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Lincoln Flag Moves to Nations Capital
Friday February 27th 2015


Pike County's famed Lincoln Flag is being moved to Washington D-C for the 150th anniversary of the lincoln assassination. After the sixteenth president was shot attending a play at fords theater, this flag was used to cushion his head. Jeanie Gourlay, one of the play's performers took the flag, she later gave it to her only son, who donated it to the historical society in 1954. The flag will join other relics to be displayed at fords theater for the next three months. The Historical Society will have a sendoff for the flag, at 9am tomorrow at the Columns in Milford.

Monroe County Homeless Numbers Come In
Friday February 27th 2015

Preliminary numbers from the annual point time count, showing how many homeless we have in Monroe County are in.
Officials say, they were able to find more people in need this year vs. previous years. Last year they counted 69. This year they found 167 unsheltered and the results for sheltered aren't in yet.
Officials expect to have final numbers by May. The Wesleyan Church Emergency Shelter is scheduled to close Sunday.

Gas Station Employees' First-Hand Account Of Armed Robbery
Friday February 27th 2015

Employees at Sunny's Xpress Mart on Route 209 near Kresgeville are breathing a sigh of relief today and thanking police. 39-year-old John Myers III of Effort is now behind bars after police say he robbed the gas station at knife point Wednesday afternoon. Employee Parth Pitroda was at the register when it happened. He says no other customers were in the store at the time. But his aunt and sister-in-law who also work there were eating lunch.
Pitroda says, "He came in as a normal customer and after he stood up here, he just pulled out a knife. He came this close (motioning to a few inches from his chest) and was like "I'll kill you, give me all the money that you have."
Pitroda says he immediately backed away trying to avoid being stabbed and called out to his aunt to alert her. Pitroda says the giant of a man then threatened her, swinging the knife wildly. Pitroda says his aunt screamed for him to give Myers the money. Pitroda opened the register and believes Myers grabbed $250 before running out. Pitroda called 911 while bravely running out after him trying to take a picture of his car.
Pitroda explains, "He just parked his car behind those trees so I couldn't see that."
Luckily the owner has surveillance cameras both outside the store and inside in high definition- to not only capture the action but very fine detail.
That day his picture went out and the next day police arrested him without incident.
Lehighton PA State Police Trooper Shaun Flynn explains, "Someone had recognized him and called the barracks. We got information that he was at the Brick Lounge on Route 115 and we were able to locate him and brought him back here. He did give a full confession."
Police say Myers is currently at the Monroe County Correctional Facility awaiting his preliminary hearing that hasn't been yet been scheduled.

Fight To Stop Two Catholic Schools From Closing
Thursday February 26th 2015

The fight is on to keep two Catholic schools from closing in Roseto at the end of this school year. The Diocese of Allentown announced in January it can't keep open Pius X and Our Lady of Mount Caramel because of low enrollment and high financial debt. But a group called the Blue and White Foundation is determined to change that with your help.
Pius X High School and Our Lady of Mount Caramel Elementary being slated to close came without warning. Pius alumni Andrea Richmond currently has two kids that attend there. Her disbelief quickly changed to anger that resulted in action. She and hundreds of others are now working on different job committees to save the schools. But the Blue and White Foundation has their work cut out for them in convincing the Bishop. First they need to raise 1.2 million dollars by June. It's a debt they had no idea existed. They say the large amount doesn't discourage them, they're rallying together. Just this week alone Richmond says they brought in over $10,000 and money is constantly coming in on four different accounts they set up. For example a Go Fund Me page: www.gofundme.com/ktpfos.
Then there's the issue of declining enrollment. Currently both schools have students not only from the Lehigh Valley but some drive 45 minutes from the Poconos and New Jersey to attend. They need 150 students signed up for the elementary- Richmond says they're at 83 and just gained 23. Pius needs 220 and Richmond says they're at 165.
And it doesn't just matter to the alumni and the current students wanting to complete their education at Pius, but there's also a lot of elementary students that have been looking forward to going to high school there. They say it's tradition and it's family.
While they're busy getting the word out for both goals, they've also set up events to get all communities to participate. One is a dance/wine tasting happening this Saturday night starting at seven at Blue Ridge Estates Vineyard and Winery in Saylorsburg. For more information, just email them at bluewhitefoundation@gmail.com.

Stroud Area Regional Police Captain Retires
Thursday February 26th 2015

Stroud Area Regional Police Captain, Brian Kimmins, is retiring after serving Monroe County for more than 30 years.
A retirement celebration is being held tomorrow night with friends, colleagues and members of the community.
Kimmins will be turning in his badge and uniform tomorrow.
He's been in law enforcement for over 30 years and with the Stroud Area Regional Police Department for 28 years.
Lt. Jennifer Lyons will become the new captain, starting March 1.
She will be the first woman at Stroud Area Regional Police to serve as captain.
if you would like to come celebrate the captains retirement it starts at 5 tomorrow night at Floods in Stroudsburg.

Fire Guts Business in Wayne County
Wednesday February 25th 2015

A fire ripped through the George W. Kinsman building on Main Street in Honesdale. Flames shot out through the roof, and over 20 different Fire Departments pitched in to extinguish the flames. Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dulay says "It took a substantial amount of water and around 2 and a half hours to get under control." The fire was contained to just the top floor of the building, but smoke caused extensive damage. No one was hurt in the blaze, but if not for the quick response of the fire fighters, the blaze could of spread and caused significant damage to the historic drag in Honesdale. Fire Marshalls on the scene say they are still investigating what caused the fire, but its not being considered suspicious.

River Ice Fishing Is Risky Business
Wednesday February 25th 2015

Catfish seem to be jumping out of the water today for river anglers. But ice fishing on the Delaware River is risky business. In fact, park rangers strongly discourage it, especially with temperatures expected to rise by next week.
A group of anglers from New Jersey say they will be eating well tonight. It's an exciting day, catfish after catfish takes their bait while ice fishing on the Delaware River near the gap. Despite the abnormally chilly weather this winter, Mark Rayder says he's been ice fishing since the water first froze over. While he admits it's dangerous, he says the conditions today for fishing this river are as good as it gets- the ice is a couple feet thick.
But park rangers say the great catch isn't worth risking your life. It's much safer to go to a lake to ice fish than the Delaware River. The moving water is the problem. If you fall through the ice and you get sucked under the ice by the current, no one is coming to rescue you.
Supervisor Law Enforcement Ranger Chris Kross says, "We practice for ice rescue and we have equipment. However, in that situation, we would not be able to go get you underneath the ice."
Rayder agrees beginners should stick to the lakes. And as temperatures begin to rise he says even the allure of catfish can't get him to fish on the river.
Rayder says, "I don't want to be down there with them! It only takes like a day of warm weather and the river is no longer safe."
But rangers say the best chance for survival on any ice means being prepared: Never go alone, wear layers of clothing including a lifejacket, bring a rope and carry some sort of safety spikes.

