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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:50:28 +0000 Condemned Apartment Building Renovated and Reopened
WILLIAMSPORT– A condemned apartment building in Lycoming County has been completely renovated and now is ready for people to move in. On Tuesday, potential tenants took a look around. These potential tenants walked through a newly renovated apartment building on West Edwin Street in Williamsport. Hyman’s Properties owns the three-story building. The company bought it […]

WILLIAMSPORT– A condemned apartment building in Lycoming County has been completely renovated and now is ready for people to move in.

On Tuesday, potential tenants took a look around. These potential tenants walked through a newly renovated apartment building on West Edwin Street in Williamsport.

Hyman’s Properties owns the three-story building. The company bought it about two years ago when it was condemned. Hyman spent $1.6 million to renovate the building and it’s ready to reopen.

“It took them a long time to fix it, but it’s a great improvement,” said Pamela James, a former resident of Williamsport.

Folks who live around there say they did not feel safe in this neighborhood for a long time. Recently, that has changed. They say West Edwin Street is a safer place to live.

“This was like torn down, rat infested, drug infested, but I think it’s great,” said James.

“We are all working to keep the neighborhood cleaned up and make it a better place to live,” said Roy Knabb, property manager.

“I want to see the one on the corner that’s the one I want to see,” said Donna Lynch from Williamsport.

Lynch lives in Williamsport. She’s looking for a new place to call home and thinks one of these apartments may be just what she is looking for.

“I got me an application today, and I’m hoping I get in. I want the three bedrooms at the end,” said Lynch.

Property manager Roy Knabb says there are 19 apartments. One, two, and three-bedrooms are available to rent.

“I’m doing a pretty stiff application. Criminal background check credit check, eviction report,” said Knabb.

“I hope that opening these apartments, good people will come in and we will keep the vicinity nice and drug free,” said Lynch.

Knabb says apartments cost between $550 and $750 a month, plus electricity.

Folks can contact Hyman Properties for more information.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:45:59 +0000 School Officials Address Series of Bomb Threats
PINE GROVE- The school year at Pine Grove Area High School isn’t off to the kind of start that many were hoping for. Within the last two weeks district officials say there have been four bomb threats made at the high school. These threats have canceled classes and after school activities. The superintendent of the […]

PINE GROVE-

The school year at Pine Grove Area High School isn’t off to the kind of start that many were hoping for.

Within the last two weeks district officials say there have been four bomb threats made at the high school.

These threats have canceled classes and after school activities.

The superintendent of the district tells Newswatch 16 that each of the threats have been made by different students.

District officials say all of the students responsible have been caught.

“I know the teachers are doing everything they can, the students are just frustrated that it keeps happening again and again. There is nothing that can be done to stop it, except catching the kids that are doing it,” high school senior, Michelle Lengel said.

District officials say thanks to the schools camera system they have been able to find the people behind the threats quickly.

The school district says they are not taking these threats lightly.

“They are going to face very significant criminal charges. They are going to be dealt with swiftly under the Pennsylvania school code up to and including expulsion,” superintendent Dr. Kendy Hinkel said.

For parents who have kids both in the high school and the districts other schools, they believe these threats are impacting all kids in the district.

Fawn Sirvaugh has children in the elementary school, middle school and high school.

While officials investigated some of the threats, high school students were moved to the middle school.

Sirvaugh said it is difficult to explain the nature of a bomb threat to her son.

“My son who is 10 is autistic so the bomb threats have effected him emotionally,” Sirvaugh said.

The bomb threats are also having impacts on the local police department.

“We only have two full-time officers and a part-time officer, so yeah, it is taking a lot out of the borough,” Mayor Will Shiffer said.

In the midst of all the threats teachers and staff are trying to make sure that these threats stop.

“We’re trying to make sure that we take the steps that we know what we’re doing and staying on top of it,” parent and teacher, Paul Felty said.

School officials tell Newswatch 16 as a district they can’t file charges against students who made the threats.

The school district superintendent told Newswatch 16 charges would go through the Pine Grove police department who they are working with.

Newswatch 16 tried to talk to the police department to see if charges are being filed, but nobody was available for comment.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:41:36 +0000 Man Who Found Frein’s Jeep Just Happy To Help
BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Authorities named Eric Frein a suspect in the deadly shooting of a state trooper after his Jeep was found in a retention pond by a man walking in the woods. Inside the Jeep, police found identification and shell casings from the rifle they believe was used in the ambush. We talked […]

BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Authorities named Eric Frein a suspect in the deadly shooting of a state trooper after his Jeep was found in a retention pond by a man walking in the woods.

Inside the Jeep, police found identification and shell casings from the rifle they believe was used in the ambush.

