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October 24, 2014

One of the companies leading in job growth in Carbon County is KME Kovatch in Nesquehoning. The company added over 350 jobs in the last two years. Nikolas Wasko of Jim Thorpe says he was unemployed for 8 months before a chance encounter with a Kovatch family member helped change that. Wasko shared his story with legislators today at KME where officials say business is booming. Since 2011 the unemployment rate in Carbon County h as gone from 9.9 percent to 7.1 percent. Local lawmakers say although the numbers look good. There's always room for improvement.

October 24, 2014

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monroe County is working to create leaders of the future, but they need current leaders to show our youth the way.
Right now there are at least 50 kids still on the waiting list for a big brother or sister, 95% of them boys.
You can learn more about the program on their telethon that will air November 2nd from noon to 10pm.

October 24, 2014

While state troopers' wives continue to sell the PSP Strong t-shirts to help the families of the two ambushed at the barracks in Pike County, a group is putting the "Barrett Proud" slogan on t-shirts to help their own local law enforcement.
Barrett Township Police needed new safety vests to better protect themselves assisting in the search. So the township purchased them not knowing where the money was coming from to pay the bill.
The majority of the search for suspect Eric Frein is centered in Barrett Township and it's turned the town upside down. People are scared to come to the area and local police are stepping up to assist state police. That's how "Barrett Proud" Committee Member Shannon Price got an idea to help.
Price, along with a committee of fellow community volunteers, purchased and started selling "Barrett Proud" T-shirts to help the township pay for their officers new bullet proof vests. Each one costs $13,000.
They sold out of their first 50 shirts immediately and have received donations to buy more. T-shirts are $20 for a long sleeve and $15 for both short sleeve and children's sizes. They'll be selling 150 this weekend at three different events.
"Barrett Proud" Committee Member Annie Grill says, "What we're interested in is helping to promote Barrett businesses as well, we're not just selling t-shirts on the street."
That's why the first event is at The Forks Restaurant at Buck Hill Inn tomorrow night starting at 5. Appetizers will be free to enjoy too. The other two are Sunday. The Trunk R Treat event at Monsignor McHugh School from 2 to 4pm and then at The Pourhouse Restaurant from 5 to 7pm. If you wear a "Barrett Proud" T-shirt, they'll give you a 10% discount.

October 24, 2014

Haunted houses and hayrides are a staple during Halloween. But behind Stone Haven Supply in Orefield, they're doing things a little differently. Lehigh Valley Zombies is bringing the fight to you. Now, you can take a ride on their army-grade truck through a 52-acre terrain and shoot paintballs at the walking dead. The ride begins with a story and allows players to take on zombies from the truck. Lehigh Valley Zombies also has two haunted houses on site. People of all ages are welcome.

October 22, 2014

Come Spring-- Camelback Resort will have the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast. And it's expected to be a vital economic boom for both the state and the region. Today we got our first behind-the-scenes, sneak peek hard hat tour of the construction site in Tannersville.
Today's weather couldn't be more perfect to reveal what Camelback Resort has had up it's sleeve for quite some time now. The owners are introducing what will soon be a splashing good time all-year-round.
Co-Owner Ken Ellis says, "It's pretty special. It's kind of been a dream for my partner and I to get a project like this done. We've been working at it for over 10 years."
It's called Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia and it'll be the first ski-in, ski-out indoor waterpark hotel in the Poconos.
Ellis says, "The attractions here are mainly for the hotel guests or Camelback guests so if you're coming to ski at camelback and let's say part of the family wants to ski and the other part doesn't, there's an opportunity to use amenities here."
The 163 million dollar project will be 533 thousand square feet. It includes 453 hotel rooms, four acres of indoor fun with both the waterpark and Arcadia-- a family game center, conference room, grand ballroom, spas, restaurants and much more.
It's right on schedule to open this March and will create 500 new jobs-- 300 of those full-time positions. But it's actually already provided 500 jobs to local subcontractors and suppliers.
A job fair is scheduled for November 5th and 8th. For more information or to make a reservation for the spring opening date, just go to their website at www.camelbackresort.com.

October 22, 2014

An Eric Frein look alike who says he was assaulted by a law enforcement officials is demanding answers.
James Tully says he's been stopped over 20 times in Barrett Township during the manhunt walking to and from work.
On Friday morning he says, he was walking from work when a silver suv stopped and a man dressed in hunting
camouflage, wearing a tactical vest wearing a tactical vest jumped out with an assault rifle pointing it at his head. He says the man ordered him to the ground and digging his foot into his back, leaving him with bruised ribs.

October 21, 2014

There are now more possible sightings of suspected cop killer Eric Frein in the Swiftwater area. Today K-9 units, local and state police responded to a reported sighting on Route 611 across the street from the Swiftwater Recycling Center. We watched as police checked a clothing bin.
State Police confirm the Swiftwater Barracks has extra security and the Pocono Mountain School District decided to close school today.
We saw people on Facebook this morning complaining and upset with the district closing all Pocono Mountain schools today, but parents we talked to were glad.
Another reported sighting of suspect Eric Frein near the Pocono Mountain School District East Campus is alarming parents. Pocono Mountain Regional Police confirm one of their officers on duty for extra security at the school saw someone suspicious in the woods near the Swiftwater Post Office. But school wasn't called off until early this morning.
Last night the district said the school would be open today with extra security. A school spokesperson tells us the decision was changed this morning because officers wanted to do a thorough search of the grounds. Officials say as of now absences due to the search yesterday won't be excused because buses ran throughout the school district.
More alarming-- a rumor surfaced that Frein broke into a school shed. School officials say that the shed was broken into. The lock on the shed door was broken off the door. However police tell us it wasn't forcibly broken into. Also, they say the school was unable to tell them if anything was missing. Therefore, the whole shed incident can't be attributed to Frein or anyone else.
Parent James Hagner says, "If there was a sighting of him in Swiftwater, he goes over to Sanofi's property which comes into Scotrun Estates, it's an easy way out."
Hagner says he spotted Border Patrol Officers where he lives in Scotrun Estates and showed them where the secluded routes are located. Hagner feels for the families of the troopers ambushed and is glad he saw the officers taking his advice last night.
Hagner says, "There was a few vehicles and I showed them around and showed them the area. They were complete gentlemen and liked the fact that I helped them out."
School officials say no decision has been made regarding whether school will be open tomorrow. That decision will be made later tonight.

October 21, 2014

Weatherly officials say drugs are taking over their community, but they plan to do something about it. It was a hot issue at last night's borough council meeting. Council member, Joe Cyburt, says drugs are significantly impacting the community. According to court documents since the beginning of the year there have been 31 criminal cases in the borough. More than half of them are drug related, including burglary and simple assault cases. Local officials feel part of the problem is a lack of resources for addicts. Cyburt says he's reached out to the Weatherly School District PTA, together they're working on creating a support group to aide families in finding help and to educate people on the dangers of heroin.

October 21, 2014

Search and rescue divers are refreshing their skills at The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area this week.
Every three years they're required to brush up on their knowledge and performance. Yesterday divers spent their time in the classroom, but today they were in the Delaware River.
"The dive team is mostly known for their work with search and rescue operations, but a lot of people don't know they do a lot of other things in the national park," Kathleen Sandt, spokesperson for The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Sandt says their dive team does biology and fish studies, they check underwater for vegetation, install booey systems to let swimmers know where it's safe to swim, they do dam maintenance and they even study old wrecks.
Tomorrow divers will be learning how to use a decompression chamber and treat pressure- related injuries.

October 20, 2014

The manhunt for suspected cop killer Eric Frein is now in the Swiftwater area. A sighting Friday night near Pocono Mountain High School East Campus has State Police now searching in that area. State Police believe the sighting is highly credible, but today all schools within the Pocono Mountain School District were open to some parents' dismay. Others were happy with the heightened security provided. We also witnessed an increased police presence at the high school.
State Police say Frein is familiar with the area, he attended the high school and worked at Sanofi Pasteur. Police ask residents to continue to be vigilant, they're not backing down until Frein is caught.

October 20, 2014

Local, state, federal and international officials are working to stop the Ebola Virus from spreading any further.
Senator Bob Casey joined medical professionals at Pocono Medical Center today to discuss the region's preparedness and funding just
in case Ebola comes our way.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there have been 3 cases of Ebola in the United States and 1 death, however it's affected multiple countries around the world, starting in West Africa.
As of October 12th, CDC has reported 4,493 deaths worldwide.
"We're very prepared with over protective gear you would need, protocals, training and the communication out to our staff," said Jeff Snyder, President/ CEO of Pocono Medical Center.
Funding for the existing hospital preparedness program has been cut fifty percent. Right now U.S. Senator Bob Casey says, the program is funded 8.1 million dollars, but there's over 200 hospitals that have to share that money.
He's been working with Richard Burr, a North Carolina senator, to change that and provide the needed resources and planning for public health emergencies. According to CDC, the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the most deadly in history.

October 20, 2014

Police are investigating an armed robbery at First National Pharmacy on 1st Street in Lehighton. It happened Saturday afternoon around 4:30. Police say the borough's annual Halloween parade was in full swing when they got the call. Authorities say a man armed with a gun entered the pharmacy and took off moments later on foot with some undisclosed items. The pharmacy was the target of another armed robbery in April. Police are investigating if the incidents are connected. Police say they're following credible leads on the suspect.

October 17, 2014

Local school superintendents are working with state representatives to lower charter school expenses.
Representatives from Monroe, Pike, Carbon, Lehigh and Northhampton counties would like to see change in charter school legislation. On top of high cost, officials say, there's a lack of accountability, transparency and exemplary test scores.
Officials say, cyber charter students are under performing the ones in the classroom and they're spending more money than it cost to operate them.
Officials have been fighting the issue for years, but they feel like they're getting closer.
They're hoping new legislation will come soon.

