Volunteer firefighter pleads guilty to Pittston-area arsons

WILKES-BARRE — A volunteer firefighter turned serial arsonist must pay tens of thousands in restitution — with more to come — after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a number of 2012 fires.David Charles Donnora, 25, of Pittston, entered guilty pleas Monday to arson, burglary and burning charges before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas, court records indicate.State police charged the man in January 2013 with setting five fires.He must...

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Kingston Dairy Queen to open Thursday

KINGSTON — Snow may have hit some areas of the region Wednesday evening, but a sure sign that spring is nearby will arrive Thursday.Dairy Queen on Wyoming Avenue will open Thursday. The popular ice cream shop had a sign posted Wednesday that read, “Will open 3-5-15 at 11 a.m.”

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Two Luzerne County Council members getting multiple homestead tax breaks

Luzerne County Councilwoman Eileen Sorokas has been receiving the homestead tax break on three properties — not one primary residence as required by law, according to a review of county records.County Councilman Harry Haas also was receiving the break on both his past and present home, records show.Former Luzerne County controller Walter Griffith pointed out the council members’ violations Wednesday, a day after current county Controller Michelle Bednar relea...

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Hornick’s family vows to keep Andy’s Diner open after patriarch passes away

PLAINS TWP. — Andy is gone, but his legacy will live on.For more than two decades, Andy Hornick Sr. kept coffee cups full, smiles on faces and treated his staff and customers at Andy’s River Road Diner like family.After 26 years of running the family diner that bore his name, Hornick, 76, died Monday.The diner is temporarily closed until Saturday, but son Andrew Hornick Jr. said he plans on keeping the family diner “movin’ and groovin&#...

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Hugo Selenski’s sealed records open, shed light on case costs

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County taxpayers shelled out at least $320,000 to defend Hugo Selenski on criminal homicide charges, according to a review of sealed records opened Wednesday.The cost will likely go higher as more sealed records are opened and reviewed.Most of the sealed records kept in safes in a locked room inside the Clerk of Courts office dealt with Selenski’s defense funding. Few sealed records by prosecutors involved interviews with Paul Weakley a...

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Pittston preparing for Saturday’s St. Patrick’s parade

PITTSTON — Organizers were never dreaming of a white St. Patrick’s Day, but a slight upturn in temperatures and a concerted effort to remove much of the snow from Main Street has given the city’s parade a green light.Councilman Mike Lombardo said the parade, which steps off at noon Saturday, is a significant event in the renaissance of the downtown. Murals of coal miners and Mona Lisa adorn the walls of buildings and the traditional green line has been painted in ...

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Kingston council hears results of revitalization project

KINGSTON — The borough council heard a presentation marking the close of the King Edward revitalization project during Monday night’s regular council meeting.The project identified Edwardsville’s Main Street, a portion of which is shared by both Edwardsville and Kingston, as a Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Area, and resulted in the demolition of several blighted properties along with the renovation of others.Although exact figures were unavailab...

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Exeter: New Hick’s Creek pumps to be activated

EXETER — Borough Council held a quick regular meeting Tuesday night before the weather got too out of hand.It was announced that new pumps in Exeter’s Hick’s Creek will be officially activated Thursday.Council member John Morgan described the improvement to the creek as the beginning of “an exciting time” for the residents within the Hick’s Creek watershed. The council has regularly heard frequent complaints from those residents as the...

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Todd G. Harding announces for District A council seat in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Todd G. Harding, a native of South Wilkes-Barre and a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School, has announced he is running for the Democratic nomination in District A in the May 19 primary.Harding, 35, has a degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University and is employed as the assistant purchasing agent for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.Harding said he is a lifelong Democrat and is seeks to fill the seat currently occupied by George...

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Bear Creek woman charged with stealing from family, friends

KINGSTON — A Bear Creek Township woman serving a probation sentence for being the get-away driver in an armed robbery at a strip club was arraigned Wednesday on charges she had stolen jewelry and computer equipment from family and friends.State police at Wyoming and Kingston police charged Courtney Marie Sadusky, 26, of Pittston Boulevard, with two counts of receiving stolen property, and one count each of theft and criminal trespass. She was arraigned by District Judge Paul ...

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