The Citizens' Voice

Lake-Lehman's Federici commits to LSU
When the hot shot shortstop from LSU named Alex Bregman was doing his thing on a national television stage, a young Ty Federici watched in awe. Now that Bregman has made a name for himself with the Houston Astros, Federici still recalls those days of sitting in front of the television set being fascinated with all things LSU baseball.

Wyoming Valley Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Triangle 24 Hour Club, 4143 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

WVC girls tennis preview: Many of league’s top players back this season
It’s not uncommon for high school teams to undergo transitional seasons depending on their amount of graduates from year to year. But at least in girls tennis, the Wyoming Valley Conference is in a pretty favorable position entering the fall season.

Paczewski repeats as Tryba tourney medalist
EXETER — Some encores are more difficult than others. For example, Dallas’ Logan Paczewski and Hanover Area’s Kyleen McCance played so well as freshmen that the bar was set pretty high Monday when they played the Tom Tryba Memorial Golf Tournament — aka Tryba Preseason Tournament — for a second time.

Man charged in shooting incident in Nanticoke
An argument over an alleged extramarital affair at a Nanticoke home Saturday night led to shots fired and landed a man in jail, according to police. Tazelle F. Curtis, 33, of Nanticoke, the alleged shooter, faces aggravated assault and related charges in connection with the incident.

Community voices concerns over plan to close White Haven center
WHITE HAVEN — Five days after the state announced it would close the White Haven State Center and another facility within the next three years, people are still voicing concerns. So is White Haven council, a community that neighbors the center in Foster Twp.

United Way planting seeds for a better future
After 25 years of marriage, my wife convinced me that we needed a vegetable garden. I really have no idea why we need more things to do around the house, but, as they say, “happy wife, happy life,” and, just like that, we have a fenced-in, raised garden in our back yard.

New owners to reopen former Wilkes-Barre bar under new name
WILKES-BARRE — New owners have taken over the former Bart & Urby’s bar and restaurant in downtown Wilkes-Barre and plan to reopen it in September with a different atmosphere. Josh Popple and his fiance Kaylee Macko, both 26, said they’ll choose a new name for the business, but have yet to settle on one.

Ashley police nab 2 with heroin, syringe
ASHLEY — Two Back Mountain residents are facing charges after Ashley police caught them with heroin and syringes Monday near the parking lot of Bentley’s night club along state Route 309.

GOP should cut King loose
Back in 2012, Republican Rep. Stephen King of Iowa scoffed at the notion that a woman impregnated by a rapist should be able to obtain an abortion.


Talkback Extra Podcast: Talking Roads With the ‘Face of PennDOT,’ James May
PennDOT is one of the biggest, if not THE top topic of callers on Talkback 16 and sometimes the calls are directed right at the PennDOT spokesman for Northeastern PA, James May. He responds to some of the calls about construction, potholes and a lot more in this Talkback Extra. Want more Talkback Extra? You can subscribe on your favorite podcast platform; iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more!    

Bugs Biting? Help Is Here
All of the rain and humidity we’ve been dealing with lately,  especially warmer nights, is making many cold-blooded creatures such as bugs even more active. If you’ve been swatting them away like crazy including mosquitos, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with a pro from the University of Scranton who offered several tips to keep the bugs at bay. Department of Biology insect expert Dr. David Ingber joined Ryan on Tuesday.   David has his PhD in entomology and wildlife ecology.

Super 16 Team #7: Montoursville
Montoursville checks in as our Super 16 Team #7, as the Warriors look to repeat as district champions.

Planned Parenthood Keystone Says Services Will Continue Despite Dropping Federal Funding
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Planned Parenthood is pulling out of a federal program because of a Trump administration rule it calls a “gag order” and an “attack on reproductive health care.” Planned Parenthood Keystone says services will continue as usual despite this loss of funding. Executives with Planned Parenthood feel they were forced to pull out of Title X after the Department of Health and Human Services implemented a rule prohibiting clinics from discussing abortions with patients. Title X is the

El Paso widower gifted new car after he says someone stole, damaged SUV
EL PASO, Texas – After Antonio Basco lost his wife in the El Paso Walmart shooting, hundreds of strangers showed up to lend their support. After he said his wife’s SUV was stolen and then badly damaged just hours after her funeral, a local car dealer stepped up to give him a new vehicle Monday, according to KVIA. Basco said the blue SUV vanished shortly after 63-year-old Margie Reckard’s funeral, but police said he never reported it. KVIA reports that

Dugout’s Debut Back Down The Pennsylvania Road
The Little League World Series has, for decades, had its own mascot to liven up crowds in South Williamsport. The mascot is named Dugout, and in this trip Back Down The Pennsylvania Road, Mike Stevens shows us Dugout’s debut in 1985.

Scranton Times

Drinker Street I-81 north exit to close tonight

The Drinker Street exit of Interstate 81 north in Dunmore will remain closed for the next month as reconstruction of travel lanes near there begins again, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said Monday.

