George: Civilian public safety director could replace outgoing chief

WILKES-BARRE — The city’s police force might function without a chief and be overseen by a civilian public safety director as part of the restructuring Mayor Tony George is considering in light of a report critical of the lack of professional training at the highest levels of the department. George on Friday said he’s had […]

Comments - 1:02 pm - updated: 11:34 pm.

UPDATED: Lendacky discusses communication; suspect in shots-fired case described

WILKES-BARRE – A frustrated police Chief Marcella Lendacky spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since a report critical of her leadership was issued late last month, defending her handling of the department. Lendacky broke her silence in response to a Times Leader editorial criticizing the lack of information released about a Monday night incident […]

Comments - 5:43 pm - updated: 11:56 pm.

Judge tosses trooper case, citing ‘not one scintilla of evidence’

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge has thrown out the child molestation case against state trooper Patrick Finn, who claimed he was sleeping at the time he touched a young girl and made sexual comments. Even the child acknowledged Finn was asleep in her testimony, leading Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough to grant a […]

Comments - 12:12 pm - updated: 10:42 pm.

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92. Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl […]

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Luzerne County Housing Authority accepting Section 8 applications Wednesday

For the first time since July 2016, the Luzerne County Housing Authority will accept applications for Section 8 rental assistance on Wednesday — but only for one day. A crowd is expected because the authority received more than 700 applications during the last two-day acceptance period in 2016, authority Executive Director David Fagula said Tuesday. […]

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UPDATE: Off-duty police officer in area of shots fired in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Authorities are searching for a white male wearing dark clothing, dark colored boots and armed with a shotgun after several shots were fired in the area of Wyoming and Beaumont streets Monday night, a law enforcement source said Tuesday morning. An off-duty Wilkes-Barre police officer was in the area and confronted the gunman […]

Comments - 9:38 pm - updated: 8:24 am.

Plymouth burglary suspect arrested after pursuit ends in Scranton

PLAINS TWP. — State police at Wyoming allege they captured a man wanted for a burglary in Plymouth and possessing marijuana after a pursuit that began near Wilkes-Barre and ended outside center city Scranton early Sunday morning, according to court papers. Yuamir Supreme Grayson, 21, of East Main Street, Plymouth, was caught in the area […]

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Home and Garden show concludes with a crowded Sunday

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Mohegan Sun Arena was packed before noon on Sunday with visitors to the final day of the 2018 NEPA Home and Garden Show. More than 130 vendors – ranging from kitchen and bath remodelers to landscapers to even chiropractors and animal adoption services – lined the arena concourse and floor. The […]

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Sunny skies greet anglers for Saturday’s trout season opener

PLYMOUTH TWP. — When Fred West Jr. pulled an enormous golden rainbow trout out of Harveys Creek just a half hour after the start of Saturday’s trout season opener, he thought the accomplishment would be tough to beat. Fifteen minutes later, West did just that, catching another rainbow trout that was longer than the first. […]

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‘Mission Accomplished’ in Syria, Trump declares on Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Allied missiles struck at the heart of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal in a show of force and resolve aimed at punishing the Assad government for a suspected poison gas attack against civilians and deterring the possible future use of such banned weapons. “A perfectly executed strike,” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday in […]

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