Bequest used to replace windows, pave parking lot at Lourdes
COAL TOWNSHIP - A $500,000 bequest is being used to make some much-needed improvements to the building and grounds at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School this summer.
New energy-efficient windows have been installed in 30 classrooms, replacing those from
Police, July 30
Hazleton incidents Hazleton police issued press releases alleging the following. Anyone with information can contact police at 570-459-4940 or dial 911. ■ Pantry Quik on East Diamond Avenue was burglarized at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. Someone smashed the e
Kickoff begins for Battle of the Crater commemoration
Today marks 150 years since the Battle of the Crater began in Petersburg.
The city and Petersburg National Battlefield are hosting events commemorating the battle starting today and going through this weekend.
Chris Bryce, chief of interpretation and v
Regional Briefs 7/30/2014
Raceway traffic expected Sunday LONG POND — Traffic patterns will shift near Pocono Raceway in Monroe County before and after the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR race Sunday.
Lackawanna County Court Notes 7/30/2014
MARRIAGE LICENSES ■ Jacob Richard Nykaza and Lisa Marie Alimenti, both of Philadelphia. ■ Justin Timothy Wilkie and Alexis Schemel, both of Jermyn. ■ David Adam Schwartz and Shana Alexandra Celli, both of Eynon. ■ Ryan John Kelley and Ana Maria Davenport,
Armed robbery reported in Scranton
SCRANTON — A city man told police a man with a gun robbed him shortly after visiting an ATM on Mulberry Street early Tuesday, Scranton police said.
Purse stolen from car parked in Scranton
SCRANTON — A city woman believes her purse was stolen from her car while it was parked in the Salvation Army’s parking lot with the window down, Scranton police said.
Healthier cookie back at bazaar
A special “pop-up” bakery entirely supplied by volunteers will be back again at this year’s Country Bazaar for Our Lady of the Snows and St. Benedict’s parish in the Abingtons.
Little League: Merrifield lifts West Scranton
Winning pitcher Cayden Merrifield had two hits, including a double, to lead West Scranton to an 8-5 win over Moosic in a District 17/32 City-County Little League Tournament baseball game Tuesday.
More charges filed against accused contractor
Lackawanna County Detectives filed additional charges Tuesday against a Taylor contractor, after news reports of his arrest last week led authorities to 14 additional fraud victims.
Susquehanna Brewing Company expansion project offers versatility
JENKINS TWP. — Four 100-barrel fermenters were delivered to the Susquehanna Brewing Company over the last two days, bringing the total number of beer tanks to 11. The new equipment is part of a $350,000 expansion project to increase beer production. Owner
Court notes 7/30/14
Mikhail Chinikaylo and Tamara Chinikaylo to John C. Smith and Kristy R. Smith for $225,000; Dallas Township. Gertrude R. Miller to Karamjot Kaur for $107,060; Hanover Township. Donald C. Miller and Marion I. Miller to Eric Glazenski for $90,000; Nanticoke
Wyoming Homes owner hit with new charges ahead of hearing
Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti came to court Tuesday for a hearing on charges he ripped off two customers by not delivering modular homes to them. But first, Plains Township police slapped him with a new set of near-identical charges. Some of his alleg
Woman convicted of taking girls to inmate files appeal
A Danville woman convicted of taking two young girls to state prison to be molested by a convicted killer has outlined the grounds for her appeal. Rebecca Butler, who was sentenced to 3½ years to 10 years in state prison, argues her conviction should be o
Suspended teacher denies sex charges
The teenager knew no one else his own age who was openly gay. He thought of the teacher as a friend, another gay male with whom he could relate, someone in whom he could confide. But the student testified Tuesday that their relationship moved from persona
Wyoming Homes owner faces multiple theft charges
Wyoming Homes owner David Valenti came to court Tuesday for a hearing on charges he ripped off two customers by not delivering modular homes to them. But, first, Plains Township police slapped him with a new set of near-identical charges. Some of his alle
New ordinance puts one in charge of PG Fire and EMS
PRINCE GEORGE - The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on an ordinance that would establish a coordinated fire and EMS system in the county.
