The Citizens' Voice

INDYCAR: Drivers show their mettle after Wickens' crash at Pocono
For almost two hours Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the drivers waited. First, they were concerned over the condition of rookie Robert Wickens, who was severely injured in a crash on Lap 7 of the IndyCar Series race when his car became airborne and slammed int

Court Notes
PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS n Louis R. Verdetto et al. to David Prezelski et al., $412,500; Rice Twp. n Rodney R. Heckert to Bonnie D. Gemmell, $120,000; Conyngham. n Sand Springs Development Corporation to Steven A. Carlino et al., $280,728; Butler Twp. n Nels

Eliminating school propertytaxes topic of hearing in W-B
WILKES-BARRE — The debate over eliminating school property taxes highlighted a hearing Monday hosted by a group of state House Democrats. Two advocates of eliminating school property taxes testified before the 10-member House Democratic Policy Committee,

Forty Fort Lions make donation
Forty Fort Lions Club recently made a donation to the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. The Lions have been a sponsor of the WVCA since 2002. WVCA is dedicated to nurturing the development potential of all children. Their staff continually educate an

Release copies of income taxes
Editor: Since Republican Congressional candidate John Chrin is so good at releasing other people’s taxes, maybe he can release copies of Trump’s and Wagner’s federal income taxes. This way we can see how much they made and how little they paid. Patrick Sm

Turnpike traffic altered around Lehigh Tunnel this week
CARBON COUNTY — Traffic around the Lehigh Tunnel on Interstate 476 may be slower this week while workers perform safety inspections. The Lehigh Tunnel will change to single-lane traffic in each direction for three days while one section is closed for work

Dallas’ Paczewski makes grand entrance, wins Tryba
EXETER — Logan Paczewski played spectacularly. Brett Ostroski was every bit as excellent. If coach Jane Kilduff had it her way, the Dallas teammates who each shot 2-under-par 69 would have shared Monday’s championship at Fox Hill’s Tryba Preseason Tournam

Why would anyone support Trump?
Editor: I am a very vocal and animated foe of the Trump government and I am trying to understand why anyone would be a supporter. I hear their cry to “Lock her up.” I hear the “build the wall” chants. I am trying to be empathetic when I say: “Why?” You sa

Wyoming council continued unpaid suspension of police commissioner
WYOMING — Wyoming Borough Council continued the unpaid suspension of police commissioner Michael J. Flanagan, who is being investigated for a theft from his former employer. Flanagan, of Harding, was charged with theft in July. The charges allege that he

Mom of Ross Elementary students addresses board over security plan
LEHMAN TWP. — The mother of Ross Elementary School students said Monday she plans to pull her children out of the school and educate them through a cyber school because she opposes the plan for a constable to provide security at the school. Ross Twp. resi


Missing 20-Year-Old College Student, Mollie Tibbetts, Found Dead in Iowa: Sources
BROOKLYN, Iowa — Nearly a month after she was reported missing, Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts has been found dead, according to WHO-TV. Greg Willey of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa told WHO-TV a close friend of the Tibbetts’ family called him Tuesday morning and told him the body of Mollie Tibbetts has been found. Investigators had been searching for clues and conducting hundreds of interviews in the search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets. It’s still unclear what happened to the

Animal Crackers Uncaged After 116 Years
The animals have been uncaged. After 116 years, the animals shown on the front of Barnum’s Animals, the animal cracker packaged and sold by Nabisco, are no longer shown in cages. The gorilla, giraffe, lion, zebra, and elephant are instead shown roaming a grassland field. The change comes following a 2016 complaint from PETA. “Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and the public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco

Community Says Goodbye to 11-Year-Old Girl With Harry Potter-Themed Funeral
KOKOMO, Ind. – Ryana Alexis Nix lost her fight with Leukemia last week, so family, friends, and complete strangers came together to say goodbye to the 11-year-old in a magical way. To pay tribute to Ryana’s love of Harry Potter, her mom Kayla Beatty and the staff at the Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home discussed a Harry Potter theme for her funeral. Her family told WXIN she read every book. Dozens of fans who do not even know the family came

2018 People and Places Slideshow #8
Share your photos with us in the Pennsylvania People and Places Slideshow. Every now and then we will choose a few of them to air in the Pennsylvania People and Places segment on the show. Be sure to include your name and home town and keep your submission under 320 characters, as well as enough information about the photo for us to write a good story. *Please Keep submissions to under 320 characters!! Longer entries will be cut off on

Colorado Suspect Says He Killed Wife After He Saw Her Strangling Daughter, Affidavit Says
FREDERICK, Colo. — A murder suspect told police in Colorado he strangled his pregnant wife in a rage after he saw her on a baby monitor strangling the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Celeste, according to court documents. Chris Watts said the couple’s other daughter, Bella, 4, was already “sprawled out” on the bed and blue in the couple’s bedroom, according to an arrest affidavit from Frederick police. Watts confessed to burying his wife, Shanann Watts, 34, near two oil tanks and

Business Owner Accused of Having Drugs, Running From Police in Berwick
BERWICK, Pa. — A business owner is behind bars accused of having drugs and running from police in Columbia County. Officers say Marc Bankes tried to take off on a motorcycle Saturday after police spotted marijuana at his store in Berwick. There was a struggle and an officer was dragged alongside the bike. Investigators also say they found drugs in Bankes’ backpack when he was arrested.

