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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.

Recent Articles
  • Maxwell Materazzi-Hatala, 24, charged in hit and run in Scranton on November 28.

    Hit and Run Suspect Free on Bail

    SCRANTON — The man accused of hitting a city worker over the weekend, leaving him, and then trying to cover up the crime is free after posting bail. Maxwell Hatala, 24, made bail around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. He is free, but is facing numerous charges including several felonies in connection with a hit and run that left a DPW worker with critical injuries. Hatala had nothing to say on his way out of the Lackawanna County prison. According to court […]

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    Fire Damages Two Buildings in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Fire broke out in an apartment building in Scranton Monday afternoon. It started around 2 p.m. in the place in the 900 block of Capouse Avenue. “It was brown smoke like now, and then all of a sudden it got bad. Flames started shooting through,” said Bob Bocaski of Scranton. Fire crews said when they arrived, flames were coming from the rear of that apartment building on the corner of Capouse Avenue and Green Place, then those flames […]

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    Luzerne County Council OK’s Loan, Motion to Suspend County Manager Withdrawn

    WILKES-BARRE — With no state budget in place, Luzerne County is quickly running out of cash. So Tuesday night, in a vote of 6 to 5, the Luzerne County Council voted to borrow up to $20 million to get through the end of the year, without closing county offices or laying off county workers. The county may be responsible for some interest on that loan, but the state agreed to pay the principal cost. The plan to borrow must now […]

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    Luzerne County Manager Plans to Avert Layoffs

    WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton talked to Newswatch 16 one day before county council could vote to fire him. It’s also the first time hearing from him since council rejected borrowing money to keep the county running. Lawton discussed several hot topics Monday with Newswatch 16. Although he would not tell us whether he plans to resign, it doesn’t look like he will quit before Tuesday night. That’s because Lawton plans to present his plans to keep the […]

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    Holiday Happenings in Our Area

    WILKES-BARRE—The holiday decorations seem to be everywhere in Wilkes-Barre. There are painted wreaths, lights and more. Friday afternoon, Leonardo Davenport was putting the finishing touches on a holiday window painting just in time for the annual Wilkes-Barre Santa Parade Saturday afternoon. “It makes me feel like I’m living out a dream because I really enjoy painting and expressing myself with art,” he said. The Wilkes-Barre Santa Parade gets underway at 3 p.m. It’s an annual tradition for many. “It is […]

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    Shopping Locally: How Some Scranton Businesses Are Trying To Get Ahead This Season

    SCRANTON—The signs of the season are everywhere in downtown Scranton and for some, the holiday shopping season has already begun. “Honestly last week, people started shopping. I’m not sure what it is, but I know we’re in holiday mode right now,” said Alyssa Wahlers of Note Fragrances. This season, downtown Scranton businesses are staying open until 7, some even later, on Thursdays. It’s an effort to draw more people downtown this holiday season and encourage them to shop at local […]

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    Jurors May Soon Start Deliberations in Sanutti-Spencer Trial

    BLOOMSBURG — After more than a week of testimony, jurors are expected to start deliberating in the Maria Sanutti-Spencer homicide trial soon. Wednesday afternoon, attorneys gave their closing arguments in the case against Sanutti-Spencer of Selinsgrove. The defense says she’s not responsible for the death of her ex-husband, Frank Spencer, but prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office say the evidence is overwhelming. Frank Spencer was found shot to death at his home near Millville in 2012. Sanutti-Spencer and her […]

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    Boy Hailed As Hero After Rescuing Dad in Luzerne County

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — 11-year-old Jacob Bobersky of Fairmount Township doesn’t think he’s a hero, but his dad does. “He didn’t panic. He didn’t flinch. He stayed very calm and that actually helped me stay calm,” said Mike Bobersky of Fairmount Township. Bobersky was honored Tuesday at the Lake Silkworth Volunteer Fire Department with a special plaque. Last month, on Columbus Day, the father and son were fishing on Lake Silkworth, each in his own kayak, each wearing a life jacket. […]

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    At the University of Scranton, Prayers and Songs for Peace

    SCRANTON — About 200 people walked, holding flickering lights across the campus at the University of Scranton Monday night. While they walked, they sang songs about peace and healing. “Even though we’re many miles away, just showing we have that support for those who are far away is good,” said student Krysta Horocofsky. “It was important that our response was one of love, was one of compassion for the victims, compassion for all the people involved of all different faiths,” […]

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    After Unique Kidney Swap, Couples Finally Meet

    ALLENTOWN — A year after two couples underwent unique kidney surgeries, they finally got a chance to meet at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. The Slovinskys are from Jermyn in Lackawanna County and the Normans are from Bucks County. The meeting was emotional. The couples hugged and smiled, talked about their lives and how they are feeling now. “We were excited to see them, very anxious because of what we’ve all been through as well as what it meant for […]

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    In Hazleton, the Search for a Marine’s Sign

    HAZLETON — A family is begging for information about a missing sign for their son who is a Marine. One year ago, when their son David completed boot camp for the U.S. Marine Corps, his parents, Grace and Dave Mehalick had a sign made that read: “Congratulations! One Of The Few, The Proud! David Mehalick.” They were so proud that after his graduation in South Carolina, they brought it home to Hazleton and hung it on the gate of their […]

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    Former Employee Charged with Stealing Thousands from Coal Company

    FRACKVILLE — A retired employee of a coal company in Schuylkill County is charged with theft, accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from where he worked. Mark Wolfe, 62, of Frackville spent decades working at the Gilberton Coal Company in Mahanoy Township, close to 30 years. He was the company’s financial controller. He retired in 2014. This year, an audit revealed missing money and soon, state police got involved. Investigators discovered $400,000 in missing money and when they questioned him, they say […]


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