Saturday, July 23, 2016

Local News

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A corrections officer and an inmate smashed through an elevator door during a scuffle at a Pennsylvania jail and plunged down an open shaft to their deaths, officials said Tuesday.

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri called it a "freak accident" and said an engineering firm will determine how the elevator door gave way.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quakertown defeated Northern Valley in the Region 2 Legion baseball tournament on Tuesday, 13-1.
Quakertown's Devyn Bard pitched an efficient game and had early run support behind him. The contest ended on an unconventional 9-3-6 triple play.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Anthracite 9-10 year-old Little League team saw its seven-game postseason win streak halted in the winner's bracket final of the Section 6 Tournament on Tuesday night. Lehigh defeated Anthracite, 12-3.
Anthracite will face Deep Run Little League on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the loser's bracket final of the double elimination tourney.
See Wednesday's Times News for full details and pictures of the Anthracite vs. Lehigh game.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Slatington man has been charged with homicide by vehicle in connection with a fatal crash in Washington Township in February.

Joshua Douglas Moser, 25, of 1513 Fernwood Road, was charged Tuesday with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence; homicide by vehicle; two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance; involuntary manslaughter; two counts of recklessly endangering another person; and three summary offenses that include driving on roadway laned for traffic, driving at safe speed; and reckless driving.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Funeral services have been set for the man killed in the Franklin Township fire Friday night.

William P. Evans, 80, of Lehighton, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest.

He was the husband of Eleanor (Barno) Evans. They celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary in December of last year.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Eric Matthew Frein will go to trial in eight months.

In an order dated Thursday, Pike County Judge Gregory Chelak placed the 33-year-old accused cop killer on the March 2017 trial term of court, but did not set a specific date for jury selection.

Also in the order, the judge approved a previously reached agreement between Mr. Frein’s defense team and county District Attorney Ray Tonkin to have an out-of-county jury hear Mr. Frein’s case.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WILKES-BARRE (AP) — A correctional officer and an inmate are dead following an altercation at a Pennsylvania prison.

It happened Monday night at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre (WILKS'-ba-ree).

Luzerne County Manager David Pedri confirmed the deaths at a news conference late Monday.

The circumstances surrounding the altercation and the deaths remain unclear. Authorities have not yet released the officer's name or the inmate's name.

The prison is currently on lockdown. No other information was immediately available.

The investigation is ongoing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Lansford woman has been charged with sex offenses after she exchanged sex with a 13-year-old boy for marijuana.

Ariel S. Stevens, 19, of 233 W. Patterson St., faces charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with minor, two counts of corruption of minors, and indecent assault stemming from an incident on March 22.

She’s free on $10,000 unsecured bail, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 17 before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford, according to the most recent online court records.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

HARRISBURG, PA. (July 19, 2016) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today approved a 6 percent toll increase for both E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2017.

Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan said this toll increase — like other annual increases since 2009 — is necessary to pay back the borrowing required to meet the PTC’s funding obligations: rebuilding and widening the PA Turnpike system and providing funding to the commonwealth to support public transportation.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NAZARETH (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man who fired a shot during an argument over a pet hermit crab will spend six months to a year in the county jail.

Thirty-two-year-old Mario Maisonet, of Nazareth, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The (Easton) Express-Times reports the shooting happened outside a home shared by Maisonet and his fiancée.