SUGARLOAF TWP. — State police are calling the June 2018 disappearance of William L. Morse III a criminal homicide investigation despite the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office not responding to officially pronounce a death.

Investigators on Wednesday served a search warrant at Morse’s property at 170 Hollow Rd. in Sugarloaf Township and other areas in southern Luzerne County. Search warrants were sealed, state police said.

After an extensive search that concentrated at a barn on the property, investigators announced late Wednesday afternoon that the missing persons investigation turned into a criminal homicide investigation.

Coroner Daniel Hughes said Thursday morning neither he or any deputy coroner were called to the Hollow Road property to pronounce death.

State police have not released information if a body had been found on the property or elsewhere nor have they explained why the case is a criminal homicide investigation.

Sugarloaf Township police investigated Morse as a missing persons case. State police took over the investigation in October 2018.

Earlier this week, state police said pictures of Morse have been used on a dating website by a profile name “stubby.” The known profile of “stubby” was active from May 2019 through August 2019.

WILKES-BARRE — City police investigating gunfire on New Alexander Street arrested two people on child endangerment charges after allegedly finding unsecured firearms and marijuana inside a residence Tuesday night.

When officers arrived, they heard loud music coming from the residence and a spent shell casing on the back porch.

As officers detained two men, Ashley Marciella Lawson, 29, claimed there was no one else inside the house and they were “just partying,” according to the criminal complaint.

Police found multiple children inside the residence along with a large bag of marijuana and a semi-automatic handgun on dressers in a bedroom, the complaint says.

Police allegedly found a semi-automatic handgun above the head of a child and a bolt action rifle in an umbrella stand in the living room where children were watching television.

Lawson denied shooting a firearm and told police she did not know if anyone at the party discharged a firearm, the complaint says.

Police in the complaint reported a witness heard a gunshot and overheard Lawson screaming at a man, “You’re not supposed to be firing that.”

Police identified Corey L. Thompson, 37, who was present at the party, as the father of the children.

Lawson and Thompson were arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Brian Tupper in Luzerne County Central Court on three counts of endangering the welfare of children and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $25,000 bail each.

Natural gas bills for UGI Utilities Inc. customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania will increase Dec. 1 with the consolidation of the company’s three rate structures into one.

The average annual usage will no longer be calculated by district. Instead, to be more consistent, it will be based on the company’s 45-county service area.

According to UGI, the average residential heating customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania, formerly in the North District, who use 89.2 Ccf or 100 cubic feet of natural gas a year will see their monthly bills increase by 1.2 % to $78.98 from $78.03.

“The rate districts will essentially go away. We’re going to have one standard purchased gas cost rate,” UGI spokesman Joe Swope said Wednesday.

By law, the cost of the natural gas purchased on the wholesale market is passed on to customers without a markup.

The company files its annual purchased gas cost rate in June with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. UGI can adjust its rate in September, December and March.

“We had three rates. We had to do three different filings,” Swope said. “We were very much acting like three different companies.”

Bills are expected to increase for customers in the former Central District. The average residential heating customer who uses 89.2 Ccf of natural gas annually will see their monthly bill increase by 4.3 % to $78.98 from $75.72, according to UGI.

However, customers in the former South District with an annual usage of 89.2 Ccf will see their monthly bills decrease by 6.3 % to $78.98 from $84.33, according to UGI.

In a press release, Chris Brown, vice president and general manager of Rates and Supply for UGI, said, “Natural gas continues to be an economical, reliable and responsible source of energy for our customers and our communities.”

Brown added that the single rate structure, approved by the PUC as part of the base rate case settlement earlier this year, makes it possible for the company to “offer a consistent and efficient means of ensuring the best value” for customers.

Still, some customers may have difficulty making their monthly payments and the UGI encouraged them to sign up for its free budget billing program that spreads billing amounts out evenly over a 12-month period.

Customers with a limited or fixed income should call UGI at 1-800-UGI-WARM to determine if they are eligible for one of several energy assistance programs.

In addition to the company-sponsored programs, UGI can assist eligible customers in applying for federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP grants.

If any customer is behind on their gas bills, UGI advised them to contact the company as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangement.

Additional information about customer assistance programs and the company is available on UGI’s website, www.ugi.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities and on Twitter at, www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced his intention to nominate current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Executive Deputy Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E., to serve as secretary of the department.

“Yassmin Gramian has proven herself a capable leader and knowledgeable infrastructure planner in her more than 30 years of experience as a project engineer,” Wolf said. “Her experience working in PennDOT will allow for a seamless transition of leadership over a department that affects the daily life of millions of Pennsylvanians.”

