Fuel oil discovery slows creek project in Mount Carmel
MOUNT CARMEL - The Shamokin Creek Flood Control Project has been delayed several weeks due to the discovery of "weathered fuel oil" from a bygone gas company.
John Bucanelli, project engineer for the $14 million project, said a crew discovered the subst
Meg Ryan bringing 'Ithaca' to life at locations around Petersburg
PETERSBURG - Film crews have descended on downtown Petersburg for the making of "Ithaca," bringing actress Meg Ryan with them.
Filming began Tuesday for the 1940s period piece - Ryan's directorial debut - and will continue into mid-August.
MOSES TAYLOR BALDWIN: A daughter, July 15, to Wallace and Erica Alexis Baldwin, Blakely. BARATTA: A son, July 15, to Justin and Alicia Ashford Baratta, Mountaintop. BAUER: A son, July 14, to Brian and Catrina Collarini Bauer, Jessup. BOLCAVAGE: A son, Jul
Regional Briefs 7/24/2014
Crowd to welcome buses of volunteers SCRANTON — More than 300 volunteers are expected to participate in a West Scranton NeighborWorks Week 2014 home-improvement program on Monday. The neighborhood is gathering a welcoming committee to meet at Jay’s Common
Storm drenches RailRiders' big third inning
The rain may only have delayed the inevitable for the Gwinnett Braves. Zoilo Almonte did his best when the weather was OK Wednesday night to make that much clear.
Chesterfield 'pioneer' Jesse Mayes dies at 100
CHESTERFIELD - Jesse Mayes, the first African-American elected to the county's Board of Supervisors, died Monday. Mayes also had a distinguished career as a professor at Virginia State University and a ground-breaking military career.
Mayes, who celebra
Truck fire closes ramp for 4 hours
PETERSBURG - An early morning truck fire closed the Interstate 95 southbound ramp near mile marker 47 for four hours.
Sgt. Steve Vick with Virginia State Police said a trooper responded to a report of a tractor-trailer fire I-95 south at the Rives Road
VDOT, locals talk Route 460
PRINCE GEORGE - About 200 people attended a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss the decade-old U.S. Route 460 improvements project.
The meeting at J.E.J. Moore Middle School is one of five the Virginia Department of Transportation is sponsoring in com
Assistance for blind theft victim A story on Page A3 in Wednesday’s editions about three people who stole more than $30,000 from Carl Dittfield’s account by abusing power of attorney should have said Detective Renee Castellani contacted the Lackawanna Bli
Community events listings, July 24, 2014
Archbald Celebrity bartending: Celebrity bartenders night to benefit Archbald Boroughs National Night Out, Monday, 6 p.m., Barrett’s Pub, music by Ron Pascoe, appearance by two-time NASCAR Champion Todd Bodine. Blakely Flea fest: Sacred Heart of Jesus Par
Homes test positive for radioactivity
Some homes in Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties have elevated levels of radioactivity in the air and soil, according to a report released this week by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
Lightning causes house fire in Schuylkill Haven
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Three people are displaced after lightning struck their home and caused a fire Wednesday at 213 St. Peter St. in the borough.
The lightning strike caused a fire in the third floor and roof of the house, Assistant Fire Chief Jim Reed sa
Schuylkill County finalizes budget resolution on dispatch center
Legislation may soon be on its way to change how Pennsylvania counties fund its emergency dispatch centers.
The Schuylkill County commissioners finalized a budget resolution Wednesday drawing about $350,000 from a reserve account within the communication
Volunteers prepare fairgrounds for 31st county fair
SUMMIT STATION - As vendor carts and amusement rides rolled into the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, volunteers checked schedules, clicked staplers and talked with great enthusiasm about tractor pulls, one of the highlights of next week's big
County commissioners look to cut costs
Schuylkill County is looking to cut down on energy costs.
The county commissioners, at a public meeting Wednesday, approved plans to seek bids from energy service companies to upgrade lighting at the adult probation and communications departments.
