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Legislation will aim to help grandparents raising grandchildren

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimously approved legislation that would create a federal task force to support grandparents raising grandchildren as the opioid epidemic increases their numbers. U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-

Woman pleads guilty to hitting bicyclist, fleeing

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
A 33-year-old Maryland woman whose vehicle struck and injured a bicyclist last April in Tunkhannock could face as much as 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to the hit and run. Kecia S. Magdin, formerly of Mehoopany, but now residing in North East,

Magician Criss Angel brings 'RAW' show to Kirby Center

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Illusionist Criss Angel brings his critically acclaimed “Raw — The MindFreak Unplugged” to Wilkes-Barre this May. Angel plans to wow audiences at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. The magician dominates the wo

Ali Baba nightclub allowed to reopen

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — A downtown nightclub that city officials shuttered two weeks ago for a fire code violation has been allowed to reopen. Building Code Officer Dan Kratz said Friday that officers inspected the Ali Baba Liquor Lounge on South Main Street on Th

Community service award nominations being accepted

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Nominations are now being accepted for the “Rose Brader Community Service Award,” which will be presented by the United Way of Wyoming Valley at its 26th Annual Day of Caring Breakfast and Awards Event on May 17. This award is designed to recognize an adu

Want free ice cream for life?

Local News WB - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 22:00
Turkey Hill Dairy’s Ultimate Flavor Tournament promotion will award someone a lifetime supply of ice cream or iced tea. The promotion pits 32 of Turkey Hill’s best ice cream and iced tea options against each other to determine the best flavor in the Turke

Opioid education event scheduled

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
Geisinger Health Plan and DJ Choices will present a free opioid awareness and education event so the public can learn how they can help students make positive choices and connect with those providing addiction support and treatment options. The event will

County activist files complaints over alleged conflict of interest

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — Citizen activist Brian Shiner on Wednesday filed ethics complaints against Luzerne County officials over a contract county council approved Tuesday, which Shiner says violates the county charter and ethics code. Shiner said he filed 34 comp

Faith and firearms: Commitment ceremony features a lot of firepower

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
DREHER TWP. — Proclaiming a God-given right to self-defense, several hundred members of a church in Wayne County attended a marriage blessing ceremony Wednesday featuring semi-automatic rifles symbolically as the “rod of iron” referenced in the Bible. Wor

Convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — As he was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for murdering a former drug associate, Tevon Thomas maintained he’s an innocent man. While Thomas told the slain man’s family he felt sorry for them, prosecutors slammed the alleged Crips gang

Dispute over W-B officers’ pensions, extra compensation goes to court

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — A dispute over whether several forms of compensation above and beyond the base pay of city police officers should be used to calculate their pensions has made its way to Commonwealth Court. Officials with the Wilkes-Barre City Police Benevo

Human remains in shed were male, DA says

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
PLAINS TWP. — The human remains found in a shed fire at a Plains Twp. trailer park on Saturday are those of a male, and not a female as authorities originally reported, according to Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis. Firefighters discov

Dallas strike again pushed back

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
The union representing Dallas School District teachers has again pushed back the strike date. Teachers had been planning to go on strike Monday. The new strike date is April 13. The union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the school dis

ICE takes 9 into custody

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
About 12 people were detained and nine reportedly were taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as Weatherly police investigated a case of sexual harassment that happened at a borough pizza shop, police say. Weatherly Sgt. Mike Bogar

LCTA evening bus service to start with 30 days of free rides

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
The first month of evening bus service in Luzerne County will be free this spring. The Luzerne County Transportation Authority board of directors on Tuesday approved a proposal to make the first 30 days of the LCTA’s new nighttime bus service fare-free, a

Blues Traveler concert postponed

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
The Blues Traveler concert at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre was postponed Wednesday and rescheduled for August. The concert, which will now take place at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, was canceled due to a band member’s illness, said venue officials. Tickets for

Unpredictable storm likely to bring rain, wind, snow

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
March is starting with a winter storm. Rain today will give way to snow and heavy winds Friday as temperatures drop in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy, wet snow on trees and gusting winds could lead to red

Free flu clinics set for county residents

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
Free flu vaccine clinics have been scheduled for residents of Luzerne County. The clinics will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 6, and 1 to 3 p.m. March 15 at the State Health Center, 665 Carey Ave., Suite 2, Wilkes-Barre. Resid

Keep quad/ATVs off city streets

Local News WB - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:00
WILKES-BARRE — The City of Wilkes-Barre is reminding residents that it is against ordinances to operate quads/4-wheel all-terrain vehicles on city streets. Police are actively patrolling for violations of this ordinance. Anyone found operating a quad/ATV
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