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Superintedent Receives $50k Raise
Friday May 30th 2014

A recent school board decision in the Pocono Mountain School District is stirring up controversy.
After saving the district about 2.8 million dollars the school board has decided to up the superintendent's pay.
She's now the highest paid superintendent in the area.
The board granted a one time merit based salary adjustment of $50,000.
She was making $150,000 a year. Now her salary is up to $200,000. Sixty five employees received raises of 1.75 to 3.75 percent.
Officials from the school district released a statement saying the raises would not increase taxes for taxpayers.
In the last couple years they say taxes have decreased.
If you would like to share comments and concerns with the board they'll be holding a meeting next Wednesday.

Middle Smithfield Township Residents Breathe A Sigh Of Relief
Friday May 30th 2014

Geraldine Hicswa can see everything going on at Werry's Pub on Route 209 from her backyard. And that's why she's been a part of the five year fight to stop a proposed strip club. She says it just wasn't the place for it with lots of children living on Prairie Lane. So she's delighted to be informed Applicant Daniel Russo of the company HOTT PA is withdrawing his bid for Werry's Pub to host adult entertainment. About a week ago, Middle Smithfield Township Alternate Solicitor Jerry Geiger received a letter from Russo's attorney notifying the opposing counsel he was done. Geiger had been working two years on the land development application-- one of two permits needed for the proposal to move forward. The second permit request-- appeal of a conditional use application that had been denied-- was also surrendered. The letter states both decisions were due to Russo's health status.
Geiger says, "That means that plans for a strip club on Route 209 have been abandoned."
The future of Werry's Pub remains up in the air as to whether or not the fight is really over. But recent township zoning changes present a road block.
Geiger says, "It wouldn't be allowed under the current zoning law and so then the legal question would come up whether a reinstated application could actually move forward."
Werry's Property owner Bob Spano, Sr. says he had nothing to do with HOTT PA and the future of Werry's will be discussed at a Middle Smithfield Township Zoning Board Meeting on Wednesday.

Local Church Fights Hunger, Needs Volunteers
Thursday May 29th 2014

If kids have a special place in your heart, the Zion Lutheran Church in Broadheadsville is asking for your helping hand.
Church officials are sponsoring a Kids Against Hunger Pakaging Event next Saturday.
Over the last several months the church has raised almost $10,000 in fundraising, but they need more volunteers.
Right now they have 50, but they need 200 people.
"It's something that anybody can do from young to old.. you're measuring out the ingredients that go into these packets and then sealing the packets," said Pastor Ann Melot.
Officials say they're be preparing the equivilent of $30,000 meals.
Pakages will be sent to local food pantries and a school in Haiti.
If you would like to help out contact the church office.
Set up starts at 10 and pakaging will begin at noon.
They plan to have two shifts.

Nesquehoning Police Officer Put on Administrative Leave
Thursday May 29th 2014

A Nesquehoning police officer invovled in a fatal crash earlier this month is put on administrative leave. The crash happend May 12th. Michael and Carola Sauers were driving south on Route 209 in Nesquehoning when they were struck by officer Stephen Homanko's cruiser as he lost control on a curve. 69-year-old Carola who was a passenger in the car - was killed. Her husband - 64-year-old Michael was flown to the hospital with severe injuries. Borough officials tell us the 25-year-old officer hasn't been working because of injuries sustained in the crash. Last night borough council voted to put Homanko on unpaid administrative leave pending the completion of the Pennsylvania State Police crash investigation. The borough was told it could take weeks for that to wrap up.

More Than Just A Bike Ride
Thursday May 29th 2014

Eric German couldn't be happier his friend's legacy is continuing to live on. This year marks the Third Annual Wounded Veterans Memorial Bike Ride in honor of Billy Brockett. Bikers start cruising from Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson in Snydersville and end at Riverside Bar and Grill in Easton. Brockett died in a car crash back in 2011. German organized the event shortly after to continue what he stood for-- a Marine who made a difference, not only through his service, but great involvement in local charities. That's why the funds raised from those participating will go toward AWSOM Animal Shelter and the Valor Clinic Foundation that helps veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. German says 600 to 700 people came out last year. But he's hoping many more will participate this year even if they're driving a car. It shows veterans they're appreciated and what they did matters.
It's a time to give back but it'll also be a party on Saturday, June 7th. Volunteers and Sponsors contributed to live bands, amazing prizes to win, an all you can eat pig roast, meet and greet with WWE Pro Wrestler Gene Snitsky and more. Registration begins at 10am and kickstands go up at 1pm. For more information go to www.billybrockettmemorialride.com.

Carbon County Farmer's Market Vouchers
Wednesday May 28th 2014

The Senior Farmerís Market Program will be offered again this year to eligible Carbon County Senior Citizens age 60 and over. This program is made possible through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution. The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging staff will be distributing $20.00 in vouchers, free to eligible seniors for the purpose of encouraging older adults to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers who make their produce available at farmerís markets.
Eligibility requirements:
You must be a Carbon County resident age 60 or older with a total gross annual income at or below $21,590 for a single person and $29,101 for a couple. A couple is entitled to $20.00 each. Proof of age and residency is required by showing your driverís license or photo ID. For those who cannot go to the distribution sites, a representative can pick up the vouchers for them, as long as the representative brings a completed proxy form signed by the person who the vouchers are for. The proxy form is needed for those picking up for their spouse as well. The proxy forms are available in advance at all five senior centers and the Area Agency on Aging (1-800-441-1315). Persons may only receive these vouchers one time per season.
Vouchers will be distributed at the following dates and locations from 12:00 to 2:00:
Friday, June 6 at Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S 8th St. Lehighton
Monday, June 9 at Weatherly Senior Center, 335 third St. Weatherly
Tuesday, June 10 at Panther Valley Senior Center, 90 E Catawissa St. Nesquehoning
Thursday, June 12 at Palmerton Senior Center, 501 Delaware Ave. Palmerton
Friday, June 13 at Jim Thorpe/Penn-Kidder Senior Center, Bear Creek Plaza, Route 903, Jim Thorpe
Provided all the vouchers have not been distributed, there will be an additional distribution on Wednesday, June 25 at Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. 8th St. Lehighton from 12:00 to 2:00 for those unable to get to the previous distribution sites.

