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  • Online list IDs water wells harmed by drilling Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells. | 8/29/2014
  • PSU NOTEBOOK: DUBLIN — Donovan Smith is a 6-foot-5, 335-pound junior tackle who someday could be playing in the NFL. He’s the type of athlete general managers in one of the world’s biggest sports leagues drool over. The Gaelic Football draft, however, likely won’t call | 8/29/2014
  • Despite distractions, Nittany Lions focused on game DUBLIN — There is plenty of history to learn and sights to see in Dublin, and at some level, perhaps Jesse James will appreciate that enough to come back and experience those. Even though he and his Penn State teammates are here now, this is no time for s | 8/29/2014
  • GAMEFACE brings high school football coverage to new level High school football fans will find a new product inside today’s editions. Gameface makes its debut in The Times-Tribune. The 16-page, full-color section will publish every Friday through the District 2 playoffs. Gameface will include previews of every ga | 8/29/2014
  • Medicaid to cover 500K more A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services approved the state’s plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health c | 8/29/2014
  • Corbett moves to block plan to cut National Guard Gov. Tom Corbett has moved to block the U.S. Army’s plan to sharply cut the size of the Pennsylvania National Guard unit that’s based at a newly built headquarters in Scranton. The reduction would eliminate 1,400 full- and part-time soldiers, most of them | 8/29/2014
  • $90 billion left in Marcellus Shale, analyst says About $90 billion of value remains in the Marcellus Shale, according to international energy, mining and metals analytical firm Wood Mackenzie. That estimate factors in the potential revenue from marketing the gas, minus development costs. The Houston-bas | 8/29/2014
  • $entry.name Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven’t decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, nearly half of parents said they’re not comfortable let | 8/29/2014
  • Sheriff's deputy charged with burglary, assault Crystal Matos woke Jessica Romanecz with a punch to the face and dragged her out of bed by her hair. The Lackawanna County sheriff’s deputy had snuck into the room of her ex-boyfriend, Jerome Passariello, and Mr. Passariello’s current girlfriend, Ms. Roma | 8/29/2014
  • La Festa delicacies take time, care to prepare Countdown: One day, 120 gallons of marinara sauce and 1,000-plus meatballs. Not to mention the 80 gallons of pasta fagioli, 300 pounds of porketta and 300 gnocchi dumplings La Trattoria Ristorante employees must make, pack and set up in a booth for this w | 8/29/2014
  • Would-be hitman sentenced to 35 years in prison A Scranton man who took part in a failed murder-for-hire plot was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison by U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo. Gary Williams,46, was convicted last August of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and several firearms | 8/29/2014
  • $entry.name The University of Scranton hit a new high. It experienced a record-high enrollment of its freshman class this semester — 1,082 students. The old record was in 2011, when 1,052 freshman enrolled. High academic standards, the campus community and the facult | 8/29/2014
  • Reinstated Scranton principal seeks to add union president to lawsuit A Scranton principal who successfully challenged her firing is seeking to add the president of the district’s teachers union as a defendant to a lawsuit she filed against the district and six school board members. Gwendolyn Damiano alleges Rosemary Boland | 8/29/2014
  • Western Wayne school director sentenced for DUI HONESDALE — A Western Wayne School Board member was sentenced to one to six months in jail Thursday in Wayne County Court for drunken driving. Andrew Gaudenzi, 27, knocked a deactivated fire hydrant out of the ground with his car in January and drove off | 8/29/2014
  • Three of four Scranton pool sites close for season SCRANTON — Three of the city’s four outdoor pool sites have closed for the season. The Weston Field outdoor pool, Weston Park and Connell Park pools are all closed, the Department of Parks and Recreation said Tuesday. Nay Aug Park’s pools and water slides | 8/29/2014
