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Jury convicts firebombing suspect of domestic abuse
The man accused of firebombing the Luzerne County Children and Youth headquarters last year is guilty of domestic abuse, a jury ruled Tuesday.


Penguins change start time for Saturday's game
Due to impending weather, the start time of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home game against Hershey on Saturday has been moved to 3:05 p.m. Any fan holding a ticket to Saturday’s game who is worried about traveling to or from the arena may exchange their tickets by contacting the Penguins’ ticket office at 570-208-7367.


Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail
WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller's Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed.



Colbert, Maddow are coveted slots for presidential wanna-bes
NEW YORK — Kirsten Gillibrand is hitting the television daily double this week. The New York senator announced her presidential candidacy on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show," following it up with an MSNBC interview Wednesday with Rachel Maddow.


W-B robberies continue with Heights Section hold-up
A man walking in the Heights section on Tuesday was beaten and robbed in the latest of a series of brazen robberies targeting pedestrians across the city.


SNAP recipients will receive February benefits despite government shutdown
Although some federal government workers are not being paid during the partial shutdown, area residents who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive their benefits for February.


Winter weather headed our way: Here's what we know
NEPA is in the crosshairs of two snowstorms--one arriving Thursday and the other this weekend. Accuweather Senior Meteorologist John Feerick said two separate storm systems are on the way to Pennsylvania. The first storm is expected to hit Thursday evening, leaving behind a few inches at most.



Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi
WASHINGTON — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought.



Police: Woman fled house naked to escape captor
A Wilkes-Barre man with a long history of violence was arraigned Wednesday on charges alleging he molested and beat a woman he held captive over the weekend.



Republicans recommend Scavo to run for Kavulich’s seat
A Republican Party committee narrowly recommended Old Forge School Director Frank Scavo on Tuesday as the party nominee for the vacant 114th state House District seat. Committee members who represent 114th voting precincts chose Scavo, 56, a real estate i


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‘Safe 2 Say Something’ App Adds Extra Protection for Students
MONTGOMERY, Pa. — Under a new law this week, over 500 school districts in Pennsylvania have begun using a new anonymous tip program to prevent tragedy in the classroom. It’s called “Safe 2 Say Something.” The program was created to help prevent or stop dangerous situations from happening to students, but anyone is allowed to make an anonymous tip. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is behind the new program and made it fairly easy for anyone to file a report


Newswatch 16 Investigates: Future of WB/S Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey team have been a staple of the local sports scene for two decades, but the team’s 10-year lease at the Mohegan Sun Arena expires in June. The Mohegan Sun Arena hosts 38 Penguins hockey games every season, not including pre-season and playoff games. The arena wants a hockey team to call the place home, and the Penguins need a place to play. But despite eight months of negotiations, there is no deal


Lakeland Considers Changes to Elementary Schools
SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Lakeland School District is looking at reconfiguring its school buildings. The district in Lackawanna County has two elementary schools, one in Mayfield, and one next to the high school near Montdale. Under this plan, all students would attend both elementary schools at different stages in the educational career. The Lakeland School Board is mulling over the idea of moving all of the district’s youngest students, grades kindergarten through second grade to its Mayfield campus and


Dealership Donations: An Investment in the Future
DIMOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Students will now be able to learn firsthand how to work on today’s vehicles thanks to a donation of two vehicles in Susquehanna County. Five days a week, students are troubleshooting problems or repairing parts on vehicles, but recently, the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center found a need for more modern vehicles to help these future mechanics learn modern auto technology. “Way more complex than the older vehicles, everything is mostly computerized now,” said senior


Former NFL Player Catches Man Allegedly Peeping Into Daughter’s Bedroom
WELLINGTON, Fla. — A man got more than he bargained for when a former NFL player spotted him peeping on his 15-year-old daughter, WPBF reports. It was about 6:40 a.m. Monday when Tony Beckham, who once played for the Tennessee Titans, walked out of his home in Wellington, Florida, and heard a sound. “I waited for a second and I looked again,” Beckham told WPBF. “And I see a white male and he’s standing by my window and he’s trying to get


Hospice House of Monroe County to Reopen
EAST STROUDSBURG Pa. — Hospice House of Monroe County will once again offer inpatient care. Officials with Lehigh Valley Health Network made the Announcement Wednesday, less than a year after they closed the facility in East Stroudsburg and moved services to the hospital. When Hospice House of Monroe County closed last April, there were a lot of very upset community members, especially those who had loved ones who passed on here. But now, the goal is to have this place


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Man charged with robbing Wayne County store in October
TEXAS TWP. — A Philadelphia man is accused of robbing a township store of more than $19,000 in October.


