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Monday, July 14, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police found William Wilkinson and his wife, Denise, dead at their residence at 37 E. Main St. in Junedale.

The man who police suspect of killing his wife before turning the gun on himself, had several incidents of violence in past months.

State police at Hazleton are investigating the deaths of Denise Wilkinson, 44, and William Wilkinson, 44, of 37 E. Main St., in the village of Junedale, Banks Township.

Troopers said their bodies were found about 10:45 p.m. Friday when they responded to the home for a report of a domestic incident called in to the Carbon County Communications Center.

Monday, July 14, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An elderly man died Saturday while he was biking along a Lehigh County hiking trail. Ernesto Zullo, 74, of Bethlehem, suffered a heart attack while riding his bicycle on the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor trail off Shady Hook Road and South Walnut Street in Washington Township. Special equipment was needed to bring Zullo's body off the trail. State police at Bethlehem said Zullo was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. by county deputy coroner Rebecca Saborsky. The coroner's office ruled Zullo died of natural causes.

Monday, July 14, 2014

FEASTERVILLE (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia coroner says a transport vehicle that dropped a corpse onto a busy roadway was to have been taken out of service later this month and replaced.

Bucks County Coroner Joseph Campbell told the Bucks County Courier Times that the converted pickup was retired immediately after a door malfunctioned at about noon Friday, sending the body onto the Lower Southampton Township road.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A man hallucinating on controlled substances is facing charges after he called in a false fire alarm.

State police at Fern Ridge identified the suspect Harold M. Malone, 31, of Effort.

According to troopers on July 10 about 10:30 a.m. Malone became highly impaired by controlled substances and hallucinated that a fire was occurring at his residence. He called 911 and reported the fire and also that his arms were burning and that someone else may be trapped in the home.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A 17-year-old male died in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning. His 17-year-old passenger was seriously injured.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred about 3:58 a.m. on Sunday, along Route 209, about a half-mile north of N. Keystone Road, in Porter Township.

Troopers did not identify the teen or where he lived. However, the county coroner's office said the teen was Antonio Rios. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

State police are investigating the death of a man discovered along the Rails To Trails hiking path about a mile south of Slatington.

The body was found just before 1 p.m. Emergency personnel accessed the area by a gate at the intersection of Walnut Street and Shady Nook Lane.

Numerous state troopers are at the scene along with a forensic unit.

The Lehigh County Coroner has been called to the scene.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A few thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening could produce locally strong winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday could produce locally damaging winds and hail. In addition, torrential downpours will be possible
which may result in some flooding of poor drainage areas.

The forecast:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

State police at Hazleton are investigating the apparent murder - suicide of a couple at 37 Main Street in the village of Junedale. The incident was first reported 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

William Wilkinson, 44, killed his wife Denise Wilkinson, 44, before he turned a gun on himself, police said.

Troopers were summoned to the home at 10:45 p.m. for a domestic disturbance.

Police found Denise Wilkinson dead inside the Banks Township home, and William Wilkinson dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dear Editor,

Are unions useful?

I find this an interesting subject. My husband has retired from the government. He paid union dues of approximately $1,000 per year.

If he had taken that money and put it in a savings account, he would have something. He does not get anything from the union. So why should anyone pay union dues to get back absolutely nothing?

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Zagalo de Lima

ALLENTOWN PPL Corporation announced that an executive with more than three decades of wide-ranging technology and management experience will join the company's board of directors.

Armando Zagalo de Lima, a Xerox executive vice president, has been elected to the PPL board, effective July 3. Zagalo de Lima, who has served Xerox in a number of key positions since 1983, will be retiring from Xerox at the end of this year.