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  • Woman Sentenced for Role in Casino Rip-Off Scheme

    WILKES-BARRE — A woman was sentenced Thursday for her role in ripping off a casino in Luzerne County. Rochelle Poszeluznyj from Kingston was sentenced to probation and house arrest. She pleaded guilty to money laundering last year. Investigators say she was a beverage server at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 2014, and that she worked with two other men to steal more than $400,000 from the casino by copying gamblers’ card info to get free slot play. Poszeluznyj was sentenced to […]

  • No Charges against Accused Catholic Priest

    SCRANTON — An investigation into sexual misconduct by a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton is closed after state police say the alleged victim refused to testify. The person came forward in April of 2016 accusing Fr. Martin Boylan of abuse when the alleged victim was just a child. Fr. Boylan was serving as pastor of St. Patrick’s parish in Scranton when those accusations were made. No charges were filed against Fr. Boylan. The allegations were being investigated by […]

  • Car Slams Through Shed in Carbondale

    CARBONDALE – Two people were taken to the hospital after a car crashed through a shed.

  • Tents Up for La Festa Italiana in Scranton

    SCRANTON — The tents are up on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton ahead of La Festa Italiana. The four-day festival runs through the Labor Day Weekend. The event features more than 80 vendors with continuous live entertainment starting Friday at 4 p.m.

  • Juvenile Detention Center Worker Sentenced to Probation

    SCRANTON — A worker at a juvenile detention center in Lackawanna County was sentenced to three months of probation for harassing a boy at the facility last year. Anthony Capone of Dunmore will spend the first month of his probation on house arrest. He pleaded guilty in May to harassment after he was accused of improperly restraining a 13-year-old boy at the center in Lackawanna County in 2016.

  • Fund Established for Family Hit by Car in Luzerne County

    RICE TOWNSHIP — A fund has been established for family members hit by a car last week in Luzerne County. Seven family members — a mother and father, their four children, and a niece — were struck by a car Friday afternoon on Aleksander Boulevard in Mountain Top while they were walking through a residential neighborhood. Five of the victims were flown to hospitals and the others were taken in ambulances. Several remain in critical condition. Jigna Kyada, 51, of […]

  • Driver Admits Guilt in Deadly Luzerne County Crash

    WILKES-BARRE — A driver entered a guilty plea Friday for a crash that killed a woman in Luzerne County. Christopher Tirpak of Shavertown admitted driving under the influence during that wreck last August near Dallas. Prosecutors say beer cans were found in his car. Tirpak is scheduled to be sentenced in November and could face up to seven years in prison.

  • Allegiant Air to Leave Airport in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — A low-cost airline is leaving the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Airport officials announced Friday that Allegiant Air will stop service to and from the airport sometime in January. A reason wasn’t given. Allegiant has been flying out of the airport in Luzerne County for five years.

  • Boy Scout Master Charged with Sex Crimes in Monroe County

    POLK TOWNSHIP — A Boy Scout leader is charged with sexually abusing three boy scouts at a camp in Monroe County. According to the Lehigh County district attorney, Stephen Piller, 50, of Catasauqua, is accused of molesting the boys for several years at his home in Lehigh County and at Camp Trexler near Effort. Investigators say the boys were between the ages of 12 and 14 when the abuse started in Monroe and Lehigh Counties.

  • Shelter Director Announces Resignation

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — The director of the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in Lackawanna County has announced his resignation after being suspended from the organization earlier this week. Ed Florentino released a statement saying he decided to step down following harassment and threats of harm to his family. Griffin Pond board members decided to suspend Florentino with pay while they investigate accusations made against him on social media. Many of the allegations claim that dogs were euthanized without reason at […]

  • School Bus Crash Slows Interstate 81 Traffic

    LUZERNE COUNTY — A crash involving a school bus slowed traffic Thursday on a section of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. Thursday on I-81 south near the Nuangola exit (159). A school bus crashed into a guard rail after being cut off by a UPS tractor trailer, according to state police. Kids from the Wilkes-Barre Academy Daycare were on the bus. One child was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Traffic was down […]

  • Local Musician Injured in Crash Taken Off Life Support

    LUZERNE COUNTY — A local musician and band manager severely injured in a crash in Florida last month has been taken off life support, according to attorneys for the family. Janet Rains, also known by her stage name as Jane Train, was badly hurt in July when a tractor trailer hit the RV of Adrenaline Mob, the band she managed. Rains’ mother also posted on Facebook Wednesday that she had died. Police said the RV pulled off Interstate 75 near Micanopy, […]