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Body found directly underneath the Market Street bridge

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A gruesome discovery was made along the Susquehanna River Sunday.

A body was found at the riverbank. A lot of people were out walking in the area Sunday as police were just down the hill investigating the discovery of a body.

Shocking…I can't believe it," Jason Hyde of Luzerne said.

River Commons was busy with people walking and running Sunday, taking advantage of the sunshine, and the scenic view of the Susquehanna River. Just before noon someone called 911. A body was floating in the river.

Stolen truck recovered after Hazle Township crash

HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Pennsylvania State Police have recovered a stolen vehicle after it was involved in a crash Monday morning in Hazle Township.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Hazleton, a white Ford F-250 belonging to Nause Landscaping, Inc. was stolen from Sunburst Drive in Hazle Township sometime between 2:40 a.m. and 4 a.m.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. PSP Hazleton responded to Stockton Road for a crash involving the missing F-250. The truck struck a pole, causing damage to both the vehicle and the pole.

Local restaurant owners relieved as three-week shutdown ends

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Restaurants will reopen Monday after being closed for three weeks. Eyewitness News spoke with owners about how this second shutdown affected their business in both the short term and long term.

"This place should be packed right now," Sabrina Setiz, a waitress at The Grille said. "It's a Sunday morning and we're waiting for the phone to ring."

The state-ordered three-week long shutdown of restaurants has almost come to an end and owners are relieved.

House fire overnight in Hazleton

HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A fire broke out overnight, Sunday at a home in Luzerne County.

According to law enforcement, the fire began around 2:30 a.m on the 500 block of Seybert Street in the city of Hazleton.

At one point heavy flames were seen coming out of the roof of the home. Crews from Hazleton City, Hazle Township, and McAdoo Fire Company all responded.

Eyewitness News is told the Red Cross is assisting. No word on any injuries or the cause of the fire.

The state fire marshal is currently investigating the incident.

Body of missing Luzerne County woman found

WEST PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - State police are investigating a missing woman's death after her body was discovered Saturday afternoon in Luzerne County.

Pennsylvania State Police are taking on this investigation after a body was found today in Wyoming.

The West Wyoming Borough Police Department and West Pittston Police Department released Facebook posts early Saturday, asking everyone to keep an eye out for 41-year-old Jennifer Herron.

The search came to an end at Midway Shopping Center, the place she was last seen Thursday.

Lottery ticket worth $100,000 sold in Luzerne County

PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A winning Powerball ticket worth $100,000 was sold in Luzerne County. It matched four of the five white balls (03-43-45-61-65) and the red 14 Powerball.

It was sold at Food Express in Pittston. Anyone with a winning Powerball ticket has one year to claim it and can get more information by contacting their nearest Lottery office.

Mental health in children can be overlooked, but it doesn't have to be

KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — 2020 has brought a lot of things that may cause you to worry or stress, but what about your kids? Today, we're taking a second to learn about something that can sometimes be easily overlooked, and that's kids' mental health.

"It sometimes can be hard," said 3rd grade student Michelangello.

Michelangello says this year has been hard because he has different teachers and can't see his friends.

"When I get frustrated, it makes me get mad a little bit," he continued.

Influx of cardboard at local recycling center eats profits—and the space to store it

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A cardboard pile-up caused by COVID.A local recycling center is getting hit with business, but that doesn't mean they are rolling in the dough.

Think about it — almost everything we buy comes in a cardboard box. So, combine Christmas and the coronavirus pandemic and a lot of us are in cardboard city.

But the next time you decide to get rid of it down here at Bielecki's, remember there's cost efficient reasons why you can only drop off cardboard.

Community rallies behind Wright Township police chief

WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A community effort is underway in the Mountain Top area of Luzerne County to support Wright Twp. Police Chief Royce Engler.

Engler says he was told by the township supervisor last week that he was being demoted with no explanation.

Now, an effort is underway in the Mountain Top area to support Chief Engler. He’s been police chief for 8 years and a member of the force for 42 years. The effort includes a petition drive.

“I’m surprised! I don’t know why,” Engler told us.

Kidnapping, homicide investigation

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Disturbing new details in the kidnapping and murder of 26-year-old Erica Shultz. The Bloomsburg woman was reported missing earlier this month her body was found Sunday.

In a press conference earlier today, investigators detailed what they learned about Shultz's final moments, and what the public needs to know about her alleged killer.

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