Scranton Times

Boil water advisory lifted in Old Forge
OLD FORGE — A boil advisory is lifted in the areas of Austin Heights and north and west Old Forge, Pennsylvania American Water announced today. The utility company collected samples on Sunday and Monday and the test results were acceptable. The state Depa

‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt coming to Kirby Center
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band will bring his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Soulfire TeachRock Tour on Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Another hearing set to begin in Penn State frat death case
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former members of a Penn State fraternity are due in court for a preliminary hearing on charges related to the February 2017 death of a pledge after a night of hazing and drinking.

Woman faces felonies after DUI crash in Dunmore that broke woman's leg
A 33-year-old Tafton woman faces two felony charges after police say she was drunk when she crashed head-on into another vehicle in Dunmore, causing a woman to break a leg.

Crews respond to report of fire in West Scranton
SCRANTON City firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the city’s Westside on Monday night.

Teen pedestrian injured in hit and run crash
MOUNT POCONO — A teenager suffered injuries after a 71-year-old hit her with a vehicle and then fled the scene, Pocono Mountain Regional police said.

Three charged for robbery after fight in South Scranton
Scranton police charged three men from the city after a fight Sunday at a store in South Side turned into a robbery.

North Pocono offers grief counseling in wake of 17-year-old's death
Grief counselors were available Monday at North Pocono middle and high schools after a 17-year-old senior’s death Saturday night.

Abuse survivors group discusses diocese grand jury report in Scranton
SCRANTON — Tim Lennon remembered the sexual abuse he suffered 30 years after it happened.

Sewer line installation firm sues Pittston Twp. for pay, damages
PITTSTON TWP. — The contractor completing a sewer line installation in Pittston Twp. sued the township’s sewer authority, saying it is owed almost $200,000 the authority refuses to pay, plus damages.

Lackawanna County Court Notes 8/21/2018
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Marissa Ann Talerico and Corey Lambert Ottaviani, both of Easton, Md. ■ Patrick Joseph Simoncini and Chelsea Marie Verrastro, both of Dunmore.

Times Leader

Record-setting for Mountaineers at Tryba Tournament
EXETER — It didn’t take long for the Dallas golf team to rebound from last season. The Mountaineers dominated in the annual Tryba Memorial Tournament on Monday at Fox Hill Country Club. Not only did [...]

‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt bringing Disciples of Soul to Kirby Center
WILKES-BARRE — Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band will bring his band — Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul — to the F.M. Kirby Center for [...]

University of Scranton renaming buildings in wake of scandal
SCRANTON — In response to Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, the University of Scranton announced Monday that it is renaming several buildings that had been previously named for [...]

Penn State ranked No. 10 in preseason AP poll
Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. Penn State will start its College Football Playoff push with another top-10 ranking. The Crimson Tide is just the second [...]

WVC girls tennis season opens with a jolt
Another high school girls tennis season opened Monday in the Wyoming Valley Conference. And one of the biggest questions was if anyone could end the winning streak of three-time champ Hazleton Area. Wyoming Seminary quickly [...]

Wyoming divided over embattled borough manager
WYOMING — Multiple discussions over the roles and responsibilities of Borough Manager Tamra Smith dominated Monday night’s Wyoming Borough Council meeting, ultimately resulting in a denied motion to terminate Smith near the meeting’s end. Smith, [...]

Sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen
NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, could be charged before the end of the month with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing other financial [...]

Rocket who? New team learns about Ismail Jr. and his dad
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wanna feel old? Most of the members of the Wyoming football team hadn’t heard of Rocket Ismail Jr.’ dad when he signed with the Cowboys. “Honestly, I didn’t know anything about his [...]

NYS had two sewage discharges into Susquehanna
It turns out there have been two discharges of untreated wastewater by the City of Binghamton, N.Y., into the Susquehanna River this month, and last week’s totalled more than initially reported. A public safety alert [...]

Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify ‘unknowns’ dies
HONOLULU (AP) — A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack died Monday at age 97. Ray Emory lived through the early morning Japanese aerial bombing but never [...]

Overcast and 71 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are Variable at 3.5 MPH (3 KT). The pressure is 1017.3 mb and the humidity is 73%. Last Updated on Aug 21 2018, 10:54 am EDT.