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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A utility wire lies across Ashtown Road in Mahoning Township this morning after a vehicle struck a utility pole. The wreck happened this morning at around 6:30 and temporarily closed the road. No other details were available as of presstime.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Penn Forest Township will sell two of its four 1-ton dump trucks.

Walter Reiner, chairman of the township board of supervisors, made the announcement Monday, during the regular monthly meeting. The trucks are used for snow plowing.

"Last year at least one of the trucks sat in the garage even though we had heavy snow because we just didn't have an employee to drive it," said Reiner. "We won't sell them if we don't get a fair price for them, but this is the time of year that other municipalities are looking to buy."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Weissport Borough Council is concerned that its police chief isn't working enough hours in the community.

"Either he's going to put more time in or we're going to get somebody else," said council member Arland Moyer.

"The car (police cruiser) hasn't been moved in almost a month."

The part-time police chief, Trevor Flexer, began working in the borough on July 22.

The council said it doesn't know how many hours Flexer has worked so far because the mayor is in charge of the police department.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PRICE TWP. - State police declined to comment Monday on reports that authorities found a handwritten letter believed to be penned by accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein.

Citing anonymous sources, both CNN and ABC reported Monday that the letter, found during the manhunt for Frein, details how he allegedly shot two officers during the Sept. 12 ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in Pike County, and then escaped.

State police would not confirm or deny the networks' reports.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News The Rev. Bruce Hill, bishop of the Evangelical Congregational Church, on left, speaks to the Rev. Kenneth Ogden, pastor of the People's Evangelical Congregational Church in Lehighton, during Ogden's ordination ceremony on Sunday.

The Rev. Kenneth Ogden was nervous about his move to Lehighton in 2007.

At the time, he was assistant pastor at Rosedale Evangelical Congregational Church in Baltimore, a city he loved to its core.

A Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan, Ogden never contemplated a move to Pennsylvania. On Sunday, however, the senior pastor at the People's EC Church in Lehighton was ordained during a nearly 90-minute ceremony and shed a tear while talking about the community he now calls home.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Accompanied by an adult, Trent Johnson, 8, of Lehighton, climbs out of the Franklin Township Fire Department's safety house.

Working smoke alarms really do save lives.

That was the theme behind a program hosted at the Lehighton Fire Station on Monday in observance of Fire Prevention Week.

A slew of children accompanied by their guardians swarmed the fire station to witness the program which saw the Lehighton Fire Department, Mahoning Valley Fire Department and Franklin Township Fire Department team up.

The Lehighton Fire Department, which hosted the event, displayed several pieces of apparatus.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) interchanges, to be prepared for continuous single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the northbound Lehigh Tunnel through 6 a.m. Thursday.

Drivers should slow down and keep an adequate distance from the vehicle ahead.

Customers who experience car trouble and cannot safely exit the tunnel should stay in the car, put on the hazard lights and wait for assistance.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A 1959 Chevy Corvette owned by David Huszar of Lehighton graces the field at West End Rotary's Oktoberfest and Car Show.

Cake and cars will dominate the field at this year's West End Rotary Oktoberfest and CarShow.

Hundreds of people and vehicles are expected to attend the sixth-annual event rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at American Legion Post 927 on Route 209 at Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS The Owl Creek Bridge in Towamensing Township opened to traffic Sept. 22.

Towamensing Township supervisors still have unresolved issues with the new state police barracks.

No one was on hand at last week's meeting to represent Falling Creek Investments, developer of the site.

Township engineer Greg Haas said an as-built plan was received but not the dozen copies he wanted.

He went back and forth with developer Steve Parisi's engineer until he received a list of seven problem areas.

Zoning officer Carl Faust said there were still internal problems with the building.

The temporary certificate of occupancy runs out Oct. 15.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Three area senior community centers will receive nearly $8,500 as part of the state's 2014-15 Senior Community Center Grant Awards.

State Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) recently announced that the senior community centers in Palmerton, Panther Valley, and Weatherly are the recipients of the state grants.

The money will provide opportunities for centers to modernize, encourage technology improvements, expand innovative programming and meet the needs of their participants.