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Trout Stocking In The Poconos
Monday March 31st 2014

Opening Day of Trout Season for the Poconos is just around the corner. But Mother Nature isn't making it easier to fill the still frozen lakes with trout.
As the saying goes, "The third time is the charm." The harsh winter weather has caused the trout stocking at Lake Minisink to be cancelled twice prior to today.
PA Fish and Boat Commission Waterways Conservation Officer Eric Weredyk says, "I've never cancelled a stocking in 15 years."
Over 1,500 trout are toppling over each other into the still frozen-over water. You'd think the lake's condition would be a problem but we're told, the cold water is better for the fish, and it's not the reason why the stocking was postponed.
Weredyk says, "We couldn't get the trucks or the helpers to the lake because of all the snow."
Anyone can fish Lake Minisink as long as they have a license and trout stamp on Opening Day of Trout Season April 12th. The only change involves using a boat. You're required to wear a life jacket until April 30th.

Man Wanted In Driveby Shooting Found
Monday March 31st 2014

The suspect wanted for an attempted homicide in Stroudsburg last week has been foung in New Jersey.
Police say 40 year old Shicon Jordan drove by the Econo Lodge in Stroudsburg thursday afternoon and shot at a woman parked in front of one of the rooms.
Bullets hit the vehicle and the room window, but no one was hurt.
They received a tip saturday that the suspect was in New Jersey. He was spotted and taken into custody by Irvington Police Department.
"When we have someone as dangerous as he is we want to get that person off the streets...He was involved in two other violent incidents before the attempted homicide. We got this guy off the street and the victim can sleep a little better," said Captain Brian Kimmins of Stroud Area Regional Police. Right now Jordan is still in New Jersey. Police are waiting for the suspect to be brought back to Pennsylvania.

Spring Home Show at Stabler Arena
Friday March 28th 2014

The Spring Home Show at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem features about 270 vendors. Homeowners can expect to find everything from landscaping to home interior design to hot tubs. Organizers expect about 12,000 people to visit the weekend long event. For more information on the show and for a list of vendors visit lvba.org.

Obamacare: Hurt or Help Small Businesses?
Thursday March 27th 2014

The Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare" is a mandatory health care reform. It impacts businesses differently, depending on its size. It's a complex issue that has several local business owners scratching their heads. Today, Mauch Chunk Trust Company hosted a panel of experts to help business owners clear the confusion. The event was held at Mahoning Valley Country Club today. Companies with less than 50 employees don't have to provide insurance. Those with 50 employees or more must provide health coverage, or pay a penalty of $2,000 per person. The penalty is not tax deductible. Experts advise hiring a lawyer or a consultant to help make sound decisions.

Koch Road Bridge to be Replaced Soon
Thursday March 27th 2014

A historic bridge in Carbon County is finally being replaced. Carbon County Commissioners approved a bid of nearly 1.4 million dollars to replace the bridge on Koch Road today. Carbon Engineering, Inc. has been working on construction plans for the Towamensing Township bridge since 1999. Once work begins, drivers will be detoured to Trachsville Hill Road. No word on when work will begin, but officials expect the project to be completed before the end of the year.

Penn Hills Owner Cleans Up Resort
Thursday March 27th 2014

The old Penn Hills Resort has been cleaned up after being covered in graffiti.
John DeCusatis, who's the planning administrator for Stroud Township says they recently reached out to the owner to figure out what to do with the property. He agreed to try to spruce it up a little and painted over the grafitti.
The resort is currently on the market and DeCusatis says he would like to see another resort there.
"The poconos is known as a tourist resort area. Having a viable resort positioned in that area of the township or the county would expand some other coordinating businesses," said DeCusatis.
"Nothing should be left that it's just deteriorating it's dangerous for the young people around here and it's just ugly," said Donna Wisbruch, who's an Analonmik resident.
David Johnson who's a Snydersville resident says he would like to see the property replaced by nature.
"I was thinking maybe just clear it up, clean it out, put a park there or something like that, people can enjoy, said Johnson.
The resort has been closed for 5 years and it's been picked apart piece by piece; copper stolen, windows broken and painted in grafitti.
"The property has some great value to it. It's located right along the Broadhead Creek, prime trout fishing stream, it's 60 acres so it definately has some good potential possibilities for a development.
"They used to have little night clubs. People could go there to eat in the evening you didn't even have to stay there," said Wisbruch.
While there's still a lot of work to be done officials hope someone will come forward and bring the place back to life.

A Blessing For Some Of Monroe County's Homeless Is Coming To An End
Wednesday March 26th 2014

The Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church has been able to take in 18 homeless people overnight from 10PM until 6PM. Stroud Township Zoning Board allowed the church to provide a cold weather shelter this year, but now that option will no longer be available. Co-Pastor Dana Antal says, "It ends March 29th for us so on April 1st, they will no longer have a place to go."
When church officials applied for the permit and determined the time limit, they never anticipated the horrific winter would drag on. Antal says, "We can't house them because we have to abide by the agreement that we made. But we're just praying that somebody else or some other organization might be able to pick up the tab and place them somewhere at least until the weather breaks."
The Wesleyan Church is set to open up the shelter this November for six months, but what about the cold temperatures predicted for next week?
The homeless people we talked to tell us they're dreading being back on the street at night and are calling out for help.
If the cold continues and the church would like to extend the cold weather shelter, Stroud Township Zoning Officer says it would need to be addressed with the township.


Cop Impersonator in Schuylkill County
Wednesday March 26th 2014

State Police say someone is impersonating a cop in Schuylkill County. A woman says Saturday night around 10 she was driving south on Route 61 in West Brunswick Township when she saw red and white lights behind her. When she pulled over, the vehicle pulled in behind her. A man approached her saying he was a police officer and requested to see her driver's license. He said he was giving her a warning for littering. He then got back in his vehicle and left. At no time did the suspect attempt to lure the motorist or take her into custody. The impersonator is described as a white male in his late 30s to 40s. He's about 6' 3" tall with a medium to muscular build. He had a bald or clean shaven head and did not have facial hair. He was driving a new SUV, possibly a black or dark blue Ford Explorer. The vehicle had a red and white light bar across the roof. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Schuylkill Haven.