October 17, 2014

State police continue to search for Suspect Eric Frein along Route 447 in Barrett and Price Townships, and now they're looking under the road. Frein is accused of ambushing Pike County's Blooming Grove State Police Barracks 35 days ago, leaving one trooper dead and one injured.
Spray painted numbers and letters have appeared on Route 447 and people driving past can't help but wonder why.
PennDOT Press Officer Sean Brown says, "We got a request from the Pennsylvania State Police to mark inlets and drainage on PA 447."
Both PennDOT officials and a state police spokesperson tell us officers are utilizing the markings in the search for Frein.
Brown says, "Some of these are a little harder to see so we went out there and made them visible and easier to see. We wanted to help make their job easier."
Police have been searching both sides of Route 447. Barrett Township Resident Harry Fox says he's heard Frein hasn't been seen crossing the road but there have been sightings of him on both sides. Fox says he saw state troopers peering in one pipe as he drove by earlier this week.

October 16, 2014

Tamaqua Police are investigating after they find a suspected meth lab in a vacant building. Police say it was around 11:30 this morning when a neighbor reported an open-door at a vacant building on Broad Street. Once inside police say they found materials used to make meth. Members of the state police mobile meth lab removed the items from the home. Nobody was inside at the time of the incident. Residents who may have seen someone in the building are asked to call Tamaqua Police.

October 16, 2014

Two Carbon County men are busted for selling heroin. Police say Joseph Franklin of Lehighton and Steven Mika of Weissport have been charged with the sale of heroin to an undercover officer. It happened yesterday near Mallard Market. Both men face numerous drug charges and were taken to jail. Mika is also charged with resisting arrest after trying to flee from police on foot yesterday - and for physically fighting with an officer in the middle of the street.

October 16, 2014

Northwestern Elementary student Haley Schantz is no average fourth grader. Her uncle, a state trooper in Pittsburgh, was called into the Eric Frein manhunt. That made Haley want to do her part to help her uncle and the rest of the troopers. Last week, Haley and her classmates made over 260 cards, letters and posters to show their support for the state police. But Haley won't stop there. This weekend, she'll hold a food drive to bring them snacks. The drive will be held this Sunday at the Germansville Fire Company from 9am to 5 pm, and all are encouraged to donate.

October 16, 2014

It's now been 34 days since Pike County's Blooming Grove State Police Barracks was ambushed, leaving one trooper dead and one injured. The search for suspect Eric Frein in Barrett and Price Townships has been a strain on the community. Luckily business seems to be coming back for some.
Before Mountainhome business owners told us the only cars on the roads were police cruisers, now owners at The Pour House Neighborhood Bar and Grill tell us things are looking up and in a big way.
Co-Owner Kimberly Stephens says, "This past week has been very busy, it's been busier than it's been in a long time and even busier than this time last year."
Stephens says they've served 270 dinners this past Saturday alone, which is great for any restaurant in the Poconos. But the fear is still there. The Pour House is usually open till 2am daily, now it closes a few hours earlier because people aren't coming in past 11pm.
But no matter what business is like, Stephens' mind is on the law enforcement officers still out in the woods. We saw police on Bear Town Road once again today looking for Frein. She came up with the idea of the blue bows to show the officers the town is behind them, and says there are now 1,000 posted.
While business is still the worst it's been for some, there's still a lot of positives.
Co-Owner Justine Knipe of Mountainhome Candle Company says people are going out of their way to buy her products both in person and on the phone. She says the support has been amazing during a tough time and wants to thank all of her loyal customers.
There has not been a news conference scheduled in over a week on the search status. State police emailed us today that there is no significant activity to report at this time.

October 16, 2014

The vice president of development and government relations at Blue Mountain Health system says staff at its Lehighton and Palmerton campuses are busy training for Ebola preparedness. It's a similar story at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Representatives tell us staff members are busy running drills on handling infectious diseases. St. Luke's University Health Network released this statement, "St. Luke's University Health Network is following the CDC guidelines regarding Ebola protocols." Health officials suspect with flu season upon us, more people will visit the emergency room fearing their symptoms could be Ebola. The public is reminded Ebola is not an air borne virus. For more information on the virus check out the cdc.org.

October 16, 2014

Barrett Township residents may have Halloween after all.
Earlier this month, supervisors cancelled Halloween in the township, because of the search for Eric Frein...FBI's 2nd Most Wanted Criminal is still at large, but the Holy Trinity Parish will be hosting a truncated celebration at the Monsignor McHugh Elementary School in Cresco.
Area residents will bring their vehicles, decorate them and kids will go trunk to trunk in their costumes collecting as much candy as they can.
They would also like people to donate non-perishable food items to their local food pantry. They're hoping to have a station set up to collect them.
Ribbons will be awarded for best costumes and decorated vehicles.
They ask that you don't bring pets.
If you would like to participate there's still time to register vehicles, floats and vendors the event is scheduled October 26th from 2-4.

October 15, 2014

Scarecrows are a sure-fire sign fall is here. But in two Carbon County boroughs, they're also a sign of local businesses. For the fourth year, Delaware Avenue shops in Palmerton lined the streets with their fall creations. This year, even houses joined the fun. Jim Thorpe also brought back their scarecrow program for 2014. In both cases, the objective was for businesses to show off what it is they do in a fun and festive way. Jim Thorpe held a contest for their participants with Dimmick Memorial Library winning for their band of Garden-Tool Readers.

October 15, 2014

It's hard to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas when we haven't even gotten through Halloween, but retailers and local resorts are thinking about the holiday rush and who's going to help them get through it. GameStop Regional Director, Eric McKinley, says the company is increasing its seasonal job force by 47%. Locally, GameStop is hiring about 900 associates for the Northeast PA region. Ski resorts in our own backyard are gearing up for a hiring influx. Blue Mountain Ski Area is holding three job fairs next month. The company is looking to fill various positions including ski instructors, to ticket sales, to rentals. A Carbon County Careerlink spokesperson suggests job seekers start their search online. Visit the webpage for a company you're interested in working for and see if they're hiring.

October 15, 2014

A Former Lehighton teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was in district court today. In August, Matthew Fisher was charged with corruption of minors. The former business teacher and golf coach at the high school was charged after police say he shared sexually explicit text messages with a 16-year-old male student. Fisher confessed to sending the messages in July and August. Fisher resigned from his job with the Lehighton High School prior to the beginning of the academic year. Today he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He now faces the charge in Carbon County Court.

October 15, 2014

Firefighters from five fire companies responded to a number of vacation villas on fire around 5 o'clock this morning at the Villas At Tree Tops and Fairway in Bushkill.
Bushkill Fire Chief Alex Dipolo says, he was first on scene. He believes high winds caused the fire to spread from one to the other.
No one was injured.
The Villas at Tree Tops are timeshare properties affiliated with Fernwood Resort.
Despite the fire, Bushkill Group Vice President of Marketing. Gina Bertucci says, they've relocated guest, but they are honoring all reservations. Firefighters say a total of 8 units were damaged by fire. Four neighboring buildings have exterior damage from the heat as well, melting the siding. We're even told there was an explosion.
Fire Marshalls are investigating the cause of fire. Timeshare owners say, it may be a while before they can start rebuilding.

October 14, 2014

Police are asking the public for help after a vehicle in Jim Thorpe is shot by a bb gun. Police say the incident happened Sunday afternoon around 3 o'clock in the area of North Street and West Front Street. A tan Ford Taurus was struck with a bb pellet which smashed out the rear window. Jim Thorpe Police is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Lee Marzen.

October 14, 2014

The search for Eric Frein in northern Monroe County for killing a state trooper and injuring another continues. Police seem to be back tracking now, going back over areas they've searched before.
A source tells us they're now leaving stickers or markings to identify searched areas as they cover them.
Today, state police blocked off Manzanedo Rd. in Price Township while they searched the area.
While there is still a police presence police say, they've scaled back to 200 troopers in 3 shifts per day.

October 14, 2014

If outrageous heating bills bogged you down last winter, PPL Electric Utilities has a program to help lower costs before you start shivering this year.
Lehighton Resident Nicole Heckman says last winter harshly elevated her electric bill. Her family's highest monthly bill was $760.
The Heckman's have lived in their rental home for only a year and a half. But the idea of another winter with high electric bills had them considering moving. That was until they learned about PPL Electric Utilities "WRAP" or Winter Relief Assistance Program.
It provides weatherization measures at no cost to the customer as long as they're income eligible. The program allows for a contractor to come in and seal up cracks letting in air and provide insulation for the house. The Heckman home didn't seem to be insulated at all.
The contractor then tests other items in the home to help with year-round savings.
Customer Programs Director Chris Schoemaker says, "We'll test the refrigerator, there's a few air conditioners as well, if they're inefficient, they'll be replaced. They have an electric water heater so we'll do things like low flow shower heads and pipe insulation. We also replace all the lights in the home if they're being used an hour or more each day with an LED lightbulb."
The program seeks to lower electric bills and increase comfort levels. And they can direct you to other programs which may help lower your energy costs as well. That's why now is the perfect time to sign up before winter starts. Just call 1-888-232-6302 for more information and to apply.

October 13, 2014

A Pine Grove man who admits to threatening to harm children if the Schuylkill County Courthouse didn't close earlier this month waives his preliminary hearing. According to court documents, 48-year-old Todd Dohner says he made the threats to avoid having to pay fines he owed. He left two voicemails on a county official's phone which weren't heard until the morning of October 3rd. Dohner demanded the courthouse be shut down by noon on the 3rd or he would shoot students as they exited school. He also stated he was a member of a terrorist group that would assist. The courthouse was evacuated, and schools were notified. Police were present at many schools as a precaution. Investigators traced the calls back to a cell phone used by Dohner. He now faces charges in Schuylkill County Court. He is jailed on a half a million dollars straight cash bail.

