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PA Teacher Profile Database 2015-16
Research by name or school district the experience and salary of all public school teachers in PA. Data used in the Grading Our Schools analysis is from the 2015-16 school year. The state Department of Education is generally one year behind in collecting and releasing data from the state’s 500 school districts.

PA School District Statistical Snapshot Database 2015-16
View a statistical snapshots of any PA school district.

Homeless man a suspect in W-B murder
Police believe a homeless man who frequents Wilkes-Barre killed a 23-year-old man and left his body in the basement of an abandoned building for months. Police are searching for Sean Robert Talmadge, named in a criminal complaint as the suspect in the mur

Casey hammers Senate health care bill
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Democratic Sen. Bob Casey returned to the state on Friday to hammer the Republican health care bill in the U.S. Senate, saying it poses a foundational retrenchment of Medicaid that could have a dramatic, long-term effect on Ame

Hypocrite, thy name is Trump
Editor: Donald Trump and his sycophants are amusing. The dolt who created and perpetuated the “birtherism” lie in order to delegitimize President Obama is now crying “witch hunt.” Republicans are whining that Democrats won’t cooperate. This from the party

Do dogs love?
We personally know how much we love our dogs, without question. They share our lives, events, and furniture! Pet parents buy them health insurance, push them in carriages, and put them in doggie daycare so they will not be lonely while we work. The averag

Brothers sentenced for role in steroid ring
WILKES-BARRE — Twin brothers from Berwick will go to jail for their role in a conspiracy to manufacture and sell anabolic steroids that became known as Operation Gym Candy. Brian Laubach and Marc Laubach, both 39, will spend 11 to 23 months in Luzerne Cou

RAILRIDERS: Game report vs. Pawtucket
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Junior League of W-B elects board of directors
The Junior League of Wilkes-Barre elected the following members to its board of directors: Maggie Lipperini, president; Jennifer Rogers, president-elect; Jennifer Williams, treasurer; Suzanne Mattern, assistant treasurer; Jacklyn Ganz, secretary; Kalen Ch

Allan Results
Championship Flight Tee No. 1 8:30 — Lorenzo Medico/Tim Rutkowski (73), Anthony Heck/Ted Harris (84). 8:40 — Don Crossin/Ryan Crossin (72), John Mulhern/Zach Mulhern (72).8:50 — Jamie Anzalone/Williams Musto (72), Chris Tracy/Ryan Tracy (72).9:00 — Brende


Caught On Camera: Police Nab Assault Suspect in Porta Potty
MIFFLINBURG -An assault suspect was caught in an unlikely place Saturday evening in Union County. Newswatch 16 viewer video shows the moment police in Mifflinburg found the suspect in a porta potty. Officers said they responded after a reported assault at a nearby gas station before 6pm and wound up tracking down the suspect inside that porta potty. Police have not said what led up to the arrest or what charges if any the man faces in Union County.

Iftar Dinner Celebrates the end of Ramadan in Poconos
SAYLORSBURG — Folks in part of Monroe County feasted to celebrate the end of Ramadan. The Iftar dinner, which means “breakfast’ in Arabic was hosted at the Golden Generation Retreat and Worship Center in Saylorsburg. Ramadan is an Islamic holy month observed by Muslims worldwide by a month-long fast. This year, Ramadan began on May 26th and will end Sunday at midnight. Iftar is the evening meal during which the faithful break their fast at sunset together as a community.

Catholic Church Celebrates Expansion in Lackawanna County
ROARING BROOK TOWNSHIP – In a time when many catholic parishes have consolidated or closed, one Catholic church one is growing so much it had to expand in Lackawanna County. St. Eulalia`s Parish of Roaring Brook Township announced a new wing to better serve its parishioners. With these first shovels-full of dirt, parishioners celebrated their efforts to add onto their church. “We outgrew our space not only for religious purposes but sunday school classes and our music ministry we just

Brush Fire Spreads to Empty Building
SCOTT TOWNSHIP – A brush fire may have spread to a vacant building causing damage to the place in Columbia County. The fire broke out around 6pm Saturday at  the former barn and dog kennel near Bloomsburg. The owner of the place on Old Berwick Road had planned to tear the building down. There was no electricity hooked up to the building. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Cam Young Talks Future at Bloomsburg
Southern Columbia standout Cam Young speaks with Steve Lloyd about his commitment to play football at Bloomsburg.

‘Clash For Cash’ Breaks Fundraising Record
PLAINS TOWNSHIP – A mix of sweat, stamina and determined athletes…All helped break their fundraising record at a charity fitness competition Saturday at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey announced more than $30, 000  raised during ‘Clash for Cash’,   that’s $10,000 more than last year. Money from this family-friendly fitness event benefits WNEP-TV’s Ryan Run, which helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. 140 athletes, of all abilities, competed for prizes during

Scranton Times

Son suspected of beating dad to death on Father’s Day apprehended in Atlantic City
Michael D. Marchalk, 37, of Barnesville, was apprehended at 11:50 a.m. Friday on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, according to state police at Frackville.

Road to receivership for Scranton School District?
The Scranton School District is on financial watch, the first step on the road to a takeover by a state receiver if the district can’t change course.

Scranton police seeking information on missing man
SCRANTON — City police are seeking information on a missing city man. John Perry, 42, was last seen by his daughter Monday evening

State police: Decomposed woman found in Honesdale home
HONESDALE — Authorities discovered an elderly woman dead in a Honesdale home Friday, state police said.

