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On March 15, Action Together NEPA and the Wilkes University Sociology and Criminology departments brought different organizations to discuss approaches to violence reduction in Wilkes-Barre. Representatives from gun violence prevention organizations spoke about their separate approaches ...
WILKES-BARRE -- A city man accused of repeatedly forcing a teenage girl to have sex over a decade was convicted Thursday of forcible rape and other charges. Jorge Claudio Huapaya Jr., 38, of 473 N. Pennsylvania Ave., was accused of having sexual intercourse with the girl beginning when she was ...

With less than a month until their new album drops, multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin has released another track from "Ember" that reveals where the title of the self-produced record comes from in its lyrics. Debuting on Spotify and digital music retailers early this morning, "Psycho" isn't quite ...
HAZLE TWP. -- A woman found dead in the woods and buried in an unmarked grave 48 years ago has a name again. (read more) · Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2018: · 100 Years Ago - Knights of Columbus campaign reaches $65,000. Officials with the local Knights of Columbus War ...
Gateway Center Associates' preliminary design of two buildings on the site of the former Hotel Sterling site in downtown Wilkes-Barre likely will be revised to one building. Plans call for a hotel, retail space, parking and condominiums selling for as much as $500,000 with panoramic views of the ...
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - This could be the new face of North River and West Market Streets. Upscale condominiums and hotel rooms overlooking the Susquehanna River are the new plans for this parking lot where the historic Hotel Sterling once stood. City leaders hope ...

WILKES-BARRE -- Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the distribution of nearly $489 million in 2018 liquid fuels payments to municipalities statewide to help them maintain local roads and bridges. The distribution marks a $22.8 million, or 4.9 percent, increase over the $466.2 million distributed in 2017.
The Wilkes-Barre Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday approved the conversion of a warehouse on North River Street into a drug and alcohol treatment center for men. Wilkes-Barre -- Afraid of what might happen with the opening of a drug and alcohol abuse treatment center in their ...
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- City leaders say big changes are on the way to WILKES-BARRE. Renovations continue at the former Citizens Bank building downtown, luxury apartments are being developed, a new downtown restaurant opened in the past year, and Tuesday night, city council heard detailed plans ...
Quality fan-filmed video footage of Alice Cooper's March 10 performance at at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania can be seen below. Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album, "Paranormal", last July via earMUSIC, has announced his summer 2018 tour plans.
In the basement of the Polish Union Building in downtown Wilkes-Barre, a new music venue is emerging to bring weekly all-ages shows back to the local music scene. First announced last fall, Karl Hall is finally ready to open its doors to the general public after holding a soft opening concert with ...
We invite you to explore the many opportunities available at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. We proudly offer the advantages of an intimate campus atmosphere combined with all the resources of a major research university – located on a scenic estate in northeastern Pennsylvania just ten miles from Wilkes-Barre. At Penn State ...
WILKES-BARRE — The city's 38th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday featured Irish music, bagpipes, kilts, lots of people marching and even more watching and cheering as the parade wound its way north to Public Square. Most of them wore green, some from head to toe. Some of the costumes ...
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Bells rang after Sunday's service at St. Stephen's Church in Wilkes-Barre. The congregation just learned one of their own has admitted to taking thousands of dollars in donations. Church leaders handed out a letter at the end of the service -- letting everyone know the assistant ...
Wilkes-Barre employee Patricia Murphy honored with Navient's Solutions Navigator Award ... WILKES-BARRE, Pa., March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Patricia Murphy, a Shickshinny, Pennsylvania resident and loan counselor for Navient, was honored with the quarterly Solutions Navigator Award for ...
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Saint Patrick Parade was in Scranton on Saturday -- and on Sunday Wilkes-Barre joined in on the party. Parade goers lined up on the street around Public Square and Main Street to see all of the excitement. Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan ...
Families, children, adults and senior citizens gathered in downtown Wilkes-Barre in anticipation for the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. Ann Marie Scinal, of Plains Township, had attended the parade before, but her husband and children had never attended until this year. Scindal is of Irish descent, ...

