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    Helmet Giveaway at Kirby Park Benefits Kids

    KIRBY PARK — Keeping youngsters safe was the name of the game in Wilkes-Barre on this Fourth of July. Organizers are giving away 1,300 bicycle helmets. The giveaway runs until 6 p.m. in Kirby Park. One parent Newswatch 16 spoke with couldn’t be happier “He needs that helmet, we were going to go buy him one. Like I said, this is like a godsend because he’s safe now with the helmet and we have extra money at the end of […]

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    Independence Day Ceremony at Nay Aug Park

    SCRANTON — Folks gathered in Lackawanna County for a ceremony commemorating our country’s independence. Local veterans representing every branch of the military marched at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The event featured guest speakers, a parade of flags, and live music by the Ringgold Pops Orchestra. We talked with a Vietnam veteran who was proud to be a part of the festivities. “It’s great to have it on July Fourth because it lets everybody know that the fight is not […]

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    UPDATE: Suspect in Custody After Armed Robbery in Bloomsburg

    BLOOMSBURG — Police in Columbia County tell us a man is in custody after an armed robbery at a gas station. It happened around 10 a.m. Monday at the Fuel On on Market Street in Bloomsburg. According to police, Ajay Woodward, 24,  from Bloomsburg showed a gun and demanded money.   State police located the man a short time later along Interstate 80 in a blue Ford Taurus station wagon. Woodward faces robbery and other charges in Columbia County.  

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    Military Members Cool Off for Free in Kingston

    KINGSTON — It was a free day of swimming for veterans and those who are currently serving in the military. The newly renovated Kingston swimming pool offered free admission on this Fourth of July to those are serve and who previously served in our nation’s armed forces.  About a dozen showed up Monday afternoon when Newswatch 16 stopped by the pool. We spoke with one vet who served in the Army. “I think it’s really cool,” said Dan Haines of […]

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    Accused Armed Robber Sent to Prison

    WILKES-BARRE — A man who admitted to a string of robberies earlier this year was sentenced Thursday in Luzerne County court. Joseph Lombardo of West Pittston was sentenced to 12 to 24 years in state prison by Luzerne County Judge David Lupas. Authorities accused Lombardo of a string of robberies at convenient stores in the Pittston area in January.

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    School Board Votes to Save Art Programs

    WILKES-BARRE — School leaders in Wilkes-Barre have decided to keep art programs in the classroom. The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board voted Tuesday night to keep art programs in the district’s three high schools: Coughlin, GAR, and Meyers. Three teachers who also expected to be laid off will also get to stay on the job. The board voted last month to cut art, library services, and other programs as part of $4 million in budget cuts.

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    VP Biden Hosts Cancer Moonshot Summit

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Vice President Joe Biden hosted a day-long summit on cancer in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. He’s trying to enlist support for the government’s “Cancer Moonshot” research. The vice president was joined on stage by actress Carol Burnett.  Both Biden and Burnett lost children to cancer. "The moonshot is all of you. Jumping in. Doing what you can. Helping prevent, detect, treat cancer." –@VP #CanServe pic.twitter.com/6mD3CHRfCA — VP Biden Live (@VPLive) June 29, 2016 Biden talked about his […]

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    Man Charged with Assault after Accidental Shooting

    LEROY TOWNSHIP — Police arrested a man from Bradford County after he accidentally shot a man in the leg. Police say Ryan Casselbury, 19, of Canton was trying to shoot a woodchuck last Saturday, when he hit a man riding a dirt bike. Casselbury acknowledged that someone was riding a dirt bike in his line of fire in Leroy Township. The injured man was taken to the hospital. Casselbury is charged with aggravated assault and simple assault. He is locked […]

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    Run/Walk for Rhonda

    SHAMOKIN — A community in Northumberland County is joining together Saturday to help a teacher recently diagnosed with cancer A 5k run/walk is being held in the morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Shamokin for Rhonda Eckman. Eckman, 45, has had a preschool in town for more than 20 years, but had to close it while she’s receiving treatment. “There is so much love and support for her that we had to expand this into a festival,” […]

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    Swimming for a Record in the Poconos

    POCONO TOWNSHIP — A water park in Monroe County is one of 500 sites worldwide taking part in the world’s largest swim lesson. About 30 kids participated Friday in the Guinness World Record Swimming Lesson at Camelbeach near Tannersville. The event is done to promote the importance of knowing how to swim. “Water is everywhere no matter where you go. Even if you are in the bathtub or if you come to a recreational park or facility, and it is […]

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    Former Camp Counselor Facing Child Sex Charges

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A former camp counselor from the Hazleton area is charged with having sexual contact with a juvenile camper. Butler Township police report Zachary Lee, 24, of Hazle Township admitted the crime. Police say it happened at the Hazleton Ministry United Methodist Church Camp in 2010 when Lee was 18. Lee was arrested earlier this week.

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    Former Prison Worker Sentenced for Theft

    WILKES-BARRE — A former prison worker who admitted to stealing from a correctional facility workers association was sentenced Thursday morning. Stasia Lanning of Hunlock Creek was sentenced to three months of house arrest and three years of probation. In May, she admitted to a count of failure to make required disposition of funds. Court records show that Lanning stepped down from her position as president and treasurer of the SCI Dallas Employee Association in 2013 and refused to hand over […]

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