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Maddon back home in Hazleton and still helping

HAZLETON — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is back in his hometown of Hazleton, and he’s back helping again, too. Maddon on Thursday donated backpacks from his Respect 90 nonprofit to Catholic Social Services of Hazleton. The backpacks are designed to help homeless people in the area. Maddon’s annual fundraising dinner for his Hazleton One […]

Comments - 11:53 pm

Misericordia commencement speaker sparks controversy

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University senior Michael Dubinski supports his school’s decision to have the Rev. James Martin speak at the school’s winter commencement Sunday. Dubinski, who is slated to graduate in May, is aware of Martin’s book, which promotes building a relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community. He also knows there […]

Comments - 10:40 pm

Avoca council approves 2018 budget with no tax hike; police deal also OK’d

AVOCA — Council members approved a 2018 budget Thursday which totals $1.102 million, marking the first time this borough has operated on a budget of more than $1 million. The spending plan calls for no tax increase, which means the property-tax rate will stay at 2.3 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every […]

Comments - 10:25 pm

Hazleton attorney disbarred by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

A Hazleton attorney who was facing disciplinary action resigned from practicing law and was disbarred Thursday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Jonathan Douglass Ursiak submitted his resignation Dec. 1, according to the court order. Ursiak, 46, who was admitted to the state bar on March 22, 2004, said his resignation was voluntary. “I am submitting […]

Comments - 9:29 pm

Judge denies motion to withdraw charge for accused murderer

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge this week denied an accused murderer’s motion to dismiss one of the charges against him. Tevon Thomas, 25, and Keanu Pinnock, 20, both of Wilkes-Barre, are accused in the fatal shooting of Irvando “Yardie” Crooks on Sept. 2, 2016, in a North Sherman Street home. Thomas was charged with […]

Comments - 9:22 pm

WB firefighters’ pay hike cost city less than legal fees in arbitration process

WILKES-BARRE — From the city’s standpoint, the wage increase recently awarded to firefighters via arbitration doesn’t put it in a bind — even though its legal fees for the process wound up costing more than the pay hike itself. If the city simply agreed to the demands of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local […]

Comments - 8:38 pm

LCTA will raise fares in 2018

It will cost more to ride on Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses in the new year. The authority announced earlier this week that its fares will increase, starting on Jan. 5. The base fare will increase 25 cents from $1.5o to $1.75. Transfers will increase from 5o cents to 75 cents. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_2018-PublicNotice-FareChanges.jpg

Comments - 3:00 pm

Wilkes-Barre man cited in Canada following crash that killed officer

A Wilkes-Barre man won’t face criminal charges in a crash that killed an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick, Canada, according to a police news release. Vasiliy Meshko, 31, of Eastview Drive in the Mineral Springs apartment complex, is facing two traffic citations — driving without due care and attention plus […]

Comments - 2:32 pm - updated: 8:48 pm.

Man charged in Berwick 3-year-old’s death nabbed in Florida

A man wanted for the death of a 3-year-old Berwick girl last month was captured in Florida on Thursday, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Michael Crimi, 19, was picked up in Port Orange, Fla., on an arrest warrant obtained by Berwick police charging him with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of […]

Comments - 1:05 pm - updated: 11:12 pm.

Conyngham man charged with violating PFA

BUTLER TWP. — A Conyngham man serving a probation sentence for violating a restraining order by contacting his ex-wife was arrested for the second time in as many months. Ryan Petrill, 29, of Main Street, was arraigned Thursday in Luzerne County Central Court on a single count of indirect criminal contempt. He was jailed at […]

Comments - 12:47 pm - updated: 10:58 pm.

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