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Easton woman pleads guilty to promoting prostitution in Luzerne County Court

WILKES-BARRE — An Easton woman has pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court to a felony count of promoting prostitution.Trisha “Star” Pinel, 27, admitted Monday before Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. that she attempted in June and July to recruit a police informant to work for her as a prostitute, according to court papers.Court documents indicate Pinel must forfeit her cell phone, may not have contact with motels and hotels in Luzerne County and is prohibi...

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Moving Joe Palooka monument to Wilkes-Barre will punch up downtown, former councilman says

WILKES-BARRE — Former city councilman Tony Thomas wants to bring Joe Palooka back to the downtown.Thomas has started a campaign to move the Joe Palooka monument on Route 309 in Hanover Township to Wilkes-Barre at a site yet to be determined.Thomas will sponsor a fall wine festival Oct, 9-11 in Kirby Park to raise funds to move the monument dedicated to the famous comic strip and its creator.But there are several questions and issues that must be resolved...

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Reading that raises eyebrows

WRIGHT TWP. — One thing stood out right from the start: That Lorax has “poofy eyebrows.”“He looks like a man with giant hair,” Jordan Paulschock said as he glued the yellow eyebrows onto an orange paper Lorax, hero of the eponymously-named book by Dr. Seuss.Jordan and his first-grade classmates at St. Jude Elementary School had watched the animated version of tree-savior saga, and listened as teacher Rose Lee Bednarz read the book. Now it wa...

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Leo Matus newsstand, a landmark of Wilkes-Barre Public Square, closes

WILKES-BARRE — After nearly 70 years, Public Square is without a Leo Matus newsstand in operation.The latest location at 46 Public Square closed recently. A new proprietor was supposed to move in, but that plan apparently fell through. Signs have been placed in the windows of the former news stand, indicating the space is for lease.Attorney Jonathan Comitz, with offices on Public Square in the same building as Matus News, represented the previous operator, Alex Pat...

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New Jersey man facing charges of smuggling unstamped cigarettes through Luzerne County

A man from New Jersey is facing charges in Luzerne County Court for allegedly smuggling cigarettes without a Pennsylvania tax stamp on each pack.Court papers for Frainel Jesus Mones, 27, of Passaic, were recently filed in the Clerk of Courts office stemming from a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 80 near White Haven on Oct. 24.State police at Hazleton said Mones was stopped for driving 72 mph in a 65 mph zone. During the traffic stop, the trooper spotted two boxes...

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Cops: Man taped women in fitting rooms, shared on porn sites

WAYNE — A man sneaking around on his hands and knees videotaped naked girls and women in dressing rooms at one of the country’s largest malls and then posted the clips on pornography websites, police said Monday.Surveillance video from the King of Prussia Mall outside Philadelphia shows Sean Moses, 37, reaching under doors to videotape women changing in dressing rooms at stores including Forever 21 and Express, police said.Moses also sneaked up to suburban ho...

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Jenkins Twp. man Eric Phillips pleads no contest on aggravated assault charges

WILKES-BARRE — A Jenkins Township man entered a plea of no contest Monday on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children.Eric Allen Phillips, 33, pleaded before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr., declining to dispute allegations he attacked his girlfriend, Brooke Ciprich, in November 2013, leaving the woman and their children battered and in need of medical attention.After the incident, a 1-month-old received treatment for skull...

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Part-time Edwardsville cop to receive more charges

LARKSVILLE — A Larksville firefighter who also works part time as an Edwardsville police officer will face even more charges after police say he tried to cover up a crash involving his friend on Dec. 21. John Francis Fronzoni, 35, of Larksville, appeared before District Judge Diana Malast on Monday for a preliminary hearing on three counts of obstructing emergency services. The hearing was continued, as m...

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Patients seek pain relief with magnetic pulse therapy

Mary Ruth DeSanto knew her pain was reaching beyond its limits when she took her hand off the steering wheel of her car to give it a shake so it wouldn’t go numb.After years of physical therapy and popping over-the-counter pain medication, for relief from Raynad’s disease and nerve neuropathy, the Exeter woman took $5 from her wallet. She purchased a trial session of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy.PEMF, also called pulsed magnetic therapy or pulse magne...

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Our Opinion: Stegmaier Building’s tax status defies logic and warrants clarification

The stout, brick Stegmaier Building in Wilkes-Barre – a property assessed at more than $4 million – generates tax revenue for the city each year, but not a penny goes to Luzerne County or the local school district.Why?Because the city apparently owns the ground beneath the structure, which means the site is tax-exempt.Except, as far as the city is concerned, it’s not.Confused?Join the club.

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