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Ricketts Glen tower replacement to require complete draining of lake

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The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Wednesday that replacement of a dam control tower will require complete draining of Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park.According to a DCNR news release, the dam depends on the tower to regulate the pool level of the lake, however the tower is deteriorating and must be replaced.The project to replace the tower should last about a year, cost about $800,000 and is scheduled to begin in spring 2015, the release said.Angling regulations have been temporarily lifted in order to reduce the number of fish in the lake ahead of a state Fish and Boat Commission fish salvage this fall, the release said.


Scranton man charged with sex trafficking of minor

SCRANTON — A man from Scranton was indicted by a federal grand jury for sex trafficking of a minor setting up meetings with clients at motels in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Sean Cantelmo, 28, allegedly conspired with others to coerce a teen girl to engage in prostitution and illegal sexual activity from February through May.The indictment issued Tuesday alleges Cantelmo used a cell phone to post ad...

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Superior Court upholds sentence in strip club robbery

HARRISBURG — A state appellate court has upheld a lengthy state prison sentence for a Philadelphia man convicted by a Luzerne County jury in robbing a strip club in Plymouth Township.Kevin Williams, 32, was sentenced in July 2013 to 10 to 20 years in state prison after he was convicted of robbery, trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal conspiracy.State police at Wyoming said Williams and William Gronosky, 31, of Na...

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Mother reports her teen son was inappropriately touched

WILKES-BARRE — City police said a mother reported she believed her 15-year-old son was inappropriately touched while in a residence on Coal Street on Monday. The son did not accompany his mother when she reported the alleged assault on Tuesday.Police did not release further information.

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LLHS grad Erica Johnson completes 72-day cross country bike trip

Erica Johnson thought climbing the Appalachian Mountains on a bike was challenging … until she hit the Rocky Mountains.“Climbing the Rockies is something I’ll never forget,” said Johnson, a former Lake-Lehman athlete who learned of the difficulties involved while taking part in the Ulman Foundation’s 4K for Cancer.The 72-day, 4,000-mile cross country bike ride to raise funds for cancer education and support started in Baltimore where the fou...

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Is Chief Gerard Dessoye leaving Wilkes-Barre Police Department?

WILKES-BARRE — There may be a major shuffle soon of leadership at the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and security at King’s College.An independent newspaper reported this morning that Wilkes-Barre police Chief Gerard E. Dessoye has accepted a position at King’s College as head of campus security and will be stepping down as chief of the WBPD and city Detective Joseph J. Coffay Jr. would be named as the new chief.Mayor Thomas Leighton said today he has n...

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Joe Martin: Heart disease deaths on decline, thanks to three factors

A new national study suggests we are succeeding in improving health care and educating consumers about the benefits of developing healthier lifestyles.According to a large study of Medicare patients conducted by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, hospitalizations for heart attack have dropped by 38 percent from 1999 to 2011. The study results were released last week.Lead researcher and Yale cardiology professor Dr. Harlan Krumholz belie...

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Rain possible into tonight; skies to clear into the weekend

Rain could impact the Wyoming Valley today and tonight, but the rest of the week looks quiet for the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 61 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. Mostly cloudy skies greeted students and morning commuters, but some rays of sunshine managed to peak out sporadically.A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected later on this morning, and will ...

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this week’s Good Eats!

Editor’s note: Please send news for this space by noon Friday to people@timesleader.com or by mail to Good Eats, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. To ensure accuracy, information must be typed or computer generated.THIS WEEK: Aug. 27 to Sept. 2Ice Cream/Yogurt Topping Your Thursdays, 2 p.m., Thursdays in August, Oakwood Terrace, 400 Gleason Drive, Moosic. Toppings include strawberrie...

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PNC donates to Child Advocacy Center

PNC Bank recently made a donation to the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center. The nonprofit agency is committed to the protection of all children who have become victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. The center will be hosting a fundraiser ‘An Old Hollywood Gala’ from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. To learn more about the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center, the gala, or to make a donation, call 570-208-2895, email the center at info...

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Pittston Knights of Columbus elects officers

The Knights of Columbus recently elected its board of directors and officers. Members of the Home Association, from left, first row: Jason Jordan, treasurer; Julio Caprari, president; Rick Korpusik; and Jim Schappert, vice president. Second row: Fran Ankenbrand, Greg Serfass, Paul Caprari and Pat Toole. Other participants were Bob Guerin, secretary; Len Pribula Jr.; Jim McFarland; Dave Roglich; and Ken Burke, grand knight.

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Becky Schiel, Bear Creek, and Madison Dompkosky, Mountain Top, students at the David Blight School of Dance Studio, Wilkes-Barre, competed at the Talent Olympics held at the Bushkill Inn and Resort in the Poconos. The girls received first place for their jazz and lyrical routines. The girls are the solo and duo students of Lindsey Reichard and are also members of the Truffles dance group and the Hot Tamales dance group. The David Blight students enjoy performing free shows for the public. For...

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Misericordia supports United Way food drive

Campus Ministry at Misericordia University donated 764 pounds of food to the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Food Bank as part of the Christmas in July food drive hosted by the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Some of the participants, from left: Julie Bogaert, Bangor; Kristen Samuels, community outreach coordinator, Misericordia University; Catie Becker, Shickshinny, 2014 graduate; and Robert Romagnolo, Cresco, and Zachary Sabaday, Pottsville, students.

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Liam Parker Redmond

Liam Parker Redmond, son of David and Carrie Redmond, Bloomsburg. celebrated his second birthday on Aug. 26, 2014. He is a grandson of Leonard and Carrie Kaminski, Clayton, North Carolina and Jan and Mike Bondurant, Halifax, Virginia. He is a great-grandson of George and Loretta Mizenko, Harding; Rose Kaminski and the late Leonard Kaminski, Wilkes-Barre and Regina Albanese and the late John Albanese, Nanticoke. He has a brother Hunter, 8 and a sister Kyleigh Skye, 4.

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Sarah J. Cavanaugh

Sarah Jane Cavanaugh, daughter of Gerald and Jane Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, Aug. 27. Sarah is a granddaughter of Gerald Cavanaugh Sr., Ashley; Shirley Cavanaugh, Hanover Township; and Richard Smith and Karen Smith, both of Reading. She has a sister, Molly, 3.

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Brandon E. Wozniak

Brandon Edward Wozniak, son of Daniel and Jennifer Wozniak, Honey Pot, is celebrating his eighth birthday today, Aug. 27. Brandon is a grandson of Gerald and Mary Shemanski, Honey Pot, and Jorden and Debbie Ent, Hanover Township. He is a great-grandson of the late Theodore and Margaret Shemanski, the late Leon and Mary Retel, the late John and Helen Antonik and the late John and Amelia Wozniak.

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Stephan A. Sedon

Stephan Ambrose Sedon, son of Stephan E. and Mary Jo Sedon, Hughestown, is celebrating his third birthday today, Aug. 27. Stephan is a grandson of Stephan and Suzanne Sedon, Wilkes-Barre, and John and Grace Biazzo, Madison Township. He is a great-grandson of Doris Sedon, Wilkes-Barre. Stephan has a brother, Alexander, 1.

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Ethan Regner

Ethan Regner, son of Matt and Shannon Regner, West Wyoming, is celebrating his seventh birthday today, Aug. 27. Ethan is a grandson of Col. Steven and Jodi Regner, Clinton, Maryland; Bonita Drozd, Kingston; and the late Lynn Drozd, Wilkes-Barre. He is a great-grandson of Bertha Drozd.

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