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December 24, 2012

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Eighty-year-old Donald Mariacher was last seen July 13 in East Lackawannock Township, about 15 miles east of Sharon.

Several searches failed to find Mariacher, who police said was agoraphobic — or afraid to leave his house.

Skeletal remains now confirmed to be Mariacher's were discovered by a hunter Dec. 1 in woods a half mile from his home. The Mercer County coroner says his death has been ruled accidental and due to environmental exposure.


Body pulled from Delaware River in Philly suburb

ESSINGTON — Police in a Philadelphia suburb say they have pulled a body out of the Delaware River.

Officers went to the scene at Delaware County's Tinicum Township about 4 p.m. Sunday, after getting a call from people who were in the Gov. Prince Park and saw the body floating during low tide.

Police Chief Stephen Edmiston tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( after a preliminary investigation, the county medical examiner's office saw no sign of foul play.

The body was that of a white man estimated to be in his 30s or 40s. He remains unidentified.


CO leak in Pottstown prompts apartment evacuation

POTTSTOWN — A suburban Philadelphia apartment building has been evacuated after a reported carbon monoxide leak.

It was around 5:30 a.m. Monday when authorities were called to the North Apartments in Pottstown for the report of a possible carbon monoxide leak.

Residents of the building were evacuated. Word on their conditions was not immediately available but police say two of the residents drove themselves to a hospital to be checked out.

Fire department and PECO gas company crews are investigating.


Gas field workers cited in hospital's debts

JERSEY SHORE — The head of a  Lycoming County hospital says the facility's first operating loss in about five years is a sign of the influx of natural gas field workers without health insurance.

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