Area News In Brief…

Closed for holiday

The Warren-Forest Economic Opportunity Council will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

Warren Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will remain closed Thursday in observance of

Thanksgiving. The library will reopen for regular business hours on Friday, Nov. 29.

Paws Along the River Humane Society will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Friday.

For animal emergencies, contact local police or call the humane society at 726-1961 and leave a message.

DUI checkpoint

scheduled

Warren-based state police will host a DUI Checkpoint in Warren’s patrol area sometime this weekend. The checkpoint will be conducted in accordance with established regulations.

DUI crash facts include: Every 13 minutes there is a reportable crash in Pennsylvania. Every 40 minutes, there is a DUI-related crash in the state and every 14 hours, a life is lost due to a DUI-related crash.

Blues to extend

low-end policies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s four Blues insurers will extend the life of their cut-rate, bare-bones insurance policies for low-income people after planning to end them Dec. 31 because they don’t meet the requirements of the 2010 federal health care law.

The announcement on the Special Care programs Tuesday came nearly two weeks after President Barack Obama asked states to allow insurers to reverse policy cancellations stemming from the law.

The change could affect more than 30,000.

Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross, Pittsburgh-based Highmark and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will extend coverage through June 30. Capital Blue Cross said it will extend coverage through March 31.

The state Department of Insurance has estimated that 250,000 Pennsylvanians have received cancellation notices in recent weeks because of the law.

Probation for

student in death

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – A judge has sentenced a young woman to four years of probation for discarding her stillborn baby in a bathroom trash can at her central Pennsylvania high school.

The Intelligencer/Lancaster New Era said 19-year-old Cherlie LaFleur pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lancaster County Court to concealing the death of a child, a misdemeanor.

Prosecutor Randall Miller said the male fetus, about 27 weeks old, likely was stillborn because an autopsy showed there was no air in its lungs.

A teacher at McCaskey High School testified that LaFleur came to the United States after the devastating 2010 earthquake in her native Haiti and has the emotional capacity of 10-year-old.

H.S. robbed;

damage at $20K

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) – Police are searching for a burglar that caused $20,000 in damage at an eastern Pennsylvania high school.

Officials in Lebanon say it happened at Cedar Crest High School sometime between Friday night and Monday morning.

They say the school’s stadium field house, maintenance equipment shed and concession stand were vandalized. The inside was ransacked, glass was broken, drawers were opened and items were thrown around.

South Lebanon Township police say the burglar or burglars took a number of items including computers and boxes of candy.

Hospital workers

approve contract

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Health care workers in Scranton say they have decided against walking off the job as planned next week.

WNEP-TV (http://bit.ly/17RASjN) said workers at Regional Hospital of Scranton planned to hold a one-day strike next Tuesday, but union leaders say that strike will not happen since negotiations with the hospital were successful.

Salary, health benefits, and the threat of outsourcing were part of the contract negotiations.

About 800 hospital employees, including registered nurses and other professionals, technologists, technicians, and service and maintenance workers, are covered by the collective bargaining agreement.