Luzerne County voter registration declines by 6,600

Luzerne County lost 6,600 registered voters since November, bringing the total count to 189,537, new records show.County Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik said new registrations are not offsetting the loss of voters due to death and relocation.The county also has been conducting regular mandatory purges to remove inactive voters, he said.The county had 196,129 voters in November 2014 — 110,969 Democrats, 63,919 Republicans and 21,241 In...

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Reid McNeill’s physical play sets him apart from a crowded blueline

After not playing for almost two months due to an injury, there was a point during Game 3 against Syracuse when Reid McNeill knew he was back to full strength.It came at the end of the first period when McNeill dropped the gloves with Crunch forward Carter Ashton.“I wasn’t going to do it if I didn’t feel ready,” said McNeill, who had 121 penalty minutes during the regular season to lead all Penguin defensemen. “But I was confident with my bo...

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Mohegan Sun Pocono to hold Party on the Patio every Thursday this summer

PLAINS TWP. — Mark those calendars: Mohegan Sun Pocono will resume its popular “Party on the Patio” this month.Party on the Patio is a free summer long musical event open to guests, ages 21 and over.Every Thursday, beginning May 28, a different tribute band will be featured at 6 p.m. on the racetrack.The schedule is:• May 28, Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute band.• June 4, Back in Black, a AC/DC tribute band...

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Rare cancer confirmed in Susquehanna River bass

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released findings from two independent laboratory tests that confirm a malignant, or cancerous, tumor on a single smallmouth bass caught in the middle Susquehanna River by an angler late last year and provided to the PFBC.The announcement was made during the PFBC’s quarterly business meeting held on Monday at The Woodlands Inn, Plains Township.Cancerous growths and tumors on fish are extremely rare in Pennsylvania and t...

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Suspect in Wilkes-Barre stabbing caught in Central Pennsylvania

WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre who city police said fled his Sheridan Street apartment after he allegedly stabbed two people on Sunday was captured after he crashed a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am along East Valley Road in Greene Township, Clinton County.State police at Lamar, Clinton County, said William Macblain, 29, was traveling south on state Route 880 at about 80 to 100 mph when he lost control of the Pontiac at about 11:08 a.m. Sunday.Macblain told state pol...

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Second search warrant served at Wilkes-Barre spa

WILKES-BARRE —A massage parlor on North River Street, where its owner recently was charged with performing lewd sex acts for cash, has been searched once again on suspicion of similar offenses, according to court records.The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations served a search warrant at The Aroma Spa on Friday after a trooper noticed the business had reopened a few days after Hyang Wol Jo, 48, of North Walnut Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged with pros...

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Ex-Wyoming Valley West teacher convicted in sex-with-student case loses state license

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has revoked the teaching license of Lauren Harrington-Cooper, the former Wyoming Valley West English teacher who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual contact with students and two counts of corruption of minors.The state recently posted notification on the department website that the license was revoked April 8. The state had suspended Harrington-Cooper’s license Aug. 20, 2014, following her initial arrest Dec. 18, 2013, on charges s...

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Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers

NEW YORK — Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators’ fears about a giant cable company’s control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers.For the first time, the country’s largest cable provider, which also owns NBCUniversal, has more Internet subscribers than cable subscribers, Comcast executive Neil Smit said during an earnings call Monday.Broadband subscribers surpassed cable this qua...

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Scranton native and Pocono teacher finalist for Top Teacher on “Live! with Kelly and Michael”

POCONOS — A great teacher brings out the best in her students. They inspire hope and ignite the imagination. Lori Killino, a special education teacher at Clear Run Intermediate School in Tobyhanna, is that teacher. She inspires pride and acceptance in her community and school. Killino, a Scranton native, is one of the four finalists for “Top Teacher of 2015” on “LIVE with Kelly and Micha...

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Plains Township woman sentenced to house arrest, IPP, for failing to report sexual assault of child.

WILKES-BARRE — A Plains Township woman who failed to report her husband’s sexual assaults of a child was sentenced Monday to 18 months in Luzerne County’s Intermediate Punishment Program.Nicole Jean Ford, 35, of Rose Avenue, will spend the first six months of her sentence on house arrest, court papers say.She may have contact with the victim as permitted by county Children and Youth Services, according to court documents.The Times Leader does...

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