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Commonwealth Health Hiring Nurses, Support Staff at 6 Hospitals

WILKES-BARRE — At a nurses job fair at Wilkes University, seniors were planning their futures and were thrilled to talk to prospective employers. “I’m excited to see what’s out there as a real nurse and not just a student nurse, I’m excited to learn more and help people,” said Anthony Capozucca. Among those at the job fair were representatives from Commonwealth Health. It announced today it’s hiring more than 150 nurses and staff for its six hospitals in our area, […]

Looking for Love at Cupid’s Chase 5k

WILKES-BARRE — For some people on this Valentine’s Day weekend, the idea of a getting struck by Cupid’s arrow puts a little pep in their step. But for others, they don’t need any extra motivation for a run. Newswatch 16 caught up with the annual Cupid’s Chase 5k at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. It’s part of a nationwide event held by Community Options. The run is held to raise money to help provide housing and support for those […]

Home Damaged by Fire in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A fire damaged a home in Wilkes-Barre Thursday morning. The house on Mundy Street caught fire just before 3 a.m. A neighbor says four people lived there, and a man had to be taken to the hospital for burns. Authorities haven’t said how that fire got its start here in Wilkes-Barre.

Former Wilkes-Barre Police Officer, Who Admitted To Child Molestation, Sentenced

WILKES-BARRE — A former Wilkes-Barre police officer hid his face with an umbrella when he walked into the Luzerne County Courthouse on Tuesday. But the rain could not wash away the emotion expressed on Gerald Cookus’ face and his umbrella could not hide it, either. Cookus appeared to break down just before entering an elevator to lead him into the courtroom. That’s where he was sentenced to between three months and two years in prison. He admitted in October to […]

Watch: Student with Down Syndrome Takes the Court, Crowd Goes Wild

WILKES-BARRE — The crowd went wild as Pittston Area’s Ellie Bartoli took the court during Monday night’s basketball game against Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. “It felt amazing! I was really excited for it,” Bartoli said. Bartoli has been team manager for the Pittston Area Patriots for two years. She’s listed as a player too, but this was her first chance to play in a game. “This is why we coach. You know wins and losses are big, but it’s […]

Hundreds Gather in Wilkes-Barre For Rally Against Refugee Executive Order

WILKES-BARRE — One week after President Donald Trump announced a ban on Syrian refugees entering the United States, hundreds gathered in downtown Wilkes-Barre to protest the ban, even after a federal judge in Washington halted the ban. “It angers me, but I think it’s time to take it to the streets and take some action,” said organizer Christine Somers. The rally was organized by The Sisters of Mercy, The Peace and Justice Center, The Islamic Association of Northeast Pennsylvania, and the […]

Wyoming Valley Civil Rights Advocates Praise Boy Scouts New Transgender Rules

WILKES-BARRE — Many civil rights advocates in the Wyoming Valley are praising the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow transgender boys to join as a giant leap forward. The new policy takes effect immediately. It comes following new transgender-friendly membership policies in the Girl Scouts from just a few years ago. “Times are changing,” said Mark Barbernitz of the Boy Scouts of America NEPA Council. “It seems like it’s the right thing to do, to make a decision to […]

Trump’s Executive Order Controversy

WILKES-BARRE — At the core of those protesting President Trump’s executive action over the weekend are two concerns — is the ban constitutional and how much power does a president really have? We spoke with a civil rights lawyer and a professor who teaches constitutional law in Wilkes-Barre. Both gave us more insight into a president’s power through executive orders. In President Trump’s first week in office, he utilized that power heavily. But both experts also weighed in on how […]

Police Investigating After Gunshot Victim Shows Up at Hospital

WILKES-BARRE — Police in Wilkes-Barre are investigating after someone went to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Police said the victim walked into the emergency room at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the person’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. No other information has been released by police at this time.

Wilkes-Barre City Council To Vote on Selling First National Bank Building

WILKES-BARRE — There’s a prime piece of real estate in the heart of downtown Wilkes-Barre on Public Square that’s sat vacant for decades. But the First National Bank Building may finally have a buyer. Developer George Albert wants to buy the building from Wilkes-Barre so he can develop it into a hub for tech companies. “It’s a unique approach. It’s something new and rather groundbreaking with technology jobs, but that’s our vision. They’re well-paying, high-paying jobs,” he said. Business leaders […]