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  • In Pittston, it's about quality, not quantity Which came first, the Tomato Festival or the Quality Tomato Capital of the World? Pittston Tomato Festival organizers say both the event and the city’s image started with one thing — a “quality” tomato grown in Pittston soil. “Our tomatoes are from acidic | 8/21/2014
  • Reputed drug dealer, gang member found with $50G in drugs Third time’s the charm, law enforcement hopes. | 8/20/2014
  • North Scranton man sentenced to 10 to 25 years for sexually assaulting girl A North Scranton man who sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl will spend at least a decade in state prison. | 8/20/2014
  • Officials: U.S. tried to rescue Foley WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration of | 8/20/2014
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  • Butler, Sugarloaf to study regional force further Supervisors of Butler and Sugarloaf townships hope to learn from communities that have merged police forces now that they’ve started evaluating whether their two police departments could combine. The supervisors met privately Tuesday evening with their po | 8/21/2014
  • Briefs, Aug. 21 For a complete list of briefs, please see our web site at standardspeaker.com. ❏ WEATHERLY SEEKS GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH - Applications are now being accepted for the position of Weatherly Area High School girls varsity basketball coach. Candidates should | 8/21/2014
  • Crestwood golfers defeat Hazleton Area; MMI tops Meyers Crestwood’s Shane Angle and MMI’s Sam Harman both fired rounds in the 30s to help their teams beat Hazleton Area and Meyers, respectively, in Wyoming Valley Conference golf action Wednesday. In Schuylkill League play, Lehighton edged Tamaqua by one point | 8/21/2014
  • Season tickets, Aug. 21 ❏ HAZLETON AREA - Season tickets for the Hazleton Area football games are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the athletic office. There is also a special twilight sale night tonight from 5-7 at Harman-Geist Memorial | 8/21/2014
  • Tamaqua to induct six individuals, one team into sports hall of fame Mike Hromyak, the Tamaqua athletic director and chairman of the Tamaqua Area Athletic Hall of Fame committee, recently announced the 2014 Hall of Fame class. The class includes: Kristin Fulton Fritz (1991) tennis, Jeremy Benza (1999) wrestling, Alex Zubey | 8/21/2014
  • Schuylkill County to sell nursing home Schuylkill County plans to sell its nursing home. The county commissioners announced at a work session Wednesday their intentions to sell Rest Haven by unanimously voting to hire the Eckert Seamans law firm, Harrisburg, to facilitate the sale of the nursi | 8/21/2014
  • Sports card, Aug. 18-23 TODAYGolf Hanover Area at MMI Mahanoy Area at Weatherly Lourdes Regional at Marian Blue Mountain at North Schuylkill Tamaqua at Pottsville Tennis MMI at Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg Pottsville at Tamaqua FRIDAYGolf Berwick at Hazleton Area Wyoming Valley W | 8/21/2014
  • Corrections, Aug. 21 The board of directors for Conyngham Borough Authority, which continues to operate the sewage and water systems in Conyngham and Sugarloaf Township, is having problems with board members attending meetings, impeding the authority’s progress. A story and h | 8/21/2014
  • $entry.name MOOSIC — Coming into Wednesday, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell won his last four starts with the RailRiders, allowing just two earned runs during that stretch. On this night, though, Mitchell — and the RailRiders’ offense for that m | 8/21/2014
  • YOUR OPINION Scary sneak peekat Scranton futureEditor: It’s the fourth year of Mayor Bill Courtright’s administration, and he again finds himself in court:Visiting Judge: “Mr. Mayor, I have bad news for you.” The police union has sued, requiring you to move police hea | 3/21/2014
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  • SWB RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT 8/20/2014 Syracuse RailRiders ab r h bi ab r h bi Burriss ss 3 3 1 0 Pirela cf 3 0 1 1 Perez cf 2 1 2 1 Rchardson cf 0 0 0 0 Lozada cf 3 2 2 1 Refsnyder 2b 4 0 0 0 Schierholtz dh 5 1 3 4 Almonte rf 4 0 0 0 Moore lf 4 0 0 1 Roller 1b 4 0 0 0 Laird 3b 5 0 1 1 Sizemor | 8/21/2014
