The Citizens' Voice

SPCA offers reward in case of deceased dogs
WILKES-BARRE — An anonymous donor is offering a $1,000 reward in connection with an abused, deceased dog discovered earlier this month. The reward is for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or persons responsible for the

Inmate arraigned on charges he spit at correction officers
NEWPORT TWP. — A State Correctional Institution Retreat inmate was arraigned Monday on charges alleging he spit on correctional officers. Derrick Gibson, 50, is charged with aggravated harassment and harassment stemming from two confrontations in August.

Woman killed in I-380 bus crash
COVINGTON TWP. — The woman who died Sunday night when a bus she was riding in crashed on Interstate 380 was identified as Rebecca Renee Blanco, 33, of Vacaville, California, according to state police. An autopsy conducted Monday determined Blanco died fro

Attorneys spar over house search as trial looms for murder suspect
WILKES-BARRE — With the trial date closing in for accused killer Anthony Jackson, attorneys are sparring over whether a search of his girlfriend’s house was legal. Jackson, 39, of Wilkes-Barre, is set to stand trial Oct. 29 on charges of criminal homicide

Starting, or returning to, a fitness routine?Here are some tips to prevent overdoing it.
It’s autumn, which means gyms and sports clubs are full of people using the new school year as a reason to jump-start their fitness goals, and old clients returning from lazy weeks of vacation. The one aspect they should all be paying attention to: princi

Pens not afraid to get dirty
WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins aren’t afraid to get dirty, in a good way.

Ahead in polls, Casey outraises Barletta again
For U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta had his best quarter of fundraising since he began running for the Senate, but he still lagged behind his chief rival, incumbent Sen. Bob Casey. Barletta, a Hazleton Republican, raised almost $1.95 million in individual contribu

Today’s Hot Shot
Kristi Pearage enjoyed a great day of fishing on the Pulaski river recently. She credits her new fly rod for catching this salmon and several others. This image was submitted by Kristi Pearage, Bear Creek Twp.

WVC VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Cougars edge Patriots in 5
At Hazleton Area, after dropping the first two sets, the host Cougars rallied back to edge out Pittston Area, 3-2.

Group identifies candidates who will reform government
Editor: Clean Money Squad PA has a simple mission: to identify candidates for elected office in Pennsylvania who are committed to reform government and politics in Pennsylvania. The citizens of our state are fed up with politics as usual. Many have just g


WNEP’s Feed A Friend Program 2018 Kicks Off
WNEP’s 34th annual Feed A Friend program is officially underway. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey kicked off the event on Tuesday. He was joined by campaign volunteers at one of the program’s participating agencies, United Neighborhood Centers in Scranton. Now through Thanksgiving, the WNEP tradition helps collect non-perishable goods and monetary donations in 18 counties. Food is then distributed to area families in need this holiday season across northeastern and central Pennsylvania. All donations collected in your county, stay in your

Cleaning up and Auctioning off Former Marijuana Grow House
STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A former marijuana grow house is being cleaned up and auctioned off with all the money going right back to fighting the war on drugs. This is the first time the Monroe County Drug Task Force is auctioning a former drug house. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, but authorities said it has a lot of potential. With a small stream running just outside 119 Timber Ridge Road in Stroud Township, it’s

Crash on I-81 in Lackawanna County
SCRANTON, Pa. — A crash slowed traffic along Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday on I-81 north between the River and Davis Street exits. Police say multiple people were taken to the hospital. They are expected to survive. Traffic is down to one lane while police investigate, and the crash is cleared.

Senate Passes Anti-Hazing Bill
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania will soon have some of the nation’s strictest penalties for hazing as an anti-hazing bill is heading to Governor Wolf’s desk. The state Senate passed Senate Bill 1090, known as the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law. It’s named after the Penn State sophomore who died last year after a night of heavy drinking at the Beta Theta Pi house on Penn State’s main campus. Governor Wolf has said he will sign the bill into law. Once

Coroner Called to Crash in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The coroner was called to a crash in Wilkes-Barre. The crash happened around 7 p.m. Monday along North Sherman Street in the city. Officials have not released the victim’s name or said if anyone else was injured.

Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Beer is the prom king of alcoholic beverages, winning the popularity contest in terms of total volumes drunk. And because its main ingredient, barley, is sensitive to extreme drought and heat, climate change will cause undue pain for all who love their lager, new research suggests. Global warming will lead to substantial decreases in barley crop yields, causing beer shortages and a sharp rise in the price of a pint, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Plants. “The aim of

Scranton Times

Susquehanna Community football player in fair condition after crash
SCRANTON — A Susquehanna Community School District football player injured in a crash Friday is in fair condition while at least one other teen involved in the crash has been released from the hospital. Tim Sweeney is at Geisinger Community Medical Center

Archbald man pleads guilty to sexual assault charge
SCRANTON — An Archbald man recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Conor McCall, 18, 207 Skyline Drive, pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault before Judge Vito P. Geroulo on Wednesday, said his attorney, Robert Munley. Poli

