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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Multiple crews have been called to a fire at the Harvard Avenue apartment complex in Palmerton.

Originally, someone was reported to be trapped, but everyone is out safely, according to reports.

We have staff on scene and will post updates as they become available.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The sun won’t come out tomorrow, but it looks like we’ll finally have a nice day Thursday.

There is a chance for severe thunderstorms through tonight.

The forecast:

Today: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. High near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

One driver was taken to the hospital in a violent, grinding Rush Township crash involving a car and a vehicle towing a utility trailer.

Emergency units from Hometown and Quakake responded to reports of a collision with entrapment about 5:20 p.m. Monday on Route 309 about one mile north of the Hometown intersection.

According to police Nicholas Kopp, 28, of Lansford, was traveling north on Claremont Avenue in a 2008 BMW when he apparently fell asleep, crossed the median, and struck a southbound trailer connected to a 2006 Chevrolet driven by Roy Horning, 31, Leola.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

West Nile virus is present in Carbon County.

According to a report by the Pennsylvania West Nile Control Program, released Tuesday, one mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus in the county this year. The sample was taken from Lehighton.

This sample makes the total number of reported positive results in the state 46 so far this year.

A total of 23 out of the 67 counties have discovered the virus in mosquitoes; while no counties have had dead bird positive results.

No human West Nile virus cases in the state have been reported so far this year.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An East Stroudsburg man accused of assaulting a young girl when she was between the ages of 4 and 6 in Lansford has waived a preliminary hearing on the case. The charges stem from incidents which happened several years ago.

Robert Coutts, 45, remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

He faces two counts of rape of a child, two counts of statutory sexual assault, two counts of indecent assault person less than 13 years of age, and two counts of indecent exposure.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Western Pocono Community Library Storybook Theater will present "The Phantom Tollbooth" on Thursday. There will be a Meet the Author at 5 p.m., a free dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the play begins at 6:30 p.m. Some of the cast members are, from left: Kodi Clifford (Milo), Megan Bush-Weiss (Tock), Michael Lamberti (the Humbug), Ambrose Cavalier (Dodecahedron) and Augustin Cavalier (Mathemagician.)

The kids from Western Pocono Community Library's Storybook Theatre bring laughter to the stage in their upcoming performance of "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. Dinner with the author and show will be on Thursday, July 17, if the author is well after a recent illness. Meet the author at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the show is at 6:30 p.m. at the library, at 131 Pilgrim Way, Brodheadsville, across from the Pleasant Valley Middle School. Please call to reserve for dinner at 570-992-7934.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lower Towamensing Township has a new set of wheels at a cost of $21,000.

At a special meeting on Monday, the township's board of supervisors agreed to purchase a 2008 Ford F-350 from Penske Truck Leasing, of Reading, Berks County. Supervisor Ron Walbert was absent.

The township had budgeted $50,000 in this year's budget for the truck, which replaces a 1996 bucket truck that supervisors previously said was not fully functional and was a safety hazard.

In other business, supervisors:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ernest Troy Freeby of Lansford was convicted of murdering his wife, Edwina Aiteno Onyango, a native of Kenya.

The state's highest court has refused to allow a convicted Carbon County murderer to appeal a decision by the state's Superior Court, which denied his appeal of his trial and sentence.

In a one-line order the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denied the petition of Ernest Troy Freeby of Lansford to appeal the decision of the Superior Court.

In December 2013, the Superior Court upheld the conviction and sentence of life without parole imposed on Freeby.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

The animals aren't gathering two by two. Yet.

With even more rain forecast for today, our region continues to to slog through this soggy summer.

The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance of heavy rain today, and a 60 percent chance tonight.

The drenching rains are putting a damper on outdoor activities, delaying baseball games, picnics and hikes.

At Cornerstone Community Church in Kresgeville, Andrea Jacoby said the rainfall is making it tough to plan this week's Vacation Bible School activities.