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Two ESU Students Robbed
Monday September 30th 2013

Two students were robbed early Saturday morning on ESU'S campus.
Robin Olson who's the Chief of Police at ESU says there were two seperate incidents.
At about 12:45 am, Olson says one of the students was approached by four black males, wearing hoodies that appeared to be anywhere between 15 and 19 years old. While walking along campus. They struck him in the face, took his iPod and his iPhone.
Then, forty five minutes to an hour later Olson says the second student walking near the Fine Arts Building was approached by a black male around the same age range, wearing a hoodie. Olson says the perpetrator asked to use the student's phone to make a phone call. Olson says once the student gave him his phone, the perpetrator took off.
Police believe the incidents are related.
Students were notified of the incident through the school's email alert system.
Olson encourages students to be aware of their surrondings when they're walking late at night. If you chose to go for a walk late at night, police encourage you to bring someone with you.
Campus police are investigating the incident and working with Stroud Area Regional Police to find those responsible.
If you have any information regarding these crimes you are encouraged to call Campus Police at (570) 422- 3064.

Schuylkill County Flu Clinic
Monday September 30th 2013

The Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency is organizing a flu clinic for next month in conjuction with the State Department of Health. Anyone over 6 months of age can get a vaccination at the clinic. The free event is October 10th from 3 to 6 p.m. in the community room of the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville.

Fall Prevention Week
Friday September 27th 2013

Every 15 seconds, a senior citizen arrives in an emergency room for a fall-related injury. Falls are the leading cause of injuries for older Americans. To increase awareness, the first week of Autumn is declared "Fall Prevention Week." Health officials advise older Adults age 65 and older to get your vision and hearing checked annually and to develop a good balance and exercise program. Exercising can prevent future trips to the emergency room by improving balance, strength and flexibility.

Support Law Enforcement Officers
Friday September 27th 2013

This is the fifth year for the Tri State Trooper Organization to raise money for fallen officers families. A family is chosen from Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey to receive money for their loved one lost in the line of duty. And this year isn't over yet, tomorrow is the Octoberfest Event. It's happening at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville from 3 to 9PM. You'll be entertained and enjoy great food and drink with a 10 dollar donation for a good cause. Feel free to start early and arrive in style with the Motorcycle Run leaving from Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson at 2PM with registration starting at 12:30 for a 20 dollar donation to the event. The day is about family and being there for the families who have lost an important person in their life. Community support is everything to law enforcement officers, and the families grieving find comfort in the celebration of their loved one's life.

Double Fatal Mahoning Twp. Crash
Friday September 27th 2013

A Mahoning Township Supervisor is one of two women who died in an early morning crash in the township. The accident happend around 12:30 a.m. on Route 209. Police say the car was headed toward Lehighton when it went off the road and struck the mountain head on. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the passenger died at the Lehighton Hospital. The coroner has identifed the victims as 51-year-old Bonita Aniskevich and 66-year-old Linda Benner both of Mahoning Township. Benner was a township supervisor. Both women died of blunt force injuries and their deaths have been ruled accidental.

Fire Destroys Condos in Middle Smithfield Township
Friday September 27th 2013

An early morning blaze heavily damaged four condo units at the Country Club of the Poconos.
No one was injured in the fire, but three people were home at the time.
Fire Fighters say the fire started in the rear, bottom bedroom.
The resident who lived in the unit the fire started in notified his neighbor of the fire and she and her child were able to get out before it was too late.
Firefighters say the smoke detectors in the man's home were working, but the ones in the woman's home were not.
The Red Cross has given food, clothes and a place to stay to one of the families

YMCA Offers Student Membership Initiative
Thursday September 26th 2013

The Pocono Family YMCA is kicking off a new membership initiative for Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley Middle School Students.
Today representatives from the YMCA stopped by the schools to talk to students about important issues and inspire them to live healthy lives.
The initiative will allow students to engage in healthy, fun activities to keep busy and out of trouble at no cost to them.
Sanafi Pasteur is a community partner of the YMCA and they were a big help in making this initiative possible.

