The Citizens' Voice



Wrestling: Lake-Lehman's Zach Stuart has honored late mother with tattoo, postseason success
L2Z. That’s how Melissa Stuart would finish every text message exchange with her son, Zach. The unique sign-off had gone on as long as he can remember. It stands for “Love to Zach,” and he’d always reply to it with “L2M” — love to mom.



$330K dek hockey project planned for Toyota SportsPlex
WILKES-BARRE — A new multi-functional dek hockey rink and community event space is coming to the Toyota SportsPlex complex at Coal Street Park. State Sen.



PHOTOS: King's College begins demolition of vacant building
King’s College began demolition Thursday on a vacant building at North Washington and North streets. A portion of North Street between North Washington and North Main streets was closed due to the work. The project is expected to continue into next week.



Fired LCTA head files whistleblower complaint
Former Luzerne County Transportation Authority Executive Director Norm Gavlick has filed a whistleblower complaint alleging his termination last year was retaliation from authority board member Patrick Conway.



Cops: Man stabbed girlfriend as kids watched
An Edwardsville man who was drunk and angry repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend in front of their two children during an assault along the Cross Valley Expressway on Wednesday evening, according to police.



GIRLS BASKETBALL: Dallas puts up fight, but falls to Scranton Prep in District 2 final
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Dallas Mountaineers had plenty of fight. At times, they even had the lead. The Scranton Prep Classics were just a bit too overpowering, though, as they spoiled the Dallas girls basketball team’s first trip to Mohegan Sun Arena.


RailRiders announce giveaways for kids, dogs
Kids and dogs will get special treatment this season when it comes to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ giveaways. In addition to the four bobbleheads announced last month, the team announced 15 more giveaway dates Thursday, with four being exclusive to children and three others set aside for pooches and their owners.



BOYS BASKETBALL: Holy Redeemer overwhelms Riverside to win District 2 championship
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — It was clear from the beginning that Holy Redeemer center Jared Piontkowski was going to be the focal point of the offense. Whether or not he was scoring didn’t matter. Just his presence alone was enough for Riverside to have to account for.


Wolf’s plan cuts spending by charter schools
In the upcoming months, school districts will prepare budgets for the next fiscal year and make the hard decision about whether to increase property taxes to deal with rising costs.


Philly man pleads not guilty in girlfriend’s murder
WILKES-BARRE — The Philadelphia man accused of covering his girlfriend’s head with a pillow and shooting her dead in her own bed pleaded not guilty Thursday to a count of criminal homicide. Zien N.


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Stefano at Gillingham Charter School
POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – On Wednesday Meteorologist Stefano DiPietro paid a visit to Gillingham Charter School in Pottsville for another edition of Stefano at School. Stefano showed off his tornado in a bottle. He talked about how we’re getting close to the spring when we start getting severe weather. They spoke about the making …


Warming center available in Luzerne County
A warming center has been opened in Hunlock Creek Thursday night due a power outage.


‘Invest in a Vest’ fundraiser gears up first responders.
The Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club has been plugging away in recent months to meet that growing need of protecting emergency personnel.


Unanimous decision to tear down Blue Mountain Elementary West School
To demolish and start anew or renovate?


Heavy police presence in Tamaqua
An active police scene in Schuylkill County Thursday night.


Lycoming County United Way struggling to reach financial goal
The Lycoming County United Way is in need of some help.


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Authorities: Scranton man shared, possessed child pornography
SCRANTON The attorney general’s arrested a city man Thursday for possessing and distributing child pornography, accusing him of keeping hundreds of photos on his phone and computer.


Investigators seeking information on origin of Delaware Water Gap fire
BUSHKILL State and federal investigators are still looking for the cause of a wildfire that consumed 80 acres in the Delaware Water Gap and Worthington State Forest. The fire, which officials say started around 2:30 p.m.



Wanted Carbondale man extradited from Virginia Beach
SCRANTON Authorities extradited a wanted Carbondale man from Virginia Beach to Scranton to face aggravated assault, cruelty to animals and related charges, said Forest City Police Chief Lee Rowan.


Scranton's mayor talks about first two months in office, outlines goals
SCRANTON — Mayor Paige Gebhardt Cognetti aims to make city government more responsive to residents and more friendly to businesses, she said Thursday during a news conference at City Hall.



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport hires staff, approves contract
PITTSTON TWP. — The airport board meeting Thursday centered on the new. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport board hired new staff, ratified a new union contract, authorized construction of a new hangar and learned the airport set another new monthly record.


