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Sunday, October 26, 2014

MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press

They came from broken homes to a state university in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and met the father figure they never had: a school vice president who offered them scholarships or campus jobs as they adjusted to college life. But then came the pressure for sexual favors or, in some cases, sexual assaults, according to a federal civil-rights lawsuit heading to trial this week.

Now in their 20s and early 30s, the men are pursuing the justice they say they've so far been denied by law enforcement.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Have you ever wondered how companies make the stonework patterns in the concrete on area bridges?

If so, the answer can be found locally.

Architectural Polymers, a company located along Little Gap Road in Palmerton, is the one-stop shop used by companies around the world to create the look of stone or brickwork without actually using stone and full-sized bricks.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Police have determined that Eric Frein, accused of shooting to death a state trooper in September and wounding another, did not steal a Porsche that had been taken from the Pocono Mountains, trooper Connie E. Devens reported early Saturday.

The high-end sports car was reported stolen to Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department on Oct. 18. No details have been released on the owner of the car or the specific address from which it was stolen. The 2012 Porsche Cayman was found about 100 miles north of the Pocono Mountains in Bovina, Delaware County, New York, police said.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Ambulance EMT Shawn Martin displays some of the gear needed to properly equip an ambulance. The cost for just the gear inside can reach about $400,000.

Tamaqua and Hazleton aren't far apart; in fact, just a dozen miles of Route 309 separate the two. But to an emergency medical technician, they are light years apart.

"In our area, the most common call an EMT gets is for a sick person," said Tamaqua Ambulance EMT Shawn Martin, who also works as an EMT in Hazleton. "In Hazleton, the most common call is for a drug overdose, and the second would be a gunshot wound."

Saturday, October 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Lions Clubs of Coaldale and Summit Hill conducted a joint meeting at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale this week, hosting Sharon E. Kimmel, governor of Multiple District 14, Pennsylvania. From left, are Kimmel, Robert Ames, president of the Coaldale Lions, and Judith Mida, president of Summit Hill Lions Club.

The Lions Clubs of Coaldale and Summit Hill conducted a joint meeting at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale on Oct. 21.

They hosted Sharon E. Kimmel, governor of Multiple District 14, Pennsylvania; Lions International.

The meeting was presided over by Robert Ames, president of the Coaldale Lions. Assisting was Judy Midas, president of the Summit Hill Lions Club.

District Gov. Kimmel described the challenges to Lions organizations, her program and the priorities of District 14.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Canadensis man is accused of lying to police on Sept. 18 about Eric Frein, who has evaded authorities since he is believed to have gunned down a state trooper and wounded another on Sept. 12.

Michael Vincent Abuiso, 48, was charged Friday by state Trooper William Skotleski of Swiftwarer with unsworn falsification to authorities, making false reports to authorities, and furnishing authorities with false information without knowledge. All three charges are misdemeanors.

Abuiso was issued a summons and assigned a lawyer through the Monroe County public defender's office.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Marian Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America held induction ceremonies for officers and members on Oct. 1 during the weekly Mass. More than 70 members were inducted into this year's club, including the 2014-2015 officers: Faith Befano, president; Kayla Rodick, vice president; Taylor Horvat, secretary; Rachel Meier, treasurer; Annette Ritzko, reporter; and Alison Walk, parliamentarian.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Silnik, Head Golf Pro at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton, gives a presentation to members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce at a joint mixer held recently at the facility.

Business continues to grow at the Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton.

The updated status of the property at 2230 Fireline Road was shared recently at a joint mixer between the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce held at the site.

Head Golf Pro Ray Silnik briefly discussed some of the additions to the facility, which include a remodeled upstairs bar and dining area; expanded outdoor seating area; a lower-level Irish pub, and various golf improvements.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
SUSAN BRYANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehigh Carbon Community College President Dr. Ann Bieber addresses the audience at her investiture program Friday.

Lehigh Carbon Community College honored its fifth president, Dr. Ann Bieber, with an investiture program Friday in Berrier Hall at the college in Schnecksville.

During Bieber's address to faculty, alumni, trustees, students, community leaders and state legislators, Bieber said she was honored and humbled to accept the LCCC Presidential Medallion.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Interviews by The Associated Press with voters across Pennsylvania show that many know little about Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf but are backing the first-time candidate because of their disenchantment with Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

The AP recently conducted about 30 random interviews in suburban Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Altoona to find out which candidate voters support and why.