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  • In wake of Hawaii, local man recalls false alert from days as young soldierIn wake of Hawaii, local man recalls false alert from days as young soldier

    SHAVERTOWN — In the wake of a recent false alarm in Hawaii about a pending missile attack, a Shavertown man recalled a similar Cold War incident that also triggered panic and had a far-reaching impact. Fred Walters, former director of the Institute for Public Affairs at Luzerne County Community College, explained the 1960s slip-up as Japan mistakenly broadcast another false missile alert Tuesday. Walters wasn’t much more than a teenager in 1966 when he got an up-close look at the world of spying. Already a veteran of overseas service, he was assigned to a small signals intelligence post outside Washington, D.C. “Our work at Vint Hill Farms Station, a part of the Army Security Agency, was largely mundane,” recalled Walters. “But the material in the messages we encoded and electronically transmitted was not. The originators and recipients of the messages we transmitted included the White House, the Department of Defense, embassies around the world, other ASA field stations and so forth.” Walters said Vint Hill was a large barn that was turned into a code deciphering and encryption center. It was crucial in the effort to compose, encrypt and transmit messages around the world, mostly on military matters. “One day, a few of my colleagues — we were all corporals, sergeants and one lieutenant — were notified that the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, now a major player in the war on terrorism, wanted to borrow the services of folks with our job description,” Walters said. A sergeant later warned them they wouldn’t be the most popular guys at the NSA when they visited the next week. The reason for that dated back a few years. This is how Walter recalls it being told to him: “… Our unit (Vint Hill) circulated a test message throughout the facility to check all the systems. It was supposed to be a standard test format, ‘Test, test, test. This is a test.’ — something like that.” But some “miscreant” decided to have a little fun, which was a particularly bad idea considering memories of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis were still fresh. The supposed test message stated American aircraft were launching raids across Cuba. To make matters worse, instead of the message circulating through the Vint Hill system only, it found its way all over D.C., including the NSA. ‘A world revealed’ To his surprise — and vast relief — Walters said his group was still welcomed with, if not open arms, great civility. He said they were given the grand tour, and he saw “a super-sophisticated communications center that monitored events in the greatest cities and the darkest corners of the Earth.” On their introductory tour of the NSA inner sanctum, Walters and his group noticed teleprinters spewing forth Top Secret messages from the Oval Office, the Pentagon, the CIA, and many other power players. “It was a world revealed,” Walters said. But his days there came to an abrupt end. “We had been sent up to the super-spy agency by mistake, and shortly thereafter we returned to the Farm,” Walters recalled. “One more example of the power, as well as the impotence, of communications in international, national and personal lives.” Walters noted the mistake from the 1960s and the recent one in Hawaii starkly illustrates, once again, the weaknesses of our communications system. “And of our human nature,” he said. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Fred Walters when he was a young soldier in the 1960s. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_Fred-Walters.CMYK_.jpgFred Walters when he was a young soldier in the 1960s. By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@timesleader.com Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle. The post In wake of Hawaii, local man recalls false alert from days as young soldier appeared first on Times Leader.

    Times Leader / 42 min. ago more
  • Driver Sentenced for Deadly CrashDriver Sentenced for Deadly Crash

    ORWELL TOWNSHIP -- A driver was sentenced to prison for a deadly crash in Bradford County. Tyler Freeman of Aliquippa must serve at least a year in prison. A judge sentenced him Monday for homicide by vehicle. Freeman pleaded guilty in November. His pickup hit a motorcycle head-on back in May 2017 near Rome. Two people on the bike were killed.

    WNEP / 1 h. 33 min. ago more
  • Man Admits to Taking Ecstasy before Deadly CrashMan Admits to Taking Ecstasy before Deadly Crash

    TOWANDA -- A man admitted causing a head-on crash that killed three people, including his young son, in Bradford County. Phillip Frisbie, 40, of Towanda pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while DUI. He admitted to taking ecstasy before the crash. Investigators say Frisbie's car crossed into the oncoming lane and slammed into another car in July 2016. The driver of the other car, Sarah Heasley, 31, and her husband, Clifton Heasley Jr., 31, were killed. Their child was survived the crash. Frisbie's 7-year-old son Logan also died in the crash.

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  • Former Girls Volleyball Coach Sentenced for Sexting Teen PlayerFormer Girls Volleyball Coach Sentenced for Sexting Teen Player

    EXETER -- A former high school girls volleyball coach who police say "sexted" one of his teenage players is going to jail. Nicholas Diaco used to coach the girls team at Wyoming Area High School. He was not a teacher in the district. Diaco was accused of sending explicit sexual text messages to a 16-year-old player. On Tuesday, Diaco was sentenced to three to 23 months in the Luzerne County jail. He must also register under Megan's Law. Diaco pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption of minors and indecent assault back in November.

