Two people stopped in DUI checkpoint face drug charges

HANOVER TWP. — Police said heroin, cocaine, cash and a stolen handgun were seized from a vehicle stopped Friday night in a DUI checkpoint on the Sans Souci Parkway.Joseph Williams, 23, of North Eighth Street, Philadelphia, a passenger in the stopped vehicle, and the driver, Cayla Betress, 27, of Richmont Street, Scranton were taken into custody and held for overnight arraignments, police said.The vehicle was stopped at approximately 11:05 p.m. for a motor vehicle v...

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Wyoming Area student quilters plan quilt show

EXETER — Ask members of Wyoming Area’s Quilting Club what they want to do with their handiwork, and they’ll tell you about giving quilts to loved ones, placing them on their own beds at home, or taking them away to college next year.“It’ll just be comforting,” said club president Mia Perrino, 18, who expects to take one of her creations to Bloomsburg University.But before some 60 quilts reach their final destinations or intended recipi...

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Guest columnist Bob Franken: Platitude attitude

How many times have we been told that it is essential to have an optimistic attitude? Well, guess what, folks: If you read the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (assuming your subscription is paid up), you’ll find a study conducted by three professors who conclude that a perennially positive outlook might just be overrated. As one of them told The Washington Post: “As a rule, you’ll get the advice that it’s better to be optimistic. But th...

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Misery of alcoholism’ might be averted with more responsibility on part of parents and professionals

Responsible adults should never give alcohol to a minor. In cultures that encourage giving children a little wine with their meal, the rate of alcoholism is astronomical. Everyone I know whose parents let them drink with the family as children struggles with alcoholism now.When I see someone with MD, DO, or PhD after their name recommend wine to control cholesterol, I am disgusted. They just might be encouraging a lifelong addiction to the misery of alcoholism.It’s...

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Letter to the Editor: Remember casualties of war and for what they were fighting to protect

On Memorial Day, we remember soldiers who died in wars. They are not forgotten.They died so that we would have freedom.Alex S. PartikaWilkes-Barre

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Sammi Starr’s 9th-inning single sends Berwick to D2-3A title game

WEST PITTSTON — Sammi Starr broke up the no-hitter in the top of the fifth inning. The Berwick freshman then broke Wyoming Area’s heart in the top of the ninth.Starr singled home Shea Petty with two outs to break a tie and give Berwick a 2-1 victory over Wyoming Area in a District 2 Class 3A softball semifinal game Friday.The victory allows third-seeded Berwick (14-4) to defend its D2-3A championship on Wednesday. The Dawgs will face fourth-seeded Nanticoke (...

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Wyoming Seminary defends District 2 girls lacrosse title

KINGSTON — Kelley Gavin admits to being a bit superstitious about the need to stop the first shot she faces.The veteran goalie and her Wyoming Seminary teammates were forced to shake off an uncomfortable start in Friday night’s District 2 girls lacrosse championship game.Kate Romanowski scored four second-half goals, Gavin made four of her nine saves in the final 15 minutes and the Blue Knights held the ball for three minutes late in the game to turn away a c...

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Holy Redeemer’s Caroline Banas wins bronze medal at PIAA States Track and Field Championship

SHIPPENSBURG — The excitement of the state championships didn’t just carry Caroline Banas to new heights.It whisked the Holy Redeemer junior all the way to a place she never dreamed she could be.That was right near the top of the medal stand at the PIAA Track and Field Championships with a bronze medal draped around her neck Friday after a personal-best leap in the high jump at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.And it took a giant ...

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Third generation soon to be captain of Wilkes-Barre’s Valley Seafood

WILKES-BARRE — As a child Rob Metzger Jr. built cardboard forts in the back office of Valley Seafood. Now he is being groomed to take over the business.“I have very large shoes to fill,” Metzger Jr., 33, said.For 69 years, Valley Seafood has sold the bounty of the sea to land-locked Northeastern Pennsylvania restaurants and residents.Metzger’s grandfather, William Metzger, started the business at its current location, 188 N. Washington ...

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Try fishing for free this Sunday

If you want to try fishing this weekend, about the only thing you’ll need to do is bait your own hook.Other than that, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has covered just about every base to make this Sunday’s Fish for Free Day about as easy as it can get. May 24 marks the first of two free fishing days in the state (the second day is July 4). Fish for Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fis...

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