Authorities: County worker was accessing child porn
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a county worker in Pennsylvania used county-issued equipment to access child pornography.
The Lackawanna County district attorney's office says Theodore...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats are claiming victory in special elections to fill two vacant Pennsylvania state House seats.
Movita Johnson-Harrell claimed victory Tuesday night in the...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Voters in two Pennsylvania House districts will select lawmakers to fill unexpired terms.
The special elections being held Tuesday are for seats occupied most recently...
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has banned dispensaries from participating in one of the state's largest cannabis festivals.
Man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in river death
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of hurling a woman to her death in a northeastern Pennsylvania river two years ago has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Group faces daunting task of preserving Civil War books
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In the basement of City Hall, leather-bound volumes kept behind glass contain source records, after-action reports and regimental histories of the Civil War, from the first...
Man takes stand to deny flipping woman to her death in river
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of hurling a woman to her death in a northeastern Pennsylvania river two years ago took the stand to deny that he was responsible and accuse police of lying...
Parents charged with death of toddler girl who overheated
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple has been charged in the death of their 20-month-old daughter, who died when an improperly used portable air conditioner overheated a small room she was...
Former prison guard gets probation for sex with inmate
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former guard at a Pennsylvania prison has been sentenced to nine months of probation for having sex with an inmate while she was out on work release nearly a decade...
Defense denies man hurled woman to death in river
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney is denying that his client hurled a woman to her death in a northeastern Pennsylvania river two years ago.
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Authorities: 2 women sitting in car shot, wounded
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say two women sitting in a car were shot and wounded in northeastern Pennsylvania.
But it's not yet known what sparked the shooting in Wilkes-Barre, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities say the victims — identified only as two Scranton residents ages 19 and 20 — were found in a car that was stopped in the roadway near a gas station. Both had been shot in the back.
Jury clears former prison guard of sexually abusing inmate
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania jury cleared a former prison guard on Thursday of sexually abusing a female inmate.
George McHale, 51, was among seven former guards at Lackawanna County Prison to be charged after a grand jury found what it described as a culture of sexual coercion and cover-up at the jail in Scranton. He was the first to go to trial.
Guard takes stand, denies sexually abusing inmate
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former prison guard has taken the stand in own defense and denied sexually abusing a female inmate at a Pennsylvania lockup.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports that George McHale testified Wednesday that he never met his accuser. McHale said "absolutely not" when his lawyer asked if he'd ever forced the woman to fondle him.
Former inmate says ex-guard forced her to perform sex act
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A woman testified Tuesday that a prison guard known as "Pretty Boy George" coerced her into performing a sex act on him while he stood outside her cell at a scandal-ridden Pennsylvania prison nearly a decade ago.
Former-guard accused of abusing female inmate goes on trial
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A trial gets underway this week for the first of seven former prison guards accused of sexually abusing female inmates at a Pennsylvania county prison.
Wildest dreams: Scranton kid becomes governor of Alaska
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Alaska hooked Mike Dunleavy early in life.
The nation's largest state by geography and its mostly untamed wilderness sat a whole country away from the North Scranton neighborhood where Dunleavy grew up, and deeply embedded itself in his mind as he grew to 6 feet 7 inches tall.
Ex-Scranton schools official charged with corruption
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say the former business manager of the Scranton School District had taxpayers pay for work on his personal vehicles.
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office said Friday that 58-year-old Gregg Sunday of Scranton approved the payment of more than $8,000 in taxpayer money for work done on his personal vehicles. Prosecutors say the district's former fleet manager did the work, then billed the district. He was charged last year.
Peoples Financial Services: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) _ Peoples Financial Services Corp. (PFIS) on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6.4 million.
The Scranton, Pennsylvania-based bank said it had earnings of 86 cents per share.
The holding company for Peoples Security Bank and Trust posted revenue of $25.7 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $21.7 million, beating Street forecasts.
Firing public workers often means long battle, big bill
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Cursing the boss, sleeping on the job or using a work computer to view pornography would get most private-sector employees fired on the spot.
If they work for the government, it's another story.
After FBI raid, Scranton mayor denies wrongdoing
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mayor whose house was raided by the FBI last week says through his lawyer that he believes the investigation has to do with campaign finance.
Paul Walker, a lawyer for Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright, says the Democrat "vehemently denies wrongdoing" and believes the FBI probe will exonerate him.
The FBI searched Courtright's home and City Hall office last week. He has not been charged with a crime.
Program offers support for moms struggling with opioids
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A collaborative new program caters to moms and moms-to-be struggling with opioids in Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties, where the rate of hospitalized infants born dependent on drugs in fiscal 2016 and 2017 was about twice the state average.
FBI raids Scranton City Hall, mayor’s house; reason unknown
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The FBI raided Scranton City Hall and the mayor's home this week.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton says FBI agents executed the raid on Wednesday in what spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski says was "court-authorized activity." It's not clear why the agents were there. Adamowski declined to further comment.
WNEP reports that FBI agents removed two boxes from the city's licensing, inspections and permits department.
