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REGIONAL JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY?
Thursday July 31st 2008

Leaders from both Monroe and Wayne County are in talks with representatives from several area surrounding counties about becoming part of a regional juvenile holding facility. Lackawanna County wants to build the facility but it has asked the other counties if they would be interested in leasing beds. Monroe County Commissioner Suzanne McCool says her county is interested. Currently the county spends up to 3-hundred dollars a day to house juveniles in facilities outside the area. Another meeting is set for August 8th.

TEENAGER CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE TO BE MOVED
Thursday July 31st 2008

The Monroe County teenager who admitted to killing his 11 year old cousin in 2005 after setting fire to their West End home is being transferred to a residential facility in Massachusetts. Djinn Buckingham had been held at Cornell-Abraxus in North Central Pennsylvania....a secure treatment facility for the past two years. He has completed treatment there and will be move to the facility in Massachusetts that has a more residential-setting. The teen will continue with treatment there.

jim thorpe national bank robbed
Thursday July 31st 2008

A robber hits the Jim Thorpe National Bank on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township, and gets away with about $2300 in cash. It happened around 11:00am. State Police say the robber handed the teller a note demanding money and threatened he had a gun. But police say he never actually showed a weapon. No one was hurt in the incident. Police released this description of the culprit:

White Male
Approx. 30 years old
Light beard
About 5'8"-6'
Wearing dark baseball cap, sweatshirt, and sweatpants
White sneakers

If you have any information, you're asked to call Lehighton State Police at 610-377-4270.

TRUCK CRASHES AT NESQUEHONING INTERSECTION
Thursday July 31st 2008

A truck driver is lucky to be alive after his rig barrels through a Nesqhehoning intersection and overturns. The crash happened shortly before noon on Thursday. Officials say the truck most likely lost its brakes coming down Broad Mountain and flipped into the embankement off Route 209. The driver was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Witnesses say he was alert and conscious.

HONESDALE MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX ASSAULT
Thursday July 31st 2008

Honesdale Boro Police have charged 34-year old Robert Gillow with sexually assaulting an eleven year old girl. Officers say the incidents happened at least five times during the summer of 2006 at a home on Fair Avenue in Honesdale and another location in Damascus Township. Gillow faces ten counts of indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault. He's being held under fifty-thousand dollars bail and faces a hearing august sixth. Officers are asking anyone with information about this incident or others involving Gillow to contact Honesdale Boro or State Police.

WAYNE WOMAN HEADS TO JAIL FOR HITTING GIRL WHILE DUI
Thursday July 31st 2008

A Wayne County woman will spend one to five years in jail for hitting a 14-year old girl while driving drunk and then trying to get away. 71-year old Hilda Reck was sentenced this morning for the January accident in Hamlin. Police say Reck hit 14-year old Janet gibbons with her car on route 191 in Texas Township and drove away. Gibbons was flown to a hospital in critical condition but she later recovered. State Police say they caught up with Reck later at the Weis market on route 590 and her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Reck also was scheduled to appear for a hearing on different D-U-I charges the same day as that accident.

PIKE FUJITIVE SEARCH CONTINUES
Thursday July 31st 2008

The search continues for a Pike County man who stole a car and lead police on a chase through three states. Police conducted an extensive search for 25 year old William Mullen yesterday along route 2001 in Dingman Township. The search was halted but more sightings of Mullen continue to come in. Mullen led police on a car chase Tuesday night, crashed into a New York Trooper’s cruiser, and continued driving into New Jersey and back to Pennsylvania before crashing a second time in Dingman Township. He is believed to be eluding police on foot but is not believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the state police.

Schuylkill County Teen Dies in Accident
Thursday July 31st 2008

A 17-year-old Schuylkill County boy dies after a morning accident involving a garbage truck on Route 309 in West Penn Township. According to sources at the scene the garbage truck was heading North on 309 around 8:30 a.m when Eric Fenstermacher pulled into it's path from Mush Dahl Road. The truck hit the passenger side of the car, which then pinned it under the truck. The Schuylkill County Coroner pronounced Fenstermacher dead at the scene of the accident. West Penn Township Police are investigating. The Tamaqua Area School District will have a guidance counselor available on Friday in the high school to those students in need due to the unfortunate passing.

Barnesville Man in Critical Condition after Accident
Thursday July 31st 2008

A Barnesville man is in critical condition after being broadsided by a garbage truck. It happened yesterday afternoon around 4:30 at the intersection of Route 209 and Catawissa Roads in Schuylkill Township. According to Police Chief George Woodward, 73-year-old William Cunningham pulled out of Catawissa Road into the path of James Schisler of Tremont who was driving a Hillside Sanitation truck on 209. Cunningham's vehicle spun several times ejecting him. He was found nearly 80 feet from his vehicle and was flown to Geisinger Hospital in Danville. Schuylkill Township Police are continuing to investigate the accident. Charges are pending.

Pike County Man Wanted in Three States
Wednesday July 30th 2008

The search has officially been called off for a Pike County man wanted in three states. Authorities from all over the Tri-state area spent the day searching for 25 year old William Mullen. Mullen led police on a car chase Tuesday night, crashed into a New York Troopers cruiser, continued driving into New Jersey and Pennsylvania before crashing a second time in Dingman Township. Mullen then fled on foot .
Mullen is described as a white male, 5'6 around 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing black jeans and a gold shirt. Mullen is not believed to be armed and dangerous. Police say they will re-group to determine their next step.

SECURITY GUARD TO STAND TRIAL
Wednesday July 30th 2008

A security guard at Penn Estates has been ordered to stand trial on charges he groped a woman he had offered a ride to while on duty back in May. Jose Ramirez is accused of having the indecent contact with the woman after he stopped her along Penn Estates Drive and offered her a ride in the patrol car. The woman refused..but testified Ramirez patted her down anyway..and that is when the contact happened. Ramirez will stand trial on indecent assault and official opression charges.

state police troop n's camp cadet underway
Wednesday July 30th 2008

State troopers turn up the pressure on young recruits at this year's Camp Cadet. Troopers from the Hazleton barracks gave cadets a taste of what it's like to deal with their jobs everyday. They set up a fake crime scene, acted out a traffic stop, and showed cadets why it's so important to wear your seatbelt. Camp Cadet runs through Friday, and ends with a graduation ceremony.

