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Jim Thorpe Borough Manager suspended
Thursday May 31st 2012

It's a major leadership shake-up in Jim Thorpe. Last night, Borough Manager Wesley Johnson was placed on a 30-day, unpaid suspension. The decision was made after a 6-to-1 vote. Borough Council also made it clear that in July, they intend to terminate his employment. A borough official tells us they have no intention of abolishing the Borough Manager position.

Thrills Night Club Fight Continues
Thursday May 31st 2012

The manager of a Jackson Township night club was in court this week fighting to keep his establishment open. Investigators discovered female dancers at Thrills night club were performing naked in private areas throughout the club - which is against a state statute. Thrills was already shut down back in 2010 for the same reason. Since it reopened, nothing has changed on the main level and in the downstairs area, you can find naked women offering lap dances. Officials will head back to court July 3rd to hear what the judge has to say. Once that's taken care of, Thrills and Jackson Township officials will head back to court to fight a zoning ordinance.

School Board Member Arrested
Thursday May 31st 2012

After the arrest of a Pocono Mountain School District Board Member, residents are looking for answers.

George Struck has served on a number of boards in Monroe County, most notably as a board member for the Pocono Mountain School District. The district passed their budget with no tax hike last night, but attention quickly shifted to Strunks personal life.

Court records say Strunk was arrested, last week by state police after pointing a 45 caliber gun at this brother-in-law, Gregory Oney then beat him, leaving him with a separated shoulder and a broken ankle. The altercation took place inside Strunks home.

George Strunk did not return our phone call, but his attorney says he will be appearing before Judge Whitesell on July 12th for his hearing.

monroe crime stoppers seeks robbery suspect
Thursday May 31st 2012

Police in Monroe County are looking for a woman wanted on robbery charges. 25 year old Nicole Smith of Pocono Summit is a fugitive from justice. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Monroe County Crime Stoppers. A reward is being offered for information leading to her arrest. Callers may remain anonymous. People with tips about this investigation or other crimes can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-370-1518.

former state senator charles lemmond dies
Thursday May 31st 2012

Former State Senator Charles Lemmond has died. Lemmond served a portion of the Poconos for 20 years. He retired six years ago and at the time his 20th district included all of Pike and Wayne Counties as well as a few communities in Monroe. Current State Senator Lisa Baker succeeded Lemmond in 2006. Baker was a former aid to the senator. She released a statement today calling Lemmond a mentor, advisor, and role model. Lemmond died yesterday. He was 82.

wayne county nursing home to close
Thursday May 31st 2012

Wayne Memorial Health System, the parent company of Wayne Memorial Hospital, has decided to close one of the two nursing homes it operates. Wayne Health System has operated Wayne Delaware Manor in Beach Lake since 1999. Wayne Memorial C-E-O David Hoff says the facility has consistently operated at a loss. Employees and residents were notified yesterday the long term care home would close July 31-st. 21 people currently receive care at the facility. 16 full time and four part-time employees work there. The Health System released a statement today saying it would help re-locate residents and find new jobs for employees. Wayne Memorial also operates a 121 bed facility in Waymart. It is not expected to be affected by the closing.

Lehighton stabbing case headed to trial
Wednesday May 30th 2012

A domestic violence case is headed to trial. Today, 39-year-old Edward Barrett of Lehighton was in District Court. Police say he had just been released from prison when he snuck into a Coal Street home and stabbed his ex-girlfriend on April 16th. Barrett faces several charges including aggravated assault and defiant tresspass. Today, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will now go to trial.

Iconic Sherman Theater Sold
Wednesday May 30th 2012

The Sherman Theater in downtown Stroudsburg has been sold! But the current team who runs the theater isn't going anywhere. After the non-profit organization "Fine Arts and Discovery Series" changed their name to "The Sherman Arts Foundation,” and received a $1 million grant from the USDA, Sherman Theater officials are proud to finally own the property. Since the same team of people will be in charge, they've already started making major renovations to the theater and have a lot more to go. The Sherman Theater brings more than 100,000 people to the area every year and feeds $4 million into our local economy. Officials say this sale will make the Sherman Theater a permanent part of the community.

Flames engulf Lehighton home
Tuesday May 29th 2012

Officials are investigating a fire in Carbon County. The blaze broke out just after 11:30 Monday night at duplex in Lehighton. Crews from seven different fire companies helped bring down the flames. Both sides of the Ochre Street home sustained significant damage. A fire marshall was at the home Tuesday. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

Possible Resolution to Marcel Lake Estates Sewer Problem
Tuesday May 29th 2012

A Pike County community dealing with over a decade of sewage issues may finally get some resolution…
The Public Utility Commission has just ordered the sale of Marcel Lake Estates wast water treatment plant to The American Water Company. This comes after years of non-compliance and a moratorium on the expansion of sewer lines to over 300 property owners. The sale will require the new company to make major upgrades to the treatment plant which may require a noticeable rate hike in service.
Property owners without sewer hook ups will be reimbursed for years of unfair maintenance fees. The sale of the treatment plant is still undergoing eminent domain negotiation.

Fatal Crash Washington Twp., Lehigh County
Tuesday May 29th 2012

A Bethlehem man is killed in a crash in Washington Township Monday afternoon. Police say 63-year-old Thomas Morganelli re-ended a car that was waiting to turn onto Rextown Road off of Mountain Road. Morganelli's motorcycle then hit another vehicle before catching fire. He was thrown from the bike during the crash. Morganelli was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Murder Suicide Nesquehoning
Tuesday May 29th 2012

Police are investigating a murder-suicide in Nesquehoning. The bodies of 31-year-old Dana Lewis and 33-year-old Christopher Lewis were found by their children at their West Railraod Street home Saturday morning. Police say Christopher killed his wife before killing himself. Their children ran to a neighbor for help after finding their parents.

