An Allentown entertainment era is ending. The owner of the Maingate Night Club is closing the Maingate at the end of this month. Dominic Germano says the decision was made in order to save the business' liquor license. Germano hopes to reopen after finding a solution to complaints of excessive noise coming from the club, which has been in Germano's family since 1980. The North 17th Street club had previously closed for four months, but Germano says this time it won't reopen until he can resolve the noise complaint issue.
A New Jersey man is dead after a weekend ATV crash in Carbon County. The accident happened just after 8 o'clock Saturday night in Penn Forest Township. It's believed 40-year-old Jason Borys, of Clifton, was under the influence of alcohol when he drove his ATV off the road and crashed.
Investigators in Berks County are identifying two of the three victims of a garage fire. 63-year-old Joanne Deluca and 60-year-old Ira Reed were killed. A third victim has not yet been identified. This neighbor heard and saw what happened Saturday night in the southeast part of Berks County. "I yelled to my husband that it sounded like a gunshot. And then right after that it was much louder. It sounded like an explosion. My husband went to the window and said the flames were shooting above the trees," the neighbor said. The cause of the Union Township fire has not been determined, however police are calling the site a crime scene.
Gov. Tom Wolf is dedicating $3 million to study the health impacts of fracking. The governor announced the planned study focusing on the natural gas industry, saying it was "something we need to do" on the heels of families asking the state for similar sickness studies. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the American Petroleum Institute and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil Gas Association all issued a statement in support of the study, saying their highest priority is to protect local communities.
The swimming season for teams at one Montgomery County college is over following allegations of hazing. Ursinus College announced over the weekend it was canceling the rest of the meets for both the men's and women's teams due to violations of the college's anti-hazing policy. The violations reportedly involved underage drinking, but exactly what occurred has not been announced. Swimming coach Mark Feinberg has also been placed on probation as a result.
Investigators say a teen from Erie who died last month in State College was killed by chemical asphyxiation due to nitrous oxide. Jack Schoenig was pronounced dead at an off-campus house occupied by a fraternity October 19th. The Chi Phi fraternity was placed on indefinite suspension three days after the teen's death. Schoenig was not a student at Penn State.
Philadelphia continues to climb toward topping last year's murder rate. According to stats gathered by the police and the FBI, as of last night there have been 319 homicides in 2019 in the city. That's 13 more deaths than how many had been murdered last year at this time. A total of 353 murders in 2018, which was the highest amount since 3191 in 2007.
Hunters have killed nearly 3000 bears in the state this year following Saturday's firearms opener. On the first of the four-day firearms hunting season, almost 1000 black bears were killed. These kills add to those already racked up from new early hunting seasons including muzzleloader, junior-senior season and archery. The largest bear killed to date this year is an 813-pound bear in Monroe County. Some hunters think it could be a record harvest this year. Bear populations in the state have maintained at abouit 20,000 for the past four years.
For the second straight week, the Eagles' offense was ineffective and for the second straight week it cost them. Seattle beat the Eagles 17-9 Sunday and quarterback Carson Wentz says it's not too hard to figure out why. Too many turnovers. "I probably do an okay job, but there were some plays to be made and every time we got something going, we turned the ball over. A handful of those are on me. I've gotta protect the football. You can't win many games with five turnovers," Wentz said. The Eagles slip to 5-6. They'll play in Miami this Sunday afternoon.
Penn State's loss to Ohio State Saturday was the day's most-watched program nationwide. Fox Sports television officials say the game, with its noon start, was also their highest-rated college football game of the season.