  • Stambone’sbirdie liftsValley View Anthony Stambone’s birdie on No. 9 split his better-ball match and gave Valley View a 5-4 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna League Big School Division golf match Wednesday at the Scranton Muni. Stambone trailed his individual match by two after fo | 8/21/2014
  • County to sell Rest Haven Schuylkill County plans to sell its nursing home. The county commissioners announced at a work session Wednesday their intentions to sell Rest Haven by unanimously voting to hire the Eckert Seamans law firm, Harrisburg, to facilitate the sale of the nursi | 8/21/2014
  • FEMA halts flood assistance for properties with gas leases MESHOPPEN TWP. — In fall 2011, about a month after the flooded Meshoppen Creek spilled over its banks and into their basement, Pete and Sharon Morgan applied for federal flood assistance to help them move out of their home. They won’t get it, at least not | 8/21/2014
  • Dunmore School Board pulls PB&J policy from agenda DUNMORE — The school board on Wednesday pulled from its agenda a policy to limit lunch scofflaws to peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches while directors consider different options to recover more than $10,000 students collectively owe. Under the p | 8/21/2014
  • Convicted killer Dominick won't benefit from T-shirt sales Michael Castellano never wanted to hurt anybody. Mr. Castellano just wanted to help his friend, Jason Dominick, the convicted killer. In court Wednesday, Mr. Castellano, of Scranton, formally promised to stop selling T-shirts to benefit Mr. Dominick. Robi | 8/21/2014
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  • CLARIFICATION Stabbing incident A story on Page A3 in Wednesday’s editions said Quintin Kinchen woke up John Druthrosky at a homeless shelter and asked to borrow a knife, which Mr. Kinchen then used to stab another man. To clarify Mr. Druthrosky’s identity, he is 19 ye | 8/21/2014
  • Police: heroin dealer busted SCRANTON — After a brief foot chase, police busted a suspected heroin dealer Tuesday. Maurice Brown, 41, of Dunmore, was charged with drug crimes including delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver. Police took 55 bags of he | 8/21/2014
  • Woman bites boyfriend for fashion foul SCRANTON — A woman bit her boyfriend after he threw her clothes out a second-story window during a heated argument early Wednesday, police said. Police charged John Steinruck and Haley Knight, 658 Philo St., with simple assault and harassment. Mr. Steinru | 8/21/2014
  • Boscov's hosts back-to-school event SCRANTON — With the 2014-15 school year approaching, Boscov’s will hold a back-to-school event and fundraiser to help support a Scranton elementary school’s PTA. The Friends Helping Friends event, slated for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Mall at Stea | 8/21/2014
  • Man dies after falling from Scranton bridge SCRANTON — A 58-year-old city man died Wednesday morning after falling 25 feet from a bridge, Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said. The man’s death may be a suicide, he said. The victim’s name was not released by authorities. An autopsy is scheduled | 8/21/2014
  • Girl loses part of leg to train MAHANOY CITY — A 12-year-old girl’s leg was partially amputated after it was run over by a train in the borough Wednesday afternoon. Authorities did not release the name of the girl but neighbors identified her as Angelina Kane who lives in the 600 block | 8/21/2014
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  • Hazleton Area approves hires With the first day of school a little more than a week away, the Hazleton Area School Board at a special meeting Wednesday approved the hiring of a slate of new teachers and other staff. New teachers and their starting salaries include: Pamela Shaver, bio | 8/20/2014
  • Area schools ready to welcome students New pencils, new tablets, new notebooks and texts. Another school year at Hazleton Area is about to begin Sept. 2. With two new education facilities, launch of an alternative education pilot, four grade levels enrolled at the Academy of Sciences, and a ho | 8/21/2014
  • REGIONAL BRIEFS Lakeland appoints new position SCOTT TWP. — The Lakeland School Board hired a director of building and grounds during Wednesday night’s meeting. Chester Lenceski was appointed 8-1 with director Jill Yoniski abstaining. She had a relative who was part of t | 8/21/2014
