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Domestic Violence Training
Thursday March 28th 2013

State, federal and municipal law enforcement in Wayne County are gathering under one roof for advanced training in domestic violence.

In an effort to reduce the growing number of domestic violence cases in the county… the District Attorney and her detective staff shared a number of evidence and investigative procedures with local law enforcement. The goal is get everyone on the same page so prosecution of and offender is efficient.

Wayne County's Domestic violence rate is the highest it has ever been. This last year over 550 people received services from the county's victim intervention program.

Maple Syrup in Milford
Wednesday March 27th 2013

Its maple syrup season and a Milford man is using trees in his neighborhood to produce jars of all natural syrup for locals.

In early February Carl Mulhauser tapped several sugar maple trees in his neighborhood to collect the sap inside. After months of boiling down the saps sugary water to a concentrate he and his wife have made several jars of maple syrup for their neighbors. Carl says it takes over 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

The syrup is so good that The River Rock Inn and Restaurant has put it on their menu.

New Online Health Portal
Tuesday March 26th 2013

Imagine visiting an online portal where you can learn about any illness, download a list of every doctor in your area and even chat with a local healthcare provider. Thanks to Pocono Medical Center, a site like that will soon be available. It'll free to sign up. Officials hope to have the portal launched by this August. In the meantime, creators have a lot of work to do. They're asking the community for help. PMC is hosting a focus group session this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. If you'd like to join, that session will be held at the hospital.

Tamaqua Man Indicted on Child Porn Charges
Tuesday March 26th 2013

A Tamaqua man is indicted for producing and possessing child pornography. 29-year-old Robert Raeder Junior was charged by the grand jury today for allegedly committing the offenses at various times between January 2001 and December 2012. It is alleged that Raeder produced videos and other images and then maintained them on his computer. Raeder is currently in custody on related charges. For this case, the mandatory minimum penalty is 15 years' imprisonment.

Teens Hurt in ATV Crash, Towamensing Twp.
Monday March 25th 2013

Two teenage girls are hurt in an ATV crash in Towamensing Township Sunday morning. Police say the crash happened around 11:30 as the girls were riding the ATV south along Station Street near Lakeside Drive. The ATV went off the road and rolled throwing the driver and passenger. The ATV continued about 5 feet down an embankment and into a drainage ditch where it then flipped over and landed on the girls. The 15 and 14-year-olds were taken by ambulance to the Lehigh Valley Hospital for their injuries. State Police say they are still investigating.

2 Children Dead after Schuylkill County Crash
Monday March 25th 2013

Two children are dead after a crash Sunday in West Brunswick Township. It happened just after 11:30 yesterday morning along Route 61. Police say 27-year-old Victoria Place of Minersville was pulling out of Faith Church to make a left turn onto Route 61 when she hesitated and stopped in the right lane. Investigators say, at the same time a 17-year-old Schuylkill Haven boy was driving at a high rate of speed on Route 61. He tried to stop but hit Place's vehicle. Both cars traveled over 80 feet after the collision. Place was taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital by ambulance. Two little girls in her car - ages three and six - were flown to the hospital. The six-year-old died a short time later, and the Lehigh County Coroner says the 3-year-old died this afternoon at the hospital. The 17-year-old driver of the other vehicle was also hurt. Route 61 south was closed for 4 1/2 hours for crash re-construction. Police say the fatal accident is still under investigation.

Driver Sentenced for Killing One and Injuring 12 Others
Friday March 22nd 2013

A driver is sentenced to up to three years behind bars for killing one man and injuring 12 others on a Monroe County highway. It happened back in July 2010. 31-year-old Jawsinder Singh of New Jersey was driving 23 miles over the speed limit in a work zone. Witnesses say he was also swerving in and out of lanes. He eventually crashed, killing 21-year-old Paul Miller and injuring 12 others. Today, family of Miller and Singh filled the courtroom and gave emotional testimony. For the first time since that deadly crash, the Miller family says Singh apologized for his actions. But according to the judge, that’s not enough. He will face one to three years behind bars.

