Sarah Buynovsky joined the Newswatch 16 team in July of 2006. She is excited to be back home in the Keystone State, close to family and friends.

Sarah is a summa cum laude graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. While in school, she began working as a reporter and anchor at 570 WSYR. After graduation, Sarah landed a job at News 10 Now in Syracuse, where she first worked as the Cortland bureau reporter and then as the Syracuse morning reporter.
Sarah is a huge Orange fan and spends a lot of time heading up I-81 for football and basketball games with her husband, Josh and her four children.

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    Joe Maddon’s Family Watches Game 1, Fans Cheer for Cubs in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Cusat’s Cafe in Hazleton was packed with fans Tuesday night, watching Game 1 of the World Series, cheering on the Cubs and hometown favorite Joe Maddon, the Cubs manager. Among those in the crowd were Maddon’s mom and his sister. “This is fabulous. It’s something we’ve been dreaming of, and it’s come true, and we’re just very excited,” said Carmine Parlatore, Joe Maddon’s sister. Joe Maddon’s mother says he is absolutely capable of helping the Cubs beat the […]

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    Teacher Admits Taking Video of Students

    LEWISBURG—A former Lewisburg Area High School music teacher and band director is facing charges he took ‘upskirt’ videos of female students in 2015 and 2016. For about 15 years, Justin Hill was a teacher in Lewisburg. “Seemed like a normal guy, you wouldn’t have known. Just kind of shocking,” said Steven Stiner, who is a junior at the high school. Police say Hill’s wife, who was an elementary school teacher in the district, found the videos on his cell phone […]

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    Politics and Parenting: How Should The Candidates Treat Each Other?

    SCRANTON–The third and final presidential debate was a bitter one. There was name calling, finger-pointing and no handshake between the candidates. “They’re like children, they’re like kindergarten children. Come on. Get over it,” said Mildred Pagan of Old Forge who was at McDade Park in Scranton with her grandchildren. In Scranton, parents and grandparents had harsh words for Clinton and Trump. “It’s a disgrace, it’s a disgrace. It’s just ridiculous. In the United States of America you have two candidates […]

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    Target Pulls Scary Clown Masks, Locals Agree With Move

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY—Halloween is just around the corner and the spooky stuff is out in stores. At Spirit Halloween in Dickson City, there are plenty of scary masks and more, including of course scary clowns. “I know people will mention, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you guys sell clown costumes,’ and some people will say, ‘I didn’t know anything was even going on,’ said Jonathan Doty, the Spirit Halloween manager. In our area and across the country, there have been thousands of […]

  • Teacher Fondled Student at Teen Drinking Party, According to Court Papers

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Another Coughlin teacher has been charged after allegedly having relations with a student. Brian Hampel, 46,  of Sweet Valley was charged Monday evening. Hampel’s facing a charge of corruption of minors, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Hampel was a teacher at Coughlin High School in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. According to court papers, he bought alcohol for students and regularly attended student drinking parties where he was seen kissing and fondling a […]

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    Scranton’s Bancroft Elementary Closed For Cleaning After Troubling Air Quality Test

    SCRANTON — George Bancroft Elementary in Scranton is closed for cleaning after air quality tests revealed an ‘elevated level’ of micro-particles. Special cleaners have been called in and classes are canceled Monday for more testing. “I don’t know I just hope that no kids get infected with anything,” said Michael Ogelsby of Scranton who attended the school. “I don’t think that’s good for the kids, they had the other thing with the mold in the other schools and that’s just […]

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    Back Mountain Murder Back In Spotlight

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — A gruesome Luzerne County murder from nearly a decade ago is once again in the national spotlight, this time because of a television show and upcoming movie. Bryan Kocis lived in a quiet neighborhood in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain, but investigators say Bryan Kocis was a big name in the gay porn industry, a well-known producer with an eye for talent. He was murdered in his home in January 2007, stabbed dozens of times, nearly beheaded. His […]

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    Voter Registration Deadline Brings Flurry of Activity to Local Offices

    SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Elections office was buzzing with activity Tuesday, the deadline to register to vote before the November 8 Election. “It has been very busy and very hectic. There have been a lot of people coming in to register to vote along with a lot of the campaigns dropping off voter registration applications,” said Elections Director Marion Medalis. Volunteers and staffers for the Clinton/Kaine campaign were busy manning the phones, knocking on doors and at shopping centers registering […]

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    Thousands Stand in Line for Trump in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Thousands of people stood outside Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township Monday, waiting for Donald Trump. The lines were long and the energy was high. “He’s been my candidate since day one, so I’m here to support,” said Linda Letcher of Hazleton. Trump’s second appearance at the arena near Wilkes-Barre drew people from near and far. Trump spoke to a crowd here in April. “These are the people that are going to vote for Mr. Trump no […]

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    A Special Football Team Co-Captain For Shikellamy

    SUNBURY — As the Shikellamy Braves battled the Jersey Shore Bulldogs on the gridiron, Christian Courtney was there, as a special team co-captain for the Braves. “It’s a dream come true for him, honestly, it really is,” said his mom, Lynn Courtney of Sunbury. Christian Courtney was born with physical disabilities. He attends a special school in the Sunbury area and his teachers and members of the Shikellamy football team decided to make this happen: let Christian be a team […]

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    As Parents Overdose and Leave Kids Behind, Recovering Addicts Speak Out

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY—In Hazleton, investigators say two parents overdosed in front of their four young children. Near Pittsburgh, two parents were found dead in a home with their four young children. Photos and videos of parents and grandparents who have overdoses in their presence of young children have gone viral. Lackawanna County’s District Attorney Shane Scanlon says drug addiction affects everyone, young, old, rich and poor. He’s launched the ‘Heroin Hits Home’ campaign. “We’re not going to arrest our way out […]

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    Scranton Police: Woman with Utility Knife Subdued with Stun Gun

    SCRANTON — A woman is locked up, facing charges of disorderly conduct and assault after Scranton police say she attacked her boyfriend and then approached police officers with a utility knife. Police officers used a stun gun on Gretchell Torres-Ortiz outside her Moosic Street apartment. “One of the officers deployed a Taser, at which point she fell to the ground and was taken into custody. They said she was about three yards when they finally deployed the stun gun,” said […]