Plains Twp. man gets his wish: He’s buried with cheesesteaks

PLAINS TWP. — A Wyoming Valley man who always joked that he didn’t want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia. According to his grandson, Dominic Lussi, when asked what he wanted to take […]

Comments - 11:41 pm

Harveys Lake councilman sentenced to house arrest for DUI

WILKES-BARRE — A Harveys Lake councilman was sentenced to house arrest this week after pleading guilty to driving under the influence. Thomas Kehler, 64, must serve a minimum of 90 days on house arrest and could face up to a year. Kehler’s location will be monitored electronically. Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy also ordered […]

Comments - 11:28 pm

West Pittston man charged with having sex with teen for two years

WEST PITTSTON — Charges have been filed against a West Pittston man who police say had sex with an underage girl for approximately two years. Authorities also believe the man filmed some of the alleged sex acts. Mendel G. Fernandes, 38, was charged Thursday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault, […]

Comments - 10:27 pm

Crestwood recognizes departing school board director

WRIGHT TWP. — On a night when the Crestwood School Board took time to salute the longevity of Director Eric Aigeldinger, the board also announced it is considering the purchase of more real estate near the secondary campus. It was stated the board has entered into negotiations for the possible purchase of 3 acres at […]

Comments - 10:20 pm - updated: 1:13 am.

Outgoing Northwest Area director lauded for accomplishments

UNION TWP. — In advance of its yearly re-organization, the Northwest Area School Board will need to select a new chairman after it was stated this week that Michael Kreidler is concluding his term on the nine-person panel. Kreidler, who didn’t seek re-election, is culminating a 10-year tenure. During the course of the meeting, Kreidler […]

Comments - 9:38 pm

WB mayor does about-face on garbage sticker program, sticks with bags

WILKES-BARRE — Upon further review, Mayor Tony George wants to bag the garbage sticker program he proposed to raise revenues in his 2018 budget and stick with the bags residents already use. He’s asking them to pay more for the bags, however. The about-face was a result of city council not going along with the […]

Comments - 9:29 pm

New LCCC scholarship honors state Sen. Yudichak’s father

NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College and state Sen. John Yudichak hosted a recent reception to celebrate the establishment of the Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship at the college’s Campus Center rotunda. Established in 2017 by the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, the $50,000 Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship honors the life […]

Comments - 8:53 pm

Council chair: Luzerne County tax hike not warranted for 2018

A proposed 2 percent Luzerne County tax hike should be off the table for 2018 because the county’s debt repayments will decrease $5.3 million next year thanks to recent refinancing, county Council Chairwoman Linda McClosky Houck reiterated this week. McClosky Houck said there may be confusion about the tax-avoidance option because the $5.3 million is […]

Comments - 6:14 pm - updated: 6:17 pm.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge recovering from heart attack

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The wife of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge says he’s in the early stages of recovery from a heart attack, a day after undergoing an emergency heart procedure. Ridge, 72, a two-term governor of the state from 1995 to 2001, remained hospitalized in critically stable condition Friday in Austin, Texas, where […]

Comments - 2:12 pm

Woman who shoved 12-year-old misses sentencing; warrant issued

WILKES-BARRE — A warrant has been issued for a Wilkes-Barre woman who failed to appear at her sentencing after she pleaded guilty last month to violently shoving a 12-year-old girl. Marlenea Uravage, 30, pleaded guilty to simple assault Oct. 11, admitting she shoved Presley Keeney to the ground May 28 outside of a convenience store […]

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