Crash On Red Rock Road Stirs Up Residents
Thursday September 26th 2013

Neighbor Janette Wilson is thankful her daughter came home unharmed, after she was an innocent bystander to the terrible crash. The driver of a red 2005 Chevy Cobalt lost control on Red Rock Road, hit a stone pillar, and traveled through the air about ten feet. The car then hit two pine trees and broke into two pieces. Wilson's daughter was coming the opposite direction when the car coming toward her lost control right in front of her.
Wilson tells us she and another neighbor have seen the red car involved and another car driving fast in the neighborhood before. Her daughter says both cars were at the crash scene.
Wilson is afraid to walk her dog along the road and neighbor Paula Diaz, a 12 year resident, fears for her children's safety playing in the front yard. She's seen too many accidents over the years.
Diaz wants something to be done about it so that's the last accident she has to witness. She's requesting a stop sign be put at the end of the hill so people will be forced to slow down.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the three Pocono Mountain East students injured in the crash and their families. Football players Steve Dienno, Justin Bullock and Michael Kenosky were all in the red car. Dienno and Bullock were severely injured.
Police are still investigating what actually caused the crash and there are no further updates at this time.

Spillane's Variety Store Closing Doors
Wednesday September 25th 2013

A beloved Palmerton store is shutting down...Spillane Variety Store is closing its doors after 37 years on Delaware Avenue. Bill Spillane took over the business when his father, George, retired in 2001. But at 71 years old, he is now ready to ready...except there's no one else to take over the store. Bill hopes a buyer will take over, but for now, doors will remain open until all merchandise is gone.

Spillane's
260 Delaware Ave
Palmerton, PA 18071
(610) 826-7400

Senior Scam Seminar Next Week
Wednesday September 25th 2013

The Nesquehoning Mayor is teaming up with the Attorney General's office to keep local seniors safe. They're holding a senior crime prevention program next week to make citizens aware of the kinds of scams used by con artists. Seniors can learn about common scams like home improvement rip-offs, foreign lottery schemes, telemarking fraud and fake sweepstakes. The seminar on Tuesday is free of charge and anyone is welcome. It kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Rec Center on West Railroad Street.

AWSOM Animal Shelter is Filled to Capacity
Wednesday September 25th 2013

The problem is the only no-kill shelter in Monroe County can't take in any more dogs and cats for the safety and proper care of the animals already there. The bottom line-- shelter officials are pleading with community members to step up and adopt. For more information call AWSOM Animal Shelter at (570)421-3647. The shelter is also always in need of donations and volunteers. They're having a volunteer training session this Sunday, September 29th.

Power Line Upgrade Project Causes Road Closure
Tuesday September 24th 2013

Community Drive in Middle Smithfield Township will be closed for the winter, beginning next week. As a result of the need to upgrade a 90-year-old power line running along that road and through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It's part of a joint project with Public Service Electric and Gas of New Jersey and the idea is to provide more reliable electricity throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The road is being closed as a safety precaution and luckily, it won't affect commuters too greatly, as it was just a convenient shortcut. Community Drive will be closed until March of next year and the project is set to be completed June 2015.

police investigate two monroe county robberies
Tuesday September 24th 2013

State police are looking for a Monroe County man charged with robbery. Officers say 22-year old Robert Gunther posted an ad on craigslist offering a car for sale. Two people met Gunther in Pittston Sunday and he took them to a secluded location on Frable Road in Eldred Township. The victims say Gunther told them he had a gun and demanded their cash. He got away with some money. Guntherís last known address was butternut road in Kunkletown. Anyone who can help locate Robert Gunther is asked to contact State Police at Fern Ridge.
Stroud Area Regional Police are also investigating a robbery. Officers say a 20-year old man was held up Friday night on North Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg. The victim says two white and two black males pulled behind his home. Three of the men entered his home. Two pulled out guns and one man struck the victim several times with a fire arm. They left with a laptop, nook tablet and 150-dollars cash and possibly drove off in a dark colored late model infinity. Anyone with information about that robbery should contact Stroud Area Regional Police.