D&L Drops Marathon
Wednesday March 26th 2014

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor marathon won't happen this year, but race organizers have added an event for walkers. The D&L announced they've dropped the annual fall marathon. However, the half-marathon run will still happen along with a new half-marathon walk. Runners and walkers will enjoy the fall foliage along the Lehigh River. The race goes through five municipalities in Northampton, Lehigh and Carbon Counties. The races start in Northampton and finish in the Lehigh Gap. Registration is now open for both events. This year's half-marathon run and walk will take place November 2nd. www.delawareandlehigh.org/marathon

Solar Farms Anticipate Funding Cuts
Wednesday March 26th 2014

The current alternate energy credit program could change in a big way. The state public utility commission has proposed a plan that would no longer pay some solar farms for excess energy.
"It's looking at people building large solar farms strictly for the sake of making money," said Jennifer Kocher, who's the press secretary for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
During the day the solar farm absorbs light from the sun and converts it into electricity.
Not only does the owners of the farm benefit, but officials say homeowners do too.
"Whatever we're not using, the excess we generate is going to the grid and our neighbors unknowingly are using solar power to power their homes.
The change would affect solar farms under 5 megawatts. Brandon Igdalsky who's the president of Pocono Raceway says their system is 3 megawatts, which worries him.
"They want to make it a lot harder for people to do projects. It's going to limit a lot of the larger producers like us who want to put up systems like we have here...power companies want to make more money...plain and simple, said Igdalsky.
According to the Public Utility Commission changes made would not affect existing solar farms. If you would like to share your comments and concerns, contact the commission @ (717) 772 -7777.

DNA Analysis Results In Arrests For 2012 Copper Theft
Tuesday March 25th 2014

Barry McFarland III, Vincent Janssen, Thomas Helman, Timothy Shay and Christopher Smith are all charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespass, mischief and conspiracy. Back in 2012, Barrett Township Police were investigating a string of burglaries occurring at the Buck Hill Inn. More than $1,000 of copper piping was reported missing by contractors actually working for the owners to rid the abandoned resort of anything valuable. The idea was too slow down the numerous break-ins that had previously been occurring. By the third or fourth time contractors discovered it, police were able to uncover usable evidence. What was left behind was submitted to State Police for DNA analysis. Adequate DNA was submitted to a nationwide database. Investigators say the genetic materials collected at the inn matched McFarland.
Barrett Township Police Chief says, "Through interviews, through additional evidence, through documents we obtained, through local recycling centers we were able to tie additional people into that investigation."
A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judge Riley on May 1st in Mountainhome. Police hope other potential intruders heed this warning--
Williams says, "Technology will eventually catch up with you and you will be successfully prosecuted."
Barrett Township Police say the investigation is ongoing and they're expecting to make more arrests.

Home Heating Help Extension
Tuesday March 25th 2014

Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills have extra time to apply for finacial help. The federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assitance Program was slated to end April 4th. But today, the Governor announced an extension through April 18th. Since the beginning of the LIHEAP season on November 4th, the state has processed approximately 357,000 applications for cash assistance to help low-income families pay for heating fuel. Grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. To apply visit www.compass.state.pa.us or call the toll-free hotline: 1-866-857-7095

Fire Fighters Seek Help to Fix Firehouse
Tuesday March 25th 2014

The old Delaware Water Gap firehouse is in need of repair.
Recently, new windows were donated and put in.
Fire fighters say they need a new roof, electrical work, plumbing and heating improvements.
"If we don't get the funding we need eventually we could be shut down and we might have to merge which makes it difficult for home owners in the long run," said Micheal Smith, the Captain of the Delaware Water Gap Volunteer Fire Company.
Smith says insurance rates will go up and the reponse times will be longer. The firehouse improvements are expected to cost $50,000- $60,000.
They need to upgrade equipment too.
If you would like to make a donation to help out log on to gofundme.com/2ttv5g.

Local Park Ranger Honored for Service
Monday March 24th 2014

A local Ranger for the National Park Service was recognized for her outstanding service. The Harry Yount award is a National honor given to one outstanding Park Ranger in the Northeast Region. After five years of hard work and dedication to the National Park Service, Ranger Michelle Schonzeit was recognized with the Award.
National Park Superintendent John Donahue says Schonzeit personifies what the position is about.
" Shes a leader in serach and rescue, Emergency Medical Response, EMS teams, and shes emblamatic of all her peers."
Schonzeit was honored to be recognized in such an elite class and believes this could be the highlight of her career.
" This will probably be the highlight of my career, just to receive this incredible honor from the Park Service.
Though only one individual could be recongized, the Park Service says it was a major accomplishment for the entire team.

Alcohol Fueled Joyride Ends in Tragic Consequences
Monday March 24th 2014

Forty seven year old Richard Matsick of Nesquehoning is charged in the death of 44 year old Rebecca Ann Pilla and 46 year old Richard Zabroski, both of Nesquehoning. State police say on August 3rd 2013, Matsick was speeding on Fireline Road in Packer Township, Carbon County. Matsick crashed into a tree. Pilla and Zabroski were killed on impact. Matsick and another passenger, 45 year old Julie Ann Williams of Nesquehoning, sustained severe injuries and were taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital and Saint Luke's Hospital. In District Court today in Weatherly, surviving passenger Julie Williams took the stand and recounted the night of August 3rd. She admitted they were all drinking at the time of the accident. Troopers say Matsick was very cooperative after the crash, but his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit for driving. Charges against Matsick were bound over to court. Matsick's new court date is set for May 2nd.

PMC Joins Neuroscience Network to Improve Care
Monday March 24th 2014

Pocono Medical Center recently joined the Jefferson Neuroscience Network to improve care for stroke patients in our area.
Thomas Jefferson University is located in
Philidelphia, but with a new robot PMC medical professionals will have access to neurologists miles away.
" More and more hospitals have telemedicine and teleconsulting, which is what this is...We are the only hospital in this region that is coordinating with Thomas Jefferson University," said Joe Brooks who's the administrator for the Department of Nursing at Pocono Medical Center.
Brooks say they've been working to bring these capabilities to the region since August 2013.
"We've found there's a need for this service and we're bringing those services to the patients rather than having the patients go where the services are," said Brooks.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the country, but the leading cause of disibility.
"Getting treatment to stroke patients very quickly is very important. Time is brain, so when a patient has a stroke we actually have three hours to diagnose, see what kind of stroke it is and be able to administer a clot busting drug we call TPA," said Jonathan Goldner who's the chief medical executive of medicine and chronic diseases.
Goldner says the robot allows neurologists at Thomas Jefferson to examine the patient and give PMC medical professionals advice on the best treatment.
"Some patients who get here too late we're not able to give the drug...they have to be here within three hours...thats why it's important for patients to really understand the symptoms of a stroke," said Goldner.
If you suddenly have weakness in an arm or leg, you have trouble seeing, speaking or swallowing, Goldner says you should immediately head to the emergency room.

