Pittston Mass marks 25th anniversary of blaze that killed two firefighters

PITTSTON — It was a night for remembering as first responders as well as dozens of friends and family gathered to celebrate the lives of Leonard Insalaco II and John F. Lombardo. The two firefighters — Insalaco, of West Pittston, and Lombardo, of Pittston — were tragically killed while battling a blaze in the business […]

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Beyond the Byline: Living in fear

WILKES-BARRE — This is a story about fear. As everyone gathered Thursday morning at the Luzerne County Courthouse for the protection from abuse hearing involving two state legislators, one thing was obvious from start to finish — fear. “Fear” is defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, […]

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Faced with deficit, Crestwood plans to furlough teachers

WRIGHT TWP. — Faced with a preliminary 2018-19 budget deficit of $2.7 million, the Crestwood School Board announced plans Thursday night to furlough 13 personnel, 11 of whom are teachers while the other two include a teacher’s aide and a guidance counselor. Superintendent Joseph Gorham announced the board’s decision while at the same time disclosing […]

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Berkshire Hathaway GUARD employees shooting for million dollar prize

WILKES-BARRE — Berkshire Hathaway GUARD employees hope to cash in on their NCAA bracket picks. But it won’t be easy, if not impossible. Berkshire Hathaway’s biggest of bosses, billionaire Warren Buffet, has promised to give any employee $1 million a year for life if they correctly pick the winners of the first 48 NCAA men’s […]

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Signature makes it official: Berwick United Way merges with Wyoming Valley agency

WILKES-BARRE — With the stroke of a pen, it’s (mostly) official: the United Ways of Wyoming Valley and Berwick Area will be merging. Bill Jones, president and CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, said the plan had been in the works since September. The Berwick Area United Way approved the merger Monday, and […]

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Man charged in fatal OD files to block certain evidence from trial

WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man who was one of the first people in Luzerne County to be charged with drug delivery resulting in death filed Thursday to block certain evidence and testimony from his upcoming trial. The filing also gave some insight into his defense strategy. Eric Scott Malia, 33, was charged last April with […]

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Red Cross celebrates local heroes

PLAINS TWP. — They’ve pulled people out of burning houses and cars stuck on highways. One spent three days searching for a lost dog in the dead of winter. Another, at just 11 years old, stopped a car after the driver had a fatal heart attack at the wheel. These aren’t movie superheroes, but the […]

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New Luzerne County election board member deemed eligible to serve

Fairview Township resident Keith Gould is permitted to serve as both a Luzerne County election board member and Republican county committee member for his township, county Chief Solicitor Romilda Crocamo said in a written opinion Thursday. Former county controller Walter Griffith had questioned Gould’s eligibility during Wednesday’s election board meeting, pointing to a county home […]

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Wilkes-Barre has developer for ex-Sterling site; council to decide on sale

WILKES-BARRE — The mayor has chosen a developer for the former Hotel Sterling property and arrived at a $600,000 sale price for the prime real estate downtown that could now become condos and shopping space. Still, city council has to approve the deal and is scheduled to hear from Gateway Center Associates on its plans […]

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Police: WB man fired at vehicles on Route 309 in Hanover Twp.

HANOVER TWP. — Township police charged a Wilkes-Barre man after he allegedly fired multiple rounds from a handgun at passing motorists on Route 309 on Sunday. Fraybi Pozo Rodriguez, 23, was inside a vehicle traveling north on Route 309 when he allegedly fired seven rounds from a .40-caliber handgun at vehicles traveling south at about […]

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