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Despite PFA filing, Luzerne County Council Chairman Morelli not stepping down

Two citizens are calling for Rick Morelli to relinquish his role as Luzerne County Council chairman in light of a pending protection-from-abuse filing against him by his ex-girlfriend.The chair often serves as council spokesperson, presides over meetings and prepares meeting agendas.“Do we really want to have someone with a pending PFA in that position?” said former county controller Walter Griffith.Griffith said Morelli recently complained people ...

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey backs funding for West Pittston levee project

Sen. Bob Casey has begun the push for funding that could aid the West Pittston levee project.In a letter to a key Senate committee with oversight over flood funding, Casey called on the Committee to support the current funding in the House proposal of $20 million. The ‘Section 205’ program is part of the Small Flood Risk Management Project (SFRMP). This will help provide federal funding to smaller flood control projects that don’t require extensive studies and aut...

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Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter enthralls Kirby crowd

Legendary lyricist Robert Hunter enthralled a small crowd Wednesday at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts with his guitar, harmonica and the classic songs he co-wrote for the Grateful Dead.From the moment he strode on stage and began to sing “Bertha,” written with Jerry Garcia and first featured on the 1971 live double album called “Grateful Dead,” he set the evening’s mood perfectly. For the next two hours, it would be one timeless tune aft...

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Inmate escapes from Luzerne County Correctional Facility

WILKES-BARRE — The search is on for an inmate who escaped from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility’s Minimal Offenders Building by climbing over a fence just after 11 a.m. Thursday.City police joined correctional officers in searching woods along the Susquehanna River and Wilkes-Barre City and Hollenback cemeteries.A police canine is being used in the search.Kingston police is also searching the west side along Third Avenue an...

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Morelli PFA hearing rescheduled

WILKES-BARRE — A judge today rescheduled the Protection from Abuse order hearing for Rick Morelli, Luzerne County Council chairman, due to the availability of an attorney in the case.Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb set the hearing for 9 a.m. on Aug. 21. She issued a temporary PFA Wednesday sought by Deana Pickett of Dallas Township who alleged Morelli, her former partner, has been stalking and harassing her.Pickett’s attorney, Michael Beltrami of Hazleton, has...

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Homicide charge filed against niece in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Township police and Luzerne County detectives have charged Isis Ann Brown with the deadly assault of her aunt in March.Brown, 34, has been jailed at the county correctional facility since her arrest on aggravated assault charges on March 28.Authorities allege Brown threw items at her aunt, Dorothy Koreny, 78, outside their home on Solomon Street in Hanover Township.Koreny died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in ...

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License suspended for Coughlin teacher awaiting trial

The state has suspended the teaching license for Steven Stahl, the Coughlin high school dean of students and long-time wrestling coach awaiting trial on charges he had sex with a female student multiple times in classroom closets.Stahl, who has been suspended from his job at Wilkes-Barre Area School District since February, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing this Friday in Luzerne County Court on a single charge of corruption of a minor.The state Professional Standards...

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PPL proposing 725-mile infrastructure expansion

ALLENTOWN — PPL Electric Utilities Corporation is proposing to build a $4 billion to $6 billion power grid upgrade through from western Pennsylvania to New York, New Jersey and Maryland.PPL has submitted the project proposal to PJM Interconnection, the operator of the Mid-Atlantic power grid. As currently proposed, the 500-kilovolt line would run about 725 miles from western Pennsylvania into New York and New Jersey, and also south into Maryland, according to a company news r...

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State wants to revoke child care license at Greater Pittston YMCA

PITTSTON - The Department of Public Welfare has filed documents to revoke the child care license at the Greater Pittston YMCA Day Care.Executive Director Mary Ann Dziak received notification by mail, which stated, “The Department of Public Welfare has made a decision to REVOKE your certificate of compliance to operate a child care center known as Greater Pittston YMCA Daycare located at 10 North Main Street, Pittston.”It is stated that the decision to revoke ...

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