  • DUI checkpoint backs up traffic on McDade Expressway SCRANTON — Police ran a checkpoint for intoxicated drivers on the McDade Expressway near Keyser Avenue on Thursday night, backing traffic up to the Main Avenue exit. Officials at the Lackawanna County district attorney’s office say they are stepping up en | 8/29/2014
  • Scranton man charged with open lewdness SCRANTON — An ongoing dispute between neighbors led to an open lewdness charge for a Scranton man Thursday. Peter J. Doro, 61 , 901 Archbald St., is accused of exposing his genitals to his neighbor, Dollares Qeliqi, as she collected her mail Thursday abou | 8/29/2014
  • Coroner seeks family of man found dead SCRANTON — Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland is seeking the public’s help in locating family for a man found dead in a Scranton home this week. William Barton, 64, was found at 839 Capouse Ave. on Tuesday, according to a press release. The coroner did | 8/29/2014
  • Silica sand firm sues Wyoming County A transload sand company, whose permit for a land development in Tunkhannock Twp. Wyoming County Planning Commission rejected in July, filed suit against the county. D&I Silica of Sheffield claims that the planning body “did not satisfy the explicit requi | 8/29/2014
  • $2 million settlement reached in Wayne County pedestrian death The family of a 60-year-old Wayne County woman killed when she was hit by a pickup in 2011 as she crossed a Honesdale street reached a settlement of over $2 million, their attorney announced Thursday. Ruth Ann Malti of Hawley was in the crosswalk when she | 8/29/2014
  • Community Event Listing, Aug. 29, 2014 Abingtons Civic League: Abington Heights Civic League season opening dinner Sept. 8, 6 p.m., Blu Wasabi Restaurant, South Abington Twp., 570-587-3101. Archbald Blood drive: Archbald Hose Company 1/ Geisinger Blood Center blood drive in memory of James Alc | 8/29/2014
  • Archbald water tank gets paint job A massive water storage tank in Archbald is getting a paint job. Pennsylvania American Water has been repairing and repainting the million-gallon tank off Salem Road since Monday. The work will improve the lifespan of the structure, adding a protective ba | 8/29/2014
  • Regional briefs, Aug. 29, 2014 Fire chief pleads to federal charges SCRANTON — Wilkes-Barre Twp. Fire Chief John Yuknavich has agreed to plead guilty to stealing about $45,000 from his volunteer fire department and must soon resign his post, according to a plea agreement with federal p | 8/29/2014
  • Attempt to call missing jet may modify search area CANBERRA, Australia — Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet’s flight path. Now | 8/29/2014
  • Woman unearths past of forgotten WINSLOW, Ariz. — A dusty, barren field in the shadow of a busy Arizona interstate was for decades a place where children played freely, teenagers spooked themselves on Halloween and locals dumped trash, seemingly unaware of the history beneath them. Insid | 8/29/2014
  • Europe seeks role in Gaza JERUSALEM — European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power. The European pla | 8/29/2014
  • Taste of alcohol may be too muchfor children PITTSBURGH-A parent enjoying an alcoholic drink might find his or her young child to be curious about what’s in that bottle or glass. It raises the question: Should the parent offer the child just a taste? Will it remove the temptation or encourage use or | 8/29/2014
  • Shooting tourism popular LAS VEGAS — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach f | 8/29/2014
  • Woman hit by bus, dies at Burning Man BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. — A 29-year-old Wyoming woman attending the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada died early Thursday after she was struck by a bus carrying passengers around the playa in the Black Rock Desert. The Pershing County sheriff’ | 8/29/2014
  • Namedropper, August 29, 2014 Tobyhanna groups award scholarships Tobyhanna Army Depot commander Col. Gerhard P.R. Schröterassisted in the presentations when The Women’s Club and the Tobyhanna Commissary awarded seven students with a combined $5,000 in scholarships. Michelle Kaminski | 8/29/2014
