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Nanticoke to use tax collection service

NANTICOKE — The council voted unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting to enter into a contract with e-Collect Plus, a Pittsburgh-based tax collection service.The service “makes sure that all fees, permits and taxes owed to the city” are collected and that there is “no cost to the city or the tax payers,” City Manager Andrew Gegaris said at a meeting earlier this month.Gegaris also said that many times there are “wrong records, wrong m...

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County payment for inmate’s abortion questioned

Luzerne County’s former budget/finance director Donna Magni is questioning a $1,245 county prison payment to an Allentown abortion clinic and suggested her inquiry into the matter prompted her termination.“I found out about the alleged abortion on January 15, 2014, and January 31, 2014, I was terminated from my position under false pretenses,” Magni, of West Wyoming, recently wrote in a letter asking the state to force the county to provide her with more informati...

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Colonels take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy, seated third from left, along with Wilkes faculty and staff, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the steps of the Farley Library on campus Friday in honor of Wilkes professor of sociology and anthropology James Merryman, seated second from left. Merryman, a Bear Creek resident, has been diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Leahy and the Wilkes community received the ice bucket challenge this week from Keystone Colle...

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UPDATE: Woman killed in Dallas Twp. crash identified

DALLAS TWP. — An elderly woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Memorial Highway on Friday morning.The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 78-year-old Shirley Zajkowski, of Monroe Township, Wyoming County.Police at the scene said Zajkowski turned into the southbound lanes of Memorial Highway (state Route 309) from the access road to Jack Williams Tire and Auto Center and AA Auto at about 11:30 a.m. When she turned, her vehicle was stru...

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Police: Shots fired inside Sherman Hills building

WILKES-BARRE — Officers responded to multiple calls reporting shots fired inside Building 308 in the Sherman Hills apartment complex just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.Upon arrival, officers discovered multiple shell casings in the top floor hallway, and an apartment door with three bullet holes in it.Several more bullet holes were found in the hallway, spanning the entire length of the same apartment. Several spent rounds and casings were recovered and placed in...

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Heated bidding over Nanticoke property in tax sale

A former Nanticoke bowling alley fetched the highest bid — $70,000 — in this week’s free-and-clear Luzerne County back-tax auction.Hazleton resident Pasquale Scalleat acquired the 1.6-acre property on Washington Street after fending off intense competition from three men — Jignesh, Bhikhabhai and Anup Patel.Bids started at $856.Attorney John Rodgers, who ran the auction, quickly snapped his head back and forth numerous times between the...

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Prosecutors oppose Yuknavich dismissal request

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office on Friday opposed a motion by Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Paul Yuknavich to have the case against him dismissed, arguing that speedy trial violations alleged by Yuknavich were not caused by the prosecution.Yuknavich, 50, of East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, was charged by state police on Aug. 7, 2013, with stealing $48,000 from the fire department between 2008 and 2011.The ca...

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King’s purchases more North Street properties

WILKES-BARRE — King’s College has purchased several more properties on North Street, including the corner lots at River Street that will become a parking lot within three years.Also on North Street King’s purchased three properties and had the buildings taken down. They are adjacent to the former Presbyterian church, also owned by King’s.Big things are happening on the college’s north border, but Chief Financial Officer John Loyack said no d...

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Holy Spirit Parish holds Vacation Bible School

Holy Spirit Parish, Glen Lyon, recently held its 14th annual Vacation Bible School entitled Weird Animals. Participants, from left, first row, are Omar Vann, Nate Vnuk, Emersyn Brown, Curt Gronski, Jade Ascerno and Brady Thomas. Second row: Phoebe Hillan, director; Kiera Sims; Karmin Vann; Allison Brown; Isabel Henichek; Addison Mosgo; Christian Zaleski; Logan Ostopick; Sereniti Ascerno; Laylan Levandowski; Nicholas Pote; Jake Tarnowski; Jenna Samuels; Connor Kashatus; Logan Burke; and Jane S...

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Logan Kosloski

Logan Kosloski, son of Joseph and Sarah Kosloski, Alden, is celebrating his third birthday today, Aug. 23. Logan is a grandson of Paula and John Wilde, Bear Creek, and Juanita and Joseph Kosloski Sr., Plymouth. He is a great-grandson of Marie Jacobs, Wilkes-Barre.

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