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Police: Stolen clothes found in store robbers’ getaway car

ASHLEY — Clothing recovered from a wrecked vehicle involved in a police pursuit last weekend was allegedly stolen from a store at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Borough police Wednesday charged John Ricko, 32, of Glen Lyon, and Melissa Ann Doran, 32, of Warrior Run, with receiving stolen property after clothing from JCPenney was found inside […]

Comments - 8:48 pm

Luzerne County to decide if slot machines allowed at truck stops

Luzerne County Council members have until Dec. 30 to act if they do not want slot machines in truck stops, the administration said. State lawmakers approved gambling expansion legislation in October, allowing up to five video gaming terminals at truck stops in counties that currently have casinos. Luzerne County is in the mix, with the […]

Comments - 8:39 pm

With so few WW II vets left, we must vow never to forget Pearl Harbor Day

WILKES-BARRE — Right before our eyes, “the Greatest Generation” is dwindling away. On this, the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the importance of remembering our World War II veterans grows more and more significant. And they are dying quickly — according to U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, we are losing 372 veterans […]

Comments - 7:42 pm

Lincoln Plaza residents could return to apartments soon

WILKES-BARRE — A day after a fire killed two women and displaced more than 150 people from the 11-story Lincoln Plaza, efforts were being made Wednesday to have tenants on certain floors return to their apartments. Dave Skutnik, regional communications director for the American Red Cross, said the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority was making progress on […]

Comments - 6:44 pm

Wilkes-Barre man reported missing

WILKES-BARRE — A city man diagnosed with dementia was reported missing Wednesday. Police said Stephen Rivera, 48, has not been seen since he left his Carlisle Street residence at about 8:15 a.m. Rivera is diagnosed with dementia and left his residence without his daily medications and cell phone. He is described as a white male, […]

Comments - 6:03 pm

Older half of alleged father-son drug-dealing team waives hearing

WILKES-BARRE — Accused of being the older half of a father-son heroin-dealing team, a Hughestown man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. Meanwhile, a hearing for the son was continued to early next year. Floyd Powell, 55, waived the hearing before District Judge Michael Dotzel, sending a felony charge of possession with intent […]

Comments - 3:12 pm - updated: 10:14 pm.

Another charge against robbery-spree suspect sent to county court

WILKES-BARRE — The case against a Hazle Township man allegedly responsible for a one-man crime spree last month is now moving to county court. Raymond Bolling, 41, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Michael Dotzel on Wednesday, sending a charge of criminal attempt to commit robbery to trial. This charge comes […]

Comments - 2:33 pm - updated: 10:00 pm.

M&T Bank distributes $62,000 in grants to local non-profits

WILKES-BARRE — M&T Bank on Wednesday distributed $62,000 to 30 local nonprofits to fund their initiatives for children in need. The nonprofit organizations are based in Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. Representatives from the recipient nonprofits were presented with checks by M&T Bank Regional President Phil Johnson. In an emailed news release, M&T Bank said […]

Comments - 1:56 pm

At this Pop-Up Shop, it’s time to ‘get oiling’

WILKES-BARRE — Denise Ogurkis of 3girlsoils says “it’s time to get oiling.” Now what exactly does that mean? On her website, Ogurkis offers this: ”Let’s say you wish you had more energy, a little extra pep. Or you wish to smooth the appearance of your skin, or be able to unwind more easily after a […]

Comments - 1:01 pm

State police seize computers from Hunlock Township church

HUNLOCK TWP. — State police executed a search warrant for “allegations of misconduct” at the Roaring Brook Baptist Church on Wednesday morning. Sgt. James Dunleavy would not disclose the nature of the investigation, citing a sealed search warrant. At least two computer towers were seized as evidence from the church on Prichards Road. Pastor Dan […]

Comments - 12:40 pm - updated: 10:21 pm.

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