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Eldred Township Invites You To Open House
Thursday April 30th 2015

Eldred Township is working on revitalizing the community. That's why you're invited to the official opening of the new community center this weekend. Officials are enthusiastic about bringing their neighbors together. They've been working hard to transform the former elementary school located next to the municipal building into a community center for the past year.
Eldred Township Supervisor Sharon Solt says, "We want it to be like the town center like they had years ago, actually we have a motto, which is 'Eldred's Front Porch.'"
The Open House is this Sunday from 10AM-4PM. And bring your sweet tooth for the bake sale.
Solt adds, "We're going to have a lot of activities. They can sign up for classes. We're going to have someone from Jack Rader's office and Mario Scavello's office, our candidates for supervisor."
The main goal is to share what resources they offer to help those in the community, but also what they offer for fun.

Tresckow Mine Fire
Wednesday April 29th 2015

A long time burning mine fire in Tresckow, Banks Township, is reaching the surface. The Carbon County EMA Director visited the site earlier this week. A surface temperature reading at the site came in at 120 degrees. DEP representatives are meeting with local officials to generate a plan of action.

St. Luke's Hospital- Monroe Campus Coming Fall 2016
Wednesday April 29th 2015

St. Luke's officials and community members broke ground today for the first new hospital in Monroe County in 100 years. For the first time in Monroe County history, residents will soon have a choice. Pocono Medical Center will no longer be the only hospital in the area. Completion is slated for Fall 2016. St. Luke's is investing $80 million dollars into the 180,000 square foot hospital that will easily be accessed from Interstate 80, Route 33 and Route 611. The Monroe County Commissioners approved earlier this year that St. Luke's could finance up to $100 million in tax-free bonds for the construction of the project. The hospital will be located on 41 acres previously purchased off of Route 611 in Bartonsville on Blue Bird Drive. The Monroe Campus will mirror the St. Luke's Anderson Campus located on Freemansburg Avenue in Bethlehem.

Concerns Over Violence Occurring At A Monroe County Mall
Tuesday April 28th 2015

Police are investigating a stabbing over the weekend outside the Stroud Mall in Stroud Township. This comes after an alleged assault earlier this month that's still being investigated, and those aren't the first incidents to occur at the shopping center.
Those two acts of violence in one month at the Stroud Mall are causing those visiting today to raise their eyebrows and to question their safety. They can't understand why what they call 'senseless acts of violence' keep happening there. This past Saturday night around 10, Stroud Area Regional Police responded to a reported stabbing outside the Food Court entrance. Chief William Parrish says the victim and his girlfriend were leaving the mall when they got into a verbal argument with four young black males. It escalated to a physical confrontation and victim was attacked and stabbed twice. The group then fled the scene. Police say the couple did not know them, they have descriptions and are waiting for surveillance video. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. Earlier this month, around the same area and at night, a woman reported she was allegedly assaulted by a group of young girls after she says she simply told them to be quiet during a movie.
Chief Parrish says the two incidents aren't related. But they aren't the first to happen at the mall. Last year there was a stabbing and a robbery related to a Craig's List deal. Everyone we talked to today would like to see security beefed up.
Mall officials sent us this response:
"Maintaining a safe, comfortable and convenient experience for our customers, employees and retail partners is always our top priority. We are constantly evaluating the security protocols we have in place and making adjustments to our staffing as necessary."
They're also working with police and police say they will be looking into security measures at the mall also.
Parrish says criminal activity is down at the mall and these types of occurrences can happen anywhere. He advises, "If you're out late at night, after the hours of darkness, just be aware of your surroundings and don't get involved in any confrontations- verbally or not."
If you witnessed the stabbing or have any information about the incident, Stroud Area Regional Police are asking you to contact them.

Pike County Receives Sizeable Donation
Tuesday April 28th 2015

Today at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, The Greater Pike Community Foundation announced a donation of 2.3 million dollars. The money was given by the late Dick Snyder, a pillar in the Milford Community who was instrumental in improving the streetscapes, along with the beautifying of the historical town. The money will be distributed annually to different non profit organizations. The donations will range from twenty-thousand to one hundred thousand dollars.

Brodheadsville Construction Affects Business
Monday April 27th 2015

It's now been almost a month since work started to improve the congested Route 209 and 715 intersection in Brodheadsville, Monroe County. People are complaining about some serious traffic back-ups as a result, but PennDOT officials warn they may worsen beginning this week. PennDOT officials say the widening of that intersection will help with safety and traffic flow. While business owners tell us they aren't too sure how much it'll help, they already know the construction providing for turning lanes and turning arrow traffic signals is affecting their bottom line.
Even though the work is only happening during off-peak hours from 9AM-3PM and 6PM-6AM, traffic delays weren't taken lightly by motorists last week when contractors were removing two old gas tanks near the intersection. PennDOT officials warn starting this week and then next week, traffic back-ups may worsen because contractors will be relocating utilities. Some may be removed and others relocated. The type of work may cause delays during the morning or afternoon rush because contractors just can't stop if they're in the middle of something.
Officials recommend giving yourself extra time or finding an alternative route. But business owners hope you don't do the latter. The owner of Altemose True Value Hardware estimates he's lost 25 percent of his business, while the owner of Action Florist and Gift House worries her busy season of Mother's Day and Prom won't happen.
PennDOT officials say to be aware of traffic delays until the project is completed in December. They're hoping for nice weather so that maybe contractors can finish quicker.