Legislators Hold Medical Marijuna Hearing
Wednesday February 25th 2015

Discussion on legalizing medical marijuana is underway in Harrisburg.
Legislators, medical professionals, researchers and members of the public attended a hearing today to express support or opposition of a proposed bill.
Pennsylvania legislators are showing bi-partisan support for Senate Bill 3, which would legalize medical marijuana, also known as cannabis.
Officials say, they've found it affective treating cancer patients, children suffering from seizure disorders, veterans with PTSD and other disorders.

Nursing Home Residents Need Your Help
Tuesday February 24th 2015

A nursing home in Monroe County would like to get new TVs for its residents. So Pleasant Valley Manor officials are turning to a new fundraising website called "Go Fund Me." They've seen it help others and they're hoping it will do the same for their residents. Currently, the more than 160 seniors living there only have the option of providing their own television or borrowing a donated one in need of an upgrade.
Resident Accounts Manager Jeff Rinker says, "A lot of people here can't afford them so we have a number of older TVs that have been in service for many years. They're the old style tube style TVs that are just not of good quality and we're looking to replace those."
Officials say more than half have the old fashioned tube televisions and some don't work at all.
Rinker says, "I was just walking down the hallway one day and peeked in a couple of resident rooms and saw how close some people had to sit to their TVs to even see a good picture."
If you'd like to help, you can either send a check directly to the facility or use the website here: http://www.gofundme.com/ljdu94

Mill Creek Rd. To Close in 2 Weeks for Construction
Tuesday February 24th 2015

The Mill Creek Road Bridge in Stroud Township is scheduled for construction in a couple weeks.
Area residents and businesses are expecting this to be a inconvenience, but their biggest concerns are how long it will take to complete.
Penn Dot officials say the project, replacing the bridge should be finished by November 2017.
Starting March 9, drivers will be forced to detour, taking longer Routes using Rt. 191 and Rt. 447.
Penn Dot officials say, they put signs up warning drivers of the closure yesterday. They estimate an average of 8,240 vehicles that travel over the bridge daily.
The project is expected to cost almost $3.5 million.
Penn Dot officials say the construction could be pushed back, depending on winter weather.

A Murder/Suicide in Pike County
Monday February 23rd 2015

A father and son are both dead after a domestic dispute turned violent last night in Westfall Township. According to Police, the incident took place around 8pm last night outside the home on Green Acres Lane. The argument quickly escalated, where according to police the father, 82- year old, Joseph Matrongolo came outside with a firearm, firing several shots. One of the bullets struck his 40 year old son, also named Joseph in the head, killing him. After killing his son, Police say the father turned the gun on himself, and shot himself in the head. Police are still investigating what led up to the fatal shooting.

Weatherly Fatal Fire
Monday February 23rd 2015

State police are investigating a fatal house fire in Carbon County. It happened Friday night at a home on Entwistle Street in Weatherly. The fire claimed the life of 82-year old Dolores Rayno. Authorities say the fire started in the basement of the home. Although a cause hasn't been determined, they don't think it's suspicious.

Help AWSOM: Foster A Cat
Monday February 23rd 2015

Officials at AWSOM Animal Shelter are looking forward to having a dream come true. Their Cat House is now closer than ever to getting a makeover that will include the shelter's very own spay/neuter clinic.
Operations Director Rich Homar says, "We're waiting for approval on the permits to start construction. Some time in mid-March we're hoping to start knocking down walls and fixing things."
But the cats all need a place to stay while the construction is happening. Luckily many people have already stepped up. They're currently down to 15 cats that need either a foster or "forever" home. That means they can't take any surrenders right now. They're asking you to care for your cat a little longer and are hoping to open up space in their main shelter.
Board Member and Volunteer Sandra Fellin says, "If you have an animal to surrender, we're always interested. We'd rather take a name, put you on a waiting list. We also have other organizations that we can recommend."
They're planning to get the new cat rooms done first so you'd only have the cat for 6-8 weeks if you choose to foster. There are also great adoption deals. For more information, just call AWSOM at 570-421-3647.

Residents Oppose Plans For Birchwood Resort
Monday February 23rd 2015

The old Birchwood Resort in Tannersville that's received a lot of attention, after the Eric Frein manhunt could be re-developed.
The C. Castle company plans to bring an indoor and outdoor waterpark, hotel and spa in place of what's now falling into disrepair, calling it "Spa Castle."
A group of residents are planning to fight the proposed plans.
Pocono Township officials, say plans haven't been submitted formally, but they're looking at possible obstacles.
One concern is the sewer system.
"What they propose is currently not in our sewer district so we would have to open up a new district and make sure we have enough capacity to do so," said Pocono Township Manager, Greg Schuster.
The Birchwood Resort happens to be in a quiet residential neighborhood and many residents want to keep it that way. They're opposed to the amount of traffic that could come with the new development.
Residents tell me they're planning to round up fellow neighbors and address their concerns to the township and the developers.

Department Of Health ESU Outbreak Statement
Friday February 20th 2015

"The Department of Health has determined that there is now enough accumulated evidence to say the recent ESU outbreak is due to norovirus.
The Department commends the cooperation weíve received through our investigation working with ESU, the Pocono Medical Center (PMC), as well as the community. ESU and PMC made exceptional efforts to implement prompt and comprehensive preventative measures to reduce the spread of the infection in accordance with DOH guidance.
Though an outbreak of norovirus is unpleasant, it is not uncommon. The winter months are traditionally the time of year when most gastrointestinal illness due to norovirus is seen in Pennsylvania. Norovirus can spread quickly in institutional or group settings, such as schools, child care, and health care settings. The virus is in stool and vomitus, and can spread through food, water, on hands, and even by aerosol during vomiting episodes.
Because norovirus is very contagious, sudden outbreaks can result when people bring the infection into facilities such as hospitals, residential and nursing homes and schools. It is important to note that no one who has suffered from vomiting and diarrhea should visit or work in crowded places until they have been completely free from symptoms for at least 48 hours.
Infectious virus may be shed in stool for two weeks or more after the patient recovers from illness. Furthermore, the virus can survive on surfaces for 3-4 weeks at room temperature. These factors make it difficult to control the spread of norovirus. Personal hygiene (especially hand washing) and environmental sanitation are critical factors in preventing and controlling outbreaks.
The spread of norovirus can be prevented by following some simple guidelines:
∑ Frequently wash your hands, especially after using the bathroom and changing diapers, and before eating or preparing food.

∑ Anyone ill with diarrhea should not prepare food for other people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people with diarrhea should not work in restaurants, day care centers, or medical settings until they have been completely free from symptoms for at least 48 hours.

∑ Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and steam oysters before eating them.

∑ Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces (including toilets) immediately after an episode of diarrhea or vomiting by using a bleach-based household cleaner or other disinfectant registered as effective against norovirus by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

∑ Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with virus after an episode of diarrhea or vomiting (use hot water and soap).

