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  • Boy Continues To Recover From Freak Accident

    Boy Continues To Recover From Freak Accident

    Boy Continues To Recover From Freak Accident

    It has been just over a month since a Schuylkill County boy was critically injured in a freak accident. 7 year old Mikey Allen of Pottsville was playing outside when he was struck by a boulder. Mikey was struck in the head by a boulder after it broke loose and rolled down a hill. The boy suffered a fractured skull and was placed in a medically induced coma.More >>
    It has been just over a month since a Schuylkill County boy was critically injured in a freak accident. 7 year old Mikey Allen of Pottsville was playing outside when he was struck by a boulder. Mikey was struck in the head by a boulder after it broke loose and rolled down a hill. The boy suffered a fractured skull and was placed in a medically induced coma.More >>
  • Body Identified

    Body Identified

    Body Identified

    The body of a woman that was found in a private pond in Ransom Township over the weekend has been positively identified as a missing Luzerne County woman. The Lackawanna County coroner has confirmed that the body is that of 56 year old Diane Zavislak. The Kingston Township woman has been missing since November.More >>
    The body of a woman that was found in a private pond in Ransom Township over the weekend has been positively identified as a missing Luzerne County woman. The Lackawanna County coroner has confirmed that the body is that of 56 year old Diane Zavislak. The Kingston Township woman has been missing since November.More >>
  • Baby's Death Ruled Homicide

    Baby's Death Ruled Homicide

    Baby's Death Ruled Homicide

    Two months ago a baby from Luzerne County died, and now his death has officially been ruled a homicide. Two month old Jaxon Eckrote died in February inside his East Noble Street home in Nanticoke. A coroner has found that the boy died from asphyxiation. Police will not comment on the ongoing investigation.More >>
    Two months ago a baby from Luzerne County died, and now his death has officially been ruled a homicide. Two month old Jaxon Eckrote died in February inside his East Noble Street home in Nanticoke. A coroner has found that the boy died from asphyxiation. Police will not comment on the ongoing investigation.More >>
  • Deadly Fire Ruled Suspicious

    Deadly Fire Ruled Suspicious

    Deadly Fire Ruled Suspicious

    It is still unknown how a deadly fire in Wilkes Barre started but investigators say that it is suspicious. Police are seeking cell phone records from the former boyfriend of 51 year old Lori Merritt. Lori was killed in the fire in her Wyoming Street home from carbon monoxide poisoning. A search warrant indicates that her family believes her ex-boyfriend was involved.More >>
    It is still unknown how a deadly fire in Wilkes Barre started but investigators say that it is suspicious. Police are seeking cell phone records from the former boyfriend of 51 year old Lori Merritt. Lori was killed in the fire in her Wyoming Street home from carbon monoxide poisoning. A search warrant indicates that her family believes her ex-boyfriend was involved.More >>
  • Fire Destroys Restaurant

    Fire Destroys Restaurant

    Fire Destroys Restaurant

    A landmark restaurant in Montour County is in ruins after a fire. Bj’s Steak and Rib House was destroyed after flames ripped through it. Customers were inside when the fire started, but everyone was able to make it out without injury. The owner of the restaurant says that they plan to stay in the area, whether or not they have to rebuild in a new building.More >>
    A landmark restaurant in Montour County is in ruins after a fire. Bj’s Steak and Rib House was destroyed after flames ripped through it. Customers were inside when the fire started, but everyone was able to make it out without injury. The owner of the restaurant says that they plan to stay in the area, whether or not they have to rebuild in a new building.More >>
  • Brush Fire Burns 5 Acres

    Brush Fire Burns 5 Acres

    Brush Fire Burns 5 Acres

    A brush fire kept first responders in two counties busy. Firefighters say it is a reminder of the dangers of brush fires. It is currently brush fire season now, meaning it is dangerous to burn on dry windy days. Around 5 acres went up in flames off of Route 115 in Buck Township Luzerne County. The brush fire was under control in about an hour.More >>
    A brush fire kept first responders in two counties busy. Firefighters say it is a reminder of the dangers of brush fires. It is currently brush fire season now, meaning it is dangerous to burn on dry windy days. Around 5 acres went up in flames off of Route 115 in Buck Township Luzerne County. The brush fire was under control in about an hour.More >>
  • Death Investigation

