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Snow Won't Ruin NYE Celebrations
Thursday December 31st 2009

New Years Eve preparations are underway at hotels, restaurants and homes across the Poconos. Many who were dreaming of a white Christmas are getting a white New Years instead. The amount of cars on the roads today in Pike County proves one thing; a little snow isn't going to stop any New Years Eve celebrations tonight. No matter how you choose to bring in the new year make sure you do it safely and take it extra slow on the roads.

APPARENT ROAD RAGE VICTIM DIES
Thursday December 31st 2009

Authorities say an elderly man involved in a road rage incident in East Stroudsburg earlier this month has died. 81-year old Robert Kresge passed away last night at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He had been hospitalized there since December 19th following an assault after a traffic accident. The incident occurred at the intersection of North Courtland Street and Berwick Heights Road. Police say Kresge was allegedly punched by a 34-year-old man and sustained head injuries. According to an autopsy report he died because of complications related to that assault. His death has been ruled a homicide.

ROWE DENIED NEW TRIAL
Thursday December 31st 2009

A double murderer in Pike County has his bid for a new trial rejected. Gregory Rowe was convicted of intentionally killing his former girlfriend Kristen Fisher and their 7 month old daughter in Greentown. Rowe was sentenced to two life sentences. In April of this year he filed a petition to seek a new trial. He claimed his lawyer made mistakes during his trial. Rowe can appeal the decision to the state superior court.

CARBON COMMISSIONERS ARE IN AGREEMENT TO SELL WEATHERWOOD
Thursday December 31st 2009

Carbon County Commissioners said Thursday during their weekly meeting they are ready to sell the financially troubled nursing home. "I'm ready to sell Weatherwood, I'm ready to sell Weatherwood," said Commissioner Charles Getz, who at one point was highly against selling the county's nursing home. Commissioners said they are losing $8200 every day by maintaining the facility. Other Pennsylvania counties have already sold their nursing homes to private companies. A feasability study completed last month illustrated the need to sell the home to a private firm. Commissioners said they will begin to take action in the next several weeks...

KUNKLETOWN MAN WAIVES HEARING
Wednesday December 30th 2009

A Kunkletown man accused of shooting his former friend in the face last month waived his right to a hearing on attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges. Brian Hines hopes to plead his case down to lesser charges-likely aggravated assault in an attempt to avoid long jail time. Hines shot Gary Hoffer in the jaw after a fight over a heater near Towamensing Township home. He is in the Carbon County jail.

Shohola Officials Clear the Wall's
Wednesday December 30th 2009

Two Shohola Township officials accused of using their public position for private gain are vindicated. After almost three months of accusations, a four hour informal hearing and their reputations destroyed, the Wall's come out with their heads held high. A group of residents in Shohola Township accused them of using their public positions to promote their family business. But last night after an informal hearing their names were cleared. The supervisors have decided to review the internal operating procedures to avoid any appearance of impropriety in the future.

Lehighton Man in Distirct Court for Breaking Into Animal Hospital
Wednesday December 30th 2009

A Lehighton man was in district court today after he allegedly tried to disguise himself as a veterinarian and broke into the Lehighton Animal Hospital. It happened just after 1:30 Thanksgiving morning. Police say when they arrived on scene they found 21-year old Shane Rex in the animal hospital wearing latex gloves, a white hooded type coat and a stethoscope around his neck. When police arrested Rex they found syringes filled with an unkown clear liquid, needles and cash on him. He's been charged with several counts including felony burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. Rex waived his right to a preliminary hearing today and will faces those charges in Carbon County Court.

Franklin Township House Fire
Wednesday December 30th 2009

Several fire compaines respond to a dwelling fire in Franklin Township after a chimney fire spread. The fire call came in around 10:30 this morning. Puffs of smoke could be seen coming out of the house along Interchange Road near the Towamensing Township line. Sources at the scene say the fire apparently spread from the chimney into the walls of the home. Fire fighters were on scene for several hours. No word on the extent of damage.

Turnpike Tolls Going Up January 3rd
Wednesday December 30th 2009

In just a few days, tolls are going up on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The three percent hike goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, January 3rd. The increase will provide supplemental funding for the commonwealth's non-tolled roads and bridges as well as mass-transit agencies. Since Act 44 passed in July 2007, the turnpike has supplied more than $2 billion in supplemental funding to PennDOT.

slatington seniors learn about elder abuse
Wednesday December 30th 2009

All too often, the golden years turn dark for people who are abused by their caretakers. Lehigh County officials want their seniors to fight back by reporting abuse. Members of the Slatington Senior Center learned how to protect themselves during a program today. Lehigh County has two numbers you can call if you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse. Call 610-782-3200 Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Call 610-782-3034 on weekends, holidays, or after hours.

MONROE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN WAYNE COUNTY
Wednesday December 30th 2009

An East Stroudsburg man faces drug charges in Wayne County after police say they found cocaine in his car during a traffic stop. State police say they pulled over 38 year old Anthony Giordano on route 170 in Clinton Township Tuesday. Officers say after Giordano allowed them to search his car they found 28-plastic bags and two glass vials containing 30-grams of cocaine. Giordano is being held in the Wayne County Prison under 50-thousand dollars bail.

LAKEVILLE MARKET OWNER DECIDES NOT TO REBUILD
Wednesday December 30th 2009

The owner of a market in Wayne County destroyed by fire earlier this month says he does not plan to rebuild. Flames destroyed the Lakeville Market along Route 590 one week ago today. The owner says insurance will cover some of the costs of rebuilding but it won't cover everything that will be required like increased area for parking, electrical upgrades and a sprinkler system. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

STROUD POLICE CONTINUE TO HUNT FOR BANK ROBBER SUSPECT
Wednesday December 30th 2009

Stroud Area Regional Police continue to track down those responsible for four bank robberies in the area this month. Since December 9th three banks across the Stroudsburg area and one in East Stroudsburg were robbed. Twice a masked robber struck at the M&T Bank along Rt. 611. Police say they were close in apprehending yesterday's robber. Crime stoppers has offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the robber. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Stroud Area Regional Police Department...

