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Glodzik, current and former cops charged in credit union loan scheme

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WILKES-BARRE — Dogged by controversy, mounting tax debt and a theft conviction, suspended city towing contractor Leo A. Glodzik III now faces federal charges over allegations that he and four others improperly secured loans from the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union.Indicted along with Glodzik were city police officer Jason Anthony and former city police officer Tino Ninotti, as well as a credit union official and another man who was indicted in a separate but similar case.That credit union official, assistant manager Amanda Magda, is the niece of James Payne, 50, who had been the manager before he took his own life inside his home in Bear Creek Township on March 10.

 

Luzerne County Council Chairman Morelli: harassed or harassing?

Luzerne County Council Chairman Rick Morelli and a Mountain Top man have dueling harassment claims against each other over their July 9 encounter outside a pizza restaurant.Their exchange outside King’s Pizzeria and Restaurant in Fairview Township was partially captured in a video anonymously posted to online stories about a protection-from-abuse claim Dallas Township resident Deana Pickett recently filed against Morelli, her ex-boyfriend.A Luzerne County judge ext...

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CityVest deeds Hotel Sterling lot to Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County is now the unintentional owner of the former Hotel Sterling lot at the corner of River and Market streets.The nonprofit CityVest filed a surprise deed in lieu of foreclosure Thursday afternoon officially granting the property to the county.A deed in lieu of foreclosure means an owner hands over a property to a mortgage holder so they don’t have to bother with legal action to recoup a defaulted loan. The county is a mortgage holde...

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Jurors: Sherman Hills shooter guilty

WILKES-BARRE — Moments after being convicted of first-degree murder, Kenneth Malik Evans III maintained his innocence Thursday afternoon.“God bless her soul, but I ain’t did nothing,” Evans told the mother of shooting victim Shantique “Teeka” Goodson.Luzerne County prosecutors said Evans, 22, fatally shot Goodson, 27, on Nov. 11 as she sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle in a Sherman Hills apartment complex parking lot. Jurors rende...

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Pittston Tomato Festival kicks off

Mary Ann Dziak, left, the director of the Pittston YMCA, serves tomato sauce to Pat Adonizio while Jean Goham, both of Pittston, looks on during the opening day of the annual Pittston Tomato Festival Thursday. The annual festival runs through Sunday.

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Hazle Township: American Eagle Outfitters opens a new one million square foot distribution center.

HAZLE TWP. — A snip of scissors Thursday on a navy blue ribbon signified the opening of a new one million square foot American Eagle Outfitters distribution center in the Humboldt Industrial Park.American Eagle Outfitters, a leading retailer of clothing, accessories and personal care items, has more than 1,000 stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China.The new distribution center will provide a total of 600 employment opportunities to a county that is ra...

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A little help from his friends

A decade or so ago, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner was hanging out at home with his wife when he realized that most of his best friends had drifted out of his life. How, he wondered, had something like this happened without him noticing?“I reached this point where I was happily married with kids but I sort of looked around and thought, `where did everybody go?’ At one time, these friendships were so important to me,” says Weiner, 49, who’s marr...

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Stage Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece anchored by the aging southern Belle Amanda Wingfield. Theatre at the Grove, 5177 Nuangola Road, Nuangola. Friday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Aug. 31 with performances 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $18. 570-868-8212.Evita, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about Argentine political leader Eva Peron. Performed by Phoenix ...

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Reads Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014Book Signing, with Barbara Taylor, author of “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night.” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. 570-829-4210.Stress-Less Short Story Session, a discussion of five H.G. Wells short stories: “The Magic Shop,” “The Diamond Maker,” “The Valley of the Spiders,” “...

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Outdoors Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014Morning Kayak Paddle, for age 14 and older. Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Registration: 570-696-9105.Miles for Michael, the Pittston Tomato Festival 5K Run through Pittston, the Fort Jenkins Bridge, West Pittston and the Water Street Bridge. Begins at Main and William streets, Pittston. Race-day registration at the Greater Pittst...

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Kids Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014LEGO Club, for age 5 and older. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23. Free. Registration: 570-693-1364.The Squeaking Earl, a reading of the hilarious children’s book by author and illustrator Bob Heim along with on-the-spot cartoon renderings by the author. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23...

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Exhibits Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

ONGOING EXHIBITSHistoric Quilts, showcasing 20 quilts from the Luzerne County Historical Society’s collections, including many patterns, types and sizes from the 19th and early 20th century. Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Through Saturday, Aug. 30 with gallery hours noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 570-823-6244.

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Events Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014Harford Fair, the 157th edition of the agricultural event with truck and tractor pulls, freestyle motocross stunt show, horse pulling, draft horse and pony show, Woodsmen’s Contest, Championship Rodeo, demolition derby, Family Thrill Show, chainsaw carving, Farmer for a Day, amusement rides and craft demonstrations. Harford Fairgrounds, 485 Fairhill Road, New Milford. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturda...

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Concert Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014Open Mic Night, with musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types along with special guest singer-guitarist Corky Staats. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Friday, Aug. 22 with signups at 6:30 p.m. and performances at 7 p.m. Free. 570-996-1500.Talent Night, for all ages. Voice of Hope Christian Coffee House, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 E. State St., Nantico...

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Buys Listings: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014

THIS WEEK: Aug. 22 to 28, 2014Flea Market, Craft and Vendor Sale. Eastern Star Building, 15 Foster St., Dallas. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. 570-675-4893.Fill-a-Bag Friday. Bring a bag and fill it with books for $3. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Friday. 570-693-1364.Hazleton Farmers Market, along Broad Street in downtown Hazleton. 11 a.m. ...

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Lottery Numbers for Thursday, Aug. 21.

Midday Drawing:Daily Number: 8-4-1Big Four: 2-4-5-9Quinto: 7-1-0-6-2Treasure Hunt: 02-03-14-29-30Evening DrawingDaily Number: 5-8-0Big Four: 3-6-6-1Quinto: 5-0-0-0-4Cash 5: 06-09-11-40-44-46Match 6: 06-09-11-40-44-46

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15 years and counting

Magicians, storytellers, artists and even the Cat in the Hat will all be on hand this weekend during the 15th anniversary celebration for the Barnes and Noble store in the Arena Hub Plaza.Everyone is welcome to the free event being held Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. The event is geared toward all ages, especially children and the loyal customers who have been frequenting the book store for years.“The people that come into our store are like our friends,...

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Five Folks

In honor of the Pittston Tomato Festival, we asked folks in downtown Wilkes-Barre:“What is your favorite way to enjoy a tomato?”•••“I love them plain, with salt.”Oswaldo Otero, 38, Wilkes-Barre•••“Plain and sliced up on pizza.”Teishima Otero, 13, Wilkes-Barre•••“I don’t like them plain, but I li...

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