Jenkins Twp. man Eric Phillips pleads no contest on aggravated assault charges

WILKES-BARRE — A Jenkins Township man entered a plea of no contest Monday on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.Eric Allen Phillips, 33, pleaded before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr., declining to dispute allegations he attacked his girlfriend, Brooke Ciprich, in November 2013, leaving the woman and their children battered and in need of medical attention.After the incident, a 1-month-old received treatment for skull...

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Part-time Edwardsville cop to receive more charges

LARKSVILLE — A Larksville firefighter who also works part time as an Edwardsville police officer will face even more charges after police say he tried to cover up a crash involving his friend on Dec. 21.John Francis Fronzoni, 35, of Larksville, appeared before District Judge Diana Malast on Monday for a preliminary hearing on three counts of obstructing emergency services. The hearing was continued, as more charges are expected to be filed against Fronzoni.

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Patients seek pain relief with magnetic pulse therapy

Mary Ruth DeSanto knew her pain was reaching beyond its limits when she took her hand off the steering wheel of her car to give it a shake so it wouldn’t go numb.After years of physical therapy and popping over-the-counter pain medication, for relief from Raynad’s disease and nerve neuropathy, the Exeter woman took $5 from her wallet. She purchased a trial session of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy.PEMF, also called pulsed magnetic therapy or pulse magne...

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Our Opinion: Stegmaier Building’s tax status defies logic and warrants clarification

The stout, brick Stegmaier Building in Wilkes-Barre – a property assessed at more than $4 million – generates tax revenue for the city each year, but not a penny goes to Luzerne County or the local school district.Why?Because the city apparently owns the ground beneath the structure, which means the site is tax-exempt.Except, as far as the city is concerned, it’s not.Confused?Join the club.

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Man wanted shootout with Wilkes-Barre police

WILKES-BARRE — City police peacefully settled what could have been a tense situation at an employment business on South Main Street Monday morning.Police said Roberto Herrera, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, was inside Labor Ready claiming he had a handgun. Herrera refused to leave the building telling people inside he would wait for officers, police said.Police said Herrera hid behind a desk telling officers he wanted to get in a shootout. Herrera was apprehended without inc...

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Pearl necklace behind Kingston man’s fraud scheme

KINGSTON — His ex-wife snitched on him.Guy Scott Gruber, 56, of North Dawes Avenue, surrendered Monday on charges he cheated an insurance company by falsely reporting a pearl necklace was missing but actually sold at a jewelry store in New York City.Gruber was charged by the state Office of Attorney General with insurance fraud and theft. He was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.Gruber’s all...

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Misericordia faces Wooster in NCAA opener

Misericordia is headed to Ohio for the NCAA tournament.The Freedom Conference champs will play Wooster in the opening round on Friday in a four-team pod at Marietta College in southeast Ohio.Wooster entered last week ranked No. 20 in the country before losing to DePauw in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament finals. The Fighting Scots are 22-6 on the season.Host Marietta will play Medaille in the other first-round game at the site. The two first-roun...

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Parent company of Mohegan Sun casinos appoints new president

UNCASVILLE, Conn.— The parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania has elevated a key official to president.The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority announced Monday that Robert Soper, president and CEO of the Connecticut casino, will succeed Mitchell Grossinger Etess, effective March 30.Ray Pineault has been appointed president and general manager of the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, and Thomas Burke was appointed to the new post...

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Advancements in tumor treatment helps to extends lives

Medical research is one punch closer to knocking out brain cancer.An electrical device which attaches to the scalp has proved to slow cancer growth and prolong survival in people with glioblastoma (GMB), a deadly type of brain tumor.“This is the most significant development in tumor treatment in half a century,” said Dr. Michael Lacroix, chief of neurosurgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.When a patient is diagnosed with glioblastoma, doctors tell th...

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F.M. Kirby Center to present an acoustic evening with Josh Ritter

WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center has announced a very special acoustic evening with one of the best songwriters currently touring — Josh Ritter, who will visit the venue’s Chandelier Lobby on May 28 at 7:30 p.m., with special guests Barnstar.Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at (570) 826-1100 and online at www.kirbycenter.org. A special Kirby Members Pre-Sale will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m....

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