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  • World Refugee Day Gathering Held in Scranton

    SCRANTON – Folks gathered to celebrate World Refugee Day Sunday in Scranton. Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton organized the gathering at Nay Aug Park. About 200 people came out to share their cultures through song, dance, and food. The event comes as the Supreme Court is expected to rule on President Trump’s travel ban, which blocks citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States and suspends the US refugee program. The Diocese of Scranton […]

  • Police Investigate Vandalism at Church Property

    DALTON – Police are searching for the vandals who hit a former seminary building in Lackawanna County. Neighbors in Dalton said the vandals knocked over a stone wall and drove ATVs through the property, damaging the lawn at the Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center. The property was bought by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church last month. So far, authorities haven’t said exactly when the vandalism took place.

  • Flames Gut Apartment Building in Columbia County

    BRIAR CREEK —  Flames gutted an apartment building in Columbia County. Flames broke out around 11 a.m. Sunday on Columbia Boulevard in Briar Creek. The fire chief told Newswatch 16 everyone inside got out safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. There is no word on how many people are displaced by the fire. Earlier this month, a man was shot in the same building after an argument. Authorities said his injuries were not life-threatening. A state police […]

  • Cancer Survivor Celebration in Schuylkill County

    NEW PHILADELPHIA –  The Simon Kramer Cancer Institute hosted its annual celebration for cancer survivors and their families in Schuylkill County. The event, held in New Philadelphia, started with a cancer survivor’s lap around the field and continued with a pig roast, live entertainment, and basket raffle. Charles Reed of Ashland just beat prostate cancer and was happy to be in attendance. “It was wonderful, emotional, being the first time I’ve been to other cancer walks for family members. But […]

  • 8-Year-Old Girl Dead After ATV Crash

    SOUTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP — State Police are investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl after an ATV crash Saturday night in Schuylkill County. It happened around 9:18 p.m. in South Manheim Township around Berne Road. Authorities said the child was riding with her father on the ATV when it hit a telephone pole that was laid across a railroad bed and flipped over at least one time. The child died at the scene of the crash. The father was taken […]

  • Caught On Camera: Police Nab Assault Suspect in Porta Potty

    MIFFLINBURG — An assault suspect was caught in an unlikely place Saturday evening in Union County. Newswatch 16 viewer video shows the moment police in Mifflinburg found the suspect in a porta potty. Officers said they responded after an assault was reported at a nearby gas station before 6 p.m. Cops wound up tracking down the suspect inside that porta potty. Officers arrested Christopher Ott of Millmont. Ott’s ex-girlfriend called police Saturday night after he allegedly showed up to her […]

  • ‘Clash For Cash’ Breaks Fundraising Record

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A mix of sweat, stamina and determined athletes all helped break a fundraising record at a charity fitness competition Saturday at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey announced more than $30,000 was raised during Clash for Cash. That’s $10,000 more than last year. The money from this family-friendly fitness event benefits WNEP-TV’s Ryan Run, which helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. 140 athletes, of all abilities, competed for prizes […]

  • Iftar Dinner Celebrates the End of Ramadan in Poconos

    SAYLORSBURG — Folks in one part of Monroe County feasted to celebrate the end of Ramadan. The Iftar dinner, which means “breakfast’ in Arabic, was hosted at the Golden Generation Retreat and Worship Center in Saylorsburg. Ramadan is an Islamic holy month observed by Muslims worldwide by a month-long fast. This year, Ramadan began on May 26th and will end Sunday at midnight. Iftar is the evening meal during which the faithful break their fast at sunset together as a […]

  • Brush Fire Spreads to Empty Building

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP – A brush fire may have spread to a vacant building causing damage to the place in Columbia County. The fire broke out around 6 p.m. Saturday at the former Barn and Dog Kennel near Bloomsburg. The owner of the place on Old Berwick Road had planned to tear the building down. There was no electricity hooked up to the building. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Jack Smurl, Famous for Living in ‘Haunted House,’ Dies at 75

    A man who made national headlines  for living in a  haunted house has died. Jack Smurl was known in the mid 1980’s after he and his family believed there was paranormal activity in their West Pittston home. The Smurls spoke of reports of demons and even sought out exorcisms and their experiences were turned into a movie. Smurl, who had moved to Sullivan County, lost his battle with diabetes. He was 75.

  • Holocaust Survivor Honored at Fourth of July Parade

    LEWISBURG — The annual Veterans’ Fourth of July parade in Union County had a very special grand marshal. David Wisnia, 90, lead the parade through Lewisburg Saturday morning. Wisnia is a holocaust survivor and a WWII veteran. After escaping Auschwitz as a teen, Wisnia joined the 101st Airborne. Wisnia says he was humbled by the crowd in Lewisburg. “The outpouring of people here, it’s the whole town. Well, some of the detractors, you know, of the United States, better take […]

  • Hero or jerk? Man pays $212 speeding ticket with over 20K pennies

    FRISCO, Texas – Well that’s one way to pay off a speeding ticket. A Texas man was upset about his fine, so he paid it with pennies. Brett Sanders says he had to pay $212 for going nine miles over the speed limit. He got about 20,000 pennies from the bank, loaded them into two buckets, and dumped them off at the courthouse. Sanders used the change because he wanted “to make a big spectacle of it.” He created a […]

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