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Bushkill Road Closure
Monday June 30th 2014

1.9 million dollars has been set aside to repair Bushkill Falls Road. Penn Dot is replacing all the rusted galvanized piping with new plastic piping, along with re-paving the entire stretch of road. Starting tomorrow, the road will be completely shutdown, while Penn Dot digs up the ground to install the new piping. Officials from Penn Dot expect this to be only temporary, and hope to have the road reopened by early next week. Penn Dot says the entire project should be completed by August, right before the school year begins.

Bridge Near Lehigh Valley Zoo Re-opens After 5 Year Closure
Monday June 30th 2014

A bridge near the Lehigh Valley Zoo is now re-open to traffic. The Schlicher's Bridge on Game Preserve Road was closed in 2009 when officials deemed the span unsafe. A project began in July 2013 to rehabilitate the historic covered bridge in North Whitehall Township. The work included replacing the wooden structure with a combination steel and wood structure. The original bridge was built in 1882. The bridge serves as a main access to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Officials there are planning a ribbon cutting in July to celebrate.

A Man In Court For An Eldred Township Shooting
Monday June 30th 2014

The family of 20-year-old Defendant Dylan Frantz never expected him to shoot one of his good friends earlier this month. But they understand why it happened.
Defendant's Sister Tia Henneborn says, "If it was just him, then he would've just taken it. But being that there were females there, he would've done anything to make sure they were ok. Because that's how my brother is."
The shooting happened after police say Frantz stole cocaine and guns from 22-year-old Albert Guzman. Guzman went looking for him and set up a meeting at a gas station on Route 209 through a third party. Frantz was in a vehicle with two friends when Guzman immediately started assaulting him and took control-- driving to his grandfather's house against their will. Police say Guzman threatened to kill all three of the occupants, especially Frantz. Once there, the assault on Frantz escalated until Frantz admitted the stolen items were stashed at the home of the two women inside the car. Upon arrival at Sycamore Drive in Eldred Township, the two women exited the vehicle and Frantz shot Guzman with a .45 caliber gun in the upper torso. Guzman underwent emergency surgery and is recovering.
Henneborn says there's a lot of drugs and gang related activity in Effort. Both boys are good people. They just got caught up in the wrong crowd. The family hopes this is the turn-around they've been waiting for.
Henneborn says, "To get him out of the environment he was in and away from all the people. But I don't think he should stay in jail. He needs to go to rehab."
Frantz's prelim was continued today after Guzman didn't show up. There is now a warrant out for Guzman's arrest. He also is facing charges involving this incident such as kidnapping. Frantz's next hearing is scheduled for July 7th.

Bees Swarm Church And Are Saved
Friday June 27th 2014

Bees trying to take over a church in Palmerton are buzzed out. But they weren't swatted or sprayed. The 15 to 20 thousand bees are saved.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church isn't just buzzing about God's word this week. A colony of bees decided to make their new home at the church. While many were discovered Monday on the floor dead, many more could be heard inside the wall. Instead of getting rid of them, fearing the sting, the church called in a bee keeper to take them to a safe location.
Honey Bees are one of God's creatures after all. But more importantly right now, they're scarce. And that's a serious threat to our food supply. Just a few days ago, President Obama sent out a Memorandum calling for a strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.
While most of the bees have been removed, a few are still lingering. Bee Keeper Chris Maxwell is working to help get them out, but says they'll 'bee around' for two to three more days.
So the church is taking precautions-- Saturday's breakfast is now taking place in the Parrish Hall and Sunday's service will be outside. But church members do see bees in a new light. Council Member Eric Reif says, "Not to be afraid, run away or swat them or anything. They're really not there to sting you."
When faced with bees on your property, many people may want to turn to spray to kill the bees. But Maxwell points out the honey and comb left behind will attract other insects and rodents, and you'd have a whole new problem. So it's best to call an expert.

Early Morning Fire At A Lehigh Township Church
Thursday June 26th 2014

The fire was first reported around 2am today at the Bethany Wesleyan Church located along Blue Mountain Drive. Firefighters had their work cut out for them. The flames were hard to get to coming from the top of the gymnasium's roof. In order to battle the blaze, they climbed ladder trucks and once on the same level, had to construct holes in the roof for ventilation and to completely put the fire out. Lead Pastor Kevin Fetterhoff praises their efforts and is thankful no one was hurt. Besides the holes in the roof, the worst of the fire resulted in smoke damage. The church is already starting the cleanup process. Lehigh Township's Fire Marshal says the cause remains under investigation.

