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Sunday, January 11, 2015

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, with a forecast for a wintry mix of precipitation expected to begin before the start of the morning commute, then gradually mix with or change to freezing rain during the late morning and early afternoon hours.

Snow and sleet accumulation of up to 1 inch are possible, along with around a tenth of an inch of ice.

Plain rain is possible by mid or late afternoon...especially at the lower elevations.

Here's the complete forecast:

Winter Weather Advisory
Hazardous Weather Outlook

Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Jan. 10--SUNBURY -- Despite pleading not guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, Victor Hare on Friday learned he will face trial after a 9-year-old Sunbury boy under his supervision was found dead in Hare's home Oct. 13.

Korbin Rager, an Oaklyn Elementary fourth-grader, died of a suspected drug overdose in Hare's Point Township home. A convicted felon, Hare also is accused of illegally possessing multiple firearms in the house where Korbin was staying.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a 5-year-old boy was taken to a hospital after a 30-foot fall from a chair lift at a Philadelphia-area ski lodge.

The accident was reported at about 7 p.m. Saturday at Spring Mountain Adventures in Schwenksville, Montgomery County.

Owner Rick Buckman said the boy was alone in a seat on a beginner chair lift and wearing a helmet when he fell to the slope below. He was flown to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where officials declined comment on his condition.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Investigators found five guns and a laptop computer in the vehicle of a man suspected of killing three people in a shooting spree, a police chief said Sunday, but they hadn't yet uncovered any motive for the rampage.

John Lee, 29, was arrested following a high-speed chase in nearby Washington state after the shootings Saturday. Police believe he opened fire at three locations in the western Idaho city of Moscow, killing his landlord, his adoptive mother and a manager at a restaurant his parents frequented. A Seattle man was also critically injured.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Drug arrests reached a record high in Jim Thorpe Borough in 2014, according to Mayor Michael Sofranko.

During a year-end report delivered to council Thursday night, Sofranko said 63 people were charged with drug-related offenses.

Not only did that number set a record, it blew past totals out of the water.

“We’ve probably had seven or eight in a year before,” Sofranko said. “It’s the thing I’m most proud of in regards to our department this year.”

Saturday, January 10, 2015

We could have a slippery commute Monday morning.

Snow is expected to develop between 3 a.m. To 6 a.m., then will possibly change to sleet or freezing rain.

Precipation will end in the day, possibly as snow.

The forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. West wind 3 to 6 mph.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night: Snow likely after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

TOMBALL, Texas (AP) — Authorities now say they do not consider an incident at a Texas hospital involving a distraught father to be a hostage situation.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Saturday night that a man was distraught about his son's medical condition and was with him inside a hospital room in the critical care unit of the Tomball Regional Medical Center. The sheriff's office said it was still unclear whether the man was armed.

Authorities had earlier said the man was believed to be holding at least two hostages.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a man believed to be the father of a patient has taken at least two people hostage at a hospital near Houston. It was not immediately clear if the man was armed.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Saturday night it believed the man was a distraught parent of a patient and at least two people were being held hostage at the Tomball Regional Medical Center. A supervisor at the county's emergency dispatch center said the situation was in the critical care unit and began around 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Jan. 10--Two men are not sexually violent predators but are sex offenders and subject to Megan's law sanctions, a Schuylkill County judge decided Friday.

In separate cases, Judge Charles M. Miller ruled Michael C. Gallagher, 34, of Jim Thorpe, and Charles J. Yoder Sr., 63, of Pine Grove, are not sexually violent predators, a ruling in line with the determinations by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.

However, he imposed Megan's Law sanctions on Gallagher for 15 years and Yoder for the rest of his life after he leaves prison.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — About 200 people braved temperatures below freezing to attend a rally near Philadelphia's Independence Hall in support of local law enforcement officers.

Pennsylvania Republicans Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Pat Meehan spoke at Saturday's Delaware Valley Pro-Blue Rally, which was sponsored by the conservative Independence Hall Foundation but billed as a nonpartisan event.

"For one day, one hour, we suspend our political differences for an exceptional cause to honor, thank and proudly stand with our Delaware Valley Police officers," foundation president Teri Adams said.