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Career Day with TV-13
Monday April 30th 2012

You’re never too young to start thinking about the future. Today, that was the lesson for a group of 5th graders at Swiftwater Elementary Center. News 13’s very own Marie Johns, Melissa Gundersen and videographer Tom MacIntire spoke to students about their careers. Since one third of the fifth graders showed an interest in communications, school officials thought it was a good idea to teach them a little about the field. They say it’s important to get kids thinking about their careers early in life. This career day is just one of several for Swiftwater Elementary Center. Over the next few weeks students will learn about many careers.

couple faces stabbing charges after dispute
Monday April 30th 2012

A Pocono Summit couple is locked up after apparently stabbing each other during a domestic dispute. Police say they were called to the home of James and Christine Phelan last night. Christine Phelan says James stabbed her and then she stabbed him in retaliation. Both were injured. Police arrested and filed assault charges for both Phelans after that incident.

monroe crash claims second life
Monday April 30th 2012

A second person has died after an accident last month near Brodheadsville. The Lehigh County Coroner says 79 year old Dolores Bach of Saylorsburg died this morning at Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital in Bethlehem. Bach had been hospitalized since a crash on March 19th on Route 209 near the ESSA bank. Police say 69 year old Edith Kelly of Saylorsburg was killed after her car drifted over the center line and hit an oncoming car. Bach was a passenger in Kelly's car.

blazes keep firefighters busy in pike county
Monday April 30th 2012

Dozens of farm animals died in a barn fire early this morning in Pike County. That fire broke around four a-m at "A and P" farm along route 2001 in Delaware Township. The owner says a passing driver blasted his horn to wake her up after seeing flames. The structure was almost totally destroyed. The owner she says she kept show animals in the barn including ducks, goats, rabbits and chickens. Many were killed. The owner is hoping to find the driver who stopped this morning to thank them.
Another fire in Pike County leaves a family without a place to stay. That blaze broke out Saturday night at a home on West Shore Drive in the Sunrise Lakes community in Dingman Township. The family says their dog came down stairs and started acting strangely. The home then started to fill with smoke. The family is now looking for a place to stay for awhile after that fire. Investigators believe an electrical problem could be to blame.

three charged in blakeslee kidnapping
Monday April 30th 2012

Police say three men face charges for kidnapping a man from the Blakeslee Wa-Wa. Officers arrested 37 year old Denis Lyttle of Bushkill, 27-year old Noel Lyttle of Freeland and 39-year old Thomas Graham of Bushkill Sunday night at a Quick Joe's store in White Haven. Officers say they kidnapped a 35 year old man in Blakeslee earlier in the evening. Police are not saying why the man was being held but they do say guns were found during their investigation. All three are being held in the Monroe County jail tonight.

Pond Eddy Bridge Update
Monday April 30th 2012

After over a decade of debate Penn DOT is making a big move towards the Pond Eddy Bridge Replacement Project.
With the help from public input, Penn DOT has now narrowed down construction plans for the bridge to three choices. The cost for the proposed bridge plans range from 9 to 12 million dollars. Penn DOT’s next step is to come to a final bridge agreement with New York DOT who will be paying for half of the construction cost.
Penn DOT says they will try to sell the historic bridge to anyone who wants it otherwise it will be scraped.

Palmerton Convenient Food Mart Robbery
Monday April 30th 2012

A Palmerton business is hit again for the second time in a week, but this time the robber didn't get very far. Just after midnight on Sunday a man walked into the Convenient Food Mart on Delaware Avenue and demanded money. He reached into two regesiters and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Police later found the suspect - James Archer of Palmerton - hiding under a car in the 400 block of Alley A. He was arrested and charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Archer is also acused of robbing the same store early Thursday morning at knife point. Police say Freddie Knight was a look out for him that morning while Arlene Jones was waiting in a nearby get away car. Knight and Jones have both been charged. Both are from Palmerton as well. A preliminary hearing for all three has been set for next week.

Lower Towamensing crash prompts PennDOT to act
Friday April 27th 2012

Another driver crashes into a Hahns Dairy Road property. Now PennDOT is working on a possible solution. Sharon Forte and her husband say vehicles have landed on their property close to a dozen times. Three drivers have actually hit their home--including 19-year-old Dylan Craig-Zelena, who had to be rushed to the hospital Thursday morning. Now, PennDOT has a plan to stop the crashes with stop signs at the intersection of Hahns Dairy Road and Walnut Drive. PennDOT plans to install the signs in the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Drug Drop Off
Friday April 27th 2012

Keeping old medications around the house is something most people are guilty of. Since prescription drugs are now the number one accidental killer in the US, police are stepping in. For the third year, police across the country will hold a drug "take back day." It's tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All medicines are accepted -- just no syringes or illegal drugs. Drop off centers are listed below:

Carbon County:
*Summit Hill Police Department

Schuylkill County:
*State Police Barracks - Frackville
*State Police Barracks - Schuylkill Haven

Lehigh County:
*Slatington Borough Police Department
*Target in Allentown (Airport Road)

Northampton County:
*Walnutport Police Department

Rock Snot
Friday April 27th 2012

An invasive alga called Rock Snot is taking over the Delaware River and biologists say it’s posing a serious threat to aquatic life.
The National Park service has tracked the algae bloom from Hancock New York down to the Dingmans Ferry Bridge that’s over a hundred miles of water. Biologists say if the bloom gets much bigger it could cut off the food source to fish and because it’s difficult to kill the algae the Park Service is asking river users have to take extra precaution not to carry the algae to other rivers…
Little is known about rock snot because this is the first time a bloom this big has been recorded in the Delaware River. Biologists are hoping warmer weather will slow its growth.

Lehighton Woman Charged with Burglary
Friday April 27th 2012

A Lehighton woman is arrested and arraigned Friday on four seperate criminal complaints. 19-year-old Holly Koch is accused of burglarizing three homes and providing false statements to authorities. Mahoning Township police say Koch and a juvenlie broke into two homes earlier this month. They allegedly took copper pipes and jewlery to sell at scrap metal and pawn shops. A resident also spotted Koch and her boyfriend running from another house. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Armed robbery at Palmerton Mini Mart
Thursday April 26th 2012

A knife-wielding suspect robs a Palmerton business. It happened around 2:15 Thursday morning at the Convenient Food Mart on Delaware Avenue. Surveillance video shows a white male between 6'0" and 6'2" walk into the store with a knife. Police say the suspect made off with more than $750. Palmerton Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information on the robbery or the suspect can call the station at 610-826-4055.

