Here's what's trending for January 19.


There are still far more questions than answers after four people were shot in four separate shootings in the Poconos Monday evening. Pocono Mountain Police Chief Chris Wagner says they got their first report of shots fired around 5pm at Pocono Country Place, a private community in Coolbaugh Township. "As officers began to respond to that location, in short succession and in a very rapid amount of time, we started to receive other calls regarding additional shootings in the township," Wagner says. A 47-year-old woman was shot in the back and a 19-year-old man was shot in the arm in that first incident. A second shots fired report came at the Tobyhanna Shopping Plaza, however nobody was hit there. Shortly thereafter, a third report came in at Stogie's Smoke Shop along Route 196. A 20-year-old man was shot in the head and seriously wounded there. A fourth shooting then happened at the intersection of Campbell Way and Kings Way. That left a 20-year-old man shot in the leg. Police have seized several vehicles and are talking with multiple persons of interest, however there are no reports of any arrests yet.

Federal authorities are investigating a woman who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. 22-year-old Riley Williams was taken into custody Monday, nearly two weeks after being seen on video near Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office. An FBI affidavit says a witness has told investigators Williams intended to send Pelosi's laptop to a friend in Russia who would then sell it to the country's foreign intelligence service. The FBI says the deal apparently fell through and they believe Williams either still has the device or she destroyed it.

A 29-year-old Lehigh County man has been arrested for his alleged actions during the riot at the U.S. Capitol. The FBI says Craig Bingert, of Washington Township, was with a group who tried to push the barricade protecting the Capitol after a man in the crowd shouted for them to push police out of there. Investigators say Bingert was seen waving a flag while facing the crowd chanting "F the police." Bingert turned himself in on Sunday.

Monday was another calm day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Most building were closed yesterday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but the increased presence of the Pennsylvania National Guard was visible, as were plenty of orange security barriers.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to be his assistant health secretary. In a release, Biden says, "Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic." If confirmed, Levine would be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Pennsylvania's Department of Health Monday reported 10,068 new cases of coronavirus. Another 202 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported. Both numbers span a two-day reporting period. On a positive note, the rate of positive test results has dropped to 12.7-percent, down from above 15-percent earlier this month.

A Hellertown woman is in police custody after trying to flee from officers in an ambulance. Police say Antoinette Froilan allegedly stole cigarettes and Mentos from a Citgo gas stations on Main Street on January 7th. Froilan then tried to get away in an ambulance, but she couldn't operate it and was arrested by police after being identified by a store employee.

President-elect Joe Biden began his week volunteering. Biden spent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with his wife volunteering at Philabundance.

One longtime member of the Philadelphia Eagles wants to return for at least one more season. Offensive lineman Jason Peters is a free agent and itching to play in what would be his 18th season in the NFL.


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