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Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include arming teachers and staff in the Tamaqua Area School District, winter vs. summer, and a picture used in morning meteorologist Joe Snedeker's forecast. [Read More]
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Their special season may be over, but the girls softball team from Tunkhannock is still getting recognition. The state Senate and House of Representatives hosted the Tigers in Harrisburg on Wednesday, recognizing players, coaches, and their families. The girls finished as runners up in the Little League Softball World Series back in August. The Tunkhannock Tigers ended their run just one game away from a national title. [Read More]
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There could be a possible solution to a recent controversy surrounding a Christmas star in Wayne County. At a special meeting on Monday, borough leaders plan to consider adopting an ordinance making the star on Irving Cliff the Richard B. "Dick" Smith Memorial. Smith was from Honesdale and wrote the lyrics to "Winter Wonderland." Honesdale received a letter from an organization saying the star and a cross, which are lit in a public park, are unconstitutional. [Read More]
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A crash slowed traffic along Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday on I-81 north between the River and Davis Street exits. Police say multiple people were taken to the hospital. They are expected to survive. Traffic is down to one lane while police investigate, and the crash is cleared. [Read More]
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Pennsylvania will soon have some of the nation's strictest penalties for hazing as an anti-hazing bill is heading to Governor Wolf's desk. The state Senate passed Senate Bill 1090, known as the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law. It's named after the Penn State sophomore who died last year after a night of heavy drinking at the Beta Theta Pi house on Penn State's main campus. Governor Wolf has said he will sign the bill into law. Once... [Read More]
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The coroner was called to a crash in Wilkes-Barre. The crash happened around 7 p.m. Monday along North Sherman Street in the city. Officials have not released the victim's name or said if anyone else was injured. [Read More]
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The coroner has been called to the scene of a crash in Lycoming County. The crash happened around 3 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Route 220 and Beacon Light Road in Muncy Township, just north of Muncy borough. Authorities tell Newswatch 16 three vehicles were involved in the wreck. One man is dead. Four other people had to be taken to the hospital. That stretch of Route 220 is closed while police investigate. [Read More]
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A recent high school graduate has pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault in Lackawanna County. Conor McCall, 18, of Archbald entered the plea last week. He was charged in July with having sex with a girl who had just turned 14. Police say McCall told them he knew she was only 14, but he thought it was consensual. [Read More]
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PennDOT now says a crane collapse in Union County was caused by operator error. The crane was being used for a bridge project on Route 15 near Winfield when it crashed to the ground in August. No one was hurt, but a large, metal beam blocked both lanes of Route 15, leading to detours for days. [Read More]
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A senior at Lakeland High School in Lackawanna County is charged with rape. Court papers show three girls accuse Nicholas Rosencrance of sexual assault. Two of the alleged assaults happened at a party in August in Greenfield Township. Another allegedly happened in Ocean City, Maryland. Rosencrance is free on bail in Lackawanna County. [Read More]
The United States, in particular, will see a 20% overall reduction in beer consumption under the worst-case climate change scenario. [Read More]
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UPDATE: I-81 north at the junction of Interstates 81 and 80 is back open after emergency bridge repairs. It reopened around 7:30 a.m. on Monday. BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A lane closure on Interstate 81 in Luzerne County could impact Monday morning travel. PennDOT says crews are closing one lane of I-81 north at the junction of Interstates 81 and 80 for emergency bridge repairs. PennDOT said the closure is expected to last through mid-morning on Monday. [Read More]
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Local restaurants showed off their best flavors in Luzerne County. The 11th annual Tastes of Hazleton was held at the Laurel Mall on Sunday. The event featured restaurants and businesses from the Hazleton area as they showcased their food and drink specials. There were also cooking demonstrations. "It helps Hazleton and the Laurel Mall, which is blooming also," said Ellen Staruch of Hazleton. Proceeds from the event benefit community projects coordinated by the Greater Hazleton Chamber... [Read More]
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People braved the brisk weather to check out the annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival. Vendors lined the downtown for the 34th annual event, selling handmade crafts and holiday decorations. There were also museum tours, historical re-enactments, and exhibits. "They have a lot of little gift tents here. There's lots of things here to do and see, and the museum is really nice that it's open, and you can walk around there as well," said Nancy Knadler of Tamaqua. [Read More]
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Families got together for some Halloween fun in Lackawanna County. The Lackawanna County Commissioners Office hosted a Halloween Fest at the Electric City Trolley Museum on Sunday. The event featured games, art, magic, and a costume contest. "We got a picture with the Christmas tree, then we got a balloon, then we got to see the magic trick, and then we came for a little snack," said Elle Sophia Ruthkosky of Scranton. Prizes were given out for... [Read More]
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A big spread was set up for people looking to raise money for an organization that helps others in Scranton. Newswatch 16 stopped by the Scranton Cultural Center Sunday for the annual Chocoholic Frolic. There were wineries, chocolate makers, and restaurants giving out samples. "The cause for UNC, and how can you say no to wine and chocolate? This was a good idea to do it this way because everybody gets to enjoy themselves and the money... [Read More]
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Flames damaged a home in Moosic overnight. Crews were called to Birney Avenue in Moosic just before midnight Saturday. Firefighters tell Newswatch 16 the flames apparently started in the attic. The rest of the home has smoke and water damage. Officials said no one was hurt. Birney Avenue was closed in that area for a couple of hours. It is back open. [Read More]
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Shots were fired in downtown Scranton again. The latest incident happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday in the area of Spruce Street and Jefferson Avenue in the city's downtown. Police confirm shots were fired, but they will not say if anyone was hit or what started the incident. Shots were fired in the same area one week ago. Police in Scranton will not say if the cases are connected. [Read More]
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After four Susquehanna students were hurt in a crash, the school's Friday evening football game against Dunmore was postponed. A football player and cheerleader were among the students injured in the crash. Before kickoff on Saturday, Dunmore students held buckets at the entrance to the game, hoping to raise some money for the victims. This fundraising effort was organized by Dunmore students. "If it happened here, somebody there would want to do it for us. Despite being... [Read More]
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The remains of 11 infants were found Friday at a former funeral home in Detroit, Michigan, police said. Officer Vanessa Burt said the remains were found inside a drop-down ceiling at the former Cantrell Funeral Home, which CNN affiliate WDIV-TV said is being turned into a community center. Police were called around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The property's current owner, Naveed Syed, tells CNN affiliate WXYZ-TV he called police after making the shocking discovery. It's not clear how long the remains... [Read More]
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