St. Ambrose class designs anti-tobacco billboard
Three billboards designed by an eighth-grade class at St. Ambrose School, Schuylkill Haven, recognizing that "tobacco use and sports don't mix" will be put up in Schuylkill County next week.
The class, under the guidance of their teacher Ann McGee, desi
Sheep & Wool Day also featured
TROY - The word "mania" is described in the dictionary as "an excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire."
In short, it's a craze.
And that's just what the Troy Fair featured Wednesday - a crazeâ¦for milk, that is.
Milk Mania Day was held at th
Court notes 7/24/14
Senior Judge Chester B. Muroski, presiding over Domestic Relations Contempt Court on Wednesday, ordered the following defendants jailed for failure to pay child support: Ryan Warnagiris, 28 E. First St., Apartment 1, Larksville, jailed 120 days for failur
Storm washes out RailRiders’ big inning
The rain may only have delayed the inevitable for the Gwinnett Braves. Zoilo Almonte did his best when the weather was OK Wednesday night to make that much clear. Almonte homered twice in the first three innings, and only a wicked downpour could slow down
Swoyersville claims region title
Nanticoke dealt Swoyersville its first loss of the American Legion baseball season on Wednesday morning. It was a big victory, for sure, but Swoyersville came right back to score a bigger one. Jeremy Worlinsky and Evan McCue each went 2 for 4 with an RBI
BMA eliminated from state tournament
Back Mountain American’s road to South Williamsport ended with a 15-4, four-inning loss to Red Land on Wednesday afternoon in an elimination game at the Pennsylvania Majors tournament in Skippack. Red Land, the Section 4 champion, belted eight home runs i
Police blotter 7/24/14
W-B police activity Wilkes-Barre police reported the following incidents: n Jared Starr, of North James Street in Hazleton, was arrested Saturday after police said he stole several items from Burlington Coat Factory at 47 Spring St. A loss prevention offi
Enjoys success at Troy Fair
TROY - For Willow Voegtlen of Columbia Cross Roads, 4-H has been about much more than coming to the Troy Fair with her cows.
The 15-year-old, who will be a junior at Troy High School this fall, said 4-H has allowed her to meet new people, has taught her
Cactus Taters a tasty treat Sold at Troy Fair this year
TROY - Ready for some "Cactus Taters?"
"Arizona Original Cactus Taters" is one of the many fair foods available at the Troy Fair.
Twenty-five years ago, Ron Vonada, who is from Arizona, created the treat, which his nephew, Josh Vonada of South Williamspo
Kulpmont man sentenced to state prison for assaulting policeman
Carmen T. Almonti is headed to state prison after admitting Wednesday in Schuylkill County Court that at different times he assaulted a police officer, possessed heroin and drove under the influence of drugs.
Almonti, 31, of Kulpmont, pleaded guilty to a
Police aim to reduce number of aggressive driving incidents
SOUTH TAMAQUA - West Penn Township police, along with state police troopers from the Frackville station, conducted an Aggressive Driving Enforcement detail in West Penn Township on July 16.
Carol Alonge with the North Central Highway Safety Network said
Police, July 24
W. Hazleton reports West Hazleton police issued press releases alleging the following: ■ Timothy Borneisen, 23, West Hazleton, was charged with drug related offenses after officers on patrol of North Broad Street approached a vehicle whose driver failed t
Attorneys: $750K sought from prison over suicide
SUNBURY - A $750,000 private settlement is sought by the widow of a Shamokin man who committed suicide in June inside Northumberland County Prison.
If a settlement is not reached, a federal lawsuit will be filed within 30 days.
