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    Hazleton Gunman Guilty of First-Degree Murder

    WILKES-BARRE — A jury found a gunman guilty of first-degree murder in the execution-style shooting of a man from Hazleton. Raphael Mora-Polanco was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Jorge Marrero, 35, according to the district attorney’s office. Police say Mora-Polanco shot Marrero to death execution-style on West 4th Street near Alter Street in Hazleton in June of 2015. Police believe Mora-Polanco not only shot Jorge Marrero in the face, but chased him down as he tried to […]

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    Fire Rescue Squad Head Accused of $100,000 Theft

    MOUNT CARMEL — The president of a fire rescue squad in Northumberland County was arraigned earlier this week on charges he stole more than $100,000 from his employer. Court papers show Jeffrey Kays, 36, of Mount Carmel, took the money from RW Light-Comm, an online business that sells batteries and equipment to EMS companies on eBay. Authorities accuse Kays of making nearly 200 ATM withdrawals over three years. Kays told police he stole the money because of an addiction to […]

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    Police: Report of Sexual Abduction False

    EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP — Police in Union County now say an alleged attack on a jogger never really happened. Newswatch 16 reported Tuesday that a jogger claimed he was forced into a vehicle in East Buffalo Township last weekend, and forced to perform a sex act on a man before being released. Buffalo Valley Regional Police now say that attack never occurred and that the incident was misleadingly reported to the department. The police chief said the department is still […]

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    Problem with Bridge-Naming Plan

    SCRANTON — There may be a problem with one lawmaker’s plan to rename a bridge in Scranton. State Representative Kevin Haggerty from Lackawanna County wants to name the new Harrison Avenue bridge after former vice president and Scranton native Joe Biden. However, the new bridge already has a name. Lawmakers two years ago decided to name the bridge the Col. Frank Duffy Memorial Bridge. Col. Duffy died in World War I. Representative Haggerty tells Newswatch 16 he is going to […]

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    94-Year-Old Driver Given Probation for DUI Crash into Home

    WILLIAMSPORT — A 94-year-old man was ordered to serve a year of probation for crashing his car into his neighbor’s home in Lycoming County. John Flannery, 94, of Montoursville, was sentenced earlier this week for the wreck on Elm Street in Montoursville last May. A man sitting in a chair in the living room was hit by the car and hurt. In November, Flannery pleaded guilty to DUI and recklessly endangering another person In Lycoming County.

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    Replacement Named for Musical in Danville Area

    DANVILLE — A replacement has been named for a controversial musical at Danville Area High School. Students were supposed to perform “Avenue Q,” but last month, the administration decided the show is not suitable for all ages and canceled it. We learned Thursday that students will perform “James and the Giant Peach” this spring.

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    Couple Accused in Luzerne County Burglaries

    EDWARDSVILLE — A couple is charged with breaking into homes in Luzerne County. Police arrested Luke Galazin, 29, and his girlfriend Connie Mihalichko, Wednesday in Edwardsville. Investigators say the pair broke into two homes in Pringle last week stealing a TV from one and jewelry from the other. They are accused of then selling the jewelry at a store in Kingston. Both are locked up in the Luzerne County Prison with bail set at $100,000 each.

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    Jury Selection Set for Penn State Administrators

    DAUPHIN COUNTY — After six years, the trial is now scheduled for three Penn State University administrators accused of covering up football coach Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse of boys. Dauphin County Court in Harrisburg lists March 20 for jury selection for former President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Shultz, and athletic director Tim Curley. All three faces charges of endangering the welfare of children. The summary charge of failure to report child abuse was dismissed. Charges of perjury and […]

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    School Bus, Car Collide in Pottsville

    POTTSVILLE — There were some scary moments for students in Schuylkill County when a car crashed into a school bus Wednesday morning. The wreck happened just before 9 a.m. at the intersection of 20th and Market Streets in Pottsville. We’re told 22 elementary students were on the bus at the time. Some suffered bumps and bruises, but the superintendent tells Newswatch 16 all of the children were checked out and are OK after the crash.

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    Sam’s Club Jewelry Thief Caught on Camera

      SCRANTON — Scranton police are looking for a pair of jewelry thieves. A security camera photo shows one of the thieves in Sam’s Club on Viewmont Drive. Police say the pair broke into the jewelry case just before 8 p.m. Sunday and made off with several items. Anyone with information is asked to call police in Scranton at 570-348-4139 or submit an anonymous tip here.

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    Plea Entered in Death of 4-Year-Old Boy

    POTTSVILLE — A man accused in the death of a little boy has entered a plea in Schuylkill County court. The Schuylkill County district attorney says Phillip Moeller has entered a no contest plea to involuntary manslaughter. Moeller was charged in 2015 with the death of 4-year-old Tanner Geiger in 2013. The boy was the grandson of Moeller’s girlfriend at the time and he was babysitting the child. According to court papers, Moeller called Butler Township police after the 4-year-old […]

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    More Charges for Alleged Bank Robber

    KULPMONT — A Shamokin man was charged for the third time Tuesday for his alleged role as the driver in a bank robbery, this time a December heist in Kulpmont, according to court documents. Richard Snyder, 26, was charged Tuesday after Kulpmont police said Snyder admitted he and his alleged accomplice, Darren Miller, 31, also of Shamokin, planned to rob the BB&T Bank, in Kulpmont on Dec ember 6. Snyder was charged earlier this month for his roles in bank […]