  • Pittston City approves loans for streetscape project, library expansion PITTSTON — City council will borrow about $2.1 million to fund streetscape and library expansion projects. At a meeting Wednesday night, council members unanimously authorized a $1.1 million loan for the city’s Main Street streetscape project and a $1 mil | 8/21/2014
  • Girl loses part of leg to train MAHANOY CITY — A 12-year-old girl’s leg was partially amputated after it was run over by a train in the borough Wednesday afternoon. Authorities did not release the name of the girl but neighbors identified her as Angelina Kane, who lives in the 600 block | 8/21/2014
  • Stevens not ruling out court run HARRISBURG – Judge Correale F. Stevens said Wednesday that he’s keeping his options open regarding a potential run next year for a full 10-year term on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Stevens, of Sugarloaf Township, is serving an interim 2½-year term on t | 8/21/2014
  • Robert A. Klinetop August 18, 2014 Robert A. Klinetop, 73, of East Filmore Court, Hazleton, died Monday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. He was born in Hazleton, the son of the late Chester and Wanda (Gurgal) Klinetop. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as | 8/21/2014
  • Crowds delay shuttles at Peach Festival A crowd of thousands caused shuttle delays at the Peach Music Festival last weekend and left a group of disabled concertgoers stranded near the main stage. When Cynthia Cheney of Rochester, New York, got in line for a disabled-accessible van near the main | 8/21/2014
  • Kids get books, bags and new faces at family fair Luis Vega, an 8-year-old student with a blue ninja turtle mask painted on his face, answered without hesitation at the Frances Willard Elementary School Family Fair on Wednesday when asked what he wanted to learn this year. “Martial arts!” No, in school. | 8/21/2014
  • County to refinance 2004 debt Lackawanna County hopes to save at least $175,000 by refinancing 10-year-old debt. The commissioners Wednesday introduced an ordinance to issue a $2.6 million general obligation note and use the proceeds to refund a 2004 bond series. The ordinance will co | 8/21/2014
  • Abington Heights could see operational deficit CLARKS SUMMIT — Abington Heights School District could plunge into the red for the first time in at least 14 years, a result of ballooning pension and medical benefits costs and limited expenses to cut, officials said. The district needs $360,000 in net r | 8/21/2014
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  • Namedropper, Aug. 21, 2014 Funds raised for pets, firefighters Dogs (and their owners) can breathe a little easier in the upper valley counties thanks to D.G.’s Bar in Forest City. D.G.’s conducted a fundraiser to purchase the Wag’N 02 Fur Life Kits. Representatives, including Deb | 8/21/2014
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  • Deeds, Aug. 21, 2014 Deeds Mahanoy City — Joseph G. Groody, sheriff of Schuylkill County, to Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.; 907 E. Mahanoy Ave.; $1,205.55. Stephanie J. Kulpa to Ralph A. and Carole J. Baker; 128 W. Mahanoy Ave.; $1. North Manheim Township — William M. and | 8/21/2014
  • Criminal court, Aug. 21, 2014 A Ringtown man will spend time in prison after being sentenced Tuesday in Schuylkill County Court for driving under the influence. George S. Beaver, 56, must serve three to six months in prison and pay costs, a $300 fine and $100 to the Substance Abuse Ed | 8/21/2014
  • Police log, Aug. 21, 2014 2 face charges for disturbance ASHLAND — Two people were charged by Ashland police after a disturbance at their 1437 Walnut St. home about 2:50 a.m. Aug. 10. Police said Jessie Boylan, 26, was charged with disorderly conduct, while Jamie Trega, 25, was ch | 8/21/2014
  • B-Mets win, near playoff spot The Binghamton Mets collected 15 hits, highlighted by a near-cycle by Dustin Lawley, in an 8-5 victory over the Erie SeaWolves on Wednesday night at Jerry Uht Park. Lawley drove in three runs and finished a home run shy of history to lead Binghamton to | 8/21/2014
  • Pottsville Area stresses new middle school bus route In order to avoid congestion on the narrow road to the parking lot at the back of Pottsville Area’s D.H.H. Lengel Middle School, the school district has established new rules student drop-off and pick-up at the school, Jeffrey S. Zwiebel, district superin | 8/21/2014
