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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

  A WEDNESDAY MORNING FIRE AT A LEHIGH COUNTY STRIP CLUB WAS NO ACCIDENT.  FIRE INVESTIGATORS SAY THE FIRE AT SCOOBIES GENTLEMEN'S CLUB WAS INTENTIONALLY SET.  THE CLUB SUSTAINED FIRE DAMAGE TO THE FIRST FLOOR AND EXTENSIVE SMOKE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.  DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED TO BE AT $30,000.  POLICE SAY THEY HAVE NO SUSPECTS.

  THE STATE SUPREME COURT IS UPHOLDING A REVISED PLAN TO REDRAW THE BOUNDARIES OF PENNSYLVANIA'S LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS, RULING THAT A PANEL'S NEW PLAN IS CONSTITUTIONAL.  THE COURT'S UNANIMOUS RULING MEANS A HOUSE SEAT AND SENATE SEAT FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTY ARE MOVING HERE.  THE 22ND DISTRICT IS MOVING TO ALLENTOWN, MEANING CURRENT STATE REPRESENTATIVE JUSTIN SIMMONS' DISTRICT IS PUSHED OUT OF THE CITY.   THE CHANGE MEANS ALLENTOWN WILL ONLY HAVE TWO, RATHER THAN FOUR REPRESENATIVES.  STATE REP. STEVE SAMUELSON LOSES EAST ALLENTOWN AND WEST BETHLEHEM WHILE PICKING UP SOUTH BETHLEHEM AND HALF OF BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP.  THE MAP WILL TAKE EFFECT FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S 203 HOUSE DISTRICTS AND 50 SENATE DISTRICTS IN NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION.
 

  A LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP MAN IS UNDER ARREST AFTER BEING SUBDUED WITH AN ALLENTOWN POLICE OFFICER'S STUN GUN TUESDAY NIGHT.  POLICE SAY TYLOR HENDRICKSON IGNORED THEIR ORDERS TO STOP WALKING AWAY FROM THEM AND TO REMOVE HIS HANDS FROM HIS WAISTBAND.  THEY THEN WARNED HIM THEY WOULD USE THE STUN GUN ON HIM IF HE CONTINUED TO IGNORE THEM.  WHEN HE DID, THE STUN GUN WAS USED.  AFTER BEING SUBDUED, POLICE FOUND A LOADED GUN IN HENDRICKSON'S SWEATSHIRT.  HENDRICKSON WAS PURSUED AFTER WALKING AWAY WHEN POLICE WERE QUESTIONING A GROUP OF MEN ABOUT SEVERAL RECENT CITY SHOOTINGS.

  GROUND HAS BEEN BROKEN ON A NEW EAST SIDE FIRE STATION ON NORTH IRVING STREET IN ALLENTOWN.  FIRE CHIEF BOB SCHEIRER SAYS THE NEW STATION WILL BE A HUGE UPGRADE OVER THE ORIGINAL STATION, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1953 AND CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER 2011.  THE NEW STATION WILL ACCOMODATE EIGHT FIREFIGHTERS AND A PAIR OF PARAMEDICS.  THE NEW FIRE STATION SHOULD BE READY FOR OCCUPANCY BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

  CLOSING ARGUMENTS ARE SCHEDULED THURSDAY IN THE TRIAL OF A LEHIGH VALLEY MAN CHARGED IN A STABBING DEATH LAST SUMMER.  THE DEFENSE RESTED WEDNESDAY IN NORTHAMPTON COUNTY COURT WITHOUT CALLING 45-YEAR-OLD LAWRENCE GAINES TO THE STAND.  GAINES IS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL HOMICIDE IN THE JULY DEATH OF 43-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM THOMPSON.  AUTHORITIES SAID GAINES STABBED THE VICTIM AFTER A FIGHT. DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROBERT SLETVOLD SAYS HIS CLIENT ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE AFTER THE VICTIM ATTACKED HIM WITH A STICK.  SLETVOLD TRIED TO CALL A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY TO TESTIFY AS AN EXPERT WITNESS ABOUT HOW HE WOULD ACT IN A VIOLENT CONFRONTATION, BUT THE JUDGE BARRED HIM FROM DOING SO.

