The Citizens' Voice

Soper: Resignation is unrelated to casino woes
Bobby Soper, who resigned last Tuesday as president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, wants to clarify the circumstances under which he is parting ways with the organization.

Misericordia to arm some campus safety personnel
The Misericordia University Board of Trustees approved a resolution that enables the university to arm a component of the department of campus safety, according to a university news release.

'Whose Line is it Anyway?' stars to perform in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will perform their live improv show, The Scared Scriptless Tour, at the F.M. Kirby Center on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m.

District 2 basketball playoffs at a glance

Holy Redeemer
Holy Redeemer High School’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) recently hosted nearly 70 select middle school students at the Holy Redeemer Leadership Conference, held at the school. The theme for the day was “By Royal Works We Show Our Faith,” and particip

Today's Hot Shot
A man walks along the river in Wilkes-Barre as clouds roll in on Feb. 8. This photo was taken by Christopher Dolan, staff photographer.

Penguins drop 3rd straight game
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Even though the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins exited the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday with their first three-game losing streak of the season, coach Clark Donatelli wasn’t inclined to be harsh on his team. “It’s the first time we’ve

Recent sightings of snowy owls in NEPA
Editor: Recent sightings in Northeastern Pennsylvania of the visiting snowy owl shows this beautiful and majestic bird is appreciated by so many local residents. We have a unique opportunity with the influx of snowy owls in our region to connect to a plac

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas recently held a Valentine breakfast to culminate their annual Valentine project. The project celebrates the families of the Head Start program located at the church. The congregation, along with Lehman-Idetown United Met

Children need a good environment and proper conditions to grow
Because we are in February, my writing this month should normally have a Valentine’s Day theme or some other message that really warms the heart. The truth is, however, that I am not feeling much love for that silly groundhog at the moment, and I am very


Lackawanna League Wrestling Championship Look Back
League champions were crowed inside the squared-circle this weekend. Plenty of locals competed in the Lackawanna League Championships. Winners included Brandon Judge of Valley View with a fall and William Evanitsky of Scranton wit a major decision. Steve Lloyd was in Wallenpaupack this weekend to chat with some champs.

Happy 105th Birthday, Roger Homeyer
HAMLIN — A man from Wayne County celebrated a big birthday this Presidents Day. When he was born, William Howard Taft was president, the titanic was still in dry dock and Babe Ruth was still two years away from setting foot on a major league baseball field. Roger Homeyer celebrated a landmark birthday where he wants to be — at a Chinese restaurant in Hamlin. “I think I’m the happiest guy in the world,” he said. Roger just turned 105

A Snowy Presidents Day
We enjoyed a pretty mild Presidents Day and the weekend was downright warm, but that was not the case on Presidents Day back in 2003. More than two feet of snow fell across much of our area. Mike Stevens took a tour of a snow-covered Wayne County as we head Back Down The Pennsylvania Road.

Dog Dies in Pittston Fire
PITTSTON — A dog died in a fire Monday afternoon in Luzerne County. A home on Landon Street in Pittston caught fire around 3:30 p.m. The fire chief tells us two people who were home at the time got out safely but their dog died. The home is gutted There is no word on the cause.

Warm Weather Creates Concern for Some Fruit Farmers
LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP — A February day warm enough to go outside and play football is, for most of us, considered a good day, but some farmers feel differently. “That’s where the problem comes in. It’s a little too early for this kind of weather,” said John Lorson. It’s a waiting game for John Lorson and his family. Right now the trees at A.P. Lorson fruit farm near Jersey Shore are bare. “Apples, peaches, cherries; sweet and sour,” said Lorson. The

Friends Remember Crash Victims in the Poconos
PARADISE TOWNSHIP — All that’s left on Carlton Road near Mount Pocono are some flare marks and flowers after a motorcycle crash took the lives of two people on Sunday evening. Christopher Shanaberger from Mount Pocono and passenger Angela Mistkowski from Cresco died in the wreck. “I came to pay my respects and say goodbye to a very good friend,” said Debra Price, Mount Pocono. Authorities say Christopher Shanaberger lost control of the motorcycle while trying to make a left

Scranton Times

Tools stolen in Scranton burglary
SCRANTON — A large amount of tools and two bicycles were stolen in a reported burglary Sunday in Scranton, city police said. Police believe the burglary on the 2600 block of North Main Avenue happened sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, L

Two die in Monroe County crash
PARADISE TWP. — A man and woman died Sunday in a motorcycle crash on Sunday in Monroe County, state police at Swiftwater said.

