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Fresh, low-cost produce in Ashfield
Wednesday February 29th 2012

It's a new business venture in Carbon County, and it could save you hundreds on groceries. The Ashfield Farming Co-op is looking for new members to purchase fresh produce from local gardens. Right now, you can purchase a full share for $120--that's a year's worth of veggies. A half-share, designed for smaller families, is on sale for $80/year. Starting on April 25th, co-op members will be able to pick up a week's worth of fresh produce outside the Lizard Creek Tavern every Wednesday from 4 p.m to 2 a.m. If you're interested in signing up for the farming co-op, contact Jason Kelemen at 484-661-7691.

Students Get Early Dismissal in Carbon County
Wednesday February 29th 2012

It may have been a short sighting of old man winter, but it was enough for a few area school districts to call an early dismissal.Winter came winter went and so did the students in the Jim Thorpe School District. Early dismissal today for snow but the question is, did they see any. With no accumulation and just a rainy mess students were happy just to have a half day.

Warmer Winter Good For PennDot
Wednesday February 29th 2012

For some areas of the Poconos, today looked a lot like the middle of winter, but that hasn't been the norm this year.
Unseasonable warm weather has impacted many businesses and state agencies like PennDot. With less snow, PennDot hasn't needed to pay as much to maintain the roads. Usually they use 20,000 tons of salt to prep the roads -- this year they only used about 9 thousand tons. Rather than working on snow removal, PennDot has been able to work on our bridges and highways. Now that they're taken care of, PennDot can focus on fixing back roads this spring and summer.

Salt Water Wells
Wednesday February 29th 2012

After living nearly 20 years with wells contaminated by Lehman Township’s road salt reserve, residents have now been told they will soon have clean water.
Lehman Township Supervisors have announced they secured over $220,000 in Conservation grant money to drill 4 new wells on Pheasant Run Road. In the early 1990’s the D.E.P. found that 12 wells behind the township building held high levels of contaminants that were linked back to the township’s road salt reserve. The salt has since then been contained but residence say the contaminants have forced them to rely in bottled water.
The township plans to put the project to bid in March and start construction in late April. The grant is expected to pay for most of the construction.

Local resort up for Sheriff's Sale
Tuesday February 28th 2012

A Carbon County resort is facing some major money woes. The owner of Split Rock Resort has failed to pay TD Bank $21 million in mortgage payments. Now, the bank is requesting 264 acres of resort property go up for sheriff's sale on April 13th. That includes the waterpark, lodge and recreational facilities. The sale wouldn't impact the Country Club at Split Rock or any time shares. But even nearby restaurants are worried, because they depend on resort guests to fill tables. The resort wouldn't issue a comment. But, an employee at the Carbon County Sheriff's Office indicated that if the resort owner would begin making mortgage payments, the sheriff's sale could be stopped.

No Other Suspect in Kidder Township Homicide
Tuesday February 28th 2012

Police are not looking for any other suspects in the murder of a Kidder Township couple. Police found 77-year-old John Carnochan and his wife 75-year-old Mildred Carnochan dead in their Wolf Hallow Drive home Saturday afternoon. The couple's vehicle was missing. Troopers went to check out a home in Snydertown as part of the investigation when they spotted the Carnochan's missing car and tried to stop it. The driver lead police on a chase, then after brief standoff, he shot and killed himself. That man was identified as 30-year-old Greg Demage of Jim Thorpe - Mildred's grandson. Autopsies were performed on the victims yesterday. John died of multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds to the chest. And Mildred, known as "Babe" to friends, died of blunt and sharp force trauma to head and chest. Today police say they determined Greg Demage to be the only suspect in the case.

Nesquehoning Man in Plea Court for Stand-off
Tuesday February 28th 2012

A Nesquehoning man will serve time on probation for engaging police in a stand-off. Last March, John Eremus got high on bath salts and grabbed a gun. Eremus lives in an apartment above Rosetta's Pizza in Nesquehoning, and wouldn't come out after police were called to the scene. Part of Route 209 was shut down and Panther Valley Elementary School went on lock-down during the stand-off. Eventually Eremus surrendered to police. Today he pled guilty to charges from that incident. He was placed on two years probation.

Ahner Plea Court, Bath Salts Incident
Tuesday February 28th 2012

30-year-old Douglas Ahner pled guilty in Carbon County Court this morning. Last August, surveillance video captured him breaking into the "Time Will Tell" pawn shop in Lehighton where he stole $3,000. When he was arrested later that week, Ahner claimed he was on bath salts at the time of the break-in. Police found six bottles in his possession. Today Ahner was sentenced to serve up to two years in Carbon County prison.

Cherry Valley Road Collapsed
Tuesday February 28th 2012

A section of Cherry Valley Road connecting Stroudsburg to Delaware Water Gap is falling apart. PennDot is working to come up with a solution, but first they need to figure out what exactly is causing the problem.
Last week, engineers took some core sampling of the pavement. While the results aren't back yet, PennDot officials have an idea why the road started to collapse. They say under the road is sand and mud. Once Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee hit, that all loosened and caused it to start slipping down the mountain. PennDot did attempt to fix the road right after the first sign of damage, but shortly after, it cracked and started sliding down the mountain again. So the road remains closed. PennDot officials are working on a permanent solution. They hope to start construction by this summer.

East Stroudsburg School District Meeting
Tuesday February 28th 2012

The post labor day school start was a hot button topic at last night’s East Stroudsburg School District meeting, along with the budget.

A number of tourism representatives presented their arguments for a post labor day start last night. Carl Wilgus from the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau tells me, the responses from the school districts have been split, but he is targeting mainly 12 school districts in Monroe, Wayne, Carbon and Pike county.

But the main topic was trying to resolve their 10 million dollar deficit. For that, they recommend closing J.M Hill or Smithfield Elementary school. The East Stroudsburg School District will a meeting on Friday to continue discussing the possible closure of J.M. Hill and Smithfield Elementary School.

Feral Hog Shot in Wayne
Tuesday February 28th 2012

The Pennsylvania Game Commissions is testing the remains of a feral hog shot in Wayne County to see if it carries a highly contagious strain of rabies.
Last Saturday an Oregon Township man shot the 200 pound feral hog that had been rooting up a number of his neighbor’s yards. Feral hog populations are on the rise in New York State but this is the first recorded pig in Wayne County. If a wild hog population takes off the game commission says it could have detrimental effects on domestic pig populations because it could carry psuedorabies.
Psuedorabies have been known to wipe out entire herds of domestic pigs in Pennsylvaina. Other wild hogs have been spotted in Oregon Township. The game commission is waiting for lab results to see if the one shot carries rabies.

PennDOT announces plan to straighten road in Hauto Village
Monday February 27th 2012

After years of public outcry, PennDOT is finally getting rid of the S-curves on Route 54 in Nesquehoning. PennDOT recently announced a $3.6 million plan to fix the problem. On Thursday, crews will begin preliminary work and on March 12th, they'll begin realigning the curve of Route 54 between the Schuylkill County line and Tippets Road. The contractor--Reading Materials, Inc.--will construct a temporary roadway near Route 54 to keep two lanes of traffic open until the project is complete, but that could take some time to build. Until then, expect delays. PennDOT anticipates the realignment work along Route 54 will wrap up in November.