LEHIGHTON NIGHT OUT
Wednesday July 30th 2008

One community is telling its residents to take to the streets to help prevent crime. Next Tuesday, Lehighton Police are asking residents to hit the streets with their neighbors from 7-10PM. Police want you to talk with your neighbors about ways to make your block safer. The program is part of an awareness campaign called National Night Out. If successful, Lehighton plans on making it an annual tradition...

Second Arrest in Year Long Murder Investigation
Tuesday July 29th 2008

A second arrest is made in the murder of a man whose body was found in Pike County over a year ago. Police arrested Dawn Atwell on charges of criminal conspiracy in connection with 29 year old Norman Domenech's death. On Monday, Jesus Rosario Torres was arrested for his involvement in the murder. He was charged with first, second and third degree murder, criminal conspiracy, and kidnapping. Police say the investigation is still not over. Back in June of 2007 Domenech's body was found in the woods in Pike County. An autopsy revealed he died of gunshot wounds to the torso.

lehigh county da releases results of bad check program
Tuesday July 29th 2008

It's been three years since the Lehigh County District Attorney cracked down on bad check writers. Merchants across the county are now reaping the benefits of the accountability program, to the tune of $250,000. The county has been working with American Corrective Counseling Services to get merchants their money back. DA James Martin says the program also saves taxpayers money by keeping bad check cases out of the court system.

Slatington Library Needs Your Help
Tuesday July 29th 2008

The Slatington Public Library's major fundraiser of the year isn't until September but they need your help now. The library is collecting items for the 12th annual Chinese Auction. They're collecting just about everything like home-made crafts, baskets of goodies and gift cards. The money from the chinese auction goes into the library's operational fund. It's used through out the yera for books and other needs. You can drop off items at the library. The September 16th event is at White's Christmas Chalet. Tickets are avilable at the door or in advance at the library. For more information conact the Slatington Public Library.

Lehighton Woman Gets Bad Checks
Tuesday July 29th 2008

A Lehighton woman gets two fake checks in the mail and she's warning neighbors not to fall for the scams. Heather Henning first received a $38-hundred check on Friday that said she'd won the lottery. Then on Monday she got another check, this one for over $2,000, saying she was chosen as a mystery shopper. Heather suggets anyone who gets one of these checks should take them to the bank and ask whether or not they're real. She took her own advice and went right to the bank. They told her both checks were indeed fake. The bank's fraud department is investigating the bad checks.

FIRE HITS WAYNE RESTAURANT
Tuesday July 29th 2008

Flames heavily damage a restaurant in Wayne County this morning. A fire broke out at M-J's corner cafe in Mount Pleasant Township around one this morning. Three people in an upstairs apartment managed to get out of the building. More than a dozen fire companies from Wayne, Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties were called to help put out the flames. The fire was extinguished within a few hours but not before the building was severely damaged. A State Police Fire Marshal has been called to determine what caused that fire.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MAN WHO TRIED TO LURE GIRL TO HIS TRUCK
Tuesday July 29th 2008

State police in Monroe County are searching for a man who tried to lure a child into his pick-up truck Monday. Troopers say an eight year old girl was approached by a man around five-thirty Monday night in Sunset Estates in Price Township. The man asked the child to get in his truck. The child fled and told her parents. The only description available of the man is a white male driving an unknown model blue pick-up. Anyone with information about that incident is asked to contact State Police at Swiftwater.

GAS PRICES TAKE A TUMBLE
Tuesday July 29th 2008

Finally there's some relief at the pumps as gas prices take a tumble. Triple A reports the average price of unleaded regular gas in Pennsylvania has dropped $.15 since mid-July. But motorists say the lower prices isn't enough to go back to their old driving habits. Triple A reports highwaya travel is down for the 7th consecutive month....

Section of Long Pond Road Renamed
Tuesday July 29th 2008

A two mile stretch of Long Pond Road has been renamed. But the new moniker if familiar to many Monroe County residents especially race fans. Today the section of the road nearby the Pocono Raceway was renamed Doctor Joseph and Doctor Rose Mattioli Drive.

weekend visitors leave mess at beltzville state park
Monday July 28th 2008

Trashing a local treasure...weekend visitors turn Beltzville State Park into a landfill. Cleaning up after messy weekenders is no picnic for maintenance crews. Workers spend hours, sometimes even a whole day, picking up trash. Park rangers think people just don't care about keeping the park beautiful. Tony Willoughby, Beltzville Park Manager, says there are dumpsters and trash cans all over the park. If everyone would pitch in, workers could concentrate on other projects within the park.

Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile Stops in Wayne County
Monday July 28th 2008

He's a friend of the Dalai Lama and the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile, and today he made a once in a lifetime visit to Wayne County. Professor Samdhong Rinpoche filled the Himalayan Institute with prayer and peace . He spoke about spirituality and life in the modern world and how they fit together. Over 400 people attended today's event. Rinpoche spent part of the afternoon in Wayne County before boarding his plane and heading back to India.

Route 81 Truck Fire Schuylkill County
Monday July 28th 2008

A Walmart truck burts in to flames on Interstate 81 in Schuylkill County. According to state police, 42-year-old April Lynn Schack of Delaware was trying to merege onto 81 in West Mahonoy Township. The truck traveled off the road and hit the guiderail with it's passenger side fuel tank. The impact caused the tank to burst into flames. Police saw the empty tractor trailer was damaged beyond relpair but the driver was not hurt.

PENN ESTATES SECURITY GUARD ARRESTED
Monday July 28th 2008

Penn Estates security guard Jose Ramirez has been charged with groping a woman while on duty at the gated community in May. Ramirez admits to offering a woman a ride in the security vehicle and then telling her he had to search her...that is when he admits to inappropriately touching her. No word if he is still employed as a guard. Ramirez faces indecent contact and official oppression charges

Fatal ATV Crash
Monday July 28th 2008

Police are still investigating a fatal ATV accident in Paradise Township. Thirty one year old Jerry Bentzoni died on Sunday night after he failed to navigate a curve on a private roadway. Police say Bentzoni was not wearing a helmet and a local business owner says police tell him alcohol may have been a factor.

