Ypsilanti police are still searching for the person dubbed the “mystery pooper.” Someone has been, as the Associated Press politely puts it today, “soiling slides at an Ypislanti playground over the last six months.” So, of course, someone purchased an electronic billboard along I-94 near Huron St. at exit 183 that delivers multiple calls for action: For instance,”Help us flush the pooper.” The company that purchased the billboard, Adams Outdoor Advertising, knows how to reach the world in the 21st Century, branding each billboard with a hashtag for the public utilize in its efforts: #ypsipooper. WJBK-TV says the billboard also toggles through other rich lines, such as: “Do your civic doody, report the pooper #YPSIPOOPER” “Help us catch the poopetrator #YPSIPOOPER.” You can have the runs, but you can’t hide. They’re still looking for you, Mystery Pooper.
It’s a really, very cool idea. Paxahau, the good people behind the Movement Electronic Music Festival, are hosting a series of warm-up events, or previews, to the big festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, Movement moved into the Urban Coffee Bean on Grand River in Detroit. While Dj AvA and Chuck Flask & Keith Kemp ably worked the decks, the regular coffee shop goings on continued behind them. It made for an interesting and amusing webcast experience – one guy was taking a nap on camera, while others supped coffee and tappd their feet. It should come as no surprise – the Urban Coffee Co. people have always been big supporters of electronic music. The place includes a DJ stand, and co-owner Josh Greenwood encourages customers to bring their own vinyl and spin on the open turntables. Not on Thursday night though. This being a coffee shop, and it not being particularly late at night, the music remained pretty chill throughout. DJ AvA (real name Heather McGuigan) includes Beth Orton, Madonna, the B-52’s, Daftpunk and David Byrne among her list of influences, so you know that she’s capable of both whipping up a storm and also […]
CNN has a message to all prospective landlords: Head to Wayne County! Occupancy and rental rates are increasing, the report says, creating an opportunity for serious returns on investments. In fact, after comparing the median sales price of homes to average monthly rents in nearly 1,600 counties, RealtyTrac found that Detroit’s Wayne County offers landlords the best return on their investment in the nation. Investors who buy homes in the metro area can expect a 30% gross annual return from rents. That’s triple the national average of 10%. RealtyTrac, an online real estate information company, says the county offers investors low prices for larger homes — with a median price of $45,000. “We’ve got some steals here,” said Rachel Saltmarshall, a real estate agent and immediate past president of the Detroit Association of Realtors, told CNN. “There’s a six-bedroom, 6,000 square-foot home in a historic district selling for $65,000.” For more, read the entire report here.
This Saturday, audiophiles across the world will venture out to their favorite independent record stores in search of limited releases that quickly become collectors items. The third Saturday of April marks the fairly new international holiday Record Store Day. There are certainly dos and don’ts to know for RSD — like where to shop, and how to shop. That’s right, there is an etiquette to shopping on Record Store Day and violating that code makes you look like a real asshole. In my experience of celebrating Record Store Day, I’ve seen stores use a few different tactics as far as stocking the special releases. Some establishments will set up a table, somewhere in the store, where a few shoppers at a time can flip through records in a calm and contained manner. Other places will have a similar setup, with all the releases at a table, but shoppers ask the store employees for the releases they want. It’s like a record nerd stock exchange. This process gets loud, slightly confusing and incredibly annoying — this is where elbows start getting thrown. Then, there are places that put the releases on the shelves, usually categorized by size — twelve inches with the twelve inches, seven inches with the seven inches and […]
The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was supposed to be making a triumphant return this year, has been canceled. A statement on the website says that the festival will be back in 2015. Back in November, Ford Field hosted an announcement party for DEMF, where it was revealed that a new DEMF festival would take place at Campus Martius Park in Detroit over the July 4th weekend. “I’m proud to be involved in the biggest and best electronic music festival in the world,” said Juan Atkins. “The future’s here. This is techno scene.” Not the immediate future, apparently. The DEMF people claim that the M-1 rail construction is partially to blame for the cancellation/12-month-postponement. Read the full statement here. Follow @City_Slang
Despite a turbulent 2013 which saw Metro Times change owners, move buildings and change editors twice, we picked up eight awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Awards on Wednesday night. The big winner was Robert Nixon, design manager, who picked up a first place for “Feature Page Design (Class A)” for our Josh Malerman cover story, first for “Cover Design (Class A)” for our Halloween issue (alongside illustrator John Dunivant), and a second in that same category for our annual Lust issue. In the news categories, our esteemed former news editor and current contributing writer Curt Guyette won third in “General News Reporting” and third in “Best Consumer/Watchdog” – both Class A – for the Fairground Zero and Petcoke Series respectively. Music & Culture Editor Brett Callwood placed third for his Josh Malerman cover story in the “Best Personality Profile (Class A)” category, and former editor Bryan Gottlieb picked up a couple of Class C awards for “Editorial Writing” and “Headline Writing” (third and second, respectively). We were also pleased to learn that our investigative reporter Ryan Felton won first place and an honorable mention for work published while at the Oakland Press. The MT ship is steady now, […]
Dunmore Candy Kitchen expands to Scranton
The Dunmore Candy Kitchen is expanding to Scranton, opening a new retail shop and kitchen on Davis Street in the fall.The company’s historic home on Drinker Street in Dunmore will remain a retail store, little changed for visitors. A booming sweets busine
April 14, 2014
Jeff Ackerman, 31, of Hazleton passed away unexpected at his home Monday.
