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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:49 +0000 Leckey Time: Making Sense of Scents
In this edition of “Leckey Time,” Ryan finds out what our scents say about us.  He popped by Note Fragrances...

In this edition of “Leckey Time,” Ryan finds out what our scents say about us.  He popped by Note Fragrances in downtown Scranton to get a spritz of something called “scent-cology.”

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:30:54 +0000 Multiple Crashes on Interstate 380
A blast of winter-like weather caused all sorts of problems Tuesday night. Rain turned to snow as the temperature dropped...

A blast of winter-like weather caused all sorts of problems Tuesday night.

Rain turned to snow as the temperature dropped in parts of our viewing area.

One trouble spot was Interstate 380 in Lackawanna County and into Wayne and Monroe counties.

A tanker truck carrying sulfuric acid overturned in a multi-vehicle wreck on I-380 near the Gouldsboro exit.

Officials at the scene told Newswatch 16 so far it does not appear that any acid has leaked out of the tanker truck.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:23:25 +0000 Man Arrested, Accused Of Holding Woman Against Her Will
HAZLETON — Police in Hazleton said a man who faces sexual assault charges is back in Luzerne County. Authorities believe...

HAZLETON — Police in Hazleton said a man who faces sexual assault charges is back in Luzerne County.

Authorities believe Carlos Lopez held a woman against her will and assaulted her back in October.

Police tracked him down in New Jersey but it took a few months to bring back Lopez to Hazleton because he faced similar charges in the Garden State.

Lopez is currently locked up in Luzerne County prison on $100,000 cash bail.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:16:04 +0000 Car Smashes into Pumping Station in Lackawanna County
ARCHBALD — A crash in Lackawanna County Tuesday evening forced officials to close a road. An SUV driven by a...

ARCHBALD — A crash in Lackawanna County Tuesday evening forced officials to close a road.

An SUV driven by a woman slammed into a pole and a pumping house along Kennedy Drive in Archbald.

The pumping house is owned by Lockheed Martin and crews were working all Tuesday night to shut off the water.

Authorities have not released the name or condition of the driver.

The investigation into what caused the crash in Lackawanna County continues.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:07:43 +0000 Part of House Collapses, Neighboring Homes Evacuated
NEWPORT TOWNSHIP — A double block home is falling apart near Nanticoke. Neighbors believed Tuesday’s heavy rains caused the foundation...

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP — A double block home is falling apart near Nanticoke.

Neighbors believed Tuesday’s heavy rains caused the foundation to give way at the home along Old Newport Street in Newport Township and officials said the area is unsafe. Neighbors on both sides were told to leave their homes because of collapse concerns.

Neighbors said the place has been unoccupied for six years.

“We had to deal with the continual rodents and disrepair as you look at it, it’s all falling down. Shingles keep falling. I had to replace the patio roof on my house because of shingles falling through it, ” said Paul Kinder of Newport Township.

Officials in Newport Township said they expect to have crews tear down the home within the next couple of days.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:51:45 +0000 Woman Charged with Allegedly Killing Her Boyfriend
MAHANOY CITY — Authorities in Schuylkill County filed voluntary manslaughter and other charges against a woman who admits she stabbed...

MAHANOY CITY — Authorities in Schuylkill County filed voluntary manslaughter and other charges against a woman who admits she stabbed and killed her boyfriend.

Kimberly Hons from Mahanoy City spoke with Newswatch 16 when the stabbing happened back in December.She told Newswatch 16 she never intended to kill Larry Quinn but she did it in self-defense.

Hons said Quinn hit her mother then attacked her, in a home along East Mahanoy Street in Mahanoy City.

But Tuesday evening, prosecutors in Schuylkill County charged Hons in connection with the man’s death.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:59:37 +0000 Where Did Spring Go?
LACKAWANNA COUNTY– It is the kind of weather that has people asking “Where did spring go?” The whipping winds in...

LACKAWANNA COUNTY– It is the kind of weather that has people asking “Where did spring go?”

The whipping winds in Union County peeled part of a metal roof from a barn near Miffinburg Tuesday.

That wind blew a skylight from the roof of the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, too. Workers had to block off a staircase and mop up the mess as the pounding rain came pouring in.

In Lackawanna County, some people ventured out despite the nasty weather.

“It’s normal springtime in Northeastern PA. That’s the way it is. One day it’s nice, the next day it’s nasty but the dog still had to go out, so we came out,” said Rich Fanning of Clarks Summit.

In South Abington Township, creeks and streams were swollen by the heavy rain.

There were problems on the roadways, too with minor flooding.

Inside a flower tent in Clarks Summit, it smelled like spring, but it was soggy.

“It’s just crazy. It started out just kind of drizzling, then it started pouring out of no where and out whole tent was just a puddle at one point,” said Corie Spencer of Scott Township.

“Thankfully they brought in some stone and got it so we can walk in here. It’s hard on business but we will recoup and it’ll be OK,” agreed Holly Ziesemer of Scott Township.

Frost covers were brought out to protect the flowers from the biting cold, snow and freezing rain.

“It’s crazy. Absolutely crazy, it shouldn’t be doing this in April,” said Ziesemer.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:53:26 +0000 Businesses Prepare for Easter Sales
WAYNE COUNTY — The week leading up to Easter means a busy time for businesses that sell everything from flowers...

WAYNE COUNTY — The week leading up to Easter means a busy time for businesses that sell everything from flowers to candy.

Folks in Wayne County are getting ready for the spring holiday even though the weather Tuesday was far from spring-like.

A cold rain was falling but under the tent the flowers had bloomed. A truck recently dropped off a load of lilies and hyacinths for a roadside stand near Honesdale, a sure sign that Easter Sunday is days away.

“Easter then we take a week break, back for Mother’s day, Father’s Day, the whole season,” said Denise Smith.

But for now, it’s an Easter menu Dave’s Super Duper is ready to help with, stocking the coolers with ingredients for a holiday dinner for the whole family.

The supermarket’s owner said sales in the lead up to easter help after a long winter like the one we’ve had.

“We load up on the hams and the kielbasa and all the ethic foods for people,” said Dave Flederbach.

And at Beach Lake Baker, the work to make pies and cookies starts days in advance. Brian and Lisa Woods were busy getting blueberry pies set for twice as many orders as they’re used to.

“We have quite a few orders for pies, cherry pie, apple crumb apple pie,” said Woods.

Fresh is the name of the game in this business which means a very early morning this Saturday to have goodies ready for families celebrating the holiday together.

“Really early means 1:30 in the morning,” said his wife.