Lehighton Man Charged in Fatal Pedestrian Accident
Wednesday May 28th 2014

A Lehighton man is charged in a fatal pedestrian accident in Lehigh County. The incident happened on March 12th on Route 873 in Washington Township. Investigators say 54-year-old Donald Vito was driving south on Route 873 -- and 47-year-old Angela Pope of North Whitehall was jogging on the northbound shoulder. Vito's vehicle crossed over to the northbound lane of travel and struck Pope killing her. Vito was charged earlier today with involuntary manslaughter and other offenses. One witness driving behind Vito says he was speeding and swerving -- and that Vito was following another vehicle too closely. The witness saw Vito's vehicle enter the northbound lane in what he thought was an attempt to pass the other vehicle. Vito has been committed to Lehigh County Prison after bail was set at $100,000.

Prostitution Becoming More Prevalent In The Poconos
Wednesday May 28th 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are cracking down on Prostitution in their coverage area. They say it's happening all over the Poconos but is occurring more frequently in Mount Pocono because of the numerous hotels located on Route 611. Their ongoing investigation led to 22-year-old Melissa McKee being arrested Friday on drug and prostitution charges, as well as, warrants related to probation violations in Monroe and Lehigh Counties. Police were tipped off by both routine hotel surveillance and anonymous complaint letters from the community. But an internet website sealed the deal.
Chief Harry Lewis says, "Prostitutes from the area are using Backpage.com to put up daily ads to meet and solicit their prostitution."
Police are using the site to identify people involved like McKee. Last November, we reported McKee was charged with advertising on the internet that sex was for sale at a Mount Pocono Motel. This is her second offense. Lewis says social media is allowing prostitution to be more prevalent. The website reveals numerous postings all over the Pocono Mountains.
Police are continuing their investigation and tell us more arrests will be made.

Man Accused of Trying To Kill Father In Court
Wednesday May 28th 2014

A 45 Year old Smithfield Township man is accused of trying to kill his father Saturday Morning.
Today he appeared in court for his preliminary hearing.
Eighty year old, George Pugh, a veteran of the armed forces went before the court this morning to share his near death experience on the morning of May 24th.
His son had been staying with him and his wife Sandra about 2 years. While staying there George says they had a number of disputes over money.
Saturday his son David attacked him first with a hammer, striking him multiple times in the head. Then he went for a gun.
When his father got the chance he ran to his vehicle. When he tried to drive away David fired two shots, hitting his father in the right hand.
The judge decided to send all charges to county court. David is being held on secured bail.

Carbon County Firehouse Seeks Your Vote!
Tuesday May 27th 2014

Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company is in a race to win $10,000. They beat out hundreds of other nominations as one of 20 top volunteer fire departments in Johnsonville Sausage's nationwide search for the "Best Of Us" campaign. Now it's up to you whether they come out on top and win for their great community service and volunteerism they provide you with everyday. Just vote online at www.johnsonville.com/bestofus. You can vote once a day until June 20th. The firehouse with the most votes wins.

Eighty Local Businesses Give Veteran Discounts
Tuesday May 27th 2014

About a year ago county officials created a discount program for veterans.
Since it's creation, officials say 80 businesses have signed up and 1,000 veterans, but they would like to see more come on board.
If you would like to participate, stop by the Monroe County Veteran Affairs office in the County administration building.

LVIA Gears Up
Tuesday May 27th 2014

Officials at the Lehigh Valley International Airport report a small boost in traveler traffic over the holiday weekend. They expect traffic to increase with the unofficial start to summer officially here. The months of January, February and March turned out to be the lowest months in travelers over the last four years. Last month was up nearly two thousand people than the year prior. Two new venues at the airport, PA Pub and Java Joint, are ready just in time for the busy season.

Free Summer Food Program for Kids
Tuesday May 27th 2014

The Summit Hill Heritage Center will host the Summer Food Program for kids and teens at three locations this summer. The service will run weekdays from June 16 through August 15 (with the exception of July 4) from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and is free to all kids and teens 18 and under (no proof of income or application is required). Locations are as follows:
Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 West Hazard Street, Summit Hill
Grace Community Church, 15 West Ridge Street, Lansford
Christ Redeemer Church, 151 Third Street, Coaldale

The goals of this program are to provide a fun and safe place for kids to be active and visit with friends, to provide healthy meals based on USDA nutrition guidelines and to help families stretch their food resources.
Go to www.summithillheritagecenter.com or call 570.645.9133 to learn more. This service is sponsored by the Summit Hill Heritage Center and local families, businesses and churches. SHHC is a 501c3 nonprofit entity and the home of the Summit Hill Community Food Pantry.

Pike County Man Saves Eldery Woman's Life
Friday May 23rd 2014

Joyce Spinelli, an 81 year old woman from Pike County was locked out her house one frigid February day when attempting to take out the trash. When she walked around towards the back, she slipped and fell in the snow. Joyce was outside screaming for help, when her bus driver, Antonio Biafora heard her from a distance. Biafora rushed over, picked her up, and brought Joyce inside. He immediately began warming up her hands, and getting her the help she needed. Though she suffered frostbite on her fingers, if it wasn't for Antonio's actions, the situation could of been dire. He got Joyce the proper treatment, and she credits him with saving her life. Biafora has been employed with Pike County transportation for 15-years, and says nothing means more to him in the world, then being able to help. Spinelli says " I thank god he was there that day. He's my hero ".

Franklin Elementary Honors Veterans
Friday May 23rd 2014

Memorial Day is three days away, but some are recognizing veterans today.
This morning students from Franklin Elementary School honored the many veterans who fought for our freedoms. They sang songs, read poems, shared history and presented wreaths.
The Principal, Suzanne Howland says, their main goal is to make sure students understand it's not just a day off school or work.
Kevin Long, a commander of the United Veterans organizations and a retired sergeant for the Pennsylvania National Guard, says 27% of americans know the true meaning of the holiday. He says, having these events are a good way to teach students while they're young.
If you go to a barbeque this Memorial Day, veterans ask you to leave flowers at a grave or take a moment of silence.

