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  • Monroe County Man Charged with Sex Trafficking

    SAYLORSBURG — A man from Monroe County, who already faces child sex charges, is facing more prison time. David Parker, 38, from Saylorsburg will spend at least 30 years behind bars as part of a plea agreement on child sex trafficking charges from 2010. Parker is also accused of taking a boy to a home near Philadelphia where the child was sexually abused by men dressed up in animal costumes.

  • Annual Firefighter’s Parade Hits Tunkhannock

    TUNKHANNOCK —  A parade of fire trucks filled the streets in Wyoming County Thursday night. The Triton Hose Company Firefighter’s Parade kicked off on Franklin Avenue in Tunkhannock. Dozens of fire trucks, bands, and other organizations marched through the streets. It’s all part of the hose company’s annual carnival week which runs through Saturday here in Wyoming County.

  • Man Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

    LEHIGH TOWNSHIP — A sexually violent predator must serve at least twelve years in state prison. A jury convicted Eric Richardson, 34, earlier this year for repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Wayne County. He was sentenced to prison on Thursday. In addition to prison, Richardson was ordered to pay the victim’s counseling costs.

  • Threat Investigation Leads to Drug Charges in Luzerne County

    WYOMING — An investigation into threats leads to drug charges in Luzerne County. Officers were serving a warrant at a home on East Seventh Street in Wyoming Monday when they found heroin and other drugs. A three-year-old was also in the home at the time. Police arrested Luis Deleon on drug charges and for making threats. A woman in the home may also face charges. That child is now with Children and Youth in Luzerne County.

  • Man Charged in Shooting Where 12 Year Old Was Hurt

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police charged one of the men involved in a shooting that hurt a child in Williamsport. Officers say Steven Curtis and another man started shooting at each other on Park Avenue last month. A 12-year-old boy was hurt in the gunfire. Curtis faces assault and other charges in Lycoming County.

  • Former Mayor, Teacher Accused of Luring Children

    NANTICOKE — A former mayor and teacher is accused of trying to lure children into his car in Luzerne County. The video shown is of Edward Butkiewicz from 2003 after he admitted to touching a teenage boy inappropriately. Police arrested the former mayor of Nanticoke after he tried to get a 16-year-old boy in the car with him near Nanticoke on Wednesday. A 13-year-old told police the man offered him money to go for a ride and asked the boy […]

  • Restaurant Owner Sentenced to 10 Years Probation on Tax Charges

    BLOOMSBURG — The owner of a restaurant in Bloomsburg has pleaded guilty to state tax charges. Gary Vadakin owns “Seasons on Main.” Prosecutors say he failed to pay nearly $26,000 in sales taxes and employer withholding taxes. Vadakin must serve 10 years probation and pay the state the money it’s owed.

  • Family of Seven Displaced by Fire in Pottsville

    POTTSVILLE — A family of seven needs a new place to live after a fire in Pottsville. No one was inside when the home on East Arch Street caught fire around 9:30 Wednesday night. Investigators are looking into what may have sparked the flames. A neighbor across the street was the one to call for help. “It was a glow. there was glass breaking. Thought he looked up and she said ‘is that a fire?’ I looked over and it […]

  • Faithful Begin Last Day of Novena With 10-Mile Trek to St. Ann’s Basilica

    TAYLOR — It was a long walk for the faithful on the last day of St. Ann’s Novena in Scranton. It’s tradition for many to walk miles and then attend an early morning mass. Worshipers started in Pittston for the more than 10-mile trek to St. Ann’s Basilica. One woman shared what brings her out every year to walk to the early morning mass, in devotion to Saint Ann. “It shows our love for Saint Ann, and as Carol said, we […]

  • Highway Back Open After Bridge Demolition in Susquehanna County

    UPDATE: According to PennDOT, the north lanes of Interstate 81 near Lenoxville opened around 6 a.m. on Wednesday. LENOX TOWNSHIP — A bridge project has a highway shut down in Susquehanna County. Chunks of concrete are piled up in the north lanes of Interstate 81 near Lenoxville. Crews demolished a bridge over the highway overnight. A detour is in place. At least one lane is expected to be open later Wednesday morning. Workers plan to close the south lanes Wednesday […]

  • Go Joe 20: Day 1

    TROY — Go Joe 20 kicked off Monday morning in Troy, Bradford County. Meteorologist Joe Snedeker is peddling in the rain as he makes his way to downtown Tunkhannock Monday evening. Head here to see where his planned stops are on his route. Don’t forget: share your Go Joe 20 photos and videos with us using #GoJoe20 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If you would like to donate to Go Joe 20, click here. The weather threw a bit of a wrench into Joe’s bike ride. […]

  • Power Outage Delays Keystone College, Cancels Camp Connections

    LA PLUME TOWNSHIP — A power outage has delayed and canceled a program at Keystone College. An official with the college says it opens at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, and Camp Connections is canceled for Tuesday. Again, the college opens noon on Tuesday and Camp Connections is canceled.