  • SWB RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT 8/28/2014 Buffalo RailRiders ab r h bi ab r h bi Pompey cf 4 3 2 2 Pirela ss 5 0 2 0 Gose rf 5 1 3 6 Young rf 4 0 1 1 Gillespie lf 4 0 1 1 Refsnyder 2b 4 0 0 0 Wallace dh 5 0 0 0 Roller 1b 2 1 1 0 Johnson 1b 5 1 2 0 Almonte cf 4 0 0 0 Jimenez c 5 2 2 2 Flores dh 3 | 8/29/2014
  • Buffalo routs ’Riders MOOSIC — The first play of the second inning seemed to set the tone for the rest of the night. What looked to be a foul ball turned into a leadoff double and a long night for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After scoring four runs in the second, Buffalo sent 10 ba | 8/29/2014
  • Kotula Classic kicks off this weekend For Holy Cross soccer coach Joe Dodgson, Labor Day weekend holds a special place in his heart. It’s a time where he and some of his fellow soccer coaches can come together to honor the life of one of Dodgson’s former players. The fourth annual Jamie Kotul | 8/29/2014
  • HS ROUNDUP: Prep golf team edged 'Paupack in battle of unbeatens Wallenpaupack’s Julia Santo did everything she could in Thursday’s Lackawanna League Big School match against division-favorite Scranton Prep. She just couldn’t get one final putt to drop. Santo, who eagled the 10th hole and birdied No. 15 to put the Buck | 8/29/2014
  • Scranton rabbi returns from Israel after experiencing the war firsthand When Rabbi Moshe Saks visited Israel last week on a solidarity mission, he met with the mother of the boy whose death helped incite the whole conflict. Rachel Fraenkel’s 16-year-old son, Naftali, was one of three Israeli teens kidnapped and murdered in Ju | 8/29/2014
  • Lackawanna County Court Notes MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Christian J. Boniewicz and Jayme L. Longo, both of Simpson. ■ David Skorec and Nicole Marie Miller, both of Spring Brook Twp. ■ Kenneth L. Heater and Stacey Rosenberg, both of Scranton. ■ Kenneth Zayas-Gonzalez, Taylor, and Yeisha Liz | 8/29/2014
  • Police log, Aug. 29, 2014 Pottsville man jailed after assault A city man was jailed Wednesday and charged with assaulting a 27-year-old woman at 583 E. Market St.. Police said Jeffrey Rodgers, 43, was arrested at the scene, pursuant to domestic violence protocol and a criminal com | 8/29/2014
  • Shenandoah receives $75,000 in state funds SHENANDOAH — The borough receivied $75,000 in state funds to study its financial situation and find ways to take steps to address deficiencies in order to improve its fiscal health. The announcement was made Thursday at borough hall by state Sen. David Ar | 8/29/2014
  • Properties going to upset sale Schuylkill County will hold an upset sale Sept. 29 for properties with delinquent 2012 or older taxes. The sale will start at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom No. 1 at the county courthouse. A property goes to an upset sale when at least one year’s taxes are delinq | 8/29/2014
  • County jobless rate up slightly Schuylkill County only saw a slight change in its unemployment rate in July. The seasonally-adjusted rate rose 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.6 percent, according to the latest figures released by the state Department of Labor and Industry. “Over the mont | 8/29/2014
  • Around the Region, Aug. 29, 2014 n Pottsville: The Gabriel Youth Orchestra will hold its initial open rehearsal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the D.H.H. Lengel Middle School Auditorium. Music and school students in grades seven through 12 — five through 12 for string players — who play | 8/29/2014
  • Stewart making his return By JENNA FRYER CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR cham | 8/29/2014
  • Crimson Wave open new season with loss to Wolverines PETERSBURG - Sometimes the score does not reflect what actually happened on the football field. Against visiting North Stafford who has made three straight trips to the 5A state semifinals, Petersburg knew it would have its hands full. Last year, the Wol | 8/29/2014
  • Lancers step over Warriors CHESTERFIELD - Manchester coach Tom Hall told his players this season-opening victory was an important first step. Ironic. Especially considering one of his players took several huge - and important - steps against Matoaca. Justin Pendergrass, making his | 8/29/2014
