Capitol Roundup: Governor launches School Safety Task Force with Auditor General

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf joined by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force that brings together government officials, statewide education organizations, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers, parents, and students to talk to about ways to improve school safety and security. “Ensuring the safety […]

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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 […]

Comments - 7:40 pm - updated: 10:35 pm.

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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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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Lake Township supervisors, residents voice pipeline construction concerns

LAKE TWP. — Clumps of mud and rocks that have turned Loyalville Road into a minefield fueled a heated meeting Wednesday with township supervisors, residents and the Williams team that’s building the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The $3 billion pipeline project is crossing through Lake Township to transport natural gas from Susquehanna County to Choctaw County, […]

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Alleged meatball bandit sees several charges tossed

WILKES-BARRE — A Sugarloaf man accused of entering a garage and stealing a pot of meatballs he then scarfed down saw several charges dismissed by prosecutors Wednesday. Counts of burglary and theft against Leahman Glenn Robert Potter, 48, were withdrawn when he appeared for a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court. Potter waived the […]

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Resolution proposed for $2.9M disbursement from Luzerne County tax diversion program

A multiyear effort to recoup $2.9 million left from a Luzerne County tax diversion program may come to a head next week. On one side, the county, Wilkes-Barre Area School District and Wilkes-Barre Township are hammering out a joint proposal to split the remainder based on the percentage of real estate tax revenue each had […]

Comments - 6:03 pm - updated: 9:45 pm.

Dog dies after airline worker has it placed in overhead bin

A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. United said Tuesday that it took full responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight from Houston to New York. In a statement, United called it “a tragic accident that […]

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Local VA director talks with vets, families

WILKES-BARRE — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who reports say could be fired soon by President Trump, became a topic of discussion during a community forum for veterans and their families Tuesday at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. Center Director Russell Lloyd pointed out that Shulkin was the only Cabinet member in the current Trump […]

Comments - 10:05 pm - updated: 10:10 pm.

Ex-casino employee arraigned in Easter promotion scheme

WILKES-BARRE — A former host at Mohegan Sun Pocono casino accused of participating in a scheme to rig an Easter sweepstakes in 2014 was arraigned Tuesday. Kenneth Rowlands, 32, of Kingston, surrendered before District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy to participate in a rigged contest. Spagnuolo […]

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