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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Date: 11/14/2014 05:49 PM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.

Thousands of law enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania State Police and numerous other state and federal agencies took part in the 48-day search for Eric Frein, who was captured by U.S. marshals outside an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains on Oct. 30.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Several people were injured Friday afternoon when involved in an accident along Route 309 in West Penn Township.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m. in the southbound lanes.

It appeared the driver of a southbound Jeep Grand Cherokee was south bound and stopped in the passing lane to make a left turn onto a private lot when it was rear ended by southbound car. Several ambulances and paramedic units are on scene treating the injured.

West Penn Fire Police are maintaining traffic control at the site as West Penn Chief of Police Brian Johnson investigates the incident.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Increased postal rates have been established by the 80th Congress and will go into effect on Jan. 1. Special delivery rates will be boosted from a minimum rate of 3 cents to 15 cents, and a maximum rate of 35 cents to 45 cents, based on weight.

Money orders now sold for between 6 and 22 cents will be upped to a minimum of 35 cents.

Postage on third class mail, now 1 and 1/2 cents for 2 ounces will be increased to 2 cents for the first 2 ounces with an additional cent per additional ounce.

Friday, November 14, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Margaret Lusch of Beaver Run wrapped 75 shoeboxes for Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church's Operation Christmas Child project.

Margaret Lusch of Beaver Run has found a way to bring smiles to children's faces. She gift-wraps shoe boxes. But these aren't just any old shoe boxes. These are very special shoe boxes.

Her church, Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church at 222 North St., Lehighton, participates in a Samaritan's Purse program called Operation Christmas Child. The congregation donates items for three different age categories from 2-14 years old. The boxes are prayed over as they are filled and then shipped to children in need in over 150 countries as a way to share God's love in a tangible way.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Feed the People will serve an early Thanksgiving community dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Evangelist Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St. (Tunnel Street entrance), Lansford. All welcome. For more information, call 570-657-1480.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Jim Thorpe police announced its criminal arrests and citations for October 2014.

The nontraffic citations included: four disorderly conduct, two harassment, two public drunkenness and one tobacco use.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Jim Thorpe will host a free community dinner from 4-6 p.m., on Saturday.

The meal will include oven baked chicken and mashed potatoes.

The church is located at 40 Church Road, Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903 next to the Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information please call the church at 570-325-9151.

Friday, November 14, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

World War II U.S. Army veteran Jack Lippincott of Sciota and Betsy Peeney of Saylorsburg, who served in the Navy Nurse Corps from 1963-1965, were treated to lunch after attending the Veterans Day program at the American Legion Post 927 in Gilbert. The program is the Post's way of honoring and thanking all those who have served in the country's military. Everyone even sang "Happy Birthday" to Lippincott as he celebrated his 90th birthday.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Schuylkill county commissioners on Wednesday approved the following personnel actions:

Rest Haven: Terminations of nursing assistants Brianna Roth, Schuylkill Haven, and Clarissa Hostetter, Auburn.

Transfer: Maria Quinn, Pottsville, from Assistant Director of Nursing to part-time head nurse at $21.96 an hour.