Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Firefighters from several companies spent their Fourth of July battling a fire that gutted a Palmerton home and damaged two others.

The fire started in the kitchen of a home at 113 Lehigh Avenue and quickly spread to the other half of the double home, according to Palmerton Fire Chief Larry Zawaly.

The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. and was declared under control at 5 p.m., Zawaly said. The fire started with something on the kitchen stove and quickly spread through the kitchen and the walls, shooting up through the roof.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A neighborhood handyman was arrested Saturday in the death of an elderly woman found beaten and stabbed in the bedroom of her northwest Philadelphia home.

Leroy Wilson, 37, faces a murder charge in the death of Regina Brunner, 85, whose body was discovered Monday in her East Mount Airy home, homicide division Capt. James Clark told reporters at a news conference.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vehicles were backed up for miles this morning to spend the Fourth of July at Beltzville State Park.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest Ferris wheel on the East Coast reopened Saturday, one day after 66 riders were stranded on The Orlando Eye and had to be evacuated from the towering 400-foot attraction.

"The team of technicians has successfully completed the necessary work to resolve the technical default that occurred yesterday within the system that monitors the wheel's position," spokeswoman Dipika Joshi told the Orlando Sentinel (

Friday, July 3, 2015

Step outside, and you're enveloped in a buzzing dark cloud of mosquitoes.

You dash to your car, slapping and swatting, only to find the pesky critters have beat you there, poised to latch on to any exposed skin.

It's summer in Pennsylvania, and mosquitoes are swarming, just in time for Fourth of July picnics.

Friday, July 3, 2015
The H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua Bungalow Park will reopen Sunday

The Tamaqua public works director has indicated that the H.D. Buehler Memorial Pool at Tamaqua Bungalow Park will reopen to the public Sunday, according to an update released Friday morning by Tamaqua Councilman Justin Startzel.

The pool has been closed since Tuesday when a wave of destructive storms brought 4.1 inches of rain, inundating the recreation area and filling the park's two pools with an estimated 400,000 gallons of muddy water, stones and debris.

Friday, July 3, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Nebraska girl who died of brain cancer Tuesday at age 3 is posthumously helping two Pennsylvania children.

Olivia Swedberg's mother saw 2-year-old Lucas Goeller's story on Facebook and messaged his mother in Pittsburgh telling her she wanted to give him Olivia's liver.

Goeller received the organ during a transplant surgery that began Wednesday night and ended Thursday morning.

Though their blood types did not match, doctors proceeded with the transplant.

Friday, July 3, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties.

Police say 140 pairs of underwear have been stolen from a northeast Pennsylvania store that's been struck by four bra heists since February.

Police say the manager of the Victoria's Secret store reported the Thursday afternoon theft but couldn't provide a description of the suspect or surveillance video.

The underpants are valued at $2,180.

Friday, July 3, 2015

A runaway dump truck has destroyed a car and a garage in Lower Towamensing Township.

The incident occurred just after 11 a.m. as the truck was getting front brakes installed.

Apparently during the process the truck rolled down a grade striking a car then into a garage attached to a home.

The incident is being investigated by state police Lehighton. There were injures.

Friday, July 3, 2015

ALLENTOWN (AP) — Federal agents have searched Allentown City Hall, questioned the mayor and top manager and seized documents pertaining to bidding and contracts.

City solicitor Susan Ellis Wild said FBI agents spent several hours Thursday executing a search warrant for a grand jury investigation.

Wild said agents questioned three-term Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Managing Director Francis Dougherty and collected records dating as far back as 2005 from several offices.

Wild said it appeared agents were interested in the city's contract review process and bidding process.