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    Enjoying the Warm Winter Day

    SCRANTON — People were out and about Sunday enjoying the warm temperatures. Some of those folks decided to hit the slopes. Newswatch 16 stopped by Montage Mountain and found some skiers and snowboarders in short sleeves.  

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    Lane Closure on Interstate 81 North

    INTERSTATE 81 — Construction crews are finishing up road work along Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. Interstate 81 north is down to one lane between the Wilkes-Barre (170B) and Pittston/Dupont (175) exits for a five-mile stretch. PennDOT has been moving traffic from an old bridge to a new one. A spokesman tells us the warm weather is allowing them to get a jump on the project. PennDOT should have Interstate 81 north back to two lanes around 6 p.m. on Sunday. Get real-time traffic […]

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    Trespassers Reportedly on Old Walmart Roof

    DICKSON CITY — Fire crews were called to help look for trespassers in Lackawanna County late Saturday night. There was a report of people running on the roof of the old Walmart store off Business Route 6. Crews used a ladder truck to get a view from above, but they didn’t find anyone. Walmart moved out of the building back in the late 1990’s and it has been empty ever since.

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    Lackawanna County Prison on Lockdown

    SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Prison is on lockdown after an inmate tested positive for a contagious disease. According to the prison warden, the lockdown is in place as a precautionary measure. The inmate, who tested positive for the contagious disease, is currently in isolation. Officials say all other inmates and staff members have been tested for tuberculosis. They have not shown any symptoms of the disease, so far. The inmate was being treated for another condition when the test […]

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    Shot Fired in Bloomsburg Hits Child’s Bedroom

    BLOOMSBURG – There was quite the scare for two children early Saturday morning after someone fired a gun into their bedroom in Columbia County. Officers were called to this apartment complex on East 8th Street in Bloomsburg shortly before 3 a.m. Police tell us Michael Galler fired a gun from the third floor, the shot went through the floor and into the first floor apartment. Two children sleeping at the time were hit by falling debris. They’re expected to be […]

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    Inaugural Beerfest Hits Downtown Stroudsburg

    STROUDSBURG — The inaugural Pocono Winter Beerfest was held Saturday at the Sherman Theater in downtown Stroudsburg. For $35, folks got to try more than 75 different lagers, ales, stouts on tap, and take home a souvenir tasting glass. Some beer-lovers tell Newswatch 16 the event offered a wide variety of brews, unmatched at other beerfests. “You know, there’s a lot of craft breweries here like Sam Adams and Weyerbacher that haven’t been at any of the other ones that […]

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    Hazleton Police Investigating Armed Robbery

    HAZLETON – Police in Hazleton are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station. It happened shortly before 10 p.m. Friday in Hazleton. Police tell us a man held up the Sunoco on West Broad Street. He got away with some cash. No one was injured. If you have any information on the armed robbery, call police in Hazleton.

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    Wilkes-Barre Police Investigating Turkey Hill Robbery

    WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a robbery in Luzerne County. Police say it happened at the Turkey Hill on Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre around 5 Saturday morning. According to officials, a man walked into the store and demanded cash. He got away with two cartons of cigarettes. No one was injured. If you recognize the man, call police in Wilkes-Barre.

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    Gallons of Heating Oil Stolen from Church

    WINDHAM TOWNSHIP — Someone stole 100 gallons of heating oil from a church in Bradford County. Troopers said it happened at Windham Center Community Church near the New York state line. If you have any information on the theft, call state police in Bradford County.

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    House Fire in Luzerne County

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP — Officials are trying to figure out what sparked a fire Saturday morning in Luzerne County. Flames wrecked the place along Spruce Street in Mountain Top shortly before 7 a.m. Firefighters tell Newswatch 16 the people who lived there weren’t home at the time. No one was hurt. There is no word on what caused the fire here in Luzerne County.

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    Berwick Police Arrest Suspected Heroin Dealer

    BERWICK — Police in Berwick arrested a suspected heroin dealer. Officers arrested Edwin Vaquiz on Friday. Authorities believe Vaquiz traveled to Philadelphia and brought heroin back to Berwick with him. Police arrested him before he could sell any of the heroin.

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    Accused Cab Robbers Now Charged with Attempted Homicide

    WILKES-BARRE — More charges have been filed against two guys accused of robberies and a shooting in Wilkes-Barre. Ibn McClain, 15, and Dashawn McLendon, 21, faced a judge Thursday for their preliminary hearings. They are now charged with attempted homicide on top of the robbery and assault charges they are already facing. The pair is accused of robbing two cab drivers and a shuttle driver at gunpoint around Thanksgiving last year. In one of the hold-ups, a taxi driver was shot […]


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