Misericordia to arm some campus safety personnel
The Misericordia University Board of Trustees approved a resolution that enables the university to arm a component of the department of campus safety, according to a university news release.

Man, woman killed in motorcycle crash in Poconos
CRESCO, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed in the crash of a motorcycle in the Poconos over the weekend.

Six-year-old identified as victim in fatal fire
WINDHAM TWP. — A 6-year-old boy has been identified as the victim of a fatal fire last week in Wyoming County, state police at Tunkhannock said. Logan Richard Belcher died in the fire at 2067 Golden Hill Road in Windham Twp. at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday,

Foghat to headline Rock 107 Birthday Bash
If you’re in the mood and the rhythm is right, then Thursday, April 13, will be a great night to move to the music of Foghat. The English-born, platinum record-holding band makes its way to the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Twp., that night as headliner

Scranton woman killed in Roaring Brook traffic accident
A 95-year-old Scranton woman who died in a Sunday afternoon crash in Roaring Brook Twp. appeared to have run a stop sign, township police said this morning.

Sunday's high of 65 degrees topped 1990 record
SCRANTON — Temperatures Sunday in Northeast Pennsylvania soared past a record high set in 1997, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday Update: Lackawanna commissioners to soon get reassessment recommendation
The Lackawanna County administration continues to research whether to conduct the first countywide reassessment of property values in nearly a half-century.

Sargento recalls cheese
SCRANTON — Sargento Foods recalled several cheese products from area grocery stores after finding a possible listeria contamination.

Government offices, banks closed for Presidents Day
SCRANTON — Today is Presidents Day, the federal holiday on which president George Washington’s birthday is observed.

Times Leader

Fee-free day a big hit with Steamtown visitors
SCRANTON — Retirees Tom and Rita Zimmerman make it a point to take a day trip from their home in Nazareth once a week. Monday found the couple at Steamtown National Historic Site’s “fee-free day,” learning about both trains and history. Tom said, in his mind’s eye, he could picture passengers of a train as […]

Pittston fire under investigation, dog killed in blaze
PITTSTON — A dog died in a fire that heavily damaged a house on Landon Street here Monday afternoon. But two people inside got out safely, Pittston fire chief Jim Rooney said. “We had heavy fire on the first floor. Three people live there. Two people were home at the time,” Rooney said. There were […]

Police: Man involved in domestic dispute also drunk
WILKES-BARRE — A man was arrested after police deemed him to be a danger to himself. According to police, Ronald Yale, 58, of Wilkes-Barre, said officers responded at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 11 to a domestic dispute on Scott Street. Yale was a party in the fight and police observed him to be visibly intoxicated in […]

Police arrest man allegedly stealing scrap material
WILKES-BARRE — Police arrested a man for trespassing and theft after he was found removing scrap material from a dumpster. According to police, Stanley F. Denniston, 42, of Wilkes-Barre, was arrested at 6:33 p.m. Friday after a 42-year-old unnamed female reported Denniston on her property. Denniston was found depositing debris in her dumpster and removing […]

Police asking for assistance in locating vehicle
HANOVER TWP. — Police are asking for assistance in locating a vehicle stolen from the Lee Park section of the township. According to police, a gold colored 2000 Jeep Cherokee displaying Pennsylvania plate KBA-3484 was stolen from a Lee Park Avenue residence early Wednesday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hanover Township […]

Beyond the Byline: Seeing a favorite band live for the first time
It’s finally going to happen. It was announced on Feb. 13 that Metallica is going on a nationwide tour, its “WorldWired Tour 2017.” As luck would have it, Philadelphia is one of the tour destinations. When I posted the announcement on my Facebook page, my best friend, Jake, had a simple question. “Which one we […]

Building trades and construction career fair is Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE — Those looking for positions or more information about the construction industry are invited to attend the Pennsylvania CareerLink building and trades industry event and job fair Wednesday. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at CareerLink’s 32 E. Union St. location, will feature employers and training providers from […]

Live stream of the special town-hall event ‘Guns in America’
Live stream of the special town-hall event ‘Guns in America’

Times Leader

Saidman announces run for Luzerne County Council
Sheila Saidman, a Democrat from Kingston, is running for a seat on the Luzerne County Council. Saidman, 67, is a longtime county resident, grew up in Noxen before moving to Kingston and graduated from the first class of Wyoming Valley West. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from […]

Special coverage: Live stream of the town-hall event “Guns in America”
Beginning at 7 p.m., the Times Leader is live-streaming coverage of a special town-hall event from Harrisburg entitled “Guns in America.” Please scroll down to view a live stream of the event.