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Arguments scheduled in PUC public record case

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HARRISBURG — Commonwealth Court scheduled arguments in a case in which The Times Leader and The Morning Call, Allentown, are arguing against the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s and PPL Electric Utilities’ attempts to keep private an anonymous letter regarding wrongdoing by PPL, when it dispatched crews to restore electrical service in the wake of a severe store on Oct. 29, 2011.


Medical assistant charged with fraud

SCRANTON— A woman from Avoca was charged Tuesday in federal court with unlawfully billing Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania for bogus prescriptions.Sandra Jalowiec, 43, a medical assistant at a physician’s office in Old Forge, was charged with health care fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.According to information filed in federal court, Jalowiec defrauded Blue Cross by forging prescriptions in the name of a licensed medical doctor for pai...

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Man sentenced for taking gun into federal building

SCRANTON — A Pittston man pleaded guilty to taking a loaded handgun into the William J. Nealon Federal Building last month.Jerome Vantaggi, 58, was immediately sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick on Tuesday to two months in prison for unlawfully possessing and causing to be present a loaded firearm in a federal building.Vantaggi was credited for 55 days time served in jail.Federal prosecutors said Vantaggi took the loaded firearm into ...

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Suspect in killing of Hazleton man wants statement tossed

WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man awaiting trial in a fatal shooting last year wants to prevent prosecutors from using a statement he made during an interview with police.Adamis Arias, 22, faces a charge of criminal homicide in the death of 19-year-old Angel Villalobos of Hazleton on Feb. 23, 2013.At a pre-trial hearing Thursday before Judge David Lupas, attorney Allison Kacmarski sought to suppress a statement Arias made while in custody on an unrelated probation viol...

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Pitcher Bruce Billings holds down Gwinnett long enough for RailRiders to rally

MOOSIC — Time after time, the pesky hitters in Gwinnett’s lineup kept the threat of danger imminent.But Bruce Billings wouldn’t break.And because of it, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders finally cracked a game open.Billings worked six gritty innings of one-run ball Thursday, John Ryan Murphy homered and Jose Pirela came a homer shy of the cycle as the RailRiders rolled past the G-Braves, 8-3 at PNC Field.“I think he did a ...

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Hogan leads Swoyersville to victory

BOYERTOWN — Ryan Hogan drove in six runs, including a three-run homer, to lead Swoyersville to an 11-8 victory over West Mifflin on Thursday in the winners’ bracket final of the Pennsylvania American Legion baseball tournament.Justin Montvalo finished with three hits – including a double and a triple — for the Red Dogs (26-1) who scored six two-out runs in their final two at-bats to earn a berth in Saturday’s championship round and secure a place in ne...

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Steelers Brown aims for repeat of 2013

LATROBE, Pa. — Antonio Brown rolled up to the dorms at Saint Vincent College last week in a Mercedes conversion van.It’s fitting in a way. Five years into a blossoming career, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is playing the role of dad — OK, maybe slightly older brother — to a group long on talent but short on experience.Four years ago, Brown was one of those players who arrived at his first NFL training camp confident but curious. Now the 26...

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NFL Notebook Ravens’ Rice: His actions ‘totally inexcusable’

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called “the biggest mistake of his life.”His arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiancee last February is something Rice figures will haunt him long after NFL career has ended.The Baltimore Ravens running back was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Ri...

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Courtney Force wins Sonoma in all-JFR final

SONOMA, Calif. — Courtney Force took home the Wally from the No. 1 spot Sunday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals when she dismissed competitors Peter Russo, Bob Tasca III, Matt Hagan and 16-time Champion John Force to score her fifth career win.She became the winningest female driver in Funny Car history with the victory. She took that title from her sister Ashley Force Hood, who had four career Funny Car wins.“I’ve just had my eyes set on Ashley for a while...

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Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in camp

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback.He’s doing all he can in the classroom to grasp Cleveland’s offense, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is finding that once he’s behind center, everything is moving faster than expected....

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Another decent start for Woods at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.Woods opened with a 69 at the British Open t...

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Vehicle pushes pedestrian into Rite Aid store in Nanticoke

NANTICOKE — A vehicle pushed a pedestrian into a building earlier Thursday evening, according to city police.Nanticoke police, fire, rescue and ambulance were dispatched at 7 p.m. to an accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at the Rite Aid located at 5 E. Main St.Upon their arrival, police were advised that a vehicle had hit a pedestrian and pushed the person into the Rite Aid Building.Police said no further information, including the condition o...

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MIDDAY DRAWINGDaily Number - 0-9-0Big Four - 2-8-7-1Quinto - 5-2-2-4-2Treasure Hunt07-10-11-23-25EVENING DRAWINGDaily Number - 4-2-8Big Four - 6-2-9-1Quinto - 8-3-3-5-1Cash 524-26-28-36-41No player matched all five numbers in Thursday’s “Cash 5” jackpot drawing. Friday’s jackpot will be worth $225,000....

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Penn Staters in the NFL: Still deals with daughter’s illness; Zordich on comeback

Cincinnati Bengal defensive tackle Devon Still has a lot more on his mind these days than getting ready for the upcoming season.Still learned earlier this summer that his daughter has Stage IV neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer. The disease leaves Leah Still with a slightly better than 50 percent chance of survival, according to numerous media reports.The former Penn State standout and 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for a time considered not playing foo...

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Letter to the Editor: Writer foresees America tossed into crisis of its own creation

I have been wondering why a country would want to destroy itself. I would like to know why a country that is grossly in debt would want to burden its taxpayers even more?I do know that every civilization and nation runs its course on the Tytler Cycle. America, you are just about at the end.You see, every democracy that is corrupt and has a loose fiscal policy will collapse; it is a matter of when. The “when” is just around the corner.This major dis...

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Other Opinion: Black lung cases have overwhelmed a system in need of more judges

There are few jobs in America that are as hazardous to one’s health as working in the coal mines. Toiling in dirty, confined conditions underground for decades will expose even the most conscientious worker to dangerous levels of coal dust.The biggest hazard facing miners is black lung disease, a debilitating respiratory ailment that afflicts a large percentage of the industry’s workers. What begins as a nagging cough can eventually develop into something fatal if it is...

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

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 ...

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