In addition to her service at PennDOT, Gramian has extensive experience in the private sector overseeing complex transportation and infrastructure projects.

She was responsible for many major projects, including Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard Multi-modal Corridor Program, SEPTA Subway Concourse Improvement Project, Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, PATCO Ben Franklin Bridge Track Rehabilitation, PennDOT’s Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project’s US-15 Susquehanna River Bridge, and Philadelphia Airport Terminal F Modernization.

Gramian will replace outgoing PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, who will become general manager of SEPTA in January. Gramian will assume the role of acting secretary effective Friday, Dec. 6.

“Leslie Richards’ leadership has been instrumental in getting Pennsylvania back on the right track after years of infrastructure disinvestment,” Wolf said. “Her strategy-based infrastructure investments and use of technology have allowed for improvements to the commonwealth’s 40,000 miles of roads that will benefit Pennsylvanians for years to come.”

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police are investigating what caused the death of a 56-year-old man in a one-car accident Wednesday morning.

According to police, they responded to a one-car accident just after 7 a.m. at JB Post on Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Police believe the 2001 Mazda veered onto the property from Stanton Street, striking materials that prevented it from hitting a dumpster.

Inside, police found a 56-year-old male, who was pronounced dead on the scene by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office. Police did not release the individual’s name prior to press time Wednesday, but did confirm he is from Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre Township Police said they are working to identify whether the driver died as a result of the crash, or if he suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash.

WILKES-BARRE — A man wanted by Plymouth police on allegations he stole a vehicle occupied by a sleeping child was captured by city police hiding inside a North Main Street apartment Tuesday.

Ryan Christopher Bush, 35, of Gashi Road, Exeter Township, was arrested when police after receiving a tip found him hiding inside 391 N. Main St. just after 2:30 p.m.

While at the residence, police arrested Haley Lynn Pape, 30, on charges she hindered officers from arresting Bush. A second woman in the residence, Vanessa Olson, 31, was taken into custody on a warrant alleging she failed to appear for a court proceeding on unrelated drug offenses.

Police in Plymouth on Nov. 15 responded First Keystone National Bank on West Main Street after a vehicle with a child sleeping in the rear seat was stolen.

The child’s father told police he parked his Nissan Sentra and went inside the bank to conduct a transaction leaving his child sleeping in the rear seat.

The father ran out of the bank as his vehicle stopped about 30 to 40 yards away. He caught up to his vehicle and threw the alleged thief, identified as Bush, out of the car, the complaints say.

Police learned Bush was inside a Family Dollar store near the bank prior to allegedly stealing the vehicle. Surveillance cameras provided police with a description of Bush, the complaints say.

On Tuesday, police in Wilkes-Barre received a phone call with the caller claiming Bush was staying with Pape and Olson at the North Main Street apartment.

After numerous attempts to reach occupants inside the residence, officers entered the apartment through a window finding Bush, Pape and Olson hiding in a bathroom, the complaints say.

Police said the bathroom was littered with heroin and fentanyl packets and paraphernalia, and syringes and other contraband was found throughout the apartment.

Bush was also wanted by city police on a drug possession charge stemming from a traffic stop on Carey Avenue on June 14.

Bush was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on charges of robbery of a vehicle and theft. He was arraigned Wednesday in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and misbranding a controlled substance stemming from the June traffic stop. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $100,000 bail.

Pape was charged with hindering apprehension and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

HANOVER TWP. — Several juveniles could face charges upon an investigation of a fight after school on Monday, township Police Chief Al Walker said.

Police responded to several high school students fighting in the area of Boland Avenue and West St. Marys Road at about 2:30 p.m.

Walker said other juveniles were involved, including the father of one child who attempted to break up the fight.

The incident happened when high school students exited a school bus in front of Memorial Elementary on West St. Marys Road. One child was chased by other juveniles to Boland Avenue where the fight occurred, Walker said.

Walker said reports that one child was stabbed and another child suffered a broken leg are untrue. One person was treated at a local hospital, the police chief said.

“Charges are expected to be filed in the near future,” Walker said. “There were others involved, we’re investigating trying to weed out those responsible.”

Monday’s incident follows a report that the juvenile who was attacked was chased by the same group of juveniles after school last week.

WILKES-BARRE — An incredible five-act concert of countless memorable hits is coming to the F.M. Kirby Center, headlined by New Jersey’s fabulous Duprees.

