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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014

  THE MAN POLICE SAY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A DOUBLE SHOOTING NEAR MUSIKFEST IS NOW IN CUSTODY.  17-YEAR-OLD JULIUS CORTIJO, OF ALLENTOWN, TURNED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  POLICE SAY HE IS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES, INCLUDING ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE.  THEY SAY HE SHOT TWO PEOPLE NEAR GARRISON AND MASSLICH STREETS AS PEOPLE WERE LEAVING MUSIKFEST.  THE TWO PEOPLE WHO WERE SHOT SUFFERED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  CORTIJO IS BEING HELD ON $1 MILLION BAIL.


  AN ALMOST RAIN FREE 10 DAYS MIGHT END UP EQUALLING RECORD SETTING ATTENDANCE NUMBERS AT MUSIKFEST, WHICH WRAPPED UP SUNDAY NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.  THE FINAL NUMBERS WON'T BE IN FOR A FEW MORE DAYS, BUT MUSIKFEST ORGANIZERS EXPECT AT LEAST A SMALL ATTENDANCE BUMP, THANKS IN PART TO THE EXCELLENT WEATHER DURING MUSIKFEST'S 10 DAYS.  ABOUT 5000 MORE PEOPLE ATTENDED THE TICKETED SHOWS AT THE SANDS STEEL STAGE.


  NOBODY WAS HURT WHEN A VAN CAUGHT FIRE SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON I-78.  POLICE SAY THE FIRE WAS REPORTED IN UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP.  THE VAN WAS DESTROYED, BUT ALL THE PASSENGERS GOT OUT SAFELY.


  POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING IN EASTON.  THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT NINTH AND FERRY STREETS AROUND 3 O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING.  INVESTIGATORS SAY THE SHOOTER DELIBERATELY SHOT AT THE VEHICLE THEN RAN FROM THE SCENE.  NOBODY WAS HURT.  IT'S NOT YET CLEAR HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE INSIDE THE VEHICLE AND POLICE ARE SAYING THEIR INVESTIGATION IS BEING HINDERED BECAUSE THOSE INSIDE THE VEHICLE AREN'T BEING COOPERATIVE.


  STATE LAWMAKERS ARE ON THEIR SUMMER RECESS AND THERE ARE ONLY 10 SESSION DAYS SCHEDULED BETWEEN NOW AND THE NOVEMBER ELECTION, BUT EVENTUALLY LAWMAKERS WILL RETURN TO A REGULAR SCHEDULE.  WHEN THEY DO, STATE SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR A HIGHER STATE MINIMUM WAGE.  HE SAYS ARGUMENTS AGAINST BOOSTING PENNSYLVANIA'S MINIMUM WAGE ARE RIDICULOUS.  "IT'S AN INSANE ARGUMENT.  THERE'S NO HISTORICAL EVIDENCE THAT IT COSTS JOBS BY RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE," LEACH SAYS.  A CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT PREDICTED INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE FROM $7.25 TO $10.10 WOULD RESULT IN THE LOSS OF A HALF-MILLION JOBS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  HOWEVER, LEACH SAYS EVEN IF SOME JOBS WERE LOST, THE MAJORITY OF MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS WOULD BE FAR BETTER OFF.


  A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY IS DEAD AFTER A FARM ACCIDENT IN LEACOCK TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY.  JONAS KING WAS OPERATING A SKID LOADER SATURDAY WHEN IT FLIPPED OVER INTO A MANURE PIT ON HIS FAMILY'S FARM.  THE BOY WAS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED AND IT TOOK CREWS MORE THAN AN HOUR TO PULL HIM OUT.  HE WAS DECLARED DEAD AT THE SCENE.


  THERE'S BIG MONEY FOR SOMEONE TO WIN IN THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT.  THE ESTIMATED JACKPOT FOR TUESDAY'S DRAWING IS $128 MILLION WITH A CASH OPTION OF $75 MILLION.


  A NEW JERSEY MAN IS BEING CHARGED OVER $8000 TO BANDAGE A MIDDLE FINGER.  BAER HANUSZ-RAJOWSKI CUT HIS FINGER WITH A HAMMER RECENTLY AND WENT TO BAYONNE MEDICAL CENTER TO SEE IF HE NEEDED STICHES.  HE DIDN'T, BUT AFTER THE VISIT HE RECEIVED THE EXPENSIVE BILL CHARGING HIM FOR THE EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT, A SHOT, A BANDAGE AND OINTMENT.  THE HOSPITAL'S CEO SAYS THE VISIT COST SO MUCH BECAUSE THE MAN'S INSURANCE CARRIER REFUSES TO OFFER REIMBURSEMENT RATES, BUT THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS ACCUSING THE HOSPITAL OF TRYING TO GOUGE ITS MEMBERS.

 

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