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Jury awards $1.5 million in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital death

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WILKES-BARRE — The estate of an Inkerman man who died at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital seven years ago has been awarded a $1.5 million jury verdict following a medical negligence trial in Luzerne County Court.Janet A. Struzzeri, administratrix of the estate of her husband, Simon A. Struzzeri, claimed that the hospital’s nurse did not follow hospital policies nor the surgeon’s orders when she administered a medication when it was not indicated, causing her husband’s death.According to his obituary, Simon Struzzeri, a retired Pittston Area Elementary School teacher, died March 30, 2007.The trial before Judge Richard Hughes III, began on Aug. 11 and concluded on Tuesday.


Rte. 315 road closures to begin before rush hour Thursday

PITTSTON TWP. — Periodic closures of state Route 315 — each lasting five to 10 minutes — are set to begin at about 2:30 or 3 p.m. Thursday in the area of the Interstate 81 overpass.Closures lasting at least 45 minutes to about one hour should begin sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. and continue at intervals throughout the night, as a huge crane will be positioned on the roadway to remove beams from an interstate bridge, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokes...

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Homecoming a big hit for Harveys Lake

HARVEYS LAKE — Council President Michell’e Boice announced that the recent Harveys Lake Homecoming event was the most successful one yet.“The dance saw the highest attendance ever, and there were 35 vendors participating — the most ever,” Boice said.Boice asked that all residents who see Harveys Lake Recreational Committee Chairperson Mike Rush to personally thank him for putting so much effort into the three-day event.Boice furth...

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Rolling Mill development moves forward

WILKES-BARRE — About 30 people protested the proposed housing project in the Rolling Mill section of the city, offering testimony, petitions and heartfelt concerns, but the Zoning Hearing Board unanimously approved all four changes requested by Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic of Lancaster.As the crowd filtered out of council chambers at City Hall Thursday evening, you could hear cries of “It’s not fair,” and “You live there,” from res...

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Penn State hoping to build O-line chemistry before season opener

Preseason camp is over. Preparation for Central Florida — the planning for the game and the planning just to get to Ireland — is underway.In both regards, Penn State has some hills to climb. The Nittany Lions leave for Dublin in just five days leading up to the Croke Park Classic against the Knights on Aug. 30.Right at the top of the list? Developing the offensive line.James Franklin provided an end-of-camp update on Wednesday and, not surprisingly...

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Evans doesn’t take stand

WILKES-BARRE — Shooting victim Shantique “Teeka” Goodson bled to death after a shot to her leg tore her femoral artery, according to testimony from a forensic pathologist given Wednesday in the trial of her alleged shooter.Prosecutors allege Kenneth Malik Evans III, 22, shot Goodson, 27, once in the leg and once in the groin area Nov. 11 as she sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle in a parking lot at the Sherman Hills apartment complex off Coal Street....

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Barletta wants FEMA policy revised in favor of gas development

TUNKHANNOCK — The fate of five Wyoming County properties devastated by flooding and approved for federal buyouts hangs in limbo nearly three years after storms swept through the region.A policy issued May 5 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency prohibits buyout money from being spent on homesteads subject to hydraulic fracturing. Such is the case for these five in Wyoming County.At a roundtable discussion organized by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, Wednes...

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Townhouse linked to “Kids for Cash” out of tax sale

A failed, 37-acre Wright Township townhouse development linked to former attorney Robert Powell and two past judges involved in the “Kids for Cash” scandal won’t be in today’s Luzerne County back-tax auction because the debt was paid.The $71,500 in taxes owed for 2011 through 2013 were covered through a wire transfer Wednesday, according to Northeast Revenue Service LLC, the county’s tax-claim operator.Jill Moran, a former county prothonotar...

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EDWARDSVILLE: Sickler’s Bike and Sport Shop rolls into town

EDWARDSVILLE — Keeping those wheels spinning, Sickler’s Bike and Sport Shop, which had been located in Exeter, opened the doors of its temporary home in Edwardsville on Tuesday.The Edwardsville location is a six-month rest stop on the business’ journey to its permanent location in the former Thomas’ Foodtown Market building off Wyoming Avenue in Kingston. Thomas’ Foodtown Market closed in December 2013 and recently has been under construction to renova...

