Repeat offender to serve up to 15 years on latest string of theft-related charges

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County man will spend up to 15 years in state prison on a laundry list of theft, burglary and criminal trespassing charges.Anthony Spudis, 32, last known to reside in Nanticoke, was sentenced Thursday on charges stemming from 10 separate criminal complaints filed from 2012 to 2014, according to court records.Spudis was sentenced to serve seven-and-a-half to 15 years behind bars, must make $31,464 restitution and pay a $300 fine, court docum...

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Schott rebuilding glass plant in Duryea, will keep paying employees despite fire

DURYEA — Despite a devastating fire at the Schott glass plant on Tuesday, employee paychecks will continue as normal and efforts are underway to restore the plant to full operations, employees learned Friday.Approximately 200 Schott North America employees packed the Germania Hose Co. fire hall Friday afternoon for an informational meeting hosted by company officials.“This was the first time we were able to get back together with all our employees and explain...

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SCI Dallas inmate facing riot charges pleads no contest to lesser charge

WILKES-BARRE — The “Dallas 6” are perhaps one less.Derrick Stanley, 44, entered a plea of no contest to a single count of resisting arrest Friday at the outset of a lengthy hearing to address outstanding issues in the nearly 5-year-old case.Luzerne County prosecutors added the misdemeanor count and withdrew a felony riot charge.Judge Lesa S. Gelb sentenced Stanley to 95 to 190 days in prison, but he was released after receiving credit for 196...

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WVC semifinalist streak hits 14 years

HERSHEY — The Wyoming Valley Conference isn’t exactly known as a powerhouse when it comes to PIAA wrestling.Heck, the conference hasn’t produced a state champion since 2007. But on Friday, the WVC extended a streak of reaching the state semifinals to 14 straight years with 38 participants in those seasons. You’d have to look long and hard to find another sport in the conference that has produced that many semifinalists or that has that much longevity in a cu...

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Wyoming Valley West’s Cody Cordes, Dallas’ Ryan Monk reach PIAA 3A Wrestling semis

HERSHEY — Ryan Monk has been to the state semifinals before, Cody Cordes has not, before now.Regardless, both Class 3A wrestlers have the same goal to accomplish more.Dallas’ Monk and Wyoming Valley West’s Cordes are the two Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers surviving in the championship rounds of the Class 3A PIAA Championships.Monk, a 285-pounder defeated Montour’s Zach Jablonski 5-3 on Friday to reach the semis for the second strai...

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Plymouth Twp. approves audit proposal

PLYMOUTH TWP. — The board of supervisors approved an audit proposal from Rainey and Rainey Associates, CPAs, at Monday night’s meeting.The audit will be for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Services will include statements of the government activities, the business-type activities, each major fund and the aggregate remaining fund information.

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Defense attorney for Nanticoke man says prostitute who was shot attempted to mug his client

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge revoked probation Friday for a Nanticoke man accused of shooting a woman in the head late last year.Michael Angelo Foschini Jr., 25, will serve four to eight months at Luzerne County Correctional Facility after being arrested in December and failing to notify probation officials.Wilkes-Barre City police said at the time of his arrest that Foschini shot a 19-year-old woman in the head with a .22-caliber rifle after an argument o...

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Three charged with robbing banks in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The FBI reported Friday the arrest of two men and a woman from New York state suspected in the armed robbery of the First National Community Bank branch in Jenkins Township nearly a year ago.Jule Futrell, 42, of Endicott and Jeremy West, 39, and Dorian Whitehead, 29, both of Binghamton, were arrested last month, according to a press release from the FBI.The three were charged with the March 13, 2014 robbery of the FNCB on Old Boston Road. A mini-van used in the robbery w...

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Local health advocates react to McDonald’s super-sized poultry plan

McDonald’s made a super-sized statement this week, prompting Wyoming Valley health advocates to debate whether it was a step in the right direction or a publicity move.The multi-billion-dollar fast food franchise promised to ban the sale of chicken raised with antibiotics that could decrease human resistance to some illnesses. The corporation is currently working with suppliers to iron out details of the policy, which will be implemented in its 14,000 U.S. restaurants in the ...

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Other counties regularly review homestead exemptions to catch double-dipping found in Luzerne County

At least two other Pennsylvania counties scour their homestead tax break databases once a year to weed out property owners wrongly claiming benefits on multiple properties.The need for a review came up locally with the recent discovery three past and present Luzerne County officials have been receiving the break on two or three properties, even though it is only allowed for one primary residence.Luzerne County Controller Michelle Bednar believes there are many more viola...

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