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Thursday, October 30, 2014

AVOCA (AP) – Authorities say a family of black bears was shot and killed near a northeastern Pennsylvania airport earlier this month because they posed a threat to incoming flights and customers.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says a mother bear and her three 2-year-old cubs crossed the perimeter fence of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport on Oct. 20.

Airport director Barry Centini said the animals were spotted by a helicopter pilot, and maintenance personnel killed them a few hundred yards east of the approach to Runway 4.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

State Rep. Julie Harhart, R-Lehigh/Northampton, announced a $217,375 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority under its greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor for a connector project on the D&L Trail.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Police have charged two Lehighton men with breaking into a Penn Forest Township home on Tuesday.

Zachiry Derre Kerschner, 20, of 44 Boyko Drive, was charged with entering an occupied home, criminal trespass, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and criminal mischief. He's in Carbon County prison under $50,000 cash bail.

Justin Ramel Vereen, 20, of 262 S. First St., was charged with burglary of an occupied home, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass. He's also in Carbon County prison under $75,000 cash bail.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BETHLEHEM (AP) – A student accused of breaking into a friend's Pennsylvania home while wearing a yellow Teletubby costume and stealing leftover food is facing charges.

Police say the Lehigh University student was dressed as the Laa-Laa character from the BBC children's series when he damaged a door early Sunday in Bethlehem. They say he went into the friend's refrigerator and dumped Chinese food into a "man purse" before leaving.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Texas man has been charged in the death of a Lower Macungie Township man who was fatally shot earlier this month in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived.

Alexander Adrian Brown, 25, of Houston, Texas, was charged by state police on Wednesday with shooting 59-year-old Gary A. Wragg, of 1037G Village Round.

Wragg was known as a frequent visitor to Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mahoning Township police announced Wednesday the recent arrest of three area residents.

Barry Riegel, of Lehighton, faces two counts of driving under the influence, both misdemeanors.

He was arrested at a DUI checkpoint along Route 209 just before 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 .

A blood test showed his blood alcohol concentration was .11 percent.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10.

Ashley Bowden, of Jim Thorpe, faces one count of possessing a small amount of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police say an unmanned balloon brought in from Ohio has not been helpful in the search for a suspect in the killing of a state trooper.

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

Kelly says dense brush and rugged terrain in the Pocono Mountains search area hampered use of the tethered device, which is akin to a weather balloon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Rosemary Brown

State Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-189, will be challenged in the Nov. 4 general election by Democrat Liz Forrest. The district covers Hamilton, Middle Smithfield, Ross and Smithfield townships, Delaware Water Gap, and parts of Chestnuthill and Stroud townships in Monroe County; and Delaware, Lehman and Porter townships, and part of Dingman Township in Pike County.

The Times News asked each candidate the same set of questions. Their answers are printed below.

What will it take to achieve property tax reform in Pennsylvania?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Albrightsville man was killed when his vehicle ran up an embankment and flipped onto its roof along Route 534 in Polk Township, Monroe County.

State Police at Lehighton said George B. Sherman, 39, of Star Route, was westbound about 1 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and went onto the berm, up the embankment and flipped over. It then skidded on its roof. The crash occurred about half a mile west of Route 209.

Troopers said Sherman was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Summit Hill Water Authority, an independent entity of Summit Hill Borough, will likely cease to exist come Jan. 1.

The borough council is planning to take over the authority and create a Summit Hill Water Department.

The council, according to plans, would request all authority members to resign by Jan. 1. The present chairman of the authority is Lewis Alexander. He could not be reached for comment this morning.

A resolution regarding the takeover of the authority is set for adoption at the Nov. 24 meeting of the borough council.