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Drug Investigation in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — A report of a fire led to a drug investigation in Wilkes-Barre. Police and fire trucks were called to the 200 block of Stanton Street Tuesday night after reports of a fire. No flames were found, but investigators did discover someone had recently been making methamphetamines. A woman was taken in for questioning but no arrests yet here in Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre Police Investigating Double Shooting

WILKES-BARRE — A double shooting in Wilkes-Barre is under investigation. Police say a man and woman were both hit by gunfire on the 600 block of North Main Street around 2:30 Wednesday morning. Their names and conditions haven’t been released. Police haven’t said if they know who pulled the trigger in Wilkes-Barre Wednesday morning.

Streetscape Project Kicks Off in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE— A $1.5 million streetscape project in downtown Wilkes-Barre kicked off Monday morning. It might look like graffiti on the sidewalks of Wilkes University campus right now, but a few spray painted red lines are the start of something big. “Wilkes University is becoming a nationally recognized small research university. We want to make Wilkes-Barre one of Pennsylvania’s best cities,” said State Senator John Yudichak, D-14th District. The project was funded mostly by state grants and more than $400,000 by […]

Feeding The Poor In Honor of Al Boscov

WILKES-BARRE — Instead of helping customers at the cash register, Boscov’s employees were helping feed the less fortunate at saint Vincent De Paul`s kitchen on East Jackson Street in Wilkes-Barre. There was a long line of people getting a full meal and Boscov’s employees were ready to help. “It`s one of the most important things in our own community and it`s a serious need in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton and every community,” said Irene Kelly of Boscov’s. It was all part […]

Wilkes-Barre Awarded Grant to Help with Finances

WILKES-BARRE — The city of Wilkes-Barre is getting a state grant to help clean up its finances. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Diamond City $200,000 for a financial feasibility study. With the grant, it’s hoped that Wilkes-Barre’s financial adviser will be able to map out the city’s books and make spending more efficient. Last week, city council approved a plan to borrow $52 million to keep Wilkes-Barre out of distressed city status.

Four Teens Taken to Hospital After Late Night Crash

WILKES-BARRE — A crash in Wilkes-Barre sent four teenagers to the hospital. The car hit the guide rail along Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and went into a ditch around 11:45 p.m. on Sunday. Officials haven’t said who the victims are or how any of them are doing. Investigators are looking into what caused the late night crash in Wilkes-Barre.

Memorial Service for Wilkes-Barre Police Officers

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre City Police Retiree Association held a memorial service in the city on Saturday. The service held at the Wilkes-Barre Police Headquarters honored officers who died in the line of duty as well as recently deceased members of the department. The ceremony featured a blessing and wreath laying. It concluded with bagpipes and the playing of taps.

Wilkes-Barre City Council Voted to Borrow Up to $52 Million to Restructure

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre City Council voted to borrow up to $52 million dollars to restructure their budget deficit during Thursday night’s meeting. Mayor Tony George cautioned council that they needed to approve the borrowing plan, otherwise he would declare the city financially distressed. The council opted to avoid that status due to the crushing blow it would cause for residents, since entering a distressed status almost certainly leads to huge tax increases for citizens. The council opted to approve […]

Stamp Out Hunger

“Fill a bag, feed families in need!” That’s the message going out this week from the United States Postal Service. Letter carriers all over the country and in our area are gearing up for the 25th annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.” It takes place this Saturday, May 13,  and is spearheaded by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with local letter carriers in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to explain how you can make a difference in […]

Summer Parks Program Saved in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Some summer programs at city parks in Wilkes-Barre could have been a thing of the past if it weren’t for a federal grant that helped pay for summer employees. Jah-Zi Gibson has been coming to Huber Park in the Mayflower section of Wilkes-Barre since he was a kid. Now, he brings his son here for some good one-on-one basketball from time to time. “If it’s not the swings, it’s the slides. Just running around, things like that,” Gibson said. […]