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    Thieves Hit Store in Monroe County, Take Christmas Decorations

    MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Christmas decorations were stolen from a store in Monroe County. State police said someone took nearly $1,000 worth of wreaths from Mignosi’s Super Foodtown last week. Anyone with information on the holiday heist is asked to call troopers in Monroe County.

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    Rotary Club Members Collected Gifts for Kids

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — An organization in Lackawanna County is doing its part to make sure kids have a present to open this holiday season. Members of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons were given wish lists from children in need. A meeting between rotary members and representatives of North Scranton Head Start was held Thursday afternoon at the Nichols Village Hotel and Spa near Clarks Summit. The members brought the gifts they bought and gave them to the head […]

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    Former Medical Facility Coming Down For Loading Dock

    WILKES-BARRE — Newswatch 16 is learning more about the demolition underway at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Officials said the structure, built in 1908, is coming down. It currently wasn’t used by the hospital and is being demolished to make way for a loading dock. Geisinger said it is part of the $12 million in renovations underway at the former Mercy Hospital. The medical care company took over the facility in Wilkes-Barre nine years ago.

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    Holiday Luncheon Honors Veterans

    SWOYERSVILLE — Veterans were honored in Luzerne County with good grub, gifts and music. Patients from the VA Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre were treated to a lunch at the American Legion in Swoyersville on Thursday. Legion members wanted to say thanks to those who served and are now dealing with health issues. For the vets who couldn’t make it, legion members plan to bring gifts to them at the VA in Luzerne County.

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    Hazleton Schools Put on Lockdown after Reports of Gunfire

    HAZLETON — Schools were put on lockdown as a safety precaution after a report of shots fired in Hazleton on Thursday. According to officials, gunfire was reported near the intersection of Third and Carson streets. No one was injured. Police said the report is still under investigation in Hazleton.

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    Wilkes-Barre Man Locked Up on Child Porn Charges

    WILKES-BARRE — Authorities believe a man from Wilkes-Barre shared child porn online. The attorney general’s office announced Thursday the arrest of John Owen, 46. Investigators said they found kiddie porn on several devices in his home on Courtright Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. According to officials, Owen is locked up Luzerne County.

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    Home Destroyed by Fire in Bradford County

    SHESHEQUIN TOWNSHIP — A home was destroyed by a fire in Bradford County. Officials said the call came in before 5 a.m. on Thursday at a home on Sheshequin Road near Towanda. According to fire crews, the house was fully involved when they arrived. The woman who lives in the home said she was sleeping downstairs when she was awakened by smoke and flames. She was able to make it out of the house and call 911. Firefighters said the […]

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    Sony Pulls ‘The Interview’ after Cyber Attack

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. is ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, as the studio said Wednesday it would cancel next week’s planned release of its controversial comedy “The Interview.” U.S. investigators say an announcement pinning the blame on hackers working for the Pyongyang regime could come as soon as Thursday. Because of the North Korean regime’s tight control of the Internet in the reclusive country, U.S. officials believe the hack was […]

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    Hazleton Residents React to Relations Change with Cuba

    HAZLETON — President Obama made a major announcement on live television Wednesday afternoon regarding relations with Cuba. He is lifting the 50-year embargo with the country and it began with a prisoner swap involving Alan Gross. Gross is a government worker who has been held in captivity in Cuba for five years. Some members of the Cuban community in our area are thrilled that this is happening. “I’m very excited. It’s wonderful news. We can go visit my family and […]

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    Police: 17-Year-Old Shot in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A 17-year-old boy was shot on the street in Hazleton. Officials said the shooting happened just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday in the area East Second Street and Scott Court. According to police, the boy had to be flown to a hospital. There is no word on his condition. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Hazleton police.

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    I-84 East Down to Single Lane in Lackawanna County

    DUNMORE — A wreck has a highway down to a single lane in Lackawanna County. According to PennDOT, Interstate 84 East, right before Tigue Street in Dunmore is down to one lane due to a crash. Officials have not said when they expect the road to reopen. Get the latest traffic information on our Traffic Tracker page.

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    Christmas Food Distribution Helps Hundreds in Monroe County

    EAST STROUDSBURG — The Salvation Army in Monroe County held its annual Christmas food distribution on Thursday. Newswatch 16 found cars lined up outside the agency in East Stroudsburg waiting to get baskets filled with Christmas turkeys and all the trimmings. The food baskets helped hundreds of families receive their future holiday dinner.

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