We’re still several days away from Easter weekend so bakeries and stores all said they’ll get even busier as we get closer to Easter.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:39:20 +0000 950 Lbs of Fish Prepared for Annual Fire Department Fundraiser
JERMYN — Newswatch 16 stopped by the Artisan Hose Company in Jermyn Tuesday night. Dozens of volunteers were cutting up...

JERMYN — Newswatch 16 stopped by the Artisan Hose Company in Jermyn Tuesday night.

Dozens of volunteers were cutting up hundreds of pounds of haddock in preparation for their traditional Good Friday fish fry.

The fish fry is this Friday. It costs twelve dollars in advance and runs from 11 am-7 pm or until the fish run out.

The Artisan Hose Company is located on Maple Street in Jermyn.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:03:35 +0000 Wyoming Area School Board Rejects Arbitrator’s Decision; Teachers On Strike
Teachers from one district in Luzerne County say they will strike for one day after failing to settle a labor...

Teachers from one district in Luzerne County say they will strike for one day after failing to settle a labor dispute with school officials.

The Wyoming Area School District will be closed Wednesday as teachers plan to walk the picket line, the second time they’ve done so this school year.

Despite being rejected by the Wyoming Area School Board, these teachers in the district say they`re not going down without a fight.

Donning t-shirts announcing they are now on strike, they are pushing back against the board`s decision to turn down an agreement that would end a labor dispute.

“It`s a response to their inability to negotiate with us, they haven`t done so in eight months,” said Melissa Dolman, the president of the Wyoming Area Education Association.

 

Teachers met with the board here at Wyoming Area High School where the board rejected a ruling made by arbitrator who found in favor of salary and healthcare demands made by the union.

The teachers had already unanimously agreed to that arbitrator’s decision and several times during the special meeting tempers flared.

Back in September the teachers walked the picket line for 23 days.

Students and parents say they`ve had enough of this fighting.

“If they really cared about us they`d be here teaching us and it`s not fair,” said senior Brianna Shinko.

“I just want it to stop, I think the school board should have settled and we should get back to normal and get back to education and educating the students,” said senior Kevin Carroll.

“They`re acting worse than the kids do, it`s horrible, it`s their senior year and there is no senior year for these kids,” said parent Valerie Reno.

“We`re important too, that`s why they`re teachers and if they`re going to be teachers they should be caring about the students and it`s never mentioned,” said senior Victoria Reno.

Seniors are being told they still have to report for a half day on Wednesday.

The teachers plan to strike in front of the Wyoming Area High School Wednesday from 8 to 11 am.

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:32:24 +0000 Update: Amber Alert Cancelled, Child Found Safe
The Amber Alert issued Tuesday evening is cancelled. State Police in Shillington told Newswatch 16, the mother, Jessica Mauger, 24,...

The Amber Alert issued Tuesday evening is cancelled.

State Police in Shillington told Newswatch 16, the mother, Jessica Mauger, 24, was located in Lancaster City and the child, 20-month-old Aedan Michael Mauger, was located in the father’s custody and reported to be OK.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:11:39 +0000 Izzi Metz Named Men’s Basketball Coach At Wilkes
Wilkes University named Izzi Metz as their new head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday afternoon at a news conference on...

Wilkes University named Izzi Metz as their new head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday afternoon at a news conference on the second floor of the Marts Center.

Wilkes Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Paul Adams announced the selection of Metz to pilot the Colonels following the conclusion of an extensive search process. Metz, a proven winner at Division I Boston College as their Director of Basketball Operations and Division III Hobart (, brings a wealth of coaching experience and high-octane style of play both on the offensive and defensive sides of the court.

Metz is the tenth coach in the program’s 68-year history and takes over for Jerry Rickrode who served as the head coach for the last 22 seasons.

Metz graduated from Hobart in 1998 with a degree in Economics.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:58:03 +0000 Amber Alert Issued
The Pennsylvania State Police have  issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert on behalf of the Shillington Police Department in Berks...

The Pennsylvania State Police have  issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert on behalf of the Shillington Police Department in Berks County.

State police say 20-month-old Aedan Michael Mauger was taken from the 1000 block of Bedford Avenue in Shillington on Tuesday.

According to police, the child was taken from the residence by his mother, Jessica Mauger, 24.

Jessica Mauger is described as a white female, 5’ 5” tall, 130 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes.

They left in a 1999 silver Toyota Corolla bearing pa registration JLE8558.

Authorities say Mauger left a suicide note and took two bottles of pills and a bottle of rum with her.

The Amber Alert is in effect for the following counties: Berks, Schuylkill, Lebanon, Lancaster, Chester, Montgomery, Lehigh, Columbia, Carbon and Northumberland.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:05:28 +0000 Drano Bomb Scares Students
BLOOMSBURG — Police say it was a homemade explosive that was set off inside an off campus apartment complex in...

BLOOMSBURG — Police say it was a homemade explosive that was set off inside an off campus apartment complex in Bloomsburg Monday night. Thankfully, there was no real damage and no injuries reported, but tenants say the sound it made was shocking.

Bloomsburg University junior Dakota Clock was at his friend’s apartment in downtown Bloomsburg when he heard a pop.

“There was a few of us and we heard a loud boom. It was really close. We ended up stepping outside and just saw, we smelled something weird,” said Clock.

Clock says it smelled like chemicals, but he didn’t pay too much attention to it until the fire alarm went off.

“Then cops started coming around banging on doors telling us to evacuate, so we left,” said Clock.

The fire department and police were called to Husky Housing; it’s an off campus housing facility inside the Husky Korners building in Bloomsburg.

“They put these things together. The things go off. It explodes and someone can get hurt,” said Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp.

Chief Rupp says someone used Drano and some other ingredients to make a small homemade chemical device, possibly as a prank.

“We found that it was one of these Drano, they call them Drano bombs.” said Rupp.

Even though there were no injuries, the fire department says the bomb let off an aggravating chemical smell. Students were allowed back inside after the fire department cleaned up.

Property management believes the bottle landed on a landing between two floors. It’s not very close to many rooms. However, several of the tenants say they heard the sound loud and clear.

“I just heard a big bang. I thought it was a gun shot. I looked out my peep hole. I triple locked my doors,” said Bloomsburg University student Victoria Weigle-Lindsey.

Other students say they were scared and hope that someone is held accountable for the supposed prank.

“No one got in trouble for it. So now we’re thinking, ‘oh, is this going to be a routine thing because people think it’s funny,’” said Bloomsburg student Katie Hartigan.

The fire department says these homemade bombs are dangerous and could cause chemical burns to someone handling them.

Police are looking into the incident.

