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    Tractor-Trailer Crash on Interstate 81, Car Flips Over

    In Luzerne County, one person was sent to the hospital after a car and tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 81 northbound. It happened just after 6 p.m. Tuesday near the Pittston exit. Officials told Newswatch 16, the tractor-trailer went over the embankment after hitting the car and the car then flipped over sending it down the hill. The truck driver spoke to Newswatch 16 about the crash. “Thought I was going over to be honest with you, but I rode that […]

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    Soldier from Schuylkill County Killed in Afghanistan

    ORWIGSBURG — Newswatch 16 has confirmed a soldier from Schuylkill County was killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said Capt. Jason  Jones, 29, of Orwigsburg, died Monday of wounds received from a small-arms fire fight in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Officials said he was deployed in April in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which was Jones’ second deployment. Jones’ awards and decorations included multiple medals and awards including the Bronze Star Medal. He is survived by his wife, […]

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    Classes Cancelled for 4th & 5th Graders after fire at North Pocono Intermediate School

    MOSCOW — Classes are cancelled Tuesday for fourth and fifth graders at North Pocono Intermediate School after a fire on Monday evening, according to school Superintendent Bryan McGraw. Fire officials said the fire started in the tech room located on the second floor of the school building. Authorities said the fire also damaged about ten computers and caused a heavy smoke condition throughout the school building. Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation but believed to be […]

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    Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash near Fairgrounds

    LAMAR TOWNSHIP — State Police spent  hours at the scene of a deadly crash in Clinton County. It happened late Friday afternoon in Lamar Township near Mill Hall on Auction Road. State troopers told Newswatch 16 a motorcycle and another vehicle collided as the other vehicle tried to cross the intersection of State Route 220 near the Clinton County Fairgrounds. The coroner said a 69-year-old man from Huntingdon on the motorcycle died. The victim’s name has not been released. The […]

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    Driver Barrels into Tree, Taken to Hospital

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — One man was sent to the hospital after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree in Luzerne County. Police said it happened in Plains Township on East Main Street just after 5 p.m. on Friday. East Main Street was shut down for several hours while crews cleared up the vehicle. Police have not released the name or condition of the driver after the crash in Luzerne County.

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    Shelter Looks into Malnourished Dog Found in Lackawanna County

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP — A severely malnourished dog found in Lackawanna County now has authorities looking for it’s owner. The humane officer at Griffin Pond animal shelter said a pit-bull mix was dropped off early Friday morning after Carbondale police found it wandering on North Main Street in the city. The officer said the dog came in extremely hungry and is 10 to 15 pounds underweight. Now they want to know who allowed the animal to get this way. Anyone who […]

  • Boy Scout Helps the Homeless

    SCRANTON — A teen from Dickson City lent a very special hand to some homeless folks at the Scranton Rescue Mission Thursday night. Larry Menendez is working on his eagle scout project. He decided to load 50 backpacks with essential supplies for people with no place to live. Inside those backpacks are tarps, blankets and other items. “What I feel is God is calling me to this. I have always wanted to help people in the community and so this […]

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    Police Officer Involved in Deadly Wreck Put on Unpaid Leave

    NESQUEHONING – Newswatch 16 has learned a police officer involved in a deadly crash in Carbon County has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. Nesquehoning’s borough council voted Wednesday night to put officer Steven Homanko on unpaid leave, according to borough Council President David Hawk. State police are investigating a crash involving Homanko’s cruiser and a car on Route 209 between Nesquehoning and Jim Thorpe earlier this month. A passenger in the car, Carola Sauers, 69, died. Her husband, Michael […]

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    Man Arrested for Allegedly Molesting 8 Children

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon  after State Police said he allegedly molested eight children. Troopers arrested John Beiler, 47, from Allenwood in Union County. Authorities said Beiler molested five girls and three boys in Washington over a 15-year period ending in 2012. The victims ranged in age from an infant to children in their teens. Beiler is locked up in Lycoming County prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.


    Vandals Destroy Home in Williamsport

    WILLAMSPORT — Police in Williamsport want to know who trashed the interior of a home. Pictures of the property along Penn Street were posted on the Williamsport Police Department’s Facebook page. The pictures show doors ripped off of hinges, graffiti and holes in walls. Officers in Williamsport told Newswatch 16 the place was unoccupied but was in the process of being rented.

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    Local Students Compete in National Spelling Bee

    Two children from our area are in the national spelling bee in Washington D.C. Tushan Dargan, 9,  is a 5th grader at Good Shepherd Academy in Edwardsville. He is one of the youngest competitors at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Devina Singh, 13, is an 8th grader at North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School in Ashland. Both would love to end up where then 14-year old Sukanya Roy of Abington Heights student was back in 2011. She won the national spelling […]

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    Fallen Officers Remembered

    Two fallen officers from our area were remembered during a moving ceremony in Washington D.C. Tuesday evening. Many paid tribute to the lost heroes at the law enforcement memorial in the nation’s capital. Corrections officer Eric Williams was killed by an inmate while on duty at the federal prison near Waymart back in February of last year. In June of last year police officer Daniel “J-J” Lomax who worked in Forest City and Mayfield was electrocuted while helping a driver […]


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