Drug Arrest Mahoning Township
Thursday June 26th 2014

A traffic stop leads to the arrest of a Mahoning Township man after drugs are found in his car. On June 17th, police say they stopped on Ashtown Road. The Mahoning Township Officer detected an odor of marijuana. He found a backpack filled with the drug, a grinder, a box of baggies, and a scale. Beckett is charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver among several other related offenses.

Call for Carbon County Fair Queen Applications
Thursday June 26th 2014

The annual Carbon County Fair is about six weeks away. Organizers are looking for their queen! There are still a few days left for young ladies to enter this year's program. It's open to girls ages 16 to 20 who live in Carbon County or West Penn Township, Schuylkill County. The queen represents the fair throughout the year by promoting the event and all its programs. In addition to the crown, the winner receives scholarship money as does the runner up. The deadline to apply has been extended to June 28th. Girls must fill out a simple application and write a short essay. All the details can be found on the Carbon County Fair web site. The queen will be crowned on the opening night of the fair, August 4th.

Hazmat Crews Respond To Spill On I-80
Thursday June 26th 2014

This morning emergency management officials received a report of a tractor trailer leaking an unknown substance westbound on I-80 in Tannersville.
A hazmat crew responded to the scene. Parts of I-80 and Rt. 33 were blocked off, causing major traffic backups throughout the area.
Emergency responders are in the process of cleaning up, making sure it's safe before those roads are reopened.
Northhampton Community College was evacuated and all classes were cancelled for the rest of the day.
One officer was injured and taken to the hospital.

PSP Lehighton New Station
Wednesday June 25th 2014

Lehighton State Police gets a new home. The new station sits 3.4 miles North of the current station on Interchange Road in Towamensing Township. A spokesperson tells us, the new station features state of the art computers, a storage facility and more security cameras. The station comes with a new telephone number, which is (570) 681-1850, but the current number will be in service for the next six months. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for July 15th.

Serious Cyclists, Serious About Helping Animals
Wednesday June 25th 2014

Five hundred miles in five days- Today, "Pedaling 4 Paws" stops in Carbon County. The cyclists' goal is to raise money and awareness for the needs of animal shelters they support along their route from West Chester, Pennsylvania to Canada. And they couldn't have pedaled through at a better time. Carbon County Friends of Animals in Jim Thorpe is set to buy a new facility. The shelter just needs $55,000 more. Vice President Denise Sebelin says they outgrew their current property years ago. They have too many cats and not enough space. The goal is to be able to have the cats free roaming.
"Pedaling 4 Paws" is asking you to help your local furry friends by stopping in or sending money. You can use their website at www.pedaling4paws.org to donate to the shelter.
This is the sixth year for the cause. And "Pedaling 4 Paws" is hoping to raise $55,000 (doubling what they raised last year) for the 19 shelters along the way.

East Stroudsburg Officials Hold Hearing
Wednesday June 25th 2014

East Stroudsburg officials meet today to review East Stroudsburg University's keystone building project.
It includes a large student center a library.
Before the project may begin officials have to address parking and traffic concerns that could come with it.

Hearing for Woman Who Hit Kid with Bat
Wednesday June 25th 2014

A Carbon County woman accused of hitting her kid with a baseball bat is in district court for her preliminary hearing. Police say back on April 27th, 40-year-old Christine Mertz of Mahoning Township hit her daughter with a bat for blocking a toilet. The juvenile was also bitten twice and punched about 10 times. A sibling reported witnessing the assault. Mertz waived her right to a preliminary hearing today. She now faces charges in Carbon County Court. She is out on $20,000 unsecured bail and was ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

Summer Lunch Program: A Big Deal In Lehighton
Tuesday June 24th 2014

School's officially out, which means there's no school lunch. But students in the Lehighton School District won't go hungry this summer. That's all thanks to the annual Zion United Church Summer Lunch Program.
It's the second day for the program that runs all summer long, Monday through Friday during the day from 11 to 12:30 until August 23rd. Every student that comes in gets a free nutritious lunch provided by the Department of Education. And the program is definitely needed. Many students piled in today, but about 120 students are expected to show up daily as the summer goes on. For more information and other courses offered like "Cooking Matters," go to the church's website at zionucc.com or contact them at 610-377-1191.

Officials Raise Awareness On Lightning Strikes
Tuesday June 24th 2014

Summer is the peak time for lightning strikes in North America.
This week happens to be dedicated to raising awareness.
During a thunderstorm, officials recommed you seek shelter in a building or vehicle, but preferrably a building.
Depending on the circumstances officials say both can be dangerous: down power lines on vehicles and house fires especially.
In 2014, Angel Gillette, the director of emergency management says there were 64 lightning strikes in the United States.
To stay safe indoors officials recommend you stay off corded phones, computers, electrical equipment, avoid pluming, baths, faucets, stay away from windows, stay away from doors, don't lay on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.

