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Plymouth man admits involvement in drug conspiracy
SCRANTON — A Plymouth man has pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy charges and is facing up to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Cleveland Linder Jr., 33, admitted to conspiring with 10 others charged with distributing


Sugarloaf man dies in crash
A 52-year-old man died when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a transport van Sunday afternoon in Butler Twp., police said.


Senator: Trump should withdraw Marino nomination
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, has asked President Trump to withdraw the nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Williamsport, to serve as drug czar in response to reporting by The Washington Post and CBS News over the weekend that Marino spearheaded legislation that critics say weakened efforts to regulate opioid sales.


Kevin Hart to perform at Mohegan Sun Arena
Comedian Kevin Hart kicks off his “Irresponsible Tour” at the end of the year, making room for a stop in Wilkes-Barre this March.



Police probing North End shooting
WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a shooting that was reported Sunday night in the North End. Officers were dispatched to the area of West Maple and North Franklin streets at 9:24 p.m. to a report of a male shooting victim. One person was loaded int


Plymouth man admits involvement in drug conspiracy
SCRANTON — A Plymouth man has pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy charges and is facing up to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Cleveland Linder Jr., 33, admitted to conspiring with 10 others charged with distributing



Athlete of the Week: Wyoming Area's Brianna Pizzano
Wyoming Area sophomore Brianna Pizzano successfully defended her District 2 Class 2A singles title Friday, all without dropping a set through the tournament. For her achievement, Brianna has been selected as Athlete of the Week.



Eight men received as permanent deacon candidates
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera celebrated the Rite of Candidacy in the Cathedral of St. Peter on Saturday, Oct. 7, for eight men from the Diocese of Scranton who have just completed their first year in formation to be ordained as permanent deacons in November 2



Don’t sweat your surgery
Surgery: Just the word can elicit strong emotions, including fear, pain and anxiety. Surgery is a very important part of medicine, but it can create apprehension. If you plan to schedule an elective procedure, there are many things you can do to prepare t



Wells Fargo Foundation supports WVCA
Representatives of the Wells Fargo Foundation recently presented a $5,000 grant to the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) to support the school’s Together We Grow Preschool program. Visit www.wvcakids.org and WVCA Facebook for information. With


WNEP


#MeToo Tweets Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment, Assault
EAST STROUDSBURG — There’s a major movement on social media that’s taking a stand against sexual assault and harassment. Hollywood celebrities began posting #MeToo on Twitter to show they too have been victims. Within hours of actress Alyssa Milano sending that tweet, it became the rallying cry of millions across the country who are taking a stand against sexual assault and harassment. “People can put that hashtag on there and come out on social media then be able to tell it


Deadly Crash in Sullivan County
LAPORTE TOWNSHIP — A man is dead after a crash in Sullivan County. State police said Kurt Rexer, 21, of Dushore, died in the wreck just before 9 a.m. Monday on Route 220 near Laporte. Troopers say Rexer’s vehicle crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer. A minivan was also hit. The minivan driver was taken to the hospital after the deadly crash in Sullivan County.


Berwick Hiring More Police Officers
BERWICK — Berwick is looking to hire more police officers. Currently, there are a dozen full-time police officers in Berwick and one part-timer. Now, borough officials plan to hire more. “I think it’s overdue. The town has definitely been having a lot going on for a little while now, so I think it’s definitely overdue to get some officers here,” said Berwick resident Brandon Baltzer. In recent weeks, police have been called to robberies, shootings, and other serious crimes in


Holy Redeemer Field Hockey Tops Hanover Area, Finishes Undefeated
The Holy Redeemer field hockey team beat Hanover Area 5-0 Monday. With the win, the Royals finish with a 12-0 record, their second consecutive undefeated regular season.


‘Trailer Park Boys’ actor John Dunsworth dies at 71
Canadian actor John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey on the hit comedy series “Trailer Park Boys,” has died at 71. Dunsworth’s daughter Sarah confirmed the news Monday, tweeting, “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth would like to let people know that our amazing husband, father and grandfather John Dunsworth has passed away.” She added that her father died peacefully after “a short and unexpected illness.” Dunsworth, who is originally from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, acted in


Carrie Fisher once gave a cow tongue to a sexually predatory Hollywood producer
LOS ANGELES – In life, Carrie Fisher was long known for her outspoken criticism of Hollywood and a refusal to conform to the celebrity culture. But even in death, tales of the Star Wars actress’ fearless loyalty to her friends lives on. After learning that “an Oscar-winning producer,” had sexually assaulted her friend, Carrie Fisher hand-delivered him a gift-wrapped cow tongue and issued him a warning with the kind of fierce bite that only Princess Leia can deliver. Heather Ross, a


Scranton Times



Weinstein sex abuse claims date back to movie filmed in Scranton
In 1984, Harvey Weinstein was 32 years old and making one of his first real feature films, on location outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania



Dominick attorney admits mistake at trial
Jason Dominick’s trial attorney spent nine months preparing for the case, but it’s what he didn’t do that could end up getting the convicted killer a new trial.