Picketing Outside East Stroudsburg Nursing Home
Thursday March 21st 2013

PICKETING IN THE LARGEST STATE WIDE NURSING DAY OF ACTION... UNION MEMBERS WITH SEIU HEALTH CARE SAY THEY WANT TO SEE CHANGES IN THEIR CURRENT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS.

“If you give us better staffing we can do our jobs we can give the quality care in which these elderly need but without that our hands are tied" Said Iris Powell Golden Living Center Employee.

PICKETERS SAY IN RECENT YEARS NURSING HOMES ACROSS THE STATE HAVE MADE BIG PROFITS BUT HAS BEEN DONE LITTLE TO MAKE RESIDENTS QUALITY OF LIFE BETTER.

“They made a half billion dollars off us last year and you mean to tell us that it shouldn't have went to bed side manner” said Powell.

NURSING HOME WORKERS AT GOLDEN LIVING CENTER SAY MANY TIMES THEY TEND TO 15 OR 20 PATIENTS AND ARE FREQUENTLY SENT HOME EARLY IF THEIR HOURS EXCEED STATE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.

"We meet and exceed all the minimum standards at all times” Said Susan Lanza Executive Director Golden Living Center.

GOLDEN LIVING CENTER DENIES THAT THEIR PATIENTS LIVE A POOR QUALITY OF LIFE AND WOULD NOT COMMENT ON THE RATIO OF STAFF TO PATIENTS. ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WELFARE 1 IN 3 NURSING HOMES IN PENNSYLVANIA DON'T SPEND ALL OF THEIR STATE FUNDING. TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF PROFIT DPW'S RESEARCH SHOW THE EAST STROUDSBURG CENTER EARNED OVER 1.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2011.NOW PICKETERS ARE WONDERING WHY THEY AREN'T BEING COMPENSATED FOR THE WORK THEY DO…

"What they are doing is trying to keep our pay where it’s at and we are below poverty right now” Says Powell.

BETWEEN STATE AND FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS… FUNDING FOR MEDICARE IS STRESSED AND ACCORDING TO THE PIKE COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING THAT LEAVES MANY SENIORS WITH LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND INTO A NURSING FACILITY…

"I can't speak for the stat but I know that people would rather stay in their homes and its cost effective” Robin Lodolce Pike Area Agency on Aging.

THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING SAY THE STATE WILL PROVIDE AN IN HOME HEALTH NURSE TO SENIORS AND STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IT COSTS 3 TIMES LESS THAN A NURSING HOME. BUT THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THESE SERVICES CAN TAKE MONTHS.

"We have had people die on the waiting list children have to leave their jobs to take care of them” Says Lodolce.

MANY BELIEVE IN HOME HEALTH CARE COULD REDUCE NURSING HOME POPULATION AND COST TO TAX PAYERS. FOR NOW NURSING HOME WORKERS SAY THEY NEED TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEED TO INCREASE QUALITY OF LIFE STANDARDS FOR THOSE IN NURSING FACILITIES.

"It’s not like a car wash in and out in and out” says Powell.

GOLDEN LIVING CENTER SAYS THEY WILL DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR PATIENTS BUT GAVE NEWS 13 NO INDICATION WHEN OR HOW THEY WILL DO THAT THROUGH THE UNION CONTRACT.

Stroudsburg Elected Official Faces Drug Charges
Wednesday March 20th 2013

Stroudsburg Borough Council Vice President Neil Allen has been arrested for buying heroin. It happened at Kay’s Tavern on Main Street in Downtown Stroudsburg. The owner tells police she suspected drug deals were going on in and around her bar -- so police kept a close eye on the place. Sunday, they caught Allen buying 10 packets of heroin in the parking lot. Allen told police he’s been using heroin to curb back pain. Locals feel that’s a bogus excuse. Many locals also feel he should be kicked off Borough Council.

Lake Region Half Marathon
Wednesday March 20th 2013

The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce has an exciting announcement for runners in the Poconos.