Under the new system, according to County Administrator Percy Ashcraft, central authority of operating the county's f
19-year-old dies in car crash
PRINCE GEORGE - A car crash resulted in the death of a 19-year-old over the weekend.
Lt. Paul Burroughs with Prince George Police said on July 26, Richard Allen Kelly III of Hopewell was traveling west on Sandy Ridge Road near the intersection of Mill Ro
Police log, July 30, 2014
2 escape injury in 2-vehicle crash MOUNT PLEASANT — Two people escaped injury when their vehicles collided about 6:30 a.m. July 22 at Route 4007 and Keystone Boulevard in Cass Township. State police at Frackville said Michael G. Reno, 22, of Pottsville, w
Deeds, July 30, 2014
Deeds Butler Township — John J. Lazusky and Joanne M. Lazusky to John J. Lazusky; 4 N. Fifth St.; $1. Joseph T. and Doris Renaldi to Daniel Renaldi; 400 Wallnick Drive; $1. Leonard S. Sr. and Arlene F. Kimmel to William Pucatas; 324 Catherine St., Fountai
District court, July 30, 2014
Rebecca Margerum ELIZABETHVILLE — A Lykens man is headed to Dauphin County Court after waiving his right to preliminary hearings July 15 on two sets of charges arising from separate incidents in Wiconisco Township. Jon W. Webster, 22, of 178 Market St., f
Police: Shots fired into W-B residence
At least six gunshots were fired into a house early Tuesday on Farley Lane in Wilkes-Barre, city police said. Police said they recovered six shell casings and noticed six bullet holes in a nearby house after being dispatched to the scene for a reported sh
3 accused of stealing metal from Salem Twp. business
A former employee of Crispin Valve in Salem Township and two others stole more than $40,000 of metal from the company and scrapped for the profits, police say. Joseph Kinney, 48, of 1024 Sixth St. in Berwick, and Brandon Serafin, 24, of Huntington Mills,
Game commission to host program on state’s bats
An educational program on Pennsylvania’s bats, hosted by the state Game Commission, is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 19, according to a news release. The free program will start at 7 p.m. and repeat at 8:30 p.m. at the game commission’s Northeast Region Office,
Constructing an $8M levee
MONROE BOROUGH - The Monroe Borough Council this week approved a sponsorship agreement for the borough's planned $8 million levee, which makes the borough responsible for certain expenses and tasks that are related to the construction of the levee.
Waverly's Attic bigger and better this year
Broad Street will host an action-packed community event next weekend when the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center holds its annual Waverly's Attic fundraiser.
This year's event, slated for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 9, promises more vendors and activitie
Bail stays at $50,000 in Shamokin rape case; plea deal offered
SHAMOKIN - A 23-year-old former city man charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in December has been offered a plea agreement by the district attorney's office.
Assistant district attorney Michael Toomey said Jacob Ryan Engle, of Berrysburg, who waived h
OLOL to host wine festival to raise money for school
COAL TOWNSHIP - With new wineries popping up all over the region, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School is seizing the trend of wine and beer festivals to help fund education.
The Our Lady of Lourdes Wine Festival, planned for noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 13, will
Waverly school board discusses master schedule, stadium progress
WAVERLY - The Waverly Central School District next week will unveil the details of a new master schedule at the middle and high school, officials said Tuesday.
Dr. Randy Richards, who began serving July 1 as the district's superintendent, told the board
Troy OKs contract with borough manager
TROY - Following an executive session at its last meeting, Troy Borough Council approved a contract for borough manager Dan Close.
When asked for comment, council president Krystle Bristol said the agreement is for two years.
