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Charges withdrawn in child-rape case after White Haven defendant dies

WILKES-BARRE — The case against a White Haven man accused of raping a child has been dropped after the defendant’s death. Teddy Newton allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a child, and he was facing four felony counts of child rape. However, in a filing by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Wednesday, the […]

Comments - 6:54 pm

Dorrance Township rejects mini-casinos, approves budget with no tax hike

DORRANCE TWP. — While enacting a $806,765 budget for 2018, supervisors this week also approved a resolution to oppose the establishment of mini-casinos in the township. Acting on information provided by solicitor Sean Logsdon, the supervisors — William Wengryznek and Kevin Gallagher — voted to enact a resolution prohibiting these casinos. Logsdon said they were […]

Comments - 6:44 pm

Months-old Luzerne County ethics complaint still in envelope

Luzerne County’s ethics commission received a complaint in July, but nobody has even unsealed the envelope to read it yet. The reason: the envelope must be opened by an outside attorney under the council-adopted ethics code. And the commission has been unable to find lawyers, even though it has posted repeated public advertisements. Due to […]

Comments - 6:13 pm

Case against alleged child rapist on hold pending competency hearing

WILKES-BARRE — It’s still unclear if a West Hazleton man who allegedly admitted to raping a 6-year-old boy will be deemed competent enough to even have a preliminary hearing. Sebastian Wardingo, 19, was in court for a competency hearing Wednesday, but the hearing was continued for the second time. Wardingo was arrested in June after […]

Comments - 3:01 pm - updated: 10:42 pm.

Family Dollar robbery suspect asks to be freed because he may lose apartment

WILKES-BARRE — Jailed and unable to post bail on robbery charges, John Ricko Jr. asked to be released Wednesday because he may lose his apartment. But Ricko, 32, was told to “stay put” because he may face additional charges related to the aftermath of an alleged robbery at Family Dollar in Ashley earlier this month. […]

Comments - 2:51 pm - updated: 11:15 pm.

If you’re looking for art, stop by JAMS Art Collaboration Studio

WILKES-BARRE — In their regular jobs at Pepperjam, Alan McLaughlin and Jordan Semar are required to do whatever their clients want. By day, McLaughlin and Semar are graphic artists at Pepperjam, an Internet advertising agency. By night and in their spare time, McLaughlin and Semar are partners in JAMS Art Collaboration Studio, an art project […]

Comments - 1:35 pm

Police seek information on alleged wallet thief at Tunkhannock-area Walmart

EATON TWP. — State Police are looking for a woman who they say stole another woman’s wallet at a Walmart near Tunkhannock. The theft occurred just after 4 p.m. Dec. 1 after a young woman dropped her wallet on the floor after buying some things, troopers report. A short time later, police say a middle-aged […]

Comments - 12:30 pm - updated: 9:02 pm.

Give your body what it needs — kombucha

WILKES-BARRE — Natalie Lynn said she has always loved science and food, so her business — Natalie’s Craft Kombucha — combined both. Lynn, 30, of Elysburg, brews and sells her own brand of kombucha — a fermented beverage that starts with caffeinated black or green tea and sugar, which are ingested by a symbiotic colony […]

Comments - 10:25 am

You can ‘book’ a great gift at the Osterhout’s Pop-Up Shop

WILKES-BARRE — One of the most reliable Christmas gifts over the years as been a good book, and you can find plenty at the Friends of the Osterhout Library Holiday Pop-Up Shop. The Friends of the Osterhout Library is operating one of 12 local small businesses participating in the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shop program […]

Comments - 10:18 am

Sample fine wines at Nawrocki Imports

WILKES-BARRE — While doing your holiday shopping, you might want to stop by Nawrocki Imports to sample something to take the edge off. Nawrocki Imports is an importer of fine wines from around the globe, and you can check them out at their location in the Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Midtown Village, just off of […]

Comments - 10:07 am

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