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As a native of the northern tier, Bill Wadell is excited to return to NEPA as a reporter based in the Wyoming Valley Newsroom in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Bill joined the Newswatch 16 team in December 2012.

Born and raised near New Milford, Bill attended Blue Ridge High School and contributed to the crime beat for the Susquehanna County Transcript.

After packing his bags and moving 350 miles across the state, Bill attended classes at California University of Pennsylvania, where he spent plenty of time as the executive editor of the Cal Times newspaper, as well as reported and anchored the weekly student newscast CUTV NewsCenter.

Splitting the difference after graduating, Bill relocated to State College in 2009, where he spent three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at the Centre County bureau for WJAC-TV.

While working in Happy Valley, Bill covered crime, courts, dairy farming, the emerging Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and travelled with the Nittany Lions to Tampa Bay for the Capitol One Bowl in 2010.

During his final year in State College, Bill was on the frontline as the Jerry Sandusky scandal quickly surfaced and unraveled, leading to the arrest and trial of the former defensive coordinator.

Bill also covered the firing, death and public memorial of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, as well as the lingering fallout on the University Park campus and in the neighborhoods surrounding Penn State.

Over the years, Bill has also interned at WBRE and WIVT in Binghamton, NY, as well as spent some time as a freelance multi-media journalist for HSTV in Uniontown, PA and freelance videographer for WPXI in Pittsburgh.

Bill is thrilled to return to NEPA, catch up with old friends, live closer to his family and make the Wyoming Valley his new home.

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    UPDATE: Accused Teacher Found Not Guilty

    WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County jury has found a teacher in Luzerne County accused of sexually assaulting a student not guilty. The  jury deliberated for about two hours in the sex assault case against the Hanover Area High School teacher. It went to the jury after closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday morning. Edwards Evans has been suspended from his job as a social studies teacher at Hanover Area High School since January when authorities charged Evans with institutional sexual assault […]

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    Theft Victims Face Owner of Wyoming Homes in Court

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP – The owner of a modular home company was arraigned on a new set of theft charges after he gave up his right to a preliminary hearing on other charges in Luzerne County. Authorities said David Valenti, 61, of Moosic is facing several sets of theft charges for allegedly defrauding people who paid down payments to Wyoming Homes. On Tuesday, Valenti was charged with refusing to give a Plains Township couple a $3,400 deposit on a modular home […]

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    Concrete Mistake Blamed On Contractors

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — The deadline is quickly approaching for many summer road construction projects all over our area, but instead of wrapping up a project in Luzerne County’s back mountain, contractors are starting over again. A viewer tipped us off about this problem along Route 118 near Dallas. PennDOT says a contractor hired to widen the road poured a new concrete shoulder that, in spots, is four inches higher than the asphalt on the road. Orange barrels and green vests […]

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    Coroner Called To Early Morning House Fire

    ASHLEY – Authorities said the coroner was called to the scene of an early morning house fire in Luzerne County. It happened at a two-story home along on Green Street in Ashley. Stay with Newswatch 16 and WNEP.com for the latest on this developing story.

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    Landmark VA Water Tower To Be Replaced

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A landmark for drivers in the Wyoming Valley is about to be replaced. With hundreds of veterans using thousands of gallons of water every day, officials at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre said a new water tower is needed to replace the original one built in 1952. “It’s going to have all state of the art levels and alarm systems for low levels or temperature monitoring. It also has mixing systems inside to keep the […]

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    Residents Urge Drivers to Slow Down

    WILKES-BARRE — While the speed limit is going up on several highways in our area, residents of one neighborhood in Wilkes-Barre are pleading with drivers to slow down. On Thursday, they went to city hall and demanded results. A small group of women have a big mission. Armed with a folder filled with pictures and petitions, they asked city officials for a three-way stop sign at a busy intersection along South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. “That street has always been […]

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    Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman Inside Library

    WILKES-BARRE – Authorities said one man has been taken into custody after a woman was sexually assaulted inside the Osterhout Free Library. Investigators said the crime happened shortly after noon on Thursday, while the library was filled with people reading books and using computers. Investigators said Leon Crosby faces charges of aggravated indecent assault. Stay with Newswatch 16 and our website for the latest on this developing story.

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    911 Dispatcher: Red Flags Raised Before Botched Call

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — A union representative said workers tried warning Luzerne County officials about staffing issues and other problems at the 911 center, years before a botched dispatch that happened during a house fire back in May. Luzerne County officials released a statement on Tuesday that said human error was to blame for firefighters being sent to the wrong community during the deadly fire, not technical problems with the dispatch or phone system. Union Steward Robert Bomboy told Newswatch 16 […]

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    Splash Pad Closed For Repairs As Temperatures Soar

    WILKES-BARRE — City officials told Newswatch 16 that the splash pad is turned off at Coal Street Park until repairs are made to a malfunctioning timer. Kids who were looking to cool off at the popular park said they were disappointed to see the bone-dry concrete. “I was pretty upset, because I was in the mood to play in there because it was really hot today,” said Emily Hurrey. Yvonne Collins said her children were upset because public pools in […]

  • Volunteers Clean Up Kirby Park To Deter Crime

    WILKES-BARRE – As authorities work to solve a violent crime reported at a popular recreational spot in Luzerne County, a group of volunteers spent the day sprucing Kirby Park. Around 80 workers from Geisinger Health Plan split up at the park, to clean up litter and paint benches and curbs. “This is probably one of the greatest assets in the community. People need to come out and enjoy it. The more people that come out, the safer it will be,” […]

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    Back-To-School Sales Already?

    WILKES-BARRE — It may be mid-July but some stores have already started their back-to-school sales. During the dog days of summer, most people are shopping for party supplies like Haidyn Weber and her family from Hunlock Creek. “She graduated high school so she has to have a grad party.” The party is for her older sister but Haidyn was surprised to see back-to-school sales popping up in mid-July inside stores. “We’re not just selling back-to-school shoes, we’re selling straight up […]


    Local Travelers: Fear Won’t Stop Us From Flying

    LUZERNE COUNTY – As authorities investigate the circumstances of a deadly plane crash in Ukraine, travelers in the Wyoming Valley told Newswatch 16 that they will not let fear keep them from flying. Mae Licata of Dallas said she already has plane tickets booked to visit friends in Europe later this year. “I’m planning a big trip and I am concerned. I wasn’t when we first made the plans, but I am now.” said Licata. “If you were nervous about […]