  • Bowling alley to host benefit for wounded Marine veteran Strikers Pub is hosting a benefit Sunday for a wounded Schuylkill County veteran. Called “Rockin’ for Our Own Wounded Vet,” the event is sponsored by Yuengling’s Ice Cream and features an afternoon of activities and live music from 10 bands, all to benefi | 8/29/2014
  • Shenandoah homicide suspect arraigned SHENANDOAH — A borough man was returned from New York City on Thursday and formally charged with killing a Shenandoah woman earlier this year. Luis Ramos Nunez-Calderon, 41, whose last known address was 518 W. Centre St., the same home where the slaying t | 8/29/2014
  • Pottsville Area High School Class of 1978 does Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of classmates who died from ALS The Pottsville Area High School Class of 1978 does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday on the steps of the high school in Pottsville in memory and honor of their classmates who passed away from ALS, Debbie Cody Whitecavage and Greg Downey, and in mem | 8/29/2014
  • Mid Penn buys Miners Bank Mid Penn Bank, which already has an office in Tower City, will expand in Schuylkill County by acquiring Miners Bank, pending approval by regulators and shareholders of the companies. “We’re merging into (Mid Penn),” George H. Groves, president and chief e | 8/29/2014
  • Penn State preps for Central Florida DUBLIN, Ireland — There is plenty of history to learn and sights to see in Dublin, and at some level, perhaps Jesse James will appreciate that enough to come back and experience those. Even though he and his Penn State teammates are here now, this is no t | 8/29/2014
  • Realignment, expansion shuffle Schuylkill League girls' volleyball DIVISION I Blue Mountain Head coach: Nick Marrongelle (4th season) Last year: 14-4, 11-2 D-I, District 11 AAA semifinalist Returnees: Brittney Moyer (sr., OH), Alex Ferrier (jr., MH), Alexis Juritsch (jr., OH), Nicole McQuillan (jr., MH), Jordan Skoff (so | 8/29/2014
  • Becker hunts for Big Diamond title FORESTVILLE — Big Diamond Speedway’s 2014 season concludes this weekend, which means Pottsville’s Jeremy Becker is soon ready to put his roadrunner car back in the garage and get his hunting gear out, but not before he hunts tonight for his first track ch | 8/29/2014
  • Big 3rd inning pushes Buffalo past RailRiders MOOSIC — The first play of the second inning seemed to set the tone for the rest of the night. What looked to be a foul ball turned into a leadoff double and a long night for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders After scoring four runs in the second, Buff | 8/29/2014
  • About $90B in value remains in Marcellus Shale About $90 billion of value remains in the Marcellus Shale, according to international energy, mining and metals analytical firm Wood Mackenzie. That estimate factors in the potential revenue from marketing the gas, minus development costs. The Houston-bas | 8/29/2014
  • LOCAL TRACKS: Saturday is Championship Night at Five Mile Point Two local drivers have a chance to bring titles with them back across the border from Five Mile Point Speedway. Saturday is Championship Night at the Kirkwood, New York, track for all seven classes — Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, Lightning Cats, IMCA | 8/29/2014
  • Let the games begin: H.S. football season begins For the past few years something was missing from both the Towanda and Canton football schedules. The long-time rivals were not on each other's schedules, until this year when the rivalry is renewed tonight. "It's one of the things around here that peopl | 8/29/2014
  • Criminal court, Aug. 29, 2014 A Schuylkill Haven woman is guilty of resisting arrest as the result of an incident in October 2013 at Mahanoy Area High School, a Schuylkill County jury ruled Tuesday. Donna M. Staskel, 53, did not react as the jury of seven men and five women pronounced | 8/29/2014
  • District court, Aug. 29, 2014 David A. Plachko PORT CARBON — A Pine Grove man charged with exposing himself inside his vehicle in Norwegian Township on July 13 waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge David A. Plachko. Cody D. Donmoyer, 20, of 91 Cov | 8/29/2014
