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A member of the Scranton School Board is resigning. School Director Paige Gebhart Cognetti announced she's joining the state auditor general's office. She made the announcement at the auditor general's news conference in Olyphant on Wednesday. Cognetti will serve as a special assistant with an emphasis on school district transportation costs. The school board will begin the search for her replacement. [Read More]
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MUNCY CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Emergency responders were called to Peach Orchard Road in Muncy Creek Township Wednesday evening for what the Game Commission calls "an incident involving a bear and a person." Officials aren't saying much about what happened, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission is investigating, and an officer is talking to a victim to learn more about what happened. The Game Commission set up a bear trap along Peach Orchard Road, and wildlife conservation officers are asking the... [Read More]
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The sinkhole in Wilkes-Barre that was filled with a Christmas tree over the weekend has now been properly patched. Images of the hole on Sturdevant Street went viral after a neighbor decided to plant a Christmas tree in it. One man then took things a step further by placing Santa in the hole with the tree. All the decorations got the city's attention, and workers in Wilkes-Barre patched the hole on Tuesday. [Read More]
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Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include the toy thief in the Poconos, free doses of a drug used to treat opioid overdoses, seasons greetings, and a demand for a wider variety of Talkback subjects. [Read More]
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A department store is making Christmas bright for some kids in Luzerne County. JCPenney hosted a shopping spree at the Wyoming Valley Mall near Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night for 25 kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Each child received a $100 gift card from JCPenney to purchase things like clothes, shoes, or toys for themselves or as gifts. Each year, JCPenney chooses one store in each state for the shopping spree. This year,... [Read More]
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Police want to find the man they say fired a gun in a Walmart parking lot in the Poconos. Stroud Area Regional Police say Aaron Scott, 27, of East Stroudsburg, fired two shots during an argument in the parking lot of the store in East Stroudsburg around 6:30 p.m. Monday. No one was hit by the shots. Scott is wanted on aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and firearms charges. Police say he is not supposed to possess... [Read More]
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There will not be a tax increase for property owners in Luzerne County. County officials say the 2019 budget that was adopted Tuesday night does not include the three percent increase which was originally proposed by Luzerne County Manager David Pedri. Taxes will remain at just under six mills. That comes out to about $600 for a property in Luzerne County assessed at $100,000. [Read More]
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In this edition of Talkback 16, callers come to the defense of high school sports coverage and  offer good wishes for a police K-9 headed into retirement in central Pennsylvania. [Read More]
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Students and faculty are showing the better angels of their nature at East Stroudsburg University. Angel trees are in two buildings on the school's campus in Monroe County. People remove a tag from the tree and buy the gift that is written on the tag. [Read More]
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Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include a report on the potential for identity theft at hospitals, a reminder about Christmas tree safety, high school sports, the President, and the backyard train. [Read More]
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People in Lackawanna County have a new place to get a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Henry's on Clay held its grand opening in Dunmore on Monday. Two sisters from Scranton own the place on the corner of Clay Avenue and Green Ridge Street. [Read More]
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A water-damaged library in Luzerne County reopened Monday. Some rooms at the Hoyt Library in Kingston flooded in October during heavy rain. Water leaked through the roof and windows damaging the library's newest section. Over the last few months, new seals were placed on the windows, some walls were replaced, and all carpets were cleaned. While the library was closed, employees tell Newswatch 16 they were able to work on other projects like updating the book collection,... [Read More]
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WEST CHILLISQUAQUE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — People came out to Northumberland County for some holiday fun Sunday afternoon. The annual Christmas Open House was held at the Cameron House near Milton. The event, hosted by the Milton Historical Society, featured a new exhibit of vintage Christmas decorations, spanning from the 1930s to the 1980s. There was also a Santa workshop with decorations for sale. [Read More]
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Hanukkah celebrations continued in Luzerne County. The annual torch run was held in downtown Wilkes-Barre Sunday evening. Runners carried torches through the city to the Jewish Community Center to light the community menorah to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah. "I take great pride in the fact that I'm asked to do this and I have done it for many years," said Richard Goldberg of Wilkes-Barre. After the lighting, people headed into the JCC for dinner and... [Read More]
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The loyalty of dogs to their masters and homes is the stuff of legend, and here's more heartwarming proof. It's a dog story with a happy ending from the site of California's Camp Fire, which started November 8 and eventually killed 85 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Andrea Gaylord of Paradise, the town all but lost to the blaze, was among those who had to flee, leaving behind her two dogs, blond shepherd brothers Madison and Miguel. The fire... [Read More]
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Part of Pottsville has been transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Yuengling Park is decked out for the holidays, and people gathered for some holiday fun Sunday evening. Santa made an appearance with some reindeer while families enjoyed live entertainment and some Christmas treats in Pottsville. [Read More]
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Thousands of toys were donated in Monroe County in memory of a township official who was shot and killed on the job. The Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Company held the drive at the station near Tannersville on Sunday. The event was in memory Michael Tripus, sewage enforcement officer and building code official for Paradise Township. Tripus was shot and killed in his office at the municipal building on November 27. Firefighters tell Newswatch 16 they were... [Read More]
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A mayor from Luzerne County who's been battling cancer for a year has died. Nanticoke Mayor Richard Wiaterowski has died. The Nanticoke Fire Department posted the news on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon. Wiatrowski, who was also a volunteer firefighter in the city, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2017. Friends and family held a benefit for him back in April. Wiaterowski was 45 years old. [Read More]
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Police are looking for a man they say broke into a Turkey Hill overnight. According to police, the break-in happened around 4 a.m. at the Turkey Hill on Main Street in Dickson City. The thief took a large amount of cigarettes and ran off. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 570-489-3231. [Read More]
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Fire forced a family from their home in Northumberland County. According to fire officials, an overheated chimney flue is to blame for the fire at the home on Old State Road in Lewis Township near Turbotville. Five people, including three children, were in the home at the time. They all made it out safely. No one was hurt in the fire. [Read More]
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