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Heffelfinger Prelim Lehighton Cars
Wednesday September 30th 2009

A Lehighton man who admitted to stealing items from 75 to 100 vehicles throughout the borough will face charges in Carbon County Court. According to court papers, 22-year-old old Scott Heffelfinger entered the cars in July. He has also been charged with stealing a car. Heffelfinger admits to taking everything from clothing and money to iPods and cell phones. Charges against him include theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property - both felonies - and numerous misdemeanor counts including theft from a motor vehicle and criminal mischief. Today Heffelfinger waived all charges over to county court.

Bowmanstown Trash Transfer Ordinance
Wednesday September 30th 2009

The Bowmanstown solicitor doesn't support an ordinance residents say could protect them from a trash transfer station. In January Duane Schleicher's proposed transfer station was denied by the township zoning hearing board. But residents fear the fight isn't over. They presented a new ordinance to borough council. It states Bowmanstown has the right to protect its residents from unhealthy situations, for example a trash transfer station. But the township solicitor doesn't think it's advisable for borough council to adopt it. He says he hasn't found anyone in the legal community who supports it. Council didn't vote on the issue. Duane Schleicher has appealed the Bowmanstown Zoning Hearing's decision - their next court date is October 14th.

Farm Accident Walker Township
Wednesday September 30th 2009

A man is flown to the hospital after a farm accident in Schuylkill County. It happened just after 10:30 this morning at the Heisler Farm along Catawissa Road in Walker Township. Sources say 27-year-old Brian Heisler suffered a serious leg injury while working on a conveyor. He was treated at the scene by members of the Tamaqua ambulance and Lehighton paramedics then flown to Lehigh Valley Hosptial where a spokesperon says he is listed in stable condition.

POLICE INVESTIGATE SAW CREEK STABBING
Wednesday September 30th 2009

State Police at Swiftwater are investigating a stabbing in the Saw Creek community. Officers say 19-year old Charles Robinson was stabbed in the forearm after an altercation on Scarboro Way Tuesday afternoon. Family members drove Robinson to Pocono Medical Center. The slash wound to his fore-arm was treated. Police say they have a suspect but they are not identifying him at this time.

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Wednesday September 30th 2009

State Police have arrested a convicted sex offender for failing to register his address after moving to Pike County from New York State. Police say 40-year old Thomas Corrie junior moved to Milford last January - but did not report the move as required under Meganís Law. Corrie was arrested yesterday. He is being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting a hearing before a district justice.

HONESDALE GOES ONE WAY THIS WEEKEND
Wednesday September 30th 2009

An announcement from PennDOT today makes it official - one way traffic patterns in Honesdale begin this weekend. The switch will start Saturday night at 8 and continue through Sunday morning. The work involves repainting pavement markings and re-routing traffic into the new pattern. Church Street will become one way north. Main street will be opposite with one way traffic going south. Side streets will continue to handle two way traffic. PennDOT says message boards are in place to remind drivers of the switch. Construction crews will continue working in Honesdale to finish the project as well as the ongoing water line replacement project. PennDOT is asking drivers to practice the new pattern so they are ready for the change.

PM CHARTER SCHOOL HEARING DELAYED
Wednesday September 30th 2009

The latest hearing about revoking the charter of the Pocono Mountain Charter School has been pushed back. Pocono Mountain School District says the hearings scheduled for October first and October fifth through the seventh have been delayed Ė due to a scheduling conflict. The school says the dates were agreed by both parties back in July. According to the district - the charter school's C-E-O Dennis Bloom cannot attend because of an out of town conference. The district says bloom's attorney informed them days after their last hearing on September 15th. A new date has not been set.

lvhn offers medical interpreters
Wednesday September 30th 2009

Imagine not feeling well, going to the hospital, and being greeted by doctors and nurses who don't speak your language. It's a frightening thought, and it's becoming more common in the area. Lehigh Valley Health Network has a unique solution to a growing language barrier. They employ seven full-time medical interpreters, along with 120 employees who work in other departments who can also translate if necessary. Medical interpreters speak four different languages at Lehigh Valley Hospital. They also have courtesy phones that translate more than 100 additional languages.

RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS ON THE RISE AT HOSPITALS
Wednesday September 30th 2009

While fears of swine flu have hogged headlines, local ERs have seen an increase in other seasonal illnesses. Doctrs say they have treated dozens of patients over the past several weeks complaining of respiratory problems such as bronchitis and the common cold. Hospital officials say these ailments can be just as serious as the much publicized swine flu. Doctors recommend you see your physician or check into the ER if you suddenly come down with any respiratory or flu-like symptoms...

MAN FREED AFTER PLEA TO HINDERING CHARGE
Tuesday September 29th 2009

A Monroe County man is free after pleading guilty to helping an accused murder flee to New Jersey after the shooting.. Christopher Edmunson recieved a nine month sentence for helping Anthony Mitchell flee to New Jersey in January. Cops say Mitchell had shot Kasheem Gaines after Gaines tried to break up a fight outside the Studio West Dancle Studio in East Stroudsburg. Edmunson was given credit for time served, but it is unclear if he will testify against Mitchell.

Honesdale Construction Almost Complete
Tuesday September 29th 2009

A two year construction project in the busiest town in Wayne County is finally coming to an end, eight months ahead of schedule. Leeward Construction says weather permitting, this weekend the change to one way traffic in Honesdale will go into effect. Church Street will be one way headed north through town, while Main Street will be its opposite with one way traffic headed south. There will be traffic control at every intersection for as long as its needed, but no matter what officials say it will take time - and a few wrong turns.

lehigh county workers stage budget protest
Tuesday September 29th 2009

Victims of the state budget impasse protest continuing delays in Harrisburg. The state budget is now 91 days overdue. Lehigh County human service workers spent their lunch hour rallying for a speedy resolve to the budget impasse. They say child care providers are one of the hardest hit groups. Governor Ed Rendell is optimistic a state budget will be signed by Sunday. Today, he announced that once it's officially signed, child care providers will be the priority. They should receive their back payments within four to six days. Other agencies should start to get payments about ten days after the budget is signed.

