DA: Remains exhumed from Hanover Twp. cemetery have been identified

Investigators have learned the identity of at least one of the individuals exhumed from a Hanover Township cemetery in 2016, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s office has announced. The information will be released at a press conference Thursday at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in West Hazleton. On Sept. 26, 2016, representatives from the DA’s […]

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West Hazleton man charged in pistol-whipping of teen

HAZLE TWP. — A West Hazleton man was arraigned Wednesday for his alleged role in the pistol-whipping a 16-year-old boy in September. Omar Alexis Vargas, 27, of West Green Street, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was arraigned […]

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Wolf annonces liquid fuels funding; Wilkes-Barre getting $1.16M

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the distribution of nearly $489 million in 2018 liquid fuels payments to municipalities statewide to help them maintain local roads and bridges. The distribution marks a $22.8 million, or 4.9 percent, increase over the $466.2 million distributed in 2017. Luzerne County’s allocation totals $11,560,345, with Wilkes-Barre getting the […]

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More cars outside casino vandalized with spray paint

PLAINS TWP. — More vehicles were vandalized with spray paint outside the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino this week, adding to the number of cars being tagged in Plains Township and Wilkes-Barre. Township police reported a Dodge Ram pickup and a Ford Explorer were spray-painted with red paint while parked outside the casino Tuesday night. And […]

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Luzerne County may buy building next to prison for $100K

WILKES-BARRE — A warehouse next to the Luzerne County prison would be put to good use if the county buys it, the administration said at a recent council real estate committee meeting. Owned by Joseph Dotzel and J-H Smith Co., the building at 121 Water St. has been occupied by a private painting contractor for […]

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Man accused in domestic sees most charges dropped WILKES-BARRE — A man from Chambersburg accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Monday. Krishawn Bowe, 26, will now face charges of strangulation and terroristic threats in county court. Prosecutors withdrew charges of aggravated assault, […]

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Bryson: Manufacturing not key to region’s economic comeback

SCRANTON — If Pennsylvania’s economy is going to make a comeback, it won’t be through manufacturing, according to Jay Bryson, a nationally known global economist at Wells Fargo Securities. Bryson was the featured speaker at Wednesday’s Economic Outlook Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. The […]

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Construction to begin on Route 115 bridge in Bear Creek Twp.

BEAR CREEK TWP. — Construction on the Route 115 (Bear Creek Boulevard) bridge, spanning Little Shades Creek in Bear Creek Township, is scheduled to begin as part of a PennDOT Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Construction is expected to start the week of April 2 and be complete in July. During this time, drivers will utilize […]

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Miccarelli announces he will not seek re-election

The Delaware County lawmaker who was the focus of state Rep. Tarah Toohil’s restraining order will not be seeking re-election. State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Ridley Park, issued a statement Wednesday announcing his decision to have his name removed from the May 15 primary ballot. “After much personal reflection and consultation with my family, staff and […]

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PIAA pushes championship basketball games back due to weather

Winter Storm Toby has forced a change in plans for the PIAA basketball finals. The games, which were originally scheduled for this weekend, will now be played March 27 through March 28. Hazleton Area will face Lincoln in the Class 6A semifinal at 1p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem High School. The new schedule for the games […]

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