Hazleton chief: Nephew robbed, uncle shot outside club early Saturday

HAZLETON — A man was shot outside a city nightclub early Saturday when he confronted two men who stole a $550 diamond necklace and gold chain from his nephew, police say. According to a news release from Chief Jerry Speziale and court documents: The incident began at the Mambo Cafe at 501 S. Church St. […]

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Mom-to-be doesn’t let due date keep her from Spin 4 Life

WILKES-BARRE — Ellen Meehan spent part of her Saturday morning atop an exercise bike at Odssey Fitness raising money for Candy’s Place at the 17th annual Spin 4 Life. Like many participants of the annual event, Meehan, of Kingston, is a physical fitness enthusiast who enjoys both working out and spending time with friends. Unlike […]

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Beyond the Byline: Movin’ on up

“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” — Rodney Dangerfield WILKES-BARRE — The first time I ever moved from one home to another, it was the worst of times. It was 1969, about one year after my mom had died. My dad and I were still calling […]

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Gov. Wolf signs stronger lobbying restrictions bill into law

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf this week signed House Bill 1175 into law — now Act 2 of 2018 — renewing his commitment to change the culture of Harrisburg and make state government more efficient and transparent. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler, with bipartisan support by former Rep. Brandon Neuman, passed unanimously in […]

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Man loses appeal in 2007 Pittston murder

A state appellate court denied to reduce a lengthy prison sentence for a Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a robbery that turned deadly in Pittston nearly 11 years ago. Sinard Alex Ballard, 30, appealed his sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison that was imposed by Luzerne County Senior Judge Chester […]

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Ribbon cut, Justice Grown ready to serve pot patients March 20

EDWARDSVILLE — Janice and David Swire listened intently Friday at the ceremonial opening for Justice Grown, Luzerne County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The Swires, who both battle acute anxiety, have been treated with medications and have even tried herbal remedies. Both said nothing has worked to give them the relief they seek. “We’re here to […]

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Pa. human services agency touts Wolf’s budget plan for focus on families

WILKES-BARRE — The state Department of Human Services this week highlighted several initiatives in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal, including investments in early childhood education to support low-income families struggling to stay in the workforce due to the cost of child care. Wolf proposed a $25 million investment, matched with $5 million in federal […]

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Police: Accused killer also shot artist over tattoo

WILKES-BARRE — Robert Rodriguez allegedly bragged about shooting a tattoo artist in the stomach for “(expletive)-ing up” his ink, causing an infection and scars. That boast, detailed in an affidavit unsealed Friday, was the latest grisly revelation about an alleged spree of violence by Rodriguez, 33, of Plymouth, who also stands accused of shooting two […]

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Clubs face legal troubles: Bentley’s has money woes; code issues close Ali Baba

Two area nightclubs that have been dogged by controversy in recent weeks now are facing unrelated legal troubles. The limited liability company behind Bentley’s Nightclub in Ashley is facing foreclosure on its $1.225 million mortgage, according to documents filed in Luzerne County Court, and has delinquent school tax bills in excess of $50,000. Ali Baba […]

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Ashley restaurant appeals suspension of liquor license

WILKES-BARRE — A family-owned restaurant in Ashley known for a long list of craft beers and homemade food has filed an appeal over its liquor license suspension. Kelsey’s was cited by the State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement with permitting an alcohol sale to an 18-year-old on Oct. 6, 2016. The restaurant on North […]

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