Police: Man robs pharmacy, calls 911 on himself
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a man robbed a pharmacy and then called 911 on himself.
The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reports that authorities...
Mayor: Police officer accused of sexual assaults retires
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a northeastern Pennsylvania police officer has retired following his arrest last month on charges that he sexually assaulted four women while on duty and threatened the women to keep quiet.
Former Pennsylvania caregiver convicted of sexual abuse
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former worker at a Pennsylvania care home has been convicted of sexually abusing a patient.
Prosecutors say 56-year-old Andrew Dula III of Shickshinny molested the 36-year-old woman at a home for people with disabilities. A jury convicted him Thursday on eight counts, including institutional sexual assault.
Dula gave a videotaped confession in which he admitted to sexually assaulting the woman. The confession was played for the jury.
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.
Man gets 35 to 80 years in girlfriend’s slaying
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 35 to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend and beating her elderly mother a year ago in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Marchetti Jr. apologized Tuesday, saying "I can't say sorry enough," as he entered guilty pleas to third-degree murder and attempted homicide.
Police: Drunken man ticketed during ‘Skate with a Cop’ event
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Some Pennsylvania officers participating in a "Skate with a Cop" fundraiser at a roller rink had to take a break from the fun to deal with a drunken man who was falling over and running into other skaters.
The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department says officers asked the 31-year-old to leave, and he became belligerent.
Officers then cited him for public drunkenness, but say he tore up the citation and threw it on the ground.
2 men get life for deadly drive-by shooting of disc jockey
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Two men convicted in the deadly drive-by shooting of a popular disc jockey outside a northeastern Pennsylvania bar have been sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole.
Roberto Battle, a 29-year-old Brooklyn, New York resident who authorities say fired the fatal shots, continued to maintain his innocence during the sentencing Thursday.
Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in grandmother’s slaying
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in the stabbing death of his grandmother last year in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Eighteen-year-old Eric Montanari Jr. entered the plea Monday to count of third-degree murder. Luzerne County prosecutors withdrew counts of aggravated and simple assault.
Pennsylvania officer charged with raping women while on duty
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania police officer has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted four women while on duty and threatened the women to keep quiet.
Wilkes-Barre officer Robert Collins says he plans to fight the charges, telling a judge he passed a lie detector test.
Man charged in office firebombing convicted of assault
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man facing charges that he firebombed a child welfare office during a custody dispute has been convicted of assault in an earlier domestic dispute.
Lawsuit: 2nd officer was attacked by police dog
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A second police officer has been added to a lawsuit against the city of Wilkes-Barre over alleged attacks by a police dog.
The suit claims the two officers were attacked separately by the dog, named Chase, and that the city put the dog and its handler into service before they'd completed required training.
The suit seeks damages on counts including assault, battery and negligence.
Judge to rule on suit over sideline death at football game
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A judge in Pennsylvania is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the widow of a high school football team volunteer who died in 2016 after a player ran into him.
Attorneys for the Valley View School District contend the district is immune from liability under state law. They also argue Anthony Cantafio knew there was a risk of injury.
2 men convicted in 2013 slaying of disc jockey, activist
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of a popular disc jockey in a drive-by shooting outside a northeastern Pennsylvania bar five years ago.
Jurors in Luzerne County deliberated for a little over an hour before convicting 29-year-old Roberto Battle and 37-year-old David Nealy, who now face life in prison without possibility of parole.
Jurors to mull charges against 2 in 2013 activist DJ slaying
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Jurors begin deliberating Monday in the trial of two men charged with killing a popular disc jockey in a drive-by shooting outside a northeastern Pennsylvania bar five years ago.
Roberto Battle, 29, and 37-year-old David Nealy, 37, are accused of opening fire from a car outside Wilkes-Barre's now-closed Outsiders Bar in 2013 after they were kicked out of the bar earlier in the night.
8-month probe leads to arrests, $400K in drugs seized
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An eight-month investigation in Newark has yielded several arrests in what authorities are calling a major drug ring.
