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Road Work Means New Delays on I-81

Drivers headed north on Interstate 81 can expect another week of long delays.

An area that had weeks of traffic back-ups last month is scheduled to be trouble again this week.

The traffic backed up early Monday morning and lasted until the afternoon near the Luzerne/ Lackawanna county border on I-81 northbound.

Drivers heading north on i-81 Monday morning likely found themselves in a big mess.

Around noon a seven mile delay stretched from the Pittston/Dupont exit (175) up to the Davis Street/Montage Mountain Road exit (182).

Many drivers tried to escape the highway headache by ducking onto route 11 through Avoca and Moosic where delays continued throughout most of the day.

Emergency responders also had to navigate around the extra volume of traffic.

One Dead after Luzerne County Crash

The Luzerne County coroner has identified a man killed Sunday night in a crash on Interstate 81.

Carlos Medina, 51, of Scranton was killed when he was thrown from the pick-up truck he was driving, according to police.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. on Interstate 81 north in Plains Township near the Wilkes-Barre exit.

Police said the truck was speeding on the on-ramp from Route 115/Route 309 to I-81 north. Troopers said Medina lost control of the truck on a curve.  The trucked rolled several times, throwing Medina.

One lane of I-81 north was closed along with the exit to the Cross Valley Expressway, both are now open again in Luzerne County.

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Man Allegedly Robs Bank, then Crashes

A man is in jail, charged with robbing a bank in Luzerne County.

A thief robbed the PNC bank on Main Street in Mocanaqua just after 5 p.m. Friday.

Later that night state police were called to a motorcycle crash on Route 239 in Conyngham Township.

Troopers said the driver, Girard Kalinay of Harveys Lake, matched the description of the robber.

Troopers found a black BB-gun pistol and money scattered around the scene of the crash.

According to state police, Kalinay confessed to the crime.

Kalinay is in the Luzerne County jail.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

Police in Luzerne County have arrested a man they say robbed a PNC Bank on Friday.

55-year old Girard Kalinay of Harvey’s Lake was taken into custody after he crashed a motorcycle on Route 239 in Conyngham Township Friday evening.

Troopers found a black BB-gun pistol and money scattered around the scene of the crash.

Kalinay was taken to the hospital. He is now locked up in Luzerne County.


WBS Penguins vs St. John’s IceCaps Game 3

Brock Trotter scored both goals for the St. John’s IceCaps, including the game-winner in overtime, to give his team a 2-1 triumph over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

With the victory, St. John’s took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The IceCaps got on the scoreboard first at 12:37 of the opening period as Zach Redmond held the puck in at the Penguins blueline and flung a pass to the far hashmarks that Trotter deflected over the blocker of goaltender Brad Thiessen. #20 Alex Grant had a stick near the puck on the shot and seemed to add to the deflection and the goal.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owned the secondperiod as they skated on three straight power plays and ended up outshooting St. John’s 11-0 in the period.  Only the stellar play of IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale kept the Penguins off the board.

Jim Cross Track and Field Invitational

Ron Deliseo from Pittston Area won the Boy’s 300 meter hurdle event on Saturday afternoon at the 16th annual James Cross Track and Field Invitational Meet at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.

The junior hurdler ran a 39.9 second time for the win on a beautiful spring day in Wilkes-Barre. Temperatures reached 80 degrees.

In the girl’s 800 meter run Crestwood senior Hannah Coffin came in first with a winning time of 2:21

In the boy’s 800 meter run it was Joe “Will” Butkiewicz from Wyoming Valley West coming in first in 2:04.

Tess Sauer from Wilkes-Barre Meyers won the girl’s 200 meter dash in 26.6 seconds.

Mujahid Chesson from Wilkes-Barre Coughlin won the boy’s 200 meter dash in 22.6 seconds.

The boy’s high jump winner was a freshman from Northwest. Tyler Burger cleared 6 feet 2 inches. Tyler then failed on all three attempts at 6-4.