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Redeemer students earn French awards

Students at Holy Redeemer High School were recognized for their accomplishments in the 2014 National French Contest administered by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Brianna Scorey earned a third-place trophy from the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the association and a bronze medal for her 10th-place national rank in French III. Derek Hamelin received a first-place trophy in French II Division C at the chapter level and a bronze medal for fourth place nationally. A nu...

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Judge won’t toss charges in 2013 Mother’s Day hit-run fatal

WILKES-BARRE — John Michael Kuniskas’ attorney previously argued there was “zero evidence” to support the vehicular homicide case against the Jenkins Township hit-and-run suspect.It turns out there is zero chance of the case being dismissed on those grounds.Kuniskas was charged by the state Office of Attorney General with leaving the scene after allegedly striking Jean Darsky, 65, on Westminster Road in Jenkins Township on May 12, 2013....

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Fire damages garage, pool house in Wyoming

WYOMING — Firefighters from several West Side departments responded to a blaze that heavily damaged a garage and pool house on Englewood Terrace early Wednesday morning.Firefighters responded to the blaze at 1950 Englewood Terrace just after 3 a.m.A couple residing in the house and two dogs escaped without injury.Wyoming Hose Co. 1 Fire Chief Joseph Kopcza III could not be reached for comment. Messages left the hose company were not returned.S...

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Wyoming Seminary presents service awards

Wyoming Seminary recently presented the Donchess Distinguished Service Award to four people who have demonstrated exceptional service to the community and Wyoming Seminary. Prior to the award presentation, from left, first row: Dr. Jonathan P. Hosey ’74, award recipient; Sanford I. Padwe ’57, award recipient; Sue Kluger ’55, award recipient; and Harry J. Nageli, award recipient. Second row: Richard Goldberg ’55, chair, Wyoming Seminary Board of Trustees, award presente...

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Wilkes students help children

Five Wilkes University elementary and early childhood education majors are preparing schoolchildren for the upcoming academic year at the university’s reading and arts academies. Lessons are taught by upperclassmen enrolled in the university’s teacher education program who are preparing for their semester of student teaching. Participants, from left, first row: Maria Brunori, Peckville, and Kelsey Clark, Philadelphia. Second row: Jenette Stapert, Nanticoke; Angela Dorse, Drums; Co...

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Meyers students compete at national tournament

Juniors Emily Welles and Olivia Richards competed for the Meyers Speech and Debate team at the National Championship Tournament of the National Forensic League held in Overland Park, Kansas, June 15-20. Both qualified to compete at the national championships based on their success at the Valley Forge District Tournament held in March.Welles and Richards competed with more than 2,600 students from more than 1,000 public and private schools across the country. Richards finished in the top 30 in...

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South Main Street on the rebound

WILKES-BARRE — There’s enthusiasm on South Main Street.Just ask Charles Laputka, the attorney who represents the new owner of Hottle’s Restaurant, Gary Houser.“We’re really working hard to get it open by mid to late September,” Laputka said of the once iconic eatery. “Gary is giving the place a makeover. There’s new marble in the bar area and the dining room will be done over.”

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PASR awards scholarship

The Luzerne/Wyoming chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) recently held an awards luncheon at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. The group’s annual scholarship was presented to Ryan Elmy, a junior education major at Wilkes University. He is a graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School and Luzerne County Community College, where he was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies. He also volunteers with Valley wi...

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Citgo sign stolen from convenience store in Plains Township

PLAINS TWP. — Township police released a surveillance picture of a man who allegedly stole a Citgo sign from Donna’s Convenience Store on South River Street on Aug. 18.Police said the man exited the store after purchasing items and then put a Citgo sign inside his vehicle and drove away. The vehicle is a maroon, two-door S-10 Chevrolet Blazer with primer on the rear driver’s side.Estimated value of the sign is $800 to $1,000, police said.Anyo...

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