Sewage Leaks into Schuylkill River
Thursday April 26th 2012

Sewage pours into the Schuylkill River for more than 24-hours after a construction crew hits a line. The sewer pipe along Route 309 is one of the largest in Tamaqua - carrying waste from three-quarters of the borough and all of Hometown in Rush Township. Once punctured, sewage leaked into the Schuylkill River. About 1.5 million gallons of waste made it into the water. Once sub-contractors hired by PennDot found out about the spill, they called for reinforcements. Three trucks were brought in to pump out the sewage into a local manhole. Crews were finally able to cap the line overnight and left the scene around 2 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection is concerned it took more than four hours for them to be notified. The sub-contractors hired by PennDot could face penalties and fines.

honesdale arson arrest
Thursday April 26th 2012

A month long arson investigation ends with the arrest of a Honesdale man. 33 year old Samuel Joseph West of Honesdale faces numerous charges including two counts of felony arson for starting two fires in Honesdale last month. One fire was started behind a business owned by George W. Kinsman on Main Street. The other was outside the Delaware and Hudson Hotel on Terrace Street. West is currently locked up on unrelated charges at the Waymart State Correctional Institution.

two arrested on child porn charges
Thursday April 26th 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional Police have arrested two people on child porn charges. Officers say the two cases are not related. 25-year old Kevin Fitzgerald who is currently homeless was arrested on 43 counts of possessing child pornography. Police say he is being held on 50-thousand dollars bail. 40-year old Jeffery Land of effort was arrested on 25-counts of possessing child porn. He's being held on 25-thousand dollars bail. Police are not releasing information on the investigations that lead to those arrests.

arrests after shooting near stroudsburg
Thursday April 26th 2012

Police say a shooting yesterday near Stroudsburg was the result of a drug sale that went bad. Stroud Area Regional Police Arrested 19 year old Cody Harris and 19 year old Vincent Tasso The third both of East Stroudsburg as a result of their investigation. Officers say 27 year old James Lininger had made arrangements to buy100-dollars worth of heroin from Tasso on Route 209 near Shaffer School House road. When Lininger pulled out his wallet - police say Tasso and Harris began to beat him. That’s when Lininger pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and shot Harris’ hand. Tasso and Harris fled. Tasso was arrested shortly after the incident. Harris was taken into custody after being released from a hospital. Both are being held in jail awaiting future hearings.

Hahns Dairy Road Crash
Thursday April 26th 2012

A Palmerton teen is seriously injured after running off the road and nearly crashing into the side of a Lower Towamensing Township home. It happened just after 10:30 this morning along Hahns Dairy Road. Police say 19-year-old Dylan Craig-Zelena lost control on a sharp curve. His truck went through a yard and struck a boulder. The vehicle then continued over a retaining wall into a tree and stopped before nearly hitting a house. He was taken to the hospital unknown injuries. This curve has been the site of numerous crashes - many of the vehicles have ended up hitting the home. Police say Craig-Zelena will be charged for driving too fast for conditions for this morning's crash.

Argall, Knowles defeat Republican challengers
Wednesday April 25th 2012

After a hard-fought campaign, two Republican incumbents declare victory. State Sen. David Argall won the 29th District, defeating challenger Brian Rich with 54 percent of the vote. State Rep. Jerry Knowles defeated challenger Larry Padora in the 124th District with 57 percent of the vote. Argall will face Democrat Tim Seip in the November election.

Good News for Honesdale Pool
Wednesday April 25th 2012

A local contractor is making a big splash in the unknown waters of the deteriorating Honesdale community pool...

At last night’s borough council meeting Leeward Construction announce they will be donating their time and services to fix the pool. Built in the mid 1980's the aquatic center has reached it breaking point. Cracks and a number of pump failures have pushed repair cost to over $30,000 dollars. Leeward construction says they understand that was a cost the borough could not afford so that’s why they took it upon themselves to make the repairs.

Leeward says they are committed to opening the pool by summer and are looking for anyone else to donate services or supplies. Contact the borough for information on how you can help.

Man in Court for Stealing Money From Firehouse
Wednesday April 25th 2012

A Summit Hill man who admitted to stealing $64,000 from a Lehighton fire company was in court today for his preliminary hearing. 48-year-old Robert Lee Neff was charged with three counts of theft back in January -- all felonies. With a list of 15 illegal money transfers, police say Neff had been stealing cash for his personal use from the Lehigh Fire Company since January of 2008.
Members of the fire company say they didn't notice any suspicious activity. They found out after Neff turned himself into police.
Today, Neff was quiet in court. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The next step is a pre-trial conference in county court, which is set for June 19th.

Tobyhanna Municions Search
Wednesday April 25th 2012

For eight years, officials at the historic Tobyhanna State park have searched their grounds for century old bombs.

A team of forty-two technicians searched the grounds of Tobyhanna State Park for munitions and unexploded bombs. Most date back to the early 19 hundreds.
Just last year alone, they found 25 thousand pounds of munitions and 19 hundred unexploded bombs on the park grounds.

Technicians will be inspecting park grounds from now until November.

ID Now Required for Voters
Tuesday April 24th 2012

Starting this November all Pennsylvania voters will be asked for more than just their party’s affiliation at the polls.
Today poll operators are going through a dry run of a new voter identification regulation put in place by state law makers. After the primary election voters will be required to show photo ID to vote. The new law has been put in place to reduce the amount of voter fraud. Poll operators say by asking for photo ID the will be able to reduce multiple votes through absentee ballots.
If you do not have a form of photo ID you can obtain a free one from any DMV photo department or submit an absentee ballot.

suspects waive hearing in honesdale smokeshop case
Tuesday April 24th 2012

Two people will face a trial on drug charges stemming from a raid at a Honesdale smoke shop. Pragnesh Patel and Hina Patel waived their rights to a preliminary hearing today on drug possession charges. The two were arrested after authorities raided the "Smokes to Go" on March 8th. Police found 700 bags of suspected synthetic marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The Wayne County District Attorney says the Patels were clerks at the shop and had sold synthetic marijuana to an undercover officer. Authorities say more arrests could still come as a result of that investigation.

monroe drug trafficking arrest
Tuesday April 24th 2012

Monroe County detectives say a man with the nickname "Pepsi" has been found selling “Coke” but not the soft drink -- it was crack cocaine. The Monroe County Drug Task Force arrested 24 year old Miquel Collazo after searching a room at the Days Inn in East Stroudsburg yesterday. Detectives found a large amount of crack cocaine and about 500 dollars in cash. Detectives say Collazo was a mid-level drug dealer. Two women found with Collazo had powder cocaine. Collazo is being held on 25-thousand dollars bail.

truck rolls over in i-80 ramp
Tuesday April 24th 2012

An overturned tractor trailer causes a bit of a traffic mess in Monroe County today. The rig turned over on the ramp connecting Interstate 80 with four lane 209 around 11:30 this morning. The driver was not believed to be seriously hurt. Sources on the scene said high speed could have been a cause for the crash. Clean-up caused one lane of the ramp to be closed for several hours. A large wrecker had to lift the truck and its trailer back on its wheels before it could be removed.

suspect returns to monroe county to face homicide charges
Tuesday April 24th 2012

A Monroe County man has been brought back to the Poconos from North Carolina to face murder charges. 31 year old Rico Herbert was arraigned last night at a district justice's office in Tobyhanna. Herbert is accused in the murder of 87 year old Joseph DeVivo of Stroud Township back in February. Herbert was found driving DeVivo's car in North Carolina. DeVivo's remains were found in South Carolina in March. Officials believe Herbert targeted DeVivo because he had money and lived alone. Herbert was formally charged with DeVivo's death last night. Another hearing in this case is set for next Friday.

