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  • Deliberations Continue in Selenski Murder Trial

    The wait for a verdict continued Tuesday at the Luzerne County courthouse as a jury considered the fate of accused double murderer Hugo Selenski.  Jurors deliberated for 10 hours on Tuesday without reaching a verdict.  Around 7 p.m., the judge sent them back to their hotel for the night.  Deliberations will resume Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. 

The jury had several questions for the judge and, late Tuesday afternoon, returned to the courtroom to tell the judge they are deadlocked. They […]

  • Jury Gets Case in Selenski Murder Trial

    The jury in the Hugo Selenski double murder case in Luzerne County will continue deliberations on Tuesday morning. On Monday, the jury deliberated for just over five hours, before being sequestered for the night.  The judge sent the jury off to deliberate a little before 3 p.m. Monday after a lot of drama in the courtroom during closing arguments. Prosecutors are seeking a first degree murder conviction and the death penalty. Both attorneys were fired up as they gave their […]

  • Defense Rests in Double Murder Trial

    The defense rested Thursday morning in the Hugo Selenski double murder trial. Selenski decided not to take the stand and testify in his own defense. Selenski is accused of gunning down two drug dealers at his home in Kingston Township near Dallas in 2003 and burning the bodies.  Before the defense rested, they called an inmate from the Luzerne County jail who claimed another inmate lied during testimony.  The prosecution called one witness Thursday afternoon.  Closing arguments will begin on […]

  • Testimony Ends in Selenski Trial

    The defense rested Thursday morning in the Hugo Selenski double murder trial. Selenski decided not to take the stand and testify in his own defense.  Selenski is accused of gunning down two drug dealers at his home in Kingston Township near Dallas in 2003 and burning the bodies. The prosecution took a week presenting it’s witnesses. Hugo Selenski’s defense needed only two-and-a-half hours. Starting day one of the trial, defense attorney Demetrius Fannick launched an attack on Pat Russin’s credibility. Russin told the jury […]

  • Legal Developments in Selenski Trial

    The defense took over in the Hugo Selenski double murder trial, but not before the judge threw out a key piece of evidence for the prosecution. The judge told the jury Wednesday to forget expert testimony that shotgun pellets were found in a bone at the crime scene. It’s because of a contradiction in testimony on Tuesday. There is now no physical evidence of a shotgun shooting. Before the prosecution rested Wednesday, they did have one more show for the […]

  • Legal Wrangling, Emotion at Selenski Trial

    More experts took the stand Tuesday in the Hugo Selenski double murder trial in Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday’s testimony contradicted that of a key prosecution witness. The prosecution is trying to prove that Hugo Selenski used a shotgun to kill Adeiye Keiler and Frank James in 2003. On Monday, Dr. Michael Baden told the jury he found shotgun pellets in a bone fragment discovered at Selenski’s property. Tuesday, an FBI expert testified he’s not sure the metal parts found are pellets. It’s important because […]

  • Testimony Continues in Selenski Trial

    Week two of testimony in the Hugo Selenski double murder trial got underway Monday in Wilkes Barre. The man Selenski allegedly threw out a window during his prison escape took the stand. Scott Bolton fell seven stories from the Luzerne County Jail trying to escape with Selenski. They were cellmates. Bolton testified that before the escape, Selenski confessed to killing two people at his home in the back mountain. That came at the end of a day dealing mostly with […]

  • Former Teacher Sentenced for Corruption of Minor

    A former teacher from Northampton County will spend time in hail for having sex with a 17-year-old student. A judge ruled Friday morning Rachel Farrell, a former teacher at Bangor Area High School, will spend five to 23 months in jail. Farrell pleaded guilty in April to corruption of a minor. The student told investigators he and Farrell had sex several times at different locations.  

  • Burglar Takes Tools, Copper Cable

    A burglar managed to steal 250 feet of copper welding cable from a machine shop in Luzerne County. Police in West Wyoming said someone broke into James Eagan and Sons Machine Shop on West Eighth Street some time overnight. Hand tools and the cable which was connected to welding machines were taken. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call West Wyoming Police Department at 570-693-1211.

  • Man Arrested on Child Sex Charges

    A man from Luzerne County was arrested on child sex charges. Police took Clyde Tonkin, 29, of Pittston into custody on Wednesday. He was arraigned in West Pittston around 8:30 p.m. Tonkin is charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a person under 16, and aggravated indecent assault of a person under 16. Earlier this year Tonkin was found with a missing 14-year-old girl from Luzerne County. The girl was pregnant. At that time police could not […]

  • Bank Robbery in Tremont

    State police in Schuylkill County are looking for a suspected bank robber. Troopers said a man robbed Miners Bank on East Main Street in Tremont about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators said no weapon was shown. The robbery was caught on a surveillance camera. The man was seen walking across Main Street to Route 209 and got into a dark-colored car driven by another man.  

  • Charges Against Rape Suspect Withdrawn

    Rape charges are withdrawn against a man from Lackawanna County. The district attorney’s office said James Melia is in the clear after his alleged victim recanted her statement. He was charged last month with assaulting the woman after the Saint Ubaldo’s Festival in Jessup.