If an individual has symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, the individual should try to stay home and practice good hygiene, like washing their hands frequently and thoroughly, to avoid spreading the illness to others.
Norovirus symptoms often begin suddenly and can include nausea, stomach cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus illness can be a difficult experience for those affected, but most people normally recover within 12 to 60 hours.
For most healthy individuals, drinking plenty of fluids and resting at home is sufficient to recover from a norovirus infection and there is no need for hospital treatment. However, the elderly or very young can sometimes get more severe infections. If this is a concern, an individual should consult their doctor.
The Department will continue to work with East Stroudsburg University and Pocono Medical Center to manage any more possible norovirus cases and provide educational resources to the public on good hygiene habits. For more information on the norovirus, please contact 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Accused Ross Township Shooter In Court
Friday February 20th 2015

Rockne Newell is charged with killing three people and injuring two at a Ross Township Supervisors meeting in August 2013. Today he was at the Monroe County Courthouse for a competency hearing. The defense told the judge Newell isn't capable of going to trial. They describe Newell as exhausting to work with and not being able to concentrate long enough to discuss the case. They asked the court to have Newell removed to a state hospital for mental illness treatment so he can come back and work with them on his case. The prosecution says their experts disagree with the defense's. They say it's a personality disorder, not a mental illness, and that Newell picks and chooses who he wants to work with and how. It's up to a judge to decide whether Newell is competent to stand trial. He could face the death penalty if he is found guilty.

Stores Running Low on Salt Supply
Thursday February 19th 2015

Salt continues flying off the shelves in stores across the Poconos. The Tractor Supply Store in Milford, along with the Home Depot in Westfall Township, were completely out of stock. The True Value Hardware store in Milford had only a small supply of rock salt remaining. Managers that we spoke to at all the stores, say they don't expect receive any more shipments this winter season. Even Penn Dot officials say, they have almost burned through 10 thousand-tons of salt this season, but they are expecting a delivery of another 3 thousand tons to survive through the winter.

Polar Plunge For Dogs And Cats
Thursday February 19th 2015

Bitter near record breaking cold and wind chill alerts are no match against a group's love for their furry friends. The second annual Polar Plunge for AWSOM Animal Shelter is happening next week, and your help is needed.
You'd probably choose the fetal position in a nice warm bed over doing a cannon ball into the snow covered, mostly frozen McMichaels Creek in Stroudsburg, Monroe County. But dogs and cats don't get to decide. Animals are found left out in the cold by their owners or often times abandoned. That's why the Polar Plunge was started last year.
Co-Organizer Eric German says, "Friend had contacted me about an animal that was left out in the cold for a couple days and the police couldn't do anything about it so we wanted to raise some awareness and help out AWSOM as well."
Fifteen people bared all for their furry friends and took an icy dip into the creek. They raised over $3,000 for AWSOM Animal Shelter and spread the hope for stiffer laws against animal cruelty.
German says, "They can't do anything legally. I mean, there was a frozen dish of water and that was acceptable by law."
This year German wants the teeth-chattering, bone-chilling time to do even more. But it can't be done without you plunging on February 27th or donating (Just go to www.awsomanimals.org and on the homepage you'll see Polar Plunge Donate).
AWSOM is currently full to capacity and they just received eight new puppies looking for homes so any money raised by this plunge could really make all the difference.
The WillowTree Inn and Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson are once again sponsoring the event.
German says, "Everyone that jumps will get a free lunch at WillowTree at noon and then we're getting in the creek around two."
So just put your bathing suit on next Friday for the love of animals. For more information, just contact AWSOM Animal Shelter.

Man Sentenced On Child Rape Charges
Thursday February 19th 2015

A Monroe County Judge sentenced 34 year old Paul Depaoli of Canadensis to 23 years and 3 months to 48 years in state prison for having sexual intercourse with two preschool girls.
He will also be registered as a lifetime sex offender. The defense attorney plans to appeal the decision. They have 10 days to file one.

Barletta Tours Penn Forest Township
Thursday February 19th 2015

U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) made a pit-stop in Penn Forest this afternoon as part of his "Main Street Tour". Barletta met with state and local officials to discuss some of the big topics in the area, including the controversial PennEast Pipeline. The Congressman says he hopes to gather good information from local residents and representatives to bring back to Washington D.C. Penn Forest was Barletta's 24th stop on his "Main Street Tour". He'll continue his tour in March when Congress is out of session.

Palmerton Food Pantry Alert
Wednesday February 18th 2015

The Palmerton Food Pantry out of St. John's Lutheran Church on Fireline Road will not be serving families this Friday! A delivery was delayed and volunteers tell us there is not enough food for everyone. Families who use the pantry can pick up their food February 27th.

Volunteers Helping People Warm up in Lackawaxen
Wednesday February 18th 2015

Today in Lackawaxen Township, people piled into the warming center to escape the bitter cold temperatures. Volunteers prepared over 40 meals to hand deliver to people who couldn't get out of the house. However, many people can't afford to stay home because of the exorbitant cost of heating the house. That's why at the Warming Center, for only $2.50, people can enjoy a hot meal, decadent desserts, games, and the warmth of good company. The Lackawaxen Warming Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am - 2pm.

Carbon Plans Emergency Training Facility
Wednesday February 18th 2015

Carbon County commissioners announced their intentions to build a new training facility for their first responders. The multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art site will be located near the 9-1-1 center and will house a fire tower and classroom building. Carbon County has been without a fire training tower since the summer when the site at Baer Memorial in Lehighton was torn down. Commissioners say they haven't secured all the funding for the project, but are optimistic that a combination of state and local funds will keep taxpayer dollars out of the way.

Giving Hearts
Wednesday February 18th 2015

A school of hearts is beating together to help fight our nation's number one killer- Cardiovascular Disease.
Today students from the Carbon Career & Technical Institute presented the American Heart Association with a $500 check. Since October Kaylee Murphy and Jeanna Struble sold heart healthy inspired t-shirts, bracelets, pens and paper hearts at school and in the community to raise the money.
American Heart Association Youth Market Director Kim Gear says, "Every donation is so important to our mission to help save lives, help fund our lifesaving research and education."
And they couldn't have picked a better time, it's American Heart Month.

Proposed Gun Range Stirs Up Controversy
Wednesday February 18th 2015

A proposed outdoor gun range in Eldred Township is stirring up controversy.
Supervisors held a public workshop with locals and the Right to Self Protect, shooting range company out of New Jersey, looking to purchase land.
There was a lot of discussion today; voicing concerns, support and sharing ideas.
There are many who're against this facility and others who are for it.
Representatives from Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home attended the meeting and expressed concerns regarding safety and a disturbance for their residents.
The RTSP company currently has an indoor range in N.J., but they want to have a place where people can learn and practice long distance shooting here.
Supervisors say, some zoning changes will have to happen for a gun range to be permitted.
RTSP President, Peter Miscia says, the range will be fully baffled, bermed and sound abated. People will also be able to shoot firearms at a distance of up to 600 yds.
Some supervisors are also concerned the range will bring lead poisoning.
Some argued a similar operation has been successful at the location and other nearby ranges are operating without noise complaints.
Miscia says, he would just like to get a chance to go to a hearing and let their experts prove that we're going to keep sound levels below the prescribed decibel level for what the ordinance says.
Supervisors plan to have another public workshop before they make a decision on whether or not there should be a public hearing.

