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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Walter P. Lambert, aka "Buddy," 73, of Pen Argyl, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud, and one count of interfering with the due administration of the Internal Revenue Service. Lambert was the CEO of Blue Mountain Consumer Discount Company, a consumer loan company based in Wind Gap.

Officials say he defrauded lenders into loaning over $5 million to BMCDC by promising them a high rate of return (typically 9 percent or 10 percent), which Lambert usually paid to the investors in cash and failed to document with the IRS.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Criminals on probation in Schuylkill County have more incentive to toe the line.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved new monitoring equipment service contracts for the Adult Probation Department.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ten defendants facing charges of driving under the influence entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday.

Judge Joseph J. Matika accepted the pleas from the following:

Angelica Carmona, 36, of Beaver Meadows, was arrested on May 2 along Broad Street by Beaver Meadows police. At the timed of the stop, two small children were in the vehicle. She admitted drinking alcohol before the stop, but the report did not indicate if a test was administered. She also pleaded to endangering the welfare of children.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
PA State police Serbian cigarette pack believed to be used by Frein.

Recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the past 48 hours. More than 1,000 law enforcement officials have combed the woods near Canadensis.

What police have seen:

Several reports have Frein wearing black clothing and, on several occasions, a hat.

Empty packs of Serbian-style cigarettes.

Items he has hidden for future use.

Soiled diapers.

AK-47-style rifle and ammunition, items they also believe were once carried by Frein.

His Jeep Cherokee Sport stuck in a retention pond near the Blooming Grove police barracks.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A motorcyclist was killed and two people in another vehicle involved in the crash were injured at 6:58 p.m. Wednesday along Route 145 at the intersection with Second Street, in North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

State police at Bethlehem said Franklin Schlegel, 56, of Walnutport, was driving west on Second Street while the cyclist was northbound on 145. Schlegel entered the intersection and a collision occurred, troopers said.

The front of the bike hit the driver's side of Schlegel's vehicle.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
PHOTO PROVIDED This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows a Jeep that ambush suspect Eric Frein is believed to have driven into a swampy area and abandoned after the Sept. 12 shooting in Blooming Grove. Frein, a suspect in the fatal ambush of a trooper has occasionally made himself visible to officers before melting back into the forest, and police found empty packs of Serbian-branded cigarettes and soiled diapers believed to have been left by him.

A homicide suspect on the run since the Sept. 12 shooting of two state police officers has been spotted "several times" by law enforcement officials.

The most recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the past 24 hours, according to Lt. Col. George Bivens, of the state police, on Wednesday.

"The sightings have come at a significant distance," Bivens said.

"There have been pursuits, but the rocky and rugged terrain has given him the ability to disappear. There was never a situation of being able to take a few steps and apprehend him."

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Police are investigating a crash Wednesday night along Center street in Tamaqua. The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. in front of 233 Center St. When emergency responders arrived on scene they found a car sitting on the east sidewalk and a utility pole snapped off at the base. It appeared the driver home how lost control of the unit with it mounting the curb impacting with the pole. Center Street (Route 309) was closed for a time as police investigated the crash and the wreckage removed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A motorcyclist is dead as the result of a two-vehicle crash along Route 145 in North Whitehall township, Lehigh County. According to the Lehigh County Coroner's office Jorge Lugo, Jr., 45, of Teaneck, New Jersey was killed in the crash, which occurred just after 7 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection with Second Street.

All four lanes of Route 145 were closed at the scene. The crash involved the motorcycle and a minivan reportedly occupied by an elderly couple.

State police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A suspect on the run since the Sept. 12 shooting of two state police officers has been spotted “several times” by law enforcement officials.

The most recent sighting of Eric Frein, 31, of Canadensis, came within the last 24 hours, according to Lt. Col. George Bivens, of the state police, on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

For only the third time since 1966, a Concolor fir will serve as the official White House Christmas tree.

Representatives of the White House selected a 19 1/2 foot concolor from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Mahoning Township on Wednesday for the White House Blue Room.

Dale Haney, head superintendent of the White House, was thrilled when he was shown the tree by Chris Botek, owner of Crystal Spring.

"It's unbelievable you can find a concolor 20 feet tall," Haney said.

Three White House representatives visited the tree farm to make the selection.