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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Monroe County man suspected of shooting two state troopers, killing one and injuring another Friday night, belonged to a military simulation unit based in eastern Pennsylvania, according to state police.

As part of the re-enactment group, Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, portrayed an Eastern European soldier during the Cold War.

“In his current frame of mind, it appears Frein has assumed that role in real life,” Lt. Col. George Bevins said during a news conference.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities hunting for a suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks chased down several mistaken sightings Tuesday as schools closed down and the public remained on edge.

Law enforcement massed in a forested area to check out one of the latest tips, from workers who said they saw an armed person wearing camouflage, according to Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman. Police have been "getting sightings all over the place," but none have panned out so far, he said.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Franklin township firefighters Wednesday afternoon were challenged to clean up an oil spill on Route 209 at the intersection with 248.

At 2 p.m. a southbound tractor trailer was sitting in the left turn lane of Route 209 at the traffic light when it experienced transmission problems.

A large amount of oil spilled out onto the roadway. After the rig was towed from the scene firemen used absorbent materials to contain the oil. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation workers assisted at the scene.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The American Red Cross recently launched a first-of-its-kind blood donor app that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.

The app allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download in app stores.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four defendants in drunken driving cases who previously entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence were sentenced on Tuesday in Carbon County court by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Sentenced were:

Ervin Jonathan Fetherman, 22, of Altoona, was sentenced to serve three days to six months in prison. He was arrested on Aug. 1, 2013, along Route 209 in Franklin Township by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, it showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Phyllis and Frank Jacoby of Stroudsburg are proud of their flathead 1940 Lincoln. Frank spent the past three years restoring it and took her to her first public outing at Salem UCC's Fall Festival and Car Show. He says he has been rebuilding cars since he was a kid and it's like an addiction because he doesn't want to stop. They own a 1940 Packard, 1936 Ford, 1950 Oldsmobile, 1946 Lincoln and a 2004 Mustang convertible. With the exception of the Mustang, Frank says they like the "oddballs."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Terry Price, a member of the advisory council of the Monroe County Unit of the American Cancer Society and account representative of WSBG Radio, volunteered to be a Celebrity Bagger at Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville in support of Grocer's Fight Cancer Day. She's bagging Patti Frable's groceries, who came out to support the event and take advantage of the bargains.

It takes an army to battle cancer. Kinsley's ShopRite enlisted in that army when it joined the Grocers Fight Cancer Day on Tuesday.

Kinsley's and the American Cancer Society of Monroe County joined forces to increase awareness of cancer prevention and to raise money for cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services. It is the 20th year it has done so.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dinkey Memorial Church in East Penn Township, one of the oldest church buildings in Carbon County, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

To commemorate this special occasion, the congregation has planned a celebration to be held Oct. 5.

A worship service will be held at 8:30 a.m., with special music provided by "Lost & Found" starting at 8:15 am.

"Joyful Noise" will continue the celebration, providing musical entertainment from 10 to 11 a.m.

The day will conclude with a luncheon held at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the church social hall.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in the county court for her part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab and putting her two children in danger in its operation.

Amanda Messinger, 23, of Lehighton was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 18 to 48 months in a state correctional institution on counts of criminal conspiracy to operate a methamphetamine lab and endangering the welfare of a child. She previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus will hold a Miller-Keystone blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the hospital parking lot, located off Lafayette Avenue.

Donors will be eligible to win a Dunkin' Donuts gift card or Carbon County Chamber gift certificate.

For more information or to schedule a time to donate blood, call 610-377-7350.