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Crestwood board’s leadership remains in place

WRIGHT TWP. — With the exception of three newly elected directors, the makeup of leadership on the Crestwood School Board will remain the same: Bill Jones will serve a second consecutive term as president; Joseph Kaminski is the vice president; and William Thomas is treasurer. They were elected unanimously Thursday night at the board’s annual […]

Comments - 11:09 pm

Plymouth firefighters lament reduction proposal as budget vote nears

PLYMOUTH — Part-time firefighter Josh Evans recently arrived at Goodwill Hose Company No. 2 late in the afternoon for his scheduled shift. Evans said he would be available at a moment’s notice to leave the fire house should a blaze break out within the borough. Evans said at $10 an hour, he wasn’t working as […]

Comments - 10:59 pm - updated: 11:01 pm.

Luzerne County DA Salavantis seeks reconsideration of budget cuts

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has asked county council to reconsider recent 2018 budget cuts in her office, saying she has “grave concerns.” “We took a major beating this budget cycle,” Salavantis said Friday. A council majority approved $95,769 in cuts to the district attorney’s proposed budget Nov. 28, reducing her allocation to $4.41 […]

Comments - 9:06 pm

Man struck by vehicle while crossing intersection near Market Street Bridge

WILKES-BARRE — A man was struck by a vehicle and injured Friday afternoon while crossing South River Street at the Market Street Bridge. The man was taken by Wilkes-Barre city ambulance to a nearby hospital. His name and condition were not available. Another man who did not want to identify himself said he was with […]

Comments - 4:51 pm - updated: 6:39 pm.

Probation revoked for associate of man who allegedly set deadly Laflin fire

WILKES-BARRE — An associate of the man who police say killed three children by setting a fire in Laflin has been sent back to prison for violating her probation in an unrelated case. Tyla Griffin, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced this week by Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy to 70 days to one year […]

Comments - 2:52 pm - updated: 10:02 pm.

Trial date set for Fairmount man accused in shotgun slaying

WILKES-BARRE — A trial has been set for a Fairmount Township man who police say was involved in a fight that started as playful but ended deadly. Keith Williams, 41, allegedly shot Brock Earnest, 40, of Montandon, once in the chest with a shotgun at Williams’ home in January. In an order signed this week […]

Comments - 1:48 pm - updated: 9:26 pm.

Hearing in DJ MO homicide reset, one defendant had no attorney

WILKES-BARRE — An accused killer’s argument of sovereignty — not bound by this country’s laws — wasn’t the issue that held up his preliminary hearing Friday in the 2013 shooting death of Michael “DJ Mo” Olney. Roberto Battle did not have an attorney, so District Judge Rick Cronauer assigned Battle a public defender. Cronauer rescheduled […]

Comments - 12:26 pm - updated: 10:40 pm.

Car connected to Kentucky homicide found in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A city man was arraigned Friday on charges he was driving a stolen vehicle that may be connected to a homicide in Kentucky, court records say. Jose Felix Tlatenchi, 35, of Jones Street, and a woman were spotted driving a 2003 BMW from his residence to a department store in Wilkes-Barre Township on […]

Comments - 11:34 am - updated: 10:16 pm.

Man shot in neck and killed at Wilkes-Barre residence

WILKES-BARRE — A city man was shot in the neck and killed when he was approached by two people at an apartment building in the 500 block of South Franklin Street on Thursday night. The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 28-year-old Kervin Lee Garcia. Police said Garcia suffered a gunshot wound to […]

Comments - 6:31 am - updated: 10:29 pm.

Police proposal draws ire from some Laflin residents at raucous meeting

LAFLIN — Tensions peaked between residents, Laflin council members and Jenkins Township Supervisor Bob Linskey at a special meeting Thursday over the attempted effort to push through a $65,000 annual contract that would allow Jenkins to act as the borough’s police force for 2018. Linskey, who is also chairman of the Regional Police Study group, […]

Comments - 11:53 pm

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