Tamaqua Armed Robber Arrested
Monday September 23rd 2013

A local juvenile is arrested within minutes of robbing a Tamaqua gas station at knife point. Police say the incident happened around 2:30 this morning at the Turkey Hill on East Broad Street. A male wearing a trench coat and ski mask approached the clerk outside the store brandishing a large knife. He demanded the clerk go inside and get money from the cash register. The robber got away with less than $100. Tamaqua police responded along with West Penn, Rush and Coaldale officers. The suspect was spotted running on Spruce Street still wearing the trench coat and ski mask. The boy had the knife and cash on him as well.

Jail Faces Overtime Challenges
Monday September 23rd 2013

Monroe County Correctional Facility has too many inmates and not enough officers. Officers have been working overtime whenever someone takes sick time off, because they don't have a full staff. Monroe County Commissioner John Moyer says, the cost to improve staffing isnt much more than what their budget is already. Moyer says, they are down 8 officers. They have hired 14 new people already, but they are planning to hire more.

Rumors of the Hotel of Horror Being Unsafe, Leads to Investigation
Monday September 23rd 2013

State Representative Rosemary Brown's Office received phone calls from community members questioning the safety of The Lakehouse Hotel of Horror building in Saylorsburg. Representative Brown followed up with a phone call to the local fire department for reassurance. But they had not been through, and she felt uneasy when fire officials voiced their own concerns. A walk through inspection was then set up with Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Company Chief Leon Clapper and the state's Department of Agriculture.
After seeing the design and the established safety measures, calls for concern were left unwarranted. And that's the result of the owners going above and beyond what's required with safety plans and high tech security systems.
The idea is for patrons to be immersed in the show, a believable horror illusion, but completely safe at the same time. Actors even have a rigorous screening process and hours of training to complete. There are also house rules for both actors and patrons to follow for everyone's safety. The bottom line-- fire company officials now know the safety plans in place, and tell us to enter without worry for your safety, you're in for a few screams of terror. The Hotel of Horror is now open and ready to bring your worst nightmares to life.

Two Arrested after high speed chase
Monday September 23rd 2013

Two people are taken into custody after an apparent high speed chase near Saylorsburg this afternoon. Neighbors say that chase ended here at a home on Kunkletown Road around 1pm. A black Jeep Liberty was apparently trying to evade police when it turned into a yard and got stuck. A large number of state police cars converged on the scene. People living in the area say police took two adults into custody. State Police at Swiftwater are investigating that incident but have not released any information about the chase at this time.

Underage Driver Leads Police on Chase in Carbon Co.
Friday September 20th 2013

A 15-year-old Kunkletown teen leads police on a chase after trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint last night in Mahoning Township. Police were conducting the checkpoint on Route 209 when they saw a pickup truck pull an illegal u-turn before approaching the officers. Police tried to stop the truck but the driver fled traveling through Lehighton and Franklin Township. Officers say the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed passing several cars. At one point the driver swerved towards a police car. Troopers from Lehighton State Police stopped the truck with spike strips. The 15-year-old was arrested and found to be in possesion of a loaded rifle, marijuana and a pipe. The teen refused a blood test and has been charged with numerous offenses including DUI, fleeing police and aggravated assault.

Lehigh Valley Health Network Joins Biggest Healthcare Alliance in Country
Friday September 20th 2013

Seven of the nation's most recognized health systems (including Lehigh Valley Health Network) have formed an alliance called AllSpire Health Partners. This 10.5 billion dollar venture will expose patients to bigger and better healthcare choices. Together, the alliance will develop and participate in shared services. Eventually, this will reduce the cost of medical bills. For a full list of the 7 healthcare systems participating in the alliance, visit the AllSpire Healthcare Partners website.

www.allspirehealthpartners.org

It's Not Too Early To Think About Veterans' Day
Friday September 20th 2013

Veterans' Day Celebrates the men and women who have served our country and made it what it is today-- the land of the free. The only way to thank them is to honor them. That's why Monroe County Veterans Association is working hard to make the Veterans' Day Parade a lasting tradition. The first Veterans' Day Parade in 14 years happened last year, and this year they need more support to pull another one off. Monroe County Veterans Association Chairman Lehy Kirchner tells us it costs a lot to put a parade on and the expense keeps going up each year.
Participants, cash donations, volunteers and sponsors are needed for the parade November 10th at noon.
A big turnout is the goal, especially this year with the highlighting honor being on Vietnam Veterans who never received the proper welcome home celebration that veterans today are used to.
If you'd like to help with the parade in any way, contact the Monroe County Veterans Association at www.mcva-pa.org.

