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Fire Leaves Water Damage at Stroudsburg Building
Thursday August 21st 2014

Residents and businesses are displaced, after a fire this morning at the Holland Thread Mill Building on lower main st.
Occupants say there's quite a bit of water damage, but no one was hurt.
Firefighters say the blaze started in the kitchen of a second floor apartment. The tenant believes the fire may've been caused by an electrical issue.
One occupant says her uncle is a firefighter and he told her the tenant left a book on top of her stove burner, which caused the fire.
The fire chief says they're investigating what caused the fire.

Lehighton Man Killed in Crash
Wednesday August 20th 2014

A Lehighton man is dead after a head-on crash with a truck this morning in Luzerne County. The accident happened just after 4:30 am on Route 940 in Foster Township. Police say 34-year-old Jamin Zimmerman crossed the centerline and crashed into a tractor trailer. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, David Kleppinger of Palmerton, was not hurt.

Tamaqua Residents Counting The Days
Wednesday August 20th 2014

A long awaited bridge project in Schuylkill County will be done soon. Concerns about work on the Route 209-East Broad Street Bridge over the Little Schuylkill River in Tamaqua started in the spring of 2013. Now a year and a half later, residents just want to breathe a sigh of relief. Tamaqua Borough Council officials tell us the work is right on schedule to be done before November and there's only roadwork left to do.

Playground Construction Put On Hold Again
Tuesday August 19th 2014

Today it's silent where the old Resica Community Playground used to be. Volunteers are nowhere to be found, lumber isn't being cut and mulch deliveries still lie untouched. That's because the building of a new playground is no longer starting tomorrow.
Resica Community Playground Co-Coordinator Karen Conway says, "It's a very sad thing. We really wanted to have it up and ready for the new school year for the kids to play on. It would've been a great back to school gift."
Volunteers tore down the playground behind Resica Elementary in June with plans to build a safer one in July. But a counted on donation didn't come through. Now other setbacks have added up pushing this week's construction date far into the future. A lumber supplier didn't deliver on time and there isn't enough money or volunteers.
Conway says the date to build is now set for July 2015 so that the kids are out of school, unless the community lets them down again.
Conway says, "We're hoping the community does come out, that they do volunteer for the committees, that they do step up."
If you would like to donate, there's a Go Fund Me webpage set up for Resica Community Playground. And for more inforemation on upcoming fundraisers or how to get involved in the cause, just contact Conway at 570-807-0602.

Parents in Court for Child's Teeth
Tuesday August 19th 2014

A Northampton County couple is in court after they're accused of not getting their daughter adequate dental care. In June, Kenneth Wanamaker Junior and Jessica Hoffman, both of Lehigh Township, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Their 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with severe dental disease. She was scheduled for surgery but the couple allegedly failed to take her twice. Wanamaker and Hoffman were in district court today for preliminary hearings. A judge ruled the charges will be upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies. The pair must now face charges in Northampton County Court. Today the judge also revoked Wanamaker's bail saying he wasn't compliant with his bail conditions. Hoffman remains free on bail, but is not to have unsupervised contact with her children. The pair are expected to be in county court in October.

Jim Thorpe School District Meets with Youth Camp
Tuesday August 19th 2014

With less than a week before school starts, Jim Thorpe officials are still working on an agreement with the Youth Services Agency. In June, officials at the center announced they had been in discussions with Jim Thorpe School District for over a year. Y-S-A is looking for the district to provide more financial support to allow continuation of the on-site school at its residential treatment center in Penn Forest Township. If they can't get that, their students could attend Jim Thorpe schools. Today the Jim Thorpe superintendent, Brian Gasper, released a statement saying the district and Y-S-A representatives met last week. Olympian officials met Friday to review and offer adjustments to the potential agreement. No details of the agreement are available to News 13. But Gasper says the district is hopeful there will be a mutual agreement in place soon. Jim Thorpe students go back to school Monday.

Stroudsburg School Project Nearly Complete
Monday August 18th 2014

The renovations project taking place at Stroudsburg High School is nearly finished. For the first time since 2010, students won't be greeted this school year by contractors working inside.
Stroudsburg High School students will get to see the new building as a whole this year. Construction phases on the inside are complete. While students saw most of it in May, they will be introduced to some new classrooms when they return August 25th. Superintendent John Toleno says he's happy everything is updated with enough room for both students and all educational programs.
Now the concentration is on completing the outside. Work is currently being done on the high school's sports fields, tennis courts and parking lot. The work is contracted to be done September 2015, but Toleno says he hopes the heavy equipment disappears after November 1st and it's done early.

