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  • Woman Sentenced for Scranton Hit and Run

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A woman learned her punishment Tuesday for hitting a man with her car and taking off. Kassandra Exeter-Rivera of Scranton, who has been in jail for the past eight months was sentenced to another 90 days behind bars followed by home confinement and probation. Exeter-Rivera admitted to striking Peter Mataloni of Dunmore last year on Green Ridge Street. Mataloni is the father of Newswatch 16’s Carmella Mataloni. Police say Exeter-Rivera was driving with a suspended license at […]

  • Death Investigation in Lackawanna County

    ROARING BROOK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Traffic was affected by a death investigation in Lackawanna County Monday afternoon. Rescue crews and state police lined Route 435 near Dunmore for several hours. One lane of traffic was closed. The coroner tells us a body was found in a wooded area nearby. He believes the death is the result of a suicide.

  • Driver Pleads Guilty for Deadly Head-on Crash

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A driver pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a head-on crash that killed a man in 2013. Jack Ostrowski pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and traffic violations. As part of plea agreement, Ostrowski will spend 10 months on house arrest with electronic monitoring. The wreck happened on 8th Street in West Wyoming in February 2013. Thomas Ohl, 61, was killed. Police say Ostrowski was speeding and crossed into the other lane, hitting Ohl head on.

  • UPDATE: Travel Restrictions Listed as Winter Storm Looms

    UPDATE: (Wednesday 11 p.m.) The ban on empty and tandem trucks for I-81 and I-80 has been lifted. The ban on commercial vehicles has been lifted on I-84 and I-380. All speed restrictions in the area have been lifted. (Original story) State officials are implementing travel restrictions on major roads in our area ahead of expected winter weather on Wednesday. Beginning at midnight on Tuesday night, PennDOT will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double […]

  • UPDATE: Travel Ban Listed for Certain Vehicles during Upcoming Storm

    UPDATE (8:45 p.m. Wednesday) At 8 p.m. Wednesday, PennDOT lifted the ban on commercial vehicles on Interstates 83 and 380 as well as the restrictions on empty trucks, trucks pulling double trailers, and trailers towed by cars and pickup trucks from Interstate 81 between the Maryland line and the junction of Interstates 80 and 81 in Luzerne County. According to PennDOT, the commercial and speed restrictions will be lifted off Northeastern Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476) at 10 p.m. […]

  • Plans for New Wilkes-Barre High School Released

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District has released drawings of its proposed new high school. The architectural renderings show a sprawling high school building that would be built near the district’s Solomon Plains Complex in Plains Township. The district plans to merge Coughlin and Meyers High Schools into this new location. The district originally planned to build at the site of Coughlin in downtown Wilkes-Barre but that plan was shot down. These new drawings are just preliminary plans […]

  • Driver Injured in Casey Highway Crash

    ARCHBALD, Pa. — A woman was taken to the hospital after a wreck Wednesday morning in Lackawanna County. It happened on the Casey Highway (Route 6) near Archbald. Crews said it happened in an area where the road was wet from snowfall. Driver hurt after car rolled on Casey Highway near Archbald this AM. Right at edge of dry road/slick road. She was taken to the hospital with what appear to be non life-threatening injuries. @WNEP @WNEPWeather — Jim Hamill […]

  • Bradford County Man Sent to Prison for Crash that Killed Three

    TOWANDA, Pa. — A man was sentenced to at least eight and a half years behind bars for a deadly crash in Bradford County. Philip Frisbie of Towanda pleaded guilty in January to homicide by vehicle while DUI for a deadly crash in 2016 that killed his son and another couple. State police say Frisbie had the drug ecstasy in his system when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the other car near Towanda. The couple in […]

  • Renie and Jon Continue Read Across America Fun

    EXETER, Pa. — Read Across America is still going strong thanks to all the snow days we’ve had this month. Newswatch 16’s Renie Workman and Jon Meyer read to students Friday morning at Wyoming Area Intermediate Center in Exeter. Renie read Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” Jon read “Green Eggs and Ham” and other classics. The students also asked lots of questions about covering news and television.

  • Newswatch 16 Proud to Serve at PSU Job Fair

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Looking for tomorrow’s reporters and broadcasters. Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications is hosting its 19th annual “JobExpo.Comm” job fair Friday at the main campus. Newswatch 16’s Tom Williams and photographer Corey Burns are representing WNEP, meeting soon-to-be graduates in the field of communications, journalism, and advertising. More than 150 recruiters from about 70 companies are taking part in the job fair in State College.

  • Train Collides with Truck in Luzerne County

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A train and tractor-trailer collided Wednesday morning in Luzerne County. It happened around 9:30 a.m. at a railroad crossing near Route 437 and Gracedale Avenue in Fairview Township in Mountain Top. Investigators said a truck hauling lumber was stopped while trying to turn onto Route 437 and his trailer was on the tracks when the train hit the trailer. No one was hurt. Reading and Northern Railroad officials will investigate along with Fairview Township police.

  • Man Wearing Spiderman Mask Accused of Threat

        FACTORYVILLE, Pa. — A man is locked up in Wyoming County for pointing a gun at a community center. Brian Peterson, 18, is charged with terroristic threats, risking catastrophe, and other counts. State police say someone reported seeing a man wearing a Spiderman mask and riding a bicycle point a gun at a community center in Factoryville on Saturday. Troopers found Peterson with the Spiderman mask and an air pistol. Investigators say Peterson had made a threat against […]