STROUD TOWNSHIP FIRE RULE ACCIDENTAL
Tuesday September 29th 2009

A fire that burned portions of a historic pizzeria in Analomink has been ruled an accident. The fire happened at Coppolas' Pizza on Route 447 yesterday morning. Today, State Police Fire Marshal Officials are saying the blaze was accidentally started because of a faulty stove. The flames destroyed most of the restaurant's kitchen. The owner tells News 13 the oven and other equipment hadn't been replaced since the 1980's. A woman and her son were inside the building when the fire started. The owner says he's just glad no one was hurt.

POLICE STILL INVESTIGATING PIKE COUNTY FIRE
Tuesday September 29th 2009

A fire that destroyed a home in Dingman Township Sunday night is still under investigation. The State Police Fire Marshals unit is calling the fire suspicious and is asking anyone with any information to contact the state police. Emergency personnel responded to a call at 111 Winding Way Drive Sunday night around 10 o'clock. When they arrived the home was already fully engulfed in flames. A fire fighter's personal vehicle was also stolen from the scene while he battled the blaze. Police are still on the lookout for the 2008 silver Toyota Tundra.

STROUD MAN SENTENCED FOR ROBBERY SPREE
Tuesday September 29th 2009

A man accused of robbing several convenience stores in the Stroudsburg area earlier this year is headed to state prison. 22-year old Joshua Lesoine is accused of robbing at least four stores during a two week period back in January. Today the former high school athlete was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison. Police say he used a gun to rob the Square One Uni-Mart in Stroud Township. They also found him hiding behind another store he had robbed just a week later. Lesoine said an "out of control" drug habit fueled the robbery spree.

Weekend Car Accident Deaths Accidental
Tuesday September 29th 2009

The death of a nesquehoning man killed after a crash in Lehigh County on Sunday has been ruled accidental. Police say 22-year-old William Barron was killed when his car slid off a Route 22 ramp and fell into a ditch - he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lehigh County coroner says Barron died of multiple blunt force injuries. And the deaths of two teens on Saturday have also been ruled accidental. 17-year-old Angelica Fox and 17-year-old Russell Jacoby were ejected from the car after a crash in Lowhill Township. Both died due to multiple blunt force trauma. Four other people remain hospitalized after that crash on Mountain Road.

Riverwalk Saloon Parking Violations
Tuesday September 29th 2009

The Parryville zoning officer says the Riverwalk Saloon Restaurant is violating borough ordinances. The eatery was cited at the end of July for an inadequate number of parking spaces. The zoning officer, Richard Fedor, says Riverwalk has enough seats for 217 patrons meaning they would need 145 parking spots - but he says the restaurant doesn't have that. Mark Stemler, the owner of Riverwalk, appealed the zoning officer's decision to the zoning hearing board. That meeting was last night but the board recessed and will reconvene at 6 p.m. on October 21st at the Parryville Fire Company.

Fire Destroys Home in Pike County
Monday September 28th 2009

State Police are now involved in a fire that destroyed a home in Pike County last night. While fire fighters were battling the blaze, one of their personal vehicles was stolen right from the scene. State Police say the silver truck was last seen traveling east onRoute Six in Dingman Township. State Police Fire Marshalls were on scene collecting evidence and interviewing neighbors this morning, but have yet to make a ruling on the fire. Luckily no one was injured.

TWO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS KILLED IN LEHIGH COUNTY CRASH
Monday September 28th 2009

Two high school seniors are dead and several other motorists injured after a horrific accident Saturday. It hapened along Mountain Road in Heidelberg Township around 1:30PM. According to police reports, 17-year old Nazareth Senior Angelica Fox and 17-year old Northern Lehigh Senior Russell Jacoby were killed when their car was severed in half after colliding with a pick up truck heading in the opposite direction. Two other Northern Lehigh students in the car were also injured. Both occupants of the pick up truck were also injured in the crash and taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Bethlehem State Police continue to investigate the accident...

attempted robbery in delaware water gap
Monday September 28th 2009

A case of bad timing for a suspect who police say tried to rob a Monroe County gas station at gunpoint. It happened last night at this Gulf Mart in Delaware Water Gap. Police say just after 10-o'clock a young black man entered the store with a handgun. But he didn't make off with any money because it was closing time and the cash register had already been shut down. A manager on duty at the time tells News 13 the suspect became frustrated when she couldn't open the drawer so he left. Anyone with information is asked to call the Swiftwater State Police Barracks.

monroe murder suspect asks for seperate trial
Monday September 28th 2009

Two Monroe County men accused in the beating death of another man outside a hotel want separate murder trials. Myles White asked the court this morning to sever his case from his co-defendant. That man, Ralph Maldonado is accused along with white of beating 22-year old Blake Natal to death outside the quality inn along Main Street in Stroudsburg back in January. Police say the men were trying to rob Natal. The request means the murder trials of both men have been postponed. Both remain in jail.

bail granted for man accused of driving monroe murder suspect
Monday September 28th 2009

A man accused of helping another man escape after police say he killed his girlfriend and baby is no longer behind bars. Conrad Jankowski was recently released from the Monroe County jail after posting the 75-thousand dollars bail. The 23-year-old is charged with hindering apprehension after authorities say he drove his friend Michael Parrish to Vermont to help him escape arrest. You may recall Parrish is the man at the center of a capital murder case stemming from the July deaths of his girlfriend Victoria Adams and their son Sidney. A judge reduced Jankowski's bail from 100-thousand dollars earlier this month. At that time his father said he would put up property so his son could be released.

Two Fatal Accidents
Monday September 28th 2009

Two seperate weekend accidents claim two lives. The first happened late Friday night, police say a Norristown area teen died after being thrown from out of an SUV on Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. The driver of the car she was riding in lost control for an unkown reason flipping the vehicle. Then a Sunday morning crash left a 22-year-old Nesquehoning man dead in Lehigh County. Police say 22-year-old William Barron was killed when his car slid off a Route 22 ramp and fell into a ditch. The Lehigh County Coroner's office says Barron was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating.

Nesquehoning Woman Guilty Plea
Monday September 28th 2009

A Nesquehoning woman charged in connection with the death of a man last December pleads guilty in Carbon County Court. According to police, 20-year-old Felicia Bower bought nine bags of heroin and also injected a quantity of it into 44-year-old Kenneth Kowalski. A short time later he was found unresponsive by Bower. Emergency services pronounced Kowalski dead at the scene. Toxicology findings attribute his death to adverse alcohol and drug effects including heroin. A court spokesperson says Bower pleaded guilty late last week to involuntary manslaughter. The judge ordered a pre sentence investigation.

