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Pittston Township queried about possible takeover of Grandview Drive

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Developer Angela Terrana asked Pittston Township Supervisors on Monday night to adopt Grandview Drive, a roadway within Stauffer Pointe Development. The development is a planned condominium community, presently consisting of 184 units.“There have been some complaints regarding cars travelling at a high rate of speed through the development,” said Terrana, and “township control of Grandview will allow the township to implement a speed limit increasing the safety of area residents.”Terrana said the roadway had ceased to simply provide passage within the development, but had become a public thoroughfare.


WVC FIELD HOCKEY: A golden goal for Coughlin

KINGSTON — Coughlin and Wyoming Valley West each made their first venture into overtime when the teams met Monday night to decide the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 field hockey title.Coughlin left wing Kyra Wozniak made sure it did not last long.Wozniak got to the left post to knock in a bouncing ball 1:23 into the extra session and lift Coughlin to a 2-1 victory at Wyoming Seminary’s Nesbitt Stadium.The game, which was necessary after both ...

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Pa. Supreme Court orders Justice McCaffery suspended with pay, cites pornographic emails

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday effectively suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery of his judicial duties in connection with numerous allegations of possible judicial misconduct, topped off by allegedly exchanging sexually explicit emails.The court used its “King’s Bench” power to relieve McCaffery of “any and all judicial and administrative responsibilities as a Justice” on an interim basis, and ordered McCaffery not to take &#...

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Madness begins: Forty teams vying for D2 soccer gold

You’ve heard about March Madness when every basketball team has a chance at postseason glory.Welcome to Off-the-wall October, the District 2 boys soccer equivalent of the famed hoops fascination.That’s right, for the next two weeks every boys soccer team has a shot at claiming D2 gold as all 40 clubs from the district are in the playoffs this season.There’s sure to be upsets and a Cinderella or two along the way, with more drama than expected...

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Kingston police officer charged with drunken driving after ATV crash

KINGSTON — State police at Wyoming on Monday filed drunken-driving charges against a Kingston police officer, alleging he was intoxicated when he crashed an ATV on Zerby Avenue last month.John Sosnoski, 24, of Ashley, was charged with two counts of driving under the influence and summary counts of speeding and operation of ATV on streets. The charges were filed with District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston, according to online court records.State police allege Sosno...

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Pittsburgh beats Scranton in ugliest accent tourney

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburghers talk funny.The city has “won” Gawker.com’s ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a readers’ poll with more than 54 percent of the vote.The gossipy news site set up a tournament bracket pitting what it deemed the 16 ugliest city accents in the United States against one another.Pittsburgh advanced to the finals by winning readers’ votes over Atlanta, P...

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Flu shot now, healthy winter later

Go ahead; admit it! Haven’t you felt a little uneasy at least once in the last few days about touching people, shaking hands or being around coughs and sneezes? You can’t turn on the TV, radio, computer or smartphone right now without hearing about some awful infectious disease like enterovirus 68 or Ebola. It’s really been infectious disease mayhem lately.But this time of the year, let’s remember that the most common and widespread infectious disease –...

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Six in running for director of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

A firm hired to find a new director for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport has interviewed six candidates week and soon plans to narrow down that list and do a second round of interviews, Lackawanna County Solicitor Donald Frederickson said Monday.He said the airport board expects to hire Barry Centini’s replacement at the Nov. 20 meeting.Centini, 65, of Plains Township, who has worked at the airport for 43 years, the last 25 as director, announced in ...

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Local man raising funds for neuralgia research

On Saturday, Kim Pace expects he’ll be in New York, climbing over taxis, scooting under Volkswagens, propelling himelf over monkey bars and hoisting himself over a climbing wall.All of those unusual feats are part of 10-mile obstacle course called the Urbanathlon and, while it may sound difficult, Pace expects racing through it will be a walk in the park compared to what he’s been through.Actually, the financial consultant from Jenkins Township specified, it&...

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Damenti’s owners file lawsuit against insurers in wake of fire

WILKES-BARRE — Owners of a landmark Butler Township restaurant destroyed by a fire in March filed a lawsuit Monday in Luzerne County Court against two insurance carriers alleging they were misguided in securing insurance policies.Kevin and Helen McDonald, owners of Damenti’s, Inc., filed the three-count suit against The Farmers Fire Insurance Company of York, and Robert C. Williams Insurance Agency of Wilkes-Barre. They are seeking $1.1 million for damages they sustaine...

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Ex anti-crime activist pleads guilty to endangering children, sex offense

WILKES-BARRE — A self-proclaimed anti-crime activist who held signs at street corners urging people to “report a drug dealer” pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court to sexually assaulting a teenage girl and endangering two children.John Dehart, 46, began making a statement saying he loved children when Judge Michael Vough told him to wait until he is sentenced on Feb. 13.Vough ordered an evaluation of Dehart by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender As...

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Larry Johnson ‘at peace’ with decision to leave Penn State

Other than his family, few people knew that Larry Johnson had already made up his mind. He was leaving Penn State.From outside the program, it had appeared that the revered defensive line coach had made the switch instantaneously. One day he was with the Nittany Lions, the next he was set to join rival Ohio State.But what wasn’t immediately clear was that Johnson wasn’t going to return to the Lions’ staff, even before he got a job offer from Buckeyes co...

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Our Opinion: Voice your design suggestions for Wyoming Valley’s planned Center for Jewish Life

A former shopping plaza in Kingston soon will be repurposed for use by the area’s Jewish residents and the broader community, and you’re invited to offer input on how the new place should look.A public conversation about the planned Center for Jewish Life is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingston Municipal Building.This project’s ramifications go far beyond a single piece of West Side real estate. Organizers intend to convert a 13-acre site along Thir...

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Lorenzo Burgos pleads guilty in road rage slaying

WILKES-BARRE — A Plymouth man today pleaded guilty to a third-degree murder charge stemming from a road rage incident last August.Lorenzo Burgos Jr., 23, was immediately sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after he also pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment before Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley.State police charged Burgos with intentionally striking Fred John Kleman Jr., who had yelled at him to slow down when he was driving on Notting...

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PennDOT rolls out program to help teen drivers

PennDOT and the private sector have teamed up to publish resources to help keep teen drivers safe.The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, developed by the Safe Roads Alliance and sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Sheetz, provides parents with a printed handbook designed as a simple, easy-to-follow guide to help their teens become safe and responsible drivers.The alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving highway safety by improving driver edu...

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Blood found not Frein’s; school boosts security after ‘sighting’

BLOOMING GROVE — The Pennsylvania State Police Monday said blood droplets found at a home were confirmed to be human blood, but DNA testing proved it was not the blood of accused killer Eric Matthew Frein.The testing was done as state police continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Frein.On Oct. 16, state police said two separate homeowners at two locations in the Cresc...

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Penn Staters in the NFL: Robinson gets first touchdown

For a second week in a row, a former Penn Stater scored his first NFL touchdown.Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson pulled in his first touchdown pass Sunday on a nifty catch-and-run for a 31-yard score against the Cleveland Brown.Robinson was targeted by quarterback Blake Bortles seven times in the game. He finished with four catches for 60 yards and the one score in the Jaguars’ 24-6 victory.The former Penn State star is ...

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Hemingway lives on through local scholars

“Hemingway is deceptively simple yet endlessly complex and continues to be groundbreaking,” Russ Pottle, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia, said.Pottle, Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Brian Carso, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of history and government, are members of the Misericordia University academic community and were among 280 attendees at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Ernest Hemingway Society held ...

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