Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade Upgrade
Friday July 31st 2015
The Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade is one of the oldest in the country going on it's 108th consecutive year, but organizers worry the tradition could come to a halt if the community doesn't help out. A new committee is taking over the parade to help get the event back on track. The Northern Lehigh Events Committee is working with local people and business' to create a memorable parade for the community. They're holding 'A Day in the Park' fundraiser for the event on August 15th, in Victory Park. Following this, a basket raffle will be held in September. Organizers encourage the community to help out with donations or volunteering.
Pocono Economic Magazine Launch
Thursday July 30th 2015
Officials gather today to launch a new Pocono Mountains Economic Development Magazine. The magazine is set to help the Poconos look more appealing to businesses outside the area. You can access the magazine digitally on the business climate website or get a hard copy from the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.
Break-In at Meed's Memorial Church in Nesquehoning
Thursday July 30th 2015
Police in Nesquehoning are investigating an overnight break-in at the Meed's Memorial Methodist Church on Catawissa Street in the borough. Police believe the thieves forced their way into the church's door last night between 11:30 pm and 1:30 am. Although the church says nothing was taken, officials did have to cancel their weekly free lunch for kids. Police have a person of interest they're looking to speak with. He's described as a white male, approximately 6' tall wearing a white shirt, white socks and sandals. Anyone with information is asked to contact Nesquehoning Police at 570-669-9111.
Proposed Minimum Wage Rule Causes Concern
Thursday July 30th 2015
The United States Department of Labor is changing the rules that govern overtime compensation. Currently, salary employees who earn at least $23,660 annually do not receive money for extra hours worked. Under the new proposal that salary would have to be raised to $50,440. President Obama directed this update as part of his goal to ensure workers are paid a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. The salary increase would affect all employers. Pocono YMAC is already preparing for the significant impact. Officials say nonprofits like them will be negatively affected. CEO Matt Rumph says his employees give above and beyond and should be compensated for it, but they can't afford it. Other areas will have to suffer like eliminating services, raising prices or moving employees back to hourly.
The Department of Labor does not need Congressional approval but it is accepting comments through September 4th to possibly make changes to the proposal. You're asked to contact your representatives with your comments and concerns. After reviewing the comments, the department of labor will release a final version and announce an effective date.
Avoiding the stomach flu
Wednesday July 29th 2015
Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States, that's according to the CDC. The director of the emergency department at Blue Mountain Health System's Lehighton campus says good hygiene is essential in keeping from getting the virus, which is very common this time of year. Norovirus is more commonly known as the stomach flu. It's an inflation of the stomach or intestines or sometimes both. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Doctors recommend visiting your local ER if you suspect dehydration.
Wednesday July 29th 2015
Pennsylvania State Police will be on high alert this weekend as the Windows 10 400 comes to the Pocono Raceway. State Police will be setting up DUI check points in order to keep everyone safe. So be aware and think before you get into the drivers seat.
Monroe County Plans Ahead For A Forest Pest's Devastation
Wednesday July 29th 2015
Monroe County is signed up for next year's DCNR gypsy moth caterpillar spray program. The damage the munching pests caused this year to properties was devastating. Environmental Planner Evan Makuvek of the Monroe County Planning Commission says they've received hundreds of calls from complaining residents. That's why Makuvek was recently hired to coordinate the spray program effort. He says it takes a whole year to set up what will be sprayed by an aircraft in the spring. Right now they're not too sure about next year's population. In the next few weeks they'll start counting egg masses. If you're concerned about your property, now is the time to sign up for the program on Monroe County's website at www.monroecountypa.gov to see if you qualify.
Makuvek says, "When someone turns in an application, we go to their property count egg masses, look at the tree species, look at the canopy cover."
For more information, the county is holding a meeting at the Monroe County Public Safety Center August 12th at 6PM. DCNR officials will be there to answer any questions you may have about the spray or the program.
Anthony Heath Sentenced to Life in Prison
Wednesday July 29th 2015
Twenty-six year-old Anthony Heath will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Today, Judge Kelly Banach of Lehigh County sentenced Heath on six convictions, including first degree murder. His total sentence is life, without the possibility of parole, plus eight to 16 years in prison. Officials say the extra time was added to send a message to Heath for his gruesome crime. Last February, Heath strangled 35-year-old Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua, then burned her corpse on Flagstaff Mountain before fleeing to North Carolina. Heath was convicted on all charges in June. He has 30 days to appeal to the Superior Court.
