Category: Beyond Lehigh Valley

Ban on Releasing Police Officer Names After Shootings Passes PA House, Senate

HARRISBURG- Yesterday, October 27th, an Amendment to Law and Justice Act (Title 44) passed the House and Senate by a bi-partisan, Veto-proof majority in both chambers. The Amendment creates a ban on releasing police officers’ names after an event in which a citizen is killed or seriously harmed as a result of police action. The bill was passed on the last day of a voting session with little debate offered in either chamber. If Governor Wolf vetoes the bill, it is unclear if the House and Senate will be reconvened in an emergency session to override the veto. The...

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Kane Leaves Courthouse in Cuffs After Getting Jail Sentence

PHILADELPHIA-  Kathleen Kane, the former Attorney General of PA, and once rising star of the Democrat Party, was sentenced today by Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.  The judge sentenced Kane to 10 to 23 months in Jail after being found guilty of passing information from a sealed grand jury investigations to target a political rival, then lying under oath when questioned about it.  Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy stated, when passing sentence, “This case is about ego – the ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One.  This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who...

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Scranton Group Seeks to Force City to Declare Chapter 9 through Ballot Initiative

STAFF SCRANTON- Scranton resident Gary St. Fleur, along with four other Scranton residents, have recently filed a petition for the city of Scranton to declare bankruptcy under Article 10, Section 1003 of the Scranton Home Rule Charter. St. Fleur and his group, savescranton.com/ , are seeking to get an initiative on the ballot that would force Scranton to file for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. The initiative, if it passed, would have the full weight of legislation, one voted on by the public. Initiatives, unlike referendum, do not need to go through a legislative body first to be voted on by...

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Bow Hunting Season Begins October 1st

The Pennsylvania Game Commission sent out a press release ahead of bow hunting season this year.  Here is the press release: STATEWIDE ARCHERY SEASON BEGINS OCT. 1 Pennsylvania Game Commission wishes bowhunters safe days afield. Pennsylvania’s archery deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 1, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Oct. 1 to Nov. 12, and during the late archery deer season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 14. At the time of the statewide opener, archery hunters in three urbanized...

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Out-of-State Man Drowns in Lehigh River

CARBON COUNTY-  A drowning victim’s body was retrieved yesterday, August 17th, from the Leigh River near the Lehigh Gorge State Park.  The Gorge is located west of Jim Thorpe. According to a police report, two calls came in reporting of a man who had went under the water and did not come back up.  The call came in around 4PM.  The Lehighton District 5 Dive Team arrived on scene around 4:20PM.  Just after 6PM, the body was discovered and retrieved from the river. According to the Chief Deputy Coroner of Carbon County, Gerald Jones Jr, a male from out...

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