The property manager says if they do find out who set off the Drano bomb, she will press charges.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:00:23 +0000 Casualty of Coal: One of Two Major Coal-Fired Electric Plants to Close
SHAMOKIN DAN — The plant in Shamokin Dam once produced enough electricity to power a city three times the size...

SHAMOKIN DAN — The plant in Shamokin Dam once produced enough electricity to power a city three times the size of Scranton.

It is 65 years old, but few here thought the facility known as the Sunbury
Steam Plant would be forced into retirement.

“It’s sad to see it close down,” said Robert Hoffman of Sunbury.  “The plant`s been there since I can remember.  As a matter of fact when i was in high school we toured that plant.”

“Since they put stack reclaimers on it, its been a fairly clean plant,” added Ed Quiggle of Shamokin Dam

Sunbury Generation announced plans to shout down the coal-fired plant by June.

About 60 workers will be out of a job.

And the Sunbury Steam Plant will be just the latest of more than a dozen coal-powered plants in Pennsylvania to close in the past five years.

Plant officials essentially said coal is dead back in 2011, when they announced it would be converted from a coal to natural gas.  But the conversion fell through, when the financing fell through.

According to a utility industry source, unpredictable natural gas prices. And falling projections for future electricity use made banks concerned about loaning money for the proposed project.

The Sunbury Steam Plant`s General Manager told Newswatch 16 tighter emissions rules for coal plants set to take effect next year leaves this facility unprofitable.

The closing leaves PPL’s Montour steam electric station in Washingtonville as the only remaining large coal-fired plant in our area.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:56:35 +0000 Food Giveaway for Easter
DUPONT — With Easter just a few days away, people in Luzerne County lined up Tuesday to get their hands...

DUPONT — With Easter just a few days away, people in Luzerne County lined up Tuesday to get their hands on some free ham. The Dupont Food Pantry and United Way teamed up to hand out the Easter dish to many families.

A lot of people, a lot of food, and a lot of kindness were in a little room in the hall next to the Holy Mother of Sorrows Church in Dupont. It’s where the Dupont Food Pantry gives out food each month. But this time, just in time for Easter, ham is included, thanks to a donation by the United Way.

“Especially with today’s times and the economy, I think it helps out a lot of people, especially the elderly people that are on fixed incomes,” said event organizer Stanley Knick.

Josie Wells of Pittston says she was happy to pick up some food for the holiday.

“Drinks, and I saw some canned goods, and some brownies, and we got ham, too,” said Wells.

Many of the people who come to this food pantry come every month, but they say this month is special because of the more than 100 hams that are being given out for Easter.

“I just retired about eight months ago, so it helps out,” said Peter Gaza of Dupont.

Gaza says he has six people to provide for at home. He says Easter is an expensive holiday to shop for, and he’s grateful to the volunteers who help make a nice meal for his family possible.

“They do a great job. They put a lot of time in. Like I said, we appreciate it,” said Gaza.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:45:17 +0000 Job Fair at Maximum Capacity in Monroe County
TANNERSVILLE  — The Monroe County Career Quest welcomed about 1,000 people looking for work to the Chateau Resort and Conference...

TANNERSVILLE  — The Monroe County Career Quest welcomed about 1,000 people looking for work to the Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville on Tuesday. Many of the people lined up to see what some new businesses in the county had to offer.

The Chateau Resort and Conference Center in Tannersville was packed with employers and hundreds of people looking for work in Monroe County.

CareerLink officials tell Newswatch 16 that Career Quest, an annual job fair, hit maximum capacity this year for companies looking to hire.

“We do have 63 vendors here, most of them employers that are hiring. We’re very excited to have some new employers here,” said Monroe County CareerLink’s John Casella.

Job seekers lined up to see what opportunities they could find with one of the newest employers in the county: Kalahari Resorts.

“I think it’s a new company coming to the area so sometimes if you get your foot in at the ground level it’s a chance to grow with a company and move up,” said Carol Feely of East Stroudsburg.

Feely gathered application information and says a career with the new resort might be a good fit for her, but she’s also just happy to be getting her name out there.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to get your application out to a lot of employers in the area, and there’s so many here that I wasn’t even familiar with,” said Feely.

With so many employers and so many opportunities, people at this job fair say they want to make an impression, but it’s difficult with this kind of crowd.

“Trying to see what’s on the tables. There’s so much information, trying to absorb it all and trying to actually hear,” said Traci Benjamin of East Stroudsburg.

“I was actually shocked when I came here. You see so many people and so many cars here, so parking was a problem,” said Ronald Settler of Gouldsboro.

But Settler says he’s keeping his spirits high as he fills out applications.

“I have always hope. Yeah, you can’t give up hope,” said Settler.

CareerLink also offered on site resume reviews, trying to help as many people as possible land their next job.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:25:16 +0000 Accused Dog Abuser Sent To Jail
MOOSIC — The dog owner from Moosic who apparently violated his bail by having more than one dog on his...

MOOSIC — The dog owner from Moosic who apparently violated his bail by having more than one dog on his property was taken into custody and put in the Lackawanna County Jail on Tuesday.

After more dogs were removed from his property just last night, it appears authorities had enough.

Moosic Police came to John Tanis’ home on Main Street in Moosic with a court order to send Tanis to jail. Investigators say they have proof that Tanis violated his bail twice by keeping more than one dog on his property.

It’s also possible Tanis lied under oath in court last week.

For the third time in less than a week, Moosic police officers were called to John Tanis’ home on Main Street, this time with a court order to send the man accused of abusing his dogs to jail.

After being charged with animal cruelty, Tanis was allowed to stay free on one condition: that he only keep one dog.

Tanis cooperated with officers but he told us he was not lying when he told a judge last week that he didn’t know the one dog he was allowed to have was pregnant.

“John, did you lie under oath?”

“No!” Tanis replied.

The puppies were taken from the home last week and an animal rights group caring for them said they are from different litters.

Then, after another warning from a judge, police were called Monday when neighbors spotted a Labrador on Tanis’ roof. They took three more of Tanis’ dogs.

That makes a total of 30 dogs Denise Kumor and her organization Tracey’s Hope are fostering.

“I’ve lost, sleepless nights, worried about these dogs. The condition of the first four that we got was so horrendous that I worried that the others would wind up like that,” Kumor said.

After Tanis was sent to the Lackawanna County Prison, volunteers took one last dog from his property that will also be fostered by volunteers. A judge says Tanis’ dogs are to stay in foster homes until after Tanis’ trial set for May.

In the meantime, investigators are seeing if Tanis should face perjury charges.

