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  • Local Medical Student Describes Wild Evacuation Following Hurricane Maria

    OLD FORGE — In the last week, Sydney Read of Old Forge has seen her life take quite a drastic turn. She has the photos and video to show for it. Read is a medical student and was going to school on the small Caribbean island of Dominica, the first island hit by the brute force of Hurricane Maria. “It’s getting more real every day, but just the feeling that I had to do that and go through what I […]

  • Wife Facing Charges After Shooting Husband with Pellet Gun

    KULPMONT — According to published reports, Helena Crosby shot her husband, Vincent Crosby in the face with a pellet gun late Saturday night at the couple’s home in Kulpmont. The pellet went through Crosby’s nose and into his brain. The News Item reports Crosby had to be flown to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. The paper also reports Helena Crosby told police her husband became aggressive and threatened to kill her before she shot him with an air rifle around […]

  • Tombstones Found On Property Of Wheelabrator Power Plant

    FRACKVILLE — This week, Jason Sponseller went to work at the Wheelabrator Power Plant near Frackville. It was just like any other workweek. That was until he found two tombstones on a path along a steamline. “It was odd. Definitely odd,” Sponseller said. “You see animals and that kind of stuff out here, but that was definitely out of place.” It’s common for workers to find trash and miscellaneous items around the property, but tombstones? That’s an unfortunate discovery. “When […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Resident Worried About Sister’s Safety In Puerto Rico

    WILKES-BARRE — Puerto Rico is in the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria after the storm that made landfall as a category 4 hurricane left the entire island damaged and without power. Carol Aten`s sister, Joelle Mrozoski,  is a nun just outside of San Juan. Aten spoke with her earlier in the week, but hasn’t heard from her in a few days, leaving her worried about her sister`s safety. “I heard from my sister, I got an email either Monday […]

  • School Finally in Session in Forest City

    FOREST CITY — Students at a school in Susquehanna County are finally starting their school year. Classes in the Forest City Regional School District were delayed about three weeks due to a renovation project at the school. Construction to the gym, classrooms, and other areas of the school fell behind, extending summer vacation a bit for kids there. The school in Susquehanna County is undergoing several renovations that are now not expected to be completed until next summer. “The renovation […]

  • Vietnam Veteran Gives Back to Bloomsburg University

    BLOOMSBURG — Fifty years have passed since Blaine Cooper returned home from the Vietnam War. On Monday afternoon, pictures of Cooper’s experiences before, during, and after the war were unveiled and dedicated to Bloomsburg University. This project was nearly two years in the making. “This was one of the highlights of my time here at Bloomsburg University and it was mentally enjoyable both professionally and personally,” said Professor David Fazzino, who worked with Cooper on the project said. Cooper admittedly […]

  • Deadly Shooting in Hazleton  

    HAZLETON — Hazleton Police Chief Jerry Speziale broke the news of a deadly shooting at Pine Street Park Saturday night, which he says is the first homicide in the city this year. Multiple shell casings were found at the scene. Officials say a 20-year-old man from the area was killed in the gunfire. “Senseless gun violence, which has happened all around the country. It’s an ongoing investigation. Any help anybody can give us, we ask for your help,” said Hazleton […]

  • Taking a Stand Against Hate 

    SUNBURY– This past week, hate messages were posted throughout the city of Sunbury. This came as a shocking and hurtful blow to many residents, so Saturday afternoon a group of people gathered for an anti-hate rally. “Sunbury is a caring and loving community and we would love to keep it that way. We want to keep it as a safe community.” Protesters gathered in Sunbury for an anti-hate rally. It is in response to hate flyers that were posted in […]

  • East Stroudsburg University Partners with Milton Hershey School to Benefit First Generation College Students

    EAST STROUDSBURG — East Stroudsburg University announced a formal partnership with Milton Hershey School that will provide support to low-income, first-generation college students, which will help ease them into the college atmosphere. “This partnership I believe will increase the number of students, who look favorably upon East Stroudsburg University and can benefit from the tremendous educational opportunities we offer, as well as the support services available to all of our students,” David Bosquet, VP of Enrollment Management said. “We’re supporting them […]

  • ‘GET Gas Expansion Project’ To Provide Natural Gas In Dupont

    DUPONT — According to Mayor Daniel Lello, Dupont is officially in the 21st century. “We have gas lines going through the entire town of Dupont for all our residents to help them with their financial needs and their energy needs,” said Mayor Lello. UGI held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday in Luzerne County, announcing the “Get Gas Expansion Project,” which will provide natural gas to people in Dupont, who do not currently have access to natural gas service. “About four […]

  • The Production of Hurricane Resistant Windows

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Conservation Windows in Mount Carmel Township specializes in making windows that are built to take on hurricane-force winds. The company sends a lot of its windows to Florida, so following Hurricane Irma, Newswatch 16 decided to hit the warehouse with Vice President Bill Fanelli to see how these windows are made. “The first step is when we bring the vinyl in. When we bring the vinyl in, we cut it to size,” Fanelli said. “After we cut it […]

  • Scrantonians Enjoy Hype Surrounding New Backyard Train

    SCRANTON — You probably heard that John Oliver on the HBO show “Last Week Tonight” offered a massive train set with a northeastern Pennsylvania theme to us here at WNEP-TV. That train is now in several pieces sitting in a warehouse in New Jersey, but don’t worry. We are working feverishly to get the spectacular display shipped here to our area. In the meantime, John Oliver’s train continues to be all the buzz around here. The reactions that we’ve received […]