October 13, 2014

One woman is dead and several injured after a muli-vehicle crash at Rt. 209 and Shafers School House Rd.
One passenger was flown to a nearby hospital for injuries.
Officials have not yet released the names of the victims.
Police are investigating, but the coroner says they believe a tractor trailer is at fault.

October 13, 2014

The search for suspect Eric Frein is now going into its second month. Today marks 31 days since Pike County's Blooming Grove State Police Barracks was ambushed, Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass severely injured.
It's put a damper on people coming to the Poconos but one industry is still benefitting from the police presence.
Tourism is taking a hit, and business owners around the target search area in Barrett and Price Townships aren't the only ones noticing. As the manhunt for Frein is now past its one month mark, the attention is on him eluding law enforcement officers and not the beautiful fall scenery in the Poconos.
But hotels in Monroe County are still benefitting. Out-of-town officers coming in to add to the manpower need a place a sleep.
We witnessed troopers coming in and out of Pocono Inne Town today on Main Street in Stroudsburg. And General Manager Tony Ruggiero tells us more are planning to stay this week. Last week a viewer sent us a video showing the Days Inn parking lot filled with police cruisers in East Stroudsburg. Between 150-200 troopers were there for four to five days.
The Days Inn was so busy, they had to send people to other hotels in the area. So hotels are being filled, just not for the usual reason.
And hotel managers are also doing their part in helping law enforcement officers, by offering them a discount.
No matter how long the search takes, hotel managers say they're here for the officers.

October 10, 2014

A celebration of fall is being held tomorrow in East Stroudsburg.
The Dansbury Depot is hosting October Fest this weekend.
People will be able to come take a tour of the stationand switch tower, enjoy food, local musicians, dance groups
and more. A train from Steamtown will also be stopping by.
The train is scheduled to arrive at 11am. There will also be candy, apple cider, rides, sack races, crafts, a model train, scarecrow building and a magician. Festivities begin at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

October 10, 2014

Suspect Eric Frein is still on the run. It'll be four weeks ago tonight Pike County's Blooming Grove State Police Barracks was ambushed, Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass severely injured. As the search continues Barrett Township residents fully support law enforcement officers on the hunt, and are coming up with new ways to show it.
Officers are welcomed with open arms, and the community is taking care of their every need-- including the best protection to keep their own township police force safe in the search for suspect Eric Frein.
Barrett Township Police Patrolman Austin Anglemyer just came back from looking for Frein this morning. Assisting state police is something that's become a regular duty for the department since the majority of the search is centered in their township. But Anglemyer feels a whole lot better now wearing what the state police have on.
Chief Steven Williams requested township supervisors buy new bullet proof vests for his officers, since Frein allegedly is carrying a .308 riffle.
Williams says, "It will stop a long gun, a high powered riffle and multiple shots, unlike the concealed body armor that we usually wear, typically for small firearms, pistols and stuff like that."
Each vest costs $1,300. It's something the township didn't have in the budget, along with all the other associated manhunt costs that Supervisor Chairman Ralph Megliola estimates is at $50,000.
Megliola says, "A lot of the emergency stuff we can't budget for because we don't plan for it so we'll make it work. We want our police as safe as possible."
Williams says the support is amazing and we noticed today it continues to grow in new ways.
Mountainhome United Methodist Church Pastor John Keretzman invites everyone to come out each day and pray for the officers in the woods and the community while the manhunt continues-- someting that just started on Wednesday. The prayers are from noon to 12:15 every day and will happen inside if raining. Just take time on your lunch break and show up at the church on Route 390.

October 9, 2014

A brand new hospital is coming to Monroe County. Pocono Medical Center plans to construct a state-of-the-art second hospital in Tannersville. It'll be called Pocono Medical Center West and will be located on the site of the former Summit Resort on Route 715. A purchase agreement for it's 40 acres is currently in the works.
PMC officials have been looking for a site location for six months now in that area, but the need has been known for years due to the population growth.
President/CEO Jeffrey Snyder says, "That is what we've identified as our central growth area for Monroe County and our primary and secondary service ares, so right now we're situated in the east, we intend to have greater reach and access to our community by adding that location."
Over the past seven years, PMC has focused on enhancing and adding to clinical services at its headquarters campus in East Stroudsburg, like the Hughes Cancer Center and immediate care centers in its 20 different locations. Now it's about emergency services and more beds. The current inpatient wing is over 50 years old.
Senior VP and Chief Business Development Officer Stephen Cunningham says, "There have been plans for some time to replace those beds with more modern facilities, private rooms, which is what our patients ask us for."
And officials say they got the perfect location to accomodate future growth needs. Right now they're working on what the first phase of construction will be.
No word yet on what this project will cost or how large the actual hospital will be. Negotiations with the property owner are continuing.

October 9, 2014

Four entities have been sharing ownership of the Ridgeway St. Bridge in East Stroudsburg over the years, causing confusion.
From here on Penn Dot has vowed to take full responsibility of replacing and maintaining the bridge.
Officials now have funding to replace the bridge. Construction is expected to begin next summer and be completed by the end of the year.

October 8, 2014

As the search continues for suspect Eric Frein, the woods in seven townships in Monroe and Pike Counties remain off limits to recreational activity. Hunters and hikers are not allowed in those areas. But for loggers working on the Monroe-Pike border-- not working is not an option. At least, not yet. But the danger looms in the normally peaceful scenery.
Loggers are busy today clearing the woods of trees killed off by the gypsy moths in 2008. And their job just happens to be in the middle of the Eric Frein Manhunt.
The area in question- the Monroe-Pike border- the zone police believe Frein is hiding in- is where S&K Forest Resources LLC has set up shop. We were asked not to disclose the exact location for safety concerns.
So looking out into the woods isn't so calming. Before loggers just had to look out for heavy machinery, now there's a cop killer believed to be in the area.
The reason-- the surrounding woods, you can't see 10 feet in front of you and you don't know what's lurking behind you. That's why they understand exactly what's taking so long for police to find Frein.
Like everyone else, they just want him in custody. Until then, they could be shut down at any time.

October 8, 2014

It's National Fire Prevention week. Jim Thorpe Firefighters spent the day teaching students at Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School and St. Joe's Regional Academy about smoke detectors and what to do when you hear the alarm. The kids were also reminded to have their parents change the batteries in the smoke detectors once a year and to test them once a month. The JT Fire Department has new smoke detectors available for free to borough residents. Anyone interested should call the fire department.

October 8, 2014

Four people are facing charges, after being found with heroin in East Stroudsburg.
Police say, they recovered 30 bags of heroin and paraphernalia on Crystal St. in East Stroudsburg Monday.
Randy Cruz, James Wells, Catherine Abbey and William Young are facing related charges.
Police say, the problem has been growing over the last few months.
They believe a lot of the dealers and buyers are within the homeless population.
If you ever see any suspicious activity police ask you to report it.

October 7, 2014

The vacant Hotel Jonas in Polk Township is ready to open as a veterans rehab center. Today Senator Pat Toomey dropped by to take a tour and offer his support. Volunteers have been working around the clock since June to get it ready for a local group dedicated to serving veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Valor Clinic Foundation Officials named it the "Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary" to honor a fallen hero by using the hotel as a place to get homeless veterans off the street and back on their feet.
Senator Toomey wanted to sit down with veterans today and witness the tremendous work being done by the Valor Clinic. Toomey toured the renovated Jonas Hotel and believes the temporary shelter is just what homeless veterans need in Monroe County, especially with winter quickly approaching.
He says, "It's a place for training, a place for people to learn how to put together a resume, learn how to do a job interview, and really help a veteran get back on his or her feet."
It's been a dream of Valor Clinic Founder Mark Baylis for three years now, and Toomey say's he's on board to help it continue smoothly. He's already supported applications for federal grants. Now he's focusing on getting Veterans Affairs involved.
Toomey says, "It will pay for private non-government charitable organizations that are providing services."
But the soon-to-be home for 12 veterans wouldn't have been possible without dedicated volunteers. The run-down hotel now sparkles with pride. Volunteers are just busy with the finishing touches.
And it's not just the building that volunteers have been working hard on. There's also extras outside like a BarBQ pit, a dog kennel and storage units for the Valor Clinic's outreach program.
The grand opening is happening this Sunday starting at 1pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the community is welcome to tour until 7pm. Next week the recruiting process will start.
There's still a few odds and ends that need to be worked on. If you'd like to lend a hand, just contact the Valor Clinic.

October 7, 2014

The National retail Federation projects holiday sales to be the highest they've been since 2011. Economists base the financial forecast on several factors including consumer credit and previous monthly sales. News 13 caught up with some shoppers at Kmart in Walnutport today who are already working on their Christmas lists. Adrienne Jones of Albrightsville is putting items on layaway. She says she's behind the eight ball and normally starts shopping in July. Retailers are banking on shoppers like Jones to put them in the black this holiday season. Although sales are expected to go up, experts say shoppers will be on the hunt for a good bargain and their purchases will be well thought out.

October 6, 2014

A pedestrian was hit on Route 248 over the weekend in Lower Towamensing Township. The incident happened Saturday morning around 9:30 in the eastbound lanes near the intersection with Route 873. According to police, 36-year-old Michael Potak of Lehighton was travelling east in the passing lane when he drove by a disabled vehicle. His passenger, Trevor Hawley of Northampton, asked Potak to pull over so he could offer aid. Potak pulled into the right lane and Hawley got out. Potak started backing up to the vehicle and hit Hawley knocking him down and driving over him with the rear wheels. Hawley crawled to the shoulder. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital with lower body injuries.