More Cuts At East Stroudsburg University
Monday March 24th 2014

Students at East Stroudsburg University will be forced to rely on their peers for extra help starting this fall. The current professional tutor program is cancelled.
We're told cost savings for the university's budget isn't at the heart of this decision. Tutoring services solely depending on students has been in the works for a little over three years now.
ESU is just catching up to what other universities are doing when it comes to eliminating their professional tutors in favor of using student tutors. Vice President of Academic Affairs Van Reidhead says it's a proven win-win situation-- The students learn just as well and the tutors gain professional experience, along with a higher-level of learning.
The idea comes from a recommendation in 2010. The college has been in transition since, but officials are expecting to save budget money. Professional tutors make between 17 and 22 dollars an hour, while student tutors make $7.25 an hour.
While the Writing Studio at ESU uses peer tutors and everything is going well, other students in various majors are still concerned.
Professional tutors will be available until the start of the fall semester.

Weatherwood Nurse Charged with Taking Pills
Friday March 21st 2014

A nurse is accused of stealing drugs meant for residents of the Weatherwood Nursing Home. 29-year-old Keri McArdle of Palmerton has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police say McArdle took prescription drugs like oxycodone from patients at the Weatherly facility. According to court papers, Jim Thorpe Police first spotted the drugs on February 12th after an incident in their borough. When Weatherly Police spoke to other employees at the nursing home, co-workers admitted seeing pills in McArdle's backpack and say on occasions she would slur her words and wasn't able to keep her eyes open. McArdle is in Carbon County Prison.

Autism Awareness
Friday March 21st 2014

Autism affects 1 in 88 kids. It's a scary diagnosis for a parent, but early intervention is key with a sensory disorder. "I didn't think much of it at the time because I didn't know what autism was," says Rose Kelly. The mother of two tells us it was at her son's 18 month well visit, his pediatrician at the time, noticed some behavior that could have fallen into the autism spectrum. "He really didn't play the same with other kids. He was kind of socially awkward," says Kelly. Two years later, the mom noticed her son still had the same behaviors and tendencies so she consulted with another pediatrician. Since then, Kelly is proactive in meeting her son's needs to help him develop more sociably acceptable behavior. She encourages other parents in her shoes to be open minded and seek help. Notify your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child's behavior. From there, you'll be referred to a specialist.

It's Another Great Year For Auto Sales
Friday March 21st 2014

A harsh winter with record breaking snowfall drove car dealers crazy putting the brakes on business. Spring has finally sprung people's interest in a new vehicle. And they're all finding what they like at the 17th annual Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show.
The people we talked to today seem to be backing up what this year's auto sales will be like. Executive Director Tom Kwiatek of the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association says, "2014, predicted by the experts, is going to be the sixth straight year that auto sales increase. And that hasn't happened since the 30s."
For people who are interested, this show is the place to come. There's no pressure, no sale pitches-- just information. The auto show runs until Sunday. For more information just go to their website at GLVautoshow.org.

Website Error Causes Confusion For Residents
Friday March 21st 2014

An error on the East Stroudsburg School District Website had taxpayers asking lots of questions about their tax bills. Questions were raised after some residents noticed a change in mileage numbers online. The word traveled, causing more concern. Now officials are trying to clear things up.
"The way it was explained to me was that the mileage rates were incorrect in a way. That we were charged more than we should have been...I said wow, that means i'm getting a rebate," said Cynthia Lynch who's a resident of Lehman Township.
Lynch says she remembers a time when mileage rates were 80-85. As a senior citizen she says, it's been a challenge keeping up with the high taxes and she wouldn't have been suprised if she'd been overcharged.
This week, officials from the school district posted a letter on their website to inform residents of the problem and to ensure that their tax bills are correct.
"Both Pike and Monroe had lower mileage rates than the prior year, but the assessed value was low. It just can't drive out that way, said Jeff Bauer who's the business manager for the East Stroudsburg School District.
On the website, Monroe County's mileage rate was posted at 180.55 and Pike126.92 for this year. Bader says the board approved 180.81 for Monroe and 128.94 for Pike this year and last year. Those numbers were submitted to the Board of Education.
"Once that's filed I can't go back and change it," said Bader.
Officials from the East Stroudsburg tax office and Pike County Assessment Office confirm the tax bills are correct.

Lehighton Fire Follow
Thursday March 20th 2014

A Lehighton Family is thanking those who came to their rescue as a fire ripped through their home Tuesday night. The blaze broke out just before midnight at the Bridge Street duplex. Linda Nuccio says her oxygen tank caught fire. She and her three other family members made it out of the home safely along with several pets. Lehighotn Police Officers Matthew Bender and Ryan Kennedy, along with Mahoning Township Police officer Tyler Meek also helped rescue a pot belly pig and a parrot. The family has several cats. They're not sure if they all made it out of the fire, but they do believe several may have escaped. Anyone who spots a cat near the Bridge Street home is asked to contact the family at 610-379-4558. They're currently staying at the Mahoning Inn. Managemet is allowing the pot belly pig "Stell Dora von Swineburg" to room with the family.

Prayers Are Answered For A Monroe County Firefighter
Thursday March 20th 2014

Friends and family are rejoicing now that their local hero is home and making a full recovery. 39-year-old Rob Kramer is a member of Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Company in Syndersville and an EMT with Wind Gap Ambulance. Fellow volunteers responded to his home back in January after he suffered a brain aneurysm. Until now, instead of fighting to save others-- he was in a battle for his own life.
After being in a medically induced coma and having numerous surgeries, Kramer finally came around at a rehab facility over a month later-- wondering what happened to him. His best friend of 22 years Charles Frantz tells us he's now walking, talking and going to physical therapy two-three times a week.
Frantz tells us Kramer's glad to be spending time with his four kids and is amazed by the community support he's received, not only through prayers but fundraisers. We're told Kramer did not have health insurance. So friends have been raising money for the medical bills. And they're hoping the community support continues. This Sunday Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder and Wind Gap Ambulance, along with the help of Plainfield Township Volunteer Firefighters, are putting on a benefit spaghetti dinner between 4 and 8PM. It's taking place at Plainfield Township Volunteer Fire Company on Sullivan Trail in Wind Gap. You can purchase tickets at the door. If you can't make it but would still like to donate, just go to the "Help Rob Kramer" Facebook Page.

Police Investigate Double Homicide
Thursday March 20th 2014

An Eldred Township man is accused of fatally shooting two next door neighbors.
At about 7 o'clock last night, police say, fifty four year old Garry Flyte called 911 to report that he'd shot three people with a long gun.
Police say, Jeffrey Place andn Steven Powell who were father and son were killed, along with a family dog. The mother missed being hit by the bullet.
Police say, they've been called to that address in the past for disputes, but not all directly related to Flyte and the victims.
"Checking our incidents there were 15 incidents at 428 Meixsell Valley Rd. from 2012 until present. Only one dealt with Mr. Garry Flyte," said David Peters, who's a State Trooper with the Hazelton Barracks.
It was reported that the suspect may have been a meth user and he was paranoid that his neighbors were watching him. Police say they have no evidence of that or any substance abuse in this case. The suspect is in police custody and State Police are investigating.

