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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Police accuse a 75-year-old former Carbon County man with sexually assaulting a young girl multiple times over a five-year period.

Curtis P. Strohl, who now lives in Mission, Texas, is charged with assaulting the girl approximately 25 times, between the summer months of 2009 and June 2014.

The child was between the ages of 8 and 13 when the assaults happened, according to police.

Strohl waived a hearing Wednesday that was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
 (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) Mounted members of the Pennsylvania State Police honor guard line up together during the viewing of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the Rotunda at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Authorities were looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein who is charged with killing Dickson and wounding another trooper in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday.

Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, gathered in Scranton for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.

Troopers lined up 10 deep today as they waited for the funeral procession that will bring the body of 38-year-old Cpl. Bryon Dickson to St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apple iPhone 6:

Cost: $199, $299 or $399 for 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of space respectively.

Screen size: 4.7-inch retina high definition display, larger than the 4-inch display of current iPhone models.

Thickness: 6.9 mm.

Battery life: up to 14 hours of 3G talk time and 11 hours of Wi-Fi browsing time.

Resolution: 1334 x 750

Apple iPhone 6 Plus:

Cost: $299, $399 or $499 for 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of space respectively.

Screen size:5.5-inch retina high definition display.

Thickness: 7.1 mm.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Eric Matthew Frein

A Monroe County man suspected of shooting two state troopers, killing one and injuring another Friday night, belonged to a military simulation unit based in eastern Pennsylvania, according to state police.

As part of the re-enactment group, Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, portrayed an Eastern European soldier during the Cold War.

"In his current frame of mind, it appears Frein has assumed that role in real life," Lt. Col. George Bevins said during a news conference.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Franklin Township firefighters Wednesday afternoon cleaned up an oil spill on Route 209 at the intersection with 248. At 2 p.m. a southbound tractor-trailer was sitting in the left turn lane of Route 209 at the traffic light when it experienced transmission problems. A large amount of oil spilled out onto the roadway. After the rig was towed from the scene firemen used absorbent materials to contain the oil. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation workers assisted at the scene.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tamaqua's Second Annual Pink Light Walk will be held Oct. 4 and will follow the same walking route as the 2013 event. The walk is being held to help raise awareness of breast cancer and is coordinated by Rachael Paisley, ambassador to Girl Scout Troop 31211.

Walkers will begin at the Bungalow Park Pavilion at 5 p.m., then proceed to Broad Street, ending at Depot Square Park. Registration will begin at 4 p.m. that day. The event will be held rain or shine.

For further information, call 570-578-5196, 570-578-5176 or email pinkribbons101@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Tara Stauffenberg of Tamaqua presents a check for $3,750 to Deb Heim and Linda Wagner, co-chairs of the Schuylkill County Suicide Prevention Task Force. The check represents the proceeds of the Fifth Annual Dudefest Celebration, held Aug. 16 in Clamtown. This donation puts the Dudefest donations at $13,750 to date.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

An armed robbery was reported at a Schuylkill County business Wednesday night.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said the incident began at 5:56 p.m. at the Exxon Mobil station, located in Cressona.

Troopers said a white male, about 17 to 25 years of age, entered the business and displayed a large buck knife with a wooden handle and told an employee to give him all the money in the register.

The suspect then fled the store through a side door and went on foot north in the direction of River Street.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Schuylkill County residents will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted recyclable items during the county's annual fall cleanup and recycling event. The local collection site will be the Tamaqua Transfer Station on Sewage Treatment Plant Road in Tamaqua on the following dates and times: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sept. 26 and 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 27. Proof of residency will be required.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Special to the Times News/Larry Neff Lehighton residents were treated to a rare but beautiful sight Wednesday afternoon when a black bear decided to take a stroll through the heavily populated community. The bruin was first sighted at 3:30 p.m. walking on North Sixth street, which brought curious onlookers. Within minutes it made its way to the intersection of South Third and Alum streets, where it took refuge in a tree on the property of the Schaeffer Funeral Home. Police blocked off the street to keep motorists away and onlookers at a safe distance. A call to the Pennsylvania Game Commission was fruitless when it was learned they had no deputies in the area. The bear finally made his way down the tree and to the safe haven of nearby woods just before 8 p.m.

Third and Alum streets in Lehighton was all the rage Wednesday afternoon thanks to a visit from a furry friend.

A rather large crowd of pedestrians and motorists converged on the area to catch a glimpse of a black bear, which found comfort up in a tree on the property of the Schaeffer Funeral Home.

Resident Chris Glass said he was walking his son up to football practice when he noticed the bear in the tree.

As she stood on the sidewalk across the street from the bear, resident Becky Walck said, "it's really scary."