School Closings & Delays

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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    Trying to Conserve Water in Middleburg During Drought

    MIDDLEBURG — Officials in the borough of Middleburg in Snyder County are asking residents to conserve water in the midst of a drought. “Everything is going to start dying soon. I actually can’t believe our grass is green,” said Josh Zaring of Middleburg. The summer has been long, hot, and unusually dry, especially in Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties in central Pennsylvania. “I’m worried for people with wells that they have to conserve. My mother-in-law goes to a laundromat to […]

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    McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair Underway

    MCCLURE — The 125th annual McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair kicked off Monday and folks flocked for a taste. “We come here every year. I love the bean soup. We had one bowl already, and I have a feeling we might have another one before we’re ready to go home,” said Mel Wentzel of Middleburg. The soup simmers over the fire, made the same way it was back in the Civil War. The celebration started by Civil War veterans […]

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    Local Police, Parents, Recovery Experts Weigh In On Controversial Overdose Pics

    CARBONDALE—The Liverpool Police Department in Ohio released pictures of two adults who overdosed on suspected heroin in a vehicle with a four-year-old boy in a backseat. The pictures are shocking and have quickly gone viral. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have seen them. The pics were snapped and then posted online. “How could you do that? I don’t understand how they could do that. I was so upset when I saw it. A four year old? What did […]

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    In Two Luzerne County Villages, Water Is Now Safe To Drink

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Government officials say for years now, folks living in the Villages of Stockton Numbers 6 and 8 in Hazle Township have had unsafe water. The public water system had contaminants like E. coli bacteria and other organisms. After two years of planning and work, 43 village homes are now connected to the main water line of the Hazleton City Authority public water system. “Oh, I think it’s great. To be on city water, I really do,” said […]

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    With PA Rape Kits Backlogged, Many Urge More Has To Be Done

    EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY — While some students played Frisbee and walked to and from classes Wednesday evening, others gathered in a dark auditorium on campus to watch an award-winning documentary about sexual assault on campuses, called “The Hunting Ground.” “It’s a really, really eye-opening documentary and it also highlights how oftentimes schools are actually deliberately covering up cases of sexual violence,” said Sofie Karasek, Director of Education and Co-Founder of End Rape on Campus. Karasek was featured in the documentary […]

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    One Dead, One Hospitalized After Car Smashes into Home

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — One person is dead and another hurt after a car smashed into a home in Luzerne County. Police said the car hit a utility pole before hitting the house along West Butler Drive near Drums around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the driver, Dominic Depoalo, 95, suffered some kind of a medical episode that caused him to leave the road, shear off a utility pole then plow into the home. His wife, Angeline Depoalo, also 95, was […]

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    Inmate Wants Out of Jail In Luzerne County, In Part, For Gender Teasing

    WILKES-BARRE — Dakota Barnes of Hanover Township is locked up in Luzerne County, charged with prostitution. Barnes wants out of jail and has filed an application for bail reduction. According to police, Barnes is in the process of changing sex from male to female. Barnes is in the male housing unit of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. The deputy warden tells Newswatch 16 the prison has and is following its policy of putting Barnes there because Barnes is anatomically a […]

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    Labor Day Traditions: Travel and Tortellini

    This Labor Day weekend, millions are hitting the highways, traveling to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. This family is heading to Syracuse, New York to visit family and take in a fair. “It’s the end of our summer vacation, and we’re back to school, so it’s a beautiful thing,” said Everett Thompson of New Jersey. For some, the travel was easy. Others? Not so much. This man is traveling from New Jersey to Buffalo with his young children. “It’s […]

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    Local Woodcarver Remembers Work with Gene Wilder

    MESHOPPEN — A world champion chainsaw carver from Luzerne County is remembering Gene Wilder, the late great actor who passed away Monday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Earlier this year, Dennis Beach of Wapwallopen carved a likeness of Wilder at Wilder’s Connecticut property. “Very gentle, kind type person, easy spoken, you know, but very intelligent, and he knew what he wanted,” said Beach, describing Wilder. Beach says a woman who owned a garden center near Wilder’s home met Beach in […]

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    Man Arrested For Deadly Hit and Run, Victim’s Friends and Family Hold Vigil

    SCRANTON — Police in Scranton made an arrest Monday after a deadly hit and run. The victim was riding a bike on the city’s west side when he was killed. Scranton police say Thomas Gill, 57, of Scranton was behind the wheel Sunday morning when he hit and killed a man on a bicycle and took off. UPDATE: Our first look at Thomas Gill of Scranton charged w/ homicide by vehicle after deadly hit & run Sunday @WNEP — […]

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    In Hughesville, Community Honors Military At First Football Game

    HUGHESVILLE –It was a dramatic start to Hughesville’s first football game of the season as a skydiver brought down the game ball Friday night. The evening was Hughesville’s second annual military appreciation night, a dedication to all members of the military, past, present, even future. “This is just an incredible event. This is as close to 1950 small town America as you could ever come, the feeling of patriotism,” said Hughesville Schools Superintendent Mike Pawlik. Hughesville football players wore special […]

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    In Susquehanna County, National Dog Day Means Half Price Adoptions!

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — To celebrate Friday being National Dog Day, all approved adoptions are half price Friday , Saturday and Sunday at True Friends Animal Welfare Center in Susquehanna County. There are about 50 dogs up for adoption at the shelter along State Route 706. “All of a sudden we came in in the morning, there was a senior dog in the yard and a couple days later there was another dog outside and it just seems we were overwhelmed,” said […]