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Lynn Twp. Man Rams Car with Kids Inside
Thursday February 28th 2013

A Lehigh County man is facing charges after police say he rammed another vehicle with kids in his car. State Police say last night, 28-year-old George Billig of Lynn Township got into a domestic dispute with a woman. Billig is accused of ramming his vehicle into her car and pushing the victim's vehicle approximately 400 feet. Police say Billig had two boys - ages six and four - in the front seat of his vehicle during the incident. He is charged with reckless endangerment - endangering the welfare of children and other related offenses.

Carbon County Recycling Program Cut
Thursday February 28th 2013

Carbon County's struggling recycling program will be no more. Officials announced today they are cutting the Department of Solid Waste. County officials recently said grants that used to support the program are drying up - while operating costs are on the rise. Last year it cost the county over $100,000 to run the program. Each of the 15 municipalities that use the recycling facilities were asked to contribute money to help with funding. But not enough could afford it. Today commissioners announced the program will be shut down. The county will start removing the over 100 recycling bins from participating municipalities on Monday. Five people will lose their jobs.

services set for slain corrections officer
Thursday February 28th 2013

Services have been set for a corrections officer killed at a federal prison in Wayne County. A viewing for 34-year old Eric Williams will be held Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at greater Nanticoke area high school. Williams' funeral will start at 11-am Saturday at the Saint Faustina Kowalska Church in Nanticoke. Williams was stabbed by an inmate while working as a corrections officer Monday night at the federal prison near Waymart. Scholarship and memorial funds have also been set up in his name.
Scholarship Fund: In lieu of flowers, Eric Williams' family asks that memorial contributions be made to a fund established for recipients pursuing a career in law enforcement:
Eric Williams Scholarship Fund
PNC Bank
600 S. Market St.
Nanticoke, PA 18634
MEMORIAL FUND: Williams' union, the American Federation of Government Employees, Council of Prison Locals, has started a fund to assist Williams' family:
Eric J. Williams Memorial Fund
c/o AFGE, Local 3003
PO Box 578
Waymart, PA 18472

Police Search for Missing Monroe County Man Halted
Thursday February 28th 2013

It's been four days since an elderly Middle Smithfield Township man went missing. Police say they're out of leads, so they've ended their search. Now, local search efforts for 61-year-old Hee Chol Kim is left to community members. Kim was reported missing Monday afternoon. Those who know Kim fear the worst - since he has diabetes and doesn't have access to his medicine. Police have already searched for Kim in his community – Mountain Top Estates -- and a nearby campground. Neighbors will keep looking. They're even trying to set up a search group. If you see Kim, you're asked to contact Swiftwater State Police: (570) 839-7701

Jackson Township Store Destroyed
Wednesday February 27th 2013

A store in Jackson Township is destroyed by fire early this morning. Crews are still not sure what caused the blaze, but luckily no one was hurt. It happened around 4 a.m. at The Mountain Road Feed Store -- a business that sells mulch, hay, pet food and more. Now all that's left is charred rubble. It took crews from six fire companies to contain the blaze. But by time they arrived, it was already too late. The store's main building was fully engulfed in flames. The biggest challenge for crews was stopping the flames from spreading to surrounding buildings. In fact, when they arrived, a neighboring building had already caught fire. Crews were able to put out those flames before anything else was destroyed. The owner plans to rebuild the store, but in the meantime, he’ll run his business out of surrounding buildings. While stock will be a little low, he'll be open for business tomorrow morning.

Monroe County Man Missing
Tuesday February 26th 2013

Police are searching for a missing Middle Smithfield Township man. Low-flying helicopters and police cars swarm Mountain Top Estates in for more than 24 hours. Police are searching 61-year-old Hee Chol Kim. Kim’s wife and neighbors are worried because he’s not only out in the cold, he also has diabetes. Along with police, a community watch group has been out looking for Kim since early this morning.

Weissport Stabbing Arrest
Tuesday February 26th 2013

A Weissport man is in jail after allegedly stabbing another man last night in town. Police were called to Bridge Street just before 8 o'clock for a fight in progress. Police say 36-year-old Eric Montanari Senior stabbed 23-year-old Joseph Muse multiple times with a knife. The victim was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for his injuries. Montanari is charged with aggravated assault.

