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  • May 26, 2020 12:50 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Homicide – Assist Connecticut State Police / New Jersey State Police

    Monroe & Surrounding Counties

    PSP Stroudsburg was contacted by New Jersey State Police regarding the possibility of Connecticut homicide suspect Peter James MANFREDONIA, W/N/M,  23 YOA, being in Stroudsburg patrol area. NJSP had made contact with MANFREDONIA’s escaped kidnap victim near the Pennsylvania border and recovered the stolen vehicle he used to flee his last homicide scene. Troopers were able to determine that MANFREDONIA was dropped off by an Uber in front of the East Stroudsburg Walmart. Through interviews with the driver and recovered security camera footage, Troopers were able to determine that MANFREDONIA walked behind Walmart and other businesses onto a set of train tracks and was still in possession of a duffle bag full of guns he stole from a home invasion in Connecticut. Troopers are actively searching for him along with numerous other Law Enforcement Agencies.

    It is believed that MANFREDONIA does not have ties to the area and does not have a vehicle. He may attempt to solicit ride sharing services, possibly through third party means, to flee the area.

    MANFREDONIA is a 23 year old, White, Non-Hispanic Male, approximately 6’4”, 240 pounds, short hair.

    Last known clothing description:  Dark colored shorts, white t-shirt – carrying a black duffel bag.

    Below are pictures of MANFREDONIA to include a surveillance photo of him taken on Sunday (05/24/20).

    IF SEEN, DO NOT APPROACH, HE IS CONSIDERED ARMED & DANGEROUS!

    If you have recently been contacted or approached by MANFREDONIA, contact PA CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-472-8477.

    Any persons with information regarding the whereabouts of MANFREDONIA is encouraged to contact PA CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-472-8477.

    UPDATE to BOLO issued out of Stroud Area Regional Police Department regarding stolen 2012 black Hyundai Sante Fe bearing PA registration KYW-1650.  The vehicle was stolen May 25, 2020 at approximately 2100 hours.  At this point a connection cannot be confirmed, but the location of this theft is near the area Peter Manfredoniawas last observed on surveillance video. 

     

    Anyone coming into contact with Peter Manfredonia or this vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately. 


  • May 21, 2020 1:33 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Member company Equipment Trade Service Co is selling disinfectant mister and pressure washing units that sanitize the touch areas in truck cabs and boxes. They are also effective for areas at terminals. 

    You can see more information mister units and dual mister units by clicking here.

    For more information and to purchase, click here.

  • May 21, 2020 12:18 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning Friday, May 22, 2020, additional Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    These re-openings are in addition to those previously announced on May 14, 2020.

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Friday, May 22:

    ·         Gettysburg Driver and Photo License Center, 37 North 4th Street, Gettysburg;

    ·         Beaver Falls Driver and Photo License Center, 2580 Constitution Boulevard, Beaver Falls;

    ·         Carlisle Driver and Photo License Center, 950 Walnut Bottom Road, Suite 13, Carlisle;

    ·         Summerdale Driver and Photo License Center, 429 North Enola Road, Enola;

    ·         Lewistown Driver and Photo License Center, 13217 Ferguson Valley Road, Yeagertown; and

    ·         York Driver and Photo License Center, 2130 South Queen Street, York;

    Hours of operation at the above locations will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

    These locations will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

    As the Driver License Centers open, they will offer limited services. Customers will be able to obtain the following services as they plan their visit to one of these centers:

    ·         Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;

    ·         Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, permit testing, ID card issuance, and related transactions;

    ·         Photo license services;

    ·         Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;

    ·         Medical-related testing; and

    ·         Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing.


    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday May 22:

    ·         Duncannon, 5 Broadway Avenue, Duncannon; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    ·         York, 120 Roosevelt Avenue, York; hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    These locations will be closed Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Tuesday, May 26:

    ·         Stewartstown, 63 North Main Street, Stewartstown; hours of operation will be Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    Photo License Centers process photos only, and individuals must have a camera card for this service. 

    For a list of driver license and photo license centers that will be open during the yellow phase, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

    Customers seeking renewal of their non-commercial license or ID should renew online or by mail to avoid an unnecessary visit to the Driver License Center.

    In an effort to support social distancing and reduce initial volume and demand at driver license centers, the following customer services will not be initially available:

    ·         Non-commercial road testing;

    ·         REAL ID applications and transactions, however, pre-verified customers can apply for REAL ID online; and

    ·         Transactions or services that can be completed online at www.dmv.pa.gov

    In all reopened driver license centers, the following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place: 

    ·         Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;

    ·         Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;

    ·         Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat; 

    ·         The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;

    ·         Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;

    ·         Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;

    ·         Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and

    ·         Markings on floors have been added to assist with social distancing along with signage to communicate special instructions to customers.

