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Allen Vickers


Scranton, PA, United States

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Past articles by Allen:

Suspect in Tamaqua Salvation Army Theft Hit with Arson Charge

TAMAQUA, Pa. -- A woman in Schuylkill County, already accused of stealing from the Salvation Army, now faces a new charge. Investigators believe the former leader of the place set fire to a room inside the building earlier this year. → Read More

Years After Flooding, Wyoming County Houses to be Torn Down

WYOMING COUNTY, Pa. -- Overgrown grass covers most of these vacant houses on Church Street in Meshoppen. The historic flooding of 2011 pushed people out of those houses in Wyoming County. → Read More

Attempt to Preserve History in Berwick

BERWICK, Pa. -- The future of three buildings in Berwick is in limbo. The borough's historical society is waiting for an official historical designation for the three buildings. Without that designation, changes would have to be made. → Read More

Once A Horse Barn, Now A School

SCRANTON, Pa. -- With one snip, the Carriage Barn Academy officially opened on Wednesday. Scranton’s mayor, along with teachers and pre-school students, were on hand for the first day of school. Christine Fryer says to make sure the school was ready for the first day of classes took two years. → Read More

Trains and Italian Food Combine for a Big Weekend in Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. -- It is an action-packed weekend for train enthusiasts and Italian food lovers in downtown Scranton. Railfest and La Festa Italiana have everything you need for the Labor Day Weekend. Sausages are on the grill and wood-fired ovens are ready to cook up some Italian dishes on Courthouse Square in Scranton for La Festa Italiana. → Read More

Natural Gas Plant Coming to Bradford County

WYALUSING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Construction of an $800 million natural gas plant is now underway near Wyalusing. People are expecting the new facility will bring jobs and business to Bradford County. Heavy machinery smoothed over the land at the future natural gas plant right along busy Route 6 near Wyalusing. → Read More

Electric City Classic Takes Off

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The first-ever Electric City Classic has cyclists going as fast as they can right through downtown Scranton. Cowbells rang and pictures snapped as cyclists made their way out of the starting line on Wyoming Avenue. Cyclists from around the country came to Scranton to test out their skills for the first race of the Electric City Classic in Scranton. → Read More

Family Describes Bear’s Theft of Chewy Delivery

THORNHURST TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- In the fairy tale, Goldilocks upset the three bears by eating their porridge. In Lackawanna County, a hungry bear got a bit of revenge by swiping a box full of dog food right off of a homeowner's porch. → Read More

New Police Presence in Scranton City Hall

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Some members of the Scranton Police Department have a new home inside City Hall. This comes after incidents that made employees feel unsafe. City officials say this move is about public safety and believe police officers will be able to protect and serve employees of City Hall at a moment's notice. → Read More

Staying Cool at the West End Fair

CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Even before they got into the West End Fair in Monroe County, fairgoers felt the heat. Mid-August temperatures hit the 90s, making it hard for wood sculptor Dennis Beach to stay cool. “I bought $700 worth of fans to put in that truck. → Read More

Fans Flock to Pocono for ABC Supply 500 IndyCar Race

TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Open-wheel racers took to the Tricky Triangle Sunday afternoon for what may be the last IndyCar race at Pocono. Some say this race, the ABC Supply 500, is the most unique event at the track. → Read More

Former Teacher Charged with Rape; Now on the Run

CLINTON COUNTY, Pa. -- Authorities in Clinton County are looking for a former teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. Police are looking for Cole Black. The former Keystone Central School District middle and high school teacher is charged with rape and sexual assault. → Read More

Anger Over Resignation of Swim Coach

GREATER SCRANTON, Pa. -- Hey, hey, ho, ho Coach Beth should not go. Balloons, a petition, and signs of support, all for Beth Cholish. Families gathered outside the greater Scranton YMCA, protesting the former swimming coach’s resignation. “It just feels like Coach Beth was treated so unfairly that she could not even exist so she had to resign,” John Swarts of Greenfield Township said. → Read More

Grand Re-opening for Food Market in Montrose

MONTROSE, Pa. -- For a short time this year, people in Montrose feared their only mom and pop grocery store would close. Then a buyer stepped up, and that supermarket held its grand re-opening on Saturday. → Read More

Scranton School District Superintendent Leaving

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The Scranton School District will be under new leadership after the superintendent agreed to resign. This comes almost one year before her contract was supposed to end. Scranton School Board members say this was a mutual agreement to part ways with the superintendent. Alexis Kirijan and the Scranton School Board have reached a tentative buyout proposal. → Read More

Two Charged in Deadly Shootout at ‘Castle’ in Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Two men involved in a gunfight outside a club in Scranton have been charged in Lackawanna County. James Montalvo-Gaston, 20, of Scranton, and Joseff Baskerville, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, were charged Thursday in connection with the shooting outside the Castle after-hours club on Main Avenue in Scranton back in May. → Read More

Vandals Damage Cemetery in Dallas

DALLAS, Pa. -- Vandals have wrecked a cemetery tucked in Luzerne County's Back Mountain. Over the years, they knocked over headstones and destroyed a mausoleum, even opening up caskets. Greg Cobleigh took over the Woodlawn Cemetery back in 2016 and made a promise to take care of it. Vandals have made keeping that promise difficult and left him with thousands of dollars of repairs. → Read More

Army Vet Celebrates 100 Years of Life

SCRANTON, Pa. -- What better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than with polka music, cake, and family. Wearing a blue World War II veteran hat, Morris Kashuba clapped along with his family inside the Gino Merli Center in Scranton “Very, very excellent I call that very good a family get together. It brings peace,” said Kashuba. → Read More

X Marks the Spot: Gender-Neutral Driver’s License

DUNMORE, Pa. -- Gender-neutral drivers licenses will soon be available in the Keystone State. Right now, driver's licenses have a spot marked M for male or F for female for a driver's gender. Soon a third option will be available: an X, for those who don't want to identify themselves. → Read More

Restaurant Razed in Forest City

FOREST CITY, Pa. -- A longtime restaurant was taken down Wednesday in Susquehanna County. Folks in Forest City stopped by as they remembered the old place one last time. What took a crew to build was taken down by a single excavator. Despite heavy rains in Forest City, the machine took down the Parkway Bar and Restaurant piece by piece. → Read More