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Fire breaks out at Luzerne County home

BUTLER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A home is in ruins after a fire in Butler Township.

Flames broke out at the home in the 800 block of St. John's Road around 6 p.m. The fire was put out around 7:30 p.m.

According to Valley Regional Fire Department Chief Willy Chupla, no one was injured and no pets were harmed. The homeowner was not home at the time and will be staying with family.

"It's an older home. It ran the walls and got up into the attic, and it's just been beating us up since then," Chupla said.

Officials tour White Haven Library and Visitors Center as possible tourism bureau location

WHITE HAVEN, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — County representatives and officials toured the White Haven Community Library and Visitors Center for a possible future home to a Visitors Bureau in Luzerne County.

And while some say this would be a great location, others have some concerns. This is one of the options for a potential tourism bureau in the county. Board member Charlotte Carter says this would be a great location for the site.

Crews battle brushfires in Luzerne County

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Fire crews were on the move throughout the area to battle several wildfires. Some proved to be a close call to burning nearby structures.

And with the warmer weather, the time is now to beware. Firefighters in the Back Mountain were busy responding to multiple brush fires on Tuesday.

Lynn Sheehan Jr., Deputy Chief Back Mountain Regional Fire & EMS, says he's gone to at least a dozen brush fires in the last two weeks. Some even spread to nearby structures.

UPDATE: Man in custody after standoff in Newport Township

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A man is in custody after holding his mother hostage at gunpoint inside a home on Vandermark Road for over nine hours.

"He said he had heard there's a hostage situation going on up the road from us and that was about all he knew," said Neil Bavitc, a neighbor.

This is just one of many neighbors concerned over the line of police cars in their normally quiet neighborhood.

Police say 31-year-old Robert Bond held his mother hostage with a shotgun and revolver handgun.

Winds cause fire to destroy barn, start brushfire in Luzerne County

NESCOPECK TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — No one was injured after a fire destroyed a barn and caused a brushfire in the area of 51 Wapwallopen Road in Luzerne County.

According to the Nescopeck Township fire chief, the call came in around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. It started after residents were cooking maple syrup over a fire in the barn.

Firefighter, police officer and family speak on rescuing two children in a Kingston house fire

KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A dramatic rescue in Kingston after fire ravages a family's home.

Two children made it out alive thanks to the quick action of a pair of borough officers.

"I was doing my job as a police officer and servant," Kingston Police Department patrolman Matthew Bonawits said.

Saturday afternoon, Peter Cwalina heard something that sounded like popping coming from his back porch. When he went out to check it, he saw the porch on in flames. As Cwalina tried to fight the fire himself, officer Matthew Bonawits arrived on scene.

Wilkes-Barre City Police seek help in locating missing teenager

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Wilkes-Barre City Police Department is asking people to be on the lookout for a missing person from the Kingston/Edwardsville area.

According to the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department, Andrew Evans, 19, was last seen in the Kingston/Edwardsville area on February 23.

It is not known what kind of clothing Evans was wearing.

Digital Exclusive: Ice cream sales sizzle as temperatures warm up

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) - As temperatures reached the 50s on Wednesday, one local ice cream shop was busy serving customers.

"Today I definitely saw a lot of people coming out with children and stuff, I think that the sun was definitely helping people, and they really just wanted to get out of the house and come out for some good ice cream," said Andrea Briggs, Owner, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream. 

Arrest made from January's double homicide in Wilkes-Barre, victim's family speaks out

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Families of several victims who were shot in Wilkes-Barre are getting justice.

"Sadly, lives were lost. Innocent people," said Barbara McLean, Victim's Sister-in-law.

21-year-old Jayshawn Johnson was arrested for the shooting on January 30 outside the bar "Bo's on Main" along South Main Street.

The United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force found Johnson Friday night in Miami, Florida.

I-Team: Police investigating mail theft in the Wright Township area

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Police across the area as well as the U.S. Postal Service officials are issuing an alert regarding thefts from postal service drop boxes.

The I-Team is looking into the thefts. Investigators tell the I-Team the thefts are taking place from drop boxes and they say this might actually involve an organized group that is hitting drop boxes across our region.

"You never think it's going to happen to you so you're kind of shocked and still over a week ago and you feel like it's not real," mail theft victim Scott said.

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