Man Sentenced For Machete Attack On Wife And Son
Tuesday July 28th 2015
A man is sentenced today for attempting to murder his wife and son. It happened last September at their home in Coolbaugh Township. The defendant plead guilty earlier this year for attacking his wife and son with a machete.
This morning at the Monroe County Courthouse 48-year-old Paul Brown was sentenced to 15 to 40 years for assaulting his wife and 18-year-old son with a machete. Both suffered wounds to their arms and Diana Brown lost a finger. After the attack, Brown went on the run and a manhunt ensued in their neighborhood the Pocono Farms East Community until he was caught. Brown's wife wrote a victim impact statement to the court on her and her son's behalf. She wanted him punished as much as possible. They were not present today at the sentencing to hear Brown say he's sorry for what happened.
While his wife and son are able to visit him at a state institution and his attorney tells us he would like them to, it's their choice whether they'll have any contact with Brown in the future.
Budget Debate Starting to Show Effects
Tuesday July 28th 2015
It's been four weeks since Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the entire 2015 Republican state budget proposal. But by doing so, he also cut of millions in funding to various state services. Now GOP leaders in the House are urging the Governor to at least pass this money along so services can get their funding. State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) says 274 line items for social services had already been agreed upon, but were cut when the budget was vetoed. He also says some services in Carbon County are already starting to the effects of that veto. Officials hope to meet later this week and continue the budget discussion.
New Breastfeeding Center
Tuesday July 28th 2015
A new center is offering support to nursing moms. The Lehigh valley Breastfeeding Center at 1517 Pond Road in Allentown is having it's grand opening n Saturday from Noon until 3PM. The center offers various classes including a prenatal breastfeeding class and even a class for new dads. For more information check out their website at lvbreastfeeding.com
Monroe County Search Ends In Tradegy
Monday July 27th 2015
A body was recovered today from a lake in Coolbaugh Township. The search and rescue started this morning at a Pocono Summit lake when an overturned kayak was reported. Neighbors hoped it had drifted out during last night's storm, but that wasn't the case.
Monroe County's Coroner tells us 75-year-old Stanley Kurkowski's body was recovered this morning at Pocono Summit Lake. The man's wife called 911 around eight-thirty when she saw his kayak capsized and he was no where to be found. He and his family from New Jersey were staying at their vacation home in Pocono Summit Estates when he decided to take the kayak out just before eight.
Pocono Summit Volunteer Fire Company Chief George Tallmadge says a boat crew discovered him about 100 yards from the shore in six to eight feet of water, and divers retrieved his body.
Tallmadge adds, "It was Northeast Water Rescue, Tobyhanna Township and our guys Pocono Summit were all on the boat."
Multiple fire companies responded, along with search and rescue divers, boats, dogs and tools such as drones and sonar.
Tallmadge says, "Tobyhanna Township, Coolbaugh Township, Search and Rescue, a dive team from Justice and Shawnee."
Carol, who didn't want to give her last name, was walking her dogs when she saw police pull up. She tells us she's been a summer resident off and on since the late sixty's and loves to kayak.
Carol says, "Nothing like this has ever happened. It's a sallow innocent little lake, lovely little place. And it's very tragic to hear this."
Tallmadge agrees it's very uncommon, but they're always prepared and have mutual aid companies on standby.
Tallmadge adds, "The last call we had was an ice rescue probably about nine or ten years ago."
We watched as Northeast Search and Rescue members towed the kayak back to shore, along with a life vest. Pocono Mountain Regional Police confirm the victim was not wearing a vest when he fell into the water.
Lieutenant Steven Williams adds, "It's really a reason to show people why to use a life preserver whenever you're out there on the water, because you don't know when medical conditions are going to occur or your boat would capsize."
Police along with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are investigating why the kayak overturned. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Convicted Sexual Predator Arrested For Child Porn
Friday July 24th 2015
Neighbors in East Stroudsburg are glad 39-year-old David Bohm was arrested for child pornography. Monroe County Detectives with help from members of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Stroud Area Regional Police served a search warrant late yesterday afternoon on the home Bohm shares with his mother. They found his computer in the basement.
