Man killed, woman wounded by gunfire in Allentown

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Gunfire killed a man and wounded a woman late Thursday morning in Allentown.

The shooter, police said, drove up to Eighth and Washington streets in a green vehicle at 10:07 a.m., got out, shot the two people and then fled in the same vehicle.

The male victim, 20-year-old Tymel Kireck Kenney of Wilmington, Del., was pronounced dead at 10:37 a.m. in Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the body.

An autopsy will be performed Friday.

The woman suffered a graze wound to her head, but her injury is not life-threatening, police said.

Detectives said they have several good leads and the public is not in danger.

Pennridge High School brings art to the streets

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Hundreds of students in Bucks County took art outside on a warm, sunny Thursday.

The third annual “Sidewalk Chalk Day” was held at Pennridge High School in Perkasie. Students submitted sketches and if approved they got to go out and show off their chalk skills.

Organizers said Thursday’s event is very important.

“Many students do not get to express themselves in an artistic way on a normal day to day basis. We feel that anyone regardless if they’re in an AP art or never taken art before this is the place they can come and express themselves in a different way,” Pennridge Student Council President Nick Kalams said.

This year’s event was the biggest yet with about 450 students participating. Proceeds raised Thursday will go to benefit the Pearl S. Buck Foundation.

Stroudsburg leaders look to regulate panhandling

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Officials in a Monroe County community say pan-handling is a growing problem and while they can’t outlaw it, they may be able to regulate it.

Asking for spare change has some people upset on Main Street in Stroudsburg, Monroe County.

“Make up some random story about how they need a bus ticket or blah, blah, blah,” said Bradley Bartholomew, from Stroudsburg.

Others may not see it as a problem.

“They’re not bothering me, I’m not bothering them, I don’t see the problem,” said Peter Marini, owner of Windsor Woodcrafts, LLC.

However city leaders said they’ve been receiving more complaints.

“I think that people are very aware of their surroundings,” said Stroudsburg borough manager, Cathryn Thomas.

The borough is looking into creating a panhandling ordinance. An ordinance that doesn’t stop panhandling because it’s legal.

They’re just looking to regulate it.

“It actually kind of seems to go in cycles where you might see more activity at one time and then it tapers off for whatever reason,” added Thomas. “Then it will re-surge again.”

Though the streets were void of panhandlers Thursday, it won’t stop city leaders from trying to find a solution.

“We don’t want to put in anything that is not proper as far as the law and case law is concerned,” said Thomas.

Attorneys are looking at drafting something similar to a 2011 ordinance passed in Raleigh, N.C. It requires a permit, bans panhandling in school zones, within 100 feet of an ATM and 20 feet of any business, residence or outdoor dining area.

“We don’t have a precise time frame right now of when we will be bringing this up, it is definitely something we would be adding to our code,” said Thomas.

So far the Raleigh ordinance has not been challenged in court.

Crash halts traffic on Route 209 Thursday

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Traffic was brought to a standstill Thursday morning in Monroe County after a one-vehicle accident.

According to police, the crash happened around 7:45 am on Route 209 in Chestnuthill Township.

The road was closed for an hour while emergency officials worked to clear the scene of the vehicle which rolled over. 

The driver was taken to an area hospital. 

Police did not release any information on the driver’s identity. The driver’s condition was not known Thursday afternoon.

The road was closed for about an hour while police investigated.

Police: Motorcyclist speeding before crash on Route 222

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A speeding motorcyclist was injured in a crash on Route 222 in Spring Township, police said.

The accident happened a little before 4 p.m. Thursday in the southbound lanes, near the Broadcasting Road interchange.

Police said the motorcycle was speeding when it rear-ended an SUV.

The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Sale of furniture store in downtown Reading finalized

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A landmark furniture store in Reading has a new owner.

The sale of the former Gilbert’s Furniture Showroom at South Third and Penn streets was finalized Thursday morning.

Tano Kubas paid $256,000 for the property.

Kubas said he plans to renovate and clean the 40,000-square-foot building before opening it as a furniture store.

Kubas said the store should be up-and-running in a few weeks.

Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted

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Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to “cover up past misconduct.”

The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that the Illinois Republican made large withdrawals after agreeing to pay the money.

The indictment does not explain precisely what the “past misconduct” is, but instead details at length various withdrawals and financial transactions he made with the unidentified subject. The payments totaling about $1.7 million occurred over a period of years beginning in 2010 and ending in 2014.

“During the 2010 meetings and subsequent discussions, Hastert agreed to provide Individual A $3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A,” according to the indictment.

Hastert served as House speaker from 1999 until 2006, when Democrats retook the House. Before serving in Congress he was a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois.

Hastert presided over a series of scandals during his time as speaker, including the resignation of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley in 2006, and ascended to the speakership over former Rep. Bob Livingston in 1999, who was the subject of a scandal.

A woman who answered the phone at Hastert’s office on Thursday said the speaker was “unavailable” and took a message.

Furry friends

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This week’s furry friends come to us from Peaceable Kingdom in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

Community welcomes paralyzed teen home from hospital

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Dozens of community members gathered in Womelsdorf to greet a young man who’s returned home after being treated for a life-changing injury.

Nicholas Moore, 22, was paralyzed this past fall after having a tumor removed from his spinal cord.

Prior to his injury, Nicholas was very involved in his community. He grew up playing in the marching band at Conrad Weiser High School and spent the last several years performing at the Genesius Theatre in Reading.

“Always an overachiever, always very dedicated and passionate, really an outgoing young man who was always kind of mature beyond his years,” said Hope O’Pake, who helped organize Nicholas’ homecoming.

But last fall, Nicholas started having pain in his chest, neck and shoulders. After multiple visits to the emergency room, doctors found a tumor in his spinal cord that had to be removed.

The surgery was Halloween night, and his family told us ever since, Nicholas has been paralyzed.

Over the past seven months, with Nicholas in the hospital and rehab center, community members stepped up to support his family.

They brought the family an abundance of food and donated gas cards. Local companies, as well as the family’s church, did improvements to the home to make it ready for Nicholas’ arrival.

“He is one of those kids that you know will always do things to not only be the best that he can be, but will also give back to his community and do things to help others,” said O’Pake.

His family said this is a very exciting, but scary time to bring Nicholas home, but they said they are grateful for the support from community members and the Redcay family, which recently went through a similar experience.

“Deb Redcay has been a tremendous support for me personally and our family. They kind of led the way six months ahead of us and just, we could not have done this without everyone’s support,” said Wanda Moore, Nicholas’ mother. “Thank you just does not seem like enough.”

Nicholas is now home, but his journey is far from over. There will be a fundraiser for Nicholas on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Conrad Weiser High School. You can also follow his progress on Facebook.

Tunkhannock Borough Debates Reducing Police Force

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TUNKHANNOCK —  Leaders in one Wyoming County borough are looking into downsizing the police force. For the past two years, there have been four full-time police officers in Tunkhannock. They normally have five, but one of those officers left and still hasn’t been replaced. Now, council members are wondering if four is all the borough really […]