Born in Hazleton on Sept. 14, 1982, he was the son of Michael Ackerman of Freeland and Sandra (Eckrote) Ackerman of Harleigh.
Jeff was a 2000 graduate of Hazleton Ar
Taylor flasher identified, charged
Bobby Dean Willard used to drive around, follow women and expose himself, sometimes yelling explicit sexual comments at them as he masturbated, police said.Then he tried doing it to the daughter of a state police lieutenant .
Jogger dies on Scranton trail of heart attack
A heart attack was the cause of 51-year-old Frank Pallien’s sudden collapse Thursday evening, jogging on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Trail, Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland said.
Police: Inmate slashed officer's face
A correctional officer at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas was taken to the hospital after an inmate slashed the officer in the face Thursday night.
Rock 107 marks birthday in style
The steady thump of a drum inside the presidential ballroom marked time as the crowd outside waited.
Joan Jett fans, many of them adorned in black t-shirts, sweatshirts and baseball caps, filled the lobby of the Woodlands Inn looking forward to the 34th
Skunks raise a stink in Seltzer
Something stinks in Seltzer.
A Seltzer woman said in the last year, skunks have overrun the village and have torn up her yard while searching for grubs.
"They're all over. They're digging all over," Kathy Holley, 63, said while looking at the small, sha
Zoning board gives Sunoco green light
The Pottsville Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday gave Sunoco Inc. the green light to replace the A-Plus Mini Market along Route 61 in the city with a new one.
However, the board's decision is contingent upon approvals Sunoco must seek from agencies, inclu
Trinity Episcopal Church holds Maundy Thursday service
Faithful followers of Jesus attended a Maundy Thursday service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pottsville.
The service is held on the Thursday before Easter and observes the Last Supper that Jesus had with his disciples the night before he was crucified.
Cold Water Challenge today benefits Team Sanfilippo
Would you jump in a lake of cold water to help save the lives of two young boys?
Eagle Rock Resort and other friends of Weston natives Carl and Jen Kapes will jump into the icy-cold water of Eagle Rock's Susquehanna Lake at 4 p.m. today.
It's all part of
Renovated Jim Thorpe Visitors Center unveiled
Whether traveling by train, automobile, bicycle or white water raft, a newly renovated welcome center awaits visitors to Jim Thorpe.
Located inside the old Mauch Chunk Train Station on Route 209 in the heart of downtown, the renovated visitor center feat
Music dealers expect large crowds for Record Store Day
Jim Pompa has been fielding questions about Record Store Day for well over a week.
"People are already calling and asking, 'Do you know what you're going to get?'" said Pompa, owner of Soundcheck Records in Jim Thorpe.
The anticipation is also building a
Registry a useful tool for researching charities
After bombs killed three people at the Boston Marathon last year, Pennsylvanians began receiving telephone calls about offers to help the 264 people wounded in the attacks.
"Sadly, people started to solicit for the victims, and the money isn't going ther
Schuylkill clerk of courts officially resigns
Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. officially resigned Thursday, thereby ending a 27-year tenure in his office under the cloud of an investigation into alleged misappropriation of money.
First Assistant District Attorney Maria T. Cas
Councilman, mayor split on business parking proposal
Hazleton's mayor and a city councilman are at odds over a proposal that would require business owners pay $125 per year to have customer parking, patient loading and unloading, loading zone and other signs installed at their place of business.
