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Friday, October 3, 2014
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Lehighton Area High School Class of 1974 recently hosted its 40-year reunion at Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton. Those attending include, top photo, front row from left, Anna Stafiniak Kemmerer, Carla Teets Bednar, Robin Wehr Frey, Jean Mermon Sherry, Cindy David Cordova, Noni Diehl Rifenbary, Chris Osmola Nicholas, Barb Steigerwalt and Debra Kropf Krause. Second row, Denise Leuckel, Nancy Schaeffer Smith, Linda Hrizak Basloe, Tina Domenico Fellin, Denise Prowell and Sharon Kintz Sauerwine.

Friday, October 3, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys Members of the Scranton, Police Special Operations Group, prepare to search the woods, Thursday in Barrett Township near Canadensis, for suspected killer Eric Frein. A massive manhunt has been underway for 31-year-old Frein in the rugged terrain of the Pocono Mountains since Sept. 12.

Recent sightings of suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein are an indication the fugitive is continuing to deteriorate mentally and physically, causing him to make mistakes that will eventually lead to his capture or death, a retired FBI profiler said.

Mary Ellen O'Toole, Ph.D., said she thinks it's unlikely the sightings, the most recent of which occurred earlier this week, were planned by Frein as part of a "game" he's playing with authorities.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Schuylkill County Judge John Domalakes imposed sentences on a number of people.

Eric Snyder, 41, Birdsboro, was charged on Nov. 21, 2013, by Rush Township police with retail theft, receiving stolen property, and driving without a license. Domalakes sentenced him to up to 23 months in jail, less the 83 days he had already served.

Snyder was ordered to pay a $200 fine. The charge of receiving stolen property was dropped in plea negotiations.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Palmerton Area School District has announced that students will not attend school on Oct. 13 due to a teacher in-service day.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Carbon County is working on its 2015 gypsy moth program.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Thomas J. Gerhard said that David Horvath, director of Mauch Chunk Lake Park and the person in charge of the county gypsy moth program, will be on hand next Thursday to discuss what the county plans to do with spraying for the 2015 season.

Gerhard said that Horvath reported a total of 15 qualifying landowners who requested to be included in the county's treatment plan.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Lehighton man admitted that he "probably" sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy after giving whiskey and beer.

Summit Hill police charged Jay A. Nenscel, 48, with a felony charge of corruption of minors, and misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, indecent assault on an unconscious person, indecent assault without the consent of the other, indecent assault of a person younger than 16, and selling or furnishing liquor to a minor. He remains free on $100,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Police are investigating a crash that took the life of a Hazle Township man Wednesday afternoon and injured two others. Andrew Woytko was driving the car at left and died from injuries.

A Hazleton-area man was killed and two others injured in a two-car collision Wednesday afternoon in Hometown.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township police, Andrew W. Woytko, 83, of Hazle Township, was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus and pulling out from the parking lot at Basile's Italian Restaurant, Claremont Avenue, Route 309, shortly after 3 p.m. when his car was struck by a southbound 2014 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Rosanne Levitt, 29, of Lansford.

Woytko died at 3:19 p.m. due to injuries sustained in the collision, said police.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The history of the county-owned Packerton Yards is lengthy.

The county commissioners purchased the property from Joseph and Elizabeth Zaprazny on Feb. 25, 2005 for $352,576.25.

At that time, commissioners were William O'Gurek, Wayne Nothstein and then Commissioner Charles Getz.

Nothstein cast the sole "no" vote for the purchase.

Over the course of the next eight years, the county spent a total of $1,540,995.55 on the property.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Lehighton Area School District is in full compliance with a state law requiring districts to do certain reporting when teachers with certification are involved in suspected criminal activity, according to its solicitor.

William Schwab said the comment made at Monday night's Lehighton School Board meeting wasn't specific to any situation within the district.

Taxpayer David Bradley, however, didn't hesitate to get specific when he asked district officials about Matthew Fisher, 32, a former teacher and golf coach in the district.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

This past July TNT Studio of Dance performed on Royal Caribbean's "Rhapsody of the Seas," which cruised through Alaska's inside

passage. The TNT performers and their families visited Juneau and Skagway, Alaska, cruised through the icebergs to Tracy Arm Fjord, and spent a day in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Money for the trip was raised through fundraisers over the past two years.

Traveling to Alaska were Sabrina Strausberger, Chelsea German, Carly Smith, Baylee Strausberger, Deb Strausberger, Elizabeth