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UPDATE: Wilkes-Barre police investigate reported stabbing at Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a reported stabbing tonight at the crime-plagued Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre that left the victim in critical condition.A 911 supervisor said the stabbing was reported at 7:30 this evening at Building 320 on North Empire Court. One male was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, the supervisor said.According to a release from Wilkes-Barre police, the victim had a severe ...

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Gordon riding momentum into Pocono

LONG POND — Jeff Gordon found himself in a familiar place last Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Twenty years after winning the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race there, Gordon was once again in victory lane at the Brickyard.“When you win at Indianapolis, especially having the kind of year that we’re having where we are up front points it’s a huge momentum boost and confidence booster,” Gordon said during a press conference on F...

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Senators praise new rules to protect miners from black lung disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two United States senators on Friday issued a joint statement praising new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at protecting the health and safety of coal miners and preventing black lung disease.“I applaud the Department of Labor for taking action to protect our nation’s hardworking coal miners from developing black lung disease,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (H...

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Charges against Rev. Philip Altavilla of Scranton dismissed

SCRANTON — A judge dismissed corruption of minors and indecent assault charges against the Rev. Philip Altavilla Friday morning.Attorney Paul Walker said Luzerne County Judge Michael Barrasse threw out the charges because the statute of limitations on them had passed.“We thought we could win on the merits, too,” Walker said, but he added he’ll gladly accept victory based on statute of limitations to keep his client out of court.However,...

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City zoning ordinance may prevent razor wire on prison fence

WILKES-BARRE — An inmate who escaped by scaling a fence absent of razor wire at the minimal offender’s building at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was captured by Ashley police Friday morning.Kevin Kuklinski, 24, was returned and jailed at the main prison complex.He was the second inmate to escape from the yard in less than five weeks forcing county officials to consider installing razor wire on top of the 10-12 feet high fence.J. Allen Ne...

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Congressman Cartwright introduces bill to force agencies to prepare for extreme weather

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright Friday announced he has introduced a bill to force federal government agencies to better prepare for extreme weather emergencies.In a conference call with reporters, Cartwright, D-Moosic, said he introduced the PREPARE Act after the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that federal agencies did not have a coherent strategic government-wide approach and systematic method to plan for those disasters. It was the first time in history the GAO include...

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Volunteer wants to ‘bring back Nanticoke pride’

NANTICOKE — As a city resident for 23 years, Lou Gianuzzi wants to “bring back Nanticoke pride.”That’s why Gianuzzi has volunteered nearly 100 hours of his time beautifying Patriot Square Park, an effort that was completed on July 8.“I just want the families and citizens of the community to have a nice place to relax and enjoy themselves” Gianuzzi said.Gianuzzi said that the idea to renovate Patriot Square came on May 10, wh...

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DA appeals judge’s ruling excluding witness testimony in Ovalles homicide case

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office filed an appeal of a judge’s ruling that excluded the testimony of a witness in the pending homicide trial of Joshua Ovalles.The notice of appeal to the state Superior Court was filed Thursday, saying the order by President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. on July 14 “terminates or substantially handicaps” the prosecution.Burke ruled the prosecution could not use the preliminary hearing t...

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Inmate at SCI Dallas found dead, hanging in cell

DALLAS – An inmate at State Correctional Institution at Dallas was found dead in his cell on Thursday, Superintendent Lawrence Mahally reported in a news release.Mahally said prison staff were conducting a security round on the housing unit when an officer observed inmate Israel Guzman hanging in his cell at approximately 1:30 p.m. Staff immediately responded and provided life-saving measures until facility medical personnel arrived.Guzman was pronounced dead by a ...

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PFA extended for convicted thief

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge Thursday extended a no-contact Protection from Abuse order against Jesse Geasey for 18 months. His ex-wife Sara Miller, 37, obtained a temporary order on June 25 alleging she was in fear of Geasey after cooperating with police investigations on him.Geasey, 34, served 14 months in state prison for his guilty pleas in 2012 to aggravated assault for a box cutter slashing in 2011 and the theft of a skull from a mausoleum in the Hollenback Cem...

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