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Homeless encampment removed from property near former Murray Complex site

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A homeless encampment at the former Murray Complex site along Pennsylvania Avenue has been removed by the city of Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

Conditions at the sight posed “an extreme public health issue for the community,” city officials said in a press release. A Hazmat waste disposal service was used to clean up the area and discard of drug paraphernalia, clothing and other items found at the site.

Cleanup on Hazle Street continues

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — An effort to help clean up Luzerne County was back Sunday to pick up where they left off.

Mark Shaffer organized community clean-ups around Wilkes-Barre as a way to help clear the streets of litter. The group started down Hazle Street a few weeks ago near Turkey Hill.

The team of about 10 returned to work further down the street where they did not finish. The organizer of the event says he hopes to inspire others to beautify and clean up the community.

Police investigating home invasion in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday afternoon.

The incident was reported around 3 p.m. on Irving Place. Police did not specify how many suspects may have been involved, however, one is believed to be armed with a handgun.

No injuries were reported and nothing was reported stolen.

We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Police searching for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run in Luzerne County

UPDATE: Pennsylvania State Police have released the below picture of the car they believe to be the one involved in Saturday’s hit-and-run. Anyone with information is strongly urged to call police.

HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Police are searching for a vehicle that hit and killed a construction worker early Saturday morning.

A report from police says the incident occurred around 1:15 on Interstate 81 northbound near the Hazleton exits.

Two dogs rescued from 40-foot cliff in Hanover Township

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Hanover Township Fire Department received a call around 6:30 a.m. Thursday for two dogs stranded on a cliff near Route 309. The dogs were reportedly about 40 feet up.

It is not known how both dogs managed to get on the cliff.

Images from Joseph Temarantz Jr.

When crews arrived to the scene, they were nervous that both dogs would try to jump on the ladder at the same time, so they called for assistance from the Wright Township Fire Department to bring a tower ladder.

‘Bridging the gap’; crime watch returning to Pittston Township

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In a time of deep division between law enforcement and the community, one Luzerne County community is hoping an old school crime-fighting system helps bridge the gap.

“We want residents to feel safe and secure in their own home,” Pittston Township Police Department Chief Lena Angelella said.

Millville man charged after alleged online conversations

KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Millville man has been charged after allegedly engaging in a sexually explicit conversation online with someone who he believed was a 15-year-old girl.

According to the Kingston Municipal Police Department Facebook page, Nathanial Laubach, 26, was charged with two counts unlawful contact with a minor (Felony 1), three counts unlawful contact with a minor (Felony 2), one count criminal use of a communication facility (Felony 3), and one count of unlawful contact with a minor (Felony 3).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airports receive over $20 million in CARES Act funding

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON AREA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport received $20,044,362 in federal coronavirus aid from the CARES Act, passed to relieve the economic burden of continued shutdowns as COVID-19 spreads.

Also included in the CARES Act funding for airports was the Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport which received $30,000.

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