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    After Assault Accusations, Officer Retires

    WILKES-BARRE — Days after assault charges were withdrawn against a Wilkes-Barre police officer, Mayor Tom Leighton says Sgt. Al Rodriguez has retired. Rodriguez was charged last month for an incident at his home, but the district attorney’s office says charges were withdrawn because the alleged victim did not show up at court. Officials confirm that Rodriguez was the officer caught on cell phone video in November arguing with a family during a traffic stop in Wilkes-Barre. The Wilkes-Barre police department […]

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    Schedule of St. Patrick’s Parades

    Here is a list of St. Patrick’s Day parades in our area: Saturday, March 14 — Scranton, 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 14 — Williamsport, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 — Pottsville, 11 a.m. ***CANCELLED*** Saturday, March 14 — Freeland, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15 — Wilkes-Barre, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 — Jim Thorpe, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21 — Girardville, noon Sunday, March 22 — Stroudsburg, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22  — Allentown 1:30 p.m.  

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    Judge Remains On The Job

    Officials in Harrisburg say a senior judge in central Pennsylvania remains on the job even after the court administrator in Snyder County told Newswatch 16 he resigned. The flap comes after Judge Harold Woelfel was seen on surveillance camera leaving the scene of a fender bender outside a store in Selinsgrove. Despite the court administrator’s statement that Woelfel resigned, Harrisburg says he remains eligible to hear cases. Newswatch 16 apologizes for any confusion.

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    Truck Rolls, Dumps Road Salt

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Police say a truck was delivering much-needed salt in Luzerne County when it slipped on ice and rolled. It happened around 10 a.m. Friday in Butler Township, near Drums. The township is using heavy equipment to salvage as much salt as possible before the truck is towed.

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    Man Wanted for Susquehanna County Burglaries

    HARFORD TOWNSHIP — A man is wanted for two burglaries last month in Susquehanna County, according to state police. Troopers believe Jonathon Stankiewicz, 27, broke into Diaz Farm near Harford and stole $4,000. He’s also accused of taking $400 from Penn-Can Restaurant. If you know where Stankiewicz is, you’re asked to call state police at 570-465-3154.

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    12-Packs to be Available at Distributors

    There’s a change in the way you can buy beer in Pennsylvania. The state liquor control board ruled you can now buy 12-packs at beer distributors. Up until now, distributors could only sell beer in cases of 24 bottles or cans. After a challenge by some distributors, the PLCB changed the rule, now allowing pre-packaged 12- packs at distributors. Certain convenience stores, supermarkets, and six-pack shops can still sell six-packs and 12-packs.

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    Shikellamy Superintendent Stepping Down

    SUNBURY — The superintendent of the Shikellamy School District is stepping down. Pat Kelley has been in charge of the district in Northumberland County since 2012. His resignation comes in the wake of a drunk driving arrest in New York State.

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    Irish Flag Flying in Scranton

    SCRANTON — A pre-parade tradition took place Friday in downtown Scranton. The Irish flag was raised on Courthouse Square. Irish step dancers entertained the small crowd that gathered outside the Lackawanna County Courthouse. Then, bagpipes played as county commissioners and the Irish Cultural Society raised the Irish flag. This is traditionally done the weekend before the st. Patrick’s Parade in Scranton.

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    Prison Term for Bank Robber

    TOWANDA — A bank robber was sentenced Friday morning in Bradford County. Zachary Etka, 23, of Richmond, Virginia was sentenced up to five years in prison. Etka and another man admitted to using a handgun to rob Citizens and Northern Bank on Main Street in East Smithfield Township, near Ulster, last May. Etka is locked up in Bradford County.

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    Landfill Comment Period Extended

    DUNMORE — People who want to speak out for or against a controversial landfill expansion in Lackawanna County now have more time to do so. Keystone Sanitary Landfill says it is running out of space for garbage and wants to expand. The DEP has extended the public comment period to April 6. Many in the area of the landfill in Dunmore and Throop worry their property values will be hurt by an expansion.

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    Wrecks Slowing Traffic on I-81 in Schuylkill County

    Crash scene on 81 South mostly cleared. One state trooper left at MM 127. Right lane closed in that area. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/67QyKlaMDg — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) March 5, 2015 SCHUYLKILL COUNTY — Traffic on parts of Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County is backed up after several crashes. 81 SB at a standstill. PSP says a tractor trailer crash at mm 127 is causing the backup. We're at mm 131. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/Z01WZyzdwO — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) March 5, 2015 […]

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    Case Against Driver Accused in Chase Bound for Trial

    TUNKHANNOCK — The driver accused of chasing a man who crashed his SUV and later died was in court on Wednesday. Lucas Davidson of Meshoppen had a preliminary hearing in Wyoming County. He was charged last month with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and lying to police. Investigators say Davidson chased Stephen Sudosky of Shickshinny from Wyoming County to Luzerne County in December because he claimed Sudosky was baiting deer. The case against Davidson was sent to court for possible trial.

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