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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

  A 23-YEAR-OLD MAN IS IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER BEING ASSAULTED AND THEN SHOT AT A PARTY IN LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP.  POLICE SAY THE UNIDENTIFIED ALLENTOWN MAN WAS ASSAULTED BY SEVERAL POEPLE AND THEN SHOT BY ONE OF THEM JUST BEFORE 1:30 SUNDAY MORNING.  THERE'S NO WORD YET ON HIS CONDITION.  NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

  STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A BLACK, 18-TO-21-YEAR OLD MAN WITH DREADLOCKS AND A THIN BUILD.  POLICE SAY HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EITHER SLASHING OR STABBING FIVE PEOPLE AT A WEEKEND PARTY AT A HOME IN LYNN TOWNSHIP.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 3 O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING IN A HOME AT 8996 KINGS HIGHWAY.  THE VICTIMS ARE IDENTIFIED AS A FLORIDA MAN, A MAN FROM FREEMANSBURG, A MAN FROM BETHLEHEM, A WOMAN FROM BETHLEHEM AND A MALE TEENAGER.  THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

  ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND TWO OTHERS ARE INJURED IN AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT IN ALLENTOWN.  POLICE SAY TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED IN THE 1300 BLOCK OF SOUTH FOURTH STREET AT 3 O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING.  ONE OF THE DRIVERS WAS EJECTED AND DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THAT DRIVER'S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.  THE TWO OTHERS WHO WERE INJURED SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.

  A BROOKLYN MAN IS CHARGED WITH TRYING TO SHOOT SECURITY GUARDS AT AN ALLENTOWN NIGHTCLUB.  POLICE SAY TREVOR LEEBING WAS THROWN OUT OF THE CATCH 22 CLUB AT FOURTH AND HAMILTON STREETS AROUND 3:30 SUNDAY MORNING.  HE ALLEGEDLY WAITED OUTSIDE AND WHEN THE GUARDS CAME OUT TO EJECT ANOTHER CUSTOMER, LEEBING POINTED A GUN AT THEM AND PULLED THE TRIGGER.  THE GUN MISFIRED AND LEEBING CONTINUED TO PULL THE TRIGGER, BUT IT NEVER FIRED.  POLICE ARRIVED AND CHASED LEEBING DOWN HAMILTON STREET, WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY TOSSED THE GUN OFF THE HAMILTON STREET BRIDGE.  THE GUN WAS RECOVERED.  LEEBING WAS ARRESTED.

  A PHILADELPHIA JURY IS SET TO HEAR CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE CAPITAL MURDER TRIAL OF AN ABORTION DOCTOR ACCUSED OF KILLING BABIES BORN ALIVE AT HIS CLINIC.  PROSECUTORS SAY 72-YEAR-OLD KERMIT GOSNELL OPERATED A CLINIC WHERE POOR, DESPERATE WOMEN SOUGHT LATE-TERM ABORTIONS THEY COULDN'T GET ELSEWHERE.  GOSNELL WAS INITIALLY CHARGED IN THE DEATHS OF SEVEN NEWBORNS, BUT A JUDGE THREW OUT THREE OF THOSE COUNTS LAST WEEK.  GOSNELL IS ALSO CHARGED IN THE OVERDOSE DEATH OF A 41-YEAR-OLD PATIENT.  CLOSING ARGUMENTS BEGIN TODAY.  DELIBERATIONS LIKELY WILL BEGIN TUESDAY.  GOSNELL DIDN'T TESTIFY IN HIS DEFENSE, BUT HE COULD TAKE THE STAND DURING THE PENALTY PHASE IF CONVICTED.  HIS LAWYER SAYS THERE WERE NO LIVE BIRTHS AT THE CLINIC.

  AFTER A HEARING INTO THE ECONOMIC IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA'S FILM TAX CREDIT HAS, STATE SENATOR LISA BOSCOLA SAYS THE TAX CREDIT'S BENEFIT IS SEEN IN AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILM.  "WHEN 'SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK' CAME HERE, THE MARRIOTT SAID ABOUT 50 OR 60 ROOMS FOR 90 DAYS WERE SOLD BECAUSE OF THE PRODUCTION.  THEY'RE ALL EATING IN RESTAURANTS.  THEY ALL NEED DRIVERS.  THERE'S A SPILL OVER EFFECT THAT HELPS THE ECONOMY," BOSCOLA SAYS.  DURING THE HEARING, PEOPLE WHO RUN PENNSYLVANIA FILM OFFICES AND TRY TO ATTRACT MOVIE MAKERS HERE SAID THEIR JOB IS GETTING TOUGHER BECAUSE THE STATE FILM TAX CREDIT IS CAPPED AT $60 MILLION EACH YEAR.  THEY SAY ONCE THAT MONEY IS USED UP. OTHERS WHO MIGHT WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TAX CREDIT ARE TURNED AWAY AND MOVIES ARE SHOT ELSEWHERE.

  FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE WARNING NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS THAT STORE SPENT FUEL IN DRY CASKS TO WATCH FOR WATER DAMAGE, CITING TWO INCIDENTS INVOLVING MATERIAL FROM CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA PLANTS.  THE U.S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION ISSUED AN INFORMATION NOTICE LAST WEEK DETAILING HOW MOISTURE CAN DEGRADE STRUCTURES AND COMPONENTS ASSOCIATED WITH SPENT FUEL STORAGE.  THE NOTICE CITED TWO SEPARATE INSTANCES INVOLVING WATER DAMAGE TO CONTAINERS HOLDING SPENT FUEL FROM THE PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION IN YORK COUNTY AND THREE MILE ISLAND IN DAUPHIN COUNTY.   OFFICIALS SAID BASELINE MEASUREMENTS AND PERIODIC EVALUATIONS CAN DETECT "ACCELERATED DEGRADATION" BEFORE THE CONTAINERS AND STRUCTURES NO LONGER WORK PROPERLY.

  NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE SAYS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA "HAS KEPT EVERY PROMISE HE'S MADE" ABOUT HELPING THE STATE RECOVER FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY.  SPEAKING MONDAY ON MSNBC ON THE 6-MONTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEADLY STORM, THE REPUBLICAN SAYS PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS WAS THE LAST THING ON HIS MIND AS HE TOURED STORM-DEVASTATED AREAS WITH THE PRESIDENT LAST FALL.  CHRISTIE'S WARM EMBRACE OF OBAMA ANGERED SOME REPUBLICANS, WHO SAID IT HELPED TIP A CLOSE ELECTION TO THE DEMOCRAT AND AWAY FROM MITT ROMNEY, WHO CHRISTIE ENDORSED.  CHRISTIE SAYS HE DISAGREES WITH OBAMA ABOUT 95 PERCENT OF THINGS.  BUT THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE WAS MERELY DOING HIS JOB AFTER THE STORM, TRYING TO GET HELP FOR HIS STATE.   FEDERAL APPROVAL IS EXPECTED MONDAY FOR NEW JERSEY'S PLAN TO SPEND $1.8 BILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS TO REBUILD.

 

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