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Vatican Removes Priest from Ministry

Officials with the Catholic Church in Rome have removed an area priest accused of sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Scranton released a statement Wednesday saying Monsignor Peter Crynes can no longer celebrate mass publicly or present himself as a priest.

Crynes resigned in 2006 admitting improper behavior with high school girls.

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Wilkes-Barre Store Robbed

A convenience store was robbed early Thursday in Luzerne County.

Authorities said the Turkey Hill on Hazle Street in Wilkes-Barre was robbed just after 5 a.m. Thursday.

When Newswatch 16 arrived, the doors to the store were locked but employees were still inside.

There is no word from Wilkes-Barre police on what the robber got away with or if anyone was hurt.

Mayoral Candidates Meet in Wilkes-Barre

The three candidates for mayor of Wilkes-Barre squared off Wednesday night.

The three, including the incumbent mayor, touched on issues from crime to spending to ethics in front of a crowded auditorium at Wilkes University.

Democratic incumbent Mayor Tom Leighton has been mayor in Wilkes-Barre since 2004. Before that, he was a member of city council and he said he is the only candidate with the experience to lead.

"We've cut all wasteful spending; we had no credit rating when I took office. Today we currently have the fifth highest credit rating in the state of Pennsylvania because of the cuts this administration made," said Leighton.

Leighton's two challengers both brought up nepotism and cronyism in city hall as a reason to vote for someone new to lead the city.

Wilkes-Barre Shootout Suspect Had Criminal Record

More information is coming out about the suspect in the shootout with police Tuesday near a daycare in Wilkes-Barre.

Newswatch 16 has learned it is not the first time the man has been in trouble with the law.

Tuesday police said suspect Otha Derrick Green was from Philadelphia. Newswatch 16 learned Wednesday that he was living in Scranton until two months ago, and he has been arrested close to a half-dozen times over the last decade.

Police said Green was walking along North Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre about 10 a.m. with a handgun.

When police ordered him to drop his weapon he refused, and a shootout ensued. Dozens of bullets went flying in broad daylight, right outside a day care center.

The wild scene lasted up to two minutes, and when it was over, Green was shot at least once in the chest, and taken to the hospital.

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Winner Claims $4.2 Match 6 Lotto Jackpot

Persistence pays off.

We now know it was a man who plays the lottery almost every day who hit the $4.2 million jackpot in Wilkes-Barre.

The people who sold him the winning ticket and his fellow lottery players are also thrilled with the big win.

Six numbers made a man from Luzerne County a multi-millionaire.  The ticket was sold at Anthracite Newsstand at Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

The 62-year-old  man from Wilkes-Barre has not been publicly identified, but store owner Ann Marie Bossard knows him well and couldn't hold back her tears of joy.

"Awesome person. He really is.  All my customers are really special but he really he's humble and what have you, he really is. I couldn't be happier," Bossard said.

Police, Man Exchange Gunfire

Police in Wilkes-Barre were forced to fire their guns Tuesday morning in broad daylight after a man opened fire on them.

Armed Robbery Suspect Wanted

Police in Luzerne County hope a surveillance photograph will lead them to a robbery suspect.

A man with a knife robbed the Dorrance Sunoco gas station on Blue Ridge Trail in Dorrance just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said the man pulled a knife on the clerk, got some money, then ran into the woods behind the store.

Anyone who may recognize the man in the surveillance photograph or who may have information about the robbery is asked to call state police at Hazleton at 570-459-3890.