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Downed Trees Knocks out More Than Power
Tuesday October 30th 2012

Wind damage and downed trees have caused more than power outages.
For Shawn Smith in Tannersville, the wind knocked down two large pine trees -- both just feet from his home. Luckily neither fell on his house, but they still left damage. One tree fell on a car – smashing the windshield. While Smith says he was prepared for Hurricane Sandy by stocking up on food and water, he didn't expect his life to be in danger. He's now calling friends and family for any support he can get.

Salvation Army Helps Community Survive Hurricane Sandy
Monday October 29th 2012

Heavy winds and rain leads to power outages, making it hard for many people to cook. That's where the Salvation Army comes in. For the next few days, the Salvation Army in Monroe County will have extra staff on board - making sure people throughout the area are fed. They have enough stock to serve more than 2,000 meals a day. Their canteen truck is fully stocked and ready to go. Working with the American Red Cross, they will deliver food to any shelters in the area.

Hurricane To Hit Poconos
Friday October 26th 2012

As Hurricane Sandy gets closer to the east coast, an early winter storm is also moving down from the north. Meteorologists are predicting those storms will collide and cause a lot of damage. Monroe County EMA officials say between Sunday and Wednesday, people in the Poconos can expect to see around 5 inches of rainfall and up to 70 mile-per-hour winds. Officials predict extended power outages. Overall, officials predict the storm to cause $1 billion in damage. If the storm is as severe as predicted, some residents may be forced to leave their homes. American Red Cross officials say centralized shelters will be set up if needed.

Dooms Day Preppers
Friday October 26th 2012

A Dingmans Ferry Family is catching national attention for their dooms day preparation skills.

On November 4th the O' family will be featured on the National Geographic Channels hit TV show "Dooms Day Preppers". For years Johnny O' has been collecting survival supplies and training his family for a catastrophic event. As hurricane Sandy approaches John suggests that residents in the Poconos make preparations of their own…

John O' Prepper: "We are preparing for a simple thing like a storm to knock out power and also a freak thing like a black swan an event that comes out of no where."

John also suggests families make and practice different escape routes. The premier of episode of "Dooms Day Prepper" airs at 6 o'clock November 4th on Blue Ridge Channel 70.

Lehighton Man Faces Charges in County Court
Thursday October 25th 2012

A Lehighton man accused of driving drunk when he struck the Jim Thorpe Fire Chief with his vehicle will face charges in Carbon County Court. Chief Bill Diehm spent almost three weeks in the hospital. On July 7th, he was directing traffic for the Race Street Run along Lentz Trail. He was standing next to his vehicle with a reflective vest on when police say he was struck by 36-year-old Steven Schock who was driving a UPS truck. In August, Schock was charged with multiple offenses including aggravated assault while driving under the influence. Tests revealed his blood alcohol content was 0.154 percent. Wednesday he waived his right to preliminary hearing in district court. He is now set for a pre-trial conference in county court next month.

String of Arsons in Monroe County Community
Thursday October 25th 2012

Police have charged 2 juveniles between 15 and 17 years old with burglary and arson. The crime spree inside "A Pocono Country Place" in Coolbaugh Township started yesterday around 3:30 a.m. when a home on "Park Place" went up in flames. Later, around 11 p.m. another home, just blocks away on Broadway Drive, also caught fire. As fire companies arrived on scene, they found flames coming from another house on the same street. Crews left the scenes around 2 a.m. Just 30 minutes later, they were called back to one house. The alleged arsonists re-ignited that blaze. More arrests are pending.

Leaky Dam in Wayne County
Thursday October 25th 2012

Emergency management crews are worried a leaky dam in Wayne County could put over 300 structures in danger.

During a routine inspection the division of dam safety noticed a minor water seepage on the outside of Klondike dam in Lehigh Township. The leak concerned inspectors because of future rain forecasts from Hurricane Sandy. Now owners of the dam have lowered the water level to protect the inundation zone below which spans over four counties.

