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  • 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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    UPDATE: Rolling Roadblocks on Interstate 81 During Rush Hour

    JENKINS TOWNSHIP — PennDOT announced that crews plan to move a large crane that will affect traffic on Interstate 81 and Route 315 in Luzerne County Thursday evening. Officials said the crane is moving on the ramp from Route 315 to Interstate 81 north beginning at 4 p.m.  Crews believe there will be major backups on Route 315 until 7 p.m. PennDOT said rolling roadblocks on Interstate 81 will take place between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  as three flatbed […]

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    UPDATE: Amber Alert: Abducted Children Safe, Father Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

    UPDATE: State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is reporting the two boys are safe and sound.   Authorities located the boys at a CVS in Staten Island, New York around 7:00 Thursday morning. Authorities said the boy’s father, Keith Belajonas, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Troopers said he killed the children’s mother at a home near Philadelphia then took the children. UPPER DARBY — Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert early Thursday morning after troopers said a […]

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    Three People Locked Up in Meth Lab Bust

    MILTON — Police in Northumberland County took three people into custoday after officers dismantled a dangerous drug operation. Authorities said they went to a home on Broadway Street in Milton on Wednesday to serve a warrant.  Once inside officers said they found a methamphetamine lab. State police were called in to take it apart.  Angel Prokop, Ace Elmore and Clifton Elmore were all arrested in the raid.

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    Alleged Drug Dealers Sold Heroin, Pills with Grandson in Car

    KINGSTON — Two people are accused of dealing drugs while a one year old sat in the back of a car. Investigators cuffed Alfred Singleton, 46, and Shalette Jones, 43, late Wednesday night.  Authorities said Jones drove Singleton to a drug deal on Wyoming Avenue on Wednesday with her grandson in the backseat. Officers said the man sold heroin and prescription drugs while the woman changed the child’s diaper. When police arrested the pair, they said they found crack and […]

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    Internet Sensation Preps for GMA

    The 5-year-old showstopper known to the nation now as “The Apparently Kid” is scheduled to be interviewed today by ABC’s Good Morning America.  His big break came during a Newswatch 16 interview.  Newswatch 16 Ryan Leckey caught up with the internet sensation an hour before the interview.

  • Thousands Attend National Night Out

    LEWISBURG — People in Union County are getting to know the men and women who keep them safe. Thousands came out for the “National Night Out” celebration in Lewisburg on Tuesday night. Members of local and county law enforcement gathered at the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park to show folks how they do their jobs. “They’re out here seeing entertainment, activities, events but at the same time interacting with all these agencies where they’ll be able to learn about crime, drugs, […]

  • Missing 5 Year Old Found Three Blocks From Home in Neighbor’s Car

    OLYPHANT — Authorities in Lackawanna County are wondering why a little girl wandered away from home in the middle of the night. Police found her sitting in her neighbor’s car. After a frantic search early Friday morning, the 5-year-old girl was found in her pajamas, sitting in a car on Spruce Street in Olyphant around 3:00 a.m.  The location is about three blocks away from her home on East Pine Street. Authorities tell Newswatch 16 her mother noticed the girl […]


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