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Jim Hamill has covered a lot of territory in his time at Newswatch 16. In 2006, he started producing and reporting at the TV station he watched while growing up. By 2008, he joined the Central PA Newsroom and picked up the camera to report stories from all over the map. Then, Jim became Newswatch 16’s weekend anchor in 2013.

James, as he’s been known for most of his life, grew up in Honesdale – birthplace of the American Railroad. He got his first taste of news while working for the local radio station during high school. Jim graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2004. Soon, he was off to an even cooler climate: Bangor, Maine. After two years at WABI-TV5, Jim came home to The News Station.

In his time covering news in central Pennsylvania, Jim reported extensively on the development of the Marcellus Shale, state government and politics in Harrisburg as well as the Penn State child sex abuse scandal including Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial. After returning to the Poconos, Jim broke numerous stories related to the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks and subsequent 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein.

A big Orange(men) fan, you can find Jim out on the golf course, bike trail, or listening to some live music. From classic rock to hip hop and just about everything in between, his taste in music knows few boundaries. He shares that love of good music and traveling with his wife, Melody, and their son, Cagney.

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    Detour for Sewer Work on Busy City Street

    SCRANTON — Part of a busy street in Scranton is closed for at least a week disrupting the flow of traffic to homes and businesses in the area. Pittston Avenue at Brook Street closed Monday. For instance, McCarthy Florists are affected. The owner said the road closure will cut down on the number of walk-in customers. Depending on the time of day, Pittston Avenue in south Scranton sees a lot of cars and trucks. This week, that traffic is detoured around this intersection at […]

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    River Heritage Trail Coming to Carbondale

    CARBONDALE — Work has begun on the next phase of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. The Carbondale Riverwalk is a two-mile section of trail that will run through the heart of the city’s downtown. It won’t be long now until a section of John Street which was abandoned in Carbondale will be the latest stretch of the trail. Owen Worozbyt is the project manager. He showed us the path the trail will take along the river and even through the city’s […]

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    Wayne County Sheriffs Sport Pink for Fellow Deputy

    HONESDALE — For the month of October, the sheriff’s department in Wayne County is sporting a color you don’t usually see on law enforcement. They are wearing pink patches for breast cancer awareness month. “A lot of people love it. It’s a good idea. Some people ask what’s that for. We tell them it’s something that hits home for us,” said Wayne County Sheriff Mark Steelman. The pink patches are a reminder that even one of their own is in a […]

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    Charges After Child Found Alone in Car at Bar in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — A father cleared in the death of his baby earlier this year is in trouble again. Keith Mullin of Honesdale is accused of leaving his 18-month-old son in a car while he went to a bar. Troopers charged Keith Mullin with child endangerment on Monday after the young boy was found soaking wet inside a running vehicle parked outside a bar early Saturday morning. When we stopped by Mullin’s home on Ridge Street in Honesdale, his wife and three […]

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    Vandalism Can’t Derail Wayne County Train Excursion

    HONESDALE  — Just as an excursion train in Wayne County was gearing up for the fall foliage season, vandals hit leaving a mess to clean up before the first ride. It was all aboard the Stourbridge Line in Honesdale for its first fall foliage excursion of the season, but over the weekend the train had some unwelcome guests. Some shattered glass on the tracks is all that’s left from a vandalism spree that left the train operators cleaning up a […]

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    Invasive Weed Taking Hold in Ponds, Lakes

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — It’s the end of summer but just the beginning of a battle on one pond in Wayne County against an invasive weed. Dave Falvo gave us an up-close look at the culprit: a fast-growing, resilient weed in Long Pond near Honesdale called hydrilla. Falvo grew up on Long Pond, also known as Lake Alden, and is worried by what he’s seeing beneath the water’s surface. “I don’t think this is anything that can be solved easily. It’s very complex. This is […]

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    County Seeks to Continue Flood-prone Property Buybacks

    MEHOOPANY — Five years after historic flooding hit parts of Wyoming County, officials are looking at buying a second round of flood-prone properties. Back in 2011, parts of Mehoopany were under water. Homes that were damaged or destroyed are now merely plots of grass all because FEMA and PEMA assisted the county with buying nearly 20 properties which may flood again. The buildings, or what was left, were torn down. “These two properties are now green space, they can never […]

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    Traffic Signal at ‘Dangerous’ Intersection Up and Running

    CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP — For years, people have said something needed to be done to make an intersection safer in part of Lackawanna County. Now, work is all but complete on the improved intersection beast Carbondale. After years of trepidation on the part of drivers on Route 6 near Carbondale, a traffic signal controls the cars and trucks at this intersection. Over the years, this spot where the Casey Highway splits from Business Route 6 has been notorious for crashes. “We’ve […]

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    Fighting for Gas Money in Bradford County

    TOWANDA — A rally for people who feel they haven’t been getting their fair share of royalties from Chesapeake Energy was held Wednesday night in Bradford County. The rally is aimed to drum up support for a bill going through Harrisburg that would guarantee that companies pay a minimum fee to people who own land leased to the companies to drill and remove their natural gas. It’s been several years since the gas drilling rigs moved into parts of Bradford […]

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    Couple Facing Sex Charges Involving Boys in Wayne County

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — A husband and wife in Wayne County were in court Tuesday on a slew of sex charges involving children. Much of the content in the hearing was graphic and shocking. Court papers reveal that the accused told their alleged victims not to say anything, calling it the “circle of trust.” Two boys took the stand describing the alleged sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Michael and Jamie Schwartz. Now the couple will likely stand trial […]

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    Garden Dedicated to Slain State Trooper

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Monday marks two years since a deadly attack on the state police barracks in Pike County. Now, in time for this somber anniversary, a memorial garden has been dedicated to the state police corporal who was killed. Two years ago, the state police barracks at Blooming Grove came under attack leaving one trooper badly hurt and Corporal Bryon Dickson dead. Now a memorial garden in front of the barracks will serve as a reminder of what Corporal Dickson’s family […]

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    Family, Community Mourn Teen Crash Victim

    ARARAT TOWNSHIP — A family is devastated following a deadly crash that killed a 13-year-old boy in Susquehanna County Tuesday. Christian Perrington was on a riding mower when he was hit near Thompson. The coroner ruled Perrington’s death accidental. He was supposed to start school Wednesday, but instead his family is left making plans to lay him to rest and the community is left grieving. Perrington was killed while on a riding lawnmower not far from his home when a […]