The Citizens' Voice

Throat-slashing victim accused of molesting teen
The woman whose throat was slit in a notorious attempted murder case was arraigned Thursday on indecent assault charges alleging she molested a mentally handicapped 15-year-old boy.

Woman charged over emaciated dog found dead in cage
A former borough resident is facing felony animal cruelty charges after the emaciated corpse of a pit bull was found in an abandoned cage at a trailer park, according to court documents.

Court mandates daily bargaining to settle Dallas teachers contract dispute
WILKES-BARRE -- Starting July 10, Dallas School District and teachers union negotiators must meet daily for four hours a day to settle the ongoing contract dispute, according to a court order issued Thursday.

Police: PTO treasurer raided account, stole $14K
The former treasurer of the Schuyler Avenue Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is accused of siphoning off more than $14,000 from the group’s checking account for her own personal use.

W-B man accused of taking nude excursion
A Wilkes-Barre man was arraigned Thursday on charges alleging he left his house and stood along the street while completely naked.

Police: Man exposes himself to woman, children
A man out on bail as he awaits trial on robbery and theft charges was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly exposing himself to a woman who was accompanied by two young children.

Court Notes 6/21/18
DOMESTIC RELATIONS Senior Judge Carmen Minora, presiding Wednesday over Luzerne County Domestic Relations Contempt Court, ordered the following defendant jailed for failure to pay child support: n Michael Laganoski, no address listed, two cases, $14,244;

Duffy’s Coffee Co. grows menu with bistro-style dishes
Eric Stroh came into co-ownership of Duffy’s Coffee Co. in Clarks Summit by happy accident. He spent many memorable times in Northeast Pennsylvania visiting family that lives here, but he had been away for years serving as a firefighter, first in Cincinna

Best Bets in NEPA entertainment this weekend
Tunkhannock Founder’s Day On Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., head down to Tioga Street in Tunkhannock to spend the day celebrating Founder’s Day. Enjoy live music and unique vendors from photographers to pottery and toys to sweet treats, all wh

Zoning hearing on addiction clinic canceled
EXETER TWP. — A public zoning hearing about an addiction clinic at a former elementary school is off after the doctor proposing the facility backed out of his plans to attend. Earlier this month, lawyers for Dr. Robert Dompkosky claimed “deemed approval”


Former EMT Sentenced for Molesting Ambulance Patients
STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A former EMT was sentenced Thursday in Monroe County for molesting patients during ambulance rides. Matthew Menist, 32, of Stroudsburg, pleaded guilty to the crime. The judge told Menist “what you did is horrendous” and a “violation of public trust.” He sentenced the former EMT to one to two years in county jail plus four years of probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender for 15 years. Menist was working for Suburban Ambulance

After Decades, Wallis Furniture Set To Close
CARBONDALE — Walking in and out of Wallis Furniture on North Main Street will soon be a thing of the past for people in Carbondale. After decades in the furniture business, the owner announced the store in Lackawanna County will be closing for good. “Unfortunately, as much as we are going to miss our wonderful loyal customers and great people we work with. It’s time,” said Jeff Wallis of Wallis Furniture. For decades, the family-owned furniture store has been ready

Minersville’s Pool Set to Reopen Next Week
MINERSVILLE — Minersville’s pool has been closed the last month for repairs. “It’s pretty depressing,” Joshua Hayle of Minersville said. “You see all the other towns are out and about but I mean, they’re fixing it. They’re doing what they can.” This family traveled all the way from Orwigsburg to find that the pool was closed. “It’s the first day of summer, so I took the day off work and I’m excited to come over here and enjoy the weather,”

Search Continues for Man Accused of Threats Against President Trump
MCADOO, Pa. — It is day two of the search for a man in Schuylkill County who is accused of making threats against the president. Federal agents were still in McAdoo Thursday looking for Shawn Christy. Newswatch 16 spoke to people who live in McAdoo who say they can’t believe all of this commotion is happening here. U.S. Marshals and the FBI are still in McAdoo searching for 26-year-old Shawn Christy. “He’s a nut. they should get him off the

Playing a Role in Jurassic Park Virtual Reality Experience
DELANO TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The much-anticipated movie “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is set to hit theaters on Friday and a manufacturing company in Schuylkill County has ties to the franchise’s fifth film. “We’ve worked with some of the most elite parks and ride manufacturers in the world over the years, and then they realized that we were a good fit for a project like this and we were one of the only companies out there that was willing and able

NFL Player Returns Home to Inspire Youth with ‘570 On The Go’
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A football standout from Wilkes-Barre is now in the NFL but next week, Shakir Soto will be home, sharing an important message with dozens of kids. Soto is hosting a camp for around 150 children where they’ll learn motivation and the right way to work out and compete. Soto was a superstar defensive lineman for Wilkes-Barre GAR High School. He signed with the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 and went on to become a Denver Bronco. Now,

Scranton Times

Man charged after state police discover "mobile meth lab," DA says
CHERRY RIDGE TWP. — A 19-year-old man risked a catastrophe Wednesday while driving around Wayne County with a methamphetamine laboratory in the trunk of his car, the county district attorney’s office said.

