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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.

Recent Articles
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    Gearing up for Winter in Nanticoke

    NANTICOKE — As the temperature starts to drop people start thinking about getting ready for winter. Some places across the state are already seeing low supplies of rock salt and high prices. Tires spinning, cars sliding, and lots of shoveling, that was the scene in Nanticoke during a snow storm eight months ago. That community and many others across northeastern and central Pennsylvania nearly ran out of rock and road salt last winter. “We’re expecting the worst. I’d rather be […]

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    Coffee Shop Competition Brewing In Edwardsville

    EDWARDSVILLE — Competition between coffee shops is percolating in one part of Luzerne County. A construction project in Edwardsville has a lot of people buzzing. Curry Donuts has been a staple in the West Side Mall in Edwardsville for years. Many shoppers were surprised when they found out that contractors are building a Dunkin’ Donuts just a few yards away. “They have the right, why not? Everybody’s entitled to some money somewhere. Hey, go ahead, they got my blessings!” said […]

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    Students Release Floating Rosary Over Wyoming Valley

    EXETER — A special strand of balloons turned some heads as it floated above the Wyoming Valley Tuesday afternoon. “I think this is a great idea because it gets you excited to go to school,” said Richard Morris. “It gets you through the day because you can’t wait to do something fun like this.” Students at Wyoming Area Catholic School recited prayers before they released the rosary made with blue, white, and yellow balloons. “We’re going to send a big balloon […]

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    Legal Snag At Start Of Homicide Trial

    WILKES-BARRE — Testimony was supposed to begin Tuesday morning at the trial of a woman accused of killing her boyfriend, but there’s been a delay. After hours of legal back-and-forth, prosecutors said they needed to appeal a judge’s ruling about evidence involving Jessica Alinsky allegedly staging a previous burglary at their shared home, unrelated to the shooting. The trial was delayed indefinitely. Alinsky was sent back to the Luzerne County Jail. The jury that was selected Monday and was told […]

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    Route 11 Blocked After Gas Line Break

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — A gas leak blocked traffic Tuesday morning in part of Luzerne County. Emergency officials say contractors hit a natural gas line near Route 11 just before 10 a.m. in Plymouth Township. Those on the scene say you can smell natural gas. Route 11 was blocked for about two hours in the area of the break. JUST IN: Route 11 near Plymouth is blocked off. Dispatchers say a construction crew hit a natural gas line. @WNEP — […]

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    Sacred Items Swiped From Romanian Orthodox Church

    HAZELTON — Leaders of the St. Joseph Romanian Orthodox Church have released pictures of some of the holy sacraments stolen last week. Father Traian Stafiuc said someone broke into a basement window in the church along West Broad Street in Hazleton, and stole religious artifacts used during the Sunday service, which is presented in English and Romanian. “I don’t want to blame anyone. I don’t want to press any charges. I don’t want to judge anyone. I already forgive them […]

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    Bank In Luzerne County Hit By Robber

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating a bank robbery in Luzerne County. New surveillance images have been released: New surveillance pictures have been released from First National Bank robbery in Drums yesterday. TIPS: 570-788-4111 — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 7, 2014 Police say a threatening note was used to rob a bank in Luzerne County. The holdup happened near another bank that has been robbed three times, including just last week. The First National Bank along Route 309 is […]

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    Vicodin Theft Baffles Customers; Tougher Restrictions Coming Next Week

    SHAVERTOWN – Some people who live in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain told Newswatch 16 that they were surprised to hear that a big prescription pill theft went unnoticed for years. State prosecutors say Sheree Senausky admitted to swiping hundreds of Vicodin pills while working as a pharmacy technician at Cook’s Pharmacy in Shavertown. According to court records, she was first busted back in July when she tried to sell 400 stolen Vicodin pills for $1,300 to another person who was […]

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    Future Police Officers Raise Money For Ambushed Troopers’ Families

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP – Students studying law enforcement at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center are selling cards to raise money for the families of two troopers who were ambushed in Pike County last month. Many of the students said they still want to pursue a career as a cop, despite seeing the danger that officers face. “I’m curious about like people and what they do. Being able to go after them if they`re bad and being able to chase them […]

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    Three Bank Robberies, Three Different Crooks

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Tellers inside the National Penn Bank in Drums have been robbed three times since July. Police say the holdup this week and two other robberies were all pulled off by different crooks. That bank in Butler Township reopened Thursday morning. It was closed on Wednesday after it was robbed on Tuesday. The latest hold up has some customers worried about the tellers who work inside. It’s not business as usual at the bank in Drums. This place […]

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    UPDATE: Steroid, Prescription Drug Ring Bust Nets Corrections Officers

    WILKES-BARRE — Thirteen people were arrested Wednesday morning as part of  “Operation Gym Candy” are accused of taking part in two drug rings that sold steroids and prescription drugs. The state attorney general’s office says the drug rings involved people from five counties in our area, as well as people who work inside county jails. Authorities say the two alleged drug rings shipped the illegal pills as far away as Hawaii. Columbia County probation officer Marc Laubach, Lackawanna County prison […]

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    Hunting Season On Hold In Manhunt Area

    The manhunt for Eric Frein is now affecting hunters. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it is temporarily banning hunting and trapping in several townships in and around the search area. The game commission issued an executive order to close temporarily the hunting and trapping seasons within seven townships: Price Township (Monroe County) Barrett Township (Monroe County) Paradise Township (Monroe County) Blooming Grove Township (Pike County) Porter Township (Pike County) Lehman Township (Pike County) Greene Township (Pike County) The game commission […]


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