Attorneys Kymberley Best a
Gabe’s opens in East End Centre
Discount fashion retailer Gabe’s opened its new store Wednesday in the former Price Chopper building in East End Centre in Wilkes-Barre Township. The store will hold its grand opening starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Special events and giveaways will be held
Interleague ❒ Merrick’s 11, Hazle Twp. Fire & Rescue 3 - Ryan Verbonitz blasted two home runs and Joe Halcisak ripped a pair of triples to lead Merrick’s to the victory. Damon Vitacco cracked a double and single and Matt Shamany smacked a triple. Nick Pay
Mother charged with stabbing son during dispute
A mother sent her son to the hospital early Wednesday morning after she stabbed him in their Plains Township residence, according to an affidavit. Geraldine A. Zielinski, 58, of 47 Clark St., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and possess
Four W-B police officers receive promotions
Four members of Wilkes-Barre’s police department celebrated promotions at a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday. The officers have 63 years of combined experience with the city’s force. Ralph Elick, a detective, is now a lieutenant. Joseph Mangan, a sergeant,
2 Plymouth residents accused of drug trafficking
Police arrested two Plymouth residents on Tuesday after they allegedly sold heroin to an informant. Plymouth Borough police arrested Melissa Titus, 30, and Troy Eley, 48, both of 65 E. Main St., after officers said they sold heroin to a police informant.
Applicants sought for tomato festival queen contest
Applications are now available for the Pittston Tomato Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant. The contest is open to young women ages 14 to 19 who are from Pittston and the surrounding areas. The competition will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. All part
SCA insurance costs triple for interscholastic sports
CATAWISSA R.R. - Southern Columbia Area School District faces a tripling of its insurance costs for interscholastic sports because three football players who were injured last year didn't have their own health insurance.
The school board voted 7-1
Some directors favors making all SCA seats at large
CATAWISSA RR - A two-year vacancy on the Southern Columbia Area School Board prompted a discussion among board members on the format for electing board members.
In making note of the empty position, board president Michael Yeager suggested electing all n
Shamokin Twp. to use new coating on roads
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP - Roadwork was the topic of discussion in the township Wednesday, when supervisors chose to maintain a different set of roads this year.
In a special meeting, the board approved a plan to put down a new type of dust control coating on O
Man hurt in Coal Township crash
COAL TOWNSHIP - One person was injured in a two-car collision that occurred around noon Wednesday on Route 61 just east of Shamokin.
Coal Township police said an unidentified male was unconscious when they arrived on the scene after the man's black Ford
Prosecutors respond to Handerhan's claims of ineffective counsel
HARRISBURG - U.S. prosecutors have responded to a former Mount Carmel police officer's claims that ineffective counsel led to his conviction and prison sentence for child pornography possession.
In a 13-page brief filed July 16, Assistant U.S. Attorney J
Lightning causes house fire in Schuylkill Haven, displaces three
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Three people are displaced after lightning struck their home and caused a fire Wednesday at 213 St. Peter St. in the borough.
Schuylkill Hose Company No. 2 firefighter, Chad Hasenauer, also suffered heat exhaustion and was taken to a local hospital. He is expected to recover, Assistant Fire Chief
Diesel fuel spills onto Dallas Twp. highway after collision
Following a crash Wednesday involving a dump truck and a car at the intersection of state Route 309 and Main Street in Dallas Township, the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency worked to clean the diesel fuel off the roadway. The crash happened arou
Board approves new hires, bids
The Athens Area School District board of education approved several personnel changes, bids and policy changes at its meeting Tuesday.
The board voted Tuesday to hire Christa Hicks as the district's new director of special services at a salary of $84,000
Athens votes to sell Sheshequin-Ulster building
ATHENS - The Athens Area School District board of education Tuesday voted to sell the former Sheshequin-Ulster Elementary School building to the highest of two bidders.
The board approved the high bid of $240,000 by Andy Bishop to purchase the building,
Cops: Plains Township mother stabbed son
A mother stabbed her son early Wednesday morning in their Plains Township residence, according to police. Geraldine A. Zielinski, 58, of 47 Clark St., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and possessing an instrument of crime for stabbing her 29-year-old son, Eric Zielinski, in the left index finger and left arm, police said.
