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Life-saving Help for First Responders

MOOSIC — First responders in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre received some life-giving gifts Wednesday morning. Geisinger Community Medical Center, Pennsylvania Ambulance, and Trans-Med Ambulance donated 40 automated external defibrillators (AED) to the city’s fire and police departments. The portable AEDs, which cost $1,500 each, can be used to treat heart attack victims. After training, officers and emergency services expect the defibrillators to be ready for use within the next week.

Biker Santa Hands Out Gifts to Children in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — It appears Santa ditched his reindeer and opted for a hog this year. Jolly old St. Nick pulled into the parking lot at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre on Church Street on a motorcycle on Saturday. Biker Santa came bearing gifts for about 100 kids who attended the event. The early Christmas presents were donated by Geisinger employees and members of a motorcycle club called Northeast Federation of Clubs. “Geisinger really is a community organization, and we really want to […]

Wilkes-Barre holds Annual Tree Lighting

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County kicked off the holiday season on Friday by lighting the Christmas Tree. The lighting is an annual event at the Courthouse Rotunda in Wilkes-Barre.

Decorated Potty Chair Brings Christmas Cheer in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — “I decided just on a whim to decorate it, which you can see, I did a pretty good job of.” Call it Christmas comedy–or some potty humor, if you will. A man in Wilkes-Barre’s Parsons section has started a holiday tradition of leaving a decorated potty chair on his neighbors’ properties. “People can use a good chuckle at any time of the year, really,” said Ed Gross. In 2014, Gross had heart surgery. He was sent home with […]

Update: Driver Dies After Crash in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — The coroner said a woman is dead after a crash in Wilkes-Barre. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Market Street and Pennsylvania Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. A driver slammed into a pole at the corner of the busy downtown intersection. The driver was taken to the hospital where the coroner said she died. Traffic was detoured while police investigated the crash.

Last Two Men Involved in Mohegan Sun Casino Thefts Plead Guilty

WILKES-BARRE — Two of three people accused in a $500,000 scheme to rip off Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon. Negotiations with the defendants and their attorneys have been ongoing since June. Investigators called the scam an inside job because one of the men who pleaded guilty, Robert Pellegrini, was a casino employee. The other man who pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Wilkes-Barre was Mark Heltzel of Dallas. Investigators say the scheme went on for a […]

Bed Bugs Hit Wilkes University Dorm

WILKES-BARRE — Bed bugs have hit a college dorm in Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes University called in a contractor to finish cleaning the rooms, but some students feel the school should have acted sooner. A sophomore at Wilkes University showed us marks all along her back and on her arms. “I didn’t feel it at all when I was sleeping or even right when I woke up,” she said. “You don’t have to be dirty to get them; they just hop on […]

Luzerne County Could Be First in Area to Add $5 Vehicle Registration Fee

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Council is expected to talk about possibly cutting about $2 million from the budget Tuesday night. Also on the table is if the county should tack on an additional fee when drivers get their vehicle registrations renewed. In most counties across the state, it cost drivers $36 every year to renew their vehicle registration fee. But now, Luzerne County council is talking about adding a $5 fee on top of that. That money would be used […]

Luzerne County Children and Youth Given Another Provisional License

WILKES-BARRE — The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services issued another provisional license to Luzerne County Children and Youth. The provisional license started on November10 and runs until March 16, 2017. It means it receives more frequent checks from the state. Children and Youth agencies can be issued up to four provisional licenses in a row. If they were to receive five, then it would be turned over and run by the state. This is the third provisional license for Luzerne […]

Red Kettle Campaign Kicks Off in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — The Salvation Army in Wilkes-Barre kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign Wednesday morning. The bell ringing began at Schiel’s Market on Hanover Street. Of course, you can find bell ringers at stores throughout the area. The goal for the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the Salvation Army is to raise $11,000s during the holiday season. That goes to help 4,700 people during the year in Luzerne County.