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Bridge Detour Concerns In Pocono Township
Thursday July 24th 2014

Businesses along Route 611 say the detouring today of northbound traffic onto Bartonsville Avenue got off to a rocky start. While it's something they've been expecting for a long time as part of the project to repair the structurally deficient bridge over the Pocono Creek-- the official start today isn't reassuring their concerns with how the construction is going to go.
All the businesses are worried how they'll be affected with just southbound traffic continuing to use Route 611. And business owners say this construction is going hurt way more now that it's happening during their busiest month of the year. They tell us it was supposed to start in April. Press Officer Sean Brown for PennDOT says, "All schedules were subject to change and based on what the weather was. We had a rough winter and this was when the construction was able to go into the detour pattern."
PennDOT officials say the project is right on schedule to be done in October and they're doing everything they can to help the situation. The detour will be 24/7 but work is only contracted to be done during the day.

Lifeguard Shortage
Thursday July 24th 2014

Mauch Chunk Lake is in need of more lifeguards. The public isn't in danger, but officials say staffing all shifts is a challenge. The park usually staffs ten lifeguards. This year they're manning shifts with only six. Carbon County Commissioners are already thinking of how they can avoid a shortage next year and are considering raising the hourly rate. Despite the lifeguard shortage, park officials tell us they expect to have a successful year.

Teens Get a Taste of Mother Nature
Wednesday July 23rd 2014

A group of teenagers from the Monroe County Conservation Camp are spending a little time with mother nature this week.
Today they had a few laughs, food, a little fun on the river and hiking.
"If we can expose them to as many different things as possible they can make better decisions both presently and in the future...Some of them have gone on to be environmental engineers and work for state agencies in the environment.
Teens are only allowed to attend the camp once, but many come back as camp counselors. This year's camp ends Saturday. If you're interested in participating next year you can sign up starting in January on their website.

Ready To Start School In A Brand New Campus
Wednesday July 23rd 2014

The brand new Northampton Community College on Route 715 in Tannersville opened its doors today to its first freshman class. Registration and orientation is in full-swing at the 72 million dollar Monroe Campus. Students enrolling for the fall semester are thrilled seeing their new home today for the first time. The fall semester officially starts August 25th and anyone can register up until then.

FIREMEN'S DRILL TOWER DEMOLISHED
Wednesday July 23rd 2014

The Carbon County Firemen's Association Drill Tower is now a thing of the past. The long standing tower was demolished yesterday. Crews spent the day cleaning up the rubble.
Workers first punched out blocks from the bottom sections of the four-story tower. Next, they hooked about 60-feet of chain around the structure and yanked it with an excavator. Officials closed the doors to the drill tower after an inspection in November deemed it unsafe.

Slatington Robbery Investigation
Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Slatington Police are investigating what appears to be a robbery at a laundromat in town. Sunday evening police were called to the business for a reported stabbing and robbery. They found a woman bleeding from the head. Further investigation shows the woman was not stabbed, but may have hit her head. The victim was treated at the hospital. Police believe she's already been released. Officers are now treating the case as a robbery and are following leads at this time.

ATV Chase Arrest in Jim Thorpe
Tuesday July 22nd 2014

A Jim Thorpe man faces multiple charges after fleeing from police on an ATV last week in the borough. State Police say they were helping Jim Thorpe Officers with an aggressive driver detail on Wednesday when they spotted 34-year-old Derrick Feller riding an ATV down Center Street. Troopers had to perform an "induced stop" on Reservoir Road to keep Feller from fleeing further. When he was told to get off the vehicle, he allegedly put the ATV into reverse to flee again. Feller was then tasered but still resisted arrest. Once he was taken into custody, officers found a concealed loaded pistol, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Feller. He's been charged with numerous offenses.

