Friday, April 28, 2017

Pleasant Valley School District has received an all-clear from Pennsylvania State Police after operating under "secure in place" earlier in the day.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. today Pleasant Valley School District was contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police with information that a man was being pursued in the local area. The district promptly secured all buildings based upon advisement of the state police.

Pennsylvania State Police had blocked off sections of Dotters Corner Road in Polk Township as part of a domestic situation.

We’ve reached that point in the year where I’m phoning it in.

Uniform slightly too small? Tough. You’re wearing it. Stain on your white polo shirt? Put a sweater over it. The same thing in your lunch for the eighth day in a row? Tough. You’re eating it.

Your winter jacket is filthy? Tough. By the time it gets through the wash cycle, the weather will change and you won’t need it, so wear it dirty. Bed times? Schmed times. Sleep, don’t sleep. I don’t care.

As the bell at the Pike County courthouse mournfully tolled the news that convicted state police killer Eric Frein had been sentenced to death, onlookers cheered and applauded.

The human and financial toll that Frein’s lone-wolf actions have caused are staggering. Three families directly involved will never be the same. Scores more have been indirectly affected by Frein’s misguided, otherworldly political philosophy and his callous disregard for the consequences of his actions.

In the days following Fred Knauf’s crash on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning, the residents of the small town began picking up the pieces of a broken life that was taken far too soon, and fellow military men remembered the man they knew as one of their own.

Lt. John Hayden of Mitchell Field, New York, who accompanied Knauf’s remains back to Michigan, told the Mauch Chunk Times-News that the young pilot “had a very fine record.”

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Anthony Yanetti to Dianna Berry, Hazleton, property at 201 Tamaqua St., $46,400.


Charlie W. Scherer to Jaevka Investments LLV, 1810 Lower Smith Gap Road, Kunkletown, property at 711 Fireline Road, $40,000.

East Penn Township

Joseph D. Steigerwalt to Poncavage Land Trust, 235 High St., Tamaqua, Lot 2, Franklin E. Steigerwalt Farm, $59,187.

Timothy J. Murphy to Timothy J. Murphy, Philadelphia, property at 1949 Germans Road, $1.

Franklin Township