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  • Cops vs. Firefighters in ‘Battle of the Badges’

    LEHIGHTON — Firefighters took on cops on the hardwood in Carbon County on Sunday. The police and fire departments in Lehighton met on the court for the second annual Battle of the Badges. Money raised at the event goes toward the borough’s 150th anniversary celebration. Organizers say it’s one of the biggest fundraisers for the eight-day celebration. “We have a goal of $55,000 as our budget to put on our celebration because we would like to put on fireworks, plays, […]

  • Fire Forces Five from Home in Schuylkill County

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Fire damaged a home in Schuylkill County Sunday night. Crews said the place on St. John Street in Schuylkill Haven caught fire just before 8 p.m. A family of five made it out safely. Crews said there’s too much damage for them to stay in the home. The Red Cross is helping them. There is no word on a cause. A state police fire marshal is expected to investigate.

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    Jewish Food Fest in Lackawanna County

    MOOSIC — There were some tasty treats to be had in Lackawanna County Sunday. The Jewish Food Fest set up outside of PNC Field. Stuffed cabbage, shawarma, and falafel were just some of the foods on the menu. All the proceeds go to the Jewish Discovery Center near Clarks Summit. Organizers say events like this are all about unity. “We all have the same values and similar cultures and similar journeys throughout history. All of us in our own unique […]

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    Meeting the Police Horses in Lackawanna County

    FELL TOWNSHIP — Plenty of fundraisers have pony rides, but one in Lackawanna County was a bit different with police horses from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone could hop on Byrd, Alex, or Charlie at the benefit at Merli-Sarnoski Park near Carbondale on Sunday. Organizers want to educate people about the mounted unit and help fund its programs. “The money helps the mounted unit, maintaining the horses and any extras, also the free riding camp that we do for […]

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    Challenger Baseball Game at PNC Field

    MOOSIC — It was a great day for some kids to play some baseball in Lackawanna County Sunday. The Challenger Baseball Game gave some kids with mental and physical challenges the chance to take the field at PNC Field. Some members of the Newswatch 16 team joined in the fun as well. Sharla McBride, Jim Coles, Stacy Lange, and Jackie De Tore help the kids bat and run the bases.

  • Man Wanted in Prostitution Sting in Custody

    STROUDSBURG — Police in Monroe County said they have a man wanted in connection to a prostitution sting. Authorities said John Dealbertis surrendered to investigators Friday. Officers said he gave an alleged prostitute a ride to a Stroudsburg area hotel, only instead of meeting a client, an undercover detective was waiting for her. Police say Dealbertis realized it was a sting and nearly hit an officer with his car as he sped away. He’s locked up in the Monroe County […]

  • Fundraiser for Scranton Police Officer’s Family

    SCRANTON — Music filled the air in downtown Scranton Friday night as Carl Von Luger’s Steak House held a fundraiser for the family of Scranton Police Officer John Wilding. The patrolman was killed while chasing three robbery suspects earlier this month. Close to 500 people turned out for the fundraiser. Organizers hoped to bring in several thousand dollars for Wilding’s family. “We got a great crowd going on, probably 400-500 people showed up. They’re enjoying the food and they’re starting […]

  • Talkback 16: Vandals, Tom Brady, Jon’s Glasses

    In this edition of Talkback 16, callers are angry over vandals who damaged property in parts of our area, plus comments about Tom Brady and the Patriots, and one caller comes to Jon Meyer’s defense.

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    State Trooper Under Investigation over Facebook Comment

    WYOMING — The public information officer for the Pennsylvania State Police barracks at Wyoming is under an internal investigation regarding a comment on Facebook. A spokesperson says state police are aware of accusations that Trooper Tom Kelly posted a comment using a personal Facebook account that could be considered racist. State police internal affairs is investigating that claim. Kelly remains on the job during that investigation.

  • Kids Check Out Emergency Vehicles in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Children in Scranton got a chance to meet those who protect and serve their community. Kids were invited to the Mall at Steamtown Friday to “meet their local everyday hero.” Scranton police and firefighters, Pennsylvania Ambulance, and the American Red Cross were on hand for the kids to meet and experience the different emergency vehicles. Officials participating say the event helps kids feel more comfortable in the event of an emergency. “The biggest thing for us as EMS […]

  • Man Flown to Hospital After Crashing into Tree

    HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP — One person was hurt after crashing into a tree in Luzerne County. State police say the truck went off the road just before 6 a.m. and hit some trees on Watertown Road near Shickshinny. The man was flown to the hospital. There is no word on his condition. Troopers are investigating to see if alcohol or speed played a role in the crash.

  • Biking Cross Country for Child Sex Abuse Awareness

    NORTHUMBERLAND — A 21-year-old man stopped by the Child Advocacy Center in Northumberland Friday as part of a cross-country ride to raise awareness about helping victims of child sex abuse. David Higgins says he was sexually abused as a child. Now he is stopping at 30 different child advocacy centers across the country. He says the center where he grew up near Seattle, Washington helped him tremendously. “Most of my exploration has been an internal journey of who I am […]


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