Camelbeach Opens And Honors Military Members
Friday May 23rd 2014

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to remember those who have died serving our great nation. And to wave goodbye to being snowed in. It's finally time to get out and enjoy warmer weather in the Poconos. Employees at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark in Tannersville are busy getting ready today. The splish-splashing good time is open for business starting tomorrow at 11am for Memorial Day Weekend. Camelbeach will also be honoring military members and their families who have ID with free admission on Memorial Day.

Ex-Walmart Employee Threatens Former Co-worker
Thursday May 22nd 2014

A Lehigh County man is arrested for allegedly threatening a former co-worker at a Mahoning Township store. Police were called to Walmart yesterday for an attempted assault. Officers say ex-walmart employee Anthony Munoz of Slatington came into the store with a baseball bat in an attempt to beat up a former co-worker. Munoz has been charged with criminal attempt of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Winning Cash 5 Ticket Sold in Schuylkill County
Thursday May 22nd 2014

A winning Cash 5 ticket is sold in Schuylkill County. The ticket worth $225,000 was among over 24,000 prize-winning tickets sold statewide for the May 21st drawing. The local ticket was purchased at "Sam's Place" in the Cressona Mall in Pottsville. It correctly matched all five balls to win the jackpot: 26-29-31-39-42. The Cash 5 winner has one year from the drawing to claim the prize.

Two Stroudsburg Area Schools Are On The Chopping Block
Thursday May 22nd 2014

Concerned parents are angry that the Stroudsburg School Board made what they're calling "a rash and reckless" decision last night. Both elementary schools were voted to close-- Ramsey at the end of the school year and Clearview at the end of the next school year. And they're not the only ones. The board's vote was closely divided, in both cases 5-4. Some board members even raised the same concerns as parents.
The school board has been looking into closing both Ramsey and Clearview Elementary because of the declining enrollment and as a way to save money.
It's important to understand the decision is not finalized. Superintendent Dr. John Toleno says, "Pennsylvania Department of Education still has the ultimate authority to rule for or against the reasons for the closures. Toleno also says since Clearview isn't closing for another school year, the board could always take another look and change their minds.

One State Representative Torn on Radar
Thursday May 22nd 2014

Officials have been working to bring radar guns to local police departments in Pennsylvania for years.
While many are for it, some say it may be used as a revenue generator for local municipalities.
State Representatives, municipal officials, police and members of the public were able to talk radar at a hearing today.
Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that doesn't allow local law enforcement to use radar guns to monitor speed.
As of now police only have three ways ro monitor traffic, which they say are unreliable and time consuming.
Officials plan to hold at least two more hearings.

Benjamin Moore Painting What Matters
Wednesday May 21st 2014

After months of waiting, the town of Hawley is finally getting its makeover. Workers from Benjamin Moore Paints have started "painting what matters " - Hawley's downtown district. The town won the free paint job through a national contest, voters chose historic Hawley, and the company responded footing the bill for the facelift. The painters have a deadline of June 13th to complete their work.

Late Night Fire on West Snyder Avenue in Lansford
Wednesday May 21st 2014

At 1:30 AM during their nightly patrol, Lansford Police officers noticed a cloud of smoke coming from 336 West Snyder Avenue. Officers sprang into action, alerting the neighbors next door of the fire. The officer, along with homeowner Joe Gulla of 338 West Snyder Avenue, used garden hoses to tame the fire until firefighters arrived at the scene. Six surrounding fire departments were on scene to bring the blaze down. Joseph Greco, Fire Chief of Lansford Fire Department, says the homeowner of 336 West Snyder Avenue lives in Allentown and was in the process of renovating the house. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. No one else was hurt in the fire. Gulla sustained damage to the side of his home. His family is still staying at 338 West Snyder Avenue. They plan on contacting their insurance company to find out damages.

Who Will Win A Spot On The Ballot For The November Election?
Wednesday May 21st 2014

It's a very close Primary Republican Election race for the 176th Legislative District in Monroe County. Candidates Jim Becker and Jack Rader are only 19 votes apart after last night's results. Monroe County Voter Registration/Elections Director Sara Silfee says the decision is coming down to the 64 absentee ballots cast from the 176th. Rader is in the lead but she says it's all up in the air at this point.
The winner will go against unopposed Democratic Candidate Hope Smith in November's Election. The absentee ballots will be counted tomorrow and we'll have more information on this very close race as those final tallies come in.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
Wednesday May 21st 2014

After a federal judge ruled the ban on same sex marriages in Pennsylvania unconstitutional, Monroe County officials are scrambling to get paperwork ready.
Today doors were open for all couples to apply for marriage licenses.
By afternoon, George Warden says, they received two phone calls and one application .
There office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30 pm. They recommend to come in before 4pm.

AWSOM's Yelp For Help Fund Hits All Time Low
Tuesday May 20th 2014

Every cage is occupied at AWSOM Animal Shelter. Overcrowding is a constant problem at the only shelter in Monroe County. But the upkeep is getting out of control right now. AWSOM officials have never seen their Yelp for Help fund so low. Too many animals are needing extra tender loving care.
AWSOM Operations Director David Carbone says, "The older dogs are coming in and the medical bills for the older dogs are actually tripling. Some of our dogs here are costing $3,000-$4,000 to get them up to a good health so we can adopt them out."
It's also kitten season and it seems like they're multiplying. Monroe County has a huge feral cat problem. So, not only does each kitten receive normal care anf shots, but each kitten goes home with a spay/neuter voucher to be redeemed when old enough. Last year, just the kitten spay/neuter bill was $15,000 and it's expected to increase this year with so many more already coming in.
There are two ways to help the nonprofit organization. One, donate on their website or two, come out to their Open House Adoption Event this Saturday from 11am to 4pm and provide a "furever" home. There will be plenty of fun activities and bring your dog for nail clipping, toe nail painting and microchipping. There will also be discounted adoption fees.

Pike County Primary Election
Tuesday May 20th 2014

The Primary elections are today, but the polls in Pike County are anything but packed. Voter turnout was disappointing across the board in several townships across the county. This discouraging trend continued in Wayne County as well, where traffic was slow all day. The people we talked to were disappointed, but not ready to panic yet. The polls are open until 8 pm tonight.

Memorial Day at Beltzville Lake
Tuesday May 20th 2014

Workers at Beltzville Lake and State Park are gearing up for a busy holiday weekend. Park Manager, Devin Buzard, reminds drivers to follow the detour signs to Pohopoco drive. Also, drivers are not allowed to park along Pohopoco Drive in front of the park entrance. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed. The concession stand will be open and boat rentals will be available.