    WNEP / 1 h. 37 min. ago more
  • Former ESU Football Player Sentenced for AssaultFormer ESU Football Player Sentenced for Assault

    EAST STROUDSBURG -- A judge in Monroe County sentenced a former East Stroudsburg University football player. Marquis Brownlee must serve one to two years in county jail and then serve three years probation. Police say he got into a fight at a party, burglarized a home, and assaulted several people in February of 2017. In September, a jury convicted him of burglary, simple assault, and harassment.

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  • Elementary Students Learn about Being a ReporterElementary Students Learn about Being a Reporter

    WILLIAMSPORT -- Some students in Lycoming County learned first-hand what it's like to be a reporter. Newswatch 16's Kristina Papa shared what it's like to be a report the news with second and third graders at Steven's Primary School in Williamsport on Tuesday. It's part of the school's Career Cafe program. Every month, second and third grade students listen to a professional speak about the career options that are available to them after they graduate. The students were very interested in checking out the news camera, and some said they are Newswatch 16 fans.

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  • Home Evacuated After Gas LeakHome Evacuated After Gas Leak

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP -- A passerby alerted emergency crews to a gas leak in part of Lackawanna County. Firefighters tell Newswatch 16 somebody driving along Chapman Lake Road near Montdale smelled natural gas and called 911. Crews say the smell was coming from a home. When no one answered the door, they went inside and found a man asleep. He was checked out by EMT's and is expected to be OK. Firefighters checked surrounding homes but said only the one home was affected. UGI crews were called to fix the leak.

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  • Former volleyball coach to spend time behind bars for sexting studentsFormer volleyball coach to spend time behind bars for sexting students

    WILKES-BARRE — Last year, a former high school volleyball coach admitted to sending sexually explicit texts to two female students on the team. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to jail. Nicholas Diaco, 27, of Luzerne, was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas to between three and 23 months in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, followed by an 18 month probation. Diaco had been charged with two counts each of corruption of minors and unlawful conduct with a minor. He pleaded guilty to these charges in November. Diaco was the head girls volleyball coach at Wyoming Area for more than three years and the boys head volleyball coach at Dallas High School for more than four years. In September 2016, Diaco was arrested for sending “lengthy sexually explicit text messages” sent to female students he coached on the Wyoming Area volleyball team, court papers say. He In court on Tuesday, the mother of one of Diaco’s victims spoke out, condemning his actions. “She was 15 and he was an adult,” the mother said. “He should’ve known better.” The mother expressed being sickened by the texts sent by Diaco to her daughter, including telling her that he wanted to “be her first.” “There’s no way my daughter should’ve been spoken to in this way,” the mother said. She also described the long-lasting toll Diaco’s actions had taken on her family, saying she only initially learned about Diaco’s improprieties after her daughter attempted to harm herself with pills. Diaco, though, said his actions weren’t a reflection of who he really is. “I never, never, never would have followed through,” Diaco said, contradicting Assistant District Attorney Angela Sperrazza’s claim that Diaco’s behavior was a “specifically orchestrated act.” Diaco’s attorney, William Peters, asked for a lenient sentence, saying that Diaco had taken full responsibility for what he had done and had “punished himself.” He also said Diaco had begun to take efforts to better himself, adding that he was set to start graduate school on Wednesday. The girl’s father, seeming to grow frustrated by the back-and-forth between the two sides, cut in. “We can go back and forth all day; my daughter is a good kid, and Nick might be a nice guy,” he said. “But he’s a pedophile, if you ask me.” When it came time to deliver his sentence, Lupas said he would acknowledge the remorse Diaco had displayed, but added that the remorse didn’t diminish the serious nature of his crimes. “You had everything going for you, but you threw it all away,” Lupas said, referring to Diaco’s loss of a job and the cancellation of his wedding after the charges. Lupas said that, given the way Diaco used his position of trust to to take advantage of minors, a period of incarceration was warranted. Lupas sentenced Diaco to between three and 23 months on each of the charges. These sentences will be run concurrently as part of a plea deal Diaco made with prosecutors. Diaco will also be required to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years. After sentencing, he was transferred to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility to begin his sentence. He said nothing to reporters on his way out of the courthouse. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Nicholas Diaco said nothing to reporters on his way out of the Luzerne County Courthouse Tuesday. He was sentenced to between three and 23 months in prison, followed by 18 months of probation, after he pleaded guilty to four charges related to sending sexually explicit texts to two underage Wyoming Area students who played for the volleyball team he coached. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_diaco.jpgNicholas Diaco said nothing to reporters on his way out of the Luzerne County Courthouse Tuesday. He was sentenced to between three and 23 months in prison, followed by 18 months of probation, after he pleaded guilty to four charges related to sending sexually explicit texts to two underage Wyoming Area students who played for the volleyball team he coached. By Patrick Kernan pkernan@timesleader.com Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan The post Former volleyball coach to spend time behind bars for sexting students appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Tunkahnnock Area teachers set strike dateTunkahnnock Area teachers set strike date

    Tunkhannock Area School District teachers plan to strike on April 23, according to a notice the union submitted to the district.

