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Swoyersville man facing charges after fight at club

Local News WB - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A Swoyersville man is facing aggravated assault charges after police say he broke a security guard’s jaw with a punch thrown at a downtown nightclub. Edward Kane Jr., 31, of 250 Tripp St., allegedly laughed and said, “I had to drop him like

Kosher foods prepped and ready for Passover Seders

Local News WB - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 21:00
WAVERLY TWP. — From Scranton to Toronto, hundreds of people will spend their Passover Seders feasting on kosher foods prepared in the Abingtons. Staff at the Jewish Discovery Center in Waverly Twp., prepared and sold about 2,000 portions of food over the

Voters back gas drilling, renewable energy

Local News WB - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 21:00
State voters overwhelmingly favor promoting renewable energy sources over natural gas, according to a new poll released Wednesday. More voters favor natural gas development than don’t, but they think neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor the state General Assembly ha

Hillary Clinton secretly visited Scranton this week

Local News WB - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 21:00
Hillary Clinton sneaked into Scranton pretty much unnoticed Tuesday. The former secretary of state, first lady and Democratic presidential candidate visited the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. The Geisinger Health System owns the medical school

Wilkes-Barre trash collection suspended Friday for holiday

Local News WB - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — City Hall will be open on today, but the Department of Public Works will be closed for the Good Friday holiday, the Mayor’s Office announced Thursday. Residents in East End, Parsons and Miners Mills neighborhoods with a Friday collection da

Memorial service planned for local pastor

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
A memorial service has been planned for a local pastor who also served as a longtime youth sports coach and teacher on the West Side. The Rev. Louis Falcone died in January following a lengthy illness. He was 84. Friends and family will gather for a memor

Pedri: Vehicle registration fee will help fix roads, bridges

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Manager David Pedri on Tuesday made the case for enacting a $5 vehicle registration fee to raise revenue to repair county-owned roads and bridges. Members of county council, which in 2016 rejected the idea of enacting the $5

Pepperjam lays off 20 percent of its staff

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Internet marketing company Pepperjam is laying off 20 percent of staff at its six offices, including its headquarters in the Innovation Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre, company spokeswoman Tara Siegel said. Siegel could not provide a specif

Police: Man stabbed by pregnant girlfriend during breakup in W-B

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A man is in critical condition after his pregnant girlfriend stabbed him in the gut during an attempt to end the relationship, according to police. Natema Yashey Green, 31, of 177 Rear Nottingham St., Plymouth, is facing aggravated assault

Wood carver provides unique sign for W-B deli

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
Two-time world champion wood carver Dennis Beach came to High Street Deli in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday to carve the business’ logo in a tree stump out front. Michael Drozdowski, owner of High Street Deli, said the business has been located in Wilkes-Barre f

Frein’s parents seek to have civil lawsuits dismissed

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
SCRANTON — The parents of Eric Matthew Frein cannot be held responsible for his actions on Sept. 12, 2014, when he killed one state police trooper and wounded another outside the Blooming Grove barracks, their lawyer told a Lackawanna County judge Tuesday

Phone stolen from Northwest Area High School

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
UNION TWP. — Around 1 p.m. on March 21, someone stole a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone from a locker room in Northwest Area High School. Anyone with information is asked to contact state Trooper Kyle Gruber at 570-542-4117. — STAFF REPORT

Cold, snowy March extends ski season

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
A cold and snowy March has Pennsylvania ski area operators rethinking year-end plans. “We decided to make some snow last night,” Montage Mountain spokesman Jeff Slivinski said Tuesday. On Monday, Montage sent a tongue-in-cheek email apologizing for lying

Man sentenced for role in drug ring

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
SCRANTON — A Plymouth man has been sentenced to serve more than two years in federal prison for his role in a Luzerne County drug ring, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Cleveland Linder, 33, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to d

State historical marker going up near Joe Palooka Monument

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
HANOVER TWP. — A state historical marker will be erected next to the Joe Palooka Monument along state Route 309 in Hanover Twp. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced Tuesday it was one of 16 new state historical markers approved. Mem

Wilkes to honor Lawrence Cohen at gala

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
Wilkes University will honor Lawrence E. Cohen, a 1957 Wilkes graduate and chairman of Benco Dental, with the President’s Medal at the upcoming Founders Gala. The gala will be June 2 at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre. The Presid

Recycling regulations begin next week in W-B

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — The city won’t begin enforcement of certain recycling regulations until next week, and it has no free recycling bins to distribute, Mayor Tony George’s assistant said Tuesday. George’s office announced last week that recyclables put out in

Students get hands-on look at arts, sciences

Local News WB - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 21:00
Students at Chester Street Elementary School in Kingston participated in Arts and Science Day on Tuesday.

County council to debate vehicle registration fee

Local News WB - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:00
Luzerne County Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposal to enact a county-wide $5 vehicle registration fee to pay for repairs to county-owned roads and bridges. Counties in Pennsylvania were authorized to enact the fee effective at the start of 2015. It

SCHEDULED ROADWORK

Local News WB - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 21:00
The state Department of Transportation announced the following upcoming road work projects: Interstate 81 Baseball is coming back: Please note there will be traffic issues at Davis Street, I-81 and Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, at the beginning and end o
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