A Monroe County Police Force Needs A New Chief
Monday June 23rd 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis is set to retire August 8th after 21 years of service, 6 years as chief. While there's been a lot of speculation as to why Chief Lewis is retiring, he sat down with us today to explain his decision. He's been offered a new job opportunity in sales and management. He says it has more to do with putting his family first.
The new chief position is left to the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission to decide. A meeting is planned for tomorrow night at 7 regarding the process.

Carbon County D.A. Retires
Friday June 20th 2014

Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias is retiring. Dobias is currently serving his 6th term, which runs through December 31, 2015. However, Dobias confirms he will be leaving by August 2014. The D.A. is in his 23rd year serving for Carbon County, but his career started as a prosecutor in 1980. His retirement isn't out of frustration with the job, but rather feels it's the right time to go. The D.A. cites age as a factor, adding he would like to spend more time with his family. In recent years, the criminal case load has gone up exponentially. Dobias says the intensity and demands of the job was a key factor in handing over the role. First Assistant District Attorney Jean Engler will take over once Dobias officially retires.

Speaking Out
Friday June 20th 2014

Business owners meet with PennDOT officials and State Representative Doyle Heffley to voice their problems over the McCall Bridge Project. Lehighton business owners report a loss in revenue since the project began. They blame traffic back ups for prompting area clients to avoid the area. During the meeting PennDOT officials said they'll review the traffic light cuing to improve traffic flow.

Local Firefighters Honor The Fallen
Friday June 20th 2014

Marshall's Creek firefighters are honoring brothers who lost their lives in an explosion, almost 50 years ago.
Tommorrow they're hosting a memorial ceremony at their firehouse at 1pm.

Residents Without Water at Nis Hollow Estates
Thursday June 19th 2014

Residents at Nis Hollow Estates, a mobile home park in Mahoning Township, are frustrated with management. According to Debra Keiper of Lot 96, she has repeatedly tried contacting management and the owners of Nis Hollow Estates. Keiper has not received a response. Residents say they have not had running water since Saturday, and want to know what is going on. Water was turned back on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is aware of the issue and met with the park manager and system operator last Thursday. The facility has low-water pressure and has begun issuing boil water advisory for park residents. Calls to Nis Hollow Estates management have not been returned.

Aiming to Begin
Thursday June 19th 2014

Officials in Carbon County are aiming to begin construction on a new county owned firing range. Last month, the county received approval from the Nesquehoning Zoning board to move forward with its proposed firing range. The range will be used to train local law enforcement. Commissioners expect the cost of the project to be minimal. Construction of the range includes clearing trees, leveling the land and building a berm to trap bullets. No start date is set on the firing range project.

Stroudsburg School Board Picks New Solicitor
Thursday June 19th 2014

Stroudsburg Area School Board officials are bringing in a new solicitor, terminating their contract with Daniel Coveleyn and his law firm.
Richard Pierce, the school board president says, Coveleyn's retainer, which is a fee paid to secure his services will end at the end of the month.
Jeffrey Sultanik will then take over his position.
He has worked with school law, since the beginning of his career, that began 35 years ago. He'll be taking care of new contracts for administrators.
In a letter to Toleno, Coveleyn thanked the district for his time there, but he says, he wasn't told why he was let go.

Tamaqua Driver Collides with Tractor Trailer on Route 54
Wednesday June 18th 2014

Route 54 in Nesquehoning was shut down this morning after a Ford Escape SUV collided with a Redners Tractor Trailer. The accident occured around 7AM. Chief Sean Smith of Nesquehoning Police Department says the driver of the tractor trailer actually tried to prevent the crash from happening. Scott Smith of Leesport was driving westbound on Route 54 when he noticed a driver, Michael McLaughlin of Tamaqua, traveling eastbound on Route 54. McLaughlin was drifting into Smith's lane, so he attempted to swerve out of his way to avoid the SUV. The 18 wheeler crashed into a utility pole. Smith sustained arm injuries. McLaughlin suffered serious injuries and was flown via helicopter to Saint Lukes Hospital in Bethlehem. It is unknown whether McLaughlin fell asleep behind the wheel.