Monroe County Now Serving Latinos In A Bigger Way
Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Monroe County now has a Latino Countywide Services Partnership. It's in response to better serve the growing Latino community in the Poconos. The Federation of Latinos for Education about the Cultures of Hispanic America or "FLECHA" has secured funding from Monroe County's Grant Office and support from Catholic Social Services to reliably serve the hispanic population.
Now Spainish-speaking people and their families can come to one location at Penn Square Office Park in Stroudsburg to get all the information and referrals they need. The over $27,000 grant provides a part-time bilingual case worker to help hispanics comfortably address any issues they may have with available resources.
For more information or to make an appointment just call 570-517-0892 Monday through Friday.

Move The Barricades, Drivers Coming Through
Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Shafers Schoolhouse Rd. at the underpass of I-80 has been closed for a few weeks now, but some drivers are growing more and more frustrated with the detours.
Some decided to reopen the road themselves to make life easier, which officials say is against the law.
Barricades are back up and officials are hoping these will keep them drivers out. The road is expected to reopen before school starts.

Solution To Monroe County Residents' Complaints
Monday July 21st 2014

It's about the irritating traffic backup that happens at the intersection at 715 and Sullivan Trail near The Crossings Outlets in Tannersville. A right turn signal is now in place to Kim Markou's delight. Back in March we reported the Pocono Township Resident created a handmade sign and posted it telling people they could turn right on red. Markou was fed up with people not abiding by the Pennsylvania law and the traffic backup that ensued because of it. She requested official signage be posted reminding people they can turn right on red, but this new signal provides more than just a quick fix.
District Five Press Officer Ron Young of PennDOT says,"Do that movement in a protected set-up, meaning all the other traffic movements that would conflict with what they're doing will be stopped, while they have they right turn arrow."
At the intersection today we witnessed a constant flow of traffic. PennDOT offficials tell us the traffic signal modification is a result of the new Monroe Northampton Community College Campus. The campus needed access to the state road so they got a permit throught PennDOT. Young says, "As part of that, they have to regulate any traffic that they generate, regulate the community impact that traffic generates on the roadway system."
People we talked to today agree with Markou that they couldn't be happier.

Alpine Mountain Blocks Off Access
Monday July 21st 2014

Residents of Price Township Community have been using an access road to Alpine Mountain Ski Resort as a short cut to Route 447 for years.
Now there's a new owner of the ski area and that access road has been blocked off.
Residents at Timber Hill Community want the road back open.
The owner plans to meet with the Timber Hill Community Association Friday. He's hoping they can reach a solution.

Trouble Brewing In Your Backyard?
Friday July 18th 2014

A forest pest known as the Gypsy Moth may be coming back in full force next year. People are seeing them in their yards now and are concered. And they shouldn't be ignored because they can cause a great deal of damage to your entire property, including losing trees completely as time goes by. Right now, they're making their egg masses that are going to be hatching in the Spring. The caterpillars that come out are going to eat the trees. Co-Owner of Pocono Tick and Skeeter Control Jacqui Hakim says a full-size Gypsy Moth Caterpillar can eat one-square-foot of leaf surface a day.
While PA DCNR District Forester Tim Dugan confirms many have died off from a natural bacteria and fungus, the few dry spells we've experienced allowed a portion of the population to live. Dugan says the Bureau of Forestry is monitoring it right now and they've noticed next year Gypsy Moths may be a huge problem.
Dugan says, "The indications are that we may have a spray program next year if the budget and funds are available."
Hakim says there's nothing to do now except to look around your yard for the brown splotches of eggs on trees to know whether or not you'll have a problem in the spring. If you see a lot, Hakim recommends to get in contact with a sprayer. She says the state has a list available. Just call 570-875-6450.

Conservation District Representative Takes Heat
Friday July 18th 2014

A representative from the Monroe County Conservation Districrt is taking heat for a comment he made involving the Kalahari Resort, currently under construction.
Back in January, the Conservation District Manager, Craig Todd said that Kalahari had their pants down, which has caused all the fuss. He was talking about two pollution violations.
"What that meant was they had a lot of ground exposed, but didn't have their controls in to prohibit sediment pollution from the swiftwater creek," said Todd.
Now board members are working on a new policy that will change how information is released to the public.
What the conservation board will decide for the new policy in unknown. As for Kalahari, Todd says violations have been corrected.

