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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

  AN ALLENTOWN MAN ADMITS TO POLICE HE STRANGLED SHIRLEY DILEO INSIDE HER WEST CHEW STREET HOME ON SUNDAY.  JESUS DOMINGUEZ WAS DETAINED TUESDAY ON AN UNRELATED CHARGE.  HE WAS THEN CHARGED WEDNESDAY WITH DILEO'S DEATH.  ALLENTOWN POLICE SAY DOMINGUEZ WENT TO DILEO'S HOME WHERE THEY HAD DONE CRACK COCAINE TOGETHER, THEN HAD SEX AND THEN HE STRANGLED HER.  LEHIGH COUNTY D.A. JIM MARTIN TELLS WFMZ-TV WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.  "HE TOOK HER BODY FROM THE BEDROOM INTO THE BATHROOM AND ATTEMPTED TO CLEANSE IT WITH AJAX CLEANSER BECAUSE HE WAS FEARFUL HIS DNA WOULD BE FOUND ON HER BODY," MARTIN SAYS.  HE HASN'T REVEALED A POSSIBLE MOTIVE FOR THE KILLING.


  26-YEAR OLD DANIEL LAWRENCE IS CHARGED WITH KILLING AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN TUESDAY NIGHT IN WASHINGTON, WARREN COUNTY.  A WOMAN TELLS POLICE SHE TWICE TRIED TO SEPARATE LAWRENCE AND THE UNIDENTIFIED VICTIM TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE SHE FOUND THE VICIM LYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD IN THE FRONT YARD OF A HOME ON EAST WASHINGTON STREET.  LAWRENCE IS IN WARREN COUNTY JAIL UNDER $1 MILLION BAIL ON CHARGES HE STABBED THE MAN TO DEATH DURING THE BRAWL.


  POLICE SAY A WOMAN WAS INVOLVED IN FOUR CRASHES WEDNESDAY MORNING, THREE OF WHICH HAPPENED WHEN SHE WAS DRIVING A STOLEN CAR.  IT ALL BEGAN AT 8:30 WHEN THE UNNAMED WOMAN ROLLED HER WORK VAN ON THE ROUTE 22 WEST OFF-RAMP TO ROUTE 33.  WHEN A DRIVER STOPPED TO HELP THE WOMAN, SHE ALLEGEDLY JUMPED INTO THAT DRIVER'S CAR AND TOOK OFF.  SHE EVENTUALLY DROVE TO ROUTE 191, WHERE SHE HIT TWO MORE VEHICLES BEFORE SLAMMING INTO A UTILITY POLE NEAR SANTEE MILL ROAD IN THE SPAN OF 15 MINUTES.  THE WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR UNDISCLOSED INJURIES.


  A STOCKERTOWN MAN IS UNDER ARREST AFTER ALLEGEDLY PRETENDING TO BE A POLICE OFFICER AND THEN ROBBING TWO BETHLEHEM MEN, WHOSE VEHICLE BROKE DOWN NEAR EASTON.  29-YEAR-OLD KENNETH OLSWFSKI IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS A COP WHEN HE APPROACHED THE TWO MEN, WHO WERE WAITING FOR A TOW TRUCK.  AFTER HE FRISKED THE MEN, OLSWFSKI ALLEGEDLY TOOK THEIR WALLETS AND LEFT.  POLICE FOUND HIM SHORTLY QUICKLY BECAUSE THE MEN HE ROBBED GAVE HIS LICENSE PLATE NUMBER.  OLSWFSKI IS IN NORTHAMPTON COUNTY PRISON UNDER $10,000 BAIL.


  A NEW ACCUSER HAS COME FORWARD AND IS SUING JERRY SANDUSKY, HIS CHARITY AND PENN STATE.  THE CASE WAS FILED IN PHILADELPHIA LAST MONTH AND ACCUSES SANDUSKY OF SEXUALLY ABUSING THE VICTIM SIX YEARS AGO AFTER A PENN STATE GAME.  THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS SANDUSKY MET THE BOY THROUGH HIS CHARITY, THE SECOND MILE.


  THE PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD IS CELEBRATING A GREAT YEAR.  THE AGENCY HAS RELEASED A REPORT SHOWING TOTAL SALES AND TAXES FOR THE LAST FISCAL YEAR EXCEEDED $2 BILLION, WHICH IS UP OVER THREE PERCENT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.  L.C.B. OFFICIALS ARE CALLING IT A SOLID YEAR FOR THE AGENCY.


  PENNSYLVANIA FIRST LADY SUSAN CORBETT SAYS 35 SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL IMPLEMENT THE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM AND INTERVENTIONS CATALOG THIS SCHOOL YEAR.  SHE HOPES THOSE NUMBERS SOAR BY THE TIME THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR ROLLS AROUND.  "THIS SYSTEM IS GOING TO BE FREE AND AVAILABLE TO EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CHARTER SCHOOL.  IT'S OUR HOPE THAT EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL EVENTUALL ADAPT THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE A HUGE SUCCESS," MRS. CORBETT SAYS.  THE PROGRAM, WHICH IS FREE TO DISTRICTS THANKS TO FEDERAL AND PRIVATE GRANTS, HELPS IDENTIFY MIDDLE SCHOOLERS IN JEOPARDY OF DROPPING OUT BY LOOKING AT WARNING SIGNS LIKE ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR AND COURSE PERORMANCE.  JIM THORPE, EAST STROUDSBURG AND READING SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE AMONG THOSE USING THE PROGRAM.


