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Is Chief Gerard Dessoye leaving Wilkes-Barre Police Department?

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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 not received a resignation letter from Dessoye, nor has Dessoye spoken to him about leaving.King’s College spokesman John McAndrew confirmed today there is an open position for the director of campus safety and security.


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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State Gaming Control Board seeking rental space

WILKES-BARRE — If you have some empty office space to rent near Interstate 81, you might want to take a chance and respond to a request for proposals from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.The board currently has an office in Scranton in the Oppenheim Building, but the lease will soon expire, so the gaming board is doing its due diligence and looking around for perhaps a better deal.“We’re just looking to see what’s out there,” said Doug...

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Credit union directors are former Wilkes-Barre city employees, relatives

WILKES-BARRE — Despite Mayor Tom Leighton’s administration emphasizing the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union is not affiliated with city government, its board of directors consists of current, retired and relatives of city employees.The attorney for the credit union, located on the first floor of City Hall, said board members are elected to three-year terms. Nominations for open positions are provided by any of the 2,285 credit union members which are vot...

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Luzerne County Council advances amendment allowing backyard chickens

A Luzerne County Council majority voted Tuesday to advance a proposed zoning amendment allowing residential property owners to keep up to four backyard chickens.Council must obtain feedback from the county Planning Commission but is free to accept or reject the commission’s recommendation.Five council members did not support proceeding: Edward Brominski, Kathy Dobash, Linda McClosky Houck, Eileen Sorokas and Rick Morelli.

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CHS data breach spurs class-action lawsuit

WILKES-BARRE — While no one from the Wyoming Valley has joined in, a federal class-action lawsuit has been filed against Community Health Systems (CHS) as a result of a data breach that affected 4.5 million patients.Five patients from Alabama filed the suit in the Northern District of Alabama on Aug. 20. The lawsuit alleges that CHS “did not provide adequate security measures to protect Plaintiffs’ sensitive information.” The lawsuit also alleges that CHS fa...

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Former ‘Bachelor’ contender returns to teaching in Wilkes-Barre Area

WILKES-BARRE — Elise Mosca’s foray into reality TV may have come to an end as she returned to teaching in Wilkes-Barre Area School District this week.But that return could create an opportunity for the School Board to curb the “past practice” of granting leaves of absence beyond contractually-listed reasons — a quirk exposed when she used her leave to go on ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

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Wilkes-Barre man says he felt threatened when recanting kidnapping story

WILKES-BARRE — Josue Vargas testified Tuesday he was forced to go to the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office and say he was not kidnapped.If he didn’t go, Vargas said he felt he would be killed.Vargas’ written statement that was also recorded contradicts what he told city police on July 11 when he claimed Juan Hernandez, 34, forced him from his Hutson Street residence with a sword.Vargas claimed he was forced into a car with Hernand...

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Levee fee lawsuit set to move forward early next month

WILKES-BARRE — The trial for the Municipality of Kingston’s 5-year-old lawsuit against the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 9, Luzerne County Judge Richard Hughes ruled during a pretrial conference on Tuesday.The suit challenges the legality of the county’s levee fee, instituted by the authority in 2009 to cover flood-control expenses.Suit filers have argued that the fee ignores certain properties, a violation of the ...

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Man serving life sentence in murder case could be released

HARRISBURG — A federal judge’s order could free Tyrone Moore who is serving a life sentence in prison for a 1982 fatal shooting during a robbery of the Forty Fort Animal Hospital.U.S. District Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg ruled Tuesday that Moore’s constitutional rights were prejudiced during his trial in Luzerne County Court. The judge ordered that Moore either be released or retried within 90 days.Moore of Philadelphia was convicted...

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Dismissal hearing scheduled for Joseph Derhammer

A hearing for dismissal of Megan’s Law charges against Joseph Derhammer, 44, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2 in Luzerne County Court, according to court papers filed Tuesday.The motion for dismissal, filed July 31, says the section of the law under which Derhammer was charged is unconstitutional, citing Commonwealth v. Neiman, a state supreme court decision from March.Derhammer was convicted in a non-jury trial in March 2011 of failing to comply with Megan’...

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Misty Machinshok trial scheduled

A Wilkes-Barre woman accused of plotting and participating in the sexual assaults of a teenager is set to go to trial in Luzerne County Court after her pretrial conference Tuesday.Misty Machinshok, 33, faces 21 charges including rape, statutory sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and 10 different felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal conspiracy.She is scheduled to appear for trial in front of Judge David W. Lupas at 9:30 a.m. Oct 27.Her husb...

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Tasty, spicy ‘Chicken riggies’ may be Utica’s best-kept secret

The idea for this new column, Test Kitchen, stemmed from an experiment in my own kitchen and a chat with newsroom staffers.I wanted to cook dinner for a few friends and my plan was to make pork chops. On the way to the store, I received a text message asking for a special dish called chicken riggies. The text was followed by an email containing a recipe.Chicken riggies is a dish native to Utica, New York. The pasta dish is a staple in many homes there, and the city even ...

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New porous glass is SCHOTT in arm for Luzerne County employment

DURYEA — A new type of porous glass made locally is helping purify drugs in medical research and protect aircraft in the aerospace industry.The new CoralPor® porous glass, a high-performance glass used in the medical, aerospace, defense, and oil and gas industries, was developed and is manufactured at SCHOTT North America Inc. on York Avenue. The new product, developed with the help of $100,000 in gaming revenue through Luzerne County and a more than $1 million investmen...

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Carmen Bolin replaces late brother John on Wyoming Area School Board

EXETER — Carmen Bolin was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Wyoming Area School Board to fill the seat of his late brother.The board in July voted unanimously to appoint Bolin to fill the remainder of the term of John Bolin, who died in June after battling cancer for more than a year.Luzerne County President Judge Thomas Burke led Bolin, a retired florist, in reciting his oath of office prior to the start of the monthly board meeting.“I consider ...

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Lincoln’s casket comes to town

AVOCA — History, in a form, is repeating itself said Shawn Viadock.The local history buff from Duryea came to view President Abraham Lincoln’s casket Tuesday night at the Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home in Avoca — or at least a close copy of it.The 6-foot, 6-inch casket on display was covered with black fabric and had sterling silver studs and handles, just like the one used to bury Lincoln.In addition to the sarcophagus, Brian Leffler, o...

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Bryant reaching for star-studded deal

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Dez Bryant admired the new Hublot on his wrist, a parting gift from a Monday night news conference to announce the luxury Swiss watch company as a new partner of the Dallas Cowboys.“Glitz and glamour,” Bryant said, repeating a Jerry Jones phrase.The world soon will be Bryant’s.The 25-year-old expects to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, which he has become the past two seasons.“I hon...

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