Lansford Residents Want Ripped American Flags Taken Down
Tuesday May 29th 2012

Millions of people across the country observed Memorial Day this weekend by displaying the American flag. But after this weekend’s storms, many Lansford residents want flags in that area taken down. A hand full of American flags along Ridge Street are faded and even ripped. Amvet owns the flags -- officials say they do replace their flags every few years, but because they're facing $20,000 dollars of debt, they were unable to this year. Since the flags were put up last Friday for Memorial Day they were hit by heavy storms this weekend. Up until today, Amvet officials were unaware of the rips. The flags will be taken down immediately. To replace them for July 4th, Amvet officials are asking for donations. If you would like to help - drop off cash or checks to the Amvets building: 201 W Ridge Street in Lansford.

bus company cuts stop in effort
Friday May 25th 2012

A commuter bus company serving Monroe County has cut one its runs in the Effort area. Joe and Jan’s Charter Tours Inc. says increased insurance costs have forced the company to downsize its' fleet. Runs originating in effort have been discontinued. The company is allowing customers to transfer tickets to commuter runs from Delaware Water Gap or Marshalls Creek. Customers who have purchased tickets can receive a refund. More information is available on the company's website

monroe man faces trial on homicide by vehicle charges
Friday May 25th 2012

An East Stroudsburg man will face trial on charges stemming from a crash that claimed a life. 48-year old Rodney Hightman waived his right to a hearing before a district justice this morning. State Police say last October he was driving a car that went off interstate 80 in Stroud Township and rolled over. A passenger, 46-year-old William Brockett of East Stroudsburg, was killed. Hightman faces charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter.

Kickoff to Summer Travel
Friday May 25th 2012

Kickoff of to the summer travel season stars this holiday weekend and it doesn't look like gas prices will keep people cooped up at home. With gas prices 15 cents cheaper this year than they were last year at this time, almost 35 million Americans are planning to take a trip for the holiday weekend -- that's 500,000 more people than last year. But budget is still an issue for many. 47% of Americans say gas prices will have an impact on their holiday. Air travel is down around 5% from last year. However, it's not stopping people from seeing their family and friends. Instead people are planning shorter car trips.

Flood Problems in Honesdale
Friday May 25th 2012

Last week over 5 tons of flash flood debris covered Parkway Drive in Honesdale and flooded a home downstream of a Dyberry Creek tributary. Residents say the flooding happens every time heavy rains hit and the debris is a result of high water flows coming out of culvert off Rout 670. The borough admits the drainage problem is getting worse but there is little they or Penn DOT can do because the problem area is on private property.
The borough and the Wayne County Conservation District are working on getting a repair grant for the home owner. Penn DOT is looking into a simple solution to reducing erosion from their culvert.

Social Worker Scams Elders
Thursday May 24th 2012

A former senior living center employee in Monroe County is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly residents. After investigating, police say the Wesley Enhanced Living center's office manager -- 24-year-old Elizabeth Ruffa -- stole nearly $18,000 from two elderly residents. According to police, Ruffa told the two seniors she would help them pay rent. All they needed to do was give her a signed blank personal check -- she would fill the rest out from there. This went on for around 5 month, but investigators say none of that money actually went toward rent. Instead Ruffa made the checks out to herself. Officials say the center will reimburse the victims. Ruffa was released from jail on $50,000 unsecured bail. Her preliminary hearing is set for June 8th at 10 a-m.

D&L Trail Survey
Wednesday May 23rd 2012

Pretty soon, officials will know just how much business the Delaware and Lehigh Trail brings to Carbon County. Come June 1st, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will launch a six-month survey to find out who uses the trail. Officials want to know where trail users are from, how much they spend when visiting and how long they stay in the area. There will be three main points -- including the trail heads at Jim Thorpe and East Penn Township near the boat launch. Counters will keep track of everyone that passes, as well as a 30-question paper survey. All you need to do is fill it out and drop it in the mail. If officials find people are flocking to the area because of the trail, property values could go up and hotel could bring in bigger bucks. Results will be in by next March.

East Stroudsburg School District Passes Preliminary Budget
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

East Stroudsburg School District's preliminary budget was approved last night, but the angry crowd immediately demanded changes. Closing a $10 million gap, the board approved a tax increase of 1.5% for its residents living in Monroe County. As well as a 1.55% increase for their residents in Pike County. But residents wonder why it's necessary when the district has $34 million dollars in reserve funds. School officials say they’re saving that money for upcoming expenditures. That includes hikes to health care and pension costs. While the district has already taken more than $374,000 from that reserve fund, residents and legislators are urging them to take more. After hearing from the public, the board will consider tapping into those funds again to lower the tax increase. The board has until June 30th to pass the final budget.

Items Stolen from Multiple Cars, Towamensing Township
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

Police release a description of a man suspected of stealing from multiple cars in Towamensing Township. It happened along Club Road and Molly Drive Sunday morning around three. Eight victims reported having money, cigarettes and jewlery taken from their cars. One of the victims observed the suspect. The white man appeared to be about 16-years-old. He's about five feet, four inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has brown shoulder length hair and was wearing a grey or tan skull cap, a black sweater and khaki shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Lehighton.

