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Three Sent to Hospital in Old Forge Crash

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OLD FORGE — Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash in Lackawanna County and one of them is a 12 year old in critical condition.

According to the Old Forge police chief, a car and SUV crashed on South Keyser Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said one of the drivers ran off after the wreck. Taylor Police tracked him down about 15 minutes later. Officers said that driver may have been driving under the influence.

One of the passengers also took off and was brought back for a mental evaluation.

Police haven’t released any names and there’s no word on what caused the crash.

Restored ‘Electric City’ Sign Switched on During La Festa

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SCRANTON — The new and improved Electric City sign debuted during a popular festival in downtown Scranton.

Organizers of La Festa Italiana flipped the switch on the newly refurbished sign Saturday night.

The festival donated $10,000 to replace the old bulbs in the sign with new LED’s.

The company that worked on the sign got the blueprints for the original sign that was made in the 1930s, and put in the red, green, white, and amber bulbs to match the original.

La Festa Italiana takes place every Labor Day weekend and continues through Monday on Courthouse Square in Scranton.

Penn State Plays on Emerald Isle

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The Penn State football season is underway, its first game nowhere near Happy Valley.

Players, coaches, and thousands of fans crossed the pond for the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland, and back here at home PSU fans got up early to root on their team in its first game with a new head coach.

Instead of soccer it was college football kicking off at Croke Park in Dublin.

The Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Ireland to take on the University of Central Florida in the season opener for both teams.

Back in Scranton, it was an early wake-up call for fans who wanted to catch the game. Kick-off was 8:30 a.m. Saturday and former Penn State player Eric Shrive threw a party at his place, The Vault Tap and Kitchen.

“It’s a great experience for the players. They really get to go abroad and see another country. It’s great for the state of Pennsylvania and we’re happy to be a part of it,” Shrive said.

There was a lot of anticipation built up for this game, the first one of the season for the blue and white under new head coach James Franklin and the first thing remotely close to a bowl game for fans, since the four-year NCAA ban went into effect in 2012.

Even though the game wasn’t in Happy Valley, fans were still excited to watch the Nittany Lions play on Irish soil.

“We waited nine months for this. It’s been an exciting winter with all the recruiting success,” said Tim Schoen of Scranton. “It’s just great to finally come out here. I mean, the bar is packed at 8:30 in the morning. Not many places or teams have that kind of following, dedicated fans.”

And lots of fans were there to cheer on the team. A big crowd turned out for a pep rally in Dublin’s Temple Bar Friday.

For anyone who couldn’t make the trip, they still found a way to root for the team including at the Rush Inn in Kingston.

“I think it’s great for Penn State. I think it’s great for the Penn State community. Giving Penn State more exposure, just overall good for college football,” said David Fellerman of Larksville.

Phone Service Down in Part of Lackawanna County

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CLARKS SUMMIT – According to Lackawanna County Emergency Services, nearly 150 homes in the Clarks Summit area do not have phone service Saturday.

Authorities said if anyone in that area has an emergency and needs assistance, to go the Clarks Summit Fire Company located at 321 Bedford Street.

No word on when the phone service will be restored.

GAR vs Old Forge

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Last year’s State runner-up, Old Forge,  opens up 2014 at home against the visiting Grenadiers!

Repairs Underway At Mall After “Smashing” Entrance

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SCRANTON —  Police are trying to figure out why a driver drove right into Boscov’s department store at the Mall at Steamtown Friday morning, leaving a hole in the glass, and that part of the building off limits.

Scranton police say the driver was sitting at the red light on Wyoming Avenue. When it turned green he went straight then straight through the doors of Boscov’s.

Crews were working most of the day shoring up the entrance.

Boscov’s employees had a precarious problem on the eve of what’s typically one of their biggest for sales.

A construction crew was called in to shore up the hole left by the driver who went straight through the front entrance of Boscov’s at the Mall at Steamtown.

“I don’t know why they had to run into the door like that. There’s enough room for the car.”

Scranton police don’t know either why Michael Fisher of Duryea went straight after the light on Wyoming and Lackawanna Avenues turned green. But, he did and went smashing through the mall’s doors.

Fisher was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

Shoppers who showed up hours later couldn’t help but stare.

“There must have been a good doorbuster. I’ll have to go in and check it out!”

We heard that joke a lot from passing shoppers. Boscov’s employees, though, weren’t laughing.

Officials with Boscov’s say that if they put a post back into place, it could shatter all the glass in the entrance. So, they’ll have to take the whole thing apart then put it back together again.

The caution tape created a lot of confusion for Boscov’s habitual shoppers who came by for Labor Day sales.

“I was heading in to do a little shopping, after taking a walk around the block, a little exercise. I walked down here to get into the mall and it’s roped off, no such luck. I’ll walk a little further, get more exercise,” said Joan Manley of Moosic.

Crews have shored up the entrance enough and put in a temporary wall so that shoppers can use this entrance to the mall now.

Scranton police say they’re still investigating the crash, looking into whether the driver was intoxicated when the crash happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Car Smashes Through Entrance of Mall at Steamtown

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SCRANTON — Scranton Police are trying to figure out why a driver smashed his car through the entrance at a mall Friday morning.

Officers said the car went right through the window at Boscov’s at The Mall at Steamtown on Lackawanna Avenue around 5:45 a.m.

A man was pulled out of the car and taken to the hospital.

Authorities have not released the man’s current condition.

Tents For “La Festa” Going Up

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SCRANTON — Courthouse Square in Scranton is undergoing its annual transformation before the Labor Day weekend.

The tents are going up and the ovens and refrigerators are being put in place for La Festa Italiana.

The annual festival over Labor Day weekend attracts tens of thousands of people and features all kinds of Italian food by area vendors.

The festival opens Saturday on Courthouse Square in Scranton and runs through Monday.

Man Hit With Sex Trafficing Charges

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SCRANTON — Sex trafficking charges have been filed against a man from Scranton.

Federal investigator say Sean Cantelmo, 28, tried to coerce an underage girl into prostitution earlier this year.

He allegedly posted advertisements for escort services involving the victim on a website.

Two Hurt In Scranton Crash

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SCRANTON — Two people were taken to the hospital after a wreck in Scranton.

It happened on the corner of Birch Street and Prospect Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The two people in the car that rolled were hurt, one of them seriously.

The intersection was closed briefly as crews cleaned up.

Scranton police didn’t say what caused the crash.