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'I was there, until the last second'

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
File photo Chris Ondrus, left, and Dave Midas were among officers honoring Lansford Police Chief John Turcmanovich, center, before the annual Person of The Year Dinner in 2009 at Lansford American Legion Post 123.

Lansford patrolman Chris Ondrus speaks out about his friend's life, his family, his suicide

Lansford police officer Chris Ondrus wants people to know he went willingly with his friend and fellow patrolman David Midas on Friday night.

Midas drove Ondrus from Lansford to Jim Thorpe, where Midas committed suicide.

Reports that he was taken hostage by Midas, his friend since childhood, may be technically accurate, "but I didn't look at it that way," Ondrus said in a telephone interview early Tuesday.

Police: Lansford officer shot himself after incident Friday night

Saturday, October 26, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Police officers stand on Broadway in Jim Thorpe near the scene where a Lansford part-time police officer was shot and killed last evening. Police said they don't know if David Midas died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by another police officer. The investigation is being handled by state police from Lehighton barracks.

Friends remember his love of polka

Investigators are looking into whether mental illness played a role in the death of an off-duty eastern Pennsylvania deputy sheriff after he took another off-duty officer hostage at gunpoint before fatally shooting himself, police said Saturday.

State Police Cpl. Shawn Noonan told the Associated Press that investigators are trying to figure out what motivated Carbon County Deputy Sheriff David Midas and said they were interviewing co-workers and family members to see whether there were signs of mental illness.

Slatington man charged with homicide by vehicle

Monday, October 21, 2013

Police said he was traveling 86 mph in construction zone

A Slatington man has been charged with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in a Whitehall Township crash that killed his mother, who was a passenger in his car, and a woman and her teen son, who were in another vehicle.

Athletic postponements

Monday, January 12, 2015

The following Times News area athletic events have been postponed today.
Monday, Jan. 12
Jim Thorpe at Pottsville, 7:15 p.m. (ppd. to 1/12 with site changed to Jim Thorpe), Lehighton at Pine Grove, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to 1/21), Panther Valley at North Schuylkill, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to 1/13, site changed to Panther Valley), Tamaqua at Blue Mountain, 7:15 p.m. (ppd. to 1/13, site changed to Tamaqua), Marian at Tri-Valley, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to 1/16)
Palmerton at Northern Lehigh, 7 p.m. (ppd. to 1/13), Notre Dame -ESat Marian, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to TBA)

Living The Dream

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Tommy Grassmann/CIA Photography Kevin Harvick (right) poses with Lehighton native Mike Bugarewicz, his chief engineer after winning the Sprint Cup Championship this past Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.

Lehighton native plays big role in Harvick's championship run

Mike Bugarewicz hasn't realized just yet that he's "Living The Dream".

"It's been really exciting, surreal and to tell you the truth it's an amazing feeling," the Lehighton native and chief engineer for NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick said four days after the latter won the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida to win "The Chase".

Harvick entered the finale as one of four finalists to win the championship. Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano were the other three.

Second arrest made in road rage incident

Friday, January 24, 2014

Charges have been filed against the Nesquehoning man who was injured in a recent fight with a Jim Thorpe man.

According to court docket papers, Kirt D. Adams, 57, faces charges of simple assault and stalking, both misdemeanors; and harassment, a summary offense, in connection with a physical altercation with Ryan R. Saunders II, 18, of Penn Forest Township, Jim Thorpe that occurred last month.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m., Feb. 26, before Magisterial District Judge Edward M. Lewis. He is free on $20,000 unsecured bail.

Arctic air descends on region, threatens ice build-up on Niagara Falls

Sunday, January 19, 2014

AccuWeather.com reports another surge of arctic air toward the end of the month could disrupt the picturesque Niagara Falls once again, bringing the threat of more ice jams.

West Mahanoy man jailed on charges he killed neighbor

Sunday, January 19, 2014

SHENANDOAH HEIGHTS, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man has been jailed on a charge of criminal homicide after state police say he fatally shot his neighbor following a long-running property dispute.Online court records don't list an attorney for 66-year-old Ronald Kozak, of West Mahanoy Township in Schuylkill (SKOO'-kil) County.Police say Kozak shot 60-year-old Joseph Boris after an argument between the two about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Three teens injured in Franklin Township crash

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Three teens were taken to the hospital from this crash.

Rep. Heffley's daughter was one of drivers

Three teenagers were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash that happened about 11:30 this morning in Franklin Township. State rep. Doyle Heffley's daughter Elizabeth was one of the drivers in the crash but she was not injured.

According to reports at the scene, a teenage girl, Makala Blakeslee, 16, was driving a white Ford pickup when she hit a patch of ice on Pohopoco Drive and then hit a gray Honda driven by Heffley's daughter. Four teenage girls were passengers in Heffley's car.Three of them were injured. Heffley, 16, was not seriously injured.