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LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

  FORMER PARKLAND HIGH FOOTBALL STAR AND PENN STATE RUNNING BACK AUSTIN SCOTT WILL BE SENTENCED MAY 28 AFTER PLEADING GUILTY MONDAY MORNING TO SELLING MARIJUANA FOUR TIMES TO UNDERCOVER POLICE OFFICERS.  SCOTT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN WARNED THAT ANY PLEA DEAL WOULD STILL LIKELY INCLUDE A JAIL SENTENCE.  SCOTT SOLD MARIJUANA TO UNDERCOVER OFFICERS TWICE IN WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP AND TWICE IN ALLENTOWN LAST YEAR.


  LEHIGH COUNTY CORONER SCOTT GRIM HAS COMPLETED HIS AUTOPSY OF 27-YEAR-OLD LIONEL BLACKLEDGE, WHO WAS KILLED SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN ALLENTOWN.  "HE DIED AS A RESULT OF A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE BODY AND I RULED THE MANNER OF DEATH HOMICIDE," GRIM SAYS.  BLACKLEDGE WAS KILLED INSIDE HIS WHITE HONDA CIVIC IN FRONT OF 134 EAST CUMBERLAND STREET.  THREE ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN BLACKLEDGE'S KILLING.  LEHIGH COUNTY D.A. JIM MARTIN SAYS 19-YEAR-OLD CHARLES WASHINGTON KILLED BLACKLEDGE.  A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY AND ANOTHER MAN ARE ALSO UNDER ARREST ON LESSER CHARGES.  MARTIN SAYS BLACKLEDGE WAS KILLED AND THEN ROBBED WHILE SELLING MARIJUANA.


  A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN HAD DIED IN A FALL FROM A HIKING TRAIL AT GLEN ONOKO FALLS AT LEHIGH GORGE STATE PARK.  JESSE CROSSLEY OF CATASAUQUA WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE BY THE CARBON COUNTY CORONER ABOUT 2:30 P.M. MONDAY.  VINCE YAICH, WITH THE JIM THORPE FIRE DEPARTMENT, SAYS THEY'RE CALLED TO THE STATE PARK MANY, MANY TIMES.  "IF WE'RE NOT IN THE GLEN FALLS WE MIGHT BE UP ALONG THE LEHIGH GORGE TRAIL OR IN THE RIVER BECAUSE PEOPLE SWIM IN HERE AND JUMP OFF THE BRIDGE," YAICH SAYS.  CROSSLEY SUFFERED SEVERE HEAD INJURIES AFTER FALLING AT LEAST 30 FEET FROM A LEDGE NEAR THE FALLS.  HE HAD BEEN HIKING IN SNEAKERS AND A BATHING SUIT WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS.  INVESTIGATORS SAY THE HIKERS WERE NOT PROPERLY DRESSED TO BE HIKING IN SUCH A HAZARDOUS AREA.  A NEW YORK WOMAN DIED AT THE WATERFALL LAST AUGUST.


  CLEANUP IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN TODAY AT THE SITE OF A TRAIN DERAILMENT IN NORTHAMPTON COUNTY.  THE SIX CARS ON THE DELAWARE-LACKAWANNA RAILROAD TRAIN THAT WENT OFF THE TRACKS SATURDAY WERE CARRYING CLEAN SAND THAT WAS TO BE USED IN FRACKING.  THE SIX CARS DERAILED BEHIND THE SLATEFORD INN IN UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TOWNSHIP.  THE 45-CAR TRAIN WAS ON ITS WAY FROM ALLENTOWN TO THE SCRANTON-CARBONDALE AREA.  DELAWARE LACKAWANNA RAILROAD INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED THE DERAILMENT.


  THE FOUNDER OF A BOYS CHOIR CHARGED WITH RAPE IS FACING 1,100 ADDITIONAL COUNTS.  SEVENTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD KENNETH SCHADE OF WIND GAP WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY MARCH 26. THE FOUNDER OF THE SINGING BOYS CHOIR OF PENNSYLVANIA IS ACCUSED OF RAPING A TEENAGE BOY IN 1996.  STATE POLICE SAY THE ADDITIONAL CHARGES STEM FROM A SUBSEQUENT SEARCH OF SCHADE'S HOME IN EAST STROUDSBURG.  SCHADE CALLED A NEIGHBOR FROM MONROE COUNTY PRISON AND ASKED HER TO REMOVE TWO LOCKED SUITCASES FROM HIS HOME.  PRISON CALLS ARE RECORDED.  THE NEIGHBOR GAVE THE SUITCASES TO AUTHORITIES, WHO SAID THEY HELD MORE THAN A THOUSAND PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURES OF CHILDREN.  SCHADE NOW FACES CHARGES OF CRIMINAL SOLICITATION, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE AND 1,101 COUNTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.


