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  • Cafe Rinaldi Back in Business

    OLD FORGE — Cafe Rinaldi in Old Forge is back open after a vehicle smashed into it earlier in the week. It reopened Thursday afternoon. Owners said they are happy to have the place up and running before the weekend. On Tuesday, a box truck slammed into two parked cars before plowing into the popular Italian restaurant while customers were inside. The truck driver, John Elliot, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in Lackawanna County.

  • Husband Accused of Severely Beating Wife

    NANTICOKE — A husband is accused of leaving his wife in critical condition after beating her at their home in Nanticoke. Police said, on Sunday night, Charles Davis was mad at his wife, Charity, for returning home from work later than expected. Charity told police her husband choked her, threw her on the ground and repeatedly kicked her. Charles then left the home. Charity was eventually able to get to a phone and call her sister. She is still in […]

  • Man Facing a Slew of Charges After Shooting

    SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP — State police in Northumberland County charged a man on Monday for allegedly shooting and wounding a woman. Troopers believe Rafael Diroche shot Salicia Yost in the head near Shamokin back in February. Yost survived. According to court records, a dispute about drug money led to the shooting. Diroche is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted aggravated assault and corrupt organizations. He is locked up in the Northumberland County prison.

  • Surveillance Photo of Robber Leads to Arrest

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — A surveillance photo of a robber in Luzerne County has led to an arrest. Hanover Township Police said they arrested Wayne Shoemaker of Plymouth after tips from people who saw the picture. Police believe Shoemaker tried to rob a Sunoco Gas Station on the Sans Souci Parkway near Nanticoke on Sunday. The clerk refused to hand over money, and the suspect left. About 15 minutes later, officers said the same man grabbed the cash register at Penn […]

  • Guilty Plea in Homicide Case

    WILKES-BARRE — A businessman in Luzerne County pleaded guilty Monday to third degree murder. Prosecutors said in September of last year, Vito Aiello shot his wife then turned the gun on himself at their home in Wilkes-Barre. He survived, the woman died at the hospital. As part of the plea deal, Aiello was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

  • PSP Blooming Grove to Reopen

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — The state police barracks in Pike County that was the scene of a deadly ambush in September is scheduled to reopen to the public this week. PSP Blooming Grove is set to open again Wednesday morning. Eric Frein is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing one and injuring another, on the night of September 12th. The barracks has been off-limits to the public since then. Frein went on the run and was found by authorities […]

  • Driver Killed in Crash at Indy Kart Race

    WILLIAMSPORT — A driver was killed Saturday in a crash during an Indy kart race in Williamsport. The coroner said James Wither III, 52, of Duboistown died after smashing into a pole at The Susquehanna 500 Mini Indy Kart Series race at Brandon Park. The series benefits the North Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

  • Another Armed Robbery at Store in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A market in Hazleton was robbed twice in a little more than a month. Police said just after 9 p.m. Saturday a man with a gun demanded money from an employee at C & P Store on East Chestnut Street. The crook took off with an unknown amount of cash. No one was hurt. On August ninth the store was held up by a man wearing a Spiderman mask.

  • PSP Lifts “Shelter in Place” Order

    State police have lifted the “shelter in place” order in Barrett and Price Townships. However, they are still recommending that people in that area in Monroe County use extreme caution. Authorities said they are very concerned for the safety of the community, and people in the affected area should stay in their homes and not go into the woods where law enforcement is searching. An emergency shelter was set up Friday night at the Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company as […]

  • Day of History and Culture

    PITTSTON — It was a day of history and culture in Luzerne County Saturday. The Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition held their annual Riverfest at the River Front Park along the Susquehanna. There were historical demonstrations like wool spinning, arts and crafts for the kids, and Native American artifacts. This is the sixth year for the event.

  • Update: Woman Found Dead in Home, Not Suspicious

    UPDATE — Police said on Monday the woman’s death is not suspicious. WATSONTOWN — A body was found in a home in Northumberland County. Officers said they were called to the house on Grandview Drive in Watsontown on Thursday where a woman was found dead. Authorities are trying to figure out how she died.

  • Fire Rips Through Mobile Home

    HUGHESTOWN — A homeowner is looking for a new place to stay after a fire in Luzerne County. The mobile home on the corner of Chestnut and Drake Streets in Hughestown started burning just after 1 a.m. Friday. The place is badly damaged. Crews said the man inside was alerted by a smoke alarm and made it out ok. Firefighters are looking for what sparked the fire but don’t think it’s suspicious.