Mountain Laurel New Managers
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

The mountain laurel performing arts center is hoping new and a new concert line up will boost struggling ticket sales.
In an effort to build the performing art centers name. New managers have booked 10 acts this summer including The Temptations, Three Dog Night and Ziggy Marly. Last year’s grand re-opening may have brought the venue out of its 3 year closure... but managers say this year they are taking a new approach to marketing acts that will please the taste of many more people in the Pocono.
The Venues first concert starts June 8th. For a full list of upcoming act log on to mountain laurels web site.

appeals court upholds child porn conviction
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

The U-S Court of appeals affirms the sentence of a Monroe County man for receiving child pornography. 59 year old John Greene of Delaware Water Gap was given a 14 year sentence back in October. He appealed the sentence saying it was unreasonable. Greene pled guilty to using a computer to download images of child pornography while operating a business called pack shack adventures. He is currently serving his prison sentence.

soda machine theft, 800 dollars in cash and equipment taken
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

Police are investigating a theft at a Bartonsville car care center over the weekend. Officials say a man driving an early 2000's silver Jeep Grand Cherokee broke into a soda machine Friday night just outside of Advanced Collision. The suspect used bolt cutters to gain entry into the machine and stole 800-dollars in cash and equipment. The suspect was caught on a surveillance camera. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pocono Township Police.

copper stolen from monroe pet rescue
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

Police are investigating the removal of copper pipes from a pet rescue facility in Monroe County’s west end. It happened last Thursday at the Windy Hill Pet Rescue in Polk Township. Someone broke open a basement door and stripped copper pipes from the basement. Anyone with information should contact State Police at Lehighton.

monroe man charged with showing up at pike police station with pot
Tuesday May 22nd 2012

An East Stroudsburg man will be charged with possessing marijuana while sitting in a car at the State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove. Police say 20 year old John Cassidy drove his brother to the barracks in order to be fingerprinted for other charges. While the brother sat in the lobby, police noticed an odor of marijuana. He admitted he and Cassidy smoked marijuana on the way to the police station. Police then went outside to the parking lot where they requested Cassidy turn over the marijuana. He did so and will now face charges in District Court.

College Debt at all time High
Monday May 21st 2012

There's no question about it - getting an education is important. Paying for it, however, is becoming nearly impossible. With tuition on the rise, college debt has reached an all time high – surpassing $1 trillion. That's partly because of state funding cuts to higher education. As well as increasing expenses for colleges and universities. To compensate -- they've increased tuition to a level most people can't afford. Since private and even some public universities cost tens of thousands of dollars a year, many people are turning to community colleges. While some people may still need loans, officials say it's the best way to save thousands on your education.

Pike Begins Ground Water Study
Monday May 21st 2012

In an effort to uphold quality water in the event of natural gas drilling The Pike County Conservation District is initiating a plane no other County in our region has done before.
Today Commissioners signed off on over 120 thousand dollars in grant money from The Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program. The funds which are being matched by the U.S. Geological Survey will now go towards a 2 year water quality study in the county. When completed the Conservation District will have a baseline study of what water quality is like before the possibility of natural gas drilling.
The survey is expected to start next month and finalized in the year 20-14

Are Low-Fat Junk Foods Really Healthier?
Friday May 18th 2012

When you eat sweets, do you grab the box marked “Low Fat?” What you may think is a healthier version of your favorite junk food, probably isn't. No matter what type, all junk food has a long shelf life. Meaning it's processed with chemicals and other ingredients. Also, the "Low Fat" version of a snack usually has more sugar and sodium to compensate. Since "Low Fat" or "Low Calorie" foods don't have what nutrients the body craves, they don't keep you full – causing you to eat more! Officials recommend if you've got a sweet tooth, stick with fruits like kiwis and apples. If you just want something to crunch on, you can even turn vegetables into a snack.

man turns himself in to face robbery charges
Friday May 18th 2012

Pocono Mountain Regional Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for one robbery and possibly some other crimes. 19-year old Christopher Strohbach turned himself in to police. He faces robbery charges from a hold up Sunday night at the Interstate Exxon in Tunkhannock Township. Officers believe Strohbach may have also been involved in a burglary at gas stations in Monroe and Luzerne County. Strohbach is being held on 100-thousand dollars bail and faces a hearing in two weeks. So far he has only been charged with the robbery in Tunkhannock Township.

Smurf in Space
Friday May 18th 2012

A Pike County teacher and his rocketry class have sent a Smurf action figure to space.
Letters to the Russian Space Program landed Lehman Intermediate School teacher Joe Flurh and his class the opportunity to send their toy Smurf to the International Space Station. The small figure has been a test pilot on a number of the rocketry class’s model rockets. For the next year and a half the Smurf will live in space with astronauts until they return next November.
Flurh says his class teaches students the fundamentals of aerospace and they will be launching rocket of their own at the end of the school year.

Police gearing up for seat belt enforcement
Thursday May 17th 2012

State and local police are getting ready to kick off their annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign. But this year, they're enforcing a new set of regulations. From May 21 through June 10, police will be cracking down on drivers under the age of 18 who aren't wearing seat belts. They'll also be issuing tickets to adults with passengers under 18 who aren't buckled up. The enforcement will raise awareness for a new teen driver law that went into effect in December. In 2011, there were 1,286 fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways -- only 276 of those victims were wearing seat belts.

