Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Pleasant Valley School Distict will have a new superintendent beginning Aug 1.

On Thursday, the board voted unanimously to hire David Piperato to take replace Carole Geary, who is retiring July 31.

Piperato, the principal of Emmaus High School in the East Penn School District, said, “I am looking forward to joining Pleasant Valley.”

His salary will be $155,000 per year. Carole Geary is earning $163,189.

Friday, March 24, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in former Penn State president Graham Spanier's child endangerment case are preparing to resume their discussions after failing to reach a verdict over six hours.

The panel of seven women and five men are scheduled to restart their closed-door talks Friday morning at a courthouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Spanier is accused of conspiracy and two counts of endangerment for his handling of complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago.

Friday, March 24, 2017

One jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $600,000 from the Wednesday drawing was sold at T & J Petroleum, 489 Pottsville Saint Clair Highway, Pottsville, Schuylkill County.

The ticket correctly matched all five balls drawn, 17-21-27-37-43, to

win $600,000, less applicable tax withholding. The retailer earns a $5,000 bonus for selling this winning ticket.

Prizes must be claimed and tickets validated before winners can be identified. Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

Friday, March 24, 2017

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Twelve jurors have been selected in the trial of an anti-government survivalist charged in the 2014 ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys picked three jurors Thursday to complete the main panel and still have six alternates to select. The jury will weigh capital murder charges against 33-year-old Eric Frein (freen).

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Carbon County man is in custody after providing false identification to law officials.

Mahoning Township Police said that at 3:05 p.m. March 7, a male walked into the township police station and identified himself as an attorney for a person involved in an ongoing investigation.

On March 8, police, in coordination with Jim Thorpe Police, contacted the male who had identified himself as Attorney Christopher Black at a residence in Jim Thorpe.

He was identified as Christopher Miller, 29, of Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Jim Thorpe man admitted in Carbon County court on Tuesday that he sexually assaulted three children last year in the borough.

Jared Andrew Novy, 36, pleaded guilty in three pending cases of one count of aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 13, and two counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a winter weather advisory for the southern Poconos freezing rain and sleet, which is in effect from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Ice accumulation is expected up to a few hundredths of an inch with less than a tenth of an inch of sleet accumulation.

Precipitation is expected to move in shortly after sunrise, starting as a mix of freezing rain and sleet.

As temperatures slowly increase through the morning, precipitation should change over to all rain by mid day.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced his decision today to vote “no” on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States.

Casey said he has reviewed Gorsuch’s record, met with Gorsuch and judicial experts, and reviewed his hours of testimony from his hearing.

“I have serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy, manifest in a number of opinions he has written on the 10th Circuit,” Casey said.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania are now saying they're opposed to the House GOP's health care legislation that's headed toward a vote in the coming hours.

Allentown-area Rep. Charlie Dent said late Wednesday night that he opposes the bill.

The legislation would tear up major elements of former President Barack Obama's landmark 2010 health care law. But Dent says the bill will lead to the loss of health insurance and make insurance unaffordable for more people.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Charges were filed following a chain-reaction crash Monday morning in the Walmart parking lot. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A Carbon County woman has been charged for causing a chain-reaction crash in the Walmart parking lot.

Mahoning Township Police said that at 7:19 a.m. Monday, police investigated a five-car crash.

A Hyundai driven by Sarah Bush, 26, of Lansford, initially struck a cart corral, and thenhit parked vehicles damaging four other vehicles.

She has been cited for careless driving and driving at an unsafe speed.

No one was injured, and the other vehicles were unoccupied.