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Friday, October 31, 2014

Oct. 31 halftime football scores;
Palmerton 14, No. Lehigh 0;
Northwestern Lehigh 36, Catasauqua 7;
Lehighton 20, Jim Thorpe 6;
Marian 21, Tamaqua 0;
North Schuylkill 59, Panther Valley 0;
Stroudsburg 21,Pleasant Valley 21;
Blue Mountain 28, Schuylkill Haven 0;
East Stroudsburg North 19, East Stroudsburg South 14;
Southern Lehigh 21, Salisbury 14;
Bethlehem Catholic 14, Central Catholic 13;
Easton 41, Nazareth 6;
Parkland 20, Emmaus 14.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Will the second time be the charm with selling the former Packerton Yards site?

On Thursday, the Carbon County Commissioners voted 2-0 to authorize the advertisement of the sale of the 71.54-acre property, which straddles Lehighton and Mahoning Township. The minimum bid price is $300,000. Commissioner William O'Gurek abstained from the vote because of his employment with the Times News.

The commissioners tried to sell the property in September, with bids being opened Oct. 2, but only one bid was submitted by the deadline and was withdrawn before it could be opened.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, will host its annual Harvest Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event is free.

There will be games, crafts and bounce house, food and entertainment.

The church is located just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

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

Friday, October 31, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Bob Schaeffer, founder and director of Blue Mountain Paranormal Society, visits the Little White Church's cemetery in Palmerton. He and BMPS members have investigated the church, where they recorded a disembodied voice.

Do you have unsettling experiences in your home? Do you hear bumps in the night?

Who you gonna call?

Ghostbuster Bob Schaeffer and the Blue Mountain Paranormal Society.

Schaeffer, 37 of Lehighton, is the founder and director of Blue Mountain Paranormal Society. He is an investigator of paranormal activities when he's not fulfilling his duties as director of the Behavorial Health Association.

He became interested in the paranormal after a couple of experiences when he was younger.

Friday, October 31, 2014
THE CHARGES

Eric Matthew Frein was arraigned this morning in the shooting of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and trooper Alex T. Douglass.

Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin said he will seek the death penalty if Frein is convicted.

The charges:

First-degree murder

Criminal attempt of first-degree murder

Homicide of a law enforcement officer

Criminal attempt to commit homicide of law enforcement officers

Assault of a law enforcement officer

Discharge of a firearm into an occupied building

Possessing instruments of mass destruction

Friday, October 31, 2014

Some of the most prominent claims being made in the race for Pennsylvania governor between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democrat Tom Wolf, and a look at the facts behind them.

CLAIM: Corbett says Wolf is planning to raise middle-class income taxes.

Friday, October 31, 2014
David J. Moylan III

Name: David John Moylan III

Age: 62

Hometown: Auburn

Party: Republican

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BA in life sciences, 1973; Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD, 1977.

Occupation: Radiation oncologist, Schuylkill County coroner; medical director of The Simon Kramer Cancer Institute, New Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania and the Joint Center for Therapeutic Oncology, Lehighton.

Family: Wife Denise; daughters Elizabeth, Tara and Lauren.

1. What is your plan for immigration reform?

Friday, October 31, 2014
AP Photo/Rich Schultz Eric Frein is escorted by police into the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment in Milford this morning.

Eric Frein surrendered to U.S. marshals at 6 p.m. Thursday, 48 days after he is believed to have ambushed two state troopers outside their barracks, killing one and severely wounding the other.

Clean-shaven, with a cut above his left eye and a blood-streaked nose, Frein was restrained with the handcuffs belonging to the late Cpl. Bryon Dickson, and then placed in Dickson's squad car for the 30-mile ride to the Blooming Grove barracks, where police believe he used a .308 rifle to kill Dickson and wound trooper Alex Douglass in a Sept. 12 sniper attack.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS  Christina Obrecht, owner of Christina's Reptile & Sanctuary in Palmerton, holds one of her alligators as part of her speaking engagement earlier this month at Penn State University's main campus in State College.

If they didn't before, students at Penn State University's Main Campus likely have a greater appreciation for animal reptile rescue.

That's after they received a presentation from Herpetologist Christina Obrecht of Palmerton at the campus in State College at the Hucks Science Center earlier this month.

Obrecht, who runs Christina's Reptile & Animal Sanctuary in Palmerton, served as guest speaker to the school's Exotic Animal Club.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett will be making a stop in Lehighton on Saturday evening.

The governor is scheduled to be at the Lehighton American Legion Post at 6:45 p.m.

The governor is seeking re-election on Tuesday.

A Republican, Corbett will be opposed byDemocrat Tom Wolf on Tuesday.