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Wilkes-Barre police union leaders sue city, allege retaliation

The leaders of the Wilkes-Barre Police Benevolent Association have sued the city, alleging recent suspensions and the firing of the union’s vice president were in retaliation for their attempts to bring to light the mismanagement of the department and a call for an investigation of the chief. The suit filed in federal court Jan. 5 […]

Comments - 6:59 pm

Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides; 24 missing

MONTECITO, Calif. — Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched for two dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least 15 victims dead. “It’s just waiting and not knowing, and the more I haven’t heard from them […]

Comments - 6:33 pm

Arena board welcomes new members appointed by Luzerne County Council

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Three appointees to the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, two of them new, were sworn in Wednesday to fill expired seats on the 11-member organization that oversees the operation of the Mohegan Sun Arena. Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley administered oaths to Carmen Ambrosino, Donna Cupinski and Anthony Ryba at the […]

Comments - 4:22 pm - updated: 11:02 pm.

Police: Employee stole money from Wilkes-Barre Township pet store

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A Petco employee was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly stealing nearly $1,800 from the store in less than three weeks. Meghan A. Lloyd, 30, of Dirt Road, Wapwallopen, allegedly provided a statement indicating she had stolen the store’s cash in fraudulent returns but refused to sign when confronted by the store manager Tuesday. […]

Comments - 2:11 pm - updated: 10:07 pm.

Man waives hearing that he drove car connected to Kentucky homicide

WILKES-BARRE — A man charged with driving a stolen vehicle connected to a homicide in Kentucky waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Tuesday. Jose Felix Tlatenchi, 35, of Jones Street, Wilkes-Barre, waived a single count of receiving stolen property to county court. According to the criminal complaint: Wilkes-Barre […]

Comments - 1:23 pm

Man accused of threatening trooper in Butler Twp. traffic stop

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County public defender representing a man accused of fighting with state troopers told a judge his client did not retaliate against a judicial official. But Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza alleged Giovanni Hernandez, 35, threatened to go to a trooper’s private residence, and that warranted the charge. Hernandez made two appearances […]

Comments - 1:16 pm - updated: 9:24 pm.

Testimony in homicide trial describes final moments of drug ringleader’s life

WILKES-BARRE — As he lie on the ground bleeding to death, Irvando “Yardie” Crooks issued a death threat, according to testimony Wednesday. “Call the police,” Crooks said as he was sprawled out on North Sherman Street, with gunshot wounds to his back and his leg. “Mulah’s dead.” Mulah, otherwise known as Tevon Thomas, entered the […]

Comments - 1:00 pm - updated: 11:56 pm.

Woman charged with punching another woman outside Edwardsville bar

EDWARDSVILLE — Sharon Kukosky, 29, of Hoyt Street, Pringle, was arraigned Tuesday in Luzerne County Central Court on charges she assaulted another woman outside a bar. Kukosky was charged with simple assault, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment. She was released without bail. According to the criminal complaint: Police allege Kukosky entered Swizzle Sticks Bar […]

Comments - 12:00 pm

Honesdale High teacher accused of secretly taking photos of female students

HONESDALE — A 34-year-old Spanish teacher has been charged with invasion of privacy for surreptitiously taking inappropriate photos and videos of female high school students, according to State Police. Gaspare Michola Gambino, a teacher at Honesdale High School, took photos of females in his class that depicted close-ups of their breasts as well as photos […]

Comments - 11:27 am - updated: 6:23 pm.

National Aviary in Pittsburgh introduces new baby girl sloth

PITTSBURGH — Her name is Vivien, named after actress Vivien Leigh, love interest of Rudolph Valentino, and she is a baby girl sloth. The National Aviary Tuesday introduced its new Linnaeus’s two-toed Sloth — a baby girl born Aug. 21, 2017 — to the public, and she is already winning hearts. Measuring about 14-½” long […]

Comments - 10:03 am

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