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  • Charges Refiled in Deadly Edwardsville Stabbing

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Just hours after a magistrate dismissed homicide charges against a teenager in Luzerne County, the charges were refiled. Mercedes Hall, 16, was one of four people charged with the murder of Joseph Monka, 71, in Edwardsville in April. Police say Monka was stabbed and then robbed. Gabriella Long, Christopher Cortez, and Devin Cunningham were also charged with homicide. At a preliminary hearing on Friday, a district magistrate sent charges against all four suspects on to trial, but he dismissed […]

  • UPDATE: Missing Bradford County Woman Found Dead

    ATHENS, Pa.  — A woman who had gone missing in Bradford County over the weekend has been found dead. The coroner said the body of Isabelle Johnson, 73, was found in a large field in Athens Borough on Monday morning. According to police, Johnson was last seen in Athens Borough around 4 p.m. Saturday. Johnson suffered from  Alzheimer’s and dementia, the coroner said. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday. The coroner said the death does not appear to be suspicious.

  • Weeks Later, Homeowner Dies After House Explosion in Taylor

    TAYLOR, Pa. — Brian Ott, the owner of the house that exploded in Taylor in August, died Friday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest. The Lehigh County coroner ruled Ott’s death was due to complications of body burns sustained in the explosion. Ott was pulled from the rubble of the house nearly two and a half hours after the initial explosion on August 30. Ott was transported by helicopter to a hospital for medical treatment. Crews at the scene […]

  • Truck Stolen from Business Previously Burglarized by Shawn Christy

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A truck was stolen from a business in the Hazleton area Sunday morning, and police are checking to see if fugitive Shawn Christy is responsible. State police provided photos of the truck stolen early Sunday morning from Skitko Iron Works in Hazle Township. Christy  broke into the same business just after Labor Day. The stolen truck is a white 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD utility body truck with a dark green and white Skitco Iron Works decal on […]

  • Flames Rip Through Home in Delaware Township

    NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY — Family members are safe after helping each other escape flames at their home in Delaware Township. The home on Route 405 near Watsontown went up just before 10 p.m. Monday. The chief tells Newswatch 16 everyone inside, along with their dog, got out safely. Investigators will be back later on Tuesday to look for what sparked the flames in Northumberland County.

  • UPDATE: Interstate 80 West Back Open After Tractor-trailer Fire

    MONROE COUNTY — UPDATE: Interstate 80 west reopened in Stroud Township at mile marker 304 just after 8:30 a.m Tuesday. Previous Story: Interstate 80 west is shut down at mile marker 304 in Stroud Township Tuesday morning. Officials say a tractor-trailer is the cause of the closure and advise finding alternate routes. There are no injuries in that tractor trailer fire. Check back with Newswatch 16 for updated road closures and conditions.

  • Bon-Ton Bankruptcy Auction Begins

    It appears another department store could be going out of business. Bon-Ton’s bankruptcy auction got started Monday. Two mall owners teamed up to make a bid to keep the stores going.According to reports, that bid was not successful. Reuters reports, the only bidders competing at the Monday start of its court-supervised auction were liquidators. The Bon-Ton store in the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming is one of two in Luzerne County and both are like more than 200 others around […]

  • Susquehanna County Man Locked Up on Sex Charges

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — Sex charges put a man behind bars in Susquehanna County. Police say Bruce Witbeck from Susquehanna had child pornography and video of a woman changing in a bathroom on his phone. Witbeck is also charged with threatening to put out intimate pictures of another woman who filed a protection of abuse order against him.

  • Wind Causes Power Outages, Trees Down

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Whipping winds caused problems all over the area Monday morning. A tree came down and blocked part of Dundaff Street near Simpson. At last check, more than 5,000 homes and businesses are in the dark. More than 1,000 outages have been reported in Lackawanna County alone, with hundreds more in Susquehanna, Monroe, and Carbon Counties. Officials have not said when the lights could come back for those without power Monday morning. Power Outage Maps: PPL Customers UGI […]

  • Fire Destroys Home in Luzerne County

    MOCANAQUA — Flames tore through a home in Luzerne County early Tuesday morning. The family that lived there lost its home to the fire. All five people and their two dogs escaped the flames on Jeanette Street in Mocanaqua just before 2 a.m. Tuesday. They’re staying with neighbors. Authorities haven’t said how that early morning fire got its start here in Luzerne County.

  • Crash in Monroe County Sends Three to Hospital

    COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — A crash in Monroe County sent three people to the hospital late Sunday night. The driver was flown to the hospital after the wreck on Interstate 380 north near Gouldsboro. Two others in the car were also hurt when it went off the road and into the woods just before midnight. State police haven’t said who was involved or what led to the crash in Monroe County.

  • Two People Dead After Crash in Dallas Township

    DALLAS TWP. — Two people were killed when the car they were in slammed into a tree Saturday in Luzerne County The wreckage of the car was pulled from the tree on Kunkle Road near Dallas. Officials say a male and female died. Their names have not been released. Investigators tell Newswatch 16 the vehicle was headed from the Harveys Lake area toward Dallas around 5 p.m. Saturday. “When everyone first arrives on scene the road is still wet, so they […]

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