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    Abused Dog Left at Pocono Shelter

    STROUD TOWNSHIP — A dog that was abused and severely neglected is now in the care of a veterinarian in the Poconos. AWSOM Animal Shelter says this dog, they’ve named “Chestnut,” was dropped off Monday in very bad condition. The 3-year-old Pitbull can barely walk and cannot see because of an eye infection and ulcers in both eyes. She also suffered several bite wounds all over her body, apparently from another dog. The people who dropped off Chestnut also left […]

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    Carbon County Man Killed in Berks County Cycle Crash

    TILDEN TOWNSHIP — A man from Carbon County was killed in a wreck Sunday in Berks County. Police said Dean Steigerwalt, 53, of Lehighton, was riding his motorcycle with his wife around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Route 61 in Tilden Township when they crashed. Steigerwalt was killed and his wife was seriously injured. Police say the wreck happened after an 82-year-old woman made a u-turn over a concrete median, pulling into the lane in front of the Steigerwalts. That driver […]

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    Priest Charged with Child Porn, Once Served near Tamaqua

    BETHLEHEM — A priest in the Diocese of Allentown has been charged with possessing child pornography. Msgr. John Mraz, 66, currently residing in Bethlehem, was charged Tuesday morning. Authorities said child pornography files were found by someone doing maintenance on Msgr. Mraz’s computer at his residence in Emmaus in July. Msgr. Mraz has been charged with sexual abuse of children and criminal use of communication facility, according to the Lehigh County district attorney. Msgr. Mraz once worked near Tamaqua as […]

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    Driver Admits to Deadly DUI Crash on Interstate 81

    SCRANTON — A driver accused in a deadly crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County has pleaded guilty to the charges against him. Brandon Vansplinter┬ápleaded guilty on Monday to homicide by vehicle while DUI and felony drug charges. Vansplinter was behind the wheel in the crash in November 2015 that killed his passenger, Carly Otto, 26, of Dalton. Investigators say Vansplinter was high on heroin and Xanax when he slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 north, […]

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    Charges Filed For Hanover Township Meth Lab

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Charges have been filed in connection with a meth bust in Luzerne County. Police searched a home on Lee Park Avenue in Hanover Township in July and found materials for making methamphetamine. Brian Malkemes, 28, is locked up and an arrest warrant is out Kellie Jordan who is also wanted for that meth lab in Luzerne County.

  • The truck crashed in the 500 block of Brook Street in Scranton.

    Dump Truck Narrowly Missed Slamming into Home

    SCRANTON — A dump truck crashed in Scranton’s south side, damaging a fence and the front porch of a house. It happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Brook Street. There is a road project there and a construction dump truck ran off the street, hit a tree, a porch, and a fence. No one was hurt.

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    Man Accused of $100,000 in Fake Medicaid Claims

    CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP — A man accused of scamming the government out of more than $100,000 in medical claims is locked up awaiting extradition back to Monroe County. Authorities in Florida arrested Michael Johnston, 55, on fraud and theft charges. Johnston allegedly submitted hundreds of fraudulent Medicaid claims over three years while he owned Vision Counseling Services near Brodheadsville. Investigators say he never actually provided the services because he was out of the country.

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    Woman Dies After ATV Crash

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A woman has died after wrecking her ATV in the woods in Wayne County. The coroner tells us Lauren Piercy, 30, of Olyphant crashed into an embankment near Browndale around 8:20 p.m. Sunday. Officials plan to do an autopsy Tuesday.

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    Cops: Man Took 300,000 Pennies from Workplace

    TAYLOR — 300,000 pennies — that’s how much police say a man stole this week from his employer in Lackawanna County. Officers tell us Robert Napolitan, 34, of Scott Township took a steel drum containing about $3,000 in pennies from Pyne Freight Lines in Taylor. Investigators said Napolitan used a hand truck to move the drum, which weighed more than 1,600 pounds. Police said tracks through the dust and a trail of pennies marked his path. Napolitan is locked up […]

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    Road between Ashland, Centralia Reopened

    CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP — A road that was closed overnight in Columbia County has reopened. A hole had a section of Byrnsville Road (Route 61) closed between Ashland and Centralia. PennDOT officials determined that a drainage pipe collapsed. Work to fix that will begin next week.

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    Drug, Assault Charges after Pistol Whipping in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A man is under arrest in Hazleton after police say he pistol whipped another man and then ran from cops. Police say they ran after and caught Juawawn Cooper, 23, of Hazleton, around 2 a.m. in the area of Third and Alter Streets. When they caught him, they say he had nine bags of heroin on him. Cooper faces assault and drug charges.

  • The crash happened on I-80 east near mile marker 260 in Luzerne County

    Interstate 80 Reopened after Overnight Crash

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Interstate 80 was shut down for nearly seven hours after a crash in Luzerne County. The highway was closed near the split with Interstate 81 after a big rig tipped over and spilled its load of brakes all over the highway around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said an SUV then plowed into the overturned tractor-trailer. No one was seriously hurt, but Interstate 80 east was closed for a cleanup overnight. It reopened around 6:15 a.m.