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The top ten stories on pikecountycourier.com


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The top ten stories on pikecountycourier.com


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10. Milford police chief is demoted

Jack DaSilva was demoted from Milford Police Chief to patrolman late in the year. The borough council later gave lack of enforcement as a reason for the demotion.

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9. Missing Wild Acres woman returns home, Lake Adventure woman also found

Two missing woman, one young, one elderly, were briefly missing one day this past summer.

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8. Dispatcher who tried to save trooper sues state police for alleged rape

Nicole Palmer, the dispatcher working at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks on the night Eric Frein shot two troopers, in March filed a civil lawsuit against nine officers and Pennsylvania State Police itself. The suit alleges that a trooper raped her in 2013, and after that orchestrated a systematic course of conduct to discredit and retaliate against her.

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7. Another film crew 'just driving' on the Hawk's Nest

Long lines of angry — or resigned — motorists had to wait out the shooting of a commercial for a new Volvo luxury SUV's at the scenic Hawk's Nest on Route 97.

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6. Police: Consider fugitives 'armed and dangerous'

Mikayla Stilwell, 22, and Jarret Heitmann, 25, wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder in Tennessee, were briefly spotted in Westfall, Pa., in June. They remained on the lam until September, when the police caught up with them in Louisiana.

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5. Four arrested for heroin trafficking

A police bust in Port Jervis recovered cash and 54 bags of heroin, along crack cocaine and drug-related paraphernalia.

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4. Delaware Plaza moves slowly toward reality

An update of the 62,000-square-foot supermarket and retail stores to be built on Route 739, across from Dingmans Medical Center.

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3. Frein articles

The third most-read story was the trial at the Pike County Courthouse of Eric Matthew Frein, who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing one trooper, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, and critically injuring another, Trooper Alex Douglass, at the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014.

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Commonwealth v. Frein: A cast of characters

Frein prosecutor makes moving and frightening opening statement

Video shows Frein tearing up at mention of fallen trooper's children

Judge asked to toss Frein's confession in trooper ambush case




2. Delaware River set to go dry, if impasse

This story came in second. A disagreement among the principals of the Delaware River Basin Commission, which was later resolved, triggered an existential threat to the Upper Delaware's ecology and tourism base.

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1. Leanne Walker articles

The biggest story of the year was progress made in the case of Leanna Walker of Sunrise Lakes, whose badly burned remains were discovered in 2016. Sky at a llama farm in Milford. 2016. Her death was declared a homicide and in July her boyfriend, Sky McDonough, was arrested for her murder.

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Arrest made in Leanna Walker homicide case

Leanna Walker case hasn't grown cold, coroner says

Man accused of killing, burning girlfriend heading to trial



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