Milford Mayor Retires
Tuesday December 29th 2009

Milford will soon have a new mayor but not without saying farewill to the finest. After 34 years serving Milford Borough residents, Merritt Quinn has decided its time to step down. Quinn was first elected to the Milford Borough Council back in 1962. He served 26 years on the council until eight years ago when he was elected mayor. Quinn says in his spare time he'll cook, clean and tend to his garden - and on occasion stop by the borough office to find out what's going on. Bo Fean, Vice President of Milford Borough Council, has been elected mayor and will takeover on January first.

Police Looking for Witnesses Yesterday's Fatal Crash at Normal Square
Tuesday December 29th 2009

Police are still looking for eye witnesses of yesterday's fatal crash in Mahoning Township. 62-year old Lind Huynh of Coaldale was killed after her mini van collided with an amublance at the Normal Square intersection. Police say the ambulance was not responding to a call at the time of the crash. Police also say they know there were witnesses and they need those folks to come forward to help them investigate the crash. Traffic lights had just been installed at that intersection to control traffic there two weeks ago. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Mahoning Township Police.

Tamaqua Grant for Security Cameras
Tuesday December 29th 2009

Congressman Tim Holden secured $200,000 for the Tamaqua Police Department. It'll be used to install cameras downtown, at the major entrances and exits of the town and in school areas. The money will also help purchase license plate scanners for the police department. The borough has to bid the project to find the lowest cost before they can begin purchasing and installing the cameras.

Free News Year Day Meal in Lehighton
Tuesday December 29th 2009

The Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is inviting area residents to the Second Annual Community Pork and Sauerkraut dinner. Last year the church served 160 people and this year they're hoping to feed even more. The meal is free but it is limited to the first 250 people to call in. To make your dinner reservations call 610-377-4303. The church is also serving the home-bound. So if you can't get to the church give them a call and they'll bring the meal to you.

STROUD BANK ROBBED TWICE IN EIGHT DAYS
Tuesday December 29th 2009

Stroud Area Regional Police are once again investigating the latest in a string of bank robberies. Shortly before noon today the M&T bank along Rt. 611 in Stroud Township was robbed for the second time in two weeks. Police are searching for a slender black male who was wearing a face mask and brown jacket. Witnesses say the robber matches the description of the man involved in the December 21st hold up. Anyone with information on the bank robberies should contact the Stroud Area Regional Police at 570-421-6800...

Residents Want PennDot Action After Crash
Tuesday December 29th 2009

A car crash in Stroud Township is sparking cries from residents to fix a stretch of dangerous road.
Last night three young girls were seriously injured when their car hit a patch of black ice on Route 191 near Poplar Valley Road. This morning, friends and family came back to the scene and tell News 13 that water runoff from the mountain freezes on this roadway making it treacherous to travel. A woman who got out to help the crash victims says this is the second time she and her husband have assisted at a car crash in this location. Penndot officials say they are checking out that stretch of road to see what repairs can be made.

WAYNE LIBRARIES CUT HOURS
Tuesday December 29th 2009

Two libraries in Wayne County are cutting hours to save money. The Hawley Public Library has announced it will close an hour earlier on Tuesdays and Thursdays - and two hours earlier on Saturday. The shorter week goes into effect January first and it's due in part to a drop in state funding by 20-percent. The research library and museum at the Wayne County Historical Society is closing completely for the winter in response to the cuts. That closing goes into effect January first as well. The Wayne Historical Society expects to reopen with a full schedule in mid April.

MONROE FORECLOSURES SET TO BREAK RECORD
Tuesday December 29th 2009

It's not a record you'd be proud of breaking. Mortgage foreclosures have hit new levels again this year in Monroe County. Final numbers are not available yet but as of the end of October 15-hundred and 75 foreclosures were filed. That's already higher than 2008 and the numbers will go higher - once foreclosures filed in November and December are counted at the Monroe County Prothonotary's office. Foreclosures have gone up about 300-percent since 2005 in Monroe. The foreclosures include both commercial and residential buildings.

WINDS KNOCK OUT POWER TO SOME IN POCONOS
Tuesday December 29th 2009

High winds today sent trees toppling and left many P-P-L customers in the dark for several hours. School house road in Stroud Township was closed this morning when a tree came crashing down onto these power lines. Another tree was in danger of collapsing on route 447 also in Stroud Township. According to P-P-L's website, over a thousand customers were without power in both Pike and Monroe Counties throughout the day. Service has been restored to almost everyone tonight. Winds are expected to subside later this evening.

MERCHANTS SEE GREEN OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Monday December 28th 2009

The holidays may be coming to a close but merchants are still seeing green a shoppers continue to take advantage of huge sales. Shoppers filled the Stroud Mall this past weekend. Wet weather and big discounts kept hte crowds inside at the mall and their wallets open for business. Merchants are expecting another green weekend as sales will continue right through the New Year holiday...

Two Men Arrested After Effort Shooting
Monday December 28th 2009

Two men are in custody after a shooting outside a Chestnuthill Township gas station. Police say a dispute between 19-year-old Justin Campbell and 26-year-old Kenneth Reddick, turned violent Sunday in the Unimart parking lot on Route 115. The pair had been arguing over an incident involving Reddick's younger brother when police say Campbell fired a pistol-style BB gun. Reddick then allegedly fired back with a 9mm handgun. An eyewitness with Campbell at the time says the dispute is petty and was never meant to go this far. Police say no one was injured. Both suspects are in custody. Kenneth Reddick faces attempted homicide charges.

Last Minute Shopping
Thursday December 24th 2009

With time running out for last minute Christmas shoppers, the mad rush is on. Stores in Milford we're booming with business as soon as doors opened up early this morning. So who's out shopping? Well on Black Friday 44% of the population hit the shops - and in most cases its the ladies. According to the National Retail Federation only 12% of Americans are running a little behind today and usually its the guys. Everyone says they are spending less this holiday season, but those out shopping today may actually get more for their money. In many cases Christmas Eve is when the sales begin.

palmerton property to be cleaned up
Thursday December 24th 2009

New life may be coming to old, contaminated property in Palmerton. The New Jersey Zinc Company closed in the 1980s, leaving hundreds of people unemployed and hundreds of acres of land contaminated. But, a developer may once again bring jobs and clean land to the area. Carbon County Commissioners report the developer plans to reclaim 120 acres of the land. The clean up may take up to seven years. The developer eventually hopes to bring high tech jobs to the property. Today, Carbon County Commissioners relieved the developer of back taxes on the old buildings to make the project a little more affordable.

