The Citizens' Voice


Friends, colleagues mourn loss of William Sordoni
William B. Sordoni, who was known for his business leadership and mentorship as well as his community involvement, died Wednesday at age 73. Sordoni served in various leadership roles in Sordoni Construction Services, Commonwealth Telephone and Sterling Industrial Corporation from 1968 until his retirement in 2010.



Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe



Woman convicted of directing girl, 6, to lie about rape
A Luzerne woman accused of concocting a story with her boyfriend to win a custody dispute by having a 6-year-old girl lie about being sexually abused was convicted at trial Thursday.



Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations




Chicken Coop owner admits pocketing sales tax
The owner of The Chicken Coop restaurant pleaded guilty Thursday to charges alleging he failed to pay more than $67,000 in taxes to the state.



Edwardsville Pierogi Festival relocates to park for fifth annual event
The return of bazaars can only mean one thing — the return of pierogi. Those who love the Polish food should make their way to the fifth annual Edwardsville Pierogi Festival, which runs Friday, June 8, from noon to 10 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, from 10 a



Search for missing Old Forge businessman continues
OLD FORGE — Nearly 16 months after Old Forge restaurateur Robert Baron disappeared, police activity in the borough Wednesday suggests a wider probe. Lackawanna County detectives and Old Forge police returned to Ghigiarelli’s restaurant to do some “additio


Scene and Heard: Summer is upon us
It seems like spring has just sprung, yet the official start to summer is this weekend — Memorial Day. It’s the perfect weekend to fire up the grill with some friends, or head to the Montage Mountain Water Park, which opens for the season on Saturday, May



Today’s Hot Shot
Little “Bella” was born Aug. 9, 2017, and is enjoying her first Spring planting season. Adopted through Whiskers World, she got these flowers for her ‘Mom,’ Loriann O’Malia, for Mother’s Day. “She is very happy in her ‘fur-ever’ home with her brothers!,”



Northeastern PSEA-Retired scholarship presented
Members of PSEA-Retired presented their annual scholarship to Lauren Bezek a junior mathematics major at Wilkes University. Bezek is enrolled in the honors program and ranks in the top 10 percent of her class with a 4.0 GPA. She has participated in severa


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Does It Really Work: RC Pocket Racers
MOOSIC, Pa — RC Pocket Racers are mini remote controlled racing cars. They come with a display case that also becomes your remote. Each car can go forward and backward, turn left or right and has functioning tail and headlights. Each car claims to charge in just three minutes thanks to the RC Quick Charging System but Kurt Aaron wants to know, does it really work?


Emergency Personnel Responding to Nay Aug Park for a Water Rescue
SCRANTON, Pa — Around 9pm Thursday emergency services responded to a call of a water rescue at Nay Aug park in Scranton. Officials say there are at least two people who had to be rescued. Updates will follow as more information is released.


Wyoming Area vs West Scranton softball
Wyoming Area went into West Scranton and came out with a 6-0 win in the District softball playoffs.


James Franklin on Connor McGovern
Penn State Head Coach is leaning on Center Connor McGovern in his third season as a starter on the Nittany Lions Offensive Line.


Local Business Owner to be Featured on American Chopper
EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — On a normal bright, sunny day M. Mayo Striping near Falls would be putting down lines or sealing pavement but this was no ordinary day for the business. With camera and audio equipment in tow, a production crew from the Discovery Channel made the trip to Wyoming County to shoot a future episode of American Chopper. In the upcoming show, the owner of M. Mayo Striping, Ben Gadomski, will be surprised with a brand new motorcycle


Students Trading Pencils for Paddles in Sullivan County
FORKSVILLE, Pa. — 6th graders in Towanda Area School District have ditched their pencils for paddles. Teachers have taken on the role of counselors and students are campers at Camp Brule in Forksville. “In school, you can’t really like talk to your friends and stuff, so when you get a break and you’re outside and hanging out with your friends in a group with them, it’s pretty fun,” said Michael Ferrulli, 6th grader. About 140 6th graders at Towanda Elementary


Scranton Times



Water rescue under way at Nay Aug Park
SCRANTON — Crews converged in Nay Aug Park tonight to rescue at least one person who fell into Roaring Brook.


