50th Anniversary of Flight 40 Crash in Blossburg  

BLOSSBURG – Friday marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic plane crash of flight 40 in Tioga County. Thirty four people were killed in the crash that day and it left quite the impact on the Blossburg area. Newswatch 16 there as community members and those who lost loved ones came back to honor those who passed away. He may not know anyone in the crowd, but Donald Branson and his mother have a lot more in common with the […]

Schuylkilll County Pharmacy Tech Charged With Stealing Nearly 30-Thousand Pills

RUSH TOWNSHIP — A Mahanoy City woman is charged with stealing nearly 30-thousand prescription pills from her employer. Jamie Karmonick is accused of stealing the drugs from Alliance Medication Services in Rush Township from September of 2016 through March of this year. “I used to work in the medical field, so I kind of know exactly how that is and there were people in that job where I used to work who were like crazy when it came to those […]

A Story of Change

A change in season means big changes in the world around us. Mike Stevens shows us a story of change, from the very good to the not so good in the PhotoLink Library.

Elite GameSpeed Celebrates 2nd Year In Business In Scranton

“Get those legs going. That’s it Charles. That’s it. Keep moving. Forward lean gentlemen. Drive with those arms those legs..Bring those knees up,” said Joe Pacifico. Joe Pacifico is the owner of Elite GameSpeed in Scranton. “Step out..Don’t come inside those hips,” added Joe. Located on Stafford Avenue. Joe a Scranton Central graduate ran track, cross country and wrestled in high-school, then spent time in California and Florida before returning to Northeastern Pennsylvania to open up his business. “We wanted […]

Talkback 16: Lucky Lotto, Summer Styles and Paving Projects

In today’s edition of Talkback 16, viewers called in to sound off on a variety of topics including the Pennsylvania Lottery, our reporters’ and anchors’ summer attire, and a big paving project in a rural area.

Man accused of exposing himself near Hellertown daycare

Rick Musgnung served prison time for rubbing items with his crotch in a 48 Hour video.

A man who served jail time for lewd acts in a video store is now accused of exposing h…

Street light scammer denied bid for work release

Robert Kearns said he wanted to get a landscaping job to help pay court costs but hasn’t paid a penny in restitution to date.

A Northampton County senior judge denied work-release Friday for one of two men convicted of taking $832,000 for street lights they failed to deliver to Bethlehem Township.

Robert Kearns asked for permission to take a landscaping job to start paying back the money handed over more than 10 year ago to his company, Municipal Energy Managers.

But District Attorney John Morganelli pointed out that the 53-year-old Lackawanna County man hasn’t paid back a cent in the five years since he was convicted of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

On top of that, Kearns filed court papers challenging the state’s authority to seek restitution because the money is owed to a government entity.

When asked by the judge whether he was dropping that claim, Kearns said he wants to work to pay back court costs, not restitution.

“Mr. Kearns is the ultimate con man,” Morganelli said. “He continues to con here this morning your honor that somehow he’s going to work for some lawn company when he hasn’t paid one cent in court costs and he hasn’t paid one cent in restitution in five years.”

Kearns appeared in court with a full beard and mustache. He had a thin frame and wore brown prison coveralls.

“I would love to be able to take care of my family,” Kearns said. “I would love to be able to take care of some of the obligations of the court.”

Defense attorney Brian Monahan said inmates convicted of more violent crimes are made eligible for work-release. It’s rare for a judge to overstep the administrative policy in the prison, which typically dictates when an inmate is eligible for work-release.

Neither of those factors matters, Morganelli said.

“The case law is absolutely clear,” Morganelli told Zito. “Prison inmates have no constitutional right to work-release. In Pennsylvania that privilege of work release is up to your honor.”

Valley crooks who stole $1M (or close to it)

Kearns, 53, of Scranton, and Patrick “P.J.” McLaine, 70, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, were each convicted in 2012. They fought their convictions until their appeals ran out in April.

Zito sentenced each of them on May 12 to start serving his six month-to-one year county prison sentence.

Kearns and McLaine were convicted of making similar deals in three other Pennsylvania counties but only sentenced to prison in Northampton County.

They took $165,000 from Richland Township, Bucks County, but failed to install or maintain street lights there. They took $160,000 from Coplay in Lehigh County and took $1.3 million from Hampden Township, Cumberland County.

In each of those cases the men were sentenced to house arrest or probation. Monahan said Kearns’ sentences have expired in all of his cases except the one in Northampton County.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.

Man fleeing dad’s killing stopped twice in Lehigh County, cops say

The suspect was trying to get money from ATMs, police say.

A Schuylkill County man, fleeing after beating his father to death with a baseball bat, turned up twice on surveillance…

Deadly crash closes Route 309 in Lehigh County

The coroner’s office was responding to the 2-vehicle crash on Route 309, near Gun Club Road, in Lehigh County.

At least one person was killed Friday morning in a crash on Route 309 in Lehigh County, closing the road in both directions.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office was on the way to the two-vehicle crash at Route 309 and Gun Club Road, in Lynn Township.

Both vehicles were reported to be on their sides, and Route 309 was closed in both directions starting at Mountain Road in Lehigh County and Route 895 in Schuylkill County.

Pennsylvania State Police at the Fogelsville barracks responded to the call and would be releasing more information later, according to a dispatcher.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

 

Drugs, gun and cash seized as 1 is arrested in Easton raid

Police arrested the suspected target of a Vice Unit probe in an early-morning Easton raid.

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Easton police arrested a 31-year-old man and recovered…