    The Times-Tribune / 2 h. 25 min. ago
  • Snow Day in Forest CitySnow Day in Forest City

    FOREST CITY -- Most kids will do just about anything for a snow day, and Tuesday, a lot of students in the area got one. It was a neighborhood party at the Old Church Hill in Forest City Tuesday. Chrstie St. Hilaire texted her neighbors and said to get dressed, get your sleds, and meet at 1 p.m. "We're breaking cabin fever! It's finally warm enough to come sledding. They've tried. It's been so cold. They last 10 minutes, then they're back in the house," St. Hilaire said. In Forest City, the kids were out and about early embracing the snow. "Today we're walking around, just going for a little walk. I've been sliding in the snow and eating the snow," fourth grader Aaliyah Mead said. "I have big plans to just roll around in the snow today. Play in it, shovel it," said second grader Eliza Miller. Forest City Area Emergency Services said the main roads are doing OK, but they are still trying to get the secondary roads cleared from the ice last weekend. The snow day alert went out around 5 a.m. Tuesday. "I work at the school, so it's both exciting and, 'Oh, I have to miss work,' at the same time," St. Hilaire said. Last year, the Forest City Regional School District had 17 snow days, bringing the end of the school year to the end of June. So far this year, there have been four snow days. "As far as I know, this pushes it back to I believe June 14 to get out," St. Hilaire said. Just about the only Forest City students bummed about a snow day were the seniors. Over the summer, construction on the school pushed the students' start date back almost three weeks. The students did not start until the end of September, pushing the graduation date back, too. "Our graduation is obviously going to get pushed back even further if we keep having these snow days, and we have plans after graduation, like parties and stuff like that that we want to be able to plan ahead of time," Forest City Senior Madison Gasper said.

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  • No More Suds at Black CreekNo More Suds at Black Creek

    BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP -- The sudsy situation at Black Creek is no more, but it is still the talk of the community. "It looked like it was snowing huge snowflakes," Peggy Buchman of Black Creek Township said. "Ghosts were floating around town." The soapy suds showed up late last week. Over the weekend, they washed away. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that the foam came from the nearby Henkle Corporation that makes detergents and soaps. It used to be known as the "Dial plant." Henkle representatives tell Newswatch 16 they did find a separation in a line at their plant near Hazleton. They said they fixed the problem but will also replace the entire line. Representatives also tell Newswatch 16 they believe the foam is not all Henkle's fault. In a statement, they said: "Since it appears unlikely that Henkel’s on-site sewer pipe was the sole source of the cause of the foam, Henkel is working closely with the GHJSA (Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority) to further evaluate the GHJSA’s common sewer main that serves multiple facilities including our own." Henkle Representatives also said the company will not be releasing wastewater into the sewer system until the investigation is finished. The DEP took samples of the suds to make sure they are not harmful. The agency said those results have not come back yet.

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  • Food App Expanding to ScrantonFood App Expanding to Scranton

    SCRANTON -- A self-described trendy, dynamic app is making its debut in Scranton on Friday. The app is designed to help bring traffic to local restaurants, and it's expanding in our area. The Spotluck app will make its debut in Lackawanna County on Friday and in Luzerne County in March. It will provide diners with discounts at a variety of establishments in the area. Spotluck is spinning its way to the Electric City. With one spin of a virtual roulette wheel, you can receive discounts of up to 35 percent at a variety of local restaurants. "The benefits of the app are being able to pull a diner into a spot like Backyard Ale House that wasn't going to come here before they spun. Based on the weather, the time, and the day, we're trying to pull a diner in using the smallest incentive possible to get them to fill this table," said Mario Bevilacqua, a Spotluck Scranton partner. "What happens on the app, is they spin the wheel and what it's going to do is show you a list on this wheel of all local restaurants, getting you to think about local, getting you to think about the mom-and-pop shops and it's going to land on one that's absolutely random and it's going to give you a smart incentive to pull that dinner into that restaurant for that day. One spin a day, one hot spot." Spotluck is in a number of large cities, including New York and Philadelphia. It currently has 14,000 downloads in Williamsport. The app only supports locally owned restaurants to start, about a dozen of them. This was all an easy sell for local businesses in Scranton. "A lot of people think Posh, 'Oh, it's fancy. Oh, it might be expensive,' but it's not. So this is really a way for us to attract new customers, also a younger demographic of people who are on their smartphones and want to get a deal," said Posh co-owner Joshua Mast. "It puts people in the seats. It gives people discounts when they do get here. On days like today when it's snowing, we might have some empty seats. People don't really want to come out, but they open the Spotluck app and they use it. They get discounts, and it makes them want to come out," said Backyard Ale House bartender Jeff Keating. You can officially use the app in Scranton on Friday. Spotluck will also have a launch party on Friday at Backyard Ale House with free drinks going to those who download the app. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