Another Defendant Pleads Guilty In A Fatal Hamilton Township Shooting
Monday May 19th 2014

Today Kaylynn Bunnel plead guilty to being an accomplice to third degree murder, a felony of the first degree. Police say Bunnel, along with four others-- Jacqueline Harrigan, Bruce Murray, Dyqunn Mitchell and Brandon Wilson-- were involved in the drive-by shooting January 14th at a mobile home on Old Timber Road in Hamilton Township. On of the shots hit Darcey Kravchenko in the head killing him. He was not the target. Harrigan and Murray were also in court today to offer their guilty pleas but their cases were continued. Last week, Mitchell plead guilty to conspiracy to commit third degree murder. Bunnel has consistantly cooperated with authorities so her Defense Attorney says her plea today comes as no surprise. We're told Bunnel has agreed to testify against the other four charged. There's no word on when Bunnel will face sentencing, but she's facing 6 to 40 years.

Woman Rescued from Lehigh River
Monday May 19th 2014

People in the Lehighton area heard cries for help Saturday and discovered a rafter stuck in the Lehigh River. The woman was on a family rafting excursion with Pocono Whitewater Rafting when her raft hit a concrete structure of the Weissport Bridge and overturned. Most of the rafters were dumped out, except for the woman, who told rescuers she could not swim. The Lehighton Fire Department River Rescue Team, along with Pocono Whitewater Rafting Guides, were there to guide the woman to safety. She was not hurt.


Slatington Woman Charged With Stealing From Employer
Monday May 19th 2014

A Slatington woman is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer in New Jersey. According to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor, 54-year-old Colleen Mahony-Sgro stole in excess of $500,000 from Bolton Construction. She was the bookkeeper at the company. She is charged with theft by deception and forgery among other offenses. Mahony-Sgro posted the $50,000 bail and was released pending a first court appearance.

Summit Hill Man: Theft & Forgery Charges
Monday May 19th 2014

A Summit Hill man is charged with theft and forgery after allegedly taking money from clients with intellectual disabilities. State Police say 40-year-old Donald Smale was formerly employed by the non-profit organization NHS as an Intellectual Development Disabilities Program Specialist. Between November 2012 and February 2014, he's accused of misusing, defrauding and stealing funds from two clients. He allegedly removed over $23,600 from the victims. Investigators say neither victim is competent enough to make financial decisions for themselves, and relied on Smale to assist them with managing their finances. Smale's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Two Women Rescued On The Delaware River
Monday May 19th 2014

Rescue crews were busy this weekend on the Delaware River.
Rangers say two young women had to be rescued last night, after their canoe was pinned, causing it to overturn. The ladies were left stranded on the river. Luckily, they were near an island and they could access until rescue crews could reach them.
If their canoe hadn't tipped over so close to the island rangers say the circumstances could've been much worse. The two women had life vests in the boat, but they weren't wearing them.
There were also three other incidents along the Delaware River and Dingmans Ferry. Right now rangers say water levels are above 5ft. If you're going out on the water you're required to wear a life vest.

Pecks Pond Auction
Friday May 16th 2014

A Popular tackle and bait shop in Pike County is up for auction. The Pecks Pond bait and tackle store in Porter Township is up for grabs, as are all the supplies inside it. Nearly 40 boats, tackle, lures, poles, fishing supplies and other knick knacks will be going to the highest bidder. The auction starts at 11 am tomorrow for the shop itself, followed afterwards with a separate auction, for all the supplies.

Republicans Face Off For The New 115th Legislative District Seat
Friday May 16th 2014

It's just four days until Pennsylvania's 2014 Primary Election. Republicans Jackie Leonard, Dr. Anthony Diecidue, David Parker and Pete Begley all want to be the new state representative in the new 115th District. Pennsylvania's redistricting process moved the 115th to Monroe County because of its growing population in the last census. The district includes Coolbaugh, Price, Paradise and Stroud townships, as well as the boroughs of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg. All four candidates want to get more involved representing the area they've lived in for years. But they have different backgrounds. Leonard has worked at Sanofi Pasteur for the last 13 years as a Senior Lab Analyst. She's also been a School Board Director at Pocono Mountain School District for the past three years. Dr. Diecidue says he's always been involved in politics in the background. He's been on a school board and has run a business for 25 years. Parker works for his family's business Cramer's Home Centers that was started by his great grandfather. He's on the Salvation Army Board, the Builder's Association Board and works with Habitat For Humanity. Begley says, "I'm a Borough Councilor in East Stroudsburg from the 5th ward. I've been involved in politics for the past seven years."
All four have the main focus of reforming school property taxes and creating more jobs in Monroe County. But each has other views for what needs to get done.
Leonard- Reform Pension Crisis
Dr. Diecidue- Retain Youth Graduates
Parker- Provide Monroe County Fair Share Of PA Funding
Begley- Change Regulation That Drives Up The Cost Of Utilities, Gasoline And Home Heating Oil
Now it's time for you to decide who's the best choice. Democratic Candidate Maureen Madden is unopposed in the Primary Election. She'll be on the ballot in November facing the winner of the Republican Primary. Your vote counts Tuesday.

Take 25
Friday May 16th 2014

Drivers at the Turnpike Service Plaza in Allentown discovered the "Take 25" pledge. Volunteers from the National Center for Missing and exploited Children encouraged parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their kids about safety. "We want our children to have the skills and the tools necessary to be able to recognize that they may be a risk at what they're doing or a risky situation and feel comfortable enough to tell a trusted adult as to if something did happen," says Stephen Speirs, a volunteer with the non-profit. You cant take the pledge and access the tips online at take25.org.

Republican Candidates Vying for 17th Congressional District Seat
Thursday May 15th 2014

Republicans Matt Connolly, Matthew Dietz, and Doctor David Moylan all want the chance to take on the democratic incumbent for the 17th Congressional District, Congressman Matthew Cartwright. Connolly, of Bethlehem Township, says his political experience can help clinch the position from Cartwright. Dietz, of Wind Gap, wants to eliminate wasteful spending if he heads to Washington. Moylan of Pottsville, believes his experience as a physician can help with alternatives to Obamacare. They're making the rounds and hopes to get the votes come Tuesday.