EAST PENN PIG PEN STILL NOT CLEANED UP
Monday July 28th 2008

An East Penn Township man refuses to clean up his former pig pen...now he's back in court. But Clair Troxell never showed at his court hearing Monday afternoon. Judge David Addy threatened to throw Troxell in jail and ruled the property must be cleaned up by August 21st. Troxell must also pay a $10,000 fine...

South Sterling Post Office Closed
Friday July 25th 2008

After over 100 years of serving the community a Post Office in Wayne County has closed its doors for the last time. A note on the door of the South Sterling Post Office says the landlord cancelled the lease agreement, so the post office closed yesterday afternoon. Residents say the post office was a staple of the community and it will be missed. Residents who had a P.O. Box at South Sterling can now pick their mail up three and a half miles down the road in Newfoundland.

mining history portrayed at mauch chunk opera house
Friday July 25th 2008

The rich mining history of our area comes alive on the Mauch Chunk Opera House stage this weekend. "Day of the Rope" is an emotional tribute to the coal miners who worked hard to keep their families fed. Concert Dance of Chicago puts on the performance all over the world, but it's always an extra special show in Jim Thorpe. The show's songs were all written in the coal region during the mining heyday. You can see history come alive this Saturday, July 26 at 8:30pm. Tickets will be available the night of the show, or you can call the Opera House at 570-325-0249 for advance tickets.

JURY CONVICTS MAN OF DRUG DEALING IN PIKE COUNTY
Friday July 25th 2008

A jury in Pike County has convicted a Saw Creek man on drug dealing charges. 43-year old Zouheir Fakhouri was charged along with 12 other people after a police raid last August in Saw Creek. Drugs found during the raid include marijuana, cocaine and crack. Police say Fakhouri sold cocaine to undercover officers. A jury found Fakhouri guilty of six felony counts of a delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and other charges. Fakhouri is a native of Morocco and was in the country illegally. He remains in jail until sentencing in September.

HEAVY RAINS WASH-OUT FERNWOOD CARNIVAL
Friday July 25th 2008

A carnival in Monroe County is cleaning up a muddy mess. Five inches of rain flooded the carnival at Fernwood Resort near Bushkill under four feet of water on Wednesday. Pumps were used to remove the water over the past two days. Carnival workers were busy today cleaning up what they called a major mess. Carnival operators say they won’t be able to re-open few rides and games but they hope to open the carnival again Friday night. The carnival at Fernwood is expected to run through Sunday.

SKI RESORT LOOKS TO WIND POWER, ENVIRONMENTALISTS CRYING FOUL
Friday July 25th 2008

Environmentalists are crying foul over a ski resort's plans to install a giant wind turbine on their slopes. The Blue Mountain Ski Area will be conducting a wind study on the mountain to see if a wind turbine would make sense...but experts say the structure could be deadly to migrating birds. The resort says a wind turbine would cut their electric bill in half. The wind study will take 60 days to complete...

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ASK SWIMMERS TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS
Friday July 25th 2008

Another summer weekend is here and the national park service is making a plea to people swimming in the Delaware River. The Park Service is asking all swimmers to wear a life jacket. The plea comes one week after a 20-year old man drowned while trying to swim across the river near Lackawaxen in Pike County. The Park Service says 56 people have drowned in the upper sections of the Delaware since 1980. Most were swimming or wading - and all were not wearing life jackets.

Weatherly Fatal Accident
Friday July 25th 2008

A Weatherly woman dies after an early morning car crash in Banks Township. According to State Police Hazelton, 43-year-old Lynda Pierno was driving on spring Mountain Road when she lost control of her car and struck a cluster of trees. Carbon County deputy coroner pronounced Pierno dead at the scene. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt. The roadway was closed while crews from Tresckow, Beaver Meadows and Weatherly cleared the scene.

Tamaqua Accident
Friday July 25th 2008

Sources at the scene say 42-year-old Robert Hertzog of Lansford was driving down East Broad Street around 1:30 a.m. when he rain in to the front porch of a house in the 500 block. He then continued to drive about a block where he hit concrete steps of another house. His car then flipped on to its side. Hertzog had to be freed from the wreck. He was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital with only minor injuries. Tamaqua police are investigatin whether the man was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. No other information is available at this time.

Franklin Township Accident
Friday July 25th 2008

A Franklin Township man is in critical condition after an early morning crash. According to Franklin Township Police, 28-year-old Norman Frey was driving on Forest Road around 2:15 when he lost control of his car. Frey's vehicle skidded across the road, through a yard and in to a tree. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Mahoning Township Underage Drinking Bust
Friday July 25th 2008

Mahoning Township Police charge a group of teens after they bust an underage drinking party. On June 18th police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of First Street. As a result of the investigation into the drinking party, police also discovered a marijuana growing operation. 10 juveniles and four Lehighotn adults face liquor law violations. One juvenile also faces felony drug chrages and another juvenile faces charges related to resisiting arrest. The individual that provided the alcohol to the juveniles will also be charged.

Tamaqua Chief Reinstated
Friday July 25th 2008

Tamaqua borough council reinstates police chief Dave Mattson. That after Mayor Chirs Morrison suspended him on Monday. This is the second time the mayor has suspened the cheif for not following the Mayor's schedule. The police chief says the mayor's schedule doesn't meet the needs of the department. Council reinstated the chief on advice of their solicitor who says the chief can't be suspended twice for the same thing. Cheif Mattson says he's tried to work with the mayor, but the mayor wants to call all the shots. The issue will come to a head on August 19th; that's when both sides face off in an unfair labor practice hearing in Harrisburg.

