Radioman Rusty Fender finds new career in gas industry

Dale Mikolaczyk doesn’t credit his brains, work ethic or even a few good-luck streaks for his successful switch between two vastly different industries.“My motto in life was ‘I was in the right place at the right time,” he said.Of radio fame for the 26 years he went by the pseudonyms “Rusty Fender” and “Shadoe Steele” for Pittston-based KRZ radio station and others, last year Mikolaczyk made the kind of career move fitting ...

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And the ‘wiener’ is — Rocky!

PLAINS TWP. — Wiener dogs, more appropriately dachshunds — with their short legs and long bodies — took center stage Sunday at “Oktoberfest” at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.When the dust settled, “Rocky,” a 4-year-old dachshund owned by Dennis and Kendra Mummey of Zion Grove near Hazleton, was the undisputed champion.Rocky won his heat and then sprinted away from four other heat winners to take the coveted title. For his effort, R...

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Participants dance, box and move to battle cancer

WILKES-BARRE — Participants swayed, punched and danced in support of cancer at the third annual Pink Piloxing event on Sunday.Approximately 70 participants were led by piloxing instructor and YMCA trainer Diane Butwin in the Henry Gymnasium at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. The group moved in unison and followed Butwin’s instructions.Linda Reilly, community health director for the YMCA, explained that piloxing is the combination of standing pilates, boxing and...

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Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch, Angels need more members

WILKES-BARRE — The city’s crime watch group has grown to more than 700 members, but organizers say it’s getting more and more difficult to attract new members.And the Wilkes-Barre Guardian Angels chapter is down to five active members, said Jason Weston, one of the group’s leaders.Both organizations are hopeful more people will get involved to help patrol the city streets and report criminal activity to police.Charlotte Raup, who heads ...

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Desecration charges mirror Wilkes-Barre case

EVERETT, Pa. — A 14-year-old western Pennsylvania boy has been charged with desecrating a statue of Jesus by standing in front of it and mimicking a sex act, and then posting pictures of it on the Internet.A King’s College student was prosecuted under the same law when he urinated on a nativity scene in Wilkes-Barre in January 2010. The student apologized and was accepted into a probation program for first-time offenders.Bedford County officials say the court...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigating Sherman Hills shooting

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Police Sunday said they are investigating a shooting that occurred at Sherman Hills sometime around 4:30 p.mThe victim, Kody Gamble, 19 of Wilkes-Barre, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. No information on Gamble’s condition was available.According to police, the shooting took place in the area of Building 304, North Empire Court, in the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex Sunday afternoon....

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NITTANY NOTES: Lions land N.J. recruit after win at Rutgers

Not 24 hours after winning in New Jersey, Penn State has landed another recruit from the Garden State.Union City athlete Daiquan Kelly announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he received an offer from the Nittany Lions this weekend and immediately jumped on it.“After receiving an offer from Penn State I am happy to announce that that I have committed to be a nittany lion,” Kelly wrote.Multiple recruiting services reported that Kelly had been i...

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Monday’s Local Schedule

MONDAY, SEPT. 15H.S. BOYS SOCCER(4:15 p.m. unless noted)Nanticoke at Wyoming SeminaryPittston Area at Wyoming Valley West, 6:30 p.m.Holy Redeemer at DallasFIELD HOCKEY(4:15 p.m.)Northwest at Wyoming SeminaryHanover at Abington HeightsGAR at BerwickWyoming Area at CrestwoodNanticoke at DallasLake-Lehman...

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Buelltin Board

CAMPS/CLINICSElectric City Baseball and Softball Academy will host the annual winter skills camp held jointly between the Riverfront Sports and ECBSA facilities. Camp dates are Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20 from 10 a.m. - noon. Cost is $150 or $135 if postmarked by 10/29/14. To register or for more information: www.electriccitybaseball.com or 570-955-0471.Sandlot Fall Rookie camp will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wedne...

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$50K reward offered for tips on trooper’s slaying

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded.The probe comes as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday’s deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.Eight investigators walked into the dense forest in Blooming Grove around noon Sunday. A day earlier, authoritie...

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