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Warrant issued for woman who shoved girl in viral video
WILKES-BARRE — A woman who pleaded guilty to assault for shoving a 12-year-old girl in a dispute caught on viral video is now a fugitive.



Judge freezes assets of King’s College overdose victim
DENNISON TWP. — A Luzerne County judge on Friday froze the bank accounts of a King’s College student who was found possession of what prosecutors say was “mass quantities” of drugs and cash when he died of a drug overdose last month. Joshua C. Sollenberge



Police: Child porn convict says oh well, downloads more
WEST HAZLETON — A man on probation after previously pleading guilty to child pornography charges has been charged with downloading images of children as young as 5 years old engaging in sex acts. Michael Anthony Portanova, 26, of 325 Ridge Ave., is facing


Police: Robber snatches quarters from Sheetz till
WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a robbery that targeted a convenience store late Thursday. Police say a man approached the register of the Sheetz on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard about 10:20 p.m. and reached over the counter to grab cash from the dr


Dallas teachers delay strike
Teachers in the Dallas School District have called off a planned strike scheduled for Wednesday, according to a recorded call from the district administration to parents.



Luzerne County man buried with Pat's cheesesteaks
PLAINS TWP. — Richard Lussi always used to say he’d like to be buried with two Philadelphia cheesesteaks from his favorite place. When the Plains Township man died last month, his family granted his final wish.


Woman who took in young boy needs help this Christmas
Grace, a local woman, took in a 6-year-old boy because his mother is in prison. Grace has been raising him for almost two years and recently, she lost her job. The boy, Chris, has nothing new, she said. He has to wear uniforms to school from last year. He


Court notes 11/17/17
PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS n Vincent Gallo et al. to Nyle S. Berkes, $110,000; Kingston. n Beverly J. Bunney et al. to Christopher Bittenbender, $130,000; Jackson Twp. n Wilson J. Budgeon et al. to Jason Eisenower, $75,000; Conyngham. n Cheri Yannuzzi et al. t


Penn State football schedule
S2 vs. Akron, W 52-0



Harveys Lake councilman gets house arrest for DUI
WILKES-BARRE — A Harveys Lake borough councilman who pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges after being accused of crashing into a neighbor’s garbage cans was sentenced Thursday to serve three months on house arrest. Thomas Kehler, 65, previously plead


WNEP


Dunmore vs Newport
Dunmore wiped the floor with their opponents in District 2, and did the same to a seriously over-matched Newport team.


Williams Valley vs Old Forge
 These teams have a combined record of 23-1, and love to run run run the ball.


Mount Carmel vs Southern Columbia
The District 4 Class 2-A title game saw two old rivals face off for a ticket to the state playoffs.


Loyalsock vs Scranton Prep
A clash between the high-scoring Cavaliers of District 2, and the Lancers of Loyalsock in District 4.  The Lancers have played a tough schedule, but won a district title, and will be looking to slow down Scranton Prep


State College vs Delaware Valley
First round state playoff game in class 6-A.


Wyoming Valley West vs Whitehall
Wyoming Valley West made it out of District 2 and now faces one of the state’s best 5-A schools.


Scranton Times


DA announces arrests in Scranton/Dunmore home improvement fraud cases
Two contractors face charges in separate home improvement fraud investigations that cost two households in Scranton and Dunmore thousands of dollars, the Lackawanna County district attorney’s office said Friday. George Dunbar, 39, 213 N. Bromley Ave., Scr



Clarks Summit fire started by cigarette in trash can
CLARKS SUMMIT — A fire that damaged a borough home Friday was sparked by a cigarette tossed into a trash can, a state police fire marshal said. At 8:26 a.m., fire crews rushed to 513 Center St. for a fire reported in a two-story home. A fire marshal for t


Crashes slow traffic on Scranton Expressway
SCRANTON — Traffic was backed up on the McDade Expressway following a pair of crashes at about 5 p.m., the Lackawanna County 911 center reported. Scranton police and firefighters were on scene and by 5:20 p.m. reported traffic was starting to move again.



Jerry Seinfeld adds second show to F.M. Kirby Center gig
Wilkes-Barre - Comedian Jerry Seinfeld added a second performance of his signature stand-up routine at the F.M. Kirby Center in April.



