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Zeroing in: Bong Bob Kim’s claims of racism ring hollow

Bong Bob Kim, who is in prison after allegedly trying to run over some police officers during a drug bust, might want to contact first lady Michelle Obama. She will likely feel his pain.Bong contacted both local newspapers to tell the public that Wilkes-Barre City police officer Joseph Sinavage, who’s white, used him for target practice.“I put my hands up, and he shot me three times,” Bong said. “I did not deserve to be target practice for Officer...

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Questions arise as area police mull body cameras

For the last five years, the City of Wilkes-Barre’s surveillance system has recorded people from 250 cameras mounted on utility poles mostly in the downtown area with the goal of reducing crime and increasing public safety.Could there be a chance cameras will be clipped on the front shoulders of local patrol officers?Police departments in Butler and Dallas townships will experiment with officers wearing body cameras next year, the first two departments to pioneer t...

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Dallas Township chief favors police body cameras

DALLAS TWP — Dallas Township Police Chief Robert Jolley wanted to get body cameras for his officers long before the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.“It’s like having another witness,” Jolley said Friday.“This would eliminate all of these things that are happening in the country right now that are motivated by things other than the facts,” Jolley said. “We have all these recordings that show what ...

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Student from another school arrested after false alarm at Wilkes University

WILKES-BARRE — A student from another school was arrested after police responded to a false alarm Monday morning at Wilkes University.Police responded to an emergency call box alarm at Wilkes on West South Street at 1 a.m. Monday and encountered Antonio Decker, 22, of Pittston, whom they determined to be highly intoxicated.Police allege Decker triggered the alarm box, creating a false alarm.He was taken into custody, held until sober and cited with disor...

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One man’s battle with Children and Youth highlights agency’s challenges

New York considers Christopher Jones a fit parent. Luzerne County says otherwise.The county court system stripped Jones in September of his rights to parent his 3-year-old son, Jamir Jones, citing in the termination decree a failure or refusal to perform his duties as a parent.Jones, 33, lives in Troy, New York, with his fianceé Yetta Samuels and 2-year-old daughter Sky Philpot.In 2011, he fathered Jamir with an area woman and says he fought for most of t...

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Wilkes-Barre man charged in alleged Christmas morning assault

WILKES-BARRE — A woman said her husband assaulted her after she threw a piece of chocolate at him during an argument, police say.Byron Dixon allegedly blamed his wife when he could not find his wallet just before 10 a.m. Thursday and began screaming at her and calling her names, according to a police report.The woman said she then threw a quarter-sized piece of chocolate at Dixon, police say, at which point he pushed her to the ground.Dixon scratched the...

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Police: Man grew profane after cops offered him a ride

WILKES-BARRE — Officers responding to a domestic dispute late Wednesday say they offered an intoxicated man a ride only to be blasted with obscenities.Police say they encountered a “heavily intoxicated” Tewodros Alemu as well as a highly intoxicated woman at about 11:47 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of North Washington Street.Officers attempted to call a taxi for Alemu, of Market Street, Kingston, but the man refused to pay, police say.They...

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AG Kane files for divorce from husband of 14 years

SCRANTON — Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is seeking a divorce from her husband of 14 years.In a complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County Family Court, Kathleen Kane says her marriage to Christopher J. Kane is irretrievably broken. They have two children.Martin didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press on Saturday.This has already been a tough year for the 48-year-old Kane.She led an investigation of a gover...

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Wilkes student arrested after false alarm

WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes University student was arrested after police responded to a false alarm Monday morning.Police responded to an emergency call box alarm at Wilkes University on West South Street at 1 a.m. Monday and encountered Antonio Decker, 22, of Pittston, whom they determined to be highly intoxicated.Police allege Decker triggered the alarm box, creating a false alarm.He was taken into custody, held until sober and cited with disorderly conduc...

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Nittany Notes: Pinstripe Bowl game guide

OK, so it’s not exactly Pasadena. But at this point in Penn State’s arduous rebuilding project, the Nittany Lions will take it.The Lions drew a beatable opponent for the Pinstripe Bowl as Boston College’s strength matches right up against Penn State’s strength — the No. 1-ranked run defense in the country.The Eagles, however, are a bit different than anything else the Lions have faced this season. B.C. will run more read-option plays than an...

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