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  • For some Hazleton students, it's back to a new school Tuesday marked the start of a new school year in the Hazleton Area School District. For some students, it’s a brand new year in a brand new building. At the Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School, students filtered into the building before 9 a.m. as constru | 9/3/2014
  • Mahanoy Twp. man jailed on rape charges A Mahanoy Township man was jailed Sunday charged with raping a woman during the early-morning hours. Nathan P. Salvadore, 28, of 33 Ellengowen Road, was charged with one felony charge each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault an | 9/3/2014
  • Mountain Top doctor pleads guilty to charges A suspended Mountain Top doctor on Tuesday pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a cop and to beating up a patient. Following his plea, Dr. Mark Gonsky, 61, was sentenced to one to 18 months in prison, though a judge ruled he could be released since Gonsk | 9/3/2014
  • Second arrest made in March 2013 beating A second man was arrested today in the March 2013 assault that left a Hazleton man with injuries that permanently disabled him. City police charged Roberto E. Plasencia, 30, Hazleton, with reckless endangerment, obstructing administration of law, receivin | 9/2/2014
  • Spangenberg slams pinch-hit, walk-off homer in second game SAN DIEGO - Cory Spangenberg's first big league home run came on the first pitch he saw as a pinch hitter with one out in the ninth inning and gave the San Diego Padres a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The Abington Heights graduate, hitting for Cameron Maybin, connected against Brad Ziegler (5-3), sending a drive to the home run porch down the right-field line at Petco Park. | 9/3/2014
  • State finally to replace Rockwell Avenue Bridge On the drawing board for more than 20 years, the replacement of the Rockwell Avenue Bridge really should begin in earnest next week, a state spokesman said Tuesday. At a kickoff news conference next to the North Scranton bridge, neighbors stayed subdued i | 9/3/2014
  • Fourth flare-up at Scranton Cooperage; Jessup fire chief vows won't put crew in harm's way JESSUP — Borough Fire Chief Steve Pitoniak vowed he would not put his firefighters at risk after a fourth flare-up from the Scranton Cooperage blaze, which more than 200 people battled almost 10 weeks ago. The Jessup fire chief doesn’t know what caused Tu | 9/3/2014
  • Friends, fellow students mourn loss of Old Forge boy As a police expert on Tuesday reconstructed the car crash that killed Lenny Zupon on Saturday night, friends and family did their best to deal with the death of the boy described as “vibrant, full of energy.” At All Saints Academy in Scranton, where the 1 | 9/3/2014
  • Child care to be offered to young moms at Scranton High When school resumes in Scranton this week, there will be eight young additions at the region’s largest high school. As a way to help young mothers earn a diploma, the Scranton School District will allow an Early Head Start child care program to open at Sc | 9/3/2014
  • Man allegedly assaults mother of his kids, bites her leg SCRANTON — Police are seeking a city man who allegedly battered the mother of his children Saturday afternoon, biting her leg when she tried to escape his car. Tyrell Q. Hamilton, 30, 227 Pittston Ave., will be charged with simple assault and unlawful res | 9/3/2014
  • Police reconstruct scene of fatal Old Forge crash OLD FORGE - Police this morning reconstructed the scene in the 100 block of Keyser Avenue between Oak Street and Sibley Avenue where a crash killed 12-year-old Leonard Zupon Jr., Saturday night. | 9/2/2014
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist BEIRUT (AP) — An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. | 9/2/2014
  • Driver in Wayne County fatal crash was a 15 year old A 15-year-old drove the vehicle that flipped in Wayne County on Saturday, killing three of its six teenage passengers, the district attorney said. | 9/2/2014