Dallas brew pub plan wins approval
DALLAS — The borough’s zoning hearing board gave the go-ahead to the Back Mountain’s first brew pub on Tuesday. Sam and Vanessa Warren didn’t keep their joy bottled up when the three-member board said they can open the North Slope Brewing Co.
Scranton diocese chancellor injured
SCRANTON — Teresa Osborne, chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton, was seriously injured in a car crash last night on the Davis Street bridge, Scranton police said.
Movie Times: 7-24-2014
Cinemark 20 and XD, Scranton: Persecuted (PG-13): 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG): 10:50 a.m., 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30; in 3D: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20; The Purge: Anarchy (R): 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9; in XD: 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5,
Datebook: Your guide to area meetings and events
Today West Side Senior & Community Center: Walmart shopping trip, today, 10:45 a.m.. to 12:45 p.m.; bingo, daily, 9:15 a.m.; hot lunch, daily, noon, $2, 24-hour reservation required; pinochle, daily, 12:30 p.m.; Wii games/round table talk/table pool games
Best Bets: 7/24/14
TODAY: Family fun:Drive In Downtown Movie Series: “Despicable Me 2,” preshow activities, 8 p.m.; movie, dusk; 200 block of North Washington Avenue, free. Visit www.scrantontomorrow.org. 570-963-1575. FRIDAY: World premiere: “Fairycakes,” presented by Scra
From Our Early Files
20 Years Ago (1994) New owners of Paradise Christian book and gift shop in Tunkhannock are Terri Tiffany and Patti St. Clair. Wilbur and Ethel Howell will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 2.
Court notes 7/23/14
Three Mountain Holdings and Marcia Reynolds (partner) to Monte Rader and Lisa Rader for $127,000; Butler Township. Presidential Land Co., LTD to Joseph F. Rodriguez for $440,000; Rice Township.
Ashland teenager wins Schuylkill Idol XII
FRACKVILLE - A new Idol was crowned Tuesday at the Schuylkill Mall.
Bryel Frasch, 16, of Ashland, was named the winner of Schuylkill Idol XII, beating out fellow finalists Ryan Wilkinson, 29, of Schuylkill Haven, and Richard Harper, 21, of Cumbola.
Junior Cressona Band gains members, plans concert
In February, the Cressona Band was looking for middle school-aged musicians to form the first Junior Cressona Band.
As of Tuesday, it had 35.
"We're really pleased with the turnout, since it's the inaugural year," Lauren Ward, the Junior Cressona Band as
Schuylkill Haven Area to repair pool tiles
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Schuylkill Haven Area School District is planning to spend "in the neighborhood of $50,000" to repair cracked tiles in and near the pool at its high school natatorium, according to district Superintendent Lorraine Felker.
Shenandoah man charged in armed robbery
SHENANDOAH - A man was arrested by Shenandoah police and charged in an armed robbery at the Turkey Hill Minit Mart early Tuesday morning.
Joseph W. Kakol, 36, who has a last known address of 322 W. Atlantic St., was charged with four felony counts of rob
Jewish Community Alliance of NEPA appoints new executive director
The Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that Danny Goldberg will be its new executive director. Goldberg served for the previous 15 years as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Ocean County, N.J. Goldberg sa
Blood donors needed to prevent emergency shortage
The Red Cross needs blood. The organization is in danger of a nationwide shortage of all blood types and platelets and needs donors to close the gap. Donations are down about 8 percent during the past 11 weeks across the country, according to the organization.
VA cites privacy concerns in whistleblower case
The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township released a statement Tuesday in response to a report issued by a nonprofit watchdog organization. Thomas Tomasco, a doctor who worked at the hospital, left his job “under duress” after h
Swordpoint-kidnapping suspect tied to burglary
About 24 hours before kidnapping a Wilkes-Barre man at swordpoint, one of the two defendants in the case was involved in a smash-and-grab burglary of a computer store, police said. The burglar alarm rang out around 3 a.m. July 10, drawing Wilkes-Barre police.