More Meth Labs
Monday February 27th 2012

Monroe County officials believe they may have a drug problem on their hands. After several meth labs were discovered in the last two months.

Stroud Area Regional Police say they are seeing a drastic spike in Methamphetamine usage in the Poconos. And based on the increase in users, Monroe County Detective say they have staggering evidence of meth labs being built here in the Poconos.

The harsh chemical ingredients in meth speed up your heart rate and have the effects of cocaine, but the long term effects are severely damaging.

To combat the drug problem, the drug task force has beefed up their team by ten, and they will be having specialized training in meth use and lab detection.

Police Looking for Missing Stroud Township Person
Monday February 27th 2012

Police are on the lookout for an elderly Stroud Township man who hasn't been seen since last Thursday. After a few days passed and still no sight of 87-year-old Joseph Devivo, his daughter called the police. Shortly after that call, Devivos Chevy Malibu turned up near Charlotte, North Carolina. Police say they haven't made any connections between Devivo, the person found driving his car or the area. The unidentified driver was found with some of Devivos belongings. He's in custody in North Carolina and being charged with stealing. As far as Devivo, police received a call Friday afternoon with a possible sighting. Police say they’re in the process of verifying that. Anyone with information about Devivo should contact the Stroud Area Regional Police Department at (570) 421-6800.

police in the poconos investigate shots fired into homes
Monday February 27th 2012

Police are looking for the person who fired five shots into a home in Middle Smithfield Township. Swiftwater State Police say it happened early Saturday morning on Lakeview Lane. Someone fired five rounds from a nine millimeter handgun into the home. Three people were inside at the time but no one was hit. Police have not released any other details on that weekend shooting.
A home in Honesdale was also hit by a stray bullet. Honesdale Borough Police say a small caliber bullet hit the home on riverside drive sometime last week. The bullet hit a second story window and continued into a ceiling in a child's bedroom. Anyone who has information about that incident is asked to contact Honesdale Borough Police.

Shohola Supervisor and Husband end Four day Court Hearing
Monday February 27th 2012

A grueling four day preliminary hearing has come to an end and now a township supervisor and her husband face a number of possible felony charges.
In an attempt to clear their name from a long list of criminal charges, witnesses finished their testimony in the defense of Eleanor and Don Wall this morning. The couple has been accused a conflict of interest between township work bids and their landscaping business. Theft, Lettering of Contracts and Criminal Corruption are just a few pending charges that will carry over to their next hearing. “Attempted Extortion” was the only charge the courts dropped but township officials say they are happy with the court’s decision.
A date for the Wall’s next hearing has not been scheduled. Attorneys say many of the charges they face could result in a multiple year prison sentence.

Strong Armed Robber Jailed
Friday February 24th 2012

An alleged gun wielding thief is now in police custody after a string of robberies in three states.
Today Eastern Pike Regional Police leaned 26 year old Derryl Conklan was arrested by New York Police. Conklan is suspected to have pulled a gun on a man at the Best Western in Westfall Township and then robbing the Shell Station in Matamoras for over a thousand dollars last Friday. Police say he has been on the run from police in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over a week and now faced a number of charges.
Eastern Pike Regional Police say it could be some time before Conklan is extradited back to Police because he must face the charges in New York and New Jersey first.

Controversy Continues Over a New Palmerton Fire Station
Friday February 24th 2012

Palmerton Borough officials have found a place to build a new fire station, but there's a problem -- members of the fire company are threatening to quit if it's built. Just last week, the borough voted to build a new fire station near the intersection of Third Street and Avenue B. Taking a look back, borough officials says this is something members originally wanted. Palmerton Borough President Terry Costenbader says members of the fire company even recommended the architect that would build the new station. According to members of the fire company, however, they never did. One reason is because of money. Joseph Rogawitz, captain of the Palmerton Fire Company, says the building will probably run around $1.5 million, meaning the borough could still be over half a million dollars short. After hearing several complaints, the borough says they'll take everything into consideration. So there is a possibility that things will stay the same. Discussion on this topic will continue at the boroughs March 22nd meeting.

Man Impersonating Cop in Nesquehoning Area
Thursday February 23rd 2012

Nesquehoning police warn that a man has been impersonating police in the area. Yesterday a man told officers his son was stopped by a tall white male with thin build who claimed to be an undercover Nesquehoning police officer in plain clothes. The man was driving a white unmarked Ford Crown Victoria with a dash light. The traffic stop happened on Route 54 near the Carbon-Schuylkill County line. Rush Township Police were notified. About two hours later, the Schuylkill County Communications Center received a call that the same car tried to pull over a woman in the Tuscarora area. When she refused to pull over, the car stopped pursing her. Anyone with information is asked to contact Nesquehoning or Rush Township Police Departments.

Fatal Kidder Township Crash
Thursday February 23rd 2012

An Albrightsville man is dead after a one car crash last night in Kidder Township. It happened just after eight o'clock at the junction of Interstate 80 and Route 940 in Lake Harmony. Police say 76-year-old Mary Forrester lost control of her car and ran off the highway at exit 277. The vehicle went across the roadway into an embankment. The passenger, 74-year-old Francis Forrester, was fatally injured. Mary Forrester had to be cut from the wreck. She was flown to the hospital. The ramp was closed while emergency crews were on scene last night.

Body found in East Stroudsburg Hotel
Thursday February 23rd 2012

This morning the body of a man was found at an East Stroudsburg hotel. And authorities believe it was a suicide.

Authorities say a New Jersey man checked into the hotel yesterday afternoon; and this morning, cleaning staff found the man lying dead in the second floor hotel room. They notified Stroud Area Regional police who discovered hazardous material in the room, along with a note that read, “Do not touch, this is cyanide.”

Officials do not expect any foul play is involved. They have not released the man’s identity at this time. Officials say the man is from Florham New Jersey, and they are still trying to get in touch with his wife.

Nat Gas Impact Bill Divides Two Counties
Thursday February 23rd 2012

House Bill 1950 has been in the hands of Pike and Wayne County Commissioners for 2 weeks now and it has stirred 2 different views on the legislation.
By April County Commissioners must decide if they want to adopt the new Natural Gas Impact Bill or give up the funds it could create. The bill would give Counties with producing natural gas well funds for a variety of impacted entities this is good news for Wayne County but it doesn’t help Pike County much because there are no wells dug.
Commissioners are also taking a close look at the bill zoning regulations as well. There is a possibility the f new gas is found the county could lose control of how wells are zoned.

New Law Protects Children From Teachers
Thursday February 23rd 2012

You’ve probably heard reports of grade school teachers charged with having sex with their students. It happens more than you think. That prompted state legislators to pass a new law, making the act a felony. Up until this point, it was considered a misdemeanor. The age range covered under the law has also been extended from 16 to 18. Another consequence is increased time behind bars -- what was previously a 5 year sentence, could now be up to 7 years in jail. Even after those years pass though, the teacher's name will remain registered as a sex offender under Meghan’s Law. The new law took effect earlier this week.