Raptor Center Benefit Concert
Tuesday February 17th 2015

After a blaze broke out on January 8th at the Delaware Raptor Center, the community is pitching in to rebuild.
The Fire destroyed the clinic in the basement, where director Bill Streeter operates on wild raptors, and insurance isn't covering all the cost.
To help get the center back on its feet, this Friday, Harmony Presents along with Riverfolk Concerts are putting on a benefit show at the Hawley Silk Mill. If you want to help, you can log on www.dvrconline.org and use the pay-pal link to donate. Tickets to Friday's Benefit Concert are also available online.

Man Wanted in Berks County for Kidnapping
Tuesday February 17th 2015

PSP Hamburg is currently looking for Marshall Glenn McGinty (w-n/m 43 YOA). Troopers are investigating a kidnapping which occurred on February 16, 2015 at a residence in the 1300 block of Hawk Mountain Rd., Albany Twp., Berks County. The victim was house sitting at the previously mentioned residence. When he came home around 4:45 PM McGinty was in the house. Upon entering the house McGinty pointed an assault rifle (AK 47) at him. McGinty then ordered the victim to lay on the floor face down. McGinty tied the victimís wrists together and took his wallet and keys. Sometime around 6:00 PM McGinty drove the victim in his car to a Santander Bank at 120 South Centre Ave (Pottsville City Schuylkill County) where he withdrew $60.00 from the victimís account. After going to the bank McGinty drove back to the Hamburg reservoir where he cut the victimís hands free and drove off in the victimís car.

The AK 47 is property of the homeowner. The AK 47 was not located in the house.

The victimís car is a dark blue 2012 Honda Fit with Pa registration GTD-7635.

McGinty should be considered armed and dangerous. McGinty has no current address.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police or Crime Alert Berks.

Reward for Pedestrian Hit & Run in Lehigh County
Tuesday February 17th 2015

Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for a pedestrian hit and run in Lehigh County. The incident happened on Route 873 in North Whitehall Township January 20th just before 9 pm. Troopers say a 42-year-old Coplay woman was struck by a car heading northbound as she crossed near the McDonalds. Officials say she is still hospitalized in critical condition. Police believe a white male was driving. They're looking for a blue Ford Ranger with the name "Ehrlich" in white lettering on the driver side door. The company confirmed the vehicle is not in their fleet, but they sell retired vehicles at auction.

Vehicle Description:
- 1998 - 2000 blue Ford Ranger
- "Ehrlich" written on side in white
- Orange & yellow horizontal stripes on sides
- Cap on bed or storage cabinets
- Damage to front passenger and headlight area
Lehigh Valley Crime Stoppers: 1-800-426-TIPS

Local Teacher Sentenced for Sexting
Tuesday February 17th 2015

Former Lehighton Area High School teacher Matthew Fisher was sentenced to two years probation this morning. The 31-year-old plead guilty to Corruption of Minors, a misdemeanor charge, after he was found to have sent inappropriate, sexual text messages to a 16-year-old former student. Fisher voluntarily relinquished his teaching certificate and will not have to register as a sex offender. The former Business Ed teacher could have been facing jail time. But because Fisher had cooperated with the investigation and had no physical contact with the victim, Judge Joseph Matika found two years probation to be fitting (County recommended at least one year as part of plea deal). As part of his probation, Fisher will have to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo a mental health evaluation. He can also have no contact with the victim.

Camelback Mountain Season Extended
Tuesday February 17th 2015

Camelback Mountain officials are planning to stay open longer than ever this season, not bringing it to a close until April 12th.
They have a snow making and grooming plan to keep snow on the mountain until then.
The Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is also expected to open in April.
Officials say, the indoor waterpark hs 13 of the most innovative slides of their kind. Three of those slides have never been installed anywhere in the country.
The venus slyde trap is a three to six person family rafting ride. Kartrite's quest is an interactive water play structure and the storm chaser is a one to two person water based coaster that travels up on jetted water. Slides travel indoors to outdoors. Officials say, guest can expect a number of themes inside the building. There are rocks on the walls, airplanes and antiques.

No Water At Resica Elementary School
Tuesday February 17th 2015

The cold weather is causing more problems for one school in Monroe County. Many residents are still dealing with frozen water pipes and malfunctioning heating systems. But one East Stroudsburg school is dealing with an even bigger problem-- a frozen water tower.
While every school in the district had a two hour delay today from the early morning snow, Resica Elementary closed due to no water.
Maintenance crews are working around the clock to thaw Resica Elementary's water tower. School officials discovered it froze at the top, about 140 feet up around two Monday morning, resulting in no water. Principal Gail Kulick says the tower was no match for the extremely cold weather, even with heat on it as a prevention tool.
That's why the school closed today. Kulick says propane heaters are being used to get the water flowing and as you can imagine, it's no easy task.
But the workers are taking the abnormally low temperatures in stride. They say it's all part of the job.
While the hallways stand empty without the 538 students enrolled, most of the staff could be seen still hard at work. So far Kulick says they've had seven snow days and the school year has been extended to the second week of June. This day isn't included yet. The district is petitioning the state for forgiveness.
Kulick explains, "[It's] an unexpected emergency. Unlike a snow day, this is obviously something that just affects our building and not the entire district."
Kulick says not only do they have to be flexible getting the required 900 minutes of instruction in, but students are also falling behind in extra curricular activities. They need to be ready for two plays coming up.
Kulick says, "The kids are doing wonderfully. They're making sure they maintain and keep practicing at home."
School officials tell us they believe the kids will have school tomorrow but the issue at this point isn't resolved. Crews will be working on it all night.

Fire destroys home in Carbon County
Monday February 16th 2015

A three alarm fire destroyed a home on Wintergreen Road in Lower Towamensing Township today. The fires started just before eleven this morning. Four people and two pets managed to get out of the home safely. The homeowner says her son was attempting to thaw out a frozen pipe in their basement with a hairdryer when she noticed smoke pouring out of the vents inside the home. The fire chief believes that even though the homeowner used a hairdryer, either cob webs or insulation caught on fire causing the blaze.

Locals Prepare For Subzero Temperatures
Monday February 16th 2015

Subzero temperatures are causing problems for some people in the Poconos.
Many woke up to frozen water pipes this morning.
Officials recommend you use pipe insulation, heating tape or keep your faucet running low. They advise not to use an open flame to warm the pipes. Officials say, heating pipes with a blow dryer is ok, but the best way is to hire a professional or prevent the problem.
Some are protecting their vehicles from the ice cold weather also. Parking cars in the garage, keeping their gas tank full and air in their tires. The owner of the Citgo gas station in Tannersville
says they've been stocking up products to combat the weather like antifreeze and De-Icer for car doors and windows.
More freezing temperatures are expected into the rest of the week.

