The Citizens' Voice

Update: Standoff in Nanticoke ends after man surrenders
NANTICOKE — The standoff on West Green Street Nanticoke has ended. The man, who police say threatened to shoot anyone who came near his house, exited the home that was surrounded by authorities.

Berwick softball player lands on SportsCenter
Berwick softball player Katie Starr had her SportsCenter moment Tuesday.

WVC Softball: Hazleton Area downs Dallas
Hazleton Area 11, Dallas 3 At Dallas, Marissa Trivelpiece and Olivia Wolk both homered and doubled, and Aleah Kost had five hits and knocked in three as Hazleton Area’s offense had plenty of pop against the Mounts.

Wyoming Valley West High School
Wyoming Valley West High School, for the third consecutive year, had a student earn a full scholarship to Wilkes University through the Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Contest. From left, are Brandon Lantz, third place finisher, and

As my second grade daughter and I recently cozied up in front of a movie with a huge bowl of popcorn, she asked me if popcorn is healthy. Her friends told her it isn’t, but we make it a lot as a snack, so she was confused. This perplexity isn’t surprising

West Side Career and Technology Center
West Side Career and Technology Center Computer Networking Security students recently participated in the second annual Drone Wars held at Bloomsburg University. The competition consisted of the students being able to hack into a drone, take control of it

3 men sought in series of Walmart thefts
Police are searching for three thieves who stole Beats headphones, baby formula and luggage at Walmart stores in Dickson City, Taylor and Pittston Twp. on Monday morning. Taylor Patrolman Brian Holland said the thieves tried to hammer their way into a gla

Deficiencies found in city's recycling program
WILKES-BARRE — The city has begun taking steps to comply with state commercial recycling requirements after an investigation by The Citizens’ Voice revealed deficiencies in the program. Most businesses in the city haven’t been submitting annual recycling

WVC TRACK & FIELD: Tunkhannock sweeps Meyers
At Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium, Tunkhannock and Meyers entered a boys track and field meet tied in their division standings, and only six points separated the two teams after Tuesday’s meet.

WVC TENNIS: Dallas still perfect
At Crestwood, Dallas kept its perfect season alive with a dominant 4-0 win over the Comets on Tuesday. Dom Rizzo was perfect in No. 3 singles.


Body of Missing 5-Year-Old Illinois Boy Found
CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Sources tell WGN the body of Andrew “AJ” Freund, a 5-year-old boy missing from Crystal Lake, has been found. Earlier Wednesday, investigators returned to the family home and removed several items, including a shovel, a mattress, two lawn bags and a large bin. The family dog was also removed from the home by Animal Control officials. Meanwhile, the FBI, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and Crystal Lake police were at a rural area in Woodstock about 15 minutes

Keeping The Sparkle Alive In Pottsville
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Window by window, volunteers worked to save Pottsville’s Thompson Building Wednesday morning. They washed the old, dirty windows and applied colorful geometric decals. Their motto? Keep the sparkle alive. “I learned years ago an old adage: all that glitters is not gold. all that glitters will be sold. The idea is to give this a little bit more curb appeal,” said David Clews, President of the Pottsville Business Association. The Thompson Building has stood at the corner

Police Standoff in Nanticoke
NANTICOKE, Pa. -- Police are dealing with a standoff situation at a home on West Green Street in Nanticoke.

Walgreens Raising Minimum Tobacco Sales Age to 21 After FDA Pressure
Walgreens has risen the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 years old after it received criticism from the FDA earlier this year for selling tobacco products to minors. The policy will be implemented chain-wide starting Sept. 1, the drug store company announced Tuesday in a press release, calling the change “the most recent step in an ongoing effort to further prevent youth access to tobacco products.” In early April, Illinois joined the ranks of a number of US states who have raised

This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life: Mentored Youth Turkey Hunt
This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, we’ll take a young hunter on his very first turkey hunt.  We’ll start with a turkey calling  and a shotgun patterning lesson and then hit the woods for an action packed hunt.  We’ve got all that plus Pennsylvania People and Places and a product giveaway, Sunday night at 6:30 only on WNEP.

Deadly Crash on Interstate 80 in Monroe County
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The coroner has been called to a crash involving a tractor-trailer in Monroe County.

Scranton Times

Standoff in Nanticoke involving man with crossbow ends
NANTICOKE - City and state police are engaged in a standoff with a man who has threatened to shoot people with a crossbow, police said.

Pennsylvania woman killed when she falls into meat grinder at work
MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed when she fell into a meat grinder at a processing plant in northern Pennsylvania.