Guest Speaker Comes To ESU to Talk HIV
Friday September 20th 2013

Ginamarie Foglia stopped by ESU today to talk HIV. Folgia has done research in a few different countries. Kenya and Madagascar are two of them.
Today she shared her experiences with students.
She helped build a maternal health center and research lab, where they hired kenyans, trained them and sent them to school to learn how to run the lab.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...Africa has the highest population of people with HIV/AIDS. Even though HIV isn't as prevalent in the United States it still exists. Foglia says she wants to raise awareness not only in Africa, but the U.S. too.

monroe county fatal crash
Friday September 20th 2013

Authorities are investigating whether a woman died as a result of a crash this morning in Monroe County or if a medical problem is to blame. The Monroe County Coroner says 89 year old Eleanor Flick of Albrightsville died after her station wagon hit a building on Kunkletown Road in Eldred Township. It happened around seven a-m. Flick's car left the roadway - struck a stone wall then crossed back over the wall, striking a stone milk house at a farm. Flick was not wearing a seat belt. Family members say she had several medical conditions. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow to determine if flick had a medical event prior to the accident or died as a result of trauma.

Pocono Township Sewage Project Is Complete
Thursday September 19th 2013

Pocono Township sewer system is open for business and supervisors say just in time, because the loans and grants for it, that need to be paid back, are coming due. The township system's waste will be piped through Stroud Township to the regional treatment plant near Lower Main Street. Township supervisors approved the final connection procedures for businesses and residences along the routes 611 and 715 corridor to hook into the central lines. Residents next to the system line will be required to connect within 90 days of receiving a letter of notice. Supervisor Frank Hess recommends coming to the Pocono Township Building to get a permit and procedures manual that will be available Monday to get started.

ESU Students Rally Against Cuts
Thursday September 19th 2013

East Stroudsburg University students held a silent rally today to raise awareness of possible cuts at their school.
Students are concerned academic programs will be cut and professors may lose their jobs.
Samantha Strack who's a student at ESU says there has been talk about the school cutting tutoring programs.
Dan Ferranti says he's heard the school might cut science labs.
According to a statement that was sent out from the school they are working on reorganizing academic and administrative programs, but they did not specify which ones might be altered. They are anticipating an educational and general fund budget shortfall of about $7.6 million. The statement says they have eliminated positions, but they were vacant and non-instructional.
ESU plans to finalize their budget in the next few weeks and then go from there.

DUI Checkpoints in Carbon County
Thursday September 19th 2013

Police will be cracking down on drunk drivers the next two weekends in Carbon County. The North Central Regional DUI Program announced extra patrols through Sunday. They'll also be cracking down on drunk drivers next weekend too. Police will focus on main roadways such as Routes 209, 248 and 903.

Lehighton Area School District to Host "Straight Talk" drug seminar
Thursday September 19th 2013

Next Tuesday, Lehighton Area School District will host a free seminar for parents. "Straight Talk" will clue you in on ways to identify if your child is showing signs of possible drug abuse. It's open to anyone--not just Lehighton parents. It will be held at the high school auditorium at 6:30 on September 24.