Local music legend Joe Nardone will present “Oh What a Night of Doo Wop Legends — Volume 2” on Saturday, March 28, at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to The Duprees, the show will feature Brian Hyland, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Happenings and The Fireflies.

Tickets are on sale now at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center, or by phone at 570-826-1100, or on the web at www.kirbycenter.org. For more information, call Nardone at 570-829-3603.

Known throughout the world for their romantic interpretations of some of the most beautiful love songs ever written, The Duprees possess a smooth yet powerful vocal quality and heavenly harmonies, evidenced in their many hits, including the 1962 blockbuster smash “You Belong to Me.”

Other hits include “My Own True Love,” “Why Don’t You Believe Me,” “Have You Heard” and “Exodus.” Their unique arrangements include doo wop harmonies combined with big band orchestrations, and their sound brings back memories of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

Hyland will perform in Wilkes-Barre for the first time. In 1960, at age 16, Brian had his first and biggest hit, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini.” It was a No. 1 Billboard smash hit and went to No. 8 in the United Kingdom.

Other Hyland hits include “Let Me Belong to You” (Top 20) and “’I’ll Never Stop Wanting You” and “Sealed with a Kiss.

The Happenings, formed in New Jersey, exploded on to the national charts in 1966 with “See You in September” which became the No. 1 hit throughout the world that summer. The Happenings captivate audiences with their show, which includes hit singles “Go Away Little Girl,” “I Got Rhythm”(based on a Gershwin song) and “My Manny.”

Bonds had major hit songs in the early 1960s, including No. 1 smash “Quarter to Three.” Others included “New Orleans” (peaked at No. 6 on the charts), “School is Out” (No. 5), “Dear Lady Twist” (No. 9) and “Twist, Twist Senora” (No. 9). While headlining on a European tour in Europe in 1963, the Beatles were his opening act.

The Fireflies, a doo wop group from Long Island, New York, had their biggest hit in 1959, “You Were Mine,” which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard top 100 charts. “I Can’t Say Goodbye” was their second charted hit.

Five great acts, one great night of doo wop hits and legends that will transport the audience back in time to the wonderful musical era of the late 1950s and 1960s.

She has long been a household name for many in Luzerne County, whether they are interested in politics or not.

Kathy Bozinski became known to thousands for her work in television broadcasting, and more recently continued to appear in the news as spokesperson for the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Now, Bozinski has a new role: Leading the Luzerne County Democratic Party at one of the most critical moments in its history.

Her elevation from vice chair comes seven days after one of its local standard-bearers defected, at a time when the party has been working furiously to stop the bleeding of declining registration, and as the nation heads into a presidential election year.

Her vision: Embrace traditional Democrats, engage young Democrats in Luzerne County and reach out to new residents of the county. She also wants to make sure Hazleton-area Democrats “have a strong seat at the table,” and said it is important to reengage those who have left the party, including those who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.

“The Democratic Party has always been a big tent party,” Bozinski said during an interview Tuesday afternoon after news of her promotion emerged.

While Democrats still hold the lead in voter registration, it’s a lead that has been declining steadily in recent years.

Democrats held a 44,655 lead in the November 2015 election. Four years prior, in 2011, the divide was 47,669.

Heading into this month’s general election, there were 105,548 registered Democrats and 77,577 Republicans, a difference of just 27,971.

The party had been headed since June 2018 by John Pekarovsky, a longtime Larksville councilman who was elected to succeed Michael DeCosmo of Hazle Township.

Registration declines continued, but matters grew more contentious last week with a notable departure, when state Sen. John Yudichak announced he was switching from a Democrat to an independent who will caucus with Republicans in Harrisburg.

Yudichak, of Plymouth Township, cited his frustration with a toxic, highly partisan political culture as prompting the move.

“We are all fighting for what is best for Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Yudichak said following his Nov. 19 announcement. “We have to be able to have dialogue with both sides of the aisle.”

Citing personal ties to Yudichak as well as abuse he had suffered on social media, Pekarovsky stepped aside this week. That paved the way for Bozinski, whom he had named vice chair in September 2018. She is now tapped to serve the remainder of Pekarovsky’s term, which expires in 2022.

“I truly can’t speak to what motivated the senator to make the change,” she said. “I am more focused on where we go from here, not what brought us here.”

“We have to reinvigorate the middle class,” she said. “The middle class is the essence of America.”

And that included a better life for her maternal grandfather, who came to America from Poland first to work as a gardener in Connecticut, and then as a coal miner in Nanticoke, where he supported a family of eight children.

“The labor movement improved conditions in the mines, so that someone like my grandfather was able to come here and work hard and have a chance at having a good life,” Bozinski said.

