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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yet another tractor trailer load of demolition debris has been discovered illegaly dumped, this time along Route 309 in Kline Township, Schuylkill County.

The mountain of waste is located atop the Mile Hill where trucks are required to stop and down shift before depending the mountain.

Two piles were discovered in Carbon County this week, one at Snyder Tire in Lehighton and one on Riverview Road in East Penn Township.

Officials believe they have a suspect in the case.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State agency employees in Pennsylvania — from the governor's office staff to front-line workers — routinely are encouraged to pare the numbers of emails they keep, and by doing so, they effectively decide on their own which are public records.

They have that power because deleted emails within the executive branch are backed up by state servers only for five days, the state says.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands on Sunday.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck just before 3:30 a.m. miles from Napa in California wine country was felt widely, breaking water mains, causing more than 100 gas leaks, leaving two adults and a child critically injured, damaging some of Napa Valley's famed wineries, and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Annual Truskey Run was help Saturday in Tuscarora State park.

The run is organized by Wayne and Pat Truskey of West Penn Township. Their son, Chris, who often trained at Tuscarora, passed away as the result of a car crash in September 1990.

Family friend Wendy Dunkelberger of Tamaqua worked with the Truskeys to organize an annual race to honor Chris's memory. The first was held in August 1991. They established a scholarship fund to help high school runners further their educations. So far, about $65,000 has been distributed.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Over 200 people have been evacuated from an eastern Pennsylvania hotel, and 20 to 25 are being treated at area hospitals for possible carbon monoxide inhalation.

The evacuations took place Sunday at about 9 a.m. after a leak from a furnace was discovered at the Best Western Hotel on Tigue Street in Dunmore, the Scranton Times-Tribune ( ) reports.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A 38-year-old man died Saturday after being shot multiple times backstage during a concert at a popular Silicon Valley venue, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at Shoreline Amphitheatre, where Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, Atlanta hip hop artist Jeezy and others had finished performing Friday night. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died at a hospital.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 78-year-old Philadelphia woman says she shot her son in self-defense after he threatened her.

Police say the shooting happened in the Germantown neighborhood at about 9 p.m. Friday. They arrived to find the 45-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

The unidentified woman told police that her son appeared to be drunk and threatened to strangle her. She says he barged into her bedroom and pointed a gun at her, and that's when she picked up her own handgun and returned fire.

The unidentified man was taken to an area hospital and is in stable condition.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a toddler who was found floating in a swimming pool near her Harrisburg-area home has died.

Swatara Township police Chief Jason Umberger says the 1½-year-old girl was found in the pool on Friday just before 9 a.m. The Harrisburg Patriot-News ( ) reports that the investigation is continuing but it appears she wandered from a nearby home.

Police were initially called to the Chambers Hill Road area on a missing child report.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection has a suspect in the case of two piles of destruction and demolition debris illegally dumped Wednesday night in Carbon County.

One big pile was dumped on the lot of Snyder Tire on Route 443 in Lehighton. The other was dumped at Torco on Riverview Drive in East Penn Township.

The construction company is believed to be from New Jersey, according to DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly.

"The company has been on our radar," Connolly said.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Robert "Ski" Siesputowski is a man on a mission.

The Summit Hill native is trying to save the USS Independence, a decommissioned Naval aircraft carrier that has been tagged for dismantling in 2015.

Siesputowski is determined to save the ship from becoming only a memory because he was part of the ship's first crew, having served as a second class radarman from 1959 to 1960.