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December 3, 2000 | By Sally A. Downey, FOR THE INQUIRER
Last summer, Joyce Wilkins moved from a cramped apartment in the Bronx to a large, lakeview home on a cul-de-sac in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. She and her husband and two children are settling into their new community and discovering nearby attractions such as The Crossings, a sprawling outlet mall; Delaware Water Gap National Park; and upscale stores and restaurants on Main Street in Stroudsburg, the Monroe County seat. Wilkins paid a bargain price for her parcel of Pocono paradise, but there was an additional cost - one measured in time, not dollars.
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March 11, 2001 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Ovetta Wiggins INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
More than an hour before dawn, a shimmering river of headlights flowed beneath the overpass, heading east on Interstate 80. Daniel Ferrara was already in line at the nearby Park-n-Ride station, waiting to board the 5:55 a.m. Mertz Lines bus for his own two-hour commute to lower Manhattan. "It gets to me sometimes - in the winter you don't see the sun at all," said Ferrara, 37, a communications technician for the City of New York who moved from Brooklyn to the Poconos two years ago. "But it's worth it. " Emigres such as Ferrara, fleeing the city and northern New Jersey for cheaper housing, helped to boost Monroe County's population by 45 percent in the last decade, making it the second-fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania, according to data from the 2000 Census released on Friday.
NEWS
October 26, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - An expired car registration has landed a man back in prison after 25 years on the lam, police said. Alfred Libiano, 64, of Easton, who walked away from work release at the Northampton County Prison on May 9, 1986, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police during a traffic stop in Monroe County. - AP  
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June 28, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
This stretch of beach in Wildwood was the Mount Olympus of marbles for the last week, and yesterday was the crowning moment. Boys and girls aged 8 to 14 had competed locally to attend the 73d annual national tournament. The winners were Nathan Thompson of Monroe County, Ky., and Molly Reecer of Clay County, Tenn., with Jeff Stays and Megan Pilarcik, both of Frederick County, Md., being runners-up.
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July 1, 1990 | Special to The Inquirer / LLOYD FOX
Camp Together for Families and Children in the Poconos offers adopted and foster children and their parents a chance to have fun and to discuss mutual problems and concerns. Recently, 36 families, with 132 foster, adopted and birth children, took part in the four-day program at Camp Canadensis in Monroe County. Many of the adopted children had been in foster care at one time and were considered "special needs adoptions. "
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - A man described as a "survivalist," a trained marksman with antigovernment leanings, was the gunman who killed one state police officer and injured a second in an ambush outside the barracks here last week, investigators said Tuesday. At an afternoon news conference, police said they identified 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein from documents he left in a Jeep he abandoned about two miles from the barracks, where he ambushed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass on Friday.
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December 31, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Wolfington Sr., 75, of Center City, president and chief executive officer of the Exton-based Wolfington Body Co., one of the largest school-bus dealers in the nation, died last week at his vacation home in the Poconos. Mr. Wolfington, a longtime Center City resident, died in his sleep sometime from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning in Monroe County, said son Richard Jr. "It was his favorite place on Earth," his son said of the getaway in Skytop. The family business was founded by Mr. Wolfington's great-grandfather in 1876 as a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 7, 1999 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thomas J. Hudson Jr., 60, a former Inquirer stereotyper who spent more than 20 years helping people with alcoholic, drug, marital and other personal problems, died Sunday of injuries in an auto accident in Chestnut Hill Township near his home in Jackson Township, Monroe County. He formerly lived in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Hudson was a recovering alcoholic who was instrumental in establishing programs at The Inquirer and, later, at private treatment centers. "He had 21 years of sobriety," said his wife of 38 years, Carole Pettit Hudson, who was injured in the auto accident.
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December 18, 2010 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
The question emerges eerily on the MySpace page of the woman who may be the latest victim of the Kensington Strangler, between "Ever shoplifted?" and "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Casey Mahoney, 27, a pretty, young blonde who had recently lost 100 pounds and doted on her toddler son, responded in a way that today, seems downright tragic. "Quickly, with no pain," Mahoney wrote. One day after police found a dead woman they fear may be the Kensington Strangler's third victim, authorities identified her as Mahoney, an East Stroudsburg mother who dreamed of resuming her interrupted college education.
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July 17, 1988 | By Frank Reeves, Special to The Inquirer
A former assistant scoutmaster, who pleaded no contest to a charge of sexually molesting a 14-year-old boy in Delaware County, has been acquitted in Monroe County of a similar charge involving the same boy. The jury deliberated eight hours Wednesday before acquitting John Joseph Smedley Jr., 25, of the 100 block of Bonsall Avenue, Aston, of charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to Jane Roach, Monroe County's assistant...