  • Flavor File: Folc Opens, Augie's Does Steak, Plus a New Food Truck Folc, the first of three adjacent concepts by chef Luis Colon, wine director Cecilia Barretto and bar director David Naylor... | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name On one hand, few offenses in the nation were better than Penn State’s this past weekend. Only three teams passed for more than the 454 yards Christian Hackenberg amassed in the 26-24 win over Central Florida in the Croke Park Classic, after all. On the ot | 9/3/2014
  • ‘The Trip to Italy’ Charts a Comedic Journey on the Amalfi Coast If you weren’t lucky enough to see the 2010 film The Trip (as I was not, but will soon be remedying), starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, here are a... | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name OK, your fantasy football team is drafted and ready to go. All you have to do now is set your lineup each week, kick up your feet like Al Bundy and enjoy the games, right? Unfortunately, no. Drafting your team is just the beginning. To win a championship, | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name FALL SOFTBALL LACKAWANNA FALL LEAGUE Today Carbondale at Old Forge, 5:45 p.m. Lakeland at Mid Valley, 5:45 p.m. Scranton Prep vs. Nanticoke, at Taylor, 5:45 p.m. Scranton at Riverside, at Taylor, 7:30 p.m. North Pocono vs. Pittston Area, at Old Forge, 7:3 | 9/3/2014
  • COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Hannah Rehm had 16 assists, seven aces, six digs and five kills to lead Baptist Bible College women’s volleyball team to its first victory of the season, 3-0, over Cazenovia College. Taryn Fritz added nine kills and seven digs for the Lady Defenders. Mary | 9/3/2014
  • CLIPBOARD CLIPBOARD HUNTING — There will be a hunter-trapper education class Nov. 2 at Lakeland Jr./Sr. High School auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.MEETING — Scranton Chapter of ASA Umpires will hold its last meeting today at the Jessup American Legion at 8 p.m.YOU | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name Peaking out of the closet behind Trey Brown’s desk was a deflated air mattress, a sign that Wilkes’ first-year head coach has spent a few late nights in his office since being hired. He lives with his wife and two children in the Lehigh Valley, and the th | 9/3/2014
  • Real Riffs Only: A Marnie Stern prep guide A five-foot-tall, pixie-voiced girl who shreds like Eddie Van Halen, Marnie Stern had all the makings of a novelty when she debuted in 2007. But it didn’t... | 9/3/2014
  • Artist on Artist: Gary Sweeney interviews Bill FitzGibbons Bill FitzGibbons is certainly one of San Antonio’s high-profile art icons: public artist, curator, Fulbright Scholar, world traveler, head of sculpture... | 9/3/2014
  • Coming Out in College, A Survival Guide Ah, college! Whether you’re new to a local campus this semester or you’ve been before, there’s something about the teeming... | 9/3/2014
  • Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19): I don’t usually do this kind of thing, but I’m going to suggest that you monitor the number six. My hypothesis is that six has... | 9/3/2014
  • FOTOSEPTIEMBRE Pic(k)s: 5 shows not to miss at this year’s fest These are the dog days, you guys. The post-Spurs, pre-football, 90 degrees at 10 p.m., sweat-stained, mosquito-bitten, grouchy summer doldrums. I think... | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name The team of Deena Mahdavi-Nicole Kmiec won the last match of the day to give Scranton a 3-2 comeback victory over West Scranton in a Lackawanna League tennis match on Tuesday. Mary Huffman won her singles match and the team of Monica Burda-Brittany Creega | 9/3/2014
  • Leasure, Torrisi key win for Riverside golf The team of Adam Leasure and Matthew Torrisi shot 2-over in its better-ball match and both players won their individual matches to lead Riverside over Montrose, 5 ½-3½, in a Lackawanna League small school division golf match at Montrose Country Club on Tu | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name Frank Spear was the overall male winner, while Abby Pittenger took home the overall female crown in the third annual Capt. James. R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Saturday. Spear won with a time of 17:43, while Pittenger finished in 22 minutes | 9/3/2014
