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  • Fire Burns Cabin, Sends One to Hospital

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — One person was sent to the hospital after flames sparked inside a cabin in Luzerne County. The fire started around 9:00 p.m., inside a cabin that belongs to The Woodlands on Route 315 in Plains Township. A man was inside at the time and was rescued by a police officer.  He was treated on scene and later taken to the hospital. Authorities said a leaf blower that man was using caused the fire.  The cabin sustained severe fire, smoke and water […]

  • Playing Hoops to Support Cancer Victim’s Scholarship Fund

    NORTH POCONO — Athletes hit the hardwood Thursday night at North Pocono High School in Lackawanna County for a good cause. It was the 2nd annual Laura Youorski Student Vs. Faculty Basketball Game.  The proceeds from the game benefit a scholarship fund, honoring Youorski, a former physical education teacher at the school. Laura Youorski lost her life to cancer after more than a decade-long fight with the disease.  The basketball event was erected in 2015 in her honor.

  • Fight Night at The Mall at Steamtown

    SCRANTON — About 1,000 people attended a boxing event in the Electric City Saturday night in a new venue: The Mall at Steamtown food court. PA Golden Gloves eyed the food court a few months ago hoping to bring boxing back to downtown Scranton.  Crews spent the last 48 hours constructing a boxing ring inside the room.  Organizers expected about 1,000 boxing fans to take in close to 20 fights. The event started with an undercard of budding boxers. “Golden […]

  • Wilkes-Barre School District Teacher Charged With DUI

    WILKES-BARRE — A teacher in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District is now charged for allegedly driving drunk. According to court paperwork, Christopher Gray was charged on Friday. Earlier in March, police began investigating Gray after he crashed his car on reliance drive.   Court paperwork claims Gray had a blood-alcohol level over 0.10. Gray is a teacher at Dodson Elementary and the girls basketball coach at Meyers High School.

  • Children Enjoy Hunting, Swimming for Easter Eggs

    LUZERNE COUNTY — With Easter just a week away, egg hunt season is in full swing. 5000 eggs were scattered on and around Public Square in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday morning.  The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association hosted the fifth annual hunt.   Eggs were filled with candy and toys.   There were also special prizes for each age group.   The Easter Bunny arrived by fire truck and took pictures with kids. “You can get kids out and socialized and have fun and see […]

  • Knocking Down Pins to Help Children in Need

    WILKES-BARRE — Some members of the Newswatch 16 team spent their Saturday bowling strikes for children in need. Tom and Noreen Clark, Scott Schaffer, and Jim Coles were just a few of the dozens of people taking part in the annual Bowl for Kids Sake Bowl-a-thon at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre.  Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa represented WNEP at the event in central Pennsylvania. Bowlers took pledges to participate in the Bowl-a-thon.  Money raised supports Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs. “It’s […]

  • Tractor-Trailer Wreck Slows Traffic on I-81

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — An early morning big rig wreck on Interstate 81 in Luzerne County slowed traffic for about an hour. The crash happened in the northbound lanes near mile marker 168 in Wilkes-Barre Township around 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Officials believe a minivan smashed into a tractor-trailer.  The van was severely damaged.  Authorities have not said if anyone was hurt. One lane was closed while crews cleaned up the mess on I-81 north.  The lane opened around 5:15 a.m.  

  • Former Correctional Officer Accused of Striking Inmate

    SCRANTON — Charges were filed Wednesday against a former correctional officer who is accused of beating up an inmate at the Lackawanna County Prison. Nicholas Hughes, 23, was charged with assault and harassment Prosecutors tell us Hughes hit Cloward Grant while he was restrained to a chair at the prison on North Washington Avenue in Scranton in August. Officials said the inmate from Scranton had a cut over his eye and needed medical attention.  He was in prison for a 2013 robbery.

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  • Crash Shuts Down I-81 During Morning Rush Hour

    DUPONT — Part of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County was shut down briefly for a car wreck Wednesday morning. The crash happened on I-81 south between the Dupont Exit (175B) and the Pittston Exit (175A) around 9:30 a.m. Crews had to shut down both lanes of the interstate to clean up.  The closure caused traffic to back up over a mile.  The road reopened within a half hour but traffic was still slowed in the area of the crash. Police […]

  • Firefighters Fight Flames in Freezing Temperatures

    ORANGEVILLE — Flames chased a family into the bitter cold Wednesday morning in Columbia County. Crews rushed to the home on Main Street in Orangeville just after midnight.  Firefighters said the flames started in the chimney and spread to the rest of the place, which the fire chief said was recently remodeled. Authorities said two adults and a child lived here.  All of them made it out of the home safely and are staying with friends. The fire chief tells […]

  • Man Accused of Assaulting Two Women

    EAST STROUDSBURG — State police in Monroe County arrested a man after a break-in at a home in East Stroudsburg Sunday afternoon. Troopers said Justin Navarro, of East Stroudsburg, made his way into a home on Brush Drive around 4:00 p.m.  Authorities said Navarro then proceeded to beat up two women, ages 24 and 46.  He then ran from the home.  Police have not released the current condition of the victims. State police said they caught up with Navarro inside […]

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