Monday, August 3, 2015

Local News

Monday, August 3, 2015

LOWER MAKEFIELD (AP) — Police say one woman was killed and five others were injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in suburban Philadelphia.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday in Lower Makefield Township. Police say the woman, who had just turned 20, was traveling home from attending "American Idol" auditions held at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cops trumped firefighters Sunday night in the second annual Battle of the Badges benefit basketball game at Lehighton High School.

With a 51-42 victory, it's the second consecutive year the “police” team, made up of officers from the Lehighton area, bested its emergency services counterparts.

The win earned them the “Mayor's Cup” trophy, presented by Lehighton Mayor Tom Mase.

Proceeds from the game will go toward the Lehighton 150 Celebration in the summer of 2016.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

LONG POND – For Matt Kenseth, the final laps of Sunday’s Window’s 10 400 at Pocono Raceway were simply about being in the right place at the right time.

With the race winding down and several of the leaders trying to conserve fuel, Kenseth found himself in the best position possible. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver took the lead on the final lap from teammate Kyle Busch, who was going for his fourth straight win, and held on to claim his first ever victory at The Tricky Triangle.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

With only one more day to go before the opening of the Carbon County Fair, the Lions clubs were scurrying around attending to last minute details.

Venders arrived at the grounds in Little Gap Saturday, as committee members posted signs, hooked up electric, erected tents and secured pens for livestock.

The seven area Lions and Lioness Clubs started running the fair 1999.

Bob Silliman of Palmerton Lions Club, an organizer since 2000, said the reason it is so successful is because the fair "gives people what they want and they keep coming back."

Sunday, August 2, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said during a news conference that police were alerted about 9:18 p.m. Saturday that an officer had been shot multiple times. Armstrong said the officer was transported in critical condition to a hospital, where he died.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

One person was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a crash on Merwinsburg Road in Chestnuthill Township. The crash occurred as the driver was headed west and failed to negotiate a slight curve in the roadway. The vehicle left the right berm impacting with a utility pole. The site is just east of the intersection with Valley Road. State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the incident.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Now there are two: Zimbabwe accused a gynecological oncologist from Pennsylvania on Sunday of illegally killing a lion in April, adding to the outcry over a Minnesota dentist the African government wants to extradite for killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.

Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, of shooting the lion with a bow and arrow in April near Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, without approval, on land where it was not allowed.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled.

The wireless carrier and leaders of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced the decision early Sunday, shortly after a contract covering 39,000 workers expired.

The unions said they are prepared to schedule regular bargaining sessions, but that they will leave the sites of their round-the-clock negotiations in Philadelphia and Rye, New York.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Two people from Jim Thorpe were killed in a crash early Saturday morning in Penn Forest Township.

Stephen W. Pruiksma, 75, and Diane A. Pruiksma, 74, both died after their car hit a tree along Broad Mountain View Drive at about midnight.

Neither wore a seat belt, according to state police at Lehighton.

The crash happened as Stephen Pruiksma was driving east, traveled across the road and hit the tree head-on, police said.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police officials say they are investigating reports that a trooper made a racial joke earlier this year on a social media site.

WILK-FM talk radio host Steve Corbett alleged in an opinion column Thursday in The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader that Trooper Thomas Kelly acknowledged having referred to the joke involving a reference to "black ice" in a Feb. 9 Facebook post.