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    Tractor-Trailer Wreck Slows Traffic on I-81

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — An early morning big rig wreck on Interstate 81 in Luzerne County slowed traffic for about an hour. The crash happened in the northbound lanes near mile marker 168 in Wilkes-Barre Township around 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Officials believe a minivan smashed into a tractor-trailer.  The van was severely damaged.  Authorities have not said if anyone was hurt. One lane was closed while crews cleaned up the mess on I-81 north.  The lane opened around 5:15 a.m.  


    Former Correctional Officer Accused of Striking Inmate

    SCRANTON — Charges were filed Wednesday against a former correctional officer who is accused of beating up an inmate at the Lackawanna County Prison. Nicholas Hughes, 23, was charged with assault and harassment Prosecutors tell us Hughes hit Cloward Grant while he was restrained to a chair at the prison on North Washington Avenue in Scranton in August. Officials said the inmate from Scranton had a cut over his eye and needed medical attention.  He was in prison for a 2013 robbery.

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    WGN America’s Salem

    Learn more about WGN America's new show Salem.

  • LUZ 81 CRASH 11.19.14

    Crash Shuts Down I-81 During Morning Rush Hour

    DUPONT — Part of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County was shut down briefly for a car wreck Wednesday morning. The crash happened on I-81 south between the Dupont Exit (175B) and the Pittston Exit (175A) around 9:30 a.m. Crews had to shut down both lanes of the interstate to clean up.  The closure caused traffic to back up over a mile.  The road reopened within a half hour but traffic was still slowed in the area of the crash. Police […]

  • Firefighters Fight Flames in Freezing Temperatures

    ORANGEVILLE — Flames chased a family into the bitter cold Wednesday morning in Columbia County. Crews rushed to the home on Main Street in Orangeville just after midnight.  Firefighters said the flames started in the chimney and spread to the rest of the place, which the fire chief said was recently remodeled. Authorities said two adults and a child lived here.  All of them made it out of the home safely and are staying with friends. The fire chief tells […]

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    Man Accused of Assaulting Two Women

    EAST STROUDSBURG — State police in Monroe County arrested a man after a break-in at a home in East Stroudsburg Sunday afternoon. Troopers said Justin Navarro, of East Stroudsburg, made his way into a home on Brush Drive around 4:00 p.m.  Authorities said Navarro then proceeded to beat up two women, ages 24 and 46.  He then ran from the home.  Police have not released the current condition of the victims. State police said they caught up with Navarro inside […]

  • Leckey Time: Fun With Feed-A-Friend

    Ryan Leckey has some fun while dishing on the details of WNEP’s Feed-A-Friend campaign.

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    Council Says Police Department Could Shut Down

    LAFLIN — A community in Luzerne County might be getting rid of its police force. Laflin’s council voted Monday to have the borough’s lawyer draw up an ordinance to close the department.  The Laflin Police Department is made up of three full-time and five part-time officers. People can voice their concerns at the next Laflin Borough Council meeting December 8th.

  • Two Cuffed After Police Raid Home

    EXETER — Police arrested two men during a raid at a home in Luzerne County late Tuesday night. Newswatch 16 found Exeter Police and a state police hazmat team at a home in Birchwood Estates in Exeter.  Investigators said they served a search warrant at the home earlier in the evening, looking for a man wanted on felony charges. Officers said they filed drug charges against Ryan Martin and his son Andrew Martin. Police say they found marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and […]

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    Man Cuffed After Stabbing Outside Mini Mart

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — A stabbing at a mini mart in Luzerne County has a man locked up Tuesday morning. According to authorities, the attack happened at Turkey Hill on Route 309 near Hazleton just after 11:00 Monday night. Officers said Chistopher Ringlaben, 21, of Hazleton stabbed William Flachsenhaar in the arm during a fight.  Witnesses stopped Ringlaben from leaving until officers arrived. The Hazleton man was charged with assault.

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    Operation Enduring Freedom

    To learn more about Staff Sergeant Earl Grandville’s non-profit he mentioned on Newswatch 16 This Morning, click here.

  • Preparing the Electric City for Winter

    SCRANTON — Volunteers got their hands dirty cleaning up parts of downtown Scranton on Sunday. The Penn State Master Gardeners and members of “Scranton Tomorrow” joined forces to tidy up the planters around the city and get them ready for winter.  The organizer of the event said it’s important for people to take ownership of their community. “We want to show that there are people committed to making Scranton a better place even if it’s just a little part at […]


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