Council declares Ramada Inn a nuisance
PETERSBURG - The city has taken the future of its biggest eyesore - the Fort Lee Regency, formerly the Ramada Inn - into its own hands.
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to declare 380 E. Washington St. a blighted property and a nuisance to the com
RailRiders sweep twinbill
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Things have been bad away from PNC Field for the RailRiders.
Bad since last summer. Bad since the last time they even won back-to-back games on the road, from July 26-28 in Louisville.
Twenty-six games have been played on the road by the
Tryouts, April 17
The West Hazleton Booster Club team of the Valley Junior Babe Ruth League will hold tryouts today at 3 p.m. at the field behind West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School.
Anyone still interested in registering can do so today at tryouts.
Shamokin officials: Act 47 is not a death knell
SHAMOKIN - Acceptance into a state program for financially distressed cities would not be the death knell for the city, according to its mayor and director of accounts and finance.
It will, they say, help put Shamokin on the path to fiscal solvency.
Shamokin streetlight project ahead of schedule
SHAMOKIN - The repaving of sections of Independence Street will be the final major project in the effort to replace 44 street lights in the city's main business district.
PPL Electric Utilities reported Thursday the new street lights have been powered up
Advisors urge Shamokin to file for Act 47 status
SHAMOKIN - Financial advisers say Shamokin's fiscal condition is "serious and dire," and recommend city council file with the state to become a designated Act 47 municipality in order to prevent bankruptcy.
The advisers say one of 11 criteria must exist
Joan Jett featured at classic rock station's birthday bash
PLAINS TWP. — The steady thump of a drum inside the Presidential Ballroom marked time as the crowd outside waited.
Joan Jett fans, many of them adorned in black T-shirts, sweatshirts and baseball caps, filled the lobby of the Woodlands Inn & Resort
MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITALARCHER: Twins, a son and daughter, April 10, to Vincent Archer and Kerri Ruddy-Archer, Dunmore.COLON: A daughter, April 10, to William Colon and Brittany Goscinski, Scranton.DAVIS: A daughter, April 13, to Jamie and Stephanie Walker D
TGIF: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania
CLUBSAMERICAN LEGION POST 665, Dickson City: today, Marilyn Kennedy.ARLO'S TAVERN, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: today, Zack Savage; Saturday, Dem Guyz; Sunday, Joe Statuto.BACKYARD ALE HOUSE, 523 Linden St.: today, Music for Models. BAR LOUIE, Mohegan Su
Astronomers discover Earth-like planet
LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life.
RAILRIDERS SCOUTING REPORT 4/18/2014
The RailRiders return home to start an eight-game homestand, which opens tonight with the first of a four-game set against turnpike rival Lehigh Valley at PNC Field.
SWB RAILRIDERS GAME REPORT 4/18/2014
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Comets cruise past Cougars
Jai Redkar, Rishi Mulloth and Bailey Harris won their singles matches to lead Abington Heights to a 5-0 win over Valley View in a Lackawanna League boys tennis match Thursday.
RailRiders swing way to sweep at Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Things have been bad away from PNC Field for the RailRiders.
Bad since last summer. Bad since the last time they even won back-to-back games on the road in late July in Louisville.
WBS PENGUINS: Division title still up for grabs
WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain Tom Kostopoulos has played 469 games in his AHL career.Few, if any, were as important as tonight’s at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
HS Track: Korty powers Carbondale Area
Jennifer Korty had four wins to lead Carbondale Area to a 76-69 win over Riverside in a Lackawanna League Division III girls track meet Thursday.Angelina Munifo had two wins for the Chargerettes.
Selenski gets new lawyer for upcoming murder trial
Another day, another legal defense team.
After one of his most recent attorneys was pulled from the case amid allegations of witness tampering, homicide suspect Hugo Selenski on Thursday got two new lawyers to represent him in a murder trial that has been in limbo for more than eight years.