    WNEP / 2 h. 47 min. ago more
  • Suspect in Turkey Hill Heists in CustodySuspect in Turkey Hill Heists in Custody

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP -- Police say they have a suspect in numerous robberies at a Turkey Hill near Hazleton. John Brogan of Hazleton was taken into custody Tuesday by state police after they say he robbed Turkey Hill on Airport Road again Tuesday afternoon. Police say Brogan robbed that Turkey Hill near Hazleton, then sped off when state police responded. Troopers chased Brogan into Hazleton where they took him into custody. Sugarloaf Township police say that Turkey Hill has been robbed about nine times over the past nine months. They believe that Brogan is responsible for at least the last three or four. According to police, Brogan has told the clerks that he has a weapon, then steals cash from the register. However, no weapon has been shown to the workers. Brogan was brought to be arraigned, but he said he needed medical attention and was taken by ambulance to be checked out. The chief is still drawing up paperwork, and Brogan is expected to be arraigned later.

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  • Heavy Equipment Used to Break Ice JamHeavy Equipment Used to Break Ice Jam

    LEWIS TOWNSHIP -- Crews in Union County are trying to fix an ice jam over Penns Creek that has people stuck in their homes. The ice started forming Friday night and never melted. The ice jam along Penns Creek near Millmont led officials in Union County to declare it a disaster. Roads are closed and people cannot get in or out. "We have been working on this stretch the entire weekend since it has started and trying to figure out the best solution," said Union County EMA director Michelle Dietrich. Union County officials met with the Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. They decided to use heavy equipment to try to break up the ice jam. DEP, PEMA, PENNDOT & Union County officials met this morning & are now pushing the ice out of the way at Penns Creek. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/KaS9J2v118 — Nikki Krize (@NikkiKrize) January 16, 2018 "The problem is trying to get in there and do something that doesn't aggravate the situation and make it worse in the current spot or downstream," said Union County Commissioner John Showers. Due to flooding from the ice jam, Millmont Road is closed. Two other bridges in the area are also not usable. Officials came in and cleared large chunks of ice from the roadway to make sure emergency vehicles could get through. "As well as feed trucks for the farmer that lives on the other side," Dietrich added. Residents who were frustrated all weekend tell Newswatch 16 they're happy something is being done. "Reassuring, I guess, now that we know there's something actually going to get done. We're not just stranded here wondering for how long," said resident Anne Heimbach. "I'm really happy to see finally something happening. I really hope it works. I guess time will tell," said Lynn Libby. Crews plan to work on the ice jam during daylight hours for as long as it takes to fix it. Officials ask sightseers not to go there. There is only one road in and out of the area and it needs to stay open.

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  • Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke mull cooperationWilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke mull cooperation