Among the drugs seized on Wednesday in several raids were more than 111,000 bags of heroin valued at more than $330,000, plus cocaine and crack cocaine worth more than $75,000.
State police also seized 13 firearms including two AR-15s as well as $151,000 in cash and three vehicles.
Jury selection starts in trial of 2 charged with killing DJ
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection is under way in Wilkes-Barre in the trial of two men charged with killing a popular disc jockey.
Roberto Battle and David Nealy are charged in the 2013 death of Michael Onley, who performed under the name DJ Mo and had rallied against gun violence.
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports about one-third of the 100 potential jurors present were interviewed Monday.
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.
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.
Girl, 14, charged in stabbing death of mother’s ex-boyfriend
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a former boyfriend of her mother.
Authorities say the teenager is also charged with burglary, arson, theft and conspiracy in the September death of Fred Boote Jr. in Wilkes-Barre. Reynaldo Mercado, 31, is charged with criminal homicide, robbery, burglary, arson, criminal conspiracy, theft, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and interfering with the custody of a child.
Orphans get a gravestone, more than 100 years after deaths
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — More than a century after their deaths, a group of orphans buried in a Pennsylvania cemetery are being recognized.
A children's behavioral care facility in Wilkes-Barre (wilks BAYR'-ree) had been collecting donations to get a gravestone for the 19 children buried in the Hollenback Cemetery.
On Thursday, the Children's Service Center hosted a dedication of the gravestone.
In the past, the center was known as the Home for Friendless Children.
Near-misses between trains, cars raise safety questions
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A railroad crossing sign and the blasting horn of an approaching train weren't enough to stop a motorist who narrowly escaped getting hit on East Market Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre one recent morning.
Video of the incident shows the chilling close call as a blue Subaru speeds across the tracks only feet ahead of a moving freight train.
Pence, Eric Trump flying in to help GOP House candidate
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making a campaign stop to help a Republican candidate in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright in northeastern Pennsylvania, an area where President Donald Trump did well in 2016.
Pence's Wednesday visit to help Republican John Chrin includes a rally near the Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport. On Tuesday, Eric Trump, the president's son, is visiting businesses with Chrin to tout his father's tax-cutting law.
Man spared jail time in plea deal in 2012 hit-run death
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been spared jail time after an involuntary manslaughter plea in the death of a pedestrian more than six years ago in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Forty-six-year-old Daniel Loughnane was ordered to serve a month of house arrest as part of a year in the intermediate punishment program following Friday's misdemeanor plea in Luzerne County.
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Black man acquitted of killing white man after race dispute
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A black man has been acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of a white man outside a bar in a case his attorney said stemmed from "ugly racism."
Jurors deliberated for four hours Friday before acquitting Stephen Spencer of homicide, aggravated assault and terroristic threats. He was freed after 453 days in Luzerne County Correctional Center following the July 2017 shooting.
Lost dog at store leads to discovery of owner’s body
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a lost dog found at a convenience store in northeastern Pennsylvania led to the discovery of the body of the owner who had been stabbed in the back.
Wilkes-Barre police said 58-year-old Fred Boote was found dead early Friday after a city police officer went to his home after finding his Golden Retriever at a Turkey Hill store less than a mile away.
Body found floating in Pennsylvania creek
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a person whose body was found floating in a northeastern Pennsylvania creek.
Police and emergency responders in Wilkes-Barre were called to Mill Creek in the city's Miners Mills neighborhood just before 5 p.m. Friday.
Officials said the body was recovered about an hour later amid rainy and muddy conditions in the steep terrain.
In a single Pennsylvania parish, 5 priests accused of abuse
SHAVERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A lacerating grand jury report on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania is especially difficult reading for a church where five of the accused priests served as pastor.
3 high schools to be consolidated in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — School officials have decided to consolidate three high schools into one in a northeastern Pennsylvania community.
The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board was scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a long-running plan to consolidate Coughlin and Meyers high schools.