Lakeville Market Gutted by Fire
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

The heart and soul of a small Wayne County community burns to the ground. Officials say a neighbors dog set off the alarm that the Lakeville Market and Smoke House was on fire. An official cause of the fire has not been released but the owner says it started in the smoke house. The market was known for its kielbasa and with hunting season just wrapping up they were in the midst of their busiest time of year. Route 590 was closed down for about 4 and a half hours this morning. A State Police Fire Marshall was on scene this afternoon to investigate. Luckily no one was injured during the blaze.

Tamqua Standoff Ends Peacefully
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

A three hour standoff yesterday in Tamaqua ened peacefully. Police say they were called to a domestic dispute on Pine Street around 10:15 a.m. There was a male threatening to harm himself with a knife. After three hours of negotiating with the male, he put the knife down and surrendered. The Pennsylvania "Cert" team took the man into custody. He was transported to the Schuylkill Medical Center South for a mental health evaluation. Local schools and day cares were put on lock down as precaution during the incident. No one was hurt. Police continue to investigate.

N.Y. Man Arrested in Lansford
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

A convicted felon from New York is arrested in Lansford. Police say they spotted two men along East Bertsch Street yesterday morning and recognized one of them who was believed to be a drug dealer. As police approached 22 year old Malcom Harris he appeared nervous. After checking his ID police patted him down - when the officer yelled "gun" Harris ran away. He hid the gun before cooperating with police. Later Harris admitted he did have a pistol on him and he hid it next to Marco's Pizza. Harris has been charged with several counts including possession of a firearm without a license and with an altered serial number.

LCCC Plans to Move Nesquehoning Campus
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

The Carbon County Career and Technical Institute could be getting a new neighbor. There's a possibilty Lehigh Carbon Community College could move its Nesquehoning Campus to land next to CCTI in Jim Thorpe. The community college got approval to do a feasibility study on land near CCTI. LCCC is interested in building on ten acres as long as the project doesn't interfere with the day to day operations of the technical school. Godshall Kane Architects is conducting the study - the group is very familiar with the land because they are currently handling CCTI's renovation and expansion project. That study will determine whether or not its best for LCCC to move forward with the project. We're told the study is currently underway but officials are not sure when the results will be ready.

MONROE MOM TO PLEAD GUILTY IN SON'S DEATH
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

A Monroe County mother will plead guilty to not doing enough to help her 13-year old son get medical attention after she suspected he had taken her prescription drug medication. 39-year old Ginger Lee Boyle will plead to one count of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say she should have called an ambulance or gotten medical attention when she found out her son had taken several of her methadone pills. The boy died at Pocono Medical Center. Boyle must successfully complete a drug treatment program before she can plead guilty and likely get probation.

WAYNE COUNTY FACES WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

A Wayne County woman is suing the county commissioners along with an area agency on aging driver for what she claims was the wrongful death of her husband. Carmela Regina of Beach Lake alleges her husband Edward Regina was not properly secured into an area agency on aging transportation van back in December of 2007. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Regina's wheelchair flipped backward and he was thrown onto the floor on his way to his dialysis treatment in Honesdale. It continues saying Mr. Regina suffered great physical pain and mental anguish until his death just two months later. The suit is asking for an undisclosed amount of damages.

RECYCLING CENTER TEMPORARY CLOSURE
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

The Twin Boroughs Recycling Center is closing for more than two weeks. The closing starts tomorrow and runs through January 8th. Recycling officials say it's a temporary closure to allow for service and repair of bailing equipment - used to package recyclables for transport. Regular curbside collection of recyclables will not be affected in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. Residents should continue to set out items for curbside pick-up instead of dropping them at the center.

WARRENT ISSUED FOR WAYNE ROBBERY SUSPECT
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

State Police in Wayne County think they know who robbed a cigarette store over the weekend. Officers have a warrant for the arrest of 19-year old Jonathan Rivera. Police say he held up the Smokin' Joes cigarette store in Beach Lake Friday night. According to police Rivera showed the clerk a b-b gun and demanded money. When the clerk refused - the robber pulled out a knife and fled on foot from the store with an undetermined amount of cash. Police say Rivera is a Hispanic male who stands about five eight and weighs 150-pounds. Four other people are wanted for assisting Rivera and may be traveling with him. Police say he may be armed and should not be approached.

PIKE COUNTY SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGANISTAN
Wednesday December 23rd 2009

We're learning a little more about a marine from Pike County who was killed in Afghanistan this week. The department of defense says they are still investigating the death of Private First Class Serge Kropov of hemlock farms. Officials say he died Sunday in a “non-hostile incident” in the country's Helmand Province but they are not saying exactly what happened. Kropov was a helicopter airframe mechanic who first enlisted in 2006. He had served in Iraq and had received several military awards and decorations. Kropov was most recently stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered flags to fly at half staff at the California capitol in his honor.

Pike Commissioners Meet with Library Board
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

Today was the start of negotiations between the Pike County Commissioners and the Library Board. In order for the commissioners to release any tax payer funds to the library, some major changes need to take place; including : changing the bylaws and makeup of the board and making sure the library board becomes accountable to the tax payers. Commissioners will meet with the library board again next week and hope to resolve all issues by the end of January.

local puppy mills surrender dogs
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

Tougher dog laws in Pennsylvania are forcing many puppy mills to shut their doors. It's making for some bad consequences for dogs already housed at puppy mills. Locally, 37 dogs are now left homeless. More than a dozen of them arrived at Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital early this morning to be spayed and neutered. The veterinarian hopes that'll help them find new homes. The pups are a little timid, but they appear to be healthy and well behaved. If you can find a place in your heart and home for a new furry friend, call the Ruth Steiner SPCA in Pine Grove at 570-345-3540.

PIKE POLICE SEEK ROAD RAGE SUSPECT
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

Police in Pike County are looking for a suspect in what they're calling a road rage incident. It happened just after two o'clock Sunday morning along Route 6 near Greeley. The victim tells police he pulled over on the side of the road to let another driver pass. The other driver then got out of his vehicle and struck the victim several times causing injuries to the victim's face and head. Police say the suspect is a white man between 30 and 35, with dark, bushy hair, approximately 6 feet tall. He was driving a late '90s model Jeep Cherokee with minor front end damage. A woman with blond hair in her late 30s or early 40s was also in the Jeep. Anyone with information about the assault should contact State Police at Blooming Grove.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT PICKED FOR LOCAL NATIONAL PARK
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

There’s a new person in charge at the National Park Service’s Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. The park service has chosen Sean McGuiness as the park’s new superintendent. McGuiness comes to the area from a recent post at the Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island, New York. He replaces Vidal Martinez who moved to another park in October. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River includes 74-miles of the Delaware River from Hancock New York to Port Jervis. McGuiness will take the post next February.

