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Penguins Prep for Binghamton

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The Penguins are tied with the Binghamton Senators in the AHL East division with two games left in the regular season.

As it happens, the Pens and Sens meet tomorrow night in Binghamton.

A win in Binghamton and taking care of business in Utica would mean a division title, home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and momentum heading into post-season play.

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Penguins Prep for Senators

This Friday night, the Penguins are facing the Senators in a final regular season showdown between the two rivals. Wilkes Barre Scranton and Binghamton enter this game, tied, at the top of the division, with Binghamton holding the tie-breaker. So, the Penguins need to win tomorrow night, and get at least a point on Saturday to take the division. The Penguins are ready for the challenge and excited about the weekend ahead.

Beefed Up Prices

COURTDALE — The meat shelves are fully stocked at Gerrity’s in Courtdale, but something’s different about the meat. Prices have increased lately.

Sandy Pechal of Swoyersville has noticed.

“Hamburger’s been up a little bit, but I mean, you got to do what you got to do, to feed the family and stuff,” said Pechal.

It’s not just Gerrity’s with the beefed up prices. The average price of beef across the country is up to $5.28 a pound, a 25 percent increase from last year.

Experts say the droughts out west caused a decrease in cattle. Plus, beef is in high demand overseas.

“It’s kind of a perfect storm of bad news for the price of beef,” said Gerrity’s perishable foods director Mark Bradigan.

A package of ground beef is just over a pound, but already, it’s almost $5, and that’s causing some people to pass on it altogether.

Route 415 To Be Repaved Near Harveys Lake

HARVEYS LAKE — Repair bills have topped thousands of dollars for drivers who say their cars were damaged by potholes on Route 415 near Harveys Lake.

Now a paving project is set to resurface the road.

With a spare tire on her tiny car, Brittany Cocherell of Dallas says this is her second time at the repair shop near Harveys Lake.  She says the rim on her tire was mangled by potholes peppered along Route 415.

“It’s really bad. It was flat this time so I had to bring it in and get another tire. A couple weeks ago I hit one too, and he was able to kind of bang out the rim for me, but it’s not going to work this time,” Cocherell said.

PennDOT says the rough stretch of road starts at the intersection with Route 118 in Dallas Township and ends at Lakeside Drive at Harveys Lake.

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Power To Save: Volunteers To Target Mess Along The River

WILKES-BARRE — Now that the weather is getting nicer, a popular outdoor recreation area is getting busier but those heading to the levee system trails and the parks along the Susquehanna River in the Wilkes-Barre area are finding they are a mess.

In this week’s Power to Save report, we take a look at an effort to clean it up.

Shelby Hess of Wilkes-Barre was out taking her dog for a walk in a popular spot for a stroll but piles of trash are all over the place near the Susquehanna River levee trails and in Nesbitt Park in Wilkes-Barre.

“Oh, my gosh, yeah, even down there, there’s a ton of trash everywhere, clothes, just debris,” said Hess.

“A lot of people come here with their families and friends and a lot of people play at the parks and I think it’s a shame there’s so much garbage all around,” said Natalie Soloman of Mountain Top.

Officer In Dispute With Borough Over Discipline Agreement

WILKES-BARRE — An Exeter police officer is suing the borough, claiming officials illegally backed out of a disciplinary agreement.

Sgt. Leonard Galli was in court Thursday, a day after filing the lawsuit.

Court records in Luzerne County show Galli was placed on administrative leave in February for allegedly watching pornography and soliciting sexual relationships using his work computer while on the clock.

Bank Robbery Reported In Luzerne County

KINGSTON — Police are investigating a reported bank robbery in Kingston.

The holdup was reported just after 4 p.m. at the Honesdale National Bank along Wyoming Avenue in Kingston.

Investigators said the man handed the bank teller a note on a napkin and took off on foot.

There is no word on what the robber got away with.

Investigators released a security camera photo of the suspected robber.