More Bridge Construction Starts Next Week
Thursday July 17th 2014

Penn Dot will be closing parts of woodale rd. next week to fix one of the many bridges in need of repair.
Penn Dot Maintenance Manager, Bob Mudrick says they have to fix the beams, pour concrete, rebar and put a new deck on it. The open grate bridge currently has weight restrictions.
Mudrick says, there are other bridges they hope to finish by this summer as well.
One on Silver Springs Blvd on the west end and Traffic Route 715 from tannersville to 115.
In order to fix those roads, Mudrick says they have to get into the creek. During the summer he says the creeks are much lowe, but the weather hasn't been cooperating this year. They can't begin until the water goes down.
Construction on the Woodale Rd. Bridge will begin Monday. They're hoping to have it done before school starts.

Main Street Eyesore On Its Way Down
Thursday July 17th 2014

Dein Properties Officials can't wait to transform the biggest eyesore on Main Street in Stroudsburg into a brand new five-story brick building that will fit-in with the rest of the downtown area. General Manager George Strunk says the first floor will be upscale retail and the second through fifth will be office space and residential apartments. Strunk says the company bought the former Carlton House on Eighth and Main Streets about two years ago with that goal in mind. The property has been condemned since a 2009 fire.
Demolition is expected to start within the next few weeks. Strunk says parts of Eighth Street will be closed from time to time, but doesn't expect Main Street to be affected.

Lack Of Funds Halt Playground Build
Wednesday July 16th 2014

The building of Resica Community Playground in Monroe County is halted due to a lack of funding. Last month volunteers tore down the playground behind Resica Elementary School in Middle Smithfield Township because it was considered unsafe. A newer and safer one was supposed to be built in its place last week, but Volunteer Karen Conway says a counted on $30,000 donation didn't come through from East Stroudsburg School District. That's because the project on school grounds actually needed to be put out to bid under the Pennsylvania School Code.
Volunteers have already raised most of the $130,000 the project needs through grants, fundraisers and the community. They just need your help for the rest. If you would like to donate, there's a Go Fund Me webpage set up for Resica Community Playground and for more information on upcoming fundraisers or how to get involved, just call Conway at 570-807-0602. The playground is expected to be built late August and more volunteers are needed.

Pond Eddy Bridge Giveaway
Tuesday July 15th 2014

The Historic Century old Pond Eddy Bridge is up for grabs to the highest bidder. Penn Dot needs to replace the current bridge for safety reasons, and will offer potential buyers the opportunity to bid on the bridge and preserve it at a new location. Penn Dot says they will move the bridge at no cost, but its the buyers job to maintain it. Anyone interested in purchasing the historic landmark needs to submit a bid to Penn Dot by September 5, 2014.

Grand Opening Ceremony
Tuesday July 15th 2014

After being in the works for five years, Lehighton State Police have a new home. Dozens turned out today for the grand opening ceremony of the new Lehighton Barraks on Interchange Road in Towamensing Township. Among those present were State Senator John Yudichak and State Representative Doyle Heffley. PA State Police Commissioner, Frank Noonan, thanked troopers for keeping the community safe. The new facility has twice the room as the old one and features a state of the art computer system.

West Nile Virus In Monroe County
Tuesday July 15th 2014

The first case of West Nile Virus is discovered in Monroe County. Vector Control Officials say a mosquito sample from Middle Smithfield Township recently tested positive.
Coordinator Michael Pula says, "We had our first positive mosquito pull come in. It was reported yesterday at 7:14. It was collected at the Winona Lakes Sewage Treatment Plant in Middle Smithfield Township."
So far there are no human cases of West Nile in Pennsylvania this year. Vector Control Officials say the mosquito population isn't as bad this year. But with all the recent excessive rainfall, there's a greater risk for more. Vector Control takes a proactive approach and tries to treat breeding areas before the mosquito larva become adults. And you can help by ridding your property of collected rainfall. Mosquitos breed in standing water.