Pocono Township Fire
Wednesday February 22nd 2012

Fire ravaged a mobile home in Pocono Township last night. Today fire marshals’ say it was accidental.

The fire started around 6 o'clock yesterday evening, while Cindy Ferrara, Chase Witten and their 6 month old were out of the home when the family returned, the mobile home was destroyed. The family has only been living at Sullivan Trail Village in Pocono Township for less than a month. Fire marshals say the fire started in their babies’ room.

The family says they have contacted the Red Cross. In the meantime, they will be staying with family.

suspect skips preliminary hearing
Wednesday February 22nd 2012

A man accused of speeding away from police and causing an accident at a school bus stop did not show up for a hearing today in Monroe County. 24 year old Alexander Nunez of East Stroudsburg was supposed to appear at a district court this morning. Police say Nunez was seen driving at a high rate of speed on Route 209 last month, before he crashed into a car parked at a school bus stop on Lower Lake View Drive. His attorney says he could not get in contact with him before today's hearing. According to police Nunez tried to run away from the scene with a young child after that crash. He faces several charges including D-U-I. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

appeals board reopens charter school investigation
Wednesday February 22nd 2012

A state appeals board has reversed a decision and reopened an investigation into the Pocono Mountain Charter School. According to the Pocono Mountain School District, the state Charter School Appeals Board rescinded a vote allowing the charter school to keep its charter and reopened the record to allow the introduction of new supplemental evidence by both parties. Because of the vote, the future of the Pocono Mountain Charter School remains uncertain. The appeals board must schedule a hearing to decide what will happen with the charter school.

monroe couple to face a trial on sex assault charges
Wednesday February 22nd 2012

A couple charged with having sex with a teen hid their faces and sped away from a hearing this morning in Tobyhanna. Police say 31-year old Christopher Hickler and his fiancé 26-year old Cassandra Smith gave a 13-year old girl alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes and let her try cocaine at their Stillwater Lakes home in Pocono Summit last summer. The victim says on at least one occasion they had sexual intercourse with her. A judge sent all charges against the couple to a higher court after a hearing this morning. Someone driving the couple tried to kick our photographer and yelled obscenities as the two left district court today. Hickler and Smith have both posted 50-thousand dollars bail.

Domestic Violence Up
Wednesday February 22nd 2012

A Wayne County man found himself in Central Court today under charges of attempted murder.
Jesuse Martinez-Escobar waived his right to a preliminary hearing this morning. On February 3 Honesdale Police were called Jesus Martinez-Escobar apartment after he attempted to strangle his wife with a video game remote control cord and then stabbed himself in the chest with a knife. Domestic violence specialists say crimes like this are becoming an increasing problem in Wayne county.
If you know of someone in a domestic violence situation call the VIP hotline 1800-698-4VIP.

Watch out for Tax Scams
Wednesday February 22nd 2012

Tax season is here. As you fill out your return, there's something you need to keep your eyes peeled for -- scams.
Identity theft tops the list of scams. There is something the IRS can do to help protect your identity in this situation. They can issue you an identification pin number. That means, rather than just matching you last name and Social Security number, the IRS will look at an additional factor – a 6-digit pin number. You also need to be on the lookout for phishing. Rule of thumb - the IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails or ask for personal information through e-mail. If they have a question they will typically send a letter via mail. If you've fallen victim to a scam, or feel someone has tried to scam you, contact the IRS immediately. You can visit their website at www.irs.gov for more information.

Ag Day
Tuesday February 21st 2012

School may have been out for President’s Day but there was a whole lot of learning going on at Honesdale High today.
The 34th annual Wayne Ag Day brought in hundreds of students looking to learn the basics of farming and agriculture. Over a dozen vendors set up shop at the event to demonstrating many of the jobs including, cow milking, soil sampling and grain production. Organizers say Ag Programs were cut from Wayne County Schools over 40 years ago and Ag day is really the only form of hands on Agricultural education available to students.
Many state legislators and County Commissioners attended Ag day to listen to some of the needs the farmers. They hope to take what they learned and make up dates to new laws and regulations.

Brush fires starting earlier
Tuesday February 21st 2012

Brush fire season usually starts in March or April, but it looks like we're off to an early start. Only about 1.5 percent of all brush fires happen before mid-February. But this year, we've already seen three in Carbon County alone. Experts say the mild winter is to blame. With many windy days and almost no snow on the ground, the grass is dry and can catch fire more easily.

Aggressive Drivers Worry Some Sciota Residents
Tuesday February 21st 2012

Imagine not feeling safe while driving in your own neighborhood. For a handful of Hamilton Township residents, that's exactly the case. Since the lane closure of a Sciota bridge on Business Route 209, residents on Greenview Drive have noticed more cars on their road. They've also noticed cars speeding, tailgating and passing in no-passing lanes. Some residents say they’ve almost been run off the road by aggressive drivers. While State Police already patrol the surrounding area, PennDot officials say electronic speed signs may help the situation. The lane on Business Route 209 is expected to re-open after summer.

burglary investigation leads to drug charges
Tuesday February 21st 2012

A burglary investigation leads police to file charges against two people for drug offenses. Pocono Township Police say 27-year old Sara Kadezabek of Pocono Lake and 23-year old Christopher Pugh of Bartonsville were charged last week with breaking into a home in Tannersville and stealing copper pipes. Police say both also face drug dealing and drug possession charges. During the arrest, officers say they found several firearms in Kadezabek's possession that did not belong to her.

elderly man surprises burglar
Tuesday February 21st 2012

Police are looking for a burglar who broke into an occupied home in Saylorsburg. A man kicked in a door just after noon yesterday at a home on Flyte Road in Ross Township. Police say the elderly man who lives there was home at the time. He surprised the burglar. Police say the suspect is a white male standing about 5-foot-10, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and work boots. He fled in a dark-colored sedan. If you can help identify him you are asked to contact Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-370-1518.

Route 2001 Progress
Tuesday February 21st 2012

By the end of March over 20 homes in Lehman Township will be turned to rubble and paved over.
Penn DOT is moving into the next phase of the Route 2001 Expansion Project and the first step it to remove all the homes in its path. All the homes were previously purchased by the State and have been vacant for over 2 years. The expansion project has been in the planning process for the past 15 years and Lehman Township says thanks to the mild winter this year construction is making noticeable headway.
Penn DOT expects the construction in Lehman Township to be completed by the end of 2012.

LVHN Children's E.R. celebrates one year
Monday February 20th 2012

Lehigh Valley Health Network offers the only children's emergency room in the region. This month marks a year of service. Former patients and their parents celebrated the milestone on Monday with cupcakes and balloons. Staff says the Children's E.R. provides more than just medical care, it's also designed to ease anxiety. Lehigh Valley Hospital saw a 28 percent increase in child patients last year. They plan to expand their hours starting in July.

Mahoning Township Gun Theft Arrest
Monday February 20th 2012

A Lehighton man is arrested after allegedly stealing 15 guns from a Mahoning Township home. An extensive investigation involving, Allentown, Whitehall Township, Lehigh Township and Moore Township police departments was launched February 13th after a pick up truck and the firearms were reported stolen. As a result, Mahoning Township Police arrested David Keen, Jr. The Agencies also helped recover the stolen vehicle in Allentown, and 12 of the firearms in Lehigh County. Keen has been charged on several counts including felony theft. The three missing guns were entered into the National Crime Information Cener Database.