Local Medical Professional Travels Abroad
Wednesday March 19th 2014

A doctor from Pocono Medical Center is sharing his talents abroad.
A few weeks ago Dr. Jonathan Goldner returned from an annual trip overseas to Guatemala.
Goldner works with a group by the name of Do Care International that sponsers medical missions to Central and South America, Africa and Mexico.
"These people have absolutely no access to healthcare ever...except for the times we go to their villiage," said Goldner.
Pocono Medical Center is also working to provide medical care for people in need in our area.
"Our goal is to bring health care services to the homelss residents. The Salvation Army is specifically for those residents there and the one at the Monroe County Homeless Initiative will be for those residents in the community who go to the day center for different community services," said Geoffrey Roach who's on the advisory board for the homeless initiative and is the spokesperson for Pocono Medical Center.
Both clinics are expected to be up and running next month.

Pike County Courthouse Support
Wednesday March 19th 2014

For months the plans to expand the Pike County Courthouse have come under heavy scrutiny. To expand, would involve sacrificing an historic building, which some residents are strongly against. Today, however a different group attended the Commissioners meeting, to show their support for the expansion. Delaware Township Supervisor Tom Ryan, says its only a small faction of Milford residents who have opposed expansion, and its time the rest of the county has their voices heard. " Its the occupy Milford movement 1% is speaking for the 99% of people in the County, and its just not right, its incorrect"
County officials have listened to all sides over the past several months, but they are now preparing to take their expansion plans to the architectual review board for approval.

Jim Thorpe Man Charged with Corrupting Minor Takes It Back
Wednesday March 19th 2014

In 2009 and 2010, Michael Gallagher of Jim Thorpe was charged with multiple indecent assault and indecent exposure charges, along with corruption of minors involving two separate victims. This morning Gallagher, now 32 years old, was in Schuylkill County Court for his sentencing. Gallagher withdrew his initial plea of "guilty" and hired a new lawyer. A request for comments from Gallagher's new attorney was not returned. This turn of events has shocked and angered the families of the victims while they await further details on the new trial.

Meth Lab Suspect Waives Hearing
Wednesday March 19th 2014

A woman arrested after a Tamaqua meth lab bust in late January will face charges in Schuylkill County Court. 38-year-old Jacqueline Slavin waived her right to a preliminary hearing yesterday on numerous drug related charges. Slavin was arrested after police raided a home on Elm Street in Tamaqua. They found a meth lab, drugs, needles and cash. She is also facing charges for endangering the welfare of her 7-year-old daughter who was at the scene. The girl is now in the custody of her father. Slavin was also arrested last May on similar charges after a bust of meth lab in Lansford.

Lansford Men in Court for Drugs
Wednesday March 19th 2014

Two Lansford men arrested on drug charges were in district court today. On March 6th search warrants were served at the homes of 22-year-old David Wagner and 42-year-old Vito Molle III. The men lived in seperate houses on East Ridge Street. Inside Wagner's house authorities found 197 bags of suspected heroin, dozens of hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia. In Molle's home, agents found 22 bags of suspected heroin, six hypodermic needles and plastic water bong. This afternoon both men waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Charges have been bound over to Carbon County Plea Court.

Thieves target unlocked cars
Wednesday March 19th 2014

People in the Meadowcrest Development in Carbon County woke up to find their cars ransacked. It happened overnight. Mahoning Township police and Lehighton Borough Police received a total of 12 reports of thefts from unlocked cars. The thieves made off with cash, electronics and a firearm. Police remind residents to lock their car doors. Also to report any suspicious activity to police.

Monroe County Prepares For Floods In A New Way
Wednesday March 19th 2014

Monroe County Commissioners want to try to prevent the devastation flooding has caused residents in the past. That's why they adopted a resolution at today's commissioners meeting. It calls for New York City to lower its reservoir levels. Commissioner John Moyer says the amount of water flowing down the Delaware River that could affect county residents would be diminished. It's not a guarantee flooding won't happen in the future, but Moyer says, "It seemed to be an appropriate insurance policy to work toward."

Wanted Man in Carbon Plaza Mall Fire
Tuesday March 18th 2014

Mahoning Township Police have issued an arrest warrant for 41-year old Epifanio Garcia-Rivas. He's wanted for starting a fire inside the Beverly Hills Nail Salon in Lehighton back on December 15th. Police say Garcia-Rivas is the ex-boyfriend of the salon owner. He's charged with arson, burglary and risking catastrophe. His last known address is in Allentown. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police at (570) 386-2242.

Man Accused of Killing Tamaqua Woman to Face Charges in County Court
Tuesday March 18th 2014

An Allentown man charged with killing a Schuylkill County woman will face trial. 25-year old Anthony Heath was in court this morning for his preliminary hearing. He's charged with strangling Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua and setting her body on fire along Flagstaff Road on Jim Thorpe back in January. According to court papers, Heath admitted to strangling her with an electrical cord inside his Allentown apartment. Heath's roommate tells police the two were romantically involved. Fire fighters discovered Steigerwalt's burnt body the day after her disapperance. Police later arrested Heath in North Carolina driving Steigerwalt's car.

SUPERVISORS PETITION FOR REBUILD OF PIKE ROAD
Tuesday March 18th 2014

Supervisors in Northern Pike County are asking PennDOT to rebuild a local road that they say has become dangerous. Lackawaxen Township Supervisors have started a petition calling for Towpath Road to be totally rebuilt at the website change dot org. Supervisors say the road’s poor condition has been responsible for flat tires, bent rims and accidents. Supervisors say they understand that PennDOT has limited funds to repair the road but they’re hoping to re-start a conversation about it. You can find the petition at this link - http://chn.ge/1g4tO8Z

Potentially Bad Spring Allergy Season
Tuesday March 18th 2014

After a frigid winter, the upcoming Spring season will be a welcome sight... but doctors warn the new season could bring more than just warmer weather... allergists say Spring may be a potentially powerful allergy season. Allergists advise allergy sufferers to stay indoors and use air conditioning if needed.

March Madness Takes Over East Stroudsburg
Tuesday March 18th 2014

For the first time, East Stroudsburg University is hosting the Atlantic Region in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Out of the 43 teams competing for the Tournament Championship, the Warriors are one of two teams left to take the title. That game is happening tonight against West Liberty University, and fans are expected to fill the stands. Typically the dorms and dining hall close for Spring Break. Since students are more excited about basketball than beach balls, they stayed open to support the students' school spirit.
ESU students aren't the only ones pumped up about the game tonight. The buzz is reaching local businesses. Spring Break is usually slow time for food places like Cluck-U, but the manager tells us sales have doubled from last year. The business boost is also appreciated by a local hotel and diner. Owner Barth Rubin of Budget Inn and Suites and The Roasted Tomato Diner says, "A lot of the teams have come to stay with us and the related families." He says it'll help future business also because this event is putting the Poconos on the map.
The community is rooting for ESU tonight and if you'd like to be there in person it's not too late. They'll be selling tickets at the door starting at 6PM. The game starts at 7 tonight at the Koehler Field House.

