Monday, August 29, 2016

Local News

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: waste, questionable intentions and little oversight.

The fundraisers — an average of more than four for each of the 49 killed and 53 wounded — include travelers asking for cash, a practitioner of ancient healing, a personal safety instructor who sells quick loaders for assault rifles, and even convicted identity impostors.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
This is a smartphone photograph taken and released by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in Durant, Miss., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, of Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners who were found dead in their Durant house Thursday. (Warren Strain/Mississippi Department of Public Safety Hand Out, via AP) Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Friends and colleagues who knew two nuns killed in their Mississippi home are gathering Sunday to remember them, as authorities continue to investigate the harrowing crime that shocked people in the small communities where the women committed their lives to helping the poor.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

HANOVER, Pa. (AP) — A bald eagle crippled by a leg trap in central Pennsylvania is recovering in a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Officials say the first-year hatchling was apparently caught in the fur trap in Franklin County and managed to free itself, but lost a talon on each foot in the process.

Wendy Looker of Rehabitat Inc. in Hanover said a woman found the eagle last week in her yard in Fayetteville, and it may have walked up to a mile from the trap.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Jim Thorpe Police Department recently announced it received six automated external defibrillator and carrying cases, six infant/child keys and one cabinet for the AED valued at $8,771.75.

According to Chief Joe Schatz, the equipment was available through a grant sponsored by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

All Jim Thorpe police vehicles and the foyer inside the borough administration/police department will be equipped with an AED unit.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

An Allentown teen was arrested Saturday and charged with domestic abuse and theft stemming from two separate incidents in Palmerton.

According to state police, Franklin Roy Piro, 18, assaulted his girlfriend in April and then stole her computer on August 23.

Police listed the location of the incidents as a Franklin Avenue residence.

Magisterial District Judge Casimir Kosciolek arraigned Piro and set bail at $100,000.

Piro was transported to Carbon County Prison, where he awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 7.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Tamaqua man was injured in a crash early Saturday morning after he was involved in a violent crash in West Penn Township.

West Penn chief of police Brian Johnson reports the Schuylkill Avenue man was drinking at a popular Allentown club and left around 3 a.m.

As he traveled along Route 309 descending the Blue Mountain he lost control of his Saturn sport utility vehicle, swerving to the right entering the berm.

The vehicle struck an earth culvert, then a tree, coming to rest upright.

The wreckage wasn't discovered until 6 a.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

POTTSVILLE (AP) - Authorities say a man and woman found dead in a central Pennsylvania motel room apparently died of drug overdoses.
The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald ( ) reports that officers were sent to the Pottsville Motor Inn just before 10 p.m. Thursday after the two were found unresponsive.
The Schuylkill County coroner's office said 31-year-old Charles Harig III and 26-year-old Brittany Guris were pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Ruth Kindrew outside of BB&T Bank in Palmerton

It was around the beginning of July when Ruth Kindrew first noticed that the time and temperature clock in front of Palmerton’s BB&T bank was covered up.

“I’m on the Facebook group ‘I Love My Hometown, Palmerton,’ with old pictures of the town. I noticed a lot of people saying ‘I miss the clock, I miss the clock!’ But they weren’t doing anything. I just get annoyed when everyone complains and no one does anything,” Kindrew said.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This is it, the last weekend hurrah before back to school.

I know the calendar claims that Jan. 1 is the beginning of the New Year, but for me, the beginning of the school year is the real new leaf that I turn over. Just like all the typical traditions that accompany the New Year’s celebration, like leaving money outside the door, or eating pork and sauerkraut, I have my own superstitions that I need to make sure are followed so that we get the year off to a good start.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The first thing you notice when you meet 11-year-old Nathan Holmberg is that his smile is constant and it’s engaging.

Even more impressive than his personality is the level at which he competes on the wrestling mat because Nathan has no right leg.

Nathan was born with no tibia, the large bone in the leg that supports much of the weight of the body. At 8 months old, he had to have his right leg removed.

Rebecca Holmberg, Nathan’s mother, saw that when he was 3 years old, he liked to spin around in circles on the floor.