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WILKES-BARRE


Guilty plea entered


in ‘12 stabbing case


A Hanover Township man pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a 2012 stabbing and fight on Lee Park Avenue.


Michael Mackenson, 41, admitted to one count of simple assault in an appearance before Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni.


According to an affidavit, Mackenson confronted Reginald Mikell, of Lee Park Avenue, on the night of Aug. 26, 2012, as Mikell walked in the area of Lee Park Avenue and Division Street. There was animosity between the two over an argument that took place several weeks previously, police said.


Mackenson stabbed Mikell once in the chest, police said. Mikell was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for his injury.


Charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct were dropped before Mackenson’s plea.


Pierantoni sentenced him to serve six months less one day to 12 months less two days in county prison, followed by two months’ probation. While Mackenson was given credit for 373 days of time already served, he will be returned to Pike County to face unspecified charges there, according to court documents.


Mackenson also must perform 15 hours of community service, undergo an anger-management evaluation and pay $34,365 in restitution.


HANOVER TWP.


LCTA Rt. 14 won’t


stop on Willow St.


Luzerne County Transit Authority is adjusting Route 14, the Nanticoke/Glen Lyon bus.


Starting Monday, buses will no longer use Willow Street in Hanover Township but will use Elm Street between Main Road and the San Souci Parkway.


PLAINS TWP.


Chris Daughtry to


play free concert


“American Idol” winner Chris Daughtry is to play a free acoustic performance in Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.


Daughtry is to go on stage at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Breakers bar.


On their weekday morning show, KRZ radio hosts Rocky & Lissa are holding a giveaway for a chance to win wristbands and a meet-and-greet with Daughtry. On weekday afternoons, KRZ hosts Jeff & Amanda will hold the same giveaway.


The concert is a bracelet-only performance, and those attending must be 21 or older. Bracelets will be distributed starting at 9 a.m. on the Sky Bridge on a first-come, first-served basis.


HARRISBURG


Bill would expand


improvement effort


Lawmakers on Wednesday proposed expanding the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone program to aid struggling cities across the state.


Under the bill proposed by state senators John Blake, D- Archbald, and Judy Schwank, D-Berks, the state Department of Community and Economic Development would increase the CRIZ awards to 15 from two. The program aims to spur economic development and revitalize communities.


Wilkes-Barre, the only eligible city in the county, did not submit an application last year. Nanticoke, Pittston and Hazleton would be eligible under the expansion.


Forty-five of the state’s 53 third-class cities, including Scranton and Harrisburg, were immediately precluded from consideration under that existing law. Reading was one of eight cities that remained eligible for the program but was shut out of participation after DCED selected Lancaster and Bethlehem for inaugural CRIZ involvement.


After 2016, the state would add two cities every year to CRIZ, regardless of population. There would also be five pilot programs for boroughs and townships of at least 7,000 people, compared to just one under the current language. Additionally, Act 47 communities would receive priority status if they applied for CRIZ participation.




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