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    Man Charged with Stealing Debit Card from Dead Boss

    WILKES-BARRE — A man wanted for stealing a debit card from his boss after he was found dead was in court Friday morning in Luzerne County. Tim Marcincavage of Edwardsville was arraigned on theft charges. Police say after he found his boss dead on the floor of his home, he went through his pockets and stole the card before calling 911. Officers say he then racked up more than $3,300 worth of purchases between February and March.

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    Penn State Approves More Sandusky Victim Settlements

    STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State University board of trustees voted Thursday morning to approve more settlements with victims of Jerry Sandusky. The university did not say how many additional victims of the former Nittany Lions football coach will get a settlement or how much they will receive. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of abusing 10 boys, but in 2013, the university announced settlements with 26 victims, totaling nearly $60 million. University officials said more information about the latest settlements […]

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    Law Enforcement Class Raises Cash for Troopers’ Families

    WILKES-BARRE — Students presented a donation Thursday morning in Wilkes-Barre to the families of the two state troopers shot in an ambush. Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center’s law enforcement class raised more than $22,000 for the families of Trooper Alex Douglass and Corporal Bryon Dickson. The men were shot outside the state police barracks in Pike County in September. Cpl. Dickson was killed in the ambush and Tpr. Douglass was seriously wounded.

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    Police Chief Admits DUI Charge

    TOWANDA — A police chief in Wyoming County has pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges in Bradford County. State police say Laceyville Police Chief Scott Perry, 48, was in uniform in December when they pulled over his Laceyville squad car near Wysox. Borough council suspended Perry without pay following the incident. Perry is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

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    Walgreens Closing Stores

    Walgreens is planning to close 200 stores across the country. Plans are still being finalized and the company did not reveal a time frame for the closures. Walgreens says it is trying to reduce expenses by $1.5 billion over the next three years. The chain has more than 8,000 stores spread across the country. The company did not say if any Walgreens stores in our area are on the list of stores that are set to close.

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    State Health Care for Public School Workers?

    DICKSON CITY — A bill working its way through Harrisburg would look into the state taking over health care for public school district employees Lawmakers held a hearing in Lackawanna County Thursday exploring the possibility. The business manager for the Old Forge School District testified about the high cost of health care for districts and how that is often a sticking point in negotiations and strikes. If the bill passed, a board would examine the proposal, and then decide whether […]

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    Electric Rates Going Up For MetEd, Penelec Customers

    The PUC has approved a rate hike for customers of MetEd and Penelec. Homes and businesses in parts of Monroe and Pike Counties served by MetEd can expect their electric bill to go up an average of $12.70 a month. Penelec customers in the northern tier will see an average monthly increase of $15.76. Penelec serves customers in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Sullivan, and a portion of Wayne Counties. The rate hike goes into effect May 19.

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    UPDATE: Scranton Man in Custody for Kidnapping, Beating, and Robbery

    SCRANTON — Robert Helbing ¬†was taken into custody Thursday night on kidnapping charges by police in Wilkes-Barre. State police said Helbing, 36, of Scranton, and two others offered a man a ride to Lock Haven in February, but instead drove him to a location in Thornhurst Township, beat, and robbed him. Helbing is facing kidnapping and robbery charges.  

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    Flames Damage Home in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Flames damaged a home in Hazleton Wednesday afternoon. It started around 2 p.m. in the place on Lee Court. Crews said heavy smoke was coming from the second floor when crews arrived. There is no word on injuries or the cause. House fire on Lee Court in Hazleton. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/YFTulejI4o — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) April 8, 2015

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    Landfill Operating Permit Renewed

    DUNMORE — The state has given Keystone Landfill the approval to continue operating in Dunmore and Throop for 10 more years. This permit has nothing to do with Keystone’s request to expand the municipal waste landfill in Lackawanna County. That would require a separate permit that DEP is still reviewing. The permit allows the lanfill to continue operating a a municipal waste landfill at its existing facility until April of 2025. The state still plans to hold a second public […]

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    School Evacuated After Reported Threat

    THROOP — A reported bomb threat led to the evacuation of a school in Lackawanna County. According to Throop police, Mid Valley Secondary Center was evacuated and students were sent home. The police chief said they planned to use dogs to search the school.

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    New Scranton Superintendent on Listening Tour of Schools

    SCRANTON — Even though she doesn’t officially take over until July, the new superintendent of the Scranton School District has started what she calls her “listening tour.” On Monday, Alexis Kirijan toured Isaac Tripp Elementary. She met some of the students there and spoke with the principal. “I think it’s important because I think they, as they’re supported by their teachers and their principals, they I think need to understand that the adults have support, too. And so, I think […]

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