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June 2013

Lackawaxen zoning change would widen commercial areas

Mike Mancino’s plan for a commercial stable is awaiting the completion of the township’s amendment of its zoning ordinance. Lackawaxen is resolving several zoning issues in an amendment.  Read more

Voters to decide on casinos; Close call, especially in NYC

ALBANY, NY — The last time it seemed that a casino would open in Sullivan County, the hurdle standing in the way was the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior. This time around, the potential hurdle is the voters of New York State.  Read more

Family burglary ring arrested

On June 20, Sullivan County Sheriff’s deputies charged a family burglary team consisting of a father, mother and son with breaking into several homes in the Jeffersonville/Kenoza Lake area.  Read more

Police warn drivers to drive sober this Fourth of July

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.  Read more

Officer killed responding to accident

SALEM TOWNSHIP, PA — PA State Police at Honesdale say Daniel Lomax of Factoryville was killed when he stopped at the scene of a one-car accident to render assistance. A press release says the 55-year-old off-duty officer and volunteer firefighter “came into contact with downed power lines which instantly caused his death.” The incident occurred on Sawmill Road on the morning of June 22.

Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell arrived on the scene and pronounced Lomax dead at 5:49 a.m.  Read more

Fishing tops lightning death activities

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has discovered that 64% of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the NOAA’s National Weather Service, conducted the study by examining demographic information for 238 deaths attributed to lightning over the last seven years.  Read more

Delaware Valley okays tax increase

WESTFALL, PA — A final debate did not change any of the numbers and the Delaware Valley Board of Education, by a five to three vote with one member absent, gave its final approval for a $70.6 million budget for the 2013-14 school year.  Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream

By proclamation of its elected leaders on June 20, July was officially proclaimed as Ice Cream Month in Wayne County.  Read more

NY State Trooper finds marijuana in bogus soda can on Route 17

On June 23, 2013 a New York State Trooper from the Wurtsboro barracks patrolling State Route 17 in Sullivan County came across drugs hidden in a fake soda can. After stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation, the Trooper noticed the smell of marihuana coming from inside the vehicle.  Read more

Two arrested for marijuana in Mamakating

New York State Troopers conducted an early morning DWI checkpoint on Roosa Gap Road in the Town of Mamakating, NY on June 23, 2013 that resulted in the arrest of two individuals for drug possession.  Read more