Officials Prepare for New Homeless Day Center
Tuesday March 18th 2014

The homeless day center that used to be located on lower main st. in Stroudsburg is closed, but a new one is coming soon.
Members of the Monroe County Homeless Initiative moved all their things out of 350 Main in St. As final improvements are made to the new location on 1st st. their things wait in storage and the excitement is building day by day.
This morning the homeless initiative advisory board met with various officials in the community who've been active in the initiative. They discussed current improvements they're working on and those on the way.
Geoffrey Roach who's one of the board members says they received an emergency solutions grant to hire a case manager and social worker for the center.
They were also approved for a grant to purchase a van for transportation.
"We've worked both from a medical side to a case management side to a housing side. We're trying to meet all of thier needs and this new day center will be a wonderful addition, because it'll bring all those services under one roof and allow for street outreach," said Roach.
Right now the space is empty and there's still work to be done, but they're hoping it'll be ready by the end of the month.
"It's so beautiful...it's spacious...we have a facility for laundry and showers...seperate bathrooms, there's a kitchen, a small kitchenette," said Leslie Perryman, who's the program director at Crossroads Community Services and the director of the new day center.
Perryman says there'll be a meeting room, a clinic, a sanctuary for Salt of the Earth Ministries, office space and computers for them to search for jobs, housing and other resources.
"I think it's been amazing how strong the community has been in partnering and pulling thier resources together," said Perryman.
If you would like to come check out the new day center the open house is scheduled for April 8th. To RSVP contact the day center at (570) 269-8916.


Final Suspect In Court Today For A Fatal Hamilton Township Shooting
Monday March 17th 2014

19-year-old Brandon Wilson had his preliminary hearing today. He is one of five people charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, tampering with evidence and six counts of recklessly endangering another person... Police say the five were involved in the drive-by shooting January 14th at a mobile home on Old Timber Road near Bartonsville. They had gone there looking for revenge after one of the defendants was robbed during a drug deal set up by a resident inside the home. One of the shots hit Darcey Kravchenko in the head killing him. Police say he was not the target. Wilson's Defense Attorney James Swetz says, "There are allegations that have been made concerning my client that are totally untrue and it's going to take some time to sort those out."
The defense did come away with a win today. Since the State Trooper who took the stand as a witness could only verify three people were inside the home at the time, the six counts of reckless endangerment were dropped to three.
Swetz says, "When the Commonwealth doesn't bare its burden of proof, charges go to the wayside. We're confident more charges are going to fall by the wayside as well."
Wilson is now back at Monroe County Correctional Facility. He and the four others all await trial.

Shawnee Home Goes Up In Flames
Monday March 17th 2014

At around 11:30 this morning a home in Middle Smithfield Township went up in flames.
No one was home at the time and no one was hurt, but the structure is a total loss.
Fire Chief, Donald Fuller from Shawnee Fire Comapany says, flames were fully involved in the kitchen and porch area.
Sometimes it can be a challenge for volunteer fire fighters to get man power. A lot of them work other jobs.
Fuller says, they had more than enough help to fight this fire. They were able to respond quickly and put the fire out.
"We had Bushkill come in and supply us with two tankers which worked out really well...Marshalls Creek were here to supply us with some water and man power," said Fuller.
Usually when there's a fire it's called in by a neighbor or someone nearby, but in this case it was a fire fighter.
"I live down the road ...I was going to take the dogs for a walk, I came out looked left and I saw a bunch of smoke," said Dave Steglik, who's a volunteer fire fighter with Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company.
When Steglik went to check things out , he says the fire was through the roof.
Steglik says he couldn't battle the fire himself so he called in the structure fire, then responded.
"I Used to see them all the time walking back between houses because they were all friends, but apparently they left this morning so I wasn't afraid there was anybody in the home or I would've came straight here, said Steglik.
Steglik says Shawnee Mountain uses the home for employee housing in ski season and people are usually in and out.
"They bring in internationals to do internships and work throughout ski season and then they go back home, said Steglik.
"It's a unfortunate event, but ski season is almost over. It's fortunate no one was hurt, said Jim Tust from Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.
Right now the cause of the fire is unknown and the fire marshall is investigating.

Growing Concern
Monday March 17th 2014

With Winter hanging on, growers are getting a late start to the season. The ground is partly frozen at Seltzer's Nursery and Landscaping in Lehighton where workers would normally be busy planting this time of year. It's a similar story at Merkel Farm and Nursery in Mahoning Township where the grower tells us he would normally have peas in the ground. Growers we spoke to are optimistic they'll be able to catch up once the weather breaks.

Vandals Hit Former Resort In Stroud Township
Thursday March 13th 2014

What used to be Penn Hills Resort in Stroud Township has become subject to vandalism over and over again.
Most recently, the abandoned building painted in graffiti.
Township officials say they would like to see something done with the property. It has been closed for about five years now and it's just become an eyesore in the community.
"It was once a vibrant resort.We're hoping the property can be revitalized back to a resort," said John DeCusatis, who's the planning administrator for Stroud Township.
Stroud Township officials are currently looking for the owner of the resort to figure out what steps need to be taken.
It's in need of some repair...fresh life...I don't know what the property owner would want to develop it as with new buildings if it was to be developed," said DeCusatis.
Captain Brian Kimmins from Stroud Area Regional Police says blight and vandalism are two big problems, but abandon buildings attract a number of other problems as well.
"When the Penn Hills Resort closed, that started a series of events common to any place that goes vacant for an extended period of time...suspicious vehicles, break ins, vandalism, grafitti, stealing copper for scrapping," said Kimmins.
At one point, Kimmins says the owners had their own patrol that watched over the property. Kimmins says they would be called out to handle these sort of things, but in the last year things have calmed down. This is the first incident in a while.
"We definately don't want properties going down hill to a non-repairable condition, said Decusatis.
Decusatis says the property has been up for sale for the past year. The owner reduced the price by $40,000, but still no luck. Decusatis is hoping they can come up with a plan.

