The Citizens' Voice

Former Valley West principal candidate for Old Forge superintendent job
Old Forge school directors will vote tonight on appointing a top administrator from Scranton to lead their district. Erin Keating, Ed.D., the Scranton School District’s chief of leadership development and school operations, is on the Old Forge agenda to be appointed as superintendent during the 7 p.m. meeting.

Police: Man cut face in plot to implicate girlfriend
A Newport Twp. man beat and choked his girlfriend while in a drunken rage, then cut his own face with a razor as part of a scheme to get her thrown into jail, according to police.

DISTRICT 2 SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Simmons, Quick power Tigers past Black Knights
Jena Simmons and Mackayla Quick each hit home runs, pacing the top-seeded Tunkhannock Tigers to a 13-2 home win over Lake-Lehman in the District 2 Class 4A softball quarterfinals Tuesday. Simmons drove home four RBIs, while Quick had three RBIs. Nicole Ho

Canada’s new dietary advice isto avoid sugar substitutes entirely.Will the United States follow suit?
As a Canadian dietitian who works and lives in the United States, I like to keep up with health policy in both countries. So I was quite interested to see that Health Canada, the governmental agency responsible for public health, is charting a new course

Wyoming Seminary defeats Lake-Lehman to get back to D2 title game
KINGSTON — For over four minutes in Tuesday’s District 2 Class 2A semifinal, Wyoming Seminary, playing with a two-goal cushion, played keep away from Lake-Lehman.

Special education funding lagging
Editor: As a Crestwood School District taxpayer and current administrator at IU 29 in Schuylkill County, I couldn’t agree more with recent stories on the state’s funding for special education lagging behind district needs (April 28). Special education cos

Community digest tells you what’s happening in your town. Submit listings at least one week in advance to, fax to 570-821-2247, mail to 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or call 570-821-2069. Send images as large, h

Wolf hikes closed trail to pitch $4.5B projects plan
JIM THORPE — Gov. Tom Wolf stopped by the recently closed Glen Onoko Falls Trail on Tuesday to tout a proposal that could help address infrastructure needs in the state. “It’s a wonderful place to be,” Wolf said from a spot near the Lehigh River. “It brin

Transitioning from Crusaders to Wolfpack
The Crusaders of Coughlin High School are going out with a bang as they prepare to either graduate or transition into members of the Wolfpack. Winter sports came to a close, leaving some sports teams asking how they could seal their legacy as Crusaders. T

Redeemer advances to final
WILKES-BARRE — One miss. Will Wasiakowski said that’s the rule at Holy Redeemer practice when it comes to serving. The athlete gets one miss, and he needs to get the rest between the lines. Wasiakowski’s first miss Tuesday was on his very first serve. He


Miss UNICO Pageant in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A new Miss UNICO was crowned Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre. High school senior girls from around Luzerne County participated in the annual pageant at the F.M. Kirby Center. Contestants were judged on values like integrity and charity. Bianca Mazzarella from Holy Redeemer was named this year’s winner. She earns $2,000 to further her education. Newswatch 16’s Chelsea Strub served as emcee at the pageant in Wilkes-Barre

Mock Crash Part of Prom Promise in Scranton
SCRANTON, Pa. — A first-hand look at dangers of drinking and driving on prom night was on display for students in Scranton. Police, firefighters, and other first responders were part of Wednesday’s presentation at West Scranton High School. Students were asked to promise not to drink and drive during prom night, which is this weekend in Scranton.

Police Say Meth Lab to Blame for Fire in Danville
DANVILLE, Pa. — A meth lab is being blamed for a fire that gutted a home in Montour County. Police say Tuesday morning’s fire at the double block along Chambers Street started in a bedroom. According to officers, Michael Mowrer Jr. and Richard McHugh were trying to cook methamphetamine there when they dropped a chemical. Mowrer ran out of the home covered in flames. He was taken to a hospital. Several other people were also inside at the time. They

Surprise Reunion for WWII Veteran at Book Signing
LEHIGHTON, Pa. — A World War II Veteran was honored by his hometown in Carbon County for his heroic efforts, but the evening also included a surprise reunion for 95-year-old Clarence Smoyer of Lehighton. “And I never got around to meet you, but I would like to meet you now,” said 94-year-old Earl Bridygham. This was the moment where two World War II veterans reconnected in a surprise reunion. It happened Wednesday evening at the Lehighton Area Elementary Center where

Jay Paterno speaks at PSU Scranton dinner
The annual Penn State Scranton Alumni dinner had former assistant football coach, and son of former Head Coach Joe Paterno, Jay Paterno as their Guest Speaker.

