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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 […]

Comments - 6:43 pm - updated: 8:52 pm.

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 […]

Comments - 5:31 pm

Police: Wanted man staying at Woodlands Inn arrested with gun, drugs

PLAINS TWP. — Township police investigating a suspicious vehicle outside The Woodlands Inn allegedly found a large amount of illegal drugs, a loaded firearm and arrested a man wanted by state parole authorities. Joel Antonio Rodriguez, 27, of North Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Friday after his arrest Tuesday by township police, state police and […]

Comments - 5:07 pm

Woman charged with robbing Plymouth store

PLYMOUTH — A woman who robbed the Convenient Mart on West Main Street was done in by a traced phone call shortly after the crime, arrest papers say. Janice Mackey, 33, of Newport Street, Glen Lyon, was arraigned Friday on charges she held up the Plymouth store for money to buy drugs. Here are more […]

Comments - 10:46 am - updated: 9:31 pm.

Berwick man will face homicide charges involving death of girl, 3

BERWICK — A man charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl in Berwick last year will face criminal homicide charges in Columbia County Court. Berwick police on Dec. 12 charged Michael A. Crimi, 19, with the death of Isabella Brown, the daughter of his live-in girlfriend Sierra Brown. Police said Isabella Brown was rushed […]

Comments - 8:20 am - updated: 10:28 am.

Highmark puts tighter restrictions on prescription opioids

Joining a growing movement in fighting the nation’s opioid epidemic, Highmark Inc. announced policy changes and program expansions Thursday, including restricting opioid prescriptions for first-time users to seven days, and keeping track of opioid prescriptions to catch abuse. The same or similar limitations have been adopted by two large national pharmacy benefits management companies, CVS […]

Comments - 10:35 pm

Wyoming woman accused of assaulting paramedics in ambulance

WYOMING — Borough police Thursday charged a woman with assaulting paramedics while being transported to a hospital after a vehicle crash last month. Jolene Gubitoso, 35, of East First Street, Wyoming, is charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count each of disorderly conduct and […]

Comments - 9:27 pm

First Pa. medical-pot dispensary starts selling to customers

HARRISBURG — The first legal medical marijuana sales under a two-year-old state law began Thursday at a dispensary in western Pennsylvania, with the first purchase by a woman who lobbied for passage of the law. A line of about a dozen people greeted employees as they opened the doors of the Cresco Yeltrah dispensary in […]

Comments - 9:21 pm - updated: 9:23 pm.

Police: Drunken man pulled alarm at Plains Twp. hotel

PLAINS TWP. — A drunken man from Oklahoma who says he locked himself out of his room pulled a fire alarm, causing the WoodSpring Suites hotel to be evacuated early Thursday, police say. Township officers said occupants of the extended-stay hotel on Bear Creek Boulevard evacuated due to a commercial fire alarm just after 2 […]

Comments - 9:06 pm

Dorrance Township supervisors hear mart complaints from neighbor

DORRANCE TWP. — Township supervisors this week heard complaints from Richard Smith Sr., who alleges that code violations are occurring at the K-Val mart and service station on Blue Ridge Trail. Smith says an advertising sign that flashes red is a nuisance and also contends an 8-foot fence has never been erected as stipulated in […]

Comments - 8:56 pm - updated: 8:57 pm.

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