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Crews battle massive blaze at scrap yard
LARKSVILLE — A massive fire broke out overnight at a sprawling scrap yard, burning through hundreds of crushed vehicles before being extinguished, according to firefighters. Crews were dispatched to James Tabit and Sons Scrap Metal and Auto Parts at 1151 Washington Ave. around 5:15 a.m.

Law to combat false claims a no-brainer
Some of the federal government’s most successful cases against Medicare fraud are the result of whistleblowers acting under the False Claims Act to expose the theft of public money. Most often, someone working at a hospital or for another provider reports fraudulent Medicare billing to authorities.

St. André Bessette Parish plans night at the races
Members of St. André Bessette Parish of Wilkes-Barre are planning a Night at the Races Saturday, Feb. 22, at St. Mary’s Byzantine Social Hall, 522 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 6 p.m. Racing begins at 7. Admission is $5. Food and beverages will be served.

Wilkes awarded $30K ‘It’s On Us’ grant
Wilkes University has been awarded $30,000 from a state “It’s On Us” grant to raise awareness about sexual and intimate-partner violence. The grant will be used for programs that educate and train students, faculty and staff on identifying, responding to and reporting sexual violence.

Court Notes 1/17/20
PROPERTY TRANSACTION • Michael K. Confer et al. to Michael A. Floren, $169,900; West Mount Airy Road, Kingston Twp. • Melissa A. Stuart et al. to Gary D. Williams, $123,000; Lake Twp.

WVC Swimming: Dallas sweeps Hazleton Area
Shane Szczecinski won the 200 free and 500 free for Dallas, its only individual double winner in a tightly contested 87-82 victory over Hazleton Area on Thursday in WVC swimming and diving.

Second Weis Markets location opens in the Back Mountain
DALLAS TWP. — A new Weis Markets store opened Thursday in the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas Twp. about a mile away from its other store on Memorial Highway in Dallas.

Girls Basketball: Hazleton Area storms back to down Wilkes-Barre Area
WILKES-BARRE — Watch out, Wyoming Valley Conference. Hazleton Area’s girls are back on a roll. The two-time defending District 2 Class 6A champion Cougars left no doubt Thursday they remain in the driver’s seat for a third title, overcoming a late deficit and beating newcomer Wilkes-Barre Area, 54-37, in WVC Division 1 basketball.

Wrestling: Tunkhannock puts up big score in win over Hanover Area
Tunkhannock won 12 weight classes and collected bonus points in all of them as the Tigers (2-0 Division 2) scored the most points in a Wyoming Valley Conference matchup this season during Thursday night’s home dual meet, beating Hanover Area 69-12.

Wilkes-Barre man charged with drug trafficking
WILKES-BARRE — A city man is facing drug-trafficking charges after police raided his home Thursday and found him in possession of drugs and a weapon, police said.


Super 16 Dream Team Showcase Announced!
WNEP-TV is proud to present the 17th Annual Super 16 Dream Team Showcase! It’s your first-hand look at our area’s top 32 high school football players.  You’ll meet the players from across Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.  Find out who was named Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Overall Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete.  We’ll honor an area coach with the George Curry Coach of the Year Award. Join us Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 7pm …

UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury Emergency Department Closing by End of January
SUNBURY, Pa. — A hospital that’s set to close in Sunbury will stop most of its services by the end of the month. UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury plans to close its emergency room and several other departments on Friday, January 31, 2020. All inpatient and outpatient surgical services will also end that day. UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury says it will offer the rest of its services until the hospital closes for good March 31, 2020.

Happy Birthday! Betty White Turns 98
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — A Golden Girl gets another candle on her birthday cake. Betty White turns 98 years young today! The six-time Emmy winner told Parade magazine that the secret to a long life is to “accentuate the positive, not the negative,” according to CNN. As for her diet, she says her favorite items include vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.” White’s career has lasted more than seven decades with appearances on both the small and big screen.

Hundreds of Cars Burning at Scrap Yard in Luzerne County
LARKSVILLE, Pa. — Hundreds of cars are burning at a junkyard in Luzerne County. Crews say the fire broke out at Tabits Scrap Yard in Larksville around 2 a.m. on Friday. Up to 500 cars are reportedly on fire at the place on Washington Avenue. There’s no cause yet. Tankers have been called in from all over Luzerne County to fight it.

States Sue USDA Over New Food Stamps Work Requirement
The District of Columbia and New York state filed a lawsuit along with 13 other states, including Pennsylvania, against the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday. It challenges the new Trump administration regulations that will require more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits. The move is a key part of the administration’s efforts to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the food stamp program is formally known. The new requirement, set to go into effect in April, …

Scranton Police Warning Residents Not to Leave Vehicles Running Unattended
SCRANTON, Pa. —  Scranton police are warning drivers to lock up their vehicles on frigid mornings. Car thieves are more active in the cold. When it’s this cold, it can be tempting to leave your car running to warm up. Scranton police say that’s what people are doing, and thieves are taking advantage. The department is warning people to keep their vehicles locked up, don’t leave them unattended, and don’t leave them running with the keys inside. The police chief …

Scranton Times

Crews battle massive blaze at Luzerne County scrap yard
A massive fire broke out overnight at a Plymouth scrap yard, burning through hundreds of crushed vehicles before being extinguished, according to firefighters. Crews were dispatched to James Tabit and Sons Scrap Metal and Auto Parts at 1151 Washington Ave. around 5:15 a.m.

