Matt is a Pennsylvania native from Montgomery County. He joined the WNEP news team in March 2015 and covers Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County.

Matt comes to WNEP from WBTW News13, where he covered the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Before moving there, he worked at SSPTV in Hazleton.

Matt graduated from Temple University in May 2012. He loves biking around town.

Recent Articles
  • Police Investigating Break-Ins in Luzerne County

    LUZERNE COUNTY — Police in Luzerne County were busy overnight investigating two break-ins at two small businesses just a few miles apart from each other. One of the break-ins happened at a golf course in Exeter, where money was stolen from a cash register. In Kingston, security video shows a man breaking through what was a glass door with a hammer, and then stealing only a bottle of water and some prenatal vitamins. Security video shows a man looking around […]

  • Plymouth To Auction Off Gun, Bidding Starts at $20K

    PLYMOUTH — Plymouth wants to auction off a nearly 100-year-old submachine gun. It’s a Colt Thompson model 1921 gun with a 1928 Navy overstamp. Back in the day, a few area banks bought the gun and donated it to the police department, which used it in the line of duty.  But it was phased out decades ago. “It’s a submachine gun; it’s a collector’s item now. It’s outlived its use within the borough,” said Gary Kochinski, Plymouth Borough Council President. […]

  • ‘Roof’ Rescue: Firefighters Rescue Pooch That Climbed out Window

    NANTICOKE — A dog in Luzerne County found itself in trouble Monday when it crawled onto the roof of a house. But it didn’t just happen once. The dog did it twice, all in one hour. Firefighters in Nanticoke did not believe it at first when they were called to the same home twice, in a matter of minutes, for a dog on the roof. The dog’s owner says it’s not the first time this happened. “I just came home […]

  • Police Find More Videos from Accused ‘Bathroom Peeper’

    WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County have discovered more videos allegedly taken by the accused “bathroom peeper” in a restaurant bathroom. Wright Township police and Luzerne County detectives found more videos on another electronic storage device allegedly taken by Juan Prieto, a former employee of Luigi’s Restaurant in Mountain Top. The videos were apparently taken on November 18, 2016. Detectives say that if you were at Luigi’s then, you should contact Wright Township police. Prieto was arrested earlier this […]

  • Truck Ban on Route 93 near Hazleton Planned

    BANKS TOWNSHIP — In a few weeks, PennDOT plans to restrict most tractor-trailers from Route 93 near Hazleton. PennDOT plans to ban trucks that are at least 28 feet long on Route 93. Officials say the ban on typical tractor-trailers is needed because out-of-town truck drivers not familiar with Route 93 keep crashing. There were three crashes in three days involving trucks on Route 93 in April at the base of Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning. Trucks will have to take […]

  • UPDATE: Federal Building in Wilkes-Barre Evacuated

    WILKES-BARRE – Hundreds of employees were forced to wait outside the federal building in Wilkes-Barre for several hours Thursday, after a suspicious packaged was discovered. That package turned out to be harmless, but it disrupted nearly an entire workday for hundreds of federal employees. Now Wilkes-Barre police are launching a criminal investigation. Authorities say inside the package was a substance called glutonic acid. It’s something found in sugary drinks. So no one was harmed by it, but authorities say there […]

  • Alleged ‘Bathroom Peeper’ Turns Himself In

    WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County say the guy who they believe secretly used his cell phone to record women in the bathroom at a pizza place turned himself in on Wednesday. Wright Township police in Mountain Top took Juan Prieto to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on invasion of privacy and child pornography charges. They say he turned himself in around noon after feeling pressure from his family members. Shaven and with a new hair cut, the man who […]

  • ‘Bathroom Peeper’ Records Women in Restaurant

    WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — A worker was taking videos of women in a restaurant bathroom, according to police in Luzerne County. The man worked at Luigi’s Restaurant in Mountain Top, and investigators claim for several weeks, he hid above a bathroom ceiling and took videos of women below. Juan Prieto is who police in Wright Township are calling a peeping Tom. They say he recorded dozens of videos of women privately using a bathroom over the past month. Police say Prieto […]

  • Misericordia University Security to Start Carrying Guns

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — Campus security personnel at Misericordia University will start carrying guns later this year. School officials say it’s so they can respond to certain situations faster, instead of waiting for police to arrive. “The first responders are the ones right there on the scene, and we would not have to rely solely on police response,” said Robert Zavada, the university’s security director. There was no one incident that sparked the change in policy, but school officials point out […]

  • Pittston Ketchup Company Makes Its Debut In Luzerne County

    FORTY FORT — Pittston has long been known as the “quality tomato capital of the world.” Now, a new business is trying to capitalize on that fame. Amos Valenti hopes he has created a recipe for success with the Pittston Ketchup Company. The condiment has been on the market a week. “It kind of blends in with what you’re eating and enhances the natural flavor and the heat the end,” he said. Right now, the ketchup is only sold at […]

  • Luzerne County Raises Cremation Fee to $60

    WILKES-BARRE — Newswatch 16 has found the cremation fee in Luzerne County is now among the highest of any other county in our area. That fee in Luzerne County was recently raised to $60 but the county coroner says the increase was necessary. There are some counties in Pennsylvania that do not charge anything for cremation. But in Luzerne County, the coroner’s office says the money is needed to fund a new position. The office is stretched thin because of […]

  • Osterhout Free Library Gets Book Returned That Was Due 75 Years Ago

    WILKES-BARRE — In this chapter of Robert Lockman’s life, he never thought he’d be able to do something for his late father, Robert Sr. But while cleaning out the basement at his home in Kingston Township, Lockman came across some old books. “And that’s when I pulled out that book, the Oregon Trail. And it was kind of strange to me,” he said. He opened the book, found a sticker on it from the Osterhout Free Library, and saw it […]

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