  • Mahanoy man convicted of trying to kill woman Joseph C. Yeich set a Mahanoy City woman’s house on fire and tried to kill her in December 2013, a Schuylkill County jury decided Tuesday. After deliberating approximately 2 1/2 hours, the jury of eight men and four women found Yeich, 29, of Mahanoy City, | 9/3/2014
  • Regional Briefs, Sept. 3, 2014 Armed robber arraigned STROUDSBURG — An armed robber who fired a shot over his victims’ heads in Tobyhanna in July was arraigned in Monroe County on Thursday. Police captured Johnathan Correa, 22, of Tobyhanna, in Paterson, New Jersey, Aug. 13, when he pr | 9/3/2014
  • After nearly 2 inactive years, Scranton Parking Authority reorganizes Two years after being rendered inactive by a forced default and takeover by a receiver, the Scranton Parking Authority reorganized Tuesday. SPA lost control of its five parking garages and operations in mid-2012, after city council allowed a default of au | 9/3/2014
  • New police chief named in Olyphant OLYPHANT — Beginning at 7 a.m. today James Foley is officially the borough’s new police chief. Voted in unanimously during Tuesday night’s council meeting, Chief Foley said he was “humbled” by the appointment. Borough Manager C.J. Mustacchio said his cont | 9/3/2014
  • Father tells Ryan's Story, speaks against bullying ORWIGSBURG — A father shared the pain of losing his 13-year-old son with students Tuesday at Blue Mountain middle school and high school, opening a dialogue about suicide. John Halligan, Long Island, New York, will not get to see his son grow up to become | 9/3/2014
  • Diocese plans to sell oldest Catholic church building in Schuylkill The landmark that has been called the oldest Catholic church building in Schuylkill County — the former St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Pottsville — is on the market. The Diocese of Allentown and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church of Pottsville are i | 9/3/2014
  • 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
  • Scranton issues public notice of tax ordinance, but public can't see proposed law yet After collecting eight months of earned-income tax, Scranton has issued public notices of the city’s intent to belatedly enact its annual earned-income tax. The city refused to make the proposed ordinance, Ordinance No. 41 of 2014, available to the public | 9/3/2014
  • Luzerne County Community College exploring Scranton location Students could soon take community college courses in the Scranton area. Luzerne County Community College is in the exploratory stage of opening a center in Lackawanna County, the school’s president said Tuesday. “We believe we can really be of service to | 9/3/2014
  • Dickson City civic center director suspended without pay DICKSON CITY — Borough council suspended without pay Tuesday the civic center director accused of taking almost $20,000 from the center over four years. Rebecca Flannery’s reinstatement is pending the outcome of the charges, council President Barbara Mecc | 9/3/2014
  • Lackawanna County to honor public safety and military personnel JESSUP — Lackawanna County will hold a Heroes Day to honor public safety and military personnel Saturday, Sept. 20. The event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lackawanna County 911 Center, 30 Valley View Drive, will feature vehicle and equipment displays, d | 9/3/2014
  • Man slashes another over a dollar bill SCRANTON — After arguing over a dollar bill, one man slashed another in a grocery parking lot Monday night, police said. When officers arrived around 10:12 p.m., they found Larry Smith, 56, of Scranton, with two lacerations on his left arm outside Weis Ma | 9/3/2014
  • Moscow accepts bid for borough building project MOSCOW — Borough council awarded a contract for the Borough Building renovation project Tuesday. Eastern Roofing Systems of Jessup earned council’s unanimous vote with a bid of $304,272. Council President Arthur Pencek said the project includes updating t | 9/3/2014
  • Hearing for county deputy continued SCRANTON — A preliminary hearing for a Lackawanna County deputy sheriff charged with assaulting her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend was continued Tuesday in Central Court. A new hearing date for Crystal Matos, 24, of Moscow, was not immediately set. Ms. | 9/3/2014