Plans To Solve Stroudsburg's Parking Problem
Monday February 16th 2015

People visiting downtown Stroudsburg describe parking as a nightmare- sometimes you get stuck blocks away from you destination or waste a lot of time searching for a spot.
General Manager George Strunk of Dein Properties believes he has an idea to solve that problem. The company bought the former Carlton House with plans to construct a five-story retail and apartment building. Strunk started thinking not only what would stimulate commerce, real estate and employment there, but also in the borough.
He proposed a parking deck located at the intersection of South 8th Street and Cherry Alley that would be four to five levels with 400 to 500 spaces. It'll occupy the current municipal parking lot, a duplex and an office building. It will be operated by technology, open to the public and have monthly rented spots available.
Strunk says, "The borough would need to contribute the municipal lot, which they expressed some interest, nothing has been approved yet, and those two other properties would need to be bought. Dein Properties, my employer has [the office building] under contract to be purchased at this point."
And business owners in downtown Stroudsburg say it's exactly what they need and can't wait to have it.
But the estimated $6 million cost for the construction of the project needs to be funded first. A major step was recently taken thanks to the Pocono Mountain Economic Development Corporation.
Strunk says, "Just submitted the initial application, the first step for a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant for $3 million."
Strunk has the goal of starting construction Spring of 2016. He'd like to know funding is in place and plans are approved by the end of this year. If anyone is interested in helping to further the project, just call Stroudsburg Borough.

Teens Give Gifts Of Love This Valentines Day
Friday February 13th 2015

Local teens are hoping to make someone smile this Valentine's Day who maybe hasn't smiled in a while
Members of the African American Network Youth of the Poconos have been collecting toiletries, blankets, perishable foods, infant supplies and other items to give to Womens Resources of Monroe County, that helps abused women and their children.
Last year, Women's Resources director of Monroe County, Lauren Peterson says over 200 women and children came to the shelter to escape domestic violence or dealing with sexual abuse and the numbers are growing every year.
Students will continue collecting items until the end of March at their office, located at 556 Main St. in Stroudsburg. There's a box right outside of their door.

New Sign Ordinance Coming
Friday February 13th 2015

When you drive along Route 611 in Pocono Township, business signs are everywhere and advertisements come in every size, shape and form. Officials call it "sign littering" and say it will soon be cleaned up. Changes are coming to Pocono Township's sign ordinance. The township planning commission has presented its first official draft to both commissioners and the public.
Township Manager Gregg Schuster says, "We already have a sign ordinance but a lot of it wasn't enforced. Going forward the Board of Commissioners has made it very clear that they want our current ordinances enforced and they want to go ahead and tighten up those ordinances."
Regulations could include limiting sandwich boards, the amount and locations of signs on a property and eliminating moveable signs like a trailer. But that's not all. The idea is to make all advertisements uniform.
Schuster says, "Limitations on how illuminated a sign can be particularly those electric sign boards, and also it's going to put some size limitations on some billboards and off-premises signage."
Schuster says residents at yesterday's meeting seemed to be in agreement, but the business community was not represented.
While we found business owners having differing opinions, many wouldn't even talk to us because of being such a controversial issue. Schuster says they will have other opportunities to voice and have their opinions included. From here the commissioners need to accept it. Then it's sent to the Monroe County Planning Commission to make comments, which normally takes 30 days. When they get it back, they'll have a public hearing.
Schuster says, "We are always welcoming of the public and the business owners to come and give us some feedback to make sure we have an ordinance that's workable and serves everyone as best we can."
Schuster estimates the whole process will take two to three months and then they will have a new adopted sign ordinance.

Police Say Don't Give Money To Panhandlers
Thursday February 12th 2015

Stroud Area Regional Police say panhandling has recently increased dramatically in their coverage area. And they say it's more of a problem than meets the eye.
People holding signs begging for help or food are now a common sight in East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg and Stroud Township. Over the past several months we've witnessed panhandlers at Interstate 80 exits and heavily traveled intersections. Police say it's directly related to a huge problem in their coverage area.
Officer Chris Shelly says, "I'm seeing mostly the influx of it being predominantly drug induced or for drug use is where the money is going towards."
Shelly says the use of heroin and prescription pills is an epidemic so an increase in panhandling comes at no surprise.
Shelly explains, "A glitch in the system if you will that they can still receive money legally and that can support their drug habit on a daily basis."
And Salvation Army officials have witnessed their signs may say they're hungry but that's not actually the case.
Shelter Director Edward Smith for Monroe County's Salvation Army explains, "If you walk up to these panhandlers and you offer them food, you know they often times do not accept the food. However, they prefer the money."
Smith says while many people are homeless in Monroe County, they're usually not the ones panhandling.
Smith adds, "Them being there and not necessarily homeless, it gives a poor reflection on people that are actually homeless and is in need of help in the community."
Smith says instead they're coming to the Salvation Army's soup kitchen, the Homeless Initiative's Day Center and various churches in the community for either food, shelter or other means of support. That's why police are asking you not to give money to panhandlers.
Shelly says, "Most likely by providing them money, all you're doing is supporting the organized drug operations in the area, basically organized crime."
Also police say you're putting yourself at risk.
Shelly explains, "You're letting these people come to you car and get close to you that's a very dangerous situation, especially imagine if you have you kids in the back seat, they can rip you out and car jack you."
Instead, if you want to help, police suggest donating money directly to the organizations catering to the homeless like the Salvation Army. That way you'll know your money is going straight to the cause.

Camp Recieves Big Boost
Thursday February 12th 2015

Camp Speers-Eljabar in Delaware Township struggled to stay in business. In a last ditch effort to remain open, they reached out to the Philadelphia YMCA, who invested eight- million dollars to keep the camp open. the money will be used to give the camp a massive facelift. Already the renovations have started, they are putting in new flooring, restoring the dining hall, year round lodges, while also making repairs to the electrical and heating systems. Camp officials tell us, renovations are expected to completed by 2017.

ESU Student Speaks Out After Hospital Visit
Thursday February 12th 2015

ESU officials believe a gastrointestinal infection is what's been affecting over one hundred students.
Students found themselves seeking medical attention, after suffering from diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and headache symptoms.
Melyssa Vasquez was one of them. She was diagnosed and released from Pocono Medical Center today.
"Basically they told me that I had a bacteria that was found in chicken. It's called campylobacter...It was contaminating the food in the cafeteria," said Melyssa Vazquez, a freshman at ESU.
ESU officials couldn't comment on whether the infection was caused by poor hygiene or undercooked foods prepared on campus. We contacted the Department of Health who's investigating. They were also unable to comment.

Save Our Bubble
Wednesday February 11th 2015

Andrea Davis of Nesquehoning has had enough. Recently her daughter was robbed at gun point as she walked through the borough. Thankfully, the teen was unharmed. Now Davis is calling on residents to step up to the plate and got to bat for their neighborhood. Over twenty people showed up at the Hill Top Community Center in Summit Hill last night to support Davis' movement called, "save our bubble." Davis is reaching out to police, borough council members and residents to help restore the diminishing sense of community. Anyone interested in learning more about the group can visit their Facebook page.

Safe Haven of Pike County Receives Grant
Wednesday February 11th 2015

Safe Haven of Pike County got a helping hand to further its mission. Thanks to a thirty-six thousand dollar grant from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the organization is able to add a new staff member. The new position, a multi-disciplinary investigative coordinator, will monitor professionals who investigate child abuse in Pike County. The organization plans to fill the position in the next few weeks, but Safe Havens ultimate goal, establish a Child Advocacy Center in Pike County.