TOBYHANNA WOMAN RECEIVES STATE PRISON FOR ARSON
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

A Monroe County woman accused of setting fire to a home she was evicted from will serve time in state prison for the crime. Police arrested 41-year old Tina Schiffino after the fire last April on natures drive in A Pocono Country Place. Authorities say Schiffino had just been evicted from the home and was seen leaving minutes before the fire was discovered. Two firefighters suffered minor burns while putting out the blaze. Schiffino was sentenced this week to 18-months to four-years in state prison on arson charges.

MOLLY MAGUIRES PUB CLOSES
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

For the last 16 years the Molly Maguires Pub in Jim Thorpe has been a staple for both locals and tourists. But on Sunday Night, the iconic bar served up the final pints of ale as Mollys and the Emerald Restaurant both closed for good. Owner Noel Behan says he's taking the historic Molly Maguire name to his other restaurant just down the street. JT's Steak and Ale will now be known as Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse. Behan says the newly completed deck will feature live music and an outdoor bar. He says the expansion will be finished in time for the 2010 Jim Thorpe Saint Patrick's Day Parade...

RENDELL SIGNS BILL RE-NAMING HIGHWAY FOR TROOPER
Tuesday December 22nd 2009

Governor Ed Rendell signed a bill into law that re-names a portion of Route 611 in Coolbaugh Township the "Trooper Joshua Miller Memorial Highway". It was on that section of road where Miller lost his life..after he was involved in a shoot-out with a man who had kidnapped his 9-year old son. The stretch will be forever known as that highway. Many remember Trooper Miller as a "hero". His wife and young daughter were in attendance..

STROUD BUSINESSES LOOKING TO REBOUND FROM SNOWSTORM
Monday December 21st 2009

The weekend snowstorm hurt some businesses in downtown Stroudsburg. The 6-inches of snow kept shoppers away and some business report being down about 10-percent. The weekend before Christmas is usually a busy one for store owners as people tend to spend more money. Many hope to re-bound during the week by staying open late.

Car Collides With Propane Truck in Marshalls Creek
Monday December 21st 2009

State police in Swiftwater are investigating an accident involving a fully loaded propane truck.
It happened on Route 402 in Marshalls Creek just before 8a.m. Authorities say a woman driving a Pontiac sedan southbound somehow crossed the lane, hitting the truck head on. The collision caused the truck to turn over onto its side. Authorities say the tanker was full of propane and fire officials were called in just in case the propane truck exploded. It took crews more than three hours to get the truck upright and safely towed. A representative of Heller Gas says the truck driver is in shock but not hurt. The woman driving the Pontiac was taken to Pocono Medical Center.

polk supervisor dies
Monday December 21st 2009

A long-time supervisor in Polk Township has died. Officials say H. Lee Everett died Sunday at a Philadelphia hospital. He dedicated much of his life to the public sector serving as a supervisor for more than 30 years. Everett was elected to his sixth term in 2005 and township officials say he will be dearly missed. He was 71-years-old.

WAYNE CIGARETTE STORE HELD UP
Monday December 21st 2009

Police are searching for a man who robbed a cigarette store in Wayne County over the weekend. Reports state on Friday evening a man entered Smokin' Joes in Beach Lake wearing a mask - showed the clerk a gun and demanded money from the register. When the clerk refused - the robber pulled out a knife. The robber fled on foot from the store with an undetermined amount of cash. Police describe him as 16 to 22 years old, about five eight and possibly Hispanic. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with jeans. If you have any information on this robbery you're asked to contact the state police in Honesdale.

CAR CRASH CLAIMS A LIFE IN WAYNE COUNTY
Monday December 21st 2009

A car accident claims the life of a Wayne county woman. 26 year old Natosha Vansant of Waymart was traveling north on Route 296 just one mile south of the Owego Turnpike Friday afternoon when her car swerved off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled over several times and Vansant was partially ejected from the car. Vansant was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

STROUD TOWNSHIP BANK ROBBED
Monday December 21st 2009

A bank in Stroud Township is held up this afternoon. The robbery apparently happened this afternoon at the M and T Bank off Route 611. No details have been released yet but police were at the bank investigating. This is the third bank robbery in the Stroudsburg area in the past two weeks. This particular M and T Bank was also held up last January.

Lansford Armed Robbery
Monday December 21st 2009

Four men are arrested after an alleged home invasion in Lansford. It happened Friday night along the 200 block of East Snyder Avenue. According to court papers, one of the defendants told police he and three others walked to the home to take drugs and money. They brought a BB gun and two knives. One of the victims from the home was pistol whipped and taken ot the hospital for his injuries. Three of the men - Jarred Dillman, Justin Nahf and Ryan Dillman were arrested at the scene. Josh Barlip got away from police but apparently turned himself in later. All four have been charged with several felony counts including robbery, burglary and criminal conspiracy. They remain in Carbon County Prison.

Route 209 Coaldale Crash
Monday December 21st 2009

An early morning accident yesterday shuts down Route 209 along the Schuylkill Carbon County line. The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. in Coaldale. Amanada Bielawne of Lansford told police she slid on snow causing her to crash into a utility pole. Bielwane was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The police splintered from the force of impact causing it to catch fire. Route 209 was shut down at First Street in Coaldale and at the Lansford pool. Further investigation showed Bielawne had a suspended drivers license. Police say she will be charged.

lehighton police issue snow reminder
Friday December 18th 2009

Snow is on the way for the weekend and Lehighton Police want to remind people to shovel their sidewalks. According to a borough ordinance, sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours of the snow storm ending. That's to keep everyone safe in the icy weather. Police also remind residents you are NOT allowed to shovel snow from your property onto the road, especially if plows have already come through to clear the roadway. If you're caught violating the ordinances, you will be cited.

