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State addresses questions about Property Tax/Rent Rebate program

WILKES-BARRE — Now that application forms are available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is offering some helpful tips to address commonly asked questions about the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. • What is the easiest way to determine the status of […]

Comments - 9:44 am

Property Transactions

The following real estate transactions have been recorded in the Luzerne County Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the week of Feb. 19: • Atanos Management LLC to Loreal L. Orlando and Frederick R. Willauer, 94 St. Mary’s St., Plains Township, $87,234. • David W. and Linda S. Brown to Vincent M. Riccardo Jr., […]

Comments - 12:57 am - updated: 12:57 am.

Luzerne County overdoses spanned generations in 2017

Richard Sorokas said his 76-year-old brother, Paul, was among the 154 who died from accidental drug overdoses in Luzerne County last year. “He didn’t know which way to turn,” said Sorokas, 73, a Wilkes-Barre resident who is married to former county councilwoman Eileen Sorokas. Sorokas said he’s open about his brother’s battle with prescription medication […]

Comments - 11:00 pm

Get those cards ready: TL’s Blackout Bingo starts again Monday

WILKES-BARRE — The Times Leader Media Group is reviving a Northeastern Pennsylvania staple — again — to give its readers a chance to walk away with some cold, hard cash. The newspaper, along with The Hearing Center, will host Blackout Bingo with three cash prizes of $500 for the second consecutive year. For decades, Northeastern […]

Comments - 10:43 pm - updated: 12:49 am.

Geisinger introduces robotic-assisted joint replacement at two area hospitals

WILKES-BARRE — Ken Stella was at work in Friedman Electric Supply’s offices last week, much as he has been for the past two decades. Nothing unusual about that, perhaps — except when you consider that Stella underwent partial knee replacement surgery less than a month ago. He’s already driving again, too. “I want to be […]

Comments - 10:26 pm

Man arrested after being found on Facebook pleads guilty to Kirby Park rape

WILKES-BARRE — After being arrested thanks to a coincidence in Facebook’s algorithm, an Edwardsville man has pleaded guilty to raping a girl who was 13 at the time. John Bartleson, 33, entered the guilty plea on Thursday, admitting he raped the girl in Kirby Park in July 2014, forcing her into the woods near the […]

Comments - 10:21 pm

No decision on Wilkes-Barre garbage bid; talks continue with DPW union

WILKES-BARRE — Coming up on two months since the city received one bid for taking over its garbage service, no action is expected on the issue any time soon. “There’s a lot going on,” city Administrator Ted Wampole said Friday. A decision could be months away as Wilkes-Barre continues to do its due diligence and […]

Comments - 9:20 pm

Retired West Hazleton police officer sues borough over pension problems

WEST HAZLETON — A retired West Hazleton officer has sued the borough and the police department’s pension fund, saying that part of his pension has not been covered. William Harris filed the suit Friday through lawyer Ricardson Todd Eagen of Harrisburg-based Welby Stolenberg Cimballa & Cook. The lawsuit says Harris was hired as a police […]

Comments - 7:30 pm

Two arrested in ‘major’ heroin, fentanyl bust in Hazleton

HAZLETON — City police said they helped bust a major heroin and fentanyl manufacturing operation and arrested two people, including a man they referred to as a “drug kingpin.” Manuel Dejesus Luna-Bautista, 37, and Yamilka Hernandez-Sanchez, 36, both of Hazleton, were arrested at around 10 a.m. Friday. The arrests were part of a coordinated effort, […]

Comments - 7:20 pm

Southeast Pa. men charged in Walmart robberies

Two Southeastern Pennsylvania men have been arrested in connection with a string of Walmart thefts and robberies across seven counties, from suburban Harrisburg to Wilkes-Barre Township, racking up nearly $53,000 worth of stolen goods. Jon Beverly, 28, of Philadelphia, and Maurkeece Foreman, 26, of Pottstown, each faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges, the Montgomery County […]

Comments - 7:03 pm - updated: 7:04 pm.

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