Luzerne County may buy building next to prison for $100K

WILKES-BARRE — A warehouse next to the Luzerne County prison on Water Street in Wilkes-Barre would be put to good use if the county buys it, the administration said at a recent council real estate committee meeting. Owned by Joseph Dotzel and J-H Smith Co., the building at 121 Water St. has been occupied by […]

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Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick honor several at banquet

PLAINS TWP. — The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick held their annual banquet March 17 at the Woodlands Inn & Resort. Joe Long is president of the organization and Lackawanna Co. Magisterial District Judge James A. Gibbons served as the evening’s toastmaster. James Delaney, fire chief of the City of Wilkes-Barre, was the […]

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Friends of the Pittston Library event celebrates women

PITTSTON — Seven successful women came “to the table” to share their life journeys during a “Women of the Round Table” event held March 18 by the Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library. The second annual event commemorates National Women’s History Month. Wyoming Area Superintendent Janet Serino described her life as a “long and winding […]

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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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