Hawley Medical Facility
Friday December 18th 2009

Wayne County residents in one town will soon have a much needed medical center at their doorstep. Officials have just announced a brand new medical facility in Hawley will house an urgent care facility along with a physical therapy center. Residents will now be able to receive emeregency services, lab work and x-rays without driving to Honesdale. Comprehensive Physical Therapy will officially open its new doors on Monday. The three thousand square foot Urgent Care will be complete this spring.

carbon tree farms report healthy season
Friday December 18th 2009

It's the symbol of the holiday season in many homes, but Christmas trees are also an important money maker in the Carbon County economy. Local tree growers say it's been a bright season for business and a big boost for the local economy. If you want the freshest evergreen possible, don't worry! Local farms are open this weekend...even if a white Christmas comes early this year.

LONG DISTANCE OUTAGE IN PIKE COUNTY
Friday December 18th 2009

A cut fiber optic line in New York State has kept many people from making long distance calls today in Pike County. The Verizon line was cut sometime early this morning in Newburgh New York. Customers have reported problems making long distance calls in Milford and Dingmans Ferry. Local calls should not be affected. The Pike County Communications center says 9-1-1 calls should also go through. Verizon crews are working on the problem. Normal service is expected to be restored sometime after six tonight.

PIKE MAN SENTENCED ON BURGLARY AND DRUG CHARGES
Friday December 18th 2009

A Pike County man will spend two to five years in state prison on burglary and drug charges. Police say 37-year old Brett Barry broke into a Shohola Township home last July. Once inside Barry took a checkbook, driver’s license, social security cards, and prescription pill bottles. Police say when they interviewed Barry about the crime they found he was in possession of needles, rolling papers and other drug paraphernalia.

MONROE COUNTY DRUG TRAFFICKING ARREST
Friday December 18th 2009

Drug trafficking charges have been filed against a Monroe County couple who police say were selling drugs from their home, business and through their two daughters. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say the charges filed against 48 year old Joseph Szumera and 45 year old Michelle Szumera were the result of a four month investigation. Officers say they bought heroin marijuana and prescription pills at the couples Tobyhanna home and Swiftwater car care business. Police served a search warrant yesterday and found narcotics and prescription drugs obtained legally and then sold. Officers say they also found evidence the couples 19 and 23 year old daughters were selling the pills in the area. Officers say their investigation in the case is ongoing.

PMC LIFTS FLU RESTRICTIONS
Friday December 18th 2009

Pocono Medical Center has lifted the visitor restrictions it had put in place to guard against the flu. Healthy individuals including those under the age of 18 can now visit patients at the hospital. However, P-M-C strongly encourages anyone with flu-like symptoms to refrain from visiting patients. Visitation had been restricted since October because of an outbreak of influenza and other illnesses. Restrictions placed on visitation at the maternity and pediatric units remain in place. Children under the age of two are restricted through April. P-M-C is urging residents to take steps to protect themselves from the flu and for those at high risk to get a flu shot.

Slatington Teen Charged for Drugs
Thursday December 17th 2009

A Slatington teen has been charged with selling marijuana and with having $500 worth of the drug in his car on Northern Lehigh School property. The Lehigh County District Attorney says last week during an undercover operation Christopher Estevez delivered a bag with suspected marijuana in the borough of Slatington. On Monday, police charged Estevez and searched his vehicle which was on high shcool property. Investigators found six clear bags of suspected marijuana worth $500 and other drug paraphernalia. He has been charged with several counts including felony delivery of marijuana and felony possession with intent to deliver.

Carbon Gets No Money in Lawsuit Settlement
Thursday December 17th 2009

A lawsuit against a major airline which involved the Carbon County Retirement Board has officially been settled. In the spring of 2008, Southwest Airlines stocks took a major hit after allegations of improper safety inspections on their planes. Carbon County owns 9000 shares of Southwest which it purchased for $135,000. After the allegations the shares were only worth $110,000. The suit recently settled but the county isn't getting any money out of the deal. However in the past commissioners said it wasn't just about the money. They wanted Southwest Airlines to take responsibility for passenger safety.

Lehman Township Denies Highland Village
Thursday December 17th 2009

A massive proposed development in Pike County has been put on hold yet again. Developers of a proposed five thousand home subdivision in southern Pike County have been sent back to the drawing board. Last night Lehman Township supervisors denied Wolfington Companies application for Highland Village by a vote of two to one. Supervisors say if the Wolfington Company decides to fix the application they have to start the process all over again before coming to the supervisors for approval.

CARBON COUNTY MOURNS LOSS OF JUDGE DAVID ADDY
Thursday December 17th 2009

Carbon County officials are mourning the loss of Judge David Addy. Addy died Thursday Morning at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia after battling a long illness. For 17 years he served as the Assistant DA in Carbon County. In 2005, he was elected Judge, and took the bench in January of 2006. Judge Addy also served on the children's roundtable and was an active member of the family care collaborative board. Judge David Addy was just 52 years old...

FEDERAL PRISON SENTENCE FOR MONROE ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY
Thursday December 17th 2009

A Stroudsburg man has been sentenced to federal prison for an attempted bank robbery earlier this year. 22-year old Luke Radick tried to enter the First National Bank of Palmerton along route 209 in Sciota - carrying a shotgun on January 8th of this year. Radick wasn't able to get through the bank's double door security entrance. He was arrested a short time later at a gas station in Reeders. Radick was sentenced this week to four years and two months in prison. The night before Radick has been arrested for driving under the influence. Needles and drug paraphernalia were found in his car.

DRUGS FOUND IN I-80 TRAFFIC STOP
Thursday December 17th 2009

State police say a New York man stopped along interstate 80 this week was transporting thousands of dollars in drugs. Officers pulled over 34-year old Jamelle Collier of Elmira, New York along 80 near the 380 split Tuesday afternoon. Police say he made an unsafe lane change and was travelling about 15-miles per hour over the speed limit. A search of collier's car turned up 125 grams of crack cocaine, valued at $12,500. Collier is being held in the Monroe County Correctional Facility under drug charges tonight.

WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FILED TWO YEARS AFTER PIKE CO. FIRE
Thursday December 17th 2009

Two years after a 19 year old girl dies in a fire at a Pike County inn and restaurant - the family files a lawsuit. Back in December of 2007 the Mill Rift Inn went up in flames - claiming the life of 19 year old Amanda Tooley. Tooley rented an apartment on the second floor of the historic inn. Her mother Rhonda Tooley filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the two companies that owned and operated the building. Court documents state the building was not properly equipped with a fire alarm system, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting. The suite is asking for an undisclosed amount of damages.

WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FILED TWO YEARS AFTER PIKE CO. FIRE
Thursday December 17th 2009

Two years after a 19 year old girl dies in a fire at a Pike County inn and restaurant - the family files a lawsuit. Back in December of 2007 the Mill Rift Inn went up in flames - claiming the life of 19 year old Amanda Tooley. Tooley rented an apartment on the second floor of the historic inn. Her mother Rhonda Tooley filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the two companies that owned and operated the building. Court documents state the building was not properly equipped with a fire alarm system, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting. The suite is asking for an undisclosed amount of damages.

Pike County: Single Stream Recycling
Wednesday December 16th 2009

Pike County now has a new state of the art recycling operation. The new single stream program has been in the works for awhile but now all ten sites are up and running. Commissioners say single stream will save them money in the long run. Because the state is no longer handing out recycling grants, the county could no longer afford to maintain the trucks and containers. The only thing officials ask is if you collect your recyclables in a plastic bag, don't throw the plastic bag in the containers. There is a designated bin for them.

normal square light turned on
Wednesday December 16th 2009

Red and green lights decorate a Carbon County intersection, but they aren't Christmas lights. The Normal Square intersection on Route 443 finally has a four-way traffic light. It's been the scene of many serious, often fatal accidents over the years. Police feel the new light will eventually make the area much safer. But, Mahoning Township Police Chief Kenneth Barnes expects to see an increase in accidents at the intersection at first until people get used to the new light. Police will give drivers a 30 day grace period before they start issuing tickets at the intersection.

mail theft under investigation in honesdale
Wednesday December 16th 2009

Police in Honesdale are advising residents to be on the lookout for someone stealing mail and Christmas gifts. Honesdale Borough Police say a U-P-S package was taken from a home on Riverside Drive sometime last week. The package contained a video camcorder. A suspicious person was also seen inside a vehicle dressed all in black last Thursday. Nothing was taken. A third report on Riverside Drive came from a resident who said he received a piece of mail later than expected that had been opened. Borough Police are asking residents to lock their homes and cars and not to leave any Christmas packages in view. They’re also asking anyone with a similar incident to contact them.

vehicular homicide charges filed in Monroe county
Wednesday December 16th 2009

A Saylorsburg man faces vehicular homicide charges stemming from a may accident that claimed a life. Police arrested and charged 39-year old Robert Steinmetz this morning - with homicide by motor vehicle and driving under the influence. Officers say Steinmetz' car collided with another vehicle along route 209 last may 11th. Dale Dennis of Bartonsville was the other driver. Dennis died in July from complications of the injuries he received. Steinmetz is being held under 75-thousand dollars bail. He faces a court hearing on the charges later this month.

fire levels arrowhead lakes home
Wednesday December 16th 2009

Authorities are investigating a fire that gutted a Tobyhanna Township home this morning. Investigators say the fire broke out about 10:30 at a residence in Arrowhead Lake Estates on Orono Drive. Neighbors spotted the fire inside the development. Luckily all the occupants made it out safely. Approximately 60 fire fighters from six fire companies were called in to fight the blaze but the house is a complete loss. The Red Cross is assisting the family. Their pet dog is still missing.

resident complains about stop sign
Tuesday December 15th 2009

A Slatington resident wants a safety feature stopped, but borough council says the stop sign is here to stay. A four-way stop was recently added to the Diamond Street intersection near Northern Lehigh School District. One area resident isn't happy about the traffic change. The Slatington Police Chief explained the stop sign was added after months of planning. It's meant to keep school students safe at dismissal time. Police say they're giving drivers a 30 day grace period, but after that they'll start ticketing people who don't heed the signs.

CARBON COUNTY LOOKS TO BID ELECTRIC COSTS
Tuesday December 15th 2009

With an annual electric bill already close to a million dollars, Carbon County Commissioners have come up wiht new ways to avoid the PPL rate hikes. In just a few weeks, all county buildings will receive energy from an outside electric provider. Commissioners are conducting an audit to see how much energy their dozen or so buildings used in 2009. They will then bid out their expected 2010 energy use through an online auction. Commissioners expect the auction will take place within the next ten days...

state aid for carlton house fire victims
Tuesday December 15th 2009

State aid has been approved for the victims of an apartment building fire in Stroudsburg. Governor Rendell asked for a disaster declaration in the wake of the Carlton House fire December fifth. The declaration allows the U-S Small Business Administration to provide low interest loans of up to 200-thousand dollars for residents or businesses renting space in the building. A state damage assessment indicated most of the residents did not have private insurance to help pay for fire damage.

arrest in ax attack
Tuesday December 15th 2009

Police have arrested a man they say viciously attacked a Coolbaugh Township resident with an ax. James fisher is facing assault charges after police say last month he violently hit another man with the axe outside of a tavern in Tobyhanna. Police say Fisher then followed the victim in a car and when he pulled off the road.. Fisher allegedly began attacking him again. Another man trying to aid the victim claims to have been struck by a second attacker. And the victim sustained large cuts on his back and arms. It's not clear what the motivation was behind the attack. For now Fisher is in the county jail on 25-thousand dollars bail.

monroe arson sentence
Tuesday December 15th 2009

A Monroe County man will spend time in a state prison for setting fire to a home-building business over the summer. Michael Bartell of Tobyhanna will spend the next 1 to 4 years in prison. A judge sentenced the 30-year old today after he admitted to setting fire to quality home builders in Pocono Summit back in June. That business was destroyed. Bartell told investigators he was angry at the owners for not paying his father for work his dad did for the company. No one was hurt in the blaze.

STATE $$$ WORKING ON THE RAILROAD
Monday December 14th 2009

Millions of dollars from a state grant will help rebuild a 23-mile long rail line running through Pike and Wayne Counties. The Stourbridge railroad’s main use in recent years has been for tourists excursions from Honesdale. Penn-DOT has awarded three-point two million dollars to bring the line back up to operating standards. That will include rehabilitating tracks and repairing a rail bridge. The rail line was sold in January of this year. The upgrades should allow trains using the line to travel faster and make the line more suitable for transporting freight.