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December 31, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Wolfington Sr., 75, of Center City, president and chief executive officer of the Exton-based Wolfington Body Co., one of the largest school-bus dealers in the nation, died last week at his vacation home in the Poconos. Mr. Wolfington, a longtime Center City resident, died in his sleep sometime from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning in Monroe County, said son Richard Jr. "It was his favorite place on Earth," his son said of the getaway in Skytop. The family business was founded by Mr. Wolfington's great-grandfather in 1876 as a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages in Philadelphia.
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November 14, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the hours after his arrest, Eric Frein allegedly told detectives that he ambushed a state police barracks in the Poconos because he wanted to "wake people up" about his concerns over the government. He also described his killing of a state police corporal as an "assassination," according to an updated list of charges filed in court late Thursday afternoon. He shot the corporal because "he wanted to make a change" in government and believed "that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for," investigators wrote in the newly filed court records.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Eric Frein will get a legal team with decades of murder trial experience, including a lawyer who has both prosecuted and defended death penalty cases. The Pike County Public Defender's Office on Monday confirmed that a judge had appointed Robert Bernathy and Michael Weinstein to represent Frein, the alleged killer of a state trooper, who was captured Thursday after a 48-day manhunt in the Poconos. Weinstein confirmed that he was appointed at a rate of $178 an hour and that he met Monday with Frein in prison.
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September 28, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Eric Frein's Internet searches included how to avoid police during manhunts, use law enforcement technology, and survive in the wilderness. That evidence, retrieved from a computer, suggests that Frein spent years planning an attack and retreat into the Pocono Mountains, a state police commander said Friday. Police believe Frein is still in the woods in Monroe or Pike Counties, two weeks after he allegedly killed one trooper and wounded another. It had been nearly three days since police last spotted Frein, but they said they have no evidence to suggest he has left the area.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
PRICE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - It may have been Eric Frein's most glaring misstep so far: Hidden deep in the woods of the Poconos, the accused gunman turned on his cellphone and started to call his parents. The Sept. 18 call lasted only seconds, but was detected by investigators and led them this week to narrow their manhunt to a five-square mile perimeter in Monroe and Pike Counties, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. Why Frein turned on his phone was unclear. And despite spotting him more than once since then, police and agents are proceeding with extreme caution because they believe Frein may have stashed pipe bombs in the terrain where he now is hiding.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CANADENSIS, Pa. - As the sun began to set Tuesday, dozens of police in camouflage fatigues, some hanging off armored carriers, streamed up a hill into the wooded expanse where an alleged killer of a state trooper continued to elude them. The ninth day of the manhunt for Eric Frein mirrored the eight days before it. But state police said they are continuing to uncover information and close in on Frein, a self-taught "survivalist" who has reportedly memorized this stretch of the Poconos.
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September 23, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CANADENSIS, Pa. - Search teams combing the dense, rugged woods not far from where two state troopers were shot on Sept. 12 - one fatally - have discovered an AK-47-style assault weapon like the one suspect Eric Frein was known to have. That discovery and other clues, state police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday, convinced authorities the searchers were closing in on the accused killer. "We're pushing him hard," Bivens said. "He's no longer safe there. " With the weapon were two magazine clips of ammunition and a camouflage bag full of ammunition, all partially hidden in tangled forest undergrowth.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Eric Frein, the most-wanted man in Pennsylvania, is now on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, a place that has included the names of such killers as Osama bin Laden and the man who murdered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bureau made the announcement Thursday afternoon, a few hours after mourners buried state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, whom Frein allegedly gunned down in an ambush last Friday outside a police barracks here....
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September 18, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - A man described as a "survivalist," a trained marksman with antigovernment leanings, was the gunman who killed one state police officer and injured a second in an ambush outside the barracks here last week, investigators said Tuesday. At an afternoon news conference, police said they identified 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein from documents he left in a Jeep he abandoned about two miles from the barracks, where he ambushed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass on Friday.
NEWS
August 8, 2013 | By Allison Steele and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. - The man accused of killing three people and wounding three others in a shooting rampage at a municipal building had a long-standing feud with township officials over his property and was heard to say, "I wish I killed more of them," officials said. Rockne Newell was being held without bail after the shootings Monday night in this rural community in the Poconos. He was stopped by two men who tackled him and held him to the ground, police said. "They are heroes," said Lt. Col. George Bivens of the state police.
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