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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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    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 […]

  • Last Minute Push by Candidates in Luzerne County

    LUZERNE COUNTY — Some believe voter turnout will be low for this Election Day. That could have an impact on a hotly contested battle for a seat in the state house of representatives in Luzerne County. On the eve of Election Day, campaign signs are few and far in between in many communities in the Wyoming Valley’s west side. Eileen Cipriani, the Democratic candidate running for state representative of the 120th district did not let the projections keep her from […]

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    UPDATE: Some Neighbors Want To Stop Low Income Housing Complex

    WILKES-BARRE — Contractors have started tearing down an old hospital in Wilkes-Barre to make room for a new housing complex. A corner of the former First Hospital building in the Rolling Mill Hill section of Wilkes-Barre has already been torn down. One group of neighbors now plan to file a lawsuit against city zoning officials, hoping to stop this project. A development company released renderings of the 56 low-incoming housing units that it wants to build on this land. That […]

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    Residents Gather To Watch Frein Outside Court

    MILFORD — Dozens of people who work and live in Milford waited out in the cold to catch a glimpse as heavily armed officers escorted Eric Frein in and out of the courtroom. Many were loud, even cheering for troopers, and heckling the accused cop killer. While news crews from across the northeast lined the sidewalk, people who work and live in the area gathered outside the Pike County Courthouse. Many were hoping to catch a glimpse of Eric Frein, […]

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    UPDATE: Teenager Accused of Stabbing His Former Nurse

    WILKES-BARRE — Court records have identified the 15-year-old boy who is accused of stabbing a woman inside her home late Tuesday night. Documents said Ryan Vincent of Edwardsville broke into a home on Stanley Street, grabbed a knife, then stabbed a woman at least six times before running off. Court records identified the victim as his former nurse. Police said the woman was treated and has been released from the hospital. Court records said Vincent is charged with felony aggravated […]

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    UPDATE: Downtown Crane Causing Traffic Snarls

    WILKES-BARRE — A downtown construction project led to long backups, cars going the wrong way down one-way streets, and fuming tempers. All that confusion happened along South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, as contractors used a crane to work on apartments inside one of the tallest buildings in the city. The work is being done inside the high rise many know as the Citizens Bank building. Several floors are being converted into apartments and a crane is hoisting up drywall. This […]


    UPDATE: Repairs Complete After Messy Water Main Break

    DUPONT — A broken water main led to a school dismissing early and dozens of homes and businesses without water. Pennsylvania American Water crews said there was a break in the 8-inch water line that runs below train tracks and along Main Street in Dupont. Jennifer Tomascik told Newswatch 16 that she woke up to find about four feet of water in her basement. “We thought it was raining,” Tomascik said. “Where’s it coming from and when’s it going to […]


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