U.S. Supreme Court again hears Scott Twp. cemetery case
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments for the second time in the case of a Scott Twp. woman challenging an ordinance that would force her to allow public access to a purported cemetery on her property. The high court’s ruling in the case of


River search on hold
FALLS TWP. The search for Haley Lorenzen, the Mill City woman whose body is believed to be in the Susquehanna River, is on hold, Tunkhannock Twp. Police Chief Ed Morristell said Wednesday. “We met with the family last night, and told them we were on hold



Scranton mayor denies any wrongdoing regarding FBI probe
SCRANTON — Mayor Bill Courtright, through his attorney, denied Wednesday “any wrongdoing” regarding an FBI investigation that he says involves campaign finance.


Pike County man arrested on child porn charges
GREENE TWP. — A Pike County man faces charges of possessing and disseminating child pornography. Eric John Goller, 29, Greentown, was arrested and charged Tuesday with transferring images and videos of child pornography over the Shareaza file-sharing netw



Police: Woman fled house naked to escape captor in Wilkes-Barre
The woman was taken to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where testing determined she had a fractured right cheek bone, police said.


Lackawanna River loses bid for River of the Year contest
The Lackawanna River fell short in the Pennsylvania 2019 River of the Year contest. The Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania has been voted the state’s winner.



Auditor general sets time, location for Scranton School District town hall
SCRANTON — State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s Jan. 23 town hall meeting to discuss ideas for improving public schools will be held at Lackawanna College, he announced today.



Scranton mayor's lawyer in FBI matter won't be paid out of city tax coffers
SCRANTON — Taxpayers won’t foot the bill for the private attorney Mayor Bill Courtright retained to represent him in an FBI investigation that involved raids last week at City Hall and the mayor’s home, officials said Tuesday.



Man to serve up to 33 years for sexual assault in Carbondale Twp
SCRANTON — A man will serve nearly 33 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Carbondale Twp. more than four years ago, a crime that gave the victim a life sentence, her mother wrote.



Scranton man charged with assaulting second girl
SCRANTON — A city man who was arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl now faces additional charges involving a second alleged victim.


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Accused firebomber found guilty in separate assault case
WILKES-BARRE — A Plains Township man who’s accused of firebombing the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services building has been found guilty in an assault case that predates those charges. A jury convicted Phillip Finn [...]


Their view: Are we doing our enemies’ work for them?
WASHINGTON — If America’s enemies wanted to see this country decline, how would they go about it? They would hack into the nation’s electric grid, showing the world how easily it would be to dismantle [...]


W-B police investigate another robbery
WILKES-BARRE — City police reported another strong armed robbery with the latest offense taking place Tuesday in the 300 block of Park Avenue. Police last week issued an alert advising residents to an alarming rate [...]


Police: Naked woman wraps herself with rug after assault
WILKES-BARRE — A man with a criminal history of assaulting girlfriends was arraigned Wednesday after a woman claimed she fled his Conyngham Avenue house where she was physically and sexually assaulted for hours, according to [...]


Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open
NEW YORK (AP) — Sears will live on— at least for now. The company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears, averting liquidation of the iconic chain, according to a [...]


Cam Brown shines on top line for WBS Pens
WILKES-BARRE — For a player only a handful of AHL games under his belt, Cam Brown faced a daunting task last weekend. After appearing in just two games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season, head [...]


Carson Wentz to be Eagles’ starting quarterback, Doug Pederson reiterates
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles are committed to Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback, ending any debate that might have existed about whether Nick Foles’ two postseason runs will make the franchise reconsider the position. “Carson [...]


Our View: Visit Luzerne County survey is a worthwhile endeavor
If a friend or family member came from out of town to visit, name three places you would take them. We’re not asking, but Visit Luzerne County is. The county agency whose mission is to [...]


Your view: Don’t privatize the VA health care system
The latest dream for Republicans is privatizing the Veterans Administration healthcare system. Send veterans to private healthcare for all their problems. That way they can bankrupt the VA in short order. The advantage to veterans [...]


Stormwater fee roils Harveys Lake: Residents question council on joining WVSA plan
HARVEYS LAKE — Borough residents packed a council meeting Tuesday night, pleading with council members to reverse the newly implemented stormwater contract with the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. Partnering with the authority means residents must [...]


Overcast and 35 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
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Winds are West at 12.7 MPH (11 KT). The pressure is 1018.4 mb and the humidity is 57%. The wind chill is 26. Last Updated on Jan 16 2019, 4:54 pm EST.