    Death Investigation

    Death Investigation

    Investigators are still trying to confirm the identity of a woman’s body found over the weekend in Lackawanna County. The body was found in a pond on private property in Ransom Township. A forensic exam was done on the body, but police are waiting on dental records and toxicology reports before making a positive identification.More >>
    Investigators are still trying to confirm the identity of a woman’s body found over the weekend in Lackawanna County. The body was found in a pond on private property in Ransom Township. A forensic exam was done on the body, but police are waiting on dental records and toxicology reports before making a positive identification.More >>
  • Gang Member In Court

    Gang Member In Court

    Gang Member In Court

    A known gang member who is facing many charges will be going to trial. The judge decided that there was enough evidence against Shiquan Jordan to send him to trial in three separate cases. He is accused of fire shots outside of a motel in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. A woman also testified I a third case where Jordan broke her eye socket during an argument.More >>
    A known gang member who is facing many charges will be going to trial. The judge decided that there was enough evidence against Shiquan Jordan to send him to trial in three separate cases. He is accused of fire shots outside of a motel in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. A woman also testified I a third case where Jordan broke her eye socket during an argument.More >>
  • Deadly Discovery

    Deadly Discovery

    Deadly Discovery

    Investigators are searching for answers after a Schuylkill County woman was found dead at a storage site. Police say a 24 year old woman from Pine Grove was found dead late Saturday night. Her body was found in Berks County at an excavation storage site in Bethel Township. An autopsy was completed but the cause of death is still undetermined.More >>
    Investigators are searching for answers after a Schuylkill County woman was found dead at a storage site. Police say a 24 year old woman from Pine Grove was found dead late Saturday night. Her body was found in Berks County at an excavation storage site in Bethel Township. An autopsy was completed but the cause of death is still undetermined.More >>
  • Body Found In Pond

    Body Found In Pond

    Body Found In Pond

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:10:24 GMT
    A forensic examination has been scheduled after a body was found in Lackawanna County. The coroner’s office reports that the body of a female was found in a pond in Ransom Township. The owner of the property made the discovery on Saturday. Investigators are trying to determine the woman’s identity and the cause of death.More >>
    A forensic examination has been scheduled after a body was found in Lackawanna County. The coroner’s office reports that the body of a female was found in a pond in Ransom Township. The owner of the property made the discovery on Saturday. Investigators are trying to determine the woman’s identity and the cause of death.More >>
  • Man Killed In Crash

    Man Killed In Crash

    Man Killed In Crash

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:01:51 GMT
    An early morning crash in Lackawanna County leaves a 25 year old man dead. Police say that James Miller of Jessup was driving a stretch of the Casey Highway in Carbondale Township when he lost control of his car, crossing the median and flipping onto his roof. Police say that Miller was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.More >>
    An early morning crash in Lackawanna County leaves a 25 year old man dead. Police say that James Miller of Jessup was driving a stretch of the Casey Highway in Carbondale Township when he lost control of his car, crossing the median and flipping onto his roof. Police say that Miller was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.More >>
  • Stabbing Investigation

    Stabbing Investigation

    Stabbing Investigation

    Monday, April 21 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-04-21 13:53:54 GMT
    Police in Schuylkill County have a woman in custody who they believe stabbed a man. Police say that the 30 year old woman stabbed a man multiple times in the face and neck. The man had to be flow to the hospital for his injuries. Neighbors say they heard screaming and immediately called for help after seeing the extent of the man’s injuries.More >>
    Police in Schuylkill County have a woman in custody who they believe stabbed a man. Police say that the 30 year old woman stabbed a man multiple times in the face and neck. The man had to be flow to the hospital for his injuries. Neighbors say they heard screaming and immediately called for help after seeing the extent of the man’s injuries.More >>
  • Bank Robber On The Loose