Volunteers Clean Up The Old Hotel Jonas
Tuesday July 15th 2014

The Valor Veteran's Clinic is bringing the Jonas hotel back to life. The structure has been vacant for years, but organizers plan to put it to good use,housing at least 13 veterans.
It needs quite a bit of work, but with a few helping hands, organizers says it's nothing they can't handle.
Volunteers will be cleaning up for the rest of the week from 9 in the mornign to 6 in the evening.
They're looking for carpenters, masons and anyone to donate cement or gravel. Contact the Valor clinic if you would like to help.

Domestic Violence Help
Monday July 14th 2014

An apparent murder-suicide in Banks Township is bringing to light a serious problem in our community, domestic violence. Paula Triano is the Executive Director for the Domestic Violence Service Center in Wilkes-Barre. The center offers help to victims in Luzerne and Carbon counties. She says there are many reasons why victims don't leave an abusive situation. Such as, to protect children involved or lack of money, but she reminds victims there's help. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse call the hotline 1-800-424-5600. You can make an anonymous call and callers are never forced to take a plan of action.

Storm Hits Stroudsburg, Leaving Damage
Monday July 14th 2014

Last night's storm left quite a bit of damage in parts of Stroudsburg.
Many trees came down, landing on roadways, vehicles and even powerlines.
A number of roads were closed, south of Stroudsburg.
The American Red Cross is usually giving help, but today local contractors offered a helping hand, after a tree fell on one of their disaster trailers.
Most of the damage has been cleaned up and roadways are back open. Officials say they're prepared for more possible storm damage tonight or tomorrow.

A Labor Of Love Much More To Reeders Man
Friday July 11th 2014

Debra Elmire never imagined her littlle request would turn into a big 19 year project.
"One day I was sitting looking out my back window and I said, "Honey, wouldn't a little stone wall look very nice over there?"
Stone upon stone has been stacked into the now 1,000 foot wall that stretches around the Elmire's two acre property in Reeders. Love, memories and a lot of local history has gone into building the wall. There's even a time capsule hidden inside the wall. Builder Howard Elmire says there's only a day's work left with about five feet left to cover with stones. The Elmire family just hopes other people will get to enjoy the wall someday as much as they have, and their memories will live on.

Mauch Chunk Opera House Agreement
Friday July 11th 2014

Harmony is restored at a popular concert venue in Carbon County. Noise complaints against the Mauch Chunk Opera House are costing the concert venue thousands of dollars in fines. Opera house officials and neighbors of the venue say they have reached an agreement in a closed door meeting this week. The owners will continue to soundproof the concert venue and neighbors say they will refrain from calling the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement at this time. Both parties plan to meet again in the near future.

Beltzville Beach Reopened to Swimming
Friday July 11th 2014

Swimming is allowed just in time for the weekend at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. The beach at the lake was closed on Wednesday after tests showed high bacteria counts in the water. This afternoon state officials say it's back open. Water samples from July 10th came back with acceptable bacterial counts.

State Officials Crack Down on Heroin
Friday July 11th 2014

The State Attorney General's Office is cracking down on heroin users.
A recent investigation led to the arrest of two people in East Stroudsburg, distributing several packets of heroin.
Officials from the Attorney General's Office say Pennsylavania has the third highest number of heroin users, behind California and Illinois, with an average of 40,000 users.
To fight this epidemic she says they're actively collaborating with county, state, federal and local law enforcement partners.

Shafer Schoolhouse Rd. Underpass Closed
Thursday July 10th 2014

Drivers will be taking detours around Shafers Schoolhouse Rd. for the next six weeks at the underpass of I-80.
The area has been closed off for a week already and some motorists say the closure is an inconvinence.
Sean Brown from Penn Dot says they found movement in one of the wing walls, used to stabilize the bridge. He's worried the wing wall could collapse onto the roadway.
Traffic over the interstate bridge has not been affected. Brown says the bridge is stable and there's no risk of it collapsing.
Brown says it should take about 6 weeks for steel to arrive for them to make the repairs.


