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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

  POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING A DOUBLE SHOOTING IN WILSON BOROUGH.  MULTIPLE SHOTS WERE FIRED AROUND 5 O'CLOCK SUNDAY AFTERNOON OUTSIDE AN APARTMENT BUILDING IN THE 1500 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON STREET.  22-YEAR-OLD SHANE WALDON AND 22-YEAR-OLD LATEK SMITH WERE BOTH SHOT.  WALDON IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.  SMITH IS IN STABLE CONDITION.  THE SUSPECT IS AT LARGE.  WILSON POLICE BELIEVE THE SHOOTER AND THE VICTIMS KNEW EACH OTHER.


  POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT AT LEHIGH VALEY HOSPITAL-CEDAR CREST.  A SUSPICIOUS DEVICE WAS FOUND ATTACHED TO A STAFF MEMBER'S CAR SUNDAY MORNING.  THE OWNER OF THE CAR DISCOVERED IT AND IMMEDIATELY CALLED POLICE.  IT WAS SUSPICIOUS ENOUGH THAT SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE, WESTERN SALISBURY FIRE DEPARTMENT, HOSPITAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AND THE ALLENTOWN BOMB SQUAD WERE ALL CALLED TO THE SCENE.  A SHORT TIME LATER, EXPERTS DETERMINED THE DEVICE WASN'T A THREAT.  THE INCIDENT ENDED AROUND 1 O'CLOCK SUNDAY AFTERNOON.


  AN ALLEGED GAMBLING CHEATER IN LAS VEGAS HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY.  SURVEILLANCE AGENTS AT THE SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM SPOTTED JUBREAL CHAHINE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND CALLED STATE POLICE, WHO TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT.  CHAHINE HAD BEEN WATNED ON MORE THAN 20 FELONY CHEATING OFFENSES BACK IN HIS HOMETOWN.


  SOMEBODY IS USING FUNNY MONEY IN NORTHAMPTON COUNTY.  POLICE IN BANGOR SAY COUNTERFEIT $100 BILLS ARE BEING USED AT LOCAL BUSINESSES.  THE BOGUS BILLS HAVE BEEN USED AT SEVERAL BUSINESSES IN THE BANGOR AREA, THE MOST RECENT HAPPENING LAST FRIDAY WHEN TWO OF THE FAKE $100 BILLS WERE USED.  POLICE SAY BUSINESSES SHOULD ASK FOR SMALLER DENOMINATIONS AND BE CAREFUL WHEN ACCEPTING CASH.


  SUNDAY MARKED THE 45TH ANNIVESARY OF THE FIRST MOON LANDING.  LEHIGH UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR TERRY HART FLEW ABOARD SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER BACK IN 1984 AND HE SAYS NASA'S NEXT HUGE STEP WOULD BE TO SEND ASTRONAUTS INTO DEEP SPACE, SPECIFICALLY LANDING ON AN ASTEROID.  "THE DATE IS NOT AS CERTAIN YET, 2019 TO 2025 TO SEND FOUR ASTRONAUTS ON A VERY LARGE ROCKET TO AN ASTEROID.  IT'LL TAKE ABOUT FIVE MONTHS.  THEY'D DOCK TO THE ASTEROID AND THEN COME BACK TO EARTH WITH SAMPLES OF THE ASTEROID," HART SAYS.  HE BELIEVES MATERIALS ON AN ASTEROID ARE MUCH MORE SCIENTIFICALLY INTERESTING AND SIGNIFICANT THAT A RETURN TRIP TO THE MOON.


  THE SPEED LIMIT IS GOING UP ON A SECTION OF THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE.  A 100-MILE STRETCH OF THE ROAD WILL HAVE A 70 MILE-AN-HOUR SPEED LIMIT FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAIN INTERCHANGE NEAR SHIPPENSBURG TO THE MORGANTOWN INTERCHANGE JUST SOUTH OF READING.  THE NEW SPEEDS GO INTO EFFECT WEDNESDAY.  TURNPIKE OFFICIALS SAY SOME OTHER SPEED CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK.


  THE NUCLEAR REGULATOR COMMISSION IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF A RECENT WATER LEAK AT THREE MILE ISLAND.  OFFICIALS SAY THE JULY 10 PIPE LEAK WAS SMALL AND NEVER POSED A THREAT TO THE PUBLIC.  IT WAS FIXED LAST TUESDAY.  THE NRC SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION UNTIL IT DETERMINES IF ANY VIOLATIONS LED TO THE INCIDENT.


  DESPITE ITS LARGE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65, PENNSYLVANIA ISN'T A GREAT STATE TO GROW OLD IN.  A RECENT REPORT RELEASED BY AARP RANKED THE STATE 42ND OVERALL AND 46TH IN RELATION TO ACCESS AND COST OF LONG-TERM CARE.  PENNSYLVANIA ALSO CAME IN NEAR THE BOTTOM OF SEVERAL OTHER CATEGORIES, INCLUDING QUALITY OF CARE AND SUPPORT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS.


  A NEW JERSEY LAWMAKER IS PROPOSING THOSE IN THE STATE GET A VOTE ON WHETHER TO HAVE TWO MORE CASINOS OUTSIDE ATLANTIC CITY.  STATE SENATOR RAY LESNIAK IS SUGGESTING CHANGING NEW JERSEY'S CONSTITUTION BUT THE AMENDMENT DOESN'T SAY WHERE THE CASINOS COULD BE LOCATED.  HE BELIEVES A NEW CASINO OVER TEN YEARS SHOULD PAY AN ADDED 5 PERCENT ATLANTIC CITY SURCHARGE THAT WOULD PROVIDE AN ANNUAL AMOUNT OF $100 MILLION THAT WOULD GO BACK INTO THE RESORT FOR REDEVELOPMENT.  THE PROPOSAL COULD COME TO A VOTE IN NOVEMBER OF NEXT YEAR.

 

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