January 5, 2017
Keep The Change? Cops Say Man Tipped Server With Valium Pill
Bethlehem, PA (AP) Here’s a tip: Don’t give a prescription painkiller as a gratuity.
According to police, that gesture led to trouble for a patron of a Pennsylvania casino on Thursday.
State police say the man at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem tipped a server with a Valium pill.
The Morning Call reports David Carnevale, of Caldwell, New Jersey, faces a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was released on his own recognizance.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6. A working phone number for Carnevale could not be found.
Driver Boasts Cruising Through 240 Consecutive Green Lights
New York (AP) A New York City Uber driver is boasting that he drove through 240 green traffic lights before hitting a red light.
Noah Forman achieved the feat during a 27-minute drive through Manhattan that started at around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 6.
Forman recorded his early-morning journey on video .
The recording shows him slowing to a crawl on some blocks to avoid hitting a red, and taking numerous turns to avoid having his path forward blocked.
“It seems like you go with where the lights take you,” Forman told the Daily News. “The minute I think too hard and I veer off course, I just get hit with a red light somewhere.”
The city Department of Transportation didn’t immediately respond to a query about the viability of his claim.
It’s the second time that Forman has attempted catching consecutive green lights. Two years ago, he said he hit 186 green lights in a row.
His latest drive began in Harlem and ended on the Lower East Side when he hit his first red light.
Forman said he would eventually like to double his record.
“I would love to take it further,” he told the News. “Not any time soon. Maybe in a year or two, see if I could get 500.”
City Fights Satellite Dish Blight With 30 Day Removal Order
EASTON, PA (AP) A Pennsylvania city is taking up a fight against satellite TV dish blight.
Easton’s City Council passed a resolution requiring the removal of TV dishes 30 days after the service is disconnected.
The Express-Times of Easton reports that Councilman David O’Connell sponsored Wednesday night’s measure because the leftover dishes are unsightly and could create a safety problem.
Chief Code Administrator Stephen Nowroski tells The Associated Press that penalties allow for a ticket of $25 for the first offense. That goes to $35 if not paid within 10 days. After 20 days, a citation can be filed in court.
Nowroski says it won’t be hard to enforce because it can be flagged every time they do a rental inspection or inspect a house or building up for sale.
Oregon Court Reverses DUI Conviction Of Wheelchair User
Portland, OR (AP) The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a wheelchair user who had been found guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
James Greene of Waldport was arrested in November 2012 after entering a crosswalk in a motorized wheelchair and striking the side of a moving pickup.
Police determined he was impaired by alcohol and drugs, and a jury convicted him of drunken driving.
In his appeal, Greene argued that he should have been considered a pedestrian, not subject to the DUI law.
The state disagreed, pointing to a law that treats motorized wheelchairs like bicycles when they are driven on bike lanes.
In its opinion Thursday, the Appeals Court decided legislators only intended to have wheelchairs treated like bicycles in that narrow circumstance, and users should be considered pedestrians when in a crosswalk.
Woman Leaves Entire $1.2 Million Estate To Animal Shelter
Elizbethton, TN (AP) A Tennessee woman’s $1.2 million estate has gone to the dogs and cats, too.
The Johnson City Press reports Glenda Taylor DeLawder’s bequest to an animal shelter was announced Christmas Day on the Carter County government website by Mayor Leon Humphrey.
Humphrey says $540,000 will be given to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter to expand the dog and cat holding areas.
It also pay for a new van that can be converted to transport dogs and cats to be spayed and neutered.
DeLawder, who is described by her family as being an avid animal lover, died in November 2015.
Public Previews Set Before Auction Of Wax Presidents
Gettysburg, PA (AP) A shuttered Pennsylvania museum that features wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents and their first ladies will display the figures before they’re auctioned off in mid-January.
The Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum in Gettysburg closed in November after visitors dwindled. It had been in business for about 60 years.
The collection features life-sized figures of the presidents and one-third-scale figures of the first ladies in reproduction inaugural gowns, as well as other presidential memorabilia.
Previews of the wax figures will be held at the museum Jan. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. and Jan. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The figures will be auctioned off on Jan. 14.
People interested in more information can contact PA Onsite Auction Company .