On September 29th the chamber will be holding the areas first half marathon. The race features a number of terrain challenges starting at Lakeside Elementary in Honesdale and ending at Wallenpaupack High School in Palmyra Township. The chamber says they expect a big turn out because race is schedule just two weeks before Scranton's Steam Town Marathon.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will go back into the community. Registration deadline is August first.

community health survey
Tuesday March 19th 2013

Wayne Memorial Hospital wants to know what health care needs residents are not being met in the local community. The hospital has launched what it calls the Community Health Needs Assessment for Pike and Wayne Counties . The comprehensive study will analyze statistical data from a variety of sources and, gather and analyze public opinion on community needs. The public is encouraged to participate in the effort to help determine the future direction of health care services and delivery on a local basis. It takes about ten minutes to fill out the survey which will be accepting responses through March 31st.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/waynehealth

Homeless Camp Will Soon Be Cleaned Up
Tuesday March 19th 2013

On Friday night, one of the homeless men who lives under the Veterans Memorial Bridge - connecting Stroudsburg to East Stroudsburg - accidentally started a fire at the homeless camp. Police say he lit a cigarette and fell asleep. The flames spread and the man was burned. Now police are working with PennDot, Stroudsbrug and East Stroudsburg Borough officials to get dumpsters to the site and start remove what’s left.

Former Reeders Pastor Sentenced To Life
Monday March 18th 2013

Hope, sympathy, anger – all emotions showed in court today. The family of the late Betty Jean Schirmer filled the courtroom looking for justice, and they got it. Her husband, 64-year-old Arthur Schirmer was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Schirmer was found guilty of brutally beating his second wife Betty to death back in July of 2008, then covering it up by staging a car crash. Betty’s mother, sisters and son spoke today, telling Shirmer they hate him and will never forgive him for the pain he’s caused. But Schirmer’s daughter’s also spoke and still believe their dad is innocent.
Schirmer now faces trial for the death of his first wife - Jewel. It's scheduled to start November 4th in Lebanon County.

Demo on Condemed Building Starts
Monday March 18th 2013

Demolition on a condemned industrial building in Honesdale is underway.

This morning construction crews were given the green light to begin tearing down the old DSFI building on Main Street. The former manufacturing site will be replaced by a CVS Pharmacy and neighboring industrial lots. Honesdale Borough Council members say the building has been and eye sore and they hope the demolition will spur other businesses to move into its place.

Before demolition began local fire crews were allowed to perform emergency training inside the building. They practiced a number of drill including roof top escapes and wall entry.

A Group of Disabled Students at ESU Will Have Their Own Graduation
Friday March 15th 2013

Three years ago, East Stroudsburg University created a program for students with intellectual disabilities -- like Down Syndrome. It's called Career and Independent Living and Learning Studies. The first group to go through this 3-year program will graduate this May. But rather than walking with their friends, they'll have their own celebration. Officials say that’s because walking in graduation is for students who earn a 4 year degree. Instead, these few students are in a certificate program. Many people feel it shouldn’t matter – everyone should be able to walk. University official say no, but that doesn't mean they won't think about it for next year.

Lansford Man Smashes Police Station Windows
Thursday March 14th 2013

A Lansford man is behind bars for smashing windows in the borough yesterday afternoon. Authorities say 33-year-old Carl Stevens Junior went to the Lansford Police Station just before 3 o'clock looking for officers. When he found no one there, he allegedly took a crow bar and smashed every window on the building including the door and bay window at the tax collector's office. Stevens then sat down and waited for police to arrive.When they did, a fight ensued. Stevens is facing numerous charges including vandalism, resisting arrest and public drunkenness. He is also accused of causing more damage inside the district magistrate's courtroom during his arraingnment. Police say he flipped over a desk and got into another physical altercation with police. Charges for this incident are pending.

Leaser Lake to be Stocked with Trout
Thursday March 14th 2013

For the first time since 2009, anglers in the Lehigh Valley can add Leaser Lake back to their list of favorite fishing holes. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is set to stock the Lynn Township lake with rainbow trout on March 26th. Regional opening day for trout then kicks off March 30th in 18 southeastern counties. The 117 acre lake was drained in 2009 to rebuild the dam and spillway. The $3.5 million project began in the fall of 2010 and was completed last June. Although the lake will be re-opened, it is not yet at its full level and trailered boats cannot be launched at this time. Shoreline fishing will be available and conditions will be suitable for the use of car-top boats, canoes and kayaks. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission plans to restore the lake's fishery over the next several years.