Parryville Garage Fire Arson
Friday September 25th 2009

An afternoon garage fire in Parryville is ruled arson. The fire broke out around 1:30 in the 400 block of center street. Neighbor Richard Behler noticed the fire and grabbed a garden hose as they waited for fire crews to arrive. Behler says the fire started at the bottom of the garage door and flames quickly spread to the top. A state police fire marshall has ruled the blaze arson.

lehigh valley zoo numbers up
Friday September 25th 2009

Earlier this year, the Lehigh Valley Zoo was in danger of becoming extinct. Funding was almost non-existent and Lehigh County officials considered closing the local attraction. County Commissioners finally came through with crucial funding to keep the zoo afloat. Officials now report attendance is up at the zoo. The zoo is following the Lehigh County Commissioners suggestion of focusing on the education fo young people. They have dozens of autumn events planned for October.

West Penn Township Pizza Shop Burglary
Friday September 25th 2009

West Penn Township police are investigating a burglary at an area pizza shop. Police say someone used a crow bar to pry open the back door of Calabria Pizza and Restaurant in the South Tamaqua Plaza. The owner called police this morning after finding someone had stolen the cash register, petty cash box and charity donation boxes. Police believe the thief broke in between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. today. The cash register was later found in a dumpster behind the building. It's estimated that over $250 was stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Penn Township Police.

Wire Stolen from Blue Mountain Ski Area
Friday September 25th 2009

Police need your help after over $1,000 worth of materials are stolen from Blue Mountain Ski Area. According to police, someone drove a small vehicle onto the property and took two wooden spools of copper wire. It happened this morning between midnight and 7:30. Each spool is valued at $975. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Lehighton.

LACK OF STATE BUDGET ELIMINATES POSITIONS
Friday September 25th 2009

Eight positions at the Monroe County office of the Carbon/Monroe/Pike Drug Alcohol are not being funded because of a lack of a state budget... That means job losses for those who work in the department's smoking cessation program. Lawmakers agreed on a deal last week...but so far have not signed a budget. State money to keep the tobacco program running is not coming in. The county has already lent D & A 100-thousand dollars for the year.

Stimulus Money at Work for Shohola Township Residents
Thursday September 24th 2009

Residents who live in a small section of Shohola Township known as Pond Eddy have been dealing with an unstable bridge and rocky road for years. Finally their getting some attention. They may not be getting a new bridge yet, but their community road is getting a major makeover. Shohola Township was awarded a grant for just over 494 thousand dollars; enough to pay for a company from Colorado to come in, inject large nails filled with concrete into the crumbling bank and resurface the gravel road. The railroad access will be used for this emergency repair to bring in the heavy machinery. Work crews will begin on the road next month.

MONROE MAN DIES ALMOST THREE WEEKS AFTER CRASH
Thursday September 24th 2009

An Albrightsville man has died from injuries he received in a car crash on Labor Day. The Lehigh Valley Coronerís office reports 47-year old troy huber died yesterday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Huber had been listed in critical condition since the crash just before 10-am on September seventh. It happened at the intersection of four lane 209 and Shafer School House Road. Police say Huber turned into the path of a pick-up truck.

FIREMARSHAL STILL INVESTIGATING MONROE FIRE
Thursday September 24th 2009

There's still no official word whether a fire yesterday in Monroe County was arson. A state police fire marshal is investigating the fire off forest road near the East Stroudsburg reservoir - but officers have not issued a report yet. The home owners believe the blaze was intentionally set because the home did not have electricity. They think a man who was staying there illegally started the fire.

NEWFOUNDLAND FIRE IS ARSON
Thursday September 24th 2009

A fire that destroyed a former sawmill in Newfoundland has been ruled arson. Flames broke out Monday afternoon at Cadosia Valley Lumber. Fire officials say the mill closed down a year ago. It was recently sold and the new owners were getting ready to reopen. State police say a white four door car was seen near the property before the fire started. The car had plastic covering a rear passenger window. If you can help identify the car you are asked contact state police in Honesdale.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE IN MONROE COUNTY
Thursday September 24th 2009

Police want to know who tried to set a cat on fire earlier this week in Jackson Township. Veterinarians believe the cat was soaked in motor oil and intentionally burned sometime Sunday or Monday at a home off Overlook Terrace near Bartonsville. The one year old female cat named Delilah suffered burns on her feet and head. She is receiving care at the Stroudsburg animal hospital. Delilah's owner says she had several kittens that are still missing. Anyone with information on that case of animal cruelty is asked to contact State Police at Fern Ridge.

IRAQ WAR VET RECEIVES FACIAL RECONSTRUCTION AT PMC
Thursday September 24th 2009

A veteran of the Iraq War has a new outlook on life. A program called the Iraq star foundation brought him to our area to reverse an injury caused by a bomb. Tim Juliano of Tonawanda, New York was severely injured two years ago in Iraq when a rocket exploded eight feet from him. The blast and surgeries to stabilize his face left him with scars. Some of the screws holding bones in his face together were also becoming loose. Pocono Medical Center's Plastic Surgery Department donated time and equipment to help Tim - during a three hour surgery last week. Tim's stitches came out today and he couldnít believe the results. Dr. Charles Herman PMCís Director of Plastic Surgery was head of the team that completed the surgery. Timís story and his reconstructive surgery will be featured on the cable reality television series Orange County Choppers. The episode will air sometime in November.

PALMERTON SCHOOL EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH MOLESTING STUDENT
Thursday September 24th 2009

A Palmerton school district employee accused of molesting a sudent dozens of times was in court Thursdsday. Back in June, 38-year old Gary Snyder was charged with raping a child and numerous other sex-related offenses. Court documents reveal the school district director of services developed a relationship with an eleven year old boy, and molested him for five years. Snyder's attorney calls the case emotional and difficult. Snyder waived all charges over to Carbon County Court. His next scheduled appearance wil be on November 10th for a pre-trial conference with the district attorney...

Ivan Reyes Sentencing Jim Thorpe Drug Bust
Thursday September 24th 2009

An Allentown man is sentenced to jail after being accused of dealing heroin in Jim Thorpe. According to court papers, in March 18-year-old Ivan Reyes and three other men fled from police after an undercover drug bust went bad. The four fled from the scene launching a several hour manhunt and causing the loackdown of local schools. Police say 61 bags of heroin were seized during the operation. Reyes was sentenced earlier this week to six to 23 months in Carbon County Prison for his invovlment.

