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Gov. Wolf signs stronger lobbying restrictions into law

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed legislation into law that strengthens restrictions for lobbyists and special interests and improves efficiency by requiring lobbying disclosure reports to be filed electronically with the Department of State. “I am proud to sign this bill, which is long overdue,” Wolf said in a news release. “By cracking […]

Comments - 10:23 am - updated: 9:33 pm.

Man loses appeal in 2007 Pittston murder

A state appellate court denied to reduce a lengthy prison sentence for a Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a robbery that turned deadly in Pittston nearly 11 years ago. Sinard Alex Ballard, 30, appealed his sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison that was imposed by Luzerne County Senior Judge Chester […]

Comments - 10:16 pm - updated: 10:51 pm.

Ribbon cut, Justice Grown ready to serve pot patients March 20

EDWARDSVILLE — Janice and David Swire listened intently Friday at the ceremonial opening for Justice Grown, Luzerne County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The Swires, who both battle acute anxiety, have been treated with medications and have even tried herbal remedies. Both said nothing has worked to give them the relief they seek. “We’re here to […]

Comments - 10:07 pm - updated: 1:02 am.

Pa. human services agency touts Wolf’s budget plan for focus on families

WILKES-BARRE — The state Department of Human Services this week highlighted several initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal, including investments in early childhood education to support low-income families struggling to stay in the workforce due to the cost of child care. Wolf proposed a $25 million investment, matched with $5 million in federal […]

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Police: Accused killer also shot artist over tattoo

WILKES-BARRE — Robert Rodriguez allegedly bragged about shooting a tattoo artist in the stomach for “(expletive)-ing up” his ink, causing an infection and scars. That boast, detailed in an affidavit unsealed Friday, was the latest grisly revelation about an alleged spree of violence by Rodriguez, 33, of Plymouth, who also stands accused of shooting two […]

Comments - 9:04 pm - updated: 10:46 pm.

Clubs face legal troubles: Bentley’s has money woes; code issues close Ali Baba

Two area nightclubs that have been dogged by controversy in recent weeks now are facing unrelated legal troubles. The limited liability company behind Bentley’s Nightclub in Ashley is facing foreclosure on its $1.225 million mortgage, according to documents filed in Luzerne County Court, and has delinquent school tax bills in excess of $50,000. Ali Baba […]

Comments - 6:43 pm - updated: 8:52 pm.

Ashley restaurant appeals suspension of liquor license

WILKES-BARRE — A family-owned restaurant in Ashley known for a long list of craft beers and homemade food has filed an appeal over its liquor license suspension. Kelsey’s was cited by the State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with permitting an alcohol sale to an 18-year-old on Oct. 6, 2016. The restaurant on North […]

Comments - 5:31 pm

Police: Wanted man staying at Woodlands Inn arrested with gun, drugs

PLAINS TWP. — Township police investigating a suspicious vehicle outside The Woodlands Inn allegedly found a large amount of illegal drugs, a loaded firearm and arrested a man wanted by state parole authorities. Joel Antonio Rodriguez, 27, of North Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Friday after his arrest Tuesday by township police, state police and […]

Comments - 5:07 pm

Woman charged with robbing Plymouth store

PLYMOUTH — A woman who robbed the Convenient Mart on West Main Street was done in by a traced phone call shortly after the crime, arrest papers say. Janice Mackey, 33, of Newport Street, Glen Lyon, was arraigned Friday on charges she held up the Plymouth store for money to buy drugs. Here are more […]

Comments - 10:46 am - updated: 9:31 pm.

Berwick man will face homicide charges involving death of girl, 3

BERWICK — A man charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl in Berwick last year will face criminal homicide charges in Columbia County Court. Berwick police on Dec. 12 charged Michael A. Crimi, 19, with the death of Isabella Brown, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend Sierra Brown. Police said Isabella Brown was rushed […]

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