    As PennDOT reopens driver license and photo license centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff will work with each customer when they arrive to plan their visit, with additional staff serving as greeters to screen documents and provide information for a smooth and safe transaction as possible. PennDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates customers’ understanding during this transition.

    Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will continue to reopen other locations as soon as safely possible. We will continue to communicate any reopening and changes with the public.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • May 20, 2020 12:23 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    FREE PA Chamber Webinars - Bringing PA Back: Business Readiness Webinar Series

    May 26-29

    As Pennsylvania begins a phased re-opening plan for the state, businesses are doing all they can to prepare for a safe work environment, ensure the safety of their employees and determine how to operate in this new business landscape.

    Upon completion, organizations will receive a Course Completion Certificate which demonstrates that your company has attended all five parts and has put forth a "good faith" effort to educate yourselves on those these topics of importance to help your business.

    https://www.pachamber.org/events/details/2041/2020_bringing_pa_back_business_readiness_webinar_series/


  • May 20, 2020 12:12 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) is aware of multiple thefts from utility substations, communication towers, and worksites in Eastern Pennsylvania. Thieves targeted isolated sites during overnight hours. Sites were breached through loose fencing, unsecured gates, and/or over low barriers.

    Due to increased number of unemployed persons resulting from the coronavirus, thefts have intensified. Thieves targeted items such as tools, building materials, metal, and electronics. These items are easily removable from a substation or worksite and can be traded or sold.

    The PaCIC recommends:

    • Monitor the exterior of the site, especially loose barriers and fencing
    • Be aware of platforms and moveable objects around the exterior of the site which could be used to scale a barrier
    • Lock equipment in vehicles and out of view from the windows
    • Take personal equipment and devices home
    • Store equipment within a secure building
    • Document all suspicious activity and vandalism
    • Test security systems prior to departing the site and especially before a period of inactivity at the site such as prior to holiday or weekend.

    The PaCIC is providing this bulletin for informational and situational awareness. In the event of sabotage or vandalism, owners and operators should contact local law enforcement immediately. The PaCIC encourages all partners in the energy sector and the communications sector to increase security measures at communications towers, utility substations and worksites. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Unit at PaCIC using sp-protectpa@pa.gov. Additionally, Pennsylvania allows suspicious activity to be reported from a smartphone using the See Something Say Something app. This application is available for iOS and Android devices and allows the user to submit a description and also images of the suspicious activity. 

  • May 20, 2020 11:03 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Nearly $452 million will be invested in communities across the Lehigh Valley for road, bridge, trail, multimodal and transit projects over the next four years, according to region’s draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

     

    The TIP will be open for public comment from May 18 through June 16, and will be the subject of public meetings scheduled for:

    • 12 pm, May 20: Attending the meeting can be done by using this link http://tiny.cc/TIP0520mtg. From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer.Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling1-872-222-9976 and using the conference ID# 568479393#.

     

    • 4:30 pm, May 27:  Attending the meeting can be done by using this link http://tiny.cc/TIP0527mtg. From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer.Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling1-872-222-9976 and using the conference ID# 148149258#.

     

    • 9 am, June 3: Attending the meeting can be done by using this link http://tiny.cc/LVTS0603mtg. From there, using “the web app instead” function will enable anyone to see the meeting and chat by computer. Those who would also like to speak during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting can do it by calling 1-872-222-9976 and using the conference ID# 110559235#.

     

    The 2021-24 TIP consists of more than 120 projects that will include investments of $167.6 million for road, trail and multimodal projects, $134.5 million for bridge projects and $149.7 million to operate and improve the region’s transit system. 

    Roughly 80% of the plan is funded by the Federal Highway Administration, with the remaining 20% coming from state and local sources.

    For the past three months, those projects have been reviewed by local and state transportation officials, even as they were going through a detailed air quality, equity and environmental justice analysis. Final approval is expected by the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study this summer.

    The four-year TIP is updated every two years and the new TIP is scheduled to take effect in October of 2020.

    The draft TIP plan can be found at https://lvpc.org/tip.html.


  • May 15, 2020 11:33 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning May 15, 2020, additional Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    These re-openings are in addition to those previously announced on May 8, 2020. 

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Friday, May 15:

    • Bridgeville Driver and Photo License Center, 1025 Washington Pike, Route 50 Bridgeville;
    • Penn Hills Driver and Photo License Center, 11620 Keleket Drive, Penn Hills;
    • Uniontown Driver and Photo License Center, 855 N Gallatin Avenue Uniontown;
    • Greensburg Driver and Photo License Center, 770 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg;
    • New Kensington Driver and Photo License Center, 1600 Greensburg Road, New Kensington; and
    • Altoona Driver and Photo License Center, 1738 A 9th Avenue, Altoona.