Photo ID Required to Vote
Tuesday April 24th 2012

People were out today voting in the states Primary Elections, but this year, voters were asked a new question - Do you have photo ID? It's part of a new law. If you didn't bring ID today, no harm was done, since this was just a dress rehearsal for the November elections. This new law was put in place to prevent voter fraud. For those who don't have a drivers license there are other options - like a non-drivers license photo card or military ID. No matter what you use, there's one requirement-- it must have an expiration date and can't be more than a year expired. For an ID, just take a trip down to the DMV. If you want to vote come November, you'll need it.

State Rep. candidates battle for 124th district seat
Monday April 23rd 2012

Primary polls open Tuesday, and while there aren't any Democrats running in the 124th District, there are two Republicans vying for one spot on the November ballot. Incumbent Jerry Knowles will square off with challenger Larry Padora for the Republican ticket. If reelected, Knowles wants to eliminate property tax within the next three years through a revenue-neutral tax shift. If Padora is elected, he wants to eliminate pensions for state legislators. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Marlin Gibson Arrested for Multiple Robberies
Monday April 23rd 2012

This weekend Stroud Area Regional Police arrested a man who may have committed 3 this past week.

Police say, Marlin Gibson went on a crime spree within the last four days, robbing shops in Stroud Township, Hamilton Township and East Stroudsburg. The man reached over and grabbed money dollars out of the cash register at Wies Supermarket in Bartonsville and did the same thing at two dollar tree shops.

Witnesses’ say the man did not appear to be armed, he just reached over and grabbed money out of the cash register. State police traced his car to this alley way in Stroudsburg.

Gibson was arraigned and he is currently being held at Monroe County Correctional Facility. Gibson also has a state parole violation detainer.

Rain is Finally Here
Monday April 23rd 2012

April is typically a month filled with rain showers, but this year that hasn't been the case. With rain in the forecast almost every day this week, Emergency Management officials are hoping there will be enough rain fall to get things back on track. But here's the catch -- a lot of rain fall in a short period of time could backfire. Governor Tom Corbet already issued an emergency declaration for the state because if we get the amounts predicted, we could face some flooding. Officials recommend keeping some extra water on hand just in case.

Pike County Man Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges
Monday April 23rd 2012

Evidence first discovered is Sweden led state police to arrest a Pike County man for a number of child sex offenses including the rape of his daughter.
Over a year ago Swedish Law enforcement found an envelope containing pornographic pictures of juveniles from The Pike County Children and Youth. The envelop was later linked to 45 year old Michael Bonsignore and a search warrant turned up a vast collection of child pornography. A full investigation provided enough evidence to arrest the Dingmans Ferry man for the sexual assault of 2 children including his autistic daughter…
Police believe there may be more victims. Bonsignore now faces 25 years in jail. His bail has been set at 250 thousand dollars.

East Stroudsburg House Fire Displaces Family
Friday April 20th 2012

An East Stroudsburg home went up in flames early this morning, leaving a family homeless. The blaze broke out around 1 a.m. at a home on Lenox Avenue. Fire marshals are unsure what caused the fire, but it started in the attic. When tenant Lorenzo Thomas realized the noise was actually crackling fire, he woke his girlfriend, grabbed their four year old son and ran out of the house. No one was hurt. Firefighters arrived within 10 minutes, but the flames had already spread. Other than a few shirts and small items, they're left with nothing. They've contacted the American Red Cross for help and are staying with friends until they figure out a plan.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police help apprehend Robber
Friday April 20th 2012

After fatal explosions last week, Pocono Mountain Regional police helped apprehended a robber that may have been terrorizing a number of banks for months.

Yesterday, Fawzi Atra, the man police suspect is the stealth robber, know as "The Silent Bandit, made his way into this ESSA bank in Mount Pocono yesterday afternoon, stealing $3,000.

Shortly after the arrest was made 5 miles away, police learned this may not be the robbers first hit. They believe Atra may be the notorious thief, linked to robberies in multiple counties over the last couple months.


Atra was formally arraigned this afternoon in federal court in Scranton.

Students spruce up Jim Thorpe park
Friday April 20th 2012

To commemorate Earth Day, a group of local students ditched the books and went out into the community. On Friday, 8th graders from St. Joseph's Regional Academy began work on a year-long project to spruce up Kemmerer Park in Jim Thorpe. It's called Project 365. Students have partnered with Jim Thorpe's National Night Out committee and community watch group to complete the year-long initiative.

redistricting maps posted online, meeting set for comments
Friday April 20th 2012

We're getting a chance to see the latest proposal for new state house and senate districts. Maps for the new districts have been posted on the website www.redistricting.state.pa.us .They're are not the final versions but they represent the current plan being discussed by the reapportionment commission. The commission's original proposal was shot down by the state supreme court back in January. A public hearing will be held to give residents a chance to comment on the latest plan. That will be held May second at 2-pm in Harrisburg. Anyone who wants to speak at that hearing must register by next Wednesday April 25th.

Hypnotism in the Poconos
Friday April 20th 2012

Hypnotism is becoming increasingly popular in the medical field and now some physicians in the Poconos are referring patients to the controversial treatment…
Hypnotherapy clinics are popping up all over Pike and Wayne Counties and that’s because many people are looking at more holistic ways to deal with their ailments. Hypnotists say the treatment can help patients with a number of problems like smoking, anxiety and even irritable bowel syndrome. Many times issues can be solved by dissolving their problems though their subconscious.
Physicians say hypnosis shouldn’t completely replace traditional medicine it should be used in conjunction with your doctors.