  • Former minister charged with molesting 9-year-old boy State police charged a former United Methodist Church minister with molesting a boy repeatedly over a 10-year period from the time the child was 9 years old to the present. Norman T. Faux, 54, of 1811 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel, was discovered when th | 9/3/2014
  • Fire strikes Freeland American Legion Firefighters from Freeland and nearly a half-dozen communities responded to a fire that reportedly damaged the roof at the borough American Legion late Tuesday. A cause was not available late Tuesday, as emergency responders used ladder trucks from the Fr | 9/2/2014
  • Man’s body found in Hazleton parking lot Hazleton police responded just before 6 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a body in the parking lot of a shopping center on West Broad Street. According to police, the body of a 44-year-old city man was found outside a parked car near the rear of the former Wei | 9/2/2014
  • What Do You Get A 1-Year-Old NDO? Enforcement This week marks a year since the San Antonio City Council amended its 20-year-old non-discrimination ordinance to include gender identity, gender orientation... | 9/3/2014
  • Hazleton couple’s death still under investigation The Luzerne County coroner believes he knows who pulled the trigger of a gun that ended the lives of a husband and wife in Hazleton on Sunday. Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman said on Tuesday, his office believes that Wayne Volciak, 55, shot his wife, M | 9/3/2014
  • Soccer: Evitts sets league scoring mark SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Rileigh Evitts set the all-time Schuylkill League girls’ scoring record during Schuylkill Haven’s 6-3 non-league loss to Allentown Central Catholic on Tuesday at Rotary Field. Evitts, who tied the record of 116 held by Minersville’s Kel | 9/3/2014
  • Blue Mountain tops Pottsville in girls' soccer Blue Mountain is getting used to life without Madyson Riegel early this season. So far, so good. The Eagles came out aggressive in the first half, got goals from Emily Valentine and Abigail Fanelli and then held on to down rival Pottsville 2-1 in the Schu | 9/3/2014
  • BOYS SOCCER: Benner's two goals lift Eagles over Indians LEHIGHTON — Blue Mountain sophomore Jonathan Benner knew coming in to the 2014 Schuylkill League boys’ soccer season that his team needed him to score more goals. It didn’t take the sophomore forward long to answer the call. Benner scored two goals and he | 9/3/2014
  • Blue Mountain tops Pottsville in girls' volleyball After the momentum of Blue Mountain’s two-sets-to-none lead had drifted away, Eagles senior Brittney Moyer said her team’s strategy became very simple. “It’s like, ‘Let’s do whatever we can and win. Let’s do what we have to do. Put the ball up, get a good | 9/3/2014
  • People-watching, Dancing at Wax Club Lounge Perhaps I was feeling melancholy about the impending series finale of HBO’s smutty vampire soap opera a few Sundays ago, but the scene at San Pedro’s Wax Club... | 9/3/2014
  • Teamwork Leads to Better, More Daring Brews Clichés are of little use in determining the virtue of collaboration. Do too many cooks spoil the broth, or are two heads better than one? Adages aside... | 9/3/2014
  • Namedropper, Sept. 3, 2014 Cocktails serve to serve seniors Guests enjoyed cocktails, an array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts when the 19th annual Summer Cocktail Party to benefit programs at Serving Seniors Inc. was conducted at Abington Manor in Clarks Summit. Entertainment was p | 9/3/2014
  • Northeast Network presents Ladies Night Out Fashion show to benefit Friends of Poor Northeast Network will present “A Ladies Night Out: Fashion Food and Friends” to benefit Friends of the Poor Clothes LIne for Men, Sept. 30, with registration at 5:30 p.m. at Lucca Restaurant and Catering, 802 S. Main St., Taylor. In front, from left: Mar | 9/3/2014
  • St.Clare/St. Paul Ignatian Scholars named Scranton Preparatory School names St. Clare/St. Paul, Scranton, students as Ignatian Scholars based on their superior achievement on the 2013 Scranton Prep entrance exam. In front, from left: Anna Brier, Erin Barrett, Lindsay Notarianni, Annabelle Conway, | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name Committee members from Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club gather to discuss the club’s, along with Boy Scout Troop 87 of Mayfield’s, 16th annual car show scheduled Sunday, Sept. 14, at Carbondale Area High School, Route 6, Carbondale. In front, from left: Mik | 9/3/2014