  • Deeds, Aug. 29, 2014 Deeds Ashland — James and Michelle Barbafski to Kenneth C. and Caryl L. Montgomery; 1929 Chestnut St.; $45,000. Allen D. and Barbara J. Pennypacker to Robert E. Pennypacker; 64 Main St., Mowry; $1. Kenneth T. and Kathleen B. Jones to Kenneth R. Barton; 46 | 8/29/2014
  • Game Day Quick Hitters Tonight’s Games Coughlin at Hazleton Area, 7 Berwick at Crestwood, 7 Blue Mountain at Shenandoah Valley, 7 Williams Valley at Marian, 7 Lehighton at Mahanoy Area, 7 Schuylkill Haven at Panther Valley, 7 Tamaqua at North Schuylkill, 7 Media Center WYLN TV | 8/29/2014
  • Cougars begin ‘Brennan Era’ at home tonight Hazleton Area hosts Coughlin as Mike Brennan debuts as head coach The Hazleton Area football team officialy kicks off the “Brennan Era” this evening, when new head coach Mike Brennan makes his debut on the Cougar sideline. Coming off four consecutive losing seasons, the Cougars look to take their first step in the other | 8/29/2014
  • Comets looking for revenge against rival Berwick Plenty is expected from the 2014 Crestwood High School football team. And fans of the Red and White won’t be left wondering long about just how good their Comets will be. Tonight at Crestwood High, the Comets embark on their journey toward what is hoped t | 8/29/2014
  • Two from area named to NEPA Alliance board Mary Malone, president of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, and Harold Pudliner, Weatherly borough manager, have been elected to the NEPA Alliance board of directors. Malone, who became chamber president earlier this year, had been employed at Leh | 8/29/2014
  • Family Self-Sufficiency program leader resigns Ben Medina, a pastor who speaks English and Spanish, began offering residents of Vine West public housing advice on finishing school, getting a better job and buying their own home. But after 20 months, his Family Self-Sufficiency Program drew fewer than | 8/29/2014
  • Keystone Job Corps host open house Keon Cash of Philadelphia wants to forge a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Bureau of Homeland Security. His parents, Lance and Starr Cash, felt he wasn’t mature enough to go right to a four-year school. So Keon chose the Keystone Job Co | 8/29/2014
  • Carbon commissioners commend DA for his service JIM THORPE — Carbon County commissioners thanked District Attorney Gary F. Dobias for 34 years of service in the district attorney’s office, including 22 years as the county’s top prosecutor, as he retires today. Commissioner William O’Gurek, a long-time | 8/29/2014
  • Hazleton Area board announces new hires As building contractors put finishing touches on Hazleton Area’s three new school buildings, the school board Thursday hired more administrators, teachers and support staff for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Two new assistant principals and appoint | 8/29/2014
  • Woman gets soaked with ice bucket in honor of late Freeland High classmate It may be only one bucket of ice cold water, but it stands for a lot more. Susie Bruzgulis of Freeland accepted the nomination for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from her friend and classmate, Barbara “Babs” Olsav-Hudock, to honor and remember their friend | 8/29/2014
  • Traffic violation leads to drug bust A traffic violation in Sugarloaf Township led to drug charges being filed against one man with charges pending against another. Township police said a vehicle driven by Kevin Jose Castillo, 23, was stopped at about 7:47 p.m. Monday at state Route 93 and S | 8/29/2014
  • State grants may deliver water connection between villages, HCA State grants could cover the lion’s share of a project that would connect residents in two Hazle Township villages to Hazleton City Authority’s water system, an authority official said. Officials from PennVEST and the state Department of Environmental Pro | 8/29/2014
  • J. Robert Tobash August 28, 2014 J. Robert Tobash, 78, of 905 E. Main St., Hegins, passed away Thursday at his residence. Born Sept. 4, 1935, in North Manheim Township, he was a son of the late Peter and Anna Herbert Tobash. He was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High Scho | 8/29/2014
  • Alice Rumbel August 27, 2014 Alice Rumbel, 86, of West Main Street, Ringtown, passed away Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Shamokin. Born in Shenandoah, Nov. 11, 1927, she was a daughter of the late William and Clara Rose Llewellyn. She attended school in Shenan | 8/29/2014