October 6, 2014

The John E. Morgan Foundation has enabled hundreds of Tamaqua graduates to attend college for free over the years. A recent donation is ensuring hundreds more can enjoy the same privilege. The foundation is awarding $250,000 to Lehigh Carbon Community College Tamaqua the Morgan Center. Some of the money is going to pay tuition for students participating in the dual enrollment program through Tamaqua area high school. The program allows students to take college credit courses while in high school. The rest of the money will be used to purchase a passenger van to shuttle students to various sites, especially from the Morgan Center in Tamaqua to main campus in Schnecksville. No word yet on when the shuttle will be available to students. Organizers say they have to work out the logistics.

October 6, 2014

Mignosi's Super Foodtown Grocery Store is raising money for the family of Cpl. Bryon Dickson, killed in the ambush at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks on Sept 12.
Dickson leaves behind two young boys and a wife.
So far the owner says they've been able to raise close to $4,000. He's hoping to give the family at least $18,000.
If you would like to come down and donate, doors will be open until 10pm.

October 6, 2014

While the manhunt for the alleged cop killer continues, law enforcement officers and volunteers aren't the only ones putting in extra hours. In the first two weeks of the search, Monroe County's 911 Control Center accumulated over 700 hours of overtime. But now things are getting back to normal.
Supervisor Jeffrey Piccirillo has never experienced anything like the manhunt for suspect Eric Frein in the 12 years he's worked for the Monroe County 911 Control Center. The phone has been ringing off the hook the last three weeks with sightings along with the usual emergency call volume.
Typically every two weeks payroll overtime at the 911 center is a little over 130 hours. The last payroll involving the search totaled an excess of 755 hours.
Communications Director Gary Hoffman says, "We're fine, we're still within our budget."
Luckily now the required extra staff has decreased and Hoffman says this next payroll should be about average.
Hoffman says, "Compensated and became use to how we're handling those sighting calls."
It seems calls from residents spotting Frein are dropping off too going into this fourth week.
Piccirillo says, "Everybody's getting back to their norm. Everybody's going back to work, everybody's going back to school. They're not getting that nervousness where they're calling in everything."
The center takes every call seriously and encourages people to remain vigilant in reporting anything related to the search for Eric Frein.

October 3, 2014

Police arrested a Pine Grove resident for a threat that evacuated the Schuylkill County Courthouse today. The courthouse was shutdown today after a threat was left in an overnight voicemail demanding it be closed by noon. The caller stated if officials didn't comply, an unidentified county school would be targeted.
All schools in the county were notified, some were on lockdown and others took precautions. According to police the one responsible acted alone. Further information will be released from investigators after the individual is arraigned.

October 3, 2014

Pocono Medical Center fired up the grill for the 2nd annual Heros BBQ, in honor of all the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday.
EMTS, police and firefighters were able to grab as much food as they'd like: hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob and even baked beans.
A helicopter even made an appearance.
Emergency responders will be able to come get food until 8 o'clock tonight.
If you would like to donate food or supplies to state police in the search for Frein, call the Barrett Township Fire Company @ (570) 595 - 7777

October 2, 2014

It's been 20 days of searching for the man police believe fatally killed a state trooper, injuring another.
This morning we spotted police at Alpine Mountain again, but not with as much manpower as they had yesterday.
Today the search shifted to Pocono Township along Rt. 715 and Cherry Lane Church Rd.
If you spot the suspect or have any information, notify police. Do NOT approach him he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

October 2, 2014

A well known establishment in Swiftwater, Monroe County closes its doors unexpectedly, leaving some residents in shock. Pocono Brewing Company is expected to open again in a few weeks with a new owner. For now, those employed by the restaurant wonder if they'll have a job.
Pocono Brewing Company located on Route 611 swiftly changed hands over the weekend. Former General Manager Robert VanThiel says he was notified by the then-owner James Caporuso Sunday night that the restaurant would be closed starting the next day. VanThiel then took it upon himself to inform the other employees.
VanThiel says while some employees knew the establishment was on the market for a year and a half, it wasn't talked about. Now 30 people seem to be without a job after only a few hours notice.
VanThiel says, "No one has been contacted by the new owners. We were waiting on a phone call, we were supposed to be receiving a phone call sometime this week to sit down with them to talk about future employment, but I'm still waiting on that phone call."
While VanThiel seems to be taking it well, PBC was also home to Poconuts Comedy Club. Producer Tom Riccobono says he's known Caporuso for 20 years and would constantly ask him of any changes before he'd book acts. Yet this week's show is cancelled without warning and all others including New Year's Eve.
Riccobono says, "Left me in a really bad position, and a bind. I have lots of contracts, lots of comics are affected, New Year's Eve, it's a mess."
We witnessed Riccobono taking his sign out of the building today. Now he's thinking about a new location and worried about being sued.
Riccobono says, "The big time guys on Letterman and have HBO shows and things like that, they have a real contracts and those are the ones I'm worried about."
While employees were notified the night before they shouldn't show up to work tomorrow, customers showing up seeing the posted sign couldn't believe their eyes after it being open for almost 20 years.
VanThiel says, "We had regulars that would eat there multiple times a week, if not more than that."
The owner of Luna Rossa Restaurant in Gilbert, which burned down earlier this year, has purchased PBC. Silvio Vitiello spoke with us today as he and his crew were busy fixing it up. He plans to reopen PBC in the next few weeks and keep the name. Former Owner Caporuso never returned our call.

October 2, 2014

After years of trying to develop a business park in an abandoned rail yard, Carbon County is selling the land. But no one seems to want it. Commissioners were expected to open bids on the property today. But the only bid submitted was withdrawn for the 71 acres of land that sits on the border of Mahoning Township and Lehighton Borough. The county is asking for a minimum bid of $300,000. Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Tom Gerhard say they're not surprised. Commissioner Bill O'Gurek was unable to attend today's meeting. County officials will meet soon to discuss the next step which they say could include re-advertising the property at a lower price. No decisions were made today.

October 2, 2014

An Andreas man is charged after a baby in his care ends up with a fractured skull. Police say 25-year-old Travis Garris admits he was the only one home when the child's injury occurred - but he denies striking the infant. He claims the 4-month old boy fell. The victim's mother left her child with Garris while she was at work on September 29th. When she returned she discovered the baby had significant bruising to his head. At the hospital, the child was found to have a fractured skull and brain bleed. Investigators say the patterns are consistent with being slapped and not from a fall. Garris is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and other offenses.

October 1, 2014

A Luzerne County man is killed in a two-car crash in Hometown this afternoon. 83-year-old Andrew Woytko of Hazle Township died due to the injuries he sustained in the accident. Police say he pulled out of Basile's Italian Restaurant onto Route 309 when he was struck by a car driven by 29-year-old Rosanne Levitt of Lansford. Both Levitt and a passenger in Woytko's car were taken to the hospital. Police continue to investigate.

October 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has temporarily halted hunting in 7 townships in the Poconos while the search for Eric Frein continues. Those municipalities include Barrett, Price and Paradise Townships in Monroe County as well as Blooming Grove, Porter, Greene and Lehman Townships in Pike County. The Game Commission says the closure effects hunting on both public and private land. State Game lands in those areas are also closed to public access. The closure was initiated after State Police announced yesterday that troopers had uncovered explosive devices apparently left behind in the woods by Frein.

October 1, 2014

Pipe bombs found in the search for Eric Frein are increasing tensions in the Barrett and Price Township communities.
Local officials say, upcoming community events could be canceled if Frein isn't captured soon, community day, an open house at the fire house and the Barrett Township parade that's been a tradition for years.
Officials say members of the community met yesterday to discuss rescheduling and canceling the events. Nothing has been decided yet.

October 1, 2014

As the search for suspect Eric Frein continues, Barrett Township residents are helping in a big way. They've decorated the town to show their support for law enforcement officers and have provided those working in the woods with meals. Now they're raising money to help the families of both troopers ambushed at the Pike County Blooming Grove State Police Barracks. It's called "Barrett Proud." Police believe suspect Eric Frein killed Corporal Bryon Dickson and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.
Since September 25th, almost $3,000 has been raised for the families just by getting the word out on the Barrett Proud Facebook page. And donations are also coming in from all over the state.
If you would like to donate just go to Barrett Township's website at www.barrett.monroe.pa.us and click on Barrett Proud. That will bring you to the PayPal account.

September 30, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College is being awarded two separate grants. Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Competitive Grant Program, the college is receiving a four year, ten million dollar grant to share with Northampton Community College and Luzerne County Community College. The colleges will use the money to develop new programs for careers in high demand.
In Carbon and Schuylkill Counties 1.2 million dollars is being awarded to the SHINE program. The after school program is administered by the college and focuses on improving academics and classroom behavior.

September 30, 2014

The archery hunting season starts Saturday in Pennsylvania, and as of now, archers are allowed to hunt as the search for Eric Frein continues. The Pennsylvania Game Commission recommends hunters to wear fluorescent orange material on their head, chest and back, which is usually not required until a later part of the hunting season. Officials say to not interfere and advoid areas with obvious police activity.
If you enter a cabin and find anything moved or missing, leave immediately to not disturb anything and contact police.

September 30, 2014

Pocono area food pantries are receiving a special delivery to help fight hunger. Second Harvest Food Bank and BJ's wholesale club have teamed up to provide more more refrigerators and freezers to store more food donations.
This morning representatives from the Effort United Methodist Church unveiled their new freezer and refrigerator, purchased with a $21,000 grant from BJ's.
Bj's has provided a total of 30 grants in honor of hunger awareness month and for their 30th anniversary.
Funds have been provided to over 20 agencies in the area.