County Officials Prepare to Auction Seized Vehicles
Thursday May 15th 2014

A number of county owned vehicles will be auctioned off tomorrow by the board of Monroe County Commissioners.
The auction will be held in Mountainhome at "Auto in Motion."
Most of the vehicled have been seized through drug task force investigations.
15 cars will be auctioned, 11 seized by the drug task force.
Officials say you could find a car as new as a 2008 model, not only at a decent price, but in pretty good condition.
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"We earn probably around $20,000 per auction and that money is used to finance the drug task force, either for covering overtime, investigations, to buy equipment or to pay informants," said Detective Eric Kerchner of the Monroe County District Attorney's office.
The vehicles will be available for inspection tomorrow from 1-2pm. The auction starts at 2pm. Bidders are required to pay with cash or certified check. No personal checks or credit cards will be accepted.
If you purchase a car you will also need photo identification, including your address. Cars have to be removed the day of sale.

Who Shot A Pit Bull In Bushkill?
Thursday May 15th 2014

A reward is being offered to find who's responsible for shooting a pit bull in Bushkill. A 14-month-old dog named King is now blind after someone shot him with bird shot last Wednesday. King was brought to Pocono Veterinary Services bloody with pellets all over his face and body. Vets say he was also sprayed with mace. King's owners say he got loose while they were at work. They're just happy to have him back and tell us it's amazing how well he's adapting. Pennsylvania SPCA is offering a reward to anyone with information that leads to the person who shot King. Just contact them at 1-866-601-SPCA.

Two Candidates, Who'll Represent Republicans?
Wednesday May 14th 2014

The primary election is quickly approaching and two men are competing for the republican nomination for state representative in the 176th district.
The district covers Mount Pocono along with Tobyhanna, Tunkhannock,Jackson, Chestnuthill, Pocono, Eldred and Polk Townships.
Do You know your candidates?

Jim Becker
As a small business man, Jim Becker says, he got involved in politics early. He started a business in 1979 and became vocal on pressing issues.
When he was asked to contact his representative or senator, he says, he did. He traveled to Harrisburg and Washington as well.
One of the biggest issues Becker says he would like to address is property tax reform. He says, Senate Bill/ House Bill 76 could be a big help to not only homeowners, but also the economy.

Jack Rader
Rader has background in Business as well, but also municipal leadership.
He served as...
- A Jackson Township supervisor for almost 28 years
- Chairman of the Pocono and Jackson water authority
-Vice Chairman of the regional planning board for Chestnuthill, Jackson, Eldred, Ross and Polk Townships
-Chairman of the Hamilton, Jackson and Pocono Park and open space committe
-Vice President of the Monroe County Council of governments

... Out of the many issues we face in Monroe County Rader says, three are most important to him: the economy, jobs and property taxes.

If you still haven't chosen a candidate, you have a week to decide, before the election next Tuesday, May 20th.

Fatal Fire Shocks A Polk Township Community
Wednesday May 14th 2014

State police investigating a house fire in Kresgeville have determined it accidental after an elderly man was trapped inside last night. And surrounding residents on Mountain Road are left mourning the loss of a beloved neighbor. 69-year-old William Berry died of smoke inhalation. His wife, granddaughter, dogs and cats all made it out. The fire broke out just after 8pm, from a distance, only a charred front door indicates the tragedy at the brick ranch home. Police tell us a grease fire started on the kitchen stove.

Festival Gets A Second Chance
Tuesday May 13th 2014

Sponsors and organizers will finally get to see all their hard work come alive this Saturday. A Spring Festival is planned and they're already doing preparations at the second acquired Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge property. It's a make-up event after the original festival in October was cancelled due to the federal government shutdown last year. This will be the first time the Moreton Homestead Property in Ross Township will be open to the public since the dedication. The Spring Festival is a free event to show off the property and connect the community together with nature. There will be plenty of family fun activities to get the kids excited about spending time outdoors. There will be fishing, archery, seedling planting, bird feeder and bird house making and much more. There will be something for everyone including nature walks and demonstrations. It's happening Saturday rain or shine from 10 am till 5 pm. The entrance is located on Mountain Road in Saylorsburg. For more information email questions@focv.org.

Wayne Highlands Schools Recieve Award
Tuesday May 13th 2014

Wayne Highlands Middle School and Preston Area School were awarded with the Governors Award for Excellence in Academics. The award's based on the 2012-2013 School performance profile, which measures, achievement, academic growth, attendance, and graduation rate. Wayne Highlands Middle school attained the highest score in the district, earning a 94 percent, while the Preston school finished second with a 92.7 score. The award was presented to the schools by the Secretary of Education, along with other local elected officials .

More Medreturn Boxes in Carbon County
Tuesday May 13th 2014

Carbon County residents now have more places to safely dispose of unwated prescription drugs. The permanent med-return boxes are now located at the Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Mahoning and Weatherly Police Stations. All pharmaceutical drugs being disposed of need to be in a sealed container, such as the orginal bottle or a zip-lock bag. Liquid medications should remain in the orginal container. Personal information should be removed or crossed out with a permanent marker.

State Police Investigate Nesquehoning Crash
Tuesday May 13th 2014

State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a Nesquehoning officer.
It happened around 6:30 last night. One woman is dead, a man is in critical condition and the officer sustained minor injuries.
There are rumors the incident happened after a police chase.
State police have taken over the investigation.
State Police say, they have no evidence the officer was involved in a chase, but they're looking into various possibilities, including speed.
Police say the Nesquehoning officer, Stephen Homanko was negotiating a curve when he lost control and crossed the center line.
Shortly after the crash two people were taken into custody in Jim Thorpe, but police say, no one has been arrested in connection to this investigation.
State police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has more information to come forward.

Concrete Truck Rollover
Monday May 12th 2014

A Dick's Concrete truck driver is being treated in the hospital after his truck rolled over in Milford. The driver was traveling from Goshen New York on a delivery, when his GPS system took him on the wrong route. When the driver attempted to turn around, the truck stalled, and the driver lost complete control of the vehicle. He attempted to steer the truck into an embankment, but the vehicle ended up flipping over. The driver was unconscious and was air-lifted to Morristown General Hospital in New Jersey for treatment. The concrete in the vehicle was contained, and the truck took over 4 hours to tow. The name of the driver is not being released.