WILKES-BARRE — The oldest house in Wilkes-Barre has been saved from the wrecking ball and will be transformed into a historical museum. The property, built in 1793 and known as the “Butler House,” recently was purchased by the Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society after group members blocked its ...
WILKES-BARRE — The salary for the city's new health educator will be lower than the amount listed in the state grant that funds the hire, Mayor Tony George said Friday. James Hayward Jr. will be paid 80 percent of the salary listed in the city's job posting and not what was contained in the state ...
Serafini says he was walking his dogs in Miner Park in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday morning when everything went wrong. "All of a sudden, I heard some yelling and I turned around and there were two German Shepherds coming at full speed across the park. It was like being on the plains of Africa. These ...
Wilkes-Barre — Leadership Wilkes-Barre has announced that applications are available for the 2018/2019 program year. Applications for the Core Leadership Wilkes-Barre Program, the Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre Program, and Impact: Leadership in Education are available at ...
Police are now seeking Timothy Evans, 24, of Newark, on warrants in three cases, two of which include allegations that he started shooting during disputes in Wilkes-Barre. The most recent altercation took place around 1:20 p.m. Sunday, when police were dispatched to a report of shots fired on John Street.
WILKES-BARRE — Location matters in real estate and just as much in Geisinger Health System's decision to reopen the emergency department at its hospital in South Wilkes-Barre. The plan is to have the department at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre ready by July of this year. In order to meet the deadline ...
WILKES-BARRE — City officials have launched a hotline for motorists to report potholes. Callers are asked to dial 570-208-4239 and provide the nearest street address or intersection of the pothole. Several dedicated DPW crews, known as the “Pothole Patrol,” have been designated to address the holes, ...
Today, the Wilkes-Barre native is the chief operating officer at Vuzix, a company that specializes in smart glasses that feature augmented and virtual reality. Boris said days spent in his youth watching people working with their hands in his parents' business, Arrow Beer Distributing, inspired his career in ...
WILKES-BARRE — The city could begin hiring new officers by as early as next month to fill vacancies on the police force, Mayor Tony George said. The department is down between four and six officers and has the money budgeted this year for approximately 80 officers, George said Friday. A total of 96 ...
WILKES-BARRE — Council held a quick work session Tuesday, with much of the 13-minute meeting focused on zoning and tax-exemption issues. Councilman Bill Barrett said he's heard from residents in his district in Parsons about a small church that bought a house. “When that happens the house, ...
WILKES-BARRE — The city Health Department has a limited supply of flu shots available to the public free of charge. Delphine Torbik of the Health Department said there are doses available for anyone 6 months of age and older. High-dosage vaccines also are available for people 65 and older. The shots ...
WILKES-BARRE — An email to Wilkes-Barre Area School District administrators that contained a semi-nude photo of an elementary school teacher has sparked a criminal investigation into who has been harassing the woman and sharing her picture. Last week, someone who claimed to be a concerned ...
LEHMAN TWP. — Beginning March 13, Penn State Wilkes-Barre will host its last seven-week SAT preparation course session for those students interested in taking the SAT exam for the May 5 testing date. Penn State Wilkes-Barre, in cooperation with Cambridge Educational Services Inc., offers high ...
WILKES-BARRE — With proposals in hand from two developers for the former Hotel Sterling site, the city has set an approximate six-week timetable to review them and possibly vote on selling the land. The next step in the process is to assemble a committee to look over the proposals that were submitted ...
WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they allege gave alcohol to a teenage girl and took provocative pictures of the teen laying across his lap. The alleged pictures were discovered on the girl's cellphone by her mother in July. Todd A. Williams, 30, of 78 Carlisle St., Wilkes-Barre, was charged with ...
WILKES-BARRE--- Three homeowners in Wilkes-Barre are likely facing hundreds of dollars in repairs after they found their copper piping ripped out. Ron Romanelli was scraping ice off the sidewalk on Monday morning to help out some of his neighbors on Stanton Street in Wilkes-Barre. He lives right next ...
WILKES-BARRE — The preliminary hearing for a Plains Twp. woman alleged to have falsely accused two state police troopers of rape was derailed Friday morning when tempers flared between her attorney and the presiding magistrate. Christine A. Cromer, 37, of 237 Maffett St., is facing charges of filing ...
