Jill Biden to appear at Irish Women's dinner
Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, is now set to appear at the cocktail reception for the Society of Irish Women's 16th annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Monday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple,
Woman charged with stealing from well-known family
A Weatherly woman was arraigned Friday on charges that she stole almost $200,000 from two accounts owned by a well-known local family.
Magisterial District Judge Joseph Zola set unsecured bail for the suspect, Alyce Anne Simmons, 48, of 640 E. Second St.
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.
Court schedule: Letteer to plead guilty
Hit-and-run suspect Thomas Letteer Jr. is expected to plead guilty Monday on charges related to the death of a 5-year-old boy, according to next week's Luzerne County Court schedule. Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.'s schedule for next week indicates Letteer is scheduled for a "guilty plea" hearing for 1:30 p.m.
Mall at Steamtown headed for sheriff's sale
The Mall at Steamtown is foreclosed. A complaint filed today in Lackawanna County Court alleges the owner of the Lackawanna Avenue shopping complex, Steamtown Mall Partners LP, defaulted on a lump-sum payment of at least $37 million.
10 Essential Bun B Tracks
1. “Int’l Players Anthem” (feat. Outkast, UGK’s Underground Kingz) - They didn’t name it the Anthem for nothing ...
Former candidate for sheriff sues councilor for defamation
A former candidate for Hopewell sheriff, Cathie Mitchell, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Hopewell City Councilor Brenda Pelham defamed him during the campaign. Mitchell is seeking $2.35 million for Facebook comments made by Pelham that Mitchell clai
Lykens fire claims woman
LYKENS - A borough woman was killed and two other people critically injured when flames tore through several row homes on Main Street in this Dauphin County community Sunday night. The cause is still under investigation.
Patricia Scott, 55, of 643 Main
Two locals move into Final Four in PIAA wrestling
HERSHEY – Two local wrestlers will be in their weights final four this evening.
Williamson’s Billy Barnes (145) and Canton’s Garrett Wesneski (195) used dominant quarterfinal wins to reach the semi-finals in the morning session of the PIAA Wrestling Championships Friday.
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.
Honesdale's Morning Glory to close
HONESDALE - A Main Street commercial fixture with a history going back decades will close. Morning Glory, a gift shop, will probably close in April, owner Kelly Birmelin said.
Letters to the Editor 3/7/2014
Editor: By the end of this year, the U.S. will have fewer than 10,000 troops left in Afghanistan. The U.S. won't technically be at war with any country.
So why does President Obama want to increase the amount of money our country alloc
Study: Young users are less likely to quit
Middle and high school students who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to smoke real cigarettes and less likely to quit than students who did not use the devices, a new study has found. They were also more likely to smoke heavily.
Lackawanna County Court Notes 3/7/2014
LACKAWANNA COUNTY COURT NOTES
-â€‚Jose Orlando Luciano and James Lynn Kilvitis, both of Dunmore.
-â€‚Dominic James Palmitessa and Carrie Ann Krah, both of Old Forge.
-â€‚Ryan Patrick Gilleran and Jessica Emma Nutt, both of Starrucca.
Susquehanna County Court Notes 3/7/2014
Susquehanna County Court notes appear Fridays in The Times-Tribune.
-â€‚Christopher Ryan and Stephanie Branning, both of New Milford.
-â€‚Steven Wilson and Cheryl Moore, both of Montrose.
-â€‚Pierre Paradis and Karen Taylor, both of Hop
Honor Roll 3/7/2014
ST. CLARE/ST. PAUL SCHOOL
The Grade 6 high honors and honors lists were switched in the St. Clare/St. Paul School honor roll listing that ran Wednesday, March 5. The correct lists are:
High honors: Elizabeth Barrett, Anna Bellucci, Ca
Funeral Notices 3/7/2014
ANDERSON, BETH A. AND KENNETH A., Madison Twp., Saturday, 10 a.m., Light of Christ Church at the Hen's Nest, 241 Lake Spangenberg Road, Jefferson Twp., by the Rev. Patricia Lee-Frey, senior pastor. Contributions: Light of Christ Church, 241 Lake Spange
Penguins Scouting Report 3/7/2014
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, and his
Local College Sports 3/7/2014
John Carroll University scored seven runs in the first inning to roll to a 14-5 win over the University of Scranton in a college baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla. on Thursday.
Lady Royals Capsule 3/7/2014
Bridgewater State Bears (16-11) vs. Scranton Lady Royals (24-3)
What: NCAA Division III first round
Where: John Long Center, University of Scranton
When: Tonight, 7
How they got here: Scranton earned the automatic qualifier berth by winning the Land
PIAA WRESTLING: Palmer, Carr win in PIAA openers
HERSHEY - Jalen Palmer felt good on the Giant Center's Mat 2. Really good.
The Delaware Valley senior shut down Boyertown's Eddie Kriczky, 3-0, in a Class AAA 132-pound preliminary match Thursday at the PIAA Wrestling Championships.
Scranton School District may open autistic/emotional support center
The Scranton School District may open a center for students who need autistic and emotional support services. The creation of a stand-alone center, which could include 40 students in the first year, is one of several major projects the district hopes to accomplish by September.
Project to halt traffic Saturday on Linden Street
SCRANTON - A stretch of Linden Street will be closed for most of Saturday as contractors set the foundation for the University of Scranton's $47.5 million center for rehabilitation education.