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New Luzerne County Children and Youth Administrator hired

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Krista McIlhaney has been hired as Luzerne County’s new Children and Youth administrator, according to county Manager Robert Lawton’s latest personnel report.The position has been vacant since Frank Castano left last October to accept a school district position.McIlhaney will be paid $78,000, the report says. Her resume was not immediately available.The position, which was advertised at a minimum salary of $61,000, required a bachelor’s degree and six years of progressively responsible experience in social services, including three years in an administrative or supervisory capacity in a children and youth services program agency.

 

Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

BLOOMING GROVE — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass to get additional information on the attack.The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the...

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Radioman Rusty Fender finds new career in gas industry

Dale Mikolaczyk doesn’t credit his brains, work ethic or even a few good-luck streaks for his successful switch between two vastly different industries.“My motto in life was ‘I was in the right place at the right time,” he said.Of radio fame for the 26 years he went by the pseudonyms “Rusty Fender” and “Shadoe Steele” for Pittston-based KRZ radio station and others, last year Mikolaczyk made the kind of career move fitting ...

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And the ‘wiener’ is — Rocky!

PLAINS TWP. — Wiener dogs, more appropriately dachshunds — with their short legs and long bodies — took center stage Sunday at “Oktoberfest” at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.When the dust settled, “Rocky,” a 4-year-old dachshund owned by Dennis and Kendra Mummey of Zion Grove near Hazleton, was the undisputed champion.Rocky won his heat and then sprinted away from four other heat winners to take the coveted title. For his effort, R...

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Participants dance, box and move to battle cancer

WILKES-BARRE — Participants swayed, punched and danced in support of cancer at the third annual Pink Piloxing event on Sunday.Approximately 70 participants were led by piloxing instructor and YMCA trainer Diane Butwin in the Henry Gymnasium at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. The group moved in unison and followed Butwin’s instructions.Linda Reilly, community health director for the YMCA, explained that piloxing is the combination of standing pilates, boxing and...

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Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch, Angels need more members

WILKES-BARRE — The city’s crime watch group has grown to more than 700 members, but organizers say it’s getting more and more difficult to attract new members.And the Wilkes-Barre Guardian Angels chapter is down to five active members, said Jason Weston, one of the group’s leaders.Both organizations are hopeful more people will get involved to help patrol the city streets and report criminal activity to police.Charlotte Raup, who heads ...

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Desecration charges mirror Wilkes-Barre case

EVERETT, Pa. — A 14-year-old western Pennsylvania boy has been charged with desecrating a statue of Jesus by standing in front of it and mimicking a sex act, and then posting pictures of it on the Internet.A King’s College student was prosecuted under the same law when he urinated on a nativity scene in Wilkes-Barre in January 2010. The student apologized and was accepted into a probation program for first-time offenders.Bedford County officials say the court...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigating Sherman Hills shooting

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Police Sunday said they are investigating a shooting that occurred at Sherman Hills sometime around 4:30 p.mThe victim, Kody Gamble, 19 of Wilkes-Barre, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. No information on Gamble’s condition was available.According to police, the shooting took place in the area of Building 304, North Empire Court, in the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex Sunday afternoon....

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NITTANY NOTES: Lions land N.J. recruit after win at Rutgers

Not 24 hours after winning in New Jersey, Penn State has landed another recruit from the Garden State.Union City athlete Daiquan Kelly announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he received an offer from the Nittany Lions this weekend and immediately jumped on it.“After receiving an offer from Penn State I am happy to announce that that I have committed to be a nittany lion,” Kelly wrote.Multiple recruiting services reported that Kelly had been i...

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Monday’s Local Schedule

MONDAY, SEPT. 15H.S. BOYS SOCCER(4:15 p.m. unless noted)Nanticoke at Wyoming SeminaryPittston Area at Wyoming Valley West, 6:30 p.m.Holy Redeemer at DallasFIELD HOCKEY(4:15 p.m.)Northwest at Wyoming SeminaryHanover at Abington HeightsGAR at BerwickWyoming Area at CrestwoodNanticoke at DallasLake-Lehman...

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Buelltin Board

CAMPS/CLINICSElectric City Baseball and Softball Academy will host the annual winter skills camp held jointly between the Riverfront Sports and ECBSA facilities. Camp dates are Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20 from 10 a.m. - noon. Cost is $150 or $135 if postmarked by 10/29/14. To register or for more information: www.electriccitybaseball.com or 570-955-0471.Sandlot Fall Rookie camp will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wedne...

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$50K reward offered for tips on trooper’s slaying

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded.The probe comes as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday’s deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.Eight investigators walked into the dense forest in Blooming Grove around noon Sunday. A day earlier, authoritie...

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Nittany Lions shrug off war of words

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bill Belton had heard every word spoken about him this week. Every last taunt and provocation from a Rutgers locker room that had targeted him from the start.So what did the New Jersey native say upon waltzing into the end zone for Saturday night’s improbable winning touchdown?“I didn’t say anything,” Belton said matter-of-factly. “They know they lost.”Penn State’s senior running back had his m...

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Video shows slaying of British aid worker

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”Cameron confirmed Haines’ death in a statement after the British Foreign Office had said earlier that it was “working urgently to verify the video.” Haines is the third Westerner beheaded in recent...

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Sunny skies today, tomorrow will give way to rain on Monday night

Temperatures will continue to be fall-like, and rain will move back into the Wyoming Valley this week.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 50 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. this morning. Overcast skies welcomed the weekend early birds to an otherwise quiet Sunday.Sunny skies will round out the weekend today, with the high only reaching the mid 60s. Clear skies are expected tonight, with patchy fog possible after 2 a.m. Tonight’s low will be in the mid 50s....

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REPORT CARD: Lions steal a win in Jersey

Penn State had Christian Hackenberg. Rutgers had Gary Nova. In the end, that was all that mattered.Not even one of the worst performances in recent memory by a Nittany Lions offensive line could ultimately sabotage a 13-10 win over Rutgers on Saturday night in the Big Ten opener.Hackenberg drove the Lions 80 yards in the final minutes for the winning score, a 5-yard draw by Bill Belton. It came after a would-be winning TD pass to Jesse James was erased by a holding penal...

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Lake-Lehman wears down Holy Redeemer for 37-13 win

WILKES-BARRE —Lake-Lehman’s run-oriented offense can strike for big plays at times. And at others, like Saturday night, it can simply wear down an opponent.Lehman controlled the ball and the clock and, most importantly, the scoreboard from the second quarter on to defeat Holy Redeemer 37-13 in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2A game.Lehman (2-1) ran the ball 56 times and finished with 63 offensive plays to 34 for Redeemer (1-2).“ThatR...

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Trooper killed, 1 injured in ‘ambush’

BLOOMING GROVE — A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania’s rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded as authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said a “very dangerous, armed criminal” eluded quick capture.“This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were … shot without...

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