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Man wanted in New Jersey accused of assault in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE —A man already wanted for a felony was arrested for assaulting a female in a domestic dispute Tuesday, officers say. Police responded to a report of an altercation involving physical violence on West River Street shortly before 1 p.m. Officers knocked down the door of the apartment and found the victim, a 19-year-old female, […]

Comments - 1:15 pm

PSU Wilkes-Barre shows off new science center renovations

LEHMAN TWP. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre dedicated its new science center Wednesday, showing off $3.5 million in renovations. The centerpiece of the three-year project is the upgraded chemistry lab, which was built in the 1970s. The new lab includes LED lighting, safety showers, eyewash safety units, student work stations, new chemical storage areas, and completely […]

Comments - 10:57 pm

CornellCookson adding 40 new jobs to Mountain Top plant

WRIGHT TWP. — CornellCookson, a rolling door and grille manufacturer, is creating 40 new jobs. The company hopes the positions will provide opportunities for families with child care challenges and college students in need of extra income. Jessica Falatko, vice president of human resources, said the move is in response to an increasing demand for […]

Comments - 10:33 pm

Wilkes-Barre mayor fires officer who is union vice president

WILKES-BARRE — Police union vice president Dan Duffy was fired by Mayor Tony George, as the long-running feud between the union and administration seems to have reached a new low point. George confirmed he fired Duffy on Tuesday, but did not want to say much more. “It’s a personnel issue. I’m not going to discuss […]

Comments - 10:11 pm - updated: 8:42 am.

NYC man convicted of weapons offense after Hanover Twp. stop

WILKES-BARRE — A former New York City man stopped three years ago in Hanover Township was convicted Tuesday of a felony for possession of a firearm and ammunition, prosecutors say. On Nov. 20, 2014, police spotted Tyrone Greene, 43, driving at night without lights, authorities report. Hanover officers later detected the odor of marijuana coming […]

Comments - 9:28 pm

Pittston OKs three payments for streetscape work

PITTSTON — Streetscape work continues in the city as council members approved three resolutions Wednesday. One resolution involved the payment of $338,980 to Kobalt Construction, of Pocono Summit, for work on Columbus Avenue to Winter Street and a portion of Plank Street. A second called for $406,045 to American Asphalt Paving, of Shavertown, for work […]

Comments - 9:23 pm

Blindness doesn’t hold back Luzerne County assistant public defender

Luzerne County Assistant Public Defender Steph Fernandes has come to expect personal questions from her juvenile clients when they realize she is blind. The 28-year-old Kingston resident assures their often embarrassed parents she is not offended by such probing because demystifying her life shows others a blind person can thrive independently. “Most people do not […]

Comments - 8:52 pm

Bear roaming South Wilkes-Barre caught, relocated

WILKES-BARRE — When Sheri Robzen saw the men with guns walking along the house, she had no idea they were looking for a bear in South Wilkes-Barre in the middle of the afternoon. It was around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Robzen was helping 90-year-old Jeannette Garber straighten up her house on Mallery Place. “They were […]

Comments - 8:28 pm

Rep. Kaufer announces electronics recycling event set for Nov. 2

FORTY FORT — Residents across the Wyoming Valley can participate in an upcoming electronics-recycling event at the Luzerne County soccer fields in Forty Fort. It’s set for Thursday, Nov. 2, from 3-6 p.m. Those who want to recycle need to pre-register with their municipality and purchase a tag, which will cost $25 per car, truck […]

Comments - 7:42 pm

‘War zone’: Police describe Walmart shooting scene as trial continues

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre City Officer Alan Gribble was handed a photo of the Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township during the second day of Scott Sargent’s trial. When asked to identify the scene, Gribble said in a hushed tone: “That was the war zone we were at that day.” Meanwhile, after Wednesday’s lunch break, Sargent’s defense brought […]

Comments - 6:40 pm - updated: 8:43 am.

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