We talked with the man who found the vehicle.

Jim Novak has been following the search for Eric Frein closely, knowing he’s the reason police connected Frein to the killing of a state trooper.

Novak lives about two miles from the Blooming Grove barracks. He just wanted to help when he went in the woods looking for evidence and what he found was vital to this case.

Novak says he wasn’t just out walking his dog last Monday. That’s what state police said, describing how he found Eric Frein’s Jeep. He says he was looking for evidence.

Novak lives two miles from the Blooming Grove barracks. He was devastated hearing a trooper was shot and killed there.

The Vietnam veteran wanted to help so he headed into the woods behind his house, and had quite a find when he got to a retention pond.

“I spotted it when I was over there and it was just sitting there,” Novak said.

A dirt path led from a housing development to this retention pond and down an embankment. Novak saw the Jeep stuck in some swampy water with the door still open.

“I thought possibly it was maybe some kids put a piece of junk in there and that’s why I didn’t want to call the police right away.”

So he waded into that mucky water to get a closer look.

“When I saw the gun case, I thought, you know, that’s a nice time to leave,” Novak said with a laugh.

Inside police found Frein’s driver’s license, social security card, and more. State police said it connected Frein to the killing.

Troopers say a search of the area near the Jeep led them to Frein’s AK-47 and ammunition.

Novak was wounded in Vietnam and worked as a corrections officer. He says he is certainly happy he could help.

“When you actually shoot someone and kill somebody, a trooper or conservation officer, federal agents, you attack all of us, because those are the guys that watch us.”

Novak struggles thinking about the killing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the loss for his wife and boys.

Novak walked out of the woods last week and let police do the rest.

“They wouldn’t let me trot around with them, not that I would have minded,” he said. “If they wanted me to go, I would go.

Jim Novak isn’t looking for any credit for his discovery. He just wants to see Eric Frein caught nd if he helped make that happen, he’s glad he could do his part.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:30:24 +0000 Bloomsburg Fair Special: Segment 3
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:26:14 +0000 Not Business As Usual While Manhunt Continues
BLOOMING GROVE — The search for Eric Frein, from the Blooming Grove area all the way to the Canadensis area, has caused a lot of havoc for people who live and work there. Schools were closed for days and now businesses have to contend with an accused killer on the loose. While the focus of […]

BLOOMING GROVE — The search for Eric Frein, from the Blooming Grove area all the way to the Canadensis area, has caused a lot of havoc for people who live and work there.

Schools were closed for days and now businesses have to contend with an accused killer on the loose.

While the focus of that manhunt has moved two dozen or so miles south from the Blooming Grove area of Pike County, places including a salon and spa on Route 739 near the state police barracks have seen a drop in business.

“A lot of cancellations, I had a lady who came up from Jersey, she almost cancelled the other day, rescheduled two or three times,” said Kristine Rivera at Beauty Creations Salon & Spa.

The chairs are empty at the spa and the owner says she and her employees are still fearful, even though the focus of the search is in another county.

“I’m right here where it happened. People don’t want to travel here. Roads are blocked. It’s scary for me and employees,” Rivera said.

Skytop Lodge went so far as to close two holes of its 18-hole golf course near Route 390, close to where police are still searching for Eric Frein.

“We called and they said, basically, we could play here. When we arrived, they closed two holes down close to the area where they’re searching. We certainly accepted that,” said Joe Barrette of Dunmore.

The golfers from Lackawanna County wonder how police will find Frein in the rugged terrain and dense woods, but this far into the search, they hope he’s found.

“We saw four cars on the way in. We didn’t know if the road would be open on the way in. They’re doing their best, and God bless them,” said Carl Klach of Jessup.

And there are lots of other businesses affected.

There is no word if resorts in the Poconos have had any cancellations due to the ongoing manhunt.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:02:13 +0000 Mail Delivery Stopped For Hundreds Of Homes
PRICE TOWNSHIP — For hundreds of homes in the Canadensis and Cresco areas, the new normal is officers with guns drawn as the manhunt for Eric Frein enters into its 11th day. On and off roadblocks have kept people from coming to and from their homes off Route 447. And that’s not all. “Mail delivery […]

PRICE TOWNSHIP — For hundreds of homes in the Canadensis and Cresco areas, the new normal is officers with guns drawn as the manhunt for Eric Frein enters into its 11th day.

On and off roadblocks have kept people from coming to and from their homes off Route 447.

And that’s not all.

“Mail delivery for the safety of the customers and the carrier has been temporarily suspended,” Postmaster Phil Zimich said.

That’s right, no mail. The Cresco post office says its last delivery was on Friday to about 200 to 250 homes.