  A FEDERAL COURT HAS RULED IN FAVOR OF JOHN BRINSON, ONE OF TWO PLAINTIFFS IN A CASE AGAINST THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD.  BRINSON AND THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES SAID A PROPOSED N.L.R.B. POLICY FORCING BUSINESSES TO DISPLAY POSTERS ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES RIGHTS TO FORM A UNION WAS A VIOLATION OF A BUSINESS' RIGHTS.  "THEY SAID FREEDOM OF SPEECH INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY, BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES THE RIGHT NOT TO SAY WHAT YOU DONT WANT TO SAY.  IN OTHER WORDS, THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT ORDER YOU TO SAY SOMETHING THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY," BRINSON SAYS.  THE N.L.R.B. IS CONSIDERING AN APPEAL.

  JURORS WEIGHING MURDER CHARGES AGAINST A PHILADELPHIA ABORTION PROVIDER HAVE REVIEWED HOURS OF TESTIMONY FROM A FORMER CLINIC EMPLOYEE INVOLVED IN TWO DEATHS.   DR. KERMIT GOSNELL IS FACING FIVE COUNTS OF MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF A PATIENT AND FOUR BABIES ALLEGEDLY BORN ALIVE AT HIS STREET-CORNER CLINIC IN WEST PHILADELPHIA.  THE JURY DELIBERATED FOR A SIXTH FULL DAY WEDNESDAY WITHOUT REACHING A VERDICT.  THE PANEL SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY LISTENING TO THE TRIAL TESTIMONY OF MEDICAL ASSISTANT LYNDA WILLIAMS, WHO HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF THIRD-DEGREE MURDER.  WILLIAMS TESTIFIED THAT SHE "SNIPPED" A BABY WITH SCISSORS AFTER IT WAS BORN AND HELPED SEDATE A 41-YEAR-OLD PATIENT WHO DIED OF AN OVERDOSE.  GOSNELL'S LAWYER HAS ARGUED THAT NO BABIES WERE BORN ALIVE DURING THE ABORTIONS.

  STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SAYS A TWO-YEAR INVESTIGATION HAS TURNED UP NO WRONGDOING BY THE HERSHEY TRUST CO.'S BOARD.  KANE SAID WEDNESDAY THE PROBE EXAMINED ALLEGATIONS THAT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL ASSETS WERE USED TO PAY EXCESSIVE COMPENSATION TO TRUST BOARD MEMBERS AND TO MAKE QUESTIONABLE LAND PURCHASES.   KANE ALSO RELEASED AN AGREEMENT CHANGING SOME CORPORATE OPERATING RULES IN WAYS THAT SHE SAID WOULD BETTER SERVE THE SCHOOL'S MISSION OF HELPING UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN AND IMPROVE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.  THE INVESTIGATION BECAME AN ISSUE IN DEMOCRAT KANE'S 2012 ELECTION BATTLE AGAINST REPUBLICAN DAVID FREED.  IT POSED A POTENTIAL CONFLICT FOR FREED BECAUSE HIS FATHER-IN-LAW, LEROY ZIMMERMAN, CHAIRED THE BOARD DURING THE PERIOD THE ALLEGATIONS INVOLVED.  FREED SAYS HE NEVER BELIEVED THAT ZIMMERMAN, A FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL HIMSELF, DID ANYTHING WRONG.

