August 24, 2014 |
A $1,200 LIFE-SIZE statue of President Obama has been returned to a Wilkes-Barre woman after it was found on a park bench posed with a six pack of Twisted Teas. Tiffany Bruce, 30, told the Daily News yesterday that the statue was stolen off her porch early Sunday. It was recovered five days later after a police detective saw a picture posted on Facebook of the statue, lounging at a picnic table at Francis Walter Dam with his right arm outstretched, holding a bottle. The statue became beloved by the family after Bruce bought it last year at a furniture store.
February 24, 2014 |
Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon has concussion problems from banging his head into the glass during a recent game and is out of the Phantoms lineup indefinitely, Adirondack coach Terry Murray confirmed after his team's morning skate Saturday in Voorhees. The Phantoms played Bridgeport at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Earlier this season, Bourdon spent two months at the University of Michigan, where he received treatment from concussion specialists and also skated on the college rink.
March 26, 2013 |
AWILKES-BARRE native with nearly three decades of service in the Federal Bureau of Investigation assumed the top spot in the agency's Philadelphia Division on Monday. Edward J. Hanko, Philadelphia's new special agent in charge, left his post as chief of the FBI's Cincinnati Division to come to Philadelphia. Hanko worked as a police officer in Baltimore from 1981 until joining the FBI in 1986. Hanko has held numerous positions with the FBI, including as an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office, a supervisory special agent overseeing drug-trafficking investigations, and an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Between 2009 and 2011, Hanko, a graduate of the University of Baltimore, worked in the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, where he oversaw undercover, budget and administrative programs.
March 5, 2013
WILKES-BARRE - Juan Borbon, 21, the man accused of nearly chopping off a teenager's hand with a machete last year outside a high school here, claims he has an alibi. The alibi defense, recently introduced by Borbon's defense team, has prompted the delay of Borbon's aggravated-assault trial, which had been expected to start Monday in Luzerne County Court. Borbon's trial is now tentatively set to start on April 1. Borbon's attorney, William Watt III, recently filed notice in court that Borbon will claim he was at an acquaintance's home when the racially charged melee erupted between students outside GAR High School in February 2012.
November 24, 2012
WILKES-BARRE - Shoppers in northeastern Pennsylvania won't be getting a parking holiday in Wilkes-Barre. The city council has ended its tradition of waiving meter fees downtown from Black Friday until after New Year's. Parking will cost the usual rate of 75 cents per hour this year. Officials have previously advocated free parking during the holidays as a boost to downtown businesses. But officials realized that there's greater turnover of spaces when meter limits are enforced, city spokesman Drew McLaughlin said.
October 6, 2012 |
A man wanted for attempted murder in Philadelphia was shot and killed in a gun battle with police today in Wilkes Barre, according to news reports. TimesLeader.com and the CitizensVoice.com report that a police officer also was shot in the leg, but his wound it not life threatening. The gun battle erupted when Robert Montgomery, 29, opened fire on police when they went to the fugitive's father's apartment looking for him. Montgomery, wanted for attempted murder and aggravated assault in Philadelphia, died at the scene, the news sites reported.
September 11, 2011 |
WILKES-BARRE - It was a matter of simple math - an equation laid out more than three decades ago and an answer that brought palpable relief last week to thousands along the raging Susquehanna River. For others, though, the sum equaled nothing less than utter devastation. When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called in 1979 for raising levees in Wilkes-Barre by three to five feet after Tropical Storm Agnes, it cited the nearly $3 billion in damage that storm had caused to justify the expense.
September 10, 2011 |
WILKES-BARRE - Luzerne County emergency management officials lifted mandatory evacuation orders affecting about 70,000 around Wilkes-Barre Saturday, as the engorged Susquehanna River receded from a record-setting 42.66-foot crest. By noon, water levels had pulled back to about 31 feet, dropping at a rate of about a half foot per hour, said Jim Brozena, executive director of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority. Authorities began letting residents back into areas protected by levees by 2:30 p.m. Officials said they did not know when residents from communities without levee protection would be allowed to return home.
September 9, 2011 |
WILKES-BARRE - Authorities evacuated parts of this riverside city and surrounding towns Thursday as rising floodwaters pushed against protective levees, and Gov. Corbett put the state on an emergency footing not seen since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Across Pennsylvania, the wash and churn of floodwater closed major highways, destroyed property, and forced the hurried, worried evacuation of thousands. An estimated 65,000 people sought shelter in schools and churches here, leaving streets eerily empty as officials cast a nervous eye on a river that threatened to spill over the levees late Thursday - and older residents remembered a storm named Agnes.
August 5, 2011 |
UGI Corp. said Thursday it has shut its recently upgraded Hunlock Power Station near Wilkes-Barre after a heat-recovery steam generator on one of two units failed July 28. Joseph Swope, a spokesman for the Valley Forge company, said that the damage to the new equipment was "significant" and that the unit would be out of operation for "a number of months. " UGI said it also shut down the second, undamaged power unit for a few weeks as a precautionary measure. The two natural gas-fueled units produce 125 megawatts of electricity.