The Citizens' Voice

Motorist faces drug charges after pursuit
A Philadelphia man told police he fled from a traffic stop because he feared law enforcement, court papers say. But, officers said they found suspected drugs on the man who nearly hit a police chief and dragged an officer as he sped off from the Tuesday traffic stop in Rice Twp.

PENGUINS GAME REPORT: Texas 4, Penguins 3
Texas 1 2 1 — 4 Penguins 1 2 0 — 3 First period: Scoring - 1, Texas, Mersch (Tufte, Djuse), 7:15; 2, WBS, Martinsen (Joseph, Devane), 9:53. Penalties - WBS, Johnson, boarding 10:04; WBS, Di Pauli, high-sticking 11:38.

Four local fallen PennDOT workers to be memorialized
Four Luzerne County residents are among fallen Pennsylvania Department of Transportation employees set to be memorialized with bridge dedications. PennDOT announced Thursday that it is working on plans to name bridges after the 89 employees who have died while on duty since 1970.

Create new digital arm of the DOJ
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck a blow for privacy recently when it ruled, in a case from Luzerne County, that police may not force someone to reveal a personal computer password.

VALLEY SANTA: Stay-at-home mom of four needs help this Christmas
Wendy, a stay-at-home mother of four children, said the holiday season is a difficult time for her family because of their bills and rent. Her fiance is the only one who works in the home and their rent is $508 a month.

King’s College gets approval for new special education degree
The state Department of Education approved a new King’s College stand-alone degree program in special education for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Wyoming Valley Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Triangle 24 Hour Club, 4143 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Dougherty, Salus lead Lake-Lehman
A big first-quarter powered Lake-Lehman to a 67-32 win over Mifflin County win in the opening round of the Hazleton Tip-off Tournament. Claire Dougherty scored eight in the first quarter and 14 for the game. Sarah Salus led the Black Knights with 18 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Wolfpack open with win
Wilkes-Barre Area won its first game in program history convincingly, going on the road and beating Delaware Valley 68-44. Blake Masker got the Wolfpack going scoring 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter as they built a 23-12 lead.

Junior League of Wilkes-Barre holds training forum
The Junior League of Wilkes-Barre held its provisional training on Saturday, Nov. 15. The training is required of all new members of the Junior League. The members learned about the history of the league, positions held and what the league is about.


Rachel Rose Leads Scranton Prep Girls to Win Over Berwick in Opener
In a rematch of the District II Class “AAAA” semifinals the last two seasons, Rachel Rose led the Scranton Prep girls basketball team with a game-high 20 points in a 49-22 win over Berwick on opening night.

Kaci Kranson Scores 29 As Holy Cross Tops Scranton in Girls Basketball
Kaci Kranson scored a game-high 29 points, and the Holy Cross girls basketball team beat Scranton 62-40 in the season opener for both teams.

Animal Shelter: Adopted Dog Died in Fire to Stay With Owner Trapped Inside Burning Home
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Hours after a deadly fire tore through this double block home on Howard Avenue in Pottsville, the only activity was from electric crews pulling up outside. It’s a far cry from the commotion caused after the blaze broke out around midnight as fire crews filled the street. The fire killed 42-year-old Lorrie Botella who died at the hospital after being trapped inside her home. Her dog, Thor died as well. Megan Curry volunteers at Hillside SPCA in …

Beloved Jim Thorpe Christmas Tradition Missing Something Big This Year
JIM THORPE, Pa. – Santa brought Olde Time Christmas back to Jim Thorpe on Friday night. Saint Nick was greeted by several hundred people as he rode into town on a fire truck. However, for the first time ever this year, there’s something big that won’t be riding through town this holiday season. The area’s iconic train pulled out in October after Jim Thorpe borough council filed a lawsuit against the Reading and Northern Railroad over unpaid taxes. In an …

Southern Columbia Beats Avonworth 74-7 For 10th State Title
The Southern Columbia football team forced nine turnovers and scored three defensive touchdowns, en route to a 74-7 dominant win over Avonworth in the PIAA Class “AA” Championship. The win marks the third straight title for the Tigers, and the 10th overall, extending the school’s state record. The win is also the 444th for Southern Columbia head coach Jim Roth, tying him with Jack Henzes for second all-time in PIAA history, just 11 wins behind Geroge Curry’s record of 455.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead in the PhotoLink Library
Looking back at days gone by and looking at what we might see ahead. It’s what Mike Stevens is doing in this visit to the PhotoLink Library.

Scranton Times

Medical marijuana user denied job files lawsuit
A medical marijuana user who was denied employment with a Moosic staffing agency filed a class-action lawsuit, alleging the firm is violating Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act. The lawsuit, filed in Lackawanna County Court by Eaton A.

Physician ordered to pay $9.45 million to former partner
A federal judge ordered a Dickson City neurologist to pay $9.45 million to a former partner in two medical/pharmaceutical companies. Senior U.S. District Judge A.

