The Citizens' Voice

'Armageddon' on roadways as season's first snow falls
Theresa John-Janus has never seen anything like it.

Stay home! City says stay off snowy streets; Storm closings and cancellations
Gridlock and accidents are reported throughout Luzerne County early Thursday evening, as heavy snow has turned roads treacherous. No serious injuries had been reported as of 6:30 p.m., but emergency scanner frequencies crackled with reports of crashes and

'Hee Haw' star Roy Clark dies
Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85.

Slaying victim's son ejected from courtroom for outburst
As he listened to a deputy coroner testify about the injuries his father suffered, Daniel Boote stood toward the back of the courtroom Thursday morning shaking his head.

VALLEY SANTA: Disabled mom asks for gifts for two daughters
Amanda, a disabled single mother, said she is doing her best to take care of her two daughters and keep a roof over their heads. With the cost of rent, bills, transportation and necessities, however, she said, “We barely scrape by and holidays and birthda

Trans-Siberian Orchestra marks 20 years with revamped Christmas show
Members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra — the international best-selling rock-opera band — look for certain things in the audience from their vantage points on stage. Amid the thunderous, firey blasts and blazing lights that accompany the symphony of electrif

Ali Baba Liquor Lounge management scrutinized at hearing
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — As the Ali Baba Liquor Lounge seeks renewal of its liquor license, authorities on Wednesday presented a state Liquor Control Board hearing officer with a laundry list of troubling incidents that have unfolded at the notorious club over

Best Bets: Five things to do this week
NEPA Philharmonic Chamber Series Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic presents the first concert in its Chamber Series on Thursday, Nov. 15. In “The Viennese Schools,” violinist Gabriel Schaff will perform music of the First and Second Viennese Schools

Bridge work timeline infuriates W-B residents
WILKES-BARRE — Work to rebuild the long-closed North Washington Street Bridge is imminent, but much to the dismay of neighborhood residents and former bridge travelers, the project likely will take more than four years to complete. With federal funding fo

Court Notes 11/15/18
PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS n George M. Albright III et al. to William A. Beers, $235,000; Nuangola. n Patrick T. Busch et al. to Daniel Nowak, $120,000; Kingston. n John Mihalchik et al. to Susan J. Polinchak et al., $109,000; Hanover Twp. n Susan M. Mac A’Bha


Deadly Crash Caused by Snowy Conditions in Northumberland County
LOWER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police say snowy roads played a role in a deadly crash in Northumberland County. Troopers say a car went down an embankment and struck a tree around 2:30 Thursday afternoon along Route 147 in Lower Augusta Township. Police say Jenna Nagle, 23 of Sunbury, was killed.

Coaches Corner: Playoff Great Plays
Take a good look at these great plays from Valley View, Western Wayne, Dallas, and Danville. Watch This Week’s Features here.

Coaches Corner: Wallenpaupack Head Coach Mark Watson
Wallenpaupack Head Coach Mark Watson stops by and takes a seat on the Corner. Watch This Week’s Features here.

Coaches Corner: Montoursville Area
Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport, stops in to see Montoursville Area’s Head Coach, JC Keefer. Watch This Week’s Features here.

Coaches Corner: School Nicknames, Last Round of Picks
You chose the High School Nickname you liked the most.  Plus, our Coaches make their final picks for the 2018 season.  We’ll follow the teams to the end! Watch This Week’s Features here.

Selfie Clears Man Facing 99 Years in Prison for Crime He Didn’t Commit
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas – For once, a story about a selfie that helped someone rather than hurting them. A Texas man was confused when police arrested him in September of last year, telling him he was accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home, attacking her, and slashing an “X” into her chest with a box cutter. When they told Cristopher Precopia the date of the alleged attack, however, he realized he had been out of town, about 65 miles away

Scranton Times

Outbound lanes of McDade Expressway closed, vehicle restrictions on I-84
SCRANTON — Outbound lanes of the McDade Expressway have been closed to all traffic, according to emergency officials. The closure happened around 7 p.m., amid reports of hours of standstill traffic as today’s storm dumped several inches of snow on the reg

Man accused of setting fire at Scranton business
SCRANTON — An Old Forge man is accused of setting a fire at his place of employment this afternoon.

