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Harveys Lake gets state grant to eradicate invasive hydrilla
HARVEYS LAKE — A state grant of more than $208,000 will help Harveys Lake continue work to eliminate an invasive aquatic plant from the lake. The borough earned a $208,870 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greene



Man accused of killing 3-year-old in Berwick arrested in Florida
A man who police say killed a 3-year-old girl in Berwick was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Thursday in Florida. U.S. Marshals and Port Orange, Fla., police arrested Michael Crimi in Volusia County, Florida. He is being extradited to Pennsylvania. Berwick p



Hanover Twp. makes fire chief a full-time job
HANOVER TWP. — Joe Temarantz works tirelessly as Hanover Twp. fire chief, but it has long been considered a volunteer or part-time position that only paid a small stipend. That’s about to change. The department, with funding from the township, is making t


Union bosses get probation for raiding account
SCRANTON — Two Wilkes-Barre union bosses were sentenced Wednesday to probation for stealing from their local union, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Michael Evans, 57, and William Uggiano, 60, were sentenced to two years of probation for stealing


Mini market to open in Hanover Industrial Park
HANOVER TWP. — Plans are underway to open an upscale mini market with fresh food as well as gas and diesel pumps at the entrance to the Hanover Industrial Park. Deep Oasis LLC purchased Earth Conservancy mine-scarred land for the development for $240,000,



LCTA fares will increase next year
The cost of public transportation in Luzerne County will rise next year. The Luzerne County Transportation Authority board of directors this week approved rate adjustments for 2018 that will take effect on Jan. 5. The new rates include the first increase


Commonwealth cuts ties with medical college
Commonwealth Health is ending its teaching relationship with Scranton-based Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. The move brings to the surface heated competition between Commonwealth, a subsidiary of Community Health Systems, headquartered in Tenne


Scouting report: Pens travel to Hartford, Bridgeport
Winners of two straight, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are set for a Connecticut doubleheader with games against the Hartford Wolf Pack and Bridgeport Sound Tigers this weekend.


Alabama voters deserve credit for Jones win
Americans wondering when enough political dysfunction is enough might have gotten their answer Tuesday from voters in deep-red Alabama, who elected a Democratic U.S. senator for the first time in a quarter century. Even before Republican nominee Roy Moore


Court notes 12/15/17
COURT NOTES PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS n Janine M. Alexis to Peter Kuscavage et al., $79,900; Nanticoke. nJay S. Meyer et al. to Kathleen P. Doyle, $182,000; Lehman Twp. n Jeanine Wolczyk to 2.0 Holdings, $105,000; East Main St., Wilkes-Barre. n Anthony P. Sid


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Last Day to Sign up for Obamacare Is Here
Time is running out to sign up for Obamacare for 2018. Open enrollment ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 15 for residents in the 39 states that use the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. More people have signed up for policies than at this time a year ago, but Obamacare supporters fear that many potential enrollees may not realize that the Trump administration cut the sign-up season in half. In fact, 56% of those consumers shopping online for health insurance at eHealth said they


Mom Arrested After Son Has 323 Hospital Visits, 13 Major Surgeries
DALLAS — A Texas woman was arrested after allegedly taking her healthy son to the hospital 323 times and making him undergo 13 major surgeries over the last eight years, according to The Star-Telegram. Kaylene Bowen was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with injury to a child. The 34-year-old woman claimed her 8-year-old son Christopher was dying from a rare genetic disorder and was in need of a transplant due to lung cancer, according to CBS DFW. Christopher’s father,


Faulty Furnace Blamed for Pittston Fire
PITTSTON — A faulty furnace is getting the blame for a fire at a home in Luzerne County. Nine people live in the double block on East Columbus Avenue in Pittston. However, only five were inside when the flames sparked just before 1 a.m. on Friday. They all got out okay. One woman who lives there with her four children tells Newswatch 16 there was some kind of problem with an oil delivery Thursday morning. Investigators are still looking into exactly


Doctor Accused of Spiking Pregnant Girlfriend’s Tea with Abortion Pill
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A doctor is facing several charges after his girlfriend said he spiked her drink with an abortion pill, causing her to lose her unborn baby, according to WROC. Brook Fiske and Sikander Imran had been dating on and off for three years, when Imran, a doctor, moved from Rochester to Arlington, Va., for a new job. That’s when he learned Fiske was pregnant. “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into


Talkback Feedback: Agendas
Newswatch 16 definitely doesn’t have an agenda. Just focus on the backyard train… That’s right, the train… You are getting sleepy…


Beyond the 7-day: clearly a clear as mud Christmas forecast
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a little over a week away.  Where did 2017 go?  That’s a totally separate question from the usual suspects this time of year.  Those questions being will it snow on Christmas and/or will it be a white Christmas?  As the title to this edition of “Beyond the 7-day” suggests, it’s not a clear cut answer. The image above shows the 500mb height anomaly for Christmas Day… which is basically saying what the


Scranton Times



Second man charged in deadly Wayne County home invasion
A day after a victim in a violent home invasion in Wayne County died, prosecutors announced they have a second man in custody for the crime.



