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Fatal ATV Crash In Lackawanna County

BLAKLEY — A man is dead after a Saturday morning ATV crash in Lackawanna County.

The Lackawanna County Coroner said Christopher Watkins, 39, of Blakely died from asphyxia after his ATV overturned onto his chest not allowing him to breathe.

According to the coroner, Watkins was traveling in an off-road area between 4th Street and St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Saturday in Blakely.  His body was discovered Sunday morning around 8:00 a.m.

H&B from Pottsville: Yuengling Tour / Classic Car Museum / B&B Recipe

This week on Home & Backyard, we’re road tripping to Pottsville! (9/1/12)

We’ll visit:

Yuengling Brewery and find out what it takes to brew America’s oldest beer
Jerry’s Classic Car Museum, which is a lot more than just old cars and trucks
The Maid’s Quarters Bed & Breakfast, and make a delicious recipe
• A look at the city from old to new, with Mike Stevens 

Don’t miss Home & Backyard all from Pottsville, Saturday Morning 9/1/12 at 9:00am!

Man Snagged By Police For Three Robberies

SCRANTON — Police arrested a man they believe is responsible for three different robberies this month in Lackawanna County.

Officers said they arrested Nicholas Garan Sunday when he was spotted walking along Wyoming Avenue in Scranton.

Garan, 31, is accused of holding up three businesses:

  • The Great Wall of China restaurant on Monroe Avenue in Dunmore on Sunday
  • The Wayne Bank on South Main Avenue on August 21
  • The Sunoco Mini-Mart on south Main Avenue on August 20

Police said Garan admitted he robbed the places to support his drug habit.

He is locked up in Lackawanna County.

Arrest After Stabbing In Luzerne County

HANOVER TOWNSHIP — One man is locked up and another is in the hospital after a stabbing in Luzerne County.

Authorities arrested Michael Makenson, 39, from Hanover Township after he stabbed another man during a fight on Lee Park Avenue just before 10 p.m. Sunday, according to police.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a stab wound to the chest.

Makenson faces assault charges in Luzerne County.

Running To Remember “Hook”

SCRANTON — Runners laced up their shoes in memory of a former boxing coach in Lackawanna County.

The twentieth annual Paul “Hook” O`Malley 5k run/walk against cancer was held Sunday at McDade Park.

O`Malley spent his life training amateur and professional boxers in the area before losing his battle to cancer.

The event in Scranton is organized by Hook`s son, Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O`Malley.

“It feels like my father was here yesterday. This is the place that he trained. He believed in the physical and mental well-being of the youth in his community and he meant everybody.He trained people from 8 to 80 years old, just in the art of self defense.”

Gathering For Missing Girl

SCRANTON — A vigil was held Sunday in Lackawanna County for a girl missing for decades.

People gathered at Regional Hospital of Scranton to retrace the steps where 11-year-old Jolene Lakey was last seen.

Lakey went missing exactly 26 years ago Sunday, when she was on her way home from what was then Mercy Hospital.

The vigil, called Walking Jolene Home, is meant to finish the journey.

Her mother said it is her way of honoring her little girl.

“She loved mixing colors that don’t match just to stand out and be different.  She was unique, and I’ve not known anybody besides her that everybody loved,” recalled Lois Dunham. 

Jolene Lakey was never found, and no one has ever been arrested in her disappearance in Scranton.

Scranton Home Hit By Flames

SCRANTON — An early morning fire tore through a home in Lackawanna County.

The double-block home on South Hyde Park Avenue in Scranton went up around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Flames were shooting through the roof of the building, which neighbors said was vacant.

“We were up the block and we saw the smoke and we came running down and I knocked on the door. Nobody lived there and we called 911,” said Mike Baldoni.

Authorities tell Newswatch 16 people were seen running from the home just as the fire started.

It will be up to fire inspectors to figure out the cause.