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3 hrs ago | The Times Leader

Powell, Moran satisfy FNCB judgments

"Kids for Cash" scandal figure Robert Powell and former prothonotary Jill Moran satisfied judgments obtained by First National Community Bank according to documents filed in Luzerne County Court Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Dunmore, PA, Federal Prisons, Prison

7 hrs ago | The Citizens' Voice

Dispatching mix-up in fatal fire prompts slander accusations

MARK MORAN / THE CITIZENS' VOICE Later informed Griffith had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses, Morelli noted Griffith 'was still guilty of breaking the law' and would not apologize because 'I do not apologize to criminals who break the law.'

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law

Wed Jul 23, 2014

The Times Leader

Luzerne County 911 urges street name change after fatal fire

After a fatal fire May 15, Luzerne County's administration sent Conyngham Township officials a letter asking them to consider renaming Main Street in the Mocanaqua section to something unique.

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Related Topix: Shickshinny, PA

The Times Leader

Study: Area is tops at being unhappy

According to the analysis, co-authored by Joshua Gottlieb of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region is the least happiest place in the United States.

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Related Topix: Scranton, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA

WOGY-AM Pittston

Former Luzerne County controller Walter Griffith and Corbett

You're welcome Steve -- so what this -- well. It is a situation last night we went to council meeting .

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The Citizens' Voice

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.

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Related Topix: Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Citizens' Voice

Community Digest

GAR HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1964, will meet at 7 tonight at the Comfort Inn lounge.

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Related Topix: Wilkes-Barre, PA, Pocono Lake, PA, Pittston, PA

FireHouse.com

Human Error Cited for Pa. Dispatch Snafu to Fatal Fire

July 23--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.

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Related Topix: Fire, Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Citizens' Voice

LCTA makes leadership changes after arrests

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.

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The Citizens' Voice

County council cuts Hazleton transit funding

THE CITIZENS' VOICE FILE Luzerne County Councilman Stephen A. Urban said Tuesday the county could cut costs by no longer funding a city agency that is not at all affiliated with the county government.

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Related Topix: Hazleton, PA

The Citizens' Voice

LCCC staff and faculty participate in United Way Day of Caring

Faculty and staff members from Luzerne County Community College participated in the recent United Way Day of Caring.

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Related Topix: Swoyersville, PA, West Pittston, PA, Libraries, Pittston, PA, Kingston, PA

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Danville News

Lifer gets more time for molesting Danville girls

A convicted murderer accused of having persuaded a former Danville woman to bring two girls to visit him in a northeastern Pennsylvania prison so he could molest them has been sentenced to additional prison time and fined.

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Related Topix: Danville, PA, Philadelphia, PA

Danville News

Train victim's family: History of depression

The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

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Related Topix: Train Disaster, Montour County, PA, Hazleton, PA

The Times Leader

Wilkes-Barre swears in newest firefighter at City Hall ceremony

Praise from the mayor and the fire chief highlighted Tuesday's swearing in of the city's newest firefighter/EMT, Travis Temarantz.

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Related Topix: Wilkes-Barre, PA, FEMA, US News

WNEP-TV Moosic

Conahan: "This case is now closed"

One of the two Luzerne County judges involved in the Kids for Cash scandal tells Newswatch 16 he has ended his efforts to get his prison sentence reduced.

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The Citizens' Voice

Police Blotter 7/22/14

According to police, Brandon Darius punched Alexis, his step-father, in the nose several times after Alexis grabbed him by his arm and tried to cut him with the knife.

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Related Topix: Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Citizens' Voice

Man escapes Edwardsville police station still in shackles

Police say a Noxen man used bogus checks to pay for his rent and heroin, then escaped from the police station on Monday with shackles still around his legs.

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Related Topix: Edwardsville, PA, Noxen, PA, Swoyersville, PA

The Citizens' Voice

Judge denies defense motion in Ovalles murder case

Luzerne County's president judge on Monday denied a defense motion to force prosecutors to keep quiet in the homicide case against Joshua Ovalles.

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Related Topix: Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Citizens' Voice

Woman charged with breaking into Pittston residence

An intoxicated woman went into a Pittston home and asked the residents for her medication, a sleeping bag and sunglasses as she rummaged through their drawers, police said.

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Related Topix: Pittston, PA, Prison

Mon Jul 21, 2014

PennLive.com

Scranton's heroin scourge documented: Police chief calls it 'No. 1 problem drug'

Heroin is being called the No. 1 problem drug in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, where total drug overdose deaths have tripled since the 1990s.

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Related Topix: Lackawanna County, PA

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