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LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2013

  THE ALLENTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT DID IT LAST JULY AND THEY'RE DOING IT AGAIN SATURDAY.  ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF JOE HANNA SAYS THE CITY'S SECOND GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM IS ALL SET.  "THAT'S GOING TO BE HELD AT THE IGLESIA CHRISTIANA EMMANUEL CHURCH AT 113 NORTH EIGHTH STREET BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10AM AND 2PM," HANNA SAYS.  $100 KMART GIFT CARS WILL BE GIVEN FOR FUNCTIONAL WEAPONS, $15 FOR NON-FUNCTIONAL WEAPONS AND $10 GIFT CARDS FOR BB OR AIRSOFT GUNS.  TURNED IN GUNS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE CHURCH UNLOADED.

  LANTA PLANS TO ADD 200 COVERED SHELTERS TO ITS EXISTING 75 ALREADY SPREAD ACROSS THE LEHIGH VALLEY.  RIGHT NOW, THOSE 75 ARE OWNED BY LAMAR ADVERTISING, BUT LANTA IS USING $800,000 OF FEDREAL GRANT MONEY TO PURCHASE 200 OF ITS OWN.  LANTA SAYS 20 OF THE NEW SHELTERS WILL BE IN EASTON, 11 IN BETHLEHEM, 10 IN UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP AND NINE IN ALLENTOWN.  THE REMAINING 150 LOCATIONS ARE STILL TO BE DETERMINED.

  THE LAST WEEKEND OF APRIL WAS BEAUTIFUL AND THE FIRST WEEKEND OF MAY IS PROVIDING AN ENCORE ACCORDING TO ACCU-WEATHER'S BILL DEGER.  "IT'S A NICE THREE-DAY FORECAST.  WE'RE BACK INTO THE 70s WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND THAT NICE WEATHER CONTINUES INTO MONDAY AS WELL," DEGER SAYS.  MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES AND PLEASANT TEMPERATURES SHOULD LAST AT LEAST THROUGH TUESDAY.

  A 20-MILE STRETCH OF THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE'S NORTHEAST EXTENSION WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6AM SUNDAY MORNING.  THE TURNPIKE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THAT TIME BETWEEN THE MID-COUNTY EXIT AND THE LANSDALE EXIT WHILE WORKERS DO BRIDGE WORK.  TRAFFIC WILL BE DETOURED AND WORKERS WILL BE AT THE INTERCHANGES TO DIRECT DRIVERS.

  STATE AUDITOR GENERAL EUGENE DEPASQUALE IS LEVELING HARSH CRITICISM AT THE READING SCHOOL DISTRICT.  DEPASQUALE RELEASED A SCATHING PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT FRIDAY THAT BLAMES DYSFUNCTIONAL MANAGEMENT FOR A WIDE RANGE OF SERIOUS FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC PROBLEMS.  THE STATE'S ELECTED FISCAL WATCHDOG SAYS A CLERICAL ERROR THAT SHOWED THE DISTRICT HAVING $15.6 MILLION MORE IN STATE AID THAN IT ACTUALLY HAD WENT UNDETECTED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.  HE SAYS THE DISTRICT'S GRADUATION RATE IS ONLY 61 PERCENT.  THAT'S WELL BELOW THE STATE GOAL OF 85 PERCENT AND HE SAYS STUDENT TEST SCORES ARE SIMILARLY LOW.  HE SAYS THE DISTRICT HAS HAD FOUR SUPERINTENDENTS SINCE 2005 WHILE BASIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR ACCOUNTING, SECURITY AND OTHER ISSUES REMAIN INADEQUATE. 

  A MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ATTACKING TWO WOMEN ON A NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA SIDEWALK WHILE BLOODY AND NAKED, AND GNAWING ON THE HEAD OF ONE.  A JUDGE HAS SENTENCED 21-YEAR-OLD RICHARD CIMINO JR. TO BETWEEN 90 DAYS AND NEARLY TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE SEPTEMBER ATTACK.  HE'D PLEADED GUILTY TO SIMPLE ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES.  CIMINO TOLD WAYNE COUNTY JUDGE RAYMOND HILL HE WAS SORRY.  HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG AT THE TIME.  INVESTIGATORS SAY CIMINO HAD STRIPPED DOWN AND BROKE INTO AN EMPTY HOME IN HAWLEY IN SEPTEMBER, THEN WAS BADLY HURT JUMPING FROM A WINDOW.  AUTHORITIES SAY HE ATTACKED THE WOMEN WALKING DOWN THE STREET, GNAWING ON THE HEAD OF ONE.  BOTH ESCAPED.

 

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