September 29, 2014

Police in Lansford are looking for two suspects involved in a home invasion. It happened Sunday morning around three. Christine Gilson says she and her fiancé were sleeping in their bedroom inside their home on Leisenring Street when two masked intruders barged in. Gilson says after a brief scuffle, the intruders took off. She tells us the suspects got away with jewelry and other small items.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lansford Police.

September 29, 2014

A Sheppton woman is charged for a fatal crash and hitting a pedestrian moments before that accident in Mahanoy Township earlier this year. The incident happened March 29 on Route 54. Now that all lab test results are back from that day, 37-year-old Shirl Mumie has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and several other offenses. Police say on that day in March, Mumie struck a 41-year-old Mahanoy City man who was walking on the shoulder. He suffered minor injuries. Mumie fled the scene. She then lost control and crossed the center line hitting another vehicle head on. 62-year-old James Hossler of Shenandoah was driving that vehicle, he was killed. Mumie is now in the Schuylkill County Prison.

September 29, 2014

The search is still on for suspected killer Eric Frein.
It's now 17 days since Pike County's Blooming Grove State Police Barracks was ambushed, one tropper was killed and another severely injured. The manhunt continues in Barrett and Price Townships but residents believe the amount of law enforcement officers in the woods has decreased.
Police have said they will not stop until suspect Eric Frein is caught. And residents say they're fully behind their efforts. They just don't know how much longer the manpower can continue. Manager Rod Elliott of The Crossroads Deli in Mountainhome says he knows many troopers are using their own time to be here such as vacation days.
The staged media area near Snow Hill Road was also barren this morning compared to the 20 plus reporters that were there last week. Some residents also believe the five sqaure mile search area has moved. Troopers came to their door this morning handing out wanted flyers with Frein's different looks.
When we asked the Public Information Officer on duty today if the police presence has dropped off and if so, how much?-- Trooper Thomas Kelly only answered with, "Smaller search teams have expanded their search efforts to different areas but the overall perimeter hasn't changed."
If you seen Frein, do not approach. You're being asked to call 911 immediately.

September 29, 2014

The old Carlton House on Main St. in Stroudsburg is scheduled to come down, October 13th.
It's been an eyesore in downtown Stroudsburg since the building went up in flames back in December 2009.
Many are looking forward to a new start.UP"
George Strunk from Dein Properties says they have to take extra precautionary measures, because there's a business next door. They want to make sure everyone's safe and no one's property is damaged.
The new building will be five floors. Retail on the first floor, possible office space on the 2nd and 3rd and two bedroom apartments on the fourth and fifth floors.
During the demolition process Strunk says the sidewalk will be blocked off and parts of 8th St. will be closed.

September 26, 2014

Barrett Township officials decided to speak up today, along with several county officials about how the manhunt is affecting residents and police.
Barrett Township say they usually receive about 10-15 calls an day, but now they're receiving about 50 a day.
As more days go by residents are becoming more uneasy.
Authorities say, it's also been a challenge to throughly sweep the wooded areas with homes, campers and other structures he could be hiding in.
Monroe County's Assistant District Attorney says they've filed 15 search warrants. The most recent, this afternoon.
While the search goes on emergency management officials want residents to know there's a resource available to help deal with stress when there's a traumatic event or disaster.
If you would like to speak with someone the National Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day.

September 26, 2014

A former school vacant for three years in Smithfield Township will rise in a new light this weekend. "Light of the World Church" purchased Shawnee Academy just three months ago for 1.25 million dollars. Now it's like brand new and ready to be celebrated.
Looking around the now Light of the World Church sanctuary, it's hard to believe it used to be a gymnasium that sat abandoned for three years. The church that was previously located on Ann Street in Stroudsburg, started 15 years ago with just eight people and has grown dramatically. So much so that church officials have been looking for a place with more room for almost 10 years now. They finally found their new home at Shawnee Academy.
Assistant Administrator Ida Mathew says, "Every time something came up, it was like God said no wait, this is not for you. And this property just came to us so we know it's God that he brought this property to us."
But it's not just the sanctuary that has competely been remodeled, it's the entire campus, inlcuding a children's ministry building. Volunteers had their work cut out for them.
The transformation including the grounds and uncovering the playground took two to three months. Now the official dedication service is taking place this Sunday morning at 10-- 50 nationalities will march in with their flags and afterwards-- a feast! Every cultures' food will be available to try.
Pastor Angelo Pierri says, "As the word says, many people, many kindreds, many nations coming to worship the Lord, and the Lord said too all nations will someday worship God. And we see that happening here already, which is amazing."
And the ministry has a lot more plans for the campus' vast area and many buildings, such as a food pantry.
Everyone is invited Sunday. There will also be a tent set up where the service will be streamed live. For more information or to get involved, just contact the church at 570-420-8170.

September 25, 2014

Officials at Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau say tourism overall in the Poconos hasn't been impacted as a cop killer remains at large. People are still taking their fall getaways to see the much anticipated leaves change. But that doesn't mean people aren't concerned about suspect Eric Frein.
Numerous calls are coming in questioning the safety of traveling in the Poconos.
But that's exactly what Public Relations Manager Elizabeth Richardson recommends-- You don't want to be on edge during your vacation. She says the Poconos encompasses 2,400 square miles and the search is only targeting five. So where you're staying may not be affected.
Paradise Stream Resort, which is right around the corner to the manhunt, hasn't experienced any cancellations.
But places close to the target search area for Eric Frein aren't hearing any service bells. Brookview Manor Inn and My Daughter's Place Restaurant in Barrett Township has been receiving cancellations left and right with people afraid. Typically fall's natural beauty already has their month of October booked. But that's not the case.
If you're questioning a planned vacation or whether or not you should book one, call Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau for more information.

September 25, 2014

Wayne County residents are being asked to take part in a new community survey. The survey is geared to people who are living in Wayne County full or part time. The Wayne County Commissioners and the "Wayne Tomorrow Initiative" want to know what places or buildings people think are important to their area. They call those places community hubs and they can range from local libraries to church halls. The community hub survey is your chance to provide input on what might already exist, what more might be needed, and what you’d be interested in personally. The survey is available online at this location.
Paper copies are also available at branches of The Dime Bank, Honesdale National Bank, NBT Bank, and Wayne Bank throughout Wayne County. It will also be available at the public libraries located in Honesdale, Hawley, Hamlin, Newfoundland, Lakewood, Pleasant Mount, and Bethany, and at the Wayne Memorial Hospital. The survey will be open from September 18th through October 18th.

September 24, 2014

Barrett Township Officials say they have the safest town in Pennsylvania right now. So the least they can do is make their searchers as comfortable as possible.
Barrett Township's Firehouse is currently also acting as a supply center for the hundreds of federal, state and local enforcement officers hot on a cop killer's tail. The manhunt for suspect Eric Frein continued again today in Barrett and Price Townships.
Volunteer Firefighters are not only handling road closures but are taking food to those in the field. Barrett Township Supervisor Chairman and firefighter Ralph Megliola says they're serving all meals-- breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus snacks.
Megliola says, "Two thousand in one day. We did almost 700 for breakfast so we're busy."
The firehouse in is operation 24/7 thanks to the dedicated community. Many volunteers are hardly sleeping and food donations continue to pour in from people and businesses.
Megliola says, "The town has been spectacular. I mean from all the businesses and local people, it's been great, and not just Barrett."
We caught up with Barley Creek Brewing Company's staff in Tannersville today already preparing lunches for tomorrow. They've already provided one thousand egg sandwiches, among other things.
Assistant Manager Bobby Fluegel says, "We've been helping any way we possibly can with paper supplies, with food. We brought up food this morning."
This establishment is just one of the many out of the search area just wanting to do their part.
If you would like to donate food, just call the Barrett Township Firehouse first at 570-595-7777. What they really need right now is packaged snacks that can easily be taken to those working in the woods.

September 24, 2014

After 12 days of searching for Eric Frein, some residents in the area may be filing a lawsuit.
Attorney, Joshua Prince, from Prince Law Offices in Berks County has been reaching out to residents to help with the fight.
Prince says, he's looking into claims that some rights have been violated by law enforcement. Monday he posted a blog reaching out to residents affected. The Pennsylvania State Police released a statement last night addressing the allegations, stating that they've been diligent in respecting the rights of the public while working hard to keep both residents and law enforcement safe.
They also denied restricting access to homes in the area. If residents required access to their homes for vital reasons police say they provided an escort to their residence to ensure their safety. Right now access to homes is not restricted and residents are able to get to and from the area much easier.

September 23, 2014

The manhunt for suspect Eric Frein continued today with full force in Barrett and Price Townships. Police believe Frein ambushed the Pike County Blooming Grove State Police Barracks 11 days ago, killing Corporal Bryon Dickson and severely injuring Trooper Alex Douglass.
We witnessed locals trying to enter Snow Hill Road today, police blocked their path. While investigators reported yesterday they feel they're close to capturing Frein, homeowners within the target search area remain anxious. But they're not the only ones. Business owners in Mountainhome say the road is only busy with police activity.
Co-Owner Justine Knipe of Mountainhome Candle Company says, "Normally it's maybe 20 at a time with sirens and lights going, and every time that happens, we all just hope it's over."
Earlier this year Mountainhome Candle Company's factory and warehouse building burned down. Knipe says they were doing well with recovery and then this happened. Fall is the busiest time of the year there, but you wouldn't know it right now.
Co-Owner Voula Katsigiannis of Mountainhome Diner says, "It's slow because the people are afraid to come out. According to the TV-- stay home, lock your doors."
Even though the businesses are negatively affected, owners say their focus is on the law enforcement officers out there in the woods.
Knipe says, "We all just have to sit tight and let police do what they need to do. And we can't be judging them, we can't be saying hurry up. They have to do this right."
Katsigiannis says, "Feel sorry for the police officers because they have families. They want to go home, they're tired."
We're told officers are the ones coming into the businesses and spending their money. But the community is also taking care of them. Businesses like Mountainhome Diner and Mountainhome Deli and Cafe have donated food.
State police officials say they're continuing to move the search as new information becomes available and certain areas are cleared. If there are no roadblocks, the areas are open to all traffic.

