Three people shot in two days in Allentown

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For the second day in a row, Allentown police have a shooting investigation on their hands.

The latest shooting happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Turner Street.

Police said they were called out to the scene for a report of shots fired, but found nothing. A little while later, a 25-year-old man with a gunshot would walked into St. Luke’s Hospital Allentown.

The shooting victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

The victim appears to be cooperating with police, but was unable to provide enough information to identify a possible suspect.

Just about 24 hours before, on Friday night, there was a double shooting in the 800 block of Maple Street around 11 p.m.

The location is an alley that runs between Hamilton and Walnut Streets.

Officers told 69 News that a 23 year-old man and a 22 year-old man both showed up at local hospitals with gunshot wounds.

Both are expected to be okay, but neither victim was cooperating, according to officials. Police don’t have any suspects yet.

Police do not believe the two shooting incidents are related, since they happened many blocks away from each other.

Another Armed Robbery at Store in Hazleton

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HAZLETON — A market in Hazleton was robbed twice in a little more than a month.

Police said, just after 9 p.m. Saturday, a man with a gun demanded money from an employee at the C & P store on East Chestnut Street. The crook took off with an unknown amount of cash. No one was hurt.

On August ninth the store was held up by a man wearing a Spiderman mask.

People Allowed Back In and Out of Homes

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BARRETT TOWNSHIP — Authorities are still on the hunt for Eric Frein. However, people in Barrett and Price Townships are allowed to go in and out of their homes. State police lifted the “shelter in place” order.

People who were displaced and staying at the Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company are slowly being allowed to go home with a police escort.

As the manhunt for Frein continues, hearts and minds are unsettled, and schedules rearranged for people who live in the area where troopers are searching.

Some residents who live in Barrett and Price Townships near Canadensis were settling in for another night at the makeshift shelter at the fire company. Charities and businesses brought in more food in case their stay went on longer.

“The Salvation Army’s been here. The Red Cross has dropped up a bunch of things. Our local businesses, Camp Canadensis, Wells Fargo has given us a $2,000 donation for all our expenses. The local businesses have been phenomenal,” said Chief Grover Cleveland, Barrett Township Fire Company.

Members of the fire company said they expect that over time the fire house will become less of a shelter and more of a command post for state police. Troopers have already started working inside the garages.

The chief expects residents to return to their homes throughout the night as troopers reopen roads where they’ve searched. Residents said they still won’t sleep well because of everything going on, but at least they’ll be home.

“It’s tough, it’s rough. They just want to go home,” said Chief Cleveland.

Authorities are asking people to be extremely cautious, lock their doors and stay out of the woods.

Lackawanna Trail vs W-B Meyers

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Lackawanna Trail had to come back from an early 8-0 deficit on the road Saturday night against Wilkes-Barre Meyers at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium. Early in the 2nd quarter the Lions behind a blocked punt tied the game at 8-8 then went on for a 28-16 road win in high-school football action from Saturday.

Driver Killed in Crash at Indy Kart Race

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WILLIAMSPORT — A driver was killed Saturday in a crash during an Indy kart race in Williamsport.

The coroner said James Wither III, 52, of Duboistown died after smashing into a pole at The Susquehanna 500 Mini Indy Kart Series race at Brandon Park.

The series benefits the North Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Car rolls over on Interstate 78 West in Williams Township

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The person in the car is taken away in a Phillipsburg ambulance.

A two-door, dark colored car rolled over Saturday night on slight curve on Interstate 78 West just before the Cedarville Road overpass in Williams Township.

One person was in the car, which crashed about 9:15, a Northampton County dispatch supervisor reports. The car ended up on its roof facing the median and straddling the left and center lanes.

The person in the car was conscious and alert, according to emergency radio reports.

Traffic was getting by in the right lane just east of the toll booths.

Huntington firefighters from Pohatcong Township, and emergency medical personnel from Phillipsburg, Williams Township and Easton were on the scene.

About 9:45, the person was removed from the car and placed in a Phillipsburg ambulance.

There was significant damage to the guard rail, according to emergency radio reports.

Freelance photographer Tim Wynkoop contributed to this report.

Montrose vs. Holy Cross

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Montrose used a big second half to defeat Holy Cross 26-20 on Saturday afternoon in a high-school football game. The Crusaders playing at home took a 20-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Lackawanna Falcons shutout Hurricanes 33-0

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On Saturday afternoon in Peckville at John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium the Lackawanna College Falcons beat the Louisburg Hurricanes from North Carolina 33-0.

Pa. trooper shooting manhunt: Shelter-in-place order lifted for neighbors

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Homeland Security spokeswoman Maria Finn said in an emailed statement late Saturday that residents should use extreme caution as they move back into their homes in Barrett and Price Townships

CANADENSIS, Pa. — State police are lifting a shelter-in-place order for the area of northeastern Pennsylvania where a manhunt for the suspect in a trooper ambush is underway.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Maria Finn said in an emailed statement late Saturday that residents should use extreme caution as they move back into their homes in Barrett and Price Townships. She says police strongly recommend that residents stay inside and not enter the dense woods were officers are searching for Eric Frein.