Residents say it’s just one of the reasons they’ve been on edge.

“You know, you can’t get your mail. You can’t go check your house and see if everything is fine. It’s just crazy. “

Snow Hill Road resident Anita Yasiman says she picked up her vehicle registration and some papers she needed to start her new business off Route 715 in the Poconos.

“Papers from the IRS so I can try to open up the business, because everything’s in a standstill until I’m able to get those papers,” Yasiman said.

The Cresco post office says they have 20 bins just like this waiting in the back for customers they can’t deliver to.

The bins are just the beginning. All paper mail is sorted in a different area as well.

The post master says they’re hoping to return service as soon as it’s safe.

“There’s been a lot of calls, and people need not call, they’re welcome to just come in and pick their mail up with their ID.”

The Canadensis post office has had troubles, too. They were able to get some deliveries out but while Eric Frein remains at large, residents say it’s a gamble every day waiting to see if deliveries get through.

“Hopefully it will be calm enough that he can get in. People are putting their trash out. I’m not sure that the trash collector will get out today,” said Jeanie Kurzrok.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:43:38 +0000 Livestock Elephants at the Bloomsburg Fair
BLOOMSBURG–Agriculture and livestock: the staples of the farm, have always been highlighted at the Bloomsburg Fair. But right along with the farm animals, you can find some exotic creatures as well. In addition to the usual cows, chickens and horses, this year there are elephants at the Bloomsburg Fair. We’ve focused a lot on the […]

BLOOMSBURG–Agriculture and livestock: the staples of the farm, have always been highlighted at the Bloomsburg Fair. But right along with the farm animals, you can find some exotic creatures as well.

In addition to the usual cows, chickens and horses, this year there are elephants at the Bloomsburg Fair. We’ve focused a lot on the fair food, but it wouldn’t be the Bloomsburg Fair without the livestock.

While many people come to the Bloomsburg Fair for the food, it’s not the only thing the fair has to offer. There are more than 1,400 animals at the Bloomsburg Fair, and people came to admire them.

“I have two dachshunds and a pug. So I like to see the other ones here and the cows and everything,” Sylvia Strout said.

Many of the animals compete to win ribbons and other prizes. After the animals are judged, they are put on display for people to look at. Tracy Lindenmuth took a group of Shikellamy High School students on a field trip to see the furry friends.

“They like to see the cows and the horses and the bunnies,” Lindenmuth said.

The newest animals here at the Bloomsburg Fair and definitely the biggest are Cora and Shannon the elephants, and they’re probably the most popular.

“They play instruments. Cora plays the horn. Shannon plays the harmonica,” Bill Morris said.

The elephants perform a free show called “Elephant Encounter” three times a day. You can ride the gentle giants after the show. Talon Piatt of Berwick got his seat for the show almost two hours ahead of time because he says he’s never seen an elephant in person.

“They’re big,” Piatt said.

“It’s something that if you read in a book you’re not going to take it in as well as if you see it firsthand,” Morris said.

The Elephant Encounter shows run daily at one, three and six. The elephant rides cost $7, and they are for people who attend the shows.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:40:11 +0000 Abington Heights edges Scranton Prep
Abington Heights #1 seed Tyra Abdalla set the tone with a 6-1, 6-0 win as the Lady Comets edged the Classics 3-2 in the match.  It was another exciting matchup between the respected rivals.  The loss snapped The Classics 32 match winning streak.  While Abington Heights #1 seed Tyra Abdalla extended her match winning streak […]

Abington Heights #1 seed Tyra Abdalla set the tone with a 6-1, 6-0 win as the Lady Comets edged the Classics 3-2 in the match.  It was another exciting matchup between the respected rivals.  The loss snapped The Classics 32 match winning streak.  While Abington Heights #1 seed Tyra Abdalla extended her match winning streak to 54 straight.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:37:28 +0000 Wallenpaupack rallies to defeat Valley View
In a game originally scheduled for Friday night at Wallenpaupack.  The Buckhorns went down to Valley View and rallied for a 32-21 victory.  RB Scot Wasilchak helped the Cougars to an 21-6 first half lead.  But, Wallenpaupack stopped turning the ball over and turned the momentum in the game during the second half comeback.

In a game originally scheduled for Friday night at Wallenpaupack.  The Buckhorns went down to Valley View and rallied for a 32-21 victory.  RB Scot Wasilchak helped the Cougars to an 21-6 first half lead.  But, Wallenpaupack stopped turning the ball over and turned the momentum in the game during the second half comeback.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:37:05 +0000 Woman Admits Hurting Baby, Sentenced To Jail
MIFFLINBURG — A mother was sentenced to six to 13 months in jail in Union County after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of children. Jasmine Bearden of Mifflinburg pleaded guilty on Monday. She was arrested in January, several months after police say she beat her 6-month-old son, causing life-threatening injuries.

