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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

  FOUR PEOPLE ARE RECOVERING FROM INJURIES SUFFERED IN A LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT THAT CLOSED THE TURNPIKE'S NORTHEAST EXTENSION FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS.  STATE POLICE SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED ABOUT 11 O'CLOCK SATURDAY NIGHT IN LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP WHEN AN ALLENTOWN MAN WENT OFF THE ROAD, HIT AN EMBANKMENT, BOUNCED BACK INTO TRAFFIC, HIT A TRUCK, THEN HIT THE EMBANKMENT AGAIN BEFORE IT FLIPPED OVER AND BURST INTO FLAMES.  THE TRUCK THAT WAS HIT LOST ABOUT 180 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL, CAUSING THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF THE TURNPIKE TO BE CLOSED UNTIL AROUND 5 O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING.  NONE OF THE FOUR PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH WERE SERIOUSLY HURT.


  WASHINGTON AND COLORADO HAVE BOTH LEGALIZED SMALL AMOUNTS OF MARIJUANA FOR PERSONAL USE.  NORTHAMPTON COUNTY D.A. JOHN MORGANELLI DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHY AND HOPES THE POLICY NEVER COMES HERE.  "WHY DO WE WANT TO INTRODUCE MARIJUANA TO A WHOLE GENERATION OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T SMOKE IT BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL?  NOW, IF IT BECOMES LEGAL, PEOPLE WILL SMOKE MARIJUANA JUST TO GET HIGH.  I REALLY DON'T SEE THE PLUS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA," MORGANELLI SAYS.  HE SAYS IN ALMOST EVERY DRUG BUST DONE BY LOCAL POLICE, MARIJUANA IS FOUND WITH HARDER CORE DRUGS LIKE METH OR HEROIN.


  PENNSYLVANIA'S ELECTION SEASON COULD EASILY BE REMEMBERED YEARS FROM NOW FOR TOM WOLF'S CAMPAIGN TV AD THAT FIRST AIRED JANUARY 30.  IT INTRODUCED THE LITTLE-KNOWN WOLF TO VOTING PENNSYLVANIANS AND HELPED HIM ESTABLISH A LARGE LEAD IN A CROWDED DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY RACE.  IT ALSO CREATED A LIKABILITY THAT POLLSTERS SAY HAS MADE WOLF IMPERVIOUS TO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ATTACK ADS.  MARCEL GROEN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SAYS HE'S NEVER SEEN A CAMPAIGN AD THAT HAD SUCH AN IMPACT.  SINKING $10 MILLION OF HIS OWN MONEY INTO HIS PRIMARY CAMPAIGN GAVE WOLF THE ABILITY TO AIR ADS SEVEN WEEKS BEFORE HIS NEXT COMPETITOR.  TRYING TO CATCH UP ARE STATE TREASURER ROB MCCORD, FORMER CLINTON WHITE HOUSE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISER KATIE MCGINTY AND U.S. REP. ALLYSON SCHWARTZ.


  A SMALL FIRE WAS PUT OUT BEFORE TOO MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE TO A POCONOS RESORT OVER THE WEEKEND.  FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED A FIRE THAT APARTENTLY BEGAN IN A VENTILATION FAN AND SPREAD TO INSULATION IN THE ATTIC ABOVE THE MAIN DINING HALL OF DANIELS TOP-O-THE POCONOS RESORT.  NOBODY WAS IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE SATURDAY NIGHT FIRE AND NOBODY WAS INJURED.


  NAZARETH HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SAGE KARAM GREW UP WITH A DREAM TO RACE IN THE INDY 500 BEFORE HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND THIS COMING SUNDAY, HE'LL REALIZE THAT DREAM.  KARAM WILL START ON THE INSIDE OF ROW 11 AFTER QUALIFYING 31ST OVER THE WEEKEND WITH A SPEED OF JUST ABOVE 228 MILES PER HOUR.  MARCO ANDRETTI HAD A STRONG QUALIFYING RUN AND WILL BEGIN ON THE OUTSIDE OF ROW 2 AFTER QUALIFYING 6TH WITH A SPEED OF OVER 230 MILES PER HOUR.


  A STUDENT HAS BEEN AWARDED A MEDAL FOR RENDERING FIRST AID TO STUDENTS INJURED IN A STABBING RAMPAGE AT A SUBURBAN PITTSBURGH HIGH SCHOOL.  FRANKLIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ZACHARY FLEISCHAUER WAS AWARDED AN ARMY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL ON SUNDAY AT A CEREMONY IN CORAOPOLIS.  FLEISCHAUER JOINED THE ARMY RESERVE LAST YEAR.  HE WAS IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY THE MORNING OF APRIL 9 WHEN HE HEARD SCREAMS, FOLLOWED BY THE FIRE ALARM.  FLEISCHAUER ASSISTED FOUR STUDENTS, APPLYING PRESSURE AND TAPING STUDENTS' WOUNDS.  LT. COL. JOHN DOWLING CALLED FLEISCHAUER'S PERFORMANCE OUTSTANDING.  TWENTY STUDENTS AND A SECURITY GUARD WERE INJURED IN THE SPREE.  THE LAST OF THE INJURED STUDENTS WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL ON SATURDAY.  A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY HAS BEEN CHARGED IN THE ATTACK.

 

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