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Shapiro: Organized crime ring fraudulently obtained PA license plates

Shapiro: Organized crime ring fraudulently obtained PA license plates

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in a major organized crime ring that fraudulently obtained more than 1,000 Pennsylvania license plates and used them to fuel a massive criminal enterprise involving automobiles in multiple states. According to the AG’s office, by illegally renting […]

Beyond the Byline: Lessons learned from Coach Mergo

Beyond the Byline: Lessons learned from Coach Mergo

WILKES-BARRE — We’ve all had people like this in our lives — people who may have scared the hell out of us one minute and made us laugh uncontrollably the next minute. And these same people, as it turns out, may have taught us more than we ever could have imagined. There have been several […]

Local United Way President/CEO Bill Jones recalls encounter with Dan Rooney

Local United Way President/CEO Bill Jones recalls encounter with Dan Rooney

WILKES-BARRE — You can learn a lot about a person when you sit next to them on an airplane. Bill Jones, president/CEO of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, had such an experience in December 1997. Jones learned a lot about a man he described as “a humble, down to earth, kind guy who has […]

Wolf urges seniors to protect themselves against financial fraud

Wolf urges seniors to protect themselves against financial fraud

HERSHEY — Gov. Tom Wolf Friday joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud. “Financial crime can be visited upon older Pennsylvanians by someone they know — caregivers, […]

Toomey moving NEPA office to Wilkes-Barre

Toomey moving NEPA office to Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — The city will have a new tenant come May 5 and it just happens to be a U.S. senator. Effective May 5, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, will relocate his NEPA office to Wilkes-Barre’s Stegmaier Building. Steve Kelly, a member of Toomey’s staff, said currently there are no full-time congressional constituent services […]

Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 sold in Luzerne County

Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 sold in Luzerne County

DALLAS — A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 from Thursday’s drawing was sold at Turkey Hill, 4003 Memorial Highway, Dallas. The ticket matched all five balls drawn, 01-06-18-19-42. The retailer will get a $500 bonus for selling the ticket. Winners can be identified only after prizes are claimed and tickets validated. Cash […]

PA unemployment rate declines to 4.8 percent in March

PA unemployment rate declines to 4.8 percent in March

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Friday released its employment situation report for March 2017 that shows the state’s unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.8 percent in March. This was the fourth consecutive decline, resulting in the lowest rate since February 2008. The commonwealth’s rate remained above […]

Ridership record in March at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Ridership record in March at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

PITTSTON TWP. — Despite the area’s worst snow storm on record, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport had its best March in history — ridership is up and more good news could be coming soon. Carl Beardsley Jr., airport director, reported that 21,054 passengers boarded planes at the airport — the highest number ever recorded since the […]

THEIR VIEWA refresher on our esteemed leader

THEIR VIEWA refresher on our esteemed leader

WASHINGTON — You’d think with 24/7 exposure to everything Donald Trump, we’d know all about him. But here are a few fun facts you may have missed. During the president’s six business bankruptcies, investors lost $1.5 billion. He had to reduce his personal expenses to $450,000 a month. Ultimately, the government bailed him out from […]

Your view: Show respect to your creator

Your view: Show respect to your creator

Why is it okay for someone in a state or government job to openly use the name of Jesus as a curse word but not OK for the same person to use the name in a adoring way? Well, I can tell you why; it’s because they don’t have an actual relationship with the Lord […]

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