“As far as more charges regarding the dogs, I can’t really speak to that. As far as anything else, we’re still investigating some things with his testimony in court,” said Lackawanna County A.D.A. Michael Ossont.

A judge will decide later this week if John Tanis is to stay in prison until his trial in May.

A condition of the court order filed Tuesday is that Tanis must have a mental health evaluation before his trial.

Moosic police officers were at his home for much of the afternoon and told us they did not find any other dogs.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:11:18 +0000 Storm Damage As Front Passes
We experienced a drastic drop in temperatures as a front crossed the area Tuesday. Many places started in the 60s...

We experienced a drastic drop in temperatures as a front crossed the area Tuesday.

Many places started in the 60s and now, sleet and snow are falling in some spots.

That cold front brought a lot of wind with it, causing some damage.

In Union County, heavy wind peeled off part of a metal roof on a barn near Mifflinburg.

 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:49:32 +0000 Futuristic 3D Printer At East Stroudsburg University
EAST STROUDSBURG — 3D printing sounds like something from the future but students at East Stroudsburg University are doing just...

EAST STROUDSBURG — 3D printing sounds like something from the future but students at East Stroudsburg University are doing just that in a new G3 design lab.

It sounds almost like science fiction but this printer is very real.

Students at East Stroudsburg University are putting their creative juices to the test in a new 3D printing and design lab.

“We’ve made things that are very practical, from cell phone cases, to necklaces, to even things that are more abstract like sculptures, to creatures,” said senior Art and design major Henry Becker.

Here’s how it works: plastic and filament are taken through a machine and melted and then the printer builds whatever item was designed or scanned, layer by layer.

“It’s so new. It’s like my generation’s version of computers.  We don’t even know the applications yet.  So it’s just fun to be able to play around with this,” said sophomore Biology student Evelyn Barone.

Students have been experimenting with this 3D printer for about the past two years and have designed things as simple as a duck figure to as complex as a building on campus.

Junior Art and Design student Christy Flynn is using the technology to help her make figures for her stop motion animation projects.

“It’s amazing because I can take it the next step and create something in a 3D form, print it out, and make little adjustments, and have a complete character in less than a couple of days.”

Students have also printed a heart and are working to make an entire 3D model of campus printed in their design lab.

Art professor Darlene Farris-LaBar says the possibilities are endless for the university and the community.

“It really is and it’s just only the beginning.  There’s also 3D printing in food, there’s 3D printing with cells to make body parts, so very cool stuff.”

You can get an up close look at the G3 design lab in the Fine Arts building on campus Wednesday at 4 p.m.