Two Arrested in Hazleton for Bank Robbery in Hanover Township
HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two men are under arrest after a bank robbery in Luzerne County. The two suspects were brought back to the Hanover Township Police Department to be charged in connection with that bank robbery, but it was their arrest in Hazleton that caused quite a commotion. Video from a neighbor shows officers were heavily armed coming out of a home on Peace Street in Hazleton Wednesday afternoon and one man was taken away in handcuffs. Heavy police presence

Scranton Times

Scranton High baseball coach reports car vandalism
As an early birthday gift, Jamie Higgins’ wife surprised him with a gift certificate to get his SUV professionally detailed. Later Tuesday, the Scranton High School baseball coach discovered someone carved “this coach sucks” into the passenger side of his

Old Forge appoints Scranton administrator as superintendent
OLD FORGE — A top administrator in the Scranton School District will become the next superintendent in Old Forge. School directors enthusiastically appointed Erin Keating, Ed.D., to the position with a 7-0 vote Wednesday night. Although the board often di

Scranton resident accused of cutting man with large hunting knife
SCRANTON — A city resident is accused of slashing another man in the hands and neck with a large hunting knife Tuesday. Warren Leonard, 43, 826 Capouse Ave. , Room 6, is charged with simple assault and related charges. Police responded to that address abo

Scranton council meeting rescheduled for Thursday
SCRANTON — City Council rescheduled its regular meeting for today according to a public notice in The Times-Tribune. The weekly meeting set for this past Monday was canceled for a lack of a quorum. The rescheduled meeting today will be held at 6 p.m. at C

End of the trail for iron sculpture exhibit in Scranton
SCRANTON — Iron sculptures along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail across from Scranton High School will be removed because of a lack of funding for insurance coverage, an exhibit proponent said. The display of nine sculptures was unveiled a year ago by

South Abington Twp. death not suspicious, police say
SPRING BROOK TWP. — State police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old South Abington Twp. man. On Tuesday, officers responded to Elias Road in Spring Brook Twp. at 11:15 a.m. Police said there is nothing suspicious about the man’s death. — KATHLEE

PennDOT center to close for holiday
DUNMORE — All state Department of Transportation driver’s license and photo centers will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, PennDOT said. The closure will affect the local center at 81 Keystone Industrial Park, Du

Police: Scranton man repeated slammed on car brakes, injuring 1-year-old, woman
A Scranton man faces charges for injuring his 1-year-old daughter and the baby’s mother after repeatedly slamming on his car brakes while driving in Scranton on Sunday. Alejandro Reyes Regato, 58, 1121 Watson St., argued with Katherine Yadira Munoz-Torres

Times-Tribune writer named PWPA Journalist of the Year
HARRISBURG — Times-Tribune lifestyles writer Patrice Wilding has been honored as the Journalist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association. Wilding received the award during a luncheon recently at the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Harris

Police: Man cut face in plot to implicate girlfriend
A Newport Twp. man beat and choked his girlfriend while in a drunken rage, then cut his own face with a razor as part of a scheme to get her thrown into jail, according to police.

Chris Kelly's winners and losers in Tuesday’s Primary

Times Leader

New report tallies cancer surgeries for area hospitals
Citing studies that offer “strong evidence” linking surgical volume with patient outcomes for cancer operations, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council has released statistics for 11 cancer surgeries statewide. The data, from July 2017 [...]

Wards rewarded Brown with overwelming victory in WB Mayoral primary
WILKES-BARRE — Voters rewarded George Brown for visiting their neighborhoods with a ward-by-ward thumping of incumbent Mayor Tony George in the Democratic primary. Brown prevailed in all 20 wards Tuesday and, by a more than [...]

What was Luzerne County’s primary turnout? It’s complicated.
What was voter turnout in Tuesday’s Luzerne County primary election? The simple answer on the county’s website: 19.32 percent, with 40,171 of 207,915 registered voters casting ballots. But this number is somewhat misleading because that [...]

Hanover Area recoups $243,621 in bus over-payments
HANOVER TWP. — Hanover Area School District recouped $243,621 in a dispute about over-payment to a transportation contractor, Board Member Vic Kopko said Wednesday. The money came from district insurance carrier CM Regent, and the [...]

Wilkes president given honorary bulldog degree, cake in SHINE farewell
WILKES-BARRE — The priorities were pretty clear early on. Asked why they were gathered, one student at Heights Murray Elementary blurted out: “So we can have cupcakes!” Well, cake was involved (sheet, not cups), but [...]

Police: Man cuts face to incriminate girlfriend
NEWPORT TWP. — Township police arrested a man they say used a razor blade to cut his own face in an attempt to allege his girlfriend caused the injuries. Patrick M. Kulina, 31, did suffer [...]

Recovery support center opens in Wilkes-Barre
Luzerne County’s first drug recovery support center officially opened its doors Wednesday after years of planning. New Roots Recovery Support Center at 121 Water St. is designed to help those who have stopped using drugs [...]

A fugitive for 5 years, convicted cocaine dealer sentenced
WILKES-BARRE — In 2014, Luzerne County prosecutors were going to pursue the mandatory two-year state prison sentence for Jason Edward Marth, 44, who admitted to selling crack cocaine several times in a school zone in [...]

From homeless to law school for Misericordia program grad
DALLAS TWP. — Misericordia University assembled an impressive array of experts and government officials for Wednesday’s Pathways out of Poverty conference on campus, but grad Asia Thompson put a deeply personal face on the notion [...]

Amburgey, Higashioka homer to lead Railriders past PawSox
MOOSIC – Trey Amburgey and Kyle Higashioka each clubbed three-run home runs as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders built a 8-1 lead and held on for a 8-6 victory Wednesday over the Pawtucket Red Sox Wednesday night [...]

A Few Clouds and 63 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
A Few Clouds
Winds are South at 6.9 MPH (6 KT). The pressure is 1022.4 mb and the humidity is 48%. The wind chill is 63. Last Updated on May 22 2019, 11:54 pm EDT.