DUI Crash in Lower Towamensing
Thursday September 24th 2009

Police believe alcohol played a role in a serious crash last night on Fireline Road in Lower Towamensing Township. It happened about 7:30. Police say 59-year-old Luther Strohl of Palmerton was heading west when he lost control of his pick up and hit a tree. He had to be cut from the wreck. Strohl was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Police suspect he was driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Weatherwood Update
Thursday September 24th 2009

Deficiencies in the Carbon County nursing home are almost cleared. State health inspectors found 14 violations back in June at Weatherwood. Today commissioners said 11 of those 14 deficiencies have been corrected. They have informed the Department of Health the remaining three will be corrected by Monday.

blue mountain health system to offer free flu shots
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

Blue Mountain Health System will once again offer free seasonal flu shots to the public this year. They expect to receive 1000 vaccines from the Department of Health. Those shots will be doled out at two free drive-through clinics in the area:

Saturday, October 17 from 9am-3pm at the Palmerton Fire Company

Thursday, October 22 from 2pm-5pm at the Lehighton Fire Company

Anyone over the age of 19 is welcome. Vaccines are free. The hospital will also offer an additional 800 free shots by appointment.

Pike County Emergency Management Training Facility Update
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

As the number of emergency volunteers continues to dwindle across the state, Pike County is doing everything it can to make sure the volunteers they have are properly trained. That's where the new Emergency Management Training Facility comes in. After years of planning things are finally moving ahead. Two new training devices have been purchased with federal grant money. The Flashover Simulator will give firefighters the chance to fight explosions and the maze system will teach firefighters how to work in confined spaces. Commissioners will put the facility out for bid in November and shovels are expected to hit the ground next spring.

Lehigh Township Proposed Pig Farm
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

A proposed hog farm isn't sitting well with Lehigh Township residents. Land owner Jim Ayoub wants to house some 4,000 pigs on 63-acres of land but residents say no way. They're concerned about the smell and environmental issues. Last night "The Families for a Healthy Environment" - a group of township residents - presented an ordinance to supervisors to help in the fight. It gives them self based rights. One of the main concerns for several supervisors is whether or not they'd be able to win a case if the ordinance is challenged in court. Supervisors voted to advertise the ordinance. It'll be at least 30 days before they actually vote whether or not to pass it. They plan to have the township solicitor and planning commission review it before a vote.

THOUSANDS SHOW UP FOR ALLENTOWN JOB FAIR
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

Thousands of work seekers converged at the Allentown Fairgrounds Wednesday for the annual Lehigh Valley CareerLink Job Fair. Organizers say at least 1000 jobs were up for grabs from over 68 employers in Northeastern Pennsylvania's largest annual job fair. Emploers say they were impressed by those who came out and applied. For more information on job opening across the state, log onto www.pacareerlink.com.

Schnell Arraignment CVS Crash Nesquehoning
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

A Nesquehoning woman who allgedly drove her vehicle drunk through the front of a CVS Pharmacy was in District Court today for her arraignment. Police have charged 27-year-old Kimberly Schnell with reckless endangerment and driving under the influence after a blood test revealed an alcohol content of point 21. On July 20th, Schnell says she put her red Ford 150 into reverse instead of drive, hit a parked Volkswagon, panicked, then crashed into the building. This afternoon bail was set for $2,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing has been set for October 14th.

Carbon County Prison Costs Drop
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

The Carbon County Correctional Facility's plan to go with generic medication is paying off. In July the prison board passed a new policy requiring inmates to be prescribed generic brand psychotropic drugs. In August, the first month it went into effect, the prison save 47% on pharmacy expnses. The county spends around $360,000 annually on inmate's medical bills - the board hopes this policy will significantly drop that cost.

FIRE DESTROYS MONROE COUNTY HOME, OWNERS BELIEVE IT'S ARSON
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

A home in Monroe County is destroyed by flames and the home owners believe it is a case of arson. Flames leveled the home off forest road near the East Stroudsburg Reservoir around noon today. The home owners say the building did not have electricity. Owners Daughter Holly Quintana says her family believes a man staying there illegally may have started the fire. There's no official word about a cause for the fire. 40-firefighters from four companies responded to the call today.

MOUNT AIRY CASINO CHANGES HANDS
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

The state Gaming Control Board has approved a change of ownership for the Mount Airy Casino. The change came in the form of a petition to move ownership of mount airy from Louis DeNaples to a trust managed by his daughter - Doctor Lisa DeNaples. The transfer was a condition of an agreement reached when perjury charges against DeNaples were dropped last April. Louis DeNaples is selling his interest in the casino to the trust - which will distribute shares among seven of his children and grand children. The final approval for the change came at a gaming control board meeting this morning.

QUICKER CROSSING AT DELAWARE WATER GAP TOLL BRIDGE
Wednesday September 23rd 2009

People crossing the Delaware Water Gap toll bridge may soon be able to take the express lane. Toll bridge commission officials are showing off their plans to add an express E-Z Pass lane. It features a simulation of what the toll plaza will look like once the new lanes are in place. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission plans to start work on the new lane in January. They hope to have the express lane open by Memorial Day and all construction finished by next fall.

penndot releases more info on mccall bridge
Tuesday September 22nd 2009

PennDOT responds to public outcry over the look of some new bridge repairs in Carbon County. News-13 was the first to tell you about two stacks of wood used as a quick repair for the Thomas J. McCall Bridge. Today, PennDOT used steel bearings to make more permanent fixes to the span. But, engineers insist that even with the wood in place, the bridge was safe. PennDOT will now determine whether a total bridge replacement or a cheaper rehabilitation project is necessary to keep the McCall Bridge safe.

Gala on the Green
Monday September 21st 2009

Its a conservation landmark in Pike County. A 708 acre tract of land located off Cummins Hill Road in Westfall Township is officially protected and preserved. The land - also known as the Polatnick Property - was acquired through the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Board which fronted 1.3 million dollars toward its purchase. DCNR added in another 1.6 million. This 708 acres connects to the Delaware State Forest expanding it to more than 84 thousand acres.