    Bank Robber On The Loose

    The suspect in a Luzerne County bank robbery is still on the loose. Police say he robbed Honesdale National Bank in Kingston. Kingston police searched homes and yards on Church Street looking for the suspect.More >>
    The suspect in a Luzerne County bank robbery is still on the loose. Police say he robbed Honesdale National Bank in Kingston. Kingston police searched homes and yards on Church Street looking for the suspect. Investigators say the man walked into the bank and handed the teller a napkin and demanded money. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot down Church Street.More >>
  • Strike Likely To Push Back Graduation

    Strike Likely To Push Back Graduation

    Nearly 200 teachers in the Danville Area School District are on strike. Failed negotiations at a school board meeting triggered teachers to walk the picket line. The strike is expected to last 5 to 6 school days.More >>
    Nearly 200 teachers in the Danville Area School District are on strike. Failed negotiations at a school board meeting triggered teachers to walk the picket line. The strike is expected to last 5 to 6 school days. The school board president says that the school year and graduation will be pushed back because of the strike. More >>
  • Needles Brought To School

    Needles Brought To School

    A third grade student in Luzerne County was suspended after he brought hypodermic needles to school. School officials say the 8 year old brought the needles to Lee Park Elementary School in Hanover Township.More >>
    A third grade student in Luzerne County was suspended after he brought hypodermic needles to school. School officials say the 8 year old brought the needles to Lee Park Elementary School in Hanover Township. The student got them from home where a diabetic family member uses them for insulin. Officials say he gave the needles to a classmate and that boy punctured his arm with it. More >>
  • No Bail For Animal Abuse Suspect

    No Bail For Animal Abuse Suspect

    A Lackawanna County man who police said had more dogs than he was supposed to will stay in prison. A bail hearing was held for John Tanis of Moosic who is accused of animal abuse.More >>
    A Lackawanna County man who police said had more dogs than he was supposed to will stay in prison. A bail hearing was held for John Tanis of Moosic who is accused of animal abuse. A police officer testified there were 3 dogs on his property when he was only supposed to have one. The judge says that for the time being, Tanis will remain in prison. More >>
  • Teachers Strike In Danville

    Teachers Strike In Danville

    The Danville Area School District is on strike after negotiations between the teachers union and the school board ended without an agreement.
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    The Danville Area School District is on strike after negotiations between the teachers union and the school board ended without an agreement. The president of the Danville Teachers Union says that the district's 196 teachers have been without a contract for nearly two years. If the strike continues it may push back the graduation date for seniors.More >>
  • School Lockdown Scare

    School Lockdown Scare

    Frantic parents paced outside South Scranton Intermediary School after it was put on lockdown. Police were called to investigate after a student reported that he thought he saw a gun in the building.More >>
    Frantic parents paced outside South Scranton Intermediary School after it was put on lockdown. Police were called to investigate after a student reported that he thought he saw a gun in the building. The district took no chances and had the building searched, but nothing was found. Police think that the student that reported a gun may have seen a large black phone case.More >>
  • Child Advocate To Serve Jail Time

    Child Advocate To Serve Jail Time

    A former Child Advocate from Lackawanna County will spend one year in jail after pleading guilty to attempted tax evasion. Danielle Ross the former County Guardian Ad Litem was sentenced in Wilkes Barre.More >>
    A former Child Advocate from Lackawanna County will spend one year in jail after pleading guilty to attempted tax evasion. Danielle Ross the former County Guardian Ad Litem was sentenced at the federal courthouse in Wilkes Barre. She admitted to not reporting roughly $200,000 on her taxes. She was allowed to bill parents above a standard rate, but did not report any of those earnings.More >>
  • URS Closing In June

    URS Closing In June

    A rehab agency with offices in two counties will close in the next two months. United Rehabilitation Services announced that it will be closing its operations in Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.
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    A rehab agency with offices in two counties will close in the next two months. United Rehabilitation Services announced that it will be closing its operations in Wilkes Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock by June 18th. The agency helps people with disabilities find jobs. Officials for URS say that they could no longer operate under their funding cuts. More >>
  • Teacher Strike