Warrant issued for woman who shoved girl in viral video
WILKES-BARRE — A woman who pleaded guilty to assault for shoving a 12-year-old girl in a dispute caught on viral video is now a fugitive.



Luzerne County man buried with two Pat's cheesesteaks
PLAINS TWP. — Richard Lussi always used to say he’d like to be buried with two Philadelphia cheesesteaks from his favorite place. When the Plains Township man died last month, his family granted his final wish.



Troopers release photo of missing Wayne County man
HONESDALE — State police released a photograph of a Wayne County man missing for several days.



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport looking for new airline
PITTSTON TWP. — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport officials are still trying to attract a new airline to replace withdrawing Allegiant Airlines.



Cumberland County DA David Freed confirmed as U.S. attorney
Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed is the new U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.



Former Lackawanna County Commissioner A.J. Munchak leaves prison; in halfway house
Convicted former Lackawanna County Commissioner A.J. Munchak is out of federal prison and in a halfway house, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.


Prostitution sting nets two arrests, estimated $25,000 worth of heroin
A prostitution sting Wednesday evening at a South Scranton hotel netted an estimated $25,000 worth of heroin and two arrests, including of a registered sex offender in Massachusetts who was out on bail for gun charges, authorities said.


Times Leader


Valley View defeats Berwick in double overtime

BERWICK — Berwick quarterback Jared Marshman had run out of alternatives. The Valley View defensive linemen were about to twist him to the ground. His only hope was a desperation pass that would either be the last play of the Dawgs’ season or end in a miracle to force a third overtime. Valley View defensive […]

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Plains Twp. man gets his wish: He’s buried with cheesesteaks

PLAINS TWP. — A Wyoming Valley man who always joked that he didn’t want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia. According to his grandson, Dominic Lussi, when asked what he wanted to take […]

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Harveys Lake councilman sentenced to house arrest for DUI

WILKES-BARRE — A Harveys Lake councilman was sentenced to house arrest this week after pleading guilty to driving under the influence. Thomas Kehler, 64, must serve a minimum of 90 days on house arrest and could face up to a year. Kehler’s location will be monitored electronically. Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy also ordered […]

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Dwyer, Wyoming Valley West football trample Whitehall to win 5A title

WHITEHALL TWP. — Worried about the reputation of a big-play opponent, Wyoming Valley West decided to pull out some different stops. “We wanted to show them fronts they’ve never seen before,” Valley West quarterback Rob Dwyer said. In the process, the Spartans showed a dominance they haven’t delivered much this season. Dwyer ran for 120 […]

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West Pittston man charged with having sex with teen for two years

WEST PITTSTON — Charges have been filed against a West Pittston man who police say had sex with an underage girl for approximately two years. Authorities also believe the man filmed some of the alleged sex acts. Mendel G. Fernandes, 38, was charged Thursday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault, […]

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Crestwood recognizes departing school board director

WRIGHT TWP. — On a night when the Crestwood School Board took time to salute the longevity of Director Eric Aigeldinger, the board also announced it is considering the purchase of more real estate near the secondary campus. It was stated the board has entered into negotiations for the possible purchase of 3 acres at […]

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Outgoing Northwest Area director lauded for accomplishments

UNION TWP. — In advance of its yearly re-organization, the Northwest Area School Board will need to select a new chairman after it was stated this week that Michael Kreidler is concluding his term on the nine-person panel. Kreidler, who didn’t seek re-election, is culminating a 10-year tenure. During the course of the meeting, Kreidler […]

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WB mayor does about-face on garbage sticker program, sticks with bags

WILKES-BARRE — Upon further review, Mayor Tony George wants to bag the garbage sticker program he proposed to raise revenues in his 2018 budget and stick with the bags residents already use. He’s asking them to pay more for the bags, however. The about-face was a result of city council not going along with the […]

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New LCCC scholarship honors state Sen. Yudichak’s father

NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College and state Sen. John Yudichak hosted a recent reception to celebrate the establishment of the Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship at the college’s Campus Center rotunda. Established in 2017 by the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, the $50,000 Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship honors the life […]

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