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Friday, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.

Ryan Shucard, press secretary for Republican Rep. Tom Marino, was arrested Friday morning. Marino is in his second term representing northeastern Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 18, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's approval of this technology is the first step toward identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware.

Friday, July 18, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.

The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1kCc0Qu ) reports that Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge William Ford on Thursday dismissed the charge against 18-year-old Adam Dennis of Macungie.

District Judge Wayne Maura had fined Dennis $50 over his attire at a May hearing. Defense attorneys appealed, saying a criminal contempt charge was inappropriate in this case.

Friday, July 18, 2014
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Eleven Boy Scouts from Troop 755, West Penn Township, attended Scout Camp at the Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation last week, learning about fishing, sailing and first aid. They earned 48 merit badges and eight boys advanced in rank. One Scout earned an award for knot tying and the troop picked up awards for scout spirit. First row, from left, Chris Osenbach, Forrest Zellner, Oliver Kressley, Dylan Crowley, Jacob Rudy, Travis Zellner. Second row, Calvin Helsley, Connor Knowlan, Kole Trubilla.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton said the state Legislature's final budget dedicated $10.5 billion for K-12 education, including an increase of $20 million for special education, which is receiving its first increase in six years, as well as $100 million in new money for block grants that gives schools the flexibility to direct money where they need it.

In the 183rd District, the Northern Lehigh School District received $10,539,414, which is a 4.5 percent increase of $454,279.

Friday, July 18, 2014
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Wet conditions along East Mauch Chunk Street have been traced to a borough water main leak. According to Dan Reigel of Reigel Plumbing, the only house affected is an unoccupied property. Reigel confirmed Thursday that workers are expected to address the problemSaturday. A separate water main leak is being addressed on Elm Street.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rush Township is buying a new backhoe, worth $154,368.

During a meeting Thursday, the supervisors said they'll get a 40 percent discount of $61,747 by purchasing through Co Stars, and get around $30,000 by trading in the township's 2005 backhoe. That knocks the cost down to $64,820. The township is purchasing a 2014 Case 580 Super N Wide track loader backhoe.

Chairman Shawn Gilbert and supervisor Robert Leibensperger voted in favor of the purchase, while supervisor Jeanine Motroni voted against it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Organizers of this weekend's Wind Gap Gun Show are not concerned about visitors' safety in light of an accidental shooting at a show in Bloomburg a few weeks ago.

At that show a vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster.

The vendor, Geoffrey Hawk, told police he thought the gun was unloaded when he demonstrated a concealed-carry wallet holster to the woman, Krista Gearhart, 25, of Orangeville.

Gearhart was treated and released for a thigh wound at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pocono Arts will conduct two fun workshops for children, ages 8-12, in August. The Pocono Arts Council is located at 18 N. Seventh St. in Stroudsburg.

Simple Printmaking will take place from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 4.

In this workshop students will have fun experimenting with different printing tools.

Projects will include creating greeting cards and designing wrapping paper.

The Art of Cartooning will take place from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 18.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community picnic with hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs from 4 to 6 p.m. July 19.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.