WILKES-BARRE — There were two shootings in Wilkes-Barre on Friday night within a span of about three hours. Police have released details on the second incident that occurred just before 10 p.m. near 69 Wilkes Lane, which is a street that runs behind Odyssey Fitness Center. Police said they found a ...
WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man was arraigned Thursday on charges he cut another man with a machete. Lamar N. Grant, 39, and another man known as “JoJo” were each armed with machetes when they approached Ronald Roane outside 64 Carey Ave. on Nov. 15, police say. Roane exited the ...
Wilkes-Barre police responded to a reported shooting on Parrish Street on Friday night, but details on what happened were scant. WILKES-BARRE — City police responded to a reported shooting on Parrish Street around 7 p.m. Friday. An officer was seen placing an evidence marker on the roadway near ...
PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- There are questions affecting hundreds of families living in one of the area's biggest school districts. Officials in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District are planning to purchase 80 acres in Plains Township known as the Pagnotti Site. They would ...
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Monster Jam driver Collette Davis saw the “Wonder Woman” movie when it first came out last year and loved it, especially the choreographed scenes of Amazons leaping from shields, shooting three arrows at a time and otherwise showing themselves to be superb athletes.
WILKES-BARRE — The head of the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority on Monday said he's in favor of a study to improve parking at meters, garages and lots, but doesn't want to take another look at selling or leasing the assets. Tom Torbik, executive director of the authority, said he would ask the full authority ...
WILKES-BARRE — A woman allegedly kidnapped by her husband was found near Public Square early Sunday morning. Police allege Justin Ramirez, 29, of Scott Street, Wilkes-Barre, forced LaRhonda Ramirez into his vehicle and sped away from a residence on Jones Street. LaRhonda Ramirez was ...
PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- Dozens of people turned out to learn more about plans for a new Wilkes-Barre Area High School. The school board held a special meeting at Solomon Plains Elementary Monday night. District officials outlined plans to buy 80 acres in Plains Township to build the new high school and ...
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP -- A driver hit two people near Wilkes-Barre and then sped off. Officials tell Newswatch 16 two pedestrians were hit around 6:30 p.m. Monday, on Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard, also known as Route 309, near Wilkes-Barre. The driver did not stop. The victims had to be ...
WILKES-BARRE — A man from Wilkes-Barre is facing charges after police say he kidnapped a woman. According to arrest papers, Justin Ramirez, 29, of Wilkes-Barre, got into an argument with the victim and forced her into a vehicle and drove off around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers located Ramirez and the ...
WILKES-BARRE — Newsroom, out. Laboratories and classrooms, in. King's College purchased the Times Leader building at 15 N. Main St. in Wilkes-Barre last week for $725,000, according to John R. Loyack, the college's executive vice president for business and administrative affairs. The purchase will ...
WILKES-BARRE — Down one dog, a settlement agreement between the police union and the city will further shake up the K9 unit. The deal will put Skoty, the sole dog on duty, in the hands of a new officer, Sgt. Phil Myers, president of the Wilkes-Barre Police Benevolent Association, said Friday. The two ...
WILKES-BARRE — South Franklin Street from Anheiser Lane to Market Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, the city announced Friday. The mayor's office noted, however, that Franklin Street from Northampton Street to Anheiser Lane will be opened as a two-way street for that period of time.
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Police are investigating a three car collision that sent seven people to the hospital. It happened Friday afternoon near the rear entrance of Interfaith Apartments. A driver of a vehicle hit another vehicle and the impact pushed the second vehicle into a ...
WILKES-BARRE — A woman from Lancaster County is accusing a Wilkes-Barre company of violating the “Do Not Call List” in response to allegedly receiving hundreds of nuisance phone calls. Samantha Baker through attorneys Brett Freeman and Carlo Sabatini in Dunmore filed a lawsuit Thursday in ...
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Lord & Taylor distribution center on Highland Park Boulevard has notified the state Department of Labor & Industry that it is laying off 202 workers in March and April. The L&I website indicates the layoffs are due to “closure,” but Lord & Taylor's parent company HBC says the ...


 

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