Detective Brian Webbe of the Monroe County District Attorney's Office says, "67 files of child pornography, both videos and photographs so he was charged with those counts as well as the file that I downloaded from so he was charged with one count of dissemination."
Webbe discovered Bohm on a file sharing network offering to disseminate videos of children engaged in sex acts. And authorities quickly jumped into action- Bohm pled guilty in 2004 for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl and served time.
Webbe adds, "He was actually already registered as a sex offender. He was already on the Pennsylvania Megan's Law website as a sexually violent predator."
Bohm is incarcerated at the Monroe County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail awaiting his preliminary hearing.
Monroe County's Future Is On The Table
Thursday July 23rd 2015
County officials, lawmakers and business leaders held a meeting today to move ahead with Monroe's new 20-30 Comprehensive Plan. The idea is to push economic development- something that didn't happen with the previous 20-20 plan.
Volunteers helped put the plan together and then the county's Planning Commission produced the final product. Today's meeting at Northampton Community College is to alert the public of the process they're going to follow. They've made the first step by deciding to hire a consultant to lay out the steps for action. The goal is to make progress in a year and build upon that momentum.
President Erik Pages, Ph.D of Entreworks Consulting says, "Many people think of the consultant as the expert that's going to come in and tell you what to do. No my role is to be the cheerleader and the nudge, for lack of a better term, to get people to pursue the good ideas that are already here in this community."
Monroe's 20-20 Plan utilized a consultant for the Open Space portion and had great success with conserving about 18,000 acres. Officials hope a consultant is the incentive to make economic development as successful this time around.
But incentives don't work unless you do. If you'd like to help make Monroe County a better place to live, just call the County Commissioners to participate. The sooner the plan is implemented, the better.
Home Invasion Burglary In Barrett Township
Wednesday July 22nd 2015
Police are looking for a man accused of a home invasion burglary in Barrett Township. The suspect broke into a Mountainhome residence and stole blank checks after the homeowner refused his request to borrow money. Officials warn this burglar may have been trying to scam others in the area.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police say 27-year-old Darnell Singleton executed a home invasion burglary Monday on Pleasant Ridge Road.
Sergeant Christopher Vogt says, "He did not have contact with her. She did attempt to fend him off using her cane and he did flee the residence in a red vehicle."
He went to the 93-year-old widow's residence to ask to borrow money. Police say it wasn't the first time Singleton came knocking.
Vogt explains, "Approached her back in May of this year and asked her if he could borrow money to pay medical bills for his family. She did give him money, we're not exactly sure how much at this time, and this occurred on numerous occasions over the next several months."
A neighbor called to inform Police Friday that she believed her elderly neighbor was a victim of a scam. Police soon discovered the widow had written him a check and learned his name. They advised her to call 911 immediately if he came back. That's exactly what she did Monday.
Vogt says, "She told him no and to leave that she had called 9-1-1 and at that time Mr. Singleton climbed through a window, entered the house and stole some checks out of her checkbook."
Police say Singleton just appeared at her door one day and the victim did not know him.
Vogt adds, "He had been in the residence before and we believe he watched where she took the checkbook from."
This is one of the first cases Pocono Mountain Regional Police is handling in the area since the merge with Barrett Township Police.
Vogt says, "They did have several calls within that area of an individual matching that description, knocking on doors and asking for money, so we believe at this time that it was Mr. Singleton."
Police recommend talking to a stranger through your locked door or window and to call 911 if anything is suspicious. If you have any information on Singleton call Pocono Mountain Regional at 570-895-2400.
Paradise Township Bridge Closure Causes Confusion
Tuesday July 21st 2015
Vehicle after vehicle continued driving on Route 191 in Paradise Township today toward where signs say the road is closed and to use a detour. They ended up where PennDOT is working to fix a bridge over Paradise Creek near the intersection of 191 and Brown's Hill Road near Henryville. When they got to the closure, they didn't know where to go.
Zakiyah Lawton's car is packed to the roof- she's moving today to Mount Pocono from Stroudsburg. And says the unexpected roadblock in front of her is incredibly inconvenient.
She says, "I always come down this side road. The back way is quicker."
She and others line up on the road not wanting to turn around, especially without directions on their phone.
Lawton explains, "No reception and my phone is about to die so it's bad."
