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  • Interstate 81 Wreck Slows Traffic in Luzerne County

    LUZERNE COUNTY — A crash on Interstate 81 slowed traffic in part of Luzerne County. The crash happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday in the northbound lanes near the Nanticoke exit (164).  The driver of a rig lost control and ended up in the median. No one was hurt. The highway was cleared by about noon, according to PennDOT. See real-time conditions at WNEP Traffic Tracker.  

  • Jim Thorpe Man Charged with Rape

    JIM THORPE — A man is locked up on rape charges in Carbon County. Jim Thorpe police say Thomas Gehres, 69, of Jim Thorpe, assaulted a woman at his home Sunday. Gehres is also charged with attacking the same woman last summer in Carbon County.

  • Snyder County Courthouse Back Open After Bomb Threat

    MIDDLEBURG — The Snyder County Courthouse and surrounding roads have reopened after being closed Monday morning for an “emergency situation.” The Snyder County sheriff told Newswatch 16 the courthouse received a phone call that there was a bomb inside the building. The building was cleared out and Routes 104 and 522 were closed. The sheriff’s department said a bomb-sniffing dog checked out the building and nothing was found. The building reopened just before noon. No one is in custody at […]

  • Building Damaged when Car Crashes

    MOUNT COBB — A crash did some minor damage to a business in Lackawanna County. It happened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when a driver jumped the curb and crashed into a convenience store on Mount Cobb Road in Mount Cobb. The driver was not hurt. One of the store windows broke, but the business is still open.

  • Monroe County Man Admits to Child Porn Charge

    STROUDSBURG — A man has pleaded guilty in Monroe County to distributing child porn. The trial for Erik Decker of East Stroudsburg was scheduled to start Wednesday. Instead, he pleaded guilty to felony counts of having and distributing child porn. Decker was arrested in June after police found sexual images of children on his home computer in Monroe County. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

  • Woman Sentenced for Mail Fraud

    SCRANTON — A bookkeeper will spend six months in jail for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from her employer in Susquehanna County. Joann Palmatier of Great Bend was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Scranton. Palmatier was charged with one count of mail fraud. Authorities say she used company checks to pay her own bills while employed by Custom Machining. Investigators said she stole about $95,000 while she was the bookkeeper at the business in Great Bend between 2009 and 2014. […]

  • Fire Destroys Wayne County Home

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed a house in Wayne County Monday afternoon. It started on Elizabeth Street in Texas Township, near White Mills around 3 p.m. Someone was inside doing renovation work but was able to get out safely. No one was hurt. There is no word on the cause.

  • Harrison Avenue Bridge to Close as Crews Prepare New Bridge

    SCRANTON — Drivers in part of Scranton will face a detour later this week as crews prepare to open the new Harrison Avenue Bridge. Workers plan to close the bridge starting Tuesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. through Friday morning December 8, according to Scranton Police. A detour will be in place. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge. The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic on Friday at 9 a.m., according to PennDOT.

  • State Fines Cabot for Violations in Susquehanna County

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — A natural gas company in Susquehanna County must pay a $99,000 penalty for air quality violations. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reached the deal with Cabot Oil and Gas. Cabot admitted to a list of violations including excessive emission rates from several of its well sites and failing to submit complete compliance reports. According to the DEP, the money will go the to the department’s Clean Air Fund, which pays for air quality programs throughout the […]

  • Voluntary Limits on Water Use Urged in Parts of Susquehanna County

    HALLSTEAD — Pennsylvania American Water is asking customers in Susquehanna County to voluntarily limit water use because of below-normal rainfall over the last few months. The company is asking its customers in Hallstead and the surrounding communities to voluntarily reduce the non-essential use of water. This notice applies only to Pennsylvania American Water customers in the following areas: Hallstead, Susquehanna, Great Bend, Lanesboro, Great Bend Township, Oakland Township.   The following non-essential uses should be eliminated: Watering of lawns, gardens, […]

  • Plains Home Damaged by Fire

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Fire damaged a house in Luzerne County Friday afternoon. It started in the home on Perkins Street in Plains around 1:30 p.m. It’s the same house where a boy drowned in July. There is no word from fire officials on the cause of this fire.

  • Son Charged with Stealing from Mother

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — The son of a woman from Lackawanna County is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from her while she was in the hospital. Police say Michael Cutler of Connecticut withdrew more than $7,400 from his mother’s bank accounts in April. Cutler told officers he was going to return the money but police in Lackawanna County say he never did. Cutler is charged with theft by unlawful taking and access device fraud.