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Rate hike for PPL users

PPL residential electric users will be seeing a $7 increase in their monthly bills starting Jan. 1.

On Feb. 28, PPL filed for a distribution rate increase of $104.6 million. PPL acknowledged the proposal would produce an average increase in distribution rates of approximately 13 percent.

However, the actual rate increase for the average residential electric bill would be 16.5 percent, or $7 per month, according to the Office of Consumer Advocate.

On Dec. 5 the PUC adopted an order authorizing a $71.065 million rate increase for PPL Electric Utilities effective on Jan. 1. The order was entered on Friday.

Hit-and-run tip misleading

City police were dispatched to a building on South River Street on Sunday night to check out a tip concerning the hit-and-run death of Kevin Miller. It turned out to be a misunderstanding.

According to Wilkes-Barre police, someone overheard a conversation about a damaged vehicle and called police. But the information had nothing to do with the Dec. 21 incident that claimed the life of Miller, 5, of Dallas.

Police have been searching for a red Pontiac believed to be the vehicle that struck and killed Miller as he crossed West North Street with his father. Hawkeye Security Systems and private surveillance cameras recorded a red vehicle, possibly a Pontiac sedan, on Jackson Street and North Pennsylvania Boulevard minutes after the young boy was struck.

City police said the red car has a sunroof or moon roof and may have front end damage. Police have examined dozens of red Pontiac sedans since the incident.

LAG Towing and Transport owner Leo Glodzik III and City Wide Towing & Repair owner Bob Kadluboski have separately set up reward funds for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who struck Miller.

Glodzik established his fund at PNC Bank and donated $1,000, and Kadluboski said three businesses he declined to name pledged $1,500 at First National Community Bank

Parks plan winter events

Pennsylvania's state forest and park systems again are rolling out the welcome mat for winter visitors intent on enjoying cold-weather outdoor fun, according to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan.

To view all scheduled activities at parks around the state, visit www.getoutdoorspa.state.pa.us.

Several state parks have winter cabin rentals available. Reservations can be made by calling toll-free, 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757), Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hearing on Mericle parcel

A public hearing will be held this morning at 10 in the Jenkins Township Municipal Building, 46 Main St.

A special meeting of the township supervisors will follow at 10:30 a.m.

The public hearing and meeting are being held to discuss the donation of a 6.35-acre parcel by the Mericle Commercial Real Estate Co. to the Commission on Economic Opportunity to construct a 50,220-square-foot warehouse and distribution center on Research Drive in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade East.

CEO would use the new facility to serve as a regional food bank for Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

CEO said the facility will house the operations of the non-profit Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, which is currently located on Amber Lane in the city.

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