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Stolen Kubota's
Monday December 31st 2012

A tractor dealership in Wayne County is beefing up its security after thieves stole over 60 thousand dollars worth of equipment.

Managers at Marshall Machinery say during Thursday nights snow storm thieves broke into their sales lot and stole 6 pieces of Kubota machinery; Two lawnmowers three RTV's and a backhoe/loader. Owners say the machines were most likely loaded onto a large tractor trailer and taken from the properly. State police are looking for any leads.

Post-Christmas Shopping
Thursday December 27th 2012

Despite yesterday's snow storm, people still flocked to the stores today for some post-Christmas shopping. People were found everywhere from the big box stores, to the Stroud Mall, and they all had a mission -- to return those unwanted Christmas gifts. Others came to the store to bargain hunt. With sales up to 80% off, many found it hard to pass up. If you missed out today, don't worry -- mega-sales run all week long.

Snow Causes Accident on I84
Thursday December 27th 2012

NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS MORNING CAUSED A TRACTOR TRAILER TO JACK KNIFE AND BACK UP TRAFFIC FOR OVER AND HOUR ON INTERSTATE 84.

THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT MILE MARKER 48 IN DINGMAN TOWNSHIP. A WITNESS OF THE WRECK TOLD NEWS 13 THAT A CAR CUT THE TRUCK DRIVER OFF AND WHEN HE SWERVED TO MISS THE CAR HE LOST CONTROL IN THE SNOW AND CRASHED INTO THE DITCH.

THE TRUCKS TRAILER BLOCKED BOTH LANES GOING EAST BOUND. TRAFFIC WAS BACKED UP FOR OVER 2 MILES WHILE EMERGENCY CREWS REMOVED THE WRECKAGE.

Snow Storm Hits Poconos
Wednesday December 26th 2012

Parts of the Poconos could see up to eight inches of snow tonight. Mix that with the expected rainfall and you get a driver’s worse nightmare - ice. Officials recommend everyone stay inside. If you must get behind the wheel, officials warn everyone to drive slow and be careful. Despite the dangers, many residents say they’re still excited for the storm. School districts are on holiday break and many people are still off work. People say it’s the most ideal time to stay home, make some hot cocoa and watch the snowfall.

Ski Big Bear Open
Wednesday December 26th 2012

MANY AT SKI BIG BEAR ARE EXCITED TO FINALLY CLICK THEIR BOOTS INTO THEIR BINDING AND HIT THE SLOPES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

"The snow is hard and kind of icy but great because I have been dying to go all week and this is the first time we have been able to." Says skier Ana Beliakova.

AFTER MONTHS OF WARM WEATHER, MOTHER NATURE HAS PROVIDED SKI BIG BEAR RESORT WITH THE COLD SNAP NEEDED TO LAY DOWN A LAYER OF WHITE STUFF JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS.

"Snow making isn't that hard you mix air and water and cold temperatures. One thing we were missing was cold temperatures but now we are off and running and opening new terrain every day." Says Ski Big Bear General Manager Ron Schmalzer.

FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS SNOW MACHINES HAVE BEEN LAYING DOWN THE BASE THAT SKI BIG BEAR HAS TODAY AND IF THE FORECAST IS CORRECT SKIERS MAY HAVE THE REAL SNOW TOMORROW.

"I heard 6 to 10 inches of snow so I am hoping.” Say skier Nancy Fanelli

RIGHT NOW BIG BEAR HAS 8 OF THEIR 18 RUNS OPEN. NIGHT SKIING STARTS AT 4 O’CLOCK EVERYDAY.

Lehigh Twp. Regional DUI Patrols
Monday December 24th 2012

"Operation Safe Holiday" is underway in Northampton County as police crack down on drunk drivers. Lehigh Township's Regional DUI enforcement program conducted a DUI roving patrol Friday night. Officers from eight departments including Walnutport and Moore Township participated. They issued nine traffic citations - 29 warnings and arrested six people for driving under the influence. One of the arrested for DUI was underage. DUI enforcement will continue into the new year.

Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in Schuylkill County
Monday December 24th 2012

A Powerball ticket worth a million dollars has been sold in Schuylkill County. The ticket from the December 22nd drawing was bought at Stauffer's One Stop in Ringtown. The winning ticket matched all five numbers to win a prize of a million dollars. Another winning ticket was sold in Beaver County for the same drawing. Lottery officials cannont confirm the identity of either winner until each prize is claimed - and each ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

A True Holiday Miracle
Monday December 24th 2012

Imagine buying hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas gifts and when you go to check out, you find someone else already took care of the bill. That happened to more than 10 people this year, including Victor Villalta, at the K-Mart in East Stroudsburg. Villalta says the gift of having his layaway bill paid for changed his life. He lost his job and was unable to pay for the gifts. Now, he wants to give back to others in the community any way he can.

Cameras To Stop Speeders?
Friday December 21st 2012

Police say the number of deadly crashes in the Poconos is rising, and they need to do something about it fast, before it gets even worse. Officials think cameras may do the trick. Just last week, a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer was the result of speeding. It happens all the time. So to help stop these speeders, the Safe 80 Task Force wants to install cameras on our most traveled highways. Here's how it works -- if a driver is speeding, the camera snaps a picture of your license plate. Then you get a ticket in the mail. To implement this program we need the support of our local legislators. Today, Representative Rosemary Brown said she is fully supportive and will fight for this in Harrisburg.

Stricter Laws for Sex Offenders
Thursday December 20th 2012

Starting today, the amount of time a sex offender is registered under Megan's Law will be extended. Attorneys have mixed feeling about the changes. Defense attorney James Swetz believes the stricter changes to Megan’s Law are unconstitutional and needs to be changed. According to Attorney Swetz, those who committed the crime prior to this change, should abide by the old laws.
But that’s not the case. Prior to the changes, sex offenders were required to register for either 10 years or life - depending on the severity of the crime. Now, it’s broken into a three tier system. Tier 1 is 15 years, Tier 2 is 25 years and Tier 3 is lifetime registration. Officials say many people who no longer need to be registered, may now be registered for an additional 5 years or may even bump up to a lifetime registration. Also, for the first time juveniles also must register under Megan’s Law. The change states, if the offender is 14 years of age or older and commits a crime such as rape, they could be on Megan’s List forever. Attorney Swetz does not agree with this change, unlike the assistant district attorney, who feels it's important to warn neighbors and everyone who's in contact with that offender.

New Store in Monroe County Helps People Get Ready for Disasters
Wednesday December 19th 2012

If another hurricane hit tomorrow, would you be ready? A new store in East Stroudsburg has everything you need to get through days without electricity or heat. It's called "Survival of the Fittest" - located on North Courtland Street. They have everything from workout equipment to camping gear, freeze dried foods and emergency water supplies. While the store has been visited by “Dooms Day prepers,” store managers say the goal is really to help people prepare for the worse, whether it’s a hurricane or devastating fire.

ESU Tax Exemption Status Going to Court
Tuesday December 18th 2012

East Stroudsburg University is trying to build new luxury dorms without paying any taxes, but the project has been put on pause. East Stroudsburg Area School District is taking the issue to court, saying the university should not be granted tax exemption. District officials feel - if these new suites have the frills and rent of an apartment, they should be taxed like one. Attorneys say they can appeal since the university doesn't legally own the new suites - their non-profit corporation "University Properties Inc." does. But university officials say they do meet tax exemption criteria, and if denied, they may need to scrap the entire project. Tax-exemption status saves the university around $700,000 a year.

Natural Gas Comes to More Areas of the Poconos
Monday December 17th 2012

Come January, people in Mount Pocono, Pocono and Coolbaugh Townships will have access to natural gas. It's a project that's been in the works for more than 15 years.
Crews were out today working to install the new 6.6 mile natural gas line. It runs along and around Route 611, extending an existing pipeline near the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Officials say the main reason to extend is to draw in even more businesses to the area. By reducing heating costs and eliminating a carbon footprint, local businesses are already anxious to jump on board. UGI is the company building this line. They're shelling out $6.5 million to build it. So far, they know more than 20 businesses and 100 residents will definitely have access to the line. Officials are optimistic those numbers will grow.

85 Year Old East Stroudsburg Man Dies in House Fire
Friday December 14th 2012

An elderly East Stroudsburg man is dead after flames ripped through his mobile home in Buttonwood Court. The blaze broke out around 8 o’clock this morning, but by the time crews arrived, it was too late. That man is 85 year old Harold Weidele. Neighbors say he lived on oxygen in a wheelchair. The coroner has ruled his death carbon monoxide poisoning. Neighbors say it was a sight they had never seen before. The fire marshal says the blaze isn’t suspicious. Crews are still investigating a cause.

