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Knitters feel right at home with Osterhout’s One More Row club

WILKES-BARRE — People go to the library for a variety of reasons.Most of them probably have something to do with books.Steven Remphrey went to the Osterhout Library because he needed help with some yarn.Remphrey was working on a challenging knitting project and was having difficulty with a pattern, so he joined the library’s One More Row knitting club to get some help.“My mother knitted and crocheted, and I learned when I was young...

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GOP draws lines as Wolf focuses on huge deficit

HARRISBURG — With Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf touring Pennsylvania to drum out his message about state government’s massive structural deficit, the leaders of the big Republican legislative majorities are sending their own message to him: Me first.So far, Republican leaders say their ideas must come first before they will consider any tax increase, including on natural gas drilling. However, they are staking out positions that Wolf opposed during his campaign and tha...

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Area attorney gets six months probation on pot charges

WILKES-BARRE — A city-based attorney was sentenced Wednesday to spend six months on probation for misdemeanor drug charges.Elizabeth J. Bartolai, 48, of Bear Creek, pleaded guilty to the charges Saturday in Luzerne County Court, according to court papers. She must also purchase a bulletproof vest for a police officer as community service, court documents say.Bartolai was charged in April with possessing drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana stemming fr...

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State police investigating Christmas Eve shooting in Slocum Twp.

SLOCUM TWP — State police in Shickshinny are seeking information about a Christmas Eve shooting on Blue Ridge Trail in Slocum Township.Police say they received a report of gunshots at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, troopers discovered Dillon Tyler Gommer, 20, had sustained gunshot wounds.Gommer was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for treatment.State police say the incident is under active investigation. Anyone with information is ...

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Zeroing in: Bong Bob Kim's claims of racism ring hollow

Bong Bob Kim, who is in prison after allegedly trying to run over some police officers during a drug bust, might want to contact first lady Michelle Obama. She will likely feel his pain.Bong contacted both local newspapers to tell the public that Wilkes-Barre City police officer Joseph Sinavage, who's white, used him for target practice.“I put my hands up, and he shot me three times,” Bong said. ...

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Questions arise as area police mull body cameras

For the last five years, the City of Wilkes-Barre’s surveillance system has recorded people from 250 cameras mounted on utility poles mostly in the downtown area with the goal of reducing crime and increasing public safety.Could there be a chance cameras will be clipped on the front shoulders of local patrol officers?Police departments in Butler and Dallas townships will experiment with officers wearing body cameras next year, the first two departments to pioneer t...

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Dallas Township chief favors police body cameras

DALLAS TWP — Dallas Township Police Chief Robert Jolley wanted to get body cameras for his officers long before the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.“It’s like having another witness,” Jolley said Friday.“This would eliminate all of these things that are happening in the country right now that are motivated by things other than the facts,” Jolley said. “We have all these recordings that show what ...

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Student from another school arrested after false alarm at Wilkes University

WILKES-BARRE — A student from another school was arrested after police responded to a false alarm Monday morning at Wilkes University.Police responded to an emergency call box alarm at Wilkes on West South Street at 1 a.m. Monday and encountered Antonio Decker, 22, of Pittston, whom they determined to be highly intoxicated.Police allege Decker triggered the alarm box, creating a false alarm.He was taken into custody, held until sober and cited with disor...

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One man’s battle with Children and Youth highlights agency’s challenges

New York considers Christopher Jones a fit parent. Luzerne County says otherwise.The county court system stripped Jones in September of his rights to parent his 3-year-old son, Jamir Jones, citing in the termination decree a failure or refusal to perform his duties as a parent.Jones, 33, lives in Troy, New York, with his fianceé Yetta Samuels and 2-year-old daughter Sky Philpot.In 2011, he fathered Jamir with an area woman and says he fought for most of t...

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Wilkes-Barre man charged in alleged Christmas morning assault

WILKES-BARRE — A woman said her husband assaulted her after she threw a piece of chocolate at him during an argument, police say.Byron Dixon allegedly blamed his wife when he could not find his wallet just before 10 a.m. Thursday and began screaming at her and calling her names, according to a police report.The woman said she then threw a quarter-sized piece of chocolate at Dixon, police say, at which point he pushed her to the ground.Dixon scratched the...

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