Bad Tick Season
Thursday April 19th 2012

We've been flirting with warm spring temperatures for the past few weeks and that means one thing - bugs are on the way. As we enter tick season, biologists predict a bad one. They blame it on the mild winter. With ticks on the prowl, there's two specific types you have to watch out for -- Dog and Deer Ticks. Both carry deadly diseases. Pennsylvania is number one in the nation for Lyme Disease, which is found in Deer Ticks. Before going near the woods or even gardening in your backyard, officials recommend making a stop to your local sporting goods store for a tick repellant with the chemical “Permethrin.” Just spray it on your clothing - especially around your pant legs, since ticks don’t jump on you, they crawl on you from the ground. If you do find a tick on yourself, it's important to act quickly, since it only takes a tick 24 to 36 hours to give you a disease. If one is on you for that long, it's important to get yourself and the tick checked. For information on getting ticks checked, call the ESU Wildlife DNA Laboratory: (570) 422-7892.

High Angle Rescue Training
Thursday April 19th 2012

Nearly a hundred Search and Rescue Trainees are learning the ropes of high angle rescue off the 600 foot cliff in Milford.
For the next week The National Park Service is training park rangers and local emergency responders the basics of cliff side rescue. The training brings in rangers from all over the eastern part of the United States. Just last week a hiker became stranded after he tried to retrieve his camera from the bottom of Raymondskill Falls.
The Park Service says they support many of the local emergency crews because all the gear necessary to make a safe rescue can cost thousands of dollars which many local first responders can’t afford.

car crashes into car lot
Thursday April 19th 2012

Police in Pike County are trying to determine why a driver crashed into a used car lot -severely damaging several cars. The unidentified driver hit the cars around ten last night at Schoppes car lot on Route six and 209 in Westfall Township. At least six cars were damaged. Three cars were heavily damaged. An officer from Eastern Pike Regional Police witnessed the wreck and called for fire crews. The driver was a man in his 20's. He was taken to Bon Secours hospital with minor injuries. Police say the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel however they are still investigating that incident.

two charged with making meth in monroe
Thursday April 19th 2012

Two people face charges for making meth after a raid at a home in Stroud Township this morning. Police served a search warrant at the home of Mark De Long and Danielle Bergamino on Cedar Court in the Penn Estates community. A state police meth lab response team entered the home and found the lab which was actively making meth. Officers also found the chemicals pseudoephedrine and lithium which are used in the meth making process. De Long and Bergamino were arraigned this morning. Both are being held on 200-thousand dollars bail.

suspect arrested after mount pocono bank robbery
Thursday April 19th 2012

Police have arrested a suspect after a robbery in Mount Pocono. A man gave a teller a note saying he had a weapon around noon today at the E-S-S-A bank in the Weis plaza. No weapon was shown. Officers pulled over a car matching the description of a vehicle used in the robbery within minutes in Scotrun. One person was arrested and then taken to Pocono Mountain Regional Police headquarters for questioning.

Pocono Township Dump Site Costs $2 Million
Wednesday April 18th 2012

An abandoned Pocono Township residence has been the site of an illegal dump for more than a decade. But it wasn’t until now that township officials decided to take action. The 50 foot dump site is on Sullivan Trail in Pocono Township. Years ago, residents filed complaints against the homeowner – Dennis Yuhas. He died in 2003, leaving the property a mess. Also, since Yuhas allowed friends to dump on the site, they continued after his death. Today, Pocono Township officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Agency came together to find a solution. The fix will cost the DEP $2 million. They plan to move a nearby stream -- since a lot of garbage falls into it. Even though tests show the water isn't contaminated, officials fear that's a possibility if it's not moved soon. The township still needs to obtain a few permits before work can begin. They hope to start this summer.

honesdale comercial building condemned
Wednesday April 18th 2012

A commercial building in Honesdale has been condemned after a fire. The small fire damaged some of the structural steel components at the D-S-F-I building on Fourth Street one week ago today. Honesdale Borough Officials condemned the building until a structural inspection is performed. The owner says since he was planning to demolish the building anyway, he is not planning to perform the inspection. Removing the structure will make way for a proposed pharmacy building. Most of the building has been vacant since Distributor Stock Forms International closed in 2009.

Updates at Promised Land State Park
Wednesday April 18th 2012

After a 4 year closure at pickerel park campers will soon be able to set up camp at Promised Land state Park.

Completion of a 3.2 million dollar renovation plan is nearing its end. Come this July campers will be able to enjoy the luxuries of new road, bathrooms, and a number of utilities. Park official say until recently the park hasn’t been updated since 1934.

The dam nearly destroyed by last year’s hurricane will also be completed. Park official expect reservations to be filled much faster due a reduction and separation of in camp sites.

Monroe Burn Bans
Wednesday April 18th 2012

Monroe County has seen its share of brush fires with many started by residents burning trash, but township supervisors are taking matter into their own hands.

County commissioners sent letters to township supervisors, urging them to ban residents from burning anything on their property. So far five out of the twenty-one townships have signed on to enforce temporary bans.

Coolbaugh, Tunkhannock, Paradise, Chestnuthill and Stroud Township recently joined list. Reps from the pa bureau of forestry have fought 25 fires so far this year. The majority of the fires started with burning debris. While drought notices have fluctuated from moderate to high. This summer, they are asking residents to be proactive.

Residents who do burn will be cited and fined.

Carbon Co. non-profit thriving
Tuesday April 17th 2012

A Carbon County non-profit is thriving, despite state budget cuts. CTC Manufacturing was created in 1970 as an occupational training facility for adults with disabilities. Over the years, it's morphed into a full-scale manufacturing plant. In fact, just last year they added 20 new positions. For information about employment opportunities at CTC Manufacturing, check out www.carbontc.com.

Tax Deadline Day
Tuesday April 17th 2012

If you still haven't filed your taxes by now, you still have a little time left, but you are not alone.

Droves of local residents headed to tax preparers today, the final day to file your taxes. We got two extra days this year to get our taxes in order. The standard April 15th deadline fell on a Sunday, and with Monday being a holiday in Washington D.C, today is the final day. Triple A says the pressure to hurry and get taxes done had led to a six percent increase in car accidents on tax deadline day.

Most tax preparation offices will be open until the last person leaves and if you are filing online, you have until midnight.