Presidents Day Skiing
Monday February 20th 2012

Pocono ski resort workers were keeping their fingers crossed for snow this weekend, that didn't happen but visitors say, they're still enjoying the mountains.

Even without the low temperatures and the promise of freshly driven snow skiers at Shawnee Mountain are still having a blast. while this Presidents Day weekend is the busiest weekend of the season, representatives say they have seen a decline in their skiing numbers. And the un-winter like weather has also caused a decline in folks flocking to the Shawnee Inn.

Howell mentioned the post labor day school start being proposed in the Pocono Area would also be a good way for resorts to make-up for their "ok" winter season.

Allentown Men Arrested for Drugs in Weissport
Monday February 20th 2012

Two Allentown men are arrested for drug possession after a traffic stop in Weissport. State Police say they pulled over 25-year-old Benjamin Diaz and 26-year-old Hector Ortiz Friday in the 200 block of White Street. The trooper found suspected crack cocaine. Both men were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Diaz and Ortiz were then placed in the Carbon County Prison.

honesdale copper theft arrest
Monday February 20th 2012

Police in Wayne County have charged a man with stealing pieces of copper from a church. Honesdale borough police arrested 46 year old Henry Sinclair for a theft at Saint Johns church on Terrace Street. Officers were called after a maintenance man observed several of the copper downspouts missing from the building Friday. Officers tracked the footprints to 270 Erie Street where the copper downspouts were observed sticking out from under a tarp on the side of the residence. After an investigation by the borough police it was discovered that Sinclair had stolen the downspouts from the church. Sinclair is in jail on 20-thousand dollars bail. He faces a hearing this Wednesday.

monroe juvenile rape arrest
Monday February 20th 2012

Police have charged a Middle Smithfield Township man with raping a juvenile. 50-year old Robert Endrikat is being held on 50-thousand dollars bail. According to the victim - Endrikat asked him to visit his home Saturday so he could look after it when he went out of town. The victim told police Endrikat sexually assaulted him against his will. The victim was allowed to leave and called 9-1-1. Endrikat faces a hearing on the charges next week.

drug crackdown in monroe county
Monday February 20th 2012

Police in Monroe County have arrested 25-people after a saturation patrol. The Monroe County Detectives office says the operation focused on Middle Smithfield Township, Smithfield Township and the borough of East Stroudsburg. During the patrol Friday some of the officers served open arrest warrants, others performed surveillance of locations identified as drug “hot spots”, and probation officers made field contacts and home visits with persons on parole and probation. 16 people were arrested on drug possession charges. Marijuana, synthetic marijuana and prescription medications were all seized as part of the detail.

pike county fatal crash
Monday February 20th 2012

An accident in Pike County claims the life a man from the Philadelphia area. State Police say 44-year old William Cook of Bensalem died after losing control of his pick-up on Route 402 in Blooming Grove Township. It happened just after eight Saturday night about 100-feet south of Carefree Cottages Road. Cook's pick-up went off the road. Hit an embankment, rolled over and struck a utility pole. Four juvenile passengers received minor injuries in that crash.

Great American Pellet Noise Complaint
Monday February 20th 2012

Ever since the manufacturing company "Great American Pellet" moved to Lower Towamensing Township, a few residents have been complaining about the noise level. "Great American Pellet" is a plant that takes Timberland Improvement lumber and extrudes it into pellets. The plant operates 24 hours a day - 5 or 6 days a week. Plant owners say they’ve already spent thousands of dollars to move the “noise making machines” indoors. They’ve also put silencers on all of the blowers. But a select few that live about a mile from the plant say there's still noise. They say it's disturbing their day-to-day routines. Plant owners, however, say they meet noise regulations and there's nothing else they can do. To settle this debate, the township is preparing to test the sound level. That will assure the plant doesn’t exceed noise regulations. The Township already has the sound meter, now they just need to get computer software to run it.

State Officials Looks for Speedy Repairs on Route 209
Friday February 17th 2012

It’s been five months since The Park Service closed route 209 due to a land slide and now state officials are looking for an update on repair.
In an effort to speed the construction process up Senator Lisa Baker and Representative Rosemary Brown have been doing whatever they can at the state level to expedite permitting for the storm stricken road. Today though they came to see the damage first hand and learned the Park Service has made great head way on design and will begin the construction bidding process next month.
Park officials say the project is expected to cost 5 million dollar and normally it would take them 3 to 5 years to apply for that kind of federal funding but through expediting they expect to complete construction by October.

metal stolen from monroe construction site
Friday February 17th 2012

State police say a large amount of scrap metal was stolen from a construction site near Saylorsburg. Two to three tons of pipes, fittings and other metal items were taken from a storage area at Old Route 115 and Faulstick Road Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The items include curb stands which are commonly made of brass - used to connect homes to a public water supply. The metal could have been stolen to sell for its scrap value. State Police at Swiftwater are investigating.

wayne county bank break in
Friday February 17th 2012

Police in Wayne County are searching for a man who broke into a bank early this morning. It happened just after midnight at the Dime Bank along Route 371 in Damascus. Police tell us the thief smashed a front glass door with a pry bar. Once inside they pried open several drawers at the teller stations and took rolls of coins. The theft was captured by the banks surveillance cameras but officers say the thief concealed his face with a hood and handkerchief. Police believe he is a white male of average height with a stocky build. Anyone with information about the break in is asked to contact State Police at Honesdale.

Wayne MATP is Broke
Thursday February 16th 2012

Wayne County’s Medical Assistance Transportation Program is broke and if the state can’t provide necessary funds, over 800 passengers will be left without a ride to their doctor’s appointment.
The Wayne County Human Service Department says an increase ridership and a decrease in state funding have left the MAT program three and a half months short on funding. So unless the state comes up with more funds, they will suspend the bus service from March 18th to June 30th. County commissioners say it would take over 170 thousand dollars to keep the program running and that’s money they don’t have.
Commissioners say if the governor’s current state budget proposal goes through it could make budgeting for next year MAT program even harder because cuts could be much larger.

Stroudsburg Area School District Meeting
Thursday February 16th 2012

The Stroudsburg Area School District is scrambling to find ways to shrink their deficit.
Since the Stroudsburg School Board voted to keep Ramsey Elementary open. The school district is exploring other options to reduce their 10 Million Dollar deficit.

The school district proposed possibly eliminating extracurricular activities, reducing graduation credits, eliminating tutoring as well as a tax hike ,to resolve the deficit, but not everyone agrees.

Representative Scavello says, he will be taking legal action in the next couple of weeks, by suing the state for more education funding.

Red Cross Moves
Wednesday February 15th 2012

The Pike Wayne Red Cross Chapter is looking to serve community members more effectively so it moving out of Honesdale office.
After a number of changes and staff reductions to the chapter last year, their old office in Honesdale became more than what they needed. So to save on costs and downsize they moved into the Hawley silk mill were they will now be closer to the Pike and Wayne Counties boarder. The Red Cross says they hope the move will increase relationships with Pike County Emergency crews and bring in more volunteers.

