Trial in DUI-death crash opens with tearful testimony

WILKES-BARRE — A Missouri man unintentionally caused the death of his friend and co-worker Shane Stewart last year, according to a Luzerne County prosecutor speaking at the trial’s start Tuesday.Defense attorney Charles Ross said in his opening statement that Stewart’s own actions were the cause of his death.Patrick Ramirez, 26, and Stewart, 25, also of Missouri, had been drinking heavily for several hours before the incident in a McDonald’s parki...

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Local grocer reacts to Shurfine distributor, AWI filing Chapter 11

WILKES-BARRE — Shurfine distributor Associated Wholesalers Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last week, creating a ripple of concern through regionally owned supermarkets, but grocers contend shelves will remain stocked.Associated Wholesalers Inc., (AWI) based in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and its subsidiaries provide most the inventory for nine Gerrity’s Supermarkets in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties as well as 14 other Shurfine grocery stores, such as Quinns Markets...

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Surveillance cameras recorded shooting of two troopers

Surveillance cameras at the state police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County recorded two troopers sustaining gunshot wounds and valiant rescue efforts to save them, according to charges filed in the case.State police Commissioner Frank Noonan on Tuesday identified the alleged gunman, Eric Matthew Frein, 31, who is charged in the slaying of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, and critically injuring Trooper Alex T. Douglass, of Olyphant.Investigators allegedly foun...

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Genetti’s video shows alleged shooter in Wilkes-Barre vandalism spree

WILKES-BARRE — A private security camera captured the image of the person police identified as a person of interest in a vandalism spree that damaged the windows of nearly two dozen parked vehicles earlier this month.The image is that a male walking north on North Pennsylvania Avenue by Genetti’s garage, Bruce Hoegg, general manager of the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, said Tuesday.The male crossed the avenue and walked along the park, Hoegg...

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Wilke-Barre Parking Authority takes aim at free spots

WILKES-BARRE — Members of the city Parking Authority Tuesday again discussed how to increase revenues, this time calling for a crackdown on free parking in vacant downtown lots.Last month, the authority announced it expects to turn over less money to the city than in years past. Andrea Caladie of ParenteBeard, auditors, told the authority board that its reserves are depleted and with anticipated expenditures coming, the account needs to be replenished.Last year, th...

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Police: Resident, 87, knocked unconscious in Plains Township home invasion

PLAINS TWP. — Two men forced their way past an 87-year-old man’s front door, knocked him out with a chemical-laced cloth and robbed him, township police said.A resident of 2 Birch Ave, in the Birch Hills section of the township, heard a knock on his door this afternoon. When he opened it, he saw two Hispanic men, who pushed past the door. One of the men shoved a cloth in the resident’s face and he was knocked unconscious, police said.Police said the man...

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Kaylyn D. Purcell

Kaylyn Danyelle Purcell, daughter of Patrick and Kelly Purcell, Kingston, is celebrating her second birthday today, Sept. 17. Kaylyn is a granddaughter of Brian Hann, Kingston; Susan Schlesing, Pittston; and the late Roger and Mary Alice Purcell. She is a great-granddaughter of Ketora Hann, Kingston. Kaylyn has two sisters, Riley, 8, and Conlon, 3, and a brother, Rorey, 6.

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Winner of ATV raffle announced

The Men in Mission Group (MIM) from St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke, recently announced that Janet Marquardt, Muncy Valley, was the winner of the Polaris Ranger ATV raffle. At the presentation, from left: Ed North, MIM; Dale Zmijewski, MIM; Lorena Marquardt; Dan Marquardt; Janet Marquardt; and Joseph Stettler, MIM.

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EDWARDSVILLE: St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Ave., is hosting a furniture, rummage and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Friday, Sept. 19KINGSTON: Wilkes-Barre Chapter 342 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), 1 p.m., at Black Diamond American Legion, 386 Wyoming Avenue. All active and retired federal employees are invited. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.NANTICOKE: The Wyoming Valley Mushroom Club, 7 p.m., in Room 105 in the Advanced Technology Center, Luzerne County Community College. Parking is availa...

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