Gonzalez Pleads Guilty
Thursday May 17th 2012

Today was the second and final day of trial for a Monroe County man charged with a shooting in Stroudsburg. After a long day of testimony, this morning 30-year-old Roberto Gonzalez of Stroudsburg pleaded guilty. He was charged with attempted homicide of 34-year-old Terrance Tyson back in October of 2011. While Gonzalez says he was just defending himself when the gun was fired, Tyson says that’s not true. Tyson was shot in the face and lost his right eye. Bargaining with the court, charges of attempted homicide were dropped and Gonzalez pleaded guilty to aggravated assault of the First Degree. Gonzalez could face a $20,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison. The next step is sentencing -- a date hasn't been set.

Lowhill Man Charged in Fatal Crash
Thursday May 17th 2012

A 19-year-old Lowhill Township man is charged with homicide by vehicle for allegedly causing a 2011 crash that killed his passenger. Officials say on November 23rd, Alexander Buskirk was driving at a minimum of 63 mph in a 35 mph zone on Weidasville Road. His car went off the road and struck several trees. His passenger, 18-year-old Ryan Hamell of New Tripoli, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Buskirk was charged today with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and several other related offenses.

Fitzpatrick Sentence
Thursday May 17th 2012

A Wayne County Man has been sentenced for the murder of his new born daughter.
Today 20 year old Christopher Fitzpatrick was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last may Fitzpatrick and his girlfriend Jennifer Barisse were charged by state police for killing their new born daughter with a cinder block behind a Lake Ariel Landscaping business. Fitzpatrick attorney says because of his I.Q. level he was unaware of the consequences at the time he committed the murder.
Scott Bennett Public Defender -one of the impacts Chris faces is the inability to foresee what is coming in the future and then to plan effectively for it…
It is unknown if Fitzpatrick will testify against his girlfriend when she takes the stand this October.

High Five Charity Auction
Wednesday May 16th 2012

Some big Monroe County properties are under new ownership today. It's all because of a new fundraiser -- the "High Five Charity Auction." It's sponsored by "Michael Baxter and Associates." The goal is to sell 21 commercial properties and raise $50,000 to be slip between the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, The United Way, Salvation Army and Pocono Services for Family and Children. Six of the 21 properties were sold. One of the biggest sales was The Carlton House in Stroudsburg, which sold for $195,000. The new owner is thinking of turning the vacant building into offices, a retail store and/or apartments. There's also talk about adding a parking garage under the building.

one flown to hospital after pike crash
Wednesday May 16th 2012

Route 739 in Pike County has reopened after a two car crash closed a section of the road. It happened around 10:45 this morning just north of the Lords Valley exit of Interstate 84. Two cars and a tractor trailer were involved. The two cars struck head on. One person was flown to a hospital. State Police were on the scene reconstructing the crash. Officers were not sure what caused the wreck. Route 739 was closed for several hours but has since re-opened to traffic.

report released on wayne fatal plane crash
Wednesday May 16th 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a fatal plane crash earlier this month in Wayne County. 67-year old Jeffrey Gilbert of Rock Hill - New York was killed after his single engine Cessna crashed at the Cherry Ridge Airport May fifth. The report says Gilbert circled the field twice before attempting to land. Witnesses say Gilbert came from a high angle, traveling unusually fast before touching down and then aborting the landing. Gilbert tried to regain altitude and crashed 200 feet from the runway. The planes propellers were still spinning on impact. Part of a wing also separated. More information and a cause for the crash is not expected for several months.

West Nile Virus Early Appearance
Tuesday May 15th 2012

Typically, West Nile Virus doesn't hit Pennsylvania until mid-July, but that's not the case this year. As a result of the warmer weather, officials predict a bad mosquito season. One mosquito sample in neighboring Berks County has already tested positive for West Nile. While about half of people don’t show any signs of being infected, some people will have flu like symptoms. At its worse, West Nile could cause inflammation in the brain, which could be deadly, but that's rare. Regardless of its severity, there's not much a doctor can do. Which is why it's important to prevent mosquito bites in the first place. You can do that by emptying any stagnant water in flower pots, buckets, kiddy pools, etc. Other tips:
- To keep mosquitoes out of your home, make sure screen doors and windows are on tight.
- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants during peak mosquito time -- dusk and dawn.
- Look into mosquito repellant's for when you're outside.

Hopeful Grant for Honesdale
Tuesday May 15th 2012

Honesdale borough is hoping to land a big grant that will promote business growth in Honesdale.
The Wayne county economic development corporation organization is working to get Honesdale what is called an "Anchor Development Grant". if acquired it will allow the borough to give local businesses low interest construction loans. then once the loan is paid off by the business the money can be loaned again to another business.
WEDCO is applying for a little over 400 thousand dollars...they will find out if they meet the criteria within the next 60 day.

bison struck, walks away after crash
Tuesday May 15th 2012

A bison escapes serious injury after it wandered away from a farm and was hit by a pick-up truck near Henryville. The animal got loose and wandered onto Route 715 in Pocono Township Saturday. The bison was struck by the pick-up near Camp Lindenmere around nine p-m. The driver was not hurt. The bison suffered a bloody nose, and broke one of its’ horns but otherwise appears to be uninjured. The animal was returned to its pen immediately after the incident and was grazing along with other bison at the farm today.

wayne man facing aggravated assault charges
Tuesday May 15th 2012

A Honesdale man faces aggravated assault charges after a fight. Honesdale Borough Police arrested 51 year old Charles Fritz Junior after the incident Sunday at a home on riverside drive. Officers say fritz assaulted 56-year old Brian James. James had to be flown to Community Medical Center in Scranton for treatment of the injuries he received. Fritz was released after posting 25-thousand dollars bail.

monroe man facing child sex assault charges
Tuesday May 15th 2012

A Tobyhanna man has been arrested on child rape charges. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say the 42 year old Brandon Blue faces charges for abusing two girls, one age eleven and a second age 17 who reports she was abused for the past eight years. Officers say the 17 year old reported the abuse after she went to live with her father. The 11-year old victim still lived in the home. She confirmed she was also being abused according to police. Blue was arrested at his home in Coolbaugh Township last weekend. He faces a hearing on the charges next week.