Ramsey Remains Closed, After Parent Suit
Monday August 18th 2014

Parents have been fighting to reopen Ramsey Elementary, after a 5-4 vote by the Stroudsburg School Board in May to close the school in June and Clearview at the end of this year.
Today a judge decided Ramsey should remain closed.
Students who attended the school will now go to Morey, not too far away.
Parents argued the closing process for Ramsey was too quick and there should've been more research done, before making a decision.
School representatives on the other hand argued that no violations were made and it would be a bigger inconvinence to reopen the school now after removing all the resources.
The judge decided it would be too later to put the school back together, before school starts and no rules were broken.

Theives Target Vehicles In Stroudsburg
Friday August 15th 2014

Stroud Area Regional Police say, several vehicles in Stroudsburg were hit by thieves, early Tuesday morning.
Tyler Metzger and Luis Santos are now facing charges for theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling.
Although police have caught up with these two men, the community is still on high alert. Some neighbors say it's not the first time.
Police say electronic devices, money and a rolex watch are some of the items that were stolen.
About a month ago, there was a similar incident in East Stroudsburg.
Police encourage residents to secure their vehicles and homes. Most of the incidents have involved unlocked vehicles.
Several victims have already retrieved their stolen items. Police are still trying to return more recovered property. If you're a victim contact Stroud Area Regional Police.

The Next Big Thing To Come To The Poconos
Friday August 15th 2014

Camelback Resort in Tannersville will soon always be a splashing good time, from outside to inside. It's called Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia and it'll be the first ski in/ski out indoor waterpark hotel in the Poconos. The $163 million project will be 533,000 square feet with 453 hotel rooms and it's expected to open this coming Spring. The goal is the month of May. For more information or to make a reservation for the Spring opening date, just go to www.camelbackresort.com.

Businesses Left In The Dark For Weeks
Thursday August 14th 2014

Business owners in an East Stroudsburg shopping plaza on 209 and Eagle Valley Lane are crying out for power.
They've been in the dark since July 27th when a car hit their building, killing a passenger.
They've been using generators to keep business going, but the frustration is building.
The owner says, he's waiting on the contractor and insurance company, which could take about three weeks or longer to fix the problem.

Controversy Over Sign Ordinance
Thursday August 14th 2014

Some Pocono Township business owners are upset over a newly enforced sign ordinance. At least one says he is being unfairly targeted for placing signs and balloons out by the roadway. And some township officials are divided over the sign ordinance. Pocono Township's Board of Commissioners say the original ordinance was passed in 2003 and it was never enforced by the previous board. They're looking to change that but also update it.
Commissioner Jerry Lastowski admits the controversy has been going on for awhile among the township and businesses. He says the township had a meeting for business owners to voice their concerns and says the sign ordinance needs to be revamped. The commissioners have asked the Planning Commission to make a new one. But they're recommending it stays as it is. Only a sign on the building and a permitted sign plaza is allowed.
We're told the businesses have been notified by the zoning officer what they're doing wrong and some have received fines. Vincent's Deli and Catering Owner Vincent Difrancisco says having balloons out got him a $400 fine. He believes he's being discriminated against because other businesses still have theirs out.
Both he and Tom Sforza, Co-Owner of Best Auto Service Center, tell us they don't mind following the rules. They just want the township to be fair and work with them to come up with something everyone can be happy with. They'd be happy with one sign.
Planning Commission Chairman Ronald Swink says they are for business but owners need to follow the rules. Everyone will be fined if they don't. Difrancisco says businesses have already closed because of the new enforcement.
While the Chairman of the Planning Commission doesn't want to make any changes. He says that's just a recommendation and the decision is left up to the commissioners.

Calling All Artists: Large Canvas Needs Filling
Wednesday August 13th 2014

Artists are needed to help paint two towns in Monroe County.
Project Street Art-- the team responsible for beautifying an empty lot eyesore on Main Street in Stroudsburg is expanding to part two. Ten different mural locations are now planned-- seven in Stroudsburg and three in East Stroudsburg.
The contest is already on for who will touch the walls of the buildings, businesses and bridges on the list with creativity. Submissions are pouring in from LA, the Bronx and even Brazil to be one of the 10 chosen artists to splash their designs. Each will then put a team together at each location on September 27th and a giant paint party will take place.
If you'd like to submit a design send an email to stroudsburgstreetart@gmail.com and for more information check out the group's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/projectstreetart.