MIFFLINBURG — A mother was sentenced to six to 13 months in jail in Union County after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of children.

Jasmine Bearden of Mifflinburg pleaded guilty on Monday.

She was arrested in January, several months after police say she beat her 6-month-old son, causing life-threatening injuries.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:18:04 +0000 SWAT Members Better Equipped For The Worst
JESSUP — Police and first responders are especially aware of the dangers of their job now following the shooting at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove. Just days before the shooting, Lackawanna County’s SWAT team received new equipment that just may make the difference if something similar happens again. “It’s made specifically for the […]

JESSUP — Police and first responders are especially aware of the dangers of their job now following the shooting at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove.

Just days before the shooting, Lackawanna County’s SWAT team received new equipment that just may make the difference if something similar happens again.

“It’s made specifically for the tactical environment. It’s quick, easy to open for the individual user.”

Pennsylvania Ambulance purchased 23 medical kits for the members of the Lackawanna County SWAT team with hopes that they would never have to use them.

But, the kits eased some of the fear when the SWAT team responded to the ambush at the state police barracks in Pike County.

“Three days before the actual shooting at the state police barracks, we actually issued them to the Lackawanna County Swat team, so they had them going in there,” said Pennsylvania Ambulance paramedic Bruce Beauvais.

Beauvais showed us the contents of the kit that is specifically designed to help save an officer’s life in the event of a shooting.

Each kit includes a tourniquet, gauzes, and bandages with a medicine that helps clot blood. In the past, SWAT team members only had simple first aid kits. These kits hang on the same spot on every member’s vest, so they’re easy to access.

“Having a kit like this readily available to us to buy those precious seconds until EMTs arrive, or until we can get our guys to a trauma center, will make the world of difference,” said SWAT team leader Joe Blazosek.

And in the world we live in, the Lackawanna County SWAT team says you can never be too prepared.

These kits haven’t been used in northeast Pennsylvania before, but officers think they’ll soon become the norm.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:27:51 +0000 Healthy Options At The Bloomsburg Fair
BLOOMSBURG — At a fair where even the vegetables are deep-fried, finding something healthy to eat is not as easy as it sounds. But if you are counting calories, we found some foods you may like. There are hundreds of food stands at the Bloomsburg Fair.  Pizza, Italian sausage, and deep-fried anything are some of […]

BLOOMSBURG — At a fair where even the vegetables are deep-fried, finding something healthy to eat is not as easy as it sounds. But if you are counting calories, we found some foods you may like.

There are hundreds of food stands at the Bloomsburg Fair.  Pizza, Italian sausage, and deep-fried anything are some of the most popular options.

But what happens when you are watching your weight? Or you just don’t want to eat typical fair food?

There are healthy options at the Bloomsburg Fair. You just have to look for them.

The folks at Black Creek United Methodist Church say they pride themselves on serving healthier options at the Bloomsburg Fair.

“Everything’s roasted in the oven, so you don’t get all the fat. Senior citizens like to come here because they get a good nutritious meal for a reasonable price,” said church member Brenda Rizzo.

You can get your baked potatoes with bacon and cheese but many people, like Robert Wood of Sterling, say they eat there to be healthy.

“I eat enough junk at times and I try to eat healthier and here at the fair there’s so much grease and fat and stuff,” Wood said.

There are plenty of vegetables at the Bloomsburg Fair although many of them are deep-fried. That’s why Shuman’s Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn is a popular spot because vegetables are healthier when they aren’t fried.

“We have the non-butter option where I just hand it to you as is and everything’s good to go,” said Seth Shuman.

In a fair filled with deep-fried everything, the words “gluten free” are rarely seen, but at least one stand sells just that.

“We do very well at all of the fairs. A lot of people say to us it’s the only thing they can eat at the fair.”

Down Home Rice Pudding sells 10 different flavors of pudding.

“We do sugar-free rice puddings, tapioca, and a gourmet chocolate. That’s it,” said Patti Brown. “Everything’s gluten free, except we do offer waffle cones and waffle bowls, they are not.”

We heard that there is a stand that sells fresh fruit cups but we were not able to find that.

Even so, most people we spoke with say since it’s the Bloomsburg Fair, they do not want to eat healthy and calories do not count this week!

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:38:13 +0000 This week on POL: PA Bowhunters Festival
This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, we’ll take you to the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival in Sullivan County.  It’s a family tradition and the world’s largest archery event.  Plus we’ve got people and places and a product giveaway, and it’s all Sunday night at 6:30 on POL.