Crime Spree Spreads to Two Counties
Monday May 14th 2012

Four gas stations were robbed overnight, and one other was burglarized. The spree started in Monroe and spread into neighboring Luzerne County. Police feel the crimes may be related. The first gas station hit was the Exxon in Brodheadsville. No employees were working at the time, but they caught the crook on surveillance video. Officials describe the robber as a white male around 6 foot tall and 135 pounds. He has dirty blonde hair and looks young. That's the same description several gas station owners gave police. Another similarity is how the robber broke in -- he used a tire iron. Police also say the robber was seen driving the same dark-colored car at different location. According to police, the robber was armed in some of these cases, but not all. At this time, police are unsure how much money was taken in total. At this time, police do have a suspect.

Olde Homestead Golf Course Burglary
Monday May 14th 2012

Police are investigating a burglary at a Lehigh County golf course. Sunday monring around 4:00 someone pried open a door at the Olde Homestead Golf Course. Once inside, the burglars stole several bank bags and money from the pro shop. They also broke into a locked office and took a wallet and white and gold limited edition Colt 45 revolver. The burglars then stole three club carts which they drove off the golf course and left in a field along Flint Hill Road. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact State Police at Fogelsville.

$400 Worth of Street Signs Stolen in Lower Towamensing Township
Monday May 14th 2012

Police are looking for a street sign thief in Lower Towamensing Township. On Friday someone stole six signs from the intersection of Golf and Dairy Roads. A stop sign, golf crossing sign, speed limit signs and the Dairy and Golf Road signs are all missing. The township estimates the total loss for the signs is around $400. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Lehighton.

pike police seek burglary suspect
Monday May 14th 2012

Police in Pike County are searching for a man wanted on burglary charges. State Police say 18 year old Dillon Sullivan of Greentown is a suspect in several burglary cases in Greene Township. Officers say Sullivan stands five feet nine inches, weighs 145 pounds, has blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone who can help locate him is urged to contact State Police at Blooming Grove 570-226-5718.

third wayne plane crash in a week
Monday May 14th 2012

Authorities are investigating another plane crash in Wayne County. This time, a pilot and a small boy escaped serious injury when their plane crashed over the weekend. According to reports the pilot Scott Ogden was giving rides to family members on his private air strip in South Canaan Sunday. Around 5 o’clock the small single engine plane attempted a landing when it veered off the runway and crashed. Ogden had a small boy on board. He walked away without injury but ogden was treated for minor head injuries. The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash. Emergency responders say this is the third plane crash in wayne county in the past 8 days.

monroe crashes claim two lives
Monday May 14th 2012

Car crashes claim two lives over the weekend in monroe county. State Police say 37 year old Les Young of Kunkletown was killed in a crash on Silver Springs Road in Eldred Township early Sunday morning. Officers say Young was not wearing a seat belt when he hit a tree at a very high rate of speed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
And police say 21-year old Jesse Chmielewski was killed in a crash Saturday night on Polk Township Road. Chmieleswski was a passenger in a car that struck a telephone pole. Another passenger also suffered serious injuries. Officers are waiting for the results of a blood alcohol test to see if the driver, 19-year old Hilliary James of brodheadsville, was drinking before the crash.

Palmerton Restaurant robbed at gunpoint
Monday May 14th 2012

Another Carbon County business is robbed at gunpoint. This time, a thief stole money from the Pyramid Restaurant in Palmerton. It happened just after 9:30 Saturday night. Employees say they were getting ready to close the restaurant when a thin, white male dressed in all black walked up to the counter and demanded money. Employees say he made off with close to $600. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call Palmerton Police at 610-826-4055.

New Plan For Seven Bridge Road Not So Popular
Friday May 11th 2012

PennDot’s plan to completely close Seven Bridge Road come Memorial Day weekend is no longer a go. Today, about 100 people came out to hear PennDot’s newest plan, but it doesn’t seem this one is any more popular. Come August first, PennDot will close Seven Bridge Road to replace a structurally deficient bridge near Jay Park and stay closed for three months. Drivers will then be forced to use the Marshalls Creek Bypass -- causing drivers to miss more than two dozen businesses. Business owners say if the road closes in August, they will lose thousands of dollars, but the bridge must be complete by the end of October when PennDot’s environmental permit runs out -- just in time for endangered Shiner fish to mate. Representative Rosemary Brown, who coordinated today's meeting, will see if there's any possibility for a permit extension.