The self-taught survivalist is accused in last week’s deadly ambush at a state police barracks.

Officers are trying to flush 31-year-old Frein out of the boggy woodlands near where he lived with his parents.


The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what’s going on just outside their front doors.

With a helicopter flying overhead, law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests and armed with rifles continued their hunt for Frein, now on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

“Our troopers are determined to find him and bring him to justice,” state police spokeswoman Finn said. Police released few details about their search of the heavily wooded community in the Pocono Mountains, saying only that they were exercising extreme caution.

Authorities say Frein used a high-powered rifle to open fire from the woods near a state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson — a married ex-Marine with two sons — and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.

Frein — described by authorities as a self-taught survivalist with a grudge against police — has been on the run ever since, authorities said. But some who know him said he has not always played the loner, and the reason for his hatred of police remained a mystery.

Frein belonged to the rifle team at Pocono Mountain High School, and as an adult joined a group that performed military re-enactments based on Cold War battles in Eastern Europe.

He even played a small role in a 2007 movie about a concentration camp survivor — earning him a mention in the movie database IMDb — and helped with props and historical references on a documentary about World War I.

“He was a very friendly guy to me,” said Jeremy Hornbaker, who hired him for the documentary. “We left on very good terms.”

Frein’s father, retired Army Maj. E. Michael Frein, told police that he had taught his son to shoot. He “doesn’t miss,” the father told state police during a search of the family home, when he also disclosed that an AK-47 and a .308 rifle with a scope were missing. A copy of the book, “Sniper Training and Employment,” was found in his bedroom.

It was Frein’s abandoned vehicle that led police to their door. The green Jeep, registered to his parents, was found partly submerged in a local pond days after the shooting. Shell casings that matched the state police ambush were still inside, as were Frein’s driver’s license, Social Security card, camouflage paint and military gear.

Lars Prillaman, who manages a small farm in West Virginia, knew Frein briefly from their time as military re-enactors. He said Frein was “a different person eight years ago.”

Frein had for a time attended nearby East Stroudsburg University and held a number of jobs over the years but never any for very long, authorities said. A week after the killing, they had not said anything about what may have led to his hatred of police.

Roger Smith, the owner of Smitty’s Sporting Goods in Canadensis, told The Scranton Times-Tribune that about a year ago he noticed Frein loitering outside of his store. Frein briefly stepped into the store several times that day but did not buy anything. When he asked him what he was dong, Frein motioned to a police car that just drove by and said, “Me and those guys don’t get along,” the store owner said.

Frein’s only known legal problems stemmed from the 2004 theft of some vendor items at a World War II re-enactment in Odessa, New York. He failed to show for his trial, and was arrested in Pennsylvania as a fugitive from justice.

In the years that followed, from 2004 to 2013, he bought four firearms at Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitter in Stroudsburg, store owner Jere Dunkelberger told The Associated Press. He did not know what type of weapons they were.

On Frein’s MySpace page, a photo appears to show him standing in front of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. Frein played the part of a Serbian soldier in his re-enactments and the FBI said he had claimed to have studied Russian and Serbian and to have “fought with Serbians in Africa.”

The FBI’s Most Wanted poster describes him as 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. State police said he apparently cut his hair into a wide Mohawk in preparation for the attack. He was also described as a heavy smoker.

Police did not say how big of an area they are combing or whether they believed they had Frein. A police dispatcher said there was a report of gunfire Friday night but investigators released no information.

With officers blocking roads and dozens of homes on lockdown, there was little civilian traffic Saturday in or out of the neighborhood where Frein had lived.

One couple that was to get married at their home on Saturday had to make hurried plans to move the wedding — and plead to be reunited outside the barricades.

Andrew Killinger was not allowed to return home Friday evening after going out to pick up the food. He spent the night in his sport utility vehicle while Kerriann Sanders spent a nerve-wracking night at home with their 2-year-old daughter.

The couple got the wedding rescheduled at nearby Pocono Manor and Sanders persuaded local authorities to send a police cruiser to pick her up and drive her and her daughter out of the neighborhood. Police told the couple nothing about what is happening.

“They’re keeping it hush-hush,” Killinger said.

State police confirm two children dead in fatal crash, report says

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Pennsylvania State Police have not released the victims' names

Two children were among the five killed Saturday in a four-vehicle wreck along Route 115 in Monroe County, according to The Pocono Record.

Pennsylvania State Police said a minivan carrying the five victims crashed in Chestnuthill Township, the Record reports. State police at the Fern Ridge barracks said Saturday afternoon they were not prepared to release their identities until they could notify the next of kin.

The Monroe County Coroner Robert Allen told the Record the victims were two adults, a teenager and two children.