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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WINDGAP (AP) The phone call, in a sense, restored faith in humanity for both David Volk and Wilhelmenia Dinkins.

For Volk, a Plainfield Township resident who was abandoned just hours after birth 36 years ago in the bathroom of a Newark McDonald's, there was the reassurance that his birth mother may have cared more about his well-being than the circumstances dictated.

For Dinkins, the manager at the McDonald's who found Volk in that bathroom and rescued him, there was a renewed belief in the ability of people to go out of their way to say, "Thank you."

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia's mayor is promising a review of the city's July Fourth concert after several acts used expletives during their performances.

Mayor Michael Nutter tells KYW-AM (http://cbsloc.al/1jZGxan ) that concert organizers are contractually obligated to make the free concert suitable for families. He says the city will work to make next year's "Welcome America" concert more family-friendly.

Friday night's televised concert featured Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and other performers.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Kunkletown man is accused of luring a woman to his home by promising her work as a waitress, then once she arrived told her he was going to prostitute her. Police say he also held her in his mobile home overnight while he and another male sexually assaulted her several times.

Christopher John Klement, 20, of 515 Ocean Drive, had a preliminary hearing on the charges on Monday before District Judge JoLana Krawitz of Stroudsburg.

Krawitz ordered all nine counts filed against him be forwarded to Monroe County Court.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BELLEFONTE (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man will spend nine to 18 years in state prison for a drunken crash that killed one of his friends and critically injured two others.

WJAC-TV reports 30-year-old Matthew Shirk, of Bellefonte, was sentenced Monday by a Centre County judge.

He was convicted earlier this year of charges including driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, and homicide by vehicle in the Dec. 21, 2011, crash.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Sharon Stanley/Special to the Times News Older trucks and trailers are parked on "community center" property in East Penn Township, purportedly put there by Clair Troxell, with whom the township has been in litigation about the state of his properties for over a decade.

After a brief executive session to discuss property acquisition and personnel, the East Penn Township Board of Supervisors met Monday.

Similar to last month's meeting, several residents again expressed dissatisfaction with what they call "junk" on property owned by Clair Troxell, including sound wall barriers well over 6 feet tall leaning on a tree and older trucks and trailers parked longer than 30 days on nearby "community center" property.

Solicitor James Nanovic said last month that the township was told they would only be there for 30 days.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Obama is portrayed as Hitler in a poster  displayed by Joe Billington of Delaware County. The LaRouche movement set up a campaign stand Monday in front of the U.S. Post Office in Tamaqua.

The politically charged LaRouche movement returned to Tamaqua for a day of campaigning.

The political action committee set up sandwich posters, a table and shade umbrella in front of the U.S. Post Office, at 399 East Broad St., on Monday during 90-degree heat.

"Obama's a puppet. He's no damn good," yelled volunteer Joe Billington of Delaware County to passersby in an effort to win supporters.

The LaRouche PAC contends that Obama is colluding with England to lure the U.S. into World War III.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Naturalist Robin Tracey of Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville will lead a hike on Crow and Lake View trails starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The hike is 5.5 miles in length and moderate to difficult.

The trails cross over two creeks and run parallel to the lake. There will be a spectacular view from the dam.

Participants will meet in the Crow Trail parking lot off Tuscarora Mountain Road.

Call Tracey at 570-467-2506 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information or weather conditions.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A crowd of over 950 people gathered at Palmerton Pool for the 60th anniversary celebration, rededicating the pool to all past veterans. Those who were serving in Iraq at the time were also honored.

Charles McHugh, Carbon County director of Veteran Affairs, was the guest speaker.

Larry Arner, general manager for the pool, said he was grateful to everyone who made the pool a reality.

The pool opened on July 6, 1947, and was then dedicated to 1,800 men and women who served during World Wars I and II.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fire and ambulance crews answered calls to help a snakebite victim at Glen Onoko Falls Saturday night.

The 23-year-old woman was at the third falls, near the top, said Lehigh and Lausanne Rural Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Chief Keith Koch.

The calls went out at about 8 p.m. to Franklin Township, Trachsville and Nesquehoning fire departments, he said.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
AP Photo/The Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk Police officers arrest a protester Monday at the fire station a block away from a fire scene that claimed four young children early Saturday morning in Philadelphia. Hundreds of people have gathered outside the fire station to protest what they say was a delayed response to a weekend row house fire.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Two people were arrested Monday night after residents gathered outside a fire station to protest what they say was a delayed response to a weekend row house fire that killed four young children.

About 200 residents turned out at the fire station after an afternoon community meeting to demand answers on firefighters' response to the blaze, which destroyed eight homes in Southwest Philadelphia. The protest drew dozens of police officers and resulted in several clashes.