Police Beefing up Enforcement in Wayne County
Monday April 27th 2015

Police are cracking down on Grove, Ridge, and Terrace Streets in Honesdale. Mayor Jack Bishop received countless complaints from residents who are say drivers are going well above the 25 mile per hour speed limit. This is very concerning, since many Honesdale Elementary, Middle, and High School students walk down these streets after school. Bishop has increased the number of Police who will be out on patrol during the peek after school hours. Bishop hopes the extra enforcement helps drivers get the message, to slow down on these borough streets to keep pedestrians safe.

Students Receive Literal Crash Course on Distracted Driving
Friday April 24th 2015

Students at Wallenpaupack learned firsthand how taking your eyes off the road for a split second, could cost your life. Days away from Senior Prom, students participated in a mock car crash, in the scene an intense argument between a teenage couple gets out of control, three passengers in their car along with a passenger in the other vehicle perish. State Police, Fire Department, First Responders, and even a Medevac helicopter was landed in the parking lot of the high school to provide another level of authenticity.

First of its kind in Pike County
Thursday April 23rd 2015

Joe Jaludi with the support of his family, is building one of the first ever passive solar houses in Pike County. The homes are a big hit out in Europe, thousands were built last year alone. A passive solar home designed to be air- tight, creating a more energy efficient house. Most of these designs require the home to be completely wrapped, the floors need to be ripped up, and replaced with thick foam board, and a plastic membrane that seals air from escaping. Building a passive solar home costs about ten percent more, since a large majority of the materials are hard to come by. However in the long run, Jaludi hopes to cash in on some big time benefits. He says, with a passive solar home, heating and cooling bills can range up to 300-400 dollars a year. He hopes to complete construction by next year.

Students Celebrate Earth Day
Thursday April 23rd 2015

It's been 45 years since Earth Day was created and environmentalist aren't letting it die.
Yesterday marked the anniversary, but the festivities continue.
Students and educators around Monroe County are celebrating today through education.
Kids at head start in East Stroudsburg are learning a lesson about the environment and wildlife in a number of ways. One technique is through arts and crafts, with the help of boy scouts.
"We're having the kids color doing in a little coloring sheets we're having them make little bird feeders out of pinecones and they're making little nest and putting eggs inside and twigs," said Corey Hahn, a boy scout and former head start student.
Students also took a walk out in the great outdoors. Not only did they see wildlife along the way, but they picked up trash too.
Monroe County Conservation District also stopped by, teaching students more about birds. He even brought some to show.
College students are also participating in Earth Day events.
some think we should celebrate it everyday of the year.
This Saturday, Pocono Environmental Education Center was one of the groups participating in the ESU event. They're having their own Earth Day Festival.

Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Opening Soon
Thursday April 23rd 2015

The largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast is about to open in Monroe County. Today we were at the exclusive sneak peek grand opening for Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia. The 163 million dollar attraction is already drawing people to the Poconos.
Camelback Lodge officials opened Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville today with a splash. And the kids jumped at the chance to catch a wave right after.
The facility will be open to the public next Friday. Phase One- the waterpark and half of the rooms will be ready to go. Phase Two- the rest of the 453-rooms will be completed this summer. Today some lucky people got to be the first to check it out- including Wallenpaupack South Elementary School students, who tell us they're on the best field trip ever.
Kiernan Burk from Delaware says it's really exciting because she's never been to a waterpark that's inside before.
There's 7 pools, many cool attractions and 13 slides to check out, two are the first of its kind.
Co-owner Ken Ellis of Camelback Resort explains, "The Storm Chaser, which is the longest uphill indoor waterpark roller coaster and the Venus Slyde Trap."
Officials can't wait to attract more people to the Pocono Region. It's already been an economic generator and they're still looking to hire more people.
Ellis adds, "We've added about 700 employees to our already 1600 we have at Camelback."
But they also want people who live in the area and don't necessarily need to book a room to come check everything out- including the restaurants and family entertainment center. We're told daily passes will be available for the first month.
Ellis says, "After that, as long as you're a Camelback guest in some fashion [like you go to Camelbeach], you can then also buy a ticket for Aquatopia."
And some of the opening excitement will be saved for this coming winter. Guests will actually be able to ski-in and ski-out of the indoor waterpark/hotel.

Pike County man will Stand Trial for Child Rape Charges
Wednesday April 22nd 2015

Hal Harris ran unsuccessfully for Lehman township tax collector two years ago. Today, he represented himself in front of a district magistrate on charges he raped a minor over an eight year period The victim, now 18 provided detailed testimony, claiming Harris had raped her at least 10 times , while he was living with the victim and her mother in the Tamiment complex in Lehman Township. In addition to the rape, Harris is charged with statuatory sexual assault, deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault along with other charges.. The judge had all the charges except one, against Hal Harris bound over for court, he still remains out on bail.