Fisherman's Body Pulled From Lehigh River
Monday May 12th 2014

The body of a Berks County man is found in the Lehigh River Sunday morning. According to the coroner, 72-year-old Laverne Hunsicker fell into the water while fishing. His body was pulled from the water about 50 yards south of the Route 873 bridge in Washington Township. The coroner is doing an autopsy today to determine Hunsicker's exact cause of death.

ESU Officials Sort Out Keystone Challenges
Monday May 12th 2014

A new four story student center and library at East Stroudsburg University may be closer to being built.
Officials say the planning process has been working to sort out the details. Through an impact study, they found traffic and parkins as two of their biggest challenges.
Officials say expenses for some of the project have been accounted for, but they don't include traffic improvements.
ESU Officials plan to meet with the borough tomorrow. They also have to meet with Penn Dott before they can move forward. The center is expected to open in 2016.

New Tanning Regulations
Monday May 12th 2014

We're in the midst of prom season. Young ladies have prepared by finding the perfect dress, but many of them want to pair it with a healthy glow and have gone to a tanning salon. That may not be the case next year as Pennsylvania joins over 30 other states that have put regulations on teen tanning.
Tanning is known to cause skin cancer and the risks are higher for those who start at a younger age. In 60 days, teens 16 or younger will be banned from using tanning beds and 17-year-olds will need their parent's consent. That's all based on a new law just approved by Governor Tom Corbett. Mother of two Tara Good is happy peer pressure will no longer be an issue.
Tara Good says, "It definitely needs to be done, because my daughter's 12 and she talks about her friends that go tanning. That's crazy."
But a lot of teenagers don't like the new restrictions.
The new bill will also require salons to post signs stating tanning can cause cancer. In 60 days, tanning salons will need to register with the state and will be charged a fee depending on the number of tanning beds.

Degilio Trial
Monday May 12th 2014

It's day one of the trial for a Carbon County psychologist accused of coaxing a female patient to perform a sexual act on him. Doctor Michael Degilio of Penn Forest Township faces several charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for an incident that allegedly took place at his office in February 2009. The victim says she was suicidal and had recently checked herself out of the behavioral health unit at Gnadden Huetten hospital in Lehighton at the time of the encounter. Degilio says the assault never happened. The victim took the stand today. The defendant is expected to take the stand later this week.

DUI on the Rise in Pike County
Friday May 9th 2014

In Pennsylvania this past year there were over 14,000 DUI crashes, and that problems even more concerning in Pike County. Over the past several years, DUI cases are on the rise, but its not only drinking and driving that's the problem District Attorney Ray Tonkin says "the reason for the recent spike is we've seen an increase in arrests resulting from driving under the influence of controlled substance or drugs " To protect the traveling public, this weekend State Police are setting up DUI sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols. These checkpoints will be conducted with a zero tolerance policy. Police are urging people, if you drink, do not attempt to drive.

National Story Hits Close To Home
Friday May 9th 2014

Representatives of an Islamic retreat in Saylorsburg are hoping to set the record straight. It's in response to the Prime Minister of Turkey last week asking the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen. Gulen is a cleric who lives at the Golden Worship and Retreat Center. They are deeply distrubed by the Prime Minister's claims and say they're a sign of his growing intolerance of democratic dissent. The Prime Minister claims Gulen was involved in a corruption scandal aimed at overthrowing his government. In order for an extradition to occur, there has to be charges filed and those charges filed have to be about a crime accepted in the United States that isn't political. Board Member Dr. Yuksel Aslandogan for the retreat says, "We don't expect the United States to comply with that request, which is so politically tainted and it is not based on any charges. Therefore, it is very much a sign of his becoming increasingly authoritarian."
And people interacting with the cleric say the accusations are ludicrous because of the poor state of health the 74-year-old is currently in.

Mail Carriers Seek Non-Perishable Foods
Friday May 9th 2014

Tomorrow's a big day for mail carriers.
They will be looking for non-perishable food items by your mailbox for their 22nd annual "Stamp Out Hunger" Campaign.
Today carriers in the Lehigh Valley held a press conference to get the word out. Other locations will be participating as well in Lehigh, Northhampton, Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties.
Officials say, they recently found over 70,000 people in need, after a census in March.
Please don't donate foods in glass containers or anything that may spoil.

Participating Post Office Locations in the area:
East Stroudsburg
Stroudsburg
Mount Pocono
Germansville
Jim Thorpe
Lansford
Lehighton
Nesquehoning
Palmerton
Slatington
Summit Hill
Orefield
Schnecksville
Walnutport

Red Day
Thursday May 8th 2014

Governor Corbett declared May 8th Red Day, across the state. Renew, energize, and donate is what the day is all about. Today in Milford over 30 volunteers took the day off work to help picking up garbage, sweeping, and cleaning up the community. After finishing, they made their way to the Columns museum in Milford, where they swept, painted, vacuumed and provided the museum with a makeover.

A Devastating Fire Is No Match For Community Support
Thursday May 8th 2014

Community support is making all the difference for a Barrett Township business. The owners of Mountainhome Candle Company thought all was loss when their factory and warehouse building burned down in February. Justine and Chuck Knipe only had candles left to sell in their retail store, Mountainhome Wicker and Gifts, and didn't know how'd they make more. They didn't have insurance on that particular building. That's when the community started putting fundraisers together. The husband and wife team can't help but count their blessings-- they're back to making candles.The candles are made off-site right now, but they're now inspired to rebuild all because of community support.

National Water Safety Month
Thursday May 8th 2014

With Spring here, pools are preparing to open and a busy tourist season will kick off as the weather warms up and visitors flock to the Lehigh River or Beltzville State Park. Officials say it's a great time to re-educate the public on water safety tips to ensure a fun and safe time out on the water. May is National Water Safety Month; the American Red Cross advises families to always swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. If lifeguards aren't present, always keep an eye on your surroundings and never leave a young child unattended by the water. If you go boating, always wear a life jacket, and avoid alcohol use! Alcohol impairs judgment. Keep in mind most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

Mahoning Woman Charged with Assaulting Her Kid
Thursday May 8th 2014

A Mahoning Township woman is arrested for assaulting her kid with a baseball bat. Police say on April 27th, they got a call from the Lehighton Hospital about tan assault of a juvenile. The victim's mother Christine Mertz is accused of hitting the child with a wooden bat over a blocked toilet in the home. The victim was struck twice on the right side with the bat, bitten twice and punched about 10 times. Mertz is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and harassment. Mertz is in prison on unrelated charges.