September 23, 2014

Although the manhunt for Eric Frein continues, school is back in session for the Pocono Mountain School District.
The district is not sending school buses into the Barrett Township where police are concentrating their search
To ensure a safe environment for students, the district has beefed up security at the schools.
The superintendent says, about 30% of their students still decided to say home.
School officials say, they're not sure when bus routes will resume.
School officials say, they're not sure when bus routes will resume.
Right now they're taking things day to day.

September 22, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett's news conference at the Blooming Grove Township Building today revealed more information as to why the public isn't Suspect Eric Frein's target. Previously Frien was reported to have made threats of killing law enforcement officers and mass acts of murder.
PA State Governor Tom Corbett says, "He had the opportunity to shoot civilians at the Blooming Grove Barracks at the same time that he shot at the police officer and he chose not to shoot at them. So it is our conclusion that he is aimed totally at police officers."
Police are asking any hunters or hikers who may have trail video or if they know of any shelters or bunkers in the area to please contact them. If you see Eric Frien, do not approach, and please call 911 immediately.

September 19, 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional Police are investigating a violent chain-reaction crash involving a Pocono Township Police Cruiser. It happened yesterday at 5:30PM on Route 940, near Route 390 in Paradise Township right in front of Kasa's Pizza. Police were responding to a call for assistance-- the manhunt for Blooming Grove ambush suspect Eric Frein intensified in Barrett Township. Witnesses say motorists saw the cruisers approaching by their lights and sirens, and pulled of the road. One motorist instead tried to pull in Kasa's Pizza and was struck. The impact caused the cruiser to then hit a truck waiting to pull out. Police say that the truck then flew into a parked car at Tim's Auto Body.
Today police would like to remind everyone to stay alert.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police Lieutenant Will Laverty says, "Motorists have to be aware of their obligation upon the approach of emergency vehicles. And regardless if they're coming from behind them or in front, they have an obligation to pull immediately off to the right-hand side of the roadway to allow the emergency vehicles to pass safely."
Laverty says the investigation isn't complete but adds officers maintain a cautionary speed even with their lights and sirens on.

September 19, 2014

It's day 7 of the search for Eric Freen accused of shooting two state troopers at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County, killing Cpl. Byron Dickson.
Late yesterday evening many roads were closed as police directed their search to Canadensis in Monroe County.
Many residents were displaced, while police sweeped the area.
The search continued today. Frein was not found.

September 18, 2014

Thousands gathered today to lay the fallen state police trooper to rest. The funeral mass for Corporal Bryon Dickson started at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton this morning. He was killed during a deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County. It's a solemn day for all, but also a day to celebrate his life.
It was quite a farewell and thank you to Dickson. Family, friends, officers from all over the country-- including states as far away as Alaska-- and even strangers lined the streets to pay their respects.
A procession to the cemetary started after the service. Flags both on the ground and in the air led the way. Dickson was laid to rest in his home town of Dunmore with full honors.

September 18, 2014

Stroudsburg School Board is facing more heat, after a vote last night to pay attorney fees for two board members. In August, three parents sued school board president Richard Pierce and Vice President Bruce Stewart in an attempt to reopen Ramsey Elementary.
The school closed for good June 17th.
Some parents believe they should pay out of their own pocket, instead of using tax payer dollars.
After this case, Pierce says, he would like to create a policy that says what should or shouldn't be covered in the future.

September 17, 2014

Schools near where police say the manhunt is still going on weren't taking any chances today with the suspect still on the loose. Wallenpaupack, Monsignor McHugh and Pocono Mountain Schools were all closed. While other schools in Monroe County are taking precautions.
Residents all over Monroe County are on edge. They can't believe the Pike County deadly ambush suspect Eric Frein lives in their county. He is described as armed and dangerous, and is said to have made threats in the past about killing law enforcement officials and mass acts of murder. That's why everyone we talked to agree children in the area shouldn't be in school, especially parents from Pocono Mountain School District. That's one of the districts closed. Both parents we talked to say they would like to see the school remain closed until he's caught. East Stroudsburg North is also in the immediate area but school officials didn't call off school. They're going by what state police are telling them. While some parents may be upset by the decision, school officials say numerous calls have come in with appreciative parents. They say current information called for extra support at the north campus, along with a level one lockdown at all schools. Normally people entering the building need to show ID and they have their own armed police department. Superintendent Sharon Laverdure says a level one lockdown means no recess, students stay inside the building once they get there. After school activities are on a case by case basis.
And schools near Frein's home aren't the only ones taking precautions. Monroe's Northampton Community College Campus increased security guards and alerted staff to be more vigilant. And students were grateful.
All school officials we talked to have not made a decision for tomorrow. They're waiting on more information from state police.

September 17, 2014

Police have been searching high and low for the Blooming Grove State Police Shooting Suspect, Eric Matthew Frein for five days now.
Since the shooting police and the community have been on high alert.
Barrett Township Police say they've had two encounters in the past.
In spring of 2013. police say he reported his motorcycle stolen.
Then in 2005, he was reported for trespassing on someone's property walking his dog.
Police say he wasn't violent in either case.
Neighbors say the suspect seemed quiet and very intelligent. Every now and then one woman says she used to see him go for a run in the neighborhood.
Police say Frein has quite a bit of rifle training. He was a part of the Pocono Mountain East Rifle Team in high school and his father is a veteran of the armed forces.
Police say his father also worked closely with him, teaching him how to shoot.
His father says, he was a better shooteer than he was, never missing a shot.
Police believe the suspect is specifically targeting law enforcement and the general public shouldn't be in danger, but to be safe, police advise you to lock your doors, look for doors that look like they've been open and and leave lights on outside of your home.
If you spot the suspect call police. Don't approach him. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

September 17, 2014

Developmental benchmarks, they exist to help track a child's progress. Experts say they're important because a child's development today, will affect them tomorrow. That's why experts suggest getting your child screened for developmental delays if you feel there is a problem. Free screenings will be available at the WIC office inside the Body and Soul building in Lehighton tomorrow from 9am until 3pm. No appointment is necessary. Screenings are for kids ages newborn through 5 years old. Screenings are also scheduled for October 23rd and November 20th. For more information about the services available call the Carbon- Lehigh Intermediate Unit at (610) 769-4111 or call Carbon/Monroe/Pike Early Intervention at (610) 377-0773 x3720.

September 15, 2014

Corporal Bryon Dickson has been a state trooper since 2007. He only recently transfered to the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County three months ago. But his first assignment was actually at Monroe County's Fern Ridge Barracks.
The shocking attack on Pike County's Blooming Grove State Police Barracks is hitting home everywhere, and even more so with those who knew the victim. 38-year-old Corporal Bryon Dickson II of Dunmore was killed.
Corporal Dickson first started as a state trooper at Monroe County's Fern Ridge Barracks in 2007. That's how Chestnuthill/Jackson Township Magisterial District Judge Colleen Mancuso knew him. At that time she was prosecuting all of his cases as an assistant district attorney in Chestnuthill Township. She remembers him as very serious, a good trooper and reasonable to deal with for the defendants as well as the Commonwealth. His fairness leads Mancuso to believe this incident couldn't be a result of any of his cases. She says he was fun to work with and didn't mind being teased. One of her last memories shows that. Dickson was promoted to corporal and sent to Philadelphia in 2013, but would come back to finish up cases-- one time he was wearing a bow tie and suit.
Mancuso laughing says, "I just started laughing, the other troopers were laughing. I mean it was just so funny to see him in this bow tie and he was very proud of it, he liked it!"
Today Mancuso is thinking about his family, which includes a wife of 10 years and two young sons. A fundraiser has been set up by other trooper wives to help the victims' families with expenses. Trooper Alex Doulass was critically injured.
If you'd like to donate to the victims' families, just go to www.giveforward.com and search for "Dickson and Douglass Families."

September 15, 2014

A building that's been abandoned for 20 years will have a new owner soon.
Gay rights activists of the Lehigh Valley are campaigning for a community center they can call their own.
Today they revealed the location of what will be the Bradbury-Sullivan Community Center.
The building is in a historic district in Allentown. It needs some work, but organizers say it''ll be a great home for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender community.
In support of their efforts organizers say the city is selling it for a dollar.
The community center is still in the very early stages, but they have a design team of engineers, architects and attorneys working at no cost.
If you'd like to help log on to their website.

September 12, 2014

When you think of police you think about how they help the community, but once a year the community are help police.
Today members of the community hit the links in support of our officers for the Fifth Annual Vests Golf Tournament. The fundraiser hosted by Fernwood Golf Course raises money to buy new bullet proof vests for Stroud Area Regional Police. The protective vests have to be replaced every five years.
"It's a very important tool that we use in order to keep our officers safe while they're out protecting the community and anything we can do to offset some of the cost for the vests...helps out the police budget," said Chief William Parrish.

September 12, 2014

A Monroe County Library may be forced to cut services and staff. That's why Barrett Paradise Friendly Library is asking for your help. A tax hike to fix the problem is currently on both township supervisor tables.
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library is requesting a tax increase. Director Cindy Deluca says the library's annual operating cost totals $270,000-- $21,000 comes from the state and $90,000 comes from it's two service areas-- Barrett and Paradise Townships. The rest of the money is dependent on library fundraising events. Deluca says if the 10-12 fundraisers the library has each year doesn't bring in the leftover $150,000 for the budget cost the community will lose services-- hours will need to be cut and staff laid off. That's why it's necessary for the Library tax to increase-- so the money coming in won't be uncertain.
The decision is now in the hands of both Barrett and Paradise Township Supervisors. Deluca says they each have the next two months to decide if they will raise the tax or not. And you can help by contacting both township supervisors with your opinion. Deluca is thankful for the people already calling in supporting the library and hopes more join in. If you'd like to further help, you can always donate directly to the library.