The Red Cross says the need for volunteers is always growing. To get more information on how to help the Pike Wayne Chapter call or stop by their office in Hawley Silk Mill.

Gas prices headed toward $4 per gallon?
Wednesday February 15th 2012

Gas prices have jumped $0.17 in the past month, and analysts predict they'll keep climbing. On Wednesday, the national average hit $3.51 a gallon--that's $0.40 more expensive than this time last year. Along the East Coast, that number is even higher. Here in Pennsylvania, consumers are paying $3.63 for a gallon of regular. Experts say rising crude oil prices are largly to blame. To compare prices in your area, check out www.fuelgaugereport.aaa.com

Senior Ski Club at Jack Frost
Wednesday February 15th 2012

A little snow plus low temperatures makes for some good skiing.
Senior citizens took advantage of that today at Jack Frost’s annual Senior Ski Club. Coaches say they see a lot of talent among the seniors, and since members keep returning, they just continue to get stronger. In a program like this, however, it's not all about the technicality. Many members say the program has changed their lives because of the friendships they’ve forged. One married couple even met at the club! This year’s Senior Ski Club runs until February 29th -- you can still join!

7th Street Bridge Work Resumed
Wednesday February 15th 2012

A few weeks ago, bridge construction on Ann Street came to a halt, but today it's back on.


Three weeks after the 7th Street Bridge excavation in Stroudsburg was paused, PennDot has now put seismographs around the area, which will alert workers if drilling levels are too high. They have also added a barrier to shield the building from debris. The day drilling started, the Diolosa's building, neighboring the construction site, sustained damaged to its foundation, cracks in the walls and their floors dropped 4 inches.

The Diolosa's have filled a claim with J.D. Eckman, the company PennDot contracted for this bridge project. Diolosa suspects’ repairs could cost at least 200 Thousand Dollars. So far PennDot says it is still unclear whether or not they will legally be held responsible for those repairs.

Pond Eddy Bridge Deteriorates
Wednesday February 15th 2012

Design progress on the new Pond Eddy Bridge in Shohola is making little headway meanwhile the old bridge has many who use it fearing for their safety.
At a bridge design meeting Tuesday night historical preservation groups and bridge builder reviewed a number of proposals but a decision was not made. The hundred years old bridge was deemed structurally deficient and unrepairable in the mid 80’s but due lobbying by historical preservation groups and a lack of funding; the design approval has been delayed. Frustrated by those delays Shohola Township fears the bridge may collapse before the bridge is replaced.
Design committees meet one more time in March before bridge builders and Penn Dot review their decision but there is still no word on an actual construction date.

Gress Mountain Ranch helping animals and people
Tuesday February 14th 2012

For the past 12 years, Gress Mountain Ranch in Orefield has been taking care of neglected animals--and training them to work with people. The animals provide therapy for people throughout the community suffering from behaivoral issues, developmental disabilities, even social anxiety. Gress Mountain Ranch is looking for volunteers and donations. For more information check out www.gressmountainranch.com.

Pike Wayne Red Cross Moves
Tuesday February 14th 2012

The Pike Wayne Red Cross Chapter is looking to serve community members more effectively so it moving out of Honesdale office.
After a number of changes and staff reductions to the chapter last year, their old office in Honesdale became more than what they needed. So to save on costs and downsize they moved into the Hawley silk mill were they will now be closer to the Pike and Wayne Counties boarder. The Red Cross says they hope the move will increase relationships with Pike County Emergency crews and bring in more volunteers.

The Red Cross says the need for volunteers is always growing. To get more information on how to help the Pike Wayne Chapter call or stop by their office in Hawley Silk Mill.

School Closures
Tuesday February 14th 2012

A number of schools are on the chopping block in Monroe County, and pretty soon, they will have a verdict on which ones will be closing.

East Stroudsburg School District has proposed the closure of either J.M. Hill or Smithfield Elementary.
Closing either school would save the district over one million dollars. Their students will be consolidated to East Stroudsburg and Middle Smithfield Elementary.
Pocono Mountain School District has a 22 million dollar gap to fill. They are proposing the closure of three schools Coolbaugh Elementary Center, Swiftwater Intermediate Center and Coolbaugh Learning Center.

Pocono Mountain School District will have another public hearing scheduled for March 7th. The final decision will be made by May. East Stroudsburg School District will have another special meeting on March 2nd.

Palmerton Borough Selects New Location For Fire Station
Tuesday February 14th 2012

After some complications, Palmerton Borough officials have found a new spot to build a fire station -- near the intersection of Third Street and Avenue B. Borough officials don't plan to tear down the existing fire company buildings. They're simply adding space to house fire trucks. While borough officials couldn’t be happier, according to members of the Palmerton Fire Company, a new station isn't necessary. Instead, they asked for the money to be used to fix up the new building. The answer was no and that prompted members to sign a petition against the new fire station. Despite the petition, borough officials hope to start construction this year.

firefighters save home in pike county
Monday February 13th 2012

Firefighters in Pike County were able to save a home from a chimney fire last night. The fire broke out at a home off Woodtown Road in Shohola around nine p-m. The family was home at the time when they noticed sparks coming from their chimney. Six companies responded and were able to contain the fire to the chimney and one room. The owners were still able to stay at the home and carpenters started repairs today.

parked car shot in monroe county
Monday February 13th 2012

Monroe County Crime Stoppers is asking for information about a report of shots fired into a car. Police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday morning around five-am. It happened on Cherry Road adjacent to Serfass Road in Polk Township. Police say Jerome Russell owns Ford Crown Victoria which was still parked in a driveway today. If you have information about the crime you’re asked to call 866-370-1518. Callers could be eligible for cash rewards and may remain anonymous.

i-84 crash claims a life
Monday February 13th 2012

Police in Pike County are investigating a crash that claimed the life of a New York man. It happened just after seven Sunday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between the Milford and Lords Valley exits. Police say the driver of an Infiniti lost control. Hit a guide rail and traveled into a ditch where his car hit several trees and rolled over. The man was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Police are withholding his name until his family is notified. Three passengers who were wearing seatbelts survived with minor injuries.

copper theft suspect skips hearing
Monday February 13th 2012

Police in Barrett Township are searching for a man wanted after he skipped a hearing on burglary charges. Police say 25-year old John Black of Tobyhanna was arrested on February second in the act of removing copper piping from a home in Canadensis. Black was arraigned on burglary charges and posted 20-thousand dollars bail. He did not show up for a hearing on those charges and is now wanted by police.

Copper Thief Arrested
Monday February 13th 2012

This weekend Pocono Mountain Regional Police were able to catch one copper burglar red handed and now they're hopeful this will lead to more arrests.

Pocono Mountain State Police say, around midnight on Saturday, 33-year- old, Joshua Smith entered this vacant home in Stillwater. Smith stripped the home of its copper wiring and fled the scene. Security alerted police of the burglary, and thanks to the fresh coat of snow, Pocono Mountain Police were able to catch him, in his tracks.

