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  • Woman assaults man, remains at large PORTER TOWNSHIP - State police are searching for a township female who assaulted a male who later had to be flown for treatment. State police at Schuylkill Haven said that Lacey Sitlinger, 30, of the 1500 block of East Colliery Avenue, assaulted a 37-yea | 4/21/2014
  • Handerhand asks court to set side prison sentence HARRISBURG - Former Mount Carmel Borough Police Lieutenant Blaine Handerhan has once again asked a federal court to set aside his prison sentence on a child pornography charge. Handerhan, incarcerated in a federal prison at Fort Dix, N.J., filed the appe | 4/21/2014
  • Shamokin church accommodates all with God's Choice Ministries SHAMOKIN - A new church service designed to accommodate those with disabilities will begin Thursday at a city church. The first service presented by God's Choice Ministries will be held at 5 p.m. April 24 at the Shamokin Christian and Missionary Alliance | 4/21/2014
  • Four injured in rollover on Route 61 UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP - Four people were injured following a rollover crash Sunday morning on Route 61 near Black Mill Road. The two drivers and two juvenile passengers were transported to local hospitals for treatment following the 7:50 a.m. crash. Sta | 4/21/2014
  • Police: Man pelted woman at egg decorating party PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a man threw hardboiled eggs at his girlfriend during an Easter egg decorating party, then tried to attack police. | 4/21/2014
  • Do It: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania CLUBSARLO'S TAVERN, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: today, Joe Statuto.BAZIL, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wednesdays, Marko Marcinko Jazz Quartet. | 4/20/2014
  • Woman arrested for DUI, fleeing from Jessup police JESSUP — A Blakely woman was arrested early Saturday after police said she fled from the scene of a bar fight in Jessup, sparking a brief car chase. | 4/20/2014
  • Brush fire sweeps through Moosic MOOSIC — A brush fire swept through a wooded area of the borough Saturday, but firefighters helped by an air tanker kept it from damaging nearby property. | 4/20/2014
  • Firefighters battle Scranton brush fires SCRANTON — Brush fires burned on the east and west side of the city on Sunday.Firefighters battled a blaze behind the 700 block of North Main Avenue around 7 p.m. | 4/21/2014
  • Teen breaks into homes as residents sleep MOOSIC — A juvenile faces eight felony charges after two borough homes were broken into as residents slept.Borough police said a 15-year-old burglarized the homes Friday night or Saturday morning using side windows to gain entry. | 4/21/2014
  • Consumers lack tools Many states, including Pennsylvania, bar payday lending because they recognize that it is predatory. The state law alone demonstrates that. It outlaws payday lending by capping interest rates on short-term loans at a whopping 24 percent. Because of the w | 4/21/2014
  • Snake eyes for taverns As it turns out, the state’s tavern owners are a lot smarter than state lawmakers and administrators who think that gambling is the answer to everything. | 4/21/2014
  • Economic development group sponsors seminar A regional economic development organization will sponsor its third government contracting seminar on Thursday in Luzerne County.NEPA Alliance will host the session from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 4/21/2014
  • Shatter the silence of violence Last spring, while walking down Monroe Avenue in Scranton surrounded by women, men and children in a sea of royal purple, I had an experience I’d never had before.I had been invited to Take Back the Night, an event hosted by the Take Back the Night Founda | 4/21/2014
  • Ostrich Hat features medleys of pop tunes to keep customers satisfied The members of Ostrich Hat have found the secret to keeping crowds on their feet during their shows throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.“Everything is a medley format, just like a DJ does in a dance club,” said drummer Jeff Bonomo. | 4/21/2014
  • Talk of the Times with Julianne Philipp: Ryan O’Malley Annual Race This week, staff writer Tyler Wardenski speaks with Julianne Philipp about the upcoming Ryan O’Malley Annual Race.Residence: Vienna, Va.Family: Husband, Ken Philipp; son, Jack; and daughter, Samantha. | 4/21/2014
  • Letters to the Editor 4/21/2014 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 head | 4/21/2014
  • Monday Update: 'Trouble with Cali' earns nothing for Lackawanna County Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien says the county isn’t counting on a return on its $500,000 in a film by actor-director Paul Sorvino.“I think our chances of ever recovering the funds ... are zero. | 4/21/2014
  • Goalies key to WBS Penguins' success WILKES-BARRE — The novelty of Peter Mannino emerging as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ No. 1 goalie despite sitting at home in December and January while suspended for refusing an assignment to the ECHL has worn off. | 4/21/2014
  • Trail grad Keith Gavin wins U.S. wrestling championship It was a big weekend in Las Vegas for Lackawanna Trail graduate Keith Gavin.Despite being down early in his 86-kilogram (189 pound) championship match, the former NCAA wrestling champion overcame the deficit to defeat Clayton Foster | 4/21/2014
  • IronPigs build huge lead, cruise to win over RailRiders MOOSIC — Swinging bunts and bloop singles and taking advantage of an error or two will help a team pile up enough runs every once in a while. | 4/21/2014
  • Getting there: A sunny, warming spring day The work week is off to a warm start. The National Weather Service is calling for a sunny day. After a start in the 30s, a high near 70 and a calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon are predicted. | 4/21/2014
  • As linebacker position changes, PSU's Wartman waits for chance Nyeem Wartman’s ankle kept him on the sideline during the Blue-White Game earlier this month. He doesn’t think any defensive philosophy Penn State’s new coaching staff might impose this season will keep him away from it this fall. | 4/21/2014
  • RailRiders Game Report 4/21/2014 Lehigh Valley RailRiders ab r h bi ab r h biGillies cf 5 1 0 0 Rchrdsn cf 4 1 1 0Thomas lf 5 1 2 0 Pirela 2b 4 1 1 0Franco 3b 5 2 3 2 Almonte lf 4 1 1 2Brignac ss 5 2 1 1 Canzler 1b 4 0 0 0Murphy 1b 4 1 1 1 Garcia rf 4 1 1 1Hill c 5 1 4 2 Mustelier dh 4 | 4/21/2014
  • AROUND THE SCHOOLS 4/21/2014 Delaware ValleyJunior baseball player Justin O’Dell has proved himself to be a well-rounded student-athlete.Because of his academic excellence, O’Dell has been recognized on the high honor roll. In the classroom, he maintains a 3.6 GPA. O’Dell is a member | 4/21/2014
  • ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Lakeland's Cassidy Jenkins The Lakeland junior ran 14.69 to win the 100 hurdles at the Jack Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University, the seventh-best time in the state and third-best in Class AA this spring. | 4/21/2014
  • Easter message: Finding hope amid struggle Painted eggs, chocolate bunnies and baskets may spring to mind on Easter, but family traditions and reunions define the holiday for area residents. | 4/21/2014
  • Clarks Summit awaits decision from officer-in-charge More than a month after offering the police chief’s job to the borough’s officer-in-charge, Clarks Summit officials are still without an answer and have now imposed a deadline. | 4/21/2014
  • Firefighters clean up gas spill at service station COVINGTON TWP. — Firefighters cleaned up 30 gallons of gasoline on Sunday. | 4/21/2014
  • Keystone College to dedicate new field LA PLUME TWP. — Keystone College will dedicate a new athletic field and host multiple events next weekend to mark the occasion.The college plans to dedicate its new field and track complex on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. | 4/21/2014
  • Lackawanna County Commissioners to honor Marywood veterans SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County commissioners will honor members of Marywood University’s office of military and veteran services and the Student Veteran Alliance. | 4/21/2014
  • Moscow Sewer Authority to explore expanding system to draw businesses MOSCOW — After some initial interest in setting up shop near Interstate 380, a couple of developers changed their minds when they found out that part of Moscow has no sewer lines, borough officials said. | 4/21/2014
  • Luzerne County Council is discuss bike paths, covering costs of jailed illegal immigrants Luzerne County Council will meet tonight to vote on issues ranging from encouraging bike paths to advocating for funding for a program that helps cover costs for jailed illegal immigrants. | 4/21/2014
  • School Notes 4/21/2014 Abington HeightsTwo teams will represent the school district at the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals. More than 800 teams from around the world will compete in the 35th annual finals, held from May 28 to May 31 at Iowa State University. Competitors f | 4/21/2014
  • Carbondale YMCA plans centennial celebrations CARBONDALE — A century ago, young men working on the railroad that rolled through the region would spend the night in the Carbondale Young Men’s Christian Association building. | 4/21/2014
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  • Counties aim to encourage carpooling, public transport Getting a ride to work in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties could soon be much easier. | 4/21/2014
  • Clipboard 4/21/2014 AbingtonsBenefit auction: Abington Christian Academy spring benefit auction, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., preview, 10, bidding begins, Clarks Green Assembly of God, 204 S. Abington Road; vacation getaways, home furnishings, commercial goods and services, handmad | 4/21/2014
  • Jessup man killed in crash on Casey Highway Police say victim was ejected through his car’s sunroof.CARBONDALE TWP. — State police are investigating a crash that killed a Jessup man early Sunday. | 4/21/2014
  • After earlywoes, unions back drilling PITTSBURGH — After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. | 4/21/2014
  • Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. | 4/20/2014