She said the start date is J
First round bonus doe licenses being accepted Monday
The Schuylkill County Treasurer’s Office will start accepting doe license applications for the first round bonus Monday. Hunters must complete the bonus applications that are found inside the hunting digests. That includes additional Wildlife Management U
Armed suspect sought after W-B scuffle
A man is wanted on aggravated assault charges after pulling a knife on three people early Tuesday in the 100 block of Sambourne Street in Wilkes-Barre. Police said the victims — two men and a woman — were able to wrestle the knife away from the suspect, J
Police: Man pointed gun at kitchen workers
Wilkes-Barre police are looking for a man they say pointed a handgun at workers of the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen on Monday after claiming they were rude when he asked for an extra helping of mashed potatoes. Police said the unidentified male confronted
Kingston police not soliciting funds, chief says
Kingston police Chief Michael Krzywicki is advising residents that his department is not soliciting funds. The chief said his department recently received a complaint from a resident of a local community who received a call from someone soliciting funds f
W-B man arrested on drug charges
Police arrested a Wilkes-Barre man on Friday for allegedly possessing heroin and crack cocaine. Officers said Jerome B. Moyston, 27, of 292 Coal St., was standing in a parking lot in the area of Sherman Hills and Interfaith Heights on Friday and appeared
From Our Early Files
20 Years Ago (1994) A production crew from the PBS television show, ‘Tracks Ahead’ was in Nicholson last week to videotape a segment on the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct.
Down Sports Memory Lane
20 Years Ago (1994) Alice Edwards, who has assisted as both a cross country and girls’ track coach, will be the head cross country coach at Tunkhannock Area High School.
Siegel selected to HOF
Former Tunkhannock Area High School assistant and volunteer wrestling coach Gary Siegel is among 13 members selected to this year’s class of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in a ceremony at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 17.
Manning named new Marywood coach
Lackawanna Trail alum Kacy Manning was named the head field hockey coach and assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Marywood University on Monday.
Dream Game on tap tonight
Two Lackawanna Trail football players will take to the gridiron for the final time in their high school careers in the 80th annual Scranton Lions Club Dream Game at John Henzes/ Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Police: Pittston woman was DUI when she drove into porch
She was driving the wrong way in Pittston with her child Saturday when she hit a parked car with her silver Lincoln SUV and kept going, police said. Then, she turned sharply into a yard, striking the porch of 90 Swallow St.
Movie Times: 7-30-2014
Cinemark 20 and XD, Scranton: And So It Goes (PG-13): 11:10 a.m., 1:35, 4, 7:10, 9:35; Hercules (PG-13): 1, 3:30, 6:05, 8:35; in 3D: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45; Kick (NR): 12:05, 3:25, 6:45, 10:05; Lucy (R): 11:35 a.m., 1:55, 4:15, 6:35, 8:55; in
Keith Russo and Maura Karin Hnatew
Announcement is made of the engagement and upcoming wedding of Maura Karin Hnatew to Keith Russo, both of Scranton. The bride-elect is the daughter of Sharon Ware Hnatew, Scranton, and the late William David Hnatew. She is a graduate of West Scranton High
Datebook: Your guide to area meetings and events
Today Century Club: mahjong, today, 10 a.m.; photography class, today, 1 to 3 p.m.; American Hands exhibit, on display through Thursday; cards/games, Monday, noon; mahjong, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.; trip to Corning, New York, Aug. 9, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; cards/games,
Nicolosi remembered as a humble winner
Valley View’s storied athletic tradition has lost a legend. A quiet leader with a raspy voice and a raucous sense of humor, Frank Nicolosi knew how to guide a team to victory no matter the sport. He died Sunday at age 66.
Former Troy Hospital building purchased
TROY - Troy Borough Council had a "special guest" at its last meeting - the new owner of the former Troy Community Hospital building in Troy.
After being introduced by council president Krystle Bristol, Dave DeCristo talked to council about his plans for
Police: Man pulls gun on soup kitchen workers
Wilkes-Barre police are looking for a man they say pointed a handgun at workers of the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen on Monday after claiming they were rude when he asked for an extra helping of mashed potatoes.
Police: Trio wrestles knife away from armed suspect in W-B
A man is wanted on aggravated assault charges after pulling a knife on three people early Tuesday in the 100 block of Sambourne Street in Wilkes-Barre. Police said the victims, two men and a woman, were able to seize the knife from the suspect, Johnny Lassiter, 28, after he threatened them with the weapon around 12:45 a.m.
