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    Family Plans to Sue 911 System over Dispatching Mistake

    MOCANAQUA — Newswatch 16 has learned the family of a woman who died in a fire in Mocanaqua plans to sue Luzerne County’s 911 system. An investigation revealed it was human error that caused fire crews to be sent to the wrong location back in May and not a problem with the county’s computer dispatch and phone system. 52-year-old Michelle Dzoch died in the fire. One Luzerne County dispatcher was fired and another suspended as a result of the mistake.

  • Talkback 16: Fixing Roadwork, Rattlesnakes, Bobbleheads

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include the concrete problem on Route 118 in Luzerne County, rattlesnakes in the Poconos, and the Sharla bobblehead.

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    WATCH: Surveillance Video Helps Police Catch Hit and Run Driver

    KINGSTON — Kingston Police said surveillance video helped them catch a man who hit a parked police car. Officers said the man had been in a crash and stopped by the department Monday to pick up an accident report, but when he left he hit an unmarked police car causing about $800 in damage. Police said the hit and run driver has been cited.

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    Man Killed in Farm Equipment Accident

    CHAPMAN TOWNSHIP — State police in Snyder County said a man died when he lost control of a front-end loader. According to police, Elias Hoover, 57, of Selinsgrove was moving bales of hay with the machine on a steep hill on Stahls Hill Road around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Troopers said he was killed when the loader tipped on top of him.

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    Wyoming County Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Young Girl

    MESHOPPEN — A man from Wyoming County is locked up after police said he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Larry Bauer, 64, of Meshoppen was arrested Tuesday and charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors. Bauer is locked up in the Wyoming County Jail on $50,000 bail. Bauer has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, August 5 at 11:15 a.m.

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    Last Crewman of U.S. Plane that Dropped First Atomic Bomb Is Dead at 93

    The last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died. Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk was 93. Van Kirk was a native of Northumberland. He most recently visited his hometown in September 2012 where he signed copies of his book, “My True Course: Dutch Van Kirk Northumberland to Hiroshima.” Nearly 69 years ago, Van Kirk navigated a U.S. B-29 Superfortress called the Enola Gay over Hiroshima, Japan, on a sunny August day. Once over its […]

  • Charges Filed After Child Left in Hot Car

    KELLY TOWNSHIP — Charges have been filed in Union County against a mother accused of leaving her child in a hot car. Gehan Elfayoumi, 39, of Lewisburg has been charged with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. The 10-month-old child was spotted in a car in the parking lot of Walmart near Lewisburg last week. After talking with witnesses, troopers think the child was inside the vehicle for about 10 to 12 minutes. According to state police, the child […]

  • Break-in at Little League Concession Stand

    SCRANTON — Scranton police are investigating a burglary at the West Scranton Little League concession stand. The director of the league believes the crime happened Monday night into Tuesday morning. The cash register was broken into and cash box was open on the floor. League officials said there was likely only a few cents in the cash box and register at the time.

  • “Papa Bear” Statue Moved to New Location

    PECKVILLE — A statue honoring former Blakely High School football coach John “Papa Bear” Henzes is where many thought it should have been in the first place. It now stands at the Valley View football stadium in Peckville that bears his name. The statue was unveiled today after undergoing weeks of renovations. It was moved from the intersection of Gino Merli Drive and Main Street in Peckville to the stadium.

  • Memorial Rose Garden Gets $1,000 Donation

    SCRANTON — An anonymous donor wrote out a check for $1,000 to be used for improvements at the Memorial Rose Garden at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The mayor had reached out for financial help for the garden. On Tuesday the mayor gave the check to the Welby family, who have maintained the garden as volunteers since 1991.

  • Talkback 16: Interstate Crashes, Congressional Vacations

    Callers in this edition of Talkback 16 comment on recent crashes on area interstates as well as congress’ five week recess.

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    UPDATE: Crash on I-81 Shut Down Highway For Hours

    MOOSIC — A crash on Interstate 81 South between the Moosic and Avoca exits had the highway closed for hours Monday night. Reports of the accident came in just before 9 p.m. Monday. According to police, a van hauling a trailer crashed spilling debris over the roadway. A family of five from Jermyn was in the van. Troopers said they were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said interstate reopened around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.