They were happy to hear News13 could help get them to their destination.
PennDOT says a routine bridge inspection last week revealed the bridge to be unsafe for traffic and PennDOT closed it Friday for emergency repairs. The foundation of the bridge is being eroded by the high water. Officials say the damage is likely from the heavy rains we've been experiencing.
David Coulter, who lives right next to the bridge, says he drives over it quite a bit. While he says he can understand people's frustration, he finds the detour to be no big deal.
Coulter says, "It's literally 10 minutes around."
And the owner of Backroads Antiques and Collectables, which is located on the detour, describes the closed bridge as a blessing.
Owner Carmen Mocarski explains, "A lot of people actually don't know where they are going so they stop and ask for directions and we get the business."
The work is scheduled to be completed by July 31st and Route 191 will be back open.
Cliff Jumping- Just Don't Do It
Monday July 20th 2015
The number of people seriously injured while cliff jumping is dramatically increasing at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Park Ranger Kathleen Sandt says since April, they've had to carry out five victims from Adams Creek in Pike County. The fifth person- a 27-year-old man from Milford- is still in the hospital after jumping from a 45-foot cliff late yesterday afternoon into the pool at the base of the falls.
Sandt says, "Rangers were writing citations to other people who were caught jumping off of the cliffs when they heard the loud screams and a young man came running asking for help."
Officials say it's prohibited and jumping off the cliff means taking your life in your hands. It takes them anywhere from three to five hours to get a victim out to an ambulance because of the distance and rugged terrain.
Pike County Launches new Alert System
Friday July 17th 2015
Pike County has finally launched their new emergency alert system. The Ready Notify Pike system provides rapid text notifications and up-to-date information during a major crisis or emergency. Residents who sign up in Pike County will receive important emergency alerts, notifications and updates on a range of devices including a smart phone or computer. Officials in Pike County say they would like to see at least 25 thousand people signed up for the new alert system by the end of the year. Registration only takes minutes, just log on to https://pike.alertpa.org.
Foreclosed Warehouse In East Stroudsburg Gets Fresh Start
Friday July 17th 2015
The former Rosen's Warehouse property on East First Street in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County has a new owner. It's been closed for about seven years except for a non-profit given permission to use the space. Now contractors are already starting to transform it into a different business.
A-K Equipment recently purchased the warehouse, former tavern and connecting parking lot for $550,000. Real Estate Agent Tracey Scofield of Re/Max Crossroads says they will use the space for distributing pallet racking systems like the kind you find at Home Depot and Lowe's.
Scofield says, "They have three locations. They're actually moving their harrisburg facility here that was a lease space, they purchased this and they're going to be transferring their equipment out from here to their distribution market, which is basically the whole East Coast."
They'll be hiring three to eight full-time employees.
Scofield adds, "These jobs are sustaining jobs, sustaining family type jobs where people can actually live here and stay and work in our county. That's what we need."
Executive Director Chuck Leonard of Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation says it's continuing to lower Monroe County's unemployment rate that exceeds the state and national average. It's part of a renaissance period happening in the county.
Leonard says, "We had numerous vacant buildings that have recently over the six months been reoccupied and repurchased and repurposed."
A-K Equipment is expected to be up and running within two months.
Proposed New Stadium In The Pocono Mountain School District
Thursday July 16th 2015
Pocono Mountain School District is doing a study to see if building a new stadium is feasible. A school board member had the idea for Pocono Mountain West High School to have its own stadium instead of just sharing the one located on the East campus. School District Spokesperson Wendy Frable explains, "Looked at an equity issue of the time it takes for the West teams to come here and play, and is it really the best option for all of our students."
That's why last night's school board meeting was packed. People who heard of the consideration wanted their opinion heard during public discussion. Many got up to say the West Panthers deserve a place to call their own.
Others disagreed that it was a waste of money. They feared their taxes going up and others focused on fiscal concerns.
One taxpayer says, "$213 million in debt so this money that would go to the stadium could help pay off some of that debt."
Frable reassures raising taxes is not involved. She says one- they're looking into using money from school building sales because by law it has to be used for district capital improvements. And two- they're looking into commercial sponsorships.
Right now the idea is to transform a field already at the West campus into a stadium to play home games on.
Frable adds, "They did not mention anything about lights. If they wanted to play night games, it would be at the district stadium."