  AFTER BEING DISCONTINUED MORE THAN 28 YEARS AGO, YUENGLING ICE CREAM WAS RESURRECTED IN FEBRUARY.  NOW, THE COMPANY IS HOLDING A CONTEST TO CHOOSE ITS NEXT FLAVORS.  ON HIS COMPANY'S WEBSITE, DAVID YUENGLING SAYS THE COMPANY IS CONSTANTLY WORKING TO ADD NEW FLAVORS AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO GET INPUT FROM PEOPLE BUYING THE PRODUCT.  IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE A YUENGLING ICE CREAM TASTE TESTER, ENTER THE KEY WORD 'ICE CREAM.'  TO BE SELECTED, YOU'LL HAVE TO SUBMIT A SHORT ESSAY BY TUESDAY TELLING THE COMPANY WHY YOU'D BE A GOOD JUDGE AND WHY YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE FAN OF YUENGLING ICE CREAM.


  LANCASTER CITY OFFICIALS MIGHT SUPPORT THE LEGALIZATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA.  COUNCIL SAYS A NONBINDING RESOLUTION ON THE ISSUE COULD BE VOTED ON NEXT WEEK AND MANY MEMBERS THINK IT WILL PASS UNANIMOUSLY.  RECENT POLLS SHOW A MAJORITY OF LANCASTER RESIDENTS SUPPORT DECRIMINALIZING THE DRUG FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES.  COUNCIL SAYS ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SPEAK OUT ON THE ISSUE SHOULD COME TO THE COUNCIL MEETING NEXT TUESDAY.


  OFFICIALS WITH THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR MUSEUM IN HARRISBURG ARE CELEBRATING A WIN.  THE MUSEUM SECURED HOTEL TAX REVENUE WEDNESDAY WHEN COMMISSIONERS DECIDED THE FUNDS MUST CONTINUE BECAUSE OF A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT SIGNED IN 2009.  HARRISBURG'S MAYOR CLAIMS MUCH OF THE MONEY DEDICATED FOR PROMOTING TOURISM IN HARRISBURG GOES TO SUBSIDIZING THE MUSEUM AND SAYS THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT WAS FOR THE MUSEUM TO BECOME SELF-SUSTAINING AND PAY RENT TO THE CITY OF HARRISBURG.  CURRENTLY THE MUSEUM PAYS $1 A YEAR RENT.  MUSEUM OFFICIALS COUNTERED THAT THE MUSUEM SHOULD KEEP GETTING THE MONEY BECAUSE IT HELPS PUT "HEADS IN BEDS" AND ADDED OVER $5 MILLION TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.


  PORT AUTHORITY POLICE OFFICERS WHO EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT CLOSING LANES ON THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE LAST SEPTEMBER SAY THEY WERE TOLD BY SUPERIORS TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT IT.  THEIR COMMENTS ARE SUMMARIZED IN A MEMO PREPARED BY A LAWYER FOR THE NEW JERSEY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING THE LANE CLOSURES.  IN ONE ACCOUNT, A VETERAN OFFICER WAS TOLD BY HIS SUPERVISOR TO "SHUT UP" WHEN HE ANNOUNCED OVER HIS POLICE RADIO THAT CLOSING THE LANES WAS CREATING A HAZARDOUS CONDITION.


  THE 53 CONTESTANTS FOR THE TITLE OF MISS AMERICA 2015 ARE IN ATLANTIC CITY.  THEY WORE THE SASHES AND CROWNS FROM THEIR HOME STATES AS A CROWD OF MORE THAN 300 GREETED THEM AT KENNEDY PLAZA WEDNESDAY.  IT'S PREDICTED THE PAGEANT WILL GIVE AN ECONOMIC BOOST OF $30 MILLION TO THE AREA.  THE CONTESTANTS ARE FROM ALL 50 STATES, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE WINNER WILL BE CROWNED SEPTEMBER 14.
 

  BIG INSECTS CALLED GREENHOUSE CAMEL CRICKETS ARE INVADING NEW JERSEY.  THEY'RE NATIVE TO ASIA AND EXPERTS THINK THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF THEM IN THE UNITED STATES.  RESEARCHERS SAY PEOPLE ARE FIDNING THEM IN 37-PERCENT OF HOMES IN NEW JERSEY.  CAMEL CRICKETS DON'T BITE BUT THEY'RE CREEPY LOOKING, WITH LONG SPIKY LEGS.  THEY LIKE TO HANG OUT IN BASEMENTS AND CRAWL SPACES WHERE IT'S COOL AND DAMP.  THEY EAT ALMOST ANYTHING TO SURVIVE, EVEN THEIR OWN LEGS.

 

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