November 22, 2017 at 23:52WNEP
HARVEYS LAKE -- Crews battled a massive fire in Luzerne County Wednesday night.
Flames could be seen shooting from a home in Harveys Lake.
The house on Ridge Avenue went up just before 9 p.m.
Officials have not yet said if anyone was hurt or what sparked the fire in Luzerne County.
November 22, 2017 at 22:35WNEP
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN -- In Schuylkill County, nothing goes better with Thanksgiving than football. Newswatch 16's Chase Senior shows us the holiday happenings at Wednesday night's Schuylkill League all-star game.
Football and Thanksgiving. For many of us, it's an American staple that goes together like turkey and gravy. After devouring hefty plates, many families sit down, relax, and take in some football. At Schuylkill Haven High School, players who took the field in the North vs. South all-star game on Thanksgiving eve say football on turkey day is a tradition.
November 22, 2017 at 22:27WNEP
SCRANTON -- The day before Thanksgiving was a big day for the city of Scranton that continued into the night.
First, the annual lighting of the Times Tower drew a large crowd as always.
And with this being Thanksgiving Eve, folks were partying it up in the downtown. Bars in Scranton were filled with fun seekers.
At Ale Mary’s, the crowd was already getting rowdy.
November 22, 2017 at 21:54WNEP
Parasitic worms and a chronic liver infection identified in a North Korean soldier who dramatically defected are providing clues into health conditions inside the secretive rogue state, experts said Wednesday.
The soldier was shot up to five times November 13 while making a run for the South Korean side of the border through the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, according to dramatic security video released this week.
November 22, 2017 at 21:52WNEP
MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio - An Ohio mom was reunited with her biological family after finding out she had been switched at birth and raised by another family.
Tatiyana Muradyan, who goes by Tania, tells WJW she always thought something was different growing up in the Republic of Moldova, a small country between Romania and Ukraine.
She says people in her village would say things like, “You don’t look like your family.”
Her parents, Vera and Nikolay Lashtur, told her to ignore the rumors and in 1999, when Tania was 21 years old, the family immigrated to the United States.
November 22, 2017 at 21:49WNEP
LOGANSPORT, Ind. – An Indiana couple faces numerous battery and neglect charges for incidents involving a 13-year-old boy, the Pharos-Tribune reports.
Carl Alvin Knipe Sr., 32, is accused of injuring the boy when he shot him with an airsoft gun on November 20. He also put feces on the teen and forced him to eat it, according to court documents.
Knipe’s wife Casey, 33, is accused of knowingly putting the boy in a dangerous situation and not intervening or notifying police.
November 22, 2017 at 20:12WNEP
WILKES-BARRE -- Pennsylvania's Supreme Court handed a victory on Wednesday to a defendant in a deadly hit and run.
The court ruled police in Wilkes-Barre should not have seized Daniel Loughnane's truck without a warrant.
Prosecutors believe Loughnane hit and killed a woman on Hazle Street in Wilkes-Barre on July 24, 2012.
The victim, Rebecca McCallick, 19, was standing in the road outside of her apartment when she was hit.
There's no word if or when Loughnane might go on trial in Luzerne County. He is out of jail on bail.
November 22, 2017 at 19:52WNEP
EAST STROUDSBURG -- A family from Monroe County will spend this Thanksgiving in their own home.
Kelly Smith and her three children are getting a house in East Stroudsburg with help from Habitat for Humanity.
To get the house in the Poconos, Smith had to put in 250 hours of "sweat equity," and she'll have to make payments on a 30-year interest-free mortgage.
November 22, 2017 at 19:42WNEP
MOOSIC -- With all the cooking being done on Thanksgiving, many people are letting someone else do it for them the night before.
Workers at Dino and Francesco's Restaurant in Moosic tell Newswatch 16 this is one of their busiest nights of the year.
Because of that, the manager says they brought in more servers and cooks.
"Busy, so we prepare like it's a Friday night. Bring in as much staff as we possibly can and just get ready to do what we normally do," said manager Christy Seaman.
Dino and Francesco's expects to sell several hundred pizzas Wednesday night.
November 22, 2017 at 19:41WNEP
SCRANTON -- There's something new this year at an annual Thanksgiving food giveaway in Scranton, free flu shots.
Walgreens offered the vaccines to people picking up a basket from the Family to Family giveaway at the Scranton Cultural Center.
The organization estimates that 3,000 baskets, filled with turkeys, canned goods, and more, were handed out this year.
Recipients had to show proof of income at the door.
Some people came from as far as an hour away for the generous gift.