Wider I-81 in Luzerne, but what about Lackawanna County?
PennDOT plans to widen almost 11 miles of Interstate 81 in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties in the next decade, a stretch significantly longer than previous plans. State Department of Transportation officials announced this week that the effort will begin in Luzerne County, but Lackawanna County won’t trail by much.

Former co-worker faces sex charges
FAIRVIEW TWP. An employee at a popular Mountain Top pizzeria pulled down a co-worker’s pants and rubbed up against her when she went to get pizza boxes from a back room last month, according to charges filed Friday. Nicola Coppola, 56, of 88 S.

Covington Twp. Nature camp: Winter Nature Camp, Dec. 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road; children ages 5 to 11 will explore winter through science experiments; cost/$80 for both days, $45 per day; preregistration required: Michelle Wheeler at 570-842-1506.

Lackawanna County Court Notes
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Tarang Ramesh Desai, San Jose, Calif., and Dhrutika Maheshbhai Patel, Scranton. ■ Francis Edward Schumacher and Judy Anne Teeple, both of Spring Brook Twp. ■ Juan Trinidad Lopez and Melania Escoto, both of Scranton.

New rules jeopardize SNAP benefits for thousands in Northeast PA
More than 8,000 people across Northeast Pennsylvania who rely on the federal food stamp program are in danger of losing their benefits under a new rule that tightens work requirements for some adult recipients.

Degree program OK’d at King’s
WILKES-BARRE The state Department of Education approved a new King’s College stand-alone degree program in special education for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Behind the Business: Amendolaro brings hard-to-find gifts and accessories to downtown shop
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75 Years Ago - 30 men from Lackawannna County were inducted into the Armed Forces on Pearl Harbor Day
December 7, 1944 Third anniversary marked by enlistments On the third anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a total of 30 men from Dunmore, Olyphant, Winton, Jefferson Twp., Dickson City and Throop boarded trolley cars at Laurel Line station in Scranton to start their journey in the United States armed forces.

Colleagues remember longtime Scranton city controller
Roseann Novembrino was a courageous woman who did not rubber stamp things, recalled former Scranton Mayor Jim Connors. Novembrino, 83, the longtime city controller and West Scranton resident, died at Regional Hospital of Scranton on Thursday.

Times Leader

No. 20 Colorado out to end long skid at No. 2 Kansas
ARNIE STAPLETON BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The last time Colorado beat Kansas at storied Allen Fieldhouse, Buffaloes 56-year-old head coach Tad Boyle was playing for the Jayhawks. Boyle’s Buffs are off to their first 7-0 [...]

Indian woman who alleged gang rape dies after burn attack
NEW DELHI (AP) — An alleged rape victim in northern India set on fire on her way to a court hearing in the case she filed died in a hospital in New Delhi, officials said [...]

Cavaliers defend rookie coach John Beilein amid skid
By TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando’s big men and then defended his rookie coach. At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein’s back. Following a 93-87 loss to [...]

Indian woman who alleged gang-rape dies after burn attack
NEW DELHI (AP) — An alleged rape victim in northern India set on fire on her way to a court hearing in the case she filed died in a hospital in New Delhi, officials said [...]

Padres get Pham, Cronenworth from Rays for Renfroe
By BERNIE WILSON SAN DIEGO (AP) — General manager A.J. Preller continued to remake the San Diego Padres’ outfield, and added an intriguing two-way player as well. Preller acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake [...]

No. 13 Oregon ends No. 5 Utah’s playoff hopes with 37-15 win
By JOSH DUBOW SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — CJ Verdell ran for 208 yards and broke open the game with two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Oregon spoiled No. 5 [...]

PG&E says it has reached $13.5 billion wildfire settlement
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric says it has reached a $13.5 billion settlement that will resolve all major claims related to devastating wildfires blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence. The settlement, [...]

H.S. Football: Wyoming Area seeks one more memory in magical season
No matter what transpires in Hershey today, the Wyoming Area Warriors put together arguably the most memorable football season in school history. It comes to a climax starting at noon at Hersheypark Stadium as District [...]

Basketball roundup: Hazleton girls win rematch; WBA boys prevail in debut
HAZLE TWP. — It was pretty sloppy. It was a little too choppy. But at the end of the first day, it was a win for Hazleton Area. Missing star point guard Brooke Boretski, the [...]

Mission BBQ holds soft opening supporting USO; grand opening Monday
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A cheer went up at Mission BBQ when the clock struck 6 p.m., as dozens of people who gathered to take part in the restaurant’s soft opening on Friday night. But, considering [...]

Overcast and 29 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are Calm. The pressure is 1024.8 mb and the humidity is 66%. Last Updated on Dec 7 2019, 4:54 am EST.