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Marino sues elderly woman for defamation

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino sued an elderly woman and her son for defamation, alleging they distributed an email that falsely accuses him of taking a drug industry kickback and having a “big hand” in spreading heroin and opioids at the heart of an addiction epid

New bridal, party planning expo with a Pittston twist

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
PITTSTON — Pittston officials unveiled plans Monday for a different kind of bridal and party planning expo. Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo joined Michelle Mikitish, executive vice president of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, at the Pittston Mem

Convicted double murderer re-sentenced to life with parole

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Convicted double murderer Kenneth Carl Crawford III now has a glimmer of hope. After serving nearly 18 years of a mandatory life sentence, Crawford, 34, was re-sentenced Monday to 52 years to life in prison — a term that makes him eligible

West Virginia suspect caught at casino charged with murder

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Authorities on Monday announced a woman captured at Mohegan Sun Pocono last week has been charged with first-degree murder. Elizabeth Ann Chinn, 32, of South Point, Ohio, is charged with murdering Timothy Pahl, 67, during a burglary of his

Windshield replacements spike in record year for snow plow spending

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
Jeffrey Gretz has never been so busy. The owner of First Class Auto Glass Inc. in Scranton said windshields are cracking far more than usual, a conundrum likely caused by an abundance of anti-skid material spread this winter as road crews battled a seemin

New York man pleads guilty in aggravated assault cases

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A New York man accused in two Hazleton aggravated assault cases pleaded guilty Monday. Christopher A. DeJesus, 22, of Woodhaven, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough. Prose

5 tips for new cannabis patients

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
Pennsylvania’s newest industry comes with a learning curve. More than 7,000 people now carry medical marijuana ID cards to treat illness with cannabis, and thousands more seek them. However, it remains a legal conundrum when it comes to federal law, and i

Local groups receiving grant money from pipeline company

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
Three Luzerne County organizations will receive grants totaling $20,000 from Williams Companies, the company building the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Northeast Pennsylvania. They are: n WVIA Public Media, which is getting $4,000 to support educational pr

Hazleton man sentenced for trying to touch, kiss juveniles

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man accused of using drugs and trying to touch and kiss three juveniles in a backyard last year was sentenced Monday to three to 18 months in the county jail. Steve Salcedo, 28, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of corrup

Hazleton man, 80, sentenced for sexual relationship with minor

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — An 80-year-old Hazleton man who admitted having a sexual relationship with a minor that spanned eight years was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison. Arthur P. Dittman pleaded guilty in January to a count of involuntary deviate sexu

Hanover Twp. aggressive driving crackdown results in 127 citations

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
HANOVER TWP. — Township police announced Monday they issued 127 citations during a month-long crackdown on aggressive driving. Police made 121 traffic stops between March 19 an April 29, issuing 79 tickets for speeding, 14 for not using a seat belt and tw

Medical marijuana producers see stigma fading

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
PHILADELPHIA — More than two months after the first licensed shops opened in Pennsylvania, medical marijuana producers still struggle to keep dispensaries stocked. Despite demand that regularly outpaces supply in many shops, growers and sellers alike are

Penn State branch puts new name in place today

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
To move into the future and put the local Penn State campus on the map, the university dropped the Worthington and today officially becomes Penn State Scranton. “With the new name, it’s going to honor the Scranton family as well as kind of give a more reg

Jackson Twp. supervisor voted to statewide board

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
JACKSON TWP. — Jackson Twp. Supervisor Jay Wilkes was voted to the executive board of a statewide organization representing Pennsylvania townships. Wilkes is the secretary-treasurer of the board for the Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors, wh

Hazleton area officials voice oppositionto proposed $5 vehicle fee

Local News WB - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:00
Representatives of some of Luzerne County’s southernmost communities are asking why their citizens should pay to maintain county-owned roads and bridges when none exist within their municipal boundaries. Officials in Hazleton City and Hazle Twp. voiced op

Lehman Twp. man pens book about his travels

Local News WB - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 21:00
LEHMAN TWP. — Back in 1962, Jerry Shilanski hopped aboard the caboose of a train leaving the Coxton Rail Yards in Duryea with his sights set on the World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington. Over the course of 15 days, he hitchhiked across the country before ar

Plains Twp. man saves boy from drowning in South Carolina

Local News WB - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 21:00
When he heard cries for help for a young boy who was trapped underwater, Shaun Skursky stopped what he was doing and jumped into the water to save the boy. The boy was caught in an intake tube in a lazy river attraction at a resort in North Myrtle Beach,

Escaping the bad-job rut

Local News WB - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 21:00
Dear J.T. & Dale: I can’t seem to get out of a bad-job rut. I’ve worked in restaurants and construction, and now I’m working for a moving company. All are brutal on my body. The only reason I keep doing them is because the pay is better than at office job

Turnpike plan to expand internet access in area

Local News WB - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 21:00
A plan to turn Pennsylvania Turnpike right-of-way into an information superhighway with high-speed, fiber-optic broadband internet has begun unfolding, with completion expected in three to five years. Since October 2016, the turnpike commission has hired

Students learn about the environment

Local News WB - Sun, 04/29/2018 - 21:00
Lake-Noxen Elementary School held an educational environmental event for its students at the school in Harveys Lake on Friday. ‘Grow with the Flow’ taught students about creating and maintaining healthy environments for the plants, wildlife and people of
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