The Citizens' Voice

Geisinger to pay $4.5 million to settle lawsuit
WILKES-BARRE — Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will pay $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the estate of a man who died in the hospital’s care, a county judge ordered Monday. Luzerne County Judge Lesa S. Gelb signed an order directing Gei

Gas leak forces building evacuation
WILKES-BARRE - A faulty restaurant oven caused a gas leak that forced employees of a downtown office building into the street for about two hours Tuesday morning.

County council may condemn bill targeting DHS facility
WILKES-BARRE — Two possible settlements are on Luzerne County Council’s voting agenda for today’s meeting. After hearings on refinancing bonds, council is scheduled to vote on several issues, including: Leonard Piazza settlement Leonard Piazza was the cou

Rise in hate groups, identity politics
Editor: Whether you like it or not, hateful speech during protests is protected under the constitution. All people have the right to peaceful assembly and non-violent protest. Once either side crosses the line into violence or property destruction, there

Corrections 8/22/17
The Powerball number listed in Monday’s edition of The Citizens’ Voice was incorrect. The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 17-19-39-43-68; the Powerball was 13.

Convicted killer drops appeal
WILKES-BARRE — Convicted killer Kenneth Carl Crawford III has dropped his latest appeal as he awaits resentencing for what prosecutors have termed a “heinous” crime. Crawford is serving life in prison without parole for murdering Diana Algar and Jose Moli

King's leads local teams in MAC poll
King’s leads the local contingent in the 2017 MAC football coaches preseason poll. The Monarchs check in at No. 5, while Wilkes is eighth and Misericordia is 10th. Delaware Valley took the top spot with 75 points and five first-place votes. Albright and S

Bear Creek/Buck Twp. Lions award scholarships
The Bear Creek/Buck Twp. Lions awarded scholarships to two local high school students at their annual scholarship night. The scholarship committee determines the winners by reviewing academics, community service, extracurricular activities, and a submitte

Lackawanna judge dies at 91
As United States attorney in Northeast and central Pennsylvania in the 1970s, S. John Cottone prosecuted Dunmore businessman Louis DeNaples and others for corruption. Colleagues offered different memories Monday as they spoke of his grace as a person and

Feds: Texas man tried planting bomb on Confederate statue
HOUSTON — A Houston man who’s previously been convicted on explosives-related charges has been arrested after allegedly being caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a Houston park, authorities said Monday. Prosecutors allege 25-year-


Prison Term for Gunfire Incident at Burger King, Motel
STROUDSBURG — A woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison for firing a gun in a fast food drive-thru while drunk. Mary Lou Check from Mount Pocono learned her punishment Tuesday morning. She pleaded guilty in March to assault and other charges stemming from the incident that happened in June of last year at the Burger King in East Stroudsburg. Check also fired the gun at a motel in Mount Pocono. No one was hurt in

This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life: Bass, Salmon and Trout
Coming up this week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, we’ll revisit some of our favorite fishing stories from the past year.  We’ll hit the Susquehanna River with the Hall’s Fishing Frenzy contest winner in search of smallmouth bass, we’ll head to Lake Ontario for king salmon with Strike King Charters, and we’ll take in the opening day of the trout season in Wyoming County with the Mehoopany Creek Watershed Assocation.  Don’t miss this action packed show dedicated to fishing, Sunday night

Some Remains Found in Search for Missing Crew on US Warship, Admiral Says
SINGAPORE — “Some remains” of 10 missing US sailors have been found after the collision between the US destroyer John S. McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore, US Navy Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday. Navy and Marine Corps divers found the remains in the sealed compartments aboard the McCain, said Swift, commander of the Pacific Fleet. The Royal Malaysian Navy has also located one body, and officials are working to determine if it is one of the missing sailors,

Troopers: Speeding Driver Caused Big Wreck in Luzerne County
BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP — A speeding driver caused a big rig wreck in Luzerne County. Troopers say the driver was going too fast when they lost control of the tractor trailer on Interstate 80 near Conyngham. The big truck rolled onto the guide rail just before 11 p.m. on Monday. Both west lanes were closed for about 45 minutes while crews cleaned up. State police haven’t said if the driver will get a ticket after that crash in Luzerne County.

Meteorologist Noreen Clark Gives Lesson on Solar Eclipse
KINGSTON — An eclipse presentation in Luzerne County had a special guest. Newswatch 16’s Noreen Clark was at the Hoyt Library in Kingston on Monday to teach people about the solar eclipse. Everyone at the event received a pair of eclipse glasses here in Luzerne County.

Police Chief: Wood Chips Found in Concrete During Barbara Miller Search
SUNBURY — Police in Northumberland County are apparently making progress in the investigation into the disappearance of Barbara Miller. According to the police chief in Sunbury, “the puzzle is coming together.” Barbara Miller disappeared in 1989. Police have been very interested in the basement walls a home along North Front Street in Milton. Sunbury Police Chief Tim Miller confirms wood chips have been found throughout the concrete. Miller would not say why the wood chips are important. There has been

Scranton Times

Olyphant man sought for witness intimidation
Clarks Summit police are seeking a 42-year-old Olyphant man on charges he threatened a woman if she pursued a citation against him, borough police said Tuesday. Francis Cyril Nichols, 355 Irving St., has a warrant against him for witness intimidation and

Geisinger to pay $4.5 million to settle lawsuit
WILKES-BARRE — Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center will pay $4.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the estate of a man who died in the hospital’s care, a county judge ordered Monday.

