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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Times News asked local lawmakers for their thoughts on state Sen. Don White's proposed legislation that would allow school boards to authorize trained, certified staff members to carry guns on school grounds.

Here's what they said:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Investigators searching for the man suspected of killing a Pennsylvania trooper in an ambush outside a barracks in the Pocono Mountains nearly a week ago describe the suspect as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.

Eric Frein, 31, is believed to be hiding in dense forest punctuated by private communities, vacation homes and hunting cabins.

If so, he wouldn't be the first criminal suspect to avoid authorities by disappearing into nature for a while. Some others:

TROY JAMES KNAPP

Saturday, September 20, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS James Blick, 25, of Saylorsburg, enjoys the extreme sport of kiteboarding with a 12-meter inflatable kite and mountain board.

A gust of wind fills the large kite.

As it billows out, it pulls its strings tautly, rising majestically in the air. At the other end of the strings (kite lines), a young man is harnessed. With his feet planted firmly on a mountain board, James Blick sails across an open field.

"I feel free," he says of the sensation known as kiteboarding.

Blick, 25, is athletic and into extreme sports such as snowboarding, snow-kiting, paddle boarding, white-water paddle boarding, and kiteboarding.

"I love the adrenaline rush you get when doing them," he says.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A classic car show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ginder Field in Summit Hill.

The event is sponsored by Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill and Tamaqua Street Machine Association.

Food and beverages will be available.

Trophies will be awarded to entries selected for first, second and thirdplace.

There will be dash plaques for the first 200 cars registered.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vonz Restaurant, located at the Tamaqua Train Station, exudes a serene atmosphere, from its stately windows to its gleaming floors. People from the Tamaqua community and beyond know it as a classy place to have a great meal.

Now, area clergy hope that the atmosphere there also lends itself to discussion on topics of a religious nature.

In cooperation with Vonz's, owned by Richard and Yvonne Sidella, the Tamaqua Ministerium is launching a series of programs called Coffee 'n' Creed, with the first scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The dedication of the new $1.6 million wing of the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital at noon today marked another milestone in the history of Lehighton.

The cutting of the ribbon was done by Dr. James Farr. Congressman Daniel J. Flood was present and spoke. He arrived punctually, despite the Washington Airport being shut down due to inclement weather.

Remarks were given by Arthur Stout, hospital administrator.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tamaqua police released the names of drivers in Thursday's three-car crash on Route 309 in Tamaqua.

Police said Carlos Salazar was driving north on the 200 block of Pine Street and attempting to make a left turn.

In the process, three vehicles collided.

The crash involved the Salazar car, a vehicle following behind Salazar driven by Hilda Rosa Sainz, and a southbound vehicle driven by Paul Krajcir.

Police said they will charge Salazar with driving without a license and failing to yield the right of way.

All parties declined medical treatment at the scene.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Carbon County Animal Shelter will hold a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic on Oct. 18.

According to county Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard, the clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club, Lehighton. The cost for the vaccination is $15, while the microchip is $20.

Gerhard spoke about the importance of microchipping your dog.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nesquehoning police have recently issued citations.

On Sept. 10, the drivers of two all-terrain vehicles on Industrial Road were cited for operating the vehicles on streets or highways, driving unregistered vehicles, and for tire/equipment violations.

On Sept. 13, Chief Sean Smith responded at 6:16 p.m. to a crash on Route 93. Edward Gallagher of Weatherly was driving 2004 Isuzu Rodeo north when he lost control of the car and hit a guiderail in the southbound lane. Gallagher, who was slightly hurt, was cited for having an expired inspection sticker.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Thursday to indecent assault in a case that began five years ago when he was only a teen.

Rashon Taliek Venable, 22, of Albrightsville, entered a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II in a case that dates to 2009. The case took a long time coming to this point as there were 50 continuances filed in the case over the years.