  • Jim Thorpe will hold annual Earth Day celebration Saturday Jim Thorpe will host its 15th annual Earth Day celebration Saturday. The rain date is Sunday. Musicians, artists, crafters and other vendors complement the theme of environmental activism that has been the hallmark of this celebration over the years. Mus | 4/21/2014
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  • Image Gallery for Helenites grab title with 3-0 return win | 4/21/2014
  • Broncos seeking redemption ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - No trip to the White House, diamond-encrusted rings or ticker tape parade. All the Denver Broncos have to show for their historic 2013 season is the heartache and humiliation of getting destroyed from the opening snap at the Super Bowl | 4/21/2014
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  • Big 3 get help as Heat win Game 1 MIAMI - Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark. James Jones got his turn Sunday. And the lift he brought, combined with the expected playof | 4/21/2014
  • Nationals rally past Cardinals WASHINGTON - Denard Span's approach with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning proves math pays off. Facing a five-man infield, Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup and stea | 4/21/2014
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  • Former mayor seeks return to Hopewell's City Council By Katherine Johnson HOPEWELL - Former Mayor Anthony Zevgolis has announced his candidacy for City Council's Ward 3 seat. Zevgolis, who served for 12 years as a councilman and mayor, said he decided to run because the current City Council lacks cohesion | 4/21/2014
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  • Person of interest sought by police PETERSBURG - Authorities are looking for a person of interest in a Saturday morning house fire where four people were found dead. The Petersburg Bureau of Police has determined evidence of foul play and the case is being investigated as a homicide. Alexa | 4/21/2014
  • Driver at VCU Medical Center; injuries serious PRINCE GEORGE - Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation of a Saturday night crash on Interstate 295 that left two people dead. A 1999 Volvo collided with a 2001 Kenworth tractor-trailer on I-295 southbound, north of Interstate 95, at 7:5 | 4/21/2014
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  • Weekend examines the city's role in the Revolutionary War PETERSBURG - The city's Museum and Visitor Services' 23rd annual re-enactment of the 1781 Battle of Petersburg transported visitors back in time in an historically accurate setting. The Revolutionary War battle, re-created Saturday and Sunday , featured | 4/21/2014
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  • Upper Dauphin approves preliminary occupation tax resolution LOYALTON - Upper Dauphin Area voters may get a say about their occupation tax this fall. The Upper Dauphin Area school board approved a preliminary occupation tax resolution April 8 by a 5-1 vote, which will place a tax swap question on the Nov. 4 ballot | 4/21/2014
  • Pottsville Area Soap Box Derby to roll May 3 Youngsters are gearing up for the 41st annual Pottsville Area Soap Box Derby on May 3 in the city. "It's fun. The kids enjoy it," Barbara Carroll, Pottsville, secretary for the soap box derby, said Friday. So far, 31 participants ages 7 to 18 have regist | 4/21/2014
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  • Ashland outlines annual cleanup ASHLAND - The return of spring means the return of the borough street sweeper and the annual cleanup week. The schedules for both borough services were announced at the April 9 meeting of Ashland Borough Council. The cleanup collection schedule is from A | 4/21/2014
  • Around the Region n Girardville: Curbside recycling in the borough is set for April 29 and 30. All recyclables can be placed out either day, according to a press release from the borough hall. Acceptable items include newspapers and cardboard, clear, brown and green glass | 4/21/2014
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  • Destructive beetle found in Berks County The emerald ash borer, a small, highly destructive wood-boring beetle that's been devastating ash trees throughout the northeastern U.S., was recently found in Berks County. Sven-Erik Spichiger, entomology program manager at the state Department of Agric | 4/21/2014
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  • Tamaqua's Butkus, Stanek tough to replace; Eagles' Marino repeats as top boys' swimmer TAMAQUA Fresh off a 13th-place finish in the Class AA 100 breaststroke at the PIAA Swimming Championships, Tamaqua's Joann Butkus talked about her high school career. As a senior, the Susquehanna University-bound Butkus won four Schuylkill League gold me | 4/21/2014
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  • Humane officers dedicate time to rescue animals It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when Sue Schafer and Janine Choplick looked through a notebook with pictures of kittens and puppies on the cover. Behind the cute cover, however, were complaints of suspected animal cruelty or neglect culled from numerous | 4/21/2014