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Two Sheriff’s Deputies Shot and Killed 10 Years Ago

TOWANDA–Dozens of law enforcement officials and people from Bradford County came together Monday to remember two lives that were taken away too soon.

It was 10 years ago, on March 31, 2004 — when sheriff’s deputies, Christopher Burgert and Michael VanKuren were killed in the line of duty.

“I think about how 10 years ago literally was the worst day of my life. Like the worst day ever,” Burgert’s widow, Kim Burgert said.

The two deputies were shot by Dustin Briggs while they were serving an arrest warrant at a home in Wells Township.

Briggs was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in 2006 — and at the time claimed he was innocent.

Briggs has been on death row ever since.

Now- a decade later, the two men he killed are still being remembered.

Among those paying tribute: Burgert’s son who is now 12 years old.

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Surprise Snow Delays Opening Of Popular Hiking Spot

FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP – Following a surprise storm that dumped about a foot of snow at Ricketts Glen State Park, nearby business owners said they are fed up with the weather.

“I`m tired of it, I`m so ready for spring,” said Madelyn Bonham. “It`s been slow. People are tired of the cold. I think they`re ready to get out, so anytime that we get any sunshine, we get that, then we get a little bit busier.”

The owner of Red Rock Corner Store said the relentless cold and snow has been bad for businesses, that get a boost from people who visit Ricketts Glen State Park in the spring.

The National Weather Service reported that one-foot of snow was measured at the park office in neighboring Sullivan County.

Ranger Michey Maneval told Newswatch 16 that parts of the Falls Trail were covered in more than a foot of ice, before the snow fell over the weekend.

Photos of Wintry Weather All Over Our Area

Take a look at pictures of the wintry weather all over our area.

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Community Related Weather Announcements

Here are some community announcements regarding closings, parking bans and other changes due to the winter weather expected to come our way.

Check back for the latest updates.


Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre: Girls’ Swim Dinner is postponed until Monday at 5 P.M.


Route 125 from Gown City to Shamokin is also closed.

Route 405 between Housels Run Road and Route 45 is closed.



Route 42 between Mountain Road in Locust Twp. and Route 3006 in Conyngham Twp. is closed due to multiple tractor trailers stuck in the snow.

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WNEP’s Win a Halloween Trip to Salem

WNEP-TV and WGN America are proud to announce the premier of WGN’s newest show, Salem! Through this new series, we are led into a dark and mystical period of American history. In Salem, the witches are a part of day-to-day life, but they are not who or what they seem to be; wealthy, mysterious and ageless. This is a story of an epic romance, told at a time when witch hunts engulf the town in hysteria, horror and the supernatural.

Salem premiers on Sunday, April 20th at 10PM on WGN America. Check your local listings to find out how you can get WGN America.  Click here for more information on Salem!

One Man Dead After Fire in Bradford County

WYALUSING TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating a fatal house fire in Bradford County.

According to officials, the fire started around 6:40 a.m. Saturday at a home along Route 6 in Bradford County.

Authorities say 55 year old Boyd Wood of Wyalusing died in the fire.

The fire is still under investigation but has been determined accidental.

Tea Pot Bird Feeder

Visit Sue Guzik of Fly Me Home,  hand-made and upcycled decor and see how she takes an old teapot and makes it into a beautiful bird house.