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  • Guilty Plea in Murder of Homeless Man

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The suspect in the murder of a homeless man pleaded guilty Thursday in Luzerne County. According to the Luzerne County District Attorney, Daniel Holtslander of Wilkes-Barre pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. He was immediately sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. Holtslander admitted stabbing Kurt Swan in August 2016. Swan’s body was found in a wooded area behind a shopping center in Edwardsville.

  • Arrangements Set for Businessman Murdered in New Orleans

    POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Funeral arrangements are set for a well-known businessman from Schuylkill County who was killed in New Orleans. The visitation for friends and family of Patrick Murphy is set for 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Church in Pottsville. A funeral mass follows at noon. Murphy owned Murphy Jewelers in Pottsville. A woman, Megan Hall, faces murder charges after Murphy was found dead in a hotel room in New Orleans last week.

  • Guilty Verdict at Murder Trial in Schuylkill County

    POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A jury in Schuylkill County convicted Joshua Lukach of second-degree murder Thursday afternoon. Lukach was accused of killing John Brock in Pottsville back in 2015. A second suspect, Shavinskin Thomas, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related charges in 2017 and agreed to testify against Lukach. According to Pottsville police, Lukach and Thomas used a kitchen knife and a box cutter to murder Brock inside his home on South 12th Street in August 2015. Police said the […]

  • Couple Busted After Vehicle Thefts, Police Chase

    HAZLETON, Pa. — A couple suspected of stealing three cars was arrested on Christmas Eve after leading police on a chase in Luzerne County. Ryan Durland, 20, and Julie Wheeler, 24, were arrested around 6 p.m. Monday outside their home on South Broad Street in West Hazleton. Police accuse the pair of stealing three vehicles and leading police on a chase that hit speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. According to Hazleton police, the first theft happened on […]

  • Judge in Cosby Case Declares Mistrial

    NORRISTOWN (CNN) — The judge in the Bill Cosby trial declared a mistrial Saturday morning after the jury failed to reach a verdict in the case. The jurors, five women and seven men, were unable to come to a unanimous decision in a courtroom battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past. Cosby, 79, faced three charges of aggravated indecent assault. Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania […]

  • Suspect in String of Robberies Nabbed After Chase

    JERSEY SHORE — A suspect in a string of robberies in Lycoming and Clinton counties is locked up following two separate police chases early Sunday morning. Police identified the suspect as Steven Long of Williamsport. He was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning after allegedly robbing a Minit Mart in Jersey Shore and then leading police on one chase and then another. Troopers say the hold-up in Jersey Shore happened around 12:30 a.m. A short time later, officers […]

  • Four Dead in Crash on I-81 in Lackawanna County

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — State police blame a wrong-way driver for a crash on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County early Saturday morning that left four people dead. The Lackawanna County coroner¬†identified the victims as Vinodchandra Patel, 68, Komal Vyas, 30, Shilpa Patel, 29, and Ashley Wheeler, 32, all from Scranton. The crash happened around 1 a.m. in the southbound lanes just past the Clarks Summit exit. Troopers say it appears the driver of a 2016 Lincoln MKZ was headed north […]

  • UPDATE: Lockdown Lifted at PSU Residence Hall

    UNIVERSITY PARK — A residence hall on Penn State’s main campus was put on lockdown for about four hours Sunday evening after a threat directed at students. Penn State reported that the verbal threat of violence came from a person in the Harrisburg area. It was directed at two students in Hamilton Hall, which is located in the West Halls complex. The lockdown was put in place early Sunday evening. It was lifted around 9 p.m. after state police arrested […]

  • Police: Shooting Victim Lied about When, Where He was Shot

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County say a shooting victim gave them false information about when and where he was shot, even lying to them about his name. On the day after Christmas, Hanover Township police talked with a man who identified himself as Alex Lopez of Queens, New York. Lopez claimed he had been shot in the leg and hand during a robbery outside an apartment complex. Someone drove Lopez to the hospital and workers there called police. […]

  • Cancer Survivors Celebrate in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Cancer survivors and their families gathered Saturday in Scranton to honor and remember those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute held its 23rd annual survivors celebration at McDade Park. Cancer survivors and their families shared their own experiences with the disease and leaned on each other for support. “It’s a great feeling,” said survivor Bob Kopacz. “It makes you want to live your life the way you want to live and live […]

  • Rock On Concert Remembers Cancer Victim

    SCRANTON — Some rock and roll in Lackawanna County Sunday night raised money in memory of a woman who lost her battle with cancer. The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute held its fifth annual “Judi H Rock On” concert at Saint Mary’s Center on Mifflin Avenue in Scranton. The event is held in memory of Judi Hartridge, a mother and wife from Dunmore, who died in 2007. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of cancer screenings. “We want […]

  • Church Hosts “Christmas in September” Festival

    JERMYN — Three months until Christmas and one church in Lackawanna County is already in the holiday spirit. Newswatch 16 stopped by Saint Michael’s in Jermyn on Sunday for the last day of its “Christmas in September” festival. Tasty treats usually reserved for December were served up. Nearly 30 vendors took part in the three-day festival that wrapped up Sunday afternoon in Lackawanna County.

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