The Citizens' Voice

Police: Teacher encouraged student to send nude photos
PRINGLE - A teacher at the West Side Career and Technology Center encouraged a 15-year-old female student to send nude photos to her boyfriend, Kingston police allege in a criminal complaint.

State winning due to natural gas
Editor: Over the last decade, the natural gas industry grew from virtually nothing to one of our leading industries, propelling Pennsylvania to become the second-highest producer of natural gas in the United States. As this industry has grown, it rejuvena

Frequentfast foodunhealthy
Q: Unless I’m cooking, my boyfriend eats only junk food and fast food. He says it’s no big deal because he’s not overweight and doesn’t have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Is he right? A: There's something important missing in your boyfriend’s t

Saquon Barkley event postponed at Mohegan Sun Pocono
PLAINS TWP. — A question-and-answer session with football star Saquon Barkley that had been slated at Mohegan Sun Pocono for Sunday was postponed until April 28 because of travel delays from the West Coast, the casino announced Sunday. Attendance at the e

Check facts before publishing editorials
Editor: The editor should check facts before publishing an editorial such as “Senate should OK checks for all gun sales” (March 7). Regarding “mass shootings,” in all cases, the guns were legally purchased from a Federal Firearms License dealer and backgr

Court notes 3/25/19
MORTGAGES n Amanda Myers et al. from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. et al., $176,641; Grandview Ave., Wright Twp. n David J. Thomas from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. et al., $121,361; Main Road, Ross Twp. n John K. Ruszcyns

Third NEPA Film Festival wraps up in Scranton
SCRANTON — A spoon. A lighter. And white socks. Those are just three of the objects that filmmakers were required to use in a short film for the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival’s Mystery Box Challenge competition. The three-day festival, in its third

AG’s office can proceed with lawsuit against gas drillers
The state Attorney General’s office can proceed with a lawsuit filed on behalf of landowners it alleges were cheated out of royalties by two natural gras drillers, a state appeals court ruled. In a 6-1 ruling, the state Commonwealth Court upheld a judge’s

St. Nicholas Shawl Ministry program
The Shawl Ministry of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, recently presented shawls and lap afghans to the Heartland Hospice program. The handmade items will be distributed to patients at ManorCare, Kingston, Birchwood Nursing Home, Nanticok

The state Department of Transportation announced the following upcoming roadwork projects in Luzerne County: Public meetings n The state Department of Transportation will hold a meeting on the East Northampton Street bridge repairs in Wilkes-Barre Twp. at


Police: Teacher Encouraged Teen to Send Nude Photos
PRINGLE, Pa. — A teacher in Luzerne County is charged with corruption of minors. Amy Burke, 39, of Dallas, is accused of encouraging a 15-year-old student to send nude pictures of herself to her boyfriend. Police say Burke is a Luzerne Intermediate Unit employee who teaches at West Side Career Technology Center in Pringle. Burke is suspended from her job in Luzerne County.

One Person Dies in Monroe County Crash
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman is dead after a crash in Monroe County Sunday afternoon. It happened around 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Business Route 209 and Route 33 near Stroudsburg. State police say one vehicle slowed down to turn on Route 33 from Route 209 when it was rear-ended by a second vehicle before crossing the road hitting a third vehicle. The passenger of the second vehicle, Susan Deremer, 70, was killed in the crash. Officials

Phillies Pitcher Aaron Nola Becomes Yuengling’s First MLB Brand Ambassador
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. and Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Aaron Nola are teaming up. The collaboration announced Monday will make All-Star Nola one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand. View this post on Instagram I’m partnering with @YuenglingBeer as their newest brand ambassador. Yuengling’s been my go-to ever since I first tried it back when the Phillies drafted me. Excited for what’s ahead and stay tuned for more. #ad

Homicide Trial: Woman Claims Online Alien Cult Led to Deadly Shooting
STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- A murder trial is underway in Monroe County for a woman accused of shooting her boyfriend.

Latest Fire Ignites Fears in Ashland
ASHLAND, Pa. — State police continue to investigate a fire that ripped through five buildings in Ashland Sunday. The fire on Centre Street destroyed M & M Sandwich Shop, leaving nearly 10 people homeless. Several firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting the fire. “Scary. We live just right up the block and you could see it from our house,” said Tiffany Gregory of Ashland. “It was scary because of how quick the houses go up,” said Joey Hanzok of Ashland. Just

High School’s ‘Alien’ Play Is the Talk of Hollywood
North Bergen, NJ — A high school production of the iconic 1979 movie “Alien” has burst onto the scene and even garnered Hollywood’s attention. Drama club students at New Jersey’s North Bergen High School went all out for “Alien: The Play,” including an elaborate alien costume. Glitch CEO Anil Dash shared a photo of the get up on Twitter. Everybody is (rightfully!) very excited about the North Bergen High School kids’ version of Alien, staged as a high school play, with

Scranton Times

One dead after three-vehicle crash in Monroe County
A 70-year-old woman died after a domino-effect crash involving three vehicles in Monroe County Sunday afternoon, state police say.