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  • Thirteen to battle for two titles 13 vie for crowns at Big Diamond FORESTVILLE — Thirteen drivers in the 358 modified and sportsman divisions will battle for Big Diamond Speedway track championships when the Forestville oval hosts Friday’s 8:15 p.m. program. In the 358 modified ranks, two | 8/21/2014
  • Syracuse stops RailRiders’ win streak MOOSIC — Coming into Wednesday, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell won his last four starts with the RailRiders, allowing just two earned runs during that stretch. On this night, though, Mitchell — and the RailRiders’ offense for that m | 8/21/2014
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  • Pottsville police chief asks for patience with Saturday parade traffic The 60th annual Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association parade will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday in Pottsville. This day, according to Pottsville police Chief Richard F. Wojciechowsky, is an opportunity to show the community’s respect | 8/21/2014
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  • Correction, Aug. 21, 2014 Date incorrect The Deer Lake project is slated to be finished in September 2015. The date was incorrect in Wednesday’s edition. | 8/21/2014
  • FAMA engineer calculates costs for township assist FRACKVILLE — If the Frackville Area Municipal Authority does any additional engineering work involving a proposed connection between the authority and Mahanoy Township, an agreement between both will be required. Entech Engineering Inc. project manager Do | 8/21/2014
  • Corbett: I kept no-new tax pledge ‘best I can’ PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he believes he fulfilled the spirit of his 2010 campaign pledge not to raise taxes or fees, but he will not renew that sweeping vow in his current bid for a second term. Mr. Corbett, a business friendly | 8/21/2014
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  • B of A reaches $17B settlement with U.S. WASHINGTON — Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wedne | 8/21/2014
  • BC-ML--Israel-Palestinia GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue unt | 8/21/2014
  • West Mahanoy takes action against code violator SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS — West Mahanoy Township officials will begin filing criminal charges on a property in the Altamont section of the township to deal with code violations. The problems at 118 S. Wylam St. were discussed at Tuesday’s supervisors meeting. A | 8/21/2014
  • Around the Region, Aug. 21, 2014 n Frackville: A halupki sale will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Michael Church Hall, West Oak Street. Halupkis are $2 each. People are asked to call ahead for orders of more than a dozen at 570-578-8568. All are welcome. n Frackville: Elks Lodge 1533, | 8/21/2014
  • Reading railroad gets $10M for project The Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad has secured a grant from the state for a railroad bridge and connecting track in Carbon County. The $10 million grant was approved Aug. 14 by the State Transportation Commission. The funds will be awarded in | 8/21/2014
  • Inmate population goes down for July The average inmate population is back down at the Schuylkill County Prison after peaking for the year last month. There was an average of 276 inmates at the prison for July, according to the monthly report by Deputy Warden David Wapinsky at the prison boa | 8/21/2014
  • Frackville drive-in kicks off with 4 films FRACKVILLE — Movie patrons can meet the filmmakers of four movies showing at Movies on the Mountain this weekend in the Schuylkill Mall parking lot. If two adults pay for their tickets to the movie at the drive-in theater, other passengers in the vehicle | 8/21/2014
  • 3 from Schuylkill County get MoneyGram settlement checks Three Schuylkill County residents are among 3,440 people who received checks Tuesday as part of the government’s settlement of the MoneyGram scam. Nick Alicea, the Harrisburg-based U.S. Postal Inspector team leader, said Wednesday that the three residents | 8/21/2014
  • Hazle Twp. man takes lesser charge A Hazle Township man entered a guilty plea to a lesser violation after his criminal case was dropped in a Beech Mountain trespassing incident. Tyler Tuggle, 19, was charged by Butler Township police with criminal attempt at theft, a misdemeanor and attemp | 8/21/2014