Man Responsible for Deadly Crash Heading to Trial
Wednesday March 13th 2013

On a snowy night, late last month, 22-year-old Jiayuan Liang of Brooklyn was working at his new job as a bus driver.
On Interstate-380, he lost control and crashed -- killing one person and injuring 15 others. Today, Liang appeared emotional as he stood in front of a packed courtroom. He waived his right to a Preliminary Hearing. All charges will be bound over to court – they include involuntary manslaughter and homicide by a vehicle. Prosecutors say Liang is at fault because he was reported speeding. But defense attorneys say he's innocent until they hear from an accident reconstruction specialist. If they determine he wasn’t speeding, the defense feels the blame should fall on the bus company.
If found guilty on all charges, he could face up to 65 years in prison. Liang is behind bars in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Man Sells Drugs Just Feet Away From High School
Tuesday March 12th 2013

An East Stroudsburg University student is behind bars for allegedly selling large amounts of marijuana. Police say, for the past year, 22-year-old Thoai Luong has been dealing out of his home on Grove Street, about 60-feet away from East Stroudsburg High School South. Police broke into Luong’s home around 6 a.m. and found half a pound of marijuana. That’s a street value of $2,300. They also found around $1,000 cash, pipes and a scale. Police say, since he was dealing so close to a school, Luong faces automatic jail time.

Carbon County Meth Lab Bust
Monday March 11th 2013

Two Lehighton men are facing charges after an investigation led to the discovery of a suspected methamphetamine lab in Carbon County. Just after five Saturday, several roads were shut down and residents were asked to vacate their homes for hours while police searched the first floor apartment at 400 Mahoning Street in Lehighton for an active meth lab
39 Year old Todd Greene and 28 year old Floyd Michael of Lehighton were arrested and charged with manufacturing of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to commit or manufacture a controlled substance, and operating a meth lab. Greene and Michael are being held at the carbon County Correctional Facility.

Kalahari Resort Gets PMVB Support
Monday March 11th 2013

Within the next few years, the Poconos will be home to the largest in-door water park in the country. It's part of the proposed $350 million Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor. Officials expect to break ground this summer and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has announced their support for the attraction. Officials say the big benefit is job creation. Along with the hundreds of construction jobs it'll take to build the resort, Kalahari will also employ more than 1,000 locals to run the hotel and water park. Kalahari's first phase of construction should be complete and open for visitors by the end of next year. The entire resort could take up to 8 years to finish.

Body Recovered from Shohola Falls
Monday March 11th 2013

Emergency crews have recovered the body of a New Jersey women found dead at the base of a Pike County gorge. An unidentified man reported her missing earlier this morning but conflicting stories have investigators questioning how the women died.

Around 9 o’clock this morning state police received a call from Mr.B's gas station in Lackawaxen reporting that a woman was missing near Shohola Falls. Search crews later found the body of 56 year old New Jersey resident Gail Drews lifeless underneath the bridge over Shohola Falls creek. High angel crews spent the better part of the day removing the body. Meanwhile investigators questioned the unidentified man who reported the accident. State police have not charged the man in question but they are asking for his cooperation to compete their investigation. An autopsy will be performed on dews body. At this time investigators are asking anyone in the area of Shohola falls between 2:30 p.m. march 10th and 8:30 am march 11th to contact state police if they have any information related to the incident.

Helping the Homeless in Monroe County
Friday March 8th 2013

Right now, more than 180 homeless people are living on the streets in Monroe County. That's why local church officials came up with an idea to get the homeless into safe homes. They've set up 8 task forces. Each one will have a homeless person on the board. Together, they'll tackle issues like how to get healthy meals on a daily basis. They'll set up emergency shelters and find transitional housing. Another task force will work to get state grants. Today, more than 150 people signed up. If you'd like to join, call the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church (570) 421-3280

Stroudsburg Couple Overcomes Foreclosure
Thursday March 7th 2013

Christopher and Erica McCabe live on Thomas Street in Stroudsburg with their six children. For the past two years, they’ve been struggling to pay the bills. Christopher lost his job and their home went into foreclosure. The couple thought about moving out of Monroe County, but they felt stuck in their home since its value dropped from $210,000 when they bought it in 2005, down to $118,000. The McCabe’s tried working with the bank to modify their loan, but with no income they had no success. Finally a job offer in New York turned their lives around. The McCabe’s then started working with the county and got some help from the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. It’s a program that gives borrowers an opportunity to meet with their lender before a conciliator and try to work things out with the lenders. For anyone on the verge of foreclosure officials also recommends stopping into the Monroe County Bar Association, right on Main Street. There you can speak with a mortgage counselor.

