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  • Two Arrested for Bank Robbery in Luzerne County

    AVOCA — A pair of thieves are under arrest after a bank heist in Luzerne County, police say. Police say Douglas Sicker J.r.,  36 of Hanover Township, and Shawn Cavanaugh, 35 of Wilkes-Barre, robbed the PNC on Main Street in Avoca on Wednesday. They showed guns to the tellers, got some cash and took off. They were picked up early Thursday morning.   Original Story — Police are looking for two men who robbed a bank in Luzerne County. Officers […]

  • Boat Building Contest to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness

    LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP — It’s the first day of summer and the day with the most daylight of the year. The Alzheimer’s Association marks this “Longest Day” with an event nationwide aimed to raise awareness. People marked the day at Woodloch Pines in Pike County by holding a “boat build for awareness.” Teams crafted boats out of cardboard, purple duct tape, and bed sheets. They then attempted to race their boats on the lake. “It’s going to be a challenge, but […]

  • Video Vault: Cleaning Up After Agnes

    The recovery efforts following the Agnes flood involved hundreds of people, some who weren’t even from our area. Newswatch 16’s Jane Adonizio has this Agnes look-back. 25 years ago, she shone a light on the workers who helped clean up the mess in Luzerne County.

  • Hotel Supervisor Accused of Raping Worker

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — A hotel supervisor in Luzerne County is accused of raping a worker at the hotel. Investigators said Pratap Bonepalli, 37, of New Jersey was the front desk manager at the Ramada in Hazle Township. The victim told police Bonepalli took her into a hotel room and sexually assaulted her several times over a period of two months. Bonepalli is locked up, charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, and six counts of indecent exposure […]

  • Man Accused of Having Sex with Underage Girl in Clinton County

    RENOVO — A man is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he met online. State police charged Domonick Pacheco, 19, from Bethlehem with statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Troopers claim he knew the alleged victim from Renovo was only 13 years old. Pacheco is locked up in Clinton County.

  • Crash Ties up Traffic on I-80 West in Luzerne County

    DENNISON TOWNSHIP — A crash tied up traffic on Interstate 80 west in Luzerne County. According to PennDOT, multiple vehicles were involved in the wreck Wednesday afternoon near mile marker 265, just east of the Mountain Top/Hazleton exit. There is no word on any injuries. You can get real-time traffic information using the WNEP Traffic Tracker.

  • Tractor Trailer Fire Slows Traffic on Turnpike

    BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — Traffic was slow going on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Wednesday afternoon after a tractor trailer caught fire. It happened around 4 p.m. in the southbound lanes near the Wilkes-Barre exit. A viewer sent in video of the tractor trailer on fire. There’s no word what caused the fire.

  • Guilty Verdict in Murder Trial in Union County

    BUFFALO TOWNSHIP — It took a jury only an hour and seventeen minutes to convict a man of third degree murder and tampering with evidence. Robert Lee stabbed and killed Jamal Britton, 42, of Lewisburg after an argument last year near Lewisburg. The trial lasted three days. Jurors found him not guilty of first degree murder. Lee faces a maximum of 42 years in prison. Last year, investigators wearing scuba gear searched the Susquehanna River in Union County for the […]

  • Talkback 16: Medical Marijuana, Scott’s Taste Test Trepidation

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include companies issued permits to grow medical marijuana and Scott Schaffer’s participation in the Taste Test segments.

  • Pennsylvania Driver’s Licenses Get New Design

    HARRISBURG — The new look of Pennsylvania driver’s licenses has been unveiled. All licenses and identification cards will get a new design and enhanced security features including a larger picture and barcode containing personal information. The magnetic strip currently being used on the back of cards is being eliminated. PennDOT says these new ID cards will be available at all driver and photo centers by the end of October These new cards, however, are not REAL ID compliant. PennDOT said […]

  • Two Arrested for Violent Robbery in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Two of three people accused of a violent robbery last month in Scranton have been arrested. Officers say Tyran Dowdell, 30, and a 17-year-old boy were taken into custody for the attack. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, and other charges. Police say back on May 5, they followed two men leaving a bar. They then assaulted and robbed them on Adams Avenue. One victim suffered a head injury, concussion, and bruised ribs. The second […]

  • State Police Name Son Suspect in Murder of Schuylkill County Attorney

    RYAN TOWNSHIP — State police say an attorney from Schuylkill County was killed by his son. Gary Marchalk, 60, of Barnesville was found dead in his home near Tamaqua on Monday. On Tuesday, state police issued an arrest warrant for the victim’s son, Michael David Marchalk, 37, of Barnesville.   According to court papers, the victim’s body had severe injuries to its head and torso. a bloody baseball bat was found nearby. Those documents also say the suspect Michael Marchalk has […]