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Hit--run probe continues

The investigation into the hit-and-run death of a 5-year-old boy Friday night continues.

Kevin Miller of Dallas died from injuries he suffered when struck by a car near the intersection of West North and North Franklin streets shortly before 11 p.m.

Police said they believe the car is a red sedan, possibly a Pontiac GrandAm with a sun roof and front end and side damage.

They based the description of the car on witnesses and images taken by city and private surveillance cameras.

Right now, there a no updates, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said Sunday.

She urged anyone with information to contact Wilkes-Barre police at 570 826-8106 or 826-8114 and ask for either officers John Majikes or Erika Oswald or Detective Chuck Jensen.

Teachers get defense help

A local martial arts school is offering a free seminar to area teachers that will focus on how to disarm and/or take down an attacker.

Michael Gioe, owner of School of Combat Arts, said he decided to offer the seminar in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut that killed 26 people, including 20 children.

Gioe said the seminar will be held Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 24 Forrest St., Wilkes-Barre.

The seminar is free to teachers of all grade levels as well as day care workers. Anyone interested in attending is asked to pre-register by calling 570-468-9701.

Award nominations sought

The state Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmental stewards to apply for the 2013 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

The award is open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and individuals that have developed innovative environmental projects, strategies and technologies or have created opportunities that balance environmental stewardship and economic development.

Eligible projects include wastewater recycling technology innovation, resource development, renewable and alternative energy innovation, economic opportunity development, watershed restoration strategies and environmental education outreach, among others.

The project must have been completed between Aug. 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012. While each candidate may submit only one application for a particular project, companies with multiple facilities may submit an application for each facility.

Projects should be submitted via email to RA-EPgovenviroawards@pa.gov by 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2013. Faxed or mailed submissions will not be considered.

Casinos raking in cash

Table games gross revenue at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino rose to $3.6 million in November from $3.5 million a year prior, about a 2.9 percent increase. Statewide, revenues rose 3.4 percent from November 2011 at the state's 11 casinos.

Numbers would have dropped statewide, however, if the recently opened Valley Forge Casino's figures are taken out of the equation. The $2.6 million in gross revenues generated at that facility turned what could have been a $772,000 decline statewide into a $1.8 million gain.

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