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Fish Commission to open regional office in West Pittston armory

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
WEST PITTSTON — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has finalized a plan to open a new regional office at the former Pennsylvania Army National Guard armory on Susquehanna Avenue. “It’s a win for West Pittston and a win for the PA Fish and Boat Comm

Agents: Edwardsville man planning sex with teenager busted in sting

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — An Edwardsville man was arrested during a sting operation Tuesday morning after the 14-year-old boy he planned to meet for a sexual rendezvous turned out to be an undercover agent, according to investigators. Authorities say that after

Sinclair announces plans to sell 3 local TV stations

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. will sell three local TV stations as part of its purchase of another national media company with area ties. Sinclair will sell 23 stations across 15 states, including Fox 56 WOLF-TV, The CW-affliated WSWB and MyNetworkTV-affi

Girl Scout gives little boy with cerebral palsy a chance to swing

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
DALLAS — A little boy with cerebral palsy will soon get to swing at his neighborhood park just like the other kids thanks to a local Girl Scout. Chase Cunningham, 3, who is turning 4 on Monday, can’t support himself on a regular swing due to his condition

County council keeps $5 vehicles registration fee on table

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A proposed $5 fee on all vehicles registered to Luzerne County addresses is still alive, despite vigorous opposition at Tuesday night’s county council meeting. Council voted 7-4 to introduce an ordinance that would authorize the fee, which

Local restaurants, supermarkets unaffected by lettuce E. coli outbreak

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
FAIRVIEW TWP. — When news of tainted romaine lettuce reached Bob Orloski, he did not panic. His own delivery of romaine came from a greenhouse at a local farm, far from the reaches of the national supply chain for the lettuce that the federal government i

W-B woman accused of passing fraudulent checks

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
A Wilkes-Barre woman passed fraudulent checks while attempting to steal thousands from a Hazle Twp. woman, court papers say. State police at Hazleton said someone stole the victim’s mail in early December. Stephanie Y. McNeil, 22, of South Meade Street, t

Wilkes-Barre police Taser man who struck officer

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A city man had to be subdued with a Taser after hitting an officer in the face during a struggle Monday evening, according to police. Donte Douglas, 32, of 38 N. Sherman St., is accused of causing the officer’s nose to bleed profusely after

Resolution for top W-B police officials to resign rescinded

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A proposal to request the resignation of the city’s top police leadership is gone. During Tuesday’s work session, councilwoman Beth Gilbert rescinded her resolution asking police Chief Marcella Lendacky and Patrol Division Commander Ronald

Hospital: One-day nurses strike won’t affect staffing

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
By Denise Allabaugh First Hospital in Kingston and Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton will be fully staffed and operational when registered nurses plan to strike today, hospital officials said. They would not say, however, who will staff the hospitals. “We

After more than a decade, partners selling Midvalley health club

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
BLAKELY — Friends and partners Robert Bishop, Joseph DiPasquale and George Havirlak pooled their cash more than 30 years ago to open a health club, and now they’re hanging it up. They’ve hit retirement age, so they are selling the Spectrum Health & Racque

Pittston Twp. officials settle federal suit filed by officer

Local News WB - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:00
PITTSTON TWP. — Officials have settled a federal lawsuit a police sergeant brought alleging township supervisors and the former police chief conspired to force her out of the department, according to a court filing Tuesday. Sgt. Lena Angelella filed suit

Magazine post alleges racial tension between Crestwood, Hazleton

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
Racial tension between Hazleton Area and Crestwood students is alleged in an Instagram post from National Geographic magazine. The Instagram post references an article in the magazine’s April edition — devoted entirely to race — about the impact of the gr

Police: Driver charged in Hanover Twp. hit-run

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
HANOVER TWP. — Investigators say they have arrested the driver who fled after striking a pedestrian Saturday night on Oxford Street, leaving the victim in critical condition. Police charged Emiliano Hernandez, 44, of Hanover Twp., with accidents involving

County CYS holding sock drive for kids in need

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Children and Youth Services is holding a “Box of Socks” charity sock drive for the rest of this month, county Manager David Pedri announced Monday. The agency is collecting new socks for school-aged children in need, Pedri sa

W-B Area seeks dismissal of wrongful termination suit

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — An attorney for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District argued Monday that a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former Coughlin High School administrator Stephen Stahl should be dismissed. The district fired Stahl, 51, of Hunlock Creek, in

Allied begins project to unite pediatric services

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Two-year-old Gene Oscielowski, who has autism and hip dysplasia, undergoes physical therapy in one area of Allied Services John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and speech therapy in another. His mom, Rachel Strouse of Plains

Trial starts for professor fired for posting offensive video

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE ­— A former Marywood University professor knew he would likely be fired for posting two satirical videos that portrayed school officials as Nazis, but he did it anyway. Dr. Frederick Fagal Jr.’s predictions proved true as he was fired about t

Public hearing on county contract ordinance tonight

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — The public will get a chance today to comment on a proposed ordinance that Luzerne County Councilwoman Linda McClosky Houck says would provide greater transparency for large county contracts. County council will hold a public hearing at 5:3

PennDOT announces summer road projects

Local News WB - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:00
HONESDALE — State transportation officials unveiled a $464 million summer road and bridge construction program Monday for six Northeast Pennsylvania counties that will affect 610 miles of roads and 83 bridges. In Luzerne County, the Pennsylvania Departmen
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