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  • Olyphant Man Admits to Federal Sex Charges

    SCRANTON — A man from Lackawanna County has admitted to federal sex charges involving an underage girl. The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Brian LaChance, 27, of Olyphant, pleaded guilty last week to attempting to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual conduct. Authorities said LaChance admitted that in November 2015, he used the internet and a cell phone to attempt to entice and persuade a 15-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photographs of her.

  • Woman Hospitalized after Unknown Odor

    MOOSIC — A woman was taken to a hospital after feeling ill from an odor in Lackawanna County. Two church members of the Moosic Assembly of God church along River Street in Moosic report smelling an odor around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. There is no word on what the source of that odor could be. Crews from two counties responded. One woman was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

  • Two Area hhgregg Stores to Close

    Electronics and appliance retailer hhgregg announced Thursday that it plans to close dozens of stores, including two in our area. A release from the company said hhgregg stores in Dickson City in Lackawanna County and Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County will be shut down as part of an effort to turn the company around. The company plans to sell off current inventory and close the stores by mid-April. About 1,500 employees will be out of work. Click here for a full […]

  • Ground Broken for University of Scranton Athletics Campus

    SCRANTON — Officials from the city and the University of Scranton gathered Thursday morning to break ground for improvements and upgrades to the South Side Athletics Campus. The University of Scranton is investing about $14 million to upgrade the site off Broadway Street. Today's South Side Athletics Campus Groundbreaking! Read more: https://t.co/L25OL9VYd0 #GoRoyals (See the Snapchat story at univofscranton) pic.twitter.com/GsOkzp8PHj — Univ of Scranton (@univofscranton) March 2, 2017 The facility will include NCAA regulation baseball and softball fields and a multipurpose […]

  • Whipping Winds Bring Down Trees, Utility Lines

    WAYNE COUNTY – Whipping winds led to problems for drivers and utility crews Thursday morning. A woman was injured when a tree fell on her vehicle in Wayne County. According to state police, high winds caused the tree to topple just after 8 a.m. Thursday on the Owego Turnpike just south of Honesdale. Troopers say the woman was taking her two children to school at the time. The children were not hurt, but the woman was trapped in her vehicle […]

  • Prison Term for Deadly Northumberland County Crash

    SUNBURY — A man was sentenced to state prison for a deadly crash that killed two people in Northumberland County in 2013. Glenn Meredeth was sentenced to four to ten years behind bars Monday. He pleaded guilty last year to homicide charges, admitting he was drunk behind the wheel when he crashed his pickup truck into an SUV on Route 54 near Mount Carmel. Two men in that vehicle, Charles Carl and Ronald Matejick, both from Gordon, were killed.

  • Firefighter Pleads No Contest to Wilkes-Barre Township Arson

    WILKES-BARRE — A firefighter has entered a no contest plea for his role in an arson in Luzerne County. Richard Hart, 19, the son of the Wilkes-Barre Township fire chief, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of arson, according to a state police fire marshal. Hart was facing charges of arson, reckless burning, and burglary for allegedly setting a fire early in the morning of December 21, 2015, at a vacant home on Casey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre Township. […]

  • Fire Damages Double-Block Home in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Fire damaged a home in Scranton Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called around 8:30 a.m. to the two-family home in 700 block of East Locust Street. One person was home at the time. No one was hurt. Flames damaged the first floor, with smoke and water damage to the upstairs. There is no word on the cause.

  • Mindi Ramsey, Sarah Buynovsky Help Celebrate ‘Read Across America’

    CLARKS SUMMIT — This week is also a big one for many schools in our area as they celebrate Dr. Seuss and “Read Across America.” Newswatch 16’s Mindi Ramsey and Sarah Buynovsky visited Clarks Summit Elementary in Lackawanna County Tuesday morning to show how much they enjoy reading every day. Mindi read the book, “Iggy Peck, Architect,” to third and fourth graders. Sarah read two books to first graders, “Mae and the Moon” and “The Three Little Aliens and the […]

  • Gas Bills Going Up for UGI Customers

    READING, PA — If you heat your home with gas, your bill could be going up. UGI Penn Natural Gas announced a 2.9 percent rate hike for customers starting Wednesday, March 1. The company said average residential heating bills will rise from $78.25 per month to $80.50 per month.

  • Court Upholds Conviction of Kane’s Head of Security

    HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the conviction of the former head of security for disgraced attorney general Kathleen Kane. Patrick Reese was convicted in 2015 of violating a court order and searching through emails from the attorney general’s office during a grand jury investigation of Kane. Reese was sentenced to three to six months in jail, but he will not immediately start serving his term. Prosecutors say Reese’s lawyer plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

  • Driver Admits to DUI Crash that Killed Motorcyclist

    SCRANTON — A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to homicide charges for a DUI crash that killed a Lackawanna College student. Police say Lisa Mecca of Dickson city was under the influence and behind the wheel last April when she struck Shane Rivenburgh’s motorcycle. Rivenburgh was on his motorcycle on Business Route 6 in April of 2016 when police say a vehicle driven by Mecca of Dickson City hit and killed him. Investigators say toxic levels of prescription drugs were found […]