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PennDOT announces higher speed limit for I-380

Jul 24

HARRISBURG — State Transportation Secretary and Turnpike Commissioner Barry J. Schoch Wednesday announced that beginning the week of Aug. 11 PennDOT plans to begin piloting a 70-mph speed limit on two interstates, including a 21-mile stretch of Interstate...

Fire by Friction

Jul 24

The kids' hands were getting sore and the wood was getting warm.

Luzerne County 911 urges street name change after fatal fire

Jul 24

Letter asked Conyngham Township to rename Main Street
After a fatal fire May 15, Luzerne County's administration sent Conyngham Township officials a letter asking them to consider renaming Main Street in the Mocanaqua section to something unique.

Attorney for city wants paramedic's federal suit against Wilkes-Barre dismissed

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — An attorney for the city asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by an employee who said he was retaliated against for filing an earlier suit alleging insider trading in the sale of the former Old River Road Bakery and other...

Lake-Lehman students attend career camp

Jul 23

LEHMAN TWP — Two Lake-Lehman high school seniors attended a career exploration camp, the school board announced at Monday night's meeting.

Catalytic converters taken from 2 vehicles in Wilkes-Barre

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — City police reported the following:• Two people reported on Wednesday that someone had stolen the catalytic converters from their vehicles.

No new sentence for serial thief

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Judge David Lupas denied modifying the sentence for Peter Naperkowski, who previously pleaded guilty to a series of robberies to support a drug habit.

Around Town Bicycles Saturday morning rides continues

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Area bicyclists are invited to participate in the weekly Saturday Morning Ride coordinated by Around Town Bicycles, which departs at 7:30 a.m. from the bicycle shop located in the rear of 59 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Local vet inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame

Jul 23

DALLAS — John Emil Sr., 67, of Dallas, has been honored recently for his service to local veterans by state Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, at College Misericordia following his 2012 induction into the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center Hall of Fame.

Farmers Market 'Nature Discovery Day'

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Today's Farmers' Market on Public Square will feature “Nature Discovery Day” where children and adults can learn about the Kirby Park natural area, native and invasive insects, local wildlife, water conservation and...

NFL Notebook Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's

Jul 23

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and...

2nd reported sexual assault of a 9-year-old in 3 days in Wilkes-Barre

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a reported sexual assault against a child Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of Prospect Street.The mother of the victim, a 9-year-old girl from Wilkes-Barre, reported the alleged assault.

Richard Petty part of 40,000-pound donation to Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank

Jul 23

Racing legend to appear at announcement next month
MOUNTAIN TOP — Racing legend Richard Petty will be in the area next month to announce a donation of 40,000 pounds of protein to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.

Powell, Moran satisfy FNCB judgments

Jul 23

“Kids for Cash” figure Powell and former prothonotary Moran satisfy obligations to bank
WILKES-BARRE — “Kids for Cash” scandal figure Robert Powell and former prothonotary Jill Moran satisfied judgments obtained by First National Community Bank according to documents filed in Luzerne County Court Wednesday.

Restaurants sought for Nanticoke's first 'Wingfest'

Jul 23

Nanticoke's Patriot Square Activity Committee is seeking local restaurants to compete in the inaugural “Wingfest” contest for the “Best Wings in the Valley Contest.”

Dallas vet inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame

Jul 23

DALLAS — John Emil Sr., 67, of Dallas, was honored for his service to local veterans by state Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, on July 14 at College Misericordia following his 2012 induction into the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center Hall of Fame. Boback presented...

Wilkes-Barre promotes four police officers with a combined 63 years of experience

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Four city police officers with a combined 63 years of experience were promoted Wednesday during a ceremony at City Hall.

Vet claims VA didn't tell him he had cancer

Jul 23

Michael Keslosky III has filed a $4M malpractice claim
WILKES-BARRE — A death sentence.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Luzerne, Lackawanna counties

Jul 23

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.The watched is in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

Injuries reported as car, dump truck collide in Dallas

Jul 23

DALLAS — Police and fire personnel are on the scene of a crash involving a dump truck and a car on state Route 309 near the Offset Paperback plant.The crash occurred around noon. One person was reported injured. A large...

Pa. Turnpike unveils signs in new 70 MPH zone; I-80 to also see speed limit increase

Jul 23

MIDDLETOWN — Pennsylvania moved ahead with steps impose a 70 mph speed limit on sections of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Scranton region labeled as unhappiest

Jul 23

SCRANTON — A Canadian study ranked Scranton as the least happy American region.

Orders issued in Ovalles cases

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Two Luzerne County judges issued orders in cases involving Joshua Ovalles, convicted of shooting one man and accused of killing another.

Wilkes-Barre man gets 5 to 10 years for sexual assault of girl, 15

Jul 23

WILKES-BARRE — Melvin Hall, 38, of Wilkes-Barre was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison for his guilty plea to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in May 2012.

Average gas prices for July 22

Jul 23

The area's average gas price did not change overnight, but it is still down a nickel from last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, the state and nationwide:

Sunshine today before rain, storms arrive for the midweek

Jul 23

Sunshine will dominate the skies today before thunderstorms impact the Wyming Valley into the midweek.

Auditor General: DEP struggles to keep up with booming shale industry

Jul 23

The Pennsylvania Auditor General's office on Tuesday released a report that shows the state Department of Environmental Protection has missed the mark in policing the natural gas industry.

Luzerne County 911 dispatch problem blamed on staffing shortages

Jul 23

Report says not enough dispatchers were working at time of fatal fire
Staffing shortages at Luzerne County 911 played a role in the dispatching of emergency crews to the wrong municipality in a May 15 fatal blaze, according to a union report presented to county council Tuesday.

Accreditation renewed at Misericordia University

Jul 23

DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University has completed a nearly two-year review to successfully maintain accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, though the process did help the school identify 30 areas that need improvement, President Tom...

Strelish, Henderson still cashing LCTA paychecks

Jul 22

Two officials accused of criminal offenses will be paid for another 7 to 10 weeks
KINGSTON — Two Luzerne County Transportation Authority officials charged last month in connection with the Ghost Rider scandal will continue receiving paychecks for another seven to 10 weeks.

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

Jul 22

DANVILLE — Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — to keep her alive.

Trinity Episcopal Church presents awards

Jul 22

Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston celebrated Trinity Sunday on June 15 by honoring those who have worked over the years to establish and maintain an Episcopal presence in West Pittston. The church presented two special awards. Marie Hoover received the Trinity...

Wilkes-Barre swears in newest firefighter at City Hall ceremony

Jul 22

Travis Temarantz, 25, started firefighting at 14
WILKES-BARRE — Praise from the mayor and the fire chief highlighted Tuesday's swearing in of the city's newest firefighter/EMT, Travis Temarantz.

Wilkes-Barre police investigating alleged child rape

Jul 22

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating a reported sexual assault against a child Monday afternoon in the 100 block of South Sherman Street, according to a police report.

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

Jul 22

ASHLEY — The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Report: Failure to raise levee in Wilkes-Barre, Plymouth could mean greater flood risk

Jul 22

Flood insurance rates also could rise without higher barrier
WILKES-BARRE — If the height of the levee in Wilkes-Barre and Plymouth isn't increased by about a foot, it's possible that flood plain residents in those communities could be at a greater flood risk and see flood insurance rates rise in a few...
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