Governor Budget Stirs Up Concern
Wednesday June 18th 2014

Govenor Tom Corbett has issued a statement acknowleding the harsh budget reality we've endured over the last year. He says federal funding was reduced by $700 million. The state budget is currently $29.4 billion.
He would like to eliminate our pension debt of roughly $50 million.
One area Corbett says he would like to make cuts in is human services. Over the last couple years Monroe County Commissioner Suzanne McCool says they've been able to reduce expenses, but she's hoping there won't be anymore cuts.
To prevent more cuts McCool encourages you to reach out to your legislators. There's about a week left before the deadline on June 30th.

DUI Suspected After Gas Pump Incident
Wednesday June 18th 2014

A Lansford woman is suspected of driving under the influence with children in her car after a mishap at a Mahoning Township gas station. Just before 1:00 pm, police were notified of a vehicle at a bank on Route 443 with 3 small children inside who were unbuckled. An officer then spotted the car at the Giant fueling up. That's when the driver pulled away with the nozzle still in her car ripping the gas line off the pump. After questioning the woman, identified as Kathleen Gannecilli, police suspected she was under the influence. Gannecilli was taken to the hospital for a blood alcohol test. Officers say the children ages 2, 5 and 7 were not in proper safety seats. They were placed into the care of Children and Youth. Charges are pending.

Beltzville Beach Re-opens
Wednesday June 18th 2014

The beach at Beltzville State Park is back open. The swimming area was closed last Thursday after high bacteria counts were found in water samples. State officials say the lake was tested again on Monday and the water samples came back clean. The beach re-opened to swimming this morning.

Lansford Man Sought in Connection with Bomb Scare
Wednesday June 18th 2014

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a man police say is connected to a bomb scare over the weekend in Nesquehoning. The Allentown Bomb Squad was called to a home on 6th Avenue Saturday morning. The homeowner found a suspicious package outside with "tick tock" written on it. As a precaution, a robot was used to detonate the packaged. Tires were also slashed on vehicles in the driveway. Nesquehoning Police are looking for John Large. Officers found evidence at his Lansford home that they say connects him to this incident. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Turnpike Tolls Going Up
Tuesday June 17th 2014

Today the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a 5% toll increase for all drivers. The hike goes into effect on January 4th. Officials say yearly turnpike toll increases are necessary for the commission to satisfy the financial plan of the transportation-funding law enacted in 2007. Under act 44 the Turnpike must give money to Penndot in addition to funding maintenance and projects on the turnpike itself. While next year's increase is the same for both cash paying and EZ-Pass customers, EZ-Pass users will continue to save at least 35 %. This is the first time since 2011 that EZ-pass rates have gone up by the same percent as cash rates.

Copper Theft Arrests
Tuesday June 17th 2014

Two Carbon County men are in jail on burglary and related charges. Mahoning Township Police report on Sunday they found John Ruzicka and Robert Ruzicka in a home on Oak Grove Drive. An officer spotted them in the garage area holding copper. The house had been damaged by fire back in February and the homeowner had not moved back in yet. The two are in prison on $25,000 bail.

Schwab School Ruling - Weatherly
Tuesday June 17th 2014

A Carbon County judge rules the owner of an old school house in Weatherly most pay thousands of dollars in fines. Weatherly officials say in 1997, Larry Halstead of Virginia purchased the historic Schwab School with a promise to restore the building - but he hasn't. Property maintenance code violations have been piling up against the 62-year-old man because of the building's current condition. Halstead was due in Carbon County Court in April for the issue but never showed up. Last week, the judge ruled Halsted must pay fines by August 9th. He has 30 days to appeal to the Superior Court.

A House Explodes in Wayne County
Monday June 16th 2014

A house on River Road in Damascus exploded around 10:30 last night. The home belongs to Frank and Carol Kay, who owned the local Callicoon Flea Market in town. Neighbors were out with the Kay's just an hour beforehand celebrating Frank's birthday. If it wasn't for the neighbors declining a late night invitation for coffee, they could of easily been victims as well. Close friend, Pat Ray says she was tired and decided to go home instead, that simple decision, saved her life. The Fire Marshall tells us, it was a propane leak that torched the Kay residence. Frank and Carol Kay leave behind two sons.

17 Targeted in Drug Raid in Tamaqua
Monday June 16th 2014

Early this morning, Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, along with over two dozen police officers from various departments served warrants to 17 suspected drug dealers in Schuylkill and the surrounding areas. The suspected dealers were caught in a sting operation that took 8 months in the making.