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Tragic End To Missing Woman Search
Thursday July 10th 2014

Resident 63-year-old Darlene Bancey of Lakewood Personal Care Home was discovered this morning around 5:40 submerged in the facility's lake. Coroner Bob Allen says about 40 feet from the shoreline. Northeast PA Search and Rescue were called to assist in locating her at 10:51 Wedneday night after the facility on Cherry Lane Road in Stroud Township reported Bancey missing. The 15 member crew, along with dogs found her after an overnight search. Allen pronounced her dead at the scene. Bancey has been a resident of the personal care home for the past year. It's not a locked facility and residents are allowed to come and go as they please. Officials say Bancey was on prescribed medications for her medical and psychiatric conditions before she left. The facility is licensed by the PA Department of Welfare to provide personal care. Our calls to the bureau went unanswered. A forensic autpsy is scheduled for tomorrow at Lehigh Valley Hospital to determine the exact cause of death.

Crash in Carbon Plaza Mall Parking Lot
Thursday July 10th 2014

A chain reaction crash in the Carbon Plaza Mall parking lot leaves five cars damaged. Mahoning Township Police say 93-year-old Angela Ouly of Nesquehoning driving a red neon, made an illegal left turn into the mall parking lot. She then traveled at an excessive speed through the parking lot and hit a shopping cart pushed by a pregnant woman who fell out of the way. The Neon then struck two unoccupied parked cars. One of those cars then hit another car with two people inside. The shopping cart ran into a fifth vehicle. The pregnant woman was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured. Police say Ouly will be cited for careless driving among other charges.

Up in Flames
Thursday July 10th 2014

A Schuykill County couple is counting their blessings after fire rips through two storage sheds on their property. The fire happened last night on a property on Rabbit Run Rd in West Penn Township. One of the homeowners reported hearing a loud blast, like an explosion, around 9:30PM. He believes lightning started the blaze that leveled two storage sheds just yards away from his home. Firefighters managed to get the blaze under control quickly. No reported injuries in that West Penn Township Blaze.

One Step Closer To Having A New Chief
Wednesday July 9th 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis now knows the department will be in good hands. Lewis is set to retire August 8th after 21 years of service, 6 years as chief.
Last night the Police Commission majority appointed Lieutenant Christopher Wagner as interm chief until a permanent one is selected.

Local Business Going to the Dogs
Wednesday July 9th 2014

A rescue dog inspires a family to start a new business in Carbon County. It's called "Stray Dog Candles & Stuff." The Hill family, of Lehighton, recently adopted "Butchie" from a shelter. Just like they gave him a new home, they're giving old wine bottles and corks new life. The corks are turned into decorations and old wine bottles are upcycled and filled with soy candles. The candles feature their original labels, but sometimes the Hills encounter bottles with unsalvageable labels. In that case, they use one of their own "Recue Dog" labels. A portion of the proceeds from sales of those products will benefit our local animal shelters.

ESU Officials Chillin For Charity
Wednesday July 9th 2014

Four East Stroudsburg University Officials were soaked in ice water today for a social media challenge, growing popular around the nation in colleges and universities.
Northhampton Community College President, Mark Erickson, challenged ESU president, Marcia Welsh to participate in "chillin for charity', a cold water challenge that raises money for cancer research through the Kay Yow Foundation.
Once the videos are recorded the challenger has to post it on youtube within 48 hours. Welsh recruited three others to be soaked in ice water with her.
If the person challenged doesn't get water dumped on them within 48 hours Welsh says, they're required to donate at least $200. If they do, like ESU Officials they donate $50.

Over One Thousand Tickets Issued on Interstate
Tuesday July 8th 2014

Construction on Interstate 84 started only a few months ago, but the number of traffic tickets that have been handed out may shock you. Penn Dot say over one-thousand tickets have been issued to drivers during that short span. Penn Dot says the construction on 84 will be ongoing for years, and don't expect the entire rebuild to be completed until August 2016. They are urge drivers to please remain patient and slow down while driving in the construction zones.

Community Remembers Local Police Officer
Tuesday July 8th 2014

Stroud Area Regional Police Officer, Ruben Torres passed away yesterday morning, after a 3 month battle with cancer.
Fellow officers, family and people in the community celebrated his life at Big Daddy's in Bartonsville from 11am-9pm.
A number of items donated from local business were raffled off to raise money and give thanks to the community for all of theh support.
50% of today's proceeds will go to the family.

