Over WB’s objections, redevelopment authority OKs disbursement of tax diversion funds

WILKES-BARRE — Against objections from Wilkes-Barre officials, the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority voted Tuesday to return $2.9 million left from a tax diversion program to the county, Wilkes-Barre Area School District and Wilkes-Barre Township. The county, school district and township had collectively sacrificed $9.756 million in real estate tax revenue to fund infrastructure improvements on […]

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Stucker Tours plans annual travel show

JENKINS TWP. — Stucker Tours will host its annual travel show at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at The Jenkins Township Hose Company, 2 Second St. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Free admission. There will be door prizes and refreshments served. With every deposit, there will be a chance […]

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Luzerne County solicitor releases opinion on ethics meeting

Luzerne County Chief Solicitor Romilda Crocamo issued a ruling Monday standing by her decision that the county ethics commission had a required quorum when three of five members hired outside attorneys last week. County Councilwoman Linda McClosky Houck and two citizens have questioned the legality of the meeting because two citizen commission seats are vacant. […]

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Luzerne County Ethics Commission voting challenged

Luzerne County’s ethics commission hired two outside attorneys last week to help process complaints that are piling up, including one still sealed in its envelope since July. However, a county councilwoman and two citizens are questioning the approval process for those lawyers, arguing the commission did not fulfill requirements for a meeting quorum. As required […]

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Luzerne County union rejects proposed contract

Members of the Luzerne County’s AFSCME residual union recently rejected a proposed contract, leaving the status of negotiations unclear, according to county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik. Described as the “rank-and-file” contract, the residual agreement covers 165 workers, including 911 telecommunicators, security guards and some employees in road and bridge, building and grounds, mapping, […]

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Luzerne County seeking prison medical, mental health provider

WILKES-BARRE — Still reeling from the deaths of four female inmates since June, Luzerne County government is shopping around for a prison medical and mental health services provider. County council had approved a three-year contract with Kansas-based Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in March 2015 as part of a prior administration’s recommendation to partially outsource the […]

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Ryan DeCosmo resigns as Hazle Township’s new tax collector

Luzerne County Democratic Committee Chairman Michael DeCosmo was appointed Hazle Township tax collector Friday evening after his son, Ryan, resigned from the elected post so taxpayers wouldn’t be saddled with higher bonding costs, officials said. Ryan DeCosmo’s bond would have cost the township, Luzerne County and the Hazleton Area School District a combined $81,722 in […]

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Stephanie Jallen has one event remaining in Pyeongchang

Harding’s Stephanie Jallen heads into the final of the five events she entered in the 2018 Paralympic Games at PyeongChang, South Korea Saturday night, completing her second trip to the Paralympic Games in four years. Jallen is awaiting the slalom, where she is currently ranked sixth in the world, to begin. Going into this year’s […]

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Carson Crossley honored by Red Cross for heroism during Wyoming accident

PLAINS TWP. — They’ve pulled people from burning houses and cars stuck on highways. One spent three days searching for a lost dog in the dead of winter. Another, at just 11 years old, stopped a car after the driver suffered a fatal heart attack at the wheel. These aren’t movie superheroes, but the everyday […]

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Pittston Mass marks 25th anniversary of blaze that killed two firefighters

PITTSTON — It was a day for remembering as first responders and dozens of friends and family gathered Thursday to celebrate the lives of Leonard Insalaco II and John F. Lombardo. The two firefighters — Insalaco, of West Pittston, and Lombardo, of Pittston — were tragically killed while battling a blaze in the business district […]

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