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  • Teacher Remembered in Schuylkill County

    TAMAQUA — Hundreds of people showed up for a special tribute Wednesday night for a teacher from Schuylkill County who died earlier in the week. A candlelight vigil was held at the Tamaqua Area High School sports complex for Thelma Urban. It was held to honor the ways the language arts teacher touched many lives during her career at the school. She was considered a “champion for the underdogs.” Urban had a heart attack earlier this month. She leaves behind […]

  • Mother Facing Charges After Infant Gets Hurt

    SCRANTON — Police accused Karra Ellis, 38, of endangering her own three-week-old daughter last month. Investigators say Ellis admitted she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the baby got hurt. According to officers, Ellis blacked out the night her baby fell off a bed and fractured her skull. She is charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.

  • Woman Dies After Fire

    WILLIAMSPORT — A 22-year-old woman died Wednesday after being trapped in a burning building on Third Street Tuesday. The coroner said Felicia Colley died from breathing in too much smoke. Colley was stuck on the top floor of the apartment house on Third Street. An off-duty state trooper rescued two people from the first floor of the building but was unable to get to Colley. She was rescued by firefighters and taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital where she died Wednesday. […]

  • Attorney General’s Office Investigation in Stroudsburg

    STROUDSBURG — Agents from the state attorney general’s office were seen going in and out of a building on Main Street Wednesday. A sign on the building says “Inner Vision Treatment Services.” Agents told Newswatch 16 that they were not able to comment on what they were doing at that building in Stroudsburg on Wednesday.

  • Blackmail Case Heads to Court

    COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — A case against three people accused of trying to blackmail a doctor went to court today. All three are accused of trying to extort $100,00 from Marvell Scott  of Monroe County. Two of the suspects gave up their right to a preliminary hearing. The other suspect’s hearing was continued. Marvell Scott used to be a television sportscaster in New York City.  

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    Talkback 16: Rock-Throwing Teens, Idea for Bike Lanes

    The debate over the Confederate flag raged on in Wednesday’s Talkback 16. Callers had comments about the teenagers who were in court for a rock-throwing incident, and an idea for a project to install bike lanes was proposed.

  • Talkback 16: Charleston Church Massacre

    In Friday’s Talkback 16, many callers wanted to talk about the deadly shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Other topics of conversation included a cat that survived being shot, and and free lunches for students in the Hazleton Area School District.

  • AME Church Holds Vigil to Remember Charleston Victims

    SCRANTON — An emotional prayer service took place Thursday at Bethel AME Church on North Washington Avenue. Bethel AME is a sister church of the one in South Carolina where nine people were killed in a shooting. Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton attended the service. The pastor of Bethel AME in Scranton previously met with the pastor who was killed in the deadly rampage. “We just want to get together and do our little part […]

  • Community Members Honored for Charitable Deeds

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Several people were honored Thursday for their heroic and charitable deeds in Luzerne County. The Wyoming Valley Everyday Heroes awards breakfast was held near Wilkes-Barre. The Red Cross recognized a dozen firefighters for their rescues. A good Samaritan  who stopped to save a man pinned under a burning vehicle was also honored. Two teens who performed charity work within the law enforcement and firefighting communities were recognized along with a woman who founded two animal rescue groups.

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    Talkback 16: Free Lunch, No Smoking at the State Parks

    A smoking ban at state parks is just one of the topics in Thursday’s Talkback 16. But the comments start with calls about a free meal program for thousands of students in Luzerne County.

  • Child Pulled From Water at Indoor Park

    POCONO TOWNSHIP —  Police say a three-year-old girl had to be flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital after she was pulled from the water Friday night at Great Wolf Lodge in Monroe County. Officers said the child was rescued from the bottom of the pool and CPR was performed on her. There is no word on her name or condition. Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park resort.

  • Lackawanna County Comes to Agreement with Workers

    SCRANTON — Lackawanna County released the terms of an agreement that ended a strike by the county workers who handle child abuse cases. The unionized employees at the Office of Youth and Family Services hit the picket lines earlier this month. At a news conference Friday, the county commissioners say the new contract agreement calls for pay hikes, but some workers will have to pay more for healthcare. The new contract will last until the end of 2016.

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