The Job Hunt
Tuesday April 17th 2012

The unemployment rate in Monroe County is about 9%, making it tough to get a job. But today, more than a thousand people tried to do just that. Today was the 10th Annual Career Quest Job Fair at Fernwood Resort. 60 vendors attended -- that's 20 less than last year. That’s because right now, a lot of employers just aren't hiring. With predicted mass layoffs in many of Monroe County’s school districts, officials are fighting to make sure the unemployment rate doesn't rise any more than it already has. Officials say with so many employers looking to hire, it's not that opportunities aren't out there. The problem is qualifications. For many available jobs, people need extra training. That's why the job fair also had vendors offering education opportunities. If you missed today's job fair and would like more information, check out the career link website: www.MonroeCountyCareerLink.Org

train wheels stole in honesdale
Tuesday April 17th 2012

Well thieves have been known to steal wheels off cars with relative ease, but Honesdale Borough Police are trying to figure out how someone stole a set of locomotive wheels from a rail road yard. Last Friday Honesdale Police were informed that 2 spare passenger car wheels were missing from a rail road yard on brown street. Police say this is one of the more unusual thefts because of the sheer size and weight of the wheels. Together two of the wheels and axels weigh a combined three thousand pounds. The owner of the wheels believes they may be cashed in for scrap metal. If you have any information on the looted locomotive wheels call Honesdale Borough Police.

authorities continue investigation of deadly vehicle fire
Tuesday April 17th 2012

Authorities believe a body found in a burning car in Mount Pocono yesterday is that of Robert Colthirst, but his identity has not been officially confirmed yet. Police say it was Colthirst's car found burning on Fairview Avenue. His car exploded just 3 miles from his house, which was found burning just minutes earlier. A Jamaican and Pennsylvania driver’s license were found in what was left of the burnt clothing. Preliminary test show the man was in fact alive as he burned in the car. Detective Christopher Michael Boheim says police are not ready to officially confirm the remains are Colthirsts until more tests are completed. An autopsy was conducted today.

Fire Fighter Loses Home
Tuesday April 17th 2012

A Pike County fire has left an assistant fire chief’s home in ashes and his family homeless.
The blaze broke out around 9 o’clock this morning on No Nam Boulevard in Shohola Township. Family members of Shohola Assistant Fire Chief Mathew Wiemann say he was in the shower when the fire broke out, but by the time he got his pet out, the home had reached second alarm status. It took the help of over 6 fire departments to contain the fire. Emergency crews say when they arrived the main concerns was to prevent the spread of fire.
Shohola Township is collecting donations for the Wiemann family you can drop them off at the township building during business hours.

Your shoes arrive in Sierra Leone
Monday April 16th 2012

Six months ago, TV-13 viewers donated their time and resources to the Let them Walk in our Shoes project. After months in transit, thousands of those shoes have finally made it to the war-torn country of Sierra Leone. The delivery was made possible with the help of the One Love Foundation, who also brought donations like food, clothing and medical supplies. To make a monetary contribution to the One Love Foundation, go to www.1lovefoundation.org.

Major Traffic in Bartonsville
Monday April 16th 2012

Getting caught in a traffic jam is always a pain, but for people driving through Bartonsville, it’s become a daily part of life. Congestion at the intersection of Routes 611 and 33 is an ongoing problem. The main issue is Interstate-80. Many times when there is roadwork or an accident on I-80, drivers get off at the Bartonsville exit, creating major backups. Years ago, sensors were put on traffic lights at the intersection. Those sensors created a longer green light for traffic getting off I-80 -- ultimately reducing backup on the Interstate. Since the surrounding lights don't have the same sensor, however, it created even more backups on 611. Penndot officials say synchronized lights would help, but since they're in three different township - Stroud, Pocono and Hamilton -- to synchronize, they would all have to jump on board. Penndot will be speaking with township supervisors about the issue within the next two weeks.

Pike Commissioners Fishing Derby
Monday April 16th 2012

The opening day of trout season made for crowded fishing conditions at this year’s 16th annual Pike County Commissioners Fishing Derby.
From 8 to noon on Saturday over 300 kids crowded the banks of Lilly Pond in Milford looking to hook this year’s prized trout. Before the derby over a thousand trout were added to the pond and about 30 prize winning rainbow trout were added to the mix. This year’s winner was Andrew Bork who managed to catch a 19 and a half inch Rainbow Trout.
Prizes were also given to fishers who caught the largest trout in their age bracket. Commissioners say the event was a success thanks to the nice weather and all participating sponsors.
Tune in tonight for some of the sights and sounds from this year’s Pike County Commissioners Fishing Derby.

cause of pike county fire undetermined
Monday April 16th 2012

A State Police Fire Marshall is not able to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Pike County home. That fire broke out early Sunday morning along Route 447 near Lake Russell Road in Greene Township. Fire marshals say several departments responded but were unable to save the building which was a second home. Because of the amount of damage the cause cannot be determined. Fire marshals say no criminal activity was discovered or reported during their investigation.

crashes claim lives of pocono residents
Monday April 16th 2012

A weekend crash in New Jersey has claimed the life of a pike county man. New Jersey state police say 28-year old Jason Gavins of Dingmans Ferry died when his car went off route 280 near Parsippany early Saturday morning. Police are still investigating.
A Mount Pocono woman has died of injuries she received in a crash earlier this month. The Lehigh County Coroner says 77-year old Patricia Conklin died Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Conklin had been hospitized since her car struck another vehicle at Route 611 and Industrial Park Drive April fifth.

three charged with breakin at stroudsburg cemetery
Monday April 16th 2012

Three people face vandalism charges for breaking into a grave site in Stroudsburg. Stroud Area Regional Police say 18 year old Victor Klinger, 18 year old Justin Stokes and a 17 year old juvenile male were taken into custody after breaking into a mausoleum Sunday. It happened at the Stroudsburg Cemetery off Dreher Avenue. Police haven’t said why the trio was entering the crypt but they are charged with vandalism, burglary and theft of venerated objects which could mean they were trying to steal items from the grave. All three were released after being charged.

Controlled Burn
Friday April 13th 2012

Large brush fires are sparking up all over The Park Service but it’s not due to careless burning or natural causes.
Fire crews from the National Park service are starting controlled burns along a number of areas in park. A recent increase in brush fires and dry weather is prompting the NPS to be proactive and burn off the growing amount of debris on forest floors. Fire crews say the burn is a great way to get training on wildfires in a controlled setting.
Fire crews from several nearby states come to train at the prescribed burn. Many will then travel all over the U.S. to fight fires.

A Man Responsible for a Fatal Crash is in Court
Friday April 13th 2012

A Monroe County man is in court today for causing a deadly crash on Interstate 80 last month. The crash happened around 2 a.m. near the Ninth Street exit. Police say the person responsible was an East Stroudsburg man -- 49-year-old Lester Lee Tucker. According to police, Tucker was driving drunk at a speed of 107 miles-per-hour. He crashed into a pickup truck. The driver -- 49-year-old Raymond Gelormini Junior -- was found dead. Today in court, defense attorneys requested Tucker's bail be reduced from $200,000 to $50,000. The judge denied the request. The next step for Tucker is heading to trial. A date hasn't been set.

