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Ross Township Supervisors Plan to Rebuild

ROSS TOWNSHIP — Local leaders in a Monroe County community where a gunman opened fire on a township meeting in August are going ahead with plans to build a new municipal building.

Ross Township Supervisors approved a land swap with Monroe County to get land for the new township building.

There are still three crosses standing outside the Ross Township Municipal Building near Saylorsburg, remembering the three people killed during the supervisors meeting.

Police said Rockne Newell opened fire over a dispute about his property.

The images of that night still haunt the neighbor across the road. Her husband went running over when he heard shots being fired.

“There are times I look over there, and I go over it all over again, what happened that night,” said Marie LaBar of Ross Township.

Since the 80’s, LaBar’s property has overlooked the township municipal building, but soon, her view may change.

The Ross Township Municipal Building still has a blue tarp covering the window, where police said Rockne Newell fired his first round of shots. The township supervisors just voted to rebuild the municipal building on a grassy field, relocating the building next door.

“I guess it’s emotional for the victims and stuff and to have them see that building.  It’s probably going to bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people,” said Mark Fairchild of Ross Township.

For the neighbor across the road from the municipal building, “I think it’s a good idea to start over, I really do,” said LaBar.

If everything goes according to plan, a new Ross Township Municipal Building could be open sometime in the spring.

Still to be determined is what will happen to the current municipal building where the shooting took place.



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