Police searching for vehicle stolen while idling in front of residence

FREELAND — Police are searching for a silver 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo that was stolen while it was parked with its engine running.Police say the theft took place at 5:28 a.m. on Sunday, when the vehicle was left idling in front of a residence at 412 Washington Street.Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Hazleton at 570-459-3890.

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Updated: PennDOT restores speed limits of interstates in the region

PennDOT has lifted the speed limit restrictions that were in place on several roadways in the region.Due to the winter storm impacting the region, speed limits were reduced earlier to 45 mph on Interstates 80, 81, 84, and 380 in the region. All speeds are restored to their usual posted limits.PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways in the area and will continue until roads are clear.Original storyDue to the winter storm gripping the region,...

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The new exercise craze is working out your brain. Here’s how.

Welcome back, seniors.Last week, we reviewed the importance of physical exercise and how something as simple as 30 minutes each day can reduce arthritis pain, keep diabetes at bay and knock those blood pressure numbers down a notch.For this week, we’re going to tie it all together by covering ways to exercise your brain. It’s been scientifically proven that keeping things sharp upstairs is also essential to “staying young” and healthy as we get ol...

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Newport Township man gets new sentencing hearing for selling stolen coin collection

A Newport Township man is not responsible for the full $30,000 in restitution to the owner of a coin collection stolen in 2012, the state Superior Court ruled.The appellate court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Benjamin Michael Bonczewski, 33, last known address as East Main Street, who was on the hook to repay John Roke $30,000.Roke reported to Newport Township police that his coin collection was stolen during a burglary at his house on Oct. 9, 2012. Roke told poli...

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Two men arrested after stolen handgun found in Hanover Township

HANOVER TWP. — Two men were arrested after township police recovered a stolen firearm.Police said they spotted a suspected drug sale in a parking lot at Kings Road and Sans Souci Parkway at about 2:20 p.m., when Ryan Robles was making furtive movements in a car.Robles, 20, of Westminster Road, Hanover Township, abandoned the car and ran several hundred yards until he was apprehended on St. Mary’s Road, police said.Police allege Robles discarded a ....

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Robberies at two Turkey Hill stores in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man and are searching for a suspect in separate robberies at Turkey Hills stores early Tuesday morning and Monday night.Police said they arrested Matthew Vantine, 27, address listed as homeless, on charges he robbed the Turkey Hill store on North Pennsylvania Avenue at about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday.Police said Vantine allegedly entered the store and held a knife to a clerk while demanding cash. Vantine fled the store with cash and m...

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Average gas prices for January 27

The state and local average continued to decline overnight, but the national average rose slightly.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following figures for today’s average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.24 today, down a penny overnight and down 4 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.14 today, down a penny overnight.Pennsylvania gas average at $2.25 today, down a penny overnight and down 6 cents in t...

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Snow to come to a brief halt in the Wyoming Valley

It looks like wintry weather will briefly loosen its grip on the Wyoming Valley, but its hiatus won’t be a long one.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 19 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Light snow continued to fall in parts of the region this morning, causing some slow traffic on the major roadway and interstates.Scattered snow showers are predicted before 1 p.m. today, followed by a chance of flurries int...

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Traffic report for January 27

The overnight snowfall is impacting traffic on major roadways throughout the Wyoming Valley and beyond.Minor traffic congestion is reported throughout Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Route 117 and 315 are generally free of traffic, but minor traffic is also being reported on the North Cross Valley Expressway.Wilkes-Barre and Kingston are virtually free of traffic congestion otherwise.For up-to-date traffic, including traffic cams, visit Times Leader&...

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School closings/delays for Janaury 27

The following school districts in Luzerne County are reporting delays or closings for Tuesday, January 27:• Berwick Area: 2 HOUR DELAY• Crestwood: 2 HOUR DELAY• Dallas: 2 HOUR DELAY• Greater Nanticoke Area: 2 HOUR DELAY• Hanover Area: 2 HOUR DELAY• Hazleton Area: 2 HOUR DELAY• Lake-Lehman: 2 HOUR DELAY; SNOW ROUTE IN EFFECT• Luzerne County Community College: ...

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