Afternoon headlines from Anchor/Reporter Rob Vaughn...
Hello everyone. Top stories we're following today:
GUILTY PLEA IN RESTAURANT BABY DEATH:
A woman has pleaded guilty to leaving her newborn baby to die in a toilet tank after giving birth to him in a local restaurant's bathroom. Amanda Hein's plea to a general murder charge is part of a deal in which the prosecution agrees to drop the death penalty. A jury trial will still happen to determine her degree of guilt. Prosecutors say the homicide happened at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County on August 19, 2013. WFMZ's Will Lewis reports at 5:00 and 6:00. More >>
FIRE STRIKES AT EASTON HIGH:
A fire broke out in wood shop class at Easton Area High School this morning, clearing the building of students and staff. The fire started in a booth that students use to spray paint metal objects, officials said. Apparently an exhaust fan backed up and fumes from the spray paint caught fire. No injuries were reported. WFMZ's Bo Koltnow reports at 5:00. More >>
POLICE SEEK POCONO SHOOTING SUSPECT:
Police are searching for a man they say was behind two shootings in the Poconos this week, both of them at hotels. They say Shicon Jamal Jordan fired shots at a car outside the Econo Lodge in Stroudsburg yesterday. The people in the car were okay. Police also say Jordan is a "person of interest" in connection with a shooting outside a Super Eight motel in East Stroudsburg on Tuesday. Story at 6:00.
35TH ANNIVERSARY OF T.M.I. ACCIDENT:
Today is the 35th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island, a power plant near Harrisburg. The plant malfunctioned on this date in 1979, causing a partial meltdown of a reactor core and causing quite a scare. TMI is considered one of this country's worst nuclear accidents. Story at 6:00.
Dozens of layoffs planned in Allentown schools. Why are school districts facing big shortfalls? (5:00)
SPORTS: Eagles cut DeSean Jackson (5:00, 5:30, 6:00)
Poll: only 26% of Americans support the new federal health care law (5:00)
Police release sketch of man wanted for Dollar Store gunpoint holdup in Sinking Spring, Berks Co. (5:30)
Gov. Chris Christie says he was victim of, not perpetrator of, "Bridgegate" scandal (6:00)
Lehigh had been the prince of the Patriot League this season, winning five straight games and finding themselves at the top of the standings at 2-0. Saturday afternoon, the Mountain Hawks took on Holy Cross in chilly Worcester, Massachusetts.