Police seek man who robbed Scranton store at knifepoint
Scranton police are seeking suspects after a Turkey Hill employee reported he was robbed early Sunday in West Side.

Fire damages home in Clifton Twp.
CLIFTON TWP. — A fire damaged a home near Big Bass Lake on Monday night.

Observatory allows area residents to witness eclipse as a community
BENTON TWP. — Peering into a telescope, 1-year-old Karlie Burchell witnessed the “Great American Eclipse” Monday from her father’s arms.

New trial sought in 2004 assault
A Lackawanna County judge heard more than two hours of testimony Monday in a bid by a former Scranton man to win a new trial for the savage beating of his girlfriend more than a decade ago.

Carbondale council appoints wife of deceased council member to finish term
CARBONDALE — City council started its meeting Monday night with a moment of silence to remember a longtime councilman and, later that night, appointed his wife to serve the remainder of his term.

75 years ago - Abbott and Costello perform at rally in Scranton, Firefighter free women from City Hall bathroom
Arriving from Wilkes-Barre with a police escort, film stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were welcomed to Scranton by a crowd of 2,000 people at Athletic Park.

Lackawanna County Court Notes 8/22/2017
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Michael DeFazio and James David Foose, both of Scranton. ■ Stewart Leroy Deitz Jr. and Stephanie Michelle Wheaton, both of Jermyn. ■ Gary F. Mazur, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Maria DeAngelo, Dickson City.

Scranton wants judge to review tax-cap lawsuit
Scranton is appealing a judge’s ruling to allow a lawsuit that claims the city violates a tax cap to proceed.

Clarks Summit Chicken barbecue: Countryside Community Church chicken barbecue, Saturday, 14011 Orchard Drive; $10/adults, $8/children; take out or eat in; 570-587-3206. Hymn sing: Countryside Community Church hymn sing/ice cream social, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.,

Times Leader

Cub Scout Pack 366 holding registration

WEST WYOMING: Cub Scout Pack 366, sponsored by St. Monica’s Parish, will conduct registration 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 27, 28 and 29 at the West Wyoming Borough Building, corner of W. 8th Street and Shoemaker Avenue. Parents/guardians and potential leaders are asked to bring PA state clearances, if you have them. Any boy new to scouting […]

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LCCC offering NRA fire arms courses

NANTICOKE — The Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute will hold a series of courses this fall. NRA First Step Pistol/Revolver is a four-hour course that will be held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 31, for $55. This course is designed for the handgun owner on how to safely use, clean and store […]

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Gas leak source found; emloyees back to work

WILKES-BARRE — After about a two-hour search, the city fire department located the source of a gas leak that caused a downtown office building to be evacuated Tuesday morning. According to Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney, a call came in at 8:01 a.m. that there was a strong odor of natural gas in the Wilkes-Barre […]

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Police: Man tried to pull officer’s gun during arrest at Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — A man taken into custody after a fight at Sherman Hills early Tuesday morning grabbed onto an officer’s gun and attempted to unholster it, police said. Kirshawn Bowe, 26, of Chambersburg, was arrested after he allegedly punched a 22-year-old woman in the face, causing a cut and some swelling, police said. While cuffed, […]

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Man robbed at gunpoint in Wilkes-Barre; watch, keys among stolen items

WILKES-BARRE — A man was robbed at gunpoint just before midnight Monday on Sullivan Street, police said Tuesday. The thief threatened the victim, 28, with a pistol and made off with an Apple Watch, $60 and keys to the victim’s vehicle, according to police. The suspect is described as a black male wearing a white […]

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Severe thunderstorms to bring potential for hail, isolated tornado

WILKES-BARRE — Severe thunderstorms are expected to descend on the Wyoming Valley on Tuesday, bringing with them the potential for damaging winds, heavy rain, large hail and an isolated tornado, according to the National Weather Service. In the storms’ wake, however, a cold front will give us cool, fall-like temperatures for the rest of the […]

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Passenger: Train moving ‘super-fast’ injures 42 in suburban Philadelphia crash

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A regional rail train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train’s operator, a regional rail spokeswoman said. Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries. “Some were considered […]

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US says some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

SINGAPORE (AP) — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said some remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain on Tuesday, a day after the warship’s collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing. Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference […]

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Rehabbing Yankees help lift RailRiders over Rochester

The swings of two injured New York Yankees infielders just keep getting better in the minor leagues. And because of it, the fortunes of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders never looked healthier. Rehabbing Yankees Greg Bird and Starlin Castro accounted for all the team’s runs Monday, helping Chance Adams and the RailRiders hold off Rochester, 4-3 in […]

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Our view: Debate over statues gets complicated

The study of history offers much more than facts and dates. It offers perspective. That’s because understanding the past not only helps us understand why things are the way they are today— in other words, how we got here — it allows us to anticipate what the future might hold. That’s the beauty of the […]

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