Infant Abuse Charges Sent To Monroe County Court
Wednesday April 22nd 2015

A Coolbaugh Township man had a preliminary hearing today for allegedly shaking his three-month-old son. It happened at the home of 26-year-old Juan Vazquez in Tobyhanna back in March when police say the infant was in his care. The child was taken to the hospital and doctors determined he suffered abusive head trauma.
All charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child have been sent to Monroe County Court. Vazquez remains held on $250,000 bail. A doctor states if the child survives, he would be in a vegetative state. Vazquez's son is currently getting nutrition from a feeding tube at a rehabilitation center.

New Deadly Tick Virus
Tuesday April 21st 2015

Tick season is taking a bite out of Spring and officials say it's already worse than last year.
Ticks may be small but they're a big problem, especially if it's infected with Lyme Disease. But officials want you to be aware of a new virus ticks may carry called Powassan.
Forensic Scientist Nicole Chinnici at Northeast DNA Wildlife Lab says, "Similar symptoms to Lyme with the vomiting, the fever, the chills, loss of muscle memory, and then serious could be inflammation of your brain and meningitis."
The major difference between the two is that the virus can be both transmitted in seconds and fatal.
Chinnici adds, "Lyme can be treated, there is currently no treatment for Powassan. There's a little bit of research out there, but not very much."
Chinnici adds it's just another reason to check your body for ticks if you're outside. If you find one, the lab located inside East Stroudsburg University's Innovation Center is available to do the analysis. It's open Monday through Friday from 9AM-4:30PM.

Event Helps Prepare Disabled For Work
Tuesday April 21st 2015

For the 3rd year, the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Employment Coalition hosted it's annual "Roads to Employment" conference at Shawnee Inn.
Eight educational workshops were split up in two sessions. They focused on finding employment, transitional resources, work incentives and job coaching.
Guest were able to participate in mock Interviews and hear success stories from others working with disabilities.
When organizers started the event they had 150 participants, now they have 400. Because this event was so successful and it continues to grow every year, organizers say they're looking for a larger venue next time around.

Milford and Pike make swap for Courthouse
Monday April 20th 2015

Representatives of Pike County and Milford Borough reached an agreement that allows the Courthouse Expansion to start moving forward. , Borough Council members asked the county to turn over the Sheriff's Office and provide space in the Bennett Avenue garage in exchange for Borough land in front of the courthouse to use for a backup location for the septic system. The Borough will also vacate Peach Alley, to allow the Courthouse construction project to begin. County officials say, they hope to start construction in 2016.

Will A Man On Death Row Get A New Trail?
Monday April 20th 2015

A Monroe County Court hearing was held today to determine whether a man facing the death penalty for a 2001 murder should get a new trial.
A jury found Manuel Sepulveda guilty of killing John Mendez and Ricardo Lopez. Defense Attorneys had a witness take the stand today with information that wasn't presented before and also presented mitigating evidence.
The judge says both the Commonwealth and the Defense need to submit their argument briefs from today in about a month and then she will issue a decision.

Local Tech Team Earns National Recognition
Friday April 17th 2015

Two students from Wallenpaupack automotive team, Nick Schroeder and Tony Litz headed to the Big Apple to compete in the National Automotive Competition. At the competition, each two-person student diagnosed and repaired a number of pre-assigned problems under the car's hood within an allotted amount of time.. In addition, the student's overall knowledge was tested through a series of written tests. Pennsylvania’s team scored higher than representatives from 29 other states to take the National Title home to Wallenpaupack. The winning students received a 10-thousand dollar tool set. They were also awarded full ride scholarships to multiple colleges.

Habitat for Humanity Offers Help With Home Repair Projects
Friday April 17th 2015

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is available to help people in need with home repair projects, but so far few people are taking advantage. We caught up with volunteers working hard today at a home in Tobyhanna.
Thanks to volunteers from Monroe County Habitat for Humanity- Maritza Mendez breathes a sigh of relief today at her home located in A Pocono Country Place. She had lost her homeowner's insurance due to her deck falling down and couldn't pay to fix it.
Executive Director Kelly Kemmerer of Monroe County Habitat for Humanity says, "Applied with us for our Home Preservation Project and we're here fixing the deck, and she now has her homeowner's insurance back in place."
Volunteers came to repair the deck but quickly found out they actually have to tear it completely down and build a new one. They say they're up for the challenge.
Core Volunteer Vincent Governali says, "It's really a good feeling to help people out. You know, to live with a deck that's unsafe and you know you can't even go out there, to have a new deck is everything to them."
Mendez is looking forward to finally enjoying it this summer and couldn't be more thankful.
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is looking to help more people like Mendez. This year they're focusing on home preservation projects, and are aiming to repair 30 homes starting July 1st. Right now no one is signed up.
Kemmerer explains, "For homeowners who are affected by age, limited income or disability so we want to help people have safe, decent places to live. We would like more people to apply for these projects."
Kemmerer says there's definitely a need in the county, "People are living with roofs that are not safe, decks that are not safe, they don't have properly insulated homes. And when homes are safe and decent, people are healthy and more productive citizens."
To apply and for more information on how to qualify, just call them at 570-476-9846.