  A NEW JERSEY SENATE COMMITTEE IS SET TO CONSIDER SEVERAL GUN CONTROL BILLS, BUT A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF BULLETS ALLOWED IN AMMUNITION MAGAZINES IS NOT AMONG THE MEASURES DUE TO BE DISCUSSED.  THE SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO DEBATE THE BILLS THURSDAY.  THE 10 MEASURES ARE PART OF A 22-BILL GUN CONTROL PACKAGE PASSED BY THE STATE ASSEMBLY IN FEBRUARY.  ONE BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE SUBMISSION OF CERTAIN HEALTH RECORDS TO THE NATIONAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM.  OTHERS WOULD ENHANCE PENALTIES FOR CERTAIN FIREARM OFFENSES AND REVISES THE DEFINITION OF A DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE.  PARENTS OF FOUR OF THE 20 CHILDREN KILLED IN THE NEWTOWN, CONN.  SHOOTING HAD ALSO URGED THE SENATE TO CONSIDER THE AMMUNITION MAGAZINES MEASURE, BUT IT'S NOT ON THE COMMITTEE'S SCHEDULE.

  STATE OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE NOW COLLECTED MORE THAN 10,000 FIREARMS THROUGH GUN BUYBACK PROGRAMS STAGED THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY IN RECENT MONTHS.  THE MOST RECENT EVENT WAS STAGED IN PASSAIC COUNTY LAST WEEKEND, WHERE 853 WEAPONS WERE COLLECTED.  ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFFREY CHIESA ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS WEDNESDAY AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN TOTOWA, NOTING THAT 384 HANDGUNS AND 53 GUNS THAT ARE ILLEGAL TO OWN WERE AMONG THE FIREARMS COLLECTED IN THE COUNTY.  HE SAID ABOUT $112,350 IN STATE AND COUNTY CRIMINAL FORFEITURE FUNDS WERE USED TO BUY BACK THE WEAPONS.  THE FIREARMS OBTAINED THROUGH THE PASSAIC COUNTY BUYBACK EVENT BROUGHT TO 10,006 THE NUMBER OF GUNS TAKEN IN OVERALL THROUGH SIX STATE-LED BUYBACKS.

  PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES PITCHER ROY HALLADAY WILL HAVE ARTHROSCOPIC SURGERY TO REPAIR A BONE SPUR IN HIS RIGHT SHOULDER.  HALLADAY SAYS THE DIAGNOSIS COULD'VE BEEN A LOT WORSE.  "THE DOCTOR SEEMED PRETTY OPTIMISTIC THAT IF WHAT THEY SAW WAS CORRECT THAT I COULD COME BACK AND BE A LOT MORE EFFECTIVE AND HAVE A CHANCE TO PITCH THIS YEAR AND TURN BACK THE CLOCK.  HE SAID THEY COULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK TWO OR THREE YEARS FOR ME," HALLADAY SAYS.  THE 35-YEAR-OLD RIGHT-HANDER IS 2-4 WITH AN 8.65 ERA IN SEVEN STARTS THIS SEASON.

  PENN STATE COACH BILL O'BRIEN SAYS HE DOESN'T EXPECT ANOTHER WAVE OF PLAYER DEPARTURES FROM THE NITTANY LIONS, EVEN THOUGH NCAA SANCTIONS STILL ALLOW HIS PLAYERS TO TRANSFER WITHOUT SITTING OUT A SEASON.  THE PENN STATE COACHES' CARAVAN CAME THROUGH NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAY AND O'BRIEN WAS THE HEADLINER AT A LUNCHEON FOR NITTANY LIONS SUPPORTERS.  TEN PLAYERS TRANSFERRED OUT OF PENN STATE AFTER THE SEVERE NCAA SANCTIONS FOR THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL WERE HANDED DOWN LAST SUMMER.  O'BRIEN PREPARED FOR HIS FIST PRESEASON PRACTICE UNSURE WHO WOULD SHOW UP FOR TRAINING CAMP.  PLAYERS CAN STILL LEAVE WITHOUT PENALTY UNTIL THE 2013 SEASON STARTS, BUT O'BRIEN SAYS HE HAS NOT SPENT ANY TIME THIS OFFSEASON RE-RECRUITING HIS PLAYERS.  HE SAYS, "I DON'T SEE THE MASS EXODUS COMING."

 

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