Thomas Bilsak
Percy Brown
Latia Matrician
Adam Cruz
Ashley Weirich
Patricia Derau
Noelle Parisi
Michael Kabana
Maria Motroni
Jason Hill
Kelly Delessio
Justin Nahf
Terri Kates
Sally Hartung
Kristine Martin
Peggy Hill
Stephanie Forrester
Glen Bowman
Jimmy Troy
Juvenile Male

The suspected dealers are in custody and taken to jail. Their bail is set at around 25 thousand dollars each.

Memories Will Live On
Friday June 13th 2014

A 128-year-old school in Lehighton closes its doors forever. The Saints Peter and Paul School leaves the community will an all-day picinic celebration today. This comes after the pastor announced the decision in April due to enrollment and financial challenges. It's a bittersweet day for everyone, but they tell us they're glad to have experienced it and that they'll always have the memories.

Coolbaugh Officials Consider New Police Services
Friday June 13th 2014

Coolbaugh Township officials have a list of concerns involving the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Force. They're threatening to seek police services elsewhere.
Three of the issues on the list include accountability, fuel usage and billing hours. If Coolbaugh officials decide to leave, the department would lose a good amount of revenue.
Chief Harry Lewis tells us he's stepping down. We don't know it this decision is related to Coolbaugh Township's concerns. A special meeting will be held Wednesday night at 7, open to the public.

Pike County Terror Drill
Thursday June 12th 2014

Today at the Pike County Emergency Management Center, county officials gathered to discuss response plans in a worst case scenario. The simulation was based on a terrorist attack on the Pike County Courthouse that resulted in numerous casualties. County officials however, were well prepared for what to do in such a crisis. The County has evacuation plans already set up in addition to using the E-M-A facility to relocate all essential personnel. After todays seminar, presenter, Rocco DiPietro, was impressed with the County's preparedness. The County Commissioners tell us, these emergency plans have been in the works for over two years.

Pike County Terror Drill
Thursday June 12th 2014

Today at the Pike County Emergency Management Center, county officials gathered to discuss response plans in a worst case scenario. The simulation was based on a terrorist attack on the Pike County Courthouse that resulted in numerous casualties. County officials however, were well prepared for what to do in such a crisis. The County has evacuation plans already set up in addition to use the E-M-A facility to relocate all essential personnel. After todays seminar, presenter, Rocco DiPietro, was impressed with the County's preparedness. The County Commissioners tell us, these emergency plans have been in the works for over two years.

Walnutport Shows Off New Filtration System
Thursday June 12th 2014

After ten years of delays, the Walnutport Water and Sewer Authority has a new filtration plant.
This time of year officials say water sources are in high demand. Alot of people are filling up their swimming pools, watering their grass or using water for other reasons.
The new system will be able to filter
200,000 more gallons of water a day.
Over the last couple years officials say they had to raise rates to pay for the project.
There are two other filtration systems, but this one is a more modernized version.

Give Back To Those Who Gave So Much
Thursday June 12th 2014

A local group dedicated to serving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder needs your help. The Valor Clinic Foundation is currently converting the vacant Hotel Jonas in Polk Township into a veterans rehab center thanks to grant money. The goal is to get homeless veterans off the street and back on their feet. It's something Founder Mark Baylis was trying provide for about three years. Now it just needs to be renovated to its original condition. Baylis says it can't happen without the community's support. If you'd like to donate your time, talents or money contact the Valor Clinic. The grand opening is scheduled for October 1st.

Senior Center Opens Up in Milford
Wednesday June 11th 2014

Today the Pike County Library started a new service for the more mature citizens. The Area Agency on Aging opened up the new Milford Senior Center today. Seniors in attendance enjoyed coffee, lunch and a nice gathering with new friends. The Milford Senior Center will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

President Answers Questions Using Social Media
Wednesday June 11th 2014

President Barack Obama signed an executive order earlier this week to expand student loan debt forgiveness for millions of Americans.
The president says the average debt burden is about $30,000.
In 2011, legislators passed a law that would reduce monthly payments to 10% of the borrowers income. Overtime the debt could be forgiven, but that law only applied to people with newer loans. With the new order The President says everyone will be included.
Yesterday through Tumblr Obama was able to hear from Americansn and answer questions on education and affordability.
President Obama says changes may not take effect until the end of next year A vote on a similiar bill is coming up this week, that would reduce interest rates.

