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Despite PFA filing, Luzerne County Council Chairman Morelli not stepping down

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Two citizens are calling for Rick Morelli to relinquish his role as Luzerne County Council chairman in light of a pending protection-from-abuse filing against him by his ex-girlfriend.The chair often serves as council spokesperson, presides over meetings and prepares meeting agendas.“Do we really want to have someone with a pending PFA in that position?” said former county controller Walter Griffith.Griffith said Morelli recently complained people were ridiculing council for focusing on backyard chicken zoning instead of more important issues.“Now that he’s embarrassing the county, shouldn’t we move on as well?” Griffith said.


U.S. Sen. Bob Casey backs funding for West Pittston levee project

Sen. Bob Casey has begun the push for funding that could aid the West Pittston levee project.In a letter to a key Senate committee with oversight over flood funding, Casey called on the Committee to support the current funding in the House proposal of $20 million. The ‘Section 205’ program is part of the Small Flood Risk Management Project (SFRMP). This will help provide federal funding to smaller flood control projects that don’t require extensive studies and aut...

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Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter enthralls Kirby crowd

Legendary lyricist Robert Hunter enthralled a small crowd Wednesday at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts with his guitar, harmonica and the classic songs he co-wrote for the Grateful Dead.From the moment he strode on stage and began to sing “Bertha,” written with Jerry Garcia and first featured on the 1971 live double album called “Grateful Dead,” he set the evening’s mood perfectly. For the next two hours, it would be one timeless tune aft...

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Inmate escapes from Luzerne County Correctional Facility

WILKES-BARRE — The search is on for an inmate who escaped from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility’s Minimal Offenders Building by climbing over a fence just after 11 a.m. Thursday.City police joined correctional officers in searching woods along the Susquehanna River and Wilkes-Barre City and Hollenback cemeteries.A police canine is being used in the search.Kingston police is also searching the west side along Third Avenue an...

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Morelli PFA hearing rescheduled

WILKES-BARRE — A judge today rescheduled the Protection from Abuse order hearing for Rick Morelli, Luzerne County Council chairman, due to the availability of an attorney in the case.Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb set the hearing for 9 a.m. on Aug. 21. She issued a temporary PFA Wednesday sought by Deana Pickett of Dallas Township who alleged Morelli, her former partner, has been stalking and harassing her.Pickett’s attorney, Michael Beltrami of Hazleton, has...

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Homicide charge filed against niece in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Township police and Luzerne County detectives have charged Isis Ann Brown with the deadly assault of her aunt in March.Brown, 34, has been jailed at the county correctional facility since her arrest on aggravated assault charges on March 28.Authorities allege Brown threw items at her aunt, Dorothy Koreny, 78, outside their home on Solomon Street in Hanover Township.Koreny died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in ...

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License suspended for Coughlin teacher awaiting trial

The state has suspended the teaching license for Steven Stahl, the Coughlin high school dean of students and long-time wrestling coach awaiting trial on charges he had sex with a female student multiple times in classroom closets.Stahl, who has been suspended from his job at Wilkes-Barre Area School District since February, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing this Friday in Luzerne County Court on a single charge of corruption of a minor.The state Professional Standards...

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PPL proposing 725-mile infrastructure expansion

ALLENTOWN — PPL Electric Utilities Corporation is proposing to build a $4 billion to $6 billion power grid upgrade through from western Pennsylvania to New York, New Jersey and Maryland.PPL has submitted the project proposal to PJM Interconnection, the operator of the Mid-Atlantic power grid. As currently proposed, the 500-kilovolt line would run about 725 miles from western Pennsylvania into New York and New Jersey, and also south into Maryland, according to a company news r...

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State wants to revoke child care license at Greater Pittston YMCA

PITTSTON - The Department of Public Welfare has filed documents to revoke the child care license at the Greater Pittston YMCA Day Care.Executive Director Mary Ann Dziak received notification by mail, which stated, “The Department of Public Welfare has made a decision to REVOKE your certificate of compliance to operate a child care center known as Greater Pittston YMCA Daycare located at 10 North Main Street, Pittston.”It is stated that the decision to revoke ...

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Average gas prices for July 31

The area’s average gas stayed the same overnight, while the state’s declined and the nation’s increase by a penny, respectively.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $3.55 today, unchanged overnight and down 4 cents in the last week. Diesel at $4.01 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $3.63 today, ...

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Slight chance of showers, thunderstorms to linger in the Wyoming Valley

The chance for rain and thunderstorms will linger in the Wyoming Valley heading into the weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 59 degrees as of 6;54 a.m. Overcast skies lingered over head, and there could be some patchy dense fog before 9 a.m.Otherwise, partly sunny skies are expected today, along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected today, and the high will be in the high 70s.A sligh...

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Looking Back (July 31, 2014)

10 years ago• Twenty-four women from Bluffs, Winchester, Arenzville and as far away as Perry attended a Red Hat Society luncheon at the home of Betty Gregory in Bluffs.• Hannah Morse and Emily Frye played at Roodhouse Community Park during the Youth Summer Challenge Camp.25 years ago• Kris Garrison of Carrollton was crowned the 1989 Miss Greene County Fair. Lindsey Hubbard was named Little Miss Greene County Fair.•...

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Woman allegedly uses her oxygen tank to ram in door, assaults neighbor

WILKES-BARRE — A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted a neighbor, left, returned to the neighbor’s apartment and used her oxygen tank to ram in the neighbor’s door and window.Police say Yolanda Hurley, 35, of Sherman Hills, formerly of Philadelphia, got into an argument with her neighbor on North Empire Court at Sherman Hills late Wednesday afternoon because the neighbor accused Hurley’s son of stealing items out of their apartment Tues...

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Colleen Angel of Fairview Township crafts gowns for the tiniest of babies

Down in her basement work space, surrounded by fabric, lace, packing crates and piles and piles of tiny gowns, Colleen Angel keeps a box of tissues.“I need them sometimes,” she admitted.The Fairview Township woman’s emotions overtake her once in a while, when she thinks about the parents who will use these oh-so-little dresses, hats and diapers for a baby born too early, too little, too fragile to live.“Nobody anticipates this,” A...

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Grass skirts welcome at Harveys Lake this weekend

Get out your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and prepare to hit the sand, because there’s a Hawaiian Beach Party this weekend and it’s close to home.The Harveys Lake Recreational Committee has chosen the theme for this year’s Harveys Lake Homecoming, the annual event held the first weekend of August, and the only time of year the private Harveys Lake Beach Club, situated on 3.5 acres of lakefront property, opens its doors and sandy beach to the general public....

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More vigorous economy appears to be emerging

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments joined to fuel the second-quarter expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than it had previously estimated.Whethe...

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Company headed by local native makes major acquisitions

WILKES-BARRE — Just weeks before his company made two major acquisitions, Michael Burke, president/CEO of AECOM Technology Corp. in Los Angeles, was back home in West Pittston eating ice cream with his kids at Blue Ribbon Dairy.Perhaps nothing more prepares you for battle in the global corporate world than a good dose of hometown.Burke, 51, is a 1981 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, and a 1985 University of Scranton, who went on to law school at Southwestern U...

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Israeli Scouts bring global lesson of peace to JCC campers

LEHMAN TWP. — A few hundred young campers heard a lesson of the war now being waged in the Middle East in a way they could handle, sprinkled throughout upbeat songs and stories during visit a from the Israeli Scouts.It was the 12th year the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, a group of the Israel Boy and Girl Scouts, visited day campers at the JCC Camp in Lehman Township.Before the performance, camp coordinators also honored Esther “Essy” Davidowitz, a long-tim...

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