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    Driver Killed in Crash at Indy Kart Race

    WILLIAMSPORT — A driver was killed Saturday in a crash during an Indy kart race in Williamsport. The coroner said James Wither III, 52, of Duboistown died after smashing into a pole at The Susquehanna 500 Mini Indy Kart Series race at Brandon Park. The series benefits the North Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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    Another Armed Robbery at Store in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A market in Hazleton was robbed twice in a little more than a month. Police said just after 9 p.m. Saturday a man with a gun demanded money from an employee at C & P Store on East Chestnut Street. The crook took off with an unknown amount of cash. No one was hurt. On August ninth the store was held up by a man wearing a Spiderman mask.

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    PSP Lifts “Shelter in Place” Order

    State police have lifted the “shelter in place” order in Barrett and Price Townships. However, they are still recommending that people in that area in Monroe County use extreme caution. Authorities said they are very concerned for the safety of the community, and people in the affected area should stay in their homes and not go into the woods where law enforcement is searching. An emergency shelter was set up Friday night at the Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company as […]

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    Day of History and Culture

    PITTSTON — It was a day of history and culture in Luzerne County Saturday. The Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition held their annual Riverfest at the River Front Park along the Susquehanna. There were historical demonstrations like wool spinning, arts and crafts for the kids, and Native American artifacts. This is the sixth year for the event.

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    Heroes Day Honors Cpl. Dickson and Tpr. Douglas

    JESSUP — A yearly event in Lackawanna County that honors the men and women who serve and protect took on extra special meaning Saturday. Heroes Day was held at the 911 center in Jessup, giving folks a chance to see all sorts of fire and police gear up close. This year, Heroes Day honored Corporal Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass. Wives of Pennsylvania State Troopers had shirts for sale that say “PSP STRONG” County officials said it’s a great […]

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    Update: Woman Found Dead in Home, Not Suspicious

    UPDATE — Police said on Monday the woman’s death is not suspicious. WATSONTOWN — A body was found in a home in Northumberland County. Officers said they were called to the house on Grandview Drive in Watsontown on Thursday where a woman was found dead. Authorities are trying to figure out how she died.

  • Fire Rips Through Mobile Home

    HUGHESTOWN — A homeowner is looking for a new place to stay after a fire in Luzerne County. The mobile home on the corner of Chestnut and Drake Streets in Hughestown started burning just after 1 a.m. Friday. The place is badly damaged. Crews said the man inside was alerted by a smoke alarm and made it out ok. Firefighters are looking for what sparked the fire but don’t think it’s suspicious.

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    Trucker Dead After Three Rigs Collide

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP — Three tractor trailers were involved in a crash today on Interstate 80 in the Bloomsburg area. One of the drivers was killed. Investigators believe the driver of this tractor-trailer did not stop in time, and smashed into the UPS freight truck in front of him, causing a domino effect involving three trucks near Bloomsburg. The 48-year-old man from Missouri who was driving this truck died at the scene. One of the truck drivers involved in the crash […]

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    Sullivan County Sheriff Resigning

    SULLIVAN COUNTY — The sheriff of Sullivan County is stepping down. In a letter written to the citizens of Sullivan County and mailed to Newswatch 16, Bryan Brady announced he is resigning effective Friday. In his letter, Brady lists about 20 complaints, and accuses commissioners of making “dangerous decisions” that put the people of the county at risk. Brady was elected sheriff in 2011, so he has about 18 months left in his term. Sullivan County Commissioners said they will […]

  • 1983: Giardiasis

    People in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, who were around in the early 1980’s, know all about giardiasis. Folks in dozens of communities were not allowed to drink their water for months, all because of possible contamination that could cause a flu-like illness. In this Video Vault from Newswatch 16’s Bob Reynolds, we go back to December of 1983, when bottled water was a hot commodity, and stores were having trouble keeping up.

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    Vehicle Took off After Hitting Teenager

    KINGSTON — A vehicle hit a 14 year old in Luzerne County and took off. Police said it happened on Chester Street in Kingston around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The vehicle was described as a black Chevrolet Silverado with tinted windows. A man wearing a baseball cap was driving. Authorities told us the teen was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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    Man Heading to Trial After Allegedly Threatening Officers

    EDWARDSVILLE — A man from Luzerne County was ordered to stand trial on charges he threatened two Edwardsville police officers. Authorities said Fred Poliski openly threatened to kill the officers during a borough council meeting in April. The judge in Luzerne County ordered Poliski to get a mental health evaluation.

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