D.E.P. Policies Could Push Out Pocono Builders
Thursday March 7th 2013

Municipal leaders in Pike County fear newly proposed septic policies could drive land developers out of the Poconos.

The D.E.P wants to preserve Pennsylvania’s high quality watersheds by raising the bar on new septic system construction. The new policies would require land developers near high quality watersheds to install expensive septic systems. Municipal leaders in Dingman township say the policies don’t make sense for land developers in the Poconos because recent water tests show very little traces of pollution.

for the next 60 days the D.E.P is accepting public comment on the policy.

Bridge Falling Apart
Wednesday March 6th 2013

Residents in Shohola say a railroad bridge is falling apart and if repairs aren't made soon pieces may fall on cars below.

Recently township supervisors received a complaint that pieces of the railroad bridge on route 434 had fallen onto the road. Upon inspection municipal leaders discovered the bridge to be in visible disarray. Below the bridge lay several concrete pieces from the bridge. Supervisors fear its only a matter of time before a large pieces of the bridge falls off and hits cars below.

News 13 contacted the railroad company and a spokesperson said engineers were being sent out to inspect the bridge.

Pocono Mountain West Teacher Charged With Sexually Abusing Student
Wednesday March 6th 2013

A Pocono Mountain West High School teacher is behind bars for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his 15-year-old male students. Police say it's been going on for two years, but an incident at the school tipped off district officials just yesterday. 40-year-old Christopher Martinelli is now facing charges of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, sexual assault and corruption of a minor. Police searched Martinelli’s home and found evidence supporting the relationship. Police also believe other young boys were targeted. Martinelli is involved in several youth organizations – he coaches baseball, basketball and also helps out the boy scouts. Mattinelli’s been suspended from the district's property. He's not allowed to contact any students or their parents. He's behind bars in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Mahoning Township Mobile Home Fire Arson
Monday March 4th 2013

Mahoning Township Police are looking for more information about a Friday night fire they say someone intentionally set. Around six o'clock, fire fighters were called to a vacant mobile home on Ukie Road in the Orioles section of the township. Because of the remote location, water had to be tanked into the scene. The home was destroyed by the flames. Police now say the fire is arson. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mahoning Township Police.

Man Crashes into Diner - DUI Charges Pending
Monday March 4th 2013

Charges are pending against a Schnecksville man who police say was drunk when he crashed into a Washington Township eatery. It happened Sunday morning around 1 o'clock at the Country View Diner. According to police, 53-year-old Ned Walsh was speeding south on Route 873 when he lost control on a sharp left curve. He crashed into the front entrance of the diner causing extensive damage. Walsh fled the scene. He was later arrested and police say he showed signs of intoxication. Charges are pending. Meanwhile, the Country View Diner is open for business.

Shooter May Be Victim's Mother-In-Law
Monday March 4th 2013

Police have still not made any arrests after a Chestnuthill Township woman was shot in the stomach more than one week ago, but they do have a suspect. On February 21st, 50-year-old Bernadette O'Reilly was shot in the stomach. It happened at her home on Whisperwood Court. O'Reilly told police a woman came to her door dressed as a delivery person. The woman handed O'Reilly a package, then pulled out a gun. Police believe that woman is O'Reilly's mother-in-law -- 65-year-old Carol Yeugelowitz. She's been served a search warrant. Cell phone tracking devices showed Yeugelowitz near O’Reilly’s home around the time of the shooting. Officials say O'Reilly and her husband were on the verge of divorce and they were fighting custody of their daughter. Officials feel the mother-in-law stepped in, trying to eliminate the issue -- O'Reilly! Police are still investigating.

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