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Teenager pleads guilty to third DUI offense

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WILKES-BARRE — A teenager from Bear Creek Township pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court to a third DUI offense and fleeing an accident that involved injuries.Terry Schatzel, 19, of Thornhurst Road, pleaded guilty to a total of five counts of driving under the influence and three counts of accidents involving damage and injury in three separate cases.Judge David Lupas said Schatzel will be sentenced on Dec. 15.According to criminal complaints and court records at which Schatzel pleaded guilty:


Debate set for 120th Legislative District candidates

KINGSTON — The Wilkes-Barre Area League Of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for the candidates in the race for the 120th Legislative District — Democrat Eileen Cipriani and Republican Aaron Kaufer.It will be held on Oct. 30th from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston.The public is invited.

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The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, coming to the Kirby Center

WILES-BARRE — Direct from Nashville’s “Music Row,” 20-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill and the rest of The Time Jumpers will bring a one-of-a-kind evening of western swing to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.Tickets to see this 11-piece, country ensemble are on sale and available at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at www.kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

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Hanover Township man sentenced for crack cocaine sales

WILKES-BARRE — A man from Hanover Township accused of selling crack cocaine from his apartment on Boland Avenue was sentenced in Luzerne County Court.Judge Michael Vough sentenced Egerton C. Wood, 38, known as “Repo,” was sentenced to 12 months, less one day, to 24 months, less two days, on seperate counts of delivery of cocaine. The sentence allowed Wood to be jailed at the county correctional facility.Vough gave Wood 324 days time served in jail since...

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Poconos schools closed due to manhunt for suspect in trooper slaying

Some schools in the Poconos are closed today after several recent potential sightings of the man suspected of shooting two troopers last month.The Pocono Mountain School District said this morning that all schools would be closed today.Monsignor McHugh School, a Catholic school in Cresco, Pa., also said classes wouldn’t be held today.The school closures come after two recent possible sightings of Eric Frein, who authorities say shot two Pennsylvania Stat...

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CVS develops tobacco-free prescription network

First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes.The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network for clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business.The network would slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that still sell tobacco. That payment won&...

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Rain to stick around the Wyoming Valley into the weekend

It was a wet start to the day for the Wyoming Valley, and it looks like the rest of the week will follow that same trend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 52 degrees as of 7:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Light rain greeted commuters this morning, accompanied by partly cloudy skies.Showers will become more likely today after 2 p.m., and less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected. A 60 percent chance of precipitation is ...

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Average gas prices for October 21

The price at the pump continues to drop, with Wilkes-Barre’s price down 7 cents in the last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.21 today, down a penny overnight and down 7 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.77 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.24 today, unchanged overnight and down 7 ...

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Traffic report for October 21

Despite the wet roads this morning, the morning commute should be a relatively easy one to work and school.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 315 and 115 also look to be clear of traffic this morning, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway.Downtown, there are spotty areas of traffic on River and Academy Street, as well as on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.Some spots of heavy traffic are reported on Wyoming Avenue...

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Abigail C. Fino

Abigail C. Fino, daughter of Richard and Kimberly Fino, Harrisburg, is celebrating her first birthday today, Oct. 21. Abby is a granddaughter of Stephen and Frances Spencer, Nanticoke; Ron and Cindy Baker, Harrisburg; and the late Gerald Fino. She is a great-granddaughter of John Baker, Somerset. Abby has a sister, Victoria, 7, and a brother, Jerry, 5.

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Francesco G. and Roman J. Magistro

Francesco Gian and Roman James Magistro, twin sons of Carmen and Meighan Magistro, Mountain Top, are celebrating their sixth birthdays today, Oct. 21. Frankie and Roman are the grandsons of Dennis and Nancy Garvey, Dallas, and Frank and Patricia Magistro, Forty Fort. They are the great-grandsons of Shirley Regan, Dallas; Vincenzina Magistro, Forty Fort; Margaret Swanson, Swoyersville; and Oscar Kroll, Wilkes-Barre. Frankie and Roman have two brothers, Luca, 4, and Maxwell, 2.

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Plymouth Class of 1954 hosts reunion

Plymouth High School Class of 1954 hosted its 60th anniversary reunion on Oct. 4 at the Irem Country Club, Dallas. Guests were greeted by Stanley J. Gulbish and Lucille Emerick Montigney said grace before the classmates and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner. At the event, from left, first row, are Lucille Emerick Montigney, Thomas Wright, Ruth Diaz Young, Thomas Jenkins, Stanley J. Gulbish, Vincent Yurko, Barbara Shugar Yurko, Dorothy Zawatski Morgan, George Morgan and Clarence Michael. Second r...

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Bennett Presbyterian Church hosts bowling party

The Bennett Presbyterian Church recently hosted a bowling party for children and adults of the church. Participants were treated to bowling, pizza and soda. At the party, from left, are Morgan Zaruta, Hope Wallace, Jordan Atherton, the Rev. James Quinn, Ryan Zaruta and David Atherton.

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Pastor celebrating 50th anniversary of service

WILKES-BARRE: The New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church is preparing to celebrate its pastor’s 50 years of service in the ministry.Bishop Wallace E. Smith has been in the Wyoming Valley for 26 of those 50 years. Originally from Philadelphia, Smith began his ministry as an Evangelist under the tutelage of his father, Bishop Wallace W. Smith. He preached nationwide to congregations. His introduction to this area came as the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in 1988. In 199...

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Parishioners receive special awards

His Grace Bishop Mark, the bishop of Philadelphia and Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, recently served Divine Liturgy at the Parish of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 93 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Following liturgy, Bishop Mark presented the annual Archimandrite Anthony Repella Service Recognition Awards to chosen parishioners who have generously and unselfishly given their time and talents to the parish. Parishioners who were celebrating a notable wedding anniversary were also recognize...

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Dallas church hosting invitation Sunday worship

The Dallas United Methodist Church, 4 Parsonage St., is conducting an invitation Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. The bell choir, under the direction of Nancy Campbell, will perform and the children from the Sunday school, coordinated by Amy Letukas, will serve a light lunch after the service. The public is welcome. Participants, from left: Letukas; the Rev. Robert Wood, pastor; and Campbell.

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Pittston church planning spaghetti dinner

The Second Presbyterian Church, 143 Parsonage St., Pittston, is holding its bi-annual spaghetti dinner 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Take outs will be available 3:30-4:30 p.m. and can be ordered in advance by calling ahead and specifying pick up time. Donations are $8.50 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. A homemade bake sale will also be held. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, contact the Rev. David Brague in the church office at 570-654-1411. Some member...

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In Brief

BEAR CREEK TWP.: An American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Dee Tarnalicki will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Bear Creek Township Building, 3333 Bear Creek Boulevard. Donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment.FORTY FORT: Candy’s Place, the Center for Cancer Wellness, 190 Welles St., Suite 120, is holding a Reiki Circle from 10 a.m. to noon on S...

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