Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This photo was taken at 5:35 pm in Walnutport by Lindsey McLaughlin of Nesquehoning.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Wabash Creek overflows, floods downtown Tamaqua

Tamaqua suffered significant damage from a series of heavy rain storms that seemed to stall over the community on Tuesday, pushing the Little Schuylkill River to dangerous levels and sending the Wabash Creek over its banks.

The Wabash Creek, encased in a 1850s stone arch tunnel as it flows beneath downtown streets, filled to capacity and broke through West Rowe Street, lifting the macadam and flooding Rowe, Berwick, West Broad, Nescopec and South Railroad streets.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Lehigh County judge bound all charges against Steven Homanko over to Carbon County Court following nearly five hours of testimony at a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Homanko, 26, of Beaver Meadows, faces felony vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, felony aggravated assault by vehicle, and related charges stemming from a May 12, 2014 crash that killed one person and severely injured another.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for the area.
Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph

A funnel cloud has been reported in Lehigh County.

Shortly before 3 p.m., Matt Kusko of Lansford reported on Facebook. "Tornado in Allentown, stuck in the mall."
He added, "The lights went out, hailing outside and made us all go to the lower level."

A half hour later he reported all was fine.

A thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Coaldale police cited two people after a May 17 incident that involved a 2-year-old child.

At 3:16 p.m., Noel Abadia, 34, went to the police station and said he needed help for his son. Abadia said he received a call from the boy's mother, Kayla Leibowitz, 26, the day before.

She was extremely upset because the child had swallowed four of her pills. He wasn't sure if the pills were Xanax or Clonazepam.

He went to her home, at 274 Third St., and found the boy to be "completely out of it."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for Carbon and Monroe counties until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

At 9:26 p.m., additional showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain were over Central Pennsylvania and will be moving over the Poconos overnight. Radar estimates indicated around 4 inches of rain has already fallen over the Poconos with an additional one to two inches of rain in localized areas possible.

Flooding is ongoing and any additional rain will only exacerbate flood conditions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A veto awaited a Republican-crafted spending plan that was sent Tuesday to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's desk, as the GOP used its huge legislative majorities on the final day of the state government's fiscal year to push through an ambitious agenda.

The nearly $30.2 billion budget bill passed the House and Senate without a single Democratic vote after negotiations between GOP leaders and Wolf stalled in recent weeks.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Those who kill golden and bald eagles could face stiffer penalties under Pennsylvania law.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave preliminary approval to a measure that would increase to $2,500 the replacement cost for killing bald eagles or golden eagles.

The bald eagle had been classified as a state-threatened species until early 2014 when, it was removed from the threatened list because its recovery met objectives outlined in the state’s bald-eagle management plan.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
DYLAN MESSERCHMIDT/TIMES NEWS From Left, Cage and Ben Bullard.

Patrons of the Bowmanstown Diner were treated to an impromptu music show on Monday afternoon when two young musicians stopped by for a meal.

Brothers Cage and Ben Bullard from Faison, North Carolina were on their way to Maine for a show with their father, Brian Bullard, when they stopped for a bite to eat.

Staying with family in Little Gap, the boys ate at the diner on Sunday night, where they played their fiddles, banjo, and mandolin for those in attendance.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

If Pennsylvania begins its new fiscal year Wednesday without a budget in place, here's a rundown of what to expect:

— State agencies and offices will operate as usual at least in the short term, tapping unused 2014-15 appropriations or special and federal funds to cover the cost. But the state will lose its authority to pay vendors, including providers of services ranging from legal advice to lawn mowing, for work done from Wednesday on. Gov. Tom Wolf has said those bills will be paid once a 2015-16 budget is approved.