Jack Zakrewski: ‘A kind spirit’

Jack Zakrewski: ‘A kind spirit’

EDWARDSVILLE — The last years of Jack Zakrewski’s life were tough. After suffering a heart attack years earlier, Zakrewski, 62, had been on disability toward the end of his life and struggled with back pain as well. “I know he was in a lot of pain, because he...

Paul Sorokas: Medication for back injury led to addiction

Addiction can ruin or end a life at any age. Paul Sorokas was 75 when he died on April 1, 2017, the oldest person to die from a drug overdose in Luzerne County last year. Sorokas, a fun-loving but hard-working man known as “Bobo” who lived in Wilkes-Barre most of his...
Mariah Noon: ‘She became a totally different person’

Mariah Noon: ‘She became a totally different person’

PLYMOUTH — Mariah Noon’s body still felt warm when her fiance found her in bed the morning of Feb. 4, 2017. On the other side of the apartment, their friend Shawn was ice cold, indicating his death came first. One basement apartment. One night. Two drug deaths....

Editor’s Note: Grading Our Schools

It’s time again for the annual Grading Our Schools project, and the data shows that the students who do the best on tests live in more affluent areas. Four districts exceeded the state average. The annual RiverFest also concluded Saturday with environmental...

Editor’s Note: Remembering Jack Smurl

Do you remember when the Smurl haunting commanded national attention? Family patriarch Jack Smurl passed away Thursday, and his daughter remembers a man protective of his family and involved in his community. Wilkes-Barre police are searching for a homeless man...