Victim in fatal bus crash identified
COVINGTON TWP. — The woman who died Sunday night when a bus she was riding in crashed on Interstate 380 was identified as Rebecca Renee Blanco, 33, of Vacaville, California, according to state police. An autopsy conducted Monday determined Blanco died fro

No tax hike in Lackawanna County's 2019 budget
SCRANTON — For the sixth year in a row, Lackawanna County’s property taxes will hold steady. County commissioners unveiled a $126.6 million tentative 2019 budget Monday that keeps the property tax rate at 57.42 mills. The budget also includes a roughly $2

Scranton superintendent demands to know who leaked letter about harassment
SCRANTON — Complaints that members of the Scranton School Board sexually harassed and intimidated Superintendent Alexis Kirijan, Ed.D., should have remained a private issue, she told school directors Monday night. Calling it disappointing and an act of re

Steve Martin, Martin Short to perform at Mohegan Sun Arena
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Live from Wilkes-Barre, it’s two legends from “SNL.” Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their show “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” to the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets start at $

Region’s trees staying green later this year
October is passing its midpoint, but trees in the region are still filled with green leaves. Warmer weather has contributed to leaves staying greener longer this year, said Vincent Cotrone, an urban forester with Penn State Cooperative Extension. “We’ve h

Lackawanna County Court Notes
MARRIAGE LICENSES n Daniel Scott Kasulaitis and Holly Ann Stangline, both of Thornhurst. n Chelsea Lynn Hawksley and Frederick James Lishman, both of Jermyn. n Natasha Lynn Long and Lamar Okeith Ledger, both of Scranton. n Meghan Elizabeth Judge, South Ab

Crash involving several vehicles snarled traffic Monday night
SCRANTON — City firefighters, state police and emergency medical personnel responded to a crash involving two vehicles Monday night that snarled traffic on Interstate 81 north. Crews responded to the area around mile marker 183, between the Davis Street a

WILKES-BARRE — Comedian Dennis Miller and bestselling author and political commentator Mark Steyn will bring their “Adorable Deplorable Tour” to the F.M. Kirby Center at 8 p.m. March 2. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday and are available at The Sundanc

Community supporters awarded Chris DiMattio and the Falzett family will receive the Outreach — Center for Community Resources’s Mighty Oak Award. DiMattio, the senior vice president and senior financial adviser with Merrill Lynch in the Bender-DiMattio We

Times Leader

Sixers dealing with lofty expectations for first time in six seasons
Will the 76ers live up to the lofty expectations? That’s the biggest questions heading into this season. Despite several key roster changes, oddsmakers have the Sixers winning around 54 regular-season games and being the Eastern [...]

Court Briefs
Pringle man pleads guilty in child sex case WILKES-BARRE — A Pringle man who was accused earlier this year of attempting to contact an underage boy for sex has pleaded guilty. Michael Laton, 33, entered [...]

ODs dominate drug-abuse talk, but new report shows problem runs much deeper
The opioid abuse crisis has become so widespread that one in 37 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania were opioid-related in 2017, according to a new report. The good news, such as it is: Luzerne County is bucking [...]

Their view: History will smile on Colin Kaepernick. Wanna bet?
Here’s a wager that I’ll win but will never collect: In 2068, Colin Kaepernick will be celebrated for the courage of his convictions while President Donald Trump will be vilified as a bigoted demagogue. Kaepernick [...]

Wesneski leads Wyoming Sem to Wyoming Valley Conference title-clinching win
KINGSTON — It rained on Wyoming Seminary’s Senior Night. But a half-long downpour couldn’t wash away another championship parade for the Blue Knights. Alex Wesneski had a goal and an assist, senior dynamo Kelsey Reznick [...]

Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers’ bullpen blank Dodgers 4-0 for 2-1 NLCS lead
LOS ANGELES — Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter, Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Monday to take a 2-1 lead [...]

Boil advisory for some residents in Wilkes-Barre after main break
WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania American Water has issued a precautionary boil advisory for customers in part of the city due to a break in an 8-inch main along Coal Street. Repairs are expected to be completed [...]

For now, it’s Local Art (un)Scene
WILKES-BARRE — Squinting and shaking your head, you might look at some of the pictures in the Second Floor Gallery at Marquis Art & Frame, and ask: Hey, when did somebody paint a mural on [...]

Our View: Hazleton Police going all out to save troubled street
Hooliganism. It’s a word you don’t hear very often, but it’s the perfect way to describe what’s been happening in a certain area of Hazleton. The city’s police force, led by Chief Jerry Speziale, has [...]

Residents snatching up Mega Millions tickets as jackpot climbs to $654M
WILKES-BARRE — If you have $2 and a dream, now might be the time to take your shot at fame and fortune. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot stands at an estimated $654 million, making it the [...]

Fair and 41 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are North at 10.4 MPH (9 KT). The pressure is 1020.7 mb and the humidity is 67%. The wind chill is 35. Last Updated on Oct 16 2018, 4:54 am EDT.