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Monday, December 29, 2014

An autopsy for the 1-year-old girl who died at her home in Schuylkill County is scheduled for today.

State troopers continue to investigate the death of the girl after they were called to the house on Centre Street in Ashland around 10 p.m. Saturday.

State police in Frackville are being assisted in the investigation by state police at Schuylkill Haven, the Schuylkill County Detective's Office, Ashland police and the Schuylkill County Children and Youth office.

Terry Ahner

Monday, December 29, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Panther Valley students perform at St. Luke's Hospital fifth-floor skilled nursing unit.

The Panther Valley music department held its Christmas concert on Dec. 17 in the high school auditorium.

The high school opened the program with handbells playing "Processional" on "Good King Wenceslas" and "Echo Carol."

The brass choir then played "Gloria." The full band performed "Bobsled Run" and "Two Christmas Nights."

Students who had previously participated in County Chorus performed a medley of songs called "It's The Holiday Season," followed by the full band performing "Runaway Sleigh" and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

Monday, December 29, 2014

A burglary that occurred in Franklin Township last week remains under investigation.

At 7:27 p.m. Saturday, Lehighton State Police responded to 44 East 3rd St., Lehighton, for a report of a burglary.

After further investigation, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 22, the suspect entered through a living room window.

Upon entering the residence, the suspect stole a Safeguard Lock Box from under a bed that contained about $12,000 in cash, a Sig Sauer Mosquito .22 Cal. Handgun, Social Security cards, birth certificates, and a deed to the house.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

ASHLAND, Pa. (AP) - State troopers say they are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl at a home in eastern Pennsylvania.

Police say they were called to the house in Ashland Borough around 10 p.m. Saturday.

A police spokesman said Sunday that no other details will be released until autopsy results are available. Trooper David Beohm (baym) says he's not sure when that will be.

Local law enforcement officers and representatives of Schuylkill County Children and Youth are helping with the probe.

Ashland is about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore expanded Monday with planes and ships from several countries taking part.

First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, said that 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships were talking part, along with ships and planes from Singapore and Malaysia. The Australian Air Force also sent a search plane.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Declining membership, soaring costs and more elaborate productions have forced big changes in the Mummers Parade, a colorful New Year's celebration often called Philadelphia's Mardi Gras.

The event Thursday will follow a shortened route, and the parade's oldest troupe won't be strutting its stuff for the first time in more than a century, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1AXFoer ).

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Mikey Muniz lived life to the max. When he played, he played hard. He loved his family, stood up for his friends, and he treasured his car.

It was in that car, a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, that Mikey and three of his friends perished in a horrific crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township on Friday, Dec. 19.

On Saturday, family and friends of the 17-year-old Palmerton teenager fill the spacious hall of Christ Evangelical Free Church, Mahoning Township to share memories and tears, hugs and laughter.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high school basketball tournament on the Northern California coast has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing protests over police killings of unarmed black men after a school was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear T-shirts printed with the words "I Can't Breathe" during warmups.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Chestnuthill Township supervisors announced the Lake Mineola Road project will be completed by the end of the year or early in January, as long as the weather holds out.

They voted to approve payment of the project's last bill about $129,000. Township manager David Albright said the project came in under budget.

The township received a $600,000 Local Share Account grant for the project.

Saturday, December 27, 2014
AP Photo/Francois Mori A drone flies during a presentation to the press in Paris on Nov. 7. Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, the drone industry is teaming up with the  government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety  campaign.

WASHINGTON Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.