Monday, May 30, 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

With airline passengers fuming about long security lines inside terminals, an Associated Press investigation finds that outside the nation's busiest airports someone gets over fences or through vehicle gates that guard planes and runways about every 10 days.

Despite investments to fortify some airfields, the incidents remain as frequent as ever.

In 2015, a woman walked onto the tarmac in San Francisco and tried to flag down a jet. John F. Kennedy International in New York City had three fence jumpers.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A public hearing on a proposed wild-animal entertainment ban that would keep circuses and similar shows out of the city ended up being a circus of sorts, complete with clowns who begged the City Council not to enact the measure.

Syria Shrine clowns held signs outside the City-County Building that said, "We love our animals," and "Councilman Kraus makes clowns cry!"

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday after being charged with having a sexual relationship with a young girl.

State police at Frackville have charged David Joseph Whipple, 22, of Girardville, with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and related counts.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police have arrested a man for dragging a dog behind his truck in Vancouver.

Vancouver police said in a Wednesday news release that police went to a home on Sunday on a report of a dog being dragged by a truck to that location. Witnesses told police they had heard a dog yelping and crying loudly and saw a dog hanging by a leash on the side of a truck.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Details of PPL’s diversion of crews from restoring power in a high-priority area after an Oct. 29, 2011 snow storm may emerge now after the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that allowed PPL and the state Public Utilities Commission to keep them secret.

The Supreme Court panel of judges on Wednesday handed down the ruling, overturning a Commonwealth Court ruling that reversed a 2013 Office of Open Records decision saying the utility and PUC should turn over the documents.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Nazareth man fell to his death just after noon on Wednesday at Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe.

Police said Rahman Mustafa Hassan, 18, was hiking in the Lehigh Gorge State Park in Lehigh Township with a group of friends.
According to state police at Hazleton, the group picnicked on a rock at the top of the falls.

Hassan was seated with his legs hanging over the edge. He was seated next to Fadi Abboud, 19, of Nazareth. A water bottle was dropped and Hassan and Abboud fell as they tried to catch it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Emergency crews were called to Glen Onoko Falls in Jim Thorpe around 12:15 p.m. after two people fell, according to scanner reports.

One of the individuals remains unresponsive with bleeding from the head, while a second person is responsive but dealing with serious leg injuries.

The coroner has been called to the scene, as well as fire personnel from fire companies including Jim Thorpe, Lehigh & Lausanne, Penn Forest and Lehighton.

Dispatchers said that the incident occurred at the tallest set of waterfalls in the park, known as the second falls.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has landed in Pennsylvania, about 17 hours after it took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, the latest stop of its journey around the world. The plane took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the adult probation office against defendants who violated the terms of their release.

The following had hearings held.

Peter Hydro,47, of Jim Thorpe, had his parole revoked on a charge of persistent disorderly conduct on petition of probation officer Derek George for violating conditions by testing positive for a controlled substance which violated the zero-tolerance condition.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jim Thorpe Area School Board members recently passed a policy aimed at making class rank equitable between longtime students and students who transfer into the district.

The school district’s superintendent has agreed to implement the policy, but has pointed out that it could deter people who are thinking about enrolling at the high school.