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Annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Noxen


NOXEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A fundraiser in Wyoming County is not for the faint of heart.
The Rattlesnake Roundup draws thousands of people to the Noxen Volunteer Fire Company fairgrounds every year.
Hunters pay a fee to go out into the woods and catch the biggest snakes they can find. Whoever brings in the largest snake wins.
After the competition, the snakes are put back where they were found.
All the money raised is used to help purchase new firefighting gear.
The Rattlesnake Roundup continues Sunday.

Walking for a Healthy Community


MOOSIC, Pa. – People were raising money with a walk around the ballpark in Lackawanna County.
Walkers took to PNC Field in Moosic on Saturday for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
The event was done in conjunction with other walks across the country with the goal of raising more than $1 million for nonprofits.
WNEP-TV is a sponsor of the walk, and Newswatch 16's Dave Bohman emceed the event.

Town Hall Meeting in Wilkes-Barre for ‘Health Care Weekend’

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Elected officials joined people in Wilkes-Barre for a town hall meeting on Saturday on the topic of health care.
The event was held in conjunction with others all across the country.
Frustration over the current state of health care in America brought a crowd to Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.
Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright hosted the gathering and expressed his frustration that Republican senators seem to be holding up health care reform.

Ribbon Cutting Marks Grand Opening of Ocean State Job Lot in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's first Ocean State Job Lot is now officially open in Wilkes-Barre.
The ribbon was cut at the discount retailer on Kidder Street on Saturday.
The store had a soft opening earlier this week.
Ocean State Job Lot got its start in Rhode Island. There are now more than 130 stores around the country including the newest one here in Luzerne County.
A second store was supposed to open in Dickson City, but the company tells Newswatch 16 those plans are now on hold.

Teen Charged After Shots Fired in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Police in Wilkes-Barre have charged a teen following late-night gunfire in the city.
Authorities say a 17-year-old boy opened fire near Lehigh Street just before midnight Friday. No one was hit.
The teen was found nearby, and police say the gun was stolen.
The teen was charged as a juvenile with carrying a firearm without a license and receiving stolen property, both felony charges.

Armed Robber Still at Large in Luzerne County

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- An early-morning armed robbery had police searching in the air and on foot for the robber.
Police can be seen on video leaving the woods near Route 315 in Plains Township on Saturday. They found a ski mask and a sweater that were taken in as evidence.
Officers from Plains Township wouldn't confirm where the robbery occurred but did confirm a male, 20 to 30 years old, wearing a white tee shirt and black pants, was still at large.


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