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Issue 12 — Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Man Sentenced To
Six Years For
Assaulting Daughter
With BB Gun

BUSHKILL — Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced that Sean Franklin Brown, of Bushkill, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to state prison for up to 6 years for assaulting his 14 year old daughter. Brown, age 41, was sentenced to 3 years to 6 years in a state correctional facility and fined $2,000 for the crimes of felony Endangering the Welfare of Child, Simple Assault and Retaliation or Obstruction in Child Abuse Case.

On March 31, 2016, Brown shot his 14 year old daughter 17 times with a BB gun. He did not provide her with any treatment for the wounds. When the child arrived at school following the weekend, she reported the assault to the school staff. The school nurse observed multiple small open wounds to the child’s body. The Pennsylvania State Police traveled to Brown’s residence where he initially denied shooting the child with the BB gun. Police were able to locate metal BBs throughout the child’s bedroom and located the BB gun concealed outside the home, hidden behind a ladder.

The child was immediately removed from Brown’s care and placed into protective custody by Pike County Children and Youth Services. Brown is the first individual convicted in Pike County under the new law making a crime to obstruct investigators conducting a child abuse investigation. Pike County District Attorney Tonkin indicates that his office is committed to pursuing prosecutions against individuals for this new crime, when evidence shows someone is deliberately acting to obstruct, interfere, impair or impede the investigation of child abuse.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Sarah Wilson prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. Following sentencing in Pike County, Brown was remanded to a state correctional facility to begin serving his prison sentence.

Ballot Deadline

MILFORD — The Pike County League of Women Voters reminds all Pike County registered voters that the deadline for applying to cast your vote by absentee ballot in the November 8 General Election is approaching quickly. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 1. The application must be received in the Board of Elections office by 4:30 p.m. Postmarks do not count.

The voted ballot must be in the Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Please note that although the office usually closes at 4:30 p.m., it is open until 5 p.m. on this single occasion. If hand delivering, only the actual voter may return their ballot. Voters can get the application on line by going to www.VOTESPA.com, or www.pikepa.org, click on offices, then click on elections.

Voters can also pick up the application in person at the Pike County Board of Elections, 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA, 18337. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Completing the ballot application is easy, and is explained very clearly in the material that comes with it. The League of Women Voters works to be sure that helpful and timely non-partisan information is available about all aspects of the voting process.

Oktoberfest Wine Tasting

MILFORD — The Laurel Villa Country Inn & Restaurant continues its monthly series of special events with an Oktoberfest wine-tasting dinner on Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy a four-course traditional German meal while sipping four German or German-inspired vintages.

Chef Carl’s menu starts with Zwiebelkuchen, a savory onion pie, paired with Wente Riverbank Riesling from Monterey. The second course will feature a wurst platter with cucumber salad and warm German potato salad served with Carl Reh Riesling from Germany, followed by a third course of Kasseler, a smoked pork chop, with German sauerkraut and spaetzle, served with 14 Hands Riesling from Wahington State.

For dessert, guests will enjoy apple strudel and Carl Reh Piesporter Michelsberg Spatlese Riesling from Germany. Each wine will be presented and described by Ivan Mines of Southern Wines & Spirits.

Seating for the Oktoberfest dinner event is limited, and reservations should be made by Wednesday, October 26. For reservations and more information, call the Laurel Villa at 570-296-9940 or email info@laurelvilla.com. The following event on the Laurel Villa calendar will be a bourbon tasting dinner to be held on Friday, November 18. Holiday parties can be arranged for any day of the week. Visit www.laurelvilla.com for more information or follow them on Facebook®.

Twp. Holds Expenses Down For 2017 Budget

SHOHOLA — Supervisors presented their Preliminary 2017 Shohola Township Budget, one proposing a zero-percent tax increase. Supervisor Chairman George C. Fluhr announced the budget at last week’s regular township meeting held at the township building on Twin Lakes Road. Supervisors Fluhr, Greg Hoeper, and Keith Raser approved advertising the budget and posting it at the township building for public review and comment for the next 28 days. Supervisors plan to adopt the budget at the next regular meeting. Fluhr explained that each supervisor met individually with Township Secretary/Treasurer Diana Blume to present budget priorities.

Last year at this time, supervisors faced extraordinary expenses, prompted by road repair necessitated by previously severe winters, and building repairs. To cover the anticipated expenses, supervisors raised taxes a half mill. For the 2017 budget, supervisors and Blume did not have to face higher than anticipated expenditures. A mild winter helped mitigate road deterioration and resulting expenses. Blume said that she developed a balanced budget, while keeping supervisors’ desire to have no tax increase, place road upkeep as the top priority, and have a lower total budget than the previous year.

After digesting individual supervisor budget suggestions, she developed a preliminary budget reflecting those priorities. She then met with them as a group to fine-tune the details... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Go 24 Addition Needs Lock Box, Fire Hydrant

WESTFALL —In his monthly report to supervisors, Township Fire Dept. Chief Rob Llewellyn, expressed concerns about inspection and safety related to commercial buildings. Llewellyn spoke at this month’s regular township meeting held at the township building on Delaware Drive. Llewellyn said that the Knox Box and fire hydrant are required under the applicant’s Land Development plan. Both must be installed at the new addition at Go 24 (gas station/convenience store). Neither has yet been installed. The department is also awaiting the township inspections and regulatory process to be completed.

The Knox Box is a key repository that allows department chiefs to access a building 24/7 in three scenarios, when a fire alarm goes off, when a fire is being investigated, or when a fire incident is occurring. The key allows firefighters to enter the building without breaking a window, a door, or cutting through a chain for lifesaving or firefighting purposes. The Knox Box is installed in all commercial businesses or places, such as gas stations, where hazardous materials are on site. Meanwhile, Township Zoning Enforcement Officer Wayne Rohner reported that he sent a letter notifying the Go 24 owners to schedule a final inspection, but the owners apparently are not ready to have the inspection. He said if he does not get an inspection request soon, he would issue a violation notice.

Supervisor Jerry Dotey said that apparently the Go 24’s new addition is already in use. He questioned how the building is being used without a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and other permits. Rohner noted that Go 24 was a pre-existing business that operated before Rohner came on board as a zoning officer earlier this year. The borough outsources commercial inspections to BIU, which issued a building permit. Rohner would issue a zoning permit. Township Solicitor Robert Bernathy asked Llewellyn what would happen if a fire broke out in the new addition. Llewellyn said, “We can break down the doors and use the nearest hydrant, which is 400 feet away.”

Llewellyn said that BIU issues COs without consulting with the fire department. He noted that the senior center would need a CO. The facility still has not met department concerns, but the alterations and permitting process are ongoing. Supervisor Chairman Bob Melvin suggested that the township notify BIU that before it issues further COs, it must consult with the fire department. Melvin said, “We can’t have seniors without adequate fire protection... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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