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First Posted: 9/4/2014

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It’s back to school for Wilkes-Barre’s police chief

WILKES-BARRE —Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye announced his long-rumored retirement last week after 33 years on the force.

Dessoye, 57, will leave his $91,305-a-year position later this month to take over as executive director of campus safety and security at King’s College, where he graduated in 1979 with a degree in criminal justice.

Apparently, this kindergartener is still a big deal

POTTSTOWN — Noah Ritter’s 15 minutes of fame has been extended — apparently.

Ritter, the 5-year-old Pottstown kindergarten student, will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show at 10 a.m. Thursday on WNEP-TV.

Crime spree in Wilkes-Barre? Say it ain’t so

WILKES-BARRE —Nearly 40 vehicles were damaged during a vandalism spree on the outskirts of Wilkes-Barre early Saturday morning. Vehicles belonging to King’s College students and visitors to Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center had their windows smashed overnight.

Across the street, someone vandalized two windows at The Times Leader’s Market Street printing facility as well, damaging one window and destroying another. That’s where Weekender’s printed.

Drugs and gun taken from Wilkes-Barre home

WILKES-BARRE —A large amount of heroin and cocaine and a stolen 9mm handgun were found inside a South Grant Street residence Friday morning. The residence was shut down by the city code enforcement office under the one-strike ordinance, city police said.

Police arrested Teaera Perry, 26, and Malcom Perry, 23, on drug trafficking offenses after a search warrant was served at 484 S. Grant St. at about 6 a.m.

Police said the house is the fourth residence shut down within the last three weeks in connection to drug trafficking investigations.

Union grieves denial of Elise Mosca’s third leave request

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District teachers union has filed a grievance regarding the denial of a leave of absence for teacher and reality TV star Elise Mosca, Solicitor Ray Wendolowski confirmed.

Mosca returned to teaching Aug. 25 after the school board unanimously denied a third consecutive request for a leave of absence. The board had granted two prior requests without seeking a reason for the leave, but controversy erupted when Mosca appeared on the ABC TV reality show “The Bachelor.”

Truck loses its breaks, smashes into a house

SHICKSHINNY — A Shickshinny resident’s house was knocked from its foundation by an errant box truck that lost its brakes.

According to state police, an 84-year-old Lebanon man was driving the truck, when he lost his brakes traveling downhill eastbound on West Butler Street. The driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road, the troopers said.

An eye witness said she believed the truck driver veered toward the house to avoid her vehicle where she was getting her children in to go to school.

After 43 years, this teacher’s ready to retire

HANOVER — A retiring second grade teacher was honored for her 43 years of service during the Hanover Area School District Board of Education regular meeting last week.

At the meeting, the superintendent also announced that the students of Hanover Area Memorial Elementary School have won a national contest for World Wrestling Entertainment’s anti-bullying “Be a STAR” campaign, for which WWE stars Jay Uso, Jimmy Uso and The Miz will present an anti-bullying program at the school this week.

Woman begins to ‘feel funny,’ gets locked in a club

WILKES-BARRE —A 50-year-old-woman called police Sunday morning, stating that she was locked inside Heat nightclub in Wilkes-Barre.

According to police, the woman said she had been drinking at the bar until 1 a.m. when she began to “feel funny.” She later found herself waking up Sunday morning on the floor of the women’s restroom. Police said the woman became uncooperative and refused to answer any further questions.

B-I-N-G-O theft might lead to J-A-I-L for mom, daughter

WILKES-BARRE — A mother and daughter accused of embezzling $734,738 in bingo proceeds in 2008 are set to finally go to trial in Luzerne County Court.

Carol Gamble, 52, of West Pittston, and mother Catherine Drago, 83, of Forty Fort, first were charged in 2008 on allegations they used their respective positions as president and treasurer at Swoyersville Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 to steal the money between 2004 and 2007.

Dump truck rolls over, sends someone to the hospital

ASHLEY — Someone was taken to the hospital after a dump truck rolled over near exit 165A on Interstate 81 northbound in Ashley.

A 911 dispatch supervisor confirmed crews from Hanover Township fire and rescue, as well as the township’s ambulance, were called out just before 5 p.m. The truck was the only vehicle involved in the accident, the supervisor said.

Mountain Top doctor is now in the free and clear

MOUNTAIN TOP — According to a Luzerne County public defender, a Mountain Top doctor hopes to put his life back together now that charges of making terroristic threats and harassment are behind him.

The doctor was sentenced to spend one to 18 months in Luzerne County Correctional Facility after last year’s investigation by state Board of Osteopathic medicine determined that the doc “presents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety.”