Albrightsville Man Charged With Impersonating Cop
Friday May 11th 2012

An Albrightsville man is accused of impersonating a cop. On May 1st, an 18-year-old woman says she was approached by a man while walking Mt. Pocahontas. That man, later identified as Randy Merriman, was driving a Ford Crown Victoria which looked like an unmarked cop car. He repeatedly indentified himself as an off duty police officer and offered her a ride home. Merriman also showed her two badges. Police later learned Merriman identified himself as police officer during another incident in October. He was arrested yesterday and charged with impersonating a public servant. Anyone who many have had similar incidents with Merriman is asked to contact State Police at Fern Ridge.

security officer injured by accidental shooting
Friday May 11th 2012

A security officer shoots himself by accident this morning in the Emerald Lakes community. Pocono Mountain Regional Police confirmed they are investigating the incident. There's no word on his name or condition.. Police say security officers in the community do not carry guns. The guard was apparently putting away a personal weapon when it went off at the Emerald Lakes administrative building. Police did say that the shooting has been ruled an accident.

pike supervisor says he's being targeted by vandals
Friday May 11th 2012

A supervisor at a Pike County township says he's the target of someone unhappy with his decisions as a public official. Shohola Township Supervisor George Fluhr brought a rock to last night's meeting that he says was used to smash a window in his truck. Money and a cell phone in the truck were not taken. Fluhr says he's also found nails in his driveway and has heard of threats second hand. Fluhr is hoping by talking about the incidents, the people responsible will stop. He has also gone to the police but they say there is little they can do at this time. Fluhr's wife also spoke out at last night's meeting asking for the township to hire security to protect her family but no action was taken on the request.

Pocono Dome Construction
Thursday May 10th 2012

It’s hard to miss if you're driving on Route 33 in southern Monroe County. A huge dome-type structure is taking shape.

That would be the new Pocono Dome in Hamilton Township. The owner, Greg Bush has been planning to build the ultimate sports facility for 6 years. After a financial rough patch, construction was halted. But now, construction is moving quickly at the football field sized dome. The facility is a sports and training facility in addition to a rehabilitation center and it will be open year-round

The facility, which will employ 35, will be open this November.

Building a Website
Thursday May 10th 2012

Whether you’re not familiar with the cyber world, or just have a tight budget, starting an internet-based business may seem difficult. Today the Monroe County Career Link hosted a seminar that proved otherwise. Leading the seminar was award winning Rita Lacy from “Close the Loop.” She taught aspiring entrepreneurs how to create their own website for cheap, but no matter how affordable, if you're site's not getting hits, it's not worth it. Lacey says to get on the search engines it’s important to have keywords that match the site’s content. Also, it’s important to update your website often. Websites aren't only beneficial for web-based companies -- they've been proven to boost visibility and sales for all businesses. If you missed today's seminar and would like to learn about making your own website, contact the Monroe County Career Link:

Plane Crash in Wayne County
Thursday May 10th 2012

Two aviation students have died and another walks away un-scaved after their plane crashed in Wayne County.
The wreck happened around 10:30 last night at the Spring Hill airport in Sterling Township. The single engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff and caught fire in a heavily wooded area on airport property. The lone survivor was taken by Life Flight to Geisinger Hospital in Scranton.
The FAA is questioning the survivor for possible reason why the plane crashed as of now investigators have not released any information.

Carbon County Job Fair May 10th
Wednesday May 9th 2012

PA CareerLink Carbon County and the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation are hosting a job fair Thursday, May 10th. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Check out the Bulletin Board at for all the details.

Former Senator Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges
Wednesday May 9th 2012

A former State Senator who served part of Monroe County went before a Federal Judge in Scranton this morning, addressing corruption charges. Former State Senator Robert Mellow pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return back in 2008. He also admitted to using conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Meaning, he used his state senate offices in Peckville and Mount Pocono, as well as staffers who are paid for by taxpayers, for political fundraising. Mellow could face up to five years in prison, three years probation and a $250,000 fine. As far as a plea deal, the judge did not accept or reject one, saying he needed to do more research before he could make a decision. Mellows attorneys, however, remain optimistic prison time will be much less than five years. A sentencing date will be set next week. In the meantime, Mellow is free on his own recognizance.

New opportunities in growing industries
Tuesday May 8th 2012

New numbers show the unemployment rate in our area is the lowest it's been since March 2009, but many of the people who are getting hired don't have 4-year degrees. The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce held a program about technical careers on Tuesday. Representatives from LCTI say, if you have the right training, you shouldn't have any problem finding a job. That's especially true for students specializing in manufacturing, welding and mechatronics. Manufacturing is now the second largest industry in the Lehigh Valley.

Marshalls Creek Business Owners Fear PennDot's Next Move
Tuesday May 8th 2012

It's taken construction crews more than two decades to finish the Marshalls Creek Bypass. Now in the homestretch, residents are anxious for it to open, but business owners fear what's next. Come Memorial Day weekend, work is scheduled to begin on Seven Bridge Road. They plan to close the road May 24th. PennDot crews will widen the roadway and work on the bridge near Alaska Pete’s. Once the road closes, drivers will be forced to use the Bypass -- which will cause drivers to bypass more than a dozen businesses. Business owners fear they will be run out of business, since access will be much harder. Because of the concern, Representative Rosemary Brown is getting the business owners, PennDot officials and Township Supervisors together this Friday to discuss other possibilities. Friday's meeting will take place at the Smithfield Township building at 9:30 a.m.

Gunman holds up another Carbon Co. mini-mart
Monday May 7th 2012

Just after midnight Monday morning, a 6-foot-tall white man entered the Square One Markets convenience store on Interchange Road in Franklin Township with a black hand gun and demanded money. Police say he was wearing the same sweatshirt as the suspect in another armed robbery on April 28th at the Friendly Food Mart in Lansford. Franklin Township Police say the suspect also covered the lower portion of his face with the same blue and white, paisley-patterned bandana worn in that Lansford robbery. No one was harmed during Monday's robbery, but the suspect did make off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information can contact Franklin Township Police via the Carbon County Communications Center at 570-325-9111.