Scranton School District may lay off 89 teachers
SCRANTON — The Scranton School District may lay off 89 teachers — mostly those who teach art, music, physical education, library, industrial arts, and family and consumer sciences.



Commonwealth Health severs ties with medical school
Commonwealth Health is ending its teaching relationship with Scranton-based Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.



Namedropper 12/15/2017
Local student helps homeless Peace Lutheran Church’s confirmation student, Elizabeth Kramer, coordinated the collection of personal care items, non-perishable food and warm hats and gloves to fill backpacks to distribute to the homeless women and men



Would-be cop killer gets 179-358 years
WILKES-BARRE — Confronted by what effectively would be a life sentence, Walmart shooter Scott Sargent appeared in court for sentencing Thursday and opted against apologizing.


Lackawanna County Court Notes 12/15/2017
MARRIAGE LICENSES n Wilson Padilla and Yahismar Hernandez-Rodriguez, both of Wilkes-Barre. n William L. Bosley Jr., Scranton, and Amanda Sophia Sciarrotta, Middletown, N.Y.



50 Years Ago - Approval given to fight Throop mine fire
The federal government gave its approval for a $1.2 million project to put out the Throop borough mine fire near the Keystone Industrial Park.


Old Forge School Board gets new member
OLD FORGE — Jenna Jones Shotwell’s main goal as the newest Old Forge School Board member is to provide the best educational opportunities for the district’s students.


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Blakely Santa visit: Santa Claus will tour Peckville on Wilson Fire Company 1’s firetruck, Saturday, Dec. 23, starting at 5 p.m.; Santa and helpers will distribute candy to all kids en route; arrange personal visits for ill or disabled children by notifyi


Public transportation fares in Luzerne County to rise next year
The cost of public transportation in Luzerne County will rise next year.


Clarks Summit police launches camera registry program
CLARKS SUMMIT — Borough police are asking residents and businesses to register surveillance cameras to aid in future criminal investigations.


Times Leader


Wilkes president leads area college and university heads in compensation

Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy again had the highest pay among local college and university leaders, according to an annual report, with total compensation of of $386,674 in 2015. But as usual, the pay is relatively modest when compared to president pay at other institutions nationwide. The Chronicle of Higher Education posted it’s annual database […]

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College Corner: Coughlin grad Madisyn Hawkins providing depth for Lehigh indoor track and field

Veteran Lehigh track coach Matt Utesch has a problem. But it’s a good problem. The Mountain Hawks have a talented pole vaulter in junior Kaitlyn Toman. They also have a talented freshman pole vauler in Madisyn Hawkins, and Hawkins, a Coughlin grad, broke Toman’s school indoor record at Lehigh’s Fast Times Before Finals meet last […]

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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, […]

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WBS Penguins look to continue win streak on the road

There’s a reason why the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are happy to hit the road this weekend for a pair of games in Connecticut. Granted, the Penguins record against this weekend’s opponents — Hartford and Bridgeport — was a combined 13-0-1-0 last season and 30-9-1-0 over the last five years, but that successful track record isn’t the […]

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Concert Listings: Dec. 15 through 21

THIS WEEK: Dec. 15 through 21 Venite: A Lyric Consort Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, with carols and songs of Advent and Christmas, $10 adults, all students free with current ID. Info, 570-343-6707, www.lyricconsort.com. Trapt: Acoustic Night with Chris Taylor Brown, the guitarist and lead vocalist […]

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Events Listings: Dec. 15 through 21

THIS WEEK: Dec. 15 through 21 Coat Drive, held by Eye Care Specialists, Kingston, through Dec. 15 for kids and families associated with Luzerne County Head Start. Collection boxes are placed at the Toyota SportsPlex on Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre. There will also be a collection box at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home game on Dec. […]

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Theater listings: Dec. 15 through 21

THIS WEEK: Dec. 15 through Dec. 21 A Christmas Carol, a stage adaptation of the classic holiday ghost story by Charles Dickens. Through 17. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Tickets cost $17 and are available at LTWB.org and 570-823-1875. Miracle on 34th Street, […]

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Outdoors: Dec. 15 through 21

THIS WEEK: Dec. 15 through 21 Cherry Run Trail-Connector (Little Cherry Run) at Ricketts Glen State Park. Moderate 6 mile hike. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 17 and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-388-4060. Sponsored by Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. West […]

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In theaters now

In theaters now: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI — Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and […]

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Exhibit Listings: Dec. 15 through 21

This Week: Dec. 15 through 21 ONGOING EXHIBITS 15 Minutes: From Image to Icon, featuring the works of iconic pop artist Andy Warhol. Through Dec. 20. Sordoni Art Gallery, 141 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursay; noon to 5 p.m. […]

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