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  • Woman Charged With Medicaid Fraud

    HAZLETON — A woman from Hazleton is facing charges that she defrauded Medicaid. State prosecutors Joanne Correll filed $2700 in Medicaid claims on behalf of a health care business when she was actually working for someone else.

  • Child Rapist Sentenced

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — A child rapist was sentenced in Monroe County Thursday. Paul DePaoli is expected to spend 23 to 48 years in prison for raping two young children. DePaoli was arrested in July 2013 after a five-year-old girl told police he sexually assaulted her.


    Talkback 16: Disagreement with Selenski’s Sentence

    In Thursday’s Talkback 16, most callers disagreed with the sentence of life in prison for convicted killer Hugo Selenski. The majority of people who called in believed the death penalty was more appropriate in this case.

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    Teachers Expect to Hit Picket Lines

    OLD FORGE — The Old Forge Education Association notified the school board on Thursday that teachers  expect to go on strike on April 1. A representative from the Pennsylvania State Education Association released a statement that accused the school board of violating state bargaining law. The president of the Old Forge Education Association said teachers will be open to negotiations from the school board up until the time of the scheduled strike. Teachers in Old Forge were last on strike […]

  • Talkback 16: “Holiday” Weekend, Hazleton Prank

    In Friday’s Talkback 16, some callers didn’t find a “bloody” prank very funny.

  • High Rise Hit by Fire for Second Time in a Week

    KINGSTON — Residents of Dan Flood Towers huddled inside the lobby of the high rise in Luzerne County. As firefighters responded to alarms in the building for the second time in seven days. “This is the first time it happened since it`s been built I think,” said Dolores Brown, a resident of the high rise. “This is on edge, twice in one week!” said David Heacock, who lives in the building. David Heacock is a resident who was here on […]

  • Marine Fights For Life After Being Hit By Car

    SHENANDOAH — A Marine, a caring man, and a friend to all. That’s how people in Schuylkill County describe David Gardner of Shenandoah. “Everybody loved him they said he would do anything for anybody.” But now Gardner needs a little help from his friends. According to family, Gardner is in an induced coma, making some progress, but still in the ICU at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville after getting hit by a vehicle over the weekend. Police say it happened […]

  • Does It Really Work? BeActive

    This is BeActive!  The maker claims, it will help relieve lower back pain!  It works on the left and right leg.  One size fits all and can be used by men and women.  The maker claims, lower back pain radiates from the lower back to your extremities.  The secret to BeActive is the calf wrap which is designed to relieve that pain. Newswatch 16 went on Facebook and asked for volunteers. We were looking for anyone suffering with lower-back pain. […]

  • Talkback 16: Hugo Selenski Interruption

    Many of Thursday’s calls to Talkback 16 focus on Hugo Selenski’s double murder trial. Plenty of the callers were upset that Newswatch 16 broke into “The Middle” to announce the verdict.

  • Gov. Wolf Makes Case for Severance Tax on Gas Drilling

    POTTSVILLE — The governor spent part of his day talking with students in a fifth grade science class at Lengel Middle School in Pottsville. His visit highlighted the science of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region, and the politics of getting state lawmakers to support a severance tax on the money made by natural gas drillers.. “We have an opportunity with what we have in natural gas, and if we do this right, and have a very healthy […]

  • Changing Street Name Keeps Firefighter’s Memory Alive

    SCRANTON — You’ll see the name “Jim Robeson” all over Scranton Fire headquarters on Mulberry Street. You’ll hear Robeson’s stories. “He used to have a saying, it came from him, ‘treat every fire like it’s your house burning.'” Captain James Robeson was killed while fighting a fire in Scranton’s Hill Section in 2008. A loss that, admittedly, still shakes current fire chief Pat DeSarno. But now, Robeson’s name won’t just be inside fire headquarters. It will be on a street […]

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    Police Have Suspect in Hit-and-Run

    SCRANTON– Authorities in Scranton have made an arrest in a hit and run case that critically injured a woman. Police took iffany Timko, 25, of Hazleton into custody early Saturday morning in Scranton. She is charged with hitting Betty Sawkulich with her car Wednesday night along South Main Avenue in the city. The car was recovered Friday night at a home in Clarks Summit. Timko was charged with the crime hours later. Scranton’s police chief Carl Graziano told Newswatch 16 […]


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