Ron Tripak Dam Engineer: "We also will be sand bagging around the hole to make sure water doesn't enter it and right now that's all we can do until we figure out a fix."

Inspectors don't expect any immediate damage. Dam engineers plan to fix the problem once the storm passes.

Fatal Crash in Rush Township, Schuylkill County
Wednesday October 24th 2012

A Hazleton man is dead after a crash this afternoon in Rush Township. Police say Harry Labenburg III was driving along Route 54 around two o'clock when he lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason. He went off the road and struck two trees. A Schuylkill County Coroner prounced the 40-year-old man dead at the scene.

West Penn Township Tire Dump Site
Wednesday October 24th 2012

Police are asking for the public's help to identify who dumped tires in Schuylkill County. Monday, a West Penn Township road crew found over 30 tires off Wash Creek Road near a stream. The township cleaned up the tires and will have to pay to have them disposed of at a transfer station. Anyone with information on this illegal dump site should contact West Penn Township Police.

Several Municipalities Duped out of Thousand of Dollars
Friday October 19th 2012

Principals of the company "Municipal Energy Managers" - Robert Kearns and Patrick McLaine - are charged with theft, conspiracy and misapplying entrusted funds. Lansford, Tamaqua, Coaldale, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe and Bethlehem are among the list of municipalities that signed up with MEM. They all shelled out hefty amounts of cash to purchase the town's streetlights the deal should have saved municipalities thousands of dollars. But there's a problem – no work was done. Instead, investigators say that money was used for trips to Disney World and other personal use. Right now, Kearns and McLaine are awaiting trial in Bethlehem. Lansford and Tamaqua officials say they're working with their solicitor to press similar charges, and they hope to get the Attorney General’s Office involved.

Man Bikes Across Country In Honor of Fallen Police Officers
Thursday October 18th 2012

A retired FBI agent is raising money for law enforcers who died in the line of duty. At 70 years old, Jim Caverly spent this past summer riding his bike from the Oregon coast all the way to Maine. His goal - to raise awareness and $30,000 for a program he's been involved with for more than 20 years. It's called “Concerns Of Police Survivors” – also known as COPS. The program offers support to the families of officers who died in the line of duty. Caverly biked about 80 miles a day. He raised about $7,000 -- $23,000 short of goal. All money goes toward the COPS program. If you'd like to support the cause, visit Caverly's website: www.BicyclingAcrossAmericaForCOPS.org

Changes to Social Security
Wednesday October 17th 2012

Those on Social Security will soon see a 1.7% Cost Of Living increase. On average that's about $250 more per year and $21 more per month. But most seniors say the slight income boost doesn’t compare to the rising cost of Medicare, property taxes, gasoline and much more. Seniors say they wish the government would put more funding toward Social Security, like they used to – allowing for lager increases. This 1.7% increase will take effect by January.

Tax Claim Money Missing
Wednesday October 17th 2012

A Wayne County tax collector is facing a number of theft charges after thousands of dollars in tax payments went missing.

Long time tax claims bureau employee Jeannie Brooks waived her right to a preliminary hearing this morning. This comes after an investigation which lead detective to over eleven thousand dollars of account discrepancies linked to brooks. According to county commissioners much of the missing money came from cash transactions at the bureau.

Wendel Kay Wayne County Commissioner: “Our internal systems actually turned up the problem so we feel good in a way that our safe guards that were already in place operated in our favor so that this came to light before this was discovered in an audit or someone else discovered it.”

The tax claims bureau no longer accepts cash payments. Brooks is currently out on 50 thousand dollars bail.

Monroe County Animal Shelter Needs Volunteers
Tuesday October 16th 2012

A Stroudsburg animal shelter is about to get a makeover, but before crews get to work, shelter officials are asking for help.
Today, people came to the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe County - also known as AWSOM - to volunteer for their "Sleepover for the Makeover" program. For the next 5 days, volunteers will foster animals, while the shelter undergoes about $5,000 worth of much-needed renovations. There are still a few cats and dogs left. If you'd like to volunteer and foster an animal until Sunday, just call or stop by the AWSOM Pet Shelter on Godfrey Ridge Road in Stroudsburg.

