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Man on Motorized Wheelchair Hit on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard

WILKES-BARRE — A man was trying to make his way home in Luzerne County when he was hit by a vehicle. According to friends of the victim, the man was on a motorized wheelchair and attempting to cross Wilkes-Barre Boulevard on his way home Friday night when the vehicle hit him. The man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Wilkes-Barre K-9 Officer Named

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre’s new police dog has a name. There’s a winner to the city’s name the dog contest. Wilkes-Barre police will soon be introducing us to “Chase,” the newest K-9 officer. A man from Tunkhannock submitted the winning name and he gets a $500 Visa gift card. The contest drew more than 2,800 entries.

Ground Broken on Expansion Project at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

WILKES-BARRE — Ground was broken on a $40 million expansion project at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Tuesday. The plan calls for new intensive care, critical care, and cardiovascular intensive care units. Other improvements include renovations to about 200 patient rooms, conversion of shared patient rooms to private rooms, and a new helipad. The work is expected to be finished by the end of next year.

Parties Rally Support as Election Approaches

WILKES-BARRE — With a little more than a month to go before Election Day, both parties are taking every opportunity to rally support–or in some cases, tear down the other party. Inside a packed campaign headquarters, feminist Gloria Steinem spoke with Hillary Clinton volunteers as Election Day quickly approaches. “The voting booth is the one place on Earth where the most powerful and least powerful are equal, and it’s so important to stand for workers’ rights as Hillary does and […]

Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter Holds ‘Walk for Hope’

WILKES-BARRE — A “Walk for Hope” was held in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter sponsored the 9th annual homeless awareness fundraiser on Public Square. Special markers along the route showed how the shelter in Wilkes-Barre has grown from a seasonal overnight program to a full-service facility. A short rally before the walk included speakers who addressed the problems facing women experiencing homelessness. After the walk, there was food, activities, and raffles.

Trio Stopped with Weapons Outside Holland Tunnel Makes Bail in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — Two people arrested outside the Holland Tunnel in June are out of jail after making bail in New Jersey. Kimberly Arendt of Carbon County and Dean Smith of the Lehigh Valley were picked up when they and a third person tried to get into New York City with a cache of weapons in their pickup truck. They told investigators they were trying to rescue a teenager from Wilkes-Barre who was in a so-called heroin den in the […]

Attempted Robbery at Turkey Hill in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Police in Wilkes-Barre say a thief left empty-handed after he tried to hold up a convenience store. Authorities say a man wearing a skull mask waved a gun and demanded money from the clerk at the Turkey Hill on Hazle Street just after 1 a.m. on Thursday. No one was hurt, and nothing was stolen here in Wilkes-Barre.

Viewers Offer Opinions on Presidential Debate

WILKES-BARRE — It is already being called the most watched political debate in history. Tens of millions of people tuned in to see the two major party candidates for president present their plans. But is that what viewers and voters feel they got? It was a commercial-free 90 minutes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the first time the two stood on the same stage and debated in this presidential campaign. Wilkes University Professor Jane Elmes-Crahall watched as a voter, […]

Houses, History & Heritage

Whether you’re a fan of those home renovation shows or just want to see how people preserve historic houses, even mansions in our area, this one’s for you!  The Wilkes-Barre Downtown Residents Association is gearing up for its 2016 Historic Homes Tour this weekend.   The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, September 24.  Money raised from ticket sales funds initiatives to improve downtown Wilkes-Barre and grow the arts.  For ticket info., see flier below.    Here’s a […]

Softball Tournament Benefits Teen from Nanticoke

WILKES-BARRE — A softball tournament aimed to benefit a teen suffering from several medical conditions in Wilkes-Barre. This was the first ever “Tourette Without Regrets” softball tournament to benefit Freddie Kraft of Nanticoke. The 14 year old suffers Tourette syndrome, Chiari malformation, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. He also has to wear special glasses. People came out […]