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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

A man escaped injury Monday morning when involved in a crash along Route 895 in East Penn Township. The driver was west bound at 8:30 a.m. when he encountered a large area of black ice. He slid for a distance before laying his Jeep Grand Cherokee on its side in a private drive way of a home. East Penn Township police are investigating the incident.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WILKES-BARRE (AP) – Officials in a northeastern Pennsylvania county say they've fired an employee who went on vacation and held up paychecks for about 1,200 government workers.

Budget and policy analyst Jason Parrish was fired Monday after Luzerne County officials say he failed to approve an electronic transfer required for employees to get paid on Black Friday.

Parrish told The Citizens' Voice newspaper in Wilkes-Barre that the pay lapse was an accident. He declined comment when asked if his dismissal was justified.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CARLISLE (AP) – Police say a tanker truck carrying 50,000 pounds of milk careened off a Pennsylvania interstate and crashed into a pain management clinic, killing the driver.

Police say the tanker plowed through Carlisle Regional Imaging Services and Pain Management Clinic in South Middleton Township around 11 p.m. Monday.

They did not release the driver's name.

Police say the tanker stopped against an MRI machine whose powerful magnet sucked up firefighters' metal tools, complicating their response.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

READING (AP) – A Pennsylvania city is fully embracing the Charlie Brown-esque Christmas tree it once rejected.

Officials in Reading are planning a Charlie Brown Day festival Dec. 20 to celebrate and spruce up the city's scrawny, 50-foot Norwegian pine.

The Reading Eagle reports Monday city officials hope to attract visitors who have followed the tree's saga through media coverage.

The city still plans to decorate the tree Saturday with a single red ornamental bulb – just like the scrawny tree in the beloved "Peanuts" holiday tale.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) – Nine Penn State trustees elected by alumni are getting access to documents used to create a 2012 report about how top university administrators handled sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Penn State board chairman Keith Masser said in a letter to trustees Monday that he has directed a Philadelphia lawyer to make available a database and interview materials used to produce the report by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Monday, December 1, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hourslong manhunt, police said Monday.

Jody Lee Hunt, 39, of Westover was found in the woods in the southern part of Monongalia County, state police spokesman Lt. Dennis Johnson said.

Hunt's body was found in "a power line right of way" around 7 p.m., Johnson said.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Business was better than expected at area butcher shops on the first day of firearms deer season in Pennsylvania on Monday.

By 3 p.m., Richard Eidem had about 13 deer in his Long Run Road shop in Lehighton.

“I didn't think we'd have that great a season with buck only able to be shot until Friday, but it's a nice first day,” he said. “The bucks that are coming in are decent size and so are the doe.”

Monday, December 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

For the first time since sales began nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites.

But only if their scout councils and guardians say OK.

"Girls have been telling us that they want to go into this space," said Sarah Angel-Johnson, chief digital cookie executive for the organization covering about 2 million girls. "Online is where entrepreneurship is going."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Four women were sent to the hospital with injuries after a two-car collision Monday on Route 309 in Hometown.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick of Rush Township Police, a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Stacey Bosworth, 44, of Lansford, rear-ended a 2002 Honda operated by Megan McClintock, 17, Weatherly, about 4:36 p.m. Police said the McClintock vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Claremont Avenue (Route 309) and Lincoln Drive.

Both drivers were injured, along with a passenger Bosworth's vehicle, Brenda Gigli, 38, Tamaqua.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Through a collaborative effort, Carbon County is learning about students' alcohol, tobacco and drug habits.

The Carbon County Child and Family Collaborative recently released the results of the 2013-2014 Carbon County Schools Drug and Alcohol Survey conducted through a partnership between the collaborative and Carbon County school districts. The group has been conducting the survey annually since the 2010-2011 school year.

Jamie Drake, treatment program manager for Carbon-Monroe-Pike County Drug and Alcohol Commission, compiled the data collected.