Monday, March 27, 2017

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A judge has bound over for trial charges that a Schuylkill County couple produced methamphetamine in their home.

Magisterial District Judge Stephen Bayer determined earlier this month that there was sufficient evidence to hold for court charges against Lorraine Searfoss and Gerald Robert Fisher Jr., 48, both of Kline Township

They were charged after police discovered an alleged one-pot methamphetamine operation in their home on Snyder Avenue in August of 2016.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A 911 call went out on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for an incident involving the 30,000-gallon propane tank used by the H2O water park at Split Rock Resort.

The Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company responded to the resort to find that the automatic safety features built into the system had already eliminated any possiblity of the problem getting out-of-hand.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pepsi is pulling 2-liters and 12-packs of its products from Philadelphia grocery store shelves over the city's new tax on sweetened drinks.

The company says in a statement it wants to offer products and package sizes that working families can better afford.

The 1.5-cent-per-ouce tax on sweetened and diet beverages is imposed at the distributor level. If fully passed onto the consumer, it amounts to $1.44 on a six-pack of 16-ounce bottles.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The failure of Penn State's former president to report child molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky allowed evil "to run wild," prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of Graham Spanier's trial. A defense attorney accused prosecutors of trying to "criminalize a judgment call."

Opening statements got underway in the long-delayed criminal trial against Spanier, who faces felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for how he handled a 2001 report that the former assistant football coach had abused a boy in a team shower.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Massachusetts man who died saving a waitress from being stabbed by a mentally ill man and a 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died trying to save his father from a house fire are among 20 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, announced the winners Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old Chicago girl was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democratic U.S. senators have written federal regulators with concerns over a proposed 120-mile, $1.2 billion pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to their state.

Cory Booker and Bob Menendez want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to thoroughly evaluate concerns over arsenic and threats to endangered species. The letter was made public Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," died at 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A special monument in honor of a fallen veteran will eventually be on display in Lehighton.

Mike and Sarah Wargo approached borough council recently with a proposal to place a War at Home Memorial on the grass “park” between Lehigh Drive and Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard.

Mike Wargo said the monument is in honor of the 22 veterans who commit suicide on average each day in our country.

Wargo said the couple’s son, Michael C. Wargo, was among those nominated by Mary Baylis from Valor Clinic (Paul’s House).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Firefighters from Schuylkill and Carbon counties are on the scene a structure fire early Tuesday morning along Mill Head Road.

The fire was reported at 5 a.m. with flames showing.

We'll update as details become available.