Food Pantry Needs Help
Thursday April 16th 2015

A food pantry in Tannersville is calling out to the community to help keep their shelves stocked.
Volunteers at St. Paul Lutheran Church only have enough food to open on Tuesdays for two hours. And it's not enough for the many people in need in Monroe County. The food pantry use to be open four days a week.
Social Ministries Chairperson Mattie Moreles says, "We're an emergency pantry. We help not only just the people that come in, we help the homeless, we help people that have been in fires. We may have to turn somebody away towards the end of the two hours because we just don't have it to give."
Volunteers are hoping to change that with your help and at least be open two days. If you'd like to donate, just drop it off at the church Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 3PM and Sunday from 8AM to 1PM.

New Stroud Township Supervisor Appointed
Thursday April 16th 2015

For the first time ever there's a woman on the board of supervisors in Stroud Township.
Christine Wilkins has been appointed as the newest Stroud Township Supervisor, after Jim Decker resigned in March following theft charges. Wilkins grew up in the township and she's been involved in the community for some time.
She's served as an alternate on the zoning hearing board and co-chair of the planning commission. She also works in real estate. Not only will she now be a supervisor, but the chair of the Stroud Township Bicentennial Committee.
The current term expires in January of 2016, but Wilkins is expected to run this fall for another term.
Another special meeting is scheduled tomorrow morning to finalize the new hire.

Green Tourism Conference
Wednesday April 15th 2015

Vendors from all over the country gather in Pike County to discuss a new trend in tourism. Going Green has made a big splash in the local food movement. Hotel, restaurants, farmers and other tourism vendors from across the country set up shop at Woodloch Springs to talk about the latest trends. One of the big highlights for chefs attending the conference, the big change in the massive portions that restaurants used to serve. With the green wave sweeping across the country, many are opting for better quality, local, product as opposed to the huge plates that were customary in the past. Todays Green Tourism Conference was the first, in a long list of Earth Day events planned in the Poconos.

Jury Determines Homicide In Coroner's Inquest
Wednesday April 15th 2015

A jury makes their decision today in a Monroe County Coroner's Inquest. It's the first time in 30 years this type of investigation has occurred.
The jury believes 92-year-old William Collins from Coolbaugh Township was killed by his Caregiver Judith Marc back in December. And they say his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and neck. It took jurors about an hour to determine the cause and manor of death after hearing testimony both today and yesterday. It's now up to the First Assistant District Attorney to continue the investigation along with police and Monroe County Detectives to determine whether charges will be filed.

Homeless Housing in Wayne County Under Fire
Tuesday April 14th 2015

Nearby Neighbors have grown concerned with the temporary housing Wayne County have set up in Honesdale. The County is renting several apartments on the main drag in Honesdale, to be used for people in desperate need of a place to stay. The County has a thorough screening process, to vet anyone looking to use the furnished apartments. There are also strict rules in place including; needing a referral, and singing up for the County's case worker services. However resident Jeryl Denoie, who lives across the street is concerned with the constant rotation of people who will be staying in the apartments. " we don't know if they're dangerous, we don't know if they are mentally ill. They're will be quite a combination of people who will be housed there" County officials say they daily monitor who's staying at the apartments. The same program has been in place for the past decade, only the venue has changed.

Monroe County Job Outlook
Tuesday April 14th 2015

An estimated 800 to 1,000 people were on a job hunt today at the 13th Annual Career Quest held at The Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville. Job seekers got to hand over resumes or do on-the-spot interviews with 67 participating businesses having full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available.
PA CareerLink Monroe County Administrator John Casella says while the economy isn't where he'd like it to be: "The unemployment rate is about 6%, which we're a little bit above the state and national average at about 5%."
He says that won't be the case for long- the economy is improving.
Casella explains, "Now that most of our employers are becoming year-round instead of seasonal, I see that number starting to drop. There's more jobs available."
Helping that happen is the opening of two major resorts this year. But Kalahari and Camelback Lodge aren't the only ones looking to hire a lot of people. There's plenty of opportunities in Monroe County, for example at The Bushkill Group.
So don't worry if you missed today, Monroe County's CareerLink can connect you to all the businesses currently hiring.
Casella adds, "Our services are free of charge. We'll help you find a job. We'll get you into training. We'll provide seminars free."
Just contact them at 570-620-2850.

Filing Your Taxes Down To The Wire?
Monday April 13th 2015

There's now only three days left to file your taxes. Local tax officials tell us not only are more people waiting till the last minute this season, but they've seen a significant increase in scams.
Owner John Sesta of three Liberty Tax Services in Monroe County says typically people wait till the last minute to get their taxes done if they have to pay money. But this year that number increased even more Sesta says because this is the first year you face penalties if you don't have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Sesta says he's also noticed an increase in IRS scams this year. And has witnessed some happening first-hand to his clients. One of the main ones this year is identity theft. The other is phone scams, which Sesta offers this advice, "They do not just call you up. They usually send you a letter if you owe money. Check with your tax advisor, call up the IRS yourself, do not just pay these people over the phone."
For more information about this year's tax scams, the IRS has videos posted on YouTube. Just search "scam."

