Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority approves disbursement of leftover tax diversion funds

WILKES-BARRE — Against objections from Wilkes-Barre officials, the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority voted Tuesday to return $2.9 million left from a tax diversion program to the county, Wilkes-Barre Area School District and Wilkes-Barre Township. The county, school district and township had collectively sacrificed $9.756 million to fund infrastructure improvements on Highland Park Boulevard and Mundy […]

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Pair forming Luzerne County Friendly Daughters of St. Patrick

WILKES-BARRE — A group of women who feel excluded from a long-standing Wyoming Valley tradition have decided to make their own. And they’re not excluding anyone. “We just want to have fun,” Kathleen Smith said. Smith said she and Patty Hughes came up with the idea to start the Luzerne County Friendly Daughters of St. […]

Comments - 10:37 pm - updated: 8:59 am.

County OK with Wilkes-Barre’s proposed sale price of former Hotel Sterling site

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County’s Community Development director said at this point he’s more interested in new jobs than payback of a $6 million loan with the city’s proposed sale of the former Hotel Sterling site for less than the assessed value. Job creation is the ultimate goal of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

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Gearing up for another season at the Downs

PLAINS TWP. — And they’re off. Saturday night marked the start of the racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, kicking off eight months of live harness races at the 5/8-mile oval track. The racetrack off Route 315 opened in July 1965 as Pocono Downs, with its debut attracting Gov. William Scranton and […]

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Winning $457 million Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania. But where?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If you bought a Powerball ticket in Pennsylvania for Saturday’s drawing, you may be holding a piece of paper worth $457 million. Powerball officials say a single winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania that matches all of the winning numbers: 22-57-59-60-66 and Powerball 7. The jackpot from Saturday’s drawing is […]

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Luzerne County seeking prison medical, mental health provider

WILKES-BARRE — Still reeling from the deaths of four female inmates since June, Luzerne County government is shopping around for a prison medical and mental health services provider. County council had approved a three-year contract with Kansas-based Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in March 2015 as part of a prior administration’s recommendation to partially outsource the […]

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Ryan DeCosmo resigns as Hazle Township’s new tax collector

Luzerne County Democratic Committee Chairman Michael DeCosmo was appointed Hazle Township tax collector Friday evening after his son, Ryan, resigned from the elected post so taxpayers wouldn’t be saddled with higher bonding costs, officials said. Ryan DeCosmo’s bond would have cost the township, Luzerne County and the Hazleton Area School District a combined $81,722 in […]

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Mother testifies to being beaten, deadly shooting

WILKES-BARRE — Barbara Wilkinson testified Friday she was awakened by gunfire, struck in the head multiple times with a lead-filled club and dragged through her house to a bedroom where she saw her bloody daughter, Antoinette Wilkinson, pleading for help. It was the last time Wilkinson, 72, saw her daughter, known as Toni Lynn, 46, […]

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Wyoming Area superintendent says threat ‘suspect’ identified, no weapon found

EXETER — One day after students at Wyoming Area Secondary Center stood in solidarity against gun violence, their school was thrown into chaos Thursday by an alleged threat. The result was a lengthy lockdown, a lost day and frayed nerves for many — but no weapon, Superintendent Janet Serino said in a statement released to […]

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Police: Sans Souci driver thought she hit deer on night of fatal hit-run

HANOVER TWP. — A Newport Township woman believed she struck a deer or another animal on the Sans Souci Parkway when Jason Filip was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the Sans Souci Parkway last month, according to a search warrant affidavit. The woman, who has not been charged, also told police she had consumed […]

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