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Friday, June 6, 2014
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Like an impending hurricane, motorists knew it was coming and hoped for the best.

Detours for the Thomas J. McCall Memorial Bridge construction project began this morning and it was not a smooth commute.

Traffic was backed up on every road leading to the bridge.

A traffic signal didn't work properly.

Motorists defied "no left turn" signs from Lehighton into Weissport, and from southbound Route 209 onto the Bridge Street hill in Lehighton.

Horns blared frequently as tempers flared.

Friday, June 6, 2014

One man was flown to a Lehigh Valley area hospital and a second man was arrested in a shooting incident that occurred Thursday afternoon in Monroe County.

The incident occurred about 3:10 p.m. along Sycamore Drive in Eldred Township.

According to reports, the two men argued while in a vehicle parked near a two-story home with one shooting the other.

Friday, June 6, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.

"There are a number of heroes in this," Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said. "The people around him (the gunman) stepped up."

Friday, June 6, 2014

Lansford police have arrested one of the two Coaldale men they believe robbed resident George Becker on Thursday.

Christopher Keer, 24, of 23 W. Ruddle St., was taken into custody Thursday night and is being held under $75,000 straight bail.
Police are still searching for Joseph Becker of 208 E. High St.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Brian Horos, George Becker came into the police station and said he had been robbed.

Friday, June 6, 2014

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania farmer has found 150 marijuana plants growing in his corn field.

Police in Penn Township, Butler County, say the landowner won't be charged because he didn't grow the plants. Instead, police say he discovered them in the middle of his field, hidden by weeds and corn stalks, while he was spraying the tract.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Students from the Life Skills class at Lehighton Area High School made special crafts patriotic mini message centers for the veterans at The Summit at Blue Mountain Health Systems Lehighton Campus.

During their visit, the students heard stories of special memories from a few of the veterans.

One in particular was a story about General Patton's right hand man and the time that was had serving under the general.

Friday, June 6, 2014
Christopher Keer

Lansford police are searching for two Coaldale men they believe robbed resident George Becker on Thursday.

The men are Christopher Keer, 24, of 23 W. Ruddle St. and Joseph Becker of 208 E. High St.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Brian Horos, George Becker came into the police station and said he had been robbed.

Friday, June 6, 2014

The bridge that spans Koch Road in Towamensing Township will be shut down for replacement from June 13 to Nov. 13.

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday announced the closure.

The arched, single-lane bridge, built in 1916, spans Pohopoco Creek. Commissioners have been planning to repair or replace it since 1999, when a bus company expressed concerns about its safety.

The $2 million project will be done by Fabcor Inc. of Jessup, Lackawanna County.

Fabcor was the lowest bidder for the project, offering to do the construction work for $1.35 million.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Zion United Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville needs 200 multigenerational volunteers Saturday to help make Kids Against Hunger 27,000-plus food packets for the benefit of local food pantries and the children of the Village of Hope School in Haiti. The packaging sessions are from noon to 2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. To register, call 570-992-6988 or email monroecokah@hotmail.com.

The nutritious meals are to help reduce hunger locally as well as globally. The event is being sponsored by Monroe County Pennsylvania Chapter of Thrivent Financial.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Eldred Township isn't giving up on acquiring Eldred Elementary School.

Thursday morning after the Eldred supervisors' meeting, Eldred supervisor Chairman Gretchen Gannon Pettit called Carole Geary, Pleasant Valley School District's superintendent, to let her know that Eldred was turning down the district's generous offer to sell it to Eldred for $1 because of the June 5 deadline that didn't allow for due diligence on the township's end.

So Geary offered an extension deadline of one month.