BULLET HITS HOME IN PIKE COUNTY
Monday December 14th 2009

Police in Pike County want to know who fired a shot that left a bullet lodged in a home Saturday. The bullet was found lodged in a metal window frame at a home off fox trail road in Lackawaxen Township. The bullet missed the glass by an inch. Two children were playing inside at the time but no one was hurt. Police think the bullet may have travelled a large distance before it hit the house. Anyone with information about the shot should contact State Police at Blooming Grove.

EAST STROUDSBURG BANK ROBBED
Monday December 14th 2009

A bank robbery in East Stroudsburg this afternoon and police believe it may be connected to one in Stroudsburg last week. It happened at Citizen's Bank on Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg around 2:30. Stroud Area Regional Police say a man with a hood over his head walked into the bank and demanded cash. He threatened the clerk with a gun but no weapon was shown. The man left in a small car. This is a picture taken from surveillance video at the bank. Police believe he could be the same man who robbed the Wachovia bank along Main Street in Stroudsburg last Wednesday. If you have any information please call Stroud Area Regional Police at (570) 421-6800.

second harvest gets big boost
Monday December 14th 2009

Local food banks get a big boost to help feed hungry kids. Weis Markets handed over $35,000 worth of gift cards and non-perishable food donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The donations will go right to the "Backpack Buddies" program, which provides nutritious meals for kids on weekends when they aren't being fed at school. Second Harvest provides food for 60,000 needy residents in the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley.

sgt. mark renninger laid to rest
Friday December 11th 2009

A Lehigh Valley native killed in the line of duty in Washington state is laid to rest in his hometown. Sergeant Mark Renninger was shot and killed at a coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington on November 29. He was born and raised in Bethlehem. Today, hundreds of police officers from across the country gathered to say good-bye to their fallen brother. People who grew up with the 13 year police veteran also honored his memory. Sergeant Renninger leaves behind a wife and three children. He was buried in his hometown of Bethlehem.

DOUBLE FATAL FIRE IN JIM THORPE
Friday December 11th 2009

A second fire in the same Jim Thorpe neighborhood in three days has claimed two lives. The fatal fire broke out at a home along the one hundred block of North Ave in the Heights early Friday Morning. 63-year old Sharon Joseph and 46-year old Larry Darrohn were overcome by thick smoke and died. Sharon's daughter Erin managed to escape without injury. A state police fire marshal ruled the blaze started as a result of improper disposal of smoking materials in a trash can. On Wednesday Morning, Corrine Miller was badly burned in a fire less than two blocks away from Friday's blaze. She remains in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital...

WAYNE PIKE TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS DOWN
Friday December 11th 2009

Donations are few and far between for the pike and wayne county toys for tots. Officials say they are down 95 percent from last year at this time. Wayne/Pike Toys for Tots Coordinator Andrew Tiernan says there are over 80 donation boxes scattered all over Pike and Wayne Counties at different businesses, but this year toys for tots is lucky if those containers have one toy inside. A benefit for toys for tots will be held tonight at eight o'clock at the Beach Lake Inn. Everyone is invited to come and donate either money or toys to help make the holidays special for those who are struggling this year.

police seek sex assault suspect in northern monroe county
Friday December 11th 2009

Police in Monroe County are looking for a man wanted for a sexual assault in New York but was in our area right before the incident. 30 year old Arnold fox, also known as Mike Fox is wanted by Police in Cayuga County New York. They say he is a suspect in a sexual assault that happened in that area earlier this week. The 21-year old victim told police she and Fox were in the Barrett Township area this past weekend looking at horses. Police believe fox could be in the area again. If you see him call Barrett Township Police at 570-595-3476

st. luke's offers free h1n1 vaccines
Thursday December 10th 2009

The sickness has died down a bit, but flu fears are still alive and well in our area. H1N1 shots have arrived in Schuylkill County and people are rushing to get vaccinated. St. Luke's Miners Health Center in Tamaqua received a large supply of both the intranasal and traditional vaccines. St. Luke's is asking that only people who fall under the CDC's priority groups request a vaccine. There are two more free flu shot clinics scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 17. You do need an appointment to get the vaccine. Call 570-668-6111 for more information.

Winning Unclaimed Lottery Ticket Sold in Jim Thorpe
Thursday December 10th 2009

A Pennsylvania Lottery ticket worth $50,000 was sold in Jim Thorpe and will soon expire! It was sold at Dugan's Store on Broadway December 28th 2008. The Powerball ticket has yet to be presented for payment. The ticket and prize will expire on the 27th of this month - year from the date of the drawing. The Powerball ticket matched four of five drawn numbers, 12-15-26-31-43, the Powerball 10, and the ticket holder purchased Powerplay for a $50,000 prize, less 25 percent federal withholding. The Pennsylvania Lottery encourages the holder of the winning ticket to sign the back of it, call the lottery and file a claim within the next two weeks. For more information visit palottery.com.

Carbon County Budget Passes
Thursday December 10th 2009

It's official no new taxes and no tax hikes for Carbon County next year. This morning Carbon County Commissioners passed the 2010 budget. It's the eighth year in a row without a tax increase for Carbon County residents. Commissioner Bill O'Gurek says to keep in mind two years ago the eliminated the occupational tax - so they've actually been going without a couple of million dollars which that tax brought in.

LEHIGH VALLEY LAWMAKERS SHARE CASINO REVENUE
Thursday December 10th 2009

Lehigh Valley lawmakers come together to share the wealth of the new casino gaming revenue. Even before a single deck of cards has been shuffled, plans for the increased revenue of table games are already in place. Lehigh Valley lawmakers finalized new agreements Thursday to share in the expected $10 million of revenue once table games are approved at the Sands Casino. The house was supposed to vote on the table game legislation on Thursday...but that has been pushed back to at least next week....

TRUCK SLIDES OFF ROUTE 33
Thursday December 10th 2009

It was a wild ride for a truck driver heading north on Route 33 in Saylorsburg just after 9 this morning. The fed-ex double tractor trailer veered off the road, crashed through guide rails, slid down an embankment and crashed into the fence at Sorrenti's Cherry Valley Vineyards. This isn't the first accident at the location. Vineyard Owner Mary Sorrenti says she's started a petition to Penn-DOT to improve Route 33. Sorrenti says that stretch of road is dangerous. Monroe Co. Penn-DOT Manager Robert Mudrick says there are very few options to improve safety along that part of Route 33. The guide rails should be replaced tomorrow. The driver and a passenger both from Illinois sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Pocono Medical Center.

