Greater WB Friendly Sons host ex-Eagles coach Vermeil

WILKES-BARRE — Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil knows what it’s like to adjust when your starting quarterback goes down with injury. Just have the right backup ready to go. While the Eagles sure had the right person for the job this year, winning Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots with Nick […]

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WB police officer awaiting arbitration pay, grand jury status

WILKES-BARRE — Almost eight months after an arbitrator reduced officer Marc Labar’s suspension for using excessive force on a female prisoner, the city policeman has yet to be reimbursed for extra time already served or advised of the status of a federal grand jury investigating his actions. But that reimbursement will pale in comparison to […]

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Troopers: Drinking preceded family fight, stabbing death

BLACK CREEK TWP. — A night of drinking was followed by a family fight that left a Weston woman dead of stab wounds and her son injured, with a teenage relative facing charges as a result, state police said. Sandra Lee Montanari, 66, of Market Street, died in her home early Friday, troopers said. Eric […]

Comments - 7:29 pm - updated: 9:51 pm.

Irem Temple gets $220K as county scores $6M in gaming cash

WILKES-BARRE — Community projects across Luzerne County will be receiving more than $6 million in grants thanks to statewide gambling revenue. The work includes infrastructure improvements, streetscaping and police programs, ranging from restoration of the Irem Temple in Wilkes-Barre to parking in Plymouth to new stadium bleachers for the Pittston Area School District. The funding, […]

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Two women report being scammed on social media

WILKES-BARRE — Two women told police they were recently victimized by scams on social media. An 81-year-old from Maffett Street said she received a message on Facebook from a relative about how to obtain a “free government grant.” She sent $1,000 via MoneyGram addressed to a man in Indiana. She later determined her relative’s Facebook […]

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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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Tenth-grade girls show off mad science skills

The water went through the makeshift filter of cotton, charcoal and sand, but it still looked a tad tan, if not quite the avert-your-eyes brown it had been. Not their fault, Sarah Zaleppa insisted in defense of herself and two fellow 10th-grade teammates who designed the filter in empty plastic water bottles. “If they gave […]

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2013 vehicular homicide case headed to trial

WILKES-BARRE — After more than two years of delays, a Luzerne County judge finally said no more in the case of an alleged reckless driving death. Jack Ostrowski, 45, is facing charges of homicide by vehicle in connection with a 2013 fatal accident in West Wyoming. Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Friday denied […]

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Seven cars tagged with graffiti in Plains, WB

At least seven vehicles have been vandalized with graffiti in the last three weeks, according to multiple police reports from Plains Township and Wilkes-Barre. Two vehicles parked outside the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino in Plains Township and five vehicles in the downtown area in Wilkes-Barre were vandalized with spray paint. According to police reports: March […]

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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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