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  • Police Car Collides with Bear in Lackawanna County

    ROARING BROOK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A police officer from Lackawanna County was taken to a hospital Friday after hitting a bear. A viewer sent us this picture of the collision on Route 307. Officials tell us the Roaring Brook Township officer hit the bear with his police vehicle around 1:30 p.m. Friday. The officer was taken to the hospital. The bear was badly injured and had to be put down.

  • ‘Mythbusters Jr.’ Star Gets His Weather Balloon Back

    MOOSIC, Pa. — Last month, Newswatch 16 introduced you to the Montrose Area High School students who found a weather balloon in the woods in Susquehanna County. One of the cast members of the Science Channel TV show, “Mythbusters Jr.,” launched it from Ithaca, New York. It was supposed to land in Fleetville, Lackawanna County, but instead, it landed near Brushville, about 30 miles off. “Have you ever tripped on a staircase and ended up a step above from where […]

  • Free Concerts Planned along River in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A series of free concerts is scheduled to begin next month along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre.

  • Rep. Tom Marino Announces Resignation from Congress

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Tom Marino has announced he is resigning from the House of Representatives. Rep. Marino, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania’s District 12. He was first elected to Congress in 2010 and was just re-elected in November. Rep. Marino released the following statement announcing his resignation from the United States House of Representatives. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress. Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take […]

  • Mother Sentenced to Prison for Crash That Killed Daughter

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A mother is headed to prison for causing a crash in Lackawanna County that killed her daughter. Linette Villa-Vale was sentenced to a year and a half to seven and a half years behind bars She pleaded guilty in September to involuntary manslaughter and DUI charges. Police say Villa-Vale had cocaine and marijuana in her system and was going faster than 85 miles an hour when she wrecked on the North Scranton Expressway on June 25, 2017. Her 8-year-old daughter Andrea […]

  • Cash 5 Lottery Winner Sold in Luzerne County

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Someone hit the jackpot with a lottery ticket sold in Luzerne County.

  • Account for Child Hit and Killed in Columbia County Surpasses Goal

    GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A GoFundMe account set up to help pay funeral expenses for a 5-year-old boy hit by a car Wednesday in Columbia County has gone well above its goal. An aunt of Silus Hunsinger started the account to help pay for the child’s funeral expenses. The goal was $10,000, but in less than a day it has raised $17,000. The child died after being hit by a pickup truck near his bus stop in Columbia County.

  • Emergency Repairs on Scranton City Hall

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Emergency repairs have started on Scranton City Hall. Workers are using a crane to check the facade for loose pieces that are at risk of falling off. The city is looking for grant money to pay for a full-scale renovation of the outside of the building. Parts of the sidewalk around City Hall remain off-limits, but you can still go in through the front doors.

  • Woman Accused of Poisoning Cats Headed to Trial

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A woman in Lackawanna County facing felony animal abuse charges gave up her right to a preliminary hearing in court on Tuesday. The case against Jennifer Oustrich of Taylor will now head to trial. When Oustrich walked into court Tuesday, she was met by protesters for animal rights group Tracey’s Hope who were there demonstrating in hopes that Oustrich’s felony charges will stand. After an investigation in August, police filed felony animal abuse charges against Oustrich who […]

  • Former PTO Treasurer Sentenced to Jail for Theft

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The former treasurer of a parent-teacher organization in Luzerne County has been sentenced to jail for stealing from the group. Pamela Brady, of Kingston, was sentenced to one to two months in county jail followed by five years of probation. Court papers indicate Brady was the treasurer of the Schuyler Elementary PTO. The school is in the Wyoming Valley West School District. Police say that from December 2017 through May of 2018, Brady stole more than $14,000 […]

  • Abington Heights Educator Named Teacher of the Year

    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A teacher in the Abington Heights School District has been named the 2019 Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  • Shawn Christy Enters ‘Not Guilty’ Pleas in Federal Court

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A man who spent months as a fugitive from federal authorizes pleaded not guilty on Monday morning to crimes he allegedly committed while on the run. Shawn Christy of McAdoo was in federal court in Scranton to face more than two dozen counts ranging from threatening the president to stealing guns and vehicles while he was a fugitive. In the courtroom, Christy repeatedly swore at the judge and prosecution and refused to sit down. At one point, […]

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