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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support.

In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops also said the church must welcome divorcees and recognize the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who cohabitate, as well as the children of these less traditional families.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Saylorsburg juvenile faces assault charges after striking a police cruiser driven by Trooper George Kerrick, of the Fern Ridge barracks, on Sunday.

Police said the juvenile failed to comply with a traffic stop, leading to a high-speed chase in the Birch Hollow Estates, Chestnuthill Township, around 8:47 p.m.

After striking the cruiser, the juvenile was apprehended and transported to the Northampton County Detention Center.

Charges were filed with the Monroe County Juvenile Probation Department.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Two juveniles and two adults face drug charges after an online chat between Pleasant Valley High School students tipped off police.

The accused are John Flaim, 53, of Brodheadsville; Bradley Sheeran, 21, of Kunkletown; a 16-year-old Kunkletown male and a 15-year-old Brodheadsville male.

Pleasant Valley's computer system flagged a conversation about a drug transaction around 11 a.m. Friday morning.

Troopers from the Lehighton and Fern Ridge barracks searched a Polk Township home on Saturday and found four marijuana plants, marijuana buds and multiple pipes.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The missing Mahoning Township teen showed up shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at the Shenandoah police station.

"She's safe. She was found. She's been located and we're looking forward to being reunited with her," said her stepmother Melissa Nolter-Barnes, Monday afternoon.

Nolter-Barnes, Pottsville, said her step-daugther, Summer Barnes, 16, had been last seen Oct. 5 at a Tamaqua restaurant and her whereabouts since then are unknown. She has not contact family members.

Monday, October 13, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania woman acquitted of murder in the beating death of her toddler has been sentenced to 3½ to seven years on a conviction of endangering the welfare of a child.

The (Easton) Express-Times ( ) reports that a Lehigh County judge imposed the maximum sentence Monday on 35-year-old Essence James of Allentown.

A jury last week convicted James of the lesser charge but acquitted her of third-degree murder in the March 2013 death of Cordero James.

Monday, October 13, 2014

STATE COLLEGE (AP) Penn State police planned to charge a 20-year-old off-campus student with making a terroristic threat to shoot people at the university's HUB.

Chief Tyrone Parham says the student has told police the post on the social media site Yik Yak was a "prank." But the chief says, "Alarming an entire community is not considered a joke."

Police arrested the student Sunday and will release his name when the criminal charge is filed Monday.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Palmerton Area Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bert's Steakhouse & Restaurant, 416 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. Newcomers are welcome.

"Please note the change of location," said club President, Sarina Berlow.

High on the agenda will be lining up workers to turn out the vote for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 4.

"If you can't come to the meeting but would still be willing to help out the week before the election, please contact me at 610-826-6635," said club Vice President Sandi Peters, who is coordinating the Get Out The Vote effort.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus will hold a Miller-Keystone blood drive on Friday. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital parking lot, located off Lafayette Avenue.

Donors will be eligible to win a Dunkin' Donuts gift card or Carbon County Chamber gift certificate.

For more information or to schedule a time to donate blood, call 610-377-7350.

Monday, October 13, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  New steps adorn Palmerton Borough Hall at 443 Delaware Ave.

The entrance point that leads to Palmerton Borough Hall has a new look.

New steps have been added to the front of the building at 443 Delaware Ave. to replace the older set.

"It was done because we kept having a lot of maintenance issues with the other ones," borough Manager Rodger Danielson said. "They were laid brick; every year we were replacing more and more brick."

Danielson said the contractor for the project was George W. Spalding Jr. Construction of Kunkletown. The project took about a week to complete, he said.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Lehighton Planning Commission took no formal action on a site development plan for the proposed Riverside Mall shopping center near the downtown section of Lehighton.

The mall, if constructed, will be erected at the Lehighton and Mahoning Township boundaries at the area known locally as the Packerton Yards.

It was noted the site development plan can't be approved until subdivision plans for the tract receive formal approval from both Lehighton and Mahoning Township officials.