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    Two Connected to Hazleton Shooting

    HAZLETON — Two men are under arrest after two separate shooting incidents Wednesday in Hazleton. Police accuse Michael Shirley of Brooklyn, New York; and Christian Ashby of Hazleton, with carrying weapons without a license. Police say both admit firing guns at the scene of Wednesday’s shooting along North Green Street, but are not currently charged with the shooting. Two people were injured by gunfire in those two incidents in Hazleton.

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    Women Accused of DUI with Children in Vehicle

    MILDRED — DUI, child endangerment, and other charges have been filed against a woman following a traffic stop last month in Sullivan County. State police say Valerie Land, 33, of Mildred was driving under the influence when she was pulled over for speeding along Route 220 near Laporte. According to troopers, an 8 year old was in the vehicle, along with a 4 month old who was unsecured in a child safety seat.

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    Carbon County Home Ruined in Fire

    PACKER TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed a home in Carbon County Thursday morning. It started around 7:15 a.m. in the home on Railroad Drive in Packer Township, near Weatherly. The fire chief believes it started in the basement and spread quickly through the whole house. Four people living there got out safely. A fire marshal will investigate the cause.  

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    Attorney General Takes Action Against Nursing Homes

    WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office is taking legal action against a nursing home chain. Golden Gate National Senior Care operates 36 facilities known as Golden LivingCenters. The legal action names 14 locations, including three in our area in Tunkhannock, Pottsville, and Wilkes-Barre. The state attorney general describes several violations at these nursing homes, everything from leaving residents in soiled diapers, to putting residents at risk of bedsores. An investigation found the nursing homes were understaffed, failed to help […]

  • Convicted Child Abuser Sent to Prison

    WILLIAMSPORT — A man accused in a shocking case of child abuse in Lycoming County will spend up to 31 years in prison. A jury found Christopher Schenck, 24, guilty of aggravated and simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another at his trial in April. Troopers accused Schenck of causing severe injuries to his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son at her apartment in Jersey Shore in June of 2013. Investigators said the child had over 80 injuries […]

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    Reward Offered for Hit-and-Run Driver

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — The family of a hit-and-run victim in Luzerne County is offering a reward to find the driver who hit him. Larry Herbert, 62, was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Hazle Street in Hanover Township in April. Police believe Herbert was hit by two vehicles. Herbert’s family is now offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the drivers. They ask that you contact police in Hanover Township at 570-825-1254 if you have any […]

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    Robber Linked to Crimes in Monroe, Union County

    Federal authorities believe a man charged with 16 robberies in five states is behind two in our area. Investigators say Francis Simmons, 41, of New Jersey has agreed to plead guilty to robbing Citizens Bank in Tannersville in 2014, and the Silver Moon Antique and Consignment Barn near Lewisburg in 2013, along with 13 other bank robberies, mostly in Pennsylvania.

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    Chime Time at University Handbell Conference

    SCRANTON — More than 300 handbell ringers rehearsed Monday at the University of Scranton. They were practicing for two free performances coming up at the university. The concerts are part of conferences for handbell ringers going on this week in Scranton. June 30, 3 p.m. Handbell Musicians of America Area 2 Festival Conference Concert. The University of Scranton Long Center July 2, 2:30 p.m. Handbell Musicians of America Area 2 Young Ringer Festival Concert. The University of Scranton McIlhenny Ballroom […]

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    More Charges for Suspected Robber

    WILKES-BARRE — A man already locked up for two robberies now faces more charges for holdups in Wilkes-Barre. Police announced Sunday that Timothy Burns now faces charges for five holdups at four stores. Authorities think he did it all in one night, hitting stores on North Pennsylvania Avenue and North Main Street on June 15. Investigators say the man was caught on surveillance cameras.

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    Overturned Trailer Slows Interstate Traffic

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — Traffic was backed up after a crash on Interstate 81 south in Lackawanna County Friday afternoon. Just after noon, a trailer being hauled by an SUV flipped near the Clarks Summit exit. Troopers said a dog got out of the SUV and an 11-year-old boy chased after it along the interstate. No one was seriously hurt but traffic was moving slowly for a while. Both lanes are now open.

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    Man Found Guilty on Hundreds of Sex Charges

    TOWANDA — A jury in Bradford County found a man guilty of hundreds of sex charges. Donald Burrell was found guilty Thursday on over 300 counts on charges including child rape, rape, and child pornography. Burrell was arrested in 2014 and was initially charged with over 5,000 counts of sex-related offenses. Authorities said Burrell could face over 100 years in prison when sentenced in September.

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    Thief Takes Off After Stick-Up on the Street

    HAZLETON — A thug made off with cash after an armed robbery on the street, according to Hazleton police. The victim told police a man pointed a gun at him and demanded money around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of Peace Street. Investigators say the robber took off with the cash. The victim was not hurt.


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