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Man Shot in Hazleton

HAZLETON, Pa. -- A man was shot Friday evening near a playground in Hazleton.
According to police, an 18-year-old was shot at the basketball courts near Altmiller Playground in the city.
Police say the victim's injuries are non-life threatening.
Investigators believe the shooting to be an isolated incident.
Extra patrols have been ordered in the area as police continue to investigate in Luzerne County.

Taking in the True Meaning of Memorial Day

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Beyond the cookouts and parties, this weekend is meant to be a time to reflect on the men and women who fought and died serving our country.
Leaders at the VA Hospital near Wilkes-Barre hope people remember what Memorial Day is really about.
The 109th Field Artillery Regiment of Kingston presented the colors of the American flag to a crowd outside the VA Medical Center in Plains Township, for its Memorial Day ceremony

Salon to Offer Services to Women in Shelter

KINGSTON, Pa. -- A hair salon in Luzerne County will be providing free services to a women's shelter in the county, part of an effort to make them feel better about themselves.
At Shakti Salon Spa in Kingston, looking and feeling good is key. The workers there want to lend their talents to a good cause.
The salon will start giving free services including haircuts to the women who live at Ruth's Place, Luzerne County's only emergency homeless shelter for women.

Woman Charged after Deadly Crash in January

PITTSTON, Pa. -- A woman in Luzerne County faces charges after police say a crash she caused earlier this year led to man's death.
Moriah Scarantino, 25, of Hughestown, is charged with homicide by vehicle.
Scarantino had nothing to say as police escorted her from the police station to City Hall in Pittston for an arraignment.
Court papers say on Friday, January 25 around 3 p.m., Scarantino was driving recklessly on Laurel Street in Hughestown.

Cat-astrophe Averted: Wilkes-Barre Township Police Save Trapped Kitten

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Officers came to the rescue of some trapped kitten on Thursday night.
Wilkes-Barre Township police posted a photo to their Facebook page showing a patrolman who pulled a kitten from a drain on Highland Park Boulevard.

Police say a driver heard the kitten crying and flagged down the officer who was on patrol.
The kitten is safe and now has a new home with that driver in Luzerne County.

Route 11 Reopened in Shickshinny Following Deadly Crash

SHICKSHINNY, Pa. -- Route 11 is reopened after a deadly crash Thursday afternoon in Luzerne County.
State police say Sarah Timms, 64 of Shickshinny, was killed inside a Chevy Blazer after being struck by a Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of Route 11 and East Butler Street in Shickshinny.
Investigators say the Escalade, driven by Kristy Cimilluca, 36 of Hunlock Creek, carrying 15-year-old and 12-year-old girls, was coming down West Butler Street to the intersection of Route 11 around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Field Day Event for Students with Disabilities

KINGSTON, Pa. -- Hundreds of students participated in a large field day event in Luzerne County on Thursday. The event's goal is to give students with disabilities a fun afternoon in the community.
Before the rain started to pour, students gathered at Wyoming Valley West stadium in Kingston for a little friendly competition.
About 750 kids from school districts in Luzerne County and in Tunkhannock participated in an annual field day event put on by Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18.

Kids With Disabilities Zoom Off on New Bikes!

KINGSTON, Pa. -- Mikey couldn't wait to get on his new bike Thursday morning in Kingston.
He and nine other kids with disabilities were given custom-made bikes from Variety -- The Children's Charity.
Shortly after getting on, they rode up and down the street to the cheers of family members, teachers, friends and members of businesses and unions who raised money to pay for the bikes.
Each one costs around $1,800.

Miss UNICO Pageant in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A new Miss UNICO was crowned Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre.
High school senior girls from around Luzerne County participated in the annual pageant at the F.M. Kirby Center.
Contestants were judged on values like integrity and charity.
Bianca Mazzarella from Holy Redeemer was named this year's winner. She earns $2,000 to further her education.
Newswatch 16's Chelsea Strub served as emcee at the pageant in Wilkes-Barre

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