Mauch Chunk Pharmacy Burglary Update
Monday April 13th 2015

Jim Thorpe police are now working with Pocono Mountain Regional Police to see if the thieves who broke into the Mauch Chunk Pharmacy could be the same people who broke into a pharmacy in Blakeslee. On April 7th, police say someone broke into the pharmacy on Route 903 around
4:30 AM and made off with a variety of prescription drugs. A similar incident happened in Monroe County just half an hour before. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact Jim Thorpe Police.

Judge Rules On Crematory in Mount Pocono
Friday April 10th 2015

After about seven years of fighting between Mount Pocono officials and Pula Funeral Home owner, Joseph Pula, a Monroe County judge has overturned a decision to prohibit a crematorium on Route 196.
The owner, Joseph Pula wanted to expand his funeral home by adding crematory services, but he was denied by the zoning and hearing board. Although it sits in a commercial district, borough officials are concerned about the proximity to residential neighborhoods.
The Mount Pocono location is now owned by Tom Yanac who ran for coroner in 2013. However, Pula still operates his funeral home in Stroudsburg, where they offer crematory services. Borough officials are looking to tweak their zoning ordinance to avoid dealing with this issue again.
"I think that we're going to revisit it and part of it is going to depend upon the new owner, because we're not sure what his plans are," said Fred Courtright.
We reached out to Yanac, but he chose not to comment.
His sign in front of the building indicates he'll provide funeral and crematory services.
Many residents have also been a part of the fight.
Discussion on appealing the decision was expected this week, but officials have rescheduled for Monday night.

A Time Honored Tradition Returns to Wayne County
Friday April 10th 2015

The Stourbridge Lion is returning full steam ahead to passengers in Honesdale. The train ran for thirty years, making trips to Honesdale, Hawley, and Lackawaxen. That all changed in 2012, after financial concerns caused the train to run out of steam. Now, after two years of being derailed the Lion is back on track. The train is being restored back to its original look. The seats are being refurbished, celings painted, safety glass windows installed, wooden frames added, and even valances are being hung to give passengers that old time feel. The train will be making its long awaited return on a very special date, May 9th, National Train Day.

A Touching 50th Anniversary Tribute From Husband To Wife
Friday April 10th 2015

A Monroe County man who's an avid viewer of News13 contacted us with a touching story. It's a 50th anniversary tribute that even made our videographer Tom MacIntire get teary-eyed.

Music lit Dave and Stacie Lyon's love on fire when they met in college and it hasn't burned out today as they still play a beautiful melody together. In fact, this year marks their 50th anniversary that Dave was determined to make special. He wanted to take her on another cruise. Unfortunately financial hardships stood in the way. And his wife's medical bills didn't help either, along with her suffering from a condition that makes her joints painful.
So instead, Dave decided to take Stacie on a heartfelt journey that he spent a lot of time on.
Dave says, "She was crying, I think, I was so nervous."
Stacie concludes, "Oh it was beautiful, I cried. I think they said that everyone in the audience was crying."
He changed the words of a song.
Dave explains, "I sort of told the story of our life in the song and then I went into the song itself: 'I'll Be Loving You Always.'"
And to her complete surprise- performed it at a music festival held at East Stroudsburg University by his wife and another woman. To their delight an audience member captured and then put the special moment on YouTube. Today Dave sang it to her in front of us.
And it's more than the rhythm of their hearts that kept their love alive all these years. Just take their advice: "Love is always saying you're sorry even sometimes when you're right."
To watch the special moment:

ESU Officials Speak Out Following Audit Report
Thursday April 9th 2015

East Stroudsburg University officials react to a report by the state Auditor General. It says the university failed to conduct background checks and child abuse clearances.
The state Auditor General says, "It's troubling that East Stroudsburg University did not require background checks and child abuse clearances on people working with minors at events on their campus." His remark follows an audit covering a three year period. The allegations involve 229 youth camps and non-university events involving minors. 79 of the camps involved overnight stays.
Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Doreen Tobin says background checks were done for youth camps managed by their own coaches, but before this year the university wasn't required by law to be involved with outside groups just utilizing their facility.
The Child Protective Service Law that does require it went into effect at the end of December. Tobin says they had their policy developed and passed before that deadline. In addition they created a team to be a part of "Stop It Now"- an organization dedicated to addressing issues with minors in all venues.
Tobin says, "We have an active team working. We've already developed our training and so on and we are now actively background checking."
The Auditor General says, "'s long overdue. We are very fortunate no one was harmed. People staffing these camps and events cannot go unchecked and unmonitored." Tobin says they're taking these comments into consideration and will use them in planning ahead for the future.
Tobin says, "I'm not sure that a background check is going to catch everybody."
Tobin believes the training they've gained will make the real difference and adds, "We're going to be able to stop things at a very early stage if in fact it's occurring on this campus."
Even though the university is in compliance, officials say they are always striving to up their game in taking preventative measures.

KMART To Close In Mount Pocono
Thursday April 9th 2015

Kmart officials are in the process of eliminating stores around the country.
The location in Mount Pocono is on the chopping block.
In a statement emailed to News 13, officials say, they're hoping these closures will allow them to transform the remaining stores.
Sixty-six employees are expected to lose their jobs. KMART officials say, they'll be eligible for severance and they'll have the opportunity to apply for positions at area Sears or KMART stores.
The Mount Pocono Store is scheduled to close this July. Customers will be able to transfer layaways to other locations if they aren't able to pay them off beforehand.