September 11, 2014

People in Lansford are hoping to see the return of their ambulance. Residents report seeing the lights on at various times at the building, but officials say although they'd like to see the ambulance return, they feel it's unlikely. The borough council president says the council isn't aware of the ambulance trying to reconvene. The former ambulance chief tells News 13 he stepped down earlier this year and the new chief is Terry Smith. We were unable to reach Smith for comment. The former chief tells us the activity people may be seeing at the ambulance building may be the staff starting up the trucks to keep them maintained.

September 11, 2014

Winter is around the corner and soon many homeless in our area will be out in the cold.
The Monroe County Street 2 Feet Outreach homeless day center is teaming up with Scarlet Ice Jewels and JS Spa & Boutique to raise money for cold weather supplies.
This Sunday you'll be able to do some shopping with 20% off and get pampered for as low as fifteen dollars.
The Spa and Boutique fundraiser will be held from 11:30am to 4pm Sunday. There will also be food entertainment, music and a hair stylist. All proceeds will go to the day center.

September 11, 2014

No matter who you are, whether you lost someone or not, Americans will never forget the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. 13-years-ago today, three thousand people lost their lives in attacks that changed America forever.
That's why for the ninth year, Pocono Raceway and the American Red Cross are teaming up to honor the heros and those who lost their lives on that tragic day by giving the community the opportunity to give back. One-- By donating blood at the raceway from 1-7PM. One pint of blood can save three lives. And two-- Ride for the Red, where you can drive your car around the Tricky Triangle. Everyone 18 and older just needs to pay $10 per lap and all the money goes to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Funds for a third year in a row.
And the weather isn't a damper. The blood drive is set up inside and unless there's lightning or pouring rain, the cruise around the track is on. And if you donate blood, you'll be entered to win a "Fantasy Race Package."
The drive around Pocono Raceway in Long Pond runs until 6:30 and walk-ins are welcome to donate blood until 7 tonight.

September 11, 2014

A Tamaqua man is arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a borough business this past weekend. 24-year-old Thomas Kehl was taken into custody yesterday for burglarizing Lehigh Tire and a theft at All American Jeep. Police say they were tipped off after the reported stolen items went up for sale on Facebook. Police spent yesterday morning removing the tools from an apartment and garage on West Spruce Street where Kehl lives. The tools were valued at up to $15,000.

September 10, 2014

Tourism is on the rise in the Poconos. At least that's what the numbers show for summer stays this year- up 7 to 10 percent. And it's expected to continue through the fall as leaves start changing. Which is something Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is on top of. Last Thursday they launched their first Fall Foliage Forecast on their website. Forecasts will continue every Thursday until the end of October.
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Public Relations Manager Elizabeth Richardson says, "Where the leaves are at, as far as when they'll reach their peek brightness, when they'll start to fall of the trees, so you can really get the most out of fall here."
And new this year is Fall Fun Fridays. Starting this week you can learn new ways to enjoy fall in the Poconos and special events on their website at poconomountains.com and social media linked to it.

September 9, 2014

A local designer is calling out Walmart for copying one of her ideas.
Both Walmart and the Stroudsburg business "The Queen's Treasures" sell their own line of accessories and clothing for 18-inch dolls. But Owner Joann Cartiglia says her bakery playset is practically identical to the one for sale on Walmart's shelves. And there's even evidence. Walmart bought the design from Paradise Kids LLC based in Connecticut. Cartiglia's invoices reveal the company's creative designer purchased her bakery.
Cartiglia says, "If you want to buy something to get inspiration from it, ok. But if you want to buy something to copy it, that's stealing in my opinion."
We made multiple calls to Paradise Kids LLC and were told no one was available to comment at this time. While Walmart's Spokeperson John Forrest Ales had this to say:
“This situation is specific to an individual supplier and it is best for them to provide further comment. We work with a number of small businesses, including the supplier of this toy, to help us provide our customers with the products they want at everyday low prices. We hold ourselves and our suppliers to high standards.”
Cartiglia says, "I'm not looking to profit from anything. I have always worked really hard to get everything I have. I was handed nothing. So I'm not looking for this to be a win for my company. I'm standing up for myself."
Cartiglia says she's currently exploring her legal options and just wants to see Walmart pull their bakery off the shelves and donate it to Toys For Tots.

September 9, 2014

Dozens gathered in the Lehigh Valley to tell state officials the formula used to fund education is flunking. The "Basic Education Funding Commission" held a public hearing at the Parkland Administration building today. The commission is going across state to gather feedback from districts in order to create a new model for distributing state education dollars. Legislators agree the current formula is ineffective and that's why the commission was created. One suggestion heard today is to create a "student needs formula" and to adjust revenue based on those needs. The commission plans to hold hearings through the end of the year and will make its recommendations to the General Assembly by late spring, but it's up to the assembly to carry out the changes.

September 9, 2014

A second Monroe County man has been arrested and charged with an assault that left a victim in a coma for eight days. Police arrested 19 year old Malik Clark of East Stroudsburg Friday night. Clark and 19 year old Dyshawn Mack face attempted homicide - aggravated assault and other charges from an incident July sixth at a home on Prospect Street in East Stroudsburg. Police say the two men were part of a group of people who barged into a party and then started a fight when they were asked to leave. Officers say Mack and Clark punched and kicked a 23 year old man who was attempting to flee upstairs. The victim was knocked unconscious and left in a coma for eight days. Clark is being held without bail. Mack's bail is set at 400-thousand dollars. Both face a court hearing on the charges next week.

September 9, 2014

If you have a problem with stray cats, officials have a solution, but they need help from the community.
Officials from the Monroe Animal League are working with the Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance and local residents to reduce the population of feral cats in our neighborhoods through their trap neuter spay return program.
Last year five hundred cats were spayed and neutered. This year officials are hoping there'll be more.
"People in the community need to step forward and help do it, because they're usually the ones feeding them...they see them...if we go we're strangers to them so they scatter," said Nancy Jones, the president of the Monroe Animal League.
If you're interested in trapping cats all you need is food and a trap. After it's caught you take it to the clinic, it's spayed or neutered and returned to where it was found.
It cost $20 to have a cat spayed or neutered through the program. Vouchers are even available to help with expenses. To apply contact the Monroe Animal League.

September 8, 2014

A man authorities say fled police twice over the weekend is facing several related charges.
Pocono Township and Stroud Area Regional Police worked together to arrest Lamont Wiggins, after he fled police on a motorcycle Saturday and Sunday.
The first incident was in Stroudsburg. The second started in Pocono Township and ended in East Stroudsburg.
Police say he's facing charges for driving under a suspended license, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use, DUI and fleeing and eluding a police officer.
Officials say bail for the second offense is set at $50,000. He has two preliminary hearings scheduled this month. He remains in police custody.

September 8, 2014

It can take as little as 30 seconds to become an organ donor but it could mean life or death for a person waiting for a transplant. That's a message Pocono Medical Center has strived to get out to the community and today they were awarded for their efforts. Out of the 46 hospitals participating in this year's Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge, PMC received the highest-level status award for their commitment to organ donation. From February to May, participating hospitals held activites to increase donor awareness.
President/CEO Howard Nathan of Gift of Life Donor Program says, "In our region, there's 6,300 people waiting for an organ transplant. Many as 300 of those people will die without an organ so the more awareness we can create that people become donors on their driver's license, the more people that we can save lives. And PMC took the lead in raising that awareness."
If you'd like to further the cause, sign up to donate on the Gift of Life Donor Program website at www.donor1.org.

September 8, 2014

A state police fire marshal is investigating what caused a fire at a Carbon County restaurant. It happened at Le Quattro Stagioni restaurant in Nesquehoning on Sunday morning. Officials say the restaurant was closed at the time, the building was empty and nobody was hurt. Officials say they don't believe the fire is suspicious. Although an exact cause hasn't been determined, officials say it started in the attic around a heating and air conditioning combination unit.

September 8, 2014

On Saturday evening, Coaldale police received a call about skeletal remains being found by hikers in the Seek section of the borough. With the assistance of Pennsylvania State Police, the remains have been identified as those of 24-year-old Corey Samuels of Coaldale. Samuels, a former Marine, was reported missing by his family in January and a manhunt ensued. State police have taken over the investigation of the remains. A cause of death is yet to be determined.

September 5, 2014

Carbon County's newest weapon in fighting the war on drugs is a "tip line." District Attorney, Jean Engler, tells us the drug tip line is available 24 hours a day. People who call the tip line will hear a prerecorded message informing them they've reached the line. A person can then leave an anonymous tip or leave their name and number if they'd like to be contacted. County detectives will sort through the tips and then investigate any credible leads. The DA says it's a step in the right direction towards battling the epidemic drug problem in the county. The tip line number is (570) 732-0089.

September 4, 2014

After three months of special one-way traffic patters, restrictions on the McCall bridge in Lehighton are being lifted. The special patterns were put in place in June. Crews worked 12 hour shifts, 24 hours a day, for 80 days straight in order to complete work on the bridge by the deadline of September 5th. A PennDOT construction manager tells us crews replaced the deck on the bridge and all the joints. Work on the bridge will continue through winter and drivers may come across special traffic patterns occasionally, but officials say the restrictions will be short and mostly at night.