CAT SHOOTING IN PIKE COUNTY
Tuesday October 16th 2012

Ruthann Kaegi Victim of Cat Shooting:”I Hope whoever is responsible for this knows that we know and we are not laying down just taking it.”

RUTHANN KAEGI HAS A GOOD REASON TO BE MAD.

Ruthann: “This is what came out of my cat.”

LAST WEEK WHILE GROOMING HER CAT OREO SHE DISCOVERED THIS LED PELLET LODGED INTO HER SKIN.

Ruthann: “I was angry I wanted to find them>”

RUTHANN SAYS SOMEONE IN HER POCONO MOUNTAIN LAKE FOREST COMMUNITY IS SHOOTING CATS.

Ruthann: “The lady across the street came home and found her kitten dead in the driveway.”

SO TO WARN HER COMMUNITY SHE PUT UP THIS POSTER SHARING DETAILS ON HER CATS WOUNDS. AND NOW MANY MORE RESIDENTS ARE STEPPING FORWARD.

Ritta Przevieglec Pocono Mountain Lake Forest Resident: “A lot of cats are missing some in the communities next to us.”

Laura Cimino Pocono Mountain Lake Forest Resident : “Now that I have seen that sign I am realizing how many cats that come through here that I don't see anymore.”

AS DISTURBING AS THESE POSTERS DETAILS ARE... HUMANE OFFICERS IN PIKE COUNTY SAY ACCOUNTS LIKE THESE ARE HAPPENING MUCH MORE OFTEN.

Barry Heim Pike County Humane Society: “Animal cruelty cases in the past 5 years have exploded. and i am sure its due to a lot of people losing their jobs drinking more losing their homes… in some cases we are finding animals dead in homes.”

THE HUMANE SOCIETY SAYS COMMUNITY WATCH IS THE BEST WAY TO CATCH ANIMAL CRUELTY AND IF CONVICTED THE PERPETRATOR COULD FACE FELONY CHARGES, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT ANIMAL LOVER IN THIS COMMUNITY INTEND HOPE TO PUSH FOR.

John Gwiazdowski Pocono Mountain Lake Forest Resident: “I believe in absolute jail time is no different that shooting a human.”

Radon Awareness Week
Monday October 15th 2012

According to DEP, more than 10,000 people die every year from high radon levels in their home. It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of radium in rocks and it could be lurking around your home. Since it’s colorless, odorless and tasteless, it’s hard to detect. That’s why officials recommend having your home tested. You can either contact a radon mitigation specialist or go to your local hardware store and pick up your own testing kit. If you do have high levels of radon, and you have a well, officials also recommend getting your water tested. For more information on radon, check out DEP’s website: www.DEPWeb.State.Pa.Us

Susan Beecher will Retire
Monday October 15th 2012

In a matter of months Pike County will soon lose one of their most important conservation leaders.
Come the end of December the Pike County Conservation District executive director Susan Beecher will retire. For the past 23 years Susan has been the driving force behind regulating D-E-P regulations and maintain exceptional value water ways in the county. Susan says her greatest challenge has been monitoring the environmental impacts of the county's construction boom, but her predecessor will now have to face the challenge of regulating increased natural gas line construction.
Susan Beecher Retiring From Pike County Conservation District: "The new executive director will have a steep learning curve there is a number of regulatory changes at the state level that we are grappling right now…"
Pike County commissioners have now narrowed down four applicants to fill Susan’s vacant seat. They will begin the interview process next week.

Victim Recovering In Chestnuthill Township Shooting
Friday October 12th 2012

Doctors found 14 bullet wounds in a Chestnuthill Township man, after his brother allegedly shot him yesterday. 23-year-old Marcell Gibbs faces charges for attempting to murder his brother - 29-year-old Kenneth Reddick. But if it wasn't for their neighbor, who drove Reddick to the paramedics, he may not be alive right now. Reddick is still in the hospital. We're told he is doing ok. As for Gibbs - he's now in the Monroe County Correctional Facility without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Friday, the 19th.