    WILKES-BARRE — The mayors of three of Luzerne County’s four cities met Tuesday to discuss issues and possible partnerships to help ease some of the financial burdens each faces and ways to grow their communities. Mayor Tony George of Wilkes-Barre, Mayor Mike Lombardo of Pittston and Mayor Jeff Cusat of Hazleton met for more than an hour in Wilkes-Barre City Hall to exchange ideas and to share experiences. Mayor Rich Wiaterowski of Nanticoke could not attend the meeting. Lombardo said the group, for now, is called Council of Cities and the plan is to meet quarterly or more often, depending on issues. Tuesday’s topic in the third floor conference room centered on blighted properties and how to deal with absentee owners and overcrowded units with numerous code violations. The mayors’ goal is to find the best way to get the buildings rehabilitated and returned to the tax rolls whenever possible. An extended conversation centered on Act 90 — the “Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act” — enacted in October of 2010, and it took effect in April, 2011. Act 90 expands the powers that municipalities have to reduce blighted properties in their communities. Properties that are in “serious code violation”, as determined by local municipalities and zoning officers, can have several legal actions taken against them. Also, buildings that are determined to be a “public nuisance” by local municipalities may have the same actions taken. The actions may be taken, if after 6 months from the date of an order to correct violations, there has been “no substantial step” to correct those violations. • Liens can be placed against properties with code violations. • Municipalities can take property owners to court, to seek judgments against an owner’s assets. • Municipalities may deny permits to owners of buildings that are in code violation. • Municipalities may deny permits to owners of buildings that are behind in taxes. • Municipalities may deny permits to owners of buildings that are behind in other municipal accounts (water, sewage, refuse collection, etc.) • Municipalities may deny these permits until all existing violations are remedied. • Out-of-state property owners may be extradited back to Pennsylvania to be charged with property-related violations. • Magisterial districts may establish “housing courts” — additionally, judges are encouraged to attend training and education relating to new blight laws. Lombardo, Cusat and Lombardo will invite Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis to discuss what her office can do to assist the cities in addressing the issues covered by Act 90. “In Pittston, our focus over the next four years will be on our housing stock,” Lombardo, who returned to office this month. “All of our downtowns are growing or have the potential to grow and housing issues dictate where we go from here.” Lombardo said he hopes the mayors can share issues each city is confronting and also discuss how they can join together to make purchases of items and materials they all use. “In Hazleton we certainly have a lot of issues with housing,” Cusat said. “We found one apartment where eight people were living in one room. We’ve also found people living in basements with no way out.” George agreed that the four cities together have the potential to present a stronger argument on issues. “As a group, we have a better chance at securing federal funding for certain projects,” George said. Lombardo and Cusat agreed, saying each city acting alone would not be as influential as a united effort by the four county cities together. The mayors also intend to discuss finding ways to attract developers to their cities to help clean up blighted properties and get them back on the tax rolls. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Pittston Mayor Mike Lombardo talks to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George and Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat (not seen) in a conference room in Wilkes-Barre City Hall Tuesday. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL011718counciloffices1.jpgPittston Mayor Mike Lombardo talks to Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George and Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat (not seen) in a conference room in Wilkes-Barre City Hall Tuesday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George listens to a discussion during the first meeting of the newly formed Council of Cities in City Hall Tuesday. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_TTL011718counciloffices2.jpgWilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George listens to a discussion during the first meeting of the newly formed Council of Cities in City Hall Tuesday. Sean McKeag | Times Leader By Bill O’Boyle boboyle@timesleader.com Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle. The post Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke mull cooperation appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Winter Weather Makes for Rough Road Conditions in Wayne CountyWinter Weather Makes for Rough Road Conditions in Wayne County

    MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP -- People are pretty used to snow and ice on the roads this time of year. It's the norm for the Rileyville area north of Honesdale. Drive a little farther north, and conditions worsen on state roads, including Route 191. "The roads have been terrible," said Emalee Gill. "We've been reaching out to PennDOT and they did come out finally but it took long enough." Gill serves up lunches at the general store in Equinunk. She's not too happy with the situation on the main roads, including Route 191. "Business slows down, definitely slows down. Nobody wants to get out of their car. They keep going." PennDOT crews spent Monday clearing a major ice buildup on Route 191, but road crews for Manchester Township tell Newswatch 16 the rest of the state roads need attention as well. "A lot of the state roads are in sad shape," said Manchester Township supervisor Harold Hawley. "They aren't putting enough salt on them to cut the ice. It's kind of like we're the forgotten area." Pine Mill Road near Equinunk, a state road, has had icy conditions or worse since Saturday. Road crews say they're busy tending to other trouble spots and Route 191. PennDOT crews were loading up around 1 p.m. to go out and handle the new snow, but some hope the state roads get a bit better than they've been. A spokesperson for PennDOT says Wayne County has 26 trucks with 60 employees who've been working since Friday dealing with a difficult mix of freezing rain, ice, and snow. Also, PennDOT prioritizes which areas to handle based on the amount of traffic.

