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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

  ACCU-WEATHER METEOROLOGIST DEAN DeVORE SAYS WE'RE IN LINE FOR SOME TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS OR SO.  "I THINK LATER TONIGHT INTO TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE THE WORST FOR US," DEVORE SAYS.  ACCU-WEATHER EXPECTS BETWEEN AN INCH AND AN INCH-AND-A-HALF OF RAIN BEFORE THE WEATHER CLEARS UP FOR THE WEEKEND.


  FOR THE FIFTH TIME SINCE IT OPENED IN 2009, THE SANDS CASINO IN BETHLEHEM HAS BEEN FINED FOR ALLOWING UNDERAGE GAMBLERS INTO THE CASINO.  THE SANDS HAS BEEN HIT WITH AN $85,000 FINE FOR SIX VIOLATIONS BETWEEN LAST JUNE AND THIS PAST JANUARY.  IN MOST OF THE VIOLATIONS, UNDERAGE GAMBLERS USED ALTERED PASSPORTS AND OTHER FORMS OF ID TO GAMBLE AND CONSUME ALCOHOL.  THE MOST RECENT PENALTIES BRING TOTAL FINES ASSESSED ON THE SANDS FOR UNDERAGE GAMBLING TO $305,000.  THE SANDS ISN'T THE ONLY CASINO PENALIZED.  MOUNT AIRY CASINO IN MONROE COUNTY HAS BEEN FINED $330,000 AND RIVERS CASINO HAS BEEN HIT WITH MORE THAN $260,000 IN FINES FOR ALLOWED UNDERAGE GAMBLERS IN.


  THE SAUCON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD HAS OFFICIALLY SIGNED OFF ON A DEAL TO HIRE MONICA McHALE-SMALL AS THE DISTRICT'S NEW SUPERINTENDENT.  McHALE-SMALL AND THE BOARD HAVE AGREED TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WORTH $142,500 A YEAR.  SHE'LL BEGIN HER JOB ON AUGUST 11 AND IS REPLACING SANDRA FELLIN, WHO IS RETIRING AUGUST 8 AFTER 10 YEARS AS SUPERINTENDENT.


  THE MAN WHO PROMPTED A LONG STANDOFF WITH POLICE ON SUNDAY PROMISED A "BLOODBATH" IF THEY DIDN'T RETURN A STOLEN POCKET KNIFE.  POLICE SAY TIMOTHY SNYDER CALLED 911 ON SUNDAY AND TOLD A DISPATCHER HE HAD A BOMB RIGGED TO HIS APARTMENT DOOR AND WOULD BLOW UP HIS APARTMENT AND THE GIN MILL AND GRILLE RESTAURANT ON MAIN STREET IN NORTHAMPTON.  DURING THE EIGHT-HOUR STANDOFF, SNYDER DEMANDED $200 AND A LARGE PIZZA.


  THE WORLD CUP BEGINS TODAY IN BRAZIL AND SO DOES SOCCERFEST IN BETHLEHEM.  STEELSTACKS HOSTS AN OFFICIAL FIFA WORLD CUP VIEWING PARTY BEGINNING TODAY.  ARTSQUEST'S CURT MOSEL SAYS GETTING THE FIFA DESIGNATION IS A BIG DEAL.  "WE DECIDED TO GO BIG OR GO HOME.  WE APPLIED IN NOVEMBER 2013 AND WENT THROUGH THAT APPLICATION PROCESS FIVE TIMES OF HAVING IT COME BACK TO US TO REAPPLY FOR VARIOUS REASONS," MOSEL SAYS.  THE STEELSTACKS CAMPUS WILL HOST SOCCER PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES NOW THROUGH SUNDAY AND NEXT THURSDAY THROUGH NEXT SUNDAY.  26 WORLD CUP MATCHES WILL BE SHOWN ON A 17-FOOT BY 27-FOOT OUTDOOR LED SCREEN THOSE TWO WEEKENDS.


  FOR THE FIRST OF WHAT IS LIKELY TO BE SEVERAL TIMES, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND CHALLENGER TOM WOLF HAVE SHARED THE SAME STAGE.  WOLF SAYS IT'S A DIFFERENT FEEL.  "THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE SHARED A STAGE TOGETHER.  IT'S DIFFERENT," WOLF SAYS.  THE GOVERNOR SAYS APPEARING TOGETHER IN PHILADELPHIA MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TIME FOR THE TWO MEN, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THEY'VE BEEN CAMPAIGNING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER FOR QUITE A WHILE.  "I THINK IT'S BEEN GAME ON SINCE JANUARY.  BETWEEN MR. WOLF AND THE OTHER CANDIDATES, THEY'VE SPENT ABOUT $30 MILLION BEATING UP ON ME AND SAYING WHAT THEY WOULD DO," THE GOVERNOR SAYS.  THE MEN SPOKE TO THE PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL IN PHILADELPHIA.


  GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE TOM WOLF HAS ENDORSED A FORMER OPPONENT, KATIE MCGINTY, FOR CHAIRWOMAN OF THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.  ALSO WEDNESDAY, WOLF ENDORSED STATE REP. JAKE WHEATLEY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY AS VICE CHAIRMAN.  WOLF DISCLOSED HIS CHOICES IN AN E-MAIL TO DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO CHOOSE THE NEXT PARTY CHAIR AT THEIR JUNE 21 MEETING IN CAMP HILL.  WOLF SAID HE PICKED MCGINTY, WHO PLACED FOURTH IN THE FOUR-WAY PRIMARY RACE, AND WHEATLEY BECAUSE HE WANTS A "BATTLE-TESTED" TEAM IN PLACE IN HIS CAMPAIGN AGAINST REPUBLICAN GOV. TOM CORBETT.  MCGINTY, A FORMER SECRETARY OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SAYS SHE'S EXCITED BY THE PROSPECT OF LEADING THE PARTY.  THE PRESENT CHAIRMAN, JIM BURN, DID NOT IMMEDIATELY RETURN TELEPHONE MESSAGES SEEKING COMMENT.


  A COUNTY OFFICIAL FROM SCHUYLKILL COUNTY IS ASKING A FEDERAL JUDGE TO ALLOW HER TO APPEAL HIS DECISION TO OVERTURN PENNSYLVANIA'S LAW BARRING THE RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.  U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN E. JONES III ON WEDNESDAY GAVE THE PLAINTIFFS' LAWYERS UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK TO RESPOND TO THE BID BY SCHUYLKILL COUNTY ORPHANS COURT CLERK THERESA SANTAI-GAFFNEY.  SANTAI-GAFFNEY WANTS JONES TO PUT HIS DECISION ON HOLD AND TO ALLOW HER TO STEP IN TO THE CASE TO APPEAL IT TO THE 3RD U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS IN PHILADELPHIA.  GOV. TOM CORBETT'S ADMINISTRATION WAS DEFENDING THE LAW, BUT DECLINED TO APPEAL JONES' MAY 20 DECISION TO STRIKE IT DOWN.  PENNSYLVANIA WAS THE LAST NORTHEASTERN STATE TO BAR GAY MARRIAGE.


  THE BODY OF A PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN ESCORTED THROUGH HIS HOMETOWN, WITH HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE LINING THE ROUTE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS.  TWENTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD CAPT. JASON JONES WAS KILLED BY SMALL-ARMS FIRE ON JUNE 2.  LED BY A CONTINGENT OF MOTORCYCLES, A HEARSE CARRYING JONES' BODY ROLLED THROUGH HIS HOMETOWN OF ORWIGSBURG ON WEDNESDAY.  IT ROLLED TO A STOP UNDERNEATH A GIGANTIC AMERICAN FLAG STRUNG BETWEEN THE CROSSED LADDERS OF TWO FIRE TRUCKS, THE CROWD FALLING SILENT AS AN HONOR GUARD SALUTED.  THEN THE PROCESSION CONTINUED ON, WINDING UP AT A POTTSVILLE FUNERAL HOME.  JONES WAS A WEST POINT GRADUATE WHO SERVED IN IRAQ IN 2008-09, EARNING A BRONZE STAR.  HE QUALIFIED AS A GREEN BERET LAST YEAR.  HE'LL BE BURIED AT WEST POINT ON TUESDAY.


  DURING A STATE SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING ON LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, SENATOR JIM FERLO SAYS THE TIME HAS COME TO PUT THE ISSUE TO BED BEFORE THE MONTH ENDS.  "THIS MARATHON NEEDS TO END AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT MEANS WE WILL MOVE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE FULL SENATE FOR A FINAL VOTE BEFORE THE JUNE RECESS," FERLO SAYS.  FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WHO SUFFER FROM SEIZURES AND OTHERS WHO SAY MEDICAL MARIJUANA WOULD HELP THEIR CONDITIONS TESTIFIED AT THE COMMITTEE HEARING. 

 

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