Dallas teachers postpone strike date as board rejects health proposal

DALLAS — Dallas teachers will not go on strike next week. They pushed back a potential strike date from Jan. 22 to March 5 even as a new union proposal was rejected by the school board Wednesday night. The union asked the district for a health plan that would include no premium share or personal […]

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Trio arraigned on cruelty charges as judge orders they surrender all dogs

SHICKSHINNY — Three people were ordered by a district judge to surrender all dogs in their care during their arraignment on felony cruelty charges Wednesday. John Dancho, 70, his girlfriend, Michele Starkey, 55, both of Wapwallopen, and his daughter, Amanda Dancho, 26, of Freeland, are each facing a staggering number of charges — 11 felony […]

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Former volleyball coach to spend time behind bars for sexting students

WILKES-BARRE — A former high school volleyball coach who admitted to sending sexually explicit texts to girls on his team was sentenced to prison Tuesday. Nicholas Diaco, 27, of Luzerne, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas to three to 23 months in the county lockup, followed by 18 months on probation. Diaco […]

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Taxpayer seeks tactic for Dallas School Board to gain advantage on teachers

DALLAS TWP. — Clarke Bittner wanted to know why if the Dallas School District does not have a contract with its teachers is their health care paid when they go on strike. Bittner asked the question at Monday’s school board meeting. He was fishing for a way the district could gain some leverage on the […]

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No agreement in Dallas School District negotiations – strike date looming

DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas School Board and the Dallas Education Association are not close to a contract agreement, school district attorney Vito DeLuca said on Monday. The union does have a second strike date filed for Monday, Jan. 22. John Holland, of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, would not confirm if the teachers still […]

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Police: Parole violator, weapons found inside Berwick residence

BERWICK — Police and the U.S. Marshals apprehended a man wanted for violating parole and allegedly discovered illegal drugs and firearms inside his residence on Thursday. Police said Charles Townsend, 36, was located at 1611 W. Front St. where a loaded handgun, crystal methamphetamine, heroin, prescription medications, marijuana, drug packaging materials and cash were allegedly […]

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Luzerne County restaurant inspections: Jan. 3 to 9

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time […]

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Gang member wanted in New York found and arrested in Hazleton

HAZLETON —An underage gang member who is wanted in New York on an attempted murder charge was found and arrested in Hazleton on Saturday morning, according to police. According to the police report: The New York City Police Department’s Queens South Gang Unit investigated a gang assault in March between the 17-year-old male, who is […]

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Hazleton police confiscate gun after report of shots fired

HAZLETON — City police confiscated a stolen firearm and a man is in custody after a report of shots being fired early Friday morning, according to a police report: According to the report: Officers responded to a report of shots being fired in the area of 7th Street and Emerald Court at 12:53 a.m. The […]

Comments - 12:48 am - updated: 12:53 am.

Report: Trump lawyer brokered $130,000 payment to porn star

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn star to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal. Trump met Stephanie Clifford, whose goes by the name Stormy Daniels in films, at a golf event […]

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