Chief of Police, Harry Lewis says, they traced the tracks to Joshua Smiths home. They found stolen copper, tools to remove the copper, and drug paraphernalia in the residence.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police suspect Joshua Smith is responsible for a handful of copper cases. They also believe smith has information that could lead to other arrests.

Prescription Drugs Number One Accidental Killer
Monday February 13th 2012

For many years, car accidents were the number one accidental killer in the United States. However, that's no longer the case. Now, the culprit is prescription drugs. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are painkillers like Hydrocodone and Vicodon. As well as sedatives like Xanax. Officials say these types of drugs are more popular than illegal drugs because they're easily accessible. One way to get a large amount fast is to go "doctor shopping." That means a person goes from doctor to doctor obtaining prescriptions. That allows them to collect a large amount of a drug. Also, often times the abused drug comes straight from your medicine cabinet. To help prevent prescription drug abuse, don't share with friends or family members and if you have any old pills lying around, get rid of them.

No Ice Could Mean Bad News for Fish
Monday February 13th 2012

A lack of ice on Lake Wallenpaupack could make for a poor fishing season and increased levels of toxic algae.
Wallenpaupacks Watershed manager is concerned that because ice is not blocking the sun, algae in the lake will start to photosynthesis and grow earlier than normal. If the algae grow out of control it could reduce oxygen in the water and kill fish. The other concern is an over growth toxic blue green algae which can make people and pets very sick.
Watershed managers say most of the algae blooms should only be localized to parts of the lake and it most likely will only affect the fish population in that area. A wide spread fish kill is not expected.

Meth Fire Hearing
Friday February 10th 2012

A Stroud Township home has been vacant since last month, after a women allegedly caused an explosion while attempting to make meth.

Rachel Wasniewski was at District Court today after being arrested in Maryland last week, after she fled the scene of this burning home in Stroud Township last month. Wasniewski is charged with two felony counts of arson and risking catastrophe after that house explosion.

Her mother says while she was in her kitchen, she heard Wasniewski in the basement. Moments later, she heard a loud explosion--her mother says she was attempting to make meth.

The judge decided not to drop any charges. Two the felony counts will be taken to trial and she is being held on 50 thousand dollar bail.

Cystal Cabin Fever
Friday February 10th 2012

Zebras, lions, Giraffes… They are all frozen in time in Wayne County and they are attracting quite the Crowd.
No in its 6th year Crystal Cabin Fever in Lakeville is wowing spectators with its African Safari Theme ice display. Over 100 tons of ice was transformed into a barn full of interactive ice sculptures like a 40 foot ice slide and a rideable elephant. Sculptors expect over 10,000 visitors and much of the proceeds will go to a good cause.
Crystal cabin fever is open 7 days a week from now until February 26th

Massive Money Scandal
Friday February 10th 2012

More charges could be filed against two Lackawanna county men. The company "Municipal Energy Managers" promised to save municipalities thousands of dollars in street lights. Coaldale, Lansford, Tamaqua, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe and Bethlehem are among the list of municipalities to sign up with the company -- all shelling out a hefty amount of cash to purchase the town streetlights from PPL. Bethlehem paid the most, giving the company more than $823,000. Investigators, however, say company owners used the money for something other than street lights. Instead they used the money to fund a trip to Disney Land and cover other personal expenses. Now, 66-year-old Patrick Mclaine of Elmhurst and 49-year-old Robert Kerns of Scranton, are being brought up on felony counts of theft and criminal conspiracy. They turned themselves in on Tuesday. The case is still under investigation.

Flames tear through West Penn Twp. home
Thursday February 9th 2012

Just after 10 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to a home along Summer Valley Road in West Penn Township. When they arrived on scene, crews found flames shooting through the roof. Fire companies from Schuylkill, Carbon and Lehigh counties were called in to battle the blaze. A fire marshall has been called in to investigate. The Red Cross is providing the residents with food, clothing and shelter.

Camelback's 18th Annual Adaptive Camp
Thursday February 9th 2012

A special group of kids are hitting the ski slopes this week for Camelback's 18th Annual Adaptive Camp. During the week-long camp, coaches see all types of disabilities -- from amputations to cerebral palsy. Campers say learning to ski is a confidence booster. They hit the slopes for six hours a day. After spending so much time together, campers say they make life-long friends. The camp wraps up Saturday with the Diane Golden Race. Disabled skiers all throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic region will gather to compete.

Changes at the Chamber
Thursday February 9th 2012

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce has a long awaited new face in its office.
After searching for over 18 months, former Orange County Chamber president Mike Sullivan has just accepted the position of both the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Director and Economic Development Authority Director. The two positions were recently combined to save costs and make business efficient. Sullivan says his main focus will be bringing more industries to the area.
Former Economic Development Authority Deputy Director Rachel Henricks chose not to apply for the position. Sullivan officially starts this Monday.

drug task force picks officer of the year
Thursday February 9th 2012

A local police officer is being singled out for his work to keep drugs off the street. Barrett Township Police Officer Larry Raisner was selected as officer of the year by the Monroe County Drug Task Force and other local police agencies. Officer Raisner works with a K-9 partner –whiskey - one of four drug detecting dogs working in the county. Raisner is the third officer from Barrett Township Police to be chosen for the award in the past four years. The Officer of the Year Award is given to a team participant based on his or her overall contribution to combating drug related crime in Monroe County.

penndot tests bridge site in stroudsburg
Thursday February 9th 2012

Work on part of a new Seventh Street bridge in Stroudsburg will be on hold for a few more weeks. Construction was halted last week after damage was discovered in the foundation of a nearby building on the north side of the bridge. A seismograph was installed Monday. PennDOT says test digging in that area was performed and the data is being reviewed. Excavation work could resume after tests are complete but PennDOT says that will take at least two weeks.

borough hall break in under investigation
Thursday February 9th 2012

Officials in Honesdale have locked up part of the borough building in order to conduct an investigation of a possible break-in. A door to the borough hall was discovered open Monday morning. Someone may have also entered the office of Zoning Officer Wayne Early. Nothing appears to have been taken. Borough officials called State Police to investigate. Honesdale Borough Mayor Ed Langendoerfer says there’s a lot of rumors circulating about the incident but he’s not taking most of them seriously. This isn't the first time there's been a break-in at borough hall. A lap-top and files are missing after offices were entered last year. Borough officials are expected to discuss the investigation at a meeting tonight starting at 7-o'clock.

monroe woman jailed for meth fire
Thursday February 9th 2012

A Monroe County woman has been arrested on charges she caused an explosion in a home while making meth. Police arrested 32-year old Rachel Wasniewski for a January 7th explosion that damaged her mother's Pine Avenue home in Stroud Township. At the time of the explosion, she told her mother she was cooking meth in the basement. Wasniewski ran from the home. She was found last Friday in Maryland. She is jailed on arson and related charges. A hearing in her case is set for tomorrow morning.

PM Charter Audit
Thursday February 9th 2012

After four years of legal battle between the charter school and the Pocono Mountain School District, a state official now has his say on the matter.