  • Sharon L. Miller Sharon L. Miller, 71, of Centre Township, Berks County, passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was the wife of Carl D. Miller, who died in 2003. Born in Pottsville, she was a daughter of the late Hector and Hilda Mengle Glotfelter. She was a 1961 gra | 8/29/2014
  • Ronald L. Herring August 27, 2014 Ronald L. “Sonny” Herring, 83, formerly of Pine Grove, passed away Wednesday at Tremont Health & Rehabilitation Center. Born in Washington Township, May 28, 1931, he was a son of the late Alvin and Marguerite Bretzius Herring. He attended | 8/29/2014
  • Gloria T. Bellucci August 27, 2014 Gloria T. Zack Bellucci, 85, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday evening at Luther Ridge Assisted Living, Pottsville. Born in Shenandoah, May 27, 1929, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Helen “Mame” Mesarick Zack. She was educa | 8/29/2014
  • Carl W. ‘Bill’ Adams Carl W. “Bill” Adams, 59, of Pine Grove, passed away Thursday at home. Born on March 16, 1955, in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Caleb J. Sr. and Erma Madenford Adams. Carl was a member of the Suedberg Church of God, Pine Grove. He attended the Pine | 8/29/2014
  • For the record, Aug. 29, 2014 Marriage licenses Timothy Henning, Shenandoah, and Justine A. Sluck, Shenandoah. Benjamin S. Hynoski, Pottsville, and Jessica M. Rhein, Pottsville. Kevin M. Rehrig, Tamaqua, and Trisha M. Sockwell, Tamaqua. Adam T. Dallago, Pottsville, and Jennifer H. Rei | 8/29/2014
  • Season Tickets, Aug. 29 ❏ NORTH SCHUYLKILL - North Schuylkill sports passes are currently on sale in the high school office. Passes permit free admission to all home athletic events for the 2014-15 school year. Season passes may be purchased weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. | 8/29/2014
  • Golf League Results ❒ VALMONT - Bill Houseknecht (38), Dave Marchetti (41), Ron Grapsy (43) and Joe O’Donnell (47) captured flights one through four, respectively, and Gary Potter and Ray Gogola both shot a 52 to tie for the flight five title in this week’s Valmont Golf Leag | 8/29/2014
  • Crestwood tops WVW in H.S. tennis action WVC ❒ Crestwood 3, Wyoming Valley West 2 - Crestwood won both doubles matches and posted a singles victory to edge Wyoming Valley West in action Thursday at the Wright Twp.courts. Bailey Gallagher and Morgan Novosel combined to beat Mariah Carey and Madis | 8/29/2014
  • Crestwood improves to 5-0 with win over WVW WVC ❒ Crestwood 166, Wyoming Valley West 176 - Tyler Papura fired a 39 to share medalist honors as Crestwood topped Wyoming Valley West at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club to improve to 5-0 on the season. Shane Angle and Joey Grandinetti both carded a 42 and Ja | 8/29/2014
  • Briefs, Aug. 29 For a complete list of briefs, please see our web site at standardspeaker.com. ❏ SILVERBROOK ROD AND GUN CLUB BENEFIT SHOOT - The Silverbrook Rod and Gun Club will hold its annual benefit shoot on Sept. 13 in memory of Melissa “Butterfly” Osifat. Teams of | 8/29/2014
  • Police, Aug. 29 Hazleton incidents Hazleton police issued press releases on the following incidents, and ask that anyone with information to contact them at 570-459-4940: ■ A white cellphone was found at the Lahm Avenue Playground at 9:43 a.m. Wednesday, and will be rele | 8/29/2014
  • West Hazleton man sentenced to 17 years for pair of assaults The West Hazleton man who “freaked out” while high on a party drug and brutally assaulted a woman was sentenced Thursday to up to 17 years in state prison. Emmanuel Paulino, 30, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of aggravated assault for the attack as | 8/29/2014
  • Lower corporate tax rates WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Preside | 8/29/2014
  • Buffet opposes inversions in his annual message to shareholders in his company Berkshire Hathaway in February, Warren Buffett said: “Who has ever benefited during the past 237 years by betting against America? ... America’s best years lie ahead.” You can expect these words to be t | 8/29/2014
  • Gameface Chalk Talk: Double Fire, Valley West Valley West’s Double Fire blitz is designed for its two inside linebackers to bring pressure with the intent of either hurrying the quarterback, sacking him or just disrupting the offense. | 8/29/2014
