The Citizens' Voice

The Citizens' Voice wins multiple Keystone Press Awards
The Citizens’ Voice has won six Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2016.

Blaze erupts near fire department in Plains Twp.
PLAINS TWP. -- Fire crews from throughout the area are battling a blaze at 158 N. Main St. in Plains Township.

Elmy sentenced to 6 years in prison
SCRANTON — Louis Elmy, a former Wilkes-Barre Area School Board president who admitted to extorting inmates at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison.

Prosecco offers affordable alternative for sparkling wine fans
As it deals with newfound popularity as an inexpensive bubbly, prosecco reaches out with line extensions and new quality tiers.

Casey will vote 'no' on Gorsuch
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey announced this morning he will vote against the Supreme Court nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch. The Scranton Democrat had been considered one of a handful of Democrats who might help provide President Trump’s nominee with the 6

Police: Harveys Lake man attacked mother, killed dog
HARVEYS LAKE — Andrea Ozovek rescued an emaciated Mastiff several months ago and nurtured it back to health. The big dog came to her rescue last week — and gave its life — when her son snapped and attacked her inside their Lincoln Avenue home, police say.

Today’s Hot Shot
Cheryl Mracek Shapiro of South Wilkes-Barre submitted this photo of Moon Lake Park, which she titled, “Spring thaw, round two!” She wrote, “The ice is starting to melt on Moon Lake, located in the park of the same name. The DCNR has knocked down all the b

Community digest
PRE-RETIREMENT SEMINAR FOR SCHOOL RETIREES: All school employees who will be retiring in the next five years are invited to attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday

Crestwood officials find knife in student’s vehicle
WRIGHT TWP. — Police charged a teenager Wednesday on accusations he possessed a knife on the property of Crestwood High School in January. Crestwood Area School District solicitor Jack Dean said the case should be a reminder that there is a zero tolerance

The board of trustees of Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, will sponsor a chicken and biscuits dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Take outs will be available. Dinners are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and yo


Talkback Feedback: Big Bottoms
Well, on this week’s edition of Talkback Feedback, we get to the bottom of a few viewers’ questions…like how “stupid” we are, why our behind’s are getting large, and of course, the name of that guy who sits next to Sharla every night.

‘A sweet day’: Gummy bear giant Haribo to open first U.S. factory
MADISON, Wis. – Move over, cheese curds. Gummy bears are coming to Wisconsin. German gummy maker Haribo announced on Thursday that it will open its first U.S. factory in the Badger State. The Kenosha County plant will create 400 jobs, according to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and is scheduled to open in 2020. The project marks one of the largest investments from a foreign company in the state’s history, the governor’s office said. Walker thanked Haribo for choosing his state.

Tunkhannock School District to Reconsolidate Schools
TUNKHANNOCK — A school district in Wyoming County has voted to move forward with a plan that reconfigures and consolidates all buildings for the 2018-2019 school year. A school board member confirmed Thursday the school board’s decision to move ahead with “Option 6” — consolidating all outlying elementary school buildings and reconfiguring the grade set up. Currently, the plan is outlined as followed: Kindergarten through Second Grade: the building currently known as Roslund Third through Sixth Grades: the current middle school

Minersville Area Girls Basketball Team Feted After First State Championship Win
MINERSVILLE — It was a hero’s welcome home in Minersville as the Minersville Area High School Girls’ Basketball team got a victor’s escort through the borough. People lined the streets as the girls returned as the new state champions after defeating Bishop McCort in the PIAA Class AA Championship game in Hershey. It’s the first time in the school district’s history the girls’ basketball team has claimed the top title, and the community’s pride was evident. “Go Miners!” “It’s amazing,” said

American Red Cross of NEPA Announces 2017 Hero Awards
WILKES-BARRE — The American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is celebrating 100 years, and in doing so, hosting a banquet to honor local heroes right in our own backyards. According to the press release, the annual event honors both “trained heroes together with Good Samaritans, as nominated by their peers and the community.” Award categories include Good Samaritan, Law Enforcement, Firefighter, Medical, and Animal Rescue. The 2017 Hero Award Winners are listed below: Thomas Zoshak – Good Samaritan Hero, Freeland

E-Z Pass Signals Being Removed
CARBON COUNTY — If you have E-Z pass, you’re familiar with traffic signals that go from red to green as you drive through toll plazas, verifying that your transponder worked properly. But Turnpike officials have just announced those signals are going away. “I always look for the light, every time. That’s how I know to go because I don’t want to be charged 35 dollars when it’s only 11,” said Traci Rexler of Wilkes-Barre. Turnpike officials say they’re upgrading cameras,

Scranton Times

Police: man ran over officer's foot while fleeing traffic stop
SCRANTON — A city man ran over a police officer’s foot while fleeing from a traffic stop, investigators said. Dominic Kustrin, 24, 1128 Albright Ave. , is charged with aggravated assault, fleeing police, reckless endangerment and other charges stemming fr

Four jurors selected in Frein trial
WEST CHESTER — The number of jurors selected to hear the upcoming murder trial for Eric Matthew Frein grew to 13 on Thursday. Lawyers in the case picked four more jurors, said Michael Weinstein, an attorney representing Frein. Five more jurors must be sea

