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    Explosion and Fire, One Woman Dead, Buildings Destroyed

    DUNMORE — The scene of a deadly house explosion and fire is still busy more than nine hours after emergency responders were called and an evacuation began. Firefighters told Newswatch16 they were first called to a home on Smith Street in Dunmore for a water main break and gas leak just before 2:30 a.m., and started evacuating residents. Officials said the gas leak sparked the explosion around 4 a.m., and as one building burned, one was already gone. “I am […]

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    Factory Fire Sends Two to Hospital

    SIMPSON — A chemical fire at a factory in Lackawanna County sent two people to the hospital. Authorities said the fire started just before 6 a.m. at Gentex Corporation in Simpson in a chemical mixing room at the business, injuring one person and shaking up another. There is no word on the extent of the person’s injury. Officials said Gentex Corporation is expected to be open Tuesday.

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    House Wrecked by Flames

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Investigators are looking for the cause of an early morning fire in Monroe County. Officials said the fire started on Chatham Road in Jackson Township just before 4 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters told Newswatch 16 the home was filled with flames when they got there, but the four people that lived there got out okay.

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    Burglars Stole Medications From Pharmacy

    LAKE WINOLA — Burglars broke into a pharmacy in Wyoming County, according to police. Authorities said someone smashed through the front window of Lech’s Pharmacy in Lake Winola around 1:55 a.m. Tuesday. Once the burglars got inside the business, they removed different types of medications, then fled the scene. Troopers in Tunkhannock are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact them.  

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    Holiday Travel Stats From AAA

    For more details on the 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast from AAA, click here.

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    Community-Related Weather Announcements

    Here are some community announcements regarding closings, parking bans, and other changes due to the winter weather expected to come our way. Check back for the latest updates.

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    Heating Unit Blamed for Fire at Former Deli

    WILKES-BARRE — A heating unit is being blamed for flames at a vacant business in Wilkes-Barre. The former Coal Street Deli caught fire around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities said the place was being remodeled. Crews managed to douse the flames quickly, but they did not say how much damage was done to the building in Wilkes-Barre.

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    UPDATE: State Police Say Icy Roads to Blame for Fatal Wreck

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Interstate 80 in Luzerne County reopened around 4 p.m. after being shut down for around 11 hours after a deadly crash Saturday morning. State police said a tractor trailer lost control on some ice and ran off of Interstate 80 East near the Interstate 81 junction in Butler Township on Saturday just before 5 a.m. Officials said he hit a sign post and an SUV, and the truck driver died at the scene. Officials said the man […]

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    Row Home Fire in Shenandoah

    SHENANDOAH — Firefighters were called to fight flames at a row home in Schuylkill County. The first alarm came in around 7 a.m. Sunday. Officials said the fire started in the kitchen of one home on West Lloyd Street in Shenandoah and spread to the house next door. Two other homes had smoke damage. No one was injured and there is no word how the fire started. According to the Shenandoah mayor’s Facebook page, one of the homes belonged to […]


    Heavy Winds Creating Problems for Firefighters

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — A home is destroyed after an early morning fire in Luzerne County. Officials said the fire started at a home on Jackson Road in Lehman Township just after 4 a.m. Sunday. Roaring winds made it harder for firefighters to fight the fire. Neighbors said no one was home when the fire started.

  • Early Morning Gunfire Outside Hooka Lounge in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A security guard was nearly hit by gunfire in Hazleton. Police said someone fired five shots from the back seat of a blue Honda Civic around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the direction of security staff standing outside Empire Hooka Lounge on East Broad Street. One bullet missed a security guard by about a foot, another bullet hit the front window of Empire Hooka Lounge, and a third went into a nearby apartment building, according to authorities. No one […]

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    UPDATE: Stolen Car not Related to Eric Frein

    MONROE COUNTY — Police said that a black 2012 Porsche that was reported stolen from the Poconos is not related to the search for Eric Frein. The car that was parked in front of a home on Burger Road in Blakeslee was reported stolen on October 18 and then recovered abandoned 137 miles away on Lee Hollow Road in Delaware County, New York. Frein is wanted for allegedly shooting two Pennsylvania State Police officers at the Blooming Grove barracks in […]


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