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
Friday July 25th 2008

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is hosting a "Wine on the Mountain" event this Saturday and Sunday at Penn's Peak. There will be wine sampling, local artisans displaying thier arts and crafts, and live entertainment. All of the member wineries featured this weekend have won numerous awards at national and international levels. Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars from New Tripoli and Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery from Andreas are among the nine wineries included in "Wine on the Mountain." Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased at each winery as well as at the door. For more information visit www.LehighValleyWineTrail.com

Despite Brawl Pocono Mountain Carnival is Doing Fine
Friday July 25th 2008

The Pocono Mountain Carnival has survived some ugly moments this year. A brawl marred the event on Monday night and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday kept some people away. But event organizers say despite the problems the carnival has still been a big draw and a major moneymaker for the Pocono Mountain Fire Company. The event set an attendance record on Thursday. Carnival officials insist there is adequate security on hand and the event is perfectly safe.

Delaware River Clean Up
Thursday July 24th 2008

Some interesting things were found at the bottom of the Delaware River during the Annual River Clean Up; chairs, propane tanks and lawn mowers to name a few.
Kittatinny Canoes has hosted the event for almost 2 decades. Over the last 17 years volunteers have collected 331 tons of trash, 75 hundred tires, and almost 8 thousand aluminum cans. The weather slowed down the clean up a bit, but officials say over 500 volunteers helped out.

slight set back for packerton yard project
Thursday July 24th 2008

It's another set back for the Packerton Yard project, but Carbon County officials remain optimistic. The county presented the project to NEPA Alliance earlier this year. The group is responsible for ranking projects to get federal money. Out of sixteen northeastern Pennsylvania industrial projects, Packerton landed at number seven. Commissioner Bill O'Gurek feels other projects ranked higher because developers had more money secured from other grants and private parties. He's confident Packerton will get state funding, and then the county will re-apply for federal money next year. Carbon County hopes to turn the old Packerton rail yard into an industrial park.

Route 54 "S" Curve Project On Hold
Thursday July 24th 2008

Bridge repairs take priority over the straightening of the dangerous "S" curves on Route 54. PennDot was expected to start the project in 2010 and finish it within two years. The "S" curves have been the scene of many accidents. The $19 million project has been put on hold because the state has set aside more of its money to repair and maintain briges. The straightening will have to wait because there are no funds available at this time. The project is one of hundreds on PennDot's 12-year plan.

Towamensing & Lower Towamensing Burglar Arrested
Thursday July 24th 2008

Police arrest a Palmerton man who's allegedly involved in a string of burlaries in Towamesning and Lower Towamensing Townships. According to Lehighton State police, after a lenghty investigation it was determined that 23-year old Rober Harrison Bunch committed four home burglaries. The breakins happened back in March, three along Hazlewood Road and the other on Dairy Road. Bunch stole guns, jewelry, and electronic devices. Criminal charges were filed against Bunch yesterday. He is now in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Bridge Street - Truck Lost Wheels
Thursday July 24th 2008

A truck driver avoids catastrohe when her rig loses its rear wheels in Lehighton. According to sources at the scene, the truck was turning on to Bridge Street from First Street around 11 this monring when its back wheels fell off. The driver continued to drag the trailer without its back wheels about a half a block to an empty lot on Bankway Street. A wrecker was called in to pick up the set of wheels and the tractor trailer. The wheels are expected to be put back on later today. Lehighton police are investigating the incident.

Bench Warrant - Edwin Kistler
Thursday July 24th 2008

State police need your help in finding a man who failed to show up for his carbon county courthouse sentencing. Fern Ridge State Police are looking for 61-year old Edwin Kistler with a last known address of 1301 Mickley Road in Whitehall. He's five-ten, 170 pounds and has brown eyes and hair. According to police, around August of 2005, Kistler scammed George Abrchinsky by telling him he was employed by the National Security Agency in Washington D.C. Kistler said if Abrchinsky gave him $110,000 he would invest the money and after a year Abrchinsky would be repaid $65,000 a month for five years.
Kistler has not returned any money to Abrchinsky. Kistler has been charged with a felony, theft by deception.
If you have any information on Edwin Kistler, contact state police at fern ridge at 570-646-2271.

PIKE MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Thursday July 24th 2008

An accident in Pike County has claimed the life of a Hemlock Farms man.
Police say 67 year old Robert Prout was driving on Canterbrook Drive inside Hemlock Farms when his car left the roadway and hit a drainage ditch, rocks, flower boxes and trash can holders. Prout was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. State Police are continuing an investigation.

GANG GRAFFITI FOUND IN MOUNT POCONO
Thursday July 24th 2008

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are investigating an alarming outbreak of gang related graffiti. The graffiti has been found on several buildings in Mount Pocono over the past four days. Police say the messages are related to the street gang M-S 13 and they make insulting statements to police. Fifteen messages related to M-S 13 were found on the Limekiln Manor Apartments. The Casino Theater and Citizens Bank were also hit. Anyone with information about that graffiti spree is asked to contact Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

I-80 HEROIN BUST IN MONROE COUNTY
Thursday July 24th 2008

Police have uncovered heroin worth thousands of dollars during a traffic stop along interstate 80 in Monroe County. State Police stopped a Cadillac they say was following another car too closely around five last night in Tunkhannock Township. Officers say a search of the vehicle uncovered one-thousand individual packets of heroin worth an estimated 25-thousand dollars. Three-thousand dollars cash was also recovered. Police say 29-year old Ernest Short of Wilkes Barre was driving the car. Short and four other people are being held on drug charges under 50-thousand dollars bail.

HAWLEY-LAKE CHAMBER GETS VISITOR CENTER DONATIONS
Thursday July 24th 2008

The Hawley Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of commerce is in the final stages of fundraising for their new visitor center and the group just got a big donation today.
The Wayne County Commissioners have pledged 35-thousand dollars to the visitor centers construction. The Pike County Commissioners have also pledged 20-thousand to the project. The Hawley-Lake Chamber hopes the new visitor center will open this fall.