“That was instilled in my grandparents and my parents, and that is what the Democratic Party means to me,” she added. “It’s also good public education, family-sustaining wages for everyone, good health care, not having to choose between filling a prescription and putting food on the table.”

At a time when an increasing number of Luzerne County voters are looking to the Republican Party to better their way of life, Bozinski believes her experience and connections will help her bring people back to the Democrats.

“I’ve been blessed to have created partnerships with people throughout Luzerne County over the past year or more as vice chair,” she said. “We need to make new friends and keep the old.”

“Let’s face it, we are in a transitional period right now. There has been giant seismic change,” Bozinski said.

“Step one is to make sure the Democratic Party as it stands is unified,” she said. “But we will definitely reach out to voters who may have felt that their views were not being heard in the Democratic Party.”

Contacted Tuesday by the Times Leader, Luzerne County Republican Party Chairman Justin Behrens wished Bozinski the best in her new position, praising her as talented as she takes on “a tough role.”

“As for Senator Yudichak, he is a very respectable man that has the best interests of his area at heart,” he added.

“We see every day Democrats switching their party to Republican,” Behrens said. “We welcome anyone that would like to be part of our party, and hope someday Yudichak will join us also.”

Bozinski stressed that she would continue to maintain a strict separation between her job at the United Way and her political activity, as she said she had done as vice chair.

United Way of Wyoming Valley President and CEO Bill Jones on Tuesday expressed confidence in Bozinski’s ability to do just that.

“The United Way of Wyoming Valley has been, is, and will always be non-political, period. Over our nearly 100 year history, individuals from throughout the community, including prominent Republicans, Democrats, labor, business owners, and so many others from all walks of life have come together to support the critical work of improving our community. Today, the United Way’s most important campaign is the campaign to reduce childhood poverty in the Wyoming Valley,” he wrote in a statement submitted to the Times Leader.

“As a private individual, Kathy is within her rights and is free to pursue her passions on her own time. She has been the vice chair of the county Democrat party for over a year and not once has that been an issue or impacted the important work she does for the United Way,” Jones added. “I don’t expect that to change. As long as we all continue to leave politics at the door and remain focused on our mission, Kathy’s new role as the volunteer chair of the party will be completely separate from her work and should be a non-issue to the United Way.”

When Pedro Ewing was sentenced by a Luzerne County judge on Jan. 4, he asked to withdraw his no contest plea on charges he sexually assaulted an autistic girl inside a Wilkes-Barre residence in 2015.

A three-member panel of the state Superior Court on Tuesday upheld Ewing’s sentence after he challenged Vough’s refusal to allow him to withdraw his no contest plea.

Wilkes-Barre police charged Ewing in September 2015, alleging he took a 14-year-old girl to a residence on New Alexander Street where he forced her to have sex and perform lewd sexual acts. The girl claimed Ewing placed a pipe to her mouth and made her smoke an illegal drug before the sexual assault took place, court records say.

Police said the girl is autistic and got lost while out for a walk when she was approached by Ewing in the area of Carey Avenue and Academy Street.

Ewing previously pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful contact with a minor in April 2016. A judge granted his request to withdraw the guilty plea while he battled with his court appointed attorneys and defended himself for a short time.

Ewing pleaded no contest to charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

When Ewing was sentenced, he asked again to withdraw his no contest plea but Vough denied his request.

In his appeal, Ewing claimed he was not guilty and did not know the girl until a day after she was assaulted.

In a five-page ruling, the appellate court ruled Vough concluded Ewing’s request to withdraw his no contest plea was “nothing more than an attempt to further delay the imposition of justice.”

SCRANTON — Two police officers who sued the city, claiming they were disciplined in retaliation for exercising their First Amendment rights, cited a recent ruling in a Luzerne County case to bolster their own.

Attorneys for Sgt. Phil Myers and Officer Dan Duffy noted in their Nov. 20 filing that the ruling by a federal appeals court rejected a judge’s interpretation of the legal issue central to both cases. The judge involved formerly presided in their case and opposing counsel also represented the county.

“This is relevant because of prior decisions in this case on this issue and because of arguments made by defendants in the pending motion for summary judgment (to have the suit dismissed),” the officers’ attorneys said.

Myers and Duffy maintained they were speaking as leaders of the Wilkes-Barre Police Benevolent Association, the union representing rank-and-file officers, and not as employees when they criticized the management of the department.