Super students

Local students who began the University of Scranton’s University of Success program include Elias Adame, Old Forge; Ignacia Ang, Scranton; Briana Brijmohan, Scranton; Ying Jie Chen, Forest City; Alyvianna Cooper, Moscow; Kevin Cordero, Scranton; Emily DeOliviera, Olyphant; Jaydene Edwards, Tobyhanna; Zaniyah Galloway, Scranton; Nicholas Garcia, Scranton; Kiana Guy, Matamoras; Dylan Guzman, Gouldsboro; Oscar Hernandez, Scranton; Jonathan Juarez, Scranton; Rosa Martinez, Scranton; Jesus Nunez-Pazos, Scranton; Andy Perez, Scranton; Jaidan Perez, Jefferson Twp.; Anaclara Quintilliano, Clarks Summit; Hannia Ramierez, Scranton; Elizabeth Wasylyk, Moscow; and Anderson Zou, Scranton.

City Democratic Party picks Cullen as nominee for Scranton mayor

SCRANTON — After more than two hours of interviews, the city Democratic Party executive committee tapped attorney Christopher Cullen as its nominee for mayor in the Nov. 5 special election.


East Scranton

Neighbors meet: Hill Neighbor­hood Association meeting, Aug. 28, 6 p.m., lower level of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Taylor Avenue at Ash Street.

Harford Fair kicks off 162nd year

The 162 annual Harford Fair opened Monday in Susquehanna County.

The fair features food, rides, truck and tractor pulls, monster truck freestyle, a rodeo, demolition derby, live animals, chain-saw carving demonstrations, live music and more.

Republicans to choose from nine for Scranton mayor nominee

A flurry of last-minute applicants means the Lackawanna County Republican Party executive committee will have nine prospective Scranton mayor candidates to interview tonight.

Five more applied before the Republican deadline passed Sunday night, county party Chairman Lance Stange Jr. said.

Lackawanna County Court Notes


■ April Baton and Robert Hen­best, both of Clarks Summit.

■ Bryan Alan Nelson and Heather Lynn Whitesell, both of Clarks Summit.

■ Delenia Rodriguez Garcia and Jesus Acosta, both of Scranton.

Farmers market vouchers to be available at county VA office

SCRANTON — Lackawanna County’s veterans affairs office and Area Agency on Aging will distribute farmers market vouchers to eligible veterans Thursday at the VA office, the county said Monday.

Carbondale to seek extension on $2 million grant application, citing lack of documents from developer

CARBONDALE — Just two days before an application deadline to receive $2 million in state funding for a downtown redevelopment project, the city will seek another extension because the developer failed to provide enough documentation, officials said.

40 Years Ago - 20,000 people packed Pocono Downs for Pennsylvania Jam 79

Aug. 20, 1979

20,000 at the Downs

for Pennsylvania Jam

Pocono Downs was filled Aug. 19 with more than 20,000 people for Pennsylvania Jam ’79.

Lackawanna County Sentencings 8/20/2019

President Judge Michael Barrasse sentenced the following defendants recently in Lackawanna County Court:

Eric C. Barden, 40, 57 E. Parker St., Scranton, to 30 months of court supervision, including three months of house arrest, and a $1,000 fine for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and DUI — tier three, first offense.

Times Leader

Relatives concerned about White Haven Center plans
Judy Clark’s brother, George Metroka, Jr., 75, is a patient at White Haven State Center. Like many relatives and guardians, Clark is extremely concerned about plans announced by the state last week to close the [...]

WWII warbirds visiting Hazleton today and Thursday
HAZLE TWP. — Restored World War II aircraft are visiting the Hazleton Regional Airport this week, bringing a piece of American history to the region. Visitors are invited to see the warbirds up-close and personal [...]

Attorney for alleged victims: More charges expected against former cop
WILKES-BARRE — Additional criminal charges are expected to be filed against former part-time police officer Mark Icker, who is accused of sexually assaulting women he stopped while on duty, according to an attorney representing two [...]

Ashley Police arrest two on drug charges
ASHLEY — A man and woman were arrested on drug charges after police found what they believed to be heroin in the back of the suspects’ car, borough police said in a statement released Monday. [...]

Police: Hanover Township officer injured in attack
HANOVER TWP. — A township police officer suffered injuries to his knees and elbows when he was allegedly attacked by 19-year-old Kenneth Howells on Phillips Street early Sunday morning. Howells, of 319 Phillips St., charged [...]

Alvarez and RailRiders romp past Pawtucket
Mandy Alvarez drove home three runs in two innings, Brian Keller sparkled through six shutout innings Monday and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders pounded Pawtucket, 11-1 at PNC Field. Keller evened his season record at 1-1 by [...]

AP Source: Brown takes part in meetings with Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Star receiver Antonio Brown returned to training camp with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, a day after being given an ultimatum by general manager Mike Mayock to be “all in or all [...]

Logan Paczewski breaks Tryba Tournament record with a 64
EXETER – Logan Paczewski is just about to start his sophomore year at Dallas. Still, the talented golfer is already putting his name up with some of the best golfers the Wyoming Valley Conference has [...]

Police: Man faces charges after Pittston dispute
PITTSTON — A man was arraigned Monday morning on multiple charges after a dispute at a Canyon Drive home late Sunday night was followed by scuffles with law enforcement, police said. Thomas Witter, 44, of [...]

WB Police: Handgun found in fanny pack after shots fired
WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested Rasheed Divine Canada after investigating reports of gunfire in the area of 181 George Ave. late Sunday night. Officers responded after witnesses reported hearing five to six gunshots and seeing [...]

Fair and 67 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are Southeast at 4.6 MPH (4 KT). The pressure is 1018.4 mb and the humidity is 93%. Last Updated on Aug 20 2019, 4:54 am EDT.