Owl Hollow Drive Confusion
Tuesday July 8th 2014

Ross Township residents living on Owl Hollow Drive want to know what's planned. Recently they've noticed construction taking place on their road but weren't informed. They tried calling the township but couldn't get a striaght answer. That's why they showed up to the township meeting last night. The supervisors say they just want to pave the road like they're supposed to. But the shoulders being pushed back matter to the residents. We stopped by Lori Smith's house today and she showed us pictures of what previous paving did to her property in 1994. You can see more dug out on her side in the pictures and she's not the only one wanting it to change this time around. Smith says moving the center line back to where it's supposed to be would help fix the problem. Residents also just want it done right. They say there's already a drainage problem and the township isn't addressing it with the repaving. Ross Township Officials tell us they have agreed to have an engineer look at the situation. And they will be paving the road, but no wider than the 20 feet that it is, with the average two feet shoulder on each side.

Noise Complaints Against a Concert Venue
Tuesday July 8th 2014

Noise complaints are costing a well-know concert venue thousands of dollars in fines. Owners of the Mauch Chunk Opera House recently purchased a liquor license. Since then, they've been subjected to the state's noise ordinance, which says a business can be cited if noise is heard off the property. State Representative Doyle Heffley visited the opera house today. He'd like to propose legislation to exempt historic districts from the noise regulation under the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. Owners tell us they're trying to comply and have spent over $20,000 on sound proofing the building.

Fatal Fire in Cass Twp., Schuylkill County
Monday July 7th 2014

A Schuylkill County man's body is found inside a burning home Sunday. Officials say there were no working smoke detectors in the victim's house. Fire fighters were called to a working structure fire with possible entrapment around 2:45 yesterday morning. When they got to the scene in Cass Township, heavy flames were coming from the home at 33 South Maple Avenue. Rescue crews were unable to get to 65-year-old Richard Dermo. His cause of death is still being investigated at this time. A next door neighbor was able to escape. The home at 35 South Maple Avenue sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

Mahonig Township Crash - DUI?
Monday July 7th 2014

Police say a Mahoning Township man may have been driving under the influence when he crashed his car yesterday seriously injuring a passenger. The accident happened around 5:30 am on Orioles Drive. Mahoning Township Police say Pasquale Verrastro Junior was speeding when his car went off the road and hit a tree. A Louisiana man was in the passenger seat and was trapped in the wreckage with major injuries. Lehighton Fire Fighters worked for about an hour to free the man. He was then flown to the hospital. Police say charges against Verrastro are pending the results of a blood test.

Beltzville Near-Drowning
Monday July 7th 2014

Emergency teams responded to a potential drowning at Beltzville Lake on Saturday night. An un-named woman was pulled from the lake's designated swimming area and given CPR by medical officials.
She was then rushed to Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Hutten campus for further treatment. Much information is still unknown at the time.

Police Looking for Tamaqua Man Accused of Theft
Monday July 7th 2014

State Police are looking for a Tamaqua man they say tried to get money for stolen goods. One June 26th, Troopers say 26-year-old Nathan Fritz brought stolen property to J.W. Zaprazny Inc., in East Brunswick Township, to be recycled for cash. The metal that Fritz had was allegedly stolen drainage grates from roadways in East Brunswick and Walker Townships. Criminal charges have been filed, and an arrest warrant has been issued for Fritz. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at Frackville.

Alpine Mountain Ski Resort Hit By Copper Thieves
Monday July 7th 2014

Swiftwater State Police are on the lookout for copper thieves.
Officials say, Alpine Mountain Ski Resort has been targeted at least five times over the last three weeks.
Kevin Fabiano purchased the ski resort earlier this year, after being on the market for about two years.
Fabiano says they're currently renovating to bring the resort back to life. Now they have to fix what's vandalized on top of that.
Fabiano says about a miles worth of copper wiring has been stolen and there's about $100,000 worth of property damage, including wiring to operate lifts and snow making equipment.
The perpetrators even hot wired a backhoe to remove a PPL transformer on the property. Then they used a torch to cut out a hole looking for more wire.