  • Upper Dauphin surprises Division III champ ELIZABETHVILLE — Defending Schuylkill League Division III champion Halifax opened its league schedule Tuesday night with a loss on the road. Laura Sweger paced Upper Dauphin with eight blocks, eight kills and 12 service points as the Trojans edged the Wil | 9/3/2014
  • Around the Region, Sept. 3, 2014 n Pottsville: The American Red Cross NEPA Region is participating with The Pillowcase Project, part of a nationwide pilot program with a vision of teaching children to be prepared for any disaster and to teach empowerment through a series of age-appropria | 9/3/2014
  • Engine 113 failure changes Labor Day excursion plan Steam engine 113, based in Minersville, was originally scheduled to venture on a Labor Day excursion Monday from Port Clinton to Mahanoy City while hooked up behind Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad steam locomotive 425, but mechanical issues kep | 9/3/2014
  • Port Carbon to mark sidewalks of trash delinquents PORT CARBON — Mention trash bill delinquents and the borough council may start seeing red. So in an effort to get more than 20 of the most ignorant to pay their bills, the council Tuesday said it plans to make those property owners see pink, or lavender. | 9/3/2014
  • Mahanoy City to form blight task force The Borough of Mahanoy City is planning to develop a blight task force similar to the one the City of Pottsville started in April 2012, Mahanoy City borough Manager Daniel L. Lynch said Tuesday. “It may happen in the next two months, definitely by the end | 9/3/2014
  • Temporary pipe installed in city arch A temporary 13-foot, 24-inch corrugated plastic pipe was installed in a stone arch Tuesday in the 100 block of Howard Avenue after part of it collapsed Sunday due to a water main break. The water main break has since been fixed, though the temporary pipe | 9/3/2014
  • Saint Clair solicitor gives borough view on BRADS landfill SAINT CLAIR — Borough solicitor Edward Brennan talked with the council and public Tuesday at their regular council meeting about an informational meeting that was held Aug. 12 concerning the Blythe Recycling and Demolition Site landfill. Brennan said that | 9/3/2014
  • LACKAWANNA COUNTY COURT NOTES MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Michael John Keeler and Emily Klonoski, both of Quakertown. ■ Matthew James Zimmer­man and Patricia Lynn Roman­owski, both of Jessup. ■ Brian David Yearing, Eynon, and Amanda Elizabeth Depietro, Olyphant. ■ Ronak Maheshbhai Patel, Bloo | 9/3/2014
  • Community Event Listing, Sept. 3, 2014 Abingtons Cancer fundraiser: Region 11 C Order of the Eastern Star Caravan for Cancer fundraiser, Sept. 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 118 N. Abington Road, Masonic Hall, flea market, bake sale, hot dogs/sauerkraut, tables, $10; Jean Trivlepiece, 570-775-7959. Carbon | 9/3/2014
  • Police, Sept. 3 Charges, citations Charges or citations have been filed against the following, according to court documents. Violations for older offenses appear now because they have only recently been filed or served. ■ Jacob Goralewski, 18, Weatherly, underage drinkin | 9/3/2014
  • Doctor pleads guilty to roughing up patient A suspended Mountain Top doctor on Tuesday pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a cop and to beating up a patient. Following his plea, Dr. Mark Gonsky, 61, was sentenced to one to 18 months in prison, though a judge ruled he could be released since Gonsk | 9/3/2014
  • Second man charged in 2013 beating A second man was taken into custody Tuesday, charged by Hazleton police with various offenses related to a March 2013 assault that left a city man with life-changing injuries. Roberto E. Plasencia, 30, Hazleton, is charged with reckless endangerment, obst | 9/3/2014
  • County council meeting descends into series of personal attacks A proposal to dock Luzerne County’s manager $100 per day for missed deadlines failed to gain traction Tuesday during a tumultuous council meeting in which the chairman threatened to adjourn early amid a tide of personal attacks. Councilwoman Kathy Dobash | 9/3/2014
