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    Shamokin Furloughs Two Full-time Officers

    SHAMOKIN — Shamokin’s police department will lose two full-time officers and two part-time meter officers under a spending plan approved Monday night. The cuts are less severe than anticipated. On Sunday, Shamokin’s mayor said four full-time officers were in line to be laid off. The 2014 budget okayed by city council also furloughs one employee of the streets department and changes a secretary in the codes office from full-time to part-time. Shamokin police chief Ed Griffiths says the furloughs leave […]

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    Thanksgiving Meals Distributed in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE — Volunteers in Wilkes-Barre cooked up 435 Thanksgiving dinners for the homebound and disabled on Thursday. This is the 34th year that the Commission on Economic Opportunity has provided Thanksgiving meals to shut-ins from all over Luzerne County. Nearly 50 volunteers gathered at the First Presbyterian Church on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre to cook the food and prepare the meals for delivery. Michael Greer of Kingston was one of those volunteers. “There’s a lot of people in need […]

  • Police: Man Tried to Rob Walmart in Pittston Township

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A man who tried to rob a Walmart as holiday shoppers were converging Thanksgiving night was arrested after a police chase, according to court records. According to Pittston Township Police, the attempted hold-up happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when a man walked into the store along Route 315 and approached the customer service area. Police say the man put a note on the counter indicating that he had a gun and demanding money. When the employee refused, […]

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    Suspect in Bloomsburg Church Burglaries Arrested

    BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg police say they caught a man in the act of burglarizing a church early Wednesday morning. They arrested the suspect and then discovered that he may also be responsible for a break-in at another church. David Navar, 36, of Freeland is locked up in Columbia County on charges including burglary and receiving stolen property. Bloomsburg police say they caught Navar around 3 a.m. Wednesday while he was burglarizing the First Presbyterian Church on Market Street. Police then […]

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    Nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Plan One-Day Strike

    WILKES-BARRE — The union representing nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital announced plans for a one-day strike on Tuesday, December 3. In a news release, the union said nurses would picket outside the hospital on North River Street starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday and continuing for 24 hours. According to the news release, nurses have been working without a contract since April. A statement released by Wilkes-Barre General Hospital says that, if the strike takes place, the hospital will have contingency […]

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    1993: A World War I Veteran Reminisces

    On this Veterans Day, we look back 20 years to 1993. Newswatch 16’s Tom Williams met a World War I veteran in Jermyn. The man told Tom how he risked his life to deliver messages.

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    Brothers Raise Money for Pet Rescue

    SCRANTON — Two brothers from Scranton raised more than $8,500 Sunday for a pet rescue in the Poconos. The fundraiser on North Everett Avenue benefited the Hope for Hannah Rescue in Bartonsville, Monroe County. This is the second year that Michael Gowarty, 12, and his brother Nicholas, 9, have stepped up to help Hope for Hannah. Last year, they raised close to $2,500 with a lemonade stand. This year’s event required the city to block off some streets to accommodate […]

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    Arson Damages House in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Hazleton Police confirm they are investigating an arson at a house on Grant Street. Fire damaged the place Sunday afternoon. Officials said they did not believe anyone was living in the house. The city’s fire chief said no electricity or water was hooked up. According to the chief, crews were called to the house around 1 p.m. Sunday. They found flames coming from the basement. The fire chief told Newswatch 16 the basement was filled with clutter. A […]

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    Wilkes-Barre Police Investigate Reported Kidnapping

    WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre police are investigating a reported kidnapping late Saturday night. According to police, a woman walked into police headquarters Sunday afternoon to report the crime. Police say Aleiya Hill of Kingston told them she had been at a bar on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre Saturday night. She left just before midnight and says three women followed her outside. Hill told police that the women forced her into their car, roughed her up, and forced her to pay […]

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    Water Boil Advisory in Bradford County

    TOWANDA — A water boil advisory went into effect Sunday for homes and businesses served by the Towanda Water System. The system serves Towanda, North Towanda Township and Wysox Township in Bradford County. Officials say parts of the system lost pressure sometime Sunday. The water is now being tested. Until the results are back, people in homes and businesses served by the Towanda Water System should boil their water before drinking it.

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    Man Shot in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Hazleton police say they are investigating a shooting Saturday afternoon that sent one man to the hospital. Police say they were called to Hazleton General Hospital around 4:30 p.m. and found a 40-year-old man from the city with a gunshot wound. He was flown to another hospital for treatment. A police news release did not say where the shooting happened, but Newswatch 16 found police collecting evidence around a garage on North Poplar Street. Police from Hazleton were […]

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    Child from Wyoming County Killed in Potter County Crash

    POTTER COUNTY — A crash on Route 6 in north central Pennsylvania killed a young girl from Wyoming County. The crash happened Thursday afternoon, September 12. State police at Coudersport say the four-year-old girl from Meshoppen was in a car driven by her mother, Kelly Bresnahan, 23, also of Meshoppen. Troopers say Bresnahan lost control on a curve on Route 6 in Potter County and hit two pickup trucks coming the other way. The four-year-old girl died at the hospital. […]