MONROE BUSINESS HIT BY FIRE REBUILDING
Thursday July 24th 2008

The owners of a pizzeria near Mount Pocono destroyed by fire on Easter Sunday are taking a first step towards rebuilding. Heavy equipment began tearing down the former Kasa's pizza and Taco Bell building along route 940 in Paradise Township. It has taken four months to get ready to rebuild but the owners say they will be back as soon as possible. The fire that gutted Kasa’s last March is believed to have started in a heating unit. The business was also hit by a fire ten years ago and it took 18-months to come back after that blaze.

SPLIT ROCK HIKES TOLLS
Thursday July 24th 2008

It will cost you a little more to drive through the Split Rock Resort in Kidder Township. Management has raised the $.25 toll to $1.00. They cite rising costs of road maintanence for the toll hike. The toll only applies to motorists passing through the resort, not hotel guests or permanent residents...

teenager drowns in lehigh river
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

The body of seventeen year old Carl Smith of the Hazleton area was pulled from the Lehigh River around 8:30 this morning. Jim Thorpe Police were dispatched to the Lehigh Gorge State Park just after 2:00am. There were reports of four teenagers jumping from a railroad bridge into the river, and one didn't resurface. Dive teams and rescue crews started a search of the area, but had to call it off because of bad weather. It resumed around 8:00 this morning, when Smith's body was recovered. The Carbon County Coroner ruled his death an accidental drowning. No word yet on whether the other teens involved will face charges.

Route 54 Accident Nesquehoning
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

An afternoon accident in Nesquehoning closes Route 54 and leaves at least two with injuries. The accident happened around one o'clock. According to a passenger in the black jeep, a silver car was traveling West when it crossed the center line and hit the jeep head on. Emergency dispatchers report a 17-year-old boy driving the jeep had an ankle and head injury. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital as well as the driver of the silver car. The road was closed while crews cleaned up oil and cleared the scene. No other information is available at this time.

Senator John McCain Vists Wilkes-Barre
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

Senator John McCain makes his first stop in Northeastern Pennsylvania. F .M. Kirby Center in Wilkes Barre was filled with people eager to hear what the Republican Presidential Candidate had to say. McCain covered many topics including the energy crisis and his plan to drill off shore, his push to put 2 billion dollars a year into clean coal technology, his idea to allow families to re-assess their homes value for a lower mortgage rate and his stance on the War in Iraq. Senator McCain is expected to arrive in New Orleans tonight.

Stroudsburg Area Schools Clothing Drive
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

The student dress code at Stroudsburg Area schools is about a month away from going into effect. Some local parents want to make sure disadvantaged kids make the transition in style. Diane Sury and her friend Beth Nace created a clothing drive. They're call it the Mountie Closet. They're accepting new and slightly used dress code approved clothing at the High School. For more information on the dress code check out the school district's website at www.StroudsburgSD.org.



PAVING BEGINS ON NEW HONESDALE BRIDGE
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

Work on a new bridge in Honesdale has been underway for less than a year but contractors are already starting to pave the surface of the new span. Lee-ward construction began paving work on the new fourth street bridge last night. The contractors were taking advantage of cooler temperatures at night to pour the concrete. It took several hours to complete the job. Work on the new bridge continues as well as several other projects in town to improve traffic flow. Penn-dot expects to complete the whole project early in 2010.

TAMAQUA HIGH SCHOOL JANITOR CHARGED IN INDECENT ASSAULT
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

A former Tamaqua High School janitor is accused of inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl. Tamaqua police have charged 44-year-old Roger Roper with indecent assault and corruption of a minor. The female victim claims he touched her during an encounter inside a stairwell at the Tamaqua Senior High School. A preliminary hearing has been set for August 12th...

HEARING FOR POCONO MT. CHARTER SCHOOL DELAYED
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

A hearing called by the Pocono Mountain School Board to consider revoking the charter of the Pocono mountain charter school has been delayed. The hearing was supposed to begin Thursday at 6-pm. It has been postponed and no new date has been set. Pocono Mountain School District says attorneys for both sides need more time to gather information. In May the school board outlined 27 items they say violates the school's charter. Among them connections with the Shawnee Academy which they say violates government separation of church and state. The district also said the charter school failed to meet no child left behind standards.

DEP FINES COOLBAUGH OVER SEWAGE PLANT VIOLATIONS
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

The Department Of Environmental Protection has fined Coolbaugh Township 25-thousand dollars for violations at the Township's sewage treatment plant. D-E-P says the violation happened in 1999 when the plant released waste into the Tobyhanna Creek. D-E-P says Coolbaugh has worked to fix the problems and is constructing a new sewage treatment plant which must be finished by December 31st. Coolbaugh Township has also agreed to have an independent contractor test the stream's water quality over the next four years.

PIKE HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES 19 DOGS FROM HOME
Wednesday July 23rd 2008

The Pike County Humane Society has rescued 19-dogs left in a home for one week after their owner disappeared. The dogs were found in cages in a home off Theil Drive in Lehman Township. Their owner hasn't been identified but the man's land-lord called the humane society after discovering the dogs. Pike County Humane Society Director Barry Heim says the dogs are infested with fleas but otherwise in good shape. Heim thinks the society will have to spend 200-dollars per animal to spay or neuter and treat the dogs. They’re seeking donations to help cover the cost related to the dogs rescue. The dogs will eventually be up for adoption. Authorities are searching for their owner but have not been able to locate him.

PCLP possible Rate Increase
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

Pike County Light and Power customers may soon be facing another rate hike. PCLP just filed an electric base rate case with the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission for an increase in electric rate deliveries. if approved the increase will add on average about 16 bucks a month to customers bills and wont be implemented until next April.

banks twp. k-9 presentation
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

They patrol the streets on four legs instead of two, and can help catch the most dangerous criminals. Now, you can get up close and personal with police K-9s later this week in Banks Township. The crime watch is hosting a K-9 demonstration to show off the dogs' obedience and protection skills. Other local crime watch groups and residents are invited to attend. It's happening this Thursday, July 24 at 6:30pm at the Tresckow baseball field. While there will be many German Shepherds on hand, you're asked to leave your own pets at home.