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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:09:20 GMT2014-04-16T11:09:20Z Exeter and Antietam school districts say no to merger
p A decision has been made in the long-debated merger between the Exeter Township and Antietam school districts./pp The Exeter Township School Board voted 8-0 against it, with one person abstaining./pp "There was an incredible amount of sentiment against going forward at this time," said Exeter School Board President Robert Quinter./pp Those for the merger felt a larger student body would open up more opportunities for academics and sports./pp However, those against it said there was no financial benefit for residents in Exeter./pp "It cost me money with the merger. We pay enough in taxes," said Scott Doll of Exeter./pp And they said it would create overcrowding in the high school./pp "I love the Antietam kids. They are wonderful people. But the class sizes are already too big. And to add that many people, I would kind of feel lost in the class," said Exeter student Michaela Dungan./pp Despite denying the merger, school board members did vote unanimously to share services with Antietam, which would allow students to attend classes in their neighboring school district./pp "Anything is wide open. Anything that can save money quite frankly is wide open or give the student a wider opportunity," said Quinter./pp "We want our neighbors to know that if we have opportunities that they necessarily cannot have at this point, they are invited to participate with us and we want them to," said school board member James Brady./pp Parents say they were happy with the decision./pp "I think they finally listened to the people and that is what they needed to do," said Exeter parent Cindy Murray./pp "I was really glad they did their due diligence and thought about different options like the one they approved to share services," said Exeter parent Lisa Wilder./pp So for now, the school districts that are just a few miles apart can work together./pp And school board members say the merger may be revisited in the years to come./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo: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=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo: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=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3GSQdJUlDiU:C1w32khRnvo: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/~4/3GSQdJUlDiU" height="1" width="1"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:54:48 GMT2014-04-16T10:54:48Z Ott and Beitler talk politics in Emmaus
p It wasn#8217;t exactly the Ron Scott Show./pp Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott and Lower Macungie Township Commissioner Ron Beitler both addressed Tuesday night#8217;s meeting of the Concerned East Penn Taxpayers Association in Emmaus./pp But the two Republican politicians were there for different reasons./pp Beitler spoke about the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center project in his township, including why he intends to vote against a tax increment funding plan for it in June./pp But he#8217;s certain the shopping center will be built whether or not he and his fellow commissioners vote to have Lower Macungie opt into the TIF. #8220;It#8217;s a no-brainer that this project is happening.#8221;/pp Beitler also predicted it is inevitable that his township eventually will need its own police department, because of commercial developments such as Hamilton Crossings and more warehouses in the township./pp Ott explained the process of approving annual budgets in Lehigh County, including why that process needs to be changed. He said county commissioners should be required to vote to approve or reject proposed county budgets./pp Ott repeatedly said he was seeking ideas from the audience regarding how to make that change happen./pp Unfortunately, only 25 people-- most of them men -- were at the meeting of the conservative taxpayers organization in Fire Company No. 1. The cold rainy weather may have kept more people home./pp Frank Kane, the county#8217;s community and economic development director, was in the audience./pp Beitler got a laugh when he said Hamilton Crossings will have walking trails, #8220;although I#8217;m not sure how many people do recreational walking through parking lots.#8221;/pp Ott got the best laugh when he said county commissioner Michael Schware also had been invited to the meeting, #8220;but for some reason a guy who#8217;s a CPA had something to do on April 15. I don#8217;t know what he#8217;s doing. But he was not available today.#8221;/pp Beitler began his four-year term as township commissioner in January; Ott has been a county commissioner since 2012./pp Hamilton Crossings/pp Beitler said he#8217;s a fan of the Hamilton Crossings shopping center, calling it #8220;a neat project.#8221;/pp He described it as a very large and very nice strip shopping center that will be better than the one facing Route 22 along Airport Road, but not a lifestyle center like the Promenade shops in Upper Saucon Township./pp Beitler said the 63-acre Hamilton Crossings site between Route 222 and Hamilton Boulevard is vacant land, but not farmland. #8220;You can#8217;t even grow crops in the soil,#8221; he explained, because it contains deep pockets of a material called mine wash, which has the consistency of pancake batter. That material will be removed from the ground and remediated before the shopping center is built./pp Any local government body that opts into a TIF agrees to forfeit one half of increasing property tax revenues from the development of a property for 20 years./pp At its current tax rate, said Beitler, Lower Macungie would forfeit $24,000 of the estimated $48,000 it would get from the shopping center every year for 20 years./pp He explained East Penn School Board voted to participate in the Hamilton Crossings TIF plan, Lehigh County commissioners voted not to participate and #8220;now Lower Macungie Township is up to bat.#8221;/pp That TIF vote by the five township commissioners is scheduled for June 5, following a public hearing on May 1./pp Beitler explained township commissioners must make three different decisions: creating a TIF district, deciding if they want to participate in a TIF and, later, approving or rejecting a land development plan for the shopping center./pp #8220;The tough decision we have to make is whether or not we want to participate in tax increment financing,#8221; said Beitler. #8220;It#8217;s been my take that we should not participate in tax increment financing.#8221;/pp During the meeting, no one asked Beitler to predict the fate of the Hamilton Crossings TIF in Lower Macungie. After the meeting, he predicted it will be a split 3-2 vote, but declined to predict if the majority of the five township commissioners will vote for or against the TIF./pp He said land development is the easiest part of the process, because approval is determined by whether or not a developer#8217;s plan meets the township#8217;s land development regulations. #8220;It#8217;s not a judgment call,#8221; he explained. #8220;Either it meets your criteria or it doesn#8217;t.#8221;/pp He predicted the project will get land development approval from the township./pp Beitler said it makes sense to use TIFs in some places, but not in Lower Macungie./pp #8220;The criteria I apply is #8216;but for the TIF, do you have economic development?#8217; In Lower Macungie, we#8217;re booming right now. We#8217;re humming. We#8217;re an incredibly attractive place for retail.#8221;/pp Yet he maintained: #8220;Lower Macungie right now is deficient in retailers.#8221;/pp Hamilton Crossings will include Costco, Target and Whole Foods stores as its anchors. Beitler said others will be Dick#8217;s Sporting Goods, a PetSmart, a couple of restaurants and a bank./pp #8220;A lot of residents are in love with the idea of a Costco coming,#8221; said the township commissioner. But he repeatedly stressed he eventually will be reviewing and voting on a land development plan, not specific stores./pp Beitler said other vacant land that can be commercially developed exists along the Hamilton Boulevard corridor #8220;from the velodrome to Dorneyville.#8221;/pp #8220;One of the fundamental questions we need to ask ourselves is #8216;are we artificially skewing the playing field?#8217; A TIF in this situation is skewing the market.#8221;/pp While Beitler opposes Lower Macungie participating in the TIF, he supports voting to create a TIF district, which also is scheduled for a vote June 5. A TIF district establishes the geographic boundaries of a TIF project./pp #8220;I#8217;m not sure it would be fair for us to pull the rug out from underneath the whole thing,#8221; he said. #8220;We have an obligation to create the district, given that this has been three years in the making.#8221;/pp The township commissioner said Hamilton Crossings#8217; developers are asking Lower Macungie to waive its $2.6-million traffic impact fee, which would be used to help pay for road improvements not immediately adjacent to the shopping center./pp He indicated that fee will be needed because Hamilton Crossings will impact East Texas and Brookside roads, Krocks and Lower Macungie roads and the #8220;major mess#8221; confluence of Kressler Road, Interstate 78, Route 222 and Hamilton Boulevard./pp Program moderator Giovanni Landi raised the possibility that East Penn School District will need to keep raising property taxes on all property owners in the district if it only gets half as much tax revenue from Hamilton Crossings, compared to what it would get if there would be no TIF./pp Township police department?/pp Beitler said the township#8217;s property tax rate is .33 mills. He said the school district#8217;s is 16 mills and the county#8217;s is 8 mills./pp #8220;We don#8217;t have our own police force right now,#8221; said Beitler. #8220;That is going to change someday. Whether it#8217;s next year or 20 years down the line, I don#8217;t know.#8221;/pp He said he does not want a township police department, but warned developments such as warehouses and Hamilton Crossings will force Lower Macungie to establish one, rather than continuing to rely on state police to provide coverage./pp He indicated police will be needed to deal with increases in crime and traffic, including tractor-trailer traffic. He said the township has no police force to enforce its truck restriction ordinances./pp Beitler estimated creating a police department would cost the township about $6 million and running it would cost up to $3 million very year./pp He predicted #8220;the day we have our own police force#8221; township property taxes will increase anywhere from four to seven mills./pp In February, Lower Macungie commissioners rejected creating a township police department, after a 2013 study showed doing so would cost $5 million. That study also showed the township has a low crime rate./pp Ott was one of six county commissioners who voted against Lehigh County opting into the Hamilton Crossings TIF in June 2013. Ott and Beitler said the Hamilton Crossings developers are using the TIF to make their project more profitable./pp Ott asks for help/pp But Ott came to the meeting for help with a very different matter./pp "I#8217;m into an issue that I really don#8217;t know what the best answer is,#8221; he said. #8220;I#8217;m just one of nine people who are trying to muddle through right now -- and that#8217;s just in the legislative branch.#8221;/pp He explained the current process that Lehigh County uses to develop its annual budgets is not working very well./pp The core of the problem, according to Ott, is that if the county executive presents a new budget that proposes a tax hike, county commissioners need six votes #8211; a super-majority of their nine members #8211; #8220;to kill it or to change it.#8221;/pp #8220;If they want, commissioners can get away with not actually voting on it at all,#8221; Ott explained. #8220;A tax hike can go into effect and everybody on the board can say #8216;I never voted for a tax hike.#8217;#8221;/pp When the next election season comes around, said Ott, county commissioners seeking re-election can even campaign by saying they never voted for a tax hike./pp He said commissioners should be required to vote on those annual budgets. #8220;If the tax rate is going to go up, we should be on the record. It can#8217;t go into effect by default./pp #8220;If taxes need to go up to do something responsible, I should have to say yes or no #8211; and not be able to stand up in front of people and pretend I had nothing to do with it so I can get your vote for re-election, when in fact I really just abdicated my responsibility.#8221;/pp Ott explained Schware, a fellow Republican commissioner, has developed a draft bill as a way initiate a discussion among commissioners about the need to reform the budget process./pp He said Schware proposes that if commissioners can#8217;t agree on a new budget, the previous year#8217;s budget would simply remain in effect, with no tax increase./pp #8220;Believe it or not, I looked at that and said #8216;that#8217;s not right#8217;,#8221;br/said Ott. #8220;It lets the board still waffle. And theoretically, it could go on for four years, for eight years.