    Teacher Strike

    There is no school for one Luzerne County school district, and it is not because of the weather. Teachers with Wyoming Area school district made the decision to strike for the second time in this school year.More >>
    There is no school for one Luzerne County school district, and it is not because of the weather. Teachers with Wyoming Area school district made the decision to strike for the second time in this school year after the school board voted against the latest arbitration recommendation. Tensions were high in the school board meeting as the board turned down the arbitration ruling. More >>
  • Woman Arrested For Homicide

    Woman Arrested For Homicide

    A Schuylkill County woman was taken into custody after police say she stabbed a man to death in December. 33 year old Kimberly Hanns of Mahanoy City is accused of killing Laurence Quinn.More >>
    A Schuylkill County woman was taken into custody after police say she stabbed a man to death in December. 33 year old Kimberly Hanns of Mahanoy City is accused of killing Laurence Quinn. Police say on December 1st officers were called to home in Mahanoy City where they found Quinn with a stab wound to his chest.More >>
  • Fatal Crash Arrest

    Fatal Crash Arrest

    It has been 7 months since a 6 month old baby was killed in a wreck in Susquehanna County. State police have now officially charged the man they say is responsible for the wreck.
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    It has been 7 months since a 6 month old baby was killed in a wreck in Susquehanna County. State police have now officially charged the man they say is responsible for the wreck. The man is facing homicide by motor vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and careless driving charges. State police say he was going nearly 20 mph over the speed limit at the time of the crash.More >>
  • Woman Dies In Fire

    Woman Dies In Fire

    A deadly fire claimed the life of a 51 year old Wilkes Barre woman. The coroner says that Laurie Merritt was found unconscious inside her Wyoming Street home; she died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
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    A deadly fire claimed the life of a 51 year old Wilkes Barre woman. The coroner says that Laurie Merritt was found unconscious inside her Wyoming Street home; she died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Flames started around 11:30 PM. Merritt shared the home with her daughter, but her daughter was not home at the time of the fire.
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  • Police Called On Animal Abuse Suspect

    Police Called On Animal Abuse Suspect

    A man facing animal abuse charges had police at his house again. They were called to John Tannis's home after someone saw several dogs on his property after a judge ruled that he was only allowed to have one dog.More >>
    A man facing animal abuse charges had police at his house again. They were called to John Tannis's home after someone saw several dogs on his property after a judge ruled that he was only allowed to have one dog in his possession. He was told that if he was caught with more than one dog he would be taken to jail. Police took two more dogs from the home, bringing the total to 29. More >>
  • Teacher Strike Planned

    Teacher Strike Planned

    For the second time this school year a teacher strike may interrupt classes in a Luzerne County School District. Teachers in the Wyoming Area School District say that they will strike Wednesday.More >>
    For the second time this school year a teacher strike may interrupt classes in a Luzerne County School District. Teachers in the Wyoming Area School District say that they will strike Wednesday if the school board does not vote for an arbitration ruling. They have been working without a contract for 4 years; they want better wages and health care.  More >>
  • New Sex Crime Charges

    New Sex Crime Charges

    Police filed more sex crime charges against the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania Choir. Investigators say that Kenneth Schade had more than 1100 images of child pornography in his home.More >>
    Police filed more sex crime charges against the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania Choir. Investigators say that Kenneth Schade had more than 1100 images of child pornography in his home. According to police paperwork Schade made a monitored phone call to a neighbor, asking them to take 2 locked suitcases from his home. The suitcases contained images of young children. More >>
  • Hiker Dies After Fall

    Hiker Dies After Fall

    A Lehigh County man fell to his death in Carbon County. Officials confirmed that 20 year old Jessie Crosley of Lehigh County was the man who died. It happened near Glen Onoko Falls just outside of Jim Thorpe.More >>
    A Lehigh County man fell to his death in Carbon County. Officials confirmed that 20 year old Jessie Crosley of Lehigh County was the man who died. It happened near Glen Onoko Falls just outside of Jim Thorpe. Crosley was hiking with a group of friends when he fell about 25 feet onto the rocks below. Rescue crews warn hikers to be careful in that area; it is the 2nd death there within a year.More >>
  • Arrest After Police Standoff

