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Friday, November 7, 2014

Tamaqua Area Elementary School won the Schuylkill County's annual phone book recycling contest, and two of its students won first and third places in the individual category. West Penn Township Elementary School won third place in the contest.

Tamaqua Elementary won $125. It collected 3,663 books, or 7.9 books per student. West Penn won $75. It collected 991 books, or four books per student.

Friday, November 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. Others say they have gotten used to the idea that their brethren might break the code of silence and seek to profit from their deeds.

Friday, November 7, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you'll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead.

Beef prices have climbed in part because of rising demand overseas and droughts in recent years that have caused livestock producers to shrink their cattle herds. The average, year-to-date price for 81 percent lean ground beef is $2.18 per pound, said Kevin Good, an analyst at CattleFax, a Colorado-based tracker of the beef industry. That's up 24 percent from a year ago.

Friday, November 7, 2014

SLOVAN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges she forced her daughter to eat cat litter and started to sew the girl's mouth shut.

Forty-six-year-old Rana Cooper told reporters she is "a very good mother" after Thursday's preliminary hearing.

Immediately after the hearing, her 51-year-old husband, Richard Cooper, was arraigned on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities say he didn't stop the abuse. Online court records don't list an attorney for him and no one answered the family's phone Friday.

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.