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    Crews Battling Brush Fires

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Firefighters were out in Luzerne County Monday afternoon battling flames. Crews were called to Saint Johns Road near Drums. They tell us a homeowner was burning papers in a fire pit when the wind picked up. A woodpile caught fire and the flames spread to nearby trees. Crews said they were able to put the fire out quickly.

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    House Gutted by Flames

    WINDHAM TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed a house in Bradford County over the weekend. Flames ripped through the home around 12:45 p.m. Sunday on Battle Creek Road outside of Athens. The fire chief says there is too much damage to determine the cause. The owners were renovating the place, hoping to move in soon.

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    Councilman Admits to DUI, Forgery; Resigns

    TAYLOR — A borough councilman agreed to resign, right after entering surprise pleas in Lackawanna County court. Taylor councilman Eugene Gallagher pleaded guilty Thursday to DUI and forgery. Gallagher also pleaded guilty to a state election code violation for allegedly asking people to falsely fill out absentee ballots. Because of that admission, he can never hold elected office again.

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    Route 61 Bridge Project Proceeding

    POTTSVILLE — Workers set beams on a bridge project in Schuylkill County on Thursday. PennDOT is replacing the Route 61 bridge connecting Pottsville and Palo Alto It’s part of a $10 million project on Route 61 that is scheduled to continue until the end of 2016.

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    Bridge Work Underway in Moosic

    MOOSIC — Work is underway on a bridge in Lackawanna County that has been closed for almost four years. Crews brought in beams Thursday morning for the new bridge along Main Street in Moosic. Construction will continue throughout the day. Officials closed the bridge in April of 2011 saying it wasn’t safe. Funding sources and utility work initially held up work to replace the bridge. The bridge is scheduled to be complete by late summer.

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    Photos of Pizzeria Robbery Released

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating a robbery at a pizza place in Pike County. Troopers say the robbers used a weapon to hold up Pete’s Pizza on Winona Falls Road near Bushkill before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators released security camera photos of the robbery:   Troopers say the crooks made off with cash but could not say how much. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Blooming Grove at 570-226-5718.

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    Apartment Building Fire Displaces 11

    SHAMOKIN — Nearly a dozen people are out of their homes after a fire in Northumberland County. Crews say an apartment building on Spurzheim Street in Shamokin caught fire just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities said 11 people who live there are staying elsewhere. The fire chief tells us the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is not suspicious.

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    Brothers Face More Charges for Church Burglaries

    WILKES-BARRE — Two brothers have been handed more charges for allegedly breaking into another church in Luzerne County. Dustan Conniff, 23, and Cody Conniff, 19, were back in court Wednesday morning. Prosecutors say the two burglarized Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church in Wilkes-Barre back in November. The brothers were originally charged in January for allegedly burglarizing the Church of Christ Uniting on South Sprague Avenue in Kingston. The Conniffs are locked up in Luzerne County.

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    Wayne Highlands Student Facing Sex Assault Charge

    HONESDALE — For the second time this year, a Wayne Highlands student is accused of sexual assault. Police recommend that charges be filed against a 15-year-old boy for an assault at the middle school last month. A 13-year-old boy was charged with assaulting a girl on a school bus earlier this year.

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    Former Superintendent to Receive Settlement

    MIDDLEBURG — The Midd-West School District in Snyder County will pay a former superintendent $130,000 to settle a federal lawsuit. Daphne Snook filed the lawsuit last year following an unpaid suspension. Snook had been accused of reading emails related to the district’s search for a new superintendent. The Snyder County district attorney determined Snook did not break any laws, so no charges were filed.

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    Jail Sentence for Hit and Run

    WILKES-BARRE — A woman charged in a hit and run that left a pedestrian seriously hurt has been sentenced in Luzerne County. Melinda Shoppel of Larksville was sentenced to between three and 23 months in jail. Shoppel was driving in Plymouth when she hit William Goulstone along East Main Street in March of 2013.  She then ran from the scene. She also had to pay restitution to the Goulstone family of $55,000.

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    Man to be Cited for Animal Cruelty in Dog Death

    GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP — The person accused of killing a dog in Lackawanna County has now been found. Greenfield Township police say Gerald Snyder will be cited for animal cruelty. The Kaminsky family says their dog ran off in January from their home near Carbondale, and was found dead two days later. SPCA officials say Snyder is the family’s neighbor.

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