Traffic Problems Cause One Woman To Take Action
Thursday March 13th 2014

If you were driving on Sullivan Trail and stopped at the 715 Intersection in Tannersville, you may have read this homemade billboard-- "New York and New Jersey you can turn right." Pennsylvania Law states you can turn right on red after stopping if there in no sign posted that you can't. Pocono Township resident Kim Markou is so fed up with the traffic backup because people are not abiding by this law at this intersection that she created her own sign. SHe would like to see official signage posted reminding people they can turn right on red. And she's not the only one. Everyone we talked to today is aware of the same problem. The handwritten sign has now blown away, and the need for a real sign is met with harsh reality.
PA State Representative Mario Scavello says, "There's a huge expense to this, because if you put a sign up, everybody's going to want signs and the state will not spend that kind of money."
That's part of the reason it's a general rule in PA. And if a sign was to just be posted at this intersection, Representative Scavello says it could cause problems at other intersections.
Scavello says, "What it'll do is confuse people. If they don't see the sign now, then people will say we can't make a right because it's not posted."
The good news-- Scavello says a solution is already in the works. Construction to widen the roads there for turning lanes is expected to start this year.

Update: Lansford Home Invasion
Thursday March 13th 2014

A man wanted for a home invasion in Lansford is now behind bars. Earlier today, Lansford Police say they arrested 30-year-old Brian Kehl whose last known address is in Summit Hill. Kehl and 31-year-old Joseph Becker of Coaldale face several charges for a home invasion on February 27th. According to court documents, the men showed up at a home on West Water Street looking for another man. But a boy home alone told the suspects no one lived there by that name. One suspect restrained the boy and the other took his cell before they entered the home. When he was let go, the boy ran to get his grandfather who confronted the men with a handgun. Kehl and Becker now both in jail.

Help Pocono Wildlife
Thursday March 13th 2014

The endless outdoor playground of the Poconos is not only home to you but a wide variety of wildlife. When you need answers or care for the animals you come across, there's only one organization to call.
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center helps animals in need with the purpose of releasing them back into the wild healthy. Right now, they're anticipating a busy animal baby boom after such a harsh winter.
Director Kathy Uhler says, "This is when they're all born. It's going to be from March to August. People find them and things happen to them like abandonment, injury and sickness. They need a second chance."
Taking care of wild animals yourself is not only illegal and dangerous, but special care is required. In the case of newborns it's formula, and each type of animal needs their own kind. Uhler says it costs about $200 for a 20 pound bucket. Since they're an all-volunteer, non-profit organization they depend on people's donations.
Money isn't only needed to help their furry friends, but also towards a goal with what they do best-- Educate people in the Poconos. Currently the animals are brought to schools for children to learn more about them. But they want to have their own education center on site so people can come see the animals in their close-to-natural habitat. That's where an old barn on the property comes into play. It's in the process of being renovated as an Eagle Scout Project but it needs a new roof.
If you'd like to contribute to the center and help them with their mission, go to their website at www.poconowildlife.org.

Arrest Made After Lock Down at Lehigh Elementary
Wednesday March 12th 2014

A person believed to be armed with a weapon nearby a Northampton Area Elementary School puts the building on lock down. No one was allowed in or out of Lehigh Elementary School after a traffic stop went awry. Township Police say around 9:15 a.m. an officer tried to stop a vehicle recognized as belonging to a person with active arrest warrants. The driver, Ryan Redline, fled on foot into the woods near Blue Mountain Drive and Route 946. When police received information that he may be armed with a handgun the school was put on lock down as a precaution. Redline emerged from the woods in the area of the Blue Mountain Drive-in Restaurant and was taken into custody. Police did not find a handgun in his possession. He now faces new charges for today's incident. The lock down at the elementary school ended just before 11:45 a.m.

Mahoning Township Hit & Run Investigation
Wednesday March 12th 2014

Mahoning Township Police are looking for a driver involved in a hit and run crash last week. Officers say a gray colored Mazda spun out while driving on Mahoning Mountain Road around 9:15 Friday night. The Mazda crossed the center line and struck the passenger side of a pick-up truck. After impact, witnesses say the young male driver of the Mazda reversed into the truck causing additional damage before fleeing. The vehicle then ran a stop sign at Mahoning Mountain and Dinkey Roads where it turned south onto Dinkey. The Mazda is possibly a model 3 or 6 ranging in year from 2003 - 2010. It will have damage to the passenger side with broken windows and a missing passenger side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township Police.

House Fire in Albrightsville
Wednesday March 12th 2014

The normally quiet Towamensing Trails community in Albrightsville was disturbed by sounds of sirens and large fire trucks, as firefighters responded to calls of a dwelling fire around noon today. David Vukovic, Fire Chief at Penn Forest Fire Company #2, tells us the fire at a home located on Crane Road started in the basement. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. The home is gutted, with damage on all three floors. The state police fire marshall is investigating what caused the blaze.

Pedestrian Killed in Washington Township
Wednesday March 12th 2014

A North Whitehall Township woman is dead after a pedestrian accident earlier today in Washington Township. The accident happened just before noon on Route 873 outside of Neffs. The Lehigh County Coroner says 47-year-old Angela Pope was struck by a car and killed. The roadway was shut down for several hours while state police and the coroner were on scene.

Obama To Order Overtime Expansion
Wednesday March 12th 2014

Those salaried employees who work over 40 hours a week may soon be paid for working overtime.
The White House says, president Obama will use his executive privledge to order more overtime compensation for employees in managerial or professional roles.
Current regulations require overtime compensation for salaried workers paid under $455 per week. The president wants to raise that number. Some would benefit, but officials say some won't.
"It's really a double edge sword and it's the same arguement that's going on with minimum wage. If you raise minimum wage...what does the owner do?...Does he increase the price of his products or does he lay off other individuals," said John Casella, who's the administrator at Careerlink in Tannersville.
An announcement is expected to be made tomorrow by the president. How much the requirement will be raised to has not been disclosed.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police Force Is Officially On The Map
Wednesday March 12th 2014

A national magazine focuses on a Monroe County Police Force in a big way. Pocono Mountain Regional Police is on the cover of "The Tactical Edge," highlighting innovative resources you may not be aware of in your backyard.
The article explains how their SWAT Team and K-9 Unit work together to better serve the community.

Coaldale Police Department
Wednesday March 12th 2014

A change could be coming to the Coaldale Police Department. In 2012, borough council turned three of its full time officers into part time officers, citing a lack of funds, but sources tell us, the same council gave a pay increase to existing part time officers. Since then, the police department and the borough have been in litigation. Borough officials tell News 13, they hope to iron out the issue soon and have the police department back in full force. The borough is expected to make a decision on the matter during a special meeting later this month.

Severed Animal Heads Found In Tunkhannock Township
Tuesday March 11th 2014

Patricia Drive in Long Pond is typically a quiet road and the residents tell us they usually go unnoticed. That's why Mary Zeldenrust was shocked to find a horrible scene while walking her dogs like she always does. She didn't know what to think at first.
Zeldenrust says she saw two plates with a goat or sheep head and chicken heads on top of it. An arrangement of feathers lined the perimeter of each plate. A third larger plate was wrapped in white linen. Zeldenrust says, "I took a peak under that and it was some kind of dead bird. I just saw a lot of blood and parts, and I just put the thing back down."
Zeldenrust says it was something she's never seen before and called the police. She thinks it could be some kind of ritual because you could tell someone spent a lot of time on it. Police say it doesn't seem criminal at this time but they are looking into the bones to make sure none are human. Residents are feeling better now that the remains have been removed by Tunkhannock Township municipal workers.