Jackhammers at work in Scranton parking garages
SCRANTON — Repairs of crumbling concrete are underway in two of the oldest parking garages downtown. The din of jackhammers inside the Linden garage in the 300 block of North Washington Avenue echoes out to nearby streets.

School Notes
Abington Heights Junior Rachel Kleinqualified for the 2019 USA Powerlifting Nationals, which will be held in Alexandria, Louisiana, next weekend. “This took an extreme amount of hard work and dedication,” said Rachel. Rachel will represent Abington Height

Former Clarks Summit karate teacher's conviction upheld for spanking student
The state Superior Court upheld the conviction and sentence of a former Clarks Summit karate school instructor found guilty of indecently assaulting a 9-year-old student.

50 Years Ago - University of Scranton students seek change to 'No Girls in Dorm Room' policy
A large group of male students who live on campus at the University of Scranton held a demonstration in the rain seeking a change in the school’s policy on allowing women to visit their dorm rooms.

Attorney general’s office can proceed with lawsuit against gas drillers
The state attorney general’s office can proceed with a lawsuit filed on behalf of landowners it alleges were cheated out of royalties by two natural gas drillers, a state appeals court ruled.

Dunmore Society meeting: SS. Anthony and Rocco Altar and Rosary Society meeting Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m., parish hall, Luke Avenue and Kurtz Street; plans will be made for the Palm Sunday bake sale after 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 13, and after the

Births 3/25/2019
GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY CONRAD: A daughter, March 9, to Kevin James Conrad and Mariah Lynn Padula, Scranton. GAUGHAN: A son, March 8, to Bryan Patrick Gaughan and Jessica Lynn Hannon, Tunkhannock. MOSES TAYLOR BEDNARZ: A daughter, March 14, to Edward and

Mystery Box Challenge puts local filmmakers to the test
SCRANTON — A spoon. A lighter. And white socks. Those are just three of the objects that filmmakers were required to use in a short film for the Northeast Pennsylvania Film Festival’s Mystery Box Challenge competition.

MONDAY UPDATE: Grant funding gone for women's work release apartments
SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Prison Board has a $43,200 choice to make when it comes to the future of the prison’s female work-release program.

Scranton food pantry adds fresh veggies, fruit
SCRANTON — If not for Angel’s Attic food pantry, Frank Valentino wonders how he’d put food on his table. “If I had to do it on my own, with the little bit I get, I don’t know how I would do it,” he said.

Times Leader

Domestic dispute leads to meth lab discovery in Hanover Township
HANOVER TWP. — Township police allegedly discovered evidence of a meth lab inside a third floor apartment at 184 Boland Ave. while investigating a domestic dispute on Sunday. Russell Fred Tilley III, 39, allegedly admitted [...]

Police: Three arrested for passing counterfeit cash
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Two men from New York City and a Wilkes-Barre man were arrested Saturday after township police allege they were using counterfeit $20 bills at multiple retail stores. Township police said they stopped [...]

Colonoscopy: Which tests appropriate, and when?
What screening tests, when? No, this isn’t another story about Scouting merit badges; although for the Home Repairs badge, I did have to replace the mesh screening in a few aluminum storm window screens of [...]

Police: Teacher told student to send nude pictures
PRINGLE — A teacher with the Luzerne Intermediate Unit working at West Side Career and Technology Center was charged with telling a 15-year-old female student to send nude pictures of herself to a boyfriend. Amy [...]

‘The King and I’ will come to Scranton
Fans of the musical “The King and I” probably recognize Prince Chulalongkorn as the name of the king’s son and heir, but they may not realize he was an historical figure, crowned at age 15 [...]

Plymouth man pleads guilty to deadly shooting
WILKES-BARRE — A Plymouth man admitted Monday he killed Trevor Oliver and shot a woman during a planned drug robbery inside a house on Hutson Street in Wilkes-Barre. Robert Rodriguez, 24, was charged with fatally [...]

Our View: Murray Street demolitions highlight the cost of fighting blight
When reporter Jerry Lynott visited Murray Street last summer it was a mess in more ways than one. The house at 46 Murray St., damaged by a 2006 fire, was vacant and scarred. The house [...]

Their view: The world needs more funny (and disruptive) women
The February 2019 volume of the Journal of Applied Psychology included a major article titled “Gender and the Evaluation of Humor at Work,” which ended with a surprisingly gender-specific caveat. Under its “Practical Implications and [...]

Your view: Announcing run for Ashley Council
To the residents of Ashley, After contemplating running for Ashley Council, I’ve decided the time is now and I am ready. I have been attending council meetings for years now, and I’m sure I can [...]

Interfaith rally draws respectful crowd to Public Square
WILKES-BARRE — As a gathering of more than 200 stood in respectful silence, Imam Ismail Mohamad sang out the Islamic call to prayer Sunday afternoon on Public Square. This was not a prayer service, however. [...]

Fair and 42 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are North at 9.2 MPH (8 KT). The pressure is 1019.7 mb and the humidity is 51%. The wind chill is 36. Last Updated on Mar 25 2019, 12:54 pm EDT.