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Tamaqua pharmacy assistant stole 30,000 pills, altered records, officials say

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

A Tamaqua pharmacy assistant stole nearly 30,000 prescription pills from a pharmacy and altered computer records to cover up the thefts, state officials said.

Jamie Karmonick, 41, of Mahanoy City was arrested Friday and charged with theft and obtaining controlled substances by fraud. She was released...

Holly Grim homicide prompts wrongful death lawsuit

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

Holly Grim's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man accused of kidnapping Grim from her Lower Macungie home in 2013 and slaying her in Monroe County.

Grim's estate, which is administered by her adult son, Zachary M. Grim, is seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of $50,000...

First babies born at LVH-Muhlenberg's Family Health Pavilion

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

The staff at Family Health Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg delivered their first babies Thursday, one day after the facility officially opened.

Holly Mongi of Bethlehem gave birth Thursday morning to Daphne Soleil Mongi, her second child with husband Dustin Mongi. Daphne was born...

Military heads want transgender enlistment on hold

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.

After meetings this week, the service leaders hammered out an agreement that rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait and reflected broader concerns that...

Photos released of U.S. and Russian jets flying within feet of each other

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

The U.S. European Command has released dramatic photos of a Russian jet coming within a few feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance jet over the Baltic Sea in a maneuver that has been criticized as unsafe.

The photographs released Friday show the Russian SU-27 coming so close to the wing of the...

Legalized marijuana blamed for uptick in car crash claims

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon went up 2.7 percent in the years...

Trump signs bill to transform VA, make it easier to fire employees

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.

"Our veterans have fulfilled their duty to our nation and now we must...

See who applied for a permit to set up a medical marijuana dispensary in the Lehigh Valley

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:57

Pennsylvania announced the winners of its first round of medical marijuana grower/processor permits this week. Next week it will award the first round of dispensary permits.

The state Department of Health received 280 applications for dispensary permits, and will award only 27 in this round. Lehigh,...

Police: Schuylkill County man accused of homicide caught on the Atlantic City boardwalk

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:13

State police said a 37-year-old Schuylkill man suspected of killing his father Monday was arrested Friday morning in Atlantic City.

Michael David Marchalk, of the Barnesville area of Ryan Township, was arrested about 11:50 a.m. on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, according to state police in Frackville.


State to Northampton County fire department: Stop fundraising or else

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:30

A Northampton County-based fire department has been told it must stop asking the public for donations.

The Pennsylvania Department of State said Friday that Diamond Fire Company in Walnutport is among nine state and nationally based organizations told to cease soliciting donations. In Diamond Fire's...

FAST FACTS: Comparing Senate and House health bills to 'Obamacare'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:56

WASHINGTON — The Senate Republican health care bill would guarantee immediate assistance for insurance markets that are struggling in many states. Yet overall it would do the same thing as its House counterpart: less federal money for health insurance and a greater likelihood that more Americans...

Sears closing another 20 stores, none in Pa.

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:53

Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

Real estate investment trust Seritage, which owns the 20 real estate properties, confirmed the closings— 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores — in a government filing Friday. Business Insider posted the...

Police say London tower fire sparked by refrigerator; manslaughter charges eyed

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:56

Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people.

In its most detailed briefing on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 inferno at Grenfell...

Obituary of 15-year-old who killed self cites school bullies

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:59

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — The family of a 15-year-old Pennsylvania girl who hanged herself says in her obituary that she had a tough life made worse by school bullies.

Sadie Riggs' family posted her obituary on Facebook after she died Monday. They say she was in counseling and took medications for emotional...

Sentencing set for man convicted of assaulting 'gifted' girl

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:44

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Sentencing has been set for a man convicted of sexually assaulting six girls in the same Pennsylvania family, fathering two children by one of them.

Fifty-two-year-old Lee Donald Kaplan will be sentenced Sept. 20 in Bucks County on 17 counts of rape of a child, statutory...

Easton police: Man charged in drug raid

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:42

Easton police said a 31-year-old man faces drug charges after a raid at a home Friday morning.

Police said at 6 a.m., they served a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Bushkill Street. Inside the home, police said they found heroin, crack cocaine, a handgun and cash used in...

Kids today: They don’t work summer jobs the way they used to

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:24

It was at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie "The Shining," where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck.

He was a busboy. The job didn't pay much. But Doyle quickly learned lessons that served him for years as he rose to become the CEO of Domino's, the...

Fatal crash closes Route 309 near Lehigh-Schuylkill border

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:23

LYNN TOWNSHIP — A section of Route 309 in Lynn Township has been shut down following a fatal two-vehicle crash about 8:30 a.m. south of Gun Club Road.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim confirmed he has been called to the scene.

Emergency dispatchers said initial reports were unclear and either two...

Charlie Dent 'concerned' by Senate health care bill

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:20

Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania wasn’t happy with the House GOP health care bill and had hoped to see the Senate take a different approach on several aspects, including changes to Medicaid.

But Dent told NPR Friday morning that the bill released by Senate Republicans also raises...

North Korea denies torturing U.S. detainee Otto Warmbier, says it is 'biggest victim'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:32

North Korea on Friday called itself the "biggest victim" in the death of an American student who was detained for more than a year and died days after being released in a coma. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency denied that North Korea cruelly treated or tortured Otto Warmbier and...