  • Carmela Umbriac August 4, 2014 Carmela (Franzoso) Umbriac, beloved wife of Samuel Umbriac, formerly of Hazleton, passed away peacefully on Aug. 4 at home. Born in Manville, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Mildred Franzoso. Surviving are her husband of 5 | 8/21/2014
  • Donald R. Kendra Aug. 19, 2014 Donald R. Kendra, of West Hazleton, passed away Tuesday evening at the St. Luke Pavilion, Hazleton. McHugh-Wilczek Funeral Home, 249 Centre St., Freeland, will announce complete arrangements in the Friday edition of the Standard-Speaker. | 8/21/2014
  • Robert J. Katrishen Aug. 20, 2014 Robert J. Katrishen, 78, of Hazleton, passed away Wednesday morning at his home surrounded by his wife and four daughters. Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Michael and Anastasia (O’Larnic) Katrishen. Bob was a member of the Most | 8/21/2014
  • Albert D. Cupp Aug. 19, 2014 Albert D. Cupp, 77, of Freeland, passed away Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton. Born in Freeland, he was the son of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Hurback) Cupp. Prior to retiring, he was a draftsman at the High Mountain Hardware C | 8/21/2014
  • Alvin Michael Artim August 19, 2014 Alvin Michael Artim, 88, of Weatherly, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on the morning of Aug. 19, 2014. Alvin is survived by his loving wife Dolores (Searfoss) of 53 years, and his devoted family, daughters, Mar | 8/21/2014
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  • County seeks to garnish CityVest parking revenue The nonprofit owner of the former Hotel Sterling property has been generating thousands of dollars in parking revenue by renting out the vacant lot, but the county hasn’t seen a dime despite a multi-million dollar mortgage it has on the property. LAZ Park | 8/21/2014
  • Pittston council OKs borrowing for streetscape, library projects PITTSTON — City council will borrow about $2.1 million to fund streetscape and library expansion projects. At a meeting Wednesday night, council members unanimously authorized a $1.1 million loan for the city’s Main Street streetscape project and a $1 mil | 8/21/2014
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  • Murder suspect ‘confident’ as homicide trial winds down WILKES-BARRE — On the witness stand, an expert gazed matter-of-factly upon images projected on a screen showing bullet holes piercing Shantique “Teeka” Goodson’s lifeless body. His tone was objective, clinical, as he explained how she bled to death from g | 8/21/2014
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  • Friend promises to stop selling T-shirts to benefit convicted killer Michael Castellano never wanted to hurt anybody. Castellano just wanted to help his friend, Jason Dominick, the convicted killer. In court Wednesday, Castellano of Scranton formally promised to stop selling T-shirts to benefit Dominick. Robin Bonacci, the | 8/21/2014
  • Family awarded $1.5M in malpractice judgment The former owner of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital was medically negligent in treating an Inkerman man who died following heart surgery, a Luzerne County Court jury said in its verdict Tuesday. In a trial before Judge Richard Hughes III, a jury awarded $1. | 8/21/2014
  • Wyoming blaze under investigation A state police fire marshal is investigating an early morning house fire in Wyoming on Wednesday, according to a supervisor at the Luzerne County 911 dispatch center. Fire departments from Wyoming, Hughestown, West Wyoming, Jenkins Township, Exeter, Swoye | 8/21/2014
  • W-B housing development a step closer to reality WILKES-BARRE — A potential housing development moved closer to reality at Wednesday’s zoning hearing board meeting. The board unanimously approved variances Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic needed for a project in the Rolling Mill Hill neighbor | 8/21/2014
  • Judge won’t dismiss charges in Mother’s Day hit-and-run A Luzerne County judge has denied a defense request to dismiss all charges against hit-and-run suspect John “Jay” Kuniskas based on a lack of evidence. Kuniskas, 37, of Jenkins Township, is charged with homicide by vehicle, fleeing the scene of an acciden | 8/21/2014
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