Pike Will Soon Have Centralized Court
Thursday October 11th 2012

The Pike County Court system is moving into the digital age and centralizing preliminary court hearings.

Thanks to a $100,000 dollar grant from the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the county will be building a Centralized Court System. When complete it will eliminate the need for witnesses and police officers to attend the defendant’s first court appearance unless they schedule a preliminary hearing. The District Attorney says this should significantly reduce unnecessary court appearances by police.

The grant money will also be used to update the courts file system to a digitally based system.

Meth Bust in Sun Valley
Wednesday October 10th 2012

An Albrightsville man is charged for allegedly operating a meth lab in a Chestnuthill Township Community. According to court documents, 31-year-old Thomas Kram would come to the Sun Valley community every night to cook meth. Police also arrested 31-year-old Shawn Berger and 29 year old Kimberly Maro, who were found inside the home with Kram. They've since been released. Most neighbors say they aren't surprised, since Kram does have an extensive criminal record. Kram's preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Friday, the 19th, at 10 a.m.

Wayne Memorial Hospital Medicare Problem
Wednesday October 10th 2012

Wayne Memorial Hospital is worried that if a Medicare reimbursement program isn't restored, they may be forced to cut services.

On October first the Medicare Dependent Hospital designation program expired. The federally run program helps pay for over 60 percent of Medicare billing and without it the hospital could lose up to 1.7 million dollars. The hospital is putting pressure on legislators to restore the bill. They just hope it passes before they have to cut services.

Michael Clifford Director of Finance WMH - "At best i will break even but in most cases i will lose money by providing services to Medicare patience…"

Stacy Grunde Financial Advisor WMH – “Our concern is that we don't want to have to cut those services to our community we want to continue to grow…”

Federal legislators are expected to review the bill after the November elections. A vote could be made as early as December.

Wild Cat Problem
Tuesday October 9th 2012

According to the Dessin Animal Shelter,Wayne County’s wild cat population is now nearing unmanageable numbers.

To reduce the out of control breeding the Dessin Animal Shelter is spaying and neutering over 40 felines for free. Months of fundraising has allowed them to hire a mobile vet clinic to perform the medical procedures. The shelter say they are doing what they can but they need the help of the community.

Barbara Loch Northeast Animal Alliance – “A female cat can be nursing their kittens and go out and meet up with Mr. Tom cat and get pregnant again…”

The shelter suggests that if you are feeding wild cat that you catch them and bring them to the shelter so they can be spayed and neutered.

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced
Tuesday October 9th 2012

Today, a Centre County Court judge told 68-year-old Jerry Sandusky he will spend 30 to 60 years behind bars. During today’s sentencing, three victims stood up in front of a packed courtroom and spoke about the pain and suffering they still face. Sandusky was found guilty back in June for molest 10 young boys over a 15-year-period. Today, Sandusky also spoke to the courtroom for about 15 minutes. He still denies the allegations. Since his arrest 11 months ago, this scandal led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno, former University President Graham Spanier and numerous fines and penalties against the universities football team by the NCAA.

Polk Township Man Behind Bars for Alleged Meth Lab
Monday October 8th 2012

A Polk Township Man is behind bars after police found a meth lab inside his home.
The investigation took place on Friday. Police first stopped 37-year-old Bryan Hildebrant in neighboring Carbon County, for driving with a broken headlight and tail light. He was then taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence. Further questioning led to a home-search warrant. According to police, they found a meth lab inside Hildebrant's home on West Sherwood Drive in the Robin Hood Lakes community. Neighbors say they never suspected this was going on just feet away from their own home. Along with charges for possessing and manufacturing drugs in Monroe County, Hildebrant will also face DUI charges in Carbon County, pending blood test results.