Main Street Building Fire
Monday July 7th 2014

A weekend fire at a building on Main Street in Stroudsburg leaves 21 people homeless and closes three businesses. Fire officials tell us the fire started around 2:30 Sunday morning and have determined the flames originated from business Kitchen Chemistry's stand alone air conditioning unit.

Woman is reportedly bitten by snake
Monday July 7th 2014

Officials say a woman was reportedly bitten by a venomous snake at the Glen Onoko falls in Jim Thorpe over the weekend. The call came in just after eight, Saturday evening. It took crews about two hours to rescue the woman from the top of the falls. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. No word on her name or condition at this time.

Police Hunt For Stabbing Suspect
Wednesday July 2nd 2014

Stroud Area Regional Police are looking for 21-year-old Stroudsburg Resident Aaron Hernandez. They believe he stabbed an 18-year-old in the lower right abdomen, which caused a laceration to the victim's liver last night just before six outside Stroud Mall's Food Court. Captain Brian Kimmins says the incident between the two men started inside verbally over a female and escalated outside. The suspect is described as 5'8, 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Kimmins says mall security was first on the scene and were great. He wants people to be alert these things can happen anywhere at any time.
Hernandez is facing aggravated assault and other charges. Stroud Area Regional Police are asking you to contact them with any information on Hernandez's whereabouts.

Beach at Belztville State Park Closed
Wednesday July 2nd 2014

The beach at Beltzville State Park is closed again. State officials say tests from June 30th showed high bacteria counts in the water. The swim area was closed this morning. As a precaution, the beach will remain closed until acceptable water samples come back. Other activities at the park are continuing as normal including boating and fishing.

Palmerton Man Dies Weeks After Crash
Wednesday July 2nd 2014

A Palmerton man has died from injuries he sustained in a car crash several weeks ago in North Whitehall Township. The Lehigh County Coroner says 76-year-old Joseph Ebeley was pronounced dead early this morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Ebeley was a passenger in a car that crashed on June 12th on Route 145. His death has been ruled an accident.

Ross Township Property Eyesore No More
Tuesday July 1st 2014

Neighbors on Flyte Road in Ross Township can't believe a property they called a dump is finally completely cleaned-up.
It was formerly owned by Rockne Newell who is currently in jail. Police say Newell opened fire at a Ross 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. Newell fought the township for several years over cleaning it up.
Ross Township officials estimate the clean up took about 10 days and surrounding neighbors are impressed. They say it's like Newell was never there. His two buildings and a culvert pipe bridge have also been demolished.
Township Supervisor Howard Beers Jr. says they voted to hire Papillion Contracting in Stroudsburg for the project and it cost the township $11,500. Beers says it's free of garbage and says the township will strive to keep it that way from now on. He says the property will simply remain open space in the future. And there will be consequences for anyone caught dumping there like any other property.

SUMMIT HILL GIRL FOUND
Tuesday July 1st 2014

A missing Carbon County girl is found unharmed. A search was called this morning for a 10 year-old girl with special needs, from Summit Hill. Authorities tell us the girl is a foster child recently placed with a summit hill family. According to officials, the girl had an argument with her foster parents and took off just before eleven. Police were notified and a search began immediately. the young girl was found about three hours later unharmed. A couple who had seen the girl's picture on a Facebook alert spotted her leaning against a car in town.

Police Warning - Dorney Park Fireworks Parking
Tuesday July 1st 2014

If you're headed to the Lehigh Valley Friday night to watch Dorney Park's fireworks display, police warn you to watch where you park. State Police say motorists often park on the on and off ramps of Interstate 78. And in some cases spectators set up chairs outside of their vehicles. Trooper say this is not only illegal, it's unsafe. State Police will be patrolling the area Friday night to keep the area clear. State Police remind motorists it is unlawful to stand - or stop a vehicle on a limited access highway and motorists will be cited.

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