Police: 19 Dead After Blast at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester

MANCHESTER, England — At least 19 people are dead and almost 60 injured in a possible terrorist incident Monday night at Manchester Arena, where pop singer Ariana Grande was performing, Greater Manchester Police said. As concertgoers — many of them adolescent fans of the singer — were beginning to leave the arena following Grande’s closing set, an explosion rocked the area. Confusion followed as people fled in search of safety, and the sound of wailing sirens soon cut through the […]

Williamsport Officials Plan ‘Christmas in July’

WILLIAMSPORT — It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas inside the mayor’s office in Williamsport. Mayor Gabe Campana announced plans Monday for a summer street fair called Christmas in July. Plans for the event include a movie in the park and a visit from Santa. It coincides with an improvement project in the east end of the city called the East Third Street Gateway Project. Mayor Campana hopes the revamp will draw more people downtown. “The reason why […]

Bloomsburg University Names New President

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University had a lot to celebrate. The school named its 19th president and students are excited for the new leadership. Eight months after Bloomsburg University President David Soltz announced his retirement, the school introduced Dr. Bashar Hanna to faculty and students Monday. Hanna will take over as president of the school in July. “Excited is the understatement of the century. I’m elated, nervous, humbled, honored to serve this wonderful institution,” Hanna said. Dr. Hanna was born in […]

Talkback 16: Civil War Monuments, Water Bills, The New Skycam 16

Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include the man accused of locking up a child in a cage, the removal of controversial monuments in the South, a proposed hike in water bills, and questions about our new Skycam 16 drone.

Competency Hearing Requested for Man Accused of Firing Shots Outside Walmart

WILKES-BARRE — The attorney for a man accused of firing shots outside a Walmart in Luzerne County filed a petition for a competency hearing. Scott Sargent, of Shenandoah, is accused of firing an AR-15 rifle at police outside a Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Township in October of 2015. An officer fired back, hitting Sargent in the stomach. Sargent’s attorney claims Sargent has been diagnosed with severe mental health illnesses and is not competent to stand trial. Jury selection in the trial […]

Police: Truck Driver Stabbed During Fight with Another Driver in Lackawanna County

DUNMORE — Police say an argument between two truck drivers escalated into a stabbing in Lackawanna County. It happened just before 4 p.m. Monday. State police tell us the drivers got into some sort of a confrontation just off the Tigue Street exit in Dunmore. The victim says he got into his truck and drove off before realizing he’d been stabbed in the leg. He pulled over a short distance away near the split for Interstates 84/380. Police are now […]

Weather not ‘Berry’ Good for Farmers

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s almost time to head out to the farm and grab a summertime staple. Strawberry season is right around the corner. We are about two weeks away from strawberry-picking season in Pennsylvania, but with all the rain and mostly cool weather in Lycoming County this year, how will that affect the berries? “We like hot days. We hope to get hot days. The sunshine is really what makes that extra flavor in them,” said Robin Schreiber, owner […]

Former Golf Course Turned Wildlife Refuge Open in the Poconos

STROUD TOWNSHIP — There’s a new place in the Poconos for people to explore nature. The former Cherry Valley Golf Course near Stroudsburg still resembles a course but is transforming into a wildlife sanctuary. Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge officially opened to the public over the weekend. “Oh, I think it’s great, just open space. I feel like everywhere you go they are just building, building and to have something preserved and have it open for anyone to be able […]

Demolition in Stroudsburg to Make Way for Rite Aid

STROUDSBURG — The first part of a redevelopment project in Stroudsburg is underway. For the next few weeks, demolition crews will be on lower Main Street tearing down several buildings to make way for a new Rite Aid. That section of Main Street will be fenced off for at least the next two weeks while demolition work is being done. Officials say this project has been in the works for quite some time and when all is complete, a new […]

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 […]