Daring Daylight Craigslist Robbery
Wednesday June 11th 2014

Most people we talked to today say they don't use websites like Craigslist because of exactly what happened at Stroud Mall yesterday. Stroud Area Regional Police say a man made arrangements to sell a cell phone and instead was robbed by the suspect using a stun gun. The exchange took place inside the mall around three in the afternoon with plenty of people and security around. Police say the victim caught up to the suspect in the parking lot and a scuffle began with the suspect using the taser more forcefully. A mall employee then intervened.
Captain Brain Kimmins says, "He withdrew his legally licensed to carry firearm and pointed it at the suspect, telling him to drop the phone and leave. And the guy did."
Police say the victim did everything right. It's good to take safety precautions, but this is a perfect example of the risk you're taking when selling to a stranger. Police say it can go wrong anywhere, at any given time.
Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect or incident to contact them.

Money Stolen from Penn Forest Bedroom
Wednesday June 11th 2014

Hidden cash under a mattress is stolen from a Penn Forest Township home. State Police say last Wednesday they were called to a home on Bayberry Road for a report of a burglary. Investigation showed the suspect crawled through an unlocked window and stole $4,000 in cash from under the victim's mattress.

Dangerous Obstacles for Motorcyclists
Tuesday June 10th 2014

Pot holes and distracted drivers are just some of the dangerous obstacles motorcyclists face on the road. The General Manager at Keystone Harley-Davidson in Parryville, encourages his customers to wear protective gear including a helmet and gloves. He also reminds them to have their motorcycle regularly maintained. But bikers tell us even if they do everything right, there's one factor they have no control over, the road. A PennDOT spokesperson tells us crews are working on road repairs and filling pot holes. He says safety is PennDOT's top concern. If you'd like to report a severely damaged road call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Police Officer Dying From Cancer Needs Help
Tuesday June 10th 2014

Police are usually the ones who save our lives, but one local police officer needs you to save his.
A Stroud Area Regional Police Officer, Ruben Torres is dying of cancer, but specialized treatment overseas could save his life.
His wife has set up an account online to raise money.
So far a little over $9,000 has been raised. The goal is to raise $30,000.
Pocono Motion Body Shop in Stroud Township will be offering $10 exterior and interior car washes by hand. Proceeds will go to the Torres family. If you would like to donate, log on to gofundme.com or stop by Pocono Motion.
Car washes will be offered Monday - Through Friday from 8am-4pm, Saturday from 9am to 11am.

Link To Website
http://www.gofundme.com/9z70sk

Monroe County Prison Complaints
Tuesday June 10th 2014

Some former and current Monroe County Correctional Facility employees reveal problems at the prison. Many are accsuing the jail's administration of wrongdoing and harasssment. The claims are directed at Warden Donna Asure who tells us they're false. The workers tell us many have been unfairly terminated and others either quit or retired due to a hostile work environment going on behind the prison's walls.
But Asure says they're just complaining about now being held accountable for their actions.

Man Wanted for Lansford Robbery Arrested
Tuesday June 10th 2014

A second suspect in a Lansford armed robbery is now in custody. Rush Township Police took Joseph Becker into custody earlier today at a doctor's office. According to police, Becker and another man robbed a Lansford resident last Thursday. That other suspect, Christopher Keer, was arrested Friday. Both men are charged with robbery, unlawful restraint - simple assault and theft.

Hiker Falls from Glen Onoko Falls Saturday
Monday June 9th 2014

A 51 year old female fell 30 feet from a trail at Glen Onoko Falls into the Lehigh River on Saturday afternoon. Area fire departments responded to the scene. The woman, who is not from Carbon County, suffered severe head injuries and numerous lacerations on her body. She lost consciousnessness and was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital Trauma Center. Officials have not released her identity or current condition.

Lehman Lake Drained
Monday June 9th 2014

A lake in Pike County is almost completely drained. A leak in Gorson Dam forced officials to draw down Sunset Lake in Lehman Township. Last week, the Department of Environmental Protection ordered the lake to be drained, after it was leaking nearly 20-30 gallons of water per minute. The dam is privately owned by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, so the fate of the lake, is in their hands. DEP officials estimate the cost to repair the dam is in the tens of thousands of dollar range, and the burden to fix it lands on the Girl Scouts. We spoke to a representative from the Girl Scouts who says they are still weighing options on how to proceed.

Kalahari Construction Concerns
Monday June 9th 2014

Monroe County Conservation District has received numerous complaints about the brown water in Swiftwater Creek. Officials tell us contractors building the Kalahari Resort at Pocono Manor failed to follow approved plans to avoid sediment pollution, and in some cases, didn't have their erosion controls in place at all. Kraemer Brothers Construction lack of compliance started when building began in October. In a statement provided by Kalahari, Contractor Partner Kevin Kraemer says, "Unfortunately, the early onset of a very harsh winter delayed construction on some of the site improvements we planned late last year."
The water is clear now and they're in cooperation. The Conservation District hasn't assessed any paid penalties for noncompliance at the site. But they aren't ruling it out.

