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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deer populations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HARRISBURG – The Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed the governor’s nominations of Ann Dudish as the Schuylkill County Recorder of Deeds and Thomas Campion as the Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-29).

“These two qualified individuals will serve Schuylkill County well,” Argall said. “These two vacancies were created in very different situations, each important to the people of Schuylkill County.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some of the biggest donors to Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates stretched their wallets to help pony up nearly $18 million over the summer, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday that show that the race appears likely to set a campaign spending record.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A state prison inmate was charged Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Scranton with threatening to kill a Monroe County judge, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

Devon Williams, 24, allegedly mailed a letter in January 2014 from the State Correctional Institution in Albion to the Monroe County courthouse threatening to injure and kill the chief Common Pleas judge.

If convicted of the charge, Williams faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPS) and state police conducted the investigation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mahoning Township police are investigating two arson fires they believe were set at Mahoning Valley Country Club between Saturday and Sunday.

Two water cooler storage structures on opposite ends of the course were destroyed by fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mahoning Township police at 570-386-2241.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - A filmmaker says the survivalist accused of ambushing a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania appears in an upcoming documentary about Vietnam War re-enactors.

NBC's "Today" aired footage from a documentary called "Vietnam Appreciation Day." The clip shows 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) talking about the difficult terrain where one of the re-enactments took place.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling southbound on the Northeastern Extension between the Pocono and Mahoning Valley interchanges to be prepared for a single-lane traffic pattern to be in effect until 7 p.m. today.

At 7:30 a.m. construction crews will establish a single-lane pattern southbound, closing the right lane between milepost 89.8 and 89 for slope remediation operations.

Motorists traveling south of the Pocono interchange should anticipate reduced speeds and slow moving or stopped traffic until the pattern is lifted.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The office of Alice Kane, Summit Hill tax collector, will be closed Wednesday and will reopen Thursday for normal business hours.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks of accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein during a news conference at Blooming Grove Municipal Township Building on Monday. At left is Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin and in center is Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens.

Authorities won't back off their manhunt for a Monroe County man suspected of killing one state police officer and wounding another, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday.

"I always believe there is progress," Corbett told press gathered at the Blooming Grove Township municipal building in Pike County, referring to the search for 31-year-old Eric Frein.

Frein has been on the run since Sept. 12, when police said he fatally shot Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounded trooper Alex Douglass outside the Blooming Grove barracks.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nine structurally deficient state bridges in the Times News coverage area have been earmarked to be replaced by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

On Monday, PennDOT announced that it will choose a private-sector team to replace a total of 558 bridges throughout the commonwealth and maintain them for 25 years as part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement initiative.

Included in the replacement list are bridges in Mahoning and Packer townships in Carbon; Polk, Hamilton and Chestnuthill in Monroe; and Eldred Township in Schuylkill.