And the football field there does have an issue that needs a long term solution.
Frable says, "The ground has resettled and the grates are more exposed so we as a temporary safety measure put mates over those grates when the children are playing."
Many people at the meeting, especially students, thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to gain a turf field. The Cardinals and the Panthers currently only have grass to play on and they say they're at a disadvantage.
The study is expected to take a few months.
Community Playground Build Lacks Community Support
Wednesday July 15th 2015
The building of a community playground in Monroe County is finally in full-swing. Last year a lack of funding halted the work twice and kids went a whole school year without a playground behind Resica Elementary. Now a lack of community support is hindering finishing the job.
The rain this morning could not overcome the sounds of construction bringing the dream of the Resica Community Playground to life.
The start of the five-day build has finally arrived and nothing can stop it after being cancelled twice due to financial issues. It's been an empty field for a year. Volunteers tore down the old playground behind Resica Elementary because it was ruled unsafe.
But challenges more severe than Mother Nature are already piling up. Laying the playground foundation is a harder process than anticipated.
Volunteer John Conway explains, "Nothing but rock, shale so you can only dig so far down with the auger, after that I'm not sure what they're going to do. Jackhammer maybe."
Heavy rocks aren't the only thing weighing the work down. They need 100 volunteers each day and so far only about 20 skilled and unskilled workers have signed up.
Even if you can't lend your time, you can still lend a helping hand by providing tool laying around your house like a wheelbarrow, drills, etc.
They also don't have enough heavy equipment like excavators.
If they can't get the volunteers, tools and equipment, the entire playground plan probably won't get done. The contractor overseeing the volunteers has to be done by Sunday night, and that's when the grand opening is planned.
Resica Elementary Principal Gail Kulick, who's also the Resica Community Playground Co-Chair says, "Whatever we can build that would be what the grand opening at this time will be. It will be a very tiny area and we'll have a lot of playground equipment that can't be put up."
To help, sign up on their website at www.kidscreateplay.com or just show up at the school daily 7am till dusk with your time and/or tools.
Cutting through red tape
Wednesday July 15th 2015
Business owners from Carbon and surrounding counties turned out in Lehighton today to learn about the steps they must take to do business with state and federal government agencies, particularly PennDOT. Among the lessons learned, businesses wanting to bid on federal jobs must register with "SAM," System for Award Mangement. To bid on state jobs you must register with the Pennsylvania Supplier Portal. For more information, contact the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development office.
Homeless Day Center Needs Your Help
Tuesday July 14th 2015
Monroe County's only homeless day center is in jeopardy of closing for a few weeks.
The Street2Feet Outreach Center in Stroudsburg has been open for a year. It provides service, support and supplies to help get people who are homeless a fresh start.
Now the ones making progress on their journey there may have to deal with a road block.
Officials thought they had a funding gap covered but they recently found out one donor couldn't fulfill their amount.
Outreach Case Manager Mark Ruf explains, "We get grant funded and then we have a couple of months where we have to survive on our own and then a grant kicks back in. So that was $40,000 and we thought we had it covered."
If they can't raise the remaining $17,000 in the next two months, the center will be forced to close for a few weeks. If you'd like to donate to prevent that from happening, just go to www.rhd.org/street2feet.
Plea For Speeding To Stop In Downtown Stroudsburg
Monday July 13th 2015
Business owners on Lower Main Street in Stroudsburg say they've lost count how many times a vehicle has crashed into one of the buildings. On Sunday around one in the afternoon it happened again. Police say a vehicle was turning into the left lane from the right lane to make a left turn and it hit into an SUV, causing that vehicle to hit into Gallo's Bar. Stroud Area Regional Police Lieutenant Paul Gasper says, "It tied up traffic for quite some time. The injuries were I believe minor."
Luckily we're told the bar has been closed for quite some time so no one was inside. But concern for a pedestrian getting hit is high. Owner Scott Mathiesen of Jewell TV and Appliance- one block down- got permission to have yellow concrete poles called bollards placed in front of his store. They were put in four years ago.
Mathiesen says, "Replaced the entire door and wall four times. The building has been hit at least a dozen times. The bollards have been hit 16 times."
Everyone we talked to just wants something done. The owner of All Points Towing and Service adds the problem just keeps getting worse.