Penn Dot Talks Bridge Construction
Wednesday September 18th 2013

In about two more weeks Penn Dott plans to begin bridge construction on Route 611. Today Penn Dot met with residents and business leaders in Pocono Township. Residents and business leaders were able to hear Penn Dot's plans and share their concerns and ideas.
Penn Dot's Engineering Executive of the 5th District, Michael Rebert says, traffic will flow as usual with two lanes for the first 6 months. In the spring, Rebert says, he's hoping they can complete the rest of the project within a 4 month time frame or better. Traffic will be down to one lane and going one way. Drivers will have to detour.
State Representative, Mario Scavello says, this bridge is the worst in Monroe County and it needs to be fixed.
Rebert says they can't afford to put it off any longer. They lowered weight restrictions to preserve it as long as they could. The beams have gotten really bad and they hold up the bridge walls and deck.
Scavello says he plans to work with Penn Dot and do everything in his power to get this project done as quickly as possible. If Penn Dot can get funds to work longer hours and the weather cooperates they're hoping traffic will be able to resume as soon as possible. Scavello says he's going to do what he can to get funding for them to work 24/7.
After the project is complete weight restrictions are expected to be lifted and traffic will resume as usual.

Sentencing in Drug Case - Schuylkill & Berks Counties
Wednesday September 18th 2013

A man from West Lawn is sentenced to jail for his role in an oxycontin trafficking conspiracy that operated in Schuylkill and Berks Counties. 54-year-old Stephen Nesspor previously admitted to conspiring with at least two others to unlawfully distribute 80 milligram oxycontin pills. Nesspor was indicated by a federal grand jury in September 2011. He was sentenced today to one year in prison. Two of Nesspor's co-defendants previously entered guilty pleas in the case.

Dog Lost In Stroud Township
Tuesday September 17th 2013

Stroudsburg resident Jessica Quiles used to go running with her dog, now she's on the move to get him back. Her dog Tyson ran away last Saturday while she was out. She noticed the gate wasn't put back properly after her children had taken out the trash. The all black pit bull, except for a white patch on his stomach and neck, has been spotted in the area. Camp Papillon Pet Adoption and Rescue Volunteers are also trying to help get him home. But the problem is another man, allegedly involved in stealing dogs for dog fighting is also after Tyson and posing as Tyson's owner. Not only asking neighbors if they've seen the dog, but patrolling the dog's home.
Camp Papillon Volunteers talked to a neighbor who knew of the same scenario happening a year ago where a white pit bull was stolen by a man fitting the same description as the man looking for Tyson:
Navy Blue Four-Door Honda Civic
PA License Plate Number JDC6581
Loud Muffler
Hispanic/Darker Skinned

Volunteers recommend not letting your dog out unsupervised and if you find a dog on the loose, be sure to ask for proof of ownership before handing it over. Stroud Area Regional Police are actively looking into the case.
If you see Tyson or the suspect involved, call Monroe County Control Center at 911 for immediate response. Also, do not run after Tyson. He is scared and will bolt. It's better to call with his location.

Drug Arrest, Lehigh Township - Northampton County
Tuesday September 17th 2013

A three month long drug investigation involving a controlled purchase of marijuana in Northampton County comes to an end with an arrest. The Lehigh Township Police Department assisted the Northampton County Drug Task Force in the arrest yesterday at a home in the 3000 block of Mangrove Drive. 39-year-old Trevor Stofko has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to deliver and other related offenses. During a search of the home, officers found over $9,500 in cash, over half a pound of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. More charges are expected to be filed.

Governor Corbett in Town for Affordable Health Care
Tuesday September 17th 2013

The governor came in to town to roll out a new plan to increase access to quality, affordable health care. Corbett was at the Lehigh Valley Hospital today promoting his "Healthy Pennsylvania" plan to bring attention to "Telemedicine." Telemedicine works similarly to Skyping or Facetiming, connecting physicans and nurses at a distance with patients not in the local area. This type of medical technology utilizes local services and are generally at a lower cost to both patient and hospital.

East Stroudsburg School District Support Staff Rally Tonight
Monday September 16th 2013

570 East Stroudsburg Area Education Support Professional Members have been working without a contract since 2011. That's why they're having an informational rally at 6PM tonight before the school board meeting at East Stroudsburg School District Administration Center. They're putting the pressure on to come to an agreement and remind the district how important they are. If you'd like to show your support be at the Administration Center at 6 tonight.

Pine Ridge Residents Want More Security
Friday September 13th 2013

Cathleen McKechan of Bushkill wants a security gate put up in the Pine Ridge Community. The community once had a gate, but it was taken down in 2009. She has started a petition and is getting signatures to have the gate put back up. Her daughter was almost kidnapped last week riding her bike in the neighborhood with her friend.

