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Friday, November 7, 2014

A Carbon County driver is facing charges following a crash in which a vehicle ran into a Monroe County business.

State police at Lehighton identified the driver as Shane Bartenope, 27, of Lehighton. He is facing charges including driving under the influence, aggravated assault while DUI, driving under suspension, accidents involving death of injury, and recklessly endangering another person.

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Berks County woman was killed in a crash in Schuylkill County on Thursday when the vehicle she was a passenger in was hit on the passengers side by a truck.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the crash occurred at 2:44 p.m. along Route 61, near Liberty Street, in West Brunswick Township.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MILFORD - The man charged in the fatal ambush of a Pennsylvania state trooper has a new court date.

Suspect Eric Frein will have his preliminary hearing in Pike County on Dec. 9.
The hearing was originally set for Nov. 12. A judge on Thursday postponed it at the request of defense lawyers.

Frein faces charges of murder and attempted murder for opening fire on the state police barracks at Blooming Grove in September.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Michael McLaughlin had just finished working a 12-hour night shift and was on his way to pick up his fiancee on the morning of June 18.

He was tired and the drive along Route 54 in Nesquehoning was lulling.

His eyelids grew heavy as he fought the urge to sleep.

Slowly, his head dipped and McLaughlin dozed off, his hands still on the wheel.

The Ford Escape he was driving inched toward the double yellow line, and crossed it moving directly into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua police are on the look out for  people responsible for stealing white metal caps that cover filler necks of home fuel heating tanks.

The recent theft of home fuel filler caps, the kind used to fill home heating tanks, is probably just a matter of Halloween-type pranks and unrelated to ongoing metal thefts.

"The last three weeks we've gotten calls from people," said Daniel Reigel, owner Reigel Plumbing and Heating, Tamaqua. "But I think it's more mischief than anything else."

Police said thefts of oil caps were reported from properties on Cedar and East Elm streets.

Reigel said the caps, called a "Scully fill cap," aren't particularly valuable.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays" is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one's death.

The free seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one's death.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Summit Hill firefighters responded to a brush fire Wednesday afternoon along the one

hundred block of West White Bear Drive. Police report a resident was burning in a burn

barrel when it apparently jumped to an area of brush and onto a neighbor's property.

A quick response stopped the wind-swept flames from spreading.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
The graphic design technical area students created a massive Giving Tree, which will be decorated for the seasons.

Carbon Career and Technical Institute students are working to help the homeless.

Last week, the school kicked off its Giving Tree project in an effort to build school awareness of the homelessness problem in Carbon County. The project is inspired by the book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein.

Kimberly Pimble, a senior at CCTI and a member of the SkillsUSA team who spearheaded the project, said it is a project that will benefit not only the students, but the community.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Palmerton Area School District has formulated a game plan for its facilities.

Superintendent Scot Engler reviewed the facilities and future district plans with school directors at Tuesday's board workshop session.

Engler prefaced the discussion by stating that the plan is still "a work in progress."

He added that the list of improvements were conceived through input from the community, faculty, administration, school board, and the students.

"I think this represents our most pressing needs in the district," Engler said.

Districtwide

Thursday, November 6, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Mary Ann Ashner, Community Service chairwoman, presents Ron Long with the "Volunteer of the Year" Award.

The Carbon County Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees chapter's Fall General Membership Meeting was held in October at the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton.

Several individuals were honored.