St. Patrick's Parade Day set in Scranton
SCRANTON — The 59th annual St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Saturday, March 14, in downtown Scranton, the St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County announced today. Parade Day begins at 10 a.m. with Mass at St.

Charges dismissed against father in West Scranton toddler's death
A Lackawanna County judge dismissed involuntary manslaughter and other charges against the father of a West Scranton toddler who died after an improperly installed air conditioner blasted hot air into the room where she slept.

An anonymous letter mailed to the newspaper might describe a murder. Police would like to talk to the author
An anonymous letter mailed to a Times-Tribune reporter this week described what the author believes was a murder she overheard more than 30 years ago but never talked about. Now, Scranton police detectives would like to speak with her.

Taylor police seek dismissal of wrongful arrest lawsuit
A federal lawsuit filed by a Taylor man who was arrested after his wife falsely accused him of trying to shoot her should be dismissed because evidence shows police acted reasonably, an attorney for the borough says in court papers.

Clipboard, 1/17/2020
Abingtons Kindergarten registration: Abington Heights School District kindergarten registration for September. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 to attend kindergarten. Birth certificate, proof of residency and current immunizations must be provided.

Wyoming County Court Notes 1/17/2020
PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ■ Marlene Matosky to Kenneth F. Lanning, property in Monroe Twp. for $125,000. ■ LA Commercial Services LLC to Russell L. Zimmerman, Susan R. Zimmerman and Scott A. Zimmerman, property in Falls Twp. for $83,265.

Lackawanna County Court Notes 1/17/2020
MARRIAGE LICENSE • Irene Tetonis and Justin Peter Biondo, both of Jermyn. PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS • Antoinette Donato, Lackawanna County, to 1936E LLC, Dunmore; a property at 1936 Electric St., Dunmore, for $85,000.

Weis opens new Back Mountain store
DALLAS TWP. — A new Weis Markets store opened Thursday in the Country Club Shopping Center in Dallas Twp. about a mile away from its other store on Memorial Highway in Dallas.

State rep: Cellphone bill ‘makes it worse’
State Rep. Mike Carroll knows the dangers of cell phone use while driving. His wife’s parents were killed in a distracted driving crash in 2012 in Montgomery County.

Police seek Milford woman in bank fraud
Police say she faked the checks, faked who issued her the checks, even faked the issuer’s address. Maybe the only thing Shanita N. Thomas didn’t fake was her own name and the names of two banks with local branches that she drew into her scheme, police said.

Times Leader

US agency examining Tesla unintended acceleration complaint
By TOM KRISHER DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government’s auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla’s electric vehicles can suddenly accelerate on their own. An unidentified person petitioned the National [...]

Painting found in Italian gallery’s walls verified as Klimt
ROME (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a stolen painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls is Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady,” Italian prosecutors said Friday. A gardener reported finding an [...]

Michael Bloomberg outlines plans for cleaner buildings, cars
By KATHLEEN RONAYNE SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg would push for all new cars to be electric by 2035 and new buildings to produce zero carbon emissions by 2025 as part [...]

Global stocks inspired by US rally, hopes for Chinese growth
By JOE McDONALD Global stocks rose Friday, seemingly buoyed by high spirits on Wall Street, as new data suggested China’s economic slowdown may have stabilized and Washington and Beijing signed a trade deal. European indexes [...]

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa
By ELIAS MESERET and CARA ANNA ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in [...]

Libya’s rival military commander seeks support in Greece
By ELENA BECATOROS ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit [...]

Firefighters battling cold temps, flames at Larksville scrapyard

LARKSVILLE — Firefighters from several West Side companies are battling a fire involving multiple vehicles at James Tabit and Sons Scrapyard on Washington Avenue this morning.


Sales of flowers, pork push Dutch farm exports to new record
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch agriculture exports rose 4.6% in 2019 from the previous year to a new record of 94.5 billion euros ($105.2 billion), the country’s statistics office and a research organization said [...]

Crews round up over 1,700 piglets after semi overturns
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa had to round up more than 1,700 young pigs who were in a semi-trailer that overturned Thursday on a freeway just north of Des Moines. The crash [...]

Ghosn lawyers rebut new Nissan claims against fugitive exec
By YURI KAGEYAMA TOKYO (AP) — The legal team of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn issued a statement Friday refuting the latest allegations by the Japanese automaker against the fugitive businessman. Nissan Motor Co. on [...]

A Few Clouds and Breezy and 19 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
A Few Clouds and Breezy
Winds are from the North at 20.7 gusting to 25.3 MPH (18 gusting to 22 KT). The pressure is 1040.0 mb and the humidity is 57%. The wind chill is 3. Last Updated on Jan 17 2020, 9:54 am EST.