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    Raising Money for Charity in Luzerne County

    AVOCA — Community groups in both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties put on their game faces to raise money for charity Saturday. Members of the Avoca Fire Department faced off against members for the Pittston Township Fire Department for the third annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl. The firefighters encouraged folks to donate to 98.5 KRZ’s Cares for Kids charity. “We help the community anytime we can and just one more way to do it and if we can make somebody’s Christmas […]

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    Wilkes-Barre Fire Under Investigation

    WILKES-BARRE — A fire chased 10 people from their home Saturday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. Officials tell us the flames sparked at the place on East Northampton Street in the city around 3 p.m. Six people were home when the fire broke out, but they all made it out safely. “Fire was in the attic. We smelled all the smoke. Somebody started yelling the house is on fire. We grabbed all the kids and ran out,” said Billy Shemanski, the homeowner. […]

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    Alumni Play Football for Operation Warm

    SCRANTON — Alumni of two city high schools played touch football to raise money for Operation Warm in Scranton. The charity provides winter coats to children in need. Members of the Class of 1990 for both Scranton Central High School and Scranton Tech faced off at Valor Credit Union Field at Scranton Memorial Stadium. “To see everybody again and get back together, get reconnected and see how everyone’s doing after 25 years, it’s really great,” said Jeffery Vaughn member of […]

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    Seven Tons of Fun in Wayne County

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — With the Christmas holiday less than a month away, a Toys for Tots program was trying to fill a military vehicle with gifts in Wayne County. The Toys for Tots program set up shop outside the Walmart near Honesdale collecting new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls. The event was called “Seven Tons of Fun.”  With nearly 3,000 children to help every year, organizers say it makes a difference. “Last year we averaged 4-6 toys per […]

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    Crews Helped Free Pregnant Woman From Car After Crash

    RUSH TOWNSHIP — Emergency responders helped free a pregnant woman from a car after it wrecked in Schuylkill County. The video shown is courtesy of Police tell us the vehicle was going south on Route 309 near Hometown when the driver lost control and it flipped onto its side. The woman was stuck in the wreck for about 20 minutes. She was taken to the hospital. There is no word how badly she was hurt. According to officials, the […]

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    Crash Slows Traffic on I-81 in Luzerne County

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A wreck along Interstate 81 south slowed traffic to a creep for several miles in Luzerne County. The one-car crash happened in a construction zone near the Dupont-Pittston exit around 10:30 Saturday morning. The back-up cleared out in about 2 hours in Luzerne County.

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    Public Works Employee Hit by Car, Driver Takes Off

    SCRANTON — Police in Scranton are looking for the car they say hit a D. P. W. worker Saturday morning and then took off. It happened on South Main Avenue in the city’s west side shortly before 6 a.m. The worker was taken to the hospital with at least a broken leg. Police tell us the car is a dark gray or black Toyota and likely has front end and passenger side damage. If you have any information, contact Scranton […]

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    Beating Black Friday Rush in Luzerne County

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — Some bargain hunters in Luzerne County are taking advantage of the Black Friday deals. Newswatch 16 found people making their way in and out of the Walmart near Pittston for Thanksgiving deals. It’s all to beat that pending Black Friday Rush.

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    Local Business Owner Prepared Special Meal for Women’s Shelter

    WILKES-BARRE — The owner of a local business in Wilkes-Barre prepared a holiday meal for about 20 women at Ruth’s Place, a shelter for adult women who don’t have stable homes. The owner of Frame of Mind Photography did the good deed after learning the women were not going to get a special meal for the holiday. Jen Holbrook said, “I called and the staff member said ‘We didn’t have nothing to do. We didn’t have anything for the girls, […]

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    Woman Locked Up for Trying to Burn Own House

    EDWARDSVILLE — Police say a woman in Luzerne County admitted to trying to burn her own house Wednesday night. A state police fire marshal ruled the fire at the place along Green Street Wednesday night an arson. Officers then interviewed the homeowner Cherylina Thompson, 25, who they say admitted to the arson. Thompson is locked up in Luzerne County.

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    Talkback 16: Thankful for Talkback Callers

    We here at Newswatch 16 are very thankful for our Talkback 16 callers. Callers hit on a range of topics Thursday from lawmakers and the governor not reaching a budget deal to complaints about roadwork the day before a holiday. You also had kind words for a familiar face from mornings past. First,  we start with reaction to an ordinance passed by Luzerne County council restricting how long dogs can be outside in the heat and the cold.

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    Power To Save: Candy Cane Lane

    DUBOISTOWN — Every year for more than a half century, families on the 200 block of Summer Street in Duboistown go all out decorating their homes and the street for Christmas. It’s so extravagant that the street is known as Candy Cane Lane. Candy Cane Lane is the focus of this week’s Power to Save. Many of the homes on Candy Cane Lane are starting to transition to LED lighting. Families say although it is costly in the beginning it […]


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