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RIVER VALLEY — As many people know by now, founding father Ben Franklin thought more highly of the American Turkey than the American Bald Eagle and wrote as much in a letter home from France in 1784.

ATV fatality in Clinton Township

BROWNDALE, PA — A 31-year-old Scranton woman was killed when the ATV she was operating on September 11 on the O&W Trails & Rails System overturned.  Read more

Susquehanna woman sought

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, PA — On August 29, the Pennsylvania State Police obtained an arrest warrant for Amanda Rae Wayda, 20, of Shickshinny, for aggravated assault and conspiracy. Anyone with information on Wayda’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Dunmore at 570/963-3651.  Read more

PA bill would stiffen penalties against dealers

HARRISBURG, PA — In an effort to address the growing crisis of heroin and opioid addiction in Pennsylvania, Sen. Camera Bartolotta introduced legislation on September 12 that she says would give prosecutors a new tool to punish drug dealers who are responsible for overdoses.  Read more

Complaints of resurfacing phone scams

MONTICELLO, NY — The New York State Police are currently investigating several complaints of a telephone scam in which the caller threatens to harm a loved one if the receiver of the call does not send them money.  Read more

Teen killed by train

OTISVILLE, NY — On the evening of September 12, a 19-year-old man who was standing on train tracks near the Otisville train station was struck and killed by a commuter train.  Read more

Error in Eldred school tax bills

ELDRED, NY — The Eldred Central School District tax bills mailed on September 1 are based on an inaccurate equalization rate for the Town of Highland. This error has caused all tax bills in the district to be incorrect as the apportionment of the tax levy was calculated incorrectly due to the inaccurate equalization rate.  Read more

Smiling faces at Jeff Jamboree

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Beaming faces like those of healthy five year-old Kirsten, left, and four year-old Alessandra, seen here enjoying the Jeff Jamboree, remind us of why we join the fight against childhood cancer during the month of September.  Read more

Honesdale emergency homeless shelter faces possible closure

HONESDALE, PA — The ongoing shortage of borough police officers could impact a safety net operation available to the people of Wayne County for the past five years. Warmth in the Night shelter, operated by Grace Episcopal Church, may have to close its doors this winter.  Read more

Intervening to prevent suicide

HONESDALE, PA — Three volunteers appeared at the September 1 Wayne County Commissioners meeting to accept a proclamation naming September as Suicide Awareness Month in Wayne.  Read more

Towns consider solar revenue; Fremont nixes tax breaks

MONTICELLO, NY — As towns in Sullivan County and throughout the state consider new zoning regulations to cover commercial solar installations, they are also considering whether those installations should receive tax breaks, and if so, what kind of payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) arrangements would be best.  Read more

Turning lane proposed for 17B; Should ease traffic jams a bit on event days

WHITE LAKE, NY — A crowd of about 40 people turned out to the former Dr. Duggan Elementary School building in White Lake on August 31 to hear details of the road project proposed for Route 17B at Route 55.  Read more

Residents invited to Roebling Bridge repair session

HAWLEY, PA — The National Historic Landmark Roebling Bridge (Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct) will undergo significant maintenance work beginning the week of September 27. The National Park Service at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (NPS), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will hold a public informational meeting about the project on Wednesday, September 14 at the Lackawaxen Township Building, 169 Urban Rd., from 6 to 8 p.m.  Read more

Brooklyn man arrested for forged SUNY Sullivan check

BROOKLYN, NY — On September 2, the New York City Police Department arrested Naazim Reyes-Craig, age 33, of Brooklyn, on a warrant from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office charging felony grand larceny and felony possession of a forged instrument.

Reyes-Craig was wanted in connection with a $6,284.33 forged check that was made out to him and allegedly deposited by him into his own account at an ATM in Brooklyn in April 2015. He then allegedly withdrew the deposited funds from an ATM near Albany.  Read more

Homicide in Damascus Twp.; Hawley man kills brother

DAMASCUS TWP., PA — A man from Hawley is accused of following his brother, who was with the man’s former girlfriend, Brooke Swingle, and a young child in a car, and then confronting and shooting his brother, resulting in his death.

Pennsylvania State Police said Antonio Cilino, 30, of Hawley, killed Joseph Cilino, 40, of Honesdale, after the confrontation on Eighmy Road in Damascus Township.

Antonio had a handgun, and after he pulled the trigger, Swingle was able to flee with the child. Swingle, who had an order of protection against Antonio, called 911.  Read more

Man convicted of child sex abuse

MONTICELLO, NY — A jury in Monticello returned a guilty verdict on September 1 against a New Jersey resident, 35-year-old Jefferson Alvarez, who had been charged with two counts of sexual abuse, both considered violent felonies.  Read more

Man arrested for assault in Lake Ariel

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Mauricio Lopez, 40, of Union City, NJ has been arrested and charged with assault after allegedly stabbing Omar Moran-Aceituno, 34, in the chest during an altercation.  Read more

Hawley woman indicted for causing heroin death

HAWLEY, PA — A 21-year-old woman from Hawley, Brittany Ann Banscher, has been indicted and faces a possible life sentence for selling heroin that resulted in the death of another person whose identity was not released.  Read more

Liberty man arrested

LIBERTY, NY — A Liberty man, Ivan Rivera, 25, arrested by the sheriff’s office on September 5, was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license. At the time of his arrest, Rivera was found to be in possession of cocaine and marijuana. Two other men who were riding in the car, Von Mason, 25, of Port Jervis and Dashawn Williamson, 26, of Middletown were also found to be in possession of marijuana. Williamson and Mason were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and were released on their own recognizance.  Read more

Sullivan maintains AA/stable rating

MONTICELLO, NY — Nancy Buck, the Sullivan County treasurer, announced on September 6 that Standards & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) assigned its “AA” rating and stable outlook to Sullivan County.  Read more

New law allows farm vehicles on public highways from point of sale

MONTICELLO, NY — Farmers across New York will get a little relief, thanks to a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Read more