Senator: Trump should withdraw Marino nomination
WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats on Monday reacted sharply to reports that President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the nation's drug czar helped steer legislation that made it harder for the federal government to take some enforcement actions against giant drug companies.



Whistleblower blames Marino bill for opioid epidemic
Tom Marino is a four-term Republican member of the House who represents a district in northeastern Pennsylvania that has been hard-hit by the opioid crisis. Yet Marino also has been a friend on Capitol Hill of the giant drug companies that distribute the pain pills that have wreaked so much devastation around the nation.


Turnpike bridge replacement finished, road reopens
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Workers have finished replacing a bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension.


Dunmore borrows $1 million to finance major paving project
Dunmore Borough Council voted to borrow $1 million to pay for a major paving project just days after a Scranton resident sued for the return of all sewer sale proceeds to the Scranton Sewer Authority.


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Eynon Annual meeting: St. Francis d’Assisi Cemetery board of directors and officers annual meeting, Thursday, 6 p.m., Eynon VFW Post. Honesdale Rotary dinner: Honesdale Rotary’s International Flavors Dinner, Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Honesdale High School,


Family of man killed by rock crusher settles suit for $6.5 million
The owners of a Susquehanna County rock quarry and a machine manufacturer agreed to pay $6.5 million to the mother of a man killed after he fell into a giant rock crusher.


Police seeking man known as "Charlie" in assault case
SCRANTON — Police are looking for a man, known only to his victim as “Charlie,” in connection with an assault Saturday on Olive Street’s 100 block.



50 years ago: Mayor fires remaining members of planning commission
Scranton Mayor James Walsh announced he would send a letter to city council detailing the reasons he was removing members of the City Planning Commission from office.



School Notes 10/16/2017
Carbondale Area Emma Jones was elected student council historian. “It’s always an honor to be chosen by your teachers as a leader,” said Emma. “


Times Leader


Man builds ‘Star Wars’ vehicle replica for Halloween

PARMA, Ohio — A two-story, “Star Wars”-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio should be enough to make any trick-or-treating Darth Vader proud. Nick Meyer has built a replica four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker, nearly as tall as his Parma home. Meyer tells Cleveland.com he used wood, hard foam and plastic barrels. He […]

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Although not in attendance, critics of Wilkes-Barre Area board not giving up

WILKES-BARRE — Some of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board’s most regular and vocal critics were absent from Monday night’s meeting. School board members shouldn’t take that as a sign that the group is backing down though, according to attorney Ruth Borland. “After last year when we stopped having some debate practices to come to these […]

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Earth Conservancy, PSU WB offering workforce training program

A local nonprofit is partnering with Penn State Wilkes-Barre to offer a training program with classes focused on environmental technologies without the cost of traditional college tuition. Earth Conservancy, an organization based in Ashley, is launching its Environmental Workforce Training Program. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program will allow […]

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Trump mulls withdrawing Marino nomination

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, to be the nation’s drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden […]

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Our view: Budget mess shows Pennsylvania needs change

It’s high time to admit Pennsylvania’s system of government is irreparably broken. Look no further than the current budget mess that’s dragged on for almost four months longer than it ever should have. We know rehashing the details of the financial morass might make most readers’ eyes glaze over, so we will keep the numbers […]

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Luzerne County opens central court near correctional facility

WILKES-BARRE — The new Luzerne County central court building opened next to the prison on Water Street on Monday morning. The court, which has been in the works for more than year, was established so it would be more efficient to process magisterial-level criminal cases, Luzerne County President Judge Richard Hughes said. Police will escort […]

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Second time around for two proposed new Luzerne County positions

Two proposed new Luzerne County government positions have been rejected by past administrations. The first — a $96,000 chief operating officer — was shot down by council when prior county manager Robert Lawton requested the position in 2015 under the title of an assistant or deputy county manager. Prior county councilman Rick Morelli had been […]

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New fee on Luzerne County deeds opposed

Adding another fee on Luzerne County real estate transactions would hurt people buying homes and refinancing, a representative of the county’s Association of Realtors Association told council members. A fee of up to $15 was suggested on deeds and mortgages recorded in the county to create a fund to demolish blighted properties in the county’s […]

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White House: Business tax cuts aid families

WASHINGTON — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase was met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers who said the math was flawed. Spread across every U.S. household, the White House analysis claims […]

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Accused Hazleton robber pleads guilty for two robberies

WILKES-BARRE — A man accused of a string of armed robberies in the Hazleton area pleaded guilty to two of them on Monday. Kurt Mumie, 30, was arrested in April after police said he robbed two Hazleton convenience stores and an individual in West Hazleton, allegedly brandishing a handgun in all three cases. Mumie pleaded […]

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