Fall Foliage
Monday October 8th 2012

THE COLORS OF FALL FOLIAGE ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE AND SO ARE THE LEAVE PEEPERS…

Lada Bidiak Leaf Peeper – “Mass, NC, CT, NY lots from NJ, NH… lots of people out looking at leaves today…”

ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN WHEN THE LEAVE CHANGE AND TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES COME TO THE POCONO'S TO CATCH A GLIMPS BEFORE THEY ALL FALL TO THE GROUND…

Mika and Maya Bidiak Leaf Peepers – “I see brown ones and I see yellow ones pretty...”

FROM NOW UNTIL LATE NOVEMBER TOURISTS LIKE THE BIDIAK FAMILY FLOCK TO HAWKS NEST IN GLEN SPAY NEW YORK TO GET BIRDS EYE VIEW OF PIKE COUNTY'S FALL FOLIAGE… AND ALONG THE WAY MANY ARE MAKING A STOP AT MANY OF THE AREAS LOCAL BUSINESSES…

Paula Heckler Cedar Rapids Lodge – “Lots of people coming up now this way because the economy and they don't want to take long trips so they will take a ride up from the city orJersey…”

FOR CEDAR RAPIDS LODGE THE FALL FOLIAGE SEASON IS THE REALLY THE LAST ATTRACTION THAT BRINGS IN CUSTOMERS BEFORE SNOW FALLS…

Paula-“We tried to stay open for the first year through the winter… and it didn't really work...”

THIS YEAR THE FALL FOLIAGE LOOKS TO BE PROFITABLE FOR MANY BUSINESSES ESPECIALLY KITTATINNY CANOE WHO'S SEASON WAS CUT SHORT LAST YEAR DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING…

Ansley Lukacinsky Kitttatinny Canoes – “Oh we get a lot of weekend drivers and Saturday explorers…”

NOW IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO SEE A LOT OF FALL FOLIAGE IN JUST A MATTER OF SECOND… A ZIP LINE MAY BE THE WAY TO GO…

Ansley –“You are standing on the landing platform of kittatinys dual racing zip line it is 3000 feet from the top and you get a great view of the Delaware from the left…”

THE ZIP LINE AT KITTATINY CANOES ATTRACTS THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS A MONTH AND OFFERING A UNIQUE VIEW OF THE FALL FOLIAGE… AND ACCORDING TO VISITORS IT’S AN ADDED ATTRACTION THAT HAS MADE THE FALL FOLIAGE AN ANNUAL TRADITION…

Lada- “Oh we always come here and take pictures so we can watch the kids grow up...”


Tamaqua Woman Allegedly Attacks Ex
Monday October 8th 2012

A Tamaqua woman is arrested for allegedly asaulting her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. Police say this morning, 20-year-old Jennifer Wood went to Mahanoy City where her ex, 22-year-old Thomas Kehl, lives. She used a sharp instrument to damage his vehicle. Police say Wood then forced her way inside his locked home. She picked up a full size spade-type shovel before entering a bedroom where Kehl and 18-year-old Ashley Beynon of Tamaqua where sleeping. Wood struck both with the shovel. She is also accused of using a frying pan, a fireplace poker and a small coal shovel against both victims who suffered several injuries. Jennifer Wood has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses.

Pocono Cinema Under Full Ownership
Friday October 5th 2012

It's a big week for the nonprofit group who runs an East Stroudsburg movie theater. After four years of renting the Pocono Cinema, they now have full ownership. Up until now, the Pocono Community Theater group was shelling out more than $4,000 a month for rent. Now with a mortgage, they're shaving off $3,000 thousand dollars a month. With the extra cash they plan to renovate and offer even more events – such as live shows and plays. But even with some extra cash, they don't have enough for everything. That's why the nonprofit group has launched a 3 year "Major Gifts" campaign. So far they've raised around $160,000, they have $350,000 more to go.
If you would like to find out more about donating, call the Pocono Community Theater: (570) 421-2036

