The Citizens' Voice

73-year-old caregiver sent to prison for stealing from elderly woman
WILKES-BARRE — A 73-year-old Luzerne caregiver who admitted raiding the bank account of an elderly woman in her final years was sentenced Thursday to serve up to four years in state prison. Sharon Mae Jacobosky pleaded guilty in September to a felony coun

WVW announces homecoming court
Wyoming Valley West High School announces its homecoming court. First row, from left, are Veronica Smith, Gabriella Smicherko, Lauren Thoryk and Morgan Sullivan. Second row: Davis Weaver, William Kotchick, Jake Shemo and Shawn Judge. Also on the homecomin

Rein in healthcare deductibles
Politically, the debate over Obamacare often obscures other issues within the health care marketplace. It’s especially true at this time of year, when insurers participating in subsidized plans announce their rate requests amid an array of election campai

Trick or Treat Main Street postponed
PITTSTON — Due to weather concerns, organizers have postponed Trick or Treat Main Street until next Friday, Oct. 28. The Halloween event was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21, in downtown Pittston. The city posted the decision on Facebook Wednesday. “A meteor

WVC volleyball: Pittston Area tops Hazleton Area in 5 sets
At Pittston Area, Portia Weidlich had 19 service points and six kills and Kirsten Durling had 13 kills, 15 assists and nine service points to lead Pittston Area to a 3-2 win over Hazleton Area on Wednesday in WVC girls volleyball. Emma Coles and Hayley Le

Things that make you go 'Boom!'
They’ve got things that make you go boom. Students at two Luzerne County colleges have explosive plans for a fun Halloween night this week. King’s College Chemistry Club will present Things That Go Boom in the Night! at 7 p.m in Burke Auditorium. The stud

WVC Cross Country Championship Results
Boys varsity 1. Dallas, 32; 2. Berwick, 60; 3. Holy Redeemer, 70; 4. Hazleton Area, 100; 5. Tunkhannock, 201; 6. Valley West, 202; 7. Crestwood, 218; 8. Hanover Area, 230; 9. Wyoming Seminary, 261; 10. Lake-Lehman, 264; 11. Pittston Area, 284; 12. GAR, 29

Senate action weighed on local gambling share
HARRISBURG — Lawmakers want to make sure municipalities getting local share gambling money aren’t hurt when they revamp a state casino tax that was declared unconstitutional, the chairwoman of the Senate gaming oversight committee said Wednesday. However,

Hillbilly D'lux gets toes tappin'
Ten years in, the members of HillBilly D’lux know how to get your toes tapping. The five-piece band has developed a following for its takes on popular country songs, but it isn’t afraid to throw a pop song out there as well, whether it’s something from Ad

Alan Doyle brings Canadian folk rock to WB
Canadian musician Alan Doyle grew up surrounded by music. In the tiny fishing village of Petty Harbour on the coast of Newfoundland, Doyle picked up inspiration from his Irish heritage through Celtic music chock full of accordions and whistles. And throug


Everything Coming and Going on Netflix in November
Who’s ready for more Gilmore Girls? The new series is one of many arriving on Netflix in November. You also have only a few more days to watch before E.T. goes home and ‘Wild Thing’ throws his last pitch in Major League. Arriving on Netflix November 1 The African Queen (1951) Alfie (2004) Bob the Builder: White Christmas (2008) Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2016) Cujo (1983) The Doors (1991) The Heartbreak Kid

Old Letter Goes Viral After Trump Refuses to Say He’d Concede if He Loses Election
LAS VEGAS — During Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to say he would concede the election if he lost “I will look at it at the time,” Trump said when challenged on his claims the election is “rigged” against him. “I will keep you in suspense.” On Wednesday night, a letter from President George H.W. Bush to President Bill Clinton nearly 24 years ago went viral. It was written after Bush’s loss to Clinton

Mother Admits to Child Endangerment, Heroin Charges
WILKES-BARRE — A woman admitted she endangered her own child while getting high on heroin back in April. Danielle Castrignano, 24, of Kingston, pleaded guilty in Luzerne County court Wednesday. She’s the same woman who spent time in jail for hitting and killing a man in a wheelchair while driving along South River Street in Wilkes-Barre three years ago. Castrignano pleaded guilty to charges of endangering the welfare of a child, heroin possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is

Man Sent to Prison for Death, Dismemberment
STROUDSBURG — A man has been sentenced to prison for a murder in Luzerne County. James Britton was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison in Monroe County Court. He pleaded guilty last week to third-degree murder in the death of Robert Roudebush. Police say Britton and his wife Stacy stabbed and beat Roudebush to death inside a home on Dougher Lane In Wilkes-Barre in 2002. The pair dismembered and burned the body in Monroe County where the remains

Bus Crash Closes Road in Luzerne County
LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — A school bus crash closed a road in Luzerne County Thursday morning. The crash happened on Route 29 near Lehman around 7:30 a.m. According to the police chief, eight students were on board when the bus pulled out on Route 29 from Thorny Acres Drive and was hit by a pickup. None of the students were hurt. Route 29 was closed in the area of the crash.