SELENSKI DEFIANT AT SENTENCING
Monday September 21st 2009

Accused killer Hugo Selenski snapped at a Monroe County judge to "just get on with the sentencing" as he waited to hear his punishement in Monroe County Court for a 2003 robbery and home invasion. The 36-year old Selenski received up to 65 years in prison. He was found guilty of 14 counts for forcing his way into Tannersville jeweler Sam Goosay's home in 2003, tying him up, beating him and stealing thousands of dollars in money and cash. Selenski is now awaiting trial on a double homicide charge in Luzerne County. Police say they found as many as 12 bodies buried on Selenski's property.. Sam Goosay will testify at that trial.

local drivers concerned over new bridge "supports"
Friday September 18th 2009

There's concern over a stack of wood holding up part of a busy bridge in Carbon County. The Thomas J. McCall Bridge has been in the spotlight since a similar span collapsed in Minnesota two years ago. PennDOT inspected all of the state bridges, and deemed the McCall Bridge "structurally deficient". PennDOT said it was still safe for motorists to cross. Now, there are two stacks of wood holding up part of the deck. A PennDOT spokesperson says the bridge is safe, and the wood is just in place until further repairs are made.

Burglary at Bowmanstown Store
Friday September 18th 2009

A Bowmanstown general store is burglarized in the early morning hours. According to police, someone smashed a rear store window to gain entry to Pappy's General Store on White Street. It happened between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Once inside the burglar stole 25 cartons of various cigarettes valued at $1,250. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Lehighton.

NEIGHBORS COMPLAIN ABOUT HOME BURGLARIES
Friday September 18th 2009

There have been a rash of home burglaries that neighbors have complained about in the Sierra View development near Effort. Several homes have been broken into since June..electronics have mostly been stolen. State Police served a search warrant on a home on Panza Drive..but would not say what they are looking for. Neighbors say there have been other problems like vandalism and loud cars.

MONROE RESIDENTS ORGANIZE TO FIGHT POWERLINE
Friday September 18th 2009

Monroe County residents against P-P-L power line upgrades in Polk and Chestnuthill townships are looking for more support from their neighbors. P-P-L has two new 138 kilovolt power lines and substations planned for monroe county's west end. The company says it needs to replace aging lines. But some residents aren't planning on giving in too easily. People who want to learn more about the group can find information on the web at www.apwc-pa.org or call 570-629-0976. Petitions opposing the line are out at the Hotel Jonas, Jonas Market, and Homestead Vets Center.

Lehighton Woman Plea Court
Thursday September 17th 2009

A Lehighton woman who police say left her baby in the car while she went drinking is expected to plead guilty. 38-year-old Tara Devitt's six-month old son was found in her car along Route 209 in the Hampton Inn parking lot in September 2008. According to court papers, a pedestrian almost got hit by Devitt's vehicle as she tried to park. That pedestrian though the woman looked drunk so she called the cops. Police found Deviit at a bar down the street - they determined she was intoxicated and arrested her. The officer was locking her car doors when he spotted the baby inside. Devitt was charged with endangering the welfare of a child - driving under the incluence and recklessly endangering another person. She is scheduled to plead guilty on October 1st in Carbon County Court.

Rush Township Fatal Accident
Thursday September 17th 2009

Police release the name of an elderly woman who died yesterday after a car crash in Schuylkill County. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 309 and Main Street in Rush Township. Police say 69-year old Sandra Hendrzak of Warrior Run slammed into the back of an SUV which was stopped to make a turn. Witnesses told police Hendrzak never braked. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police say they are investigating whether a medical condition caused Hendrzak's death. The driver of the SUV, Tammy Fatzinger of Quakake, and her two children were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. Rush Township police are handling that crash.

palmerton man arrested on homicide charges
Thursday September 17th 2009

A Palmerton man is arrested in connection with a brutal Schuylkill County murder. 20 year old Shane Roof of Palmerton is accused of killing 21 year old Anthony Locascio of Hazleton. 19 year old Andrew Tutko of Hazleton, 19 year old Jeffrey Gombert of Johnstown, and 25 year old Curtis Foose of Hazleton were also arrested for the brutal beating. Locascio's body was found beaten in a wooded area of East Union Township on Tuesday. The four accused men are all charged with criminal homicide and have been denied bail.

CARBON COMMISSIONERS DEBATE FUTURE OF WEATHERWOOD
Thursday September 17th 2009

With decreasing patient numbers and increasing costs, Carbon County Commissioners must now make a decision: Do they continue to manage the county's nursing home or sell it to a private firm. In 2008 commissioners spent around $350,000 in tax payers money toward Weatherwood's budget. In 2009, that figure has grown to almost $3 million. Over the next few weeks an extensive feasibility study will be underway to see if the county can continue to manage the nursing home. At this time commissioners say they have no intentions of shutting the home down...

CHARGES FILED AGAINST NOTRE DAME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Thursday September 17th 2009

Charges have been formally filed against a former athletic director at Notre Dame High School. Police say 39-year-old Anthony Creece of Stroudsburg supplied alcohol to six underage girls on Notre dame's field hockey team. It allegedly happened during an august 29th sleepover at the high school. Creece was fired about a week after the incident. He's now charged with corruption and selling or furnishing liquor to minors. The girls involved are said to be between 14 and 17 years old. Officials say Creece is expected to turn himself in to police tomorrow morning.

SECOND MAN SENTENCED IN WAYNE MURDER PLOT
Thursday September 17th 2009

A Wayne County man originally charged with taking part in a murder plot will spend ten months in jail. That's according to a sentence handed down for 25-year old David Gower of Moscow today. In April David and his brother Jonathon Gower were charged with conspiring with 17 year old Patrick Stephen to kill Stephenís mother Patricia in Lake Ariel. The charges were lowered to misdemeanor counts of criminal conspiracy in June. Police say they uncovered the plot before the three were able to carry it out.

TRUCK CRASH SNARLS TRAFFIC IN PIKE COUNTY
Thursday September 17th 2009

Emergency crews are working to re-open route six in western Pike County after a truck crash this afternoon. A truck pulling a grader crashed on Route Six near Kimbles Road around two today. The truck apparently slid down an embankment and the grader fell off a trailer. The force of the impact broke off one of the tires. The driver was injured and was flown to a hospital by helicopter. We do not know the severity of his injuries. Besides the truck crews were also working to clean up a fuel spill. Route Six was down to one lane but PennDOT expects it could fully reopen around 5:30 tonight.