#8221;/pp Someone in the audience clapped./pp #8220;How long can we drag that out?#8221; asked Ott. #8220;How long is it fair to drag that out?#8221;/pp Said a man in the audience: #8220;A long time.#8221;/pp #8220;Political conservatives have a problem sometimes,#8221; said Ott. #8220;We always say we want limited government and lower taxes, but we don#8217;t ever define what that means. Would we ever get to the point where we would go #8216;Yeah, that#8217;s the right tax rate#8217;? I think zero would be the right tax rate for most people.#8221;/pp While Ott has problems with Schware#8217;s proposal, he admitted: #8220;I don#8217;t know what the ultimate correct solution would be. But I do want to see something where the commissioners adopt the budget or at least are responsible for adopting a tax millage rate.#8221;/pp He said the commissioners have just begun discussing the matter. #8220;I#8217;m open to all kinds of potential possibilities here. But I do think we are out of balance.#8221;/pp By that, he meant that he believes more balance is needed between the executive branch of county government and the legislative branch #8211; meaning the county commissioners #8211; in the budget approval process./pp He said now the county executive #8220;drives the bus#8221; and is likely to get what he wants in budgets because the nine commissioners #8220;get all tied up#8221; and either can#8217;t make a decision or avoid making a decision./pp Ott noted Schware#8217;s proposal would require amending the county home rule charter, which means county voters would decide the change in a referendum. Although Schware has said such a referendum could be developed in time for next November#8217;s election, Ott said it#8217;s more likely to happen in 2015./pp Saying #8220;help me out here, we#8217;ve got to fix this thing,#8221; Ott asked for ideas about how the issue might be resolved./pp Emmaus resident Otto Slozer suggested finding out how other Pennsylvania counties handle their annual budgets. Ott said not many other counties have home rule charters. But he agreed it#8217;s a good idea to find out how those home rule counties handle the budget approval process. He added: #8220;What I fear is their system is even worse than ours. But we#8217;ll see.#8221;/pp During his talk, Ott reminded the audience: #8220;The county government is filled with your neighbors. It#8217;s local people who are your friends and neighbors, who you see at the soccer field or at church or wherever./pp #8220;They#8217;re not a bunch of nefarious people sitting around rubbing their hands together like: #8216;Hmmm, how can we spend money wastefully today?#8217;/pp #8220;For the most part, they legitimately think they are doing the right thing, probably really think they don#8217;t have enough money to do the right thing, and they#8217;re trying to do their best.#8221;br//pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8: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=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8: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=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=-rAcdTdBc_Q:s73F91KViD8: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/-rAcdTdBc_Q" height="1" width="1"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:52:25 GMT2014-04-16T10:52:25Z Trial for deadly home invasion suspects underway
p A trial is underway for three men who are charged in a deadly home invasion and robbery in Montgomery County that happened nearly a year ago.br/br/Police say the victim was shot in the back and left on the side of the road.br/br/The three men are being tried together on murder charges.br/br/Prosecutors say they men busted into the victim's house, kidnapped and then murdered him.br/br/Flanked by a roster of sheriff's deputies, 32-year-old Charles "Cheese" Freeman, 27-year-old Omar "O" Miller and 25-year-old Andre "Dre" Collier were led into a Montgomery County courtroom to watch as jurors for their murder trial were selected Tuesday.br/br/The prosecution says on May 5 of last year, the defendants and another man, Rasheed Teel, stormed into the West Pottsgrove home of 19-year-old Kareem Ali Borowy, pulling him out of the house and into their car.br/br/Borowy was later found shot in the back a few miles away, alongside Sanatoga Station Road in Lower Pottsgrove.br/br/Borowy died from his injuries.br/br/"It's a very heart wrenching situation that this can happen right here at 2 p.m. in the afternoon in broad daylight. It's crazy,"said one of Borowy's neighbors.br/br/Reaction to the crime was immediate and intense.br/br/Borowy's neighbors described him as a nice fella, a fella who no one thought would be caught up in craziness.br/br/But court documents say when the crime happened, the four men wanted drugs and money from Borowy.br/br/The documents say Freeman acted as the getaway driver and Collier fired the fatal shots that killed Borowy.br/br/A jury was selected and heard opening statements this afternoon. Teel has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8: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=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8: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=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=zwLvsS4OOck:9WBNnfYSgw8: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/zwLvsS4OOck" height="1" width="1"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:13:57 GMT2014-04-16T10:13:57Z Candidates for Congress debate in Bucks County
p Democratic primary candidates Kevin Strouse and Shaughnessy Naughton faced off for their second debate Tuesday afternoon as they continue to vie for their party#8217;s nomination to represent Pa. District 8 in Congress../pp The debate, held at Bucks County Community College#8217;s Bristol Township campus, featured numerous topics ranging from healthcare to the status of middle class to the U.S.#8217;s involvement overseas./pp The two candidates met for their first debate Monday night in Bensalem./pp In his opening remarks, Strouse expressed concern over the state of politics in Washington, while Naughton presented herself as a stark contrast to incumbent Republican Mike Fitzpatrick, whose seat as representative of Pennsylvania#8217;s 8th Congressional district will be challenged in November./pp The Congressional district includes Bucks County and parts of Montgomery County./pp #8220;I#8217;m running for Congress because I#8217;m worried about the country I#8217;m raising my children in#8221; said Strouse. #8220;Our biggest challenge right now is Congress.#8221;/pp Strouse, 34, a former Army Ranger and CIA officer, stressed the importance of collaboration in Congress./pp #8220;We need to focus on the issues where we have shared agreements so we can make progress#8221; said Strouse, citing veterans#8217; services and small-business growth as to paths to compromise in politics./pp A former chemist and small-business owner, Naughton, 35, said she would provide a #8220;fresh perspective#8221; to Washington./pp #8220;Women make up 51% of the population yet we only have 21% of the representation#8221; she said. #8221;I#8217;m not saying you should vote for me because I#8217;m a woman. I do think [though] that we bring a different perspective.#8221;/pp During the debate, candidates were given the opportunity to respond to criticisms they have faced so far in the campaign -- namely Strouse#8217;s lack of experience living in the district and Naughton#8217;s lack of experience in office./pp Naughton did so by asserting that her time as a small business owner has allowed her to create the jobs that politicians often promise, using the opportunity to take a jab at the incumbent Republican./pp #8220;What has Mike Fitzpatrick accomplished for us with all his years in government?#8221; said Naughton. #8220;The idea that you need to have run for Congress to run for Congress sounds a little silly to me.#8221;/pp Strouse reaffirmed his dedication to the region and its people./pp #8220;This is the first time in my life that I#8217;ve had the opportunity to pick where I wanted to live, and I chose here#8221; said Strouse. #8220;We love it here.#8221;/pp Over the course of the debate, both candidates reaffirmed their support for universal healthcare, marriage equality, a minimum wage raise and international diplomacy while also stressing the importance of investment in education and infrastructure./pp Both also repudiated government#8217;s influence on the purportedly shrinking middle-class./pp #8220;We need to reform our tax policy#8221; Naughton said, criticizing the fact that some corporations receive lower borrowing interest rates than college students on their loans. The candidate went on to cite investment in energy and education as potential ways to grow he middle glass./pp The exchange became heated when the candidates were asked about their reflections on the September 11th terrorist attacks and how they have shaped civil liberties in this country./pp Naughton insinuated that the attacks could have been prevented had the information been accessed sooner, to which Strouse, a former intelligence officer, took strong exception. Naughton later apologized and retracted her remarks./pp In their remaining time, the two candidates took the opportunity to speak to some of the other issues currently facing Congress, with Strouse voicing his support for decriminalizing marijuana and reforming the criminal justice system and Naughton advocating a federal ban on fracking in the Delaware River basin./pp Questions for the debate were fielded from faculty, staff and students of Bucks County Community College#8217;s three campuses./pp Moderator William Pezza of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences extended an invitation for another debate once the primary has passed./pp #8220;We#8217;d like to extend an invitation to the winner of this contest to come back and debate [Fitzpatrick] in the fall,#8221; said Pezza./pp The Democratic primary elections will be held on May 20, with the winner moving on to face incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick in the general election on November 4./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo: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=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo: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=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=FyCiJ7Tn-so:-WLH_s72qUo: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/FyCiJ7Tn-so" height="1" width="1"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:21:49 GMT2014-04-16T09:21:49Z Amber Alert cancelled for child abducted from Cumru home
p The Pennsylvania State Police have cancelled an a href="http://www.missingkids.com/poster/AMBER/11532/7776" target="_blank"Amber Alert/a for a toddler taken by his mother in Berks County./pp Aedan Michael Mauger, 20-months-old, and his mother, Jessica Mauger, 24, were found in Lancaster County./pp Aedan is now in the custody of his father, Jessica's boyfriend./pp According to Cumru Township Police, Jessica will undergo an evaluation, but no criminal charges will be filed./pp She has legal custody of her son, so a kidnapping did not really occur./pp The results of her evaluation will determine when Aedean will be returned to her custody./pp Police said that the circumstances of their disappearance and the concern it created led to the Amber Alert.#160;/pp Aedan was taken Tuesday from 1037 Bedford Ave. in Cumru Township, near Shillington, according to state police./pp The person who took the toddler was identified by police as the child's mom, Jessica Mauger, who left behind a suicide note and took two bottles of pills and a bottle of rum with her, police said./pp "She left a suicide note saying she just wanted to go to sleep, not ever wake up again," said Thomas Slovik, Jessica's stepfather./pp She was expected to appear at her boyfriend's house in Reading, but she never showed up, police said./pp Jessica's stepfather says this whole fiasco started because she broke up with her boyfriend./pp "She left the house distraught over losing her boyfriend, or whatever. Based on the note, it was losing her boyfriend," Slovik said./pp Throughout Tuesday night, Jessica made posts on Facebook while police frantically searched the region./pp In one post she wrote, "I'm fine, my son is fine. I'm going to pick up my man right now because he's the only person I want to talk to right now. Everybody else can leave me the [expletive] alone."/pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II: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=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II: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=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=x1sFde404kE:l8vVQVA-1II: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/x1sFde404kE" height="1" width="1"/