Mathiesen says, "Like to see the state finally authorize the regional police department to use radar or the state get some presence here using radar."
While the one-way is also Route 209- a state road- it's in the coverage area of Stroud Area Regional Police. It's also their main route to headquarters so they're driving through constantly. They are not permitted to use radar guns but they tell us speed lines have recently been repainted.
Gasper says, "With that in the area, our guys and gals are there more often. We are trying to increase our presence."
While we were there today, we saw at least five police cruisers patrolling the area.
Man Pleads Guilty to Killing New Jersey Girl
Friday July 10th 2015
Fifty-one year old Phillip Cise appeared in court today to enter a guilty plea. Cise was under the influence of non prescribed pain-killers, when he killed Gabrielle Reuveni back in the summer of 2012. Reuveni was jogging on the side of route 507, when Cise lost control of his pickup truck, swerving and fatally striking the 20-year old girl. Cise is scheduled to be sentenced on September 10th, he could face up to six years in state prison for the crime.
Man Charged With Homicide In Domestic Stabbing Death
Friday July 10th 2015
A suspect is identified and charged with a stabbing death in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County.
25-year-old Darren Morales is accused of killing his fiancÚ 41-year-old Mahuanki Figueroa at their home on Chipmunk Drive in A Pocono Country Place. Police say neighbors reported a loud and violent domestic dispute just before 11 yesterday morning.
The victim was transported to Pocono Medical Center and was pronounced dead upon arrival by the Monroe County Coroner. An autopsy conducted today confirms she died as a result of a single stab wound to the neck. Their one-month-old baby was placed in the care of Monroe County Children and Youth. Morales is behind bars at the Monroe County Correctional Facility without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 22nd.
Blood Drive Honors Fallen Pennsylvania Troopers
Thursday July 9th 2015
This year marks a decade since the American Red Cross started a blood drive at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. And today's event has special meaning because of an incident that happened in the Poconos last year.
Pennsylvania State Police kicked off the 10th Annual Pocono Raceway Blood Drive today with a ceremonial lap around the Tricky Triangle. The Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County was ambushed this past fall. One trooper was killed and another injured, resulting in an almost two month manhunt for the suspected shooter. It brought the entire Pocono Region together, especially our first responders. That's why the American Red Cross, Pocono Medical Center and Pocono Raceway are teaming up to honor the troopers who serve us everyday and the ones who have fallen by providing the community the opportunity to give back.
Until 7PM, you can donate blood at the Raceway and Ride for the Red. It's just 10 dollars to drive your car around the track and the money raised is for the Disaster Relief Fund. The Red Cross is always there when you need them. They've helped over 270 people so far this year.
If you can't make it to Pocono Raceway before 7PM, the Red Cross is always looking for volunteers.
New Leader At Northeastern Pennsylvania's Largest Employer
Wednesday July 8th 2015
A Change of Command Ceremony was held this morning at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Employees tell us they look forward to a new leader every three months because it brings new ideas to the facility. Colonel Gerhard Schroter relinquished command to Colonel Gregory Peterson with the passing of the depot flag.
It's Official! Barrett Township Joins Regional Police
Tuesday July 7th 2015
Barrett Township Police are officially joining the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department. Today Barrett Township Supervisors held a meeting to adopt the ordinance authorizing the merger. Next week the two departments will become one. And just a couple of hours ago, the Barrett Township Police Officers were sworn in to their new department at the Monroe County Courthouse by the President Judge. Next year the township is expected to save over $220,000 in their police budget. Pocono Mountain Regional Police will be serving Barrett Township starting July 13th at midnight.
Man Shot During Fourth of July Party In Stroudsburg
Monday July 6th 2015
Police are investigating a shooting that happened in Stroudsburg, Monroe County over the holiday weekend. It happened around 12:30 Sunday morning during a Fourth of July get-together at a home on North First Street. The victim- a guest at the home- was in the backyard when the shots rang out from an unknown source. Police say he had at least five gunshot wounds.
Stroud Area Regional Police Captain Jennifer Lyon says, "Officers were dispatched to Pocono Medical Center for a report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival the victim was conscious at that point, was interviewed, and we learned that he had been shot several times to the arm and a shot to the pelvis."
