The Citizens' Voice



Police: Harveys Lake man attacked mother, killed dog
HARVEYS LAKE — Andrea Ozovek rescued an emaciated Mastiff several months ago and nurtured it back to health. The big dog came to her rescue last week — and gave its life — when her son snapped and attacked her inside their Lincoln Avenue home, police say.



Today’s Hot Shot
Cheryl Mracek Shapiro of South Wilkes-Barre submitted this photo of Moon Lake Park, which she titled, “Spring thaw, round two!” She wrote, “The ice is starting to melt on Moon Lake, located in the park of the same name. The DCNR has knocked down all the b


Crestwood officials find knife in student’s vehicle
WRIGHT TWP. — Police charged a teenager Wednesday on accusations he possessed a knife on the property of Crestwood High School in January. Crestwood Area School District solicitor Jack Dean said the case should be a reminder that there is a zero tolerance


Community digest
PRE-RETIREMENT SEMINAR FOR SCHOOL RETIREES: All school employees who will be retiring in the next five years are invited to attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday



Wilkes-Barre
The board of trustees of Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, will sponsor a chicken and biscuits dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Take outs will be available. Dinners are $9 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and yo


Government should serve the people and not corporations
Editor: State and federal budget debates present an opportunity to promote an agenda that advances the interests of the people of our nation. Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed combined reporting as a means to close the “Delaware loophole” used by corporate entit



Longtime radio host Corbett no longer at WILK
Steve Corbett, a longtime fixture in Northeastern Pennsylvania media as a newspaper columnist and talk radio host, is no longer employed with WILK News Radio, a general manager with the station’s parent company announced Wednesday night in an email to emp


Carpal tunnel usually easily treatable
Q: Sometimes when I awake from a good sleep, one of my hands is asleep, and I have to shake or massage it back to normalcy. It’s usually my thumb and the two fingers next to it. Is this normal? A: No, this is not normal. Your symptoms are typical of carpa



Saint Motel, Austra, Porcelain Raft deliver solid follow-ups
Saint Motel — “Saintmotelevision” THE GOOD: Following its commercial breakthrough, the 2014 EP “My Type,” Los Angeles indie pop band Saint Motel comes back with a bright, tight, second full-length album. THE BAD: “Saintmotelevision” isn’t a game changer.


Barletta says he now supports GOP replacement bill for Obamacare
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said Wednesday he now backs the House replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare,” because of a meeting he had Tuesday night with President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan. Barletta, a Republican from Hazle


WNEP


Is Your Pet Too Pudgy?
From pudgy pooches to corpulent cats, new research shows pet obesity is on the rise. Experts say one in five is obese. So what’s causing our furry family members to be overweight? Is it too many snacks or not enough exercise? To get some answers on that and ways to help your four-legged friend slim down if they are overweight, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey visited Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital in Plains Township for some suggestions. Area veterinarians recommend that if you think


Corbett out at WILK?
WILKES-BARRE — One of northeastern Pennsylvania’s most well-known radio personalities is reportedly out of a job. Steve Corbett is leaving WILK after about a decade as the station’s afternoon drive-time host, the Citizens Voice reports. The paper quotes an internal email that says the station has parted ways with Corbett. Prior to his radio career, Steve Corbett was an award-winning newspaper columnist in Wilkes-Barre.


Armed Robbery in Fast Food Parking Lot in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE — Police say a man used brass knuckles and a knife to rob two people outside a fast food restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. Authorities say a man and 15-year-old girl were sitting in a vehicle at McDonald’s on Northampton Street when a man attacked the victims, robbed them, and took off. Police located the suspect, Valeriy Nyevdak, 56, from Ukraine. He is locked up on robbery and assault charges in the Luzerne County jail.


Man Charged with ‘Viciously’ Stabbing Woman Outside Bar in Hazleton
HAZLETON — A man was charged Wednesday for allegedly stabbing a woman “viciously” outside a bar in Hazleton early Monday morning. The man was then shot and had to attend his arraignment in a wheelchair. Nelson Hernandez-Rivera said nothing as he was wheeled from his arraignment in Hazleton and taken away in shackles. The 34 year old was charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing a woman outside the Crystal Lounge and Barbecue on Broad Street in


‘Hey Siri, 108’: Police warn of prank circulating on social media
Among Siri’s various skills is one designed to save lives – but police are now warning of pranksters trying to trick people into activating it. Saying “Hey Siri, 108” will prompt Siri to contact emergency services. The number 108 is India’s equivalent of 911 in the United States, but Siri will contact the local emergency dispatch based on the iPhone’s location. Tweets like these prompted police departments across the country to warn about the prank in an effort to keep


Garbage Collection Resumes in Scranton
SCRANTON — Garbage collection resumed this week in the city of Scranton. It was suspended last week because of the blizzard. However, recycling pickup has changed. Paper will be collected this week. Next week, glass and plastic will be collected. In addition to trash pickup, the mayor tells us DPW workers are still clearing snow on the side of streets in Scranton.


