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Police: Rifle used in trooper ambush

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The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday.Releasing a profile of the killer, Lt. Col. George Bivens said investigators are focusing on the possibility that he had an “ongoing issue with law enforcement or the government” and was targeting the Blooming Grove barracks specifically.


Coughlin’s ‘Pink Game’ has special meaning

WILKES-BARRE — In the final seconds of Monday afternoon’s field hockey game, Brigid Wood of Coughlin and Holy Redeemer’s Greta Ell shared a hug.Though opponents that day, the two have played sports together since they were little kids and the simple gesture was enough to finally bring Coughlin head coach and Brigid’s mom, Colleen Wood, to tears.It was the annual pink game for Coughlin field hockey. The event, which is held to raise funds for breas...

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Luzerne County Council Chairman Rick Morelli compelled to testify in divorce proceeding

WILKES-BARRE — For nearly 40 minutes inside a Luzerne County Courtroom on Monday, county Council Chairman Rick Morelli testified about his five-year relationship with Deana Pickett.Morelli, 43, of Sugarloaf, said the relationship with Pickett, 36, of Dallas, was sexual at a time when they were both married to other partners. Morelli’s divorce from his wife became final earlier this month.Deana Pickett filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Paul Pickett...

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Vets: Staffing key issue at local VA

PLAINS TWP. — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center currently has no veterans on its electronic waiting list and 95.5 percent of appointments are scheduled within 30 days, the medical center’s director, Dr. Michael Adelman said Monday at a veterans town hall at the hospital.But Adelman admitted there is room for improvement, and several veterans provided examples of that, including claims that employees ignore veterans waiting in line for service to inaccuracies in reimbu...

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Kingston police: thefts from unlocked vehicles on the rise

KINGSTON — Kingston Police are advising residents of a recent increase in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles throughout the municipality.Residents are asked to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables from the vehicle to avoid a theft.Police advised residents to contact 911 if they see any suspicious people near their homes or vehicles, especially during the nighttime hours.

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Maday assumes helm of Downtown Business Association

WILKES-BARRE — It’s good when you have Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Shivers the River Cat and an Irish leprechaun all on your team.It’s even better when one person is all of those characters — and then some.John Maday, the affable, tireless downtown advocate, was named interim president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, replacing John Chaump, who reigned last week to take a promotion with Barnes & Noble that requires him to relo...

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Luzerne County gets first payment from Sterling parking lot use

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County has received its first payment garnished from parking fees at the former Hotel Sterling lot.County solicitor David Pedri said on Monday that the county received a check for $11,675 from LAZ, the company with which CityVest has an agreement to administer parking services. The payment is CityVest’s share from parking fees collected May 1 through July 31.“It’s obviously a small step owed toward a $6 million mortgage, how...

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Wilkes-Barre Area renews minority hiring efforts

WILKES-BARRE — Ronald Shivers stood up and made the same appeal he has given the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board periodically for years: What is being done to increase the number of minority teachers?It’s an issue that has bedeviled the district for the last decade as the number of minority students has grown while the teaching staff remains overwhelmingly white. Shivers made the same case he and others have made before: Minority students benefit by “seeing people ...

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Former deputy sheriff sentenced on theft charge

WILKES-BARRE — A former Luzerne County deputy sheriff who admitted to taking $375 from a prisoner transport fund for personal use was sentenced to the county’s accelerated rehabilitation disposition program on Monday.Judge David W. Lupas sentenced Donald Lasoski, 35, of Wilkes-Barre, to six months in the special probation program for first-time offenders.Lasoski was accused by county detectives of removing $375 from the fund that was kept in a safe inside the...

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Police reports for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Man allegedly stealsBlu-Ray playerHAZLE TWP. — State police Saturday said Eric Joseph Garrity, 33, was charged with felony retail theft after he was caught leaving the Kmart store in the Laurel Mall with stolen merchandise in his pants.Garrity was apprehended shortly after he allegedly left the store with a Samsung Blu-Ray player that he removed from its packaging and placed in his shorts, state police said.Po...

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Comets win emotional game, 2-0

WILKES-BARRE — With the opposing team and plenty of fans wearing pink in support of Coughlin’s head coach Colleen Wood, the Crusaders beat Holy Redeemer 2-0 Monday in an emotional field hockey game played at Guthrie Field.Wood, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, stood on the sidelines and watched as her team came out and played aggressive from start to finish.The eighth minute of the first period saw Coughlin score the first goal of the game, when...

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Vikings put Peterson back in play

/EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants “everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday’s 30-7 home loss to the New...

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Lots of Luck for Eagles

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the brightest spots of the Eagles’ Week 1 win over Jacksonville was the pressure the Birds managed to bring on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Henne was sacked only three times, but he was under duress a lot more than that. Passes were tipped, passes were hurried, timing was disrupted a lot more than has been common lately for the Eagles’ defense, which ranked 32nd against the pass in 2013. Henne completed 12 of his final 27 passes, for 99 yards.

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On hard decision for Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn’t sure if Greg Hardy will play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers and that the team hasn’t considered releasing the Pro Bowl defensive end who is involved in a domestic violence case.Rivera said Monday that Hardy will continue to practice and attend team meetings, but he won’t make a decision on if he plays until later this week.The Panthers plan to continue to gather information in what Ri...

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Gotzel shoots 1-under par in Comets win

Jason Gotzel shot a one-under par (35) to earn medalist honors and lead Crestwood to a 152-167 win over Wyoming Valley West in a high school golf contest at Irem Country Club (par 36) on Monday.Teammate Tyler Papura shot a 36.Valley West’s Dave McCue shot a 37.Coughlin 180, Tunkhannock 186Led by medalist Ryan Keyes, who shot 39 at Shadowbrook Golf Course (par-37), the Crusaders picked up the victory on the road.Coug...

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On Campus

Ryan Zapoticky has played just two games in his red-shirt freshman season with the Shippensburg football team but he has already helped put a teammate into the school’s record book.Zapoticky (Dallas) hit wide receiver Trevor Harman for a 33-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter in the Raiders 47-21 victory over Edinboro. Harman now has totaled a team record 324 points.Zapoticky, who is sharing quarterback duties with junior Chris Lawshe, completed nine of ...

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O’s, Nats near East titles

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles are now close enough to their first division title since 1997 that there’s really no need for scoreboard watching and magic numbers.Opening up their three-game series with the second-place Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles’ path to the postseason was simple: Win two of the games and punch a ticket to the playoffs.And the Orioles took one humongous step toward winning the American League East...

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Papelbon suspended, claims cluelessness

All we have to go off is photo and video evidence and the claims of those involved, but Jonathan Papelbon staunchly maintained that what second-base umpire Joe West professed he saw — and what many others felt they saw — during Sunday’s ninth inning was misinterpreted.After blowing a three-run lead against the Marlins, Papelbon walked toward the dugout as boos rained down from the Citizens Bank Park crowd. As he neared the steps to the dugout, the Phillies closer ...

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