Oregon Standoff: All Occupiers Surrender; Cliven Bundy Arrested

Princeton, OR —  [Breaking news update, posted at 2:15 p.m. ET] David Fry — the final holdout in the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge’s headquarters in Harney County, Oregon — surrendered to authorities Thursday, according to audio heard on a live telephone call transmitted from the scene. [Previous story] The 41-day standoff […]

Healthwatch 16: Training Your Brain

WILKES-BARRE — Imagine if you could train your brain to be more relaxed, more focused, or more energized.

Police developing leads in reported sexual assault

Authorities said Thursday that a sexual assault reported last weekend in Wilson Borough may have actually happened in neighboring Easton.

A woman reported to police last weekend that she was walking home from a bar in Easton’s West Ward, when she kn…

Carpenter Technology moving headquarters to Philadelphia

One of Berks County’s largest employers is relocating its corporate headquarters.

Carpenter Technology Corporation announced Thursday that it is moving its headquarters from Spring Township to Philadelphia.

The relocation, officials said, puts Carpenter where it needs to be to grow in today’s specialty metals environment and provides the company with better access to transportation, customer markets, world-class universities and broader talent pools.

“Carpenter is positioning itself for continued growth,” said Tony R. Thene, Carpenter’s president and chief executive officer. “As we have expanded our manufacturing footprint and sales presence over the past decade, it has become more important to raise our visibility, broaden our talent pool, and improve access to our customers and partners.” 

Carpenter’s new location in Philadelphia will ultimately be home to approximately 100 employees, while nearly 2,300 manufacturing and non-manufacturing workers will remain in Berks County.

“The Reading manufacturing location remains crucial to the current operating plan and the stated strategy going forward,” said Thene, who assumed his current role with the company last July. “We’re proud of our 125-plus years in Reading, and we remain committed to Reading and to the state of Pennsylvania, where Carpenter today employs more than 3,300 personnel.”

The company also plans to establish a shared-services facility in Reading, relocating a number of positions near the manufacturing facility from the current corporate location in Spring Township.

Carpenter has not yet settled on a location in Philadelphia. The company said its goal is to complete the move in late 2016.

As of May 2015, Carpenter was the third largest employer in Berks County, behind East Penn Manufacturing and Reading Hospital, according to the Greater Reading Economic Partnership.

Bank Robbery Reported at Newfoundland Bank

NEWFOUNDLAND — Police are investigating a robbery at a bank in Wayne County that was robbed just two months ago. The reported robbery happened at the NBT Bank on Main Street in Newfoundland around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. That same bank was robbed on December 22, 2015. That holdup was blamed on a serial robber who […]

The Zika virus: Are you at risk?

As we’ve been reporting on 69 News, there is now a confirmed case of the Zika virus at Lehigh University.So, are you at risk, and what can you do to protect yourself?WFMZ’s Eve Tannery sat down wiht Dr. Luther Rhodes, an Infectious Disease Specialist…

Gift ideas: Local love on Valentine’s Day

You don’t have to go far to find gifts you’re loved one is sure to appreciate this Valentine’s Day!

Style expert Sarah Doheny shopped around for gift ideas from local stores as well as things you can buy from the comfort of your own home.

She joined WFMZ’s Eve Tannery to share some of her faves.









One Person Hurt as Flames Damage Pine Grove Homes

PINE GROVE — A propane gas tank is being blamed for starting a fire in Schuylkill County. The fire broke out around 9 a.m. Thursday at the home on Maple Street in Pine Grove. Officials say the flames then spread to an adjoining home. One person had to be flown to the hospital for burns […]

Discovery of Gravitational Waves Considered Breakthrough of the Century, Could Validate Einstein

Gravitational waves are a reality, according to scientists from an institution that has been hoping to observe them. “We have detected gravitational waves. We did it,” said David Reitze, executive director of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. The discovery, based on ripples in space-time detected by LIGO, supports a prediction made by Albert Einstein […]

Woman admits stealing thousands from Joe Piscopo

A Warren County woman has admitted stealing money from former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Joe Piscopo.

Under terms of a plea agreement, 40-year-old Jennifer LaRocca of Hackettstown pleaded guilty to theft.

LaRocca admitted her husband was hir…