Local Police Seek Aggressive Drivers
Wednesday August 13th 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are warning drivers to be on their best behavior. Starting today, police will be on heavy watch for drivers breaking the rules, especially at the five point intersection in Mount Pocono.
If you're stopped, the fine is at least $127, plus points on your license.

Slatington Area Child Hit by Car Dies
Wednesday August 13th 2014

A child struck by a car this afternoon in Washington Township, Lehigh County has died from her injuries. It happened just after 3:30 pm in the 4200 block of Mountain Road near Loop Road. Authorities say 21-month-old Farrah Munoz was in front of her house when she was hit by a jeep. The child was flown to the hospital where she was pronounced dead just before 5 pm. Police say 33-yer-old Daniel Watt was the driver of the vehicle. State Police and the Lehigh County Coroner's Office are still investigating.

Pocono Township Businesses Surviving Nearby Bridge Project
Tuesday August 12th 2014

Just a month ago we talked to dismayed business owners when northbound traffic on Route 611 was detoured onto Bartonsville Avenue. Today we talked to the same business owners to see if things are better or worse.
Businesses along Route 611 tell us they're thankful for the great job Penndot is doing. A completely different outlook to what they said at the start of the detour on July 24th. They were worried their busiest month of the year just wouldn't happen. While business has been negatively affected as the structurally deficient bridge over the Pocono Creek is fixed, those at Dale's Cafe, Knights Inn and Giant Floor say it's a whole lot better than what they anticipated. Dale's Cafe Owner Lee Crowell feared the closed lane would cut his business in half and he'd be forced to lay off staff. Luckily that's not the case. The businesses hope PennDOT stays on schedule to be done in October that way they say business will remain as it is and they'll be ok.

Local Teen Raises Money for Cancer Research
Tuesday August 12th 2014

A Local teen who lost his grandmother to breast cancer is using his talents to help with cancer research. He published a book about three weeks ago and now he's putting a golf fundraiser together at Shawnee Inn.
If you would like to donate log on to Golfgrandmaandme.com. The tournament will take place October 5th at 1pm.

Man Suspected of DUI Hits Parked Lehighton Cars
Tuesday August 12th 2014

A Lehighton man is suspected of driving under the influence after he hits several parked cars. The incident happened Monday night around 6:30 in the 200 block of South Fourth Street. Police say 56-year-old Scott Smale was taken for a blood test after striking six cars. No one was hurt in the incident but two cars were seriously damaged. Lehighton Police are still investigating.

Proposed Gas Pipeline May Go Through Carbon Co.
Tuesday August 12th 2014

A proposed natural gas pipeline would cut through Northampton and Carbon Counties. PennEast Pipeline Company announced the plans today to construct a 100-mile pipeline to bring natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale Region to homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The pipeline would begin in Luzerne County and end at Tansco's Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey. PennEast will begin preliminary engineering studies in the coming months, along with a formal application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If all local, state and federal approvals are timely approved, construction of the pipeline could begin in 2017.

Update On Five Loaf House
Monday August 11th 2014

A building established to help those in need is making huge strides in Tobyhanna Township. Today, the former Lake House Restaurant is once again serving food, but now as a pantry called Five Loaf House in Pocono Pines. And church members are hoping it becomes so much more with the community's assistance.
Volunteers are working hard today and will be, again tomorrow distributing food to people in need at the Five Loaf House. Pocono Lake Wesleyan Church purchased the foreclosed Lake House Restaurant a year and a half ago to be a permanent home for the Top of the Mountain Ecumenical Council Food Pantry. We were there when the transformation began and now it's working out perfectly.
Food distributions take place the second Monday and Tuesday of every month. And it's currently helping up to 200 families representing around 530 people. Those qualifying receive a food supplement that makes all the difference. Community members are also able to bring home donated clothes and household items. But the great system in place wouldn't be possible without the great volunteers.
Community support has been wonderful. People are not only donating the clothes but are also helping to donate extra food. But more assistance is needed. The church is currently in the process of raising funds to replace 28 windows and siding on the second floor of the building. The goal is to make it be a homeless resource center where people in need can also stay there. For more information or to donate to the project, just go to their website at fiveloafhouse.org.