Human error cited for 911 dispatch mistake
An internal review of Luzerne County 911’s handling of a fatal Mocanaqua fire in which the closest fire department was not immediately dispatched has revealed human error was the sole cause, the county solicitor’s office said Tuesday.
Audit: DEP gas enforcement inconsistent
A state audit of the Department of Environmental Protection's regulation of the oil and gas industry revealed inconsistent enforcement, disorganization and poor record management.
LCTA makes leadership changes after arrests
KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority voted Tuesday to approve changes in leadership following the arrests of two key executives on fraud-related charges last month.
County council cuts Hazleton transit funding
Hazleton Public Transit is cut off. During its meeting Tuesday night, Luzerne County Council voted resoundingly against providing local match funding that would ensure the agency gets grant money from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. County
Briefs, July 23
WEATHERLY SEEKS GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH - The Weatherly Area School District is currently seeking an assistant varsity girls basketball coach for the upcoming season. Letters of interest should be forwarded to Scott Zoscin, athletic director, Weatherly Are
Bowlers find AMF Walnut Hill Lanes boarded up
PETERSBURG - The city's only bowling alley has closed unexpectedly, leaving local bowlers scattered like pins.
Bowlers who showed up Saturday morning at AMF Walnut Hill Lanes on South Crater Road found the entrance crudely blocked with plywood.
The date for Lakeside Concerts at Hillside Park, South Abington Twp., featuring Light Weight and Sen. John Blake and Friends published in the July 20 Sunday Times was incorrect. The concert will be Aug. 13 from 6 p.m. to dusk.
Mural contest seeks artists Lackawanna County is holding a competition to create murals for two Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority bridges in Moscow and Jessup.
Regional Briefs 7/23/2014
Jewish group gets new exec. director WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance of Northeastern Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that Danny Goldberg will be its new executive director. Mr. Goldberg served for the previous 15 years as executive director of
Scranton apartment burglarized
SCRANTON — Nick Radoscesky spent Sunday night in a Wilkes-Barre hospital comforting his girlfriend, who was injured in a car crash.
Little League 7/23/2014
Warwick Twp. pounded out 12 hits to post a 12-3 win over Wallenpaupack in the first round of the state 9-10 Little League baseball tournament Tuesday at Pennridge Little League in Perkasie.
Legion Baseball 7/23/2014
Winning pitcher Mike Blazaskie struck out nine and went 3 for 4 with four runs scored and two RBIs to lead Nanticoke Post 350 to a 13-3 win over Dickson City Post 665 in the semifinals of the Region 5 Senior Legion baseball tournament Tuesday.
RailRiders Game Report 7/22/2014
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Handyman accused of defrauding customers
Doing business with Joseph Senese was a fairly consistent experience. The 34-year-old handyman demanded a large portion of a home-improvement project’s cost upfront.
Elections Board backs supervisor's call on complaint
ST. CROIX - The Joint Board of Elections on Tuesday voted to uphold Elections Supervisor Caroline Fawkes' decision that Basil Ottley Jr. is an eligible candidate for lieutenant governor, after a challenge from another political team.
V.I. son Adams earns honor Stephaun Adams
ST. THOMAS - Stephaun Adams did a lot of winning for the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School basketball program these past two years.
But in truth, the standout point guard is a child of the entire Virgin Islands, a Crucian whose skills were honed by contribu
Plaskett files FEC complaint against Malone
ST. THOMAS - Delegate to Congress candidate Stacey Plaskett has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission accusing her opponent, Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone, of using inmate labor to put up a campaign tent and other infractions.
Malone and th
V.I. Little League squad falls, 3-2, to Grand Bahama
The Virgin Islands Little League team suffered its first loss of the regional tournament in the Bahamas on Tuesday, falling, 3-2, to Grand Bahama.
The game was continued from Monday night, when it was suspended because of rain in Freeport, Grand Bahama.