Northampton County Man Charged in Fatal Crash
Thursday April 9th 2015

A Danielsville man turns himself in after he's accused of having a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit when he caused a fatal crash. This afternoon, 23-year-old Michael McCandless-Dietrich was charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and several other offenses. Police say on December 21st he drove his pickup truck the wrong way on the one-way section of Route 145 onto Route 248. His vehicle crashed into a GMC Yukon killing 27-year-old Zachary Wieder of Slatington. A 24-year-old passenger in Wieder's vehicle suffered multiple major injuries, and a 4-year-old child in the back seat was also seriously injured. Dietrich and his passenger were both hurt as well. Emergency officials found multiple alcoholic beverage bottles in Dietrich''s vehicle and on the ground. He was taken to jail on $100,000 bail.

Population Declines In Monroe County
Wednesday April 8th 2015

Once upon a time Monroe County was one of the fastest growing regions in Pennsylvania. Now, things are going in the opposite direction.
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report showing a decline of population growth, since year 2010, ranking third place in the state for population loss.
The county lost 3,528 residents and 3, 752 were lost to outmigration. Officials believe high property taxes, commuting cost and low paying jobs are the biggest issues.
Governor Tom Wolf has shown support for property tax reform bill, but it has yet to be passed.

Armed Robbery Slatington
Wednesday April 8th 2015

Slatington Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place outside a bank late yesterday afternoon. The incident happened in the parking lot behind the Wells Fargo on Main Street. The police chief tells us the department is still investigating but the incident was not a random act and residents should not be alarmed.

Columbia Gas Settlement
Wednesday April 8th 2015

Columbia Gas needs to fork over one-hundred and fifty thousand dollars to the DEP. The fines are a result of violations to the Clean Stream laws, which protect the water, animals and aquatic life. According to DEP, Columbia failed to use safe practices during a construction project in Pike County. Inspectors from DEP noticed more than 100 violations at Columbia Sites in Pike County. DEP has agreed to the settlement, the money will go towards the clean water fund. Columbia Gas issued this statement: We are pleased to have reached a settlement with the Pennsylvania DEP. We take environmental sustainability and compliance very seriously and will continue to work with the DEP on current and future projects.

Family Seeks Justice After Violent Incident
Wednesday April 8th 2015

A family is seeking justice for a shocking attack in Stroud Township, Monroe County.
It happened after seeing a movie at the Stroud Mall Easter Sunday evening. One of the women who was beat up tells us she believes because she told three teen girls to be quiet during "Furious 7"- they were waiting for her outside joined by three more girls and two boys. Police are investigating the incident that left her with bruises, bumps, a black eye and broken eye socket. Her sister-in-law was wounded too.
Victim Cindy Santamaria-Williams says, "I can identify them and I want them caught. I'm going to see this all the way through."
Santamaria-Williams believes she saw someone record it happen. Her family is offering a reward for that video or any information that leads to an arrest. Police have descriptions of the attackers and will be obtaining video from the mall. If you have any information, call Stroud Area Regional Police.

Fire Rips through Home in Wayne County
Tuesday April 7th 2015

The blaze broke out around nine last night on Walnut street in Hawley. Four fire companies responded to the home, after a neighbor called 911. On arrival, the house was engulfed, flames were shooting through the windows and the roof. Fire fighters at the scene tell us, within twenty-minutes they had the blaze under control. A family of six lived in the house, they were not home when the blaze broke out. Several pets including dogs and cats, were unable to escape and were killed in the fire.

Mauch Chunk Pharmacy Burglary - Jim Thorpe
Tuesday April 7th 2015

Drugs are stolen from a pharmacy in an early morning heist in Carbon County. Jim Thorpe Police are investigating a break-in at the Mauch Chunk Pharmacy on North Street. Police responded around 4 am when the burglary was discovered. Officers found the rear door had been forced open and a large amount of narcotics stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Jim Thorpe Police. The incident is not affecting business operations at the pharmacy.

Old Cherryville Post Office Knocked Down
Tuesday April 7th 2015

A long standing, abandoned building in Cherryville is knocked down today. The building at the corner of Lehigh Drive and Blue Mountain Drive was once the Cherryville Post Office. According to the Lehigh Township Historical Society the building was constructed in 1850. The space was used as a general store and a post office in the early 1900s but has sat empty for years. Crews started demolishing the structure this morning. A developer wants to build a new larger Turkey Hill Gas Station on the space. The current Turkey Hill is on a small lot across the street. Lehigh Township officials tell us the final plans for the proposal will be reviewed by the township's Planning Commission Monday night.

