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Mother Serving Overseas in Air Force Surprises Young Son

HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP -- It was a long-awaited homecoming for a woman serving overseas with the Air Force, and her family surprised her young son Saturday in Columbia County.
Carla Maynard cried tears of joy as she embraced her daughter, Staff Sergeant Kayla Wadley, who has been overseas since last spring.
"I left in April of last year, so it's been about 10 months," Wadley explained.
Wadley told Newswatch 16 the hardest part about her most recent deployment was being away from her 7-year-old son Treau.

Clarks Summit Transforms into Wizarding World of Ice


CLARKS SUMMIT -- An icy trip to the fantasy world of wizards and witches is going on in part of Lackawanna County this weekend.
The Abington Business and Professional Association puts together the Festival of Ice in Clarks Summit every Presidents Day weekend. This year's theme is "The Wizarding World of Ice."
Ice sculptures are located along the sidewalks in front of businesses and community buildings depicting familiar elements of the Harry Potter series made famous by the J.K. Rowling books and subsequent movies.

Celebrating Winter in Stroudsburg


STROUDSBURG -- The ice was nice at 2018 Winterfest in the Poconos.
Businesses along Main Street in Stroudsburg gave out discounts and had ice sculptures on display.
This year's event was carnival themed and offered free entertainment and carnival games for children.
"Really, really great day. The weather's good. We're happy to be part of the community and we're having fun. We're having a good time," said Erin Diemer, Kitchen Chemistry Bakery.
Children also enjoyed decorating their own cupcakes, face painting, and free balloons at the event in Stroudsburg.

Vigil in Sunbury for Florida School Shooting Victims

SUNBURY -- In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida, a vigil was held in Northumberland County on Saturday to remember the victims and call for safer gun laws.
Organizers held the vigil in Sunbury after seeing yet another deadly shooting at a school in America. This time it was in Florida.
The message at the vigil: enough is enough, and lawmakers should do something to save lives.
"It is time for common sense legislation to stop the carnage."
The signs read "Enough Is Enough" as people stood in Cameron Park demanding change.

RailRiders Holding Job Fair


MOOSIC -- Before long they'll be playing ball at PNC Field in Lackawanna County, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will need all hands on deck.
Newswatch 16 stopped by a job fair for the minor league club on Saturday.
People filled out job applications and had interviews with the organization for all types of positions. That includes selling tickets, ushers, grounds crew, and more.

One in Custody Following Robbery, Shooting in Hazleton

HAZLETON -- One man is in custody and police are looking for a second person involved in an early morning shooting in Hazleton.
Police charged Courtney Miller, 35, of Hazleton, with robbery, theft, and receiving stolen property after they say he and another man stole jewelry off a man outside a nightclub on South Church Street.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
A relative of the robbery victim confronted the robbers and was shot in the struggle. He is recovering in the hospital.

Crash Closes Part of I-81 South in Schuylkill County

FRAILEY TOWNSHIP — Part of Interstate 81 is shut down in Schuylkill County due to a crash.
According to PennDOT, a crash at mile marker 108 on Interstate 81 south near the Tremont/Tower City exit has both southbound lanes closed as of 5 p.m. Saturday.
There is no word on any injuries.
PennDOT is reducing the speed limit on area interstates due to winter weather.
Check back for updates.
Get real-time traffic information using the WNEP traffic tracker.

Police Investigating Apparent Threats to Wyoming Valley West

PLYMOUTH -- Police in Luzerne County are investigating a post made on social media with an apparent threat toward the Wyoming Valley West School District.
Swoyersville police took a teen into custody on Saturday after school officials found a photo of her shared on Facebook where she is holding two toy guns with a caption saying, "Wvw's next."


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