An 2010 audit for Pocono Mountain Charter School, completed by Auditor General Jack Wagner is headed to the Monroe County District Attorney, after they cited three million dollars in tax- payer money had been misused.

Pocono Mountain Charter School's former CEO, Dennis Bloom, has his name on the lease for the school, but he is also the president of the church, and both the church and school are in the same building.

The school district is still waiting for the written response from the pa charter appeals board. They will be submitting this audit report to the appeals board with the hopes of revoking their charter.

stroud township armed robbery
Wednesday February 8th 2012

Police in Stroudsburg are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station. Officers say a man wearing a ski mask held up the shell station at North Fifth Street and Oakwood Avenue around seven last night. The robber showed the clerk a handgun and got away with about 100-dollars in cash. Police say the robber was a white male standing five two to five five with a stocky build. Several officers responded to search for the suspect and collect evidence. The suspect got away on foot. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Free Tax Preparation
Wednesday February 8th 2012

If you are looking to get your taxes done fast and for free listen to this…
Volunteers for the AARP are now helping seniors and low income Pennsylvanians file their taxes and this year they are speeding up the process by E-Filing. From now until the end of March AARP Volunteers will be stationed at around your local county helping tax payers file their simple tax forms. Volunteers say this is the first time the IRS has offered instant return approvals and its making their job much easier.
For a list of locations and times the AARP will be filing contact your local AARP.

String of Copper Thefts
Wednesday February 8th 2012

Two Monroe County men were busted with 200 pounds of stolen copper. Their most recent burglary was at a Canadensis home. Barrett Township Police were recently called to an empty summer home on Upper Seese Hill Road. That's when they found 25-year-old John Black of Tobyhanna and 21-year-old John McCann of Canadensis in the basement, cutting down copper piping. Since copper is worth about $3 a pound, police say it's a fast way to make cash. Police say, people often steal copper to get drug-money. Police did find drugs, like heroine and marijuana, in Black and McCann's homes. Both men are being held in the Monroe County Correction Facility in lieu of $20,000 bail. They will appear in district court at a later date.

Gov. Corbett cuts Higher Education Funding
Tuesday February 7th 2012

Schools in Monroe County have had to find ways to cuts costs over the past several years, and now they are bracing once more for less money.

Officials and students at Pennsylvania Universities are reeling after the announcement made by Governor Tom Corbett this morning. Under his proposed budget state colleges will see a 20% decrease in their state funding, and financial aid will drop.

Community Colleges like North Hampton Community College have had to raise tuition by 3%. Now, under the proposed budget they will have 4% percent less money than last year.


East Stroudsburg University representatives were not available to comment, however NCC says they are also keeping a number of positions open to offset the lack of funding.

USDA Proposal Stirs Controversy
Tuesday February 7th 2012

A proposal to move a local farm service agency is stirring up controversy. Many years ago, Monroe County's U-S- Department of Agriculture consolidated with Carbon County’s office in Lehighton, making it tougher on Monroe farm owners, who utilizes its many programs and loans. Now, the USDA is proposing to consolidate again, combining the Carbon/ Monroe office with the Northampton/ Lehigh County office. At a public meeting, more than 100 farmers expressed their concerns. Most said the consolidation would double their commute time to the office. Also, Monroe County farmers are worried those in Lehigh County won’t be able to meet their needs since growing seasons are different depending on location. If you would like to share your opinion on the proposal, you can write an email to bill.wehry@pa.usda.gov or send a letter to the state farm service agency:

c/o Bill Wehry, SED
One Credit Union Place
Suite 320
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Comments will only be accepted for the next 9 days so you have to hurry. The final decision will be announced mid-May.

Health and Human Services Cuts
Tuesday February 7th 2012

Governor Corbett’s budget proposal may be working towards making Pennsylavania more fically sound but it has many in the health and human service department worried about a significant funding reductions.
The distribution of lottery money is one of the biggest changes that could affect many low income seniors in need of state funded health care. Instead of the state distributing the lottery funds to the agencies all funds will go into a block grant that is given to individual counties for distribution. If the budget passes area agency on aging workers fear their normal funds may be passed on to other agencies.
If the budget passes Area Agency on Aging says it could create more work for many agencies and force them to work on a county level to get their needs met.

Another armed robbery; two possible suspects in custody
Monday February 6th 2012

A Schuylkill County conveniece store was robbed over the weekend. It's the seventh armed robbery in the area in recent weeks. It happened around 1:15 Sunday morning at the Fegley's Mini-Mart in Tamaqua. A man entered the store wearing a green Northface jacket and checkered bandana covering his face. He pulled out a handgun and demanded money from an employee. It's the third armed robbery at a Fegley's Mini-Mart and the second at that store in less than a month. On Monday morning, police arrested 18-year-old Tysheed Hargrove and 18-year-old Jose Nunez on unrelated charges, after the men led police on a high-speed chase. But police believe Hargrove and Nunez may provide more information on these recent robberies. An FBI agent said Hargrove and Nunez are being investigated for multiple offenses in several jurisdictions.

Zachary Dougher Sentencing
Monday February 6th 2012

A man involved in the arson of a Stroud Township baseball field was in court today. Last April, five teenagers from Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg were accused of setting fire to the Sara Cole Hughes field house in Stroud Township. 19-year-old Zachary Dougher was one member of the group who made their way into the little league building without permission. Today, he stood in court and plead guilty to criminal mischief. Dougher’s attorney says he did enter the unoccupied building, but he was not there when the fire began, nor did he participate in the fire. Dougher was sentenced to time served, which defense attorneys feel is fair. While Dougher has completed his state sentence, however, he still faces 20-months of Federal jail time for making pipe bombs, which police say were set off by the group just one day before the field house fire. Two bombs exploded in a truck and two others were placed in a mailbox. That damage didn’t even come close to the little league house though. Since the arson, a new little league house has been built. Little League board members hope to have the building open by April so the community children have a place to play ball.

Domestic Violence in Honesdale
Monday February 6th 2012

A domestic dispute in Honesdale took a turn for the worst and put a man in the hospital with charges of attempted homicide.
Early Friday morning police responded to a domestic violence e incident at an apartment on main street in Honesdale. Upon arrival law enforcement found 29 year old Jesus Escobar with a self inflicted stab wound to the chest. Witnesses earlier Escabar was chocking his wife with a video came remote control cord but when police were called he stopped.
The Wayne County District Attorney says Escabar is being hospitalized at a Scranton hospital and faces a number of criminal charges including attempted homicide and Aggravated Assault. Escabar’s wife was released from the hospital later that Friday.

Tamaqua Teen Arrested for Rush Twp. Burglary
Friday February 3rd 2012

Stolen lottery tickets lead to a Tamaqua teen's arrest for a burglary in Rush Township last month. 19-year-old Jason Bankes has been charged with felony burglary, criminal tresspass and several other related charges for an incident January 29th at the White Birch Golf Course in Barnesville. Police got leads from four mini-marts after Bankes tried to cash stolen lottery tickets which he took during the burglary. Bankes is also facing charges for resisting arrest, possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia after leading officers on a foot chase in Tamaqua. Bail is set at $25,000 straight cash.