Jury clears Lackawanna County Prison medical provider in lawsuit
SCRANTON — A federal jury Thursday ruled against a former Lackawanna County Prison inmate who alleged the prison’s medical provider failed to properly care for his colostomy. Jurors deliberated for about an hour before deciding James Reed failed to prove his case against Dr.



Police: Suspected drug dealer admitted he planned to rob customer
Joshua Valot knew it was a setup. He just didn’t know he was the target. A drug deal in Scranton — secretly an undercover sting — took an unusual turn Wednesday night when a man admitted, on video, that he intended to rob someone he had agreed to sell crystal methamphetamine to.


Former Lackawanna County employee alleges retaliation
A former deputy director in Lackawanna County’s Department of Economic Development filed a federal lawsuit against the county, alleging he was fired for reporting wrongdoing and supporting former Commissioner Laureen Cummings.



UGI rate hike on hold
The state pumped the brakes on a proposed natural gas rate hike by UGI. State regulators with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 5-0 Thursday in Harrisburg to suspend a decision on UGI’s proposal to increase natural gas rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers by $74.6 million annually.



70 Years Ago: Two factions in Lackawanna GOP taking their fight to next level
Feb. 28, 1950 Fighting among county Republicans Lines were drawn between two factions within the Lackawanna County Republican Party. One faction, led by former Lackawanna County Republican Chairman Everett Rosser and state Sen.


Airport deals with coronavirus
Airport adds hand sanitizer stations Trying to reassure airline passengers nervous about the coronavirus, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport set up about a dozen new hand sanitizer stations in its terminal this week.


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‘Wanted persons’ captured by authorities

Four people wanted by authorities were apprehended by local police this week.

  • Plains Township police said they arrested Joshua A. Thomas, 29, of Clarks Summit, when he was found at Turkey Hill on South Main Street at 12:55 a.m. Thursday. Thomas was turned over to state parole agents.
  • Hanover Township police arrested Michael Martin, who was wanted by the Luzerne County Adult Probation Department. Martin was apprehended when police investigated a vehicle that was abandoned and blocking traffic on Lee Park Avenue at 7 a.m. Thursday. Martin was jailed at the county correctional facility.
  • Also in Hanover Township, police arrested Abdur Raheem McCoy, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, during a traffic stop on Sans Souci Parkway at 2:36 a.m. Sunday. McCoy was jailed at the county correctional facility after a records check showed he was wanted by the county sheriff’s department.
  • Wilkes-Barre Township police on Feb. 22 arrested Crystal Yates, 36, of Kingston, while investigating drug activity in the area of Blackman and Charles streets. Police said Yates was wanted by the Monroe County Adult Probation Department. Yates and Brandy Marienschek, 34, of Honesdale, and Genevieve Ace, 28, of Taylor, were charged by Wilkes-Barre Township police on drug possession charges after marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin were allegedly found inside their vehicle.

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Dominican Republic turns back cruise ship amid virus fears
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark hundreds of passengers after a 14-day tour was searching for a new port on Friday after being turned away [...]


Markets slide, auto show canceled as virus impact spreads
The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Stock markets are heading for their worst week since 2008, Europe’s top auto show has been canceled and companies keep lowering their earnings estimates. Here’s a look at the [...]


Publisher, 2 politicians charged over Hong Kong protests
HONG KONG (AP) — Outspoken Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai and two prominent opposition politicians were charged Friday with illegal assembly over a pro-democracy march last year as the territory’s Beijing-backed government appeared to move [...]


National Symphony cancels Japan concerts due to virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra canceled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic. The orchestra originally was to play eight concerts in its first [...]


New virus has infected 83,000 globally, caused 2,800 deaths
By The Associated Press A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 83,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and [...]


LPGA’s Lindberg misses cut in men’s NZ Open
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP) — LPGA major winner Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden has missed the cut at the New Zealand Golf Open after becoming the first woman to play in the 101-year-old men’s professional tournament. [...]


Outspoken Hong Kong publisher held over pro-democracy march
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper says the outspoken head of its publishing group, Jimmy Lai, has been held by police Friday over his participation in a protest march in August that [...]


Speaker rejects Mahathir’s call as Malaysia’s turmoil grows
By EILEEN NG KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The speaker of Malaysia’s House rejected interim leader Mahathir Mohamad’s call for a vote next week to chose a new premier, deepening the country’s political turmoil after [...]


Report to assess removal of 4 Snake River dams for salmon
By GILLIAN FLACCUS PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report due Friday is expected to address the feasibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to [...]


Overcast and 24 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
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Winds are Southwest at 9.2 MPH (8 KT). The pressure is 1009.9 mb and the humidity is 60%. The wind chill is 14. Last Updated on Feb 28 2020, 6:54 am EST.