Police say the suspect or suspects then fled the scene possibly in a dark colored SUV. Stroud Area Regional Police ask anyone to call them at 570-421-6800. They tell us the victim has since been transferred to an out of area hospital for further treatment and have not been updated on his condition.
Towamensing road work
Monday July 6th 2015
Towamensing Township supervisors are embarking on a $472,000 road paving project. Starting in September, over 17,000 linear feet will be paved on 9 roads in the township. The roads include Stagecoach Road West, Hazelwood Road, Wintergreen Road and Forest Street.
AWSOM Clinic Tour
Friday July 3rd 2015
Monroe County's AWSOM Animal Shelter will soon open a spay-neuter clinic thanks to community support. Today we got an exclusive first look at everything it has to offer.
Shelter officials say it's a dream three years in the making. Construction for the over $100,000 project started back in March and now AWSOM Animal Wellness Center is expected to open to the public at the end of this month. The goal of the low-cost facility is to control the feral cat population and reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats. And the shelter located next to the clinic will also benefit with a hired vet available Monday through Friday. It's cost-effective, productive and stress-free for the animals since they'll be treated by people they already know.
The clinic was made possible through generous donations. Now the non-profit just needs a little bit more to get it up and running. Instruments for procedures need to be purchased and we're told they're quite expensive. If you'd like to help, just go to www.awsomanimals.org to donate and just specify the donation is for the clinic.
Pike Looks to Recoup Money to Benefit Tourism
Thursday July 2nd 2015
This time of year many residents in the Poconos rent out their homes, short term to large groups of people. The homeowners using their place as a vacation rental, are required to pay a three percent hotel room tax. Officials in Pike County say, they are many homes listed for short-term rentals online, but some have never paid the three percent that is required. The money that is collected goes to promoting tourism throughout the Poconos. Now County officials are looking into finding a way to collect that money owed, and looking into ways of doing it. They are meeting with Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau next week, to discuss what can be done to recoup this lost funding.
Group of Sun Valley Residents Left High and Dry
Thursday July 2nd 2015
About 120 to 150 mobile home customers at Sun Valley development in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County just got their water turned on late last night. They were without water since the rainstorm Tuesday night.
PA Department of Environmental Protection Spokesperson Colleen Connolly says, "We believe that the well pump was knocked out by some type of power outage during Tuesday night's storm that hit pretty heavy in that part of Monroe County."
Residents were surprised to have it back on so quickly this time.
Connolly explains, "There was a resident who had a key to the well house, somehow that was in his possession and he entered the well house and turned the pump back on."
While they're use to dealing with water problems from Sun Valley Water Company...
Resident Juan Deleon says, "All the time. At least once or twice every few months, and sometimes it's out for two days, sometimes it's out for a week, week and a half."
They had someone to call, now that's changed.
Connolly explains, "Donald Cameron died last month. He never appointed anyone to succeed him to operate that water system."
And residents are afraid to think what will happen next time if the pump isn't such a quick fix.
Resident Belle Peters says, "My husband has cancer, he has to go to the doctor all the time. You need to be able to take showers, you need to be able to function."
Resident Stephanie Green adds, "We have a two and a half year old so she doesn't quite understand when the other night she couldn't get a bath."
DEP is trying to help. Residents tell us officials came to their door to check on them today. But there's only so much they can do since it's a private company.
Connolly says, "We don't have the power to step in and say hey you take over the water system. That's got to come from the previous owner, whether in his will or someone in his family or one of the residents wants to get certified as a water operator, then they have to tell DEP that."
DEP and the Public Utility Commission can only regulate the water company. And DEP officials want residents to know they're still under a boil water advisory that was put into effect weeks ago. They also don't have the power to lift it.
Connolly adds, "It's our understanding from the water company that there were some issues with how the water was being treated but nothing official was sent to DEP."
Until someone steps up and takes over the water company, DEP and the PUC are doing everything they can. DEP is currently in contact with the PUC to try and determine how a responsible party can be named. The PUC has yet to return our call.
Storm Damage In Monroe County
Wednesday July 1st 2015
Residents in some parts of Monroe County are busy cleaning up from flash flooding. The storm yesterday sent creeks over their banks and caused drains to back up. Today motorists are still dealing with water on roads and some residents bailing out basements.
On average about five inches of rain fell in the Monroe County area. Tannersville took it the hardest and that's where we found the most damage.