Community Events List 4/18/2014
ArchbaldBeef dinner: Hricak McAndrew American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 869, roast beef dinner/basket raffle, April 27, noon-4 p.m., post home, 161 S. Main St.; takeouts available; tickets at Legion or call: Terri 570-489-5423.BlakelyBeef dinner: Peckville U
School to honorTMG Health chiefMarywood University’s inaugural Community Leadership Celebration is sold out.The Thursday, April 24, event, led by Mary Ellen McDonough and attorney Patrick Brier,will focus on health care education. It will be conducted in
Judge denies motion to dismiss police officer's lawsuit
A former South Abington Twp. police officer who claims township officials violated federal law when they refused to rehire him after his return from active duty in the military can proceed with the lawsuit, a federal judge ruled.
Moosic officials concerned by bridge repairs
MOOSIC — A PennDOT project could close a second bridge in the borough, and officials want to raise their concerns before construction starts next week.“They’re going to close down to one lane,” borough council President Joseph Mercatili said.
Regional Briefs 4/18/2014
Sgt. watched porn on job, Exeter saysWILKES-BARRE — Accusations against an Exeter policeman are no longer a secret, though they were supposed to be.Sgt. Len Galli was suspended for watching hardcore pornography and arranging sexual relationships online du
12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.
Health care sign-ups surge
WASHINGTON — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
Lackawanna County Court Notes 4/18/2014
MARRIAGE LICENSES■ David Decandis, Scranton, and Joann Theresa Zarra, Dickson City.■ Clifford John Hamilton, Milford, and Iris Bernice Hamilton, Archbald.■ Kevin James McDonough and Erica Marie Schlamp, both of Fountain Hill.■ Joseph A. Gaus, Gouldsboro,
Susquehanna County Court Notes 4/18/2014
MARRIAGE LICENSES■ John Ussery and Gretchen Kern, both of Springville.■ Steven Nalbone and Olga Snedaker, both of Johnson City, N.Y.■ Michael Considine and Heather Jurchak, both of Montrose.PROPERTY TRANSFERS■ Dennis and Sandra Babcock to Darren and Sarah
Airport director to retire after 25 years at helm
PITTSTON TWP. — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Director Barry Centini will retire Jan. 9 after a 43-year career at the airport that culminated in the construction of the $41.5 million terminal Joseph M. McDade Terminal.
Poisoning sentence upheld for Luzerne County woman, 82
Helen Galli did the crime, and she will do the time, a judge ruled Thursday.
Luzerne County Judge Fred A. Pierantoni ruled that Galli — who was convicted in October of poisoning her son’s girlfriend, Dawn Simyan, with antifreeze — was properly convicted and was appropriately sentenced
Semenza's attorney outlines appeal strategy
An attorney for a former Old Forge police chief fighting his criminal conviction raised questions about whether the judge erred in allowing testimony about the former chief’s past.
Union members protest at U of S site
Members of a labor organization staged a protest Thursday, accusing the University of Scranton of using nonunion workers at construction projects.
Dunmore nixes plans to limit public comment
Less than 24 hours after restricting public comments at school board meetings — which appeared to violate the Sunshine Act — Dunmore school officials are reversing course.
Judge: no bail, no dogs allowed for Tanis
A Lackawanna County judge ordered no bail and no dogs Thursday for a Moosic man accused of animal abuse. Judge Vito Geroulo signed an order to revoke bail for John Tanis on Tuesday, after he violated a bail condition limiting him to one dog.
relationship issues lead to stabbing threat
SCRANTON — Police arrested a woman early Thursday after she threatened in a text message to stab a man, according to the criminal complaint.Jade Pasco, 411 Deacon St., Scranton, was charged with making terroristic threats, a misdemeanor.After responding t
Teenage thieves snatch purse
SCRANTON — Two teenage boys snatched a purse from a downtown yoga studio Thursday and escaped police who chased them.The pair grabbed the purse from Steamtown Yoga, 121 N. Washington Ave., about 7:30 p.m. but dropped it outside when pursued by an employee
Trolley excursions to PNC Field set
SCRANTON — The Electric City Trolley Museum will have eight excursions to PNC Field for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders games this season.The excursions, all for Sunday afternoon games, will be offered May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 27, Aug. 3, Au
Mercury spill at University of Scranton
SCRANTON — A barometer in an unused University of Scranton room broke and spilled a half-pint of mercury on the floor, Scranton Deputy Fire Chief Al Lucas said.The school contacted its private contractor to clean the spill while the Fire Department secure
Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
WASHINGTON — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to De
Undefeated Vikes cruise by Spartans
TOWER CITY - Cassidy Pinchorski struck out nine in a one-hit shutout and hit a home run in the third inning Thursday to lead Williams Valley over North Schuylkill 4-0 in a non-league softball game.