Officials Prepare For New Race Season
Tuesday March 11th 2014

The new season for Pocono Raceway is right around the corner. Yesterday, officials celebrated their success over the years and what's coming next.
The big races don't start until June, but track rentals begin in early April.
Right now the track is covered in snow but once thesnow melts track officials say the races will begin and they'll be doing a number of things to improve traffic.
"We're really going to streamline the way fans enter the facility. The governor yesterday talked about the road project which is a few years away, but this year we're going to start that project in house with phase two of our sign and way finding plan that we started last year," said Brandon Igdalsky, who's the president of Pocono Raceway.
Last year, officials say they added 837 new signs around the raceway to help fans find their way around. This year they're adding 2500
signs and new walkways.
Yesterday the governor announced that $5,000,000,000 will be spent to widen route 115, from route 903 to the raceway to improve traffic on the roads.

Construction Confusion
Tuesday March 11th 2014

Lehighton School Board voted a few months ago to move forward on renovation plans to its existing elementary schools, but now there's a proposal to build a new elementary center instead. The board held a workshop meeting last night to clarify some concerns voiced by residents. No decision has been made. Members weighing the options to determine the most cost effective option. A link is posted on the district's website entitled "Building Updates and clarifications." School officials hope the six page document helps answer residents questions. Next school board meeting is scheduled for March 24th.

From "Pain to Glory"-- A Pocono Township Man's Story of Inspiration
Monday March 10th 2014

Three-year Scotrun resident James Hagner never thought he'd be in a battle for his own life. Living in New York as a volunteer fireman, he was use to fighting to save others. But nothing like what he experienced being a first responder during 9/11.
James Hagner says, "It's hard at night, you go to bed, you think about what you saw and what you experienced, and things that you saw down there."
To this day it's hard for him to talk about the 42-days he spent looking for people in the rubble. But every day he lives with it, not only with horrific memories but health problems. First Responders of 9/11 were unaware they were working in an extremely toxic area. Hagner was diagnosed with the lungs of a 92-year-old man. He was placed on disability and 22 medications a day to sustain him. One led to a new nightmare.
Hagner says, "I gained a lot of weight from Prednizone from being on it for seven years, 80 milligrams a day."
Hagner was 409 pounds and in May 2013
suffered a diabetic coma. When he came to, he was given only two years to live.
Hagner's daughter Jasmine says, "I'm happy that I got him better because it would kill me to see my dad not here. My dad is my best friend, he'll always be there for me."
His wife and four children's reaction was the turning point. It was the motivation
he needed. From June 2013, he lost 107 pounds in 119 days and beat a Guinness World Record. He's now down to 240 pounds without surgery, only on three medications and now non-diabetic. He did it by going back to the basics-- diet and exercise-- eating only organic, juicing and hunting animals for his meat. He says if he can do it, you can do it.
Hagner says, "It's been a struggle because of all the weight and I couldn't breathe so I had to take baby steps before I got to where I am today. But I focus on trying to live as long as I can for my children."
He's found the secret to help himself and now wants to share that to help others. He encourages you to contact him on his website www.jameshagner.com and for more information. He's going back to saving lives from "Pain to Glory.

Officials Investigate Homicide, Suicide
Monday March 10th 2014

State Police were called out to the home of Michael and Diana Buckley for a welfare check friday evening in Hamilton Township.
The driveway had been plowed, but the car still was still snowed in.
Police say there weren't any indications of forced entry or random acts of violence, when they arrived on scene.
Diana and Michael were found with bullet wounds to the head in their downstairs bedroom.
Autopsies were performed today and Bob Allen who's the Monroe County Coroner says they had been deceased for about 3 weeks.
Allen and police are calling the events a homicide and suicide. Officials say the wife shot her husband and then shot herself.
Allen says the couple had a couple medical issues, they were able to confirm through an autopsy today.
In memory of the couple, loved ones have left flowers that sit in front of the Buckley home.

Pennsylvania May Unscrew A Distillery Rule
Friday March 7th 2014

Sometimes ordering a product online is a lot easier than driving to a store. It's an idea a local distillery in Jackson Township is hoping to take advantage of thanks to a rule change being considered in Pennsylvania. Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery may soon be able to ship their spirits directly to their customers. A Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Spokeswoman says the new shipping rule only needs approval from the Attorney General, if that happens, small distilleries could start shipping by mid-april.

Hamilton Manor Expects A Makeover
Thursday March 6th 2014

Monroe County Commissioners want to make a local senior home more energy efficient for residents.
John Moyer, who's one of the Monroe County Commissioners says, the facility has to come up with half of the money.
Moyer says the cost of the project will be in the range of $400,000.
Commissioners have agreed to allow them to use $200,000 of money reserved to put with their contribution if that's what they need to make the units more efficient.
Moyer says they plan to add more efficient heating and cooling systems and new windows.
Officials from the housing authority held a meeting with seniors to let them know of the expected improvements. Officials say they plan to provide residents with a place to stay, during the renovations.

A Great Achievement For Monroe County's Largest Employer
Thursday March 6th 2014

Tobyhanna Army Depot is honored today with this year's Governor's Award for Safety Excellence. They're not only one of 10 industries in Pennsylvania to receive this award, but the only non-commercial.

County Officials Pick Up Workers Comp Expense
Wednesday March 5th 2014

If you slip and fall on the job or hurt yourself in any other way, workers compensation comes in handy.
Pleasant Valley Manor has been facing financial challenges and county officials want to make sure they have the funds to provide employee benefits.
John Moyer who's one of the Monroe County Commissioners says there are a number of unsettled workers compensation claims out there right now.
Not too long ago, county officials were considering the sale of the nursing home, because of financial issues.
Even though they decided to keep it for three years, officials say it's affected other areas.
Looking at the facility's financial history, Joseph Pierce, who's the county bond counsel says banks have become leary for lending to them.
Pierce says, employers are required to reserve a certain amount, based on how much the claim is going to cost.
Pleasant Valley has to have $2.3 million put aside for back up.
Previously, Pleasant Valley Manor received the funding through a letter of credit from M&T Bank. Since their financial troubles they pulled their support.
Pierce says, PNC has agreed to consider an application for a letter of credit only if it comes from the county.
Pleasant Valley Manor will still be responsible for the costs. The reserve funds will be available as a last result.

Lake Ariel Oil Spill
Wednesday March 5th 2014

Officials from D-E-P, Fish and Boat commission, and Wayne County Emergency Management assembled in Lake Ariel to adddress an oil spill and what needs to be done to resolve it.

