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Duryea council buys property to serve as parking lot

DURYEA — The borough council voted at a special meeting on Tuesday to purchase a Main Street property and turn it into a public parking lot.The council voted 5 to 2 to spend $38,000 for the property at 303 Main Street.The lot will be used as a public parking lot, specifically for the borough and the park behind the property, but also for anyone who needs someplace to park while doing business on Main Street.The purpose for turning the property into a par...

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Luzerne County Council meeting temporarily halted by fire alarm

A fire alarm at the Luzerne County Courthouse forced county council members to temporarily halt their meeting and evacuate the building this evening.When the audience and council members returned, Council Chairman Rick Morelli said the alarm was triggered by a steam leak.Morelli urged council members to stay focused on the agenda, saying the alarm was expected to go off again.

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SBC receives small business loans for new equipment, new jobs

PITTSTON — A small business loan could mean big things for the Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC).The SBC received a $140,000 Small Business First Loan from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development on Tuesday. The company received the funds through CAN DO, which serves as a certified economic development corporation and offers financing assistance to businesses in Luzerne County.The 10-year loan will go toward a $340,000 business expansion p...

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In wake of Ferguson, Ron Felton urges becoming involved in political process

As protests continue overs a grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, Wilkes-Barre NAACP president Ron Felton has a simple message: Vote.“If you don’t become engaged in the political process, things won’t change,” he said Tuesday.The grand jury on Monday decided against a criminal indictment of white police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man who was unarmed at the time of the shoo...

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LCTA approves settlement with bus driver who claims retaliation

KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority board of directors today approved a settlement agreement with a bus driver who claimed she suffered retaliation after reporting sexual harassment, but the terms, for now, are secret.Patricia Colleen Horst filed suit in October 2012 claiming that she reported to LCTA Executive Director Stanley Strelish that she was sexually harassed by Operations Manager Robb Henderson and was told that the matter would be taken care of, e...

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LAW

LARKSVILLE — Beverly Alda Law, 75, of Larksville, passed away Nov. 23, 2014. at Celtic Hospice, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Due to inclement weather, funeral services have been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Friday at the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

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SCI-Dallas riot suspect sues over solitary, lost legal records

WILKES-BARRE — One of four men facing trial in connection with an alleged 2010 state prison riot is suing prison officials for more than a quarter of a million dollars, claiming he has been subject to retaliation for filing lawsuits and grievances. Carrington Keys, 34, filed suit Tuesday in Luzerne County court, naming as defendants the warden, deputy warden and records supervisor of the State Correctiona...

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Luzerne County deficit increases

Luzerne County government ended 2013 with an estimated deficit of $10.1 million, the county’s auditor told council this evening while presenting a draft audit summary.Spending exceeded revenue by a projected $6.4 million last year, said Andrea L. Caladie, a CPA with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.The fund balance is now a negative $10.1 million because the county ended 2012 with a $3.7 million deficit, she said.The audit was due June 30 under the county...

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Used-car dealer partner in Plains Township to pay $31k restitution in $500 installments

WILKES-BARRE — A West Wyoming man who admitted to ripping off his partner in a used car business can make his restitution in installments.Dean W. Pavinski, 41, was sentenced on Nov. 17 in Luzerne County Court to five years probation and must pay back $31,928, according to court papers. He must pay at least $500 per month, the documents say, and must review his finances with probation monthly to determine whether the amount can be increased.Police leveled theft char...

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Showing off their skills

Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center Law Enforcement student Zodie Nichols demonstrates arresting technique on Luzerne County Community College student-turned-“perp” Scott Thomas Tuesday during regional SkillsUSA competition on the college’s Nanticoke campus. Students from nine Career and Technical Centers competed in a wide range of events testing their knowledge in everything from carpentry to restaurant service. Winners go on to state competition.

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