St. Luke's Miners Memorial Expands cardiac care
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

An ambulance ride may be much shorter for local heart patients, thanks to a new partnership at St. Luke's Miners Memorial. The Coaldale hospital could be your first stop for cardiac care. The Heart Care Group is based in the Lehigh Valley, but its doctors take turns caring for patients at Miners Memorial. The hospital doesn't offer advanced care, like open heart surgery. But the new partnership allows patients to keep the same doctor, even if they need to transfer to another St. Luke's hospital.

METH CLINIC A NO GO IN KIDDER TOWNSHIP
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

The verdict is in and it's a unanimous no to a meth rehab clinic in Kidder Township. The Kidder Township Zoning Board ruled in favor of a group of concerned citizens. The decision comes a month after attorney Carole Walbert testified Pinnacle Treatment Centers was never a legal entity at the time they applied for a permit in October of 2008. Lawyers for Pinnacle had no comment to the decision. They can appeal the board's ruling to the Carbon County Court...

TAMAQUA POLICE CHIEF SUSPENDED AGAIN
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

The ongoing power struggle between the Tamaqua Mayor and Chief of Police has once again led to a suspension. Mayor Chris Morrison suspended Chief Dave Mattson for 10 days beginning late Monday afternoon. He was suspended for insubordination when he refused to follow the Mayor's police work schedule. A special council meeting will be held Thursday at 4PM.

SEVERAL PEOPLE CHARGED WITH CAUSING A RIOT NEAR MOUNT POCONO
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

Three adults and several juveniles are under arrest for taking part in a riot last night in Mount Pocono. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say a large group of people was obstructing traffic on Route 611 near the Belmont plaza. Officers tried to disperse the group. Officers say one juvenile tried to incite the crowd. When officers tried to arrest him the crowd turned on police. Other police were called to restore order. Police say 19-year old Jermain Peterkin - 18-year old Erinn Walker - and 21-year old Tyshawn Sommerville all of Mount Pocono were arrested along with two male juveniles.

POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICOUS DEATH IN MONROE COUNTY
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

Police are investigating a suspicious death in Coolbaugh Township. They discovered the body of a young white male this morning in the woods off Holiday Drive in Coolbaugh Township near Stillwater Lake. The man was pronounced dead shortly after 11 am. Police will not comment on the manner of death or whether it appears to be a suicide, homicide, or an accident. The death will be classified as suspicious until an autopsy is performed later this week.

CIGARETTES WORTH THOUSANDS STOLEN IN WAYNE COUNTY
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

Police in Wayne County want to know who stole cigarettes worth thousands from a store near Honesdale. State police are just now reporting the theft that happened in April or May at the tobacco road store on route six. 616 cartons of cigarettes worth 27-thousand dollars were taken. Officers say they're following several leads. Anyone with information about that theft is asked to contact state police in Honesdale.

Tamaqua Man Sentenced in Death
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

A Tamaqua man pleads guilty to killing a neighbor during a fight last year. 37-year-old Robert Hartranft was sentenced two to four years in state prison. He shot 36-year-old David Ruhl also of Tamaqua after being attacked by Ruhl. Testimony shows Ruhl had a blood alcohol level of more than 3 times the legal limit and had provoked the fight that led to his death. Hartranft is free until his formal sentencing at a later date.

Mine Owners Plead Not Guilty
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

The two owners of a schuylkill county coal mine and a worker enter not guilty to criminal charges for a 2006 explosion that killed a miner. R & D Coal Company owner David Zimmerman and his son Steven Zimmerman, as well as miner Jeffery Klinger face numerous charges for the explosion and the death of Dale Reightler. Charges include risking a catastrophe and recklessly endangering another person. Testimony from back in June showed Reightler was supposed to check for methane gas in the mine shaft where the explosion took place. Investigators say the detector's switch was in the off position when found. Klinger had detonated a charge after Reightler took a reading. Neither Reightler nor Klinger had the proper certification for blasting the mine.

Stroudsburg HS Renovation Costs Rising
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

It's a whole lot of money. The cost of renovating Stroudsburg High School could now top one hundred million dollars. Stroudsburg Superintendent John Toleno tells TV-13 the cost of the project has gone up more than forty percent from last year's projections. Toleno says a rise in the cost of construction materials is to blame for the increase.





D & L Trail Trot - Slatington
Tuesday July 22nd 2008

The Slatington Parks and Recreaction Commission is hard at work planning the first annual D & L Trail Trot 5k walk/run. The event is set for August 16th. The course is completely flat, so it'll be a fast race. You can preregister for the race up until August 2nd. Just e-mail Robert Stettner for a registration for at WSPA@fast.net. You can also register the day of the race from 8 to 8:55 a.m. at the Slatington trailhead. The race starts at 9 a.m. on the 16th. The Slatington Trailhead is located at the intersection of Main & Railroad Streets in downtown Slatington next to the Lehigh River bridge separating Walnutport & Slatington

another drowing in the delaware river
Monday July 21st 2008

Another person has drowned in the Delaware River. 20-year old Salvatore Valensziano of Staten Island drowned Friday night while trying to swim across the river near Lackawaxen. Four other people were swimming with Valensziano. They made it to shore but Valensziano did not. The others were able to get the victim to shore and start CPR. Valensziano was declared dead at Bon Secours community hospital in Port Jervis New York. Valensziano was not wearing a life jacket. Three other people have also drowned in the Delaware so far this year. All were not wearing life jackets as well.

Silberline Corp Fire - Hometown
Monday July 21st 2008

A weekend fire damages a manufacturing plat in Rush Township and sends several fire fighters to the hospital. According to a press release, the fire broke out just after noon on Saturday at Silberline's world headquaters on Lincoln Drive. The fire started in a single piece of processing equipment and spread to an adjacent wall and then to the roof. The blaze was controlled by the facility's fire suppression system and was extinguished by several local fire departments. Silberline thanked local fire departments for their quick response. No injuries to Silberline employees were reported. But as heat climbed into the 90's, five fire fighters were sent to Saint Luke's Miners Memorial for heat-exhaustion and other heat-related symptoms. Silberline is back in business today.