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  • Snow Plow Trucks Out in Full Force in Luzerne CountySnow Plow Trucks Out in Full Force in Luzerne County

    PITTSTON -- Snow plow trucks were out in full force on Tuesday in Luzerne County. Plenty of people also spent their day scraping ice off of sidewalks, too. James Fencher was one of them. He was busy Tuesday morning shoveling up snow and ice in Pittston. He even had a strategy to get the job done. “It's just basically getting the ice off and then I'm going to put rock salt on it to fix it,” Fencher said. He wasn’t the only one. Allstate Insurance agency owner Leo Sperrazza spent a good deal of time making sure the entrance was clear for his customers, too. “Initially, it was like trying to chip away at rock. So what I did was sprinkle some ice melt on first, let that work a little bit and then it was much easier to chip the ice away and clear the sidewalks after that,” Sperrazza said. No matter what the weather brings, city officials said they have road crews on call 24/7. “Well, we've actually used more salt already this year than all of last year up to the blizzard, but we have a contract and the supplier is providing as we need it,” Pittston director of operations David Hines said. Regardless, people in Pittston said there has been less traffic on the roads and sidewalks because of the weather, which insurance agent Leo Sperrazza said is a good thing. “Probably for the best from an insurance standpoint yes, the less they're on the roads and on the slush, the better. Less claims and accidents,” Sperrazza said. City officials in Pittston said their crews will be out clearing the streets throughout the night and into Wednesday.

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  • New Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty explains philosophy: Will he run a spread offense? - NJ.comNew Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty explains philosophy: Will he run a spread offense? - NJ.com

    NJ.comNew Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty explains philosophy: Will he run a spread offense?NJ.comOver the past nine seasons, the Scranton, Pa., native has coached quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends for four NFL teams, including the Los Angeles Chargers this season. "I'm excited to be back,'' said McNulty, who had a hand in Rutgers ...Rutgers Football Officially Announces Hiring Of John McNulty As Offensive CoordinatorOn The Banks (blog)all 14 news articles »

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  • Layoffs Planned at Lackawanna County PlantLayoffs Planned at Lackawanna County Plant

    OLYPHANT -- A major manufacturer in Lackawanna County has announced over 100 layoffs. Technicolor Home Entertainment plans to lay off 160 workers at its Olyphant location beginning in March. The company was formerly called Specialty Records, then WEA, then Cinram, and was eventually bought by Technicolor in 2015. They make CDs and DVDs. Newswatch 16 reached out to Technicolor for comment but have not heard back.

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  • Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to overturn DACA ruling, leave program intact for nowTrump administration will ask Supreme Court to overturn DACA ruling, leave program intact for now

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Tuesday it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that prevents President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which currently offers protections from deportation for about 700,000 people who came to the U.S. as children.

    The Times-Tribune / 4 h. 33 min. ago
  • Public meeting scheduled to discuss Keystone Landfill health assessment reportPublic meeting scheduled to discuss Keystone Landfill health assessment report

    State and federal officials will field questions later this month on a recent report claiming the air quality around Keystone Sanitary Landfill poses no long term public health threat but can have short-term effects on the health of vulnerable individuals.

    The Times-Tribune / 4 h. 41 min. ago
  • Former volleyball coach gets jail for sexting teensFormer volleyball coach gets jail for sexting teens

    WILKES-BARRE — The former head coach of the Wyoming Area Secondary Center girls volleyball team was sentenced Tuesday to up to 23 months in the county jail for sexting two teenage students. Nicholas N. Diaco, 27, of 387 Bennett St., Luzerne, pleaded guilt

    CitizensVoice.com / 5 h. 14 min. ago
  • Namedropper 1/16/2018Namedropper 1/16/2018

    Super students Riverside High School juniors had the opportunity to start the college enrollment process early during Instant Decision Day with Lackawanna College. Juniors who met with Lackawanna representatives include Frankie Bracey, Elise Hummel, Brook

    The Times-Tribune / 6 h. 5 min. ago
  • Bartoli announces candidacy for 118th District House seatBartoli announces candidacy for 118th District House seat

    PLAINS TWP. — With the support of his family, friends and neighbors, Anthony Bartoli, has announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for state Representative in the 118th District, which includes parts of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. The Bartoli family has been a fixture in Luzerne County and in Plains Township for more than a century. Adopted with his twin sister at birth by their parents, Gino and Jackie Bartoli, Anthony was raised here, attended local schools and continues to build on his family’s tradition of service to their community. Bartoli graduated from James M. Coughlin High School and earned his B.A. from Wilkes University where he was very active in student government and community service. His service included helping the less fortunate in our area, as well as raising funds for orphans in Tanzania to pay for their schooling, medical costs, clothing and more. After graduation, Bartoli wanted to remain here, and was able to secure a position with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In this position, he works with office budgets, controls costs, is involved with business development, and oversees client relations. His real world experience will serve him, and all hardworking taxpayers, well as our representative in Harrisburg. Keeping families here and together is Bartoli’s top priority, which is why he is making an unwavering commitment to fight for the jobs and opportunities local residents need and deserve. Bartoli will work across party lines to provide a reliable safety net for those in need, and support effective job-training and retraining programs that enable people to find a career and support their families. Bartoli is also committed to the blue-collar values that he and his family have held throughout their generations here, both as workers themselves and as active volunteers helping our community. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_Anthony-Bartoli.jpg The post Bartoli announces candidacy for 118th District House seat appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Lysander ice arena a finalist in national contest for lighting upgrade - Syracuse.comLysander ice arena a finalist in national contest for lighting upgrade - Syracuse.com

