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Police arrest pair for assaulting officers in Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE — Borough police arrested two people who they say were hallucinating, repeatedly banged their heads and spat at officers during a violent disturbance on East Grove Street. Police responded to a report two people, identified as Victor Antonio Otero, 26, and Mercedes Leticia Lora, 27, attempting to enter...
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PD: Gun purchased illegally to pay off drug debt

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The DA’s office announced the arrest of a man who was involved in a “straw purchase” of a handgun. According to Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce, on Thursday the Luzerne County Drug Task Force arrested and charged Stephen Lamoreaux, 32, of Swoyersville. Investigators say they discovered Lamoreaux supplied two 9mm […]
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Swoyersville man charged with straw purchase of firearms

PITTSTON — Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce announced the arrest of Stephen Lamoreaux, 32, on allegations he lawfully purchased firearms but then used them to pay off a drug debt. Lamoreaux, of Oliver Street, Swoyersville, was arraigned Friday by District Judge James J. Haggerty in Kingston on two...

Bloomsburg University nursing students earn perfect exam scores

Bloomsburg, Pa. — A class of 13 nursing students managed to score a 100 percent first-time pass rate for this year's National Certification Exam. The students, specializing in anesthesia, are the second group from Bloomsburg to achieve a 100 percent first-time pass rate. The group also has a 100 percent employment rate. The national first-time pass rate for the certification exam is 85.2 percent. ...

2 local college guys making Belgium Waffles out of a truck

PA Live (WBRE) — Toon De Schepper and Billy Berry are roommates and student-athletes on the Men’s Ice Hockey team at Wilkes University. At the age of 16, De Schepper moved to the United States from Belgium, in order to pursue a hockey career. As he continued to meet new people the first impression of Belgium was how delicious the waffles, the beer, and fries are from his home country. Come to find out, Toon couldn’t get his hands on a real Belgian waffle, instead he was tricked by restaurants with the perception of a Belgian waffle on the menu, and was served a tasteless waffle made from batter. Toon figured it was a low supply market that he was ready to jump into an unmet yet expansive market opportunity. The idea was pitched to roommate Billy Berry and from there the ball started rolling.

Seventy years of Luzerne County's Garden Drive-In

HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. — Framed newspaper clippings lining the walls at the Garden Drive-In help tell the story of a Luzerne County institution. Through storms, changing technology, and generations of customers, this place has survived 70 years in business. Stephen Zelenak and Ian Bell are the latest duo to...

Schuylkill County Law Enforcement Donates Bulletproof Vests to Ukraine

On Friday, a special presentation was held on the steps of St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Shenandoah. A few months prior, O'Connor Law, of Frackville, reached out to Schuylkill County's law enforcement agencies asking for donations of helmets, body armor, bulletproof vests, boots, and other protective gear to assist Ukrainian military, fire fighters, police officers, and aid workers.

Importance of keeping your dog cool during hot days

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Fourth of July weekend also signals the start of what’s called “the dog days of summer” typically the hottest 40 days of the year. While many of us look forward to the dog days, it could be a real danger to dogs. The little chihuahua walking on Wilkes-Barre Public Square […]

Man accused of terroristic threats turns himself in

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man who was wanted out of Bloomsburg for aggravated assault, and terroristic threats, turned himself in to authorities. According to the Bloomsburg Police Department, on Thursday around 4:00 p.m., Maurice Smith, 21, turned himself in at the Bloomsburg police station. Smith faces charges of robbery involving serious injury, burglary, […]

Ear protection encouraged while viewing 4th of July displays

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— It wouldn’t be a Fourth of July weekend without fireworks. Safety is something that should always be top of mind when setting them off, but there’s something that could easily be overlooked. The hands, eyes, head, and face are the most injury-prone parts of the body when it comes to […]

PASSHE integration of Mansfield, Bloomsburg and Lock Haven complete

MANSFIELD, Pa. (WETM) — After more than 18 months, Mansfield, Bloomsburg, and Lock Haven Universities officially combined into the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania today. The process took place over the course of 18 months, with the final steps taken this year to complete the three universities’ integration. In March,...

Player Previews in 100 Days – Day 45: Madden Locke, Bloomsburg HS

Coaches Comments: “Madden is an extremely versatile athlete that can play any skill position on both sides of the ball. We challenge Madden to know multiple positions and he does a tremendous job in all areas. He possesses a great work ethic and has made significant gains in the weight room as well. Madden has a unique combination of quickness, speed, and strength. This results in Madden being an impact player any time he steps on the field. He is very explosive on offense and is an aggressive hard hitter on defense. He deservedly. garnered interest from many schools in the off-season. We are excited to see what he can do this year as he leads our team.”

2-alarm house fire draws several crews from Berks, Montgomery [Update]

A two-alarm house fire on Woods Lane in Washington Township on Thursday night drew crews from eastern Berks and western Montgomery counties down a one-lane gravel road. Eastern Berks Fire Department Chief Mike Mutter arrived shortly after the 11:14 p.m. dispatch to find fire and heavy smoke in a bi-level residence down a 700-foot-long driveway off Woods Lane.