Midway Shopping Center sold for $17.5M
WYOMING — The Midway Shopping Center has been sold for more than $17 million, according to a property transfer from the Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds office.

Clipboard 6/24/2017
Dunmore Veterans outreach: Veterans support program, Monday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., state Rep. Kevin Haggerty’s Dunmore office, Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave.; Jeff Saun­ders, American Legion Service Office rep; appointments: 570-342-2710. Reunion me

Deal on table in baseball dispute between Luzerne and Lackawanna counties
WILKES-BARRE — There’s a number on the table in negotiations between Luzerne and Lackawanna counties regarding a settlement over the 2010 sale of the region’s Triple-A minor league baseball franchise.

Penn Foster to honor a successful Colombian alumnus who started mail courses in 1948
Online school Penn Foster expects more than 750 people to attend its commencement ceremony in Scranton this afternoon, including a distinguished Colombian alumnus and businessman who graduated from the school 60 years ago.

Lackawanna County Court Notes 6/24/2017
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Dominic Francis Swaha and Kristen Marie Rebovich, both of Jessup. ■ Marcus Allen Munley and Christina Marie Siracuse, both of Jessup. ■ Brittany Sheluga, Scranton, and Derek Shuta, Dickson City.

Affiliate of Scranton's marijuana grower had trouble with law
Two pharmaceutical executives drove an armored truck laden with 12.5 pounds of cannabis oil from a growing facility in Otsego, Minnesota, to New York in December 2015, according to police.

Scranton School Board seeking new member
The Scranton School Board advertised for candidates Friday to replace former Director Paul Duffy. Duffy resigned effective June 19, but the board’s legal ad says his resignation doesn’t create a vacancy until the board votes to accept it.

Times Leader

RiverFest 2017 provides an environmental education along the Susquehanna

WILKES-BARRE — Three year-old Eli Pearson looked into the holes of the fence intently, holding his hand out as an alpaca named Heidi quickly stuck her mouth out and licked the feed from his hands. When the cup of food was empty, he ran back for another, this time choosing to give it to a […]

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Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury doubles as SWB RailRiders fall to Pawtucket Red Sox

MOOSIC — Facing a 2-0 count against Pawtucket Red Sox left-hander Edgar Olmos, Jacoby Ellsbury was looking for a pitch to hit. Olmos was sporting a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning and Ellsbury hadn’t hit the ball out of the infield yet. Getting a breaking ball over the middle of the plate, […]

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Pet expo benefits Luzerne County SPCA, continues Sunday

WILKES-BARRE — This weekend, pet owners can visit the Kingston Armory to find almost everything they need for their pets at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Luzerne County’s Pet Expo. Over 70 vendors along with pet health experts, pet adoption organizations and other activities were on display for the thousands […]

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Visitors remember their roots at Irish Festival in Eckley Miners’ Village

FOSTER TWP. — To brothers Jim and Pat Donahue, coming to the Patch Town Days Irish Festival at Eckley Miners’ Village on Saturday was an opportunity to look back on their own family history. As they looked out at the patch town — a mile-long village that once provided residences for miners and their families […]

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Exeter baseball outslugs Swoyersville

Jonah Astolfi went 4 for 5 while Drew Mruk homered and tripled for Exeter in a 17-7 win over Swoyersville on Saturday in District 31 Little League major baseball pool play. Jack Mathis picked up the win on the mound. Ryan Meyers (double, triple) and Dominic Cavuto both went 2 for 3 for Swoyersville. Back […]

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Lottery summary for the week of June 18, 2017

Pick Two, midday Sunday: 9-9 Monday: 9-0 Tuesday: 0-1 Wednesday: 3-2 Thursday: 8-4 Friday: 0-6 Saturday: 7-7 Pick Three, midday Sunday: 1-6-8 Monday: 5-0-5 Tuesday: 9-1-0 Wednesday: 4-7-2 Thursday: 8-9-1 Friday: 8-6-0 Saturday: 7-2-5 Pick Four, midday Sunday: 6-3-8-1 Monday: 5-4-7-1 Tuesday: 7-5-6-3 Wednesday: 5-2-1-2 Thursday: 0-8-3-7 Friday: 1-8-4-5 Saturday: 6-3-0-9 Pick Five, midday Sunday: […]

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Beyond the Byline: Life or death? Speech or silence? Latter decision is easy

WILKES-BARRE — It was pretty sickening sitting in a federal courtroom for two days this week. Having to look at the autopsy photos of Eric Williams’ lifeless body — the stab wounds, the bruises, the swelling, the blood. All a result of the brutal and senseless beating given him by convicted murderer Jessie Con-ui. What […]

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AG calls for necessary funding to end backlog of untested rape kits

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week commended a statewide police accreditation commission for following a recommendation from his 2016 special report on untested rape kits. The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association’s Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program commissioners now mandates that local law enforcement agencies must comply with the requirements of the Sexual Assault […]

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RailRiders Weekend Notebook: Co-managing owner David Adrams address the state of the team

MOOSIC — When Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders co-managing owner David Abrams addressed the media Friday night, there were a multitude of topics he touched on during his 30-minute interview. Everything from the Triple-A National Championship game to renovations at PNC Field to Friday’s Roger Clemens Night. “We’re having kind of the best year since we bought the […]

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Carroll-Mitchell team shoots to top of John Allan Tournament leaderboard

EXETER — With a strong start and some early success, Joe Carroll and Pat Mitchell found a way to beat the gusting winds at the 71st John Allan Tournament. They simply followed to birdie to the front of the pack. The team of Carroll and Mitchell rode four early birdies on the back nine straight […]

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