Today an enviornmental protection cleanup crew was out attempting to clean up the mess. The company was using absorbent pads to blot the oil and interceptor trenches to divert the fuel.

D-E-P says the amount of oil that spilled into the lake cannot be determined. However, officials for D-E-P say Howe Oil will be issued a notice of violation.

Disaster Relief Responders
Wednesday March 5th 2014

When disaster strikes, these people are some of the first on scene, American Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteers. The non-profit provides victims displaced by fires or natural disasters with lodging, clothing and financial support. Disaster Relief Responders help the victims through the process. The Lehigh Valley Chapter services Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, log onto the organization's website www.recross.org.

Police Regionalization Makes A Big Difference
Wednesday March 5th 2014

It's been 14 years since Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg and Stroud Township formed a regional police force department. And now it's needed more than ever. Stroud Area Regional Police say they're experiencing a significant rise in crime-- Not only because of the current state of the economy but a rise in drug use. The regionalization has provided a better use of resources, especially in crimes like the recent attempted radio shack robbery. Captain Brian Kimmins says they were caught because enough officers were concentrated in that area.
"In the old days, East Stroudsburg would have gone to that call with one or two guys and would've called for backup as needed."
The Poconos is a targeted area because of the proximity to large cities. Operations Lieutenant Kevin Transue tells us his territory in particular seems easy to pull off a crime.
"People still consider East Stroudsburg/Stroudsburg area to be a remote location or a smaller town minded area, and certaintly we're not."
But as the saying goes-- Looks can be deceiving. The police force has got it covered because of the efficiency regionalization has provided.

Kalahari Resort Is Right On Schedule Despite Old Man Winter
Tuesday March 4th 2014

The Kalahari Resort is still set to open in June 2015 at Pocono Manor. Despite the fact that this year's winter hs been especially hard on outdoor construction.
Coming from Wisconsin, Kalahari Resort Owner/President Todd Nelson isn't new to the winter wrath Monther Nature can produce. But local construction workers were thrown for a loop. Constant snow storms and a lot of snow to deal with, along with below normal freezing temperatures have caused numerous weeks of lost work. A lot more concrete was supposed to be poured with many more walls erected for phase one of the Kalahari Resort. Yet, Nelson is confident the opening date won't change and says workers are extremely committed to getting caught up. Nelson says everyone can look forward to enjoying phase one's 457 hotel rooms, one hundred thousand feet of indoor water park, a convention center and other fun amenities June 2015. He's already focused on phase two expected to open March 2016 that will add onto both the hotel and water park area. And don't expect it to end there, six more phases are already planned with more room available to keep adding beyond that.

ESU Radio Nominated For MTV Award
Tuesday March 4th 2014

East Stroudsburg University is one of the top ten colleges nominated for an MTV Award in the nation.
The community has played a big part in getting them to this point, but they need votes to get the big win.
Amanda Woods who's the business manager for WESS Radio at East Stroudsburg University says they've been working to gain more publicity so they can do more and this is a great opportunity for them. Woods says she would like to have more music and have bands come in.
If you would like to help support ESU'S radio station, the last day to vote is Thursday by five. There is a link on ESU'S Website where you can vote. Log on to esu.edu/WESS.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Preps
Tuesday March 4th 2014

Businesses in downtown Jim Thorpe are gearing up for one of their busiest day of the year, parade day. The Carbon County community is hosting its 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade this Sunday. Restaurants are prepping extra food and plan on having plenty of staff on hand to help with the rush. Bed and Breakfasts in the area are booked for the weekend. Some B&B owners tell us their guests book the weekend a year in advance. The parade will be held rain or shine. It marches down Broadway starting at 1PM. News 13 will broadcast the Jim Thorpe Parade Live!

Two Arrested for Theft in Rush Township
Monday March 3rd 2014

Rush Township Police arrest two people in the Walmart parking lot after the pair's 5th time stealing. According to officers, 36-year-old Steven Smith and 34-year-old Barbara Figueiredo, both of Plains, were picked up by police over the weekend. Officers say they've been arraigned on several charges including retail theft and drug paraphernalia. The pair is also facing charges for four other theft related incidents at Walmart. Police say they've stolen over $2,000 worth of items. Neither were able to post bail and remain at the Schuylkill County Prison.

Furino's Pizza Owners Plan To Rebuild
Monday March 3rd 2014

At a glance Furino's Pizza in Hamilton Township looks like it's open for business, but take a look inside, and it's obvious you're not getting served today.
The fire started prior to Sunday's opening. No one was inside at the time. Firefighters were called to the scene around 10 in the morning. Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Fire Chief Leon Clapper says the fire started in the kitchen. But the cause is still under investigation, something fire marshalls were on scene to determine today.
The loss of the pizza parlor is felt by the community. People are dropping by today offering their support. Coleen Montague tells us she was a regular customer and couldn't say enough nice things about her experiences. She's really going to miss it.
The owners didn't want to be on camera, but tell us investigators say it's not suspicious and they're hoping to rebuild. In the meantime, the Furino's will stay busy with their other restaurant-- The Village Deli in Tannersville.

National Nutrition Month
Monday March 3rd 2014

Healthy eating and exercise are needed year round, but many of us need a friendly reminder to get ourselves back on track. March is National Nutrition Month, designed to focus attention on the importance of developing healthy habits, like food choices. Dieticians say replacing your unhealthy habits with smarter choices, like portion control, is needed for a healthier body.

Concerns Continue for Hickory Hills Residents
Monday March 3rd 2014

A spokesperson for Hickory Hills tells News 13 about half of the homes in the community are now hooked up to individual propane tanks and expects to have all the homes hooked up over the next few days. Residents have been on edge in the Northampton County community after a mobile home explosion claimed the life on a neighbor. A state police fire marshal ruled the blast accidental, caused by a liquid propane gas leak. There were reports over the weekend of more leaks, but management tells us the reports turned out to be false alarms.

Twelve People Arrested at Sherman Theatre
Monday March 3rd 2014

Police say 12 people were arrested this weekend at a popular barstool party hosted by the Sherman Theatre.
Two people are facing felony charges for possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver and one for Molly. Molly is an ingredient in ecstasy. Nine people were arrested for misdemeanors, six of them drug related.
Police say there were also, 26 non-traffic citations, seven traffic and thirty-five traffic warnings.
Captain Brian Kimmins from Stroud Area Regional Police says they had the help of state police, the Monroe County Drug Task Force, The Pennsylvania Liquor control , county probation and parole agents.
Robin Olson, who's the chief of police at East Stroudsburg University says some of their students attended the event. Some were even hospitalized.
We tried to contact the Sherman Theatre, but we were unable to get a comment.

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