Doug McKechan says three guys in a black van pulled up and attempted to snatch the girls, but the girls got away. He says the van had a dent and a broken window with a clear plastic over it and blue tape holding it up on the passenger side. McKechan says there were two black males and one white male in the van.
Pine Ridge does have security cameras set up at the entrance of the community and Doug says they caught them on camera coming in and out, but they didn't have a license plate.
So far Cathleen says she has 48 signatures and she needs at least 100.

611 Bridge Construction Protest
Friday September 13th 2013

Bartonsville business representatives concerned over the impact of construction on the Pocono Creek Bridge showed up for the public meeting this morning at PennDOT, only to find it cancelled. PennDOT Spokesman Sean Brown tell us he was unaware of anything planned for this morning, and only knew of the public meeting scheduled for next Wednesday at 9am at the Pocono Township Building. Where the issue will be fully discussed. But locals that showed up this morning didn't take a loss. They were invited into PennDOT to hold their own meeting about what they want to bring up at the official meeting next week. They fear the construction will impact their livelihoods, community and region. Some business owners even believe they'll go out of business and fear a slow emergency response time.
Work is scheduled to start late this month and be completed a year from now, with northbound traffic to be detoured around the Pocono Creek Bridge for part of that time via Bartonsville Avenue. There's no doubt the construction is needed, but locals want it to be done differently so there's less of a negative impact. For more information and to voice your own opinion, go to the public meeting September 18th at 9am at the Pocono Township Buolding.

Thousand Dollar Reward for Information on Copper Thefts
Thursday September 12th 2013

PPL Electric Utilities is looking for a ring of thieves breaking into their substations and stealing copper wire. Substations are highly dangerous environments that distribute electricity to consumers. Electrocution is a strong possibility. Authorities tell us they've had close to 50 break ins, where thieves are selling copper wire to metal scrapyards. Copper wire can sell for up to $3 a pound. The company is offering a reward of up to $1,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for stealing materials from any of their facilities. Authorities ask you contact your local police department.

Carbon County Job Fair 9/25
Thursday September 12th 2013

If you're looking for a job, you won't want to miss an upcoming career fair in Carbon County. Careerlink and the county economic development corporation are hosting the event on September 25th. At this time there are 20 plus employers looking to hire. The job fair on the 25th runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can find a list of employers scheduled to attend at www.carboncareerlink.org

Alzheimer's Care Coming To Monroe County
Thursday September 12th 2013

Statistics show more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia each year, but Monroe County patients now have the opportunity to get the care they need where they live.
An Adult Day Care Center and Memory Care Unit is set to open next week in East Stroudsburg at Pocono Tranquil Gardens, appropriately during Alzheimer's Awareness Month. And the facility is all about preserving patient independence and offering more enhanced care.
The Memory Care Unit is for patients who can no longer take care of themselves and need around the clock help. But the day center is a relatively new concept where those suffering from dementia can come a couple of times a week, and experience unique strategies and cognitive therapies. Those therapies are needed to slow the process of dementia, besides just taking prescribed medicine, as there is still no known cure for Alzheimer's.

Traveling Exhibit Honoring the Fallen Comes to Lehigh Valley
Wednesday September 11th 2013

It's traveled the world. Been viewed by more than 6 million people... and now, it's in our own backyard. The 9/11 Memorial Flag, which honors the nearly 3,000 victims of the vicious terrorist attacks that plagued our nation 12 years ago, comes to the Sigal Museum in Easton.

Visitors who came to see the enormous 700 square foot flag up close stood in awe. The exhibit will stay the Sigal Museum until September 20th. It will be displayed permanently at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. The Memorial Museum is expected to open in Spring 2014.

