Larksville woman sentenced to three to 23 months for running over boyfriend

WILKES-BARRE — Melinda Shoppel, 34, of Larksville, was sentenced Monday to spend three to 23 months in Luzerne County Correctional Facility for running over her boyfriend, court papers say.Shoppel pleaded guilty in January before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough to two counts of accidents involving personal injury and summary counts of failing to stop and render aid and driving with a suspended license.She must make $55,160 restitution and must pay $2,700 in f...

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Defendant in Osterhout Free Library sex attack gets four to 10 years in prison

WILKES-BARRE — A city man who pleaded guilty to indecent assault of an Osterhout Free Library employee will spend up to a decade behind bars.Leon Crosby, 27, was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County Court to four to 10 years in state prison on one count of aggravated indecent assault and one count of indecent assault, according to court papers. He was given credit for 250 days served.Crosby must register for the rest of his life as a tier III sexual offender, court p...

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Luzerne County Council candidate Mark Rabo says he will run despite charter ban

Luzerne County Council candidate Mark Rabo considered withdrawing from the race because a home rule charter ban could prevent him from serving if he’s elected, but he changed his mind.Council appointed Rabo to serve on the county Redevelopment Authority in July, and the charter says county authority or board members must wait one year after leaving their seats to serve as an elected county official.The council members who are elected this year will take office in J...

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In Focus: Wyoming Valley business to buzz with 21 million honeybees

WILKES-BARRE — We are still suffering from the sting of a long and cold winter, but as our thoughts and temperatures turn to spring, think about honeybees.That’s right, those millions of worker bees living under the rule of their queen bee, performing a service that is absolutely essential to the continuation of life itself.Mann Lake Ltd. has a 7,000-square-foot facility in the Hanover Industrial Estates, one of four such locations in the U.S. Danielle Mislin...

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LCCC provides first step to a healthy career in nursing fields through its jobs fair

NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College’s Health Sciences Career Fair on Monday offered students a variety of nursing opportunities, from pediatrics to geriatrics.“The variety (of careers in nursing) is unbelievable,” Mary Ghilani, LCCC’s director of Career Services, said. “There is a shortage in all areas.”The fair, geared to second-year nursing students and alumni, was held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Francis S. and Mary...

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Long winter cuts vacations, but not half days in Luzerne County public schools

The long, cold and snowy winter continues to reverberate through public school calendars this week, with most students losing days off that are often built into the schedule around Easter as a spring break.One thing not impacted by the snow: a long tradition of half-days before the holidays, which in some cases still mean full-day pay for teachers.District calendars tend to keep previously scheduled half days even when full days are cut. It is common for half days to be ...

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Two Wilkes-Barre police officers assaulted by drunken driver

WILKES-BARRE — A city police officer sustained a possible broken nose and another officer was punched in the face while arresting a suspected drunken driver early Sunday morning.The incident happened on South Main Street near Ross Street when officers Daniel Roper and Erica Oswald stopped Steven Santiago, 33, for driving a vehicle without headlights.During the traffic stop, Santiago exhibited signs of intoxication and was asked to exit his vehicle. While standing n...

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Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an 8-year-old boy killed in the 2013 terror attack.At least three jurors cried and wiped their eyes with tissues as they looked at photos of Martin Richard, who went to watch the marathon with his parents and siblings April 15...

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Former inmate files lawsuit against Luzerne County Correctional Facility

SCRANTON — A man sentenced to nine months at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on a drug offense in 2013 has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging the jail placed him in a cell with an inmate who attacked him.Joseph Cracolici, of Hanover Township, filed the suit Friday alleging the county correctional facility violated his rights when he was placed in a cell with another inmate who was deemed dangerous, and the prison failed to provide proper medical care....

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Legal defense bill approaching $500,000 in Hugo Selenski’s double-murder trial

WILKES-BARRE — As yet another trial draws near for convicted double-murderer Hugo Selenski, known defense costs from his Luzerne County homicide trial continue to inch closer to the half-a-million mark.A handful of orders filed in Luzerne County Court request and authorize the payment of $7,039 to cover the costs of defense consultants and the printing and mounting of pieces of Selenski’s artwork presented during the trial’s penalty phase.When added to ...

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