Selenski gets favorable ruling in effort to appeal Monroe County robbery conviction

Convicted double murderer Hugo Selenski got closer in his attempt for a new trial in Monroe County where he was found guilty in 2009 of robbing and holding a jewelry store owner hostage.Selenski, 41, appealed his Monroe County conviction to the state Superior Court, claiming he was denied to have Dr. Solomon Fulero testify on his behalf. Fulero, an attorney and a psychologist, was sought by Selenski as an expert witness on human memory.The appellate court sent Selenski&#...

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Prosecutor: Fiancee pushed paddle away from doomed kayaker

GOSHEN, N.Y. — A New York woman charged with killing her fiance pushed a floating paddle away from him as he struggled in the cold, choppy Hudson River after his kayak capsized, then waited 20 minutes to call for help, prosecutors said Tuesday.Three weeks after Vincent Viafore vanished during a kayak outing with Angelika Graswald 50 miles north of New York City, his body was found by a fisherman Saturday near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, authorities said....

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Despite opposition, Rep. Mullery of Newport Twp. remains optimistic about doe license bill

State Rep. Gerald Mullery wasn’t surprised the Pennsylvania County Treasurers Association opposed his bill that would allow hunters to purchase antlerless licenses online or from issuing agents.Despite the opposition from the group, which came out during a public hearing on House Bill 231 earlier this month, Mullery, D-Newport Township, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” the legislation will come up for a vote before the House this year.The bill is...

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Mountain Sky presents NEPA-Palooza

JERMYN — Mountain Sky’s debut of NEPA-Palooza is happening this weekend. Pack your coolers, grab the tent, and put the whole family in the car to spend the weekend outdoors while listening to local music.“I wanted to showcase them (the bands) all in one place,” said event organizer, Chris ‘Kamala’ Towns. “So the name, NEPA-Palooza, pronounced ‘nee-pa-palooza,’ came naturally since all but one of the bands are from Northeastern P...

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Public to get first look at reports on Wilkes-Barre Area building project

PLAINS TWP. — The public gets the next big news about Wilkes-Barre Area School District’s looming building project — the latest estimate is about $100 million —with the board holding a meeting Thursday to unveil reports from two committees formed to study the issue: one comprised of district staff, one of district residents.The board will convene a special meeting at 6 p.m. at the Solomon/Plains Memorial Junior High School to handle some voting business, fol...

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Price tag, tentative timetable released for Wilkes-Barre's potential Public Square project

WILKES-BARRE — A vote that could green-light the first stages of a plan to revitalize Public Square will be on the table at Thursday's Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting. The proposed plan — contingent on whether the five-member council approves the agreement — amounts to a cooperative partnership between the city and the National Resource Network (NRN) to assist in Wilkes-Barre's economic reco...

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Our Opinion: Bridge upkeep in NEPA too often falls through the cracks

Deteriorating bridges dot Pennsylvania’s landscape, including here in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, and movements are afoot to fix or replace many of the worst ones.On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stood near the 101-year-old Water Street Bridge in Pittston, making a pitch for more bridges that are owned by counties and local municipalities to become eligible for federal highway dollars. On the surface, the bipartisan bill sounds like a sorely needed solution to a maintenan...

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Charges dismissed against GAR teacher accused of body slamming student

WILKES-BARRE — Charges against a GAR High School teacher accused of body slamming a student were dismissed at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.Joshua Wasielewski, 27, of Dana Street, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer for simple assault and harassment charges stemming from an incident that happened at GAR High School on March 24.District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said that the charges were dismissed because the victim did not show up for th...

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Luzerne, Lackawanna counties

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.The watch will remain in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.According to the National Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop into the early evening hours. There is a chance that some storms could become severe, with damaging winds being the primary threat.Thunderstorms could also be accompanied by heavy rain that could result in localize...

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Rick Santorum launching second White House run

WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum, an aggressive advocate for conservative family values, will launch a second bid for president on Wednesday, a spokesman said.The former Pennsylvania senator exceeded the political world’s expectations by scoring a second-place finish in the race for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago. Yet as he competes again, he may struggle even to qualify for the debate stage in 2016.The 57-year-old Republican will deliver his...

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