Police: Friends Conspired to Attack Shooter

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WILLIAMSPORT — A group of friends that allegedly conspired to beat up a man in Williamsport earlier this month were charged Monday in Lycoming County. Police say the target in this case pulled out a gun and fatally shot one of his attackers. That man also faces charges. Thomas Carstetter, Tyler Cagle, and Kirsten Sedlock […]

Animal Owner Cited for Neglect

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MOSCOW — Humane Society officers spent most of Monday looking into a reported animal cruelty case inside a barn in Lackawanna County. More than 20 animals are housed at the barn on North Main Street in Moscow. Humane officers said they will cite the owner of the animals later in the week for lack of […]

Bridge Work Makes for Slow Go on Interstate 81

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LUZERNE COUNTY — Emergency bridge work is slowing traffic on part of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. According to PennDOT, a hole opened on a bridge on the southbound side near the Mountain Top/Wilkes-Barre exit (165). One lane of the highway is closed as crews work to repair the hole. PennDOT expects to reopen the […]

Netflix Arrivals, Departures September 2015

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Netflix is adding a long list of movies and shows this September. Here’s a list of everything that’s coming up this month: Available September 1 Hamlet (1990) Hardball (2001) Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean To Brag (2014) Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962) Masters of the Universe (1987) Mississippi Damned (2009) Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1 […]

Mom Admits She Drowned Twin Boys in Bathtub, Tried to Kill Third Child

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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Police say a 22-year-old Avondale mother confessed to deliberately drowning her twin sons in a bathtub Sunday. Officers arrested Mireya Alejandra Lopez after her 2-year-old boys were rushed to different hospitals, according to KPHO. The boys’ grandmother called 911 at about noon. When first responders arrived at the home, the children were on […]

Five arrested on drug charges in Coopersburg

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Five people have been charged in an investigation into drug activity in Coopersburg, including at the Executive Inn motel along Route 309 in the borough.

Last week detectives with the Lehigh County Drug Task Force seized 72 bags of heroin with a street value of $1,440, 19 bags of cocaine with a street value of $380, a half ounce of methamphetamine worth $2,500 and $835 in cash.

Charged were:

* Vanessa Rae Frable, 22, and Ryan Ernest Mokrynchuk, 22,  who lived at the same address in the 1100 block of Red Barn Road in Richland Township near Quakertown;

* Robert Patrick Wilson, 24, of Ocala, Fla., who was working in the Lehigh Valley;

* Robert Michael Rodelli, 42, of Pottstown;

* Justin William Wurst, 26, of 1100 block of  Red Barn Road near Quakertown.

Frable was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wilson was charged with possession of heroin, cocaine and paraphernalia.

 Rodelli was charged with delivery of heroin and cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin and methamphetamine and possession of heroin, methamphetamine and paraphernalia.

Wurst was charged with possession of heroin and paraphernalia.

Mokrynchuk was charged with criminal conspiracy to possess controlled substances.

Affidavits of probable cause allege:

On Aug. 19, detectives were investigating drug activity in the Coopersburg area, including at  the Executive Inn, 321 S. Third St.– Route 309.

Police stopped a vehicle being driven by Mokrynchuk and occupied by Frable, Wilson and Wurst.

Controlled substances were seized from the occupants.

Detectives earlier had seen Frable and Wurst leaving Rodelli’s room at the motel.

They went to Rodelli’s room and observed three other people in the room who said they were there to purchase heroin.

Coopersburg and Upper Saucon Township police assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing, according to Chief Detective Joseph P. Stauffer of the Drug Task Force.

NCC tops in Pa., 204th overall on best-worst list

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Lehigh Carbon Community College is 547th out of 670, the website says.

Northampton Community College is the top-rated Pennsylvania school — and 204th overall — in a personal finance website’s 2015’s best and worst community college list.

WalletHub says it weighed 17 criteria — “ranging from cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio” — in determining its ranking.

“Across the board … community colleges are slowly stacking up against their traditional four-year counterparts,” the website said. “Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of their appeal to first-time college entrants as well as university students choosing to transfer to community colleges — an emerging trend that goes against the usual grain of transitioning from a two-year to a  four-year institution.”

Key factors considered in the rankings were cost and financing, classroom experience, eduction outcomes and career outcomes, the personal finance social network said.

Northampton ranked 565 in cost and financing, 204 in classroom experience, 240 in education outcomes and 149 in career outcomes, the website said.

Lehigh Carbon Community College, which was 547 out of 670 and sixth in Pennsylvania, ranked 656 in cost and financing, 298 in classroom experience, 447 in education outcome and 336 in career outcomes, the website said.

Spokespersons for both Lehigh Valley schools were gathering information on Monday morning before commenting.

While there were New Jersey colleges on the list, Warren County Community College was not included.

North Florida Community College (137, 7, 7, 7) ranked No. 1 overall, while Terra State Community College in Ohio (571, 610, 635, 664), was ranked last.

Pennsylvania ranked 41st overall while New Jersey was 28th, the website said.

The website said it used data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, the Council for Community and Economic Research, and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors.

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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Wes Craven, Man Behind ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream,’ Dead at 76

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LOS ANGELES — Wes Craven, the visionary filmmaker who defined the horror genre with the long-enduring “A Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, and later deconstructed and redefined it with “Scream,” has died. He was 76. His family confirmed his death to the Hollywood Reporter. Craven’s verified Twitter and Instagram accounts carried a photo of him […]

Fall fashions for the new school year

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Summer is winding down and the new school year is upon us.

Elizabeth DiDuca, the Lehigh Valley Mall’s director of marketing, visited the WFMZ studios to show this season’s top fashion trends from a few of the mall’s most popular retailers.

Phillipsburg man, riding motorcycle in wrong lane, crashes, police say

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The 28-year-old is injured in the Bucks County wreck, police say.

A Phillipsburg man, riding a motorcycle south in the northbound lane of a Bucks County road, was hurt when he dumped the bike as an oncoming vehicle approached, Pennsylvania State Police report.

Jonathan C. Fusciardi, 28, suffered a moderate injury about 4 p.m. Wednesday after locking up the brakes, swerving back into the southbound lane and crashing into a ditch along Kinter Hill Road about 1,900 feet west of Center Hill Road in Nockamixon Township, police from the Dublin barracks said.

MORE: Motorcyclist in fatal Route 100 crash identified as Lynn Township man

Fusciardi was driving the 2002 Suzuki GSX 1300 RK2 at a high rate of speed, cresting a hill and navigating a curve at the time of the crash, police said. He was wearing a hemet, police said.

He is being cited with driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

Fusciardi was transported by Upper Bucks EMS to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, police said. The hospital did not have information on him on Monday morning, a supervisor said.

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.


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