Jim Thorpe Man Flees From Police
Tuesday February 26th 2013

A Jim Thorpe man is in jail after fleeing from Mahoning Township Police Sunday night. Officers say 28-year-old Steven Craigie was clocked going 75 miles-per-hour in a 35 mile-per-hour speed zone on Route 209 in Packerton. He failed to stop when police tried to pull him over. Craigie continued driving into Jim Thorpe turning onto various streets and alleyways. He was eventually stopped and arrested. He was taken to the Lehighton Hospital for a blood test. The results are still pending. He's been charged with several offenses, and was placed in jail.

Police Investigate Shooting in Monroe County's West End
Monday February 25th 2013

State Police are still searching for the person who shot a Chestnuthill Township woman Thursday afternoon. That woman is 50-year-old Bernadette O’Reilly. She was shot at her home on Whisperwood Court. According to police reports, O’Reilly opened her front door when someone posing as a delivery person pulled out a gun and shot her in the abdomen. O’Reilly did survive that shooting. She told police the shooter was a female in her 40’s with blonde or grey hair. While police say there is no indication that the suspect is targeting random people, all neighbors are urged to be cautious. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact Fern Ridge State Police.

Blue Ridge Community Cupboard 2013
Monday February 25th 2013

Time is running out to fill our community cupboard. The 11th Annual Blue Ridge Communications food drive wraps up this Friday. For many, the holidays are a time for giving. But local food banks like northern Lehigh say there is a need to feed the hungry all year round. That’s why Blue Ridge Communications is doing its part to help local food banks and Salvation Army’s by collecting unopened nonperishable foods.Collection boxes are set up at blue ridge communications offices, Palmerton telephone, Penn's peak, Penn's peak radio, Roadies and Pencor superstore locations. The food drive runs through march first

Lansford Man Charged with Rape
Monday February 25th 2013

A Lansford man has been charged with raping a woman. On January 24-th, the victim called police to her Summit Hill home and told officers Christopher Vogel had sexually assaulted her. The victim was asleep and woke to Vogel assaulting her. She says tried to fight him off but he pinned her down. She alleges Vogel then shoved her into a cabinet, grabbed her neck and slapped her across the face before fleeing. Vogel was recently charged for the incident and placed in jail.

Charges Filed in Summit Hill Bus Stop Accident
Monday February 25th 2013

A Summit Hill woman has been charged for allegedly hitting two children and a man with her car at a bus stop earlier this month. On February 7th, police were called to a bus stop at Market and Hazard Strets for an 8-year-old girl struck by a vehicle. The driver of the car was identified as 53-year-old Maxine Royer. Police say she was driving at a higher than resonable rate of speed blowing her horn. She drove around a vehicle that was unloading children near the intersection. Police say Royer then failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection. She turned right onto Market Street where officers say she hit the 8-year-old girl and dragged her 25 feet. Her car continued toward a bus that was loading kids. Royer backed up to free the child and drove over the foot of a 7-year-old and also hit a grown adult. All three were treated for injuries. Royer was recently charged with several misdemeanors and summary offenses for the incident.

Sequestration
Monday February 25th 2013

Washington's latest financial crisis may soon impose automatic spending cut to a number of public entities including our schools

Due to a disagreements between congressional leaders, a sequestration will go into effect March first. According to Delaware Valley School District the sequestration will cost the schools over 150 thousand dollars in lost funding. Title one funding is just once source of funding that will automatically be cut. That funding loss will directly effect the districts reading program.

The district say they are working with state legislators to get an exemption from the cuts because the county is surrounded by federal land which has already coasted them an estimated 34 million dollars in taxable revenue.

Police Working to Remove Homeless Camp in Stroudsburg
Friday February 22nd 2013

Over the years, homeless people have been calling Veterans Memorial Bridge in Stroudsburg home. Now, police are working to get those people out from under the bridge and move them to a safer place. Police say about 9 homeless people live under the bridge amongst dirty clothes, old food containers and stained mattresses. Officials say there's not enough room at shelters. But they need to find somewhere else to go fast, because police will soon clean up the area. According to police there are environmental issues, because these people use the Brodhead Creek as their bathroom. Garbage is also falling into the creek. Local churches already help out the homeless in extreme weather. March 8th, there will be a meeting at the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Police will work with the local churches and anyone else who attends to figure out where these homeless people can go.