  • Motorcyclist killed in Route 29 wreck identified Authorities identified the man who died in a motorcycle crash in Jackson Township over Labor Day weekend. Shawn P. Murphy, 51, of Noxen, died in the two-motorcycle crash that happened on state Route 29 around 6:20 p.m. Sunday. Jackson Township police said | 9/3/2014
  • Mother, daughter face trial in $700K theft A mother-daughter team accused of stealing more than $700,000 in bingo, pull-tab and carnival proceeds from a Swoyersville volunteer fire department will stand trial this week. Catherine Drago, 83, and her daughter Carol Gamble, 52, — who prosecutors say | 9/3/2014
  • Duryea man ruled incompetent continues to rack up charges He’s been charged with dozens of crimes, but rarely held accountable for his actions. Since 1997, Paul Woychio, 43, of Duryea, has appeared before Luzerne County Court for a series of repetitive charges, mostly counts of retail theft and defiant trespass, | 9/3/2014
  • Police: Daughter beat mom, who tried to stop her from driving drunk with 6-month-old A Pittston Township woman beat her mother for trying to stop her from driving away drunk with a child, police said. Elaine Kasa told police she was babysitting for her daughter, Megan Marie O’Donovan, on Tuesday. O’Donovan showed up drunk around midnight | 9/3/2014
  • Meetings ❑ NORTH SIDE DART LEAGUE - The North Side Dart League will have a meeting to prepare for the new season on Thursday at Snyders Pub in Drums. All shooters are asked to attend. Anyone interested in shooting in the league or entering a new team, contact Alan | 9/3/2014
  • Little League Fall Ball Valley West Valley Athletic 9, McNelis Law 3 - The winners were led by Nicholas Damiano and Nicholas Hebel each with two singles, and Billy Nice with a base hit. McNelis Law’s Ryan McNelis raced in with an inside-the-park home run, John Skuba doubled and | 9/3/2014
  • Jr High basketball Schuylkill League Eighth Grade ❏ Minersville 42, Shenandoah Valley 23 - The Lady Devils were paced by Mykenzie Malacusky with 14 points, and teammate Madison Snitzer banked home eight. No report was available for Minersville. Seventh Grade ❏ Minersville 4 | 9/3/2014
  • HS Water Polo Hazleton Area split a pair of water polo matches Tuesday on the road with Pottsville. The Lady Cougars doubled up the Lady Crimson Tide 14-7, but the Cougars were outlasted by Pottsville 18-14 in the boys meet. Girls ❑ Hazleton Area 14, Pottsville 7 - Fou | 9/3/2014
  • HS Volleyball Schuylkill League ❏ Schuylkill Haven 3, Weatherly 1 - The Lady Hurricanes reeled in the first two sets on the way to the league win over the host Lady Wreckers by scores of 25-12, 25-11, 19-25 and 25-19. Lexi Hartz and Sammy Hartz showed the way for Weath | 9/3/2014
  • HS Tennis Non-League Blue Mountain 5, Tamaqua 2 - The Lady Raiders managed two doubles wins, but the Lady Eagles swept all five singles matches en route to the decision. In the singles events: Aubrey Abel dispatched Maddie Dolinsky in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1; Blue | 9/3/2014
  • HS Golf WVC Hazleton Area 173, Tunkhannock 186 - Hazleton Area rode the four-man scoring of Josh Provost (42), Joe Baron (43), Adam Grula (44) and Frank Seratch (44) to the Division I victory over Tunkhannock Tuesday at par-36 Sugarloaf Golf Club. Tunkahhnock was | 9/3/2014
  • HS Field Hockey Hazleton Area’s field hockey team continued its winning ways Tuesday, using a strong defensive effort and a second-half goal from Selena Garzio to take down visiting Wyoming Valley West 1-0. A one-hour lightning delay held things up, before the Lady Couga | 9/3/2014
  • HS Boys Soccer WVC ❏ Wyoming Valley West 5, Hazleton Area 1 - Hazleton Area had a rough start in the Wyoming Valley Conference opener Tuesday, falling to Wyoming Valley West. Valley West jumped out in front 2-0 in the opening half, before the Cougars cut the deficit in | 9/3/2014
  • FYI PSU TICKETS FOR SALE - Four tickets and a parking pass are available for Saturday’s college football game between Akron and Penn State at Beaver Stadium. For more information, call Paul at 570-459-0084. | 9/3/2014