Scranton Times



Barletta secures concession for favorable vote on GOP health plan
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announced in an afternoon press release he would vote in favor of the GOP's health plan after securing support for legislation to ensure illegal immigrants would not receive tax credits under the act.


Wreck on I-380N kills Bronx woman
A wreck on Interstate 380 North killed a New York woman Wednesday, but her 2-month-old child “miraculously” received only minor injuries, state police said.


Truck driver to be cited after getting tractor trailer stuck under bridge in Jessup
JESSUP — Police closed a portion of Constitution Avenue for about three hours Wednesday after a tractor-trailer got stuck underneath a railroad bridge.



WILK, Corbett part ways
Steve Corbett, a longtime fixture in Northeast Pennsylvania media as a newspaper columnist and talk radio host, is no longer employed with WILK News Radio


Local company to offer employees free, on-site education through Lackawanna College
A new program will allow local employees of an information management and logistics company to earn a Lackawanna College associate degree at no cost.



Mystery debris from iconic bridge shatters back window, startles couple
Some sort of debris fell Monday from a bridge 163 feet above a major Abingtons thoroughfare and shattered the back window of a sedan driven by a Scranton couple going out for dinner.


County, municipal leaders meet to talk possible blizzard reimbursement
JESSUP — Representatives from municipalities, school districts and other entities met with county officials Wednesday night to discuss the process for applying for and securing reimbursement for snow management and cleanup related to last week’s record-setting blizzard.


Lackawanna County commissioners back Geisinger grant plan
Lackawanna County commissioners approved a key legal step Wednesday for Geisinger Health System to seek a bond up to $850 million, despite the nurses union at Geisinger Community Medical Center asking the board to withhold support for now.


Pet Valu opening in Honesdale, Mt. Pocono
HONESDALE — Pet Valu, a pet supplies retailer, will open a store in the borough Saturday. The company also plans to open a location in Mt. Pocono by May.


Freezing days are over but winter still hanging on
Winter is down but not for the count. Wednesday was the last day where the projected high temperature remained below freezing until after summer, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.


Blu Wasabi restaurant buys its building
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Blu Wasabi restaurant in the Chinchilla section bought its building and land on Northern Boulevard for $1.6 million, according to a deed and an attorney involved in the transaction.


Times Leader


Mixed precipitation possible Friday; warmer temperatures to arrive this weekend
Temperatures are expected to climb this weekend, but some mixed precipitation could impact the area into Friday. According to a hazardous weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service, light or freezing rain is possible late tonight ahead of an approaching front. The precipitation is expected to transition to rain by late Friday morning. The […]


Life Deconstructed:Snow dazed and confused with a turtle
OK. So, it snowed. We all know it snowed. We were pretty much paralyzed during snowmageddon last week. Only those acquaintances who lived or were vacationing in the southern regions were tickled over this precipitation. My sisters, who live in North Carolina and Georgia, kept texting, “Send us pictures! Send us videos! We miss the […]


Koch network spending millions to stop GOP health care bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans. The network’s leading organizations, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, announced late Wednesday the creation of a special fund to support House members who vote against […]


‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant thinks the play is called ‘A Streetcar Naked Desire’
In the pantheon of “Wheel of Fortune” fails, one contestant’s missed answer Tuesday night was pretty epic. With two blank spaces remaining, a player named Kevin guessed “C,” leaving him with the following puzzle: A S T R E E T C A R N A _ E D D E S I R E […]


Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online
CHICAGO (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What’s the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene? None of those who watched the sexual […]


Stroman powers US past Puerto Rico to win WBC championship
LOS ANGELES — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one […]


Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Some of the youngest victims of the nation’s opioid epidemic are children under age 5 who die after swallowing adult pills. The number of children’s deaths is still small relative to the overall toll from opioids, but toddler fatalities have climbed steadily over the last 10 years. The Centers for Disease Control […]


Philippines: 2 Malaysians rescued from Abu Sayyaf militants
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two Malaysian sailors held captive for eight months by Muslim militants were rescued Thursday in the southern Philippines, military officials said. The two were weak and in sick conditions when they were rescued by marines from Abu Sayyaf militants before dawn in waters near Sulu province’s Pata Island, said Major Gen. […]


Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother’s purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers. No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just one opioid pill, chews it and releases the full concentration of a […]


Facebook rape stirs questions about witnessing crimes online
CHICAGO (AP) — The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What’s the obligation of bystanders who see a crime unfolding? And why do they not intervene? None of those who watched the sexual […]