State allocates $180M for pothole repair, interstate resurfacing
Portions of Interstates 81, 380 and 84 are in line for resurfacing or other work under a $180 million initiative to accelerate repaving on Pennsylvania’s interstate highways and aggressively repair potholes that blossomed during the long winter, the state Department of Transportation said.


DA to seek death penalty for Gatto murder "mastermind"
SCRANTON — Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell will seek the death penalty for one of the three people charged with last month’s murder of Nina Gatto, a confidential informant who worked for his office.


Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe
NEW YORK (AP) — Law enforcement officials say Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women.



Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice.


US forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they expect an active Atlantic hurricane season — an announcement that came as odds increased that the first tropical weather system of the year was forming in the Gulf of Mexico.


Schools dismissing early due to water main break
SCRANTON — Three schools in Scranton are dismissing their students early today because of a water main break in the city, the district said. Robert Morris Elementary School will begin dismissing at 12:30 p.m. Neil Armstrong Elementary School began dismiss


Trump cancels North Korean summit, citing 'tremendous anger'
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, citing the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in a recent statement from North Korea.


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Video shows road rage suspect hitting man with sledgehammer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A road rage suspect seen on surveillance video hitting a man with a sledgehammer after smashing the windows out of a vehicle is being sought by Philadelphia police.



'Survivor' final vote ends in tie, Philadelphia man wins
LOS ANGELES (AP) — History was made on the CBS reality series "Survivor." For the first time in 36 seasons, the season finale ended in a tie.


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D2 softball: Wyoming Area shuts down West Scranton
SCRANTON — When neither team knows much about the opposing pitcher, success usually comes down to which solves the riddle the best. Wyoming Area did so much better than West Scranton on Thursday afternoon. The [...]


Residents press WB council over crime, blight
WILKES-BARRE — Fifteen months ago, members of the city’s multi-agency Neighborhood Impact Team swooped onto Hutson Street in response to residents’ concerns about crime and blight. Neighbors from Hutson and surrounding streets appeared before City [...]


D2 baseball: Nick Kocher, Dallas down Tunkhannock in semifinals
DALLAS TWP. — It was only the top of the first inning, but Nick Kocher was in a jam. The Dallas right-hander had walked a pair of Tunkhannock batters and was in the midst of [...]


Court Briefs
Man faces trial in teen-sex case WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre charged by Nanticoke police with having sexual relations with a teen girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Luzerne County [...]


Josh Rogers sparkles as RailRiders earn split in Pawtucket
After giving up four runs in seven innings in a no decision against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last time out, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Josh Rogers took the mound on Thursday looking for improvement. And that’s [...]


Repair plans announced for four Luzerne County bridges
Four steel bridges that have been on Luzerne County’s high priority list since at least 2012 will be rehabilitated this year using natural gas funding the county has been stockpiling, county Manager C. David Pedri [...]


Dog fight: WB officer’s posts on K9 transfer prompt internal probe
WILKES-BARRE — A city police officer who hired an attorney to fight the reassignment of the K9 dog he worked with is the focus of an internal investigation for making his battle public on social [...]


Business, community leader Sordoni dead at 73
William B. Sordoni, former president of Sordoni Construction Services and noted community leader, died Wednesday at age 73. The Vietnam veteran and his three brothers took over the firm based in Forty Fort in the [...]


New push for an old idea: ‘Childhood Begins at Home’
WILKES-BARRE — There were statistics, of course: 10,355 children in poverty in Luzerne County, only 475 of them getting help through four home-visiting agencies. But there was also Alyssa Hudock, a 21-year-old Pittston resident with [...]


Shed destroyed, home damaged in Kingston blaze
KINGSTON — A First Avenue home was damaged after an intense shed fire spread to the house Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported, but the combination shed/garage was destroyed, Kingston/Forty Fort Fire Capt. Ray Elick [...]


Fair and 67 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
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Winds are East at 5.8 MPH (5 KT). The pressure is 1018.8 mb and the humidity is 53%. Last Updated on May 24 2018, 9:54 pm EDT.