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Scavone charged with DUI homicide in hit-run death of Paula Jones at Harveys Lake

KINGSTON TWP. — Michael Scavone was arrested and charged Friday evening with homicide by motor vehicle and related charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash Sunday at Harveys Lake.

Harveys Lake police and Luzerne County detectives allege that Scavone struck 31-year-old triathlete Paula M. Jones, of Factoryville, as she was jogging on Lakeside Drive.

Pittston resident Nick Manganaro, 90, has worked for Medico Industries for 77 years

PLAINS TWP. — In 1938, oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia, Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world, and Nick Manganaro, of Pittston, began a 77-year career at Medico Electric Motor Company that continues today.

At 90, Nick still dons his Medico Industries uniform and hat and heads off to work at the plant on Route 315 in Plains Township seven days a week. He’s been doing this every year since he was 13 years old, with the exception of a stint in the U.S. Navy when he served in Panama during World War II.

After completing his service time, Nick headed back to his home and to the family he loved at Medico Electric Motor Company in 1946. In his earlier years at Medico, Nick worked at the company’s facilities on Kennedy Boulevard in Pittston, where Burger King and CVS are currently located

Kingston police arrest two men on cocaine trafficking charges

SWOYERSVILLE — Two men arrested early Friday morning on cocaine trafficking charges pleaded with the district judge for low bail. One of the men said his wife will likely divorce him due to his arrest.

After nearly five minutes of begging, District Judge David Barilla said he heard enough and set bail for Dennis R. Couvertier at $150,000 and Mahmoud Elbattah’s bail at $75,000 on each of two complaints filed against him.

Couvertier, of Vaughn Street, Luzerne, and Elbattah, of Shoemaker Street, Swoyersville, were arrested by Kingston police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force after a two month investigation of alleged cocaine sales.

100-year-old Plains Township woman shares advice on long life: booze

PLAINS TWP. — Are you planning to indulge in a little alcohol to celebrate, well, anything?

That drink could help you live a long life, at least according to one Plains Township woman.

WNEP-TV celebrated Pauline Spagnola’s 100th birthday with her on Tuesday at the Golden Living East Mountain Center near Wilkes-Barre.

When asked what her secret to a long life was, Pauline wholeheartedly replied “Drink a lot of booze.”

Wilkes-Barre man admits to $14k food stamp fraud

WILKES-BARRE — It’s been a long 2015 for one Wilkes-Barre man.

Frank Capozzi Sr., 57, has made several appearances in Luzerne County Court since February, facing a number of charges to varied success.

Most recently, Capozzi pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving $14,494 in public assistance food stamps, court papers say.

When applying for assistance, Capozzi failed to list his ownership of five non-residential properties in Luzerne County with a tax assessment value of $244,500, making him ineligible, according to a criminal complaint.

Muslim-owned clothing shop to open on Wilkes-Barre’s North Main Street

WILKES-BARRE — An atypical clothing shop accommodating Muslims and non-Muslims, Konservative Kreations is open.

Also atypical is the location, 446 N. Main St., an area outside the downtown that is primarily residential.

The dress shop, owned by Cheree Owens, held a grand opening with a ribbon cutting at a storefront that had housed an applicance repair shop several years ago.

Owens, a mother, seamstress and artist, makes Muslim garments, ladies dresses, men’s apparel and soaps with natural ingredients. Her inventory also includes a variety of manufactured scented oils, soaps, scarves and handmade jewelry.