Susan Pevec Takes the Stand
Friday July 18th 2008

Its day three in court for a Wayne County woman charged with burning her 18 month old son. In a surprise move, the defendant Susan Pevec, is called to the stand. Pevec told the jury she quote "absolutely did not burn her son" or conspire to do so with her family, which are two of the seven charges filed against her. But several times her testimony did not match up with police reports. Pevec's attorney Randy Borden says her testimony was important to the case. The trial will resume Monday morning with closing arguments from both sides. Officials hope the jury will start deliberating by Monday afternoon.

Mountain Road Truck Accident
Friday July 18th 2008

The driver of a tractor trailer hauling human waste escapes electrocution in Washington Township. The incident happened just before 1:30 this afternoon on mountain road. According to sources on scene, the truck got tangled up in high tension wires while it was dumping the load. Electricity traveled down the truck bed into the rear tires, blew them out and set the truck on fire. The driver escaped without injury.

Energy-Efficent Items through PPL
Friday July 18th 2008

PPL Electric Utilities Customers can now shop online for energy-efficient products. The "E" store, an independent store operated by energy federation, is available by clicking on the E-power symbol at pplelectric.com. According to the federal government, the typical family can save as much as 30% on energy bills by making energy-efficient improvements. PPL customers get a 20& discount on all purchases at the "E" store. Products there include items like compact fluorescent light bulbs, air cleaners and programmable thermostats.

Franklin Township Vol. Fire Company Weekend Events
Thursday July 17th 2008

It's going to be a big weekend for the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company. Recently the company bought a new resuce pupmer truck. The volunteer fire fighters are dedicating the truck this weekend along with the company's annual block party. On Saturday, July 19th, at noon the fire company is holding a parade through the township. It'll start at the station on Fairyland Road. There will be 60 other fire and EMS vehicles joining Franklin Township in the parade. After the parade on Saturday July 19th, there is truck dedication ceremony at 2:00 p.m. The volunteer fire company's annual block party is also this weekend. It runs Friday night thourgh Sunday, and it includes food, games, rides and fireworks.

Man Charged in 2005 Fatal Accident
Thursday July 17th 2008

Three years after a woman was killed in a fatal accident in Wayne County, charges have been filed and the man accused turns himself in. Back in 2005, 45 year old Diane Glynn was killed in an accident in Salem Township when Dean O'Halloran drove this truck across center lines and struck her head on. It wasn't until February of this year that an attorney representing the glynn estate provided crucial information that led to his arrest. His blood alcohol level. Dean O'Halloran is charged with aggravated assault, criminal homicide and homicide by vehicle. He's been booked into the wayne county prison on 50 thousand dollars bail. A court date has been scheduled for July 23rd.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN MONROE COUNTY
Thursday July 17th 2008

State Police are investigating a suspicious death in Monroe County. Preliminary reports indicate a young child may have died accidentally inside a home on Hemlock Drive this morning. The Monroe County Coroner's office has been called to the scene. Police are not indicating how the victim died. The investigation continues..

State Rep. Keith McCall Reacts to "Bonusgate"
Wednesday July 16th 2008

"Bonusgate" touches close to home in Carbon County. Twelve Democratic staffers are accused of illegally using taxpayer money and employees for political campaigns. One of them, Jeff Foreman, served as Chief Counsel to State Representative Keith McCall. McCall suspended Foreman without pay, and assures his constituents he had no part in Foreman's wrongdoing. McCall also says a new code of conduct and ethics has since been put in place for lawmakers and their workers.

Lehigh Township Police - Wanted Man
Wednesday July 16th 2008

Lehigh Township police are looking for a man that is wanted for questioning in the rape of a juvenile in the township. The man is believed to be in his 50's and weighs apporximately 200 to 230 pounds. He has black hair with a gray streak in the front. He may be driving a Ford econoline van with dark windows and a New Jersey Registration. The van has lettering under the driver side window and on the rear door. It's black with a white background and red and blue border. Anyone with information is asked to contact detective robert Hawke with the Lehigh Township Police.

Slatington Crime Watch
Wednesday July 16th 2008

A crime watch group is a great way to keep communities safe in all kinds of ways. The Slatington crime watch is meeting this Thursday night. The group is planning future events including a community yard sale that conicides with a shredding program to prevent identity theft. Anyone is welcome to attend. In addition to public members, the crime watch meetings include the mayor and members of the borough police department. The slatington crime watch meets Thursday, July 17th, at 7:00 p.m. at the borough hall.

MONROE FATAL ACCIDENT
Wednesday July 16th 2008

A woman from Reeders has died as a result of an accident early yesterday morning. The Lehigh County Coroner reports 56-year old betty shrimper died early this morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Pocono Township Police say Schrimer was a passenger in a car that lost control on route 715 around 2-am Tuesday morning. The car struck a guide-rail. Schrimer died as a result of head trauma she suffered in the crash.

TOBYHANNA MUNITIONS SEARCH CONTINUES
Wednesday July 16th 2008

The search for World War One and Two military munitions has restarted at Tobyhanna State Park. The Department of Environmental Protection resumed its search about two weeks ago. The D-E-P says search areas will be closed to the public and safety zones will be created to limit the public’s access to the search area. D-E-P staff will search using metal detectors. Any munitions found will be destroyed on site and their remains removed. The park and surrounding game lands were part of the Tobyhanna Artillery Range from 1912 to 1949. A few dozen unexploded munitions have been found there during searches over the past few years.

POWER-LINE OPPOSITION GROWS IN PIKE COUNTY
Wednesday July 16th 2008

A new citizens group is forming to oppose a possible route for a new power line through Pike County. The group calling themselves "no route a" is speaking out against one of the proposed routes for the Susquehanna Roseland Power line. P-P-L has proposed the line to connect its Susquehanna nuclear power plant with Northern New Jersey. No route "a" is organizing on the web at www.noroutea.com. The group has been getting support from local businesses and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. P-P-L has only held informational meetings about the line so far.

