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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A former supervisor for a Carbon County bank who admitted stealing over $316,000 from customers' accounts is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Oct. 15.

Shelly Ann Kocher, 43, of Lehighton, stole $321,324 from accounts at Jim Thorpe National Bank, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Scranton.

The charges were filed against her Jan. 21 and she entered a guilty plea on March 10.

Sentencing originally was scheduled June 11, but has been continued several times.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt.

Lt. Col. George Bivens said Tuesday the pipe bombs were fully functional and could have been set off by either a trip wire or fuse, but appear to be among items that were hastily discarded.

Thirty-one-year-old Eric Frein has been on the run since Sept. 12, accused of killing one state trooper and wounding a second outside their police barracks in Blooming Grove.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sign a bill Tuesday that supporters say will reduce the number of fatal heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania in part by making an antidote more available to police and the public.

The legislation also offers immunity from criminal prosecution to those who help overdose victims. The law will take effect 60 days after the signing ceremony at the University of Pittsburgh in Johnstown.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Dr. Mark Erickson

Three area community colleges are paving the way in the future of industry.

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Lehigh Carbon Community College, Luzerne County Community College and Northampton Community College will share a four-year $10 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative grant to develop new programs in high-priority career fields.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.

Police said in documents charging Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr. on Monday for the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr. that the 17-pound child had been living in a bare room smeared with a thick layer of feces, and had suffered from several painful conditions.

The bedroom door was locked from the outside and he slept on the bare floor, police said.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One of the largest bull elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot illegally along with two other bulls this month, and three Centre County men have been charged with teaming in a poaching effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced.

The largest of the three bulls had a 10- by 9-point non-typical rack that initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. At that score, and if the bull had been legally harvested, it would rank as Pennsylvania’s third-largest bull elk ever.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, MIchael J. Mullen State Police officers ride on an armored vehicles patrol Bear Town Road in Barrett Township Monday as the search for Eric Frein continues since the Pennsylvania State Police shooting at Blooming Grover Sept 12.

State officials aren't ready yet to provide estimates of how much the extended manhunt for suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein in the Poconos is costing taxpayers.

But that doesn't mean the issue of providing the Pennsylvania State Police with resources to meet unanticipated costs for overtime and other expenses isn't on the radar screen of lawmakers in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Payment of the bills is one of the most taken for granted motions on a school district's agenda.

For a brief moment Monday night, it looked as if Lehighton Area School District wouldn't be writing any checks this month.

By a 5-4 vote, however, the board agreed to pay $3.47 million in bills made up of general fund, benefits, payroll, food service fund and athletic fund payments.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Several defendants had their parole or probations revoked following hearings held before Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against each defendant for violating the terms of their release.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One defendant wassentenced and another entered a plea in driving under the influence cases heard in Carbon County court.

Both defendants appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Ryan A. Yackanicz, 23, of Beaver Meadows, previously pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced by Matika to serve 72 hours to six months in prison.

He was arrested along Broad Street by Beaver Meadows police on Nov. 18, 2013. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.