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Trucker killed by falling metal conduit in Pa. Turnpike tunnel

SLATINGTON (AP) — Police say a section of electrical conduit fell from a Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel, crashed through the windshield of a tractor trailer and killed a New Jersey trucker. State police said Thursday the truck driven by 70-year-old Howard Sexton III of East Greenwich Township continued on for a mile after the accident about […]

Comments - 11:22 am

Superior Court: truck illegally seized in 2012 hit-run fatal

Luzerne County prosecutors illegally seized a Ford F350 pickup truck believed to be linked to a 2012 fatal hit-and-run, the state Superior Court ruled Wednesday, a decision that likely sets up a trial after years of appeal delays. Wilkes-Barre police, under direction from an assistant district attorney, took the Ford without a search warrant from […]

Comments - 11:01 am

LCCC swears in new trustees

NANTICOKE — Prior to a meeting this week, new Luzerne County Community College trustees were sworn into office. State Supreme Court Judge Correale Stevens administered the oath of office to five trustees, who will each serve for six years: attorney Christopher Slusser, attorney Catherine O’Donnell, Dr. Bernard Graham, James Dennis, and Joan Blewitt, who returns […]

Comments - 11:34 pm

Attorney permitted to withdraw from defending homicide suspect

WILKES-BARRE — An attorney contracted through Luzerne County’s Department of Conflict Counsel to defend homicide suspect Anthony Spudis had a conflict himself. Attorney David Lampman, of Wilkes-Barre, was permitted to withdraw from representing Spudis, 35, who stands accused in the 2013 Thanksgiving Day stabbing death of 97-year-old Gertrude Price in Nanticoke. County President Judge Richard […]

Comments - 10:28 pm

Yudichak offers seniors help on tax/rent rebate program

NANTICOKE — In the lobby of the Rose Tucker Senior Center hangs a poster that reads: “Live, love, laugh, sing, dance, dream, smile, cherish.” All good ideas. Nowhere does it mention “pay taxes.” But it’s a reality, no matter how much living, loving and laughing one might do. On Wednesday, state Sen. John Yudichak and […]

Comments - 10:20 pm - updated: 10:22 pm.

Pittston City Council appoints new deputy fire chief

PITTSTON — The city fire department has a new deputy chief. Council members Wednesday approved the appointment of Frank Roman to the position starting March 1. It comes with a $500 pay increase on top of his annual salary of $56,150, according to Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo. Roman has been with the city fire department […]

Comments - 10:08 pm - updated: 10:15 pm.

Police: Woman used cocaine while toddler was in WB Twp. motel room

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police arrested a woman they say was using cocaine with a 3-year-old girl inside a motel room Tuesday. Police allegedly found loose Suboxone pills mixed with toys in a Mickey Mouse bag and a scouring pad commonly used to smoke crack cocaine inside the room at Motel 6 on Schechter Drive. […]

Comments - 7:43 pm - updated: 7:44 pm.

Plymouth appoints new police chief, promotes one and hires another

Plymouth Borough Council recently promoted Anthony Gorey to police chief, Officer Michael Thomas to sergeant and hired Officer Jeffrey Lewis as a full-time patrolman. Lewis will serve a 180-day probationary period at an hourly rate of $20.77, without benefits. Gary Kochinski, council president, said Thomas has been a police officer for the past 10 years […]

Comments - 7:36 pm

Police: Wanted drug suspect found with $70K in ‘high-grade marijuana’

HANOVER TWP. — A man wanted on a felony drug warrant was picked up at his Plains home Wednesday, where authorities also found approximately 17 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” worth more than $70,000 plus ecstasy tablets, township police reported. Malik Hudson, 22, of Indian Creek Drive, was taken into custody about 10 a.m. by Hanover […]

Comments - 7:28 pm - updated: 8:04 pm.

Police: Ecstasy, pills found during West Pittston traffic stop

WEST PITTSTON — A Duryea man was arrested after police allegedly found ecstasy and prescription pills during a traffic stop. Rocco F. Barge III, 34, of New Street, was stopped for a traffic violation on Wyoming Avenue just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, authorities reported. Barge was questioned outside the vehicle and an officer detected a […]

Comments - 6:17 pm - updated: 6:22 pm.

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