Fire guts Wayne County home
NEWFOUNDLAND - It was intended as a possible controlled burn. It ended as a two-alarm fire.
A Wayne County property owner, believing he had the proper demolition paperwork, set fire to a vacant home on Jericho Road in Newfoundland on Friday. Several fire
Dallas' Monk scores 100th win
HERSHEY - The 100th win of Dallas wrestler Ryan Monk's career came in style. First, the junior 285-pounder scored a pin. Second, magic number 100 came in his first state tournament bout. And third, the milestone was announced over the arena's loudspeaker.
Lehman's Harry notches victory
HERSHEY - It might not have been the prettiest state tournament victory of Lake-Lehman senior Austin Harry's career, but wrestlers are not awarded points for flair. A win's a win at this point, and Harry earned the 154th of his career with an ease that belied that final score.
NHL veteran Kobasew joining Penguins
WILKES-BARRE - Turns out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins did add a player at Wednesday's NHL trade deadline after all. Veteran winger Chuck Kobasew was squeezed out of the lineup when Pittsburgh acquired forwards Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak.
Fire destroys trailer in Smithfield Twp.
SMITHFIELD TWP. -
A Thursday morning furnace fire quickly spread to the rest of an Ulster Road trailer, destroying the structure, firefighters said.
The Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched just after 10 a.m. Thursday to a fire at
Endless Mountains exhibit debuts in Troy
TROY - Paul Bozzo could see that people were enjoying the opening of the "Endless Mountains Rural Places, Rural Lives" exhibit Thursday in Troy.
"Everyone seems quite engrossed in reading everything and looking at the photographs," Bozzo, a member of the
Police Briefs 3/7/2014
Woman jailed for retail theft
An Elmira, N.Y. woman was recently incarcerated by Athens Township police on a charge of retail theft.
According to information filed with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw, Angela Ann Smith, 36, was arrested March 5 a
Ranshaw man one of 1,500 to file complaint over jump in PPL bill
RANSHAW - James Jones was expecting a higher electric bill because of recent cold weather.
"I couldn't believe it when I saw that," Jones said. "That might be the biggest bill I've ever seen."
Jones is among the consumers who signed up for
Former Middleport chapel sold
MIDDLEPORT - Worshippers no longer will flock to the former Roman Catholic chapel in this borough, as the Diocese of Allentown sold the building this week.
Matthew T. Kerr, director of the diocese's office of communications, said Wednesday that the dioce
Gas prices still pain motorists
Allan Viera, 24, of Schuylkill Haven, wishes for gas prices to be cheaper.
"I usually put in $60, but I'm going for $20 today," he said Wednesday at the Shell gas station along Route 61 in Schuylkill Haven, adding that it costs about $80 to $100 to fill
PIAA Boys' Basketball Capsules
PIAA Boys' Basketball Capsules
CLASS AAA 11-2 Pottsville (23-4) vs. 1-2 Lower Moreland (16-9)
When/where: Tonight, 7 p.m., Blue Mountain H.S.
About the Crimson Tide
Head coach: Dave Mullaney (7th season)
How got here: Lost to Allentown Central Catholic 6
PIAA Girls' Basketball Capsule
PIAA Girls' Basketball Capsule
4-2 Central Columbia (15-10) vs. 11-1 Minersville (25-1)
When/Where: Today, 6 p.m., Martz Hall
About Central Columbia
Head coach: Jim Murtin (2nd season)
How got here: Beat Muncy 47-45 and Warrior Run 3
Butler Township outgrowing leaky highway garage
The highway garage in Butler Township is too small to hold all the equipment and is developing leaks in the roof and problems in the floor so the township supervisors are considering three options for a new building.
They could raze the building and buil
Scranton Police Citizens' Police Academy accepts applications
Chance to learn about police work
SCRANTON - Residents interested in learning more about police work will soon have the chance.
The Scranton Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizens' Police Academy, which will begin May 6. Residents i
Hawkins, Marsh among 6 USSSA members recognized
FORT LEE - In front of family and friends March 1, six members were inducted into the United States Specialty Sports Association Hall of Fame at The Lee Club.
Those six members include Earl Hawkins for the male category, Harry Marsh of the special catego
Outsiders gives up liquor license fight
The fight by Outsiders Bar to save its liquor license is over. The embattled bar on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre abandoned its appeal to Commonwealth Court, where it sought to reverse a ruling by the state Liquor Control Board last year that denied the renewal of its license.
Tractor-trailer full of tires catches fire, jams interstate
PRINCE GEORGE - A tractor-trailer filled with tires caught fire Thursday morning, backing up traffic on Interstate 95 at the Interstate 295 interchange in Prince George County for most of the day.
Authorities said a malfunction in the tractor-trailer br
Candidate admits 'foolish mistake'
Tony Bonomo admitted that he made a "foolish mistake" by signing a fake name on the nominating petition of his opponent, Gerald Mullery, in the contest for state representative.
FNCB files for protective order against Powell Law Group
First National Community Bank is asking a judge to grant a protective order against the Powell Law Group to "prohibit broad, burdensome and intrusive discovery" regarding a lawsuit the law firm filed against the bank.
W-B Area looks to reduce $1.9M budget gap
WILKES-BARRE - The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board will have to decide how to shrink a $1.9 million budget gap, according to preliminary 2014-15 projections. Options include $1.2 million in extra revenue from a 2.9-percent tax increase and dipping into a $7 million fund reserve.
Cougars, Mounts are familiar foes
It's not too often a PIAA basketball tournament game matches two teams from two different districts as familiar with one another as District 11, third-place finisher Stroudsburg is familiar with Hazleton Area and how much the District 2-4 champion-Cougar
LCTA hires consultant to contest ridership
The Luzerne County Transportation Authority is contesting state numbers showing its ridership has been grossly inflated for years, with its board voting Thursday to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation sent the LCTA a letter in January demanding a $3.16 million refund after its review of the "ghost rider" scandal revealed LCTA inflated senior ridership numbers.
Bank asks judge to intervene in case
WILKES-BARRE - First National Community Bank is asking a judge to grant a protective order against the Powell Law Group to "prohibit broad, burdensome and intrusive discovery" regarding a lawsuit the law firm filed against the bank.
Riverside to tap new board member
TAYLOR - The Riverside School District Board of Education will appoint a new board member at its regular meeting Monday,.
Coal Township to advertise for recreation area admission tax
COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township is asking for the public's opinion on a proposed new ordinance, which could add a five-percent admissions tax to recreation parks such as the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA).
At its meeting Thursday night, the towns
Police Blotter: Friday, March 7, 2014
MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man was jailed on weapons charges after violating a protection from abuse order Feb. 28.
Adam M. Hendricks 34, of 223 E. Avenue, was taken into custody for violating a protection from abuse order, according to a re
MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITAL
BYRNES: A daughter, March 1, to Jacob Byrnes and Shiloh Richner, Greenfield Twp.
GLENN: Twin sons, March 1, to Chris and Jill Ditchkus Glenn, Clarks Summit.
HNAT: A son, March 1, to Kyle and Dawn Schwartztrauber Hnat, Clarks Summit.
State cites Dunmore restaurant
DUNMORE - The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited a Dunmore restaurant on Wednesday for a liquor law violation.