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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Lansford man who police say had over 100 bags of heroin on him before his arrest in Lansford waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

John Dominic Ferko, 29, remains in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000, 10 percent bail.

Ferko was arrested on Sept. 5 in the 700 block of East Bertsch Street, Lansford, following an undercover drug purchase.

He was arrested by Agent Charles Horvath of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pleasant Valley Elementary, ShopRite, HOPE members and the community will be partnering to provide needy students with lunches and breakfasts on "Long Weekends."

ShopRite will provide breakfast and lunch items at cost and will allow the elementary to set up tables in the store for soliciting community members and packing bags.

School volunteers and HOPE members will be asking people to purchase a packaged bag containing breakfast and lunch items.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carbon County officials are investigating three possible services that would benefit inmates with addiction problems.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Jamie Drake and Richard Mroczka of the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, approached the board about services that could help cut down on the number of repeat drug and alcohol offenders that come through the prison.

The first program would be an extension of the outpatient treatment service programs at the commission.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Police accuse a 75-year-old former Carbon County man with sexually assaulting a young girl multiple times over a five-year period.

Curtis P. Strohl, who now lives in Mission, Texas, is charged with assaulting the girl approximately 25 times, between the summer months of 2009 and June 2014.

The child was between the ages of 8 and 13 when the assaults happened, according to police.

Strohl waived a hearing Wednesday that was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
 (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) Mounted members of the Pennsylvania State Police honor guard line up together during the viewing of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the Rotunda at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Authorities were looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein who is charged with killing Dickson and wounding another trooper in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday.

Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, gathered in Scranton for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.

Troopers lined up 10 deep today as they waited for the funeral procession that will bring the body of 38-year-old Cpl. Bryon Dickson to St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple iPhone 6:

Cost: $199, $299 or $399 for 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of space respectively.

Screen size: 4.7-inch retina high definition display, larger than the 4-inch display of current iPhone models.

Thickness: 6.9 mm.

Battery life: up to 14 hours of 3G talk time and 11 hours of Wi-Fi browsing time.

Resolution: 1334 x 750

Apple iPhone 6 Plus:

Cost: $299, $399 or $499 for 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of space respectively.

Screen size:5.5-inch retina high definition display.

Thickness: 7.1 mm.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Eric Matthew Frein

A Monroe County man suspected of shooting two state troopers, killing one and injuring another Friday night, belonged to a military simulation unit based in eastern Pennsylvania, according to state police.

As part of the re-enactment group, Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, portrayed an Eastern European soldier during the Cold War.

"In his current frame of mind, it appears Frein has assumed that role in real life," Lt. Col. George Bevins said during a news conference.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Franklin Township firefighters Wednesday afternoon cleaned up an oil spill on Route 209 at the intersection with 248. At 2 p.m. a southbound tractor-trailer was sitting in the left turn lane of Route 209 at the traffic light when it experienced transmission problems. A large amount of oil spilled out onto the roadway. After the rig was towed from the scene firemen used absorbent materials to contain the oil. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation workers assisted at the scene.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tamaqua's Second Annual Pink Light Walk will be held Oct. 4 and will follow the same walking route as the 2013 event. The walk is being held to help raise awareness of breast cancer and is coordinated by Rachael Paisley, ambassador to Girl Scout Troop 31211.

Walkers will begin at the Bungalow Park Pavilion at 5 p.m., then proceed to Broad Street, ending at Depot Square Park. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. that day. The event will be held rain or shine.

For further information, call 570-578-5196, 570-578-5176 or email

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tara Stauffenberg of Tamaqua presents a check for $3,750 to Deb Heim and Linda Wagner, co-chairs of the Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force. The check represents the proceeds of the Fifth Annual Dudefest Celebration, held Aug. 16 in Clamtown. This donation puts the Dudefest donations at $13,750 to date.