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  • Final Night of Special Olympics Basketball Practice at King’s College

    WILKES-BARRE — Some athletes with special needs got to shoot hoops and show off their skills at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. Tuesday night marked the final basketball practice for Luzerne County Special Olympic athletes and King’s College student athletes. For the past two months, the college athletes have been volunteering their time, coaching the athletes with special needs and helping them hone their basketball skills and have fun. This was the seventh year for the program at King’s College.

  • Woman Charged with Stealing Thousands from Mother

    SCRANTON — A woman is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from her mother in Scranton. Lyndsay Sparbanie, 34, of Scranton, faces theft and other charges. Police say she withdrew more than $54,000 from her mother’s bank account while acting as her mother’s power of attorney.

  • T.J. Maxx Opens at Laurel Mall

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — At a time when many stores are leaving area shopping malls, a mall in Luzerne County is gaining a store. T.J. Maxx opened at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton this weekend. Hundreds of people lined up for the grand opening. Mall management says the new store is 21,000 square feet and employs 65 people.

  • Police Investigate Death of Infant in West Hazleton

    WEST HAZLETON — Police in West Hazleton say they’re investigating the death of a 3-month-old child. Officers responded to a home on Allen Street in the borough last week and found the baby’s father performing CPR on the infant. The baby died at the hospital. A search warrant revealed more than 140 pieces of heroin packaging material, much of which was found on the floor of the room where the parents and child slept. So far, no charges have been […]

  • Talkback 16: No Sympathy for Frein

    Eric Frein’s disheveled appearance and emotion in court is the main focus of this edition of Talkback 16. No one who called in has any sympathy for him.

  • Pizza Shop Fundraiser Helps Children with Autism

    SCRANTON — A charitable tradition continues at a restaurant in downtown Scranton. Pizza by Pappas on North Washington Avenue is donating half of all sales Tuesday and Wednesday to help children in our area with autism. This is the eighth year Pizza by Pappas is doing the fundraiser. In that time, they’ve raised more than $50,000 for the Friendship House in Scranton, an organization that provides programs and counseling to children with autism and their families. “The impact is certainly […]

  • Flames Wreck Home in Schuylkill County

    SCHUYLKILL TOWNSHIP — Flames destroyed a home in Schuylkill County. Firefighters were called to the home along Old Route 209 near Tamaqua around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the home. Officials said no one was home at the time. The fire┬áchief said flames started on the first floor and spread throughout the home. A state police fire marshal will investigate the cause. A firefighter was taken to the hospital but is expected to be […]

  • Demolition Underway of Former Community Pool in West Pittston

    WEST PITTSTON — Some people in Luzerne County are sad to see their community pool turned to rubble. Crews began demolishing the old pool in West Pittston Monday. Newswatch 16 found some people who stopped by the site after workers left for the day. They grabbed a sign and a few pieces of the crumbling concrete to take as mementos. They said they don’t even recognize the place where they spent much of their childhood. “It looks like a mausoleum, […]

  • Talkback 16: Frein Penalty Phase, Stealing Donation Jars, Dumping Trash

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include the penalty phase of the Eric Frein murder trial, donation jar thefts, and illegal trash dumping.

  • Woman Abducted from Home and Sexually Assaulted

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a woman in Northumberland County. According to troopers, a man got into a home near Herndon through an unlocked door Sunday. Investigators said he then took the victim to another location and assaulted her. State police urge everyone to keep their doors locked.

  • Arrest in Scranton Bank Robbery

    SCRANTON — Police say they’ve arrested the man who held up a Wells Fargo bank branch in Scranton Friday. Police say they picked up Scott Michael, 48, of Scranton, at his apartment on Cedar Avenue Saturday afternoon. According to the police report, detectives were able to catch the Michael based on information they had when he was arrested on heroin possession charges Tuesday. Michael is locked up in the Lackawanna County jail.

  • Celebrating Record Store Day

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Across the country, music lovers celebrated Record Store Day on Saturday. Newswatch 16 caught up with some people at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre Township. It was just one of the many stores honoring vinyl records in the area. The celebration kicked off at 8 a.m. with special promotions, live music, and more. “People plan their music buying around this day, and people schedule things especially for this day,” said Joe Nardone Jr., owner Gallery of Sound. […]