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Thursday, September 25, 2014
PA State police Serbian cigarette pack believed to be used by Frein.

Recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the past 48 hours. More than 1,000 law enforcement officials have combed the woods near Canadensis.

What police have seen:

Several reports have Frein wearing black clothing and, on several occasions, a hat.

Empty packs of Serbian-style cigarettes.

Items he has hidden for future use.

Soiled diapers.

AK-47-style rifle and ammunition, items they also believe were once carried by Frein.

His Jeep Cherokee Sport stuck in a retention pond near the Blooming Grove police barracks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A motorcyclist was killed and two people in another vehicle involved in the crash were injured at 6:58 p.m. Wednesday along Route 145 at the intersection with Second Street, in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Bethlehem said Franklin Schlegel, 56, of Walnutport, was driving west on Second Street while the cyclist was northbound on 145. Schlegel entered the intersection and a collision occurred, troopers said.

The front of the bike hit the driver's side of Schlegel's vehicle.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
PHOTO PROVIDED This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows a Jeep that ambush suspect Eric Frein is believed to have driven into a swampy area and abandoned after the Sept. 12 shooting in Blooming Grove. Frein, a suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left by him.

A homicide suspect on the run since the Sept. 12 shooting of two state police officers has been spotted "several times" by law enforcement officials.

The most recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the past 24 hours, according to Lt. Col. George Bivens, of the state police, on Wednesday.

"The sightings have come at a significant distance," Bivens said.

"There have been pursuits, but the rocky and rugged terrain has given him the ability to disappear. There was never a situation of being able to take a few steps and apprehend him."

Thursday, September 25, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police are investigating a crash Wednesday night along Center street in Tamaqua. The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. in front of 233 Center St. When emergency responders arrived on scene they found a car sitting on the east sidewalk and a utility pole snapped off at the base. It appeared the driver home how lost control of the unit with it mounting the curb impacting with the pole. Center Street (Route 309) was closed for a time as police investigated the crash and the wreckage removed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A motorcyclist is dead as the result of a two-vehicle crash along Route 145 in North Whitehall township, Lehigh County. According to the Lehigh County Coroner's office Jorge Lugo, Jr., 45, of Teaneck, New Jersey was killed in the crash, which occurred just after 7 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection with Second Street.

All four lanes of Route 145 were closed at the scene. The crash involved the motorcycle and a minivan reportedly occupied by an elderly couple.

State police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A suspect on the run since the Sept. 12 shooting of two state police officers has been spotted “several times” by law enforcement officials.

The most recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the last 24 hours, according to Lt. Col. George Bivens, of the state police, on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For only the third time since 1966, a Concolor fir will serve as the official White House Christmas tree.

Representatives of the White House selected a 19 1/2 foot concolor from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township on Wednesday for the White House Blue Room.

Dale Haney, head superintendent of the White House, was thrilled when he was shown the tree by Chris Botek, owner of Crystal Spring.

"It's unbelievable you can find a concolor 20 feet tall," Haney said.

Three White House representatives visited the tree farm to make the selection.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a grand jury had decided against bringing criminal charges against three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said the victim, Kevin Ward Jr., was under the influence of marijuana the night of the accident "enough to impair judgment." And he said two videos examined by investigators showed "no aberrational driving by Tony Stewart."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is refusing to release internal, sexually explicit emails found on state computers.

Several news organizations received letters this week denying their Right-to-Know requests for the emails on grounds that they are not public records and that they are part of an internal investigation into possible violations of agency policies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
 AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jake Danna Stevens The Rook, a Pennsylvania State Police critical incident vehicle, remains on a state police flat bed truck as the search continues for suspected cop killer Eric Frein near Canadensis on Tuesday.

Eleven days after the ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County, police continue to search the woods near the Pike-Monroe county line for Eric Matthew Frein.

"We feel confident he remains in the affected area of Barrett-Price (townships)," spokeswoman Maria Finn told The Times-Tribune on Tuesday.

She declined to elaborate.

Police have said they believe they are close to Frein, who is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II of Dunmore and wounding trooper Alex T. Douglass of Olyphant.