Police investigating Merli Veterans' Center assault
City police are investigating an assault that occurred Monday afternoon at the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center.

Former treasurer takes blame for Jefferson Twp. ambulance association theft
SCRANTON — The Jefferson Twp. Ambulance Association’s former treasurer publicly admitted Tuesday to ripping off the group over many years, but a judge delayed her sentencing so she can finalize a way to pay back the money.

Report: Some pollution improves, ozone remains a threat to public health
In one breath, an American Lung Association report applauds Northeast Pennsylvania for stellar air quality. In the next, it sounds a warning.

Old Forge hires new solicitor
OLD FORGE — Old Forge graduate and attorney Noah Katz was appointed the district’s solicitor Tuesday.

Armed Forces Day parade route set
The Armed Forces Day parade will step off on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m.

Chief of Staff Pantuso surrenders claim to tax-and-trash-fee delinquent properties, brother paying debts
Lackawanna County Chief of Staff Fran Pantuso no longer shares ownership of six Scranton properties associated with tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent city taxes and garbage fees.

Chris Kelly: Deadbeat keeping his distance
The city’s biggest garbage fee deadbeat is a mystery man who owes nearly a quarter of a million dollars in delinquent city, school and county taxes, fees and penalties.

Women's work release apartments to cost about $72,000
SCRANTON — Renewing leases for female work-release inmates at a downtown apartment building will cost more than originally expected, including the expense of renting a fourth apartment there.

Penns Woods financial company posts first-quarter gains
WILLIAMSPORT First-quarter earnings jumped nearly 22 percent for Luzerne Bank’s parent company. Penns Woods Bancorp Inc., based in Williamsport, posted net income of $3.9 million for the three months ended March 31, the company announced. That’s up from e

Times Leader

Man surrenders in Nanticoke standoff
NANTICOKE — A man has surrendered this afternoon following a standoff that shut down a large area of the city after he allegedly threatened to shoot people with a crossbow over being served with mental [...]

Bereaved mom’s emotional presentation warns Nanticoke students about distracted driving
NANTICOKE — The mother of Paul Miller Jr. Tuesday told several hundred Greater Nanticoke Area students that her son did everything right on July 5, 2010. But the driver of the tractor-trailer traveling in the [...]

Bridge deal, delinquent fees discussed at Wilkes-Barre council work session
WILKES-BARRE — The city and Hanover Township will maintain the new bridge planned for Division Street bridge and split the $169,000 in engineering costs for its construction under the terms of cooperative agreement between the [...]

Luzerne County hires lobbyist firm
Luzerne County now officially has its own lobbyist firm to fight for funding and other goals. After hearing a presentation from Harrisburg-based Maverick Strategies, a council majority voted Tuesday to grant county Manager C. David [...]

H.S Softball: Alexa McHugh leads Pittston Area past rival Wyoming Area
HUGHESTOWN — Choosing a game MVP can be a difficult task. Not so Tuesday because Alexa McHugh left no doubt who was the best player on the softball field. The Pittston Area senior pitched a [...]

WVC baseball: Lake-Lehman rebounds to beat Meyers
LEHMAN TWP. — Lake-Lehman was hit with its first loss of its Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 schedule last week to Hanover Area. The Black Knights needed to rebound quickly because on Tuesday they faced [...]

Man of the Week: Ardest (MAN) Maldonado
Age: 45 Location: Kingston What would your last meal be? Steak & Yellow Rice How would your friends best describe you? Funny, Honest, Sarcastic, Caring & Helpful What motivates you to succeed? My 5 Children, [...]

Your view: Stuttering goes beyond English speakers
I commend Misericordia University and their Speech Language Pathology department for offering the symposium “Real Life Solutions to Working with Clients with Fluency Disorders” on May 10. If I may, I would like to mention [...]

Their view: Is 70 the new 50 for presidential candidates?
Septuagenarians rock? A sizzling 76, former Vice President/U.S. Senator/Serial Hugger Joe Biden is expected to announce within days that he will make his third run for the White House. His age will be an issue [...]

Luzerne County DA issues warning about phone scam
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis issued a warning Tuesday about a phone scam that involves spoofing to falsely make it appear the call is originating from the county courthouse main telephone line: 570-825-1500. Salavantis [...]

Fair and 61 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are Northwest at 9.2 MPH (8 KT). The pressure is 1010.1 mb and the humidity is 44%. The wind chill is 60. Last Updated on Apr 24 2019, 12:54 pm EDT.