New Grocery Store in Brodheadville almost complete
Friday April 13th 2012

The Kinsley’s ShopRite may be a little behind schedule, but the new grocery store should be ready in a couple months.

The new store was supposed to be opened in June, but after a wet winter, they are slated for a late July, early august opening. After working on this project for 6 years, they have a 5 week set-back. The new store will be 92 thousand square feet, and will have 400 more parking spaces. In addition to the store that will be twice as, with all their departments expanding, they are also selling beer.

Manager say, once they decided on an opening date, they old store will be closed at 5pm and the new one will open the following day.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes returns to Schuylkill Co.
Thursday April 12th 2012

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, men across the nation are being asked to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. On April 26th, the march to stop rape and sexual violence will make it's way through Schuylkill County. To show that this is an issue that impacts more than just women, men from around the community will participate in heels. To register for the walk, check out www.SARCCschuylkill.org

Monroe County Re-Addressing Almost Complete
Thursday April 12th 2012

The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency has been working on a re-addressing program for about 5 years now. After a lot of hard work, tomorrow marks its completion. The project changes every home and business address in the county. It was sparked from a population increase. Some street addresses were duplicated, making things hard for emergency responders. East Stroudsburg is the last of 21 municipalities to jump on board. Those residents should receive a letter from EMA tomorrow - outlining the re-addressing process. From the time you receive this letter you have exactly one year to change any paperwork over to your new address. If you don't - you'll stop receiving mail! If you have any further questions, contact the Monroe County Control Center: (570) 420-3466

East Stroudsburg School Board Keeps Full-Day Kindergarten
Wednesday April 11th 2012

Officials at the East Stroudsburg School District have been doing everything they can to turn their money troubles around. But when it comes to cuts that may harm the youngest students, board members are saying no. As a way to help replenish the district's $10 million shortfall, they thought about switching from full-day kindergarten to half-day. Even though the move would have saved the district $1 million dollars, board members said no. They feel it’s an important time, since kindergarten jump starts the reading and writing process.
Since the board does need to make cuts, they approved adding a $100 fee to all after-school activities and a $150 fee to behind the wheel drivers-ed classes. Board members are still coming up with other cuts. They must approve the preliminary budget by the end of next month.

Clock Ticks for Tax Filing
Wednesday April 11th 2012

With just 6 days left to file taxes many are turning to the internet to settle up with Uncle Sam but many tax preparers are warning E-Filers of possible miss-filing penalties.
Tax preparers say since the introduction of e-filing began, fewer people are being hit with late filing fees but what they are experiencing now is more misfiling mistakes. To reduce those mistakes tax preparers are advising people to make sure they have all the necessary documentation before they start. If your w-2 or I-99 forms are not imputed correctly or updated you may not find out for several month and by then interest could occur.
Taxes are due April 17th. Tax preparers say the IRS and many tax consultants offer free advice for filing if you run into any filing problems before and after the tax due date.

Early spring could mean more cats
Tuesday April 10th 2012

With warm weather arriving early, we could see a lot of kittens this year -- and they could put a strain on local shelters. Volunteers at the Carbon County Friends of Animals cat shelter in Jim Thorpe are encouraging everyone to spay and neuter their pets -- even if you've got an indoor cat. A cat that isn't neutered can get pregnant up to five times in one year and, in each litter, she can have up to six kittens. Neutered cats are also less likely develop diseases like ovarian or testicular cancer. For more information on low-cost spay-neuter clinics in our area, call Carbon County Friends of Animals at 570-325-9400.

Copper Database
Tuesday April 10th 2012

With many people still out of work and the economy still down, copper theft is on the rise.

Stroud Area Regional Police say they have been crushed with copper theft cases, this year alone, over 40 houses have been targeted...over the weekend, two men were arrest shortly after stripping a Stroud
Township home of copper, but they were apprehended at this local recycling center, moments before selling the stolen copper, so to make suspects easier to track, they are planning to go paperless.

The District Attorney’s office will have their first official meeting about implementing this database later this month.

Community Helps PMC Get Closer to Goal
Tuesday April 10th 2012

Since last October, officials at Pocono Medical Center have been working toward a goal -- to raise $26 million for their new cancer center. As they near the end of their capital campaign, PMC has collected about 85% percent of the needed funds. The new cancer center is set to open for patients June 21st. Until then, the community is working together to give one last push. Just this month, businesses in downtown Stroudsburg started sporting a "Hope Lives” box to raise awareness and gather donations. If you’d like to donate, tune into the Pocono Medical Center TV auction right TV13. It starts tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. and runs until Thursday.

Allentown Woman Hurt in Crash on Route 248
Tuesday April 10th 2012

An Allentown woman is flown to the hospital after crashing her car in Lehigh Township, Northampton County. It happened on Route 248 in the "S" curves near Indian Trail Road. When officers arrived on scene they found the car on its side. The vehicle was being driven by 46-year-old Natalie La Due. Officers say the vehicle was reported to be the last car in a funeral procession. La Due was flown to Saint Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem. Route 248 was closed while crews were on scene.

COMMUNITIES BAN BURNING
Tuesday April 10th 2012

Several communities have decided to enact burn bans because of the dry conditions. They include Chestnuthill, Coolbaugh and Tunkhannock Townships in Monroe County -- Greene and Shohola townships in Pike County - and Salem and Dreher Townships in Wayne County. Each community has different restrictions on burning. If you are considering burning right now it's best to contact you're municipality to see what is allowed.

Hazmat Called to Pike County Wal-Mart
Tuesday April 10th 2012

Hazmat crews have identified the suspicious substance that caused the evacuation of a pike county Wal-Mart as non-toxic...
Around 2 o'clock this afternoon, the store was evacuated and first responders called for a New Jersey hazmat team to investigate a suspicious white substance next to a checkout lane in the store. After a 4 hour lock down, officials deemed the store safe and the unknown substance as non-toxic.
The northeast Pennsylvania regional counter terrorism task force was also on hand. The store reopened around 6 this evening.

More Rep's Support a Lawsuit against State
Monday April 9th 2012

More lawmakers are jumping on the bandwagon to sue the state. It's over an educational funding formula our state representatives say is unfair and outdated. Right now, funding is based off a 1990 census. For areas where the population has either decreased or stayed the same - there's no problem. However, that's not the case in areas that have grown -- like Monroe, Pike, Wayne and Carbon Counties. Now, legislators are proposing a new formula -- have districts show the state their current enrollment level. Legislators say this would equalize funding. If adjusted, it could put a stop to property tax hikes. Representatives plan to file the lawsuit sometime in July.

