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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Tamaqua woman was transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Coaldale after she was injured in a one-vehicle crash at 6:38 a.m. on Friday.

State police at Frackville said Jillian N. Datchko, 29, was headed west on Route 209 in Schuylkill Township, near Mining Road, when she lost control of her 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, which slid 20 feet off the road and into a tree.

The vehicle flipped and landed on its roof. Datchko's injuries were described as minor.

Tuscarora Fire Department and Tamaqua EMS assisted at the scene.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A proposed renovation project in Lehighton Area School District got slightly cheaper last week.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver announced the district has been awarded an $8,499,000 interest-free bond through the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program.

“It’s great because we can save the money we would have paid on interest over the life of a bond,” Cleaver said. “We can only use the funds for our middle school renovation.”

Saturday, September 20, 2014
   AP Photo/The Times-Tribune, Jason Famer

Residents of Barrett and Price townships stayed inside and away from windows today as law enforcement authorities intensified their search for Eric Frein, accused of the sniper ambush killing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove, Pike County on Sept. 12.

State police this afternoon formed line-of-sight coverage along Bear Town Road, Stoney Run Lane and Blue Ridge drive in Canadensis, close to Frein's family home. The heavily-wooded area remains virtually shut down to the public as of late this afternoon.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five people are dead after a four-car crash this afternoon on Route 115 at Rocky Mountain North Drive.

Another woman was flown from the scene, and a man was transported by ambulance, according to reports on the scene.

The crash happened at 2:15 p.m. The impact was so loud that it shook Christine Graver's house, located a block away on Rocky Mountain North. "I didn't know what it was," Graver said.

She ran to the scene and saw a red car on its side, a blue SUV and two other vehicles.

Emergency crews arrived quickly on the scene.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Authorities who spent the night in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents donned bulletproof vests and gathered heavy rifles before scattering Saturday morning.

The burst of activity followed a long night that included gunshots and police telling residents to stay in their homes.

Police gave no information about the Saturday morning activity.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Penn State honored the late Cpl. Byron Dickson during the playing of the national anthem at Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon.

A contingent of state troopers lined the goal line in honor of the Penn State grad.

Dickson was killed in an ambush outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove last Friday. The suspected shooter Eric Frein is still on the loose.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

After a day of searching for shooting suspect Eric Frein, the Pennsylvania State Police has lifted the shelter in place order and are recommending that people in Barrett/Price Townships of Monroe County use extreme caution as they move back into the area.

"The PSP are very concerned for the safety of the community and are strongly recommending that people in the affected area stay in their homes and do not go in to the woods where law enforcement is searching," said public relations officer Maria Finn.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A western Pennsylvania senator believes a law that would allow teachers to carry guns would help keep students safe until police arrive to handle violent outbreaks.

But an anti-gun mothers' group, educational lawyers, and others worry the plan may backfire, triggering more firearms injuries or even deaths.

Local lawmakers, school administrators and police offered mixed reviews of the bill.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Police continue to surround areas in Barrett/Price Townships, Monroe County to conduct a search for Eric Matthew Frein, the man accuse of ambushing two state troopers a week ago in Barrett Township. They have been stationed in the area since early last evening.

Police said, "Due to the violent nature of his crimes, extreme precautionary measures are being taken. The PA State Police are very concerned for the safety of the community so we are continuing to ask people to shelter in place in these townships."