MONROE MAN CHARGED WITH ART THEFT
Thursday December 10th 2009

Police say a backhoe was used to break inside an art museum and take paintings worth 20-million dollars near Marshalls Creek. State Police at Swiftwater say 52-year old Alfonso Frank Frazetta was caught trying to take the paintings from the Frazetta Art Museum along business Route 209 yesterday afternoon. Frazetta and an accomplice apparently used the back hoe to break down the door. Once inside police say they took 90-paintings and loaded them into Frazetta's vehicle. Frazetta is the son of well known fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. The museum displayed some of the 81-year old man work. Alfonso Frazetta is being held under 500-thousand dollars bail.

WAYNE CIGARETTE THEFT UNDER INVESTIGATION
Thursday December 10th 2009

Police are searching for a man who stole cigarettes worth about three thousand dollars at a store in southern Wayne County. A man threw a concrete block through a front window early this morning at the Tobacco Road in the Hamlin plaza off Route 590. Police say the suspect is a white male standing about five eight and weighing around 200 pounds. He was wearing a red pullover fleece. State Police at Honesdale are investigating.

Slatington Man Dies in Crash
Wednesday December 9th 2009

A Slatington man is dead after the car he was riding in crashed last night in Lehigh County. It happened along Rextown Road at Mountain Road in Washington Township just after 11 p.m. Police say 48-year old Brian Stein died after the car he was riding in failed to stop at the intersection. The car crashed into a guiderail then became airborne and struck a tree. Stein sustained fatal injuries in that crash. 40-year old Norma Stein was driving that car. Police say she was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital with minor injuries. The investigation continues.

White Haven Armed Robbery
Wednesday December 9th 2009

A White Haven man is arrested after allegedly threatening a video store clerk with a knife and robbing the place. It happened last nigh at Video Mania along Main Street in White Haven, Luzerne County. Police say 25-year old Thomas Ward allegedly entered the store just before eight - threatened the clerk with a knife and demanded money. Ward fled the scence and apparently entered a near by apartment where police recovered the money. Ward was arraigned this morning and has been charged with two counts of robbery. He's being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility under $50,000 bail.

fire damages pike county home
Wednesday December 9th 2009

Flames damage a home in Pike County this afternoon. Dozens of firefighters were called to help put out the blaze. Flames gutted a home that was being remodeled near Milford. Firefighters were called to the home in the Petterson's Ridge community in Dingman Township around two this afternoon. About forty firefighters from five different stations responded to that fire. A State Police Fire Marshall Has Been Called To Search For A Cause.

stroudsburg bank robbed
Wednesday December 9th 2009

Police in Stroudsburg are searching for a man they say robbed a bank this morning. It happened at the Wachovia branch near lower Main Street. Police say the robber told a teller he had a gun and would kill everyone in the bank if he didn't get the money. The man is described as an African American standing 6-foot-1, weighing about 170-pounds with a mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie and sweatpants with a black and red t-shirt underneath. Police say the suspect appeared to be in his mid 20's. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information is asked to call Stroud Area Regional Police.

Pike County Flood Evacuation Plan
Tuesday December 8th 2009

Emergency personnel in Pike County are working on flood evacuation plans after being hit hard three times in the last five years. Officials are proposing two new access roads to help evacuate a group of Westfall Township residents that get stranded during a flood. Plans include turning a walkway that links Milford Senior Care to the Delaware Valley campus into an emergency road and adding an access ramp between Milford Senior Care and K-mart on the three lane up to interstate 84. Officials hope to get both roads completed next year but have to work their way through the permitting process.

jak-2 cancer cluster results released
Tuesday December 8th 2009

Results are being released in an unprecedented cancer study focusing on our area. The CDC conducted two rounds of blood testing in Carbon, Schuylkill, and Luzerne Counties. That's where a polycythemia vera cancer cluster has been discovered. The CDC does have answers, but those answers are actually raising more questions. The study found 19 out of almost 1200 people tested had the JAK-2 genetic marker. Another study has begun to compare the tri-county's JAK-2 numbers to other parts of the state. Until then, health officials won't know what the local numbers really mean.

CHARGES FILED IN WAYNE COUNTY FATAL ATV ACCIDENT
Tuesday December 8th 2009

A New Jersey man faces charges for driving drunk and causing an ATV accident that claimed a life in Wayne County. State police have filed charges against 21-year old Mark Renahan. Officers say he was driving a Kawasaki Teryx A-T-V along Minkler Mountain Road in Machester Township this past july fifth. The atv rolled onto its passenger side and 20-year old Jonathan Byram was killed. State Police say their investigation showed renahan had been drinking. He turned himself into authorities this week to face homicide by motor vehicle and d-u-i charges.

BIG BOULDER FIRST SKI AREA TO OPEN IN PA
Monday December 7th 2009

For the 4th consecutive year, Big Boulder Ski Area is the first in teh state to open its gates to welcome the start of the ski season. The resort opened Sunday afternoon as nearly 1500 ski enthusiasts hit the slopes for a good cause. This is the second year Big Boulder offered free lift tickets for those who brought an unwrapped toy or 10 canned food items. Big Boulder will be open all week from 3-9PM. Jack Frost plans to open its gates for the first time this Saturday Morning...

Bring Back the Magic: Milford Theatre Restoration Project
Friday December 4th 2009

For years the historic theatre in Milford has been neglected, but a group of locals hope the disheveled appearance won't last much longer. Instead of showcasing the arts - the Milford Theatre displays broken windows, rust, holes and water damage. Its now up to the community to restore it. The owner of the dilapidated theatre has entered into an agreement to sell it to the town for 375 thousand dollars by next summer. The Pike County Historic Trust has already promised a donation of 50 thousand, bringing the cost of the building down to 325, but donations are also needed to tune of 1.3 million dollars to restore the over 50 years old building. For more information contact Deborah Bailey at baileyd@ptd.net

TOBYHANNA ANNOUNCES JOB CUTS
Friday December 4th 2009

Tobyhanna Army Depot has announced 160-contracted employees will lose their jobs in one week. According to a depot news release the employees were electronics and industrial trade workers – assigned to communications and electronics maintenance. The depot has contracted the work over the last few years to meet increased workload tied to military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 11-hundred contracted employees currently work at Tobyhanna along with more than four thousand regular civilian employees. The contractors last day of work is December eleventh.

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