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Monday, January 5, 2015
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

West Penn Township police are investigating an incident which was first reported as a crash, but when police arrived on scene they found a gunshot victim.

Just before 10 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to Apple Jack Lane at the intersection with Roads End Road for a crash.

A revised dispatch reported the victim of the crash had a gunshot wound to the back and that the scene was unsecured.

Police from West Penn Township raced to the scene, along with Tamaqua and Summit Hill.

Monday, January 5, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

White Street in Bowmanstown was closed as state police investigate this crash which brought down a utility pole and live electrical wires. The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. Sunday. Neighbors at the scene reported a young male was operating a sport utility vehicle west on White Street when he struck a parked vehicle. The impact of the crash sent the parked vehicle into a utility pole, snapping it off at the base. Live electrical lines are down lying along the sidewalk. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's a somber, gray winter afternoon, with drizzle in the air, as members of Bravo Company boarded buses at the Hometown Armory for travel to Fort Indiantown Gap. Bravo Company, formally known as Company B, Second Battalion, 103rd Armored Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, has been mobilized for deployment to Iraq.

The tank company, based in Hometown, is deploying 50 of its 75 soldiers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Monday, January 5, 2015
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MILFORD (AP) A man who eluded police for 48 days after allegedly shooting to death a state trooper and wounding another arrived this morning for a preliminary hearing which could decide whether his case goes to county court for trial.

The clean-shaven 31-year-old Eric Frein was escorted into the courthouse by troopers just after 8 a.m.

Frein has been charged with shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass Sept. 12 outside their state police station in northeastern Pennsylvania. He was captured Oct. 30 at an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains.

Monday, January 5, 2015

BETHLEHEM (AP) Police have a man in custody and planned to charge him in the death of his roommate at their eastern Pennsylvania residence.

Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio says a man called 911 at 12:20 p.m. Sunday about an altercation. When police responded to the home, they found another man dead inside.

Police were not immediately identifying either man, but say the Northampton County coroner ruled the victim's death a homicide. The victim's name wasn't being released pending notification of family.

Monday, January 5, 2015
LARRY NEFF/Special to the TIMES NEWS This home along Hillview Drive in Walnutport was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.

A family of four has been displaced after a fire gutted their Northampton County home Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the home at the 800 block of Hillview Drive in Walnutport. No one was injured during the incident, which took firefighters about two hours to knock down.

Upon arrival, firefighters had to battle freezing temperatures and icy roadways due to the winter storm. Some equipment couldn't make it to the scene because of the icy roadways.

The Red Cross assisted the family with food, clothing and other seasonal garments.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Pocono Medical Center announced recently that it is entering into a new agreement with Lehigh Valley Health Network to provide medical director and professional services for radiation oncology at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center.

Patients will be cared for by the physicians who provide radiation oncology services at the LVHN cancer centers in Allentown and Bethlehem.

The new affiliation follows the decision by Michael Greenberg, who has been medical director at the cancer center since 1988, to step down, effective Feb. 28.

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Blakeslee man was charged with driving under the influence and careless driving after a two-car crash in the parking lot of a Domino's Pizza just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police responded to the scene, along Route 196 in Mount Pocono Borough, to find one of the drivers, Salvatore Dorsa, “acting strangely.”

Dorsa was arrested after several field sobriety tests.

He was transported to the Monroe County DUI Center, where he refused chemical tests.

Monday, January 5, 2015

West Penn Township police are investigating an incident which was first reported as a crash, but when police arrived on scene they found a gunshot victim.

Just before 10 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to Apple Jack Lane at the intersection with Roads End Road for an accident.

A revised dispatch reported the victim of the accident to have a gunshot wound to the back and that the scene was unsecured. Police from West Penn township raced to the scene along with Tamaqua and Summit Hill.

Monday, January 5, 2015

HONESDALE (AP) – The case against a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of fatally beating a 90-year-old woman has been moved to juvenile court.

The Times-Tribune reports Monday's ruling came after a prosecution psychiatrist testified the boy would benefit most from treatment in the juvenile system.

Wayne County Chief Public Defender Scott Bennett has said there's "no real question" the boy beat Helen Novak Oct. 11 at the home of his grandfather, Novak's caretaker.