Invistigation Continues in Death of Three Month Old Baby
Thursday December 13th 2012

The Monroe County coroner is still waiting on toxicology test results to determine what killed a three-month-old baby two weeks ago. Jasaan Feliciano died at a Stroud Township daycare. Officials say he was put down for a nap, face down on a queen size bed. He was surrounded by pillows and blankets. Without test results, police say they're still looking into a number of possible causes. The daycare's license has been revoked. The owner - Deborah Thompson - has 28 days left to appeal. If not, the facility's doors will be closed permanently.

Burglary Arrests in Mahoning Township
Thursday December 13th 2012

Two Lehighton men are arrested for burglary and are accused of selling stolen goods to fuel their drug addictions. 20-year-old Shane Jefferson and 24-year-old Justin Mooney were arraigned last night for the December 11th burglary. Police say the two men broke into a home on Orioles Drive and stole a television and a jewelry box filled with various items. At the time of their arrest, police say Mooney was in possession of an engraved ring that belonged to the victim. Police were able to recover the TV with help from the Lehighton Police. Some of the jewelry, which had been sold to gold and coin stores locally, was recovered. Investigators say the stolen items were sold to fund Jefferson and Mooney's heroin addictions. Both face numerous charges and are in jail.

Additional Charges After Mahoning Crash
Thursday December 13th 2012

A Summit Hill man is facing more charges after crashing his car last month in Mahoning Township. The accident happened November 24th on Mill Road. Police say 42-year-old Vincent Valentini II fled the crash scene on foot. As he ran, he told someone who stopped to help he was wanted by police. After a brief search Valentini was taken into custody. He was wanted in Northampton County fan an outstanding drug possession charge. Mahoning Township Police have now charged him with fleeing. An additional charge of driving under the influence of a controlled substance is pending the results of a blood test.

No Zip Line Meeting in Penn Forest Twp.
Thursday December 13th 2012

Plans won't be presented next week for a controversial proposed zip line project in Penn Forest Township. The developer has notified the township they will not be attending the December 20th planning commission meeting as scheduled. Instead they are asking to be placed on the agenda for January 28th. Navitat Canopy Adventures wants to place a zip line eco-tourism business on a section of land behind the Bear View Development. The access road would go through the neighborhood and that has many concerned. The township hopes to hold the January 28th meeting at the firehouse.

Another Pile Up on Interstate 80
Wednesday December 12th 2012

For the second time this week, police responded to a pile up on Interstate 80 near the Tannersville exit. Today, Leesent Stapleton, East Stroudsburg, was approaching an active work zone on I-80 East around mile marker 297. Police say he was speeding. Trying to switch lanes, the brakes on Stapleton's tractor trailer locked up, causing him to lose control and crash into 8 cars. No one was injured in this accident. Police are telling everyone to obey the speed limit and be aware of the vehicles around you.

Monroe County School Disctrict Losing Enrollment
Tuesday December 11th 2012

For years, people flocked to the Poconos for a better, and more affordable, life. But now, it's just the opposite, and area school districts are feeling the effects. The Pocono Mountain School District has already lost around 16% of their student body in the last six years. They expect that figure to bump up to a 28% loss by the 2017-18 school year. Due to a drop in enrollment, when the district was facing a $22M deficit, they closed three schools. Homeowners blame the drop on "out-the-roof" taxes and a lack of high-paying jobs. Officials from the PMSD would like to highlight these figures are just projections based on past enrollment data and could always change.

Multi Vehicle Crash Near Tannersville Claims a Life
Monday December 10th 2012

A multi-vehicle crash in Monroe County claims a life. Police say this is one of the biggest accidents they've seen in a while. Four tractor trailers and one car were involved. Large concrete slabs fell off the first tractor trailer on Interstate 80 heading East. Lying in the middle of the highway just before the Tannersville exit – the second and third tractor trailers hit the concrete slab, blowing out their tires. Then a car crashed into the slab, causing the car to flip over. A fifth tractor trailer driver hit the concrete slab. He then crashed into the other tractor trailers. That driver, 41 year old Daniel Snyder from Ohio, died in the crash. He was carrying medal beams weighing tons and when he crashed, those beams came flying forward - crushing Snyder. Officials say all other drivers walked away from the accident safely.