Tamaqua Man Charged for Sexual Relationship with Teen
Thursday February 21st 2013

A Tamaqua man is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old girl. Jarrod Bowman met the teen through Facebook. On his 26th birthday he admitted to police he had a sexual relationship with the girl. Bowman says he doesn't remember the girl saying she was 14, but said she may have been. He has been charged with statutory sexual assault and numerous other related charges.

Lansford Police Burglary Arrest/Warrant
Thursday February 21st 2013

Lansford Police arrest a Nesquehoning woman for burglary - and issue an arrest warrant for an accomplice. 20-year-old Kelly Richardson is charged with burglary and criminal conspiracy after breaking into and stealing items from a West High Street home on Tuesday. After the incident, Richardson and 27-year-old Marco Baker of Lansford took off in a vehicle driving with no headlights on as they approached a responding police unit. Baker got out of the car and fled into the woods while Richardson was taken into custody. Police were able to recover some of the stolen items. Richardson is currently in jail. Meanwhile an arrest warrant has been issued for Marco Baker. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact Lansford Police. Callers will remain confidential.

West Penn Township Crash
Thursday February 21st 2013

West Penn Township Police have released details of yesterday's three vehicle crash on Route 309. Eric Fields of Willow Grove was driving his SUV north when he fell asleep at the wheel. He traveled into the path of a truck which was coming south. The steering arm in the truck's cab broke so the driving couldn't control it. The truck crossed the road and hit another tractor trailer. No injuries were reported. Police say charges are pending against the SUV driver.

DV Students Charged with Sexting
Thursday February 21st 2013

Police in Pike County have charged two Delaware Valley Middle School students for sending and distributing a nude photograph of a minor.

Two weeks ago a male sent a female a nude picture of himself, later that female shared it with a number of friends. The was charged with a summary offense the female was charged with a misdemeanor. This marks as the first criminal sexting case in the county since the state initiated a new law for juvenile who share pornography.

Delaware Valley campus police are increasing education on the consequences of sexting and asking parents to monitor their children's electronically device usage.

More Focus on Mental Health Issues
Wednesday February 20th 2013

The mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut two months ago still has the country debating whether or not we should tighten gun control laws. But local school district officials feel that’s not what we should be focusing on. Superintendent John Toleno from the Sroudsburg School District says we should pay more attention to mental health issues. He would like to see the government implement programs to shed light on the issue and help people better identify signs of mental illness. Toleno also feels those with mental illness should be flagged so if they ever apply for a gun license and ignore their mental health status, the sheriff’s office can still be aware.

Protestors Perform Demonstration on top of Trees
Wednesday February 20th 2013

Police have arrested two men after a series of protests in Pike County. Demonstrators want to stop the construction of a natural gas pipeline and in an effort to delay clear cutting for the project one man has climbed a tree in logger’s path and plans to stay there until the project stops.

Demonstrations started early this morning with an anti pipeline banner dropped from a bridge over Cummins Hill road. Later police were called out on a trespassing complaint from pipeline workers that a man had climbed a tree in the path of their logging operation.

The contracting firm Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company released a statement saying the project will move forward and they plan to work with local law enforcement on any criminal activity or civil disobedience. Pipeline protestors say they will continue demonstrations until the courts review the environmental impacts of the pipeline.

Congressman Chats With Monroe County Business Owners
Tuesday February 19th 2013

Today, business owners throughout Monroe County got a chance to tell their new congressman, Tom Marino, their struggles and needs. Marino stopped by and heard some business owners mention their worries about extra costs associated with Obama Care. Others mentioned their fear of minimum wage possibly increasing from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. Marino will take this information back to Washington D.C. with the hope of making a change.

Heroin in Honesdale
Tuesday February 19th 2013

A Honesdale man is facing 9 felony charges for selling 200 packets of heroin to a police informant.

Late Friday afternoon state police arrested 24 year old Daniel DiBenedetto of Honesdale for 9 counts of felony charges related to heroin distribution. Honesdale Police Chief Joseph Lobasso says over the past month they have seen a rise in heroin arrests and with help from a confidential informant borough police along with investigators were able to gather evidence that DiBenedetto had sold at least 200 packets of heroin.

Borough police say patrols on Westside Avenue have increased. DiBendetto is currently being held at the Wayne County Jail under 300 thousand dollars bail. The district attorney says he could face 15 years in prison for each of his 9 felonies.