    The following driver license centers will reopen with limited services beginning Saturday, May 16:

    • Washington Driver and Photo License Center, 250 Oak Spring Road, Washington;
    • Allison Park Driver and Photo License Center, 1701 Duncan Avenue, Allison Park;
    • Johnstown Driver and Photo License Center, 563 Walters Avenue, Johnstown;
    • Butler Driver and Photo License Center, 356 Point Plaza, Butler; and
    • Somerset Driver and Photo License Center, 5593 Glades Pike, Somerset.

    Hours of operation at the above locations will be Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

    The following driver license center will reopen beginning Monday, May 18:

    • Pittsburgh Driver and Photo License Center, 708 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh.

    Hours of operation for the downtown Pittsburgh location will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Wednesday and Thursday between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM will be designated times for customers 60 years or older.

    As the Driver License Centers open, they will offer limited services. Customers will be able to obtain the following services as they plan their visit to one of these centers:

    • Commercial Driver License (CDL) transactions, including renewals, replacements, Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MECs), date of proof transactions, Hazardous Material Recertifications, and related transactions;
    • Initial issuance transactions, including out-of-state transfers, ID card issuance, and related transactions;
    • Photo license services;
    • Driver license restoration services that cannot be completed online or via mail;
    • Medical-related testing; and
    • Non-U.S. citizen transaction processing.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Friday May 15:

    • McConnellsburg, 665 Lincoln Way E, McConnellsburg; hours of operation will be Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

    The following Photo License Centers will reopen beginning Tuesday May 19:

    East Liberty, 5900 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh; hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM,  Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM;

    Monroeville, 2725 Mosside Boulevard, Monroeville; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; and

    Clairton Boulevard, 9 Clairton Boulevard, Pittsburgh; hours of operation will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

    Photo License Centers process photos only, and individuals must have a camera card for this service. 

    For a list of driver license and photo license centers that will be open during the yellow phase, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

    Customers seeking renewal of their non-commercial license or ID should renew online or by mail to avoid an unnecessary visit to the Driver License Center.

    In an effort to support social distancing and reduce initial volume and demand at driver license centers, the following customer services will not be initially available:

    • Non-commercial road testing; 
    • REAL ID applications and transactions, however, pre-verified customers can apply for REAL ID online; and
    • Transactions or services that can be completed online at www.dmv.pa.gov

    In all reopened driver license centers, the following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place:  

    • Customers will be prescreened and asked brief questions regarding any potential symptoms of COVID-19;
    • Customers will be required to wear masks while in the facility;
    • Seating will be reduced at all Driver License Centers to make social distancing easier to maintain six feet distances between each seat; 
    • The number of customers will be limited to correspond with available counter stations and available seating in the customer waiting area only;
    • Admittance to the facility will be limited to only the customer requiring service, unless assistance is needed by an accompanying person;
    • Plexiglass sneeze guards have been installed at each counter to protect customers and employees;
    • Cleaning protocols have been enhanced to sanitize facilities on an ongoing basis; and
    • Markings on floors have been added to assist with social distancing along with signage to communicate special instructions to customers.

    As PennDOT reopens driver license and photo license centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff will work with each customer when they arrive to plan their visit, with additional staff serving as greeters to screen documents and provide information for a smooth and safe transaction as possible. PennDOT apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates customers’ understanding during this transition.

    Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will continue to reopen other locations as soon as safely possible. We will continue to communicate any reopening and changes with the public.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • May 14, 2020 1:31 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.  

    Based on the detailed public comments and input from the American people, FMCSA’s final rule on hours of service offers four key revisions to the existing HOS rules:

    Short-Haul Operations 
     

    ·        Extends drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours;

    ·        Extends the air-mile radius within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.

    Adverse Driving Conditions

    ·        Modifies the adverse driving conditions exception by extending, by 2 hours, the maximum on-duty window during which driving is permitted;

    30-Minute Break

    ·        Requires a 30-minute break after 8 consecutive hours of driving time have elapsed;

    ·        Allows a break to be taken in an on-duty, not-driving status.

    Sleeper Berth Exception

    ·        Allows drivers to split their required 10-hours off duty into two periods: an 8 and 2 split or a 7 and 3 split, either off duty or in the sleeper berth;

    ·        Neither period counts against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.

    You can view the full Final Rule here.

  • May 13, 2020 12:17 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hereby declares that a national emergency continues to exist that warrants extension of Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 issued on March 13, 2020, expanded on March 18, 2020, and extended and further expanded on April 8, 2020.

    This extension continues the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for the fifty States and the District of Columbia.  This Declaration extends the exemption through June 14, 2020.

    You can read the full document here.

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