Luzerne County promotes voter registration in high schools

Luzerne County’s election bureau is distributing voter registration applications and informational fliers to all county high schools as part of a new initiative, county Manager C. David Pedri announced Thursday. Pedri commended county Election Director Marisa Crispell and her staff for the outreach, which will include school presentations by election staff upon request. “In light […]

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Avoca man charged with threatening woman via Facebook

WEST PITTSTON — A man from Avoca was arraigned Thursday for terrorizing a woman on a social media site, warning he had her in the scope of his rifle, authorities say. West Pittston police allege Stephen J. Romanecz, 30, of Grove Street, sent the threat in a private message on Facebook a day after 17 […]

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Lineup announced for Pittston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

PITTSTON — Pittston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee has announced its lineup for the March 3 parade that will begin at noon on South Main Street. The following organizations, groups, and companies will be participating: Lead Division • Pittston City Police Department • Marine Wing Support Squadron Det Alpha 472 • Knights of Columbus Council […]

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Luzerne County authority officials say they still need veteran engineer as consultant

Prior Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority executive director Jim Brozena is still working as an authority consultant, but officials said his services are needed and largely reimbursed by outside government funding. The issue came up this week because the authority, which oversees the Wyoming Valley Levee, voted to extend its contract with Brozena Consulting Services […]

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Congress passes legislation to protect veterans from financial scams

WILKES-BARRE — The U.S. Senate last week passed by unanimous consent the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act — a bipartisan bill introduced by several legislators, including U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright. The legislation seeks to crack down on scam artists who are diverting federal funds from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Aid and Attendance program intended to […]

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Scaffolding removal reveals dramatic Luzerne County Courthouse restoration

Scaffolding that has stood inside the Luzerne County Courthouse rotunda since August is coming down, providing the first public glimpses of a $2.13 million restoration project. “It is unbelievably beautiful,” said county Court Administrator Michael Shucosky, who observed a steady stream of workers and visitors pausing on the upper floors Thursday to see the change. […]

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W-B appointee says she lives in city, despite Shavertown address

WILKES-BARRE — Still dogged by questions about her residency two years after she was first hired, the city’s new director of the Office of Community Development says a campaign contribution that listed a Shavertown mailing address for her came from her husband’s checking account. Joyce Zaykowski further explained that she lives at a Wilkes-Barre home […]

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WBS Airport sees slight business decline in January as carrier departs

PITTSTON TWP. — Business at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport has always had its ups and downs, and January was a down month for air travel as a carrier departed. But Executive Director Carl Beardsley told the airport board Thursday not to worry — that despite a slight decline in enplanements for the first month of […]

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Defense files to bring jurors to accident scene in vehicular homicide case

WILKES-BARRE — Lawyers for a Duryea man accused of killing another man by driving recklessly want to make sure jurors get a clear image of the accident scene — so they are asking to bring jurors there. Jack Ostrowski, 44, will stand trial March 26 for charges of homicide by vehicle and summary traffic offenses […]

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Police: Nanticoke student had weapons on school property

NANTICOKE — A student at Greater Nanticoke Area High School was charged Thursday with possessing axes and knives inside his vehicle on school property. City police said they were called after school officer Ray Whittaker spotted an axe with a 35-inch handle on the passenger side floor of a Mazda Protege parked in the rear […]

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