D- Day 70th Anniversary
Friday June 6th 2014

Seventy-Years ago today marked one of the biggest turning points of World War II. On D-Day, the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy France, leading to the victory against Hitler's Nazi Germany. Navy Soldier, Bill Glanville, was one of the first soldiers to hit the beach, and shared his experience. " We got off the rubber boats and loaded them up with TNT and away we go. Glanville says the experience was surreal, as bullets whizzed by him and his unit from every direction. " Fire from all directions, the Germans were coming one way, and we were coming the other way. In the battle, Glanville lost many good friends " 31 Killed and 60 wounded." However, Glanville has no regrets. " Im not mad I did it, Im happy I did it, but I'd never do it again". He hopes that the younger generation doesn't take today for granted, but remember the blood that was shed, to give them their freedom.

Persistence Finally Pays Off
Thursday June 5th 2014

Citizens who served our country have no business being on the street helpless- A belief of many, but one, Founder Mark Baylis of the Valor Clinic Foundation stands behind. The clinic is dedicated to serving veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. He's been trying to provide a place to get veterans off the street and back on their feet for about three years now. That place will be the vacant Hotel Jonas in Polk Township thanks to grant money.
The need is huge in Monroe County, 137 homeless veterans have been counted. And Baylis says that number is deceiving, veterans in temporary shelters were missed.
The Veterans Sanctuary grand opening is scheduled for October 1st, 13 heroes will be housed for a period of time based upon needs. While others can also be helped by a rehabilitation program. But the new home needs a lot of work and requires more money before that can happen.
You're being asked to lend your repair skills July 13th through the 16th. Just show up at the hotel on Route 534 between 9am and 6pm. Donations are also always appreciated. For more information on how to get involved and help a great cause, contact the Valor Clinic.

Pike County Needs More Volunteer Fire Fighters
Wednesday June 4th 2014

The number of volunteer fire fighters is dramatically down statewide and Pike County Emergency Response is stepping up recruitment efforts to change that. Since 1983, the number of volunteer fire fighters in Pennsylvania has dropped from 350-thousand to 52-thousand. To extinguish this problem before it spreads, Pike County Training facility director Tim Knapp is pitching the program to high school students. He finds once he gets them to experience the state of the art training center they have available, a lot of the kids are instantly hooked. Knapp says "Since the recruitment process started, he's noticed the classes at the center have been packed, so its definitely working " Knapp plans to continue attracting the younger generation to get them involved..

Plans For Ross Township Long Awaited Property Clean-Up
Wednesday June 4th 2014

Neighbors on Flyte Road in Ross Township can't believe a property they call a dump is on its way to finally being cleaned up. Ross Township Supervisors have voted to hire Papillon and Moyer Contracting in Stroudsburg for the project. The proposal cost is $11,500. The property was formerly owned by Rockne Newell who is currently in jail. Police say Newell opened fire at a township supervisor meeting last August killing three people and injuring others. The shooting occurred a few days after Newell's condemned property was bought at a sheriff sale by the township. Supervisor Butch Kresge says along with the debris being picked up, two buildings and a culvert pipe bridge Newell made will be demolished.

Pike Population Declines
Tuesday June 3rd 2014

The newest population statistics released today concerns director of Economic Development Mike Sullivan. Over the past three years, the population in Pike County declined 1.4 percent. This lands Pike County in the top-fifteen counties in the state, suffering the most significant drop. However, Sullivan is not ready to panic, but focus on developing more local jobs to encourage people to stick around. He is targeting manufacturing companies, that require minimal sewer and water to operate. Sullivan tells us, he already has buyers lined up, and with more jobs available, the population report should look much better the next time around.

Behind the Scenes: Meth Lab Busts
Tuesday June 3rd 2014

This year in Carbon County alone, local police have successfully raided 10 homes operating amateur meth labs. But while hit television shows like "Breaking Bad" romanticize the idea of meth labs, local emergency responders say that's not what really happens. Criminals operating meth labs in the area you what is called a "one pot method": using a "shake and bake" style with two bottles in order to concoct a potentially lethal combination of methamphetamine. Police say those operating meth labs actually do it to fuel their own addictions to the illegal drug. To learn more about the dangers of drug addiction, check out the Carbon County Drug and Alcohol Awareness Expo at CCTI this Thursday, June 5, from 5 PM-8:30PM.

