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  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis Found in Luzerne County

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — State health officials announced Friday the potentially deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE has now been found in Luzerne County. The State Health Department says a horse in Fairmount Township died from the mosquito-borne disease this week. Cases of EEE have already been reported in Carbon and Monroe counties. Those cases were in animals as well. EEE is carried by birds and when mosquitoes bite the birds, they can then transmit the disease. So far […]

  • Iconic Locomotive Getting Restored in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. — One of Steamtown National Historic Site’s most iconic attractions is getting a fresh look. Steamtown’s Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive, known as Big Boy, is getting restored. The locomotive will get some improvements including fresh paint. While the train is being restored, Steamtown will set up a temporary exhibit showing the progress of the restoration. The train is the only one of its kind found east of the Mississippi River.

  • State Police Searching For Suspect Behind Mailbox Blasts

    CHESNUTHILL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police want to know who has been blowing up mailboxes in Monroe County. The latest blasts happened near Effort. A woman who lives in Chestnuthill Township says vandals blew up her mailbox Thursday night around 9:30. “It was just a loud boom. You didn’t feel anything shake, it was just a loud bang and I was just, I ducked because I didn’t know if something was coming towards the house or something like that,” said […]

  • Talkback 16: Deer-related Crashes, Resentencing

    Talkback 16 callers discuss deer-related crashes, switching to LED Christmas lights and rushing the season. First, calls about the man resentenced to time served for a murder when he was a teenager.

  • Veteran’s Support Animals Blessed in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Support animals were blessed on Friday in Scranton. Father Walsh lead the blessing at Saint Francis Commons, a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans. Veterans living there are able to have support animals through the curative companions program. The pet blessing was in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

  • Police and District Handle Threat Against GAR High School

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Wilkes-Barre’s Police Department and Wilkes-Barre Area School District handled a threat against GAR High School. Police say there was a complaint of a student making threats. District officials addressed the threat and police were no longer needed. GAR opened as normal on Friday in Wilkes-Barre.

  • Police: Inmate Threatened Judge in Carbon County

    NESQUEHONING, Pa. — A man behind bars in Carbon County has a $1 million bond after police say he threatened the magistrate hearing his case. Mohammed Shah, 50 of Nesquehoning, was charged last month. Magistrate Casimir Kosiolek says Shah faxed a threatening message from jail. Police say Shah threatened to hunt down judges and police officers in the note. Due to the alleged threats, Shah’s arraignment will be moved to Palmerton.

  • Talkback 16: Recreational Marijuana, Cemetery Vandalism

    Talkback 16 callers sound off about legalizing recreational marijuana, cemetery vandalism and a change of attitude. First, the former corrections officer found not guilty in the sexual assault of an inmate.

  • Two Sheetz Restaurants in Scranton Wilkes-Barre Area Open Again

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two more overhauled Sheetz restaurants have reopened in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area. One of them reopened Friday in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain after closing in April. The new location in Shavertown is larger, has space for customers to sit down and eat and follows a new design Sheetz is using for many of its locations. The other Sheetz that is back open is in Dunmore. The store was also torn down and rebuilt. The Sheetz in […]

  • Suspect in Hazleton Shots Fired Turns Himself in to Police

    HAZLETON, Pa. — A man accused of shooting a gun at homes and vehicles in Hazleton is now behind bars. Christopher Paniagua surrendered to police on Friday after being wanted on assault charges. Paniagua allegedly opened fire at the intersection of North Laurel and West Spring Streets in July. No one was hit by the gunfire. Paniagua is locked up on $100,000 straight cash bail in Luzerne County.

  • Woman Dead After Crash in Wyoming County

    NORTHMORELAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman is dead following a crash in Wyoming County. Emergency crews were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Friday along Schoonover Hill Road in Northmoreland Township. The coroner was also on hand. Police tell Newswatch 16 the woman who died was the only person involved in the crash. Police believe her car was laying upside in a creek bed for an extended period of time after the crash. No word on what caused the […]

  • Talkback 16: Swatting, Gnats

    Talkback 16 callers discuss the punishment for a teenager responsible for a swatting incident, the downside of development and dealing with gnats.

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