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  • 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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    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 […]

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