Lansford Turkey Hill Armed Robbery
Monday April 9th 2012

Lansford police are investigating an armed robbery at a mini-mart. It happened around 5:30 Saturday morning at the Turkey Hill. Sources say a lone man armed with a box cutter demanded money from the store clerk. He left the scene on foot after getting about $80. Police say he stands about five feet tall and has a thin build. His face was covered at the time of the robbery.

state loans and grants help bring business to monroe
Friday April 6th 2012

Millions of dollars in state grants, loans and tax credits are helping to bring a Wisconsin based paper company to a plant in East Stroudsburg. The State Industrial Authority has awarded the assistance to Northwoods Paper Converting Inc. It includes a two million dollar low interest loan as well as other tax credits and grants totaling one point three million dollars. Northwoods is finalizing the purchase of the former Excel Storage Factory on Crowe Road in Stroud Township. The new facility is expected to create at least 70 jobs over the next three years.

Oil Spill Backs Up Traffic
Friday April 6th 2012

This morning, a truck broke down on one of Walnutport's busiest roads. Within minutes of pulling over, a hydraulic line blew and fuel starting leaking onto the roadway. About 50 gallons of fuel spilled onto Route 145. It spread about 300 feet. Crews were forced to close one lane -- backing up traffic on the busy road. Crews got a handle on the spill before it got out of hand by putting down large amounts of sand and Oil Dry to absorb the oil
PennDot also helped out. They sent a street sweeper to grind sand into the road -- speeding up the cleanup process. No one was hurt and both lanes were re-opened later this afternoon.

Pocono Mountain School District Downsizes School Buses
Thursday April 5th 2012

The Pocono Mountain School District plans on down-sizing their district, and now, they are looking to transportation for additional funding.

With their proposal to close three schools and cut almost 300 staff positions, they are also hoping to get rid of 19 school buses. Steve Ferraoili, Executive Director of
Support Staff Services says decreasing the number of buses would give the district an 8% improvement in efficiency, saving the district 1.1 million dollars. And with those buses, they will also be cutting bus driver positions.

And if the proposal is approved by the board, students will also have to adapt to a new start and end time to their school day.

Natural Gas Impact Fee Signed
Thursday April 5th 2012

Today Commissioners made a decision that will affect the future of natural gas drilling in Wayne County.
Two months ago the state gave all counties with natural gas wells the opportunity to sign a new bill that would allow them to create and collect an impact fee from natural gas companies. Today Wayne commissioners signed that bill and say it should take a lot of burden of tax payer by giving funding to a number of different entities and paying for road maintenance. There is a down fall to the bill though… all municipalities will lose control where future wells are zoned.
By signing the bill it creates stronger regulations by the D.E.P. and commissioners say this puts the county one step closer to lifting the moratorium on natural gas drilling.

Tobyhanna Army Depot Making Cuts
Thursday April 5th 2012

The Tobyhanna Army Depot is expecting to let go of 130 employees. It will happen in phases and the first one is just days away.
The Depot will be cutting 30 industrial trade and electronics contractors next week. The rest will be laid off between late June and mid-August. Since the war in Iraq is coming to an end and there's been a force reduction in Afghanistan, the depot's work load has decreased. The poor economy is also a contributing factor. While the Tobyhanna Army Depot is scaling back its workforce, they're not cutting any departments. Officials say they're definitely not in jeopardy of the government shutting down the depot.

PA slot revenue hits all-time high
Wednesday April 4th 2012

State casinos are reporting a record-high $233 million in revenue for the month of March. That makes Pennsylvania one of the nation's largest gambling markets -- second only to Las Vegas. The Sands Casino in Bethlehem was the second-highest grossing casino in Pennsylvania, raking in $28 million in slot machine revenue.

East Stroudbsburg Revitalization
Wednesday April 4th 2012

After the Dansbury Depot burned more than two years ago, East Stroudsburg's popularity took a big hit, but that's all changing. A number of new businesses are drawing a lot of attention to the borough -- like Trackside Grill and Liquid on Crystal Street. If things go according to plan, another proposed restaurant on Courtland Street, right around the corner in the old firehouse building, will do the same. Owners plan to open a mid-scale pub. Last night, new owners of the soon-to-be pub rallied up borough officials in hopes of getting the green light for a liquor license. The request was approved. Owners are now speaking with architects and hope to open for business either late September or early October.

wayne bridge closed for emergency repair
Wednesday April 4th 2012

A bridge between Wayne County and Sullivan County New York is now closed to traffic. PennDOT closed the skinners falls bridge in Milanville yesterday for emergency bridge repair. They say a truss needs to be fixed. It's the same problem that closed the bridge back in 20-10. It was repaired and opened about a month later. PennDOT doesn't know how long it will be closed this time. A detour is in place.

suspect questioned in monroe arson death
Wednesday April 4th 2012

Police think they may have a lead in the arson death of a Monroe County business owner. Two years ago, Water Gap Diner owner Rigas Ioannidis died after a fire burned the business and an upstairs apartment where he was sleeping. Fire Marshals ruled the blaze arson. State Police say they have a person of interest. They're still questioning the individual. In the meantime, anyone with information is asked to call Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 866-370-1518. A cash reward is available.

supervisors challenged by strip club attorney
Wednesday April 4th 2012

Attorneys for a proposed strip club are questioning whether two Middle Smithfield township supervisors can make an impartial decision on the plan. Hott PA attorney Joseph Wiesmeth sent a letter to supervisors asking that Mitchell Marcus and Annette Atkinson step down from making a decision about the groups land development plan. Weismeth said he believes the two are personally opposed to the application. Supervisors didn't make any decisions last night and instead granted a 60 day extension to the application. During the extension Hott PA's engineer will be able to keep working on the application with the township.

tobyhanna army depot announces cuts
Wednesday April 4th 2012

The Tobyhanna Army Depot is cutting jobs. The Depot has notified a contractor of plans to cut 130 industrial trade and electronics workers. The depot says the cuts will be made over several months but they start next week. The depot says its' workload has decreased because of the end of the Iraq war and because many other repair projects have been completed. The first phase of cuts affects 30 motor vehicle mechanic helpers, sheet metal workers and air conditioning mechanics employed by contractor U-R-S Federal Support Services. There are currently more than eight hundred contracted employees working at Tobyhanna.

Wayne Libraries go Digital
Wednesday April 4th 2012

Say good bye to library late fees and hello to limitless 24 hour check outs.
Wayne County Libraries are now offering what’s called “Freading”. The electronic book check out allows anyone with a computer and internet access to check out digital books for free. With over twenty thousand title Wayne County Library card holders can download an ever growing amount of books for free. Librarians say as funding becomes scarce the library building is open less and this is one way offer their services whenever readers need it.
Librarians say they don’t expect to lose many visitors at the library because the building still offers a place to gather and socialize.