Seven Bridge Road Almost Open
Wednesday December 5th 2012

Since September, many business owners in Marshalls Creek have been waiting for Seven Bridge Road to re-open. Now, the waiting game is almost over. The busy road is set to open this Friday. PennDot officials say construction is complete. The only work left is installing the guard rails and putting up the street signs. PennDot says they had no choice but to close the road because the bridge was deteriorating and needed to be replaced. The closure has unfortunately put a strain on many businesses. Owners say they are even thinking of closing their doors. Once the bridge re-opens, PennDot will start even more roadwork at the intersection of Business Route 209 and Seven Bridge Road. That work will last until the Spring. This time, officials say the road will remain open.

Possible Cuts to Eastern Pike Regional Police
Wednesday December 5th 2012

A pike county police department may face some major cuts if one municipality can’t come up with funding.

A short fall in revenue and a multimillion dollar law suit has forced Westfall township supervisors to consider ending their contract with eastern pike regional police. Since 2008 Westfall township has shared the expense of eastern pike regional police with Matamoras borough, but if the township can’t find the money the police department will have to make cuts to enforcement.

Next week the township, police department will meet to try and come to an agreement on ways to maintain law enforcement.

Palmer and Son Fire
Tuesday December 4th 2012

A WAYNE COUNTY MECHANIC SHOP IS CLEANING UP AFTER MIDNIGHT FIRE BROKE OUT IN ONE OF THEIR BAYS.

"If we would have had anymore heat we would have had potentially three 274 gallon tanks of accelerate that defiantly would have compromised the structure," Says Tony Franklin Beach Lake Fire Department

THIS BURNT TRUCK FRAME IS ALL THAT IS LEFT AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE REPAIR SHOP OF PALMER AND SON TRUCK SERVICE IN HONESDALE.

"Burned the truck cab right to the frame little minor damage to other vehicles around it ceiling walls overhead doors are damaged," Says Chris Palmer Owner of Palmer and Son Truck Service

FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AROUND 12:30 LAST NIGHT. WHEN THEY ARRIVED, FLAMES AND THICK BLACK SMOKE HAD ENGULFED A TRUCK IN THE END BAY OF THE REPAIR SHOP. FIRE FIGHTERS SAY THEY HAD TO PUT OUT THE FLAMES QUICK BECAUSE SEVERAL HAZARDS SURROUNDED BURNING TRUCK.

"we would have had our hands full right behind you there is a propane truck scheduled to be worked on here thank god that wasn't in the bay," says Tony

MECHANIC HERE AT THE SHOP SAY THESE TRUCKS HAVE HUNDREDS OF YARDS OF WIRING IN THEM AND SOME ARE CARRYING VERY HIGH AMPERAGE SO IF ONE WIRE SHORTS OUT IT COULD HAVE STARTED THE FIRE.

" They think it electrical could be a battery shorting out or it could be anything," says Chris

THE FIRE HAS CREATED A BIG MESS IN THE SHOP FORCING MANY OF THE MECHANICS TO SPEND THE DAY CLEANING UP… BUT OWNERS SAY HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE QUICK RESPONSE BY FIRE CREWS LOSSES COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE…

"Very quick response by the time I got here it was just smoke I would like to thank beach lake white mills and Honesdale fire company and decisive in knocking this down saving jobs and possibly live,” say Chris.

OWNERS OF PALMER AND SON SAY THE FIRE MAY SLOW BUSINESS FOR A FEW DAYS BUT ONCE THE DEBRIS IS CLEARED IT SHOULD BE BUSINESS AS USUAL…

Holiday Thefts
Monday December 3rd 2012

Just this weekend Stroud Area Regional Police responded to more than seven retail thefts. One person they put behind bars is 20 year old Athena Itsines from Pen Argyl. She was caught on surveillance video stealing clothing from the East Stroudsburg Walmart. She was also seen selling drugs in the store. Itsines is being charged with retail theft and selling drugs to minors. Police say the location in this incident - a big box store - is a common place for theft. Police warn everyone to lock their home doors, car doors and beware of your surroundings. But theft doesn’t just happen in the stores, it also happens online. Officials say to look for an “s” to be added to the “http” during checkout. It stands for secure. That is located in the address bar. If an "s" is not added, don't plug in your credit card information. To eliminate problems, officials also recommend using a pre-paid credit card when shopping online.

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