This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life, we’ll take you to the Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival in Sullivan County.  It’s a family tradition and the world’s largest archery event.  Plus we’ve got people and places and a product giveaway, and it’s all Sunday night at 6:30 on POL.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:24:06 +0000 Pocono Mountain Students Return To Class
BARRETT TOWNSHIP — As the search for the man suspected of killing a state trooper continues, students in a school district in the search area returned to classes. Students missed three days of classes last week, and one this week but after consulting with police, administrators in the Pocono Mountain School District decided schools should […]

BARRETT TOWNSHIP — As the search for the man suspected of killing a state trooper continues, students in a school district in the search area returned to classes.

Students missed three days of classes last week, and one this week but after consulting with police, administrators in the Pocono Mountain School District decided schools should reopen on Tuesday.

Pocono Mountain covers Barrett Township, the same area around Canadensis where police are searching for Eric Frein, the man who allegedly shot two state troopers outside the Blooming Grove barracks September 12.

School district officials are confident their buildings are safe for students.

“I think the students and teachers are fine. Some of our parents are glad the children are coming back to school, but they’re nervous,” said school district spokesperson Wendy Frable.

To calm those nerves, the district has extra police and school resource officers on hand.   All students will remain indoors during the school day, and all school athletic practices will be indoors. There will be no home athletic competitions scheduled.

Also, school buses are not running to Barrett Township, the area closest to the search.

Absences are excused, and they will not count against a student’s perfect attendance.

“It’s always the parents’ right and decision on whether or not they choose to send their students to school in a situation like this,” Frable added.

Frable also said they will be in constant contact with police, and if the situation changes, if the district feels there’s a threat, schools in the Pocono Mountain School District will be closed.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:21:13 +0000 Bloomsburg Fair Special
Bloomsburg Fair Special Tuesday, September 23, 2014 7:30pm WNEP-TV’s Don Jacobs and Jackie Lewandsoki will take us to the 159th Annual Bloomsburg Fair tonight to get a taste of what’s new at the Fair. You’ll catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones. Bacon is a hit this year, along with a […]

Bloomsburg Fair Special
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:30pm
WNEP-TV’s Don Jacobs and Jackie Lewandsoki will take us to the 159th Annual Bloomsburg Fair tonight to get a taste of what’s new at the Fair. You’ll catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones.
Bacon is a hit this year, along with a friendly monkey, a huge elephant, a stop through history, and some incredible crafters. Of course, we’ll check out some fair food and amazing animals from down on the farm!
We’ll see you tonight at 7:30pm on WNEP-TV!

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:47:41 +0000 UPDATE: Search for Eric Frein
PRICE TOWNSHIP -- It's now more than a week since Eric Frein allegedly shot and killed one trooper and injured another in Blooming Grove and after all those days into the massive manhunt, it's been much of the same in Monroe County: troopers are out in force and Frein still remains at large.

PRICE TOWNSHIP — It’s now more than a week since Eric Frein allegedly shot and killed one trooper and injured another in Blooming Grove and after all those days into the massive manhunt, it’s been much of the same in Monroe County: troopers are out in force and Frein still remains at large.

With guns drawn, troopers are on high alert for any signs of Frein.

It’s been 11 days since he allegedly shot and killed one trooper and injured another.

Troopers continue to zero in on a neighborhood in the Canadensis and Cresco area. Even the commander from the Blooming Grove barracks took part in the search on Tuesday.

“Chaos, the cop cars are coming up and down the road. We haven’t been allowed out of the house for a couple of days. This is the first we’ve been out,” said Price Township resident William Aleckna.

Aleckna and his wife Joyce live just off Bear Town Road, an area that was shut down to residents for days. Late Tuesday afternoon, it reopened without notice.

Joyce says for days they’ve been watching the police move.

“Last night they cleared out of here like it was over and then this morning I went out, I came home and I found I had a lot more company again.”

After what seemed like a shift in search areas, troopers remained zoned in on this area along Wildwood Drive while our cameras were there.

A state police spokesperson says troopers are confident Frein is on the run in Price and Barrett Township, but some neighbors are beginning to wonder.

“I wonder if they really know where he is, if they really have him, because it’s been 11 days now,” Williams said.

“I believe there are bunkers in these woods. He’s been planning this a long time, and he’s had nothing but time on his hands to build these bunkers and I’m sure they’re well hidden. These woods are dense,” Joyce added.

Jeanie Kurzrok says she hasn’t got mail in days, and that her life has been disrupted while Frein remains at large. She says her thoughts are with the ones searching.

“It’s a tragedy what’s happened and I just hope he is out there cold, wet, and uncomfortable and that they find him very soon before he hurts someone else,” Kurzrok said.