Students Dedicated To Changing The World
Wednesday February 11th 2015

The first high school group in the world to be officially affiliated with the United Nations is in Monroe County.
The students from East Stroudsburg South have been given United Nations Aspire status, typically it's for college level students, and their work is used internationally as an example.
The students take what they learn at the UN and put it into action. Over the years, they've made an impact in our community and around the world, making it a better place.
Advisor Michael Healey says his current group of students have taken the initiative and their relationship with the United Nations to a new level. They've been the host group for the United Nations Academic Impact third and fourth anniversary conferences, and students have been panelists. One is nominated for the 2014 Pennsylvania State Education Association Student Leader Award in Human Rights and Civil Rights. Junior Leila Bouchkouk uses aspects of herself such as being diabetic, Muslim and Algerian to help and teach others a better way.
Students tell us they feel they are making a difference around the world from the little town of East Stroudsburg.

Winter Brings More SUV Sales
Wednesday February 11th 2015

U.S. auto sales numbers are showing a huge demand for trucks and SUVS last month.
Ray Price from the Ford Dealership in Stroudsburg says, 95% of the trucks and SUVS they sale are 4 wheel or all wheel drive.
At Suburu all of their vehicles have all wheel drive, which Jim Ertle from Ertle Suburu says is why they're one of the most popular carmakers in the world.
About six years ago, he says, they were selling 180,000 cars a year. Ertle says, this year they sold 500,000 cars.

Snow Days Keep Piling Up
Tuesday February 10th 2015

It hasn't been an easy school year for the Wallenpaupack District. They were forced to close school for three days for security reasons, while police searched for Eric Frein. Now, the District has more obstacles standing in the way, thanks to the weather. So far, the District has cancelled nine days of school. Already, they have taken one day out of the Presidents Day Weekend Holiday, and if the weather continues to be problematic, they will cut into Spring Break as well. The District says, they have two days that are available from Easter break, along with an in-service day towards the end of the school year at their disposal. Superintendent Michael Silsby however is confident, diplomas will be handed out as scheduled, the last day of school, June 19th.

Students March To Local Theatre For Selma
Tuesday February 10th 2015

East Stroudsburg University students will be marching from campus to Pocono Community Theatre to see Selma tomorrow, in honor of Black History Month.
They're hoping members of the community will join them for this event and others they've planned this February.
The film highlights Martin Luther King's fight for voter rights and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama in 1965.
Participants will even be able to register to vote onsite.
For those interested in being a part of the march tomorrow, tickets are available at the door and the first 50 students watch for free.
Students will meet at 96 Normal St. at 6:30. The march will begin at 6:45. The movie starts at 7:15.

Other Events Are Listed Below:
Thursday, Feb 12
"Race"ing toward a United ESU Panel Discussion
7pm- Stroud Hall 117

Monday February 16 - Saturday, Feb 28
University "Black Lives Matter" Display Case at the University Center - Student Photo Campaign

Tuesday, Feb 17
Guest Speaker Amil Cook, a Hip Hhop Generation Educator, Journalist
7pm - Stroud Hall 113

Thurday, February 19
Soul Food Dinner
5pm - Dansbury Commons

Wednesday, Feb 25
Honest Conversations
7pm
Shawnee Lounge

Saturday, Feb 28
African American Festival
1pm to 4pm Keystone Room
$3 Admission Fee

February 16 - 28
Residence Hall Banner Contest



Residents Appreciate Police Crackdown
Tuesday February 10th 2015

People living in the Birches Development off Route 715 are thanking Fern Ridge State Police today. They've seen a huge improvement after complaining about speeders flying through stop signs where they live.
Birches III Resident Robin Dahl appreciates police immediately answering her call for action. Back in November, she contacted News13 worried someone was going to get hurt. The main road through her development- Hawk Terrace- has two stop signs that drivers completely ignore at high speeds. We got police involved after we witnessed an accident waiting to happen. Fern Ridge State Police say they then led several enforcement details in that area, which resulted in 37 citations and 11 warnings being issued to motorists not completely complying with the laws of the stop sign. Police will continue to monitor the situation. Dahl says their presence is now well known.
Dahl adds, "Even if [drivers aren't] completely stopping, they're going way slower than they were before so it's a big improvement."
We were there today for about an hour and noticed right away what she's referring to-- eight vehicles didn't stop.
And while residents are thankful for police, they say the problem isn't solved and they want more done.
Resident Mark Mclean suggests speed bumps. He says not abiding by a stop sign is inexcusable. He walks his daughter to the bus stop and doesn't feel safe. He says police being there is what keeps it from happening but doesn't think their constant presence is the solution.
Mclean says, "That'd be a waste of resources, you know."
We contacted officials at Chestnuthill Township about putting in speed bumps and we're waiting to hear back. Police tell us they encourage more people to call about any concern they may have. They're here to help.

Measles Concerns in Carbon County
Tuesday February 10th 2015

Since late December, the U.S. has seen an outbreak of the measles virus. Now, doctors in our area a warning parents that the disease could spread to our area. As of January, over 100 cases have been reported in 11 states. Doctors say many people have stopped receiving the measles vaccination for religious or personal reasons, and that has contributed to the most recent outbreak. Although doctors have yet to see a case in our area, they are encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated if they haven't done so already. Adults can have their anti-bodies tested to see if they're eligible for the vaccine.

Man Facing Child Pornography Charges
Tuesday February 10th 2015

51 Year old Kenneth Schiff of New Jersey is being investigated for allegedly videotaping numerous people at a home he rented with friends in Lake Harmony. Schiff is already serving a sentence in state prison for separate, but similar charges. Once those charges were filed, a man came forward who suspected he and his family had also been victimized. The unidentified victim tells police he and Schiff rented a home on North Lake Drive over New Year's eve weekend 2013. The victim says Schiff was acting unusual, frequently checking a smoke detector in the second floor bathroom. The victim found the behavior troubling since Schiff had his own bathroom on the first floor. A search at Schiff's NJ home resulted in the discovery of a smoke detector casing, a camera, memory card and a laptop. Almost 550 video files were recovered showing people using the toilet and showering. At least 6 victims are minors Schiff faces several charges including child pornography. Schiff is expected to be arraigned on the charges on Thursday.

Winter Driving Tips
Monday February 9th 2015

PennDOT District 5 Press officer Sean Brown says drivers need to be extra cautious when sleet and rain are in the forecast. Even if you have a four-wheel drive SUV. Officials say two of the most important things to keep in mind when driving in winter weather is to give yourself extra time to reach your destination and to slow down. If your car goes into a slide, stay calm and don't slam on the brakes. It goes without saying always wear your seatbelt and make certain your car is in good working condition. Check that your tires have adequate tread and are properly inflated. Plus, check your brakes periodically.

