Latest Wilkes-Barre News

Virus spreads in Pennsylvania; St. Patrick's parade canceled

Mar. 10, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Pennsylvania confirmed more cases of the new coronavirus Tuesday, as more schools canceled classes, travel or events and the city of Philadelphia discouraged gatherings of more than 5,000 people, including professional sporting events and the St. Patrick's Day parade which was canceled Tuesday night. The state...

President Donald Trump speaks during a FOX News Channel town hall at the Scranton Cultural Center, Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Scranton, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump defends his rhetoric in 1st TV town hall of 2020

Mar. 5, 2020 10:35 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump defended the administration's response to the coronavirus and his confrontational style of name-calling political opponents as he fielded questions Thursday from select members of the public in his first TV town hall of the 2020 election cycle. Trump, who...

Trump to make first visit of 2020 to Pennsylvania

Mar. 2, 2020 11:57 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making his first visit this year to the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, in a town hall-style event hosted by Fox News in Scranton on Thursday. The one-hour event will be at the Scranton Cultural Center. The location is important for this...

Washington Post wins 'Grand Slam' honors at APSE contest

Feb. 20, 2020 3:39 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Post is the lone media group to earn Grand Slam honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest that wrapped up this week in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Post, competing in the A Division (83,000 and over circulation), placed...

Suit: Ex-pharmacist fired for not trying medical marijuana

Feb. 13, 2020 9:48 PM EST

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pharmacist is suing the medical marijuana dispensary where she worked on allegations she was fired after refusing to illegally sample the shop’s products. Carol Kopiak, of Wilkes-Barre, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against her former employer Justice...

2 charged with killing, dismembering man, dumping in river

Feb. 10, 2020 3:06 PM EST

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been charged with killing a northeastern Pennsylvania man who disappeared about 4 1/2 years ago who authorities allege was then dismembered and his remains disposed of in a river. Luzerne County prosecutors say Jose Herran was last seen alive in the fall of 2015 but...

Burglary, theft-related charges dropped against fugitive

Feb. 10, 2020 11:54 AM EST

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — State burglary and theft-related charges have been dropped against a northeastern Pennsylvania man awaiting sentencing on federal convictions of threatening President Donald Trump and a Pennsylvania district attorney. The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice reports that Luzerne County...