Police union says focus on date of apology ignores larger issues

WILKES-BARRE — The administration’s squabbling over the date of a police commander’s apology to an officer ignores bigger problems in the department, the head of the police union said. The focus should be on the split between the chief and the men and women subjected to constant second guessing and questioning by the department leadership, […]

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Penn State Wilkes-Barre holds Mental Health Awareness Day

LEHMAN TWP. — Erin Maloney learned she copes with stress well after taking an assessment at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Mental Health Awareness Day held Friday. The 21-year-old admitted her tendency to procrastinate can create self-inflicted stressful situations. However, her habit of going to the gym to participate in physical activities releases pent-up stress. “I cope […]

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Documentary on Pa. town ravaged by mine fire to be screened Sunday

CENTRALIA — The Centralia mine fire started over half a century ago in the summer of 1962 at the southern tip of Columbia County. It’s still burning today — and experts say it could burn for decades to come. The underground fire has forced almost an entire town — with a population of more than […]

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Wilkes-Barre pair accused of allowing house to be used for meth production

SCRANTON — Two Wilkes-Barre residents were indicted this week for renting space at their 75 Park Ave. home to people who were operating a meth lab, authorities say. The indictment against Michael Laurey and Amy Casey, both 38, was unsealed Thursday following their arrests, according to a press release from federal prosecutors. Between June 2016 […]

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Walmart shooter found guilty of most charges; facing decades in prison

WILKES-BARRE — After about two hours of deliberation, a jury found Scott Sargent guilty Friday of all but two of the 24 charges he was facing. Police say Sargent, 33, of Shenandoah, opened fire on police in the parking lot of the Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township on Oct. 17, 2015. He was found guilty on […]

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Vehicle owner reports acid-like liquid thrown on his car, damaging it

WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating an incident where they say someone threw an acid-like substance on a vehicle, damaging it. Officers responded to a location on Sylvanus Street Thursday morning for a 45-year-old man reporting the damage to his vehicle. According to the owner, someone threw an acid-like substance at the driver’s side of the […]

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NRA criticized for ‘murder insurance’

ATLANTA — The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later. Some are calling it “murder insurance,” and say that rather than promoting personal […]

Comments - 12:49 pm - updated: 12:51 pm.

Workers launch one-day strike at First Hospital in Kingston

KINGSTON — Sarah Nulton, mental health technician at First Hospital, doesn’t often take a scheduled work day away from her patients. But Friday found Nulton in front of the hospital instead of inside it, because she had something to say about ongoing staff issues which she said put patients and staff at risk. Nulton joined […]

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‘You are my slave:’ School ends Civil War dress-up activity

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Officials at a Georgia elementary school say there will be no more Civil War-related student dress-up activities after its “Civil War Day” sparked conflict among students, parents and others. Big Shanty Elementary School, part of the Cobb County School District, last month invited fifth-graders to dress up as characters from the […]

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Luzerne County Council contenders air views at forum

KINGSTON — In rapid-fire delivery, all 10 Luzerne County Council candidates conveyed their views on a range of topics within allotted time limits during Thursday’s Wilkes-Barre Area League of Women Voters forum at Wyoming Seminary. Voters are free to choose five council contenders of any party affiliation in the Nov. 7 general election. The league […]

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