  THE OLD DAYS OF PEOPLE LINING UP AT POST OFFICES TO GET THEIR TAX RETURNS POSTMARKED BY THE APRIL 15 DEADLINE WON'T BE COMING BACK ACCORDING TO THE POST OFFICE'S KAREN MAZURKIEWICZ.  "FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS ARE REALLY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO FILE THEIR TAXES ONLINE AND SO OF COURSE THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS SEEN A GREAT DROP IN TEXT FILINGS THAT WE ACTUALLY HANDLE," MAZURKIEWICZ SAYS.  BECAUSE OF THAT, NO LOCAL POST OFFICE WILL BE OFFERING EXTENDED HOURS.  MAZURKIEWICZ SAYS LOCAL POST OFFICES' LAST COLLECTION TIME ON ALL OTHER DAYS WILL THE SAME TIME ON TUESDAY.


  THE CALENDAR SAYS MID-APRIL BUT THE FORECAST SOUNDS MORE LIKE MID-DECEMBER.  "THE RAIN WILL END AS SOME WET SNOWFLAKES AND TEMPERATURES WILL DROP DOWN INTO THE 20S TONIGHT," SAYS ACCU-WEATHER'S DEAN DEVORE.  HE SAYS SOME HIGHER ELEVATIONS UP IN THE POCONOS COULD ACTUALLY SEE A SMALL ACCUMULATION OF SNOW TONIGHT.  TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED BACK UP NEAR 60 BY THURSDAY.


  DETECTIVES BELIEVE A BOY CHARGED WITH STABBING 21 OTHER STUDENTS AND A SECURITY GUARD AT HIS PITTSBURGH-AREA HIGH SCHOOL THREATENED TWO STUDENTS BY PHONE BEFORE THE ATTACK.  THE REFERENCE TO THE THREATENING PHONE MESSAGES AND COMPLETED CALLS IS CONTAINED IN A SEARCH WARRANT AFFIDAVIT.  WESTMORELAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN PECK SAYS NEITHER STUDENT WAS AMONG THE VICTIMS IN WEDNESDAY'S ATTACK AT FRANKLIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL.  COUNTY DETECTIVES GOT THE WARRANT FOR THE HOME OF ALEX HRIBAL.  HE IS CHARGED AS AN ADULT WITH FOUR COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND 21 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.  FOUR STUDENTS ARE STILL HOSPITALIZED, THREE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.  THE FOURTH WAS UPGRADED TO FAIR CONDITION MONDAY.  TEACHERS RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL MONDAY BUT CLASSES DON'T RESUME UNTIL WEDNESDAY.


  NEWLY RELEASED NOTES FROM LAWYERS WHO INTERVIEWED GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE SAY HE WAS "NERVOUS" ABOUT FINDING OUT IF ANYONE ELSE ON HIS STAFF WAS INVOLVED IN A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED TRAFFIC JAM SCANDAL.  CHRISTIE WAS ONE OF 75 PEOPLE INTERVIEWED FOR HIS OWN OFFICE'S INVESTIGATION INTO TRAFFIC TIE-UPS APPROACHING THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE.  THE NOTES WERE RELEASED MONDAY AFTER A LEGISLATIVE PANEL INVESTIGATING THE LANE CLOSINGS HAD DEMANDED THEM.  THE NOTES SHOW CHRISTIE PULLED TOGETHER KEY MEMBERS OF HIS GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL TEAMS AFTER THE SCANDAL BROKE. CHRISTIE'S TOP POLITICAL STRATEGISTS, CHIEF COUNSEL AND BROTHER WERE AMONG THOSE CALLED TO THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION TO FIND OUT IF ANYONE ELSE WAS INVOLVED AND DISCUSS HOW TO HANDLE THE MATTER. 


  NEW JERSEY CASINO REGULATORS SAY INTERNET GAMBLING GREW AT A FASTER RATE IN MARCH, ITS FOURTH FULL MONTH AS A LEGAL OPTION IN THE STATE.  BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH TO KEEP ATLANTIC CITY'S CASINOS FROM SEEING THEIR OVERALL GAMBLING INCOME DECLINE AGAIN.  THE STATE DIVISION OF GAMING ENFORCEMENT ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT ONLINE GAMBLING BROUGHT IN $11.9 MILLION IN MARCH, UP 15 PERCENT FROM FEBRUARY.  THE STATE'S 11 BRICK-AND-MORTAR CASINOS WON $221 MILLION DURING THAT TIME PERIOD.  THAT'S DOWN 7 PERCENT FROM MARCH 2013, WHEN THERE WERE 12 CASINOS IN THE CITY.