Grey Towers Opens all Three Floors to Visitors
Monday May 7th 2012

For just a short time only visitors will be allowed into parts of Milford’s Grey Towers that are rarely seen by the public.
From now until Memorial Day the U.S. Forest Service will be giving tours of the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Grey Towers. On these floors visitors will get a better glimpse of how U.S. Forest Service Founder Gifford Pinchot and his family lived. Tour guides say every room was renovated to look the same way it did in the early 1920’s.
Tours run every weekend from 1 to 3 p.m. The Grey Towers newly renovated driveway is expected to make its grand opening Memorial Day.

Locals Rally in Harrisburg
Monday May 7th 2012

To support a new piece of legislation, a group of Monroe County residents got on a bus this morning and headed to Harrisburg. The hot button topic was property taxes.
Leading today's rally was Representative Rosemary Brown. Speaking on behalf of a new bill she's co-sponsoring, she feels if we change the way our schools are funded, things will be better for Monroe and Pike Countians. Her thought -- by eliminating school property taxes 100%, and slightly increasing sales and income taxes that could fund school districts without putting much strain on residents. The bill is currently in the hands of the Finance Committee -- if 13 of the 25 members are in favor, it'll move onto the House floor, where all the state reps will vote.

pilot dies after wayne crash
Monday May 7th 2012

A pilot is dead after his plane crashes while attempting to land at a Wayne County airport. 67-year old Jeffrey Gilbert of Rock Hill - New York was killed after his single engine Cessna crashed while attempting to land at the Cherry Ridge Airport Saturday. Witnesses heard the plane’s engine "rev-up" just before the crash. Emergency crews removed Gilbert from the wreckage. He was flown to Community Medical Center in Scranton where he later died. The airports owners say Gilbert made regular visits to the field. They believe he could have suffered a medical problem or a mechanical failure. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

three people killed in monroe crashes
Monday May 7th 2012

Three people are dead after two fatal accidents this past weekend in Monroe County. Freddy Reyes and Antonio Erraez both of wind gap died in a crash Friday night in Ross Township. Police say their car went off Old Route 115 and struck a tree. Police say neither was wearing a seatbelt.
And Antonia Luhers of Nyack, New York was killed in a crash Saturday night on Interstate 80. She was a passenger in a car that went off the road - into the median and rolled over several times near the bartonsville exit. Police say she was also not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

Reaction to 314 Closure
Monday May 7th 2012

PENNDOT will begin work on a decaying bridge on a major Monroe County Road that will affect a resort and other small.

Residents who live on or close to route 314 are bracing themselves for the eminent closure of their local route, while PENNDOT repairs this aging bridge. An estimated three to four thousand people travel on this road a day and many will have to be detoured onto route 611 and 940. Local businesses feel they m be in limbo for the year it will take to replace the bridge.

PENNDOT officials say they are estimating the project will take a year, factoring in weather.

armed home invasion suspect tazed twice
Monday May 7th 2012

Police say they had to use a tazer twice to subdue a suspect in an armed home invasion. Police were called to an apartment building on South Green Street in East Stroudsburg late Saturday night. Officers say 19-year old Dane Aubel of Dallastown Pennsylvania forced his way into a second floor apartment - found the landlord's high powered rifle - and began assaulting another tenant. Police say they used a tazer on Aubel twice before he was subdued. The tenant was treated for minor injuries. Officers believe Aubel was under the influence of an unknown substance at the time of that incident.

Robotic Technology Helps Stroke Patients
Friday May 4th 2012

Robotic technology is helping stroke patients regain body movement. While it's been around for a few years, it's new to Carbon County. The Tibion Bionic Leg help stroke victims, like 52-year-old Kim Kostak, learn to stand, walk and do other daily activities all over again. Through a sensor that's placed in the patient’s shoe, the Tibion can tell how much weight is being placing on the foot -- with a strong knee brace, patients can typically put some weight on their joints within just minutes. What the Tibion does is trick the brain into thinking you're doing all the work - when in reality, you're not. However, eventually, it teaches your brain to do the motion without assistance. Whether a patient suffered a stroke recently or 10 years ago, officials say using the Tibion gets results.

2 Million Dollar Fish
Friday May 4th 2012

A 2 million dollar fish could be lurking the waters of Lake Wallenpaupack now is your chance to catch it.
Back for the second year in a row Cabela's "Wanna Fish for a Millions?" contest will be kicking off this weekend. One lucky angler could have the chance to land a fish tagged with a 2 million dollar price tag. A number of prized fish including the 2 million dollar fish were planted in 19 lakes across the nation. The Wayne County Fish and Boat Commission say this year you don’t need any fishing gear because they have loaner gear you can check out at the lakes visitors’ center.
To qualify for the contest anglers must register online at Cabela’s website.

dui, homicide charges filed in monroe crash
Friday May 4th 2012

An East Stroudsburg man faces homicide charges for a crash that claimed a life and police say it was caused by drunk driving. Those charges were filed against 47-year old Rodney Hightman. State police say he was driving a car that went off Interstate 80 in Stroud Township and rolled over last October. A passenger, 46-year-old William Brockett of East Stroudsburg, was killed. Hightman faces charges including homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter. He was released on bail and faces a hearing later this month.

Marshalls Creek Bypass Project Nearing Completion
Thursday May 3rd 2012

A construction project that's been in the works for more than two decades is finally nearing completion. That project is the Marshalls Creek Bypass, officially known as the Marshalls Creek Traffic Relief Project.
When driving through the Village of Marshalls Creek, locals always gets stuck in massive traffic jams. Now, the $40 million construction project will soon allow drivers to literally by-pass Marshalls Creek. The project is 80% complete -- PennDot officials expect to have the Bypass open for drivers by the end of the month. Even after the Bypass is open to drivers, however, PennDot will still have more work in the area -- mostly along Seven Bridges Road. All construction should be done by the fall.

