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    UPDATE: Pair Arrested in Connection with Shooting

    WILKES-BARRE — A couple wanted in connection with a shooting in Wilkes-Barre has been picked up in New Jersey. Authorities confirmed Thursday morning that Tony and Treasa Ransome are in custody. Wilkes-Barre police issued warrants for their arrest after a shooting on Hutson Street in the city on May 15. Police say that Tony Ransome shot Josue Vargas several times after Vargas argued with Ransome’s wife, Treasa. Tony Ransome is a convicted felon who is not allowed to have guns. […]

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    Armed Forces Day Luncheon in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — A luncheon in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday celebrated Armed Forces Day. The Daughters of the American Revolution and the 109th Field Artillery hosted the luncheon at Genetti Hotel and Conference Center on East Market Street. With help from some reenactors, the program highlighted the honors and accomplishments of the unit’s 239-year history. Newswatch 16’s Tom Williams and Mike Stevens spoke at the event in Wilkes-Barre.

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    Breaking for Warriors

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — People were kicking and punching in Luzerne County on Saturday to help area veterans. The Back Mountain Martial Arts Studio near Dallas hosted an event called “Breaking for Warriors” to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Martial artists from around the area showed off their skills by breaking boards and cinder blocks. The Wounded Warrior Project helps service members injured while fighting for our country.

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    Search Closes Part of Route 54

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — Part of Route 54 in Northumberland County was shut down early Saturday evening due to a search. Crews said the road was closed in both directions in the Mount Carmel area from Strong to Locust Gap. The search took place in an area known locally as “the crater.” Officials on the scene confirmed that a jogger reported seeing a naked woman in distress. As of 7:30 p.m., nothing had been found. Crews said they planned to […]

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    Airport Stages Emergency Drill

    LUZERNE COUNTY — An emergency drill at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport simulated a catastrophe. The drill took place Saturday morning and involved emergency responders from several communities. Federal authorities require the airport to hold this type of exercise every three years. Some people played roles of injured passengers, and a plane was even set on fire. “This gives us, with observers, an opportunity to exercise that plan, see where some of the strengths, weaknesses are,” said airport director Barry Centini. […]

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    Fire Damages Vacant House

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Fire damaged a vacant house in Schuylkill County Saturday morning. The fire broke out just before 4 a.m. at a house on Broad Street in Butler Township, near Ashland. Crews spent more than two hours fighting the fire. Investigators say an electrical problem sparked the fire in Schuylkill County.

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    Troopers: Boy Shot and Killed by Uncle

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP — An 10-year-old boy died after being shot in the head by his uncle, according to state police in Pike County. Chad Olm, 34, was arrested and locked up on a charge of homicide. According to state police, the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Wild Acres development near Dingmans Ferry. Hunter Pedersen was at a family gathering that included Olm, who was his uncle, as well as Olm’s own son. Prosecutors say Olm […]

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    UPDATE: Gunshot Victim Dies

    FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP — A man shot by a teenager during an apparent domestic dispute in Luzerne County has died. The coroner confirms that David Wheeler, 32, died several days after being shot in the abdomen. The Luzerne County coroner says autopsy shows that David Wheeler died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the death has been ruled a homicide. The shooting happened Monday night at a home on Mossville Road in Fairmount Township. State police say a 16-year-old […]

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    “Non-specific” Bomb Threat Reported at Penn State

    UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State reported Saturday evening that someone made “unspecified, non-specific bomb threats” in a series of calls to Penn State University Park police. University Park is Penn State’s main campus, located in State College in Centre County. According to a news release from Penn State, the caller claimed there were explosive devices in every building on campus. The caller also claimed there was a suicide bomber at 9th Avenue and 7th Street, but the news release says […]

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    UPDATE: Body Found in Plymouth Township

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — A body was discovered Tuesday evening in Plymouth Township in Luzerne County. State police were called to Canal Park shortly after 6 p.m. Emergency dispatchers confirmed a body had been found. Authorities left the scene around 8 p.m. The coroner said the death of the 58-year-old man from West Nanticoke is not considered suspicious and has ruled the death a suicide.


    Trash Fire Spreads to Cornfield

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A homeowner burning trash in her backyard on Monday blamed the wind for blowing burning debris into a cornfield in Luzerne County and setting it on fire. Crews from several fire departments in the Conyngham area were called to Roth Road in Butler Township around 1:45 Monday afternoon. They used brush trucks to put out the fire and keep it from spreading beyond the cornfield.

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    PA Voter ID Law Struck Down

    HARRISBURG — A Commonwealth Court judge on Friday put a permanent hold on Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID Law. The law, passed in March 2012, required voters to show some form of photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Voters who did not have a photo ID were entitled to obtain one issued by the state. That process involved going to one of PennDOT’s photo license centers. Appeals kept the law from fully taking effect, although voters have been asked, but […]


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