Busy Weekend for Ski Areas
Monday February 18th 2013

We're nearing the end of Presidents Day Weekend and local ski areas are calling it a success. A lot of families use this three-day-weekend as their last chance to get away from the city and come up to the Poconos for a ski trip! Officials from Camelback Mountain say it was their busiest weekend this season. Sunday alone, they gave skiing and snowboarding lessons to about 1,700 people. As skiers enjoy their last trips down the slopes, it's hard to believe in just three months this snow-covered mountain will turn into Camelbeach and people will trade in their snow boots for flip-flops.

Fatal Crash I-81 Schuylkill County
Monday February 18th 2013

One person is dead and another seriously injured after a crash last night in Schuylkill County. It happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Delano Township. Police say the driver lost control of the SUV for unknown reasons. The vehicle hit an embankment in the median and rolled several times. Both men were ejected. One of them landed in traffic and was struck by multiple cars - that unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was flown to the hosptial with serious injuries. State police are not sure which of them men was driving - neither of them were wearing seatbelts. Police are not releasing their names until families are notified. Interstate 81 north was shut down for about 4 hours last night.

Natural Gas Pipeline
Monday February 18th 2013

Natural Gas pipeline protestors in Milford have set up a human blockade in an effort to save thousands of trees from being cut down.

Today protestors gathered in Montague New Jersey to get a close look at tree clearing at George Feighners house. This clearing is part of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Companies 323 loop project that will cross the Delaware River and span over 7 miles of forest and residential land in Pike County.

For over 2 year environmentalists and locals in Pike County have been fighting a long court battle with Tennessee gas Pipeline Company. Protestors want the pipeline company to stop construction on the 323 loop and use an existing 1 mile right of way in the national park service.

Protestors on Schochopee Road in Milford have decided to take their fight out of the court room and physically block pipeline crews. They say as of now the federal energy regulatory commission has not fully approved the 323 loop yet but Tennessee gas pipeline has decided to start tree clearing anyways and they will do whatever it takes to stop them.

Pipeline workers would not talk to us today but we did see them move their operation to a location on foster hill road in Milford where they began cutting trees. Protestors say this won’t be the end and more drastic protest may come in the near future.

East Penn Twp. Brothers in Jail After Drug Bust
Thursday February 14th 2013

Two East Penn Township brothers are in jail after a drug bust at their Lauchnor Grove Lane home yesterday. According to court records, an undercover narcotics agent with the Attorney General's Office bought seven bags of heroin from 30-year-old Brian McGee while 32-year-old Patrick McGee stood watch. After the buy, a search warrant was executed at the home. Six bags of heroin were found in Patrick's wallet and two bags in Brian's wallet. A field test sample of the suspected drugs was positive for the presence of heroin. Both men were taken into custody and charged with numerous offenses.

Bio-Science Will Boost Employment?
Thursday February 14th 2013

When you think of the Poconos, many people think of tourism, but those jobs aren't typically high-paying. So officials want to re-brand the Poconos as a science capitol. Today, officials from East Stroudsburg University, the Career Link and many more, came together to figure out how to keep the young, local workers right here in Northeast Pennsylvania. They think bio-science is the answer. Monroe County is already home to Sanofi Pasteur - a vaccine manufacturing company. Now, they want to bring in more companies just like them. In April, officials will contact companies and put offers out there. The governor has also set up some financial initiatives for any large company that moves to Northeast Pennsylvania.

Lehighton Waives Hearing for Arson
Thursday February 14th 2013

A Lehighton man waives his right to a preliminary hearing for allegedly setting fire to his sister's home. 45-year-old Russelll Young was charged with four seperate counts of arson. Young allegedly set a fire on the patio of his sister's house on North Third Street in Lehighton on January 30th. He was found at the scene and was arrested by police.

Emergency Bridge Repairs
Thursday February 14th 2013

Emergency responders in Wayne County have concerns bridge construction in Narrowsburge will delay their response time

Annual inspection by Penn DOT lead engineers to find several structural deficiencies that required emergency repairs. The bridge now has weight restrictions for vehicles over 15 tons. Penn DOT plans to lift the weight restrictions in May but further repairs will reduce traffic to one lane until full construction is complete in 2015. The lane restriction is expected to cause traffic congestion which could slow emergency response time.

Penn DOT says emergency vehicle will be exempt from the weight restrictions. First responders in surrounding municipalities are working on back up response plans.

