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    Man Accused of Raping Young Woman

    CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP — Charges were filed in Columbia County against a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Monday. State police tell Newswatch 16 troopers arrested Dustin Reed, 30.  Investigators said he forced himself on a 26-year-old woman at a home near Mount Carmel. The man from Wilburton was charged with rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Reed is locked up in Columbia County jail.

  • UPDATE: Name Released in Deadly Crash on Route 309

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — Officials have released the name of the person who died in a wreck in Luzerne County Friday morning. According to the Luzerne County coroner, 78 year old Shirley Zajkowski, of Monroe Township, Wyoming County, died  at the scene of the crash. Authorities said the wreck happened around 11:00 a.m., on Route 309 near Dallas. There’s no word on what caused the crash in Luzerne County.

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    UPDATE: Authorities Release Name of Teen Killed in Car Wreck

    HARTLEY TOWNSHIP — The coroner in Union County released the name of the 17-year-old killed in a Friday morning car wreck. Officials said Miles Forman died on Route 45 near Hartleton when he crashed just after midnight. Troopers said the teen driver from Lewisburg was going around a left curve and lost control of the car.  It rolled over a few times landing on the driver side. Forman was a student at Lewisburg Area High School.  Grief counselors for students […]

  • Flames Rip Through Auto Body Shop

    STROUD TOWNSHIP — 16 vehicles were damaged or destroyed by a fire that ripped through a Monroe County business early Friday morning. Flames hit Jim Weiss Auto Body and Towning near East Stroudsburg around 4:00 a.m. Weiss, the owner, said he was listening to the scanner when he heard there was a fire at his shop.  A state police fire marshall is looking into whether something in that jeep on a tow truck outside could have sparked the fire. Weiss […]

  • Long Lines at Little League World Series Ticket Stands

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Even after Philadelphia’s loss on Thursday, the Little League World Series continues to heat up in South Williamsport. ESPN says the last few games featuring Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis were among the highest-rated Little League World Series telecast in network history. Despite their last two losses to Las Vegas and Chicago, The Taney Dragons enjoyed being watched by tens of thousands of fans. Huge crowds lined up at the ballpark Thursday afternoon.  Newswatch 16 found a mix […]

  • New Distribution Center has the Power to Save

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — From green parking spaces to natural light, a new distribution center near Hazleton has the Power to Save. American Eagle Outfitters unveiled the new warehouse on Thursday.  The building is bigger than 15 football fields. 100 full-time employees, along with hundreds of other part timers will soon be working at the distribution center in the Humboldt Industrial park.  The company said the building was built to make it efficient and conserve energy, from the lighting to the […]

  • Man Convicted in Sherman Hills Killing, Shots Fired at Housing Complex Hours Later

    WILKES-BARRE — A jury in Luzerne County found Kenneth Evans guilty of the homicide Thursday afternoon. Hours later, gun shots rang out where he committed the crime. Evans shot and killed Shantique Goodson in November when she was in a vehicle outside Sherman Hills.  The first degree murder conviction in Luzerne County comes with an automatic life sentence. A few hours later, shots were fired at the troubled housing complex in Wilkes-Barre.  Officers tell Newswatch 16 someone shot into an […]

  • 31st Annual Tomato Festival Gets Underway

    PITTSTON — A summertime tradition kicked off Thursday evening in Luzerne County. The 31st annual Pittston Tomato Festival is underway.  There are all kinds of activities planned for the festival that celebrates the tomato. The festival hosts Italian food, live entertainment, and a tomato fight on Saturday afternoon. Many in Pittston believe their tomatoes are some of the best quality because they are grown in soil that is very acidic from the old coal mines. The Tomato Festival runs through […]

  • Catalytic Converters Stolen From Vehicles at Three Businesses

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Police are looking for a thief after several trucks belonging to businesses along Mundy Street near Wilkes-Barre had catalytic converters stolen from them. U-Haul, Nationwide Car Sales, and Ashley Furniture all had vehicles tampered with.  Authorities did not have an estimate of the value of the converters stolen. Catalytic converters are part of the vehicle’s exhaust system and can be worth hundreds of dollars. Most of the crimes were reported this week.

  • Hundreds Pack WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 5 Kickoff Concert

    The kickoff concert for WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 5 took place Thursday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.  Ryan’s Run raises money for people with disabilities in our area.  Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey was live at the event just before the music started playing. Click here to learn more about the cause and how you can donate.

  • Missing: President Obama Statue

    WILKES-BARRE — Missing: a life-size statue of President Obama. Someone swiped the statue off the porch of a home in Wilkes-Barre, and it upset the owner so much, she ended up in a hospital. It took Tiffany Bruce months to save up for a decorative piece to spruce up her new home in Wilkes-Barre. “That statue was actually $1249,” Bruce said. That statue is a life-size statue of President Obama. “I just wanted to wait until I got it on […]

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    Big Rig Rolls Off of Interstate 80

    NESCOPECK — A tractor-trailer went off the road down a 100 foot embankment on Thursday in Luzerne County. The big rig drove off of Interstate 80 east near Nescopeck around 6:30 a.m. Troopers said the truck driver lost control, went off of I-80, and rolled down a 100 foot embankment and landed on its side. All lanes on I-80 remained open during the clean up.  A medical helicopter was called in for the driver. Authorities have not released his current […]

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