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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Luzerne County Council settles Piazza suit for $56K

A Luzerne County Council majority approved a $56,000 settlement Tuesday to end Leonard Piazza’s litigation contesting his 2012 termination as county election director. Piazza sued the county in 2013, arguing his firing was political and stemmed from his inquiries into then-county controller Walter Griffith’s campaign finance reports. The county maintained Piazza was terminated for exceeding […]

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Mass to commemorate fatal 1993 Pittston fire

PITTSTON — A special Mass will be held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a March 15, 1993 fire that claimed the lives of two area firefighters. Pittston firefighter John F. Lombardo and West Pittston firefighter Leonard Insalaco II died when the floor collapsed as they were battling a blaze inside a downtown Pittston building, […]

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Woman accused of assaulting paramedics fails to appear for hearing

WILKES-BARRE — A woman accused of assaulting paramedics while being transported to a hospital after a vehicle crash failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on Monday in Luzerne County Central Court. An arrest warrant was issued for Jolene Gubitoso, 35, last known address as East First Street, Wyoming. Wyoming police charged Gubitoso on Jan. […]

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WNEP’s Noreen Clark to retire after more than 30 years forecasting in all kinds of weather

With more than a month to go Noreen Clark is certain of the April 29 forecast. It will be her last on WNEP-TV after more than 35½ years on air. She’ll reach the retirement age of 65 on May 1 and say goodbye two days earlier during her final weekend shift. “I felt honored and […]

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State Dem chair calls for Miccarelli’s immediate resignation

WILKES-BARRE — The chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Monday called for the immediate resignation of State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, against whom state Rep. Tarah Toohil on Friday received a temporary protection from abuse order. “Given the allegations and his non-responsive blanket denials to them, the representative should resign immediately,” said Jack Hanna, state Democratic […]

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Embattled Pa. Rep. Nick Miccarelli will be a no-show when House convenes today

State Rep. Nick Miccarelli will not be in Harrisburg today as the House of Representatives returns to the Capitol for the start the spring legislative session, PennLive is reporting. A spokesman for the five-term Delaware County Republican House member issued a statement to PennLive on Sunday saying the legislator plans to be in his district […]

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