Update: I-80 West In Monroe Co. Reopened Following Rig Fire
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    14 People Forced Out by Flames

    SCRANTON — 14 people need new places to live after flames ripped through an apartment building Tuesday night in Scranton. The flames started in the 1800 block of North Main Avenue just before 11 p.m. This is one several buildings in the Providence section that was recently sold at auction. Fire crews believe the flames started on the second floor of a three-story building. Inspectors still are investigating the cause. Newswatch 16 spoke with a woman who was inside when […]

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    Police: Man Flown to Hospital After Teen Fired Shots

    FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP — Shots fired in a home in Luzerne County Monday night ended with a man in the hospital. The shots rang out on Mossville Road near Ricketts Glen State Park around 9:30 p.m. Officers said David Wheeler, 32, was arguing with a 16-year-old boy before the teen pulled the trigger. The man had to be flown to the hospital. Police have yet to say if any charges will be filed.

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    Six Dogs Die in Fire

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Six dogs are dead after a house fire in Carbon County. Flames broke out around 8:00 Thursday evening at the house on Spruce Street in Mahoning Township, just outside Lehighton. Three people lived in the home, but no one was home at the time of the fire. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Traffic was detoured in the area for several hours as firefighters battled the blaze.

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    Body of Woman Missing Five Months Identified

    RANSOM TOWNSHIP — Investigators have identified the body of a woman found dead in a pond in Lackawanna County. Police say the body of Diane Zavislak, 56, of Truckville in Luzerne County was found over the weekend in a pond in Ransom Township near Clarks Summit. Zavislak had been missing since last November. An autopsy could not reveal how she died or how long she had been dead.

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    Bags of Decapitated Birds Found Near Church Entrance

    BRODHEADSVILLE — State police in Monroe County are investigating a gruesome discovery at a church. State troopers said, last week, someone at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville found three bags of decapitated birds near the church’s entrance. Authorities believe the birds were put there sometime between last Wednesday and Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Fernridge at 570-646-2271.

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    Investigation Continues into Schuylkill County Woman’s Death

    BETHEL TOWNSHIP —  State Police on Tuesday released surveillance photos of a man who they are trying to locate in connection with the investigation into the death of a woman from Schuylkill County. Over the weekend, the body of Alishia Eller, 24, of Pine Grove, was found at an excavation storage site in Bethel Township in Berks County. State Police said the man in the surveillance pictures was last seen with Eller Friday evening and is wanted for questioning. Anyone […]

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    Bridge Replacement Project Underway in Schuylkill County

    PORT CARBON — A much needed bridge replacement project is now underway in Schuylkill County. The mayor of Port Carbon told Newswatch 16,  the Pottsville Street bridge is now closed to traffic as PennDOT begins its 1.8 million dollar project to replace the 90-year old bridge. The mayor said a detour is set up around the bridge. Work is expected to last through October.

  • Man in Custody after Police Chase

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — A man is in custody after a police chase in Luzerne County. The chase started Friday night in Kingston, went through Wilkes-Barre, and ended in a shopping plaza by the Burger King in Hanover Township near Wilkes-Barre. At least one Kingston police cruiser was damaged in the chase. Police took Colton Howell-Hadley, 24, of Wilkes-Barre into custody.  He faces drug charges, plus accusations of fleeing and eluding.  Kingston Police add they caught Howell-Hadley with cocaine, marijuana, plus […]

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    Alleged Bank Robber Arrested

    PITTSTON — Kingston police arrested a man who they say is responsible for robbing the Honesdale National Bank in Kingston on Thursday. Kenneth Delicati Jr., 34, of Kingston, was charged with robbery and theft Friday night at a district magistrate’s office in Pittston. Authorities said Delicati  walked into the bank located about two blocks away from his home Thursday afternoon, passed a teller a napkin with instructions to give him fives, tens and one dollar bills and fled the scene […]

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    Woman Charged with Killing Mother’s Boyfriend

    MAHANOY CITY — Authorities in Schuylkill County filed voluntary manslaughter and other charges against a woman who admits she stabbed and killed her mother’s boyfriend. Kimberly Hons from Mahanoy City spoke with Newswatch 16 when the stabbing happened back in December. She told Newswatch 16 she never intended to kill Larry Quinn but says she did it in self-defense. Hons said Quinn hit her mother and then attacked her in a home along East Mahanoy Street in Mahanoy City. But […]

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    Man Arrested, Accused Of Holding Woman Against Her Will

    HAZLETON — Police in Hazleton said a man who faces sexual assault charges is back in Luzerne County. Authorities believe Carlos Lopez held a woman against her will and assaulted her back in October. Police tracked him down in New Jersey but it took a few months to bring back Lopez to Hazleton because he faced similar charges in the Garden State. Lopez is currently locked up in Luzerne County prison on $100,000 cash bail.

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    Multiple Crashes on Interstate 380

    A blast of winter-like weather caused all sorts of problems Tuesday night. Rain turned to snow as the temperature dropped in parts of our viewing area. One trouble spot was Interstate 380 in Lackawanna County and into Wayne and Monroe counties. A tanker truck carrying sulfuric acid overturned in a multi-vehicle wreck on I-380 near the Gouldsboro exit. Officials at the scene told Newswatch 16 so far it does not appear that any acid has leaked out of the tanker […]