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  • Elmo Meets Game of Thrones in Mashup to Promote Sesame Street’s ‘Respect Brings Us Together’ Campaign

    If anyone can convince Cersei and Tyrion to get along, Elmo can. As part of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, the iconic children’s series has launched the “Respect Brings Us Together” campaign, highlighting the importance of respecting one another, even in disagreement — and even in the case of sworn enemies. “Respect brings us together and if anyone can convince Game of Thrones’s Cersei and Tyrion to get along, a familiar furry red friend might just be the one,” according to […]

  • Two Geisinger Hospitals Recognized for Nursing Excellence

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — Two hospitals in Luzerne County received a big honor on Wednesday. Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre were honored by the Magnet Recognition Program. The international program recognizes excellence in nursing. Only a small percentage of hospitals in the U.S. are recognized by the program.

  • Parking Upgrades Coming to Beaver Stadium

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Nittany nation can look forward to parking upgrades outside Beaver Stadium this season. Penn State announced it is upgrading its grass parking lots outside the stadium in State College. During three home games last season, several grass lots had to be closed after they were saturated by heavy rain. In all, about 4,000 spaces will be renovated. Penn State expects to have the parking upgrades complete by the Nittany Lions’ home opener on August 31.

  • Driver Charged with DUI After Wrong-way Crash in the Poconos

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A driver is facing DUI charges after a wrong-way crash in the Poconos. State police say the driver was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Route 33 near Bartonsville just after 6 p.m. Wednesday. He hit another vehicle. Both drivers were taken to the hospital. A third vehicle was hit in the aftermath. Troopers charged the driver, a 68-year-old man from Brodheadsville, with driving under the influence. His name has not been released.

  • School Bus Crash near McAdoo

    BANKS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A viewer sent dashcam video showing the aftermath of a crash involving a school bus in Carbon County. State police say an SUV slammed into the back of the bus on Route 309 near McAdoo around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Four people in the SUV were taken to a hospital to get checked out. No one on the bus was hurt. The driver of the SUV, a 37-year-old woman from Schuylkill County, was cited for following the […]

  • Former Prison Worker Sentenced for Giving Drugs to Inmates

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A former contract worker at the Lackawanna County Prison will spend time behind bars for giving drugs to inmates. Jerry Defazio, 40, of Archbald, was sentenced to 14 months in prison. Authorities say he received payments of $50 to $600 for smuggling prescription painkillers and tobacco into the Lackawanna County prison.

  • Construction Crew Uncovers Grave Marker

    NORTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A construction crew made an unexpected discovery while digging near Penn State Schuylkill on Wednesday. Workers uncovered what appeared to be a grave marker from 1914. Penn State says construction near Orwigsburg was stopped and authorities were called. The deputy coroner determined that there were no human remains buried there. The marker was removed, and the Schuylkill County Coroner’s Office says it will eventually be transferred it to a nearby cemetery.

  • NWS: Wayne County Damage Caused by Straight-line Winds

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The National Weather Service says storm damage in two parts of Wayne County was not caused by tornadoes. Storm experts were examining the damage at Keen Lake and Lake Como Wednesday. They determined that all the damage in those two areas was caused by straight-line winds of around 80 miles an hour. That can be just as strong as a weak tornado but showed no rotation.

  • Lackawanna County Man Accused of Molesting Young Girl

    OLYPHANT, Pa. — A man from Lackawanna County is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl for the last nine years. Jeremy Whiteduck, 33, of Olyphant, is accused of molesting the girl beginning when she was 9 years old. Investigators said Whiteduck gave the girl money for sexual acts and to keep her quiet. The victim, now 18, told her parents about the abuse and Whiteduck admitted to it when confronted. Whiteduck is charged with indecent assault and corruption of […]

  • Two Men Shot in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police are investigating after two people were shot in Luzerne County. The two men were shot. Both are still alive and are being treated at a nearby hospital. The shooting happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday on the 600 block of Casey Avenue near Wilkes-Barre off Business Route 309. Lots of police activity surrounds a black Honda that has several bullet holes in the windows. It’s still unclear why this happened or who pulled the trigger. The […]

  • Former Cop Sentenced to Probation for Corruption of Minors

    MONTROSE, Pa. — A former police officer in Susquehanna County was sentenced Wednesday morning to two years on probation for corruption of minors. Joshua Diddick pleaded guilty last month to giving alcohol to three teenage girls while he was an officer with the Hop Bottom and Montrose police departments. Diddick would drink with the teens at a home on Mack Road in Brooklyn Township, near Hop Bottom. Investigators say Diddick also knew one of the girls was having a sexual […]

  • Monroe County Man Facing Indecent Assault Charges

    MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Monroe County is facing indecent assault charges. Police accuse Ronald Strauss, 75, of assaulting a 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. Officers say the assaults happened at Strauss’ home in Middle Smithfield Township over the course of several years.

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