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:32:48 -0400 Litigation expenses push Bank of America into loss
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/bank-america-posts-loss-litigation-charges-weigh-111147867--sector.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/5BpBy..803hGK2UOOk4N8A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T112709Z_3_CBREA3F0V3W00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BANKOFAMERICA-RESULTS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A Bank of America sign is pictured in Encinitas, California" align="left" title="A Bank of America sign is pictured in Encinitas, California" border="0" //a(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp posted a first-quarter loss as the No. 2 U.S. bank recorded $6 billion in litigation expenses related to a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other mortgage-related matters. Analysts on average had expected earnings of 5 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. BofA#039;s shares, which have risen 5.3 percent so far this year, were down nearly 2 percent at $16.10 in premarket trading. Bank of America is coming off its best year since before the financial crisis, with 2013 net income of $11.4 billion the highest since 2007. BofA agreed in March to pay $9.5 billion to settle claims that it sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac faulty mortgage bonds, helping it to end one of the largest legal headaches it still faced from the financial crisis./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:32:33 -0400 Starbucks says 'will pay more tax' in UK after Europe HQ shift
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/starbucks-says-pay-more-tax-uk-europe-hq-113233164.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/PjPBiKj72N_yc1grxsR__Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/76d902c836f0bc453b92bd8027c6061ba046b292.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A man parks his hire bicycle outside a branch of Starbucks in central London on February 1, 2013" align="left" title="A man parks his hire bicycle outside a branch of Starbucks in central London on February 1, 2013" border="0" //aStarbucks said on Wednesday it was re-locating its European headquarters from the Netherlands to Britain a year after the US coffee giant was heavily criticised by British lawmakers for tax avoidance. The company, the world#039;s largest coffee shop chain, said it would pay more tax in Britain as a result of the re-location, which is expected to take place at the end of the year. Starbucks expects to open another 100 outlets there this year. Starbucks and a number of other multi-national companies, including Amazon and Google, have come under pressure from politicians and campaigners over their tax affairs./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:31:16 -0400 Russian economy hit by Ukraine turmoil
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/russian-economy-hit-ukraine-turmoil-113111886--finance.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/44X5M9tWvqdU4S6KPnrYjw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/af1371eccc94700e510f6a706700f9cc.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A man passes by the car painted in the colors of Russian flag near a Soviet-era monument to Vladimir Lenin in the central square in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of pro-Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)" align="left" title="A man passes by the car painted in the colors of Russian flag near a Soviet-era monument to Vladimir Lenin in the central square in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of pro-Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)" border="0" //aMOSCOW (AP) — Russia#039;s economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine spooked investors into pulling money out of the country, a government minister said Wednesday./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:31:06 -0400 NATO agrees steps to bolster security of eastern allies
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Military alliance NATO said on Wednesday it had decided on a series of immediate steps to reinforce its forces in eastern Europe because of the Ukraine crisis. "You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately, that means within days," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told a news conference after the decisions were taken by NATO ambassadors. ...
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:53 -0400 Mt Gox set to liquidate as court denies rehabilitation
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/defunct-bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-files-liquidation-wsj-060424927--sector.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/IXQWf0ixyWMquzpHWXX1hw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T060424Z_1_CBREA3F0GVQ00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BITCOIN-MTGOX.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo" align="left" title="Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo" border="0" //aMt. Gox, once the world#039;s biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company#039;s bid to resuscitate its business, the court-appointed administrator said on Wednesday. CEO Mark Karpeles is also likely to be investigated for liability in the collapse of the Tokyo-based firm, the provisional administrator, lawyer Nobuaki Kobayashi, said in a statement published on the Mt. Gox website. quot;The Tokyo District Court recognized that it would be difficult for the company to carry out the civil rehabilitation proceedings and dismissed the application for the commencement of the civil rehabilitation proceedings,quot; he said. In Wednesday#039;s order for provisional administration, the court put the company#039;s assets under Kobayashi#039;s control until bankruptcy proceedings officially commence and a bankruptcy trustee is named./pbr clear="all"/