W-B police investigate shots fired
At least six gunshots were fired overnight on Farley Lane in Wilkes-Barre, city police said. Police said they recovered six shell casings and noticed six apparent bullet holes in a nearby house after being dispatched to the scene for a reported shooting just before 2 a.m.
Police, July 29
Woman taken into custody A 26-year-old Hazleton woman was taken into custody by city police on an outstanding warrant. In a report issued Monday, police said Susanne Smith, who was wanted by the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, was located and transpo
Bleachers on the rise
A packed Fuzz 92.1 Radio Theater in downtown Scranton buzzed in anticipation of indie-pop group Bleachers’ free Monday afternoon performance. The New York-based band led by fun.
Regional Briefs 7/29/2014
Police: Drowning was accidental LEMON TWP. — A Wyoming County coroner ruled that the death of a Quakertown man who drowned in Lake Carey early Sunday was accidental. Wyoming County Deputy Coroner Eric Kukuchka said Monday that Paul Hubner, 56, died from a
Dinwiddie County' s Alvin Blaha promotes agriculture
DINWIDDIE - Every morning at 7:30, Alvin Blaha, 74, wakes up and begins a 13-hour day on his 650-acre farm cutting brush around the fields and trimming weeds.
He's been doing this since 1945, when he was 5 years old. Blaha said he has slowed down a lot d
Scranton man arrested in Old Forge assault
After years of physical and verbal abuse, Tanya Gaddy told Richard Molnar in March she would request a protection-from-abuse order against him. It was granted, but it didn’t stop him.
Handgun stolen in Scranton burglary
SCRANTON — A city man in the process of moving into a new apartment had his handgun stolen Sunday from his home, Scranton police said. Benjamin Jones returned to his apartment at the 400 block of Summit Pointe around 6 p.m.
JR. LEGION: Carbondale/Lakeland defeats
Jordan Art scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning as Carbondale/Lakeland defeated Wissahickon, 4-3, on Monday in the American Junior Legion State Tournament in West Lawn.
Sports Clipboard 7/29/2014
CLIPBOARD PHYSICALS — Scranton Prep students wishing to participate in fall sports must register online at www.scranton prep.com and must hand in section 5 and 6 of the PIAA sport physical form. Fall sports officially begin Aug. 11. ■ Dunmore High School
GOLF NEWS: Glen Oak C.C. undergoes transformation
The changes at Glen Oak Country Club are unmistakable, and for the better. In barely three months last summer and fall, the course’s membership watched as their outdated bunkers, every one of them, were renovated.
LOCAL GOLF: Mitchell, Joyce win Glenmaura title
Pat Mitchell and Evan Joyce beat some terrific players along the way, which should make their first championship in the Glenmaura National Golf Club Member-Guest tournament all the more special.
Pittston Twp. man arrested again for lewdness
A Pittston Twp. man convicted two years ago for simulating masturbation with a sex toy at a Dunmore Burger King was caught masturbating Sunday at the Boscov’s men’s store in Hazle Twp.
Permanent Scranton fire chief named
In January, Patrick DeSarno was told he had a year to think over whether he wanted to be Scranton’s permanent fire chief. It took him seven months.
Water restored after main break in Carbondale
Broken main fixed in Carbondale CARBONDALE — A water main on Clidco Drive broke around 5:30 a.m. and affected multiple customers, including businesses in the nearby industrial park, officials said.
Trial begins for two men accused of killing man in Pearson Gardens
ST. THOMAS - Attorneys defending the two men accused of murdering 24-year-old Shamal Smith in February 2012 made no effort in the first day of trial on Monday to lead the jury to believe that Smith's murder was anything but merciless.
Smith had been hid
WAPA nominees overcome opposition to get OK
ST. THOMAS - Eight of the governor's nominees to various boards and commissions were confirmed by the Senate on Monday, although three sitting members of the V.I. Water and Power Authority board seeking renomination to the board faced some opposition.
Medical marijuana referendum clears Senate
ST. THOMAS - The 30th Legislature passed a number of bills at Monday's session, including a measure to ask voters how they feel about legalizing medical marijuana in the territory.