Pinchorski picked up her third shutout of the season. T
Pine Grove stifles N. Schuylkill
PINE GROVE - Austin Fick scattered four hits and struck out seven in a complete-game effort as Pine Grove defeated North Schuylkill 5-1 in a Schuylkill League Division I game Thursday at Stump Stadium.
Matt Smarkanic had a double and a triple for the Spa
Parker declares for NBA draft
Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also t
VSU's Mattia is conference softball player of year
PETERSBURG - Jessica Mattia led the CIAA in ERA (2.09) and strikeouts (117). Her reward? The conference's top honor - player of the year.
"I was really excited when (coach LaTasha Branch) called and told me the news," Mattia said. "There are other really
Colonials win 5th straight
COLONIAL HEIGHTS - Right-hander Noah Murdock pitched a complete-game two-hitter - and also hit his first home run of the season - as Colonial Heights cruised to a 14-2 win over Monacan in five innings Thursday night during the Colonial Heights Invitation
Criminal court, April 18, 2014
Twenty-six people received a second chance from the criminal justice system Thursday in Schuylkill County Court, as they entered a special program that will enable them to have their records eliminated.
Those admitted into the Accelerated Rehabilitative
Lukach officially resigns
Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts Stephen M. Lukach Jr. officially resigned Thursday, thereby ending a 27-year tenure in his office under the cloud of an investigation into alleged misappropriation of money.
First Assistant District Attorney Maria T. Cas
Around the Region
n Gilberton: The Gilberton United Methodist Church will have a fish dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the church, Main Street. The cost is $9 per dinner, which includes baked or breaded fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, pepper cabbage, rol
Schuylkill Haven council hires recreation director
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - The Schuylkill Haven borough council hired a recreation director at their meeting Wednesday.
By unanimous vote, the board hired B.J. Folk, 30, of New Ringgold, as full-time recreation director at a salary of $42,500.
His first day is M
Delaware County man headed to prison for W. Brunswick wire theft
A Delaware County man is headed to Schuylkill County Prison after being sentenced Thursday for stealing wire in March 2013 in West Brunswick Township.
Joseph R. Driscoll, 37, of Clifton Heights, must spend six to 23 months behind bars, President Judge Wi
Wellsboro rolls past Williamson
Wellsboro picked up their second win of the season as they defeated Williamson 6-1 in NTL boys' tennis action Thursday.
At first singles Wellsboro's Aaron Dillman beat Henry Meinstereifel 6-0, 6-0 while at second singles Hornet Tyler Kennedy beat Chase
Marian track teams enjoy another banner day, sweep Pine Grove
PINE GROVE - Marian's James Kolbush collapsed to his knees for a moment following his leg of the boys' 1,600 relay Thursday.
One could forgive him. It was first time Kolbush, who isn't used to running 400-meter sprints, ran in the event for points before
Cougars spike Berwick
Hazleton Area defeated Berwick in four sets in this Wyoming Valley Conference match.
The Cougars took the first two sets 25-18 and 25-17, respectively, before Berwick won the third 26-24.
Hazleton Area settled the issue with a 25-21 win in the fourth se
Crestwood 3, Wyoming Area 2 - Two singles wins and another in doubles gave host Crestwood its second win in as many days.
Robbie Shovlin earned a win at No. 2 singles 6-2, 2-1(retired) and Robby Keenan won over Austin Alder, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles .
Mahanoy Area only local winner in non-league games
â Jim Thorpe 4, Weatherly 0 - The visiting Lady Olympians (2-5) cashed in with three runs in the top of the fourth and rode the three-hit pitching of Maggie Holloway to the win.
Gianna Bucci had the games big hit a double, and teammate Talia Valentini
Colts rout Devils; Bears, Raiders win
â Marian 19, Shenandoah Valley 7 - The Colts (6-1) pounded out 15 base hits in rolling to the Division II win.
Austin Paisley, Frank Nietz and KJ. Sneer each had three hits, with Paisley and Sneer getting three RBI and Nietz two. Robe
Stroia powers Fillies past Nativity
Marian's Alex Stroia had never hit a varsity home run.
The junior center fielder didn't see her first clear the fence Thursday afternoon, either.
But she'll never forget it.
Stroia's game-tying, solo shot in the sixth inning ignited a rally that lifted t