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  • Powerball Winner Sold in Lackawanna County

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Someone hit the jackpot with a Powerball ticket sold in Lackawanna County. The ticket for the Saturday, December 1 drawing matched four of the five white balls drawn — 10,11, 47, 55, 58, and the red Powerball 26 — to win $100,000. Bill’s ShopRite in Covington Township gets a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Saturday produced two big wins: a Cash 5 jackpot-winning ticket worth $650,000 was sold in Lawrence County, and a Powerball […]

  • Mother Facing Child Abuse Charges in Carbon County

    TOWAMENSING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman is charged with child endangerment and assault after police say she abused her 4-year-old son. Troopers say Ashlyn McCartney, 24, of Towamensing Township, near Lehighton, beat the boy so badly that he suffered life-threatening injuries and had to be admitted to the intensive care unit at a hospital near Allentown. McCartney is locked up with bail set at $500,000.

  • Man Arrested on Drug, Weapons, and Explosives Charges

    MILTON, Pa. — A man is locked up in Northumberland County charged with having drugs, guns, and explosives. Milton police say they found Eric Vanema in a car with a woman in a municipal parking lot around 2 p.m. Thursday. Besides drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic rifle, officers discovered three explosives and a box containing bomb-making materials in the car.

  • Blue Angels Roar into Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — A couple of angels made a stop in our area on Thursday. U.S Navy Blue Angels Squadron jet 7 roared into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Thursday morning. The two pilots are here to talk with airport officials to plan for next year’s air show. The show is scheduled for May 25 and 26, 2019. View this post on Instagram The Blue Angels brought one of their F/A-18 Hornets in town to discuss taking part in the […]

  • Son Sentenced for Shooting Death of Father in Schuylkill County

    POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A son has been sentenced to decades in prison after admitting to shooting and killing his father in Schuylkill County. Tyler Swantek pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 to 50 years for shooting his father Todd Swantek in the head with a rifle in May of 2017. Swantek was arrested in July of 2017 after Frackville police found his father’s body on a couch in the family’s home on North Third Street at the end […]

  • Man Charged with Attempted Homicide after Gunfire in Monroe County

    STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Monroe County is locked up on attempted homicide charges after apparently firing a gun at another man. Musa Abdul Bey, 53, of Mount Pocono, is also charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, and gun charges. Police say Bey fired a gun when another man came to a home in Stroud Township Tuesday about a recent family dispute. Police found Bey had numerous burglary convictions in New York State and was not permitted to […]

  • Shawn Christy Hit with More Charges

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Shawn Christy is facing additional charges from his time on the run. The U.S. Attorney filed charges related to vehicles and guns Christy allegedly stole from homes and businesses while he was a fugitive. A warrant was issued for his arrest for making threats against President Trump and other officials. He was caught more than three months later in Ohio. Christy is locked up in the Lackawanna County Prison.

  • Local Innovator for People with Disabilities has Died

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — An advocate for people with disabilities in our area has died. Mark Smith died Sunday at age 47. Smith was the General Manager for Public Relations and Consumer Research for Pride Mobility Products in Exeter. Smith was born with cerebral palsy and was a leading advocate for people with disabilities in the region. He also was the author of four books on living with disabilities and how technology helps people like him integrate. Smith made news […]

  • New Location for Toys For Tots Donations in Schuylkill County

    SAINT CLAIR, Pa. — An annual Toys For Tots fundraiser continued this year at a different location in Schuylkill County. This is the 11th year John Kuczynski of Zion Grove has collected toys on Black Friday. After Walmart in Saint Clair asked Toys For Tots volunteers to remove donation boxes from inside the store earlier this week, Kuczynski says the Home Depot store in Saint Clair agreed to let him hold the toy drive in their parking lot. “We collect […]

  • Free Washes at Laundry Room of Milton for Thanksgiving

    MILTON, Pa. — The Laundry Room of Milton is saying thank you to its customers on Thanksgiving and hopes to save people some money. From 9 p.m. Wednesday until 9 p.m. Thursday, all washers are free for 24 hours as a way to say thank you to customers for supporting the business throughout the year. Dryers are not included. The facility on Route 405 in Milton provided the same offer last year.

  • Luzerne County D.A.: No Wrongdoing in Inmate Death Case

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — An investigation into the death of an inmate earlier this year inside the Luzerne County Correctional Facility found no wrongdoing by authorities at the jail, according to the district attorney’s office. Shaheen Mackey, of Berwick, died in June after what prison officials call a “scuffle.” He died after two days on life support. Mackey was in the Luzerne County facility after a PFA violation. The investigation into Mackey’s death showed that he died from heart failure after […]

  • New Police Chief in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — There’s new police chief in the city of Wilkes-Barre. Joseph Coffay was sworn in as the new chief of police Wednesday morning at Wilkes-Barre City Council chambers by Mayor Tony George. He replaces Marcella Lendacky, who stepped down earlier this year. Lendacky served as Wilkes-Barre chief of police for three years.

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