Lansford Woman Admits to Drug Trafficking
Wednesday February 13th 2013

Another Carbon County woman pleads guilty to federal cocaine trafficking charges. 34-year-old Victoria Ann Argott of Lansford today admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder coaine in the Carbon County area. It happened between January 2011 and December 2012. Argott faces 40 years in jail. Yesterday Bonnie Vosburg of Nesquehoning also entered a guilty plea.

A Push to Stop Dating Violence
Tuesday February 12th 2013

Did you know dating violence amongst teenagers in Northeast Pennsylvania is twice the national average?
To change that "Weller Health Education Center" is teaming up Pocono Mountain School District. Weller has created an online training course to prevent teen dating violence. The course is for school teachers and staff and it only takes about an hour to complete. It will highlight how to detect and address a violent situation. This training course will be piloted at Pocono Mountain School District, where they already see a clear need. Once Weller gets feedback from the district, they will make some tweaks to the program. Come this fall, it will be sent to schools across the state.

Nesquehoning Woman Federal Drug Charges
Tuesday February 12th 2013

A Nesquehoning woman pleads guilty to federal cocaine trafficking charges. 22-year-old Bonnie Vosburgh admitted to participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Carbon County area between January 2011 and December 2012. Nesquehoning and Lansford Police Departments assisted in the federal investigation. Vosburgh faces 40 years in jail.

Fatal Snowmobile Accident
Monday February 11th 2013

A Wayne county man was killed after a tragic late night snowmobiling accident on Beach Lake.

45 year old Kevin Mulligan was pronounced dead Saturday night after running his snowmobile into a stack of beached docks alongside the sore of central house family resort. First responders say at the time of the wreck the snow fresh powder and though it can’t be confirmed wind may have blown snow into his face blinding him and causing him to run into the dock.

First responder say mulligan was wearing all the necessary safety equipment. Evidence from the wreckage suggests the speed of his impact killed him instantly.

Kempton Woman Hits Trooper's Patrol Unit
Monday February 11th 2013

An elderly Kempton woman is charged after crashing into a state trooper's vehicle. It happened Saturday afternoon along Kings Highway in Lynn Township. Police say the cruiser was parked, with lights activated, along Route 143 because of a previous accident. 88-year-old Catherine Kistler crested a hill on Route 143 and failed to stop before hitting the trooper's vehicle. Kistler's front passenger tire area hit the rear of the patrol car. Kistler's car then tilted onto two wheels before coming back down onto all four. The car continued up an embankment and came to rest in a corn field. Both Kistler and the trooper suffered minor injuries. She is being cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Woman Cited for Bowmanstown Crash
Monday February 11th 2013

A Bethlehem woman will be cited after driving her car off a 20 foot drop in Bowmanstown. The accident happened around 5:45 Friday night along White Street near Hazard Road. Police say 23-year-old Heather Engiles lost control on the snowy road. Her jeep went through a cable wire on the shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle went down an embankment about 20 feet through rocks and trees before coming to rest on its wheels. The vehicle landed alongside train tracks. Engiles suffered minor injuries.

Utility Companies Ready for Winter Storm
Friday February 8th 2013

Officials feel tonight's snow and wind may knock out power. Utility companies assure customers they are prepared. PPL and MetEd officials have called in reinforcements from out of state. They'll be working around the clock until Winter Storm Nemo is over and any lost power is restored.

Meth Lab Bust in Summit Hill
Friday February 8th 2013

A suspected meth lab is busted in Summit Hill by the Attorney General's office. A press secretary for the AG's office tells News 13, two arrests were made after a short investigation based on complaints. A search warrant was executed on Wednesday at 428 West Iron Street. Items collected from the home show evidence of a meth lab. Seized items include a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine, partially melted plastic soda bottoms containing suspected meth residue, and fuel. 40-year-old Richard George Junior and 37-year-old Pearl Cullen were taken into custody. They are chaged with multiple counts including manufacturing of a controlled substance, operating a meth lab and other realted offenses. Both reamin in the Carbon County Prison.

More Monroe County Schools Closing?
Thursday February 7th 2013

Pocono Mountain School board members are looking at ways to deal with the districts shrinking enrollment. Last night, officials proposed closing down Pocono and Barrett Elementary Centers. They also plan to re-opening Swiftwater Elementary School -- centralizing all those students. Board members feel this is a smart move since they've already lost more than 470 students in the past three years, and they expect to lose around 116 more elementary students by next year. Parents have mixed reaction. The board will hold a public hearing February 25th. A final decision must be made by the end of May.