No official update was given Tuesday on the investigation.

Search crews we spoke with say it’s been an agonizing 11 days as the hunt for Frein continues.

 

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:21:09 +0000 Firefighters Battling Trash Fire in Lackawanna County
TAYLOR — Firefighters are battling a big trash fire in Lackawanna County. Taylor’s fire chief said the piles of old construction materials and rubble have been burning since 9p.m. Monday. Crews had to bring in heavy equipment to get to the hot spots of the fire along Keyser Avenue. Firefighters said they have the smoke […]

TAYLOR — Firefighters are battling a big trash fire in Lackawanna County.

Taylor’s fire chief said the piles of old construction materials and rubble have been burning since 9p.m. Monday.

Crews had to bring in heavy equipment to get to the hot spots of the fire along Keyser Avenue.

Firefighters said they have the smoke fires under control, but they could still take hours to douse because more water has to be trucked in.

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency have been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

According to officials, no one has been injured from the fire in Lackawanna County.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:13:19 +0000 Good Morning PA
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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:59:58 +0000 Two Suspects Locked Up for Home Invasion, Beating Woman in Luzerne County
WEST HAZLETON — Police think they have the men responsible for a violent home invasion earlier this month in Luzerne County. Authorities charged Amir Edwards, 22, and Dennis Fisher, 20, on Monday. Officers said they broke into Rosemarie Tomko’s home on Webster Avenue in West Hazleton and attacked her. Edwards is also charged with the […]

WEST HAZLETON — Police think they have the men responsible for a violent home invasion earlier this month in Luzerne County.

Authorities charged Amir Edwards, 22, and Dennis Fisher, 20, on Monday.

Officers said they broke into Rosemarie Tomko’s home on Webster Avenue in West Hazleton and attacked her.

Edwards is also charged with the stabbing death of a man in Hazleton and attacking the owner of a store during a robbery in Carbon County.

 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:01:56 +0000 Thieves Hit Mini Mart in Hazleton
HAZLETON — Three robbers hit a mini mart Monday night in Hazleton. Authorities said three thieves with weapons targeted Heights E-Z Stop on South Poplar Street around 9p.m. Police said the robbers made off with cash and other items but could not say how much they got away with in Luzerne County. Anyone with information […]

HAZLETON — Three robbers hit a mini mart Monday night in Hazleton.

Authorities said three thieves with weapons targeted Heights E-Z Stop on South Poplar Street around 9p.m.

Police said the robbers made off with cash and other items but could not say how much they got away with in Luzerne County.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hazleton Police Department.


