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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HARRISBURG Rep. Brad Roae might be the most optimistic guy in the state House.

Roae, R-Crawford, has plans to push a trio of reform measures that would eliminate state cars for lawmakers, strip lawmakers' cost-of-living increases and end per diem on weekends, in some cases. They're taxpayer-friendly ideas, but it's uncertain whether lawmakers who enjoy the perks have the collective appetite for such reform.

Roae knows his proposals are a hard sell, but he thinks the public would back the changes even if fellow lawmakers don't embrace them.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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Snow falls lightly over Jim Thorpe just before 7:30 this morning. Tonight, there's a slight chance of snow before 9 p.m. A snow shower could occur Wednesday as well.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Rush Township supervisors reorganized during a meeting Monday, reappointing Shawn Gilbert as chairman and Robert Leibensperger as vice chairman. Jeanine Motroni is the third supervisor.

Denise Hope was retained as full-time secretary and Caitlin Whildin as part-time administrative assistant.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Supervisors unanimously appointed Carl Faust of Blue Mountain Inspection Services as the township's new zoning officer, replacing longtime zoning officer LeRoy Liebenguth, who retired in December after 11 years of service.

The motion carried unanimously, but there was some questioning by Supervisor Frank Ruch, who wondered if Faust's duties as code enforcement officer would be in conflict with the zoning duties. Supervisor Bruce Steigerwalt said he didn't think there would be a conflict.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Schuylkill Township supervisors reorganized Monday, with Charles Hosler reappointed as chairman and Christine Verdier as vice chairman. Chuck Fayash rounds out the board.

The supervisors also voted to hire Jamie Moore as secretary/treasurer for the township. Moore will work 29 hours per week. Suzanne Apanavage, who was filling in temporarily after the passing of township secretary/treasurer Mary Bubel, will act as Moore's assistant.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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WILKES-BARRE (AP) – The long-delayed case of a notorious bank robber charged with killing a drug-dealing pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend was again postponed Monday as a judge instead ruled on witness-related issues.

The victim's bodies were found more than a decade ago in Hugo Selenski's backyard in northeastern Pennsylvania. His capital trial was scheduled to start in Wilkes-Barre, but Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni instead sent prospective jurors home and told them to return Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
AP Photo/David Kidwell Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing on Monday in Milford. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September. A judge on Monday ordered Frein to stand trial on the charges.

MILFORD A judge on Monday ordered a survivalist who called for revolution to stand trial on charges he fatally shot a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another outside their barracks, a case his attorneys acknowledge will be difficult to defend.

The ruling came after a preliminary hearing for Eric Frein, 31, who is charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in the Sept. 12 ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded trooper Alex Douglass.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Schuylkill County commissioner Gary J. Hess, left, Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier and Vice Chairman George F. Halcovage Jr.

Schuylkill County commissioners reorganized Monday, with Frank J. Staudenmeier continuing as chairman and George F. Halcovage Jr. as vice chairman.

Commissioners will continue to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, with the first and third meetings each month as work sessions and the second and fourth as regular voting meetings.

The exceptions to the work sessions are in May, when the second work session will be held May 21; August, when the first work session will be held Aug. 6; and November when the first work session will be held Nov. 5.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

At the Monday meeting, the Towamensing Township supervisors reorganized for the coming year.

Penny Kleintop was renamed both the chairman of the board of supervisors and the treasurer.

Tom Newman is vice chair and emergency management officer.

The roadmaster is Scott Mosier. Brenda Drew is the secretary for both the township and planning commission. She is the open records officer.

Tom Nanovic of the Nanovic Law Offices will continue as solicitor.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The state Board of Osteopathic Medicine on Oct. 15 indefinitely suspended the license of Richard George Miller of Nesquehoning. The board suspended Miller's license because he is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition or physiological or psychological dependence on alcohol, hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination.