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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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pennsylvania State Police have blocked off sections of Dotters Corner Road in Polk Township as part of an active domestic situation.

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Coca-Cola says Philadelphia's new tax on sweetened drinks is seriously hurting their business in the city.

According to a story on the beverage company's website, the company's volume in Philadelphia is down 32 percent from a year ago.

Fran McGorry, president and general manager of the local bottler known as Philly Coke, says because of the lost sales, the company's workforce has been reduced by about 40 positions. The company has more than 700 workers in the region.

Friday, April 28, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The investigation into the February death of a Penn State University fraternity pledge who fell down stairs is likely to result in charges against several people for "conduct surrounding the death of another person," a prosecutor says in a new court filing.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Michelson

A Lehigh Township woman has been charged with prostitution.

Lehigh Township Police said Linda Michelson, 55, of Pecan Lane, was arrested and charged Wednesday with prostitution.

The arrest was the culmination of an ongoing investigation of complaints about a large amount of traffic coming in and out of her residence.

Police were able to locate several advertisements on known websites where prostitution solicitation occurs and where Michelson had posted advertisements.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017

Palmerton Borough Council addressed the concerns of increased truck traffic in town at Thursday’s meeting.

Council member Kris Hoffner acknowledged that there has been an uptick in heavy trucks around the former West Plant of the New Jersey Zinc Company, now known as the Northface Development Corporation.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Lehighton has agreed to forge ahead with a master site development plan and recreation center feasibility study for its community grove.

On a 5-2 vote, borough council on Monday agreed to move forward with the plan. Council members Joe Flickinger and Helen Torok were opposed.

Resident Ed Conarty questioned the feasibility study and what the purpose was of spending that money.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the study is to prepare a master site development plan for the Grove, and that it was through a grant.

Friday, April 28, 2017

“What in the world could an 11-year-old possibly get into their head that would make them think that their life isn’t worth living?”

Prosecutor Curtis Rogers posed the question to a group of law enforcement and community watch members Tuesday night.

He was referring to the case of Tysen Benz, a Michigan boy who took his own life in March, reportedly because of an online prank.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Rayann Martini, 11, and Jenev Collaro, 11, both with Girl Scout Troop 50556, work on clearing a field of rocks and brush to prepare it for tilling and growing.

Growing a garden takes a lot of time, patience and care — the same goes for a community.

The Garden of Giving is completing both of these tasks all while fighting hunger and providing fresh produce to those in need.

Tammy Graeber started the Garden of Giving in 2008 after she saw a need in Monroe County for fresh produce in food banks.

“I actually went to volunteer at a food bank, and when I recognized the need in the community that there was no fresh produce in our food banks at that time, it was put on my heart,” Graeber said.