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Jackie joined the Newswatch 16 team in 2014. You'll often see her out and about in Schuylkill County and the Hazleton area covering stories that matter to you!

A Long Island, New York native, Jackie graduated from Hofstra University (Roll Pride!) with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During her senior year, she was chosen as KABC's "On The Red Carpet" college journalist at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Jackie reported from the Oscar's red carpet and interviewed stars like Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and, her personal favorite, George Clooney.

After graduation, Jackie made the move to Maine to work as a reporter and weekend anchor for WABI TV5.

She enjoys living in NEPA with her crazy dog Shea. You can usually find Jackie (hopelessly) rooting for her favorite teams: the Mets and Jets.

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Recent Articles

    Restaurant Manager Accused of Stealing from Couple

    TAMAQUA — Alfonso Picone from Tamaqua is facing numerous theft charges. The whole investigation started when an employee from Schuylkill County Senior Services noticed something wrong with an elderly couple’s finances. Rush Township police said Picone stole more $315,492.47 from John and Ella Burnard of Rush Township back in 2014. The Burnards were customers at to La Dolce Casa. That’s where they said they met Picone. Picone’s family owns the restaurant on West Broad Street in Tamaqua. Court papers show that […]

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    Fallen Solider’s Family Add Photo to ‘Faces Never Forgotten’ Campaign

    DURYEA — Robert Homschek was killed in Vietnam when he was just 21 years old. The soldier was from Duryea, where everyone call him Bobby. His sister, Sharon Sarti, said Bobby died on Palm Sunday in 1971. Almost 45 years later, she’s glad someone remembers him. “Finally my brother is getting some recognition and some kind of gratitude for what he did.” The recognition is part of a campaign by Pennsylvania’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs called “Faces Never […]

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    Man Sentenced for Courthouse Threat

    POTTSVILLE — A man who threatened to shoot up a school to avoid paying fines in Schuylkill County was sentenced Tuesday. Todd Dohner from Pine Grove was sentenced to 30 to 60 months behind bars and one year on probation. Dohner left threatening voicemails at the courthouse saying he was a terrorist. He threatened to open fire at a school if the courthouse in Pottsville did not shut down. Todd Dohner will spend 30-60 months behind bars for making threats […]

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    Route 339 Still a Bumpy Ride

    EAST UNION TOWNSHIP — The speed limit on Route 339 in East Union Township is 40 miles per hour. Chances are, you aren’t driving that fast because you’re probably dodging potholes and cracks. People who travel the road every day said it’s becoming unbearable. “The road is awful. It’s terrible to drive on. There’s some spots you actually have to go to the other side of the road even to get across, especially with a small car,” said Dylan Baranowsky […]

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    Camping for the Weekend

    RYAN TOWNSHIP — As the “unofficial kickoff to summer,” Memorial Day weekend usually brings a big crowd to Locust Lake State Park and this year is no different. The park in Schuylkill County has almost 300 campsites and almost all of them were packed for the holiday weekend. Plus, there’s a pretty nice view. “Oh, it’s so peaceful and quiet,” said Dorothy Haldeman of Myerstown. The Pucklavage’s from Hometown have spent the past 30 Memorial Days camping at Locust Lake. Sonia […]

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    Door to Door Brews

    POTTSVILLE — It’s a little bit easier to a get a cold one in your hand this Memorial Day weekend. Fast Freddy’s in Pottsville is the first shop in Schuylkill County to deliver beer with your dinner. “I think it’s a convenience for customers if they’re already home and they’d like to have a beer or something we could bring it to them,” said Jenny Schappell, co-owner of Fast Freddy’s. The sub shop got its license for beer deliveries from […]


    Man Charged with Murder in Baby Death

    ASHLAND — Authorities in Schuylkill County filed charges Friday against a man in connection with the death of a 13-month-old girl in December. Joseph Brennan, 29, of Ashland was arraigned on third degree murder charges. State police believe Brennan abused the child so badly she died from her injuries. Investigators also say Brennan changed his story several times about how the child was injured. Joseph Brennan of Ashland is facing murder charges for the death of a baby girl last […]

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    UPDATE: Schuylkill Haven Borough Council Catching Flak for Buying $21,000 Table

    UPDATE — Schuylkill Haven Borough Council has decided to get rid of the granite portion of a new table for meetings. Council was criticized for spending $21,000 on a new oak table for council chambers in the new police building. By getting rid of the granite, the table will around $16,000. SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Some oak and granite has many people in Schuylkill Haven upset. Schuylkill Haven Borough Council voted last week to buy a new conference table for council […]

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    DEP Uncertain How to Fight Mine Fire Because of Bats

    BANKS TOWNSHIP — A mine fire in Carbon County, near Tresckow, has been burning for years. The Department of Environmental Protection can’t fight this fire as it normally would and it’s all because of bats. The Indiana Bat and the Northern Long-Eared Bat are protected by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The animals are living deep inside the mine shaft where the underground fire is burning. People nearby found out about the bats at a DEP meeting about the fire. […]

  • Wanted: Change in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Change is coming to Hazleton. With all the votes tallied, Hazleton Councilman Jeff Cusat defeated current Mayor Joe Yannuzzi for the Republican mayoral nod, which means there will be a new mayor for the city. In November, Cusat will face off against Democrat and current Council President Jack Mundie. Some voters tell Newswatch 16 that it should be a good showdown since both candidates have a history in the city. “People can capitalize on their experience in the […]

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    Students Head to Spelling N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-S

    WEST HAZLETON — N-a-t-i-o-n-a-l-s. That’s where two students from our area are heading. Brandi Naprava, a sixth grade student at West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School is making the trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. “I’m just going to keep telling myself that it doesn’t matter if I win, I’m just here for the fun of it,” said Naprava. Brandi’s been preparing ever since she won the regional competition in Luzerne County earlier this year and she has a […]

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    Catholic Church Consolidation in Schuylkill County

    GIRARDVILLE — Catholic churches in several Schuylkill County communities are downsizing. Five parishes will become one by this summer. A few years ago, if you lived in Gordon, Girardville, or Ashland, you had your pick of which Catholic church you could go to, but as of July 1, that decision will be much easier because there will be only one left to choose from. During the height of coal mining, you could find a packed Catholic church in most communities […]


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