Montage Mountain ski resort dreams of white slopes on Black Friday
SCRANTON — Montage Mountain ski resort dreams of white slopes for Black Friday. The resort has been making snow since Tuesday and hopes that more flakes from the sky will allow for an opening day on Nov. 23, Black Friday, resort manager Jessica Kalinoski

State launches new assessment tool for schools
Calling it a “one-stop” location for information on student and school success, the Pennsylvania Department of Education launched a comprehensive tool on Thursday to help evaluate schools. The Future Ready PA Index replaces prior systems that gave schools

Three charged with illegal entry
HARRISBURG — Three previously deported aliens found in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties are charged with illegal re-entry into the United States, federal officials announced today.

Honesdale man to serve up to seven years for drug count
HONESDALE — A borough man, Richard Garth Weiss, 46, was sentenced today to 28 months to seven years in state prison for possessing 92 packets of heroin with the intent to deliver, Wayne County District Attorney Patrick L. Robinson said.

Lackawanna Trail to give railway nearly $122,000 to settle tax dispute
Lackawanna Trail School District will give Norfolk Southern Railway $121,942 as part of a settlement stemming from a dispute over tax revenues received three years ago. The school district received $165,000 in real estate transfer tax when NSR acquired th

NEPA Philharmonic reschedules tonight's chamber concert
Due to the weather, the NEPA Philharmonic is canceling tonight’s PNC Chamber Music Performance scheduled at the WVIA Sordoni Theater.

Weather: Snow and mixed precipitation continues tonight through Friday morning
The first winter weather event of the season is poised to impact the NEPA today through early Friday morning.

County announces Lackawanna Winter Market plans
SCRANTON — The most notable change this year for the popular holiday market at the Globe is the location — from inside the former department store to outside on the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue.

Covington Twp. man dies in crash
COOLBAUGH TWP. — A Covington Twp. man suffered fatal injuries in a crash on Interstate 380 on Monday.

Times Leader

WB Police: Drunken cab patron won’t pay, defecates
WILKES-BARRE — A city man refused to pay his $41 cab fare, instead defecating and smearing feces all over the taxi, police report. The alleged incident happened about 5 p.m. Tuesday on North Empire Street. [...]

Dallas’ Mitchell Rome named all-state
Mitchell Rome from Dallas was named a second-team selection on the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association all-state cross country team on Thursday. Rome was one of just two from District 2 to be recognized [...]

Report: WB General had higher than expected mortality rates for 3 conditions
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital had higher than expected mortality rates in treating three conditions — abnormal heartbeat, acute kidney failure and sepsis — according to a new report released Thursday. The hospital had lower than expected [...]

New test scores? Sure, but that’s no longer the state’s focus
If you’re looking for standardized test results, they are still available on the state’s newly launched “Future Ready Index.” But they hardly jump out. In fact, the index — replacing the single-score “School Performance Profile,” [...]

Boston’s Betts, Milwaukee’s Yelich win MVP Awards
NEW YORK — Boston’s Mookie Betts and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich were runaway winners of the Most Valuable Player awards after the 26-year-old outfielders each led their teams to first-place finishes with dominant seasons that included [...]

Senior-housing provider Ecumenical Enterprises marks 50th anniversary
DALLAS — Ecumenical Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit that provides low-income housing to the elderly at seven locations through Northeastern Pennsylvania, recently celebrated 50 years of service to the area with a dinner at the Westmoreland [...]

WBS Penguins ready to measure up against AHL’s top team
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will face the top team in the American Hockey League twice this weekend, so it was imperative that they start things off on the right track. The Penguins did that with convincing [...]

Expanding football and basketball to six classifications received most of the attention, but when the PIAA made changes in the number of championships it offered prior to the 2016-17 school year, it also opened the [...]

A chilly goodbye to this year’s Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market
WILKES-BARRE — What else but the weather would be a hot topic and a cold day to close out the final farmers market for the year on Public Square. All spring and summer it’s been [...]

Luzerne County statue of historic charity worker remains in limbo
What happened to Mrs. Palmer? The question was asked during this week’s Luzerne County building and grounds department budget work session in reference to the Ellen Webster Palmer statute that once graced the county-owned River [...]

Light Snow and 27 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Light Snow
Winds are Northeast at 10.4 MPH (9 KT). The pressure is 1015.1 mb and the humidity is 81%. The wind chill is 17. Last Updated on Nov 15 2018, 8:54 pm EST.