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Cabot Donates $2.5 Million To Lackawanna College

SCRANTON — Lackawanna College received a gift of $2.5 million on Friday from Cabot Oil and Gas to help teach students interested in working in the natural gas industry.

The money will go toward the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas located at the college’s campus in New Milford.

The school was established in 2009 when they started drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

The current job placement rate for graduating students in this field is 90 percent.

College officials said it’s the largest single private donation in the history of Lackawanna College.

Man Charged In Abuse Case Withdraws Plea, Bail Revoked

SCRANTON — A man has withdrawn a guilty plea in connection with child abuse case in Lackawanna County.

In November 2013, Wayne Kichar of Jessup pleaded guilty to simple assault for injuring his 10-year-old son. 

The boy told investigators that Kichar threw him on a steel chair because he took out a bag of garbage that was not full.

After withdrawing his plea, a judge revoked Kichar’s bail.

Kichar is also suspected of causing a crash in Dunmore that killed a brother and sister from New York in 2011.

Accused Animal Abuser Remains Free On Bail After Hearing

SCRANTON — An accused animal abuser was back in court Friday morning.

The saga of John Tanis’ animal cruelty case continued in Lackawanna County court. At issue now is Tanis’ bail and whether or not he violated it by keeping more than one dog at his home in Moosic.

“You were there yesterday. You saw the animals that came out of there yesterday. They are beautiful animals. This is harassment from the system, but my lawyer tells me I can’t say anything else,” Tanis said.

Moosic police went to Tanis’ home on Main Street Thursday and took four Labrador puppies that prosecutors said violated the terms of Tanis’ bail. Tanis said in court under oath that the one dog he was allowed to keep was pregnant but he didn’t know.

It’s Official, Sharla McBride Wins RailRiders Bobblehead Contest

The votes have been tallied and with your help, Sharla McBride has won and will be immortalized as a bobblehead!

Sharla’s bobblehead will be given away to the first 2,500 fans at the RailRiders’ August, 2 game against the Syracuse Chiefs.

For more information about the bobblehead giveaway and other great promotions and giveaways this season, visit the RailRiders site here.

FDA Approves New Drug for Allergy Season

Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey talks with allergy specialist Dr. Jakub Lekach about why this allergy season could be brutal and how a new allergy drug could help sufferers combat those spring allergens.

Click here for more details on tackling spring allergies.

Stave Off the Sniffles During Allergy Season

Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey teams up with health expert Debbie Clark for things you can do at home to fight allergies during this allergy season.

Click here for more ways to combat spring allergies.

SWB RailRiders vs. Syracuse ’14 Home Opener

John Ryan Murphy singled in the 6th inning and drove in a run to tie the game 2-2 in the 2014 home opener for the SWB RailRiders. With that hit it helped open the flood gates against Syracuse as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored three more runs-the big blow coming off the bat of Corban Joseph as he drove in two more for a four run inning. The SWB RailRiders held on for a 7-2 win-the game televised live on WNEP2.