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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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Thieves steal copper pipe, leave electronics, other valuables untouched

WILKES-BARRE — The owner of a Poplar Street home reported on Friday that sometime within the last three weeks, someone pried open the kitchen door, entered the residence and removed copper piping.The victim told police that this is a vacation home and not a permanent residence.Nothing else was taken from the residence despite there being numerous expensive electronics and other valuables inside, the victim noted.Police said they have no suspects or inves...

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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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Our Opinion: Luzerne County inmates can contribute more significantly to community

Diamonds to J. Allen Nesbitt, head of Luzerne County’s Correctional Services Division. He has boosted the number of hours that inmates spend doing community-improvement projects. Prisoners benefit by getting a break from the monotony of being stuck in a cell and by being able to contribute. Among the tasks they handle: setup for church bazaars, litter pickup and snow removal. In 2015, Nesbitt said, he intends to dispatch even more crews, increasing the collective time c...

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Woman charged with DUI after crash

WILKES-BARRE — A city woman was charged with drunk driving after a crash on Sunday night.Police said Sandra Geskey, 48, Wilkes-Barre, was driving near North River and Market streets at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday when she rear ended another vehicle, causing injury to the driver.Police said Geskey showed signs of intoxication and was arrested for suspicion of DUI.A blood-alcohol content test revealed that her blood-alcohol level was more than twice as high as...

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Police investigate access device fraud

WILKES-BARRE — City police are investigating the following incidents of access device fraud:· A St. Clair Street resident told police on Monday that an unauthorized person made a payment from his bank account. Investigation is continuing.· A resident of the 300 block of George Avenue reported on Tuesday morning that a series of unauthorized charges were made via her debit card. An investigation is continuing.

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Multiple thefts reported in city

WILKES-BARRE — The following thefts were reported to city police this week:· The owner of a vehicle parked on North Pennsylvania Avenue reported Friday afternoon that within the last two days, someone entered the unlocked vehicle and removed $7 in cash.· Darnell Evans, 19, of Wilkes-Barre, was cited with retail theft after store employees at Schiel’s Market on George Avenue after he was apprehended by store employees for his alleged involvement in a...

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Drugs discovered during traffic stop

WILKES-BARRE — Officers conducted a traffic stop for two traffic violations at 6:26 p.m. Friday in the area of 312 N. Empire Court, located in the Sherman Hills apartment complex.The stop resulted in the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia on the operator and in the vehicle, police said.Charges against the driver, whom police did not immediately identify, are pending, police said.

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Hanover police probe incidents

HANOVER TWP. — Township police are investigating the following incidents:• Police responded to a reported fight on West Germania Street near Hazle Street at about 8 p.m. Wednesday and found a female lying in the street. She was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.• Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that happened sometime on Wednesday. Police responded to the intersection of Church Street and Lewis Street, where a vehicle s...

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Letter to the Editor: Create a single high school for Wilkes-Barre Area

Why doesn’t the Wilkes-Barre Area School District build just one, centrally located school?There’s plenty of land off of South Pennsylvania Avenue at the old Murray complex. Just like Penn Place, the structure could be elevated in case of flooding.Face it, Coughlin and Meyers high schools are falling apart. GAR High School could become a middle school.Matt EngelWilkes-Barre

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