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT STARTS MONDAY NEAR HAWLEY
Thursday September 17th 2009

A bridge replacement project will close a road near Hawley for the next ten months. Columbus Avenue will close to traffic starting Monday. Crews will replace the middle creek bridge. The project is expected to continue through July of next year. Drivers are advised to use the route 590 and the Owego Turnpike as a detour. The 60-year old bridge has been closed several times in the past five years. penn-dot has been planning to replace the bridge since 2007. The project is now moving forward with money from the federal stimulus package.

York Child Porn Case
Wednesday September 16th 2009

A Tamaqua man is found guilty of child pornography after police find dozens of kiddie porn videos on his computer. According to court papers, 25-year-old Craig York's brother discovered the images on the computer back on October 4th and notified authorities. Police searched the computer and found 79 childn porn videos and five still images. York has admitted downloading the files. He was charged with one count of possessing child pornography in November and found guilty yesterday.

Palmerton Dress Code Reaction
Wednesday September 16th 2009

Students and parents pack the Palmerton School Board meeting last night after students are sent home for wearing t-shirts deemed a distraction. Yesterday several high schoolers wore shirts displaying their student ID numbers stating they are property of PHS. Administrators say the shirts violate the current dress code. Tempers flared after the incident and many turned up to the last night's school board meeting.

Allentown Diocese Appeals Church Taxes
Wednesday September 16th 2009

The Allentown Diocese has appealed Carbon County's plans to tax closed down churches. According to spokesperson Matt Kerr, the diocese is appealing on the three grounds - the buildings should not be taxable until 2010; the buildings are exempt from taxation because they are owned by a charitable organization; and the assessed values are inflated. On September 2nd, the county's tax assessment board heard the arguments. The county maintains the churches have not been used since 2008, and are therefore suject to taxation. Carbon County Commissioner Bill O'Gurek says, "when a church is no longer a place of worship, its no longer tax exempt..." O'Gurek expects to hear a decision from the board in the next several weeks.

PENN FOREST MAN CHARGED WITH SETTING FIRE TO HIS OWN HOUSE
Wednesday September 16th 2009

A Penn Forest man has been charged with setting fire to his own home. Police say 61-year-old Joe Mesa is responsible for the blaze that destroyed his Bear Creek home and passenger car back on February 27th. Investigators found three points or origin of the fire--the bedroom, the kitchen, and the Pontiac Grand Am. Mesa denies setting the fire. Court records show he was going into foreclosure just two weeks before the blaze. A preliminary hearing on teh two arson charges is set for September 23rd...

HEARINGS BEGIN FOR PMCS REVOCATION
Tuesday September 15th 2009

Hearings have begun on weather the Pocono Mountain Charter School's charter should be revoked. The district alleges the school has not addressed 27 violations..including excessive rent payments to Shawnee Tabernacle Church and the salary of school CEO Reverand Dennis Bloom. The school is located inside Shawnee Tabernacle and Bloom is CEO of the school and president of the church. The district also alleges special education requirements are not being met.

Security Updates at Wayne County Jail
Tuesday September 15th 2009

Almost one year after two inmates escaped from the Wayne County Jail new security measures are put in place. New ten foot cages cemented into the ground are now outside all three recreation room doors, the very doors the inmates escaped from back in January. An audible alarm is next on the list. This way if anything happens at the jail, residents of Texas Township will be the first to know. The total gate project cost just under 53 thousand dollars and the board is shopping around for the alarm.

PALMERTON STUDENTS PROTEST NEW DRESS CODE
Tuesday September 15th 2009

Around 20 Palmerton students showed up to school Tuesday morning wearing t-shirts that said "Property of PHS". The shirts also had their student ID number written out, resembling a prisoner's uniform. The students wore the shirts protesting the administration's new dress code, implimented back in the spring. The dress code restricts students from wearing piercings other than in the ears, unnatural hair color, and distracting clothes. School officials say about half of the students decided to change and return to class...

Pike County Changes Recycling Program
Monday September 14th 2009

Recycling in Pike County will soon get easier. But will it get cheaper? Between issues at the state level, old equipment and the market for glass and plastics taking a nose dive, Pike County officials had to come up with a new way to continue the recycling program. Commissioners signed a three year flexible contract with Waste Management. As soon as Waste Management takes over in a few months,recycling will go to single stream - meaning plastics, bottles and paper alike will all together get dumped into one large bin. Officials say this contract is a test to see if it will cut recycling costs.

fire victims wondering: where's the insurance money?
Monday September 14th 2009

It's been seven months since flames heavily damaged a Bear Creek Lakes home in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. The couple who lived there says they haven't been able to get their lives back on track since the blaze. An insurance company denied their claim because the fire was ruled arson. A State Police Fire Marshall says the blaze was intentionally set in the kitchen, bedroom, and outside in a car. The homeowner says police think he set the fire. But, Joe Mesa claims he's innocent. He says he's not sure who would try to destroy his house. Officials say it's standard procedure when a fire is intentionally set to refuse insurance claims until the arson is solved. Police continue to investigate the blaze.

PIKE MAN DIES AFTER FRIDAY CRASH
Monday September 14th 2009

A Pike County man injured in a car crash Friday has died. The lehigh county coroner reports 56-year old John Ciupak of Hemlock Farms died Sunday from injuries he received when his car lost control on Brewster Road in Porter Township Friday afternoon. Ciupak's Subaru went off the road - hit a tree and rolled over. Ciupak was trapped in the car and rescue crews had to free him. Fridayís rain wouldn't allow emergency helicopters to fly him to the hospital. He was eventually taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital by ambulance where he died last night.

VETERANS UPSET BY VANDALISM AT MILFORD WAR MEMORIAL
Monday September 14th 2009

Veterans in Pike County are upset by a case of vandalism on a monument to the Vietnam War. Someone painted a swastika on the side of a helicopter placed near the American Legion Post 139 in Milford. It happened sometime Friday night. The Huey "U-H-1-H" flew medivac missions carrying wounded soldiers to care. George Savistides is the President of the Pike County Vietnam Veterans of America. He was among a group of people who helped bring the helicopter to Pike County nine years ago. Savistides was among a group of veterans who gathered at the memorial today calling the act a disgrace and unforgivable. The veterans say they're hoping the person responsible will be caught. They're also planning to remove the vandalism and try to return the helicopter to its original condition.

BARTELL PLEADS GUILTY
Monday September 14th 2009

Michael Bartell plead guilty to one count of arson for setting fire to Classic Homes along Route 940 in Pocono Summit in June. Bartell did not address the court or say why he set the fire, but court papers indicated he was upset with the owner for not paying his father for work he had done. Bartell faces 5-10 years in prison at his sentencing in 90 days.

