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    Traffic on I-80 Slowed Following Tractor-Trailer Crash

    GREENE TOWNSHIP — Traffic on part of Interstate 80 in Clinton County is backed up after a big rig wrecked early Wednesday morning. It happened around 5:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-80 near the Jersey Shore Exit. Interstate 80 was shut down in that area briefly, but one lane has opened.  Police have not released any information on the condition of the driver or what caused the wreck. Responders said traffic may be moving slowly on I-80 east […]

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    SUV Smashes into Barrier Under I-81 Overpass

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — The north lanes of the South Cross Valley Expressway in Luzerne County are shut down because of a crash. Crews said the crash happened just after 7:00 a.m. on Route 29 in Hanover Township. Authorities said an SUV crashed into a barrier under the I-81 overpass.  A woman and child in the vehicle made it out safely. Traffic is backed up on Route 29.  Police have not said what caused the crash or how long crews will […]

  • Flames Hit American Legion Post

    FREELAND — An American Legion Post in Luzerne County is stuck cleaning up after a fire Tuesday night. Firefighters said the flames started in a duct at Post 473 on Center Street in Freeland around 9:00 p.m. Authorities tell Newswatch 16 a firefighter was in the post when the fire started and helped to clear the place. Crews had to cut a hole in the roof to douse the flames. They said the first and second floors have smoke and […]

  • Crews Rush to Douse Flames at Mobile Home

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — The Red Cross is helping two people after Tuesday night flames ripped through their home in Luzerne County. Crews did not have far to go to fight this fire. The mobile home is on Firehouse Road just a few doors down from the Lehman Volunteer Fire Department.  Authorities believe the flames got started in the kitchen after 11:00 p.m. Firefighters said two people live in the home.  Only one was there at the time and made it […]

  • Car Smashes Through Entrance of Mall at Steamtown

    SCRANTON — Scranton Police are trying to figure out why a driver smashed his car through the entrance at a mall Friday morning. Officers said the car went right through the window at Boscov’s at The Mall at Steamtown on Lackawanna Avenue around 5:45 a.m. A man was pulled out of the car and taken to the hospital. Authorities have not released the man’s current condition.

  • Man Accused of Murder Brought Back from NYC to Face Charges

    SHENANDOAH — A man wanted for murder has returned in Schuylkill County. Police believe Luis Ramos stabbed Wendy Contreras to death at a home along West Centre Street in Shenandoah back in late April. Authorities tracked him down in New York City later that same week.  Ramos had been in a jail in New York ever since. He faces criminal homicide and other charges.

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    New Bar Opening in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — A new bar is hoping to attract the college crowd in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Newswatch 16 found a “coming soon” sign for a bar called “Stir” along South Main Street. The website for the bar said it’s hiring new employees and expects to open sometime this fall. The bar in Wilkes-Barre has had several names and owners in recent years, most recently Joe K’s Brew House.

  • Dodge Viper Wrecked, Passenger in Critical Condition

    DICKSON CITY — The passenger of an expensive car is in critical condition after a crash in Lackawanna County. Officers in Dickson City said the driver of a Dodge Viper swerved into oncoming traffic on the Scranton Carbondale Highway on Thursday. A passenger in the Viper was badly hurt. Officers said the driver suffered minor injuries.  The car appeared to be totaled. Two people in the other vehicles were also hurt.

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    Surveillance Pictures Catch Vending Machine Thief

    MIFFLINVILLE — Money that was supposed to help people with vision problems was stolen from vending machines in Columbia County. Officials said the man in these surveillance pictures broke into the machines at two rest stops on Interstate 80 on Saturday and took money. The machines are owned by North Central Sight Services, a non-profit that helps the blind and visually impaired in our area. The same vending machines were also hit by thieves in March.

  • Thief Caught on Camera Stealing TV’s from Walmart

    TAYLOR — Police in Lackawanna County need your help to find a television thief. Authorities said the man has stolen several TV’s from Walmart in Taylor, hitting the place at least four times since July.  Officers said the man removes the security device from the 48″ to 60″ television takes it out of the store. Authorities say the TV’s are worth about $3,000. If you know this man, call police in Lackawanna County.

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    Searcher Finds Missing Elderly Woman

    UPDATE 12:15 p.m.:  A searcher found the missing woman safe near the Susquehanna River, a few miles from her home. Search crews have located Shelby Colwell near Route 7 by the NY line. She's responsive and appears to be uninjured. @WNEP — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) August 27, 2014 HALLSTEAD — State police in part of Susquehanna County are looking for a 76-year-old woman who went missing sometime Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said Shelby Colwell left her home at Howard Emerson […]

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    Police Warn Community About Fake Utility Worker

    HAZLETON — Hazleton Police are letting the public know about a scam. Authorities said someone posing as a utility worker talked his way into a home on South Manhattan Court on Tuesday.  Officers said the man took a purse and some house keys. There was a similar scam in Wilkes Barre earlier in August. Hazleton police want to remind citizens not let anyone in your home without a valid form of identification.

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