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Supporters of Marijuana Reform Hold Rally in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE — Supporters of cannabis reform rallied in Luzerne County Saturday.

Keystone Cannabis Coalition and The Northeastern Pennsylvania Cannabis Network teamed up to hold the first Wilkes-Barre Cannabis Reform Rally at Kirby Park on Saturday afternoon.

The rally was held to encourage support for the medical marijuana bill currently in the general assembly as well as for decriminalization of marijuana for personal use.

Organizers of the rally argued the potential life-saving benefits of medical marijuana and the economic effects of allowing local farmers to grow the plant.

The medical marijuana bill passed the state senate on Thursday with a large majority.

The bill still needs to pass the house.

“It’s a Gift From God,” Self-Defense Classes Offered At Sherman Hills

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WILKES-BARRE – At a troubled housing complex known for violence, a man who bounced back from homelessness is now using martial arts to teach residents how to defend themselves.

“My daughter started last week and she had a good time. She came home trying to practice on me,” said Tanique Hudson. “Nowadays, you might have to (use self-defense) especially growing up in these times, between violence that`s going on with women, at home with their husbands.”

Her instructor is Bryant Carter, an army veteran from Detroit who moved to Scranton.

Carter says his kickboxing business went under and he was living on the streets before he moved to Wilkes-Barre and got a job as a chef at a hotel.

“It hit me, I had a vision to go to Wilkes-Barre, open up a school, start a whole new life,” said Carter.

Along with the fitness and self-defense classes, Sabrine Brillon says Carter has also provided her with the inspiration to start a cleaning business.

“It`s a gift from God and I can`t complain. Its moving me forward and its helping my family,” said Brillon. “Everyone here is a family. They have jobs you know, there are just a few people that make it look bad but it’s not what everyone thinks it is.”

The classes are held for kids and adults every Thursday afternoon at the recreation room inside the Sherman Hills high rise.

Anyone interested in the courses or donating to help the program can contact Bryant Carter at

Security Camera Photo of Attempted Robbery

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wb rob pizza placeWILKES-BARRE — A restaurant in Wilkes-Barre hit by a would-be robber is offering a $500 reward for his arrest.

Angelo’s Pizza on Hazle Street just released a surveillance picture of the masked thief.

Police say the man tried to hold up the restaurant with a gun Wednesday night.

Wilkes-Barre police say a clerk hit a panic button and the robber took off.

Power To Save: Recycling Bins Placed In Wilkes-Barre Parks

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WILKES-BARRE — The next time you enjoy some recreation at one of Wilkes-Barre’s city parks, remember to recycle.

And you can now with some new recycling bins.

The city of Wilkes-Barre received 50 recycling bins to put in public parks.

It was made possible in part by a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

The mayor says the recycling bins in public parks will allow Wilkes-Barre to continue improving its recycling program.

A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available by clicking here.

Two Schools Get State Grants for Improvements

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WILKES-BARRE — There was lots of applause and lots of smiles as Governor Tom Corbett made an announcement worth $6 million.

The commonwealth is giving $3 million to King’s College and another $3 million to Wilkes University to expand their programs.

Both King’s and Wilkes are private schools . They competed with public universities for the state grant money.

“The students that attend here, the people who work here, are all part of the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, and so this is an investment,” said one person.

And the futures of these students seem bright.

At Wilkes, the money will go toward creating and upgrading three high-tech laboratories for nanotechnology, bioengineering and manufacturing.

“Anything to get us ahead for when we go into the workforce, that’s definitely a bonus,” said Tim Connors, a sophomore at Wilkes.

The $3 million that King’s College has received will pay for more renovations at the new King’s on the Square space .

The new King’s building on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre was once the Ramada Hotel.

It now offers labs, classrooms, a restaurant, and student housing.

Students said they’re grateful because the improvements so far have been enormous.

“Having everything here is so convenient for us. We’re able to save time on the little things that don’t matter and focus on what we need to get done,” said one King’s College sophomore.

Body Found in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE — Police are looking into a death in Wilkes-Barre.

According to officials, a body was found in a grassy area around 7 a.m. Thursday near the Interfaith Apartments on Coal Street.

This is part of the Interfaith Heights apartment complex is just down the street from the troubled housing complex Sherman Hills in Wilkes-Barre.

Neighbors say a maintenance person at Interfaith Heights found the body after 7 a.m. Thursday.

Neighbors also say they heard gunshots between midnight and 1 a.m..

Investigators say it is a young man who appears to have died from gunshots.

Investigators have not yet identified the man.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

People who live in Interfaith Heights say this apartment complex and section of Wilkes-Barre is just getting worse and worse.

“Useless, senseless, probably over a $20 bag, $10 bag. Useless, senseless.”

Stabbing Victim Found in SUV Crash in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE — Police said they found a stabbing victim in an SUV in Wilkes-Barre.

Officers tell Newswatch 16 that they received a phone call about a man heading toward Sheldon Street after being stabbed.

According to officials, they found an SUV crashed into the levee on Riverside Drive where the man inside turned out to be the victim.

The victim, whose name has not being released, was found unresponsive and was flown to the hospital.

Wilkes-Barre police do no not know where the stabbing happened or why it happened.

Patch Adams Shares Some Wisdom at Wilkes University

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WILKES-BARRE — The doctor known for his unorthodox outfits and red clown noses stopped by Wilkes University to visit with nursing and pharmacy students.

Dr. Patch Adams told students about the Gesundheit Institute that he founded in West Virginia, which focuses on holistic healthcare, as well as his mission of healing with humor.

Following a presentation in the Darte Center for the Performing Arts, Adams walked with students through campus.

“You just forget that he is a physician,” said Elham Takin. “You just come back like, ‘Oh my God! Whatever he’s saying, he means that.’”

Adams’ visit comes a few weeks after Robin Williams took his own life. Williams starred in the 1998 comedy based of Adams’ life.

Adams told students that he was not a big fan of the film, but that Williams was one of the kindest actors that he ever met.

“It’s such a tragedy. And at least we can find some peace in knowing that he’s no longer in pain,” said Catherine Jackson. “The Patch Adams story was one of the main reasons why I wanted to originally go into health care. So just being here right now is surreal for me.”

Traffic Stop Turned Drug Bust in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE — Thousands of dollars in heroin off the street after a traffic stop in Wilkes-Barre.

Authorities said Shahon Lambert, 31, was cuffed after leading troopers and Wilkes-Barre officers on a chase through the city on Thursday.

Police said Lambert had 650 packets of heroin in his car worth about $13,000.

According to officials, Lambert is locked up in Luzerne County.

Teen in the Hospital after Stabbing in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE — A woman is in cuffs and a teen is in the hospital after a stabbing in Wilkes-Barre.

Officers said Ivy Hall, 41, stabbed a 16-year-old on Sambourne Street just before 9p.m. Thursday night.

According to officials, the boy is in stable condition and the woman from Wilkes-Barre faces assault charges.