    Arrest After Police Standoff

    An Ashley man was arrested after a standoff with police in Luzerne County. Police took 26 year old Jeffrey Arnott into custody after the standoff. An officer on patrol heard screaming from an apartment building.More >>
    An Ashley man was arrested after a standoff with police in Luzerne County. Police took 26 year old Jeffrey Arnott into custody after the standoff. An officer on patrol heard screaming around 1 AM coming from an apartment building on the 100 block of Barnes Street. Police say Arnott was threatening violence against 3 others; he finally surrendered after an 8 hour standoff.More >>
  • Businesses Damaged By Fire

    Businesses Damaged By Fire

    Two businesses are destroyed and three others are damaged after a massive fire in Wayne County. One of the businesses damaged specializes in helping people rebuild after a fire.
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    Two businesses are destroyed and three others are damaged after a massive fire in Wayne County. One of the businesses damaged specializes in helping people rebuild after a fire. Two of the businesses were completely destroyed by the flames while three others suffered heavy smoke and water damage as crews battled the flames.More >>
  • Train Derailment

    Train Derailment

    A weekend train derailment in the Lehigh Valley narrowly missed homes and a business. Six train cars derailed Saturday afternoon in Upper Mount Bethel Township.
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    A weekend train derailment in the Lehigh Valley narrowly missed homes and a business. Six train cars derailed Saturday afternoon in Upper Mount Bethel Township. Three of the rail cars overturned near the Slateford Inn. The train was carrying 150,000 pounds of fracking sand from Allentown to a natural gas industry site in Wyoming County. More >>
  • Boy Hit By Car

    Boy Hit By Car

    A boy was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a car in Wilkes Barre. It happened around 4:30 PM at East Northampton Street and Park Avenue.
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    A boy was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a car in Wilkes Barre. It happened around 4:30 PM at East Northampton Street and Park Avenue. Police on scene say the boy did not appear to be injured, but went to the hospital to be checked out. They do not expect to file any charges against the driver in the accident. More >>
  • Increasing Patrols

    Increasing Patrols

    An apartment complex in Luzerne County is bringing in more police officers to patrol their property. Eagle Ridge apartments came to an agreement with the Borough of Edwardsville to increase the police presence there.More >>
    An apartment complex in Luzerne County is bringing in more police officers to patrol their property. Eagle Ridge apartments came to an agreement with the Borough of Edwardsville to increase the police presence there. The apartment complex has been the site of violent crimes in the past including a murder and officials are trying to stop a situation like the one in Wilkes Barre.More >>
  • "Swatting" Investigation

    "Swatting" Investigation

    A hoax kept police busy for nearly two hours in Luzerne County. Known as "swatting", it is when someone calls in a false report. Police responded to what they thought was a hostage situation at a home in Harvey's Lake.More >>
    A hoax kept police busy for nearly two hours in Luzerne County. Known as "swatting", it is when someone calls in a false report. Police responded to what they thought was a potential hostage situation at a home in Harvey's Lake. Within an hour police learned the alleged victim was safe in Ohio and that the hoax call originated in Puerto Rico. More >>
  • 2011 Flood Still Having Impact On River

    2011 Flood Still Having Impact On River

    The impact of the historic flood of 2011 can still be seen all along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Debris has been found scattered along the river; and one island still has an entire house stuck in the trees.More >>
    The impact of the historic flood of 2011 can still be seen all along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Debris has been found scattered along the river; and one island still has an entire house stuck in the trees. A river clean-up will take place on Saturday April 26th. Anyone who is looking to help is asked to meet at 9AM at the DPW garage in Kingston. More >>
  • Gas Plant Concerns Grow

    Gas Plant Concerns Grow

    A state law maker is calling for the state to investigate a Wyoming County gas plant after several recent incidents. The concern exists at a dehydration plant in Monroe Township.More >>
    A state law maker is calling for the state to investigate a Wyoming County gas plant after several recent incidents. The concern exists at a dehydration plant in Monroe Township. Fire crews were called there Monday night for a flare out used to evaporate moisture. They also responded Tuesday night for a mercaptan leak; which makes 4 shutoffs for the plant in the past 3 months.More >>
  • School Stabbing Spree Raises Safety Concerns

