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  • Athletes Celebrate the Holidays in Luzerne County

    PITTSTON, Pa. — An annual Christmas party was held for everyone in the Victory Sports program in Luzerne County. Victory Sports allows adults with mental or physical limitations to play baseball and basketball year round. The group gathered on Friday night for an annual Christmas party at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Pittston. For the first time, Victory Sports handed out a sportsperson of the year award to a coach and parent of two players. “It means a […]

  • Wilkes University President to Step Down

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — There will be a change in leadership at Wilkes University. The school announced that President Patrick Leahy will step down in July. Students and staff at the campus in Wilkes-Barre were notified in an email on Friday. A spokesperson tells Newswatch 16, Leahy will become president at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Leahy will step down at Wilkes University on July 31.

  • Community Pays Final Respects to Former Nanticoke Mayor

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — People in part of Luzerne County paid their final respects to a former mayor. Nanticoke Mayor Rich Wiaterowski lost his battle with cancer over the weekend. On Friday, the community came out for a public viewing at the Greater Nanticoke Area High School. Wiaterowski, who was also a volunteer firefighter, was diagnosed last year. A funeral will be held on Saturday. Wiaterowski was 45 years old.

  • Kingston Police Searching for Robbery Suspects

    KINGSTON, Pa. — Police in Luzerne County are asking for the public’s help in finding the crooks behind a pair of robberies. Police say thieves have robbed the Turkey Hill along Pierce Street in Kingston twice since mid-September. Investigators in Kingston say they don’t know whether the robberies are connected.

  • Christmas Gift Bags Donated to Senior Citizens in Lackawanna County

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Senior citizens who may not see any family over the holidays will be getting a gift in Lackawanna County. Volunteers from NET Credit Union helped Meals on Wheels of NEPA packed gift bags on Friday in Scranton. NET joined with other businesses gathering donations of blankets and toiletries. The gift bags will go out next week to around 450 seniors who get Meals on Wheels. “It’s a very heartbreaking situation, but we know by doing this it’s […]

  • Talkback 16: Statewide Narcan Giveaway

    It’s rare that we focus on just one topic in Talkback 16 but the number of calls about Pennsylvania making Narcan available for free on Thursday is overwhelming. Narcan is a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Callers on both sides of the debate sound off about the statewide government giveaway.

  • Skating Like The Professionals in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — People who donated to Toys for Tots got a special treat Thursday evening in Luzerne County. Anyone who donated was able to ice skate where the professionals play at Mohegan Sun Arena, home of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It is the 15th year for the event. This is the only time all year when people are invited to skate on the ice in Wilkes-Barre Township.

  • Wounded State Trooper Undergoes Surgery

    NEW YORK CITY, Ny. — A Pennsylvania State Trooper wounded by a sniper in Pike County underwent surgery on Thursday to have his right leg amputated below the knee. Trooper Alex Douglass was shot in September of 2014 at the state police barracks in Pike County. State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson died in the ambush. The shooter is serving a life sentence in the Poconos. Trooper Douglass had a visitor give him a boost on Wednesday. Retired Army Staff Sergeant […]

  • Route 11 in Bloomsburg Reopened After Deadly Crash

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — One person is dead and two others were taken to a nearby hospital after a crash Thursday afternoon in Bloomsburg. Police tell Newswatch 16 the crash happened just after 3 p.m. on Route 11 near the entrance to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. According to officials, a car in the northbound lane crossed over into the southbound lane causing a head-on collision. The driver of the car in the southbound lane, Dean Yeager, 59 of Sunbury, was pronounced dead […]

  • Talkback 16: Free Overdose Drug, Teacher Fired

    Talkback 16 includes reaction to the state handing out an overdose drug for free and comments about a school board member standing behind a teacher who was fired.

  • Woman Speaks About Importance of Tissue Donation

    BLAKELY, Pa. — An employee of a company that helps process tissue donations know first hand of the importance. Carrie Dailey of Levittown spoke to local employees of MTF Biologics at a holiday lunch in Blakely. Carrie is a tissue donation recipient who had Achilles’ tendons put on her shoulders in 2016. The process restored the use of her arms. “After my surgeries, it’s like, I feel like I have a whole new life now. I mean, I forget how […]

  • East Stroudsburg Salvation Army Help Families with Holiday Feasts

    EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — More than 400 families in Monroe County will be able to put on a Christmas feast this year thanks to the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army. The organization hosted it’s annual Christmas Dinner Drive on Thursday. Turkeys, fruits, vegetables and more were loaded into vehicles. People who picked up a food order are thankful for the help and support this time of year. “Any little bit helps actually. Come the holidays, everyone kind pinches at the end […]