Sigal Museum
610-253-1222
Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30AM-3:00PM
Sunday, 12PM-4PM

General Admission: $7
Ages 3-12: $5
Under age 3: free

The Question On Everyone's Mind: Should The United States Get Involved in Syria's Conflict?
Tuesday September 10th 2013

President Barack Obama will be addressing the United States tonight with his position for military involvement in Syria's Civil War, even though, it's been widely reported the majority of American people are against getting involved. And people in Monroe County are going along with the reported statistics. Out of the people we talked to, both on and off camera, only one person was for military intervention because of their alleged use of chemical weapons. It's also been such a huge debate among East Stroudsburg University students that professors have scheduled a discussion panel and are inviting students and community members to come and receive more information and ask questions. It's scheduled for September 24th between 6 and 9 PM. The location has yet to be announced.

Click it or Ticket!
Monday September 9th 2013

Law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on drivers who aren't wearing seatbelts. If you're a driver or passenger under 18 years of age, you must buckle up. It's a primary law; meaning police will pull you over and issue a ticket. Fines can be up to $100. If you're pulled over for another violation, you'll receive a second ticket if you or your front seat passengers aren't wearing seat belts.

It's National Preparedness Month!
Monday September 9th 2013

With the middle of the hurricane season here, and the memory of how great Hurricane Sandy affected most people almost one year ago, people still aren't preparing themselves for what's next.
This month is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross is trying to get everyone on board in being prepared for any type of upcoming disasters. Being prepared is just as important as how you respond to a disaster. You want to be able to help yourself and not be stranded without something like a flashlight when the power goes out.
Putting together your emergency preparedness kit is as easy as going to the store, and picking up necessary items for your kit, like batteries, along the way.
If you'd like more information on disaster and emergency preparedness, visit redcross.org.

CCTI Daycare Financial Questions
Friday September 6th 2013

CCTI Daycare will be shutting down at the end of the year, but some parents are desperately trying to find a way to stop it from closing. Officials at CCTI report there isn't enough money to continue the Daycare Program. Some parents worry CCTI's Board of Directors aren't doing enough to keep the daycare open, speculating something fishy is going on and insisting there should be enough money. Dave Reinbold, Administrative Director at CCTI, insist the accusations are ridiculous, stating the school's expenditures are costing more than what they're taking in. Parents are still fighting hard to change the closing decision.

Lansford Man Wanted by Police
Friday September 6th 2013

Lansford police are looking for a man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Police say on August 24th, 23-year-old Ruben Rolon forced his way inside the victim's home. He allegedly hit her and dragged her around the home. At one point Rolon apparently smashed dishes in the kitchen. The victim says she grabbed one of those broken pieces to stab Rolon in an attempt to stop him from choking her. Rolon was flown to the hospital for treatment, and the victim was also taken to the hospital. Lansford Police have issued a warrant for Rolon's arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police department.

Religious Billboard Vandalized
Friday September 6th 2013

Police want to know who's vandalizing a religious billboard in Mahoning Township. The billboard belongs to Ebenezer Evangelical Congregations Church of Jim Thorpe. It's located on Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe. Police say over the past several months someone has been spary painting the billboard with red and black paint. Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to contact the Mahoning Township Police Department.

Happy 250th Birthday West End!
Friday September 6th 2013

The West End is celebrating a huge milestone this year and the birthday party is happening tomorrow in Gilbert. The region is 250 years old, and tomorrow is a time to remember all that is the West End of Monroe County. The whole day will be a walk back in time-- from the parade, to the music, food and you're encouraged to participate by dressing in period clothing and playing old fashioned games to win prizes. The event will run from 10am to 6pm at the West End Fairgrounds. Gates open at 7am, and be there before 9:30 to be ready for the parade.

Interstate 80 Crash Affects Are Far Reaching
Thursday September 5th 2013

In less than 24 hours, two intense accidents occurred on Interstate 80 in the Stroudsburg area, causing severe backups. And the business owners on Main Street and surrounding areas were left to deal with the outcome. Most found the traffic backup to have a negative effect on business, and asked for the redirection of traffic to be done differently.

Too Early for Flu Shot?
Thursday September 5th 2013

Flu season usually begins when cold weather appears...but already pharmacies are advertising flu shots for customers. Is it too early to get your flu shot? Officials at Lehigh Valley Health Network insist it's never too early to get the flu vaccine. They say it takes some time for the vaccine to work in your body, so getting protected will save you from the flu illness.