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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:54:50 GMT2014-09-23T20:54:50Z Upper Hanover Township building spray-painted with racial slurs
p A Montgomery County township building was found covered in painted-on racial slurs Monday morning./pp According to State Police, the Upper Hanover Township building's front walls, windows and entrance grounds were spray-painted with numerous racial slurs./pp Police are seeking the person or persons who fled the scene after vandalizing it./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-dSpeEiOry4:oxxEVINoKsc:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/-dSpeEiOry4" height="1" width="1"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:21:53 GMT2014-09-23T20:21:53Z DA: At least 1 will face charges for false abduction report in Nazareth
p Charges will be filed following a false report that lead to a massive search for a missing girl./pp District Attorney John Morganelli says at least one person will face charges for the false report filed earlier this month./pp The person reported a 7-year-old girl was possibly abducted from Nazareth Borough Park on September 13th, police said./pp Police and firefighters converged on the park and began the search.#160; A helicopter hovered overhead searching as well./pp The search lasted for hours but no one was ever found./pp Two days later police announced they'd determined there was never an abduction./pp There is no word yet on who will be charged or what their motives were for the false report./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=iUxeFzQURBE:VObkAeqiqgg:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/iUxeFzQURBE" height="1" width="1"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:39:49 GMT2014-09-23T19:39:49Z Wind Gap CEO pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme
p The CEO of the Blue Mountain Consumer Discount Company, based in Wind Gap, plead guilty Tuesday to charges related to his operating a Ponzi scheme./pp Walter P. Lambert, 73, of Pen Argyl, had convinced various individuals to loan BMCDC over $5 million with the promise of a high rate of return around nine or ten percent that he usually paid in cash adn did not report to the IRS./pp Lambert also told the lenders about high-interest loans that he was offering to customers. BMCDC made a profit of 13 to 16 percent off of these loans after paying the lenders their ten percent return./pp Lambert then used the profit to pay his salary, purchase a life insurance policy for himself, go shopping, fill up his cars' gas tanks, repair his cars and issue loans to himself and others he was close with at better rates than normal./pp He also lied to clients about how he was using their money, doctored BMCDC's books, falsified tax returns and forged signatures on checks./pp "Lambert allegedly caused over 20 individual lenders to sustain losses of approximately $2,269,503, and caused the IRS to sustain a tax loss of at least approximately $252,621 for tax years 2007 through 2009," a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said./pp He pleaded guilty to 16 counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of interfering with the due administration of the IRS./pp He faces a possible 51 to 63 months in jail, up to three years of supervised release, restitution to the IRS, up to $5.5 million in fines and a $2,200 special assessment./pp His sentencing is scheduled for December 29, 2014./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=yquhRs6Yt3E:5NsI_M5pwds:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/yquhRs6Yt3E" height="1" width="1"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:36:18 GMT2014-09-23T17:36:18Z Jewelry store employee steals $16,000, police say
p A Lehigh County woman is facing theft charges after police say she stole more than $16,000 from her former employer./pp According to court documents, Catherine Rennig, of the 4800 block of MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township, credited her personal debit card with $16,479 from Kay Jewelers./pp Renning was the former manager of the store at 77 Sands Boulevard in Bethlehem./pp Company officials told police they noticed a loss of money the company noticed from May to August of 2014, some of which were in Kay Jewelry casino gift cards./pp Rennig told police during an interview that she spent the money because she is addicted to gambling./pp The 33-year-old woman was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft by deception./pp Bail was set at $20,000./pp A preliminary hearing was set for October 6./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=mwXor4tBkJE:rX51nFVs0hs:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/mwXor4tBkJE" height="1" width="1"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:30:43 GMT2014-09-23T17:30:43Z Lower Pottsgrove Twp. police officer hurt in car crash
p A police officer was hurt in a car accident while on patrol in Montgomery County late Monday./pp According to officials, Lower Pottsgrove Township officer James Kenney was on regular patrol driving south on North Charlotte Street round 11 p.m. when a driver ran a stop sign at North Keim Street and T-boned Kenney's cruiser./pp The impact caused Kenney's car to turn over onto the driver's side, and the officer was trapped inside./pp Kenney, 31, of Pottstown, was flown to Reading Hospital and was released around 3 a.m. Tuesday, officials said./pp The other driver, identified as 27-year-old Benjamin Berish of Coatesville, was not injured./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=whQchv_9y0c:MxJsxRdPVN4:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/whQchv_9y0c" height="1" width="1"/

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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:16:46 -0400 Wife of hostage held in Syria receives life plea
LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group said Tuesday she has received an audio message from him pleading for his life.
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:14:29 -0400 US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/21-000-ebola-cases-november-no-changes-035022634.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/hHNJFJq.txLaWoE_JmYuZg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/af0c26ea78fc8a25600f6a7067009b63.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country#039;s fight against the deadly Ebola virus by education in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January _ or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)" align="left" title="A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country#039;s fight against the deadly Ebola virus by education in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. U.S. health officials Tuesday presented worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, calculating that as many as 1.4 million people could be sickened in two countries alone by mid-January _ or the outbreak could be winding down by then, if control efforts substantially increase. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)" border="0" //aNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up./pbr clear="all"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:10:26 -0400 Secret Service interviewed accused intruder twice
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/accused-white-house-intruder-armed-july-arrest-055458422--politics.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/F50s8BknZhr74WpmZPyH3A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/18f7fc04541a6e25600f6a706700f2a9.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday#039;s embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)" align="left" title="A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Secret Service tightened their guard outside the White House after Friday#039;s embarrassing breach in the security of one of the most closely protected buildings in the world. A man is accused of scaling the White House perimeter fence, running across the lawn and entering the presidential mansion before agents stopped him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)" border="0" //aWASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents in Virginia and Washington earlier this summer twice interviewed an Army veteran accused of climbing over a White House fence during the weekend and running into the executive mansion in the two months before the embarrassing security breach, a federal law enforcement said Tuesday./pbr clear="all"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:08:19 -0400 Saudi Arabia confirms role in strikes against Islamic State in Syria
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's air force participated in U.S.-led bombing strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Syria, its official news agency said on Wednesday, a rare foreign sortie for the kingdom's military. Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, has funneled cash and arms to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but has also opposed Islamist militants within the anti-Assad insurgency. ...
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:08:19 -0400 Obama vows more air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria
By Roberta Rampton and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed more air strikes against extremists in Syria after U.S. forces carried out separate raids on Islamic State militants and an al Qaeda affiliate that Washington said was poised to attack America or Europe. Three waves of air strikes hit Islamic State training camps, headquarters, leadership, command and control sites, logistical nodes and armored vehicles overnight, some in coordination with five Arab nations, U.S. military officials said. The White House said U.S. ...