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:32:48 -0400 Litigation expenses push Bank of America into loss
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/bank-america-posts-loss-litigation-charges-weigh-111147867--sector.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/5BpBy..803hGK2UOOk4N8A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T112709Z_3_CBREA3F0V3W00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BANKOFAMERICA-RESULTS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A Bank of America sign is pictured in Encinitas, California" align="left" title="A Bank of America sign is pictured in Encinitas, California" border="0" //a(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp posted a first-quarter loss as the No. 2 U.S. bank recorded $6 billion in litigation expenses related to a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other mortgage-related matters. Analysts on average had expected earnings of 5 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. BofA#039;s shares, which have risen 5.3 percent so far this year, were down nearly 2 percent at $16.10 in premarket trading. Bank of America is coming off its best year since before the financial crisis, with 2013 net income of $11.4 billion the highest since 2007. BofA agreed in March to pay $9.5 billion to settle claims that it sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac faulty mortgage bonds, helping it to end one of the largest legal headaches it still faced from the financial crisis./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:29:18 -0400 China economic growth slows to 18-month low in first-quarter
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/china-first-quarter-economic-growth-slows-7-4-021745358--business.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/39HEKBNjFqS0Q_XAlakQWQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T062918Z_1_CBREA3F0EQF00_RTROPTP_2_CHINA-ECONOMY.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A labourer works at a construction site in Hangzhou" align="left" title="A labourer works at a construction site in Hangzhou" border="0" //aBy Adam Rose and Xiaoyi Shao BEIJING (Reuters) - China#039;s economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months at the start of 2014, but did a touch better than expected and showed some improvement in March, suggesting Beijing will not rush to follow up recent steps to support activity. The economy grew 7.4 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. It was China#039;s slowest annual growth since the third quarter of 2012, when the world#039;s second-largest economy also grew 7.4 percent. quot;The slowdown of China#039;s economy is a reflection of a transformation of the economic mode,quot; said Sheng Laiyun, of the National Bureau of Statistics./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:04:04 -0400 Global shares up on China relief, Ukraine strains remain
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/edge-china-growth-data-nikkei-tries-rally-002544665--sector.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/nQ5VdO_D_rQe6jdk0x7POA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T024955Z_41_CBREA330UG300_RTROPTP_2_BRITAIN-FINANCIALSERVICES.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A man smokes a cigarette outside The London Stock Exchange" align="left" title="A man smokes a cigarette outside The London Stock Exchange" border="0" //aBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. China#039;s economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, from a year earlier, pipping forecasts of 7.3 percent. The relief rippled through Asian markets, with Japan#039;s Nikkei ending up 3 percent - its biggest gain since February. quot;China is still on a downward path on growth but clearly the market took some relief in that number ... our basic view is that it will be a gradual slowdown rather than a hard landing.quot; The mood had already been lifted by a late rally at the end of a rollercoaster session on Wall Street, thanks mainly to some solid earnings reports./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:40:14 -0400 CITIC Pacific in $36.5 billion deal to buy parent's main business
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/citic-pacific-36-5-billion-deal-buy-parents-104014263--sector.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/GnpI4tR27JaQp_9HjXQKgg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T104014Z_1_CBREA3F0TN700_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-CITIC-PACIFIC-CITIC-GROUP.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="CITIC Pacific Chairman Chang speaks in front of the company#039;s logo during a news conference in Hong Kong" align="left" title="CITIC Pacific Chairman Chang speaks in front of the company#039;s logo during a news conference in Hong Kong" border="0" //aBy Elzio Barreto and Denny Thomas HONG KONG (Reuters) - China#039;s CITIC Pacific has agreed to buy the main operating unit of its parent, state-backed CITIC Group, for $36.5 billion in a stock and cash deal aimed at diversifying its metals and mining business. The purchase will give a much-needed boost to CITIC Pacific#039;s ailing finances after it miscalculated the huge cost of developing a mine in Western Australia. The deal is the biggest injection by any Chinese firm into a Hong Kong listed company, analysts said, and shares in CITIC Pacific have gained nearly 13 percent since the company and its parent unveiled initial details of the purchase in late March. quot;The enhanced financing capability should enable CITIC Pacific to continue the funding of existing capital intensive projects such as the Sino Iron project in Western Australia,quot; CITIC Pacific said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange./pbr clear="all"/
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:53 -0400 Mt Gox set to liquidate as court denies rehabilitation
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/defunct-bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-files-liquidation-wsj-060424927--sector.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/IXQWf0ixyWMquzpHWXX1hw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-16T060424Z_1_CBREA3F0GVQ00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-BITCOIN-MTGOX.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo" align="left" title="Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo" border="0" //aMt. Gox, once the world#039;s biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company#039;s bid to resuscitate its business, the court-appointed administrator said on Wednesday. CEO Mark Karpeles is also likely to be investigated for liability in the collapse of the Tokyo-based firm, the provisional administrator, lawyer Nobuaki Kobayashi, said in a statement published on the Mt. Gox website. quot;The Tokyo District Court recognized that it would be difficult for the company to carry out the civil rehabilitation proceedings and dismissed the application for the commencement of the civil rehabilitation proceedings,quot; he said. In Wednesday#039;s order for provisional administration, the court put the company#039;s assets under Kobayashi#039;s control until bankruptcy proceedings officially commence and a bankruptcy trustee is named./pbr clear="all"/

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