Police: Dunmore man chokes pregnant girlfriend, threatens to kill her family
A Dunmore man struck and choked his pregnant girlfriend Wednesday morning then threatened to set her house on fire to watch her family burn to death, borough police said. John Evans, 22, 315 Cherry St., is in Lackawanna County Prison on a count each of si

More details emerge on air show at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport
PITTSTON TWP. — Tickets for the revived local air show go on sale online next Friday at 1 p.m. The tickets will be available on the air show website, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and officials plan to announce other ways to

Intoxicated Scranton mom who left toddler alone gets probation
An intoxicated Scranton mother who left her 14-month-old son alone in his stroller on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square last summer received a probationary sentence on Thursday. Gabrielle S. Lomonaco, 32, pleaded guilty to child endangerment before Lack

Wayne County man sentenced to 3 to 6 years for vehicular homicide
A Wayne County man will spend three to six years in state prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed one of his passengers last year. Jonathan R. Dinan, 29, of Lake Como, was sentenced Thursday in Honesdale by Wayne County President Judge Raymond Hami

Photos: Gulls are flocking to Scranton
The sky over Scranton was filled with flocks of gulls Wednesday.

Police: Pittston man shot at woman outside restaurant
WILKES-BARRE — Police charged Greg Reiss, 22, of Pittston, with aggravated assault Wednesday, saying he shot at a woman in the parking lot of a Denny’s Restaurant.

Barletta secures concession for favorable vote on GOP health plan
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announced in an afternoon press release he would vote in favor of the GOP's health plan after securing support for legislation to ensure illegal immigrants would not receive tax credits under the act.

Wreck on I-380N kills Bronx woman
A wreck on Interstate 380 North killed a New York woman Wednesday, but her 2-month-old child “miraculously” received only minor injuries, state police said.

Truck driver to be cited after getting tractor trailer stuck under bridge in Jessup
JESSUP — Police closed a portion of Constitution Avenue for about three hours Wednesday after a tractor-trailer got stuck underneath a railroad bridge.

Times Leader

No. 11 Xavier knocks off No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in West Region
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O’Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night. Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett’s 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to […]

No. 1 seed Kansas routs Purdue 98-66 to reach Elite Eight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took about 10 minutes for Kansas guards Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham to slow down, gain their composure and get everything under control in their Midwest Regional semifinal. When that happened, everything promptly sped up for Purdue. The pace of the game turning in their favor, the high-flying Jayhawks […]

NFL owners mull cut of regular-season OT
NEW YORK — NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches’ challenges and what can be reviewed by officials. In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will […]

Gonzaga holds off pesky West Virginia squad
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn’t allow West Virginia to get off a third. A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end. Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute […]

Times Leader Sports Report: Pro days and spring ball and Penguins, oh my!
WILKES-BARRE — In the latest Times Leader Sports Report podcast, host DJ Eberle and Derek Levarse, Tom Venesky and Joe Soprano discuss the Shakir Soto’s recent pro day, Pat Newins upcoming pro day, Penn State football, the outdoors and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Joining us on the podcast this week are GAR grad Shakir Soto and Misericordia […]

Lottery Numbers for Thursday, March 23
Midday Drawing Pick 2: 7-1 Pick 3: 5-7-4 Pick 4: 2-9-5-1 Pick 5: 7-3-7-5-8 Wild: 2 Treasure Hunt: 06-13-15-17-28 Evening Drawing Pick 2: 8-5 Pick 3: 5-2-1 Pick 4: 5-0-8-1 Pick 5: 5-7-5-5-0 Wild: 2 Cash 5: 02-17-19-36-41 Match 6: 15-18-37-40-45-49 Cash4Life Drawing 02-28-30-39-53 Cash Ball: 04 One player matched all five numbers in Thursday’s […]

Oregon ends Michigan’s run in Sweet 16
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon ended No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night. Dorsey, the man the Ducks call “Mr. March,” had his sixth straight game scoring 20 or […]

Wilkes-Barre City Council applauds DPW’s storm cleanup efforts
WILKES-BARRE — City council Thursday night heard additional accolades for the efforts by the Department of Public Works during last week’s blizzard. Ron Romanelli, DPW dispatcher, took the opportunity to address council and praise the department’s employees. “You people should be so proud of your Public Works Department,” Romanelli said. The workers had to deal […]

Local heroes honored at Red Cross of NEPA Centennial Celebration
PLAINS TWP. — Celebrating 100 years of local service, the American Red Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania honored about 20 individuals for their heroic actions during their Centennial Celebration in the Keystone Grand Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Thursday. Themed “Celebrating our Everyday Heroes,” the event honored trained professional first responders as well as good […]

PA Sec. of Health ‘educates’ at Scranton health care rally
SCRANTON — Supporters of the current health care system came to the Jewish Community Center in Scranton on the eve of a crucial vote on the Republican-backed American Health Care Act. The NEPA Healthcare Defenders Coalition sponsored a Healthcare Town Hall on Thursday to “educate” the nearly 100 people on the differences between former President […]