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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A poll says Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly want Penn State to put back a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno that was removed after Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction.

The Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll released Wednesday said the majority — 59 percent to 25 percent — favored restoring the statue to a prominent place on campus.

Pennsylvanians also strongly support a recent deal between Penn State and the NCAA that restored 112 wins to the football team and Paterno's status as winningest coach in major college football.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Gendry, the pit bull and boxer mix pet of the Hood family in Lansford,  looks out the front window. Last week while looking out the window, Gendry  saw an elderly neighbor fall and put up a fuss that alerted family members.

Gendry is your typical pet dog.

He's a dog that was rescued by Ronald and Jenny Hood of 37 Center St., Lansford, and their sons, Stephen, 9, and Bradley 10. He's mostly Stephen's dog, all the family members agree.

The 75-pound pit bull and boxer mix likes to wrestle with household members, jump for a rawhide bone, bark at the neighbor's dog and put up a fuss when company visits.

Last week, he did something that made the adoptive family especially proud.

It was about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and Stephen and Bradley were on a two-hour delay for school.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Honest mistake? Or intentional needling?

Schuylkill Township supervisors held a special meeting Tuesday morning to set a policy for how its fledgling website, created and launched to better to provide information to the public, will be updated.

Supervisor Christine Verdier said that information originally posted on the website had indicated she was appointed to her position, not elected.

"Some of the info that was put up on the website was not accurate," Verdier said.

"It was an attempt to discredit me."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The reshuffling of a Lehighton committee poised to revitalize the downtown business district is underway.

A reorganizational meeting of the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee was held Tuesday inside borough hall.

Nearly 20 people gathered to restructure and reorganize the LDIC, which formed in 2007.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said membership fell apart over time, and a change in leadership is needed.

Beckett said the goal is to have a committee that would serve as a liaison between the community and the borough.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File This is the statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium in State College, seen on July 13, 2012.

HARRISBURG (AP) A poll says Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly want Penn State to put back a statue of former football coach Joe Paterno that was removed after Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday said the majority 59 percent to 25 percent favored restoring the statue to a prominent place on campus.

Pennsylvanians also strongly support a recent deal between Penn State and the NCAA that restored 112 wins to the football team and Paterno's status as winningest coach in major college football.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon Career & Technical Institute students Kaylee Murphy, left, and Jeanna Struble hold a symbolic $500 check. The students belong to HOSA, an organization for those planning careers in health care. HOSA raised the money to donate to the American Heart Association.

Carbon Career & Technical Institute students have raised $500 to fight against heart disease.

The fund drive was spearheaded by Kaylee Murphy of Coaldale and Jeanna Struble of Jim Thorpe, both members of HOSA, the student organization for those planning careers in health care.

HOSA members sold paper hearts and rubber bracelets for $1 each and red T-shirts with the American Heart Association logo on them. On Feb. 6, students donated $1 each to be able to wear a red shirt.

On Feb. 18, the students will present the check to an American Heart Association representative.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WILKES-BARRE (AP) A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with strangling a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend more than a dozen years ago as part of a plot to rob him of the proceeds of an illegal drug ring.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Jacqueline Homschek

A Kunkletown woman is facing numerous charges in Mahoning Township.

They include producing false identification to police, possession of drug paraphernalia and motor vehicle charges.

Jacqueline Homschek, 23, was charged by Mahoning police officer Jeffrey Frace as a result of a traffic stop at 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 28.

The investigation is continuing after suspected heroin was found in her bra and a syringe was located inside her shoe at the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Ashlyn McCartney

Three people have been charged with retail theft in Mahoning Township, stemming from incidents occurring at the Walmart store.

Ashlyn McCartney, 20, of Jim Thorpe is charged as a result of an incident at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 27.

Loss prevention personnel at Walmart said McCartney placed merchandise that she did not purchase into shopping bags. She then attempted to leave without paying for the concealed items valued at $184.46.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A dresser that fell on two toddler sisters, killing them, had been sold without a strap designed to keep it from tipping over, according to a lawsuit filed against the retailer that sold it and the company that manufactured it.

The lawsuit was filed in Beaver County against Babies R Us and Baby Cache Inc. on behalf of 3-year-old Ryeley Beatty and her 2-year-old sister, Brooklyn.