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Issue 52 — Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Library Patrons Need
Akenac Park Car Tags
By Heather Adams

DINGMANS FERRY — The Delaware Township Library Association was present at the township meeting Wednesday, July 23, to clarify several issues. The Board of Supervisors confirmed that all volunteers and library patrons must receive a vehicle tag at the Akenac Park entrance.

Supervisor Thomas Ryan confirmed that there is no Park entry fee for Pike County residents, and that new tags were required for the bar code system. Summer residents without a local driver’s license were asked to bring proof of residence such as a utility bill to gain access to the Park and library.

According to the Township website, Library membership is open to all Delaware Township residents, free of charge, and non-residents may join for a one-time fee of $5. The gatehouse at Akenac Park is manned until Labor Day.

The township will look into other maintenance concerns such as waste removal and pest control that the Library Association raised, according to Ryan... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Kentucky Man Sentenced
In Pike County
Court For Distributing
Child Pornography

MILFORD — Pike County District Attorney, Raymond J. Tonkin announced that Bryson Shane Hood, age 42, of Princeton, KY, was sentenced by Pike County President Judge Joseph F. Kameen to 37 months to 10.5 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,500 for the crimes of Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility. A further condition of Hood’s sentence is that Hood must register as a sex offender under Meagan’s Law.

Investigators from the Pike County District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation after receiving information from the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office that child pornography was being stored and distributed from a computer in Lehman Township. Investigators obtained a search warrant for a residence at 1012 Deer Run East in Bushkill, PA.

Investigators conducted a search of the residence for all electronic devices present in the house. Investigators discovered that Bryson Shane Hood had been storing and distributing child pornography on his cellular telephone. Hood had been using a peer to peer file sharing network to distribute the child pornography.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin stated “People like this defendant who distribute and possess child pornography are exploiting children and perpetuating the sexual abuse of children and should be sentenced to state prison.” Tonkin thanked the Monroe County Detective Bureau, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of the Attorney General for their assistance in the investigation... for complete story, get this week's issue.

State Police Chief Briefs L’waxen Residents

BLOOMING GROVE — Lt. Christopher Paris, commander of the state police barracks in Blooming Grove briefed Lackawaxen Township supervisors and residents on police matters. Paris spoke at this month’s regular Lackawaxen Township meeting held at the Township Building on Urban Road. Supervisors invited Paris after residents attending last month’s regular meeting questioned how residents could find out about local state police actions and their arrest logs.

Residents at that meeting expressed concern about a recent federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) and cooperating law-enforcement-agency raid in a Lackawaxen community development that led to drug dealer arrests. The resident had a hard time finding out details of the arrests to determine if other drug dealers might be near her home in her community development. Paris said that his troopers regularly disseminate arrest and investigation information to all major local media and publication outlets. If other agencies are involved, a resident might have to contact the Pike County District Attorney’s office at (570) 296-3482.

In answer to a question from a resident on whether serious crime is increasing in Pike County, Paris said, “No, we have seen consistent levels compared to last year.” Paris noted that since his appointment as station chief last year, he prioritized crime investigation and traffic safety. Regarding traffic and safety, even without adding new troopers, patrolpersons in Paris’ barracks logged 800 more traffic arrests and issued many more warnings in the past year.

Paris said, “We have a great crew of supervisors. Supervisors and staff have been working harder. We are pleased with results, which we have accomplished without having to impose quotas.”

Paris said that six rookie troopers joined the barracks recently. Orienting and training them into the barracks routine and focusing them to achieve barracks goals are other priorities this year... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Twin Cedars Residents Take Field Trip To Columns

MILFORD — For the past two years, Columns Museum Director Lori Strelecki would travel to Twin Cedars Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Shohola, to present monthly programs, but on a recent summer day, for a change the residents got to visit the Columns for a program especially tailored for them by Strelecki. A very special moment occurred when resident Gloria Foss got to see a porcelain sculpture she donated many years ago to the historical society in memory of her mother.

The porcelain bust, “The Painted Lady,” is the work of French artist Paul DuBoy (1830-1887), and is one of the more popular items in the Columns collection. The piece was an inspiration to Pike County and West Palm Beach ceramic artist Yvonne Parker and her husband Ron Parker to assemble her ceramic and porcelain sculptures at the Columns Museum exhibit in 2009. Yvonne Parker created her sculptures from fragments of ceramic, porcelain, and glass from various historic periods.

During the jaunt by Twin Cedars residents, Strelecki introduced residents to the museum’s permanent collection and entertained them with the history and related stories about each item. A big hit for residents was viewing historic stereoscopic photos from earlier eras and listening to early 20th century recordings on a vintage Victrola unit... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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