Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
A screen grab shows Barry Robert Baker Jr. of Coatesville punching a man with cerebral palsy.

WEST CHESTER (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is accused of sucker punching another man outside a convenience store after making fun of him because he showed symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Police in West Chester are charging 29-year-old Barry Robert Baker Jr. of Coatesville with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct for an attack captured on the store’s security cameras.

The footage shot at 2:30 a.m. on May 10 shows a man police say is Baker mocking the victim before punching him in the face without warning, then abruptly leaving the parking lot.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

(AP) Marco Caruso lay passed out due to a drug overdose for 20 minutes with his young sons before a bystander found him, police said.

The bystander found Caruso’s 5-year-old sons inside a restroom at Wayne Grube Memorial Park in Allen Township, where Caruso lay unconscious in a stall and one of the boys kept pricking himself in the finger with a hypodermic needle as he tried to put the cap on.

“Daddy is sleeping,” one of the boys told the bystander, according to the boys’ mother, Heather Liskanich.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


By Frank Andruscavage

Republican & Herald

(AP) A Schuylkill Haven man was jailed after being arrested by Pottsville police stemming from an incident about 9 p.m. May 16 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Police said officers were called after a 26-year-old Minersville man walked into the emergency room with multiple stab wounds to his body.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State trustees are planning to weigh recommendations to "ensure significant change" at the university's fraternities and sororities in the wake of the February death of a pledge.

Eighteen members of the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State face charges in connection with the Feb. 4 death of sophomore Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. Police say Piazza drank a life-threatening amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual on Feb. 2 and fell down the stairs at least twice.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Scholarship recipients were honored at St. Luke’s Miners Campus. Front row (L-R) J. David Bohri, MD, Karlie Gemino, Riley McHugh, Alexis Baddick, Erika Cruver, Julia Banning, Chole Markovich, Muskan Khatiwala, Madison Ansbach, Maureen Donovan, board of trustees Chair Back Row (L-R) Mark Kender, MD, Brendan Morgans, Deidre Ressler, Matthew Derr, Desiree Malacusky, Jordan Reis. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Fourteen high school seniors from Carbon and Schuylkill counties were recently awarded scholarships from the St. Luke’s Miners Campus.

The board of trustees Scholarship and the Medical Staff Scholarship are each 1,000 and presented to a graduating senior from seven area high schools who met the criteria of the award, St. Luke’s said in a news release. The criteria required each recipient to be in the top 25 percent of his/her graduating class and be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited four year college or university in the health care field.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A district attorney in eastern Pennsylvania says his office, not state police, should investigate a fatal weekend shooting by troopers.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli is criticizing the decision by state police to keep the probe in-house. He tells The (Allentown) Morning Call ( ), "I think it is wrong," and "We don't do things like we did in the 1950s."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Carbon County man admitted crashing his vehicle into a ditch while his young son was in the vehicle, unbelted.

He entered a guilty plea in the county court on Thursday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Trevor Scott Hunsicker, 29, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of recklessly endangering another person for an incident on Sept. 7, 2016. In exchange for the plea charges of accidents causing death of injury while not properly licensed and summary offenses were dropped.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The intersection at First and Iron streets in Lehighton is blocked after a vehicle has taken out a traffic light pole.

More details to come.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Pleasant Valley at Nazareth District 11 Class 6A playoff baseball game scheduled for today has been rescheduled to Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. because of wet field conditions.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A crash downed a traffic signal pole in Lehighton. Traffic is backing up as a result.

The incident was reported along First Street (Route 209 North) near its intersection with Bankway Street.

Pictures posted online show that someone struck the pole and caused it to fall across the street. The driver's condition was not available.

According to radio dispatchers, a temporary stop sign will be in place until further notice.