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Air quality report mostly good for Northeast Pa.

Local News WB - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:00
With the haze of coal smoke long gone, ozone smog is at its best-ever levels in Luzerne County, according to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report. That report also contains good news for much of Northeast Pennsylvania. The Scrant

Greiner Packaging earns apprenticeship grant

Local News WB - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:00
PITTSTON TWP. — Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured Greiner Packaging on Wednesday and met four apprentices who are earning while they are learning. The apprentices, Paul Smith, Z

Crestwood expects to lay off 4 teachers, dip into reserves to balance budget

Local News WB - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:47
WRIGHT TWP. — Four teachers rather than 13 will be laid off, and the Crestwood School District will spend $1.2 million of its reserves to balance the budget next year, Superintendent Joseph Gorham said Wednesday.

Wilkes-Barre police on scene of shooting

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:14
WILKES-BARRE — A flurry of gunshots erupted Monday night at an intersection in the city’s North End near the home of the city police commander, who confronted the gunman. Investigators launched a wide search for the suspected gunman, but he remained at la

W-B police investigate shooting

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:12
WILKES-BARRE — A flurry of gunshots erupted Monday night at an intersection in the city’s North End near the home of the city police commander, who confronted the gunman. Investigators launched a wide search for the suspected gunman, but he remained at la

Judge denies motion to dismiss charges against Wyoming County dentist

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
A federal judge denied a Wyoming County dentist’s motion to dismiss charges he illegally prescribed controlled substances to an Olyphant woman who died from an unrelated heroin overdose. Christopher Bereznak, 48, of Clarks Green, is charged with nine coun

Plains Twp. to join in big pharma lawsuits

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
Plains Twp. is joining the legal battle against some of the biggest prescription drug companies in the world, accusing them of enabling the opioid crisis. Following actions by Luzerne County and Wilkes-Barre City, the township is filing a federal lawsuit

W-B officials satisfied home not being used as a ‘sober house’

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — City officials and residents of the Parsons section are satisfied that a controversial “sober house” is not being operated in the neighborhood. But they plan to keep an eye on it. Rick Voelker, who lives near the home at 224 Austin Ave., to

Shavertown mother accused of beating, choking kids

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
KINGSTON TWP. — A Shavertown mother is accused of beating her daughter in the face and choking her son in separate incidents, according to court documents. Bobbie Jean Rodriguez, 31, of 89 E. Center St., is accused of nearly choking her son unconscious be

Man sentenced for aggravated assault

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A city man who admitted choking an infant and beating the child’s mother before escaping police custody was sentenced Monday to serve up to seven years in prison. Derek V. Reich, 30, was sentenced to serve three to seven years in prison aft

Inmate arraigned on urine-flinging charges

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
KINGSTON TWP. — A State Correctional Institution Dallas inmate was arraigned Monday on aggravated assault charges alleging he threw urine in a correctional officer’s face. Donte Morrison, 23, is accused of throwing urine that hit Sgt. John Konycki in the

163 WVW students register to vote

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
PLYMOUTH — A recent drive to register young voters proved to be a great success at Wyoming Valley West High School, according to Luzerne County officials. Out of 187 eligible students at the school, 163 registered to vote, according to a news release coun

W-B police investigate shooting

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A flurry of gunshots erupted Monday night at an intersection in the city’s North End near the home of the city police commander, who confronted the gunman. Investigators launched a wide search for the suspected gunman, but he remained at la

Bear Creek bridge work on Route 115 delayed

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
BEAR CREEK TWP. — A construction project to replace the Route 115 bridge spanning Little Shades Creek, originally scheduled to begin this week, has been rescheduled until the week of May 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Monday. M

Storm forces 125 to evacuate Scranton apartment building

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
SCRANTON — Officials evacuated about 120 elderly and disabled residents who live at Lutherwood because strong winds blew off large portions of the apartment building’s flat roof just before dawn Monday. The roof deck remained in place, but with upper laye

Mountain Top pilot accused of molesting girl to stand trial

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A Mountain Top pilot accused of fondling a girl repeatedly beginning when she was in elementary school waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday, allowing a count of corruption of minors to proceed to county court. Jostein Brakvatne,

Luzerne County Children and Youth gets full license renewal

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
Luzerne County Children and Youth Services will operate under a full license this year. The state Department of Human Services last week issued a certificate of compliance to the agency, which provides services for at-risk children and juveniles throughou

Dallas trying out new technology for buses

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School District has installed high-tech equipment on three buses that will track where the buses are and when students get on and off the buses. The district will use the equipment from Indianapolis-based Synovia Solutions for the

Luzerne County debuts new online map portal

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A new online portal will make it easier to find information about properties in Luzerne County, according to county officials. The county Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping Department recently launched the portal, which can be

Exeter woman charged with welfare fraud

Local News WB - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — An Exeter woman was arraigned on a felony fraud charge Monday alleging she collected more than $4,200 in welfare benefits she was not entitled to get. Laura A. Pomichter, 40, of 122 Rear Schooley Ave., is accused of collecting Supplemental
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