Thursday, July 28, 2016

Local News

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three former fraternity brothers and the group itself are challenging evidence in the upcoming criminal trial over a pledge's death during a hazing ritual in the eastern Pennsylvania mountains.

The Pocono Record reports a Monroe County judge held a hearing Monday on the challenges filed by the former Baruch College fraternity brothers Sheldon Won, Raymond Lam and Kenny Kwan— and the Pi Delta Psi fraternity, itself.

They want the judge to throw out some statements made to police and other evidence. The judge didn't immediately rule.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 61-year-old Pennsylvania man died after being electrocuted while working on a home in West Cocalico Township earlier this week.

Ephrata Police Sgt. Matt Randolph tells LNP newspapers ( ) that Nelson Good was shocked when he came in contact with wires connected to a home on South Blainsport Road around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

CPR was performed on the Reinholds man at the scene and he was rushed to WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MONROETON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the boyfriend of woman whose decomposed body was found along a northeastern Pennsylvania streambank earlier the year has been charged in her slaying.

State police said 28-year-old Michael Houseweart was arrested Tuesday on a count of criminal homicide in the death of 32-year-old Michelle Inch of Montoursville.

Police in Bradford County said the victim's body was found March 18 along Schrader Creek. An autopsy determined that she died of blood loss following gunshots.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

READING, Pa. (AP) — A man whose attempted robbery of a taxi driver was thwarted by a sheriff's deputy who happened to be nearby has pleaded guilty and repeatedly apologized to the victim.

Nineteen-year-old Victor Martinez-Herrera pleaded guilty to robbery Monday in Berks County Court and was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison.

Prosecutors said he got into the cab in Reading on March 7 wearing a mask and hood and put a gun to the driver's head while demanding money.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Lehigh Valley Health Network is eliminated dozens of positions and 34 workers are affected.

The (Allentown) Morning Call ( ) reports the hospital network is trying to find other positions for those workers, none of whom were "direct caregivers."

If other jobs can't be found for them, they'll get severance packages.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Parts on an elevator door that gave way have become the focus of an investigation after a Pennsylvania jail guard and an inmate plunged about 60 feet down an open shaft to their deaths.

The parts in question are known as gibs. They are load-bearing devices that are meant to keep the doors from opening improperly.

Luzerne County officials say the devices may have failed when first-year corrections officer Kristopher Moules and 27-year-old inmate Timothy Gilliam Jr. fell to their deaths on July 18.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ALLENTOWN (AP) — Authorities allege that a soldier accused of killing his 14-year-old girlfriend’s mother in eastern Pennsylvania after she objected to the difference in their ages purchased a fake birth certificate before the murder.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that the detail was revealed during a hearing Monday in preparation for Caleb Barnes’ homicide trial in Lehigh County Court in the death of 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman has been sentenced to 20 months of house arrest after four dogs were found dead in her home in May 2015.

Twenty-six-year-old Taura Krill-McCormick was also sentenced Tuesday to an additional 100 months of probation. She pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in April.

Police say four dogs were found dead inside her home by officers investigating a foul odor coming from the house. Officers found the bodies of two pit bulls, a terrier mix and a Rottweiler.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania district judge has resigned and his attorney says it's because he's facing unfair scrutiny and professional misconduct charges soon from the state Judicial Conduct Board.

Saucon Valley District Judge David Tidd resigned effective midnight Monday. He had resigned in February, but rescinded that after an outpouring of public support.

Samuel Stretton, the attorney representing Tidd, told The (Allentown) Morning Call that Tidd "had enough of Northampton County" saying he believes the judge has been "mistreated and targeted."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A young male driver was injured Tuesday afternoon in a crash on Stagecoach Road in Towamensing Township.

The crash occurred at 4:30 p.m. as he was traveling west when he became distracted.

His car veered to the right, hitting a tree on the lawn of the residence.

The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Palmerton ambulance and transported to an area hospital.

State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident.