clearing hit in the second inning gave Moriah Lynn enough run support as the senior hurled a five-inning, three-hitter with four strikeouts for the win.Berwick (7-3) remains one game back of Hazleton Area, while Pittston falls to 3-8.

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Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well

Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday.At least three water wells in Bradford County, located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, were found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of methane and other substances in 2010. The incident was one of several involving Chesapeake Energy that promp...

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Warriors’ Curry voted NBA’s MVP

OAKLAND, Calif. — His voice cracked first. Then, his eyes got red. Finally, Stephen Curry cried.He had felt like this in the past. When he barely received any scholarship offers out of high school. Or when some questioned whether his game could translate from tiny Davidson College to the NBA, or those times sitting in a doctor’s office searching for answers on how to fix his troublesome right ankle.Curry could let it all out and laugh now. It was time to cele...

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Glodzik petitions state Supreme Court to hear appeal in theft case

Former Wilkes-Barre towing contractor Leo A. Glodzik III has petitioned the state Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his 2014 theft conviction.Glodzik, 44, filed a petition for allowance of appeal Thursday with the state’s highest court, according to court records.State Superior Court judges dismissed Glodzik’s appeal early last month. Less than one week later, the city announced it was formally dropping Glodzik as it’s exclusive towing contractor based...

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Luzerne County voter registration declines by 6,600

Luzerne County lost 6,600 registered voters since November, bringing the total count to 189,537, new records show.County Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik said new registrations are not offsetting the loss of voters due to death and relocation.The county also has been conducting regular mandatory purges to remove inactive voters, he said.The county had 196,129 voters in November 2014 — 110,969 Democrats, 63,919 Republicans and 21,241 In...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Reid McNeill’s physical play sets him apart from a crowded blueline

After not playing for almost two months due to an injury, there was a point during Game 3 against Syracuse when Reid McNeill knew he was back to full strength.It came at the end of the first period when McNeill dropped the gloves with Crunch forward Carter Ashton.“I wasn’t going to do it if I didn’t feel ready,” said McNeill, who had 121 penalty minutes during the regular season to lead all Penguin defensemen. “But I was confident with my bo...

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