Search underway for trooper shooting suspect, ‘survivalist’ Eric Frein

According to state police, Eric Matthew Frein is armed and dangerous.According to Frein’s father, a U.S. Army veteran who taught his son how to use a rifle, Frein “doesn’t miss.”And as of Tuesday, Frein, 31, was the target of a massive manhunt as hundreds of law enforcement officers combed the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono region in search of the Canadensis man accused in the Friday night slaying of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon K. D...

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State police Troop P officials involved in manhunt

WYOMING — Many state police investigators from Troop P, based in Wyoming, were involved in the intense investigation that identified a Monroe County man they say is responsible for the shooting of two troopers outside the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County.Trooper Tom Kelly, public information officer for Troop P, was assigned to handle media affairs during the investigation.Along with Kelly, Troop P Commander Capt. James E. Degnan as well as several Troop P tr...

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Trial in DUI-death crash opens with tearful testimony

WILKES-BARRE — A Missouri man unintentionally caused the death of his friend and co-worker Shane Stewart last year, according to a Luzerne County prosecutor speaking at the trial’s start Tuesday.Defense attorney Charles Ross said in his opening statement that Stewart’s own actions were the cause of his death.Patrick Ramirez, 26, and Stewart, 25, also of Missouri, had been drinking heavily for several hours before the incident in a McDonald’s parki...

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Future of Hotel Sterling property coming to a vote

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council on Tuesday discussed options for the former Hotel Sterling property and likely will vote on a plan next week.Council solicitor Dave Pedri provided an overview of the situation with the property, located at Market and River streets. Several years ago, the county loaned CityVest $6 million to rehabilitate and market the property for development, which never came to fruition. The building was condemned and demolished last year.Ped...

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Wilkes-Barre to demolish 3 vacant properties

WILKES-BARRE — The city will spend $34,100 to demolish three vacant buildings paid through the Office of Economic and Community Development budget.The demolitions at 212 Madison St., 60 E. North St. and 69 Kado St. were each put out for bid and the contracts were awarded to Stell Enterprises Inc. of Plains Township.At city council’s work session Tuesday night chairman Bill Barrett asked about recouping money from the property owners and pointed out the that K...

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Brewing it your way

There are so many wonderful accompaniments to a cold glass of milk - but what about a warm cup of coffee? Warm beverages are more and more necessary as the days grow chillier.Though the name might lead you to think otherwise about the flavoring (and in some cases, it’s true), the coffee cake is actually a delicious pastry meant to be eaten alongside a cup o’ joe, not necessarily something that tastes like one.Coffee cakes are sponge-like, often spiced with ci...

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Wilke-Barre Parking Authority takes aim at free spots

WILKES-BARRE — Members of the city Parking Authority Tuesday again discussed how to increase revenues, this time calling for a crackdown on free parking in vacant downtown lots.Last month, the authority announced it expects to turn over less money to the city than in years past. Andrea Caladie of ParenteBeard, auditors, told the authority board that its reserves are depleted and with anticipated expenditures coming, the account needs to be replenished.Last year, th...

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Local grocer reacts to Shurfine distributor, AWI filing Chapter 11

WILKES-BARRE — Shurfine distributor Associated Wholesalers Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last week, creating a ripple of concern through regionally owned supermarkets, but grocers contend shelves will remain stocked.Associated Wholesalers Inc., (AWI) based in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and its subsidiaries provide most the inventory for nine Gerrity’s Supermarkets in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties as well as 14 other Shurfine grocery stores, such as Quinns Markets...

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Contractor guilty of working without permit, license in W-B

WILKES-BARRE — Gary Roccograndi, who did not show up at a hearing on Tuesday, and was found guilty of not having the city-required permit and license to perform home remodeling work in Wilkes-Barre.District Judge Martin Kane found Roccograndi guilty of both charges. City attorney Tim Henry said Roccograndi initially intended to plead not guilty, according to court documents.“When your a contractor in the city of Wilkes-Barre, you have to be licensed if you...

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Genetti’s video shows alleged shooter in Wilkes-Barre vandalism spree

WILKES-BARRE — A private security camera captured the image of the person police identified as a person of interest in a vandalism spree that damaged the windows of nearly two dozen parked vehicles earlier this month.The image is that a male walking north on North Pennsylvania Avenue by Genetti’s garage, Bruce Hoegg, general manager of the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, said Tuesday.The male crossed the avenue and walked along the park, Hoegg...

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