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Friday, November 28, 2014
Locally owned shops ready for business

When you walk into Barbara Gilliar's shop Past and Presents Unique Gifts in downtown Jim Thorpe, you step into a world of special treasures things you can't always find in big box stores.

Gilliar smiles brightly, welcoming visitors as they meander through the small store. The walls are filled with a variety of items for sale at reasonable prices.

The floors creak slightly, showing the age of just one of the Victorian-age buildings that breathe life into the area's local economy.

Friday, November 28, 2014

WILKES-BARRE (AP) – Police say a northeast Pennsylvania woman chased her boyfriend around a dining room and stabbed him in the chest because he started eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a bender.

Police say Jacklyn Blake confessed Thursday to officers responding to her Wilkes-Barre home. They say they found her boyfriend inside holding a towel over his chest. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a drunken driver fell asleep at the wheel on a New York City highway, where they found his van stopped in the middle of traffic.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police say other cars were maneuvering around the van when an officer found it around 2 p.m. Thursday. It was on Route 440 in Staten Island.

Police say there was an open beer can in the van's cup holder.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey authorities say state police foiled a Pennsylvania woman's plot to have her daughter's ex-boyfriend and two other people killed.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman says 52-year-old Denise Nagrodski, of Easton, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Route 22. He says Nagrodski had just driven away from a mall where she had met with an undercover state police detective who she believed would carry out the killings.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Light snow fell Thanksgiving morning, but that didn't stop 583 runners from participating in the first Bo Tkach 5K Turkey Trot in Palmerton.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

More than 1,200 in the region are still without electricity after the first storm of the season dumped several inches of heavy, wet snow on trees in the region, causing branches to break and fall on lines.

As of 8 a.m., Carbon has 357 PPL customers without power, with customers in East Penn, Towamensing and Parryville waiting to get started on their Thanksgiving meals.

In Monroe, 649 homes are without power, and 208 are out in Schuylkill.

PPL has been in weather-emergency status since 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mahoning Township Police investigated three weather-related crashes Wednesday.

In the first incident a Dodge Durango traveling south on Troxell Road went off the roadway striking a mailbox.

Later. a Hyundai Santa Fe traveling west on Ashtown Drive went off the roadway shearing a pole, causing a road closure.

AHonda Civic traveling west on Route 443 went off the roadway striking a barricade at the Mahoning Farmers Market.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mahoning Township say charges are pending after a 17-year-old from Summit Hill crashed into a traffic signal pole at the Mill Road intersection at Route 443.

On Nov. 24, Mahoning Township Police investigated the incident in which the juvenile driving a 2007 Toyota hit the pole.

A witness saw the juvenile concealing items in the juvenile’s pants. Officers found the juvenile had concealed a can of Ultra Duster, and Delsym cough medicine. It was discovered that the concealed items, along with a LED pen, and a pink iPhone speaker had been stolen from Walmart on Route 443.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The first snowstorm of the season left people in the region without power.

As of 9:30 p.m., there were 338 PPL customers in Schuylkill County without electricity, 473 in Carbon and 733 in Monroe County.

PPL has been in storm emergency mode since 10:30 this morning.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

All four lanes of Route 309 atop the Blue Mountain were closed Wednesday morning as the result of a jackknifed tractor-trailer.

There is also a large fuel spill at the scene.

The Carbon County Emergency Management Agency has advised that roadways in the area are extremely hazardous.

There are numerous vehicle accidents at various locations throughout the county.

Wires were reported down around 10:30 a.m. in Mahoning Township behind Lowe's following a crash.