Baby’s Big Debut: High Tech Gender Reveal Facility Opens In Luzerne County

From popping a pink or blue balloon, to cutting a specially colored cake, many parents in our area often use those creative methods to host and reveal the gender of their future baby to family and friends. But now a new place in Luzerne County is turning that baby reveal party into quite the celebration. “Baby To Be 3D” in Plymouth Township recently opened. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey provided a tour Tuesday of the new and one of kind […]

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Texas County Worker Accused of Stealing $1.2M Worth of Fajitas over 9 Years

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A former Texas county employee has been arrested for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajita meat. Gilberto Escaramilla was fired from his Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department job in August. He was arrested for felony theft after a search warrant turned up packages of county-funded fajitas inside his refrigerator, according to Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz. Escaramilla has acknowledged stealing packages of the food for nine years. An audit of vendor invoices showed Escaramilla intercepted food deliveries […]

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Roadwork Affecting Traffic, Businesses in Hazleton

HAZLETON — Drivers who travel on Laurel Street in Hazleton should expect delays over the next month. The city is doing a construction project from Green Street all the way up to Diamond Avenue. Crews are putting in new curb ramps and will also be doing a paving project. They plan to close one block at a time as work continues. Businesses nearby worry customers will be scared away. “It’s good to see some work being done, but it really […]

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In Your Neighborhood

“Things that Go Boom in the Night!” “Things that Go Boom in the Night!” is hosted at Misericordia University. It’s a free, spooky evening of Halloween Chemistry fun with hands-on experiments on campus at Insalaco Hall on Saturday, Oct. 28 starting at 5:00 p.m., with the official show taking place at 7:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater. Telescopes will available for moon and stargazing. For more information call Dr. Anna Fedor at 570-674-6769 or email her at afedor@misericordia.edu. Halloween […]

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Man From Berwick Area Murdered in Florida

KISSIMMEE, FL — A murder victim in Florida has ties to Columbia and Luzerne Counties. Police charged Scott Waddell with homicide on Wednesday. Investigators believe that man shot his long-time friend and roommate Nicholas Corvino at least half a dozen times at the condo they shared near Orlando. The 30-year-old victim’s body was found Tuesday. Court papers show Waddell had blood on his hands and feet, but couldn’t tell police what happened. According to the Press Enterprise, the victim grew […]

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Gun Shop Owner in Schuylkill County Sets His Sights on Expansion

ORWIGSBURG — A small local business in Schuylkill County is looking into possibly expanding and in a big way. The owner of Shakey’s Gun Shop in Orwigsburg purchased a nearly 20-acre plot of land just outside the borough right off busy Route 61. Inside Shakey’s Gun Shop in Orwigsburg, Emily Noecker is buying her very first gun, but she’s no stranger to the store that sits on the main road in the borough’s downtown. She’s been here several times over the […]

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F.M. Kirby Center In Wilkes-Barre Gears Up For Halloween Film Series

The F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre is preparing to scare up some fun on its stage later this week. The performing arts center is hosting a Halloween Film Series this Friday. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the event on Wednesday and gave a look at some of the family friendly activities on tap before Friday’s first showing. QUICK FACTS: WHAT: Halloween Film Series WHEN: Friday, Oct. 13 WHERE: The F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre DOORS OPEN: 4:30 […]

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Scranton Park Renovations Planned, Neighbors Voice Concerns

SCRANTON — The mayor of Scranton has plans to fix up a long-neglected park in the city but its neighbors say a lot needs to be done to clean up the park first. Crowley Park sits at the end of North Washington Avenue in Green Ridge. The mayor has plans to renovate the park next spring but neighbors say this park has been a dumping ground for years. There are a lot of memories of Crowley Park in Scranton but […]

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Chili and Soup Taste Off in Honesdale

HONESDALE — A chili and soup taste off was held in Honesdale Sunday. It’s part of the weekend’s Harvest and Heritage Days festivities. There were four chilis and two soups in the competition. Judges picked the VFW combat chili and Himalayan Institute’s tortilla soup as the best, while MB’s Shear Expressions won best presentation. Newswatch 16’s Jim Hamill was one of the judges at the chili taste off in Wayne County.

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Newswatch 16’s Jim Coles Inducted into NEPA Sports Hall of Fame

SCRANTON — Newswatch 16 Sports Director Jim Coles received a big honor Sunday as he was inducted into the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Coles spoke at the ceremony at the University of Scranton and touched on how he has taken great pleasure in covering local sports. “I’ve had ample opportunities to cover a lot of good things, and as most you know, local sports is where it’s at. The perks, sure you get to Penn […]

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Richard Gere Comes Home to Help Susquehanna County Movie Theater

MONTROSE — Actor Richard Gere was in our area to help raise money for a movie theater in Susquehanna County that is in need of repairs. Gere would be the first person to tell you that he’s a busy man. The actor was in town to introduce the movie “Pretty Woman” at Montrose Area High School for the film festival just outside of Montrose. It’s all to raise money for the Montrose Movie Theatre marquee where his parents used to hang […]

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In Your Neighborhood

Haunted Lantern Tours Haunted Lantern Tours are offered at Eckley Miner’s Village. It’s an hour tour full of scary stories, but you must beware as creatures lurk in the darkness! Bring a flashlight or purchase a lantern from the museum. Haunted Lantern Tours are at Eckley Miner’s Village in Weatherly on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 20 & 21 each evening 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for children. Historic Ghost Walks of PA Historic […]

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Resurgence In Downtown Scranton Just In Time For First Friday Events

Some might just call it the “rebirth of a city block.” The 300 block of Penn Avenue in Scranton has undergone renovations over the past year. Scranton businessman and developer Art Russo has taken several once empty and rundown buildings and helped bring them back to life with new businesses. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the new places to shop, eat and unwind including The Giving Tree which offers a unique form of “float therapy.” Ryan also […]

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Admission Fees Waived at Steamtown National Historic Site

SCRANTON — Visiting our region’s rail history just became more affordable. The National Park Service decided to waive entrance fees for the Steamtown National Historic site. Until this week, the entrance fee for visitors at Steamtown was $7 for ages 16 and up. The National Park Service says it’s getting rid of that fee in hopes of bringing more people to the attraction. Some of Steamtown National Historic Site’s first free patrons may have also traveled the farthest to be […]

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