Troopers: Kingston, Pa. cops crash ATVs; 1 taken into custody, 1 injured

EDWARDSVILLE — A Kingston police officer was taken into custody and another was taken to a hospital after they crashed ATVs early Monday morning, according to state police.The crash occurred as Jonathan Karasinski and John Sosnoski were traveling south on Zerbey Avenue near High Street at about 1:20 a.m., state police at Wyoming said in a news release.For an unknown reason, Karasinski flipped over the all-terrain vehicle he was riding — a 2014 Polaris Sportsm...

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Bear Creek Township blast probe continues

BEAR CREEK TWP. — Officials still don’t know what caused a blast that leveled a house on Thornhurst Road last week.Fire Chief John Krumsky said the state fire marshal and heavy equipment were on the scene investigating the remnants of the house on Monday afternoon.He was not sure when the cause of the explosion would be determined.The blast occurred just before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, and left the ranch-style house in a pile of debris. No injuries ...

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Pa. panel approves natural project for public transit, private vehicle fueling; NEPA may benefit

The state plans to hire a private company to develop compressed natural gas fueling stations at public transit agencies around the commonwealth, and the public will be able to use the stations as well.The state’s Public-Private Partnership, or P3, Board Monday gave the green light to a project to find a private partner to build and operate the CNG stations at such agencies as the Luzerne County Transportation Authority and the County of Lackawanna Transit System, or COLTS.

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Letter to the Editor: War hawks should muster troops from within only their own political party

We live under a two-party system: Democratic and Republican. For six years under President Obama, the hatred that has divided America along racial, party and monetary lines is disturbing. The race hustlers alone divide America, so that we live in fear of each other.Both parties spout that the party comes first. Being an American doesn’t matter. The party is the Bible of politics; right or wrong doesn’t count. Good or bad policy doesn’t count. The party matters....

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Stewart searching for his new normal

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Slowly and somberly, Tony Stewart is trying his best to find his new normal.He may never again be the “Smoke” the racing world knew before Aug. 9, the night a sprint car he was driving struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at an upstate New York dirt track. The three-time NASCAR champion was fiery on the track, so quick-witted he never lost a verbal spat, and a larger-than-life personality throughout the garage.Stewart, without a doubt, wa...

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Eagles suddenly look ordinary on offense

PHILADELPHIA — Needing only a yard to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles failed twice.Not so prolific.Nick Foles struggled, LeSean McCoy hasn’t been a factor and the rest of an offense that previously scored at will suddenly looks ordinary. A 26-21 loss to San Francisco on Sunday underscored many of Philadelphia’s problems.“I think some people are pressing and trying to make things out of so...

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Pirates savoring another playoff push

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle greeted each member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they walked off the field in Cincinnati on Sunday, telling them he “liked the fight” even after their chances of winning the NL Central evaporated in a loss to the Reds.It was Hurdle’s way of saying thanks to mish mashed roster of stars and role players who have produced another unlikely postseason run.“That’s who we are,” Hurdle said. “We’re a...

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Kempa named MAC Player of the Week

King’s wide receiver Dan Kempa was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.The senior had two kickoff returns totaling 100 yards in the Monarchs win over Misericordia. Kempa helped produce a big play of the first half when he returned a kick 57 yards leading to a King’s touchdown as the clock expired in the first half.On seven kick returns this season Kempa is averaging 42.4 yards per-return. He also caught three passes...

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Local Roundup: Keil helps Crusaders stay unbeaten

WILKES-BARRE — Travis Keil scored two goals to help Coughlin remain undefeated in boys soccer with a 5-1 victory over Lake-Lehman on Monday in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division II match.George Oko, Bobby Hawkins and Aaron Wroblewski also struck the net for the Crusaders, who improved to 10-0 this season. The Black Knights, who dropped to 7-3, got a goal from Mahmoud Dabsheh.Dallas 5, Nanticoke 1The Mountaineers received two goals each...

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Wilkes-Barre Township Mayor Carl Kuren speaks out on fire company, thefts

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — After months of nearly complete public silence on the issue, Mayor Carl Kuren on Monday made a public statement regarding the theft of funds from the township’s volunteer fire department.At a council work session, Kuren said the township administration has, under his direction, cooperated fully for several years with criminal investigations, “providing all necessary documentation and testimony requested” by state police, the Luzerne Count...

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