Thursday, February 23, 2017

Local News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's pair of bald eagles apparently have a new egg a week after their nest was lost when the tree was toppled by high winds.

After losing the nest Feb. 12, the pair started to build a new nest near the old one in a tree on a hill overlooking the Monongahela River.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania said Monday that without a clear view of the new nest from a webcam, observers have deduced the presence of an egg by the birds' behavior.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Two teenagers have been charged in the stabbing deaths of two disabled men, one of whom was stabbed with a large sword, authorities said.

Lancaster officers found the bodies of Leroy Kinsey, who had a physical disability, and Richard Walton, who used a wheelchair, after responding to a Sunday morning burglary call at their home, police said.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
In this Feb. 14, 2017, photo Nelba Marquez-Greene helps 10-year-old Araceli Buchko put her hand print inside a giant paper heart as part of the Love Win's campaign's Friendship Day, a social and emotional learning activity at the Chamberlain Elementary School in New Britain, Conn. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Nelba Marquez-Greene believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed her 6-year-old daughter, could have been avoided if more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

To help other vulnerable youths, Marquez-Greene, a family therapist, is working with a Connecticut school system on a program to help students connect with one another.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A motorist escaped injury Monday afternoon after a crash along Beisel's Road in Mahoning Township.

The crash occurred as the driver was heading south and apparently failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway entering the right berm where hit an embankment, rolling on its side.

Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $12 could have a drastic effect on the seasonal businesses that are key to Carbon County’s economy.

The Wolf administration says that the proposal will boost income tax revenues and help close the state’s budget deficit without a tax increase.

But for ski areas and white-water rafting outfitters, which contribute a big chunk to tourism in Carbon County, it would make a lot of their workforce a lot more expensive.

Monday, February 20, 2017

CRESCO (AP) - Authorities say two people were killed in the crash of a motorcycle in the Poconos over the weekend.

State police in Monroe County said the motorcycle went off the road in Paradise Township and hit a tree at about 5 p.m. Sunday near Mount Pocono.

Police identified the victims as 39-year-old Christopher Shanaberger of Mount Pocono and 33-year-old Angela Mistkowski of Cresco.

The county coroner's office said it was unclear whether either was wearing a helmet. Autopsies are planned and state police are investigating.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Jim Thorpe Community Watch meetings for the year have been announced and will begin at 7 p.m. March 16 at the Memorial Park Skating Rink, 101 E. 10th St., Jim Thorpe.

Anyone who needs information on becoming a community watch member should contact Chief Joseph Schatz at 570-325-4995, ext. 322.

Featured guests are:

March 16: Chief Joseph Schatz, Crimes in our area.

April 20: State Rep. Doyle Heffley, legislative issues.

May 18: Tracy Fox of NCHSN, mature safe driving.

June 15: FBI scams/active shooter.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Carbon County is moving forward with a nearly $500,000 project that will upgrade its 911 center’s dispatching system.

Last week, the county commissioners approved a 911 Statewide Interconnectivity Funding Grant agreement with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for funds in the amount of $473,780.57 to be used toward the Pocono Regional CAD project. The agreement runs from Oct. 1, 2016, through Aug. 31, 2018.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Evan Hughes of Scranton sculpts Olaf, the snowman from the hit move “Frozen” out of ice Sunday during Jim Thorpe WinterFest. Despite warmer than average temperatures for February, Hughes said the sculpture would last through the day if kept out of direct sunlight. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Temperatures eclipsing 60 degrees on both days helped make for an “unprecedented weekend” at Jim Thorpe’s annual WinterFest held downtown Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers said crowds in the thousands surpassed those of recent years as Josiah White Park and shops along Broadway and surrounding streets were packed with tourists and locals getting an early taste of spring.

“It’s been wonderful,” said Dee Ford, of the Camp On North Townhouse and the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency. “We sold out of our mugs for the Mug Walk online before the weekend even started.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Carbon County is using a $41,450 grant to train probation officers and jail staff to help address drug and crime issues.

Last week, the county commissioners approved the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant for the implementation of a risk and needs assessment project to support training of adult probation and correctional staff, as well as implement the Ohio Risk Assessment System.