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
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.
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.
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
TOWANDA - The sentencing of Scott Raymond Kunkle of Monroe Township, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his wife, did not take place as scheduled on Monday.
Instead, Bradford County Court Judge Maureen Beirne on Monday order
State steps up child abuse investigations
TOWANDA - State legislation passed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case will cause a "huge" increase in the workload at Bradford County Children & Youth Services, with no additional government funding being provided to complete the extra
BASEBALLJunior Legion East Regional Plains 7Bloomsburg 3 Kyle Ofier took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to lead Plains at Connell Park in Scranton on Monday. At the plate, Ofier had three hits and scored two runs. George Oko had four hits, including
Best named replacement hearing officer
SUNBURY - Attorney Kymberley Best has been appointed by Northumberland County President Judge William H. Wiest as a replacement hearing officer for Marsha Skoff whenever she is not available.
Wiest issued an order Monday morning naming Best as Skoff's re
Woman accused of tying up 911 line
MOUNT CARMEL - A Mount Carmel woman is being charged with misdemeanor counts of assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after she allegedly tied up emergency 911 lines with false reports on Saturday night.
Borough police said Bonnie Ziegler, of 220 E.
Woman turns herself in on public nuisance charge
SHAMOKIN - A Snyder County woman whose half-double on Pearl Street is falling apart turned herself in on an outstanding warrant for a public nuisance charge.
Katy Ann Dunaway, 31, of 1688 Fairview Road, McClure, will appear today before Magisterial Distr
Parking enforcement improvements approved
The Sayre Borough council last week adopted an ordinance amending the borough's vehicle and traffic law to allow for the use of a wheel boot.
The amendment inserts language into the ordinance allowing the borough's parking enforcement officer to place a
Superior Court denies Delvalle's latest appeal
SUNBURY - The latest appeal by a convicted cocaine dealer in the Shamokin area serving 15 1/4 to 35 years in state prison has been denied by the state Superior Court.
An application filed June 4 by Cornell B. Delvalle, 48, of Coal Township, requesting re
Sentences imposed by county court
SUNBURY - Two local residents were sentenced Monday in Northumberland County Court.
Judge Charles Saylor granted Andre Stone, 32, of Shamokin, immediate parole after sentencing him to 13 days to 23 months in county prison on a charge of driving under the
Gary Marcin, a history teacher at Wyoming Valley West High School, runs through the meat department during a shopping spree at Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre Township on Monday morning. Marcin won the three-minute shopping spree through the United Way and filled
Cops: W-B couple neglected dogs
A couple left their dogs in the basement of their Wilkes-Barre residence without food or water and forced to live among their own urine and feces, police said.
Man pleads guilty to shooting Wilkes-Barre teen
A man who shot a teenager multiple times last August on a Wilkes-Barre street pleaded guilty at the last minute Monday and agreed to serve six to 12 years in state prison. Andre Fuller, 23, of Kingston, was set to stand trial Monday in connection with the shooting of William Uggiano on Grant Street on Aug. 3.
Woman killed when fire guts Ashley residence
A residential fire that broke out in Ashley around midnight Sunday claimed a 65-year-old woman’s life. Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman pronounced Kimberly Krakauski dead at 2:45 a.m. on-scene in her home at 10 Green St., where he said she resided alone.
Authorities: Fatal fire 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.
Commission to hold Transco pipeline meeting
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a meeting at Lake-Lehman High School on Aug. 7 for public comment on environmental issues related to the planned Atlantic Sunrise expansion of the Transco interstate natural gas pipeline.
LCTA buses affected by repaving work
Repaving work at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Facility taking place this week could cause some pickup and drop-off location changes for bus riders, according to the Luzerne County Transportation Authority.
REVIEW: Maher well-received by Kirby crowd
WILKES-BARRE — Bill Maher got a standing ovation before he even said one word. The political humorist saw the audience on their feet, hollering and clapping, as he emerged onstage Sunday night at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.
Pittston Twp. man arrested for lewdness
A Pittston Township man convicted two years ago for simulating masturbation with a sex toy at a Dunmore Burger King was caught actually masturbating Sunday at the Boscov’s men’s store in Hazle Township.
Movie Times: 7-29-2014
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
Datebook: Your guide to area meetings and events
Today Century Club: Rosen movement, today, 10:15 a.m.; mahjong, Wednesday, 10 a.m.; photography class, Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m.; American Hands exhibit, on display through Thursday; cards/games, Monday, noon; 612 Jefferson Ave., reservations required for al
Bedrock Cruise-in enjoys great weather
The late country music singer George Jones may be gone, but his old car is still around - in Bradford County.
Jones' 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible was on display Sunday at the Bedrock Cruise-in Windham.
At the annual event, the car, now own
District court, July 28, 2014
Anthony J. Kilker SHENANDOAH — A Mahanoy City woman charged with threatening a man in the borough while police officers were present on June 5 waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker. Narolin Trinidad,
James K. Reiley A Pottsville man charged with exposing himself on an outside balcony of a building at 219 N. Centre St. on June 9 waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge James K. Reiley. Brian G. Conville, 38, of 101 W.
Man drowns in Wyoming County’s Lake Carey
A joyful weekend ended with a somber Sunday after a well-known summer visitor drowned after falling from a boat while watching fireworks during the annual Lake Carey Days celebration.
