Pittston library’s scarecrow festival combines fun, learning

PITTSTON — The colors of autumn aptly set the stage Saturday for Pittston Memorial Library’s Scarecrow Festival. Carol Coolbaugh, manning the front desk, said pumpkins that were offered to the first 100 children were gone in the first 15 minutes of the event. “Not only were the children having fun with the wonderful display of […]

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DePasquale: Surveys show schools, local governments fear cyber-attacks

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week said recent surveys conducted by his office show a majority of school districts and local government officials are concerned about cyber-security and expect the risks will increase. “While a lot of attention, rightly so, is being put on the data breach at Equifax, we cannot ignore the […]

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‘In the event of a nuclear attack’: U-Hawaii’s curious email to students, staff

Many schools go to great lengths these days to ensure their campus communities are ready for whatever emergency might arise, such as a hurricane, blizzard or, worse, an active shooter. The University of Hawaii took their preparedness a step further this week with an email to students and staff that began, “Subject: In the event […]

Comments - 3:06 pm - updated: 3:11 pm.

Police: Man stabbed in back at Sherman Hills complex in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A man was stabbed in the back at the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex about 8 p.m. Friday, and a Plymouth resident was arrested for the assault, police say. The victim, a 32-year-old male, was “bleeding profusely” when officers arrived, according to authorities. The suspect, Terrence Bell, 29, was tracked down by officers and […]

Comments - 12:03 pm - updated: 4:38 pm.

Police respond to apparent shooting in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Police were on the scene of an apparent shooting early Saturday morning in the Hanover Village apartment complex. A resident of the complex, who would not give his name, said he was sitting on his couch when he heard about 15 shots being fired at about 11 p.m. He then heard a […]

Comments - 12:52 am - updated: 8:53 am.

Attorney says developer still committed to downtown Wilkes-Barre project

WILKES-BARRE — Almost two years after a $28 million hotel and conference center was announced for the downtown, only vacant buildings and empty lots occupy the site. Private and city-owned properties have been sold to Sphere International LLC, the New Jersey-based developer behind the 10-story building proposed for prime real estate at the intersection of […]

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Wilkes-Barre believes it can sell former Sterling site if Guard passes

WILKES-BARRE — If the former Hotel Sterling site is no longer in play as the location for the new headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance, the city said it has others interested in the property. City Administrator Ted Wampole said he’s still waiting to hear from Berkshire Hathaway Guard about its plans before issuing a […]

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Luzerne County awards natural-gas recreation funding

WILKES-BARRE — Instead of granting larger earmarks for a select few, Luzerne County Council members opted to hand out smaller, equal shares of leftover natural-gas recreation funding to 14 municipalities and two nonprofits for parks, playgrounds and other projects. Each will receive approximately $4,424. A total $70,782 was available. County Manager C. David Pedri pulled […]

Comments - 10:35 pm - updated: 3:08 pm.

Courtdale woman, 22, gets three to six years after killing man while driving drunk

WILKES-BARRE — The Courtdale woman who pleaded guilty to killing her backseat passenger in a DUI wreck was sentenced to prison Friday. Audrey Sutton, 22, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. to three to six years in a state prison for a count of homicide by vehicle while driving under the […]

Comments - 10:22 pm - updated: 2:40 pm.

$6.5M settlement for family of man killed by rock crusher

LANESBORO — Wesley Sherwood’s family has agreed to a $6.5 million settlement with two companies after he was killed by falling into a rock crusher in 2011. Sherwood’s estate was represented by the Pisanchyn Law Firm of Scranton, who said in an email Friday that the quarry Sherwood was employed by agreed to pay $4 […]

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