Woman Chared with Arson for Lehigh Twp., Northampton County Fire
Thursday May 8th 2014

A Whitehall woman is charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a Northampton County home earlier this week with her baby nearby. Lehigh Township Police were dispatched for a welfare check Tuesday at a home in the 700 block of Almond Road. Police found boxes and other items on fire. Officers say 24-year-old Jillian Faustner came to the residence to collect her belongings and instead set fire to them. Faustner's five month old baby was in the car just feet away from where the fire started burning the side of the unoccupied house. Police used extinguishers to slow the burning until the Lehigh Township Fire Company arrived on scene. No one was hurt. Faustner is charged with arson, endangering the welfare of a child and several other related offenses.

Superintendent Not Fired, Officials Speak Out
Thursday May 8th 2014

Rumors continue to fly over whether the superintendent for Stroudsburg area schools has been fired.
After parents demanded answers at the board meeting last night, the school's attorney is speaking out.
Jeffrey Sultanik says, Dr. John Toleno has not been fired, but they're investigating irregularities involving his contract.
By State law John Toleno has not been fired, but they're investigating irregularities involving his contract. By state law officials say the term for superintendents is no more than five years. According to paperwork, officials say Toleno is up to about seven.
Sultanik says, he was appointed in June 2007, he served two years, then the board offered him a five year extension.
Sultanik says they have reason to believe the board at the time of his extention, improperly notified the State of Pennsylvania regarding Dr. John Toleno's term of employment.
Because Dr. Toleno is commissioned to be the superintendent until August 2014 they plan to honor the rest of his term.
We reached out to Dr. Toleno and he chose not to comment at this time, but he says he plans to seek legal counsel.

Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament
Wednesday May 7th 2014

The 7th annual Bo Tkach Memorial Golf Tournament was held today at a new location: Woodstone Country Club & Lodge in Danielsville. The shot gun start started at 9:15 am. The tournament is part of the Bo Tkach Foundation, with a mission to create awareness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other mental health issues while providing essential funding for athletic programs and individual mental health screening and treatment. The tournament completely sold out sponsorship with a full field of 144 golfers. All proceeds directly benefits students in Carbon, Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Monroe County Draft Sent to Municipalities
Wednesday May 7th 2014

It's time for counties in Pennsylvania to submit new land use plans through the year 2030.
Monroe County Officials have theirs ready, but they need feedback from local municipalities before they can
send it on to the state.
Commissioners say they would like local organizations to participate as well.
There are three major components in the Monroe 2030. There's a comprehensive plan update, a plan for open space and a plan for economic development.
Officials from the planning commission will be giving presentations about the plan to municipalities starting next week.
The review period is for 45 days, but officials would like comments to be submitted by June 1st.

Second Gruesome Discovery in Monroe County's West End
Wednesday May 7th 2014

Decapitated wild birds have now turned up at the Donald Gower Funeral Home in Gilbert. About three weeks ago, and about three miles away on Route 209 in Brodheadsville, Zion United Lutheran Church members also discovered a similar thing. State Police at Fern Ridge are now investigating both. Police say they are led to believe the two are related, but they're waiting on concrete fatcs. The crime also seems to have intensified with a voodoo doll and a mouse trap in the bag left to be found at the funeral home. Police say whoever is behind this would definitely be charged with animal cruelty but more charges could result. If anyone has any information on these two cases, you're asked to contact Fern Ridge State Police.

Avoiding Construction Season
Tuesday May 6th 2014

PennDOT is hoping to eliminate driver frustration, at least when it comes to traffic delays. When construction backs up traffic on Interstate 80 like it did today, a new mobile application will tell drivers what's ahead before they're stuck.
PennDOT Press Officier Sean Brown says, "It provides any real-time information to the folks so they can really plan their trip and figure out where there's congestion to avoid those areas and get to where they're going quickly."
It was really important to PennDOT to make the travel alerts hands-free and eyes-free for the nearly 40,000 miles of road that PennDOT maintains, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and select New Jersey and West Virginia roadways.
Brown says, "One of our main responsibilities was making sure this isn't going to add to distractions on the roadway, which is a major causal factor in crashes."
The app is free to download and available to all motorists by searching "511PA" on your smart phone.

Thornhurst EMS Seeks Community Support
Tuesday May 6th 2014

Thornhurst EMS has lost two-thirds of calls in Coolbaugh, Tobyhanna and Thornhurst Townships.
Around the end of March officials say emergency medical services in the area were switched to Pocono Mountain
Regional EMS.
Emergency responders say they weren't notified until after the switch.
Officialsheld a meeting last monday to discuss the fate of the ambulance company, they will meet again this thursday.

11 Year old Boy Murdered By Uncle
Monday May 5th 2014

34 Year old Chad Olm is charged with criminal homicide after accidentally shooting his nephew, Hunter Pedersen late Saturday afternoon. According to Police, Olm was showing his son and Hunter his collection of guns. Olm says he keeps his weapons unloaded, but didn't check the action to make sure the weapon was cleared. Police say, the uncle wanted to show Hunter the laser scope on it, and pointed the pistol at his nephews head. Hunter went to reach out for the pistol, when the gun accidentally went off, the bullet struck Hunter in the forehead - killing him. Hunter was a 5th grade student at Wallenpaupack North Elementary School, where the flags are at half staff and crisis counselors are on hand all week, to help students cope with the loss. Olm is being held at the Pike County Correctional facility on 250,000 dollars bail. The Pedersen family has set up a memorial fund in honor of their son Hunter.

