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Local district

justices recertified

Senior Magisterial District Judge Arthur Zerbe and Magisterial District Judge Glenn Carlson were again certified for service as members of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successfully completing continuing legal education course work. Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure that magisterial district judges remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.

Continuing education course work is required by statue of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania magisterial district judges, with approximately 50 magisterial district judges attending one of 13 such classes during each academic year.

Daytime road

closure planned

A portion of Oil Creek Road (Route 3001) in Spring Creek Township is scheduled to be closed during daylight work hours beginning Tuesday, April 15, to allow PennDOT to upgrade drainage in preparation for resurfacing work.

Work will be done between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. During those hours, Oil Creek Road will be closed to through traffic from its intersection with Cobb Road/Tubbs Road to the intersection with Old Route 77 (Route 3010).

Work is expected to be completed by April 25, weather permitting.

PennDOT said a detour will be posted using Old Route 77, Route 426, Route 27, and Mickle Hill Road.

Mercyhurst names program after Ridge

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Mercyhurst University is naming its intelligence studies program after Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. homeland security secretary.

The Erie institution said Friday the program aims to prepare students to work in national security, law enforcement and business.

It’s adding math, computer science and communications and will be known as the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science.

Ridge’s archives are housed at Mercyhurst.

He was governor from 1995 to 2001, and headed up homeland security for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. Ridge also spent 10 years in Congress.

12,000 gallons of sewage dumped

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) – The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating allegations that the owner of a Lebanon apartment building intentionally pumped over 12,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that discharges into a local creek.

Officials said the building’s owner, whose name hasn’t been released, used a sump pump to remove the sewage Thursday from the building’s basement. A DEP spokeswoman called it an apparent violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

DEP officials notified Pennsylvania American Water and United Water, so they could increase their chlorine levels and shut down intake from the Quittapahilla Creek.

1st-degree verdict in newborn’s death

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – A woman who admitted giving birth in the bathroom of a northeastern Pennsylvania bar and hiding the newborn in the toilet tank has been convicted of first-degree murder.

A Northampton County jury returned the verdict Thursday against 27-year-old Amanda Hein of Allentown.

She was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Hein said when she gave birth last August in Starter’s Pub in Lower Saucon Township, she thought her baby was dead.