Pike County Township Convention
Friday October 5th 2012

THIS MORNING SUPERVISOR FROM ALL 11 TOWNSHIPS IN PIKE COUNTY GATHERED TOGETHER TO DISCUSS THE ROOT OF MANY OF THEIR PROBLEMS…

Ted Parsell Delaware Township Supervisor - "The problem is money so if we can sit down and discuss some of these issues with our state reps they can take it back to Harrisburg and they can see what they can’t do to help us…

AT THE ANNUAL TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS CONVENTION REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COUNTY AND STATE STOOD BEFORE SUPERVISORS TO LISTEN TO SOME OF THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES TOWNSHIP OFFICIAL FACE…

Lisa Baker State Senator 20th Dist. – “I know it’s a tough job you have to face the community…”

THIS MORNINGS CONVENTION COVERED A NUMBER OF TOPIC INCLUDING JOB GROWTH, STATE REGULATION AND THE STRUGGLE TO COMPLETE TOWNSHIP PROJECTS WITH THE RISING COST OF PREVAILING WAGES…

Ted - "Any project exceeding $25,000 has to do prevailing wages."

FOR YEARS TOWNSHIP HAVE BEEN FORCED TO GO OFF A PREVAILING WAGE SCALE THAT WAS SET BACK IN THE EARLY 1960 WHICH MAKES IT VERY EXPENSIVE TO SIMPLE MAINTENANCE…

Ted - if its exceeding the $25,000 dollars its turning that say $40,000 job into 50 or 55,000 dollars."

John- "The number one problem all township discussed today was road repairs but with decreased budgets and a fuel tax that hasn't changed since 1997… PENN DOT say the funding just isn't there so now they are looking into other options…

Ken Thiel Penn DOT – “Another source of income we are looking at is from natural gas…”

PENN DOT SAYS IF NATURAL GAS DRILLING TAKES OFF ROAD MONEY COULD FLOW IN FROM GAS COMPANIES… AND THAT TOPIC LEAD TO TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS FINAL CONCERNS WITH THE FUTURE NATURAL GAS FRACKING…

Peter D'Alauro Blooming Grove Township - "Has there been any changes in chemicals that go into drilling that are less hazardous…

THE CONVENTION WRAPPED UP WITH A KEYSTONE ENERGY FORUM WHICH EXPLAINED NEW REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE TO STOP CONTAMINATION THROUGH FRACKING… IN PIKE COUNTY JOHN BARTELL NEWS 13...

Pike County Land Swap
Thursday October 4th 2012



IF ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS HAVE THEIR WAY OVER 500 ACRES OF THE PIKE COUNTY BUSINESS PARK WILL BE TRADED OFF...

THE COUNT HOPES TO TRADE UNUSABLE LAND IN THE BUSINESS PARK FOR USABLE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY WITH THE STATE GAME COMMISSION...

Mike Sullivan Pike Economic Development Authority - "We have to have these jobs if we are going to produce jobs in Pike County."

IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE PIKE COUNTY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE… THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WANTS TO TRADE 500 ACRES OF THE COUNTY'S BUSINESS PARK FOR 250 ACRES OF STATE GAME LAND…

Mike - “There is a bog in the middle wetlands are all over this properly you can't build on this property…

ACCORDING TO THE E-D-A THE COUNTY INCLUDING THE BUSINESS PARK IS MISSING SOME KEY ELEMENTS FOR INDUSTRIAL GROWTH…

Mike - "There is no place to my knowledge that has water sewer and gas"…

AND IT’S BECAUSE OF THOSE ELEMENTS THE E-D-A SAYS THAT THE MANUFACTURERS HAVE OVER LOOKED THE BUSINESS PARK SINCE THE COUNTY PURCHASED IT IN 1996… BUT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SAY A PARCEL OF STATE GAME LAND NEAR ROUTE 6 AND 739 MAY OFFER A WAY TO RECOUP OVER 2 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS PUT INTO THE BUSINESS PARK…

