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Friday, July 31, 2015

Concerns about the environment and public health have not been quelled by the state environmental agency or by radiation results from university researchers.

State officials tested for radioactivity in a major tributary to the Monongahela River, as well as discharge water from an abandoned mine that flows into it, after significant rainfall in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Friday, July 31, 2015
KEITH STEVENSON/POCONO RECORD/AP FILE PHOTO Accused gunman Rockne Newell, second from left, is led from the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg in November 2013, following his preliminary hearing on charges stemming from the Ross Township Municipal Building shooting that August.

The widow of one of three people killed in a shooting at the Ross Township municipal building has filed a federal lawsuit against township officials and a county sheriff, alleging they knew the gunman was mentally unstable and capable of violence but failed to provide security at a township meeting where he opened fire in 2013.

Friday, July 31, 2015

ALLENTOWN (AP) – Police say a Philadelphia woman and nine members of her family tried taking a theme park for a ride by running into the park without paying for tickets.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports that 26-year-old Markeisha Bostic was charged with theft by deception after Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom officials caught up with the family and alerted police.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Mountain Community Church in Palmerton will host a free Community Fun Day at the Lehighton Ampitheater on Saturday.

The event will be from 2-6 p.m. and have live bands, drama, and crafts and games for children.

There will also be free hot dogs and a pork roast.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Leondis

Two Monroe County residents are facing charges of prostitution and related offenses following a sting operation conducted by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office.

Authorities said Eileen C. Leondis, 24, of 9214 Westwood Drive, Tobyhanna, has been charged with promoting prostitution and disorderly conduct. Police are seeking the wherabouts of John A. Dealbertis VI, 52, of 103 Sycamore Circle, Albrightsville, on charges of promoting prostitution, flight to avoid apprehension, fleeing and eluding police, and recklessly endangering another person.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Pennsylvania's first probable human case of West Nile Virus infection in 2015 has been detected. A Venango county woman was hospitalized due to West Nile. She has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

The departments of Health and Environmental Protection strongly recommend that all residents minimize their exposure to mosquitoes.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Jacqueline Dormer/The Republican-Herald via AP Allen Dunbar of Tamaqua stands in the ring with his Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen during the Market Rabbits sale at the Schuylkill County Fair in Summit Station on Thursday. The fair runs through Saturday.

The Schuylkill County Fair in Summit Station continues through Saturday. The fair opens at 4 p.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday. Gate admission of $5 includes entertainment on the M&T Stage, games, contests, exhibits, competitions, programs, demonstrations, hands-on activities] and free parking. Kids under 12 are admitted for free. See www.schuylkillfair.com for more information.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The television show American Pickers will be coming to Pennsylvania for filming in mid-August.

The popular History show produced by Cineflix Productions follows friends Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel the country looking for collections of antiques that they can buy items from. The duo looks for items with historical value or anything that seems unique.

Wolfe and Fritz do their picking in private collections, often sent in to the show's producers as leads. They will be looking for large collections that they can dig through and try to find interesting objects.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Anthony Heath

Anthony Darrell Heath, his hands manacled to a chain around his waist, stands before Lehigh County Judge Kelly M. Banach as she sentences him to life in prison without parole, plus eight to 16 years in prison for murdering Angela Steigerwalt of Tamaqua in his Allentown apartment.

He strangled her in the early morning hours of Feb. 1, 2014, then burned her body in Jim Thorpe before fleeing to North Carolina, where he was arrested the next day.

"You do not deserve to walk among us or see the light of day as a free man," Banach says.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Lehighton man has died in a bucket truck accident in Northampton Township, Bucks County.

Rodney Hunsicker Sr., 42, of Lehighton, was working for Rick’s Tree Service, Ivyland, removing trees from a property in the Holland section of the township when the incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a report released by township police.

The bucket truck was positioned on a side lawn of the property. A portion of the tree being cut was tied to the boom of the bucket truck.