Celebrating 20 Years By Giving Back
Tuesday April 7th 2015

A Stroudsburg bar and grill will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary. And its party will help a local nonprofit at the same time. It's an animal care center in need of a permanent home.
Director Kathy Uhler of Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center couldn't be more excited and honored. Sarah Street Grill managers chose the organization for their 20th anniversary fundraiser celebration happening Monday.
Manager Brandi Merritt explains, "They bring in animals that are sick, animals that you might find under your deck, and they make sure that they're healthy and safe to release back into the wild."
The center is the only facility in a six-county area that takes in all Pennsylvania native birds, mammals and reptiles. Currently they just received fox pups that were found in a cardboard box at a Trexlertown Walmart parking lot.
That's why Sarah Street Grill is giving 20 percent of their sales Monday to Pocono Wildlife along with the entry fees for both a 50-50 raffle and a pool/dart tournament. There will also be live music to enjoy, along with special guests and animals like "Flame" (an owl) will be on-hand for you to learn about and see up close and personal. It's all to say "Happy Anniversary!" to a now Stroudsburg landmark that's not only expanded but a great part of the community.
Merritt says, "We just put a garden in last year that we are doing some farm to table stuff, we did solar panels a few years ago, you know we recycle everything."
Uhler says the timing couldn't be more perfect. The center currently has a capital campaign underway to buy the land it's leasing in Cherry Valley form the Nature Conservancy.
Uhler explains, "We need a forever site. So many places do not make it because of finances and then they close. We've been in business now for 35 years."
Uhler says they're raised $65,000 out of the $300,000 they need by the end of the summer. So participating in events like Sarah Street Grill's can really help them out.
Uhler says, "We do have quite a few events planned for the spring/summer months where people can participate, have a good time and raise money all at the same time."
For more information about the event happening Monday or to learn about other events coming up to help Pocono Wildlife, just check out their website at

Construction Starts Tomorrow In Brodheadsville
Monday April 6th 2015

Construction to widen the Route 209 and 715 intersection in Monroe County's West End starts tomorrow. And people we talked to today have mixed feelings about it.
Drivers say construction to alleviate the typical traffic jam at that intersection is a long time coming. The over 1.5 million dollar project includes widening the intersection to provide much needed turning lanes and turning arrow traffic signals. The work is expected to be completed this December. But PennDOT officials say motorists will only experience off-peak lane restrictions on both Route 209 and 715 from 9am-3pm and 6pm-6am. Those restrictions won't be happening on major holiday weekends. PennDOT Press Officer Ron Young says traffic will continue going through the intersection while they're working, but be aware of delays at times.
Employees at Altemose True Value Hardware are grateful for that but still believe it's going to be a mess for business. Drivers too are worried but all say it needs to happen.
And officials want residents living close to the intersection not to worry too much about the overnight work- contractors try to keep noise to a minimum.
While everyone says they're too familiar with how clogged the intersection gets, not all agree tomorrow's construction is the answer.

Women Commission Comes to Monroe County
Monday April 6th 2015

A national women's commission is coming to Monroe County for the first time. Commissioners have approved bylaws and group leaders are working to begin outreach.
The new group called, "The Monroe County Women Commission Coalition," is designed to uplift women, through education, mentorship and entrepreneurship. It's one of six in the state.
The director, Maria Geffers has been working to create this branch, since December 2014.
She's a retired teacher, with 35 years of experience in education.
"We've had a huge response to our call for women we have over 50 applications from women who are deaconesses, owners of businesses, teachers, politicians," said Geffers.
While the commission receives support from all three commissioners, Suzanne McCool is a women's advocate and it's close to her heart.
"I would like to know that this is part of my legacy that a women's commission was established while I was here in office," said McCool.
Only 20 people are allowed on the commission board and Geffers is in the process of narrowing down the applicants. They plan to meet at the county administration building for an hour each month.
Members of the public are welcome. If you would like to participate visit their facebook page.

"Monroe County Women Commission Coalition"

Pothole Blitz Launches
Monday April 6th 2015

Within the next 14 days, Penn Dot plans to fix over 80 percent of the potholes reported on state roads across the region. The extremely cold winter resulted in extensive damages to many of the roads throughout the area. Penn Dot crews are out today, using a mix of sand, milled stone, and oil to patch up the problem. Penn Dot says workers will be out eight hours a day for the next two weeks during this blitz, trying to make the roads safer for the people and their vehicles. They ask all drivers to please slow down, and be patient while traveling through these work zones.

Carbon County Fugitive Caught
Monday April 6th 2015

A man wanted for driving into a cop car during an attempted drug bust is caught by state police. 30 year old Jason Wilk was taken into custody Friday night when the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over in a traffic stop. He's wanted for an incident that happened March 8th in East Penn Township on Route 895. Police say Wilk struck a Mahoning Township Policel car as he tried to flee from the Carbon County Drug Task Force. At the time of his arrest troopers found suspected meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him. He's been arraigned on $100,000 straight bail and remains in the Carbon County Prison.

34 Cats Abandoned At Home In Ross Township
Friday April 3rd 2015

Neighbors in Ross Township, Monroe County say 34 cats were left to fend for themselves, after an eviction. A constable and officials at a local animal rescue have been feeding them and trying to trap them outside the home in Saylorsburg.
Constable Richard Salter III for Eldred Township says Animals Can't Talk Rescue and Adoption volunteers took the ones they have captured to the vet and need you to provide a "furever" home to make room for more. If you'd like to adopt a cat or would like to offer help to "ACT" just call them at 570-242-2846.

