Patrick Kernan, Times Leader

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Scranton, PA, United States

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Man accused of killing wife enters not guilty plea WILKES-BARRE — A Plymouth man accused of bludgeoning his wife to death entered a not guilty plea in his first appearance in county court. Daniel Barrett, 40, appeared before Luzerne County President Judge Michael T. Vough on Wednesday for a dispositional hearing. Barrett is facing an open count of criminal homicide after police say he killed his… → Read More

League of Women Voters holds forum on Luzerne County judge race

Four of the five people running for two open seats in the Luzerne County judiciary participated in a virtual forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of the… → Read More

Newport Twp. firefighters commended for bravery at deadly fire

NEWPORT TWP. — Three Newport Township firefighters were commended on Monday evening for their attempts to save a girl from a Glen Lyon house fire in March. → Read More

LIFE Geisinger to open new location in South Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Regional medical provider Geisinger is preparing to open a new facility that aims to help older Luzerne County residents continue to live… → Read More

Fine Arts Fiesta looking for donors

WILKES-BARRE —The organizers of the Fine Arts Fiesta, who recently announced a significantly scaled-back version of the event, are looking for donations to help get the event off the ground. → Read More

Celebrating cannabis: NEPA dispensary prepares ahead of 4/20

HAZLETON — The general manager for a Hazleton dispensary said that, at his store, the 4/20 “holiday” is about celebrating the medicinal effects of cannabis. → Read More

New outdoor concert series announced at Karl Hall

WILKES-BARRE — Concerts are coming back at a downtown Wilkes-Barre venue in a way that the venue’s owner says will be both fun and safe. → Read More

Man pleads guilty in mobile home scam case

WILKES-BARRE — Accused of bilking another man out of more than $15,000 over the sale of a mobile home, an Exeter man pleaded guilty to some of the charges against him last week. → Read More

Mountain Top woman wins prestigious award from Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. — A Mountain Top woman who is a senior at Princeton University received the highest honor the university confers upon undergraduates. → Read More

Second man sentenced to prison in 2019 Wilkes-Barre drive-by

WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston man who had been found guilty for being the driver in a 2019 drive-by shooting in Wilkes-Barre was sentenced on Wednesday to spend up to 11 years behind bars. → Read More

Hazleton man who fled from police with snake pleads guilty

WILKES-BARRE — A Hazleton man who was arrested last summer after allegedly leading officers on a foot chase with a snake in hand has pleaded guilty to some of the charges against him. → Read More

Swoyersville woman charged in connection with Capitol insurrection

SWOYERSVILLE — A Luzerne County woman has been hit with a number of charges after a newly unsealed FBI affidavit says she was among those who illegally entered the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. → Read More

Attempt to stay lawsuit in fatal hit-and-run denied

WILKES-BARRE — A motion to stay a wrongful death lawsuit against a man accused of fleeing after fatally striking a construction worker on I-81 was denied last… → Read More

Berks County man pleads guilty on child sex charges from Kingston sting

WILKES-BARRE — A Berks County man entered a guilty plea on charges filed after officers say he had a sexually explicit conversation with someone he thought was… → Read More

TL publisher finishes out vaccine program, encourages public to get the shot

WILKES-BARRE — Two days after receiving his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Times Leader Media Group Publisher Mike Murray said he’s feeling great. → Read More

Man hospitalized after midday shooting in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A man has been hospitalized after a midday shooting off Moyallen Street in Wilkes-Barre. → Read More

Plymouth councilman unsuccessfully attempts to launch vote on nuisance bar petition

PLYMOUTH — A borough councilman on Tuesday attempted to have council intervene in the reopening of a nuisance bar that has been the site of several homicides in past years. → Read More

William O’Boyle Sr. honored by Plymouth for induction into Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame

PLYMOUTH — In the borough of Plymouth, Tuesday was officially William O’Boyle Sr. Day. → Read More

Fine Arts Fiesta to return in May, with some limitations

WILKES-BARRE — After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Fine Arts Fiesta will be back in 2021, according to an announcement made Thursday evening. → Read More

Man who raped sisters to spend decade in prison

WILKES-BARRE — A Shavertown man who admitted he raped two sisters over the course of several years was sentenced on Tuesday to spend at least a decade behind bars. → Read More