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  • 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.

  • Talkback 16: Letter to the Editor Gets Callers Talking

    In Friday’s Talkback 16 there was a push for public dress codes, and someone thought Newswatch 16 showed too many commercials. However, the topic that got the most calls was a letter to the editor that was published in the Daily Item newspaper that appeared to threaten President Obama. Several callers also asked about former Newswatch 16 anchor Sofia Ojeda since she moved to Houston where the area is experiencing severe flooding. Sofia sent this message: “Some historic flooding in […]

  • Man Charged for Putting a Child in Danger

    POTTSVILLE — Rudy Frazier is facing charges in Schuylkill County after police say he put his own child in danger. Frazier is accused of dragging his seven-year-old son into the middle of West Race Street. Police say the boy was almost hit by an approaching vehicle that was driven by Frazier’s ex-girlfriend.

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    Talkback 16: Callers Can’t Believe Sentence for Brutal Beating

    The legal system is a hot topic on Thursday’s Talkback 16. Many callers believe two men who brutally beat another man did not receive a harsh enough sentence.

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    Talkback 16: State Trooper Survival Story and a Pricy Table

    Newswatch 16’s interview with Trooper Alex Douglass garnered a lot of attention on Thursday’s Talkback 16. Other topics included a $21,000 table and federally protected bats.

  • Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Nearly Hitting Police Cruiser

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP —  According to police, Shawn Morse was arrested on drug charges after he almost hit a police cruiser head on in Luzerne County. Shawn Morse of Bear Creek Township was picked up early Thursday morning after police pulled him over. Hanover Township police said they found cocaine, pills, and cash when they searched the vehicle.

  • New Veterans’ Memorial On the Way

    DALTON —  Some residents in Lackawanna County are getting ready to unveil a veterans’ memorial in their community. For the last two years, folks in Dalton have been raising money for the memorial. They say the old memorial was beginning to show its age. So, a group raised money to restore the original plaque and buy a new stone. “This new stone is going to bring large attention to the center of town because it’s number one, new. Number two, […]

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    Talkback 16: Woman Sues School

    The young woman suing Misericordia University over failed exams is the focus of Thursday’s Talkback 16. The majority of those who called have little sympathy for her situation.

  • Family Displaced by Fire a Second Time

    PLYMOUTH — A family in Luzerne County was hit by fire for the second time this year. Fire broke out at their house on Palmer Street around four o’clock Friday afternoon. Crews say no one was home at the time. Police say the family moved into that home just six weeks ago after losing their house in another fire. Investigators believe this fire started in an upstairs bedroom, but they have not determined what caused it.

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    Talkback 16: Teens Accused of Rock Throwing, Injured Wildlife

    Thursday’s Talkback 16 brought a lot of calls about a judge ruling teens accused of throwing rocks from an interstate bridge should be tried as adults. Plus, callers wanted to  talk about the unrest in Baltimore and the injured wildlife being cared for in our area.

  • Fire Tears Through Former Rectory

    PITTSTON — Flames broke out at the former St. Mary’s Rectory Thursday evening. The place at Church and Carroll streets is destroyed. The building is no longer a rectory, but authorities say five people lived there. No one was home at the time, and no one was hurt fighting the fire. A state police fire marshal is expected to investigate what caused that fire in Luzerne County.

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    Talkback 16: Local Reaction to Baltimore Violence

    The rioting and violence in Baltimore is the focus of Thursday’s Talkback 16. There’s commentary about Pennsylvania State Police heading to Maryland to help, and the mother who dragged her son out of the violence.

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