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  • Athletic Programs in Wilkes-Barre Area School District to be Consolidated

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District voted on Tuesday night to combine the athletic programs for G.A.R, Meyers and Coughlin. Athletic directors for G.A.R and Coughlin tell Newswatch 16 the school board voted six to three to combine the athletic programs. The three athletic programs will be consolidated for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Retaining Wall Collapsed Due to Rainy Weather in Lackawanna County

    CLARKS GREEN, Pa. — A retaining wall outside of a church in Lackawanna County fell victim to the rainy weather. A chunk of the wall at the Clarks Green Assembly of God collapsed Tuesday afternoon. According to PennDOT, our recent wet weather is to blame. South Abington Road was down to one lane for a time while crews worked to clear the debris in Lackawanna County.

  • Talkback 16: Same Old News, Gold Nice Bell

    Talkback 16 features the same old news, the welcome return of the gold nice bell, and a message for the Queen of Sheba. First a call about rising gas prices.

  • Flames Damage Home in Pittston

    PITTSTON, Pa. — Flames broke at a home in Pittston causing fire, smoke and water damage. According to fire officials, the fire started at the home along S. Main Street around 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials say two cats and a ferret died. Four people are displaced after the fire in Luzerne County.

  • Truck Gets Stuck Under Railroad Bridge in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A tractor trailer was wedged under a railroad bridge in Scranton. The truck got stuck while trying to turn onto N. Main Avenue in the city from the Main Avenue exit of the North Scranton Expressway. The truck only had minimal damage but the scene did tie up traffic in the area. The truck driver was able to let air out of the tires to create room to back the truck out from under the bridge in […]

  • Police Looking For Man Who Assaulted a Woman in a Parking Lot

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police in Pike County are searching for a man they believe assaulted a woman. According to police, a woman was in her car in a parking lot across from Tanglwood Resorts when a man approached her. The man then allegedly climbed in her window, attempted to kiss the woman, pulled her shirt down and fondled her. The man, described as 5’9″ with full facial hair, took off in a tan Ford Escape. Anyone with information is asked […]

  • Car Wash Raises Money for Police and Fire Departments

    OLD FORGE, Pa. — Volunteers cleaned cars for a cause in Lackawanna County on Friday. A car wash and hot dog sale raised money for the Old Forge police and fire departments. Healthcare company Saber organized the fundraiser. “This is the best way to end Police Week, the best way to celebrate and give back to local heroes,” said Allie Litchkowski. Saber will present a check to first responders on Memorial Day.

  • Arrest Made After Stolen Car Leads Police on Chase in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for stealing a car and leading police on a chase in Scranton. Officials say Anton Derevyanchuk stole a Chevy Suburban in Scranton on Wednesday afternoon. Derevyanchuk then allegedly led police on a chase on northbound Interstate 81. The chase ended when he allegedly ditched the SUV on Route 307 and ran away.

  • Truck Driver Charged with Aggravated Assault by Vehicle

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A truck driver is facing charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle in Luzerne County. According to police, a trooper saw a white tractor trailer swerve at, and almost hit, a pickup truck while traveling south on Interstate 81 on Friday morning. The pickup had to swerve onto the shoulder and almost crashed into the guide rail. Police say Norman Brown, 59 of Connellsville, refused to cooperate and resisted arrest. Brown is locked up in Luzerne […]

  • Marino Drops Suit Against Woman, Still Suing Her Son

    OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A congressman from central Pennsylvania has dropped his lawsuit against an 80-year-old woman but he hasn’t dropped the suit against her son. Tom Marino filed the suit earlier this month. He claimed Marlene and Michael Steele defamed him. Marino is upset over an email claiming Marino played a role in the spread of opioids and possibly was tied to organized crime. Marlene Steele apologized for the email. Michael Steele has not. Tom Marino won Tuesday’s […]

  • Tenants in Jermyn Apartments Allowed to Stay

    JERMYN, Pa. — More than a dozen tenants of an apartment building in Lackawanna County will be able to stay in their homes. Earlier this week, a tenant showed Newswatch 16 a letter from the borough of Jermyn saying they would have to move out by the end of the week because there is no rental permit for the building. The owner told us she was denied a permit because she owes property taxes and garbage fees on the property […]

  • Fishing Pier Repaired in Lackawanna County

    GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A fishing pier in Lackawanna County, accessible to people with disabilities, has been repaired. Last week Newswatch 16 reported on how the wheelchair ramp on the floating pier at Merli Sarnoski Park near Carbondale had collapsed. The county parks department had to close the pier until repairs could be made. The repairs were finished this week and the pier reopened in Lackawanna County.