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Long Time Clerk Of Courts Resigns Amid Investigation

A long-time Schuylkill County employee stepped down Thursday amid allegations he took thousands of dollars from the office he has overseen for nearly 30 years.

County officials say Stephen Lukach officially resigned as Clerk of Courts.

It was business as usual here at the Clerk of Courts office inside the Schuylkill County Courthouse, except for one major thing.

Missing in action was Stephen Lukach who has overseen this office for 26 years.

The Schuylkill County’s District Attorney’s office says Lukach has officially resigned.

“Mr. Lukach has sent a letter to the governor of Pennsylvania stating that he will cease to be the Clerk of Courts,” said Assistant District Attorney Maria Casey.

Lukach is stepping down amid allegations by the district attorney he took thousands of dollars of tax payer money from his office for personal use, despite the fact he has not been charged with any crime.

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Fifty Years Later: Mustangs On The Road

Mustang engines have been running for 50 years.

The Ford Mustang sporty car went on sale in America on April 17, 1964.

It was debuted at the New York World’s Fair, even assembled on the Empire State Building’s observation deck.

Dennis Slack of Scranton was there. He was 16-years-old.

“I loved the car from the start, when I first sat in the car at the World’s Fair, and I mean I treasured it. I let it sit in the garage without even driving it,” said Slack.

For $3,200, Slack’s parents bought the Mustang convertible for him as a graduation present in 1964.

Fifty years later, he still has that car, but it is in the shop now.

It was damaged when the roof of his garage collapsed this winter.

He hopes to have it back in a month.

Police Searching for Robber in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Police are looking for the man who held up a gas station in Wilkes-Barre.

Officers said the robber walked into Hazle Mart on Hazle Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, showed a gun and demanded money.

The crook took off, and police have not found him yet.

There is no word how much money the robber got away with.

Bowling Show & Tell

Ray Niedzwiecki started bowling in 1949, and his game has continued to improve with age. Last month, at 81 years old, Ray bowled a perfect game! So, I thought he would be the best person to teach me how to bowl. We went to Modern Lanes in Exeter, where Ray is regular bowler, and with the proper shoes and bowling ball, I was ready to go! I first watched Ray bowl a few strikes with ease, but quickly learned that bowling is a lot more difficult than it looks. I threw dozens of balls into the gutter, and in a game where you are supposed to throw strikes, I just kept striking out. Ray continued to offer advice and support throughout my bowling experience, and finally I was able finish with a spare!

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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.

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.