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Archbald to Continue Maintaining Staback Park

ARCHBALD — A park used by hundreds of people will continue to be maintained by a community in Lackawanna County. Archbald currently maintains Staback Park located off Eynon Jermyn Road as part of a deal with the state. That agreement was in jeopardy as borough officials considered opting out of the agreement due to the costs. The park houses numerous athletic fields for youth sports, and people who opposed breaking the deal feared the park might fall into disrepair. “Staback […]

Where’s Kevin? The Search for State Rep. Haggerty Continues

DUNMORE — For a third straight day, State Rep Kevin Haggerty (D-Dunmore) has been an “unexcused” no-show at the state Capitol. His Democratic colleagues in Harrisburg have begun marking his absences as “unexcused,” and if Haggerty hits five unexcused absences in a row, he could be held in contempt of the House. Joe Sabia of Eynon has spent the past couple months taking the Democratic lawmaker who represents the 112th District to task at meetings and on social media. “To make $87,000 plus a […]

Victim Dies, Two Arrested in Wayne County Home Invasion

LEHIGH TOWNSHIP — A man from Wayne County has died after a violent home invasion at his home last week. It happened at a home on Evergreen Drive in Lehigh Township near Gouldsboro late Friday night. Police say four men charged in wearing bandanas over their faces, trashing the place, beating Joseph Stengline Jr. and his father, Joseph Stengline Sr. Wednesday night, the Lackawanna County coroner said Joseph Stengline Sr., 62, had died. Police say the attack was not random, but they […]

Murder-Suicide at Penn State Beaver Campus

CENTER TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating a murder-suicide on a college campus in western Pennsylvania. It happened Wednesday on the campus of Penn State Beaver, which is northwest of Pittsburgh. Officials told WTAE there were no students involved, but that they have closed the campus. According to investigators, an estranged husband shot and killed an employee with food services in a parking lot. Police say he then turned the gun on himself, killing himself. “There were multiple shots fired. A […]

Day 3: Haggerty’s Absence ‘Unexcused’

HARRISBURG — For the third straight day, a state lawmaker from Lackawanna County was an “unexcused” no-show at the state capitol. Kevin Haggerty’s Democratic colleagues are the ones calling him out, declaring his absence “unexcused.” Mike Schlossberg (D-Allentown), a state rep from Lehigh County representing the 132nd District tweeted in part: “Today it was my turn. I objected to the absence of Rep. Kevin Haggerty. He hasn’t been here since July.” Early session day today. Today it was my turn: […]

Mohegan Sun Casino Fined $1 Million

PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County has been fined $1 million by the state. The casino near Wilkes-Barre must pay $550,000 for failing to follow internal controls to monitor free slot play and the main bank. That is the result of the investigation into three former workers who admitted being part of a half-million dollar scheme to duplicate player cards and cash out money for free slot play. Mohegan Sun Pocono is also being fine $450,000 for […]

Man Accused of Stealing $60k from Bowling Alley

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — A man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a bowling alley in Lycoming County State police say Michael Mottern, 49, of Muncy, stole about $60,000 from Faxon Lanes on River Avenue near Montoursville. Investigators say Mottern took the money of a period of two years.

Police Developing Surveillance Camera Database

CLARKS SUMMIT — Police departments in part of Lackawanna County are asking people to play the role of crime fighters. Officers are developing a database of home surveillance systems. Neighboring police departments in South Abington Township and Clarks Summit are making an effort to make better use of technology that already appears all over the communities. “Time is of the essence when solving a crime, so the faster we can get a suspect identified or a vehicle identified, the quicker […]

Carrying On a Loved One’s Memory by Donating Presents

WILKES-BARRE — Inside a room at the Jewish Community Center in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, people were hard at work. Scissors clipping, tape being precisely put down, as presents were wrapped with the utmost care, but there’s special meaning behind all of these gifts. They will be given to children who are in need in memory of Heidi Mitchneck Seeherman. “My daughter was 40 years old and she passed away suddenly and we wanted to do something to keep her memory […]

People Finding Ways to Stay Warm in Cold Temperatures

WILKES-BARRE — Regardless of the weather, work still needs to be done and people still have places to get to. How were people dealing with the cold weather today, though? Temperatures in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday were in the 20s. Even though it can be hard to stay warm, one worker from Flagger Force seemed to have it down with his outfit. He has a system on how to stay warm, too. “I layer up, but in the process of me […]