September 4, 2014

Police are on the hunt for a man accused of attacking his wife and son with a machete yesterday morning at thier Coolbaugh Township home.
Police recovered the weapon at the scene, but the suspect is still at large.
Police say, Paul Brown attempted to kill his wife and son with a machete. They're both left with defensive wounds and lacerations. His wife lost a finger in the attack.
The mother of the victims is pleading for help from the community.
If you spot the suspect police advise you to call 911. Don't approach him.
The victims are still recovering in the hospital.

September 3, 2014

A new school can mean new concerns for students and parents alike. Experts share some advice on how you can help your child transition into a new school. Students are encouraged to join extra curricular activities. Experts say this will help them form new friendships with people who share the same interests. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in their child's school. It's a good way to know what's happening in their child's surroundings. The best bit of advice experts say parents should follow is to give your child your time. Spend time with them. Ask them about their day and keep the lines of communication open.

September 3, 2014

Kirk Randler of Long Pond is facing charges for a fatal accident back in June.
Randler was behind the wheel of a car, trying to pass vehicles on the roadway on June 20th when he collided head on with an suv.
42 year old Katrina Strausser of Reeders and her two sons were also in the car. All four passengers were ejected, sustaining injuries, along with two people in the other vehicle. Strausser passed away.
Randler is facing nince related charges. Some of them are vehicular homicide, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, speeding and careless driving. Today he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
The case will now go to trial.

September 2, 2014

The Penn State Extension office in Carbon County is looking for a few good men and women who would like to become Master Gardeners. The extension is accepting applications into it's 6 month program. Master Gardener students will learn about plants, insects, soil and all that gardening entails. For more information about the course contact the office in Jim Thorpe at (570) 325-2788.

September 2, 2014

School is back in session for everyone in Monroe County. Some are beginning the new school year with new rules.
East Stroudsburg and Pocono Mountain School Districts are enforcing a dress code for the first time. They're hoping students will not only learn academics, but appropriate attire as well.
"I think it's a start understanding that most jobs have standardized attire," said East Stroudsburg School District Superintendent Sharon Laverdure.
Swiftwater Intermediate School Principal, Kristine Kunsman says it gives them a sense of belonging.
"It makes them feel apart of something," said Kunsman.
Unlike uniforms officials say, the dress code gives students individuality. Flip flops, jeans or name brand logos aren't allowed.
Students are to wear collared shirts, khakis, dress slacks or corduroy pants.
As an exemption, officials say, school district apparel is acceptable.

September 2, 2014

The Lansford Police Department is investigating a series of thefts from parked vehicles. The incidents happened early this morning in the west end area of the borough. The actor entered several vehicles, rummaged through contents and removed valuables. Residents are reminded to lock vehicles - secure valuables and report any suspicious activity to Lansford Police: 570-645-5844

August 29, 2014

An East Stroudsburg University Building project is revived to provide more suite style resident halls.
University officials say the demand is growing.
Two dorms were completed in 2012 and one put on hold. Now ESU officials are moving forward with a third building.
"We're working through the finances now at this point we anticipate the project will not be exactly half of what the other phases cost...We spent a little less than 75 million dollars on the first phase," said Kenneth Long, the ESU V.P. of Finance.
Long says they've applied for financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Financing Program.
A part of the process requires a public meeting. ESU Officials held one last night. There's still time to submit comments if you missed the meeting last night.

August 29, 2014

Two local organizations are joining forces to help with real estate transactions in our area. The Carbon County and Lehigh Valley Associations of Realtors have voted to merge.
Members of the Carbon County Association of Realtors are excited. They voted Wednesday to merge with the Lehigh Valley Association, while Pocono Mountains opted out. Realtors pay to belong to these organizations. They're held to higher standards and have more to offer their clients.
Talks of the merger started after Carbon County felt they wouldn't remain accredited. Come January 1st, the National Association of Realtors is going to implement changes to the core standards requirements.
The merger will benefit its members by providing better services, a larger audience for listings and paying only one fee instead of two.
Pocono Mountains' Directors liked the benefits of the regionalization but not enough of their members voted for the merger. Carbon County Association of Realtors President James Zurn says, "They just felt at this time, to lose some of their identity and perceived power, it wasn't the right time for them right now."
The merger won't be finalized until both board of directors come together to iron out the details in the next coming weeks.

August 28, 2014

County fairs are a great place to learn about agriculture. And the West End Fair in Gilbert has its share of farm animals. But this fair likes to broaden its appeal with something a bit more exotic. You may remember lions, tigers and bears at past fairs, but this year the focus is alligators. Kachunga and the Alligator Show runs daily with thrilling stunts for families to enjoy but the main focus is education. Come check out all the animals for yourself. The West End Fair runs until Saturday and you can check out the different animal show times on the fair's website.

August 28, 2014

There's no swimming at the Tobyhanna Lake Beach, after high bacteria levels were found in the water.
Officials say, the high bacteria levels usually come from waste of geese and other wildlife.
Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are waiting on new water samples.
They're hoping to have swimming back open by Labor Day.

August 28, 2014

Police say a dog in Mahoning Township was killed by a bear. A resident of Westside Road reported their dog had been killed on August 23rd. The dog was found deceased on Fairview Road. The dog was examined and the cause of death was labeled a bear attack.

August 28, 2014

A Barnsville man is killed in a motorcycle crash last night in Hometown. The accident happened around 7:15 on Route 309 near Ye Old Hauto Road. Police say 38-year-old Brian Bittner lost control of his Harley Davidson. He crossed over the center line and struck the rear driver side of a Chevy Impala. Bittner's motorcycle then continued into a parking lot where it struck a parked Seitz Brothers box truck. Bittner was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they are still investigating.

August 27, 2014

The long time, Daniels Top- O-The Poconos family resort has been sold.
Remax Commercial Sales Director and Broker, Robert Starrett says the new owners plan to use the old resort as a Hasidic Jewish Campground and training center.
Starett says the property was sold at $1.3 million.
While the property is in pretty good shape realtors say the new owners plan to spruce it up a little. They plan to have the camp open in about three weeks.

August 27, 2014

Special traffic patterns on the McCall Bridge in Lehighton will soon be lifted. PennDot official tell us the project is on schedule and the one-way lane restrictions are expected to be lifted on Friday, September 5th. Work on the bridge will continue and drivers can expect temporary lane closures until the work is completely finished.

August 26, 2014

Rush Township police are investigating a robbery at Mauch Chunk Trust Bank on Route 309 in Hometown. It happened just after two in the afternoon. Police say a man wearing panty hose over his face, a Phillies baseball hat, and white laytex gloves, rushed into the bank and jumped over the counter. He grabbed an undisclosed amount of money and ran out into the parking lot where he got into a Sport Explorer - Sport Track, 4-door pick up truck, being driven by another man. Nobody was hurt in the incident. The suspects are still at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact Rush Township Police.

August 26, 2014

The West End Fair is back for the 93rd year.
There's plenty of food, rides, entertainment and even shopping. Many of the vendors are non- profit. The fair will go until Saturday.

August 26, 2014

Route 33 North was closed today between Snydersville and Bartonsville. The reason-- a hole opened up in a bridge over Pocono Creek. PennDOT officials discovered the hole last night and noticed they could see right through to the creek below. Work to replace the Route 33 North Bridge started earlier this month and it had previously been restricted to a single lane. PennDOT officials say the hole resulted from motorists' wear and tear. Since it happpened in the open lane, PennDOT was forced to close the road entirely until emergency repairs could happen. While the repairs are complete now, the concrete needs time to set. PennDOT officials say the bridge will reopen sometime this evening, but it will remain a single lane near Bartonsville. The project is expected to be completed in March.

August 25, 2014

A new security system is in place at Northampton Area School District. It's called the Raptor Security System. It scans your ID and stores your information in a secure server. The new security system in the district is available thanks to a $25,000 grant. The superintendent tells us it cross references a person's information with the state's sex offender registry. Parents we spoke to are supportive of the new security system.

August 22, 2014

The Lehigh Valley Airshow is back for another year with new acts and old favorites to wow the crowd.
Organizers expect this year's show to be bigger and better, adding and changing some things.
This year, instead of one entrance there will be five to alleviate traffic. The spectator area has been shifted for better viewing. There will be 21 vendors, about 25 aircrafts participating and 4 demonstration teams.
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"Last year we had black diamonds they've come back, but this year we also have the wing walker, we're excited about the british airspace jet, the harrier, which is the only privately owned carrier in the world.
People will be able to get up close and personal with different aircrafts and classic cars. A lamborgini and a motorcycle will even be racing jets. Some of the money raised at this event will go toward a scholarship for students interested in aviation.

August 22, 2014

A well-known East Stroudsburg business is destroyed by an early morning fire. It's the third fire to occur in 24 hours and one of many over the past two months.
A crowd of family and friends look on in disbelief at what's left of Weiss Auto Body on Progress Street in East Stroudsburg. Those first on scene believe the fire started on the left side of the building and worked its way around. Owner Jim Weiss also has a towing company and says he's used to getting calls from the 911 Control Center, but he never expected to get a 4am call telling him his business is on fire. Now Weiss is just concentrating on what's next for his business that's been there for 25 years.
Weiss employs five people and he hopes to rebuild immediately. Weiss says his towing company won't be affected.
The fire marshal on scene today tells us the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

August 21, 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.

August 20, 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.

August 20, 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.

August 19, 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.

August 19, 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.

August 19, 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.

August 18, 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.

August 18, 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.

August 15, 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.

August 15, 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.

August 14, 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.

August 14, 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.

August 13, 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.

August 13, 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.

August 13, 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.

August 12, 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.

August 12, 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.

August 12, 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.

August 12, 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.

August 11, 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.

August 11, 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.

August 11, 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.

August 8, 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.

August 8, 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.

August 7, 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.

August 7, 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.

August 6, 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.

August 5, 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.

August 5, 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.

August 4, 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.

August 4, 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.

August 1, 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.

August 1, 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.

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