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Handgun, pot found during traffic stop

WILKES-BARRE — A stolen handgun and suspected marijuana were found during a traffic stop at Lehigh Street and Park Avenue just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.Police said Clifton Blake, 28, of Harry Street, Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, was in possession of marijuana. A passenger in the car, Joseph Monroe, 25, of George Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of Brooklyn, was allegedly carrying a .357 revolver.Police said the revolver was reported stolen....

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Police file charges in variety of incidents

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:• Police cited Anthony Skipalis, 54, of Wilkes-Barre, with consumption of alcohol on Public Square when he was allegedly spotted pouring a Natural Ice Beer into a coffee cup while sitting on a bench at about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.• Police charged Kaci Olson, 34, of Kent Lane, Wilkes-Barre, with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after she allegedly struck her mother and bit her mother’s...

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Fugitive wanted in shooting captured by U.S. marshals in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Fernando Torres-Torres, 28, of Hanover Township, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and other related offenses in connection with a Hazleton shooting, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane announced Wednesday.Deputy U.S. marshals and task force officers from Scranton arrested Torres-Torres on Wednesday without incident in the 1400 block of Mark Drive in Hanover Township.Torres-Torres was charged in September 2013 for allegedly shooting Jose L. Romero-R...

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Scranton man indicted on sex trafficking charges

SCRANTON — A man from Scranton was indicted by a federal grand jury for sex trafficking of a minor by setting up meetings with clients at motels in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Sean Cantelmo, 28, allegedly conspired with others to coerce a teen girl to engage in prostitution and illegal sexual activity from February through May.The indictment issued Tuesday alleges Cantelmo used a cell phone to post advertisements f...

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Attorney named to board of United Way of Wyoming Valley

KINGSTON — Attorney Jane T. Smedley, an associate in the commercial department at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, has been named to the Board of Directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.Smedley focuses her practice on creditor’s rights, banking law and all aspects of commercial litigation. Her practice also extends to education law, guardianships and employment law.

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Old-time Pocono resort sold for $1.3 million

CANADENSIS — An old-time Pocono resort in operation since 1953 has been sold.The Pocono Record newspaper reported that the Daniels Top-O-the-Poconos Family Resort near Canadensis sold last weekend for $1.3 million.Three generations of the family operated the business since 1953. The newspaper reported that the resort was purchased by a congregation of Hasidic Jews that plans to use it as a Jewish campground, according to Bob Starrett, an agent with ReMax who broker...

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Ricketts Glen tower replacement will require emptying Lake Jean

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Wednesday that replacement of a dam control tower will require the complete draining of Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park.According to a DCNR news release, the dam depends on the tower to regulate the pool level of the lake, however the tower is deteriorating and must be replaced. The replacement project should last about a year, will cost about $800,000 and is scheduled to begin in spring 2...

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Expanded offerings highlight wine and spirits store opening

PITTSTON — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will celebrate the grand opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits today at 11 a.m. at Pittston Crossings on state Route 315, with PLCB board member Tim Holden cutting the ribbon and welcoming the public to the new store.Fine Wine & Good Spirits offers consumers a new shopping experience with an expanded floor plan, greater selection, new layout and center table.Wine tastings will be held throughout the day for those 21 an...

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Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs sponsors Osterhout Gala raffle

WILKES-BARRE — Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is sponsoring a Bermuda Island Getaway Raffle in conjunction with the Osterhout Free Library 125th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Club, the library announced.The raffle winner, who will be announced that night, will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two with flights from Philadelphia, lodging at the Grotto Bay Resort, and includes all taxes, fees and transfers. The trip has a value of $4,000.

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Mayor: Chief Dessoye has not submitted resignation letter

WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Thomas Leighton said Wednesday he has not received a resignation letter from Police Chief Gerard Dessoye.Leighton also said Dessoye has not spoken to him about leaving the top cop post.“As of today, Aug. 27, I do not have a resignation letter,” Leighton said.An independent newspaper on its website Wednesday reported Dessoye has accepted a position with King’s College as director of security. City Det. Capt. Joseph J...

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