OSTUNI WAIVES HEARING
Monday September 14th 2009

A Tobyhanna woman accused of kicking two police officers as they tried to take her into custody in Stroudsburg has waived a hearing on assault charges. Lisa Ostuni is accused of striking the officers after they tried to take her into custody outside the WaWa on Main Street. They say she appeared intoxicated. Ostuni is also likely to be charged in a deadly crash in Coolbaugh Township back in June.

NEW DETAILS IN FATAL LEHIGH TOWNSHIP FIRE
Monday September 14th 2009

Officials have identified the body pulled from the home on Myrtle Road as 54-year old Bruce Sensinger. Police say he lived at the home under an alias--Michael Griffith. Police say he was wanted by Florida authorities for allegedly stealing $100,000 22 years ago. A tip led to his arrest back in January, but Sensinger returned to the home to live after pleading guilty and being released on probation. Police are not saying how Sensinger died, but they are asking if anyone has information on the fire, contact the Lehigh Township Police Department at 610-760-8800.

carbon & schuylkill residents remember 9/11
Friday September 11th 2009

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country. This morning, Carbon County residents gathered in Jim Thorpe to commemorate and remember all the lives lost on that fateful day. There were prayers and songs, but also a deep sense of patriotism. Today's ceremony was organized by the Carbon County Veteran's Affairs office. If you weren't able to attend that service, there are other local events planned to honor the heroes of 9/11. Tonight, the South Ward Playground Association will host it's annual 9/11 memorial service at the Tamaqua Community Center. It starts at 7pm. Then on Sunday, Meed's United Methodist Church in Nesquehoning is hosting a community unity service. That's also at 7pm. The public is invited to attend both services.

9/11 Memorial
Friday September 11th 2009

Today marks the Eighth Anniversary of the largest terrorists attack in our nations history. Survivors, veterans, students and law makers stood united today across Pike and Wayne Counties to remember those who lost their lives eight years ago today during the September 11th attacks. The air was filled with prayers, music, and silence from Honesdale to Milford as flags were flown and tears were cried. Just under three thousand lives were lost on 9/11.

Pike County Sheriff Wins National Award
Thursday September 10th 2009

The most prestigious award the DARE program gives out is now in the hands of the Pike County Sheriff. After 23 years teaching Pike County kids the danger of drugs, Sheriff Phil Bueki's recognition came in a big way. In front of two thousand officers from around the country Bueki received the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year Award. If you'd like to help support Pike County's DARE program, head out to Village at Delaware Ridge this Saturday. Proceeds from the Annual Poker Run starting at 9:30 AM will be split between Safe Haven and Drug Prevention Programs.

DOZENS OF TIRES SLASHED ON VEHICLES
Thursday September 10th 2009

Residents in South Stroudsburg woke up to find their tires slashed. Police investigated slashings on close to 35 vehicles. A neighbor told polilce she heard the sound of air in the middle of the night. Most of the areas hit were Garfield and First and Second Streets. No suspects are in custody. Some residents face bills up to 4-hundred bucks to replace tires.

White Haven Woman Drowns
Thursday September 10th 2009

A White Haven woman has died after an accident at a Northampton County Quarry earlier this week. According to the Lehigh County Coroner, 47-year-old Paula Brodie was scuba diving on Sunday in a quarry in Lower Nazareth Township. The coroner has ruled the death is attributed to an accidental drowning. Brodie died early this morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Route 309 Motorcycle Crash Schuylkill County
Thursday September 10th 2009

A Tamaqua man is being cited after a motorcycle crash yesterday in Schuylkill County. It happened around 2:30 p.m. in Kline Township. Police say 30-year-old Kevin Binder made an erratic pass on Route 309, then tried to turn onto the Interstate 81 entrance ramp. Binder lost control of the cycle which traveled through a grassy area and rolled over. He was taken to Hazleton General Hospital with minor injuries. Binder will be cited for several traffic violations.

LONG SENTENCE FOR MAN CAUGHT SELLING DRUGS IN PIKE COUNTY
Thursday September 10th 2009

A Henryville man is headed to prison for selling drugs in pike county. 28-year old Jason Agresti was sentenced today to seven to fourteen years on charges he sold cocaine. Agresti was arrested last November after selling drugs worth 200-dollars to an undercover officer at the intersection of Interstate 84 and Route 739 in Lords Valley. A prior conviction contributed to Agrestiís long sentence today.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE UNDERWAY AT POCONO RACEWAY
Thursday September 10th 2009

The American Red Cross is calling on people to donate blood tonight in long pond. The 4th annual Pocono Raceway Nascar Foundation blood drive is underway till seven. People who donated blood are eligible to win tickets - autographed items and other Nascar stuff. The drive also remembers September eleventh and pays tribute to Trooper Robert Lombardo who was injured and Trooper Joshua Miller who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year. The drive continues till seven tonight.

Dumping in Summit Hill Cemetery
Thursday September 10th 2009

Cemeteries aren't garbage dumps, that's the message Summit Hill officials want to get out. Earlier this week, borough council members brainstormed to figure out why people are dumping trash in their cemeteries and how to stop it. They've found everything from tires to windows piled up. The borough's trash service allows people to dispose of just about anything - they say there's no need to dump anywhere. Residents are allowed to dispose of one bulk item per week. Council is working on possible solutions to stop the dumping. One idea is to put up a fence.

united way kicks off fundraising
Thursday September 10th 2009

The United Way of Carbon County gears up for a big fundraising campaign this fall. The United Way helps fund 15 local organizations, including The American Red Cross and Shepherd House food banks. 95% of the money raised in Carbon County stays in local communities. The United Way of Carbon County has a $76,000 goal to meet this year. They'll raise money in many ways, including selling paper footballs for $1 at local businesses. If you'd like to donate or volunteer, contact the United Way at 610-377-6400.