Matt Osterberg County Commissioner - "So there is some debt there that has to be paid back so that's why the property needs to be sold or swapped out to other properties so we can pay back the people holding the debt…"

NOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THE COUNT WON'T BE TRADING THE 100 ACRES OF DEVELOPED LAND IN THE BUSINESS PARK. WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO IS TRADE 500 ACRES OF ROCKY SWAMPY LAND FOR 250 ACRES OF POTENTIALLY USABLE PROPERLY ON STATE GAME LAND…

Mike - "It’s a 2 to 1 deal i will give them 500 acres for 250 acres…”

THE E-D-A IS LOOKING A NUMBER OF OTHER PROPERTIES TO SWAP WITH AND THE COUNTY HASN'T PRESENTED THIS PLAN TO THE GAME COMMISSION YET… BUT GEORGE IT DOES SEEM TO BENEFIT BOTH PARTIES WITH LITTLE COST… ITS JUST GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF NEGOTIATING.

Owner of More than 70 Mobile Parks Fined $1.3 Million by DEP
Wednesday October 3rd 2012

Residents in The Pines at West Penn in New Ringgold say their drinking water is brown. They fear bacteria is in their water. According to the Department of Environmental Protection - there is. That's why they've fined the parks owner, Frank Perano, $1.3 million. Perano owns 73 mobile-home parks. In 32 of them – including one in Schuylkill County, one in Carbon County and three in Wayne County -- DEP found numerous violations. Those violations include pollutants in the drinking water and untreated sewage in nearby streams. Many residents say they were never notified about any of these issues. DEP is taking the issue seriously by making Perano conduct monthly evaluations and hiring an environmental consultant to get his parks up to par. Since DEP has found violations at Perano’s parks for the past five consecutive years, they say if this happens again they could increase the fines to $2,000 a day. Officials say a complaint has also been filed with the Federal District Court.

Wayne County Man Charged with Murder
Wednesday October 3rd 2012

A WAYNE COUNTY MAN IS FACING MURDER CHARGES FOR THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE…

57 YEAR OLD BERTRAND SCHROEDERS COURT APPEARANCE WAS SHORT THIS MORING… HE WAIVED HIS RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING… BUT ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PARTS ABOUT THIS CASE IS THAT IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER… THIS WILL BE THE THIRD DOMESTIC HOMICIDE IN WAYNE COUNTY IN THE PAST 4 MONTHS… THE MOST RECORDED IN OVER A DECADE…


Michele Minor-Wolf Victims Intervention Program - I used to be able to tell people that we usually don't even have one in a year but we have had 2 in the last 4 months and thats a lot for this community…

WITH NOTHING MORE THAN A BLANK STAIR BERTRAND SCHROEDER REMAINED SPEACHLESS AFTER WAIVING HIS RIGHT TO A PRELIMINARY HEARING THIS MORING…

A.G. Howel Attorney – “He is facing general criminal homicide charges and a number of animal cruelty charges…”

3 WEEKS AGO SCHROEDERS TOLD NEIGHBORS HE ACCIDENTALLY SHOT HIS WIFE 57 YEAR OLD DONNA SCHROEDER IN THE NECK WHILE UNLOADING HIS GUN INTOXICATED… SOON AFTER DONNA ARIVED AT THE HOSPITAL SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD…

Howel – “I believe he has a prior record with a felony on it...”

MR. SCHROEDER WHO BY LAW CANNOT POSESS A FIRE ARME IS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES INCLUDING CRIMINAL HOMICIDE AND SEVERAL COUNTS OF ANIMAL CUELTY AFTER HUMAIN OFFICER SIEZED OVER 50 BEAGLES FROM HIS HOME IN NEWFOUNDLAND…

Brittany Smith Dessin Animal Shelter – “We have moved a couple of the bigger ones out we still have to get many of the puppies fixed we are working on getting them foster homes we are working on applications for them we got a bunch in…”

THE DESSIN ANIMAL SHELTER SAYS THIS WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ANIMAL HOARDING CASES THEY HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR… BUT ITS SCHRODERS SUSPECTED MURDER THAT REALLY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATES CONCERNED…

Michele – “Batterers and offenders really need to be held accountable that’s the key to making the violence stop its not about helping them get out its about stopping the abuse from stopping in the first place.”

OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH AND MEMBERS OF THE VICTIMS INTERVENTION PROGRAM ARE HOPING THIS STORY MAY BRING TO LIGHT THE GROWING DOMESTIC ABUSE PROBLEM IN WAYNE COUNTY…

Michele – “There was mention that she had tried to get out many times or get help many times and i think what is really important about that is letting people know that victim services are available…”

SCHROEDERS NEXT HEARING HAS NOT BEEN SET YET… BUT MARIE THE VICTIMS INTERVENTION PROGRAMS WANTS THOSE WHO MAY BE INVOLVED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENT TO KNOW THEY CAN BE REACHED 24 HOURS DAY THROUGH THEIR HOTLINE THE NUMBER IS 253-4401…

No ID Required to Vote This November
Tuesday October 2nd 2012

Come next month, you won’t need a photo ID to vote. Mixed emotions from residents in Monroe County after a Commonwealth Court Judge put the brakes on the state's new voter ID law. Since its proposal, republicans have been saying it's a way to reduce voter fraud. Democrats disagree, they say requiring photo ID at the polls is voter suppression and was an attempt to sway the November elections. The judge is only putting the brakes on this law, unless a permanent injunction is approved, it will still go into full effect next year. The judge decided there wasn't enough time for everyone to prepare. Officials say an appeal is still possible before the November election.

NPS Approves Power Line Upgrade
Tuesday October 2nd 2012

The National Park Service has given the approval to begin upgrades on a 150 mile long electrical transmission line that runs through a number of communities in Pike, Monroe and Wayne Counties.

Late Monday afternoon The National Park Service presented the results of a 3 year environmental study and gave PPL the final approval to move forward on upgrades to the Susqhehanna-Rosland Line. The upgrades will replace the current 85 year old lines and provide more reliable electrical services. Resident in the path of the construction aren't happy about the because taller transmission poles will be put in place.

Michael Condell Saw Creek Resident - "Its going to ruin the whole community. There are a lot of kids here and i heard the power lines will cause cancer and i believe it…"

The old 85 foot towers will be replaced by 150 foot or higher polls. 95 percent of construction will fallow the existing path. A 7 mile stretch of new line will run through different points of Pike Wayne and Monroe Counties...

Police Chase Teen Into Lehigh River
Monday October 1st 2012

A Weissport teen is in custody after fleeing from police early this morning. 18-year-old Luke Zetts is charged with resisting arrest, escape and aggravated assault. It all started at the Lehighton Borough Police Department. Zetts was arrested early this morning for deserting his post at a U.S. Marine Corp base in Maryland, but he tried to run from police. The police chief says Zetts tried to choke him with his handcuffs -- he now suffers a large wound on his forehead. Zetts got away. That's when the chase began. He ran to the Lehigh River, where he swam downstream. Police captured Zetts in the river in Weissport. He was taken to the hospital for hypothermia. Zetts was then arraigned in front of a district judge. Zetts is behind bars at the Carbon County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for next Wednesday.

Route 209 Update
Monday October 1st 2012

Business owners in Milford will be happy to hear construction on the storm stricken portion of route 209 is on schedule and will be reopened to traffic next month.

Construction crews are just now finishing up the new retaining wall which gave way last October during a landslide. The failure of the previous wall resulted in a 300 foot long crack that forced the national park service to close the road leading to Milford. The new wall has been engineered to withstand hurricane force rains. The projects next phase to road construction.

Rich Degnan National Park Service – “The next part moves a lot faster… the back filling the compaction the road laying… it moves a lot quicker...

The 4.3 million dollar is scheduled to be completed by November second.

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