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Thirteen, including 2 current officers, apply for Wilkes-Barre police chief job

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Thirteen people have applied to be the city’s next chief of police, including two current city police officers. City Administrator Ted Wampole provided council members at their work session Tuesday with an update on Mayor Tony George’s sear

Two Avoca polling places to change

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
AVOCA — Polling places for some Avoca residents will be different for the upcoming primary election. Residents in Ward 2 and Ward 3 will vote at the Queen of Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. The polling place for Ward 1 resident is unchanged. It remai

Pringle man charged in child sex sting operation

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
PRINGLE — A borough man was hit with child sex charges this week after state troopers snared him in an online sting operation. Michael A. Laton Jr., 33, of 522 Hoyt St., is accused of setting up a meeting with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy, who in

Police chase suspect faces more charges

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A Glen Lyon man accused of ramming a police car and leading officers on a high-speed chase last month was hit Tuesday with additional charges. Christopher Banks, 36, was already facing 11 charges including aggravated assault, illegal posses

DJ Mo murder trial delayed after gun linked to N.Y. crimes

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — The murder trial stemming from a popular disc jockey’s death nearly five years ago was delayed Tuesday after a defense attorney revealed shell casings police recovered at the scene of the crime came from the same gun that was used in two ot

Dallas teachers plan labor walkout for September

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
Dallas School District teachers will not go on strike this school year and are planning a labor walkout next school year on Sept. 5, union President Michael Cherinka Jr. said Tuesday. The union had announced May 18 as the latest strike date. But teachers

Former coroner to serve up to 20 years for soliciting sex from agent posing as boy

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A former deputy coroner in Carbon and Schuylkill counties is a “sexually violent predator” who will serve up to 20 years in prison for setting up a sexual encounter with what he thought was a teenage boy, a Luzerne County judge ordered Tues

Warrant issued for man suspected of child assault

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Arrick Griffin nearly killed his two-month-old baby boy last year, city police said. On Tuesday, officers filed a warrant for his arrest. Griffin, 22, of 60 Foote Ave., Duryea, is wanted on a warrant to answer charges of aggravated assault

Wilkes receives funding for pedestrian safety enhancements

Local News WB - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes University initiative to improve pedestrian safety and beautify the campus streetscape has received some significant funding for a new project. The university was awarded $1,156,616 for pedestrian safety enhancements on South Frank

Geisinger to launch DNA testing

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
Mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol checks are just a few of the routine screenings saving lives by detecting cancers and heart disease early. Geisinger Health System soon will add DNA sequencing to that list. Geisinger President and CEO David T. Fe

Borough working to organize yard sale

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
FORTY FORT — Borough police are working with residents and business to organize a community yard sale at 9 a.m. Saturday. The borough has an interactive map of locations on its website, and residents can be listed by contacting Chief Daniel Hunsinger at d

The Citizens’ Voice Readers’ Voice Award winners honored

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — The Citizens’ Voice rolled out the red carpet Monday to honor the winners of the 2018 Readers’ Voice Awards. Award winners received plaques upon entering the F.M. Kirby Center and stepping onto a red carpet that led into the venue’s lobby,

City officials drop plans to sell parking garage

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tony George’s administration has abandoned plans to sell the Park & Lock East garage, at least for now. City Administrator Ted Wampole said Monday that a resolution to sell the 453-space facility to Washington & Market Street Properti

Bomb threat shuts down Luzerne County Courthouse

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County Courthouse and surrounding buildings were evacuated of hundreds of people Monday morning because of a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. A similar incident occurred around the same time in Monroe County, a threat a

Mountain Top-based manufacturing firm sold

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
WRIGHT TWP. — A Mountain Top-based manufacturing business that has been family owned for nearly 190 years will be sold to a publicly traded multinational conglomerate based in New York City. The Griffon Corporation recently announced one of its subsidiari

Cross Valley exit closure delayed

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
The closure of a busy North Cross Valley Expressway exit ramp bridge is being delayed by 11 days. The Exit 3 off ramp to River Street in Plains Twp. was slated to close on Thursday, but instead will close on May 21 at 9 a.m., according to Michael Taluto,

Grant money approved for LCCC

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
The state Department of Education approved $2 million in grants for projects at five community colleges, including $210,689 for a paving project at Luzerne County Community College. The college plans to pave several areas on campus, including campus parki

City approves new online policy directives system

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
WILKES-BARRE — The city has settled on a solution to the police department’s outdated and confusing directives system that was criticized in a recent assessment. Police Chief Marcella Lendacky said Mayor Tony George has approved the purchase and implement

Dallas School Board rejects $38.6M preliminary budget

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School Board on Monday twice voted against a $38.6 million preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent property tax increase and now plans to propose a budget next week. Board members said they needed more time to review budget details,

Police seek identity of burglary suspect

Local News WB - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 21:00
KINGSTON — Police are trying to identify a person who broke into an auto parts store Saturday night. Investigators say the burglar broke into the Cee Kay Auto Parts store on Market Street around 9 p.m. Saturday and made off with an undetermined amount of
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