Icy Roads Make Driving Dangerous
Monday February 9th 2015

Earlier today, the Interstate was a sheet of ice. Penn Dot reduced the speed limit on Interstate 84 to 45 miles per hour. At rest stops along the Interstate, many big-rigs were pulled over, waiting for conditions on the highway to improve. Penn Dot was out salting the roads, however officials say its going to take some time, before the Interstate is cleared up. Penn Dot is asking all drivers to please avoid getting behind the wheel tonight, unless absolutely necessary.

RadioShack Files Bankruptcy
Monday February 9th 2015

Thousands of RadioShack locations are expected to close very soon.
John Magluilo, the owner of the Broadheadsville store, which is family owned wants people to know they're staying open.
RadioShack has approximately 4,000 company owned stores in the U.S. and more than 1,000 dealer franchise stores in 25 countries, not included in the chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Magluilo says business has improved over the last year.
Unlike most RadioShacks, the Broadheadsville location offers in house computer repair services, THEY sell toys and install generators.
They repair desktops, laptops, cell phones and tablets, fixing water damage and replacing screens and buttons.
As stated in a news release, General Wireless and Sprint are looking to acquire up to 2400 company owned stores. Up to 1,750 of them will be "store within a store" locations. We reached out to other locations in Monroe County, but they were unable to comment.

Monroe County Girl Needs Your Help
Monday February 9th 2015

Imagine the worst headache you've ever had not going away and your life disrupted from the pain.
Stroudsburg High School Sophomore Jada Johnson has been cheerleading since the age of four, now it's a struggle to just sit on the sidelines. Participating in any normal activity comes at a price to pay.
Jada's Mom Stefanie Merritt explains, "She's at her worst pain for two days just to go out for an hour or two so she's starting to withdraw and stay in more."
It all started a little over a year ago when she woke up with a severe headache that never went away.
Since then they've tried everything-- costly tests, medications and doctor visits haven't brought any relief to her condition called "New Daily Persistent Headache." Johnson now maintains her good grades being home-schooled, but spends most of her time sleeping.
Johnson's mom refuses to let this be her life. The only thing that has helped is finding people like Jada and learning about a cure called Nerve Decompression Surgery. It costs $21,000 and insurance won't cover it because it's considered experimental. That's why they need your help. A Go Fund Me page for Jada's surgery is now set up and has already collected over $300. Just go here to donate: www.gofundme.com/NDPHjada. Johnson says she's determined to get through this and then help others with the condition. For more information on how to get involved just email her mom at stefaniej8@aol.com.

Career and Tech School Month
Friday February 6th 2015

February began National Career and Tech School Month and one of our local schools is celebrating. The Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe is having their students show off the skills they've learned all month long. The school also opened its' doors to potential Freshmen for tours and honored their current students from the five Carbon-County districts. Educators say it's important to honor career and technical jobs because of the growth their industry has seen, especially in this county. The festivities at CCTI will continue throughout February. For more information, log on to the school's website at carboncti.org.

ESU Adds Shuttle Route
Friday February 6th 2015

East Stroudsburg University administrators are trying out a new shuttle route.
Students will be able to catch a ride to a variety of stops in town after school hours.
Right now this is a part of a 5 week pilot program, but it could stick around.
They're calling the shuttle "The Downtown Warrior Shuttle."
On campus, the new shuttle stops at University Ridge and Normal Street Near Hemlock Suites. Off campus, students can go to Walmart or 7th and Main.
It runs on a continuous loop Thursday through Saturday from 8:30pm to 2:30a.m.

Cure your Cabin Fever
Friday February 6th 2015

Starting today Sculpted Ice Works kicked off their ninth annual Crystal Cabin Fever. This years theme, takes us ten-thousand leagues under the sea. Over one -hundred tons of ice are hand carved and sculpted to create the ultimate underwater experience. Sea Horses, Whales, Dolphins, Sharks are all being carved out to give guests the perfect underwater illusion. The event even features a full bar, shaped as the lost city of Atlantis, where guests can enjoy homemade vino from the Antler Ridge Winery. Crystal Cabin Fever runs until February 22nd.

Home Invasion/Robbery In Monroe County
Friday February 6th 2015

Police are actively investigating a home invasion/robbery in Ross Township. It happened yesterday around noon at a house on Laurel Lane in Saylorsburg. Police say two white males wearing masks forced their way into the door at gunpoint. Once inside, they bound the victims-- a mother and daughter.
Police say they took several items from a second floor bedroom-- including a loaded AR15 Rifle, a box containing $3,000 cash and the victims' cell phones. The victims ages 55 and 26 were left unharmed. Police received information the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle described as a dark green older model coupe. Police believe the residence was targeted and not a random act.
Police are asking anyone to come forward with any information he or she might have, even if you just see a vehicle like the old style coupe they've described. Just call the Lehighton State Police Barracks at 610-681-1850.

Outage preparedness
Friday February 6th 2015

Winter brings unpredictable weather, including snow and ice storms. With winter in full swing, emergency responders remind people to be prepared in case of a weather related incident like a power outage. Some things to keep on hand are bottled water, flashlights with fresh batteries, non-perishable food and a batter6y powered radio to stay informed during the emergency.

Concern over Another Business Closing in Newfoundland
Thursday February 5th 2015

Local business owners in Newfoundland have grown extremely concerned after PNC Bank announced they will be closing its doors in April. This will be the fourth business to shut down in a very short time span. Recently, Gumble Bros. Construction, Franks Pharmacy, and Litening Auto, all on the main drag have closed up shop. Owner of the Newfoundland Hotel, Mike Seagraves chalks up the circumstances to people leaving the area. " I just think there the income here is lower than some other places and there aren't that many people anymore in Newfoundland". However Seagraves does believe that it can be fixed. "The Sterling industrial Park that's nearby, it we can get that up and going, it could mean 100 jobs, or even 60 jobs and just that alone can get the economy moving in the right direction". Though Seagraves is hopeful, only time will tell, if the town of Newfoundland can return to the bustling destination area it was once before.

Affordable Care Act & Taxes
Thursday February 5th 2015

The Affordable Care Act is affecting some people this tax season. The act required all people to purchase health insurance for 2014 or face a tax penalty. People who have insurance through an employer aren't affected by the new law. If you purchased insurance through the marketplace you will receive a 1095-A and your return will include two additional forms. These forms will help determine your tax credit. If you didn't purchase health insurance last year and you should have, you may be able to file an exemption and avoid a penalty. For more information contact your local tax advisor.

Pike County Looks to Make a Big Splash at Great American Outdoor Show
Wednesday February 4th 2015

Pike County's unloading the big guns at next week's American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg. They are bringing Kahr Arms owner, Justin Moon, to speak to the crowd about his positive experience since relocating to Pike County from Pearl River New York. The large arms manufacturer broke ground back in June, and construction on their facility is scheduled to wrap up in the fall. The addition of Kahr Arms, is estimated to create over one - hundred local jobs in the area. In addition, Pike County officials invited some other large manufacturers who could benefit from relocating to attend the show. They are confident using this show as their platform, Pike County will take a big step in the right direction.

