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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

  THREE ALLENTOWN MEN ARE DEAD AFTER A SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN THE 700 BLOCK OF EAST SUSQUEHANNA STREET IN ALLENTOWN.  POLICE SAY 23-YEAR-OLD CHAD FLUCK, 46-YEAR-OLD THOMAS FALLSTICH JR AND 35-YEAR-OLD KENNETH MARCKS ALL LIVED AT 1743 EAST SUSQUEHANNA STREET AND ALL DIED IN THE CRASH THAT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 11 O'CLOCK SUNDAY NIGHT.  ALL THREE MEN WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH.  THEY WERE ALL IN THE SAME VEHICLE.  THE DRIVER OF A SECOND VEHICLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH WAS TAKEN TO ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL IN FOUNTAIN HILL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.

  WORK BEGINS TODAY ON THE EASTON-PHILLIPSBURG TOLL BRIDGE AND DRIVERS CAN EXPECT DELAYS.  ROUTE 22 COMMUTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE INTERSTATE 78 AS AN ALTERNATIVE.  THE DELAWARE RIVER JOINT TOLL BRIDGE COMMISSION HAS MODIFIED ITS LANE CLOSURE PLAN FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS TO PREVENT A POTENTIAL CONFLICT WITH A PAVING PROJECT WEST OF ROUTE 22.  THERE WILL BE A SINGLE LANE PATTERN FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM SLIGHTLY WEST OF CEMETERY CURVE IN EASTON ONTO THE TOLL BRIDGE.  WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON ROUTE 22 WILL USE A SINGLE LANE FROM THE TOLL BRIDGE TO FOURTH STREET BETWEEN 6 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS.  TWO WESTBOUND LANES WILL BE OPEN ON WEEKENDS UNTIL JULY 8.

  ED CHARLES HADN'T BEEN WITH THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR FOR ITS ENTIRE EXISTENCE...IT JUST SEEMED THAT WAY.  CHARLES, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE LEHIGH COUNTY AGRICULTURE SOCIETY BEFORE BECOMING CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY IN 1975 AND STAYING IN THAT POSITION UNTIL 2011, DIED SUNDAY AT LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPICE.  CHARLES IS CREDITED WITH SHIFTING THE FAIR FROM A 10-DAY, EARLY AUGUST EVENT TO A SEVEN-DAY EVENT THAT ENDS ON LABOR DAY.  ED CHARLES WAS 97 YEARS OLD.

  AN ALLENTOWN TEENAGER APPARENTLY DROWNED SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE ALLENCREST AQUATIC CLUB SWIMMING POLL IN WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP.  THE LEHIGH COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE SAYS ABEL DeLUNA DIED "DURING AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURED" AT THE POOL.  DeLUNA WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SACRED HEART HOSPITAL JUST AFTER 4 O'CLOCK SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

  FATHER'S DAY VISITORS TO THE LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO GOT A LOOK AT THE ZOO'S NEWEST ARRIVAL.  A BABY PORCUPINE, WHICH WAS BORN APRIL 23, DEBUTED AT THE ZOO ON SUNDAY.  THE PORCUPINE'S BIRTH IS PART OF A NATIONAL EFFORT TO MAKE SURE ZOOS HAVE A VARIETY OF PORCUPINE SPECIES.  WHETHER THE PORCUPINE REMAINS AT THE LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY IS HOPING TO RECOUP SOME OF THE $613 MILLION IN UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENTS MADE TO PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY COMING TO THEM.  DEPARTMENT SECRETARY JULIA HEARTHWAY SAYS WE'RE IN THE THIRD WEEK OF THE NATON'S FIRST UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION AMNESTY PROGRAM.  "THE PROGRAM RUNS THROUGH AUGUST 31.  IT IS A TARGETED STATEWIDE PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.  THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 130,000 INDIVIDUALS AND MORE THAN 50,000 EMPLOYERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE PART IN THE AMNESTY PROGRAM," HEARTHWAY SAYS.  IN THE PROGRAM, THOSE WHO MISTAKENLY COLLECTED MORE BENEFITS THAN THEY WERE OWED WOULD HAVE TO REPAY HALF THAT AMOUNT.  THOSE WHO INTENTIONALLY GAVE FALSE INFORMATION TO COLLECT JOBLESS BENEFITS WILL HAVE TO PAY BACK ALL THE MONEY AS WELL AS HALF OF THE INTEREST AND PENALTIES.

  A NEW JERSEY SENATE PANEL IS EXPECTED TO ADVANCE TWO ELECTION-RELATED BILLS THAT GOV. CHRISTIE HAS LABELED "DEAD ON ARRIVAL."  ONE MEASURE WOULD REQUIRE A GOVERNOR TO FILL A VACANT U.S. SENATE SEAT WITH A MEMBER OF THE SAME PARTY AS THE PERSON WHO LAST HELD IT.  THE SECOND BILL WOULD CHANGE THE DATE OF THE NOVEMBER 5 ELECTION TO OCTOBER 16, THE SAME DAY CHRISTIE HAS SCHEDULED A SPECIAL U.S. SENATE ELECTION.  SEN. SHIRLEY TURNER, A DEMOCRAT, IS SPONSORING BOTH BILLS.  THE MEASURES ARE IN RESPONSE TO CHRISTIE APPOINTING ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF CHIESA, A REPUBLICAN, TO TEMPORARILY FILL THE SEAT OF SEN. FRANK LAUTENBERG, WHO DIED JUNE 3.  LAUTENBERG WAS A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT.  TURNER ALSO WANTS TO SAVE TAXPAYERS $12 MILLION BY HOLDING ONE GENERAL ELECTION RATHER THAN TWO.

  NEW JERSEY LAWMAKERS ARE POISED TO TAKE UP A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW THOSE WHO ARE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY TO QUALIFY FOR IN-STATE TUITION RATES AT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.  THE ASSEMBLY BUDGET COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS THE MEASURE MONDAY.  IF APPROVED, IT WOULD TAKE EFFECT BEGINNING IN THE FALL SEMESTER.  TO BE ELIGIBLE, A STUDENT MUST HAVE ATTENDED A NEW JERSEY HIGH SCHOOL FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS, HAVE A DIPLOMA FROM A STATE HIGH SCHOOL OR THE EQUIVALENT.  THEY ALSO MUST SUBMIT AN AFFIDAVIT STATING THEY HAVE FILED OR WILL FILE AN APPLICATION TO LEGALIZE THEIR STATUS AS SOON AS THEY ARE ELIGIBLE.  THE BILL'S SPONSOR SAYS IT PROVIDES PEOPLE WITH AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN AFFORDABLE EDUCATION SO THEY "BECOME TAX PAYERS AND NOT TAX TAKERS."

 

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