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  • Nanticoke Police: Woman forced to perform oral sex in front of childrenNanticoke Police: Woman forced to perform oral sex in front of children

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  • Toomey endorses Barletta for SenateToomey endorses Barletta for Senate

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  • Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrestedKids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

    PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family’s home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults. The girl, who was so small officers initially believed she was only 10, called 911 and was met by police who interviewed her and then went to the family home in Perris, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They found several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark, foul-smelling surroundings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The children, ages 2 to 29, “appeared to be malnourished and very dirty,” according to a press release announcing Sunday’s arrest of the parents. “The victims were provided with food and beverages after they claimed to be starving.” David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, each were held on $9 million bail and could face charges including torture and child endangerment. It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys. State Department of Education records show the family home has the same address as Sandcastle Day School, where David Turpin is listed as principal. In the 2016-17 school year it had an enrollment of six with one student in each of the fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th grades. Neighbors said they were stunned by the arrests. Andrew Santillan, who lives around the corner, heard about the case from a friend. “I had no idea this was going on,” he told the Press-Enterprise of Riverside. “I didn’t know there were kids in the house.” Other neighbors described the family as intensely private. A few years ago, Robert Perkins said he and his mother saw a few family members constructing a Nativity scene in the Turpins’ front yard. Perkins said he complimented them on it. “They didn’t say a word,” he said. The Turpins filed for bankruptcy in 2011, stating in court documents they owed between $100,000 and $500,000, The New York Times reported. At that time, Turpin worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman and earned $140,000 annually and his wife was a homemaker, records showed. Their bankruptcy lawyer, Ivan Trahan, told the Times he never met the children but the couple “spoke about them highly.” “We remember them as a very nice couple,” Trahan said, adding that Louise Turpin told him the family loved Disneyland and visited often. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } These Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department show Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a Perris, Calif., home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin on Sunday. The parents could face charges including torture and child endangerment. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_119606814-5094b7e5d102448fbb74856749029c47.jpgThese Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, photos provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department show Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a Perris, Calif., home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin on Sunday. The parents could face charges including torture and child endangerment. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP) In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows suspect David Allen Turpin. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin on Sunday. The parents could face charges including torture and child endangerment. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_119606814-7fdd3ce024ae44dcaf19a610b6beb2d5.jpgIn this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows suspect David Allen Turpin. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin on Sunday. The parents could face charges including torture and child endangerment. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP) In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows Louise Anna Turpin. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin on Sunday. The parents could face charges including torture and child endangerment. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/web1_119606814-c33dd5bf42e14ead98eb9fd16a4bc388.jpgIn this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shows Louise Anna Turpin. Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to a California home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, with some of them malnourished and chained to beds. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested the parents David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin on Sunday. The parents could face charges including torture and child endangerment. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department via AP) The Associated Press The post Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Pedestrian struck in Dunmore earlier this month dies from injuriesPedestrian struck in Dunmore earlier this month dies from injuries

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  • Clipboard 1/16/2018 - Scranton Times-TribuneClipboard 1/16/2018 - Scranton Times-Tribune

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  • Binghamton man dies in Susquehanna crashBinghamton man dies in Susquehanna crash

    HARFORD TWP. — A 21-year-old man from New York state died Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County, state police at Gibson said.

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    LENOX TWP. — A man brandishing a knife robbed a Susquehanna County convenience store then fled on foot Sunday night, state police at Gibson said.

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  • 75 Years Ago - 2,887 babies born in Scranton in 194275 Years Ago - 2,887 babies born in Scranton in 1942

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  • Luzerne County controller audit detects health insurance billing errorsLuzerne County controller audit detects health insurance billing errors

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  • Taxpayer seeks tactic for Dallas School Board to gain advantage on teachersTaxpayer seeks tactic for Dallas School Board to gain advantage on teachers

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  • Dickey Betts returning to stage for 2018 Peach Music FestivalDickey Betts returning to stage for 2018 Peach Music Festival

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    Pennsylvania man acquitted in abuse of boy at animal costume partiesScranton Times-TribuneAfter Pennsylvania's auditor general criticized the Scranton School District's no-bid contract and busing costs with DeNaples Transportation, businessman Louis DeNaples commissioned his own audit. (read more) · Photo: , License: N/A, Created: 2018:01 ...and more »

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  • Scranton defends revoking contractor's licensesScranton defends revoking contractor's licenses

    The director of Scranton's licensing department was justified in revoking a building contractor's licenses without giving him a hearing because the situation constituted an emergency, an attorney for the city says in court papers. Theodore Brunelle filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Licensing, Inspections and Permits in 2015, alleging Director Patrick Hinton violated his due-process rights when he revoked several contracting licenses without giving Brunelle a chance to challenge the decision.