  • YOUR OPINION Read, then respond Editor: In response to “Know, Then Write” (Your Opinion, Aug. 21), the writers said that each time she drives up Ash Street she shows her kids where Capt. Robeson died and when she drives down Capouse Avenue she show them where their fa | 8/29/2014
  • Case illustrates FOIA needs improvement On April 17, 1961, a group of Cuban exiles armed by the United States attempted an invasion of their homeland. The disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion stands as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in American history. It might be helpful to know all of t | 8/29/2014
  • Teachable moment for city schools Tobyhanna Federal Credit Union at Scranton Veterans Memorial Stadium doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But the probable new name for the Scranton School District’s stadium field still should sound very sweet to taxpayers. Under a sponsorship/marketing | 8/29/2014
  • 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
  • Fire chief agrees to plead guilty to stealing $45,000 SCRANTON — Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich has agreed to plead guilty to stealing about $45,000 from his volunteer fire department and must soon resign his post, according to a plea agreement he has reached with federal prosecutors. Yuknav | 8/29/2014
  • Man gets up to 17 years in brutal assault The West Hazleton man who “freaked out” while high on a party drug and brutally assaulted a woman was sentenced Thursday to up to 17 years in state prison. Emmanuel Paulino, 30, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of aggravated assault for the attack as | 8/29/2014
  • Timeline: Trouble spans years July 2006: The state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cites the Firemen’s Inn, a bar/restaurant operated by the fire department, for failure to maintain complete and truthful financial records. John Yuknavich is listed on the liquor license as | 8/29/2014
  • Prosecutors: Yuknavich used W-B city credit union in committing thefts While not connected to last week’s bank fraud indictments, the federal theft case against Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich has one major similarity: prosecutors say the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union was used to commit the | 8/29/2014
  • Open for business: Bob's Discount Furniture opens local store WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Bob’s Discount Furniture opened its 53rd store Thursday in Wilkes-Barre Township Commons in a building next to Target that formerly housed Circuit City. Co-founder and president Bob Kaufman is optimistic about being successful at his n | 8/29/2014
  • Wyoming Area building study approved The Wyoming Area School Board approved a $34,510 agreement for a feasibility study of school district buildings. The agreement is with KCBA Architects of Hatfield. The study will determine the most effective way to operate and analyze projected enrollment | 8/29/2014
  • Gov. Corbett seeks cancellation of National Guard reduction Gov. Tom Corbett has moved to block the U.S. Army’s plan to sharply cut the size of the Pennsylvania National Guard unit that’s based at a newly built headquarters in Scranton. The reduction would eliminate 1,400 full- and part-time soldiers, most of them | 8/29/2014
  • Report: W-B pension plans distressed WILKES-BARRE — Some of the city’s pension plans are distressed, and that has implications for city finances, according to reports from the Auditor General’s office. Pension plans for non-uniformed employees and two plans that support police and firefighte | 8/29/2014
  • Rattigan looks to complete county sweep ORWIGSBURG — It’s been a big year on the links in 2014 for Jim Rattigan. The 36-year-old Deer Lake resident would like nothing more than to cap it with another trophy. Rattigan enters this weekend’s 53rd annual Schuylkill County Amateur Golf Medal-Play Ch | 8/29/2014
  • Penn State experiences Gaelic football DUBLIN, Ireland — Donovan Smith is a 6-foot-5, 335-pound junior tackle who someday could be playing in the NFL, the type of athlete general managers in one of the world’s biggest sports leagues would drool over. The Gaelic Football draft, however, likely | 8/29/2014