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    Fire Damages Vacant House

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Fire damaged a vacant house in Schuylkill County Saturday morning. The fire broke out just before 4 a.m. at a house on Broad Street in Butler Township, near Ashland. Crews spent more than two hours fighting the fire. Investigators say an electrical problem sparked the fire in Schuylkill County.

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    Troopers: Boy Shot and Killed by Uncle

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP — An 10-year-old boy died after being shot in the head by his uncle, according to state police in Pike County. Chad Olm, 34, was arrested and locked up on a charge of homicide. According to state police, the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Wild Acres development near Dingmans Ferry. Hunter Pedersen was at a family gathering that included Olm, who was his uncle, as well as Olm’s own son. Prosecutors say Olm […]

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    UPDATE: Gunshot Victim Dies

    FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP — A man shot by a teenager during an apparent domestic dispute in Luzerne County has died. The coroner confirms that David Wheeler, 32, died several days after being shot in the abdomen. The Luzerne County coroner says autopsy shows that David Wheeler died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the death has been ruled a homicide. The shooting happened Monday night at a home on Mossville Road in Fairmount Township. State police say a 16-year-old […]

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    “Non-specific” Bomb Threat Reported at Penn State

    UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State reported Saturday evening that someone made “unspecified, non-specific bomb threats” in a series of calls to Penn State University Park police. University Park is Penn State’s main campus, located in State College in Centre County. According to a news release from Penn State, the caller claimed there were explosive devices in every building on campus. The caller also claimed there was a suicide bomber at 9th Avenue and 7th Street, but the news release says […]

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    UPDATE: Body Found in Plymouth Township

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — A body was discovered Tuesday evening in Plymouth Township in Luzerne County. State police were called to Canal Park shortly after 6 p.m. Emergency dispatchers confirmed a body had been found. Authorities left the scene around 8 p.m. The coroner said the death of the 58-year-old man from West Nanticoke is not considered suspicious and has ruled the death a suicide.


    Trash Fire Spreads to Cornfield

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A homeowner burning trash in her backyard on Monday blamed the wind for blowing burning debris into a cornfield in Luzerne County and setting it on fire. Crews from several fire departments in the Conyngham area were called to Roth Road in Butler Township around 1:45 Monday afternoon. They used brush trucks to put out the fire and keep it from spreading beyond the cornfield.

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    PA Voter ID Law Struck Down

    HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court judge on Friday put a permanent hold on Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID Law. The law, passed in March 2012, required voters to show some form of photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Voters who did not have a photo ID were entitled to obtain one issued by the state. That process involved going to one of PennDOT’s photo license centers. Appeals kept the law from fully taking effect, although voters have been asked, but […]

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    Adult World Robbed in Luzerne County

    LARKSVILLE — A man with a gun robbed Adult World in Larksville Friday night. Police in Luzerne County say the robber walked into the store on Route 11 just before 8 p.m. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash. According to police, the robber then left the store and went to a nearby car wash, where he got into a red SUV and drove off in the direction of Edwardsville. Police describe the robber as a white […]

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    Police: Wrong-way Driver in Deadly Crash was Intoxicated

    WARREN COUNTY, NJ — State police in New Jersey blame an intoxicated, wrong-way driver for a crash Friday that left a man from Monroe County dead. The crash happened around 3:00 a.m. Friday on westbound Interstate 80 in Warren County, New Jersey. The wreck happened in Hardwick Township, which is across the Delaware River from Delaware Water Gap. According to New Jersey State Police, a car driven by Amanda Rivera, 23, of Henryville in Monroe County was going the wrong […]

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    Homeowner Fires Shot at Robbers

    BERWICK — A homeowner in Berwick fired a shotgun to chase away two robbers on Christmas Eve, police in Columbia County reported. Berwick police say they arrested James Hopper on robbery charges following the incident on North Mulberry Street. A warrant is out for the arrest of a second suspect, Jason Adamo. According to police, Hopper and Adamo went to the home, assaulted three people inside, forced them to strip down to their underwear, and stole their money and cell […]

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    Shamokin Furloughs Two Full-time Officers

    SHAMOKIN — Shamokin’s police department will lose two full-time officers and two part-time meter officers under a spending plan approved Monday night. The cuts are less severe than anticipated. On Sunday, Shamokin’s mayor said four full-time officers were in line to be laid off. The 2014 budget okayed by city council also furloughs one employee of the streets department and changes a secretary in the codes office from full-time to part-time. Shamokin police chief Ed Griffiths says the furloughs leave […]


    Thanksgiving Meals Distributed in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE — Volunteers in Wilkes-Barre cooked up 435 Thanksgiving dinners for the homebound and disabled on Thursday. This is the 34th year that the Commission on Economic Opportunity has provided Thanksgiving meals to shut-ins from all over Luzerne County. Nearly 50 volunteers gathered at the First Presbyterian Church on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre to cook the food and prepare the meals for delivery. Michael Greer of Kingston was one of those volunteers. “There’s a lot of people in need […]