Drivers Pick Up Speed On Parts Of Interstate 380
Monday August 11th 2014

The State Department of Transportation has given drivers the ok to go a little bit faster in parts of Monroe and Lakawanna counties.
Penn Dot workers spent this morning and afternoon taking the old 65mph signs out and putting the new 70 mph signs in, starting at exit 8 of interstate 380.
Originally, Penn Dot planned to start the new speed limit in Mount Pocono, but now it starts in Tobyhanna and goes to I-84.
State Representative, Mario Scavello, asked Penn Dot officials to reconsider that area of Monroe county, because of upcoming Kalahari construction.
Right now Penn Dot officials say they want to see how this goes, then they may look at raising speed limits in other areas.

Fatal Friday Rush Twp. Crash
Monday August 11th 2014

A Brockton man is killed in a Friday evening crash in Rush Township. Police say 28-year-old Zachary Hess lost control of a Honda motorcycle while driving on Route 54 in Hometown. He crashed into several trees. Officers say he was not wearing a helmet. Witnesses say they saw sparks coming from Hess's motorcycle before he crashed. Police are still investigating that fatal accident.

Summit Hill Borough Fire
Friday August 8th 2014

Today at least 10 local fire companies responded to a fully engulfed summer home on Laurel Drive, also known as Route 902. Luckily no one was staying there at the time. The blaze started around noon at the five acre property that has a pool and what was once an "L" shaped residence. Fire company tanks drew water from nearby Mauch Chunk Lake in the rural area. Fire officials tell us the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

State Police Investigate Abduction Attempts
Friday August 8th 2014

State Police are on the lookout for two hispanic males in their early to mid thirties, who may be driving a blue and gray, possibly metallic 4 door sedan. Sgt. Joseph Racho from Fern Ridge State Police says, the individuals stopped by two children and asked them if they wanted a ride. Racho says one of the suspects has a widows peak hairline. The mother of one of children has posted a warning message on facebook that has been shared several times. In the post by the concerned mother she also mentions a second incident in Sierra View, involving two men with a similar description, but in a green pick up truck.
If your kids are going to play outside police recommend you always have someone watching them, if not have them make a lot of noise to alert someone if they're approached.
While State Police are investigating the incident at Sierra View they have only been made aware of a suspicious vehicle spotted there. No kids were actually targeted.
Sgt. Racho says, they received a couple calls on the blue and gray vehicle being spotted and he believes those reports were mixed up with the green pickup truck reported.
If you have any further information for police, contact Fern Ridge State Police at (570)646-2271.

Fresh Start For Business Devastated By Fire
Thursday August 7th 2014

The owners of a Stroudsburg business hit by fire a month ago are getting a fresh start. Instead of cakes and cupcakes, the focus is on a different concoction.
While plans to rebuild Kitchen Chemistry on Main Street will hopefully have it up and running again by the holidays. Owner Lisa Diemer has something to be excited about now that was luckily already in the works before the tragedy happened. Pocono Soap- a one-of-a-kind shop that will feature everything local and homemade including body care products, hand-crafted gifts, soap supplies, classes and birthday parties. Pocono Soap is located in Courthouse Square and its grand opening will be tomorrow and Saturday.

Abandoned Animals On The Rise
Thursday August 7th 2014

Two cats and nine kittens were found jammed in a tiny carrier this week, behind the Coolbaugh Township Firehouse.
Firefighters found homes for five of them. The rest are being taken care of by Creature Comforts, until they can find homes.
The cats are in pretty good condition, but the smallest one has an eye infection.
Sherri Frisbie from Creature Comforts says, they've also taken in abandoned dogs.
A pit bull and shepard mix were brought in Tuesday, after being found abandoned near Alpine Mountain.
Alpine Mountain owner found another two dogs on his property a few weeks ago. He says shelters were full at the time, but he was able to find them homes.
and there's more...
Three others were found since the weekend.
Two were found near Saylors Lake and the other near the Saylorsburg Haunted House.
The sooner shelter officials can find homes for these animals, the sooner they can help more. If you would like to adopt contact Creature Comforts, located in Saylorsburg or AWSOM in Stroudsburg.


Pocono Family YMCA's 100th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday August 6th 2014

Today Monroe County Commissioners recognized Pocono Family YMCA's 100th Anniversary and presented a resolution commemorating the organization's community effort. While the official date of the anniversary already passed in July, a community celebration is happening this weekend. The Centennial Fitness Fest is this Saturday from 10am to 5pm at Stroudsburg High School's Stadium. It's for families, kids and adults of all ages. There will be class demonstrations, field day type activities, raffles, games, vendors and food. If you'd like to participate, you can preregister at the YMCA's front desk or just show up and pay at the stadium on Saturday. Adults are $10 and kids are $5.

