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Investigation continues into alleged physical discipline at Solomon-Plains

A probe into claims that a teacher physically disciplined a student at the Leo E. Solomon-Plains Memorial Elementary is ongoing, said Brian Lavan, director of police operations for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Lavan said more interviews need to take place, including speaking with the student and his mother, before the investigation is reviewed by […]

Comments - 3:20 pm - updated: 10:46 pm.

Police: Man followed juveniles in Plymouth, flooded jail cell

PLYMOUTH — Several juveniles took haven inside a Church Street apartment from a man who allegedly followed them wanting to fight. Malcolm Lee Perry, 27, was arraigned Wednesday on charges he caused a disturbance in the area of 136 Church St. and then intentionally flooded a jail cell inside police headquarters. According to a criminal […]

Comments - 1:15 pm - updated: 6:09 pm.

Former Plains ambulance treasurer admits $116K theft

WILKES-BARRE — A Plains Township man has pleaded guilty to stealing $116,300 from the township’s ambulance association. Paul Zabriski, 60, entered the plea to a single felony count of theft by unlawful taking on Tuesday. Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. set Zabriski’s sentencing for May 1, and also ordered him to pay full […]

Comments - 11:38 am - updated: 10:54 pm.

Kingston home burns, three pets die after ‘cooking incident’

KINGSTON — Fajitas left unattended while cooking led to a fire late Tuesday that spread and caused significant damage to a home, officials say. Kingston Fire Chief Frank Guido said five people were displaced during the blaze reported about 11 p.m. at 420 N. Maple Ave. No residents or firefighters were hurt, Guido said, but […]

Comments - 1:02 am - updated: 4:28 pm.

Harveys Lake Council decides against more hours for zoning officer

HARVEYS LAKE — Borough council decided Tuesday against giving more hours to its zoning officer in a 4-3 vote that was initially tied. Mayor Carole Samson voted no to additional hours to break the tie as Councilman Chad Flack III abstained. Zoning Officer Maureen Oremus was reinstated to her position Jan. 16 after council overturned […]

Comments - 10:39 pm - updated: 10:42 pm.

PennDOT stresses Blind Pedestrians Law during safety presentation

EXETER — For blind and visually impaired pedestrians, crossing the street can be a frightening experience, as Linda Slater knows all too well. The Hanover Township resident, who is legally blind in one eye, uses a white cane when she walks around. Many motorists seem not to notice, as she learned when trying to cross […]

Comments - 10:28 pm

Juvenile arrested for stealing 91-year-old’s purse in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Borough police have located a juvenile they say stole a 91-year-old woman’s purse. Officers responded to the CVS on East Main Street in Plymouth last Friday just before 5 p.m. The victim told them two males ripped the purse out of her arms while she was on her way into CVS. Using surveillance […]

Comments - 9:56 pm

Hanover Twp. man charged with selling ecstasy

HANOVER TWP. — State Police at Hazleton apprehended a township man on an arrest warrant accusing him of selling ecstasy nearly a year ago. Keith Hall, 37, of Dundee Apartments, delivered ecstasy, commonly known as Molly, on South Main Street on May 20, 2017, authorities report. Hall was apprehended by troopers Sunday. Hall was arraigned […]

Comments - 9:38 pm

Wilkes-Barre man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking charges

SCRANTON — A Wilkes-Barre man pleaded guilty in federal court last week for his role in trafficking heroin in Luzerne County in 2014, authorities say. Charles Davis III, 46, admitted to transporting Desmond Mercer, 30, to more than 600 heroin transactions and selling heroin for Mercer from February 2014 through November 2014, according to U.S. […]

Comments - 9:27 pm

Vehicle comes just inches from striking WB postal building

WILKES-BARRE — A woman was not injured when her vehicle jumped the sidewalk and nearly struck the U.S. Postal Service building on South Main Street on Tuesday morning. The woman was parking her vehicle at about 9:30 a.m. when it crossed the sidewalk and stopped just inches from the building. The vehicle was taken away […]

Comments - 8:53 pm

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