Nearly three months after fatal crash, Scranton man charged with homicide
SCRANTON — Nearly three months after a violent car wreck in South Side left a man dead, a 25-year-old Scranton man appeared in court Thursday to face charges he drunkenly caused the crash. Noah G. Cohen, 3211 Vipond Ave., drove through a red light with at

Wilkes-Barre man accused of taking nude excursion
WILKES-BARRE — A city man was arraigned Thursday on charges alleging he left his house and stood along the street while completely naked.

Police: Man exposes himself to woman, children
WILKES-BARRE — A man out on bail as he awaits trial on robbery and theft charges was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly exposing himself to a woman who was accompanied by two young children.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter closes amid distemper outbreak
The only animal shelter in Lackawanna County closed to the public on Wednesday amid a feline distemper outbreak.

Suspects wanted in beating death surrender to police
Three suspects wanted in the beating death of a city man earlier this month turned themselves in to Scranton police Wednesday.

DA: Wallace, on paid leave, to receive no 'preferential treatment' during investigation
Lackawanna County Chief of Staff Andy Wallace should not expect preferential treatment as the county district attorney’s office investigates a criminal act the high-ranking county official may have committed, District Attorney Mark Powell said in a statement Wednesday.

Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce celebrates 150th anniversary
SCRANTON — Surrounded by actors clad in historical garb ranging from the 1800s to present day, Mary Ellen Coleman spoke about what powers the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s 150th anniversary celebration Wednesday night.

Appeals court rejects DA's appeal on officer who killed man
The state Superior Court dismissed Wednesday a prosecution appeal of a ruling that allows a former Carbondale police officer to tell jurors the man he is charged with killing was intoxicated and had a criminal record.

Clarks Green man's hearing for contempt of PFA rescheduled for July
SCRANTON — A hearing to determine if a Clarks Green man violated a protection from abuse order will be held in July.

State investigating Old Forge school director
The state Department of Education has begun an investigation of Old Forge School Director Christopher Thomas’ behavior as a district educator, The Times-Tribune has learned.

Times Leader

Order: Dallas to begin court-supervised negotiations in July
WILKES-BARRE — After another drive-thru style hearing on Thursday, the Dallas School Board and teachers’ union will be following a court-directed schedule of contract negotiations. The brief hearing, which lasted no more than five minutes, [...]

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46
WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, raised kittens and once playfully tried on the glasses of the late actor Robin Williams, has died. She was 46. The Gorilla Foundation says [...]

Our View: Luzerne County Community College ESL program much needed
The English language straddles the world. There are more than 7.5 billion people on this planet, and an estimated 1.5 billion of them speak English, according to That’s 2o percent of the Earth’s population. [...]

Baseball’s hit king Pete Rose to visit F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre
The F.M. Kirby Center announced today that baseball great Pete Rose will visit the downtown Wilkes-Barre theater, 71 Public Square, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. “4,192 An Evening with Pete Rose Live” offers a Broadway-style [...]

Club and society meetings
Editor’s note: The Times Leader will keep a rolling file of club and society meetings and publish them weekly — online every week and in print when space permits. To submit your club or society [...]

Happy birthday, Adyson Lyn Burke!
Adyson Lyn Burke, daughter of Michael and Heather Burke, of Nanticoke, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, June 21, 2018. Adyson is the granddaughter of Lisa Malloy, Hurley Simon, Mike and Kim Burke, and Patti [...]

What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News
FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: June 28: 12:25 p.m., Blood pressures will be taken by a nurse from The Meadows followed by bingo lead by Melissa from The [...]

Class Reunion Notices
Bishop O’Reilly High School Class of 1978, will hold its 40th reunion on July 14 at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Pavilion, 401 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. A cost of $40 per person includes lunch, [...]

LCCC nursing students graduate
Members of the 2018 nursing class from the Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center at Luzerne County Community College [...]

Plymouth Christian Church holds Mother’s Day dinner
The Plymouth Christian Church recently held its annual Mother’s Day dinner. All women were honored during the worship service. Afterward, a covered dish dinner was held for all guests ranging in age from infant to [...]

A Few Clouds and 83 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
A Few Clouds
Winds are from the North at 8.1 gusting to 20.7 MPH (7 gusting to 18 KT). The pressure is 1008.4 mb and the humidity is 38%. The heat index is 82. Last Updated on Jun 21 2018, 4:54 pm EDT.