POLICE LOOKING FOR EYEWITNESSES IN JIM THORPE FATAL HIT AND RUN
Thursday September 10th 2009

Jim Thorpe police are asking anyone that may have witnessed the accident on July 16th that claimed the life of 46-year old Howard Wert to contact them. Police say they are still searching for the vehicle that struck and killed the father of two. The crash happened around 9:30 at night at the intersection of Broadway and Route 209. If anyone has information on the incident, call Jim Thorpe Police at 570-325-4995.

northwestern lehigh construction update
Wednesday September 9th 2009

Northwestern Lehigh students kiss summer good-bye and say hello to their classrooms once again. Some students started the new school year yesterday in new rooms. The district is about halfway through a five year major construction plan. The two elementary schools are complete. There is minor work going on at the middle school. The major construction project is happening at the high school. New science labs, bathrooms, and a brighter library are all part of the plan. The high school construction is slated to be complete by 2011.

Summit Hill Talks with Lawyer
Wednesday September 9th 2009

Last year the Summit Hill borough began a nearly $3.5 million project. It included a new borough building, police station and fire hall. Officials moved into the new borough hall in August 2008. And fire fighters were expected to move into the new station in December but the building is still not ready. Officials have been dealing with several problems including cracks in the floors. Last night, the borough solicitor announced they're talking with a construction law attorney. They're seeking his advice on what the borough should do next.

McCall Seeks Vietnam Veterans
Wednesday September 9th 2009

In the past the Speaker of the House, Keith McCall, has honored veterans from WWII and the Korean War - now he wants to recognize Vietnam Veterans. In order to do that, he is asking for your help in identifying local men and women from all branches of the armed services who served in Vietnam. If you or a family member is a Vietnam Veteran, or if you know of a Carbon County Vietnam Veteran who should be part of the ceremony, please contact Bill Richards in McCall's Lansford Office. McCall will honor Carbon County's Vietnam Veterans with a special cermony on November 7 in Jim Thorpe.

FATHER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST BULLYING AT STROUDSBURG JR. HIGH
Wednesday September 9th 2009

A father on mission to educate young people about the effects of bullying is bringing his message to our area. John Halligan spoke about his son Ryan this morning at the Stroudsburg Junior High School. Ryan took his own life six years ago after being bullied by classmates in school and on the internet. Halligan says he's trying to reach bystanders who see bullying happen. He believes they are the secret to stopping bullys and recognizing when a young person is in a crisis. The public is invited to come out to hear Halligan's program at Seven Wednesday night at the Stroudsburg junior high school auditorium. You also can find out more on the web at www.ryansstory.org

PIKE RESIDENT TAKES ISSUE WITH LIBRARY TAX REFERENDUM
Wednesday September 9th 2009

A referendum on the ballot in Pike County is drawing fire from residents. Greene Township Resident Gordon Olsommer asked the Pike County Commissioners to reconsider a ballot referendum for the Pike County Library System. Olsommer said he didn't believe it was the time to pass a new tax and asked if the referendum could be withdrawn. Pike Library Director Ellen Schaffner countered by saying 35-dollars a taxpayer on average - would be a great value for library patrons. The Pike County Commissioners have already placed the library referendum on the November ballot after receiving two-thousand signatures from people in favor of the tax.

SURPRISE PLEA AS JURY SELECTION STARTS FOR MONROE MURDER CASE
Wednesday September 9th 2009

An unexpected twist in what was supposed to be the start of a major murder trial. Jury selection was scheduled to begin today for accused killer Fritz DeJoie but this morning authorities say he decided to enter a last minute plea. Prosecutors say instead of facing a drawn out trial DeJoie pled guilty to third degree homicide. He was accused of shooting his friend Steven Santillo in cold blood and leaving him to die on Hypsy Gap Road last July. Monroe County District Attorney David Christine says the commonwealth is pleased with DeJoie's plea. He now faces up to 40-years in prison. By pleading guilty DeJoie avoids a possible first degree murder conviction, which would've meant a mandatory life sentence. A judge will decide his punishment within the next few weeks.

CREWS UNEARTH A PIECE OF JIM THORPE'S HISTORY
Wednesday September 9th 2009

Construction crews digging up Hazard Square in Jim Thorpe have come across a piece of the town's history. Crews have unearthed the old brick highway that lies underneath the blacktop. Historians say the bricks were laid down around 100 years ago. The bricks aren't worth much money, but represent what early motorists were forced to used before the days of pavement...

local businesses reflect on smoking ban
Tuesday September 8th 2009

Friday will mark the one year anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. The controversial law snuffed out smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants. Many business owners worried a smoking band would force them to close. At TB's 903 Pub in Penn Forest Township, patrons have to take their cigarettes outside. Workers there say most patrons don't mind the minor inconvenience. They say it's hard to tell if a drop in business is due to the smoking ban or the downturn in the economy.

Tamaqua Man Arrested
Tuesday September 8th 2009

A Tamaqua man who was stabbed Sunday is arrested for threatening to kill a woman. According to Tamaqua police, Robert Morris was highly intoxicated when he followed a woman to her apartment and threatened her. The woman was holding a knife that Morris walked into when he got inside the apartment. He was treated at Miners Memorial Hospital and released. Morris is charged with burglary, criminal tresspas, aggravated assault and several other charges - many of them felonies. He is in the Schuylkill County Prison under $25,000 bail.

Sunday Towamensing Township House Fire
Tuesday September 8th 2009

A Towamensing Township home is destroyed after a weekend fire. Sources say the blaze was first reported as a brush fire along Forest Inn Road Sunday around 6 p.m. In a matter of minutes scanner reports changed to a dwelling fire. When fire fighters from several compaines arrived on scene the two story wooden home was fully involved. Neighbors say the home owners were vacationing at the time of the fire. No word on what sparked that blaze.

Vigilant Fire Co. Monument Dedication
Tuesday September 8th 2009

In 1909 the Vigilant Fire Company's Firemen's Monument was erected in the Union Cemetery. The company is now inviting you to celebrate the 100th Anniversary this weekend. In the early 1900's Arthur Scranton joined the fire company. He wanted to do something for his fellow firemen, so he bought a plot in the Union Cemetery which would be used as a future burial site for firemen with financial hardships or without families. There are three individuals buried at the monumnet - all died in the 1940's. This weekend the 100 year old monument will be rededicated in a special ceremony at one p.m. in the Union Cemetery in Slatington.

MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL WOMAN
Tuesday September 8th 2009

A Monroe County man is accused of trying to kill a woman and raping her. Police say 24-year old Joshua Yuste hit and choked the woman until she bled and forced her to have sex with him. They also claim he would not allow the woman to leave the home they share in County Club of the Poconos estate in Middle Smithfield Township. Yuste is facing attempted homicide and rape charges.

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