  • Freshman football WVC Hazleton Area 32, Coughlin 6 - The Hazleton Area freshmen opened the season at Coughlin with an impressive win on Saturday. Led by the offensive line of Angelo Roman, Jake Minnig, Todd Mills, Anderson Lopez, J.J. Shanda, Mike Fuchick and Terique Campb | 9/3/2014
  • Restaurants, assisted living center coming to Plains, W-B townships New restaurants are coming soon to Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships, as well as an assisted living center for senior citizens and possibly another hotel. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has signed a lease to open in the new 315 Marketplace in front of the Microtel | 9/3/2014
  • Briefs 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 | 9/3/2014
  • $entry.name White Haven Fire Company recently was awarded $23,703 in federal grants for operations and safety, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., announced. “Pennsylvania’s emergency responders endure risk and sacrifice every day to keep their community safe. This money wil | 9/3/2014
  • Steven Edward Yourko Aug. 31, 2014 Steven Edward Yourko, 51, formerly of Freeland, and a guest at the Community Residential Unit, Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late David and Mona (Nickerson) Yo | 9/3/2014
  • F. Jay Tarnopolski Sept. 2, 2014 F. Jay Tarnopolski, 75, of Drums and formerly of East Stroudsburg, passed away Tuesday morning at his home. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late John and Anna (Korkosz) Tarnopolski. Jay was a 1957 graduate of Hazleton High School and | 9/3/2014
  • Sylvia M. Menghini Sept. 1, 2014 Sylvia M. Menghini, 90, of Drums and formerly of Hazleton, passed away Monday at home. Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Sylvia (Martini) Rossi. Sylvia was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Hazleton u | 9/3/2014
  • Barbara V. Mazurick Sept. 1, 2014 Barbara V. Mazurick, 70, a loving wife, devoted mother of four, mommom to four grandchildren, wonderful mother-in-law and faithful Christian, died Monday morning at St. Luke Pavilion, where she had been a guest. She was born in Hazleton, dau | 9/3/2014
  • Thomas O. Fellin Aug. 28, 2014 On Thursday, Thomas O. Fellin passed away after a six-month battle with liver cancer at the age of 79. Thomas was born the fifth of seven children to Mary Lenihan Fellin and Otto N. Fellin on Feb. 7, 1935. He grew up on South Pine Street in | 9/3/2014
  • Christopher M. Braskey Aug. 30, 2014 Christopher M. Braskey, 35, of 900 North St., Weatherly, died suddenly Saturday morning at his home. He was born in Hazleton, the son of Linda (Fellin) Gould and husband, John, of Beaver Meadows, and Edward Braskey and wife, Jean, of West Ha | 9/3/2014
  • POLICE BLOTTER Plains Twp. police activity Plains Township police reported the following incidents: n Police arrested Kayla Spence, of Wilkes-Barre, on Saturday for allegedly driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Officers said Spence was driv | 9/3/2014
  • Shots fired at Coal Street residence in W-B Wilkes-Barre police are investigating shots fired at a city residence early Tuesday. Police said shots were fired at 172 Coal St. around midnight. A resident flagged police down as they arrived on scene and told officers someone had shot out a back window | 9/3/2014
  • Two hurt after motorcycle, SUV collide Two people were injured Monday afternoon when a motorcycle collided with an SUV on Memorial Highway, Kingston Township police said. Police said the driver of the SUV was in the intersection of state Route 309 by Sheetz in Trucksville about to make a turn | 9/3/2014
  • Investigation continues into suspected murder-suicide Though the circumstances of a suspected murder-suicide that happened Sunday in Hazleton are still under investigation, the county coroner’s office believes he knows who pulled the trigger of a gun that ended two lives. Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman s | 9/3/2014
  • LCCC exploring Scranton locations Students could soon take community college courses in the Scranton area. Luzerne County Community College is in the exploratory stage of opening a center in Lackawanna County, the school’s president said Tuesday. “We believe we can really be of service to | 9/3/2014