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Students Compete in Mock Trial Competition at Federal Courthouse

SCRANTON — Students from nearly a dozen high schools in our area gathered at the federal courthouse in Scranton for a mock trial competition. Thursday evening, each team argued their side of a court case by presenting testimony, cross-examining witnesses, and preparing opening and closing arguments. The teams all face off in front of real-life attorneys who then decide which group made the most compelling argument. “It helps them tremendously learn critical thinking skills, acting on their feet, tremendous amounts […]

Carbondale Woman Arrested for Selling Prescription Drugs

CARBONDALE — A familiar face under arrest in Carbondale. Police in the Pioneer City say Ashley Sobol was selling prescription drugs out of her apartment. Sobol has been arrested several times over the past two years. She has been accused of ripping off a family friend, and stealing from a sick man who was in her care. At last word, Sobol was being processed at the Lackawanna County Prison on the new charges.

Police: Beware Burglars Posing as Water Company Workers

SCRANTON — Police in Lackawanna County are looking for two burglars and their investigation comes with a warning. In at least two communities, the burglars told homeowners they were workers for a water company and needed to come inside. Police issued that warning this week after two burglaries in Scranton and an attempted burglary in Clarks Summit that proved to be very similar. Officers think another burglary in Throop could also be related. Police say one man has been ringing […]

Closed So Long?

It seems we often report on crashes or other emergencies that shut down interstate highways in our area, and that has led to many of you asking why the roads are closed so long. Drivers were stuck for more than 10 hours on Interstate 81 near Clarks Summit after a seven-vehicle crash in January. One tractor trailer caught on fire. “I have been watching the gas gauge as we go. Thank God my heat still works. (It’s) crazy,” said one […]

Landfill Cited for Leachate Leak

DUNMORE — A landfill in Lackawanna County seeking to expand was cited by the Department of Environmental Protection for a second time. DEP officials say groundwater from the Keystone Sanitary Landfill leaked into a creek in Throop and Olyphant. The leak happened back in October, and we first told you about it in November. We now have the details of the DEP’s report. It involves the leak of leachate, the groundwater that flows through the landfill. Eddy’s Creek in Olyphant, […]

Scranton Police Investigating Burglary at VFW

SCRANTON — Police are investigating a burglary at a VFW in Scranton. It happened at the post on Rockwell Avenue on Friday, February 3. Police two people broke in through the window and damaged the cash register. Anyone with information is asked to call police in Scranton.

Woman Hit by Car in Scranton

SCRANTON — Police are looking into a pedestrian accident that sent a woman to the hospital in Scranton. The victim was hit by a car on Harrison Avenue near the intersection with Linden Street around 11 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities haven’t said how badly she was hurt. No names of those involved have been released here in Scranton.

SUV Flips on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County

MOOSIC — Investigators haven’t said why an SUV flipped in Lackawanna County. It happened just before 3 a.m. Monday on Interstate 81 north near the Montage Mountain Road exit in Moosic. The driver wasn’t hurt when the SUV rolled here in Lackawanna County.

Sixth Annual Alley Oop for Autism Basketball Tournament

SCRANTON — People hit the hoops Sunday for the sixth annual Alley Oop for Autism in Lackawanna County. Students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine hosted the 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the University of Scranton. The event also included a three point contest. The medical students wanted to raise money while having fun. “We already know that there’s a pretty large population of people that are interested in playing basketball. Everybody wants to be in a tournament anyway, so why […]

Weather Woes for Drivers

Snow and rain across our area created some tricky spots for drivers, and it’s only going to get worse. At the PennDOT shed in Dunmore, it’s not so much about the plows as it is about the brine solution that crews have to sprinkle on the roads to stop them from freezing. And even with treated roads, it was still tough driving for many across the area. Along Interstate 84, there were several spun out cars on Sunday as crews […]