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STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of gunning down three people at a municipal government meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania in 2013 is pleading guilty. Rockne Newell pleaded guilty to homicide and other charges Friday in Monroe County court. The 61-year-old disabled junk dealer had been angry after being forced off his debris-strewn property in rural Ross Township. Town officials say he owed thousands of dollars in fines and had generated complaints that he lived in a storage shed and...
The North Central Pennsylvania Regional DUI Enforcement Program has released the results of Roving DUI Patrols and a Sobriety Checkpoint held over the Memorial Day weekend in the Frackville area of Schuylkill County. A sobriety checkpoint was held May 22. A total of 1,032 vehicles were contacted with 39 being detained. Of the 10 drivers tested for possibly driving under the influence, four adults were charged with DUI. Officers made one criminal arrest, 18 traffic arrests and issued 10 warnings...
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Palmerton captures title
It almost looked like Palmerton was dangling a carrot in front of Notre Dame in the District 11 Class AA softball championship game. Everytime it appeared the Crusaders were about to get the carrot, the Bombers and pitcher Reese Dugan would yank it away. Dugan threw a complete game for Palmerton as it downed Notre Dame, 3-1, on Thursday for its first district title since 1989. Dugan, who admitted after the game that she is battling a sore wrist from a heavy workload, threw 121 pitches in the...
Jan, left, and Slate Altenburg stand next to their  night-blooming cereus, which is the droopy-looking plant in the green pot. When Jan moved the pot to this spot behind the sofa, it began to thrive and bloomed after languishing for 37 years. The Altenburgs each hold new plants, which will be for sale this weekend.
Master Gardener Slate Altenburg has a green thumb. Except it seems, in the case of a rather odd plant his mother gave him many years ago, when he was building the idyllic home he shares with his wife, Jan, in West Penn Township. The plant, to be kind, is just plain pitiful. Tall and gangly with ugly leaves, at first glance, it has little to recommend it. In Altenburg's case, however, his night-blooming cereus has history a long history.
SUBMITTED PHOTO The Weight, featuring former members of The Band, will perform the music of The Band June 12 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Come and take a load off June 12 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe with The Weight. Replicating the music of The Band is a tall order. But interpreting the music of The Band is an art. Songs that have reverberated across history for decades continue to speak to millions of us.