Murder Suspect Extradited
Thursday February 7th 2013

A Cherry Ridge Township man facing homicide charges has been extradited from his second home in New York to the Wayne County jail.

71 year old Robert Jufer was arraigned by a district judge today due to evidence linking him to the murder of his wife June Jufer. In October of 2010 Robert told police a man attacked him in his home rendering him unconscious. When he awoke he called for help at his neighbor’s house. Police later found Jufers wife dead due to a gunshot to her head. A search warrant reviled 108 fire arms the suspect’s home.

"For the past 12 months this has been a top priority of mine and PA state police have done everything I have asked of them in those 12 months to make sure that the right charge for the right person was filed” said Janine Edwards Wayne County District Attorney.

If convicted Jufer faces life in prison or the death penalty.

Andreas Pair Arrested for Theft
Wednesday February 6th 2013

An Andreas pair is arrested after trying to steal from a Mahoning Township store - saying drugs played a role. According to police, 31-year-old Justin Lawlor and 29-year-old Natalie Lichtenberger tried to steal a shopping cart full of merchandise from Walmart last night. At the time of the incident, the pair had a four month old infant with them. Investigators say during interviews, both addmited to being heroin users and said they stole to feed their family. They attempted to take food, clothing and hair products valued at almost $390.

Mansion House Hill Crash
Wednesday February 6th 2013

A Jim Thorpe man is rushed to the hospital after his pick up truck collides with a tractor trailer. The crash happened last night along Route 209 in Mahoning Township. Police say just after nine o'clock, 77-year-old Robert Stidham crossed the center line for unknown reasons. His truck hit a tractor trailer which was coming down the Mansion House Hill. Stidham's pick up rolled several times. The roof had to be cut off to free him from the wreckage. Because of poor weather conditions, Stidham was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital. The New Jersey man driving the tractor trailer was taken to the Lehighton Hospital. Route 209 was shut down for two hours last night.

DEP Works to Clean up Illegal Dump Site in Pocono Township
Wednesday February 6th 2013

DEP is working to clean up an abandoned Pocono Township home that's been used as an illegal dump site for more than a decade. The problem started in the early 90's when the homeowner Dennis Yuhas illegally dumped construction and demolition waste on the property. After Yuhas died in 2003, people continued dumping. Now, the pile is as long as half a football field. A lot of that trash is falling into a nearby stream. DEP officials say lead is contaminating the stream. They are working to re-direct the water about 30 feet away from the dump site. They would also like to demolish the home on the property and remove most of the large junk pile. They would like to have the property cleaned up within the next year.

Cold is costing Penn DOT
Wednesday February 6th 2013

Weeks of freezing temperatures and multiple snow flurries have forced road maintenance crews in Pike County to plow deep into their annual budgets.

Pike County Penn DOT says the cold weather has kept the majority of their salt and plow trucks on the road for over a week. Each load of salt distributed on the ground costs around a thousand dollars and now the two million dollars budgeted for the season is drying up. If the cold weather continues into the spring, road maintenance funds for the summer could be at jeopardy.

Many Pike County municipalities are also feeling the pinch salt distribution and fuel use have nearly doubled since last year.

Saylorsburg Father Fatally Stabs His Son
Monday February 4th 2013

A Saylorsburg father is behind bars after fatally stabbing his son in the stomach.
It happened Saturday night at their Tulip Lane home. The two got into a heated argument when 62-year-old Thomas James Howard stabbed his son to death -- 35-year-old Thomas Howard Jr.
Howard's family says he was acting in self defense, but neighbors have a hard time believing that. Howard is being charged with aggravated assault. He's behind bars in lieu of $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Monday, the 11th.

Ice Rescue
Monday February 4th 2013

A New York man is recovering after falling through the ice at Lake Greeley.

At around 6:30 Saturday Night the Greeley Fire Department were called to perform an ice rescue at Camp Shohola. According to first responders an ice fisher got too close the the lakes aerators and broke through thin ice. The man's fishing partner used their ice auger to help keep the man afloat. It took emergency crews over a half of an hour to get both to safety.

