• Violent Tornado That Hit Missouri’s Capital ‘Felt like an Earthquake’

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A tornado hit the Missouri capital as people slept late Wednesday night — part of a deadly spring storm system that has ravaged the central United States over the past several days, unleashing twisters, drenching rain, flash flooding, and hail. More than 150 miles southwest of Jefferson City, the storm killed at least three people earlier Wednesday in Golden City, Missouri. At least 29 tornadoes have been reported over the past 24 hours, mostly in Missouri […]

  • 5th Annual Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K Race

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — Runners hit the pavement in Luzerne County for a fallen corrections officer. The annual Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K Race was held in Nanticoke on Saturday. The race is in memory of Williams, a corrections officer who was killed by an inmate at the federal prison near Waymart in 2013. The run, now in its fifth year, also raises scholarship money for students going into criminal justice and law enforcement programs. “My son was someone who […]

  • Manafort Transferred to Federal Prison in Wayne County

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, sentenced last month to federal prison, has been transferred to a facility in Wayne County. Paul Manafort is now being housed in the minimum security section at USP Canaan near Waymart. Manafort was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison last month as part of a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller on federal conspiracy, money laundering, and other charges. According to the Federal Bureau […]

  • Government Shutdown Could Soon Affect Federal Corrections Officers

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — After three weeks, there is still no deal to reopen the federal government, possibly leaving corrections officers at federal prisons across the country, and here in our area, without paychecks. Working conditions inside the federal prison near Waymart can be difficult to endure. And for people who work inside, it’s been tougher than usual since the government shutdown began because they say there’s a chance they will not be paid. “Going in every day and every […]

  • Be Safe: Don’t Drink and Drive

    CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. — Police in Clarks Summit say they’ll have more officers out on the roads than usual Monday night, New Year’s Eve. It’s all in order help keep people safe from drivers who had too much to drink. “It’s definitely a busier night for us, through the year this is one of the busier nights,” said Patrolman Eric Williams, Clarks Summit Police. Patrolman Williams says he hopes people celebrating tonight will think twice before heading out on the […]

  • California Surgeon and Girlfriend Accused of Drugging, Raping Women – DA Fears There May Be Hundreds of Victims

    Orange County, CA — Before Grant William Robicheaux was accused of rape, he charmed audiences on a reality TV dating show, lamenting how difficult it was for a busy surgeon like him to meet the right woman. Fast-forward four years, and California authorities say he and his current girlfriend used their good looks and charm to drug and rape at least two women. Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, are charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation […]

  • Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper released from prison

    Wanda Barzee, one of two people who abducted 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, was released from a Utah prison Wednesday. Barzee was serving a 15-year sentence when the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole unexpectedly credited her for time served, moving up her release date from 2024. Smart, now 30, had urged officials to reconsider releasing the woman who assisted in her kidnapping and rape, saying she’s still a threat to the community. But Barzee’s lawyer said the 72-year-old woman […]

  • Maryland Newspaper Shooting Suspect Charged with First-Degree Murder

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A man who had once filed a defamation suit against the Capital Gazette newspaper is accused of opening fire into the newsroom and killing five people Thursday. Jarrod Warren Ramos, the suspect in what police called a “targeted attack” on the Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to court records. Ramos, 38, is scheduled to have a bail hearing at 10:30 a.m. ET Friday in Annapolis. On Thursday afternoon, a gunman entered […]

  • Billboards Protest Prison Budget Cuts

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — There are some signs showing up in the Waymart area and there’s a big one along the Casey Highway (Route 6) near Dunmore — a coffin and a message for people who see this to take action. “It’s blunt, it’s a coffin because budget cuts and staffing cuts, that’s what happens, staff can get hurt and get killed,” said Joe Pellicano, Council of Prison Locals. Pellicano is a correctional officer at the federal prison Canaan Township, […]

  • How Patriots’ Julian Edelman Helped Stop a Potential School Shooting

    New England Patriots player Julian Edelman was in Texas visiting a friend when he got a disturbing message on social media. “I can’t help but notice in the comments section there is a kid saying he’s going to shoot up a school, can everybody alert the authorities please????” an unidentified Instagram user posted under a photo of Edelman in Austin. In addition to the message under his photo, the Instagram user sent him a separate direct message. “Dude, there is […]

  • New Law Proposed in Corrections Officer’s Memory

    LEWISBURG, Pa.  — A ‘grotesque miscarriage of justice.’ That’s how Senator Pat Toomey describes the sentencing of Jessie Con-Ui, the inmate at the federal prison near Waymart was found guilty of murdering corrections officer Eric Williams in 2013 “This monster murdered Eric Williams and he has no penalty what-so-ever for having done so,” says Republican Senator for Pennsylvania Pat Toomey. That’s why Senator Toomey and Congressman Tom Marino are pushing for a law named after Eric Williams. The corrections officer from […]

  • ‘Eric’s Law’ Introduced in Senate After Slain Corrections Officer

    WASHINGTON — A bill named for a federal corrections officer from our area killed on the job has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill has been dubbed “Eric’s Law” for Correctional Officer Eric Williams. Williams, who was from Luzerne County, was killed by an inmate at the federal prison in Wayne County back in 2013. Last year, a federal jury could not agree on the death penalty for the inmate who killed Williams. The inmate, who was already […]