Stories from January 4, 2013

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Police: Berwick Offray worker, cousin and kids lived in lab

BERWICK — Barry Zwalkuski was holding down a steady job at Berwick Offray and cooking meth on the side at the home he shared with two children,...

Briar Creek to host new McDonald’s as owner plans to make eatery bigger

BRIAR CREEK — The Berwick McDonald’s plans to relocate this summer a half-mile south on Route 11 to a vacant lot in front of the Giant shopping...

Judge orders arsonist to boot camp for ‘severe lack of judgment’

BLOOMSBURG — A Berwick teen who set fire to two homes in his neighborhood thought one was a “meth house” and considered the other an eyesore, court...

Nescopeck man pleads guilty to simple assault and DUI in wreck involving friend, co-worker

WILKES BARRE — A Nescopeck man was allowed to plead guilty to simple assault and DUI for a crash that critically injured his best friend after the...

Authorities: Danville-area man ran red light in Mahoning Township

MAHONING TWP. — A Danville-area man ran a red light, hit another vehicle and then struck two houses along Bloom Road here Thursday, police report....

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1904: The Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the...

Soup & Sandwich Luncheon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bower Memorial Church Annex, Second and Pine streets, Berwick; 752-2601. Works of Harold Ackerman and...

• Comedian-actress Charlyne Yi, 27. • Actress-singer Jill Marie Jones, 38. • Actor Jeremy Licht, 42. • Country singer Deana Carter, 47. • Actress...

New Year’s crashes kill one HARRISBURG (AP) — State Police say car accidents killed one person and injured 86 others over the short New Year’s...

County withholds gun list NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Putnam County clerk justified his refusal to release the names and addresses of handgun permit...

• The annual meeting of the Bloomsburg Fair will be held at the fairgrounds Jan. 12; voting starts at 8 a.m., lunch at 11, the meeting at 2 p.m. •...

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BLOOMSBURG — Code officers have received at least two complaints about icy sidewalks after last weekend’s snowstorm, and they may be on the road...

Abby the pit bull is recovering from pancreatitis after getting her paws on a holiday ham. Pork is harmful to dogs, and it caused Abby to vomit...

SCOTT TWP — Espy Fire Co. has elected new officers for 2013: Ken Andress and Howard Reinbold, trustees; John Thomas, president; Doug Neuhard, vice...

BUCKHORN — Kari D. Seely, 50, Berwick, took 30 anti-anxiety pills before crashing her SUV into a light pole here Nov. 18, police said. Seely said...

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BLOOMSBURG — One of three Berwick boys who trashed Crispin Field and nearby businesses was sent to a juvenile treatment program Thursday. Jobe...

BERWICK — A Berwick woman was “highly intoxicated” when jailed New Year’s Day for threatening neighbors and fighting with police, arrest papers say...

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Sophia J. Musselman Jessica Kinn and Jerry Musselman, Bloomsburg, are the parents of a daughter, Sophia Jayne, born Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at...

Longtime educator was Danville native

Sister M. Laurentia Mayan I.H.M. of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace...

Nonagenarian landed on Omaha Beach in WWII

Gordon J. Smart, 92, of 1310 Continental Blvd., Danville, went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville...

BUCKHORN — A Luzerne County man supported himself financially by stealing computers at Walmart stores, including one here, police said. Leo Daniel...

NASCAR fan enjoyed sons’ sporting events

George H. “Fuzzy” Klock, 59, of Eyer Road in Danville passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Sunbury Hospital. He was born in November 1953...

Philadelphia native, retired corrections officer

Roseann C. Nagle, 68, of Berwick concluded her journey in this life at 6:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in the ER at Berwick Hospital Center. She...

WWII Army veteran was born in Berwick

Harold L. Strouse, 87, formerly of Elkland, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Green Home in Wellsboro. Born April 4, 1925, in Berwick,...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it’s quite...

Funeral arrangements will be announced

Dorothy (Jacobs) Shaffer, age 95, formerly of Scott Avenue, Bloomsburg, died at 2:48 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Grandview Health Homes, Danville...

LIBERTY TWP. — Someone stole two chain saws and about 50 pounds of copper wire from J.C. Mickel at 214 Hilkert Road here in Montour County, police...

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IF YOU WERE BORN TODAY: You have a fine mind for solving problems and learning new techniques. You grasp concepts, but at the same time, you’re very...

NEW YORK (AP) — A last-minute surge in spending saved the holiday shopping season. Major retailers including Costco, Gap and Nordstrom on Thursday...

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DEAR ABBY: My wife and I run a restaurant in a small town. Recently, my wife came home on my day off and told me that during the lunch hour, one of...

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 70 years old, male, about eight pounds underweight, walk 3 miles almost every day, have high blood pressure and am at high risk...

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“They didn’t do any of the tough stuff. We’ve taken two steps now, but those two steps combined aren’t enough to put our fiscal house in order.”...

Many of us in the court system are dismayed that this portrait issue has arisen. We have been moving on positively from the events of a few years ago...

Test scores a warning sign

Only about 41 percent of Berwick High School juniors were able to pass last year’s standardized exam in math. Only 53 percent posted passable...

Gov. Corbett is wrongly trying to circumvent Pennsylvania’s open records law by declaring his daily schedule off limits to public scrutiny. Is he...

New Year’s observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. For a variety of reasons, I’m...

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY ★★ Filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson tell the story of a young couple separated. They must journey...

Stars can’t live up to ‘Promise’ of gas-drilling drama

“Promised Land” offers an experience that’s alternately amusing and frustrating, full of impassioned earnestness as well as saggy sections. Director...

Based on the true story of a family swept away by the deadly 2004 tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia, “The Impossible” is about as subtle as a wall...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny hobbit has a mighty hold on the box office, staying on top for a third-straight week and wrapping up a year that saw a...

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As drummer in a forgotten New Jersey band in the 1960s, David Chase never got close — never even got close to close — to making it in music. Yet from...

Bill Murray as FDR? The casting might sound weird at first. But Murray’s subtly charming presence ends up being one of the stronger elements of the...

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Several of the horses used on HBO’s canceled series “Luck” were drugged, underweight and sick during production, an animal rights...

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ESPN anchor Hannah Storm might have looked as heavenly as always while hosting the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, but Hannah has been through hell...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC unwrapped a welcome gift in the final week of 2012, a ratings victory powered by Sunday night football. More than 30 million...

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WASHINGTON (AP) —Tucked into the “fiscal cliff” tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year...

“The weather map and long-range computers indicate Old Man Winter has decided to take a lengthy rest. For the next seven days, it’ll be relatively...

WASHINGTON (AP) — NPR says Michele Norris is returning to the network in a new role after a leave of absence from the afternoon news show “All Things...

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