Teen Faces Child Pornography Related Charges.
Wednesday February 4th 2015

A 14 year old student in the Pocono Mountain School District is facing child pornography and theft by extortion and transmission charges.
Police say, the juvenile set up a fake facebook account, posing as a young female back in November.
Police say, he contacted at least 100 boys.
Police say, he asked other boys to send nude pictures in exchange for nude pictures he downloaded of young girls. He threatened to post them online if they didn't send more. Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner says, they've obtained evidence connecting the suspect to the crimes.
Under the juvenile system, Wagner says, it's geared towards rehabilitation so they don't make the same mistakes in the future.
He encourages parents to be vigilant and check phones and computers to see who they're talking to and what they're doing.
The boy has been released to his parents. His next juvenile court date has not been set.

Community Cupboard Food Drive Underway
Tuesday February 3rd 2015

Help Blue Ridge Communications make a difference by donating non-perishable food items to BRCís Community Cupboard. Drop off unopened, non-perishable donations from February 2nd through March 2nd at all Blue Ridge Communications offices, Palmerton Telephone, Pennís Peak, Pennís Peak Radio, Roadies, and Pencor Superstore locations. Donations will be given to food banks and the Salvation Army through out the BRC service area. Together we can end hunger!

Palmyra Township Urges Rental Property Owners to Register
Tuesday February 3rd 2015

After receiving several noise complaints from neighbors, Township Supervisor, Tom Simons, decided some action must be taken to control the amount of people staying in rental properties. "There is no parking near many of these homes and these people are taxing the septic with a large number of people obviously". The Township passed an ordinance, anyone who owns property, must register with the Township. To register their property initially costs three hundred dollars, but its only a one-hundred dollar renewal fee. Since sending out letters to homeowners, the Township has received fifteen applications. They estimate around fifty vacation homes in Palmyra Township, so that number has been encouraging. The deadline to submit your application with Palmyra Township is March 1st.

Heidelberg Twp new ambulance service provider
Tuesday February 3rd 2015

For more than four decades, Heidelberg Township was serviced by Northwestern Ambulance Corps, but now township residents have a new ambulance service provider. Northern Valley Emergency Medical Services or NOVA EMS is now covering the area. In November, the township was notified that Northwestern Ambulance Corps was closing effective February 15th, 2015. Heidelberg Township has about 3,500 residents. Next week, Lynn Township will vote on whether or not it will also hire NOVA.

More Snow Cleanup, Snow Emergency Extended
Tuesday February 3rd 2015

Snow clean up in Monroe County continues and municipal officials are asking for the public's help to get the job done.
We found cars still buried in snow today. Some sidewalks and driveways are still covered. Stroud Township is offering snow removal services to some who need it the most. Residents could be fined if sidewalks aren't cleared.
Stroudsburg will be under a snow emergency through tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. On the borough website, municipal officials have posted a list of streets where parking is restricted, during the clean up process.
Officials will also be out looking for snow covered sidewalks and handing out tickets.

Monroe County Resort and Community Without Water
Tuesday February 3rd 2015

No one has been able to turn on a faucet at The Inn at Pocono Manor and the surrounding homes since yesterday morning. But today we found people are taking it well. It's the well that's the problem afterall.
Assistant General Manager Greg Corvelle can't thank guests enough for being so understanding. Guests are now being notified before they arrive they may not be able to take a hot shower or flush the toilet.
Maintenance crews have been working around the clock to fix the problem, while dealing with a lot of snow. The well, about 600 feet down, -- that provides water to the inn and surrounding homes-- needs a new pump.
Corvelle says, "We shipped one in from Oklahoma, it's here. We had to remove 600 feet of casing that's ten feet per casing and we have to unscrew it, it's a lot of labor."
Now the snow may be adding to the difficulty of fixing the problem but the guests we spoke with say the snow is helping their situation. They say they're having a great time out playing in it and taking in the beautiful scenery.
The 47 guests staying today are no longer able to dine in. They'll have to leave the property for dinner tonight.
Corvelle explains, "Health inspector is notified when something like this happens and water is not at a resort like this so it's more of a precautionary and safety measure."
Corvelle says a free continental breakfast will be provided tomorrow morning. His goal is to make guests as happy as possible.
Corvelle says, "We've been giving guests all the bottled water they can drink and we have a coffee station in the lobby that's open all day and night."
We're told the water is expected to be back on tonight. If that happens, a boil advisory will be in effect for the next two days or until the water is determined safe.

Tax Season Phone Scams
Tuesday February 3rd 2015

As we enter tax season, some are trying to take advantage of the hectic time. Phone scammers in our area are now posing as I.R.S agents and telling consumers the owe money. There are some important things to remember when receiving one of these calls.

1. The IRS will never call you without previous notification.
- Almost all interactions with the IRS will come through the U.S. Postal Service. Others will be sent as certified mail.

2. Scammers will try to intimidate you.
- Criminals will often become hostile and short with people on the phone. If they refuse to give some sort of information that would verify their credibility, hang up.

3. You can always call the I.R.S. back.
- If the call doesn't feel right, hang up. You can always look for the number to contact the I.R.S. and get things straightened out.

For more information, log on to irs.gov.

Pike gets Pummelled With Snow
Monday February 2nd 2015

People in Pike County were greeted to another heft helping of snow this morning. Many in Milford were up since early this morning, trying to clean up the mess mother nature dished out. Rick Farina, a Milford Resident, said " I didn't even want to look out my window when I woke up, I dreaded it. Once he did look outside, he realized, he had a heavy workload ahead of him. " I thought it was done, but here it comes again, I am going to be out here all day, again, just one of those days ". Penn Dot is out right now, trying to manage the mess the snow and ice created. They are asking everyone to please avoid getting behind the wheel unless absolutely necessary.

PennDOT are expected to work well into the night
Monday February 2nd 2015

PennDOT District-5 crews are working around the clock in 12 hour shifts to maintain 8,300 lane miles of road across six counties. Crews have been out since yesterday afternoon in anticipation of the storm and will continue to treat the roads with anti-skid material as the temperature is expected to drop tonight. Officials remind drivers to exercise caution and to take it slow.

Puppy Thrown Into Snow Bank
Monday February 2nd 2015

Monroe County's AWSOM Animal Shelter volunteers need your help.
A puppy is now in their care after being thrown into a snow bank at the Walmart in East Stroudsburg. They're looking for any information on who could've done such a thing and they want justice.
Shelter officials say it happened late Thursday afternoon. A good Samaritan saw the female puppy thrown from a car window, but couldn't get any information on the car. He/she brought the pup to AWSOM. The staff describes her as a German Shepherd/Hound Mix and about five weeks old. They named her Bonnie Bell because it matches her cuteness.
They hope Walmart's surveillance cameras positioned on the outside of the building caught the animal cruelty in action or someone comes forward with information.
We checked with Walmart officials and they say they're more than willing to let police view their footage, and Stroud Area Regional Police tell us they will be doing just that.
Calls are already coming in with people looking to adopt Bonnie Bell, but she's too young right now. If interested in adopting her or any of the dogs and cats, contact AWSOM for more information at 570-421-3647. The shelter's staff could also use donations for help with the puppy's care.

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