Squatter Suspected Of Setting Fire

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CARBONDALE — Firefighters in Carbondale say a man squatting in a vacant house could have been killed or the place could have burned down if a neighbor hadn’t called 911. Firefighters say a neighbor called 911 around 10:30 a.m. when they saw smoke coming from the vacant property on Cemetery Street in Carbondale. Fire crews […]

Manhunt Hits 40 Day Mark In Poconos

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PARADISE TOWNSHIP — It’s been 40 days now that alleged cop killer Eric Frein has been on the run.  For weeks, state police have said they are closing in on their suspect, but now more than a month since the shooting, the search area is spreading out. The search area has continued to spread out […]

Shooting Victim’s Family Offers Reward Money

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WILLIAMSPORT — It’s been one day since a 16 year old was found shot and killed in an alley in Williamsport, and now the family of the shooting victim hopes the promise of reward money will help lead to the killer’s arrest. The family of TyFeak Gordon says they have come up with nearly $50,000 […]

Wham Cam: Hoagies?

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Others call them subs or heroes but in Pennsylvania, they are hoagies. But what is the origin of the word hoagie?

This week on POL: Archery Deer Hunt

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Coming up this week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, we’re talking food plots and deer hunting.  First, join Tim Barber, president of Winchester Archery, for an evening hunt in Wayne County.  Then we’ll travel out to Woodward to check in on the food plots that we planted in the spring with the help of Hoover Tractor […]

Man Tied Up, Beaten During Home Invasion

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Police are investigating a late night home invasion in Luzerne. Cops say victim's face was hit with brass knuckles. pic.twitter.com/Av0Y1sjdlJ — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 22, 2014 LUZERNE — Police are looking for whoever broke into a home in Luzerne County then beat and tied up the person living there. Investigators say the victim was […]

Police look for driver who fired shot at 18-wheeler

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Police are asking the public’s help to find a driver who fired shots at a big rig in Lehigh County Tuesday night.

According to state police, an unknown white man fired a single gunshot from his moving pickup truck that hit a tractor trailer.

The incident happened around 10:40 p.m. on the ramp to Interstate 78 eastbound from north Route 100 in Upper Macungie Township.

The shooter was driving a silver 4-door Nissan pickup truck with a loud exhaust.

The pickup had a white license plate with black lettering, with an unknown “military-type” emblem near the plate.

The man was said to be wearing a green military-type shirt or jacket.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about it is asked to call state police in Fogelsville at 610-395-1438.

No injuries were reported.

UPDATE: 16-Year-Old Boy Found Shot In Alley

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WILLIAMSPORT — The name of the 16-year-old boy, who was found shot dead in Williamsport, has been released. Officers say the body of TyFeak Gordon was found on Dove Court on Tuesday. Authorities say the teenager lived close by. Williamsport police say they do not have a suspect or a motive. An autopsy is set […]

Divers go underwater to map submerged trains

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They travel the murky depths of the Delaware River usually to recover victims who have died in unfortunate accidents.

But Tuesday members of the dive team at the Delaware Water Gap National Park got to do something else.

The protection is in the preparation; check the air, put on the proper gear, and then slowly ease your way into the Delaware River.

“They do a lot of work that is just under the surface and a lot of people don’t see the work that they do,” said spokeswoman for the Delaware Water Gap National Park, Kathleen Sandt.

This was diver re-certification at the Delaware Water Gap National Park near the Kittatinny Point Visitors Center in Hardwick Township, New Jersey.

“Every three years our divers are required to go through this 40-hour training workshop,” said park dive officer Michael Croll.

Not all divers are from the area. Two are from the Isle Royale National Park in Michigan and say the Delaware River presents problems.

“It’s very dark, the bottom is kind of covered in rocks and a lot of plant material,” said diver Paul Brown.

Once the divers learn the terrain underwater, they get to do something cool and that is map out a train wreck from years ago.

“Our park has a lot of shipwrecks,” added Brown. “But I’ve never got to dive on a train. So you don’t really think of getting to go see a train underwater while you are going scuba diving. So it’s pretty exciting.”

One wreck is from the 1940′s and the other from the 1970′s.

“It’s never really been mapped so we want to get an idea of what’s there and how much is still there and what’s been lost,” said Croll.

These maps will help in the future.

“Our mission is to preserve and protect these special resources for future generations and if we don’t know what is there, we can’t protect it,” said Sandt.

Parkland promises modest tax increases for budget year 2015-2016

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In a nutshell, Tuesday night’s Parkland School District Board of Directors Workshop meeting centered around dough and doughnuts.

Proving that nearly anytime is a good time to talk about money, John Vignone, the district’s director of business administration, provided directors with a 2015-2016 budget planning presentation that contained this following statement of note for district taxpayers.

“We can live within the index,” Vignone said.

For those who don’t make a habit of attending school board meetings, the index is the maximum allowable amount a district can seek a millage increase, and it varies from district-to-district.

Parkland’s Act 1 Index is set at 1.9 percent.

Again, for readers not acclimated with the verbiage, that would amount to a .26 millage increase, or $26 a year for a property assessed at $100,000, $52 for a $200,000 property and $78 for a property assessed at $300,000.

Vignone weaved revenue and expenditure trends and projections into a narrative that made one fact undeniably clear: the district is leaning on local taxpayers more and more to make ends meet.

About 84 percent of the district’s total revenue comes from local funding sources, primarily but certainly not limited to, property taxes.

Only 14 percent of the district’s cash comes from Harrisburg, with the remaining two percent coming from Washington, D.C.

The trend seeing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s share diminishing is becoming noticeable, according to President Roberta Marcus.

“They are shifting more on the local taxpayer,” she said.

And the Commonwealth’s funding equation for 2015-2016 in Parkland School District is best said to be “up in the air” especially with Election Day two weeks away with the marquee match up in Pennsylvania centered around who resides in the governor’s mansion.

The uncertainty of whether Gov. Corbett can pull off an upset for the ages or whether Democratic candidate Tom Wolf will howl in victory could all factor into how much – or how little money – Parkland is able to attract.

Even that noted, Vignone said the district won’t be getting rich anytime soon from state money, telling directors that the Pennsylvania funding “is made up primarily of reimbursements” for the district.

On the expenditure side, he said Parkland will need to absorb yet another significant increase from PSERS contributions to the tune of a 4.44 percent or $3.5 million increase. This increase comes on the back of a 4.47 percent hike during the current year.

Directors also heard a presentation from Todd Holmes, the district’s director of food services, who cooked up a presentation on regulations surrounding the “Smart Snack in Schools” program instituted to provide children with healthy and wholesome foods to combat rising obesity and poor diet trends in the United States by the federal government.

The regulations require school districts to curb various fats, sodium and sugars found in foods consumed by children in a school district whenever a transaction takes place.

More vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods are now on the menu, although Holmes noted that complying with the standards has proven to be challenging.

In addition the standards for more green foods is costing the district some green, as less children have been inclined to buy lunches in the district now that some healthier fare is on the daily menu.