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Mother sues Luzerne County over son’s injuries

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WILKES-BARRE — A Larksville woman is suing Luzerne County over injuries she says her 14-year-old son sustained at the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Bear Creek Township.The two-count suit, filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court, seeks unspecified damages. It claims the injuries may diminish the boy’s future earning capacity, and also claims negligence by the county inflicted emotional distress upon the mother.According to the civil complaint, Melissa Moser, her son and other family members gathered at the nature area on May 13 for a fishing trip.


Comets advance to finals behind potent offense

WRIGHT TWP. — At 4-f0ot-11 and a half (don’t forget the half), Daniella Callaghan admits most opponents aren’t particularly intimidated by her when she steps onto the field.“They don’t expect me to do anything,” the senior forward said. “And then I just wiggle around them.”And scores goals.Callaghan struck twice to help lead Crestwood into the District II Class AA Field Hockey Tournament final after topping Holy ...

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Study: Beef up Luzerne County 911 staff

A new independent study backs up complaints that Luzerne County’s 911 center is understaffed, recommending the addition of 15 full-time employees.The center is currently budgeted for 77 full-time employees, and the proposed 2015 budget did not increase that amount.County 911 Executive Director Fred Rosencrans sought the study, which was completed by MCM Consulting Group, Inc., after the center was criticized for dispatching emergency crews to the wrong location in ...

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Unknown territory for Game 3 starters

/SAN FRANCISCO — In the middle of a champagne-and-beer-soaked clubhouse after the San Francisco Giants won the NL Championship Series, Tim Hudson was given the chance to speak to his team.The message was as simple as Hudson’s approach on the mound: “World Series, baby!”After 16 years, 214 regular-season wins and seven failed trips to the postseason, Hudson has finally made it to baseball’s biggest stage at age 39.Hudson...

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Lincecum to be evaluated after back injury

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum is scheduled to undergo treatment and further evaluation on his tight back once the team returns to AT&T Park.The Giants were preparing to leave Kansas City early Thursday afternoon Central time before an off-day World Series workout later Thursday in the Bay Area, a schedule that has worked so far for Bruce Bochy’s club to stay fresh by not flying all night.“He is doing OK,” athletic ...

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More NEPA grandparents parenting again

WILKES-BARRE — Gerri Mikelski is part of a growing trend in Luzerne County and across the country —she is raising her granddaughter.But Mikelski, 64, of Pittston, was quick to refer to Judith Mikelski, 10, as her daughter. Mikelski said she has been raising Judith since she was about 9 months old and legally adopted the child as her daughter about seven years ago.“Both parents were on drugs and weren’t taking care of her,” Mikelski said. She...

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World Series

/SAN FRANCISCO — Eric Hosmer is eager to see what makes San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark unique.“I know absolutely nothing,” the Kansas City first baseman said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, the atmosphere and the energy the crowd brings. I’ve always wanted to play there.”“I’m sure going for the first time for a World Series game, it should be fun,” he said.Well, wa...

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Luzerne man charged in home invasion

LUZERNE — A borough man has been charged in connection with a Willard Street home invasion earlier this week.Joshua Tyler Rose, 19, was arrested shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday, borough police said.Police said a Willard Street resident heard a knock on his front door at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday and, when he answered, an unknown male, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white hoodie said, “I’m from Hazleton, I’m looking for Pringle Street.”...

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Royals lineups a work of art

/KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series.The fancy handwriting, that is.In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art — the lineup cards drawn by bench coach Don Wakamatsu.Using a calligraphy style he has worked to develop for more than a decade, Wakama...

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McCoy ready for season’s biggest test

PHILADELPHIA — Just when Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy gets his game back on track, here comes the NFL’s best run defense.McCoy, coming off his finest game of the season a 149-yard effort in a 27-0 win over the New York Giants, faces an Arizona Cardinals’ defense that has allowed an average of just 72 yards rushing per game when the Eagles visit Arizona on Sunday.“I’m sure they’re going to try to take the run away,̶...

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Cartwright screens promotional video of Wilkes-Barre to be seen by the world

WILKES-BARRE — The 24 views on YouTube of U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s video about the city late Thursday afternoon were just what he wanted.The Democrat from Moosic featured Wilkes-Barre in his latest video of cities in the 17th Congressional District that he represents as a means to bring attention and business to the county seat of Luzerne County.“What we need to do is spread the word about Wilkes-Barre and that’s what we’re up to today,&#...

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Steelers enjoying ther M&Ms

PITTSBURGH — It’s probably taken longer than what Mike Mitchell, Lance Moore or the Steelers would have liked but two of Pittsburgh’s biggest free agent signings are starting to pay dividends.Over the last two weeks, Mitchell has forced a pair of fumbles while Moore has caught a pair of touchdowns. Neither streak defines them but it begins to show what the Steelers envisioned when they invested in the veterans in the off-season.They were signed 12 days ...

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All 3 suspects in Pittston stabbing now in custody

PITTSTON — With cooperation from the U.S Marshal’s Service and the Luzerne County Probation Office, Pittston City police now have the two remaining suspects wanted in the Oct. 17 stabbing incident on Tomato Fest Drive in custody.Police said Luiyomal Pagan-Ardono, 23, of Scranton, turned himself in at the Luzerne County Probation office, and Bobby Jo Engle, 18, of Pittston, turned herself in at the Pittston City police station.Police had captured Luiyomal Paga...

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Determination the key for Giants recovery

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Establish the run on offense. Stop the run on defense. Make timely plays on both sides of the ball.It’s the formula the New York Giants have used to win four Super Bowls since 1986, including two since coach Tom Coughlin took over in 2004.The inability to do that this year is also the reason the Giants (3-4) are facing the prospect of missing the playoffs for the third straight season as they head into a bye weekend.

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Isis Ann Brown pleads guilty in death of aunt

WILKES-BARRE — Isis Ann Brown pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree homicide Thursday in the death of her 78-year-old aunt, Dorothy Koreny of Hanover Township.Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough sentenced Brown to 10 to 20 years in state prison followed by 10 years’ probation, with credit for 209 days already served. She also must make restitution of $8,465 and continue mental health treatment.Vough said he believes mental illness factored heavily...

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Cowboys look to lasso a Colt

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo could barely walk the last time he saw the Washington Redskins. Colt McCoy barely came away with a win in his last visit to the home of the Dallas Cowboys.There’s a good chance they will be the opposing quarterbacks when the Cowboys (6-1) go for a seven-game winning streak for just the second time since 1993 when the Redskins (2-5) visit on Monday night.

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Serena still in the running

SINGAPORE — Serena Williams awoke on Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals crown.Following the worst beating of her professional career on Wednesday, when she won only two games against Simona Halep, it took hours of cajoling and encouragement from coach Patrick Mouratoglou to get Williams in the right frame of mind for her last round-robin contest against Eugenie Bouc...

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Six people charged with trafficking heroin from New Jersey to Luzerne County

SCRANTON — Six people were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they were moving heroin from New Jersey into Luzerne County, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.One of the six could face life in prison if convicted.Desmond Mercer, 26, known as “Dez,” of Edwardsville, has an extensive criminal record on drug related offenses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to court records. Mercer has two drug-related cases pending in Luzerne ...

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