Trial begins for alleged Nanticoke rapist

WILKES-BARRE — A trial began Wednesday for a Nanticoke man who prosecutors say repeatedly raped a woman at knifepoint in 2016. Besides rape, Christopher Bates, 44, is facing charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault. In her opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Cara Lunell Solimine made clear what she thought transpired in […]

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U.S. Marshals capture Wilkes-Barre man wanted on drug, assault charges

WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man wanted on charges he nearly struck a city police officer while fleeing from an alleged drug sale was captured by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday. Jean Jimenez, 27, was apprehended at a residence in the 300 block of McLean Street, Wilkes-Barre, according to a news release from U.S. Marshal Martin Pane. […]

Comments - 12:27 pm - updated: 7:11 pm.

In wake of Hawaii, local man recalls false alert from days as young soldier

SHAVERTOWN — In the wake of a recent false alarm in Hawaii about a pending missile attack, a Shavertown man recalled a similar Cold War incident that also triggered panic and had a far-reaching impact. Fred Walters, former director of the Institute for Public Affairs at Luzerne County Community College, explained the 1960s slip-up as […]

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Toomey endorses Barletta for Senate

HAZLETON — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, has endorsed Lou Barletta for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. In a video announcing his endorsement, Toomey called Barletta a “trusted conservative, and a relentless fighter for hardworking Pennsylvanians.” “When we recently needed an ally in the House to pass the most sweeping tax reforms in a generation, Lou […]

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NAACP celebrates MLK day, closing of WB City Hall for holiday

WILKES-BARRE — On a day that’s meant to celebrate civil rights victories nationwide, the local chapter of the NAACP was celebrating a local victory of its own Monday. The Wilkes-Barre NAACP held its first Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader. But besides celebrating the work of King, […]

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Plymouth council overrides budget veto, refuses to act on Dixon resignation

PLYMOUTH — Borough council was able to override new Mayor Thomas McTague’s veto of its 2018 budget with a 6-1 vote Sunday with Councilman Bill Dixon the only one in opposition. Before the vote, Dixon announced he had submitted his resignation, but council refused to act on it. So for now, Dixon remains in his […]

Comments - 3:49 pm - updated: 10:48 pm.

Luzerne County adding 911 emergency tower sites

Luzerne County’s 911 department plans to construct emergency communication towers at two new sites and build a taller one at a third existing location, officials said. The towers hold antennas and microwave satellite dishes that allow radio communication in the county’s largely forested and mountainous terrain, said county 911 Executive Director Fred Rosencrans. The county […]

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Beyond the Byline: For clarity, look to those ‘60s TV shows

WILKES-BARRE — Have you ever wondered why Baby Boomers turned out to be such good human beings? You can research this all you want, but the answer — the real answer — is that we watched television. Yes, the same medium that is feared today — bastion of “fake news” and all that — TV […]

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Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy

ATLANTA — The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump’s presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump’s own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire […]

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WB man found guilty of homicide after jurors deliberate for almost 8 hours

WILKES-BARRE — After nearly eight hours of deliberations, a jury decided Friday that Tevon “Mulah” Thomas will spend the rest of his life in prison for murder. Thomas, 25, Wilkes-Barre, was convicted of first-degree homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide. Prosecutors say he’s responsible for the shooting death of Irvando “Yardie” Crooks on Sept. 2, […]

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