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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:24:12 -0400 Wall Street ends lower, SP 500 down for third straight day
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/futures-lower-u-strikes-syria-inversion-moves-115042420--finance.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/3Wc6Fm_JrDnEQUEHiU_D.g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-23T114946Z_1_LYNXNPEA8M0G9_RTROPTP_2_MARKETS-STOCKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange" align="left" title="Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange" border="0" //aBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, with consumer staples leading the Samp;P 500 down to its third straight daily loss, as investors grew concerned about the pace of global economic growth. The day#039;s losses were broad, with all ten primary Samp;P sectors down. Consumer staples were the weakest on the day, off 0.9 percent, while industrials lost 0.8 percent. Wall Street#039;s losses tracked Europe#039;s 1.3 percent slump, after data showed a contraction in French business activity and slower growth in German manufacturing this month. .../pbr clear="all"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:26:13 -0400 Sturdy U.S. factory, services data bolster growth picture
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-manufacturing-growth-continues-apace-september-markit-134704401--business.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/35wSBKPwpjJX_ESXwf3OyA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-23T151518Z_2_LYNXNPEA8M0L1_RTROPTP_2_USA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Robotic arms spot welds on the chassis of a Ford Transit Van under assembly at the Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant in Claycomo" align="left" title="Robotic arms spot welds on the chassis of a Ford Transit Van under assembly at the Ford Claycomo Assembly Plant in Claycomo" border="0" //aBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy economic growth this quarter. The economic picture was further brightened by other data on Tuesday showing an acceleration in factory and services industry growth in some areas of the country. Housing, however, continues to plod along, with home price gains decelerating sharply in July. .../pbr clear="all"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:48:04 -0400 New U.S. tax rules chill 'inversion' deal-making; shares dive
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/shares-inversion-candidates-slide-u-tax-rule-162707874--finance.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/AE09IE6qpMqU6H0mEas__g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-23T214804Z_1006950003_LYNXNPEA8M0RD_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-USA-TAX-INVERSION.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="The Burger King logo is seen through a Tim Horton#039;s doughnut hole in a photo illustration outside a restaurant in Toronto" align="left" title="The Burger King logo is seen through a Tim Horton#039;s doughnut hole in a photo illustration outside a restaurant in Toronto" border="0" //aBy Kevin Drawbaugh and Soyoung Kim WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tough new U.S. rules on corporate quot;inversionsquot; on Tuesday sent a chill through the market for the tax-avoidance deals, both pending and potential, with share prices falling sharply in nearly a dozen companies on both sides of the Atlantic. As investors sold stocks involved in inversions, in which U.S. companies escape high taxes at home by redomiciling abroad, analysts and tax lawyers were surveying the damage to deals currently in the works and the outlook for future transactions. .../pbr clear="all"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:46:00 -0400 Barclays takes $77 million hit from British and U.S. fines
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/uk-regulator-fines-barclays-62-million-client-fund-105807308--sector.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/cjw2AEOi9vcGbA3u485lTw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-23T113332Z_1006950002_LYNXNPEA8M0EM_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BARCLAYS-FINE.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Logos are seen outside a branch of Barclays bank in London" align="left" title="Logos are seen outside a branch of Barclays bank in London" border="0" //aBy Kirstin Ridley and Sarah N. Lynch LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - British bank Barclays was hit with a combined $77 million in fines from British and U.S. regulators on Tuesday as the lender continues to be dogged by problems from its past. Barclays was fined 38 million pounds ($62 million) by Britain#039;s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for exposing customers to unnecessary risks by failing to ensure that client assets were properly safeguarded and adequate records kept. Hours later it was hit with a $15 million fine from the U.S. .../pbr clear="all"/
 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:36:57 -0400 Fed officials take aim at regulations for small banks
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/fed-officials-aim-regulations-small-banks-163657565--sector.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/zkH6ZCsSiIJiUjtPRHVJkg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9Njk7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-23T163657Z_1_LYNXNPEA8M0RP_RTROPTP_2_USA-FED.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="An eagle tops the U.S. Federal Reserve building#039;s facade in Washington" align="left" title="An eagle tops the U.S. Federal Reserve building#039;s facade in Washington" border="0" //aBy Michael Flaherty ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday offered their support to the nation#039;s community banks, acknowledging that the complex financial reform effort is saddling small lenders with a heavy supervision load. Kansas City Fed President Esther George, Fed Board Governor Jerome Powell and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard all addressed the issue at a community banking conference here. George gave the sharpest remarks, saying that the Fed is too reliant on rules that were meant for large investment banks. .../pbr clear="all"/

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