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Thursday April 2nd 2015


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Bullying at Bus Stop
Thursday April 2nd 2015

We Received this below letter from a concerned family member about his granddaughter.

I am bringing to your attention a serious issue going on at the East Stroudsburg North High School.

On Monday, March 16th, our 16 year old granddaughter was assaulted while walking home from her bus stop. There were two videos posted on FaceBook of said assault, however, one was taken down before it could be e-mailed to myself or the rest of the family. The one video that we do have is attached.

Our granddaughter has been bullied since October of 2014 and was reported to the principal in December. Our concern is that nothing is being done about the bullying in the school system., The Principle has done nothing about this.
Now it has escalated to a physical assault (broken nose and pictures of her injuries)and e-mails being sent to her sister stating that if you go to the cops, we “The Crypts” will spray your house with bullets and break into your house and “violate your mother.” They did not go to the police out of fear, however, we, the grandparents did. The police were reluctant to do anything, said that they are just kids, and just brushed it off as to say, it will pass???,., I was a kid once, and kids can be cruel ??? However, the “school police” will not do anything because the assault took place up the road from the bus stop. Our granddaughter has not been back to the high school since because they have threatened to “beat her again” and are waiting for her to come back.

The State Troopers are going to charge the kids involved ,but only charging them with harassment, this is a insult, and a joke,Definition of Harassment: To Disturb or bother continually with worries,cares.or the like, :to harry:to pester.(The New Webster Dictionary)

Again, we just want to bring this to your attention as we are sure our granddaughter is not the only one being bullied. On a side note….one of these kids made the remark, “what you going to do, your WHITE” nothing is going to happen to us.

The News 13 team investigated. After speaking with the daughter, everything included in the letter appeared to be true. We reached out to the schools Superintendent, who told us, they do not comment on student related issues. The State Police tell us the investigation is still open. The family just want to see their daughter attending school, without fearing for her life.

Bullying at Bus Stop
Thursday April 2nd 2015

We Received this below letter from a concerned family member about his granddaughter.

I am bringing to your attention a serious issue going on at the East Stroudsburg North High School.

On Monday, March 16th, our 16 year old granddaughter was assaulted while walking home from her bus stop. There were two videos posted on FaceBook of said assault, however, one was taken down before it could be e-mailed to myself or the rest of the family. The one video that we do have is attached.

Our granddaughter has been bullied since October of 2014 and was reported to the principal in December. Our concern is that nothing is being done about the bullying in the school system., The Principle has done nothing about this.
Now it has escalated to a physical assault (broken nose and pictures of her injuries)and e-mails being sent to her sister stating that if you go to the cops, we “The Crypts” will spray your house with bullets and break into your house and “violate your mother.” They did not go to the police out of fear, however, we, the grandparents did. The police were reluctant to do anything, said that they are just kids, and just brushed it off as to say, it will pass???,., I was a kid once, and kids can be cruel ??? However, the “school police” will not do anything because the assault took place up the road from the bus stop. Our granddaughter has not been back to the high school since because they have threatened to “beat her again” and are waiting for her to come back.

The State Troopers are going to charge the kids involved ,but only charging them with harassment, this is a insult, and a joke,Definition of Harassment: To Disturb or bother continually with worries,cares.or the like, :to harry:to pester.(The New Webster Dictionary)

Again, we just want to bring this to your attention as we are sure our granddaughter is not the only one being bullied. On a side note….one of these kids made the remark, “what you going to do, your WHITE” nothing is going to happen to us.

The News 13 team investigated. After speaking with the daughter, everything included in the letter appeared to be true. We reached out to the schools Superintendent, who told us, they do not comment on student related issues. The State Police tell us the investigation is still open. The family just want to see their daughter attending school, without fearing for her life.

Pothole Patrol
Thursday April 2nd 2015

It's the first 60 degree day. While you're probably breathing a sigh of relief enjoying the sunshine, PennDOT crews are busy cleaning up winter's mess left behind on our roadways. Monroe County pothole repair is in full-swing.
Crews took on four different pothole heavy locations in Monroe County. We found them at one on Route 402 in Marshalls Creek.
PennDOT Press Officer Ron Young says, "Starting to get some hot material from the plants. The plants don't open till right around now so that's a good thing. The hot material is the more permanent long-lasting material. In the winter we have to use what's called a cold-patch material. It's not as pliable, it's not as durable."
Expect to see more crews smoothing out the roads in the next few weeks. PennDOT officials say you can help the process by calling in the potholes you come across in your travels. Just call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.

Are You An Aggressive Driver?
Wednesday April 1st 2015

Police are cracking down on aggressive drivers. Are you one?
Do you speed excessively, tailgate, race to beat red lights, weave in and out of traffic, pass illegally on the right or fail to yield the right of way to oncoming vehicles? If you answered yes to doing any of those, officials say you're presenting yourself and others with an increased risk of crashing. That's why PennDOT officials are funding local police to do target enforcements where known high crashes are known to happen from aggressive driving. They hope the citations not only enforce better driving habits but bring awareness you're doing something that can cost a life.

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