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    Youth Group Polar Plunged for Charity

    UNION TOWNSHIP — Some folks braved the cold and took a dip Thursday in Luzerne County. The youth group at the Town Hill United Methodist Church took the plunge at the Shickshinny Lake. The chilly swim raises money for the charity “Give the Kids the World” which helps grant wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses. About 30 people took part in the plunge in Luzerne County.

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    Luzerne County’s First Baby of the Year

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A hospital in Luzerne County welcomed its first baby of the year. Aarya Patel arrived at 11:17 New Year’s morning at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre. She is the daughter of Purvi and Sunil Patel of Lackawanna County who also have a three-year-old son. The mother was born in December and was wishing Aarya would be too. “I was hoping and praying for December 31st. He (husband) said it would be January 1st. So he […]

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    UPADATE: Tattooed Bandit Hits Convenience Store

    Police said Kendra Osoki, of Hallstead, admitted stealing $18 from the donation jar last month. Officials said the money was intended for the True Friends Animal Welfare Center. NEW MILFORD — State police in Susquehanna County are looking for a tattooed bandit. Troopers said a woman, with the words “no remorse” on her neck, stole a donation jar from a Pump N Pantry in New Milford on Monday. Authorities have not said how much was in the donation jar. Anyone […]

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    Man Facing Assault and Other Related Charges

    SUNBURY — Police are investigating a burglary and aggravated assault in Northumberland County. Officials said Fred Applewhite Jr., 49, broke into his former girlfriend’s home and threatened her and another male inside with a knife. They both fled from the home on Susquehanna Avenue. Sunbury police found Applewhite at the house while he was destroying most of the furniture inside. Applewhite was taken into custody as he attempted to flee from the rear of the home. He is charged with […]

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    Attempted Arson in Monroe County

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Troopers in Monroe County responded to a report of an attempted arson Wednesday night at a store near Stroudsburg. State police said someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of “Shooting for the Moon” on Route 209 attempting to set the business on fire. According to officials, only minor damage was caused to the building because the Molotov cocktail failed to light.

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    Hundreds Gathered to Ring in the New Year

    SCRANTON — It is the start of a new year and people from around the world and at home rang it in with big celebrations. Hundreds gathered in downtown Scranton, where 2015 was ushered in with a massive fireworks display at midnight. People spent the night mingling on Courthouse Square for the 16th annual “First Night” celebration. Ahead of the midnight display, there was a night full of music, food, and entertainment.

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    Judge Retires after Two Decades on the Job

    MONTROSE — After decades of sitting on the bench, the only full time judge in Susquehanna County is retiring. Friends and colleagues throughout the courthouse in Montrose gathered for a little retirement party on Wednesday in the courtroom Judge Kenneth Seamans oversaw for 27 years. He’ll still be able to serve as a part-time senior judge, but his career as president judge has come to an end. “I can say one thing. It’s been a long time but I’ve really […]

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    Three Displaced by Fire in Schuylkill County

    MAHANOY CITY — Three people were chased out of their homes by a fire in Schuylkill County. Pictures from Skook News and The Pottsville Republican-Herald show crews working to douse the flames in a series of row homes on South D Street in Mahanoy City Wednesday night. According to authorities, everyone made it out okay. Fire officials said the fire started in a kitchen and is considered accidental.

  • luz fatal crash 1-1-15

    Names Released after Deadly Crash

    FAIRMONT TOWNSHIP — Officials have released the names of the two drivers killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Luzerne County. The coroner said Donald West, of Fairmount Township, and Justin Heintzelman, of Benton, died when their vehicles collided on Route 118 in the Sweet Valley area. The crash between the car and the small pickup closed Route 118 for several hours. State police are investigating the cause of the deadly wreck in Luzerne County.

  • luz train 1-1-15

    Pickup Tries to Beat Train, Crashes in Luzerne County

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP — Firefighters in Luzerne County think a pickup truck tried to beat a train but didn’t make it. Officials said the train ended up clipping the back of the pickup on Wednesday between Gracedale and Woodlawn Avenues in Mountain Top. According to rescue crews, the driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital but his injuries were not life threatening.

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    Four Accused of Trespassing at FAA Tower in Snyder County

    PENN TOWNSHIP — Troopers have released the names of the four men accused of breaking into¬†Federal Aviation Administration tower in Snyder County early Sunday morning. State police said the four men are: Kevin Herman, 19 from Winfield, Alex Moyer, 20 from Selinsgrove, Michael Ede, 20 from Winfield, and Brett Eyster, 20 from Selinsgrove. Officials said the men went into the tower near Selinsgrove and flipped a switch which set off an alarm. According to troopers, that caused a piece of […]

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    Man Charged with Cruelty for Death of a Horse

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Officials at the Luzerne County SPCA said animal cruelty charges have been filed against a man accused of abusing horses. The pictures shared online earlier this month show exposed ribs and other marks on two horses. According to officials, both horses died at a self-boarding facility in Drums recently. Authorities said Edward Balliet of Drums now faces charges for one of the horse’s deaths. They could not charge him with the second death because of lack of […]


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