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Luzerne County District Attorney pleads for more staff

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis delivered a passionate pitch for three additional assistant district attorneys during Tuesday’s council budget work session. “I don’t know how much longer we can continue with the positions we have,” she said. “I’m trying to do my best to keep us from sinking.” The office currently has […]

Comments - 10:42 pm

Harveys Lake seeks more grant funding to eradicate hydrilla

HARVEYS LAKE — The borough is seeking a $140,000 grant to continue the eradication of hydrilla from its namesake lake, council member Michell’e Boice said Tuesday. Hydrilla, an aggressive growing aquatic plant, was first discovered in a 50-acre section of Harveys Lake in July 2014. The vegetation spread to over 250 acres of the 600-acre […]

Comments - 10:34 pm - updated: 10:34 pm.

Negotiations on Dallas teachers deal focused on health care

DALLAS TWP. — About 90 percent of the last two negotiation sessions between the Dallas School District and its union focused on health care, school board member James Gattuso said Tuesday. And a state union leader called the health care issue “the key” to getting a new deal in place. The Dallas Education Association and […]

Comments - 10:00 pm

Wilkes-Barre city council to vote on sign for new restaurant

WILKES-BARRE — Before Tony Shala can advertise his new restaurant, Buona Sera, he has to get council’s approval to use the existing sign hanging from the property in the Miners Mill neighborhood. At council’s work session Tuesday, Shala said he hopes to open the Italian restaurant soon and presented proof of insurance required by the […]

Comments - 9:10 pm

Wilkes-Barre’s Delaney to lead Pa. Career Fire Chiefs Association

WILKES-BARRE — Help is often just a phone call away for Fire Chief Jay Delaney. Be it labor, operational or any other issue that he has to deal with in the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department, he can check in with others at the Pennsylvania Career Fire Chiefs Association. Now, they might be calling him first […]

Comments - 9:05 pm

HUD awards Luzerne County over $6 million in grants for affordable housing

WILKES-BARRE — Local lawmakers announced Tuesday that both the city of Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County have received millions of dollars in federal funding for various housing initiatives. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1,383,671 to the city and $3,784,927 to the county through the Community Development Block Grant program, which facilitates […]

Comments - 7:41 pm - updated: 8:15 pm.

First medical marijuana grower gets green light in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG — A licensed grower and processor of medical marijuana in northwestern Pennsylvania became the first with the state’s approval to begin planting seeds Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said the Department of Health approved Cresco Yeltrah’s operations at its Jefferson County location, a former carbon graphite and metal graphite factory in Brookville that […]

Comments - 6:09 pm

Prosecutor: Walmart shooter ‘decided to raise hell’

WILKES-BARRE — The man who allegedly opened fire on police with a semi-automatic rifle outside Walmart went on trial Tuesday — exactly two years to the day he “decided to raise hell,” a prosecutor said. A jury of eight women and four men, seated in the morning, will weigh 24 counts against Scott Sargent. Sargent, […]

Comments - 5:57 pm - updated: 6:27 pm.

Geisinger CEO hears about health issues affecting Northeastern Pennsylvania

HANOVER TWP. — Business and community leaders gathered Tuesday to discuss the opioid crisis and other health issues facing the area with Geisinger President and CEO Dr. David T. Feinberg. The forum was held at the Wyoming Valley Country Club, and featured remarks from Feinberg, as well as a question-and-answer segment in which those in […]

Comments - 4:54 pm - updated: 10:53 pm.

Police: Rider in dirt bike crash had heroin, crystal meth

FOSTER TWP. — Heroin and crystal meth were found at the scene of a dirt bike crash on Sandy Valley Road early Monday, authorities say. According to a police report: Vernon Gold, 34, of White Haven, was riding a Yamaha dirt bike west on Sandy Valley Road at approximately 12:35 a.m. when the bike struck […]

Comments - 11:15 am - updated: 8:59 pm.

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