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Fire damages several row homes in Mount Carmel

MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. — Flames damaged several row homes in Northumberland County. Photos from Northumberland County's Fire & Rescue Departments Firewire show the damage on East 7th Street in Mount Carmel. Officials say the fire broke out just before 7 Thursday morning. Everyone made it out safely, but several...
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Wawa is one step closer to coming to Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. — Wawa clears another hurdle in its bid to move into Scranton. Wednesday night the city zoning board gave the company the variances it needs to open up in the Electric City. It's not a done deal. The store would be located at the corner of Meadow...
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Man sentenced for deadly arson in Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. — A man from Scranton will spend up to 22 years behind bars for his role in an arson for-profit scheme that turned deadly. Chad Kenowski was sentenced after pleading guilty to third-degree murder and arson charges earlier this year. Investigators say Kenowski and Brett Sweeting conspired...
SCRANTON, PA

Roots to Recovery Heartwood Center in Hazleton

HAZLETON, Pa. — The former Boyle's Funeral Home on South Wyoming Avenue in Hazleton has new life as a day center for the homeless. "That's the purpose of this center, so they can come in and receive the services, and we are a safe zone for them, no judgment. We are just here to help," said Kerri Scheitrum, regional director of New Roots Recovery.
HAZLETON, PA

Ukrainian kids welcomed at local camp

DALEVILLE, Pa. — Refugee children from war-torn Ukraine are experiencing some normalcy after arriving here at a summer camp in the states. The JCC Camp Daleville, near Moscow, welcomed two children from Ukraine with open arms, thanks to a local group that paid for them to attend. Now, those kids get to have some fun while getting used to their new life.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PA

Remains found in Luzerne County

PLAINS, Pa. — In Luzerne County, human skeletal remains have been found near a busy interstate. Investigators were at the scene just off of Route 115 in Plains Township near Interstate 81. The coroner believes the skeletal remains are that of a male between 25 and 40. The remains...
LUZERNE COUNTY, PA

New Susquehanna Valley thruway ready to open

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — It's a day many people thought would never come. But after more than 50 years of planning, officials celebrated the opening of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project. "It's a four-lane limited-access new roadway that connects Route 147 in Northumberland County to Routes 11 and...

Busy weekend ahead on Montage Mountain

MOOSIC, Pa. — Preparations are underway for a busy weekend on Montage Mountain as the annual Peach Music Festival returns. People will begin pouring in on Thursday for this year's Peach Fest. This year, it falls on a holiday weekend, and it's not the only event happening on the...
MOOSIC, PA

Expanded trails for vets at Camp Freedom in Lackawanna County

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Members of Camp Freedom and Leadership Lackawanna cut the ribbon on Wednesday to open the updated trails on the property near Simpson. Camp Freedom is a place that welcomes veterans, Gold Star families, military members, and first responders to spend time in the outdoors and connect with others who share similar experiences.
LACKAWANNA COUNTY, PA

New Sheetz location open in Larksville

LARKSVILLE, Pa. — Inside and outside, the new Sheetz along Route 11 in Larksville was packed with people coming to celebrate the store's grand opening. "Have other gas stations up and down that we have seen all the time, but now this is a brand new one here, so it's kind of like a fresh start in a way," said Kaila Hartman of Plymouth, who watched daily as the location was being built.
LARKSVILLE, PA

Ex-cop sent to prison on bribery, obstruction charges

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A former corporal with the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department has been sentenced to up to five years in prison. Authorities in Monroe County charged Steven Mertz with rape and other offenses for allegedly using his position as an officer to force a 26-year-old woman to have sex with him in 2019.
MONROE COUNTY, PA

Pro-voter block party held in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A party in downtown Wilkes-Barre was all about making sure everyone hits the polls this November. In This Together NEPA and Action Together NEPA held a pro-voter block party at the River Commons Tuesday night. The coalition behind the party says it's all meant to make...
WILKES-BARRE, PA

Three wanted after Monroe County robbery

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — State police are searching for three men who robbed a family at gunpoint in Monroe County. Troopers say the men broke into a home near Effort just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. They then held the family at gunpoint before taking off with a gun...
MONROE COUNTY, PA

Flames damage building in Peckville

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — A state police fire marshal is on the scene of the blaze that damaged a building right on Main Street in the Lackawanna County community of Peckville. A viewer sent a video to Newswatch 16 of the flames and smoke coming from the building around...