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    Bob Gohsler operates a roll cutter at Diamond K Inc., in Scranton on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer Baled paper products such as news print, books, food containers are stored and prepare for shipping at Diamond K Inc., in Scranton on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

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    A New York City firefighter accused of distributing fentanyl will receive several weeks of treatment for opioid addiction before his next appearance in front of a federal judge. Anthony Murino, 45, of Annadale, was arraigned Sunday at Brooklyn Federal Court, where attorneys on both sides agreed to a $100,000 bond, on the condition Murino spends the next several weeks in a drug rehabilitation center in Scranton, PA.

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  • 50 Years Ago - a Ufo was spotted over the Keyser-Oak Plaza on January 650 Years Ago - a Ufo was spotted over the Keyser-Oak Plaza on January 6

    Our area seemed to be in on the trend. On Jan. 6, two Scranton teens, Walter Marchwat and Stanley Katinsky, reported seeing a red circular object about three times the apparent size of a star hovering over Keyser-Oak Plaza.

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    6. A petition signed almost 10,000 times in 48 hours by Monday urges a state Girl Scout organization to ... 7. True or false? The University of Scranton increased its annual donation to the city, from $175,000 to $200,000, and for the first time directed where the funds will go. 9. Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings voted against awarding a $2,400 grant to the Scranton Fringe Festival because she ... 10. True or false? The state Supreme Court will settle the question of who will serve as Susquehanna County's next district attorney.

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  • Scranton shelter leader looks out for youth in shadowsScranton shelter leader looks out for youth in shadows

    Northeast Woman Maureen Maher Gray of Scranton, founder and executive director of the NEPA Youth Shelter, inside the teen center on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer CHRISTOPHER DOLAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER As executive director of NEPA Youth Shelter, Scranton resident Maureen Maher Gray aims to give teens a save haven and look out for those in the shadows, facing crises and in chaotic situations.

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    JAKE DANNA STEVENS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Michelle Greenwood of Roaring Brook Twp. creates her art with a pyrography pen that allows her to burn designs into wood.

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  • Wolf: Globe project helps revitalize downtown Scranton, makes government more efficient - Scranton Times-TribuneWolf: Globe project helps revitalize downtown Scranton, makes government more efficient - Scranton Times-Tribune

    Scranton Times-TribuneWolf: Globe project helps revitalize downtown Scranton, makes government more efficientScranton Times-TribuneSCRANTON — The $17 million project to convert the former Globe Store into the home of Lackawanna County government will bolster the city's downtown and make county government more efficient, Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday. Wolf celebrated his awarding of a ...and more »

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  • Donald Trump Jr. visits Scranton, applies for gun permit - News ... - Scranton Times-TribuneDonald Trump Jr. visits Scranton, applies for gun permit - News ... - Scranton Times-Tribune

    Scranton Times-TribuneDonald Trump Jr. visits Scranton, applies for gun permit - News ...Scranton Times-TribuneLeslie Odom Jr. follows his passion. The man is non-stop. The Tony Award-winning performer has been on a whirlwind since he rose to fame as Aaron Burr in hip-hop Broadway musical juggernaut “Hamilton.” (read more) · Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created ...and more »

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  • Scranton, Pa., Smart Kiosk Project Advances - Government TechnologyScranton, Pa., Smart Kiosk Project Advances - Government Technology

    Government TechnologyScranton, Pa., Smart Kiosk Project AdvancesGovernment Technology(TNS) — A project that would bring digital information kiosks and free public Wi-Fi to downtown Scranton is progressing, with some work beginning as soon as this spring. Scranton City Council approved a five-year agreement with Smart City Media LLC in ...

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  • Gander Outdoors Opening Store in Scranton, Pennsylvania - Business Wire (press release)Gander Outdoors Opening Store in Scranton, Pennsylvania - Business Wire (press release)

    WTOPGander Outdoors Opening Store in Scranton, PennsylvaniaBusiness Wire (press release)ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, will be reopening in the Scranton, Pennsylvania market this spring. Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC's The Profit, bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in ...Marcus Lemonis - Home | FacebookFacebookall 117 news articles »

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