Luzerne County 911 sends emergency crew to wrong address for second time

Luzerne County officials are reviewing a new complaint about emergency crews dispatched to the wrong location for a medical call that resulted in a death.Kingston Fire Chief Frank Guido said Wednesday an ambulance responding to a 911 call Nov. 27 was dispatched to Gates Street in Wilkes-Barre instead of South Gates Avenue in Kingston.Guido said his crew documented the error and reported it to county 911 Executive Director Fred Rosencrans.The call was for Vince...

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Wilkes-Barre Area Feasibility study unveiled, cost estimates top $100 million

WILKES-BARRE — The four-month study is done, the numbers are in, and no matter what option Wilkes-Barre Area School Board chooses in updating its high school system, the costs will be steep.The choices presented at a public informational meeting Wednesday by representatives from four firms teamed to conduct the feasibility study:• Renovate Meyers High School and bring it up to modern code for $113.2 million; renovate Coughlin for $83.2 million, and renovate G...

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Slow traffic expected on part of I-476 near Clark Summit

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists entering the Northeastern Extension (I-476) from Clarks Summit Exit 131 to be prepared for a new traffic pattern to begin Thursday in the work zone at milepost A129.Starting at about 7 a.m., southbound traffic will be switched from the left lane into the right lane. Slow-moving traffic paces, with stoppages as needed, will be necessary to complete the traffic switch. The posted speed limit through this work zone will be 35 mph....

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Gov.-elect Wolf coming to Kingston to discuss state finances with media

Governor-elect Tom Wolf will be making a stop today in Luzerne County.Wolf will be meeting with members of the media to discuss Pennsylvania’s fiscal situation, Wolf’s office announced on Wednesday.Wolf will make himself available to the media at 11 a.m. at the Hoyt Library on Wyoming Avenue.

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DA’s office investigating deaths of horses at boarding facility

The Luzerne County District Attorney’s office, Butler Township Police and the SPCA of Luzerne County are investigating the deaths of two horses at a boarding facility on Deep Hole Road in Drums.Corrina Mollica, 42, of Dupont, went to the facility with her friend to see her friend’s horse that had been boarded at the facility on Nov. 28. She wasn’t prepared for what she saw.“Before we even pulled onto the property, I just saw these skeletons starin...

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A Christmas tree is a holiday tradition with deep roots

Driving to Pine Tree farm in Shavertown, about 20 minutes west of Wilkes-Barre, the Prater family drives along a curving road. They follow wooden signs shaped like Christmas trees, painted bright green and topped with a shining star. Their dark, 4-door SUV passes other farms but it keeps driving for the sake of tradition. “We have always come to Pine Tree Farm,” said Scott Prater of Shavertown. R...

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Offset Paperback rescinds walking papers for 37 Dallas employees

DALLAS — Thirty-seven Offset Paperback employees had their walking papers rescinded Wednesday following a second review of the Dallas facility.“Offset Paperback has announced the previously scheduled shutdown of the company’s Sheetfed and 4/c Prep operation in Dallas has been cancelled for the foreseeable future,” Julie Sellew, spokesperson for Offset Paperback, said in a press release issued Wednesday.In November Offset Paperback announced that 3...

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GWC Warranty expanding its Wilkes-Barre headquarters

WILKES-BARRE – Seeking to solidify its position as the largest provider of service contracts for used vehicles, GWC Warranty today unveiled a 3,000-square-foot expansion at its home office in the Coal Street Complex.GWC, previously known as Guardian Warranty, leased the entire 20,000-square-foot second floor above the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins office, moving in during April, 2011. The space, which contains executive offices, marketing, claims, IT and other functions, was...

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Victim of police shooting questions why he was shot

WILKES-BARRE — Bong Bob Kim charged Wednesday he was “target practice” for an overzealous Wilkes-Barre police officer.Kim, 30, during a jailhouse interview at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, answered a question that authorities have avoided since the Nov. 19 shooting.Kim said he was shot in the back by a .40-caliber hollow point bullet fired by, according to his arrest records, officer Joseph Sinavage in the parking lot off Carey Avenue in Han...

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Bethel AME Church in Wilkes-Barre targeted by thieves seeking copper

WILKES-BARRE — Priscilla Rux sat in the cold Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday and wondered if the only church her family has ever known would survive.Rux, 81, is the secretary/treasurer of the church at 516 S. Franklin St. that has been broken into twice over the last week. Thieves were after the building’s copper pipes.The church now has no heat or hot water and Rux said a plumber gave her an estimate of $1,000 to make the repairs....

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