Report: Luzerne among state’s least healthy counties

We are frequently in physical distress, have generally poor social and economic conditions and don’t sleep well — all factors that help put Luzerne County at 60th out of 67 Pennsylvania counties when it comes to “health outcomes,” and 56th regarding “health factors.” In short, findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual health rankings […]

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March 8 to 14

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time […]

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Family of dead man accuses WB General of employing mentally unfit doctor

WILKES-BARRE — An amended complaint filed this week suggests that a former Wilkes-Barre General Hospital doctor was not only negligent when he accidentally killed a patient, but was also improperly credentialed and even mentally unfit. Bernard Ford, 62, died in April 2016, eight days after Dr. Noel Estioko ordered an emergency airway assistance procedure. Ford, […]

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Luzerne County seeking prison medical, mental health provider

WILKES-BARRE — Still reeling from the deaths of four female inmates since June, Luzerne County government is shopping around for a prison medical and mental health services provider. County council had approved a three-year contract with Kansas-based Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in March 2015 as part of a prior administration’s recommendation to partially outsource the […]

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New Forty Fort business teaches shooting tactics though simulation training

FORTY FORT — Vietnam veteran Michael Thomas has been shooting competitively for 29 years and he wants his grandson, Adrian Thomas, to learn about his hobby too. “This would be a great starting point if I wanted to shoot competitively,” said Adrian, referring to simulated shooting. “I’m having a blast.” Redcon Tactical Simulation Training held […]

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Tour will show PSU’s Hayfield House from servants’ perspective

LEHMAN TWP. — It began life as a coal baron’s mansion and became part of a college campus, but there’s another side of Hayfield House’s history that most visitors don’t hear about. An upcoming tour aims to change that. “Imagine being a servant in the 1930s and shown the ballroom in Hayfield House,” said Megan […]

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Easter Bunny, Disney royalty come out to help roller derby league

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Roller Radical Kaila Sakowski was more than happy to don an Easter Bunny costume Saturday morning to welcome youngsters to a fundraising breakfast at Applebee’s that featured Disney princesses Elsa, Anna and Merida. ​When the person originally slated to play the Easter Bunny was unable to fulfill her duties, Sakowski, a team […]

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Beyond the Byline: A great Irish celebration for St. Patrick’s Day

WILKES-BARRE — Yesterday, I dined on some really good ham and cabbage with a couple of potatoes and a lot of carrots and I washed it all down with a few sips of Guinness. Another St. Patrick’s Day celebration has arrived for this Irish/Polish guy who has never worn his ethnicity on his sleeve, but […]

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Police: Teen suspected of drinking rolls car on busy Hazleton stretch

HAZLETON — A teenager suspected to be drunk and driving at a high rate of speed lost control of his vehicle and rolled it multiple times on a busy stretch of road here Saturday morning, police report. According to a press release from Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale: Romer Martinez Nunez, 19, was operating a […]

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Property transactions

The following real estate transactions have been recorded in the Luzerne County Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the week of March 12: • The estate of Marie Degnon to Michael Anthony Campenni, 12 Salem Dr., Laflin Borough, $117,000. • JLSMS Holdings LLC to SM Rental Properties LLC, State Route 502, Pittston Township, $125,000. […]

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