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  • Former School Bus Driver Sent to Prison for Molesting Child

    SCRANTON — A former school bus driver was sentenced Friday to at least eight years in prison for molesting a boy in Lackawanna County. Patrick Cahill was arrested in 2014. He pleaded guilty in January. A judge sentenced Cahill to eight to 25 years in prison. He was found to be a sexually violent predator and must register under Megan’s Law for life. The bus company he worked for at the time of his arrest says Cahill passed all the […]

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    Alleged Sex Assault at Career Training Center

    COLLEY TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating a sex assault on the campus of a Career Training Center in Sullivan County. Authorities say a 20-year-old woman was attacked at Red Rock Job Corps Center near Lopez on Wednesday. Investigators believe a 21-year-old man is to blame. No charges have been filed.

  • Plea Entered in Embezzlement Case

    WILKES-BARRE — A woman pleaded no contest to embezzling money meant for charity. Gloria Riegel of Exeter entered the no contest plea Wednesday on theft and conspiracy charges. In 2011, the state attorney general’s office charged Riegel and her husband Joel with embezzling more than a half million dollars meant for charity from a man’s estate after he died. Prosecutors said they had control of the man’s estate and used most of the money for themselves. It was supposed to […]

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    Burglars Break Into Gentlemen’s Club

    BUCK TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County say two men broke into a gentlemen’s club and stole money from a safe. Investigators say two men broke into Tattletales Gentlemen’s Club on Buck Boulevard near Bear Creek before 4 a.m. Wednesday. According to police, the men damaged a cigarette machine and pried open a safe, stealing $1,000.

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    Firefighter Sent to Prison on Arson Charge

    WILKES-BARRE — A firefighter who admitted to torching a home in Luzerne County was sentenced Wednesday. A judge sentenced David Donnora to four to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in March. Donnora set fire to a home in Dupont in December of 2012.  

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    Woman Charged with Theft from Grandmother

    KIDDER TOWNSHIP — A woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her grandmother in Carbon County. Kidder Township police say Aleasha Hayes, 31, of Philadelphia stole $9,400 in forged checks from her grandmother’s home in Golden Oaks Village in White Haven. Hayes was locked up in Carbon County with bail set at $5,000.

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    Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Rape

    WILLIAMSPORT — A man accused of rape of a child was sentenced in Lycoming County. A judge sentenced Joseph Rankinen on Monday to 10 to 20 years in prison. Rankinen pleaded guilty to rape of a child in September of 2014. Police accused Rankinen of sexually assaulting the 4-year-old male in Woodward Township between December 2012 and April 2013.

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    Two State Park Beaches Closed

    Beaches are closed at two state parks in our area, according to state DCNR officials. The beach at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County is closed because of high bacteria levels in the water. In Monroe County, the beach at Tobyhanna State Park is also closed because of high bacteria levels. Both beaches will remain closed until acceptable water samples are tested. Beltzville and Tobyhanna State Parks remain open for other activities.

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    Driver Sentenced for Death in Old Forge

    SCRANTON — A man charged in connection with a 2013 death in Old Forge learned his punishment Tuesday in Lackawanna County. Brandon Toth from South Abington Township, near Clarks Summit, was sentenced to 12 to 24 months in prison. He was charged with recklessly endangering another person after an incident in June of 2013 in Old Forge. At the time, state police said victim David Dando tried to get into Toth’s truck.   Dando fell and hit his head when Toth […]

  • Guilty Plea in Decade-Old Murder

    STROUDSBURG — A guilty plea was entered Monday in Monroe County in connection with a murder a decade ago. Lisa Stavish pleaded guilty to third degree murder as an accomplice in the killing of David McEntire in 2005 at a home in Scotrun. Initially, McEntire was reported missing, but according to court papers, in 2010, an informant told police three people had attacked McEntire with a hammer, shot him, then burned his body and dumped it at a junkyard near […]

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    Man Charged with Attempted Homicide for Slamming Into Troopers

    NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP — Attempted homicide and other charges have been filed against a man accused of slamming into a trooper’s vehicle with his car late Thursday night. According to state police, Brad Moyer accelerated as he approached their SUV on Ringtown Road near Zion Grove. An investigation found Moyer was going 91 miles an hour when the vehicles collided. Both state troopers were treated and released from the hospital. Investigators say they were trying to stop Moyer in connection […]

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    Thief Hits Hazleton Church

    HAZLETON — Police in Hazleton are trying to track down thieves who stole from a church. Officers tell us someone broke into the Christ Lutheran Church on West Green Street in Hazleton sometime between Wednesday and Thursday and made off with power tools and a CD player. Anyone with information should call Hazleton police at 570-459-4940.

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