Inmates Move into Wayne County Correctional Facility
Tuesday July 15th 2008

The new Wayne County Correctional Facility no longer sits empty. 17 work release inmates have moved in and they've been put to work around the jail. The brand new county lock up is equipped with over 200 locks, 60 surveillance cameras and the biggest difference, for the first time ever the Wayne County Prison accommodates women, saving the tax payers some money. Chalmers says all the inmates should be moved in by September.

Mahoning Township Fatal Accident
Tuesday July 15th 2008

An elderly East Penn Township man dies in an early morning accident in Mahoning Township. According to witnesses, the crash happened just after midnight along Mahoning Mountain Road. 61-year old Dennis Sullivan lost control of his sport utility vehicle when rounding a curve heading up the Mahoning Mounatin. The SUV went off the raod hitting several tress before rolling on to its roof. According to Carbon County Coroner, Bruce Nalesnik, Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene. The roadway was closed for several hours. Mahoning Township police are investigating the crash.

New Slatington Business Despite Bridge Closure
Tuesday July 15th 2008

A Slatington woman takes on a new restaurant in her town despite the closure of the General Morgan Bridge which many fear is hurting shops and buisnesses. Today there was a special grand opening ribbion cutting ceremony at the new Slatington Dinner. Owner Lisa Cozzi has spent three months updating and fixing up the property which was home to a diner int he past.

LAMBERT SPEAKS...OR NOT
Tuesday July 15th 2008

TV-13 looked to get answers from the head of the Monroe County Waste Management AUthority about his felony convction in New Jersey. James Lambert is still under federal supervision since his plea to felony bribery charges...while head of Mercer County Authority. He admitted to trying to bribe a public offiicial. Lambert was hired in Monroe County in 2007...and did not reveal his conviction on his job application.

FATAL CRASH IN WAYNE COUNTY
Tuesday July 15th 2008

A motorcycle accident has claimed the life of an 18-year old man from Wayne County. State Police say 18-year old Chad Sykes of Damascus was killed Monday when his cycle hit a farm tractor on route 191 in Lebanon Township. The tractor was crossing the road near Augello’s Excavating. The driver of the tractor wasn't hurt. Sykes was wearing a helmet but was thrown off the cycle. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Sykes was a 2008 graduate of Honesdale High School.

PIKE MAN ARRESTED FOR SECOND INTERNET OFFENSE
Tuesday July 15th 2008

A Pike County man has been arrested a second time for improperly contacting children online. The State Attorney General’s office says 49-year old Andrew Beck of Matamoras was arrested this week for sexually propositioning children online. The minors were actually undercover agents from a state child predator unit. Beck was charged with a similar offense last March when authorities say he travelled to Harrisburg to meet someone he thought was a minor. Charges for the second offense were filed this week when beck showed up for a preliminary hearing. State Attorney General Tom Corbett says Beck is the 150th internet predator to be arrested by his child predator unit.

HONESDALE NATIONAL BANK PHONE SCAM
Tuesday July 15th 2008

Authorities in Wayne County have issued a warning about a credit card scam targeting Honesdale National Bank customers. State Police at Honesdale say several residents have received automated phone calls asking to verify their Honesdale National Bank credit card or debit information. Customers are asked to call a phone number and enter their credit card and other personal identification numbers. Officers say the calls are a scam. If anyone has answered the phone message and given out information police say they should contact their card provider.

INJURED BEAR CUB RELEASED TODAY
Tuesday July 15th 2008

A bear cub who was hit by a truck and nursed back to health has been returned to the wild. The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center released the cub today. He suffered a concussion after being hit one week ago today. The center fed him yogurt and some berries to help get him back on his feet. It took some coaxing but the cub ran off into the woods near Albrightsville this morning. Game Commission Officers say they'll be checking the area over the next few days to make sure the cub is reunited with his mom.

many catholic churches closed for good
Monday July 14th 2008

It was a sad day for many local Catholics as they celebrated mass for the last time in their churches yesterday. The Bishop of Allentown Diocese announced he was closing dozens of churches earlier this year. Parishoners at Saints Cyril and Methodius in Coaldale snapped pictures and hugged good-bye as their church doors were locked for good. Parishoners say they'll appeal the Bishop's decision all the way to the Vatican.

Palmerton Woman Dies in Motorcycle Crash
Monday July 14th 2008

A 43-year old Palmerton woman dies in a weekend motorcycle accident in Wind Gap. According to the Lehigh County coroner's office, Susan Tangaro died Satruday at Saint Luke's Hospital Fountain Hill. The crash occurred just before 7:30 Satruday night, on North Broadway in Wind Gap. Tangaro was driving a motorcylce which struck a culvert in the roadway. The cause of death was ruled accidental due to blunt force injuries.

Terpstra's Bar in Jim Thorpe Ruled Arson
Monday July 14th 2008

A Friday fire at a Jim Thorpe bar is ruled arson. According to the Jim Thorpe Borough Police Department, the structure fire at Terpstra's bar on North Street happened while patrons were inside the building Friday night. Everyone made it out safely and no injuries were reported. The Jim Thorpe Fire Deparment quickly knocked down the fire which was contained to the exterior of the building near a side entrance. Through an investigation assisted by Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal, the fire was determined to be an arson. Anyone with information is asked to call the Jim Thorpe Police Department at 570-325-4995.

Linda's Country Gap Inn Burglary
Monday July 14th 2008

Police are looking for information on a weekend burglary in Palmerton. According to state police, an unkown person broke into Linda's Country Gap Inn on Little Gap Road yesterday. The actor broke the lock to the inn owned by Linda Stokes of Palmerton. Once inside he or she stole $225 from a cash box near the register and seven bottles of alcohol. The actor fled the scene in an unkown direction. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lehighton State Police at 610-377-4270.

Walnutport History Book
Monday July 14th 2008

A group of Walnutport residents needs your help getting a special history book together. Walnutport will celebrate its 100th birthday in less than a year. Many folks are working hard to get those 100 years down on paper int he centennial history book. In order to get the publication together organizers need your help. If you have any facts and information about the borough or especially old photographs contact Marilyn or Everett Kaul at 610-767-5817.

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