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Homicide investigation underway in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Several Pennsylvania State Police and Wilkes-Barre Police officers are investigating a homicide at 499 South Franklin Street in the Diamond City.

According to a Facebook post from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department, the homicide investigation began early Friday morning when officials responded to a report of multiple gunshots. When they arrived, police say they found an unresponsive man inside the residence.

Police say there does not appear to be any danger to the general public.

Motor vehicle violation leads to drug bust in West Pittston

WEST PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after a motor vehicle violation leads to a drug bust in West Pittston.

Police observed Dustin Leonard leave a known drug house, in which a person was wanted for a parole violation. After committing a motor vehicle violation, officers pulled Leonard over and observed drug paraphernalia in plain sight.

Bloomsburg PD searching for suspect who robbed store wearing ‘Scream’ mask

BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Officers with the Bloomsburg Police Department were dispatched to the ‘Fuel On’ gas station and convenience store on Market Street for reports of a robbery on Monday.

When officers arrived on scene, they say the suspect had fled south on Main Street and possibly west around Eighth Street. The suspect was described as a male with a thin build, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, wearing all black clothing and a ‘Scream’ Halloween mask.

Police make crystal meth drug bust in Dallas Township

DALLAS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A man allegedly planning on distributing crystal methamphetamine was arrested after a traffic stop in Dallas Township.

Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday September 11, Dallas Township Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Kunkle Road and State Route 309. During the traffic stop police discovered crystal methamphetamine that was packaged for sale and distribution, as well as $997.00 in US Currency inside the vehicle.

Police have arrested the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released yet.

Police ask for information in theft of bench swing


STERLING TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Police are asking the public to share any information they have that could be related to the August 18th theft of a bench swing from a property in the area of Twin Rocks Road.

According to police, a woman with red hair and wearing a “Pennywise” clown t-shirt can be seen on surveillance video driving her grey Toyota crossover-style SUV onto the property and loading the bench swing into it before driving away.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PA State Police Honesdale at 570-253-7126.

54-year-old faces charges of unlawful contact with a minor

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Hanover Township man is facing several charges after having a sexually explicit conversation with who he believed, was a 15-year-old boy.

On September 13th, a detective was posing as a 15-year-old boy on a social media site when he was contacted by a 54-year-old male from Hanover Township. The male was later positively identified as Robert Lynn Henkel, Jr.

Coroner and heavy police presence on North Sumner Avenue in Scranton


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — UPDATE: The Lackawanna County Coroner was called to the scene on Sumner Avenue around 7 p.m. Police confirm one person is dead and authorities are calling it a suspicious death investigation.


There is heavy police presence at 837 North Sumner Avenue in Scranton.

The road between Oram Street and Gibson Street is closed off and a home is also taped off with police standing guard at the door. A crime scene unit is on the scene.

Hunlock Creek man hit with child sex charges

KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Hunlock Creek man is charged after police say he was having conversations with who he believed was a teenage girl.

Gary Ceppa faces charges of aggravated indecent assault, among others after police say he had sexually explicit conversations with who he believed was a 15-year-old girl in July and August of this year.

Ceppa was taken into custody in September and lodged at Luzerne County Correctional Facility after failing to post $200,000 bail.

Parents turn in juveniles after series of burglaries in Dickson City and Throop


DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Two arrests have been made in a string of burglaries in Lackawanna County. Police have charged two juveniles for several crimes that have taken place in the last week.

Dickson City and Throop police departments have been investigating a string of burglaries which include theft from a motor vehicle and criminal mischief. They posted pictures Wednesday morning. It only took a few hours before the parents turned their children in to the police.

Police investigating a Throop business break-in


 THROOP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Throop Police are investigating an attempted break-in at Juniors Convenient Store Officers are investigating an attempted break-in at Juniors Convenient Store early Wednesday morning.

Suspects were reportedly chased through the woods in Throop.

Images courtesy of Throop Police Department

There have been several other break-ins at businesses this week in nearby Dickson City, but it is still unknown if the incidents are connected.


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