Special elections scheduled to fill 2 state House vacancies
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will fill two vacancies in the state House in special elections scheduled for March 12.
House Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday announced the date of the contests for districts in the Scranton area and in Philadelphia.
Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich of Lackawanna County died in office in October, and Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned last month after being sentenced on a bribery conviction.
Climate change affecting northeastern Pennsylvania
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The second-warmest year on record in Northeast Pennsylvania would have passed with little fanfare in 2016 but for one scorching anomaly. Between late May and early September that year, the high temperature hit at least 90 degrees on 22 days, more than triple the area's annual average of 6.3 such days. It included an unusually rare stretch in late July when the high topped 90 on nine straight days, the first time that had happened since 1953. Just months later, on March 14-15, 2017, a blizzard pummeled the region with 23.6 inches of snow, the most ever from a single winter storm.
Shopping center evacuated after man found with knives
DICKSON CITY, Pa. (AP) — Fears that a Pennsylvania man possessed an explosive prompted the closure of a major shopping center.
Police in Dickson City, outside Scranton, responded on Sunday after employees at a Target told them the man had been wandering around the store over the last three days.
Police found 52-year-old Troy Simon of Dunmore had two folding knives in his pockets and two knives in his backpack.
Pitch perfect: Piano tuner finds keys to success
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — He didn't play piano, but 15-year-old Joey Aikens had an ear for perfect pitch. When a family friend gave him a small console piano, he could hear it was out of tune.
A hands-on kid who took his electronic toys apart, diagrammed them and put them back together for fun, Aikens went into his dad's toolbox. He found a hex fitting and locking pliers, which he used as a makeshift tuning lever.
High school English teacher wins Pennsylvania’s state award
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — A high school teacher from the Scranton area is Pennsylvania's 2019 teacher of the year.
Abington Heights High School teacher Marilyn Pryle was given the honor Monday by state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera at a professional development conference in Hershey.
Pryle teaches English literature and is the author of seven books for teachers, including "50 Writing Activities for Meeting Higher Standards." She beat out 11 other finalists.
3 dead in house fire including toddler, pregnant woman
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say three people, including a toddler, were killed after fire ripped through a triple-unit house in northeastern Pennsylvania
The blaze was reported early Monday at a house in Hanover Township, outside of Wilkes-Barre. The Luzerne County coroner tells WBRE News in Scranton that a husband and his pregnant wife were also killed.
Couple charged in burglary spree that netted nearly $1M
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple have been charged in a burglary spree that prosecutors say netted them nearly $1 million in cash and property.
Prosecutors say Francis Smith and Dorri Smith ransacked 26 homes and a business in four counties between November 2016 and September 2017. Prosecutors say their haul was more than $100,000 in cash and more than $800,000 in property, including expensive watches, oil paintings, rugs, jewelry and firearms.
Times-Shamrock media company to get non-family leader
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — After 123 years under family-run leadership, Times-Shamrock Communications is turning to a non-family member to run the company, which includes four daily newspapers in Pennsylvania.
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane reports to prison
EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane reported early Thursday to a suburban Philadelphia county jail to begin serving a sentence for leaking grand jury material and lying about it.
Kane was smiling broadly as she arrived at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in a pickup truck and was ushered into the jail just before 8 a.m. to begin a 10- to 23-month term for perjury, obstruction and other counts.
Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane reports to prison
EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is behind bars after reporting to a suburban Philadelphia county jail to begin a sentence for leaking grand jury material and lying about it.
Kane showed up at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility just before 8 a.m. Thursday to begin a 10- to 23-month term for perjury, obstruction and other counts.
The Latest: Ex-Pennsylvania AG loses bid to delay jail term
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on former Attorney General Kathleen Kane's request to delay her jail sentence (all times local):
A county judge is rejecting former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's 11th hour request to delay her deadline of Thursday morning to report to jail and begin serving a sentence for perjury.
Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy moved quickly Wednesday, denying Kane's request for a delay shortly after it was filed.
The Latest: Ex-AG Kane must report to jail by Thursday
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's jail sentence (all times local):
A judge says former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane must report to a suburban Philadelphia jail by Thursday morning to start serving a 10- to 23-month perjury sentence.
Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy on Tuesday granted a request by Montgomery County prosecutors and revoked Kane's bail, a day after the state Supreme Court declined to hear her appeal.
Chiropractor faces charges he sexually assaulted woman
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A chiropractor has been charged with sexually abusing a woman at his practice outside Scranton.
John William Stevens was arraigned Monday on charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The alleged incident occurred in March at Stevens' office in South Abington Township.
Prosecutors allege the 51-year-old Stevens forced the woman to perform oral sex during a massage session.
Driver charged in bus crash that killed California woman
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A bus driver faces criminal charges stemming from a crash last month near Scranton that killed a California woman and seriously injured other passengers.
Charles Dixon was driving the bus on Oct. 14 when it veered off Interstate 380 and crashed into trees.
Passenger Rebecca Blanco had texted 911 about Dixon driving erratically. Blanco, of Vacaville, California, was killed and other passengers suffered injuries including a broken neck.