Carbon/Monroe Farm Service Agency Meeting Monday
Friday February 3rd 2012

The already consolidated Carbon/Monroe Farm Service Agency may be consolidated even more. The state is proposing a consolidation plan in which the Carbon/Monroe office would move in with the Lehigh and Northampton County Farm Service Agency in Bethlehem. A meeting will be held Monday to take public comment on the proposal.The meeting is being held at the Big Creek Grange off of Beltzville Road at 2 p.m.

Tobyhanna Army Depot
Friday February 3rd 2012

The folks at Tobyhanna Army Depot had a lot to celebrate today, all of which they celebrated in a brand new building.

Officials commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the army's presence in Tobyhanna’s, as well as the 59th anniversary of the depot this morning on the base. And they continued their legacy in their brand new 78 thousand square foot, state of the art facility.

This facility is a finishing center, all vehicles, and communications vans that come from army units, including Iraq and Afghanistan are brought here--they'll be sand blasted, cleaned and then shipped.

Within the next week, 20-25 assets will be brought in to be finished and shipped out.

Super Bowl in Pike
Friday February 3rd 2012

The Giants and Patriots won’t be gearing up for the Super Bowl until Sunday but that’s not the case for many local merchants.
From now until kick off restaurants and bars will be busy preparing for a rush of football fans looking for party essentials. Normally a slow time of year many merchants say the Super Bowl gives them a much needed boost in business. The event is expected to be standing room only at many bars but law enforcement wants to remind sports fans to celebrate responsibly.
Kickoff is at 6 pm many bars say reservations are already filling up so you may want to get a seat early.

Kresgeville Groundhog does not see his Shadow
Thursday February 2nd 2012

kresgeville residents anxiously waited for the celebrity of the day, Sammi, the groundhog to give the forecast. Sammi is a stuffed groundhog they have been using for their ceremony for the last four years since the real Sammi died. But Sammi says, he did not see his shadow and we will have an early Spring.

The Groundhog Lodge No. 6 is currently looking for someone to take on the daunting task of raising another groundhog.

Ramsey Elementary School Staying Open
Thursday February 2nd 2012

To alleviate some major debt, the Stroudsburg School District was considering closing Ramsey Elementary School. Last night, the school board got together. The goal -- vote to hold a hearing to decide the future of Ramsey Elementary. But after listened to about two hours of public comment, the board cast a tie vote. That means the hearing won’t happen. Now, the possibility of closing Ramsey Elementary is off the table. Superintendent John Toleno says he's unsure how this decision will impact the school budget and tax payers. The board will meet again February 15th to discuss other possible cuts to reduce their $10 million debt.

New rules for small games of chance
Thursday February 2nd 2012

There are new rules for organizations that offer small games of chance. On Thursday afternoon, Governor Corbett signed House Bill 169. The bill increases the weekly prize limit groups like the American Legion, EMS and volunteer fire companies are allowed to offer, and it allows those groups to hold onto 30 percent of gaming revnue to cover overhead costs. House Bill 169 will take effect in 30 days.

wayne man sentenced for selling drugs
Thursday February 2nd 2012

A Wayne County man will serve time in state prison on drug charges. The Wayne County District Attorney's office says 36-year old Tyrone Lewis of Equinunk sold three grams of cocaine to a confidential informant last year in Manchester Township. He previously pled guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance. This morning, Lewis was sentenced to a three to five year term in state prison. He must also pay a ten thousand dollar fine plus court costs.

superbowl weekend dui patrols
Thursday February 2nd 2012

Super bowl weekend is almost here and thousands of people in the Poconos will be partying during the game. State Police in Pike County are holding D-U-I patrols this weekend to look for drivers who have been drinking alcohol. Officers say they'll be stopping drivers at pre-selected spots from Friday night through Monday. The stops are part of the State Police operation “Strikeforce” designed to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related crashes.

Shop Local Save Land
Thursday February 2nd 2012

A regional Conservancy is working to improve the environment by promoting local shopping.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is working boost participation in their “Shop Local Save Land” campaign. They’re hoping if consumers shop local not only will it make our local economy stronger but also reduce pollution from imports and keep farm land sustainable. The conservancy says “Big Box Stores” are making it harder for small businesses to compete and to keep the economy strong shoppers need to reduce their dependency off those corporate stores.
The conservancy is looking for more local businesses that want to promote their product to get more information log onto the www.shoplocalsaveland.com

pfizer birth control recall
Wednesday February 1st 2012

Drug maker Pfizer is recalling one million packages of birth control pills because of a packaging error.
Pfizer announce the voluntary recall of blister packs of Lo/Ovral®-28 tablets and a generic version of the pills sold under the Akrimax name. An investigation found pills in the packs could be out of the correct order. Women who take them could still become pregnant. A list of affected packages is posted can be found here.
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm289770.htm?source=govdelivery

PennDOT will study stretch of 248
Wednesday February 1st 2012

A minor rock slide damaged cars driving along Route 248 near Bowmanstown. Now, PennDOT is working to fix the problem. Officials suspect a dramatic swing in temperatures loosened part of the rockface along the roadway Tuesday night. According to police, a small rock slide tumbled onto Route 248 and damaged tires on at least three vehicles. PennDOT plans to investigate accident history in the area and determine what safety measures need to be taken.

Albrightsville Man in Court for Fradulent DVDs
Wednesday February 1st 2012

An Albrightsville man charged with hitting a police officer with his car several months ago is in court for other charges filed during the investigation. On November 30th, 51-year-old Robert Monroe struck a Jim Thorpe officer who was directing traffic on Route 209 in Nesquehoning. After the accident, police searched Monroe's car and found 440 DVDs containing fradulent recordings of movies which appeared to be ready for sale. Police then searched his home and found a make shift recording studio with over 1,000 fradulent DVDs. Monroe told police he manufactured and sold movies to contribute to the household. He was in district court today for those charges. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He'll face charges for hitting the officer later this month.

Whitehall Twp. Man in Court for DUI Crash that Killed Slatington Baby
Wednesday February 1st 2012

A Whitehall Township man charged for a crash that killed a Slatington baby earlier this summer was in court this morning. 56-year-old Randy Teets gave up his right to a preliminary hearing. Teets is charged with homicide by vehicle and numerous related charges in the July 18th crash that killed one-year-old Katrina Gunkel. Police say Teets had been drinking when he collided with the Gunkel family's car along Old Post Road in North Whitehall Township. Katrina Gunkel was pronounced dead at the scene. Her parents Dana Frisk and Mark Gunkel were both injured. Teets will now face charges in Lehigh County Court.

Historical Buildings Up For Lease
Wednesday February 1st 2012

The National Park Service is looking for new lease agreements on two historical buildings but there are some stipulations leasers may want to know about.
Cliff Park Inn and the historic Dutch Reformed Church are now both up for lease bids. In the agreement leasers are expected maintain and make necessary upgrades to the property. The lease agreement is set for 10 but one resident who is currently in the historic church says you are not compensated for the upgrades and you could lose all the equity put into the building come the end of the lease.
The NPS says leasers have the potential to make a substantial profit while running businesses on the land. Bids will be accepted February 8th.

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