911 Service Down in Nesquehoning for Part Day
Thursday September 5th 2013

Residents in some parts of Nesquehoning had trouble getting through the 911 center today. The problem was fixed late this afternoon. Emergency officials first noticed the problem around 10:45 this morning. While cell phone users had no problems, 911 calls from land line users in the 6-6-9 exchange were not going through. Callers were getting alerts that all circuts were busy or the call could not be complete. The Carbon County 911 director says the issue was with Verizon switches or circuits, not within the county. The problem was fixed around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

County Nursing Home Issue Heats Up
Wednesday September 4th 2013

Passions ran high at today's Monroe County Commissioners' Meeting, revolving around what should happen with the Pleasant Valley Manor Nursing Home. With balancing the budget looming, commissioners will have to make a decision soon whether or not it should remain county owned. And it's becoming a trend that surrounding counties have sold their nursing homes because of the lowered reimbursement rate from the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania.

Party Drug Reaches Lehighton
Wednesday September 4th 2013

There's a dangerous drug gaining popularity under a new name--and now, it's reached Lehighton. MDMA, nicknamed "Molly," is a purer, powdered form of Ecstasy. Popular for it's ability to produce a sense of euphoria, it's typically consumed among club and party goers. Officials at the Carbon Monroe Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission say they've received reports of someone selling and offering the dangerous drug at a park called "The Grove." Officials warn this is a dangerous drug; it was the cause of two deaths over the Labor Day weekend at a New York electronic music festival.

Winning Cash 5 Ticket Sold in Slatington
Wednesday September 4th 2013

A jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket has been sold in Slatington. The ticket was purchased at the Turkey Hill on Main Street for Monday's Drawing. It matched all five balls to win $225,000. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

Groundbreaking in the West End
Tuesday September 3rd 2013

The West End is getting a Health Care Center in Brodheadsville next to the ESSA bank on Route 209. Groundbreaking for construction of the building took place today. There will be medical services, primary care and specialists rotating through, along with an immediate care center. The land was donated by ESSA Bank and other partners will be coming into the building including Mountain Valley Orthopedics, Pocono Eye and Riverside Rehab.

Walnutport Stabbings
Tuesday September 3rd 2013

Two Walnutport women are in Northampton County Prison for two separate stabbings.
The first stabbing happened Sunday, September 1st, at the home of 51 year-old Jane Keifer on Washington Street. Keifer was charged with aggravated assault and her victim was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of his wounds.
The second stabbing happened on Monday, September 2nd, on Kiddie Lane. Jennifer Jaegel, 32 years of age, was arrested on aggravated assault charges and her victim also taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Police say both incidents are a result of a domestic dispute.

Tamaqua Man Charged with Retail Theft
Tuesday September 3rd 2013

Mahoning Township Police arrested 33-year old Alexander Modawar on Friday. Police say a theft was reported at the Radio Shack in Lehighton. A Jeep Wrangler fled the scene and when police caught up with the vehicle, they arrested Modawar, who had two stolen hand held radio scanners in his possession valued at nearly $700. Modawar has three prior shoplifting convictions. He is being held in Carbon County Prison on $50,000 straight bail.

September 11th Monument in Pike County
Tuesday September 3rd 2013

The most significant terrorist attack ever on US soil is being remembered in Pike County. September 11th will always be remembered as a tragic day in American history. The terrorist attacks resulted in nearly 3,000 casualties. This week in Milford, a new monument is being unveiled to remember the lives that were lost. A massive piece of steel from Tower One will be on display across from the Milford Fire House until September 14th.

LIHEAP Supplemental Grant
Tuesday September 3rd 2013

Good news for those receiving the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. Anyone who qualified for the crisis grant during the 2012-2013 heating season will receive a $200.00 supplemental grant. The funds will be sent directly to the utility company to help offset any pending balance. LIHEAP will accept applications for the 2013-2014 heating season starting November 4th. Call your local county assistance office for more information or log onto www.compass.state.pa.us.

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