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  • Talkback 16: Underage Driver Sentenced, Jessup Power Plant

    \ In this edition of Talkback 16 we hear from a lot of people upset over the sentence for the girl who caused a deadly crash, plus the ongoing debate over a proposed power plant in Jessup. But we start with the daughter charged in connection with the death of her mother.

  • Rig Wreck Slows Traffic on 81

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — A tractor trailer crash tied up traffic in Lackawanna County Wednesday night. The big rig tipped on Interstate 81 south near the Dickson City exit. There is no word on any injuries or what caused the crash.

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    Curry to Resign as Berwick Head Coach?

    BERWICK — The superintendent of the Berwick Area School District told Newswatch 16 he will recommend to the school board to approve Coach George Curry’s resignation. The long-time football coach submitted a letter of resignation saying he will leave after the 2015 season, according to the superintendent. The letter comes at the same time Curry is being investigated for recruiting improprieties. Curry is 70 years old and holds six state titles in high school football. The letter said if the […]

  • Youth and Family Services Workers to Head Back to Work

    SCRANTON — Workers at the Office of Youth and Family Services in Lackawanna County have agreed to go back on the job Thursday. They went on strike nearly two weeks ago. There’s no word if a contract agreement has been made, but union officials said a tentative contract is in place.

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    State Attorney General Investigating Cop

    LARKSVILLE — The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office is investigating a former Larksville police officer for covering up a DUI crash back in December. The attorney general’s office filed a search warrant for Officer Michael Thomas’ cell phone records. In court documents, investigators say Officer Thomas did not do any DUI testing on the driver and allowed him to leave the scene with another off-duty officer. Officer Thomas resigned from the Larksville Police Department shortly after the incident, but still works […]

  • Morris Wilkins Dies at 89

    The man who dreamed up the iconic heart-shaped tubs at Cove Haven Resorts has died. Morris Wilkins, a co-founder of the couples only resort in the Poconos passed away Monday. Cove Haven said Wilkins was responsible for the heart-shaped tub that debuted in 1963 and later the 7-foot-tall champagne glass bath in the ’80s. Wilkins was 89 years old.

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    Former Owners Buy Back Poconos Resort for $1,000

    MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A resort in the Poconos that closed last year has been sold. The former owners of Fernwood Hotel and Conference Center in Bushkill bought the property at a tax sale two weeks ago for $1,000. At this point, they say there are no plans to reopen the resort in Monroe County.

  • Students Learn About Dam Safety

    PROMPTON — Students from the Wallenpaupack Area High School Emergency Responder Club dropped by Prompton Dam in Wayne County Wednesday to learn more about how the dam works to protect lives and property in the event of heavy rains like Texas is experiencing this week. National Dam Safety Awareness Day is May 31, remembering the failure of the dam that led to the deadly flood in Johnstown in 1889.

  • Talkback 16: Teachers Strike, Litter

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include a teachers strike and cleaning up litter.

  • Apparent Drowning in Schuylkill County

    WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP — Authorities in Schuylkill County say the coroner was called to the scene of an apparent drowning. Investigators said around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, crews began a recovery effort at a fishing hole near Lost Creek in West Mahanoy Township after reports of someone jumping into the water and not resurfacing. The coroner said a 16-year-old boy was pulled from the water in an area known as “Suckers Pit Fishing Hole.” He was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m. […]

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    UPDATE: Crews Rescue Fall Victim at Reservoir in Luzerne County

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Crews rescued a person who they said fell from a dam at a reservoir in Luzerne County. Responders say the male victim fell about 50 feet from the dam at the Mill Creek Reservoir in Plains Township and landed on rocks. It happened around 5 p.m. Monday. The victim was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital with what are being called serious injuries. Pennsylvania American Water said Tuesday it plans to press charges against the man for […]

  • Senator Casey Calls for More Funding for Bridges

    PITTSTON — The problem of Pennsylvania’s crumbling bridges was front and center in Luzerne County Tuesday. Senator Bob Casey used the Water Street Bridge in Pittston as a backdrop to call for more federal funding for so-called “off-system” bridges, ones that are owned by counties and local governments. Casey pointed out that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of bridges that are deemed to be structurally deficient.

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