Teenager pleads guilty to third DUI offense

WILKES-BARRE — A teenager from Bear Creek Township pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court to a third DUI offense and fleeing an accident that involved injuries.Terry Schatzel, 19, of Thornhurst Road, pleaded guilty to a total of five counts of driving under the influence and three counts of accidents involving damage and injury in three separate cases.Judge David Lupas said Schatzel will be sentenced on Dec. 15.According to criminal complaints and...

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Debate set for 120th Legislative District candidates

KINGSTON — The Wilkes-Barre Area League Of Women Voters will sponsor a forum for the candidates in the race for the 120th Legislative District — Democrat Eileen Cipriani and Republican Aaron Kaufer.It will be held on Oct. 30th from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Buckingham Performing Arts Center at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston.The public is invited.

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The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, coming to the Kirby Center

WILES-BARRE — Direct from Nashville’s “Music Row,” 20-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill and the rest of The Time Jumpers will bring a one-of-a-kind evening of western swing to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.Tickets to see this 11-piece, country ensemble are on sale and available at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at www.kirbycenter.org, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

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Hanover Township man sentenced for crack cocaine sales

WILKES-BARRE — A man from Hanover Township accused of selling crack cocaine from his apartment on Boland Avenue was sentenced in Luzerne County Court.Judge Michael Vough sentenced Egerton C. Wood, 38, known as “Repo,” was sentenced to 12 months, less one day, to 24 months, less two days, on seperate counts of delivery of cocaine. The sentence allowed Wood to be jailed at the county correctional facility.Vough gave Wood 324 days time served in jail since...

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Poconos schools closed due to manhunt for suspect in trooper slaying

Some schools in the Poconos are closed today after several recent potential sightings of the man suspected of shooting two troopers last month.The Pocono Mountain School District said this morning that all schools would be closed today.Monsignor McHugh School, a Catholic school in Cresco, Pa., also said classes wouldn’t be held today.The school closures come after two recent possible sightings of Eric Frein, who authorities say shot two Pennsylvania Stat...

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CVS develops tobacco-free prescription network

First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes.The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network for clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business.The network would slap an extra co-payment on patients who fill their prescriptions at stores that still sell tobacco. That payment won&...

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Rain to stick around the Wyoming Valley into the weekend

It was a wet start to the day for the Wyoming Valley, and it looks like the rest of the week will follow that same trend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 52 degrees as of 7:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Light rain greeted commuters this morning, accompanied by partly cloudy skies.Showers will become more likely today after 2 p.m., and less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected. A 60 percent chance of precipitation is ...

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Average gas prices for October 21

The price at the pump continues to drop, with Wilkes-Barre’s price down 7 cents in the last week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.21 today, down a penny overnight and down 7 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.77 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.24 today, unchanged overnight and down 7 ...

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Traffic report for October 21

Despite the wet roads this morning, the morning commute should be a relatively easy one to work and school.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 315 and 115 also look to be clear of traffic this morning, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway.Downtown, there are spotty areas of traffic on River and Academy Street, as well as on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard.Some spots of heavy traffic are reported on Wyoming Avenue...

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Abigail C. Fino

Abigail C. Fino, daughter of Richard and Kimberly Fino, Harrisburg, is celebrating her first birthday today, Oct. 21. Abby is a granddaughter of Stephen and Frances Spencer, Nanticoke; Ron and Cindy Baker, Harrisburg; and the late Gerald Fino. She is a great-granddaughter of John Baker, Somerset. Abby has a sister, Victoria, 7, and a brother, Jerry, 5.

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