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  • Three Hurt in Lackawanna County Crash

    JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A van struck a utility pole in Lackawanna County Wednesday afternoon, sending three people to the hospital. It happened just before 2:30 pm on Route 348 in Jefferson Township near Mount Cobb. Emergency crews said two adults and a child were taken to the hospital. The road was shut down for a short time.

  • Jermyn Council President to Stay on the Job

    JERMYN, Pa. — The president of Jermyn borough council says he has changed his mind and wants to stay on the job. Frank Kulick resigned last week after placing fliers in mailboxes telling residents they were in violation of the borough’s trash ordinance and faced a $300 fine. Because of the Memorial Day holiday, trash pickup was a day behind and many garbage cans had been out for more than 24 hours. Kulick says he regrets his error in judgment […]

  • Driver Charged for Deadly Pottsville Crash

    POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Homicide by vehicle while DUI charges have been filed against a man from Schuylkill County for this deadly wreck last year. Police say Chad Bainbridge, 41, of Pottsville, had methamphetamine¬†in his system and was traveling at a high rate of speed when he hit a car on Route 61 near Union Street in Pottsville last October. Charles Maurer, 80, of Pottsville, was killed. Bainbridge was locked up in Schuylkill County with bail set at $50,000.

  • Scranton Police Identify Suspects in Vandalism Spree

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Police in Scranton have identified three people as suspects in a vandalism spree in the city over the weekend. Victoria Patrick, 19, of Dunmore, was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony criminal mischief and other related charges. Cyera Lugo, 19, of Peckville, and Salvatore DePasquale, 19, of Avoca, were also arrested Tuesday for their role in these incidents. Police have not said what they are charged with. Police said about 50 car windows were shot out with […]

  • Roadwork Continues to Slow I-81 Traffic in Lackawanna County

    MOOSIC, Pa. — For the second day in a row, PennDOT roadwork slowed traffic on Interstate 81 south in the Scranton area PennDOT tells us the highway is down to one lane in the Moosic area for overhead sign inspections and that a lane restriction alert went out to drivers at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. There is no word from PennDOT on how long this lane restriction on I-81 south will continue. Check traffic conditions at WNEP Traffic Tracker.

  • Northumberland County Man Dies from Burns in RV Fire

    CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Northumberland County has died from burns suffered in an RV fire on Sunday. The Lehigh County coroner says the fire started when Robert Curran, 75, of Mount Carmel, attempted to light a pilot light on a stove in the recreational vehicle in Conyngham Township, Luzerne County. Curran died hours later at a hospital in the Allentown area.

  • Sign Work Slows I-81 Traffic in Lackawanna County

    MOOSIC — Sign work made for a slow go for drivers on part of Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County on Monday. PennDOT had I-81 south down to one lane while workers inspected a sign near the Moosic exit (180). The backup stretched for miles in Lackawanna County. PennDOT’s website indicates the highway was clear by about 2 p.m. See live road conditions at WNEP Traffic Tracker.

  • Alleged Bank Robbers Hit with Burglary Charges

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two accused robbers are charged with a heist they allegedly pulled before they robbed a bank in Luzerne County. Derek Spaide, 26, and Gerald Pambianco, 19, were arraigned Monday morning on burglary charges. Police say the pair broke into a home on South Main Street in Hanover Township last month and took five TVs, two guns, and about $900. The two men are already charged with robbing a Luzerne National Bank branch in Plains Township in […]

  • Residents Cool as AC Repairs Complete

    OLYPHANT, Pa. — The air conditioning is now back up and running for senior citizens living in an apartment building in Lackawanna County. Earlier this week, a Newswatch 16 investigation revealed the AC at the Lackawanna Heritage Apartments in Olyphant had been out for more than a month. Officials told us the air conditioning coils froze over the winter and that it took time to get them replaced. The necessary repairs are now complete and the AC is working properly […]

  • Arrest Made in Police Chase that Spanned Two Counties

    DURYEA, Pa. — An arrest has been made following a police chase through two counties. Jaimie Mozelski, 35, of Mount Pleasant Mills, was taken into custody Thursday. Authorities say they tried to stop Mozelski earlier this month for a traffic offense in Duryea, but instead of pulling over, Mozelski led officers on a chase. After striking a police cruiser, the man from Snyder County dumped his car at the old Rocky Glen Park in Moosic and took off on foot. […]

  • Pedestrian Injured along Route 15 in Union County

    WHITE DEER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — One man was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle while walking along a road in Union County. State police say Ulberto Baez, 38, of Milton, was walking along Route 15 south, near Milton around 3 a.m. Friday when he was struck from behind by a vehicle. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. There is no word if the driver will face charges.

  • Remains Found in Plains Township Shed Identified

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — There are new developments in the investigation into human remains found at a trailer park in Luzerne County. DNA testing was done on those remains discovered during a shed fire in Plains Township at the East Mountain Ridge mobile home park back in February. They have been identified as those of Shain D’Onofrio, 24. Shain, who had some disabilities, is the missing son of Linasheri D’Onofrio who lives in a trailer next to where the remains […]