Pocono Resorts Prepare For Economic Boom
Tuesday June 3rd 2014

The Pocono Mountains used to be known as the honeymoon capital of the world. And that recognition may be coming back due to a recent change in state legislation.
Clerk of Orphans Court George Warden says about 11 same-sex couples have applied for marriage licenses so far in Monroe County. This comes after Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage was overturned about two weeks ago. And even if same-sex couples aren't applying for their marriage license here, it doesn't mean they're not getting married in the Poconos. Co-Owner Richard Spezzano of Rainbow Mountain Resort in Marshalls Creek is already planning one wedding and is now in the process of getting honeymoon and ceremony packages together to add to their pamphelts. It's all in response to the state's new legislation.
Prior to the ruling, same-sex couples traveled to other states where gay marriage was legal. Spezzano says he and his partner traveled to New York because they couldn't wait.
Spezzano, "Marriage halls, caters, so much business will come to Pennsylvania because of it. It's insane that they had to go to other states and spend the money there."
Spezzano believes it will bring people back to the Poconos as a honeymoon destination. Resorts like his with breath-taking views make the hassle of airports not worth it. It's 25 acres are open to the public daily.
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is also looking to attract same-sex weddings to the region. Officials say they're currently in the planning stages.

Nesquehoning Couple Forms Anti-Bullying Group
Monday June 2nd 2014

Howie and Marie Morana of Nesquehoning have started a "Heroes for Hope" group.Concerned with the nationwide crisis of bullying in schools, the duo shares a message to elementary age children through birthday parties, school programs, and fundraisers. The husband and wife duo dress as comic book characters Batman and Catwoman, kids to be a "hero" who never gives up and to banish bullying. Dressed in character, the couple teaches the following:

1. A Hero never gives up
2. A Hero always does the right thing
3. A Hero always helps others
4. A Hero never BULLIES

For more information, visit their Facebook page, "Hero's for Hope" or call at 570-645-3518.

Nesquehoning Couple Forms Anti-Bullying Group
Monday June 2nd 2014

Howie and Marie Morana of Nesquehoning have started a "Heroes for Hope" group.Concerned with the nationwide crisis of bullying in schools, the duo shares a message to elementary age children through birthday parties, school programs, and fundraisers. The husband and wife duo dress as comic book characters Batman and Catwoman, kids to be a "hero" who never gives up and to banish bullying. Dressed in character, the couple teaches the following:

1. A Hero never gives up
2. A Hero always does the right thing
3. A Hero always helps others
4. A Hero never BULLIES

For more information, visit their Facebook page, "Hero's for Hope" or call at 570-645-3518.

Legal Action Against Two Stroudsburg School Board Members?
Monday June 2nd 2014

Stroudsburg School Board President Richard Pierce and Vice President Bruce Stewart have upset a group of parents with how they're handling the closing of both Ramsey and Clearview Elementary Schools. That's why those parents have started petitions and are now raising money to pay recruited Stroudsburg Attorney Janet Jackson a retainer fee of $5,000 to help them remove both. They've been raising the funds on a GOFUNDME site that's connected to their website stroudsburgschools.org and are more than halfway to their goal.The parents already have about 500 signatures on both petitions. Now they just need representation to bring those signatures in front of a judge. It'll be up to the judge to decide whether or not the members actually violated the school code. Stroudsburg Parent Erica McCabe says Pierce and Stewart neglected their duties in their actions involving the closing of Ramsey next month and Clearview next year.
McCabe says, "Them not allowing us to speak. Them acting unethically and illegally by having discourse without public knowledge or even school board approval."
Both Pierce and Stewart tell us the group has the right to their opinions but say they aren't valid and they haven't broken any laws.
Pierce and Stewart believe they're being attacked for the decision to close the schools. McCabe says it wasn't in the interest of the students. But both say it is and is necessary.
Bruce says, "We've recognized that [the buildings] aren't as important as trying to preserve programs and putting as many teachers as we can in the classroom."
Pierce, "I've been on the board going on my fifth budget, and every budget we've had a deficit. You can only borrow money from the contingency fund for so long before you go broke."
By the end of the month, McCabe says the signatures will be turned into the Court of Common Pleas.

Former Coaldale Mayor in Court
Monday June 2nd 2014

Jury selection started today in the trial for 75 year old, Richard Corkery of Coaldale. He faces 27 counts of possession of child pornography. According to court documents the charges stem from an investigation in 2011. Corkery worked as a DJ for Magic 105.5 in Nesquehoning at the time, when police received a tip the former mayor viewed child pornography while at work.
The trial is scheduled to begin next week.

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