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    Taylor Man Charged with Rape of Teen Girl

    TAYLOR — A man from Taylor is facing rape charges in Lackawanna County. Michael Gonzalez, 22, of Taylor, admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old girl in November. Police charged Gonzalez with rape,┬ástatutory sexual assault, and corruption of minors.

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    Service Project to Help Officers Comfort Kids

    TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP — A girl scout from our area spread some holiday cheer today as part of her service project. Nicole Schafer is an eighth-grader at Pocono Mountain East Junior High School. For her service project, she decided to collect stuffed animals for the Pocono Mountain Regional Police. Her thought is that each patrolman will keep a toy in their vehicle, and then if they encounter children who are afraid or upset, they can use the toy to calm them […]

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    Cadets Graduate from State Police Academy

    HARRISBURG — A new class of Pennsylvania State Troopers graduated from the academy on Friday. Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced today that 62 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the state. The men and women represent the 147th graduating cadet class. The graduates have been assigned to the following troops: Troop C, Clarion Jared Beilman Zachary Huffman Aaron Shaprio Corre Sommers   Troop C, Clearfield Andres Made   Troop C, […]

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    Juveniles Charged with Torching Scranton Home

    SCRANTON — Scranton police have charged two juveniles for torching a vacant home in Scranton last month. The fire damaged the vacant home on Eynon Street on November 9. Authorities said an “ignitable liquid” was used to set the fire. The investigation showed that the youths were in the house at the time of the fire and were seen in the neighborhood the night before setting a yard on fire. Scranton police said there may be more arrests.

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    Lawmakers Commit Cash to Fix Flood Wall

    WILKES-BARRE — Some state lawmakers are providing funding for emergency repairs to a crumbling flood wall in Luzerne County. Governor Tom Wolf, Senator John Yudichak, and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski announced that the state would commit $125,000 for a temporary fix to the Solomon Creek flood wall in Wilkes-Barre to try to prevent further erosion until a full repair can be made. A section of the wall collapsed earlier this month. Officials estimate it could cost $12 million to replace […]

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    Bears Died from Eating Poison Plants, Says Game Commission

    WEST WYOMING — State game officials say four bears found dead in Luzerne County were poisoned but not by a person. The mother bear and her three cubs were found earlier this month near a church parking lot in West Wyoming. Conservation officers considered the deaths suspicious, but after examining two of the bears, the game commission now says they died from eating English yew plants. The shrubs are used in landscaping and are fairly common. Officials say a compound […]

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    Attempted Robbery at Bank Branch in Lackawanna County

    MOOSIC — Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a bank in Lackawanna County It happened at the Fidelity Bank branch on Birney Avenue in Moosic around 10 a.m. Thursday. Police say the man approached a teller and handed her a note, requesting specific bills. When the teller told him she only had $10 and $20 bills, the man left. No weapon was shown. Police believe the man may be the same person who robbed a bank in Scranton earlier […]

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    Man Killed in Bradford County Crash

    LITCHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A man died in a crash in Bradford County. State police say Matthew Wilbur, 41, of Wysox, lost control of his vehicle around 2 a.m. Wednesday on Macafee Road near Athens. According to troopers, the SUV crashed into a wooded area. Wilbur died at the scene.

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    Prison Term for Luzerne County Bar Shooting

    WILKES-BARRE — A shooting outside a bar in Luzerne County will send a man to prison. A judge sentenced Sean McPhail to 21 to 42 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to assault charges Wednesday. McPhail admitted he was one of two men involved in a shooting in Ashley in 2012. The other man involved pleaded guilty last year and received the same sentence.

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    County Worker Honored for Saving Co-worker

    SCRANTON — Lackawanna County commissioners honored emergency services director David Hahn on Wednesday for helping a choking co-worker a few weeks ago. Hahn and Lackawanna County’s deputy director of human resources Brian Loughney were out to lunch when Loughney started to choke. Hahn performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved Loughney’s life. The commissioners gave Hahn a “good works” certificate at the commissioners’ meeting in Scranton.

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    Man Involved in I-80 Rock Throwing Back in Prison

    NEW COLUMBIA — A man involved in a rock-throwing incident on interstate 80 that severely injured a woman is back in prison. Brett Lahr, 21, of New Columbia, Union County is back in state prison after a suspected DUI in Dauphin County. Lahr was paroled from prison in October after serving time for the rock-throwing incident that severely injured Sharon Budd in July of 2014. Lahr pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Troopers […]

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    Pedestrian Injured in Schuylkill County

    MECHANICSVILLE — A pedestrian was struck while getting something out of the bed of his truck in Schuylkill County. Police said a driver may have suffered some type of medical condition when she hit Christopher Lengel, 46, of Friedensberg, on Pottsville Street in Mechanicsville last Wednesday. Lengel hit his head on the windshield of the car and then fell into the road. He was flown to a hospital. There is no word on his condition and no word if charges […]