John Fetterman says he was indifferent on the subject of whether he lived or died. The Pennsylvania Senator described some of the feelings he experienced while struggling with depression in an interview with CBS News. "I had stopped leaving my bed. I had stopped eating. I was dropping weight. I stopped engaging with some of the things I love most in my life," Fetterman told CBS. Fetterman says he never had any desire for self harm but that if someone had told him that he had just 18 months to live, he would have simply said 'well, that's how things go.' He was interviewed two weeks ago while still in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Fetterman was discharged Friday and returned to his home in Braddock.
Rescue crews are back at it today near a retention pond at Talen Energy's power plants in Lower Mount Bethel Township. An unidentified person went missing last Friday and last Friday night articles of clothing were found near the pond and a car was parked nearby. Searchers say the state police marine unit will be brought in on Monday.
A 79-year-old woman died Sunday, two days after a crash in Bethlehem. Carol Smith died from injuries suffered in the crash, which happened just before 5am Friday morning on West Second Street. Two vehicles were involved in the incident. The driver of one of the vehicles was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.
One person is dead following a car crash in Monroe County. The accident happened Saturday morning along Kunkletown Road eat of Silver Springs Boulevard in Eldred Township, near Kunkletown. Police say a man traveling west swerved into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two fallen firefighters were remembered and their survivors honored at this weekend's Lehigh Valley Phantoms game at PPL Center. New Tripoli firefighters and the families of Zachary Paris and Marvin Gruber participated in the the National Anthem ceremony before the Phantoms-Hartford game and the families were given a standing ovation when they were shown on the video screen during a break in play in the first period. Gary Kuntz is the New Tripoli Fire Chief and says the outpouring of support means a lot to both the Paris and Gruber families and firefighters. "The community came together. They not only supported the fire department, but the families. I think it means a lot to the families to see the support that they're getting," Kuntz says. Both Gruber and Paris died while fighting a fire in Schuylkill County last December.
The National Weather Service confirms that four tornadoes touched down in New Jersey this weekend. The tornadoes were spawned from the system that hammered parts of New Jersey Saturday night. Cars were crushed and roofs on homes were ripped apart. Wind gusts from the storm were clocked at 70 miles an hour and hail as large as one-and-a-half inches wide was reported.
Governor Phil Murphy has launched what he calls a transgender information hub to provide information and resources for people of the transgender and non-binary communities. The website is found at www.transgender.nj.gov. Among other services, it provides information on changing names on official documents and links to mental health support and legal aid. Governor Murphy notes the website is in its beta phase and will be improved according to feedback from visitors.