More Buisnesses Back out of Pocono Township Sewage Project
Thursday May 3rd 2012

As a school districts looks to balance their budget, a townships sewer program could be losing some much needed dollars as a result.

Pocono Township’s 78 million dollar sewage project has been in planning since 2005. Before the project started, the township says they had a handful of projected users. Great Wolf Lodge announced they would be backing out.

And the most recent, Pocono Mountain School District says they will not either. They initially expressed an interest in hooking their east campus up to the sewage system.

Pocono Township is now trying to get more businesses to tap in to minimize the fee for residents.

Big Grant for Wayne Health Center
Thursday May 3rd 2012

A Wayne County Hospital has just announced a major expansion project in Pike County.
1.8 million dollars in grant money is allowing Wayne Memorial community health center to double its staff and add a new dental and behavioral health center in Lords Valley. Currently the health centers are seeing a big influx in patients because they are the only provider in the area that accepts Medicaid. Administrators say the expansion will create closer health care outlets and quicker appointment scheduling.
Ground breaking for the expansion projects is expected to start this fall.

pike man sentenced for wifes murder
Thursday May 3rd 2012

A Pike County man will serve time in state prison for the murder of his wife. After a judge's ruling, 35 year old Patrick Kruger will spend the next 15 to 30 years behind bars. Last may Kruger strangled his wife in their Dingmans Township home. When law enforcement arrived they found his wife Holly dead and Patrick unresponsive on the floor next to her. A suicide note was found on his computer confessing the murder and the couple’s marital problems. Kruger will also pay a 5 thousand dollar fine.

honesdale burglary investigation
Thursday May 3rd 2012

Police in Honesdale want to know who broke into a business and stole cash. The burglary was discovered yesterday morning at the Gravity Bowling Alley and Ice Cream Shop on Sixth Street. The thief broke into a second floor window around one Wednesday morning. An undisclosed amount of money, a laptop computer, three cordless telephones and a package of girl’s socks were taken. Anyone who witnessed someone suspicious in the area at the time of the incident is asked to call Honesdale Borough Police.

monroe county man arrested for faking check
Thursday May 3rd 2012

A Pocono Summit man is facing charges for trying to cash a fake check twice. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say 29-year old Colby Andrews attempted to cash the fake fifteen hundred dollar check at United Check Cashing locations in Mount Pocono and East Stroudsburg last January. The first time he became unruly and left when told the check was fake. Police began investigating after the second attempt was reported. Andrews was charged this week but is being held in jail because of an unrelated probation violation.

ACLU challenges Voter ID Law
Wednesday May 2nd 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union is worried that Pennsylvania's new voter I.D. law will disenfranchise many voters -- so they're challenging it. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of ten registered voters who can't obtain the photo identification now necessary to vote in Pennsylvania. In fact, it's estimated that across the state, close to 100,000 voters don't have acceptable photo I.D. The ACLU says most are elderly or poor. To learn more about the types of indentification required in November under the current law, check out

Monroe County Fights for Redistricting
Wednesday May 2nd 2012

State officials continue to work on a new redistricting map and a lot is on the line for Monroe County. This month, local officials are heading to Harrisburg to testify against the newest changes. The original proposed redistricting map reduced Monroe Counties House seats from four to three and Senate seats from six to just one. That was shot down. Now, state officials are proposing a new plan – keeping three House seats, and bumping to two Senate seats. According to county commissioners, it's not a great move for Monroe. One of the biggest issues – under the newest proposal, the 20,000 Coolbaugh and Tobyhanna Township residents would be represented by officials in Lackawanna or Luzern Counties. That means, they’ll be represented by a senator who may not fight for their biggest issues in Harrisburg. Monroe County Commissioner John Moyer and Tobyhanna Township Supervisor Heidi Pickard will be in Harrisburg next Monday to testify.

Hospital Offers Support During Final Hours
Tuesday May 1st 2012

Imagine someone spending their final hours alone -- it happens all the time. That's why a local hospital is working to offer a strong support group to patients who need it. The program "No One Dies Alone" came to Blue Mountain Health System six months ago. They started out with just 7 volunteers -- also known as "compassionate companions.” With much success, however, manpower is growing. So are services -- rather than just offering the program to people who are alone, they've opened up to families who simply need extra assistance. Officials say it’s hard for most people to be at a hospital all day, without leaving for work or just to grab a bite to eat. That’s when the compassionate companions would step in. Many times, companions are sitting with unconscious patients, but officials say just offering someone a hand to hold goes a long way. This is the only program to offer such services in the county. If you would like to find out more, contact Denise Kennedy with Blue Mountain Health System at (610) 377-7350

State Budget Poses Big Problems for Wayne Human Services Department
Tuesday May 1st 2012

Uncertainties over the states proposed budget plan could lead to detrimental health care decisions for Wayne County.
With few budget guidelines and a possible 20 percent cut in funding… Wayne County’s Human Resource Services Department may be forced to pick and choose who will continue to get care. Administrators say they because the state budget isn’t approved and they don’t know how much funding they will get they are working to priorities their clients’ needs and many will lose a number of services…
County Commissioners well be sending a letter to the governor this Thursday expressing a number of their concerns and needs of the Human Service Department.

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