Five Takeaways From Third Presidential Debate
LAS VEGAS, NV — In the last third of the final debate, Donald Trump fell apart. He’d gotten in some hits on Hillary Clinton and was well on his way to turning in his best performance of the three presidential debates. Then, he refused to say he’d accept the election’s results. And he called Clinton “such a nasty woman.” Any gains Trump had made were undone, and he blew his last big, nationally televised chance to broaden his base —

Scranton Times

Man sought for stabbing, beating woman
Scranton police are looking for a man they say repeatedly stabbed and beat his girlfriend early Thursday morning in the city’s West Side.

73-year-old caregiver sent to prison for stealing from elderly woman
WILKES-BARRE — A 73-year-old Luzerne caregiver who admitted raiding the bank account of an elderly woman in her final years was sentenced Thursday to serve up to four years in state prison.

CORRECTION: Flynn-Burgerhoff debate still on
SCRANTON — A debate scheduled for tonight between Democratic state Rep. Marty Flynn and Republican challenger David Burgerhoff will take place as scheduled.

Kingston woman pleads guilty to child endangerment charges
WILKES-BARRE — A Kingston woman who once fled the scene after fatally hitting a wheelchair-bound man pleaded guilty Wednesday to child endangerment charges for using heroin while supervising her baby daughter.

Police: Blakely nudist enjoyed risk of getting caught
A nudist who often left his Blakely home in the buff, much to the dismay of his neighbors, faces criminal charges, borough police said.

Police seek missing Jefferson Twp. teen
JEFFERSON TWP. — State police are searching for a Jefferson Twp. teenager last seen leaving his family’s home Wednesday morning.

One student injured in Jessup bus crash
JESSUP — Borough police responded to a minor bus crash Wednesday.

Police still seek driver of Tuesday's I-81 fatal hit-and-run crash in Greenfield Twp.
Police still seek the driver in Tuesday’s fatal hit-and-run crash on Interstate 81 in Greenfield Twp.

NY man charged with sex trafficking
A New York man will plead guilty to a federal charge of attempted sex trafficking of a minor.

Mid Valley School Board passes anti-nepotism policy
The Mid Valley School District, a body “known for nepotism,” according to one board member, passed a policy to quash that reputation.

Revived Scranton industrial authority meets anew
A revived Scranton financing agency met anew Wednesday to complete two old real estate transactions.The Municipal Industrial Development Authority of Scranton , called MIDAS, began in 1972 as a financing conduit.

Times Leader

Pittsburgh Penguins sign goalie Murray to 3-year extension
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray’s breakout performance in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs earned the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender a hefty raise. The 22-year-old and the team agreed to a three-year extension beginning next season that will pay Murray $3.75 million per season. Murray helped the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth championship last spring after taking […]

Kids Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016
THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016 Kiddieland Funhouse and Corn Maze. Edward’s Garden Center, 525 River St., Forty Fort. Through Oct. 29 with hours 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $3. 570-287-4329. Preschool MESS Program, hands-on interactions to build knowledge about math, early literacy, science and […]

Exhibit Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016
THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016 Tower: Paintings by Dale Emmart, a collection of en-plein-air works with themes of landscape, atmosphere and industrialization. Opens Oct. 21 with a lecture at 5 p.m. in Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, followed by a reception 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Jefferson Avenue […]

Events Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016
THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016 Friday Movie Matinee, “The Mummy,” a 1999 fantasy horror film. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156. Halloween Haunted Lantern Tours, ghoulish fun for the whole family. A walking tour of the restored 19th-century Eckley Miners Village, Highland […]

Concert Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016
THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016 Open Mic Night, with musicians, poets, comedians and special guest singer-songwriter Jimmy Johnson. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Oct. 21 with signups at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. 570-996-1500. Foreigner, the 1980s arena-rock band (“Feels Like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded”) on an acoustic […]

Outdoor Listings: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016
THIS WEEK: Oct. 21 to 27, 2016 Golden Hawk Watch, a one-to-two mile walk to the Council Cup Overlook to spend an afternoon learning about the fall raptor migration. Bring a lunch or snack. Meet at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums to carpool to the site. 11 a.m. Oct. 21. Free. Registration: […]

The Latest: Pro-Clinton group airs ads in Georgia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT): 1:40 p.m. A group supporting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is airing advertising in Georgia. That’s a sign that the normally Republican-leaning state is now viewed as competitive with less than three weeks left until Election Day. Priorities USA officials say […]

Sheriff: Boy’s truancy led to discovery of dead grandparents
BEACH CITY, Texas (AP) — Sheriff’s officials discovered a couple fatally shot in their Houston-area home after a high school principal called the couple’s 14-year-old grandson to ask why he wasn’t in school. The teenager is being held on two counts of capital murder. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a statement Wednesday that […]

U.S. military says American soldier dies of wounds from bomb in northern Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. military says American soldier dies of wounds from bomb in northern Iraq.

Newly banned Shiite group in Nigeria appeals in court
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — A Shiite group in northern Nigeria is appealing in court a ban imposed by local authorities that observers warn could spark sustained violence. A statement issued Thursday by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria said the ban by Kaduna state officials violates Nigerians’ right to religious freedom. The ban was announced last […]