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    LIVEBLOG: State Police News Conference – Search For Eric Frein

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — A state police news conference on the search for Eric Frein is set for 3 p.m. today. Watch the news conference live here.

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    DEP Secretary Resigns

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo has resigned. The governor’s office says Abruzzo’s resignation was accepted today and takes effect immediately. They did not say why he stepped down. But Abruzzo is among current and former state workers that the state attorney general’s office says received sexually explicit pictures and videos on work email.

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    Man Wanted On Child Rape Charges

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — A warrant is out for the arrest of a man wanted on child sex charges in Lackawanna County. Child rape charges were filed Wednesday against Richard Hall, age 22. Hall is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in January.

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    Wilkes-Barre Man Hit With Animal Abuse Charges

    WILKES-BARRE — Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a man in Luzerne County. Court papers indicate Deron Issac owned four dogs found in June inside an apartment on Bowman Street in Wilkes-Barre. Two dogs were malnourished and two were found dead. The charges against Issac are mostly summary charges.

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    Community Service For Beating, Restraining Burglar

    SCRANTON — A couple who police say tied up and beat a burglar in Lackawanna County were sentenced to community service. Ian Castrogiovanni and his wife Heather Wagner were ordered on Wednesday to provide 50 hours of service. In January, police say the couple tied up and held captive Thomas Sedorovitz, who was accused of breaking into the house in Clarks Summit. He managed to escape, and the couple chased and beat him. Authorities in Lackawanna County say Sedorovitz pleaded […]

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    UPDATE: Bank Robber Caught on Camera

    UPDATE: According to police, the suspect’s get-away vehicle was located by Butler Township police around 1a.m. on Wednesday. Officials said a police officer on patrol found the vehicle abandoned on Prospect Road, about a quarter of a mile from East Butler Drive. Police said the vehicle was stolen from the Scranton area Tuesday afternoon. Anyone who saw activity around the PPL pole line anytime during the afternoon hours is asked to contact the police at (570) 788-4111 or 911. BUTLER […]

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    New Police Pooch To Sniff Out Arsons

    SCRANTON — There’s a new four-legged member of the Scranton Police Department. Ember, a black Labrador retriever, is trained to help in arson investigations. Her handler, Officer Martin Monahan, says the Scranton Fire Department fights about 95 fires every year and about 30 percent of those are arsons. “A lot of times fire investigators have to blindly take samples from areas of origin, while Ember can actually seek out the area where we can dig to get positive readings,” Officer […]

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    Former Band Teacher Sentenced To Probation

    SCRANTON — A former high school music teacher who admitted to corruption of minors charges was sentenced on Wednesday. Steven Dixon was sentenced to three years on probation, Dixon was a music teacher in the Carbondale Area School District and moderator of the school band. He was arrested in May after authorities said he had inappropriate sexual conversations with students in class.

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    Man Ordered To Trial In Wayne County Death

    HONESDALE — A man has been ordered to stand trial in Wayne County on involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges. Adam Dixon of Prompton was in back in court on Wednesday.  Dixon is accused of killing Ryan Clemo near Honesdale in March. Manslaughter charges against another man who police say was involved — Jonathan Yacinovich — were downgraded to reckless endangerment.

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    Former Teacher Accused Of Sex Crime Sent To Jail

    SCRANTON — A former teacher who admitted to a sexual relationship with one of his students was sentenced to jail time on Wednesday. Matthew Stevens was sentenced to six to 23 months in jail. Stevens pleaded guilty in June to having sexual contact with a former student while he was a band teacher at Lakeland High School in 2012. He was charged in February of 2013. Stevens must also register as a sex offender for 15 years and must pay […]


    “Persons of Interest” in Shooting Seen In Photos

    KINGSTON — Police in Kingston released pictures Wednesday of two men they believe were involved in a shooting on Tuesday. Kingston police said a shooting took place inside a home on John Street Tuesday morning. The shooting victim was dropped off at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. The men in the pictures are called “persons of interest.” Arrest warrants have not been issued. Authorities said they should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the men in the photos should […]

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    Hunting Season On Hold In Manhunt Area

    The manhunt for Eric Frein is now affecting hunters. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it is temporarily banning hunting and trapping in several townships in and around the search area. The game commission issued an executive order to close temporarily the hunting and trapping seasons within seven townships: Price Township (Monroe County) Barrett Township (Monroe County) Paradise Township (Monroe County) Blooming Grove Township (Pike County) Porter Township (Pike County) Lehman Township (Pike County) Greene Township (Pike County) The game commission […]


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