Parrish Penalty Follow
Tuesday April 3rd 2012

A Monroe County jury sentences an effort man to death, and their decision didn't come easily.

The jury sentenced Parrish to two death sentences. Some residents say sentencing a man to death is a difficult thing to do. It took the jury an hour and a half to find Parrish guilty of two counts of first degree murder, and a little over three hours to sentence him to death.

The most common sentence in a first degree murder case in Pennsylvania is life without parole. But this jury is assured they reached the right verdict. Statistically, over half of the population believe in an eye for an eye, but if faced with sentencing someone to death, wouldn’t be able to do it. Parrish will be formally sentenced in 90 days.

Request For Reduced Bail Denied
Tuesday April 3rd 2012

A man who tried to shoot and kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend was in court today, but it wasn't long before the judge sent him back behind bars. 64-year-old Elvino Alberto Cagnardi was arrested and charged with attempted murder of his former girlfriend -- Anne Trently -- and their unborn child. Back in November of 2011 police say Cagnardi attempted to shoot and kill Trently along Interstate 380. The gun jammed and Trently got away. Today, Cagnardi stood in court hoping his $2 million bail would be reduced. While prosecutors feel that amount is fair, the defense disagrees. The judge, however, was concerned, if Cagnardi was able to post bail, he may attack the victim again. So the request for reduced bail was denied -- it remains at $2 million.

nps seeks bids for 209 repair
Tuesday April 3rd 2012

The National Park Service is looking for a contractor to repair a closed road in Pike County. Design drawings and specifications are complete for repairs on 150-feet of cracked pavement and a landslide along Route 209 north of Dingmans Ferry. The plans call for the construction of a retaining wall, new pavement, guiderails and other improvements. In October a seven mile section of the road was closed after heavy rains caused a hillside to drop eight feet near the Delaware River. The Park Service says every effort is being made to accelerate the repairs but it has taken time to plan for the five million dollar project. They hope to award a contract in May.

planned power outage in monroe county
Tuesday April 3rd 2012

Utility Met Ed is planning to a scheduled power outage on Wednesday April 4th from 8-am until 10-am to upgrade other equipment. That outage will affect 20 customers in the vicinity of the Eagles Ridge community near East Stroudsburg. Met Ed says the work could be postponed until Thursday in the event of bad weather.

pocono summit woman charged with housing fraud
Tuesday April 3rd 2012

The detectives division of the Monroe County District Attorney’s office has charged a Pocono Summit woman with housing fraud. Detectives say 46-year old Loretta Foreman received more than 22-thousand dollars from the Monroe County Housing Authority that she was not eligible to collect. According to detectives Foreman did not report several other people were living in her home. Their incomes should have been reported to determine how much assistance she could receive. Detectives say their office has investigated 50 similar cases and charged 11 other people with similar crimes in the past year. Those crimes involved a total of 280-thousand dollars of housing fraud.

Childs Park Closed Through December
Tuesday April 3rd 2012

One of The Delaware National Recreation Area’s most popular parks will be closed to tourists for the second year in a row.
Delayed permitting approvals and storm damage have postponed reconstruction plans to Childs Park since last year’s closure. Construction started yesterday to the hundred year old park and the NPS says it won’t be completed until late December of 2012. The park was closed to repair trail erosion and add new parking lots, but the biggest update will be the addition of handicap trails.
Contractors say for the next 8 months there will be road delays on Silver Lake Road in Pike County due to construction traffic.

Car Drives Off Interstate 81, Schuylkill County
Monday April 2nd 2012

A Wayne County man is flown to the hospital after driving his car off the side of Interstate-81 in Schuylkill County. It happened Sunday afternoon in Delano Township. Police say 60-year-old Ross Gload of Honesdale was heading north on 81 when for unknown reasons he traveled off the road. His car went down the embankment between the bridges. The vehicle then rolled over and came to rest on its wheels on the railroad bed about 100 feet below the interstate. Gload was flown to Saint Luke's Hospital where he is listed in fair condition. Police say he will be cited for that crash.

Legislators Sue State
Monday April 2nd 2012

For the last several years budget struggles in Harrisburg have directly impacted local schools. Now two local legislators are saying enough is enough. Representatives Mario Scavello and Rosemary Brown are suing the state in efforts to change an outdated education funding formula that's still used today. This funding formula is based off a 1990 census. Meaning, areas that have seen a population decrease or no change at all are fine. But that's not the case in Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties. The lack of funding makes it hard for local districts to stay afloat. So over the years, they've been forced to raise property taxes. Representative Brown and Scavello feel the old law is unconstitutional and plan to file the law suit sometime in July.

Ghosts Detective at Milford’s Dimmick Inn
Monday April 2nd 2012

A bump in the night has brought paranormal detectives to a Milford Inn.
In search of spirits the paranormal investigative team called ghost hunters spent 2 nights in the historic Dimmick Inn. The group travels all over the tri-state area trying to uncover unknown events in supposed haunted places. In this investigation the group was searching for former inn owner Fannie Dimmick. Detectives say they experienced a lot of paranormal activity and collected a lot of evidence.
Ghost Detectives airs every Friday on Blue Ridge Cable channel 13. The Dimmick Inn episode runs the second week in May.

two arrested on burglary charges
Monday April 2nd 2012

Police have arrested two people from Stroudsburg on burglary charges. State Police at Swiftwater say 34-year old Sammy McGinlay and 32-year old Susan Ann Mcginlay were taken into custody after a break-in Friday at a home on East Terrace Drive in Hamilton Township. The two matched a description provided by witnesses in the area. As a result of the investigation Susan Ann McGinlay's children were taken into protective custody by Monroe County Children and Youth. Their elderly father is being cared for the Monroe County Agency on Aging. Both are being held on 25-thousand dollars bail.

arson investigation in Honesdale
Monday April 2nd 2012

Police in Honesdale are investigating two fires intentionally set near businesses. Both fires were discovered around 11-o'clock Friday night behind George W. Kinsman Inc on Main Street and near the Delaware and Hudson Hotel on Terrace Street. Both were extinguished quickly and caused only minimal damage. Police say it appears that the two fires are connected. Officers are looking into leads and they urge residents to report any suspicious activity around businesses or homes.

wayne man arrested for growing marijuana
Monday April 2nd 2012

Police have arrested a Northern Wayne County man for growing a large amount of marijuana. Officers served a search warrant at the home of 65-year old Juan Iturrey in Scott Center Saturday. 196 live marijuana plants were seized as well as 20 pounds of processed marijuana and four firearms. Iturrey is being held on 100-thousand dollars bail.

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