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  • Talkback 16: Virginia TV Crew Shooting, Little League

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include a stabbing at a club in Wilkes-Barre, the shooting of a news crew in Virginia, cancelled train rides, and Little League.

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    Woman Celebrates 101st Birthday in Old Forge

    OLD FORGE — It was a birthday party 101 years in the making. Sue Burtie celebrated her 101st birthday Thursday night at Arcaro and Genell restaurant in Old Forge. Her actual birthday was the August 18. The bash was attended by family, friends, and a nosy news crew–or as the birthday gal called her guests, “Bologna throwers.” “It’s a surprise and I’m so happy Channel 16 is–but I didn’t want anybody to come. But here we are. I don’t know […]

  • Charges Filed in Deadly 2013 Crash

    WEST WYOMING — Charges were filed more than two years after a deadly crash in Luzerne County. Prosecutors hit Jack Ostrowski with vehicular homicide charges for the wreck that happened on 8th Street in West Wyoming in February 2013. Thomas Ohl, 61, was killed. Police say Ostrowski was speeding and crossed into the other lane, hitting Ohl head on.

  • Suspect Charged in Hazleton Shooting

    HAZLETON — A man is locked up accused of a shooting in Hazleton. Police said Jonathan Alvarez of Hazleton opened fire Wednesday afternoon, wounding two people in the area of Cedar Street. He’s facing aggravated assault charges.

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    ‘Prarking’ Meter Stickers to be Replaced in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — A spelling error is turning heads in Wilkes-Barre. The word “parking” is misspelled on hundreds of parking meters in the city. Pango is an app that allows people to pay for their parking meter using their smartphone. It’s been in Wilkes-Barre less than two weeks. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that the Pango parking stickers on the meters spell “parking” as “prarking.” Pango said it is fixing the problem and new stickers will replace the misspelled […]

  • Philadelphia Fugitive Caught in Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG — U.S. Marshals caught a fugitive from Philadelphia in Lewisburg Thursday. Khalif Levan, 29, of Philadelphia was charged with attempted murder in an August 12 shooting in Philly. Marshals found out he was staying with a friend in Lewisburg and took him into custody without any problems. Levan was previously arrested in Williamsport in 2013 for carrying an unlicensed gun. He served a brief sentence in the Lycoming County Prison. Levan is facing attempted murder, aggravated assault, and other […]

  • Talkback 16: Jessup Power Plant, Hazleton Violence

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include the television news crew ambushed in Virginia, a vote in support of a controversial power plant, and violence in Hazleton.

  • Man Arrested for Parole Violation

    LUZERNE — Police and U.S. Marshals arrested a man in Luzerne County Wednesday for a parole violation. Authorities said Dennis Couvertier, 43, of Luzerne was federally indicted last week on gun and drug charges. They also raided his apartment along Vaughn Street. Authorities said they raided that same apartment a few months ago.

  • Execution Date Set for Quadruple Murderer

    HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections secretary signed a notice of execution for Michael Ballard Wednesday. Ballard killed four people in Northampton County back in 2010. He stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Denise Merhi, her father, grandfather, and a neighbor in the borough of Northampton. The last person put to death in Pennsylvania was notorious Philadelphia killer Gary Heidnik in 1999. The law states that if the governor does not sign an execution warrant within a specific time frame, the secretary […]

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    Vigil for Fire Victim in Luzerne County

    FORTY FORT — Friends and family gathered to remember a woman who died in a fire last year in Luzerne County. Rosalie McGough died when her home in Forty Fort went up in flames last October. A vigil was held Wednesday night to remember McGough. Newswatch 16 spoke with a man whose mother lived on the other side of the double block home on Yates Street. When the fire started, she made it out of the house alive. “By the […]

  • Video Shows Computer Store Employees Attempting to Stop Alleged Thieves

    KINGSTON — Police are looking for two men they say stole items from a computer store. Employees tried to stop the alleged thieves, and it was all caught on surveillance cameras. Kingston police said two men went into┬áCustom Computers on Wyoming Avenue around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Detectives said as the men began to steal some items, workers tried to stop them and a fight broke out. The men got away, but police did not say what they ended up taking.

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    Woman Accused of Stealing Thousands in Unemployment Benefits

    HAZLETON — A woman from Luzerne County is accused of receiving more than $87,000 in unemployment benefits that she wasn’t entitled to. Colleen Bresnock of Hazleton was charged with theft Wednesday. Bresnock was sentenced to probation last year for stealing $8,500 from the Hazleton Area Football League.


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