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Fighting Opioids in Monroe County

MOUNT POCONO — In a packed council room inside the Mount Pocono Municipal Building, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke to community leaders about heroin and the opioid epidemic. Gene Simchak has lived in the borough for many years and believes the problem is getting worse. “It’s great to talk about it but it’s another thing to actually do something about it and that is my biggest concern. We have had a huge drug problem in the borough and it’s […]

Carjacker who dragged veteran gets dragged to prison for a long time

The New Jersey man will spend many years in state prison, the district attorney’s office says.

A 32-year-old Irvington, New Jersey, man, who carjacked a 67-year-old military veteran in 2015 in Monroe County, was found guilty and sentenced this week to 26 to 52 years in state prison, authorities say.

Eddie QuickEddie Quick, 32, of Irvington, New Jersey. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Eddie Quick the morning of Oct. 26, 2015, pulled the victim from a vehicle along Route 196 in Mount Pocono, and, displaying a Ka-BAR military-style knife, threatened to kill him several times, the county district attorney’s office said.

As Quick drove off, he dragged the victim 30 feet before the man freed himself, the district attorney’s office said.

Pocono Mountain Regional police arrived soon after and put out an alert on the vehicle, the district attorney’s office said.

It was spotted by Pocono Township police but Quick refused to stop, leading the officer, Pennsylvania State Police and Stroud Area Regional police on an 11-mile pursuit that hit speeds above 100 mph at 9 a.m. as Quick weaved in and out of traffic on Interstate 80, the district attorney’s office said.

State police put out Stop Sticks, which flattened one of the tires on the vehicle, but Quick continued for another mile before striking a tractor-trailer and then a light pole off Exit 308, the district attorney’s office said.

He then ran off before he was Tased and tackled by the Pocono Township officer, the district attorney’s office said.

A search of the vehicle turned up a bag belonging to Quick that contained the knife, the district attorney’s office said.

He was charged with robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery by threat and several related offenses, authorities said.

Quick was found guilty on Tuesday after a two-day jury trial in Monroe County Court, the district attorney’s office said.

He also faces a burglary case in the county on charges from two weeks prior to the chase, records show. A pretrial conference was scheduled Wednesday in that case.

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House explodes; swastikas painted on door, report says

No one was in the place, the WNEP reports.

A home in Monroe County blew up overnight due to a buildup of vapor, a published report says.
Someone spray-painted swastikas, homopho…

House Explosion in Monroe County

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — A build-up of vapor is being blamed for a house explosion in Monroe County. The fire chief says the house on Mohawk Trail near Tobyhanna was basically blown off its foundation just after  3 a.m. on Monday. He couldn’t confirm exactly what kind of vapor caused the blast. No one was inside at the time, but authorities say someone does own the place and was working on it. Neighbors say the garage door has swastikas and homophobic […]

Man Sentenced for Donation Jar Thefts

EAST STROUDSBURG — A man is headed to jail for six separate thefts in Monroe County. Michael Moya, of East Stroudsburg, was sentenced Friday to at least two and a half years behind bars after pleading guilty in April. Police say Moya stole an ATV from a house, tip jars from stores and restaurants, even a ‘Toys For Tots’ donation jar from a diner.

4-year-old is dead after a handgun is left unsecured, cops say

It was an accident, the boy’s mother and the coroner’s office say, and it was the area’s second such death in 6 months.

Father Charged After 4 Year Old Shoots Himself

CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP — Months after a 4 year old died after shooting himself at a home in Monroe County, his father has been charged in connection with his death. In June, Bentley Koch shot himself in the face at a home along Ash Lane near Brodheadsville. On Tuesday, his father Ryan Koch was taken into custody and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Koch is locked up in Monroe County.

Campers Brave Rainy Holiday

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — Mother Nature was not kind to campers at Tobyhanna State Park on this rainy Columbus Day. Many of the campsites were covered in tarps with campers doing their best to stay dry.  Even the dogs had on raincoats. “I’m not really liking it today, but we’ve got it set up that I think is working and we decided to tough it out,” said Helen Colvin, Philadelphia. The campsite was busy for most of the long holiday weekend, […]

Library Cafe to Open in the Poconos

STROUD TOWNSHIP — The finishing touches are being put on the new cafe at Hughes Eastern Monroe Public Library near Stroudsburg. Renovations on the cafe began last year. Directors tell Newswatch 16 it’s an addition people have been asking for. “People said we really want to see a cafe in the library and here it is. It’s close to opening maybe another week or two,” said Susan Lyons, Library Director. The cafe will offer more than just a cup of […]

Update: Route 33 Back Open Following Rig Wreck

UPDATE: All lanes of Route 33 were reopened by 6:30 p.m. (Original story) HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A wreck involving a tractor-trailer is tying up traffic in Monroe County. It happened Monday afternoon on Route 33 south near Bartonsville. The southbound lanes are closed, according to PennDOT. UPDATE: Crash on PA 33 southbound between I-80 East/To US 209 North and US 209 Bus/Snydersville. All lanes closed. — 511PA Northeast (@511PANortheast) October 9, 2017 There is no word on injuries or how long […]