    School Stabbing Spree Raises Safety Concerns

    Chaos was the scene before class started at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh. Police say that 16 year old Alex Hribal went on a stabbing spree with two kitchen knives injuring 20 people.
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    Chaos was the scene before class started at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville near Pittsburgh. Police say that 16 year old Alex Hribal went on a stabbing spree with two kitchen knives injuring 20 people. With the incident so close to home many schools are again focusing on school security and what they can to help improve it. More >>
  • Good Samaritan Stops Purse Snatching

    Good Samaritan Stops Purse Snatching

    A Luzerne County man who walks with two canes stopped a purse snatcher in the act and is now being hailed as a hero. Police say the 61 year old retired police officer tackled 23 year old Dustan Conniff.More >>
    A Luzerne County man who walks with two canes stopped a purse snatcher in the act and is now being hailed as a hero. Police say the 61 year old retired police officer tackled 23 year old Dustan Conniff. Dustin is accused of trying to snatch a purse that belonged to an 89 year old woman. The man held on to Conniff until police arrived on the scene.More >>
  • Homicide Charges Filed

    Homicide Charges Filed

    Murder charges have been filed in connection with the death of an elderly man in Tioga County. 57 year old Deborah Lockett was charged with several crimes including criminal homicide and aggravated assault.
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    Murder charges have been filed in connection with the death of an elderly man in Tioga County. 57 year old Deborah Lockett was charged with several crimes including criminal homicide and aggravated assault. She is accused of killing Oliver Litzelman last September and severely injuring his wife during a home invasion. More >>
  • Death Ruled Homicide

    Death Ruled Homicide

    The death of a 78 year old Luzerne County woman has been ruled a homicide. The elderly woman died from multiple traumatic head injuries according to the coroner. More >>
    The death of a 78 year old Luzerne County woman has been ruled a homicide. The elderly woman died from multiple traumatic head injuries according to the coroner. Police say that her niece Isis Brown assaulted her on March 28th right outside her home. A neighbors security camera caught the attack on tape. More >>
  • Mudslide Victims Have Local Ties

    Mudslide Victims Have Local Ties

    Another body has been identified in the massive mudslide in Washington, and the person has a local connection. A Wyoming County man just returned from Washington on a mission to find his family after the mudslide.More >>
    Another body has been identified in the massive mudslide in Washington State, and the person has a local connection. A Wyoming County man just returned from Washington on a mission to find his family after the mudslide. Kevin Ryce spent 5 days digging through the rubble, unfortunately learning that only 1 of his 4 missing family members was found alive.More >>
  • Deadly Stabbing In Wilkes Barre

    Deadly Stabbing In Wilkes Barre

    An argument between neighbors ended deadly in Wilkes Barre, and now a man is locked up. It happened at an apartment building on South Hancock Street near GAR High School.
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    An argument between neighbors ended deadly in Wilkes Barre, and now a man is locked up. It happened at an apartment building on South Hancock Street near GAR High School. 27 year old Charles Edmunds was found bleeding on the bottom of the staircase that led to the second floor apartment. Police say that Al Tariq Peterson stabbed him after a suspected argument. More >>
  • Woman Dies After Assault

    Woman Dies After Assault

    An elderly woman who police say was caught on camera being assaulted by her niece has died. Investigators say that 34 year old Isis Brown attacked her 78 year old aunt in late March.
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    An elderly woman who police say was caught on camera being assaulted by her niece has died. Investigators say that 34 year old Isis Brown attacked her 78 year old aunt in late March. A neighbor's security camera was rolling and captured the whole incident. The 78 year old woman was being treated for severe head trauma, but passed away. More >>
  • Three Arrested In Drug Bust

    Three Arrested In Drug Bust

    Three people have been arrested in the Electric City and a home was condemned after a drug bust. One man and two women all of Scranton were arrested on multiple drug charges.More >>
    Three people have been arrested in the Electric City and a home was condemned after a drug bust. One man and two women all of Scranton were arrested on multiple drug charges. Police say the trio sold heroin and crack cocaine out of their Luzerne Street home. Police say they found around $4,500 worth of drugs during the raid. More >>