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Hevay rain predicted for Northeastern Pennsylvania as Isaias makes landfall

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EYEWITNESS WEATHER (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Isaias is currently a tropical storm, but still could strengthen back to hurricane status by the time it makes landfall tonight in South Carolina and moves up the eastern coast on Tuesday.

For Northeastern Pennsylvania, this means a round of heavy rain.

The track brings Isaias close to the region on Tuesday, with pockets of rain and thunder starting Monday night. Steadier lighter rain will develop Tuesday morning, but become heavier in the afternoon and evening. That will taper off by later Tuesday evening.

Scranton National Night Out Canceled

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Scranton Police Department has announced that the 2020 National Night Out has been canceled.

In a release sent Monday afternoon, it was the Scranton Police Department’s decision to cancel the event and while they are disappointed the 2020 event is canceled, they are looking forward to making the 2021 National Night Out “the biggest and best ever.”

Park officials stress importance of life vests amid second-deadliest season on record

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MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Park officials are trying to get the message out there that life vests save lives.

They recommend everyone wears them when swimming because of currents in the water. Plus, make sure to have them when kayaking, canoeing or on a boat. Wearing them is recommended, not required by law.

This comes after someone drowned last week, making it the second-deadliest season on record. In 1999, the park had seven deaths.

We speak with park officials about the importance and their goal in saving lives on later editions of Eyewitness News.

Second-oldest Girl Scout camp in America to remain open

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BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Years of hard work have paid off for a camp that’s had an uncertain future. After three years of fighting to keep Camp Archbald alive, former and current Girl Scouts got the good news that the second-oldest Girl Scout camp in America is going to remain open for years to come.

“We finally got notice that a decision has been made that camp is no longer up for sale or will be drilled for oil, so we’re really excited that we have been able to save camp,” Camp Archbald marketing and communications chair Emily Loder said.

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.

Lackawanna County man charged with rape of unconscious teen

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DALTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A 39-year-old Lackawanna County man is facing felony rape charges after a teenager came forward with allegations that he raped her while she was unconscious in January.

Detectives say Dennis Odea of Dalton provided a 16-year-old girl alcohol and a THC vape before sexually assaulting her while she was asleep. A sleep app installed on the girl’s phone reportedly recorded sounds of the assault.

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