Man in Custody After Standoff in Freeland

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FREELAND — A standoff has ended with a man in custody in Luzerne County. Police surrounded a house on Centre Street Saturday night after officers said a man shot into a neighbor’s house from his own home. Police took that man into custody after about 45 minutes. The incident is still under investigation.

Tractor Trailer Crashes into Home

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LAMAR TOWNSHIP — A tractor trailer slammed into a home near Interstate 80 in Lamar Township near Mill Hall Saturday afternoon. Police have not released information about what led to the crash. Emergency officials said no one was hurt. The Clinton County EMA director said Clinton County dealt with major weather issues. Icy roads led […]

Reading parting ways with ‘ugly’ Christmas tree

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Some are calling the Christmas tree in downtown Reading a “Charlie Brown” tree, and many are upset with the way it looks.

“They really want to have something nice in downtown Reading,” President Francis Acosta of the Reading City Council said. “That is what we are trying to provide.”

After complaints from angry Reading residents, Acosta says the city’s Christmas tree will come down.

“My family will be paying for the tree,” Acosta said. “The community, business owners and others will be paying for the decorations.”

The 50-foot Norwood Spruce, located at 5th and Penn, has been called by many “pathetic” and “ugly.”

“I think it does look a little pitiful,” Reading Resident, Teresa Rodriguez said. “I think they picked the wrong tree.”

“It was a waste of time for them to even come out here and put this tree up,” Martin McNeil, who works near the tree, said. “Honestly, they might as well put nothing out here.”

In response, the city contacted Cobblestone Farms in Mohnton for a replacement.

“A couple of days ago they gave me a call asking to see if I had 20 foot trees,” Ower of Cobblestone Farms, Debbie Althouse said. “I had two that kind of would have been suitable.”

The new tree is expected to be in place Monday or Tuesday of next week. The city plans to decorate it on Friday, and light the new tree on Saturday.

“I believe that having a beautiful tree will help all of us to have a better city,” Acosta said.

As for the old tree, Acosta says it has been adopted by a local business.

Skiers and Snowboarders Enjoy Early Start to Ski Season

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LOWER TOWAMENSING TOWNSHIP — It might seem a little bit early, but ski season is upon us and in record time. It’s the earliest opening for Blue Mountain Ski Area near Palmerton in 38 years. “It’s awesome just to get out here before Thanksgiving. You don’t get to do that often.” Workers at the ski […]

Police: Man Robs Bank After Gambling Away Paycheck

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AVOCA — Police said they caught a man wanted for allegedly robbing a bank after chasing his losses at the casino. Avoca police have filed charges against Michael McDonough, 46, of White Haven. Investigators said McDonough went into the PNC Bank on Main Street in Avoca Friday afternoon, handed a note to a teller saying […]

Santa Parade Draws Crowds to Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE — The city of Wilkes-Barre put on its annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony Saturday afternoon. Folks flocked to see the usual sights including festive floats, music, and more. One family brought their son to his first parade. It’s a tradition his mother is excited to start. “We’ve been coming here for a […]

Thousands Brave Cold for Santa Parade

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SCRANTON — ‘Twas the month before Christmas when all through the city of Scranton there were many creatures stirring, parading through the streets to spread holiday cheer. There were so many sights for the kids to take in–no sugar plums–but plenty of marching bands played their tunes. On this frigid morning, families came prepared for […]

Homes and Businesses Vandalized in Wayne County

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TEXAS TOWNSHIP — Investigators said at least half a dozen acts of vandalism were the work of three boys, between the ages 15 and 17 who went on a three hour early morning spree. Police said they started shooting out windows in the Honesdale area just after midnight Saturday. The boys were arrested and charged […]

Ice on Roads Making Driving Treacherous

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Newswatch 16 found drivers taking it slowly on Farview Mountain near Waymart on Saturday afternoon. Cold temperatures in higher elevations along with the rain turned some roads like Route 6 to ice. Other areas also saw slick conditions. PennDOT reported portions of Routes 15 and 220 in Lycoming County were closed due to wrecks. Officials […]

Icy Road Leads to Crash

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NICHOLSON — Icy roads are being blamed for a crash in Wyoming County. According to officials, the crash happened just after 4 p.m. Saturday on Route 11 in Nicholson. No one was hurt. Crews were working to salt the road.