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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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    Man Stabbed Inside Gated Community

    FOSTER TOWNSHIP — State police said one man was stabbed inside a gated community near White Haven. Troopers said it happened before 1 p.m. inside the Hickory Hills community along Route 940. Investigators said the man told police that he was walking along a street when he was stabbed, after he got involved in an altercation with another man who was driving by. Authorities said the crime was not random and the stabbing victim is expected to recover. No one […]

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    Faithful Followers Excited About Pope’s Plan To Visit PA in 2015

    WILKES-BARRE — While the chilly rain on Monday kept some faithful followers away from the noon mass at St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, other members were buzzing about a big announcement in the Catholic community. Pope Francis announced from Vatican City that he plans to attend the World Meeting of Families conference in Philadelphia in September. “Oh, I think it’s wonderful. It’ll give people a lot of boost, but people need to take time to pray,” said Denise […]

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    Free Recycling Drop Off In Nanticoke

    NANTICOKE — One group is finding a new purpose for old shoes, crayons, and Christmas lights in Luzerne County. The free drop off Friday afternoon comes on the eve of “America Recycles Day.” On Friday, volunteers collected old Christmas lights that don’t work. They want those lights to be recycled instead of thrown in the trash. Keep Northeastern PA Beautiful and the Newport Township Community Organization organized the recycling drop off at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. Old crayons […]

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    Volunteers, Social Work Students Pack Dinners For Hungry Kids

    EDWARDSVILLE – There’s plenty of fresh fruit and pasta ready to be served inside Ollie’s Restaurant, but dozens of meals packaged on Friday afternoon will go to hungry middle school students who live in struggling families. The owner of Ollie’s American Restaurant said he’s led the “Dinner For Kids” program for nearly four years, creating meals that cost around $2.20. “The best solution that I can provide is prepared meals in a microwave safe container for nutritious and balanced meals,” […]

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    Nurse’s Aide Sentenced After Stealing Crucifix From Dying Veteran

    WILKES-BARRE – The former nurse’s aide who admitted to stealing a golden crucifix from a dying veteran was sentenced to probation and house arrest. Inside the federal courthouse in Scranton, the judge ordered William Wells to also pay $100 in restitution and to serve 100 hours of community service. Court records aid Wells swiped a 14K golden crucifix from the neck of Laurel Sywensky, hours before she died after a battle with cancer in December. Wells was later hit with […]


    Neighbors Donate Clothes, Furniture to Fire Victims

    NANTICOKE – Stacks of clothing, boxes of toys and furniture are being collected for families that were forced out by fire last week. Authorities are still working to pinpoint the cause of the blaze, which damaged five buildings. Josh Gyle is one of the volunteers behind the donation drive, which is set up inside the gymnasium of Pope John Paul II on West Church Street. “Everybody had someone that wanted to do it, and we had no place to put […]

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    Attorney: Acting Police Chief Was Pressured to Resign

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP – An attorney for a police officer facing accusations of misconduct said he was “forced” to step down. The solicitor for Jackson Township told Newswatch 16 that Acting Police Chief John Saranchuk submitted his resignation Monday, and that former Kingston Township Police Chief James Balavage will take his place. An attorney told Newswatch 16 that Saranchuk was pressured to step down and the resignation is not an admission of wrongdoing. A scathing letter from the Luzerne County District […]

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    Glass Company Still Eligible For Casino Money Grant After Announcing Layoffs

    DURYEA – Officials at the Commonwealth Financing Authority said Schott North America Inc. is still eligible for a $100,000 grant from casino revenue, even after announcing layoff plans in Luzerne County. The glass manufacturer announced on Wednesday that it would lay off around 80 employees in the spring, citing a decrease in the demand for optical glass due to the popularity of smartphone cameras. Many people who live in Duryea thought that Schott had already received $100,000 in casino revenue […]

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    Crews Drill For Virus Outbreak

    WILKES-BARRE — First responders took part in a training exercise to prepare for a potential virus outbreak in Wilkes-Barre. The city’s health and fire departments along with Wilkes-Barre General Hospital conducted the isolation drill on Coal and North River Streets. The training exercise was held to prepare responders to handle patients with potentially life-threatening illnesses, such as the Ebola virus. There have been no local cases of Ebola. Officials say this is the first drill of its kind in the […]


    WATCH: Family Claims Police Officer Slapped One Woman, Shoved Others

    WILKES-BARRE – A spokesperson said city officials are reviewing cell phone video of a police officer involved in a rowdy encounter with several women in Luzerne County. Cassie Bidding told Newswatch 16 that the ordeal started around 4 p.m. Tuesday, when police officers questioned her about expired registration and inspection stickers on her car, after she pulled into her mother’s driveway along Chapel Street in Wilkes-Barre. “Instead of removing the cigarette or asking me to spit the cigarette out, he […]

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    D.A. Believes Acting Police Chief Abused Power

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP — An acting police chief in Luzerne County is in hot water. Prosecutors believe the officer repeatedly abused his power. This all surfaced in a nine-page letter from the Luzerne County district attorney’s office to officials in Dupont and Jackson Township. Prosecutors say John Saranchuk abused his power while working in both departments. The last time we saw John Saranchuk was in 2011 when he was telling crime watch members in Dupont about the time he was attacked […]

  • UPDATE: Police Say Stabbing Inside Mall Was Not a Random Crime

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Officials in Luzerne County said a 24-year-old man was stabbed at the Wyoming Valley Mall Monday evening. Police said the man was chased into the back of the Finish Line shoe store and was stabbed around 7 p.m. Monday. Authorities now say the crime does not appear to be random, and the victim is not cooperating with investigators. Newswatch 16 told you last fall that PREIT, the owner of the mall, hired a private security company to […]


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