More than once Myers, president of the WBPBA, was suspended without pay. Duffy, the vice president of the union, was fired in October 2017 and reinstated almost a year later as a result of a settlement. They sued Mayor Tony George, former police chief Marcella Lendacky and former commander Ron Foy. The city was dismissed as a defendant.

In its Oct. 10 ruling, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit made the distinction between citizen and employee speech in the case of former Director of Human Services Donna Javitz who sued Luzerne County and two county officials for her firing in October 2015.

“Who Javitz spoke to, what she spoke about, and why she spoke at all each fall outside the scope of her primary job duties and evidence citizen speech,” the appellate court said.

Javitz alleged a union representative recorded a meeting without her consent. After reporting it to the district attorney, Javitz further alleged county employees retaliated against her. The appellate court determined her speech was a matter of public concern as defined by prior rulings.

“Because Javitz reported that she believed she was the victim of a crime, and because she followed up on the status of the investigation into that crime, she was speaking on a matter of public importance,” the appellate court said.

The appellate court reversed the ruling of U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani who granted summary judgment to the county in the Javitz case. Her First Amendment retaliation claim was sent back to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for further proceedings. However, the appellate court affirmed Mariani’s decision against Javitz’s claim her 14th Amendment right of due process was violated.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Wilson replaced Mariani in the officers’ case. On Monday she accepted their brief on the Javitz ruling and set a deadline of Dec. 6 for defense counsel to reply.

WILKES-BARRE — Nearly 62,000 area residents are expected to travel over Thanksgiving, making it the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2005.

Nationally, more than 55 million will be traveling — the 11th consecutive year for Thanksgiving travel volume growth.

AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates nearly 62,000 Wilkes-Barre-area residents will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend — a 3% increase over 2018.

“This Thanksgiving we will see the most Americans carving time out to visit family and friends since 2005,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “A strong economy and labor market are generating higher wages and more disposable income, enabling more confident consumers to spend on travel this holiday season.”

Tidwell said the increase in the number of travelers from the Wilkes-Barre area taking to the roads, air and other modes of transport, mirrors the national trend.

Nationally, AAA projects more than 55 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 2.9 percent increase over last year.

• Road trip ready: 89% of Wilkes-Barre area travelers — 55,000 — will hit the road for the holiday — a 3%increase over last year.

• Fueling up: The Wilkes-Barre area gas price average is $2.74 (as of Nov. 20), 5 cents lower than Thanksgiving Day 2018 ($2.79/gallon).

• Fuller skies: Nearly 6,000 Wilkes-Barre travelers will take to the skies for Thanksgiving — an increase of 4.9% compared to 2018.

Based on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts major delays throughout the week, peaking Wednesday with trips taking as much as four times longer as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

AAA suggests motorists travel during off-peak times — early morning and/or later in the evening. Avoid afternoon and early evening travel the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; same for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

AAA expects to rescue more than 368,000 motorists this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

With the busy holiday driving period just around the corner, the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently came together at the PennDOT Regional Traffic Management Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg to remind drivers to wear their seat belts, drive sober, and eliminate distractions behind the wheel as they prepare to take to the road for Thanksgiving.

Regional Traffic Management Centers throughout the commonwealth serve as hubs where PennDOT traffic control specialists monitor a network of 1,000 traffic cameras to help keep roads open and traffic flowing.

“We can all do our part to avoid crashes by always wearing a seat belt, designating a sober driver, and never driving distracted,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “We want everyone to arrive at their holiday destinations safely, but when crashes do happen, PennDOT and first responders will work quickly to help the motorists involved and keep traffic moving.”

Operation Safe Holiday kicked off Monday with the “Click It or Ticket” Thanksgiving enforcement mobilization running through Dec. 8. During the effort, PSP will offer no-cost child passenger safety seat fitting clinics at several locations statewide, with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania’s youngest travelers safe on the road.

In Pennsylvania, children under age 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the manufacturer. Booster seats are required for children ages 4 to 8 to keep them protected in the event of a crash.

Throughout Operation Safe Holiday, law enforcement will also conduct sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols, and regular traffic safety patrols beginning on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 27, through the New Year’s holiday to crack down on drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

According to PennDOT data, during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday travel period, including the weekend before and after the holiday as well as the day itself, there were 2,546 crashes resulting in 18 fatalities statewide.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects Thanksgiving to be the busiest travel holiday of year with 3.6 million motorists traveling during the six-day period.

Drivers can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 511, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

WILKES-BARRE — The extended yard waste collection will be changed to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Residential yard waste, within city bins or in brown paper yard waste bags, will still be accepted at Department of Public Works headquarters, 3 Conyngham Ave., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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