The Greeley Fire Department has posted thin ice warnings around the lake and are warning the community not to walk on the lake.

Slatington Men Arrested for Burglary
Monday February 4th 2013

Two Slatington men are caught today about 50 miles away in Northumberland County after a weekend burglary. 21-year-old Allen Varilek and 18-year-old Justice Hoffman allegedly broke into a house on Grove Street in Washington Township sometime between noon Saturday and Sunday. They supposedly took cash, coins, jewelry and other items including the victim's 2005 Mercury Montego. State police issued a warrant for their arrest. They are currently being held in Northumberland County prison pending additional charges in that county.

Foreclosure Forum a Success
Friday February 1st 2013

Today, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency held a free seminar for people on the verge of losing their home. In the past year, close to 2,000 people were forced to file for foreclosure. For those that attended today’s seminar, they had access to five financial counseling agencies, which were available for one-on-one time. The goal is to modify your loan. That’s why they also had four lenders on hand. Attorneys say this is a huge benefit in Monroe County. With so many people in need of financial help when it comes to paying off their mortgage, the court was backed up over 300 cases. That means there was a 5 month backlog. If you missed today’s seminar and would like help – don’t worry! The five counseling agencies will provide ongoing services at the Monroe County Bar Association office in Stroudsburg.

Route 2001 Construction Delays
Friday February 1st 2013


A HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT THAT SPANS OVER10 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION HAS HIT A ROAD BLOCK THAT WILL DELAY PROGRESS FOR 6 MONTHS.

THE ROUTE 2001 EXPANSION PROJECT IN PIKE COUNTY HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF SETBACKS OVER THE YEARS AND NOW PERMITTING ISSUES WITH THE NATION PARK SERVICE ARE DELAYING WORK AGAIN.

FOR OVER DECADE NOW PENN DOT HAS BEEN WORKING TO WIDEN THE 20 STRETCH OF MILFORD ROAD ROUTE 2001 FROM BUSHKILL TO MILFORD. AND AS OF LAST YEAR 2 OF THE FOUR SECTIONS OF ROAD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BUT JUST BEFORE THE THIRD SECTION OF THE ROAD WAS TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION, PENN DOT WAS INFORMED OF A PROBLEM.

"We were supposed to start some road clearing this January but we got some information back we are having some permitting issues," says Jeff Luongo Penn DOT.

THAT PERMITTING PROBLEM HAS TO DO WITH SOME ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND NOW CONSTRUCTION WONT BEGIN UNTIL AUGUST.

"We have some special pipes to go in we have a box culvert to install there are some houses that are in the way we have some rock ledges to be taken out," says Luongo

THE WIDENING OF MILFORD ROAD IS A 30 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT AIMED TO MAKE THIS NARROW STRETCH OF HIGHWAY SAFER FOR THE INFLUX OF RESIDENTS IN THE AREA AND ACCORDING TO MANY WHO LIVE ON THE ROAD ITS A PROJECT THAT SHOULDN'T BE DELAYED.

"For the type of traffic you have here its really dangerous because you have tractor trailers pass through here and large trucks coming down", says Luciano Grisonichi Resident on Rt. 2001.

WHEN CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE HERE DRIVERS WILL HAVE AN EXTRA 8 FEET ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ROAD ITS A BIG SAFETY IMPROVEMENT TO THE OLD HIGHWAY BUT THAT 8 FEET COMES AT A COST… AND THAT COST IS RESIDENTS BACK YARDS.

"A temporary construction easement… its where they say they are going to improve my driveway… but I don't know what they are going to do," says Doug Millard Home Owner along Rt. 2001," says Millard.

TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEW ROAD DOZENS OF HOUSES ALONG MILFORD ROAD WILL BE BULLDOZED OVER OR HAVE THE ROAD CONSTRUCTED RIGHT UP TO THE FOUNDATION AND IT HAS DOUG MILLARD VERY CONCERNED ABOUT HIS 18TH CENTURY HOME.

"The corner of this stake is in the way of my chimney" says Millard

DOUG LIKE MANY RESIDENTS ALONG THIS ROAD HAVE BEEN PAID FOR THE INCONVENIENCE OF THE ROAD EXPANSION BUT IF YOU ASK HIM PENN DOT CAN DELAY THIS ROAD AS LONG AS THEY WANT.

"The longer they delay the construction the better… how is that for a fact", says Millard.

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