Clay LePard joined Newswatch 16 in October 2014 after spending several years reporting for WHBF in Rock Island, Illinois.
While in the Quad Cities, Clay brought viewers along to witness everything from a rare look inside the nation’s largest weapons manufacturer to following the largest case of municipal fraud in U.S. history.
Like many other proud alums at the station, Clay is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Clay also worked as a reporter for ABC News’ On Campus program, where he covered stories in upstate New York for a national audience. He also interned with NBC for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and with ABC News Nightline in New York City.
When he isn’t working, you can probably find Clay at the closest golf course or watching any of his favorite sports teams like the Syracuse Orange or New England Patriots.
Raised in Wenham, Mass., Clay currently lives in Dunmore and if you see him around, please say hello.
HARRISBURG — Time and time again, you’ve heard stories about animal abuse in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. But with a stroke of the pen, those caught mistreating pets can now face heavier fines and even felony charges, thanks to several new laws signed by Governor Tom Wolf Wednesday. The Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul is now law. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard for this, and #Libre for helping sign the bill today. pic.twitter.com/ExvFZxLq1N — Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) […]
HARRISBURG — It’s now a crime in Pennsylvania if you lie about your military service just to get certain benefits. Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the “Stolen Valor Act,” which punishes those who try to receive money, benefits or other opportunities by impersonating a member of the military or someone who received a service medal. Today, I signed Act 9 into law, which prohibits fraudulent representation of military service and protects benefits for veterans. pic.twitter.com/cO6QJV6z89 — Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) […]
RUSH TOWNSHIP — Doctors point out that summer time can be downright dangerous for those at risk for heart attacks. So one paramedic took it upon himself to make sure our first responders were ready. It’s something registered nurse and paramedic Dan Lang knows all too well; he understands the power of time in those first few minutes after a heart attack. Lang knew that many automatic external defibrillators, known as AEDs, were outdated and malfunctioning in many police squad cars. […]
BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — More than 200 years after a prominent U.S. general camped out in Luzerne County during the American Revolution, his memory lives on with newly redone monuments. Organizers will formally unveil new marble plates on the stone monuments at Monument Park along Laurel Run Road in Bear Creek Township. The monuments stand on the site of Bullock’s farm, where Major General John Sullivan and 3,500 revolutionary soldiers camped out as part of the Sullivan Expedition. The stone monuments […]
TAMAQUA — The sun was shining down on Schuylkill County Sunday for a popular seasonal event. Folks gathered in downtown Tamaqua for the 27th Annual Summerfest. Fathers, families, and friends took advantage of the outdoor event which celebrates all things summer. This year’s Summerfest included many local vendors, train rides, a street fair for some added fun, and even a rubber duck race held on the river. The annual event is put on by the Tamaqua Historical Society and gives people […]
ASHLAND — State Police in Frackville continue to investigate a burglary. It wasn’t a bank, a gas station or a liquor store. In fact, board members with the Ashland Area Softball League couldn’t believe someone would steal from their concession stand not once, but three times this season. Ashland Area League Treasurer Jack Flynn was getting ready for opening weekend back in May, when he walked into the concession stand at Willow Park and noticed the place had been burglarized. […]
KINGSTON — A strip club prosecutors call a nuisance is being stripped down and could be turned into a sports bar. The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office has reached a deal with the owner of Cabaret for some big changes. As part of the agreement with prosecutors, the business is expected to stay closed for six months, when the son of the current owner is expected to take control. The new owner is expected to renovate the space and transform […]
WILKES-BARRE— After seven hours of deliberations, the jury announced they could not make a unanimous decision and were deadlocked in the case of a mom accused of trying to kill herself and her two kids in Luzerne County. Newswatch 16 learned from one of the jurors that they were split: nine in favor of conviction and three opposed. Throughout the afternoon, jurors did have a few questions for Luzerne County Court Judge David Lupas, but he encouraged them to continue deliberating […]
LOCK HAVEN — The warm temperatures have plenty of people flocking to pools and lakes. But officers in Lock Haven are warning residents to stay away from swimming at one beach, at least until next week. Because of lifeguard staffing with many still in school, Lock Haven City Police say the city’s beach can’t open for swimmers just yet and officers are cracking down on those who try to splash around. “Usually when it’s hot out, you see one or […]
SCRANTON — A popular statue in Lackawanna County has a new home after spending several years in storage. On this Flag Day, one veteran is returning to a place where people in the community can continue to honor his legacy. Lt. Col. Frank Duffy was the highest-ranking soldier from Lackawanna County killed in World War I and is memorialized by a statue It was set up next to the Harrison Avenue Bridge but had to be moved when construction on […]
BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A teen is dead after a violent one-vehicle crash in Luzerne County. The wreck happened on South Old Turnpike Road near Drums. Neighbors said a car filled with several teenagers hit the guide rail. They heard the crash and came running outside and found one teenager at the bottom of a hill unresponsive and another badly hurt. The names of those involved in this deadly crash are not being released, but we have learned that the teen […]
WYOMING — After a Memorial Day washout, plenty of people were out and about soaking in the warm weather. “The weather has not been cooperative at all, so this is one of the first nice summer days that we are out here and we should have a bunch of guys out here by mid-afternoon,” said Mark McCracken of Wilkes-Barre. McCracken is the president of the Swetland RC Flyers, who were hosting an open house in Wyoming for people interested in […]