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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.

A social media addict, Jackie loves connecting with viewers on Twitter and Facebook. If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, give her a follow or like!

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    Arson Guts Two Schuylkill County Buildings

    COALDALE — An early morning fire that ripped through two buildings in Schuylkill County has been ruled arson, according to police. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Tuesday at the place on West Water Street in Coaldale, also known as Route 209, and spread to a connecting building. Investigators said both buildings were vacant. Coaldale Police say the fire on Route 209 this morning was arson. Two vacant homes were destroyed. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/XRHdnuiRoN — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) August […]

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    Boy Donates His Birthday Gifts to Wounded Warriors

    ORWIGSBURG — Blake Stidham is excited to turn 10 years old, the big double digits. This year, however, he’s not asking for toys. Instead, the boy from Orwigsburg wants his friends and family to help out wounded veterans. “For the Wounded Warriors, to make them feel better,” said Stidham. Blake’s birthday money will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps wounded veterans across the country. Blake has cerebral palsy and told his mom that he wanted to help others […]

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    Real Estate Fraud Victim: ‘Everything was fake’

    HAZLETON — Attorney Ed Olexa is representing 20 people in a case against Hazleton real estate agent Ignacio Beato. They all say they paid Beato in cash for homes they thought they were buying, but the buyers say it was all a scam. Those 20 people say they paid Beato about $1 million total. The Greater Hazleton Real Estate Association says it knows of about 50 victims. Newswatch 16 talked to a man who says he and his family were duped […]

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    Tearing Down a Building, Saving a Mural

    POTTSVILLE — Part one of a demolition project in Pottsville is complete. So far, crews out of Hazleton have torn down an old car dealership on Route 61. Next up is the former home of Brewer’s Outlet, but it’s what’s on the side of the building that people care about. It’s a mural, painted by the late artist Dave Naydock of Pottsville. People in Pottsville have been trying to save the mural since the beer distributor closed in November. “They […]

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    Police Discover Two Bodies in Home

    ASHLAND — A death investigation is underway in Schuylkill County after two people were found dead inside a home. Authorities say they were called to a home in the 2000 block of Walnut Street in Ashland around 9:30 p.m. on Monday for a welfare check. Ashland police say they found the bodies of Karen Kimmel and Donald Erb in a home on Walnut Street in Ashland. Both Kimmel and Erb were in their 50s. Ashland police were called to check on […]

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    Lawyer: Police Officer Lied Under Oath

    POTTSVILLE — The question in Pottsville: did a police officer lie under oath at a hearing on Monday? A driver in Schuylkill County was in court to face charges of eluding police after they tried to pull him over for a broken brake light. Authorities say he drove off and darted into a home. What happened after that is in dispute. Lonny Hosler says he’s been stopped by Pottsville police before, but this time he didn’t want to pull over […]

  • Helping Prevent Real Estate Fraud

    HAZLETON — State police are looking into Ignacio Beato’s real estate records. Some people who thought they bought homes from Beato in the Hazleton area are now finding out they might not actually own those properties. The Greater Hazleton Real Estate Association says there are about 50 complaints against Beato, who is a licensed real estate agent. State Representative Tarah Toohil says she has people from the Dominican community calling her office in downtown Hazleton to say that Beato duped […]

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    Update: Volunteers Replace Stolen Ramp for Teen Confined to Wheelchair

    HAZLETON —  A child’s wheelchair ramp was stolen Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday evening she had a replacement. Hazleton police say George Peppit and Tony Columbo saw Linda Sanchez’s story and bought the girl a brand new ramp.  Several people contacted Newswatch 16 wanting to help the family out. [Original Story] A mother in Hazleton wants to know who took her child’s wheelchair ramp. Linda Sanchez is 15 years old and like most teenagers, just wants to enjoy her summer. […]

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    Schuylkill County Prison is a Packed House

    POTTSVILLE — It’s a full house at the jail house in Pottsville. The Schuylkill County Prison is overcrowded and to accommodate, some inmates have been tripled up in cells made for just two people. “It’s only supposed to be two because they have bunk beds, but they actually had people sleeping on the floors,” said Christopher Ballesteros from Pottsville. Ballestros and Thomas Dittus recently served time in the county prison. They said the place was packed and they think Schuylkill County […]

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    Boxwood Blight Found in PA

    NORTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP — Boxwood shrubs are known as a boarding plant, meaning it usually surrounds other types of plants and flowers. The shrub is susceptible to a fungus that is now in the Keystone State. “The conditions here in Pennsylvania have really made it explode,” said Susan Hyland the Master Gardener Coordinator at the Penn State Extension in Schuylkill County. Those conditions are humid air and a relatively cool summer. It is all contributing to boxwood blight; a fungus that […]

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    Duped Out of a Dream Home

    HAZLETON — Felix Cabrera was thrilled to finally buy his first home. His family decided to settle down in Hazleton. Early last year, Cabrera bought a home on Seybert Street for about $32,000 in cash. He says Ignacio Beato was his real estate agent. “He said don’t worry and he looked like you can trust him and this is what I get,” said Cabrera. What Cabrera got about a year later was a letter from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office saying […]

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    Christmas in July in Shenandoah

    SHENANDOAH — If Christmas decorations seem a tad out of place in the middle of July, you’re right. But Chill Out Ice Cream Parlor in Shenandoah is already in the holiday spirit, a few months early. The shop is collecting new items to donate to Toys For Tots. “I’ve been doing this for 30, 35 years and this is the first time we’ve had a summer event,” said Ed Quirin from Toys for Tots Schuylkill County. “The need seems to be […]


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