Mail Stolen from Post Office Boxes
Tuesday August 5th 2014

Mail is stolen from several drop boxes in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Lehigh Township Police say they were notified this morning that a mail drop box outside the Cherryville post office on Blue Mountain Drive was one of the boxes targeted. Someone vandalized the box and stole mail overnight. According to the US Postal inspector for the region, mailbox break-ins have also been reported in Northampton, Catasaqua, Coplay, Whitehall and Laury's Station. Police recommend anyone who may have used these drop off locations take proper measures to safeguard any credit or personal information that may have been stolen.

Schuylkill County Baby Death
Tuesday August 5th 2014

State Police are investigating the death of a baby girl in Schuylkill County. The infant was found in a trash bag around 12:30 this morning. A resident on Winfield Drive in Blythe Township made the discovery and contacted police. 22-year-old Tara Lynne Patanavage of Middleport was taken into custody and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and concealing the death of a child among other charges. Her bail was set at $250,000 and she was sent to the Schuylkill County Prison. An autopsy on the infant is scheduled for tomorrow.

Another Weekend Stroudsburg Fire Affecting Business and Tenants
Monday August 4th 2014

Just a month ago and only two blocks away on Main Street in Stroudsburg, a fire broke out inside an apartment building. This time only one business is damaged but authorities say 17 people are out of their homes. Fire officials say the fire started Saturday in a second floor apartment above Pocono Sew and Vac around 9:30 in the morning.
Today Pocono Sew and Vac employees are thankful to be conducting business across the street at what was once Main Street TV and Appliance. They tell us the owners allowed them to set up shop while the fire has left their place damaged by water and smoke.
Pocono Sew and Vac Service Technician Joe Jermaine says, "I can't say that we're going to sell anything today because of insurance purposes, I don't think we can bring anything over. But if you need repairs picked up or if you want to bring in something for repair, we will be happy to do that today."
Residents can't believe this is the second apartment building fire to happen within a couple of weeks. The first was at Kitchen Chemistry. Real Estate Broker Jack Muehlhan says the four responding fire departments did a great job stopping the blaze. He hopes the building is repaired as soon as possible.
Pocono Sew and Vac is keeping a positive outlook too. This is their third location and the third time they've been struck by fire from a neighboring property.
Jermaine says, "The owners tell us and encourage everyone that we're going to get right back on our toes and we'll be better yet."
Pocono Sew and Vac Employees say to check their website and facebook page for how they're going to proceed from here. Fire marshalls tell us the fire doesn't seem suspicious at this time and it remains under investigation.

Man Approaches Child in Weatherly
Monday August 4th 2014

Police are asking Weatherly residents to be on the lookout after a man approaches a little girl. Officers say the incident happened yesterday afternoon around 3 on Hudsondale Street. A silver vehicle pulled up alongside a 7-year-old girl who was riding her bike. The man tried to get the girl inside his car. The child said no. As she was riding away the male driver kept yelling and said he would give her a ride home. The child does not know the man and never saw him before. She made it home and ran inside. The man drove off toward Route 93. The suspect is described as a white male around 30 to 40 years old. He was driving a silver car with a white sticker in the rear window. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Weatherly Borough Police Department.

First-Ever Pocono Latin Fest
Friday August 1st 2014

The Poconos is known for holding festivals celebrating and sharing various cultures with the community. But there's never been one for Latinos, until now. The first-ever Pocono Latin Fest is happening tomorrow at Alpine Mountain Resort and Ski Area from 11am to 7pm. There will be everything from food vendors, to live music, children's activites and there will even be zumba to get people excited about the Latin culture. Admission is free and you're recommended to come out for a fun time with Latin flair. For more information just go to the event's website at www.poconolatinfest.com.

New Jim Thorpe Bridge to be Named in Memory of Soldier
Friday August 1st 2014

The new Route 903 bridge in Jim Thorpe will be named in honor of a Carbon County soldier killed in Iraq. Sergeant Andrew Baddick died on September 23, 2003 while trying to save a fellow soldier from his submerged military vehicle. Local legislators announced the bridge currently under construction over the Lehigh River will be named for Baddick. He was a graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School and grew up along the Lehigh River. The new bridge will replace the Jim Thorpe Memorial Bridge which was built in 1953. The $28 million project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.

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