But in a surprise move, the board voted 6-3 to include GAR Memorial in the plan.
Couple sentenced to prison in fatal rooming house fire
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man and woman have been sentenced to prison in a fatal northeastern Pennsylvania rooming house fire.
Sixty-six-year-old Thomas McQueen and 54-year-old Alice Reimiller both pleaded guilty last week to third-degree murder.
They had been scheduled for trial Monday on second-degree murder charges in the March 2016 fire in Hazleton that killed 58-year-old Gordon Wanser.
Trump renews attacks on ‘fake, fake disgusting news’
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is renewing his campaign against the media, claiming at a Pennsylvania rally that the media is the "fake, fake disgusting news" and casting journalists as his true political opponent.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Thundering that the media is the "fake, fake disgusting news," President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of grievances Thursday at a Pennsylvania campaign rally in which he cast journalists as his true political opponent.
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President Donald Trump says he remains "a little bit torn" about whether it would be better to shut down the government before or after the midterm elections in an effort to secure funding for his long-promised border wall.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison in the shooting death of a New York man at a crime-ridden apartment complex for low-income residents in northeastern Pennsylvania.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Christian Legath of Foster Twp. sprinted from his lifeguard stand to aid the Kingston woman gored in the chest by the tip of beach umbrella.
Even in that traumatic moment, they shared a laugh over their Luzerne County ties.
After summoning medics and grabbing hold of the umbrella pole to prevent it from moving, his role was to keep her calm and obtain information, like where she lived.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a Make America Great Again rally in Wilkes-Barre next week and urge voters to support Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.
The Republican president is to discuss the economy, including jobs for Pennsylvanians, and his efforts to protect American manufacturing jobs. The rally is at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman severely injured when a wind-blown beach umbrella gored her in the upper chest while she was on vacation in Maryland is thanking those who came to her aid and provided medical treatment.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge says a former police chief was not smart enough to pull off computer fraud.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in the murder of a man whose decomposing body was found in the basement of a vacant northeastern Pennsylvania home.
The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reports that 33-year-old Sean Robert Talmadge told a Luzerne County judge on Monday that a combination of booze and synthetic marijuana prompted the violent attack.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree), Pennsylvania, is asking the state to consider the city for financial assistance under a program for distressed communities.
Mayor Tony George tells The Citizens Voice he signed the paperwork Friday as the city faced a projected $3.5 million deficit next year.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An architect of Britain's vote to leave the European Union is coming to Pennsylvania to raise money for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta.
Barletta's campaign said Thursday that Nigel Farage is a friend of one of the hosts and has never met Barletta. The men have at least one thing in common: they are staunch allies of President Donald Trump.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also is expected to speak at the July 20 event at a private residence near Wilkes-Barre.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject heroin and other drugs have been seeking the relative privacy of the stalls to shoot up.
The blue lights are meant to discourage people from using drugs in store bathrooms by making it more difficult for them to see their veins. It's an idea that's been around for years but is getting a fresh look as a result of the nation's opioid epidemic.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Sure, there was the bear cub that seemed to disappear into thin air, the snail they named Gary and the snake named Rizzo. There was the evening movie about peoples native to the river, the obligatory (and tasty) campfire s'mores and the realization most people make the first time they actually paddle the Susquehanna: It's a lot cleaner than you thought.
National Weather Service Confirms PA Tornado
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — National Weather Service officials confirmed Thursday that two tornadoes touched down late Wednesday in northeast Pennsylvania, causing severe damage to a major commercial district and destroying homes.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton, New York, sent teams Thursday to two counties in Pennsylvania to determine if tornadoes were part of a severe weather system that also destroyed box stores, smashed cars and left at least six people injured.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in northeast Pennsylvania (all times local):
The National Weather Service says two tornadoes that touched down in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night were classified as EF2, meaning they had estimated top wind speeds of 111-135 mph.
Two teams of investigators went to Bradford County and to Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to determine whether damage from storms was caused by tornadoes.
Both teams reported damage consistent with EF2 tornadoes.