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Ringling Rolls into Town: Superhuman Strength Acts

From superhuman strength to power and pageantry, springtime tradition billed as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is back in our area Wednesday!

Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey was in Luzerne County with a look.

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Greatest Show on Earth Aims to Amaze With High-flying Acts

Acrobats, aerialists and a lot of astonishing feats will be in the spotlight this holiday weekend!

One of the most well known traveling circuses opens Wednesday in Luzerne County. Newswatch 16`s Ryan Leckey has a preview.

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Man Charged in Two Counties for Allegedly Exposing Himself

A man who authorities in Lackawanna County believe exposed himself to women faces charges in Luzerne County too.

Police in Pittston Township said Bobby Willard of Hanover Township harassed a woman at Walmart and chased after her in his vehicle on April 9.

Police in Taylor arrested him on April 11, after he allegedly exposed himself to two women along South Main Street in the borough.

Willard is charged with stalking, indecent exposure, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

He is locked up in Lackawanna County on $15,000 bail.

County Officials Discuss Options With U.R.S. Clients

HAZLETON — For hundreds of people living with disabilities in our area, they learned Wednesday they are losing an organization that provides much needed services to them.

United Rehabilitation Services or U.R.S. said it will close its locations in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Tunkhannock due to cuts in funding.

It was an emotional night for people who packed into the room Wednesday evening at the United Rehabilitation Services building in Hazleton.

“Please save U.R.S. because I love it, and I`m going to miss all my friends and all my co-workers,” said 24-year-old Chad Wallace.

U.R.S. provides jobs, services and programs to people with disabilities, including Wallace, who made a tearful statement why U.R.S. is needed.

“It trains us to someday get a job and gives us a safe place to be during the day ,” said Wallace, choking up, “please.”

Investigation Into Parking Authority Connections

WILKES-BARRE — We know more about why federal prosecutors are looking into the failed efforts to lease the Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority’s garages and meters to a private firm.

This comes one day after the parking authority’s executive director confirmed he received a subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury  and we know the feds have also subpoenaed some of the authority’s records.

The story of why the feds are looking into the city’s parking authority might be revealed by the billing records of the companies that were hired to privatize most of the parking authority’s operations.

The Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority hired the Philadelphia firm of Fox Rothschild in 2012 to come up with a plan to lease parking garages and meters, and raise millions for the city.

URS Closing for Good

WILKES-BARRE — An organization that helps people with disabilities announced Wednesday it plans to close its facilities in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.

According to executives of United Rehabilitation Services (URS), cuts in funding have made it impossible to continue services to its 250 clients.

A handful of clients stood outside the URS building in Wilkes-Barre just hours after getting the news that URS would soon shut down. It came as a shock to Sandy Dobrowolski of Sweet Valley, who was there picking up her daughter.

“I’m broken-hearted. I’m broken-hearted because I don’t know, I don’t know what they’re going to do with the clients,” said Dobrowolski.

The head of URS told Newswatch 16 the organization has a budget shortfall of about $1million and had no choice but to close its three locations in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.

Traffic Changes Planned Before Rock Blasting Project

HANOVER TOWNSHIP – Major traffic pattern changes are expected next week, as PennDOT prepares for a safety improvement project between Wilkes-Barre and the Mountain Top area.

PennDOT officials said traffic on Route 309 in Hanover and Fairview Township is scheduled to be reduced to one lane in each direction next week.

According to transportation officials, northbound traffic will be detoured into the southbound lanes and traffic will be divided with concrete barriers.

Donna Franks told Newswatch 16 that she is not looking forward to the changes.

“They`ve had a lot of accidents on that road, especially on some of the curves and things. It can be pretty tricky,” said Franks.

Other drivers said they are worried about safety in the work zone, because the stretch of Route 309 through the rock cuts is notorious for aggressive driving.