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Saturday, August 2, 2014

HARRISBURG Pa. (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of their house says she didn't know he had died until noticing the smell.

Kimberly Tutko tells Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/1rXiJbV ) that her husband was the primary caretaker of their mentally disabled son. She says Jarrod Tutko waited several days to tell her the boy had died.

Police charged Jarrod Tutko on Saturday with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Who would have thought that from the embers of Bethlehem Steel an entire new industry would flourish, a creative industry that honors the community's past and celebrates its future with music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts," First Lady Susan Corbett said.

The opening ceremony of the 31st annual Musikfest was held Aug. 1 inside the ArtsQuest building in the Capital Blue Creativity Commons at SteelStacks. The event, which was originally to be held outside at the Aetna AmericaPlatz, was moved inside due to rain.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A fast-moving fire broke out Saturday morning at a large building at 567 East Main St. in Stroudsburg. The building houses businesses and apartments.

There were no injuries, but firefighters closed part of Main Street as they battled the blaze.

The lower part of the building houses Pocono Sew and Vac. The business sent an email to customers last night to tell them that no equipment in for repairs was damaged.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A burglar who broke into a Shenandoah home got away with police uniforms from three departments.

The thief forced open a locked front porch window of Mary and Jason Drumheller's home between noon June 8 and 2 p.m. Friday, according to state police at Frackville.

He or she ransacked the house and stole the uniforms, from Ashland and Frackville borough and Butler Township police departments.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

When the USS Constellation pulled into the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam in the early morning hours of Aug. 5, 1964, it was a day like almost every other.

The weather was hot and sticky from the humid summer season, and as the sun rose that morning, the Naval pilots began operations, taking to the air in planes and fighter jets as others worked to maintain the 1,062-foot Naval aircraft carrier.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

In 1965, Robert Turnicky received a letter from Uncle Sam, "inviting" him to come for a physical.

At the time, Turnicky was totally against the Vietnam War.

"But I felt it was my patriotic duty to serve," he says.

Born and raised in Doylestown, he graduated from Central Bucks High School in 1963 and was working as a meat cutter. He had just had a hernia operation, was experiencing stomach problems and suffered with allergies. He was rejected.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
John Woginrich

Envision, for a moment, what it must have been like to be 21 years old and stationed in a foreign land.

Forty-five years ago, John Woginrich, then a young, bright-eyed upstart, didn't have to imagine how such a scenario would unfold.

He lived it.

Nearly a half-century later, Woginrich didn't hesitate when asked if he'd go back to battle in the name of our country's freedom.

No questions asked.

Upon graduating from Lehighton Area High School in 1966, Woginrich enlisted in the service in April 1968, at which time he went for helicopter training.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Joe Shamonsky, now of Hometown, holds a photograph of him receiving his Purple Heart from Brig. Gen. Glenn Collins at Fort Sam Houston.

At 6 foot 5 inches tall, Joe Shamonsky wasn't the best candidate for an Army medic. Medics, identifiable because of special insignia and the medical bag they carried, were targets the enemy sought to eliminate.

Fifty years after his service in Vietnam, Shamonsky still has problems with the skin around his elbows.

"Crawl, crawl, seemed like all I did in boot camp was practice the low crawl," Shamonsky said, recalling his days at Fort Gordon, Georgia. "Long distances, day after day."

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Electronics recycling in the borough of Summit Hill will be Aug. 13. Items must be out at the curb the night before.

Included in the event are: televisions, computers, keyboards, monitors, etc. All televisions must be in one piece with no parts removed or they will not be taken.

This will be a curbside pickup for Summit Hill residents only.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kevin Kane of Nesquehoning put a message onto his iPads. The message was merely to contact him at his phone number.

That one-sentence prompt resulted in the arrest of a man who police say burglarized his home.

The suspect, Marc Joseph DiGilio, 27, of South Second Street, Lehighton, had been scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford. Instead, he waived the charges to Carbon County Court.

Those charges are burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and receiving stolen property.