Carbon County Envirothon Competition Heats Up
Monday May 5th 2014

There's no better way to learn about the environment than to be in the environment. That's exactly what local second and third graders got to do today, as the competition for the 26th Annual Carbon County Envirothon kicked off at the Environmental Education Center. Local students are tested on what they know about our area's natural resources.
The Envirothon, sponsored by The Lions Club internationally, starts in individual counties and Carbon is one of the few to offer the program to younger students. Chief Naturalist Susan Gallagher of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center says, "The winning team at the high school level will go on to compete in the state competition. The winner of the state competition will go on to compete in an international event."
The Envirothon continues the rest of this week for higher grades. They too will experience how their actions impact the environment.

Man Sentenced For Murdering Two Co-Workers
Monday May 5th 2014

Luis Vasquez of Pocono Summit was sentenced today for murdering two co-workers in 2012.
A judge gave Vasquez 30 to 80 years in state prison.
Vasquez says the killings stemmed from an unpaid debt.
At today's sentencing we heard emotional testimony from all three families involved. Before the sentence, the defendant read a letter of apology for his actions, hoping for the judge's mercy.
"We're hoping this sentence would be less than what it was," said John McMahon, the defense attorney representing Vasquez.
In court, Vasquez was described as a loving father and brother. Family told the court he was quiet, hardworking. Before this event, officials say, Vasquez had no prior criminal history.
McMahon says, the judge took that into consideration in the sentence to lower the sententence, but the prosecution says Vasquez wasn't 100% honest about the events.
Micheal Mancuso, the prosecuting attorney in this case says they found a backpack belonging to Vasquez that included a forty five caliber pistol, several pairs of gloves and a change of clothes he used to account for the ones covered in blood. Mancuso says that evidence shows he had intentions to kill.
"He planned this ahead of time and I think ultimately the judge held that against him," said Mancuso.
Since the killings, Vasquez says he's asked for forgiveness and he hopes to one day become a pastor.
He'll be in state prison for 30-80 years.
"Mr. Vasquez is lucky given the fact that this originally was a death penalty case initially and he would've been facing the death penalty or life in prison," said McMahon.

Warrantless Searches
Friday May 2nd 2014

Don't be surprised if a police officer pulls you over and searches your vehicle without a warrant. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has now adopted the federal standard of police only needing probable cause. Monroe County Deputy Chief Public Defender Robin Spishock says not much is changing despite people's concerns. Police could always do this if there were urgent circumstances. This just provides a tool for effiency in the fight against crime. Police can now take authority and avoid the wait time to search a vehicle. But if police don't cross their t's and dot their i's, there will still be consequences in court such as supressing the evidence.

Wayne County Drug Bust Lands Four in Custody
Friday May 2nd 2014

In an ongoing effort to get drugs off the streets, The Wayne County Drug Task Force landed a major blow today. After a two month investigation, Kristopher Corey, Curtis Jaggers, Roseann Caridad, and Joseph Paul, all from Wayne County, were arrested on charges of selling cocaine and heroin. Corey's facing charges of selling heroin laced with Fentanyl, a chemical compound linked to overdoses across the state. All four suspects face a sentence carrying a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

ESU Opens New Women's Center
Friday May 2nd 2014

East Stroudsburg University has opened the doors to it's new women's center on campus.
Officials say, they're ready to serve students in a bigger and better.
Earlier this week, white house officials announced a series of actions to identify the scope of actions to identify the scope of problems on college campuses. To help prevent sexual assaults and to help prevent sexual assualts and to help schools respond effectively.
Robin Olson, The Chief of Police at ESU says they received a $150,000 grant
from the federal government to provide services, education and training students and staff.
"The likelihood of a individual being sexually assaulted on a college campus as a woman is one in four as a male it's one and 6. So when you take the numbers of those reported we have a vast difference between those two. The hope is to close that gap, " said Olson.
Patty Kashner says the assistant v.p. of student affairs says they have three main area of focus, feminism, providing resources to sexual assault victims and career counseling. In the new center there's a counseling room, kitchen, office space and rooms for other groups, related to women's issues.
Olson says the next step is bystander prevention. He says he and other school officials will be going to training next week.

PSP Memorial Day
Friday May 2nd 2014

Pennsylvania State Police celebrates its 109th birthday, but it's a bittersweet celebration. During a memorial service held today at Troop M Headquarters in Bethlehem, officials honored those who were killed in the line of duty. The names of the 94 fallen troopers were recited. Officials say "they will never be forgotten." PA State Police were the first uniform state police in the nation.

Chemical Fire in Tamaqua
Thursday May 1st 2014

Firefighters from Tamaqua, Lansford, Summit Hill and Coaldale responded to reports of a fire at Hart Metals in Tamaqua late last night. Hart Metals is a magnesium powder manufacturer; the facility processes magnesium to create a lightweight structural metal. Last night a blaze started inside the facility. Police and firefighters closed US209 for a few hours while firefighters worked to clear the scene. Hart Metals General Manager Dave Rascavage tells TV 13 a small fire started inside one of their buildings. There are no reported injuries and no structural damage. Rascavage says the company is launching an internal investigation to figure out what went wrong.

Winter Wrath Alters School Calendars
Thursday May 1st 2014

Mother Nature hit us hard this past season with a winter beat-down the Poconos hasn't seen in years. Monroe County School Districts had 11 snow days, numerous delays and some early dissmissals. As the snow kept piling up, the school year calendar fluctuated. Pennsylvania requires each district to have a certain amount of instructional time for students. But districts may qualify for Act 80 Exceptions in the case of inclement weather. The districts had their work cut out for them in dealing with such a choppy school schedule in rearranging student vacation time to fit requirements. The districts used Act 80 and pre-scheduled school holidays to help students get out for summer vacation as soon as possible. East Stroudsburg's last day of school is June 18th, Stroudsburg's is June 17th, Pocono Mountain's is June 19th and Pleasant Valley's is June 13th.

Community Supports Property Tax Bill
Thursday May 1st 2014

State legislators held a public hearing yesterday in Harrisburg to discuss Senate Bill 76 that would relieve homeowners of school taxes.
Yesterday a bus load of realtors went to Harrisburg to support the bill.
While they want to eliminate school taxes for homeowners, the bill would raise sales and personal income taxes to cover schools costs.
State Representative Rosemary Brown says it's been a bipartisan effort to push the bill. Right now she says they have 13 democrats sponsoring the bill and 13 republicans.
If the bill makes it out of the senate, it will then go to the house for a vote. When any decision will be made has not been determined.

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