The measure, if signed by Gov. John deJongh Jr., will place a non-binding
Help available for uninsured women who have cancer
The Human Services Department's Medical Assistance Program is now providing coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment for uninsured women.
The territory recently received approval to offer coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment to unin
Teen hospitalized after relative douses her with scalding coffee
ST. CROIX - A 16-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition at Luis Hospital after a family member threw a cup of boiling coffee on her in an attack Saturday afternoon.
The woman, Gregoria Davis of Estate La Grange was arrested and appeared before
V.I. martial artists excel in Orlando
Fifteen Virgin Islands athletes from the Ja Goju Jitsu-Ryu Federation competed in the U.S. Open World Martial Arts Tournament earlier this month in Orlando, Fla., netting the group several honors.
The federation participated along with more than 4,000 at
For the record, July 29, 2014
Marriage licenses Stephen Young, Frackville, and Carmen L. Echevarria, Philadelphia. Terry L. Etzweiler Jr., Schuylkill Haven, and Harmony L. Donmoyer, Schuylkill Haven. William B. Rovinsky, Mahanoy City, and Jessica L. Rose, Mahanoy City. Daniel M. Shadl
Community events listings, July 29, 2014
Carbondale Car cruise: Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club Cruise Night, Friday, 6-9 p.m., Advance Auto, 570-876-4034. Forest City Car cruise: Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club Cruise Night, Saturday, 4-8 p.m., Main Street; food games; 570-876-4034. Greene, Drehe
Police: Pittston woman was DUI when she drove into porch
She was driving the wrong way in Pittston with her child Saturday when she hit a parked car with her silver Lincoln SUV and kept going, police said. Then, she turned sharply into a yard, striking the porch of 90 Swallow St. Tresa Distasio, 30, got her 6-y
Wilkes-Barre couple facing animal cruelty charges
A couple left their dogs in the basement of their Wilkes-Barre residence without food or water and forced them to live among their own urine and feces, police said. Brian Shaffer, 39, and Irene Ogrodnick, 47, both of 99 Beech St., were each charged with s
Corrections & Clarifications 7/29/14
The date of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission environmental issues meeting on Williams’ Transco natural gas pipeline Atlantic Sunrise expansion is Thursday, Aug. 7. It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lake-Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 118, L
Authorities: Fatal fire in Ashley not suspicious
Investigators said the residential fire in Ashley on Sunday that claimed a woman’s life is not suspicious, but the cause is still undetermined. Trooper Ronald Jarocha, a state police deputy fire marshal, said he is continuing to investigate what started t
Teacher’s trial on student-sex charges begins
WILKES-BARRE — A suspended Hanover Area teacher is slated to stand trial today on charges that he had sexual contact with a student. Meanwhile, a former Wyoming Valley West teacher and the suspended dean of students at Coughlin High School are also slated
TEACHERs IN COURT
TODAY: Edward Evans The trial of suspended Hanover Area teacher Edward Evans begins this morning in Luzerne County Court. Evans is accused of having sexual relations with an 18-year-old student. FRIDAY: Lauren Harrington-Cooper The former Wyoming Valley W
Chesterfield police seek driver in Sunday pursuit
CHESTERFIELD - Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle who led them on a brief pursuit Sunday evening and later fled on foot.
Police have obtained several warrants for the driver in relation to the incident. according to Elizabeth Caroon, public
Councilwoman asks for 'transparency' from city's police
PETERSBURG - The issue of police brutality was recently brought before council as the case of Devin Thomas, a local teenager apprehended after attempting to take a cell phone video of police, makes its way through the court system.
During a July 22 meeti
Troy seeks additional details on tourism promotion issue
TROY - More information.
That's what Troy Borough Council members recently said they wanted before voting on the tourism promotion issue regarding Bradford County and the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau (EMVB).
At its last meeting, council discussed
Rotary pavilion to receive facelift
The Sayre Rotary Club recently received a grant to help make needed repairs to its pavilion in Riverfront Park.
The club received a district grant of $4,500 from the Rotary Foundation to replace the pavilion's roof, gutters and sign, said Sayre Rotary pr