Fire damages Wilkes-Barre double-block home

WILKES-BARRE —Two adults and their dog escaped a blaze that damaged a double-block house on Poplar Street early Monday morning.Fire Chief Jay Delaney said firefighters responded to 136-138 Poplar St. just before 1 a.m. finding heaving fire and smoke at 138, which was unoccupied.Delaney said two adults and a dog escaped without injury from 136 Poplar St.“Firefighters did a really, really good job with the interior attack,” Delaney said....

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Fire displaces family of three in Newport Township

NEWPORT TWP. — A family of three was left homeless Monday after a fire erupted at their Glen Lyon home.John Conover, who lives at 133 E. Main St. with his wife and son, said he was in the kitchen when he saw his television set flicker and go out in the living room.When he went to check on it, Conover said, he saw the room was on fire.Conover was alone in the house and made it out safely.Newport Township Fire Chief John Floryshak said the fire ...

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Bank robbery in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Township police are investigating a robbery at Crossroads branch of M&T Bank on the Sans Souci Parkway at about 1:30 p.m. today.Police said a white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds, brandished a silver handgun while demanding money.The suspect was last seen walking toward Crossroads Plaza where he may have entered a vehicle.Police said the suspect wore a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers.

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Luzerne County 911 worker resigns

A Luzerne County 911 telecommunicator has resigned in connection with the recent dispatching of emergency crews to the wrong location, according to a county statement.The Nov. 27 emergency call was for Vincent Marcario, who was suffering from an apparent heart attack and died. Family members have publicly said he might still be alive if crews had arrived sooner.Ambulance crews were dispatched to Gates Street in Wilkes-Barre instead of South Gates Avenue in Kingston....

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Lawsuit filed by two Wilkes-Barre police officers over injuries settled

WILKES-BARRE — A lawsuit filed by two Wilkes-Barre police officers against a man they arrested during a violent domestic disturbance was settled out-of-court last week. Sgt. Duane Price and officer Stephen Freeman filed the three-count suit in Luzerne County Court in May 2012, against Christopher Norton, 36, over injuries they sustained while arresting Norton inside his residence on Leonard Street....

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Jersey Mike’s Subs opens in Wilkes-Barre Township

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Opened less than a week, Jim Sirotnak, owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs in Wilkes-Barre Township, has already seen repeat customers.Jersey Mike’s Subs joined restaurant row in Wilkes-Barre Township as the business opened its doors on Dec. 17 in Bear Creek Commons, off Bear Creek Boulevard.Summing up his first weekend in business, Sirotnak, of Dunmore, said, “We were very busy.”.Jersey Mike’s Subs, based out of...

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Wilkes-Barre General Hospital razes vacant homes

A wrecking crew is seen working on the demolition of a home on West Chestnut Street in Wilkes-Barre on Monday. This and two other homes, owned by Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, were removed for safety and cleanliness reasons, hospital spokeswoman Renita Fennick said. There are no plans for the site where the houses were located, Fennick added.

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British singer Joe Cocker dead at age 70

LONDON — British singer Joe Cocker is dead at age 70. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, said Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Colorado, where he has lived for the past two decades.Cocker was known for a memorable Woodstock performance and cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.”The ballad “You Are So Beautiful,” with Cocker’s voice cracking on the final emotional note, was a Top Ten hit in 1975...

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Our Opinion: Hey, Harvard ethicists: Why not make Luzerne County your case study?

If the people at Harvard University’s ethics center want a real education on the state of corruption in America, we invite them to visit Northeastern Pennsylvania.Even a brief foray outside the ivory tower, to talk with people in Luzerne County about the bizarre and lawless behavior of certain local and state elected officials, might challenge some of the academics’ most basic assumptions. Among them: “corruption is not endemic in America.”

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Pharmacist gets prison time in federal fraud case

An Old Forge pharmacist will serve 15 months in prison and must pay back more than $166,000 in a health care fraud case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced.Peter J. Capitano, 58, was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton. In addition to prison time, Capitano will have to serve three years of supervised release.Capitano, who previously pleaded guilty in the case, also was also ordered to p...

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