W-B police investigating shooting
Wilkes-Barre police are investigating a shooting in the city early Sunday. Officers were dispatched to the shooting around 2:30 a.m. at Prospect and Grove streets, then had a follow-up call about a gunshot victim on Jumper Road in Plains Township, police said.
This week’s meetings 7/28/15
Fairview Township supervisors work session, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, 65 Shady Tree Drive. West Side Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee, 6:30 p.m., library of the school, 75 Evans St., Pringle. Wilkes-Barre Township council, speci
Hazleton man killed in hit-and-run
A 21-year-old Hazleton man died after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday night. The vehicle’s driver took off after the crash. Hazleton police did not identify the victim in a press release issued Sunday morning.
Nanticoke’s bats arrive a little too late
BERWICK — After Sunday’s loss to West Point, Nanticoke manager Colleen Baird acknowledged her team’s opponent was “the team to beat.” But Baird did walk away with one overwhelmingly encouraging point: Nanticoke’s offensive explosion in the sixth inning.
Weekend: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania
CLUBS AMBERS RESTAURANT AND BAR, 25 S. Main St., Carbondale: Wednesdays, John Andrews Jazz Group. BAR ON OAK, 900 Oak St., Pittston:Tuesday, line dancing with Danny Star; Wednesday, line dancing with Barb. BAZIL, 1101 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Wednes
Approval sought for 145-slip Coral Bay marina
ST. THOMAS - A private company has submitted plans to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources to develop a marina in Coral Harbor on St. John.
Summer's End Group LLC submitted a project permit application to the department several months a
Delegate candidates have outstanding tax liens
ST. THOMAS - After The Daily News checked primary election candidate records for outstanding tax liens, two candidates for delegate, Emmett Hansen II and Stacey Plaskett, were found to have outstanding liens totalling $80,190.
A handful of other candida
HOVENSA hikes price of regular, premium gas
ST. CROIX - The wholesale price of gasoline in the territory increased today as HOVENSA adjusted its rack rates.
The change will raise the rack rates - the price of fuel purchased wholesale at the HOVENSA truck-loading station on St. Croix - for regular
Judge nixes requests to overturn murder conviction
ST. CROIX - Senior Sitting District Judge Raymond Finch has denied motions seeking acquittal made on behalf of two men based on allegations of juror misconduct, mishandling of evidence and lack of evidence during their trials.
Kalif Flanders and Gillian
4 stores reach $100,000 food-stamp-fraud settlement
ST. THOMAS - Four convenience stores in the territory have reached a settlement with the federal government after allegations that the stores unlawfully traded food stamp benefits for cash.
The settlement requires the four stores to pay the United State
Witness to 2013 murder slain
ST. THOMAS - A 21-year-old man who was a key witness in a 2013 murder trial was shot and killed late Saturday night, according to V.I. Police.
Police found Shaquille Alexander Percell unresponsive at 10:13 p.m. Saturday, his body riddled with bullets an
City says lead issues fixed in 18 homes
PETERSBURG - City officials now say 18 homes were repaired before a $1.1 million federal lead abatement grant was pulled for non-performance.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials have said a limited number of repairs had been made to homes that
Preston Brown enters state Senate race
RICHMOND - An independent candidate is entering the race for the 16th District state Senate seat recently vacated by a retirement.
Richmond businessman Preston Brown has announced he will seek the seat in November as an Independent, following up on his
V.I. falls short in hunt for bronze
The U.S. Virgin Islands senior women's basketball team will have to settle for fourth place.
The V.I. lost the bronze medal game, 61-55, to the Dominican Republic on Saturday night as Centrobasket wrapped up in Monterrey, Mexico.
Tanecka Carey scored 18
State Department reverses course on emergency passports
ST. THOMAS - The U.S. State Department has agreed to let Virgin Islanders continue - on an interim basis - to obtain emergency passports from the Miami Passport Agency by way of the V.I. delegate to Congress.
Earlier this month, the delegate and the Lt.
Community events, July 28, 2014
Abingtons Church bazaar: The Churches of Our Lady of the Snows and St. Benedict 22nd annual country bazaar, Thursday, Friday, 6-11p.m., Saturday, 5-10:30 p.m.; St. Benedict’s grounds, Newton Ransom Boulevard, shuttle buses available from parking areas. Ke
City man killed in hit-and-run crash
A 21-year-old Hazleton man died after he was struck by a vehicle Saturday night. The vehicle’s driver took off after the crash. Hazleton police did not identify the victim in a press release issued Sunday morning. However, the man accused of killing him w
Property transfers, July 28
Luzerne County Ronald J. Deritis and Rachael K. Deritis to Joshua J. Perchak for $189,000, Butler Township. Schuylkill County Melanie Bennett, executrix of the estate of Frederick M. Baum, to Tina and Chris Miller for $120,000, Nuremberg, North Union Town
Water main break floods city streets
Water flooded the intersection of 17th and Peace streets and according to officials resulted in a 12-hour water loss for some customers Saturday. Hazleton Deputy Fire Chief Shawn Jones said the break happened around 9 a.m. and was fixed by Hazleton City A
Court notes 7/28/14
James P. Gates, Elizabeth Gates, Ann T. Balz, John Balz, Marilyn F. Stanks, Edward W. Stanks Jr., Ellen M. Laubenstein and Phillip Laubenstein to Jared D. Harris and Kristen M. Smolinsky for $126,500; Wilkes-Barre. Karen J. Sandrock to Michael Maylath for