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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Larksville, Pa. resident with a warrant out of Northampton County was arrested Tuesday by Pocono Mountain Regional police following a traffic stop on Route 115.

Keith Scarpelli, 40, was stopped near the Monroe/Luzerne county line just before 2 a.m.

According to Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner, the arrest warrant was for fraud.

Scarpelli was transported to the Monroe County Correctional Facility.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Rep. Doyle Heffley talks to supporters at the Bowmanstown Fire Company Tuesday night.

Excited and humbled were two words Doyle Heffley used to describe his emotions on Tuesday night.

The Lower Towamensing Township resident was all smiles when he received word of his successful re-election bid for state representative in the 122nd district.

Heffley, a Republican, earned a third term by defeating Patti Borger, a Mahoning Township resident and Democrat.

Heffley garnered 10,275 votes to Borger's 5,654 votes.

Shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. Heffley celebrated with family and supporters at the Bowmanstown Fire Company.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The person killed in a two-vehicle crash at 12:45 p.m. on Monday in Lehigh Township, Northampton County, has been identified.

Township police said Elizabeth Kates, 76, of Cherryville, died in the crash. The Northampton County coroner's office said she died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Police said Kates' 1993 Subaru Outback and a 2001 Chevrolet 2500 pickup collided along Lehigh Drive (Route 248), between Cashew and Blue Mountain drives. Kates was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Carbon County Veterans Day Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Nesquehoning. The rain date is Nov. 16.

Henry Desrosiers, director of the county Department of Veterans Affairs, said this year's theme is "Honoring All Who Served" and is hosted by the Nesquehoning United Veterans Organization.

He urged all county residents to come support the parade because it is a great way for people to thank all those who served our country, protecting our freedoms.

The grand marshal

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly, Carbon County and state officials worked together to create a brochure that provides contact information for programs available for people with drug and alcohol problems.

Carbon County, Weatherly and state officials have teamed up to spearhead a campaign to try to combat the growing drug epidemic that is hitting our communities.

On Monday, representatives gathered at the Weatherly Borough Office to reveal a new brochure that is available to all Weatherly residents that provides information on getting help with drug and alcohol problems. Information includes a variety of resources, from local agencies and treatment options to area support groups.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ALLENTOWN (AP) A Pennsylvania utility says it's eliminating 450 jobs as part of cost-cutting stemming from a planned spinoff of its competitive generation business.

Allentown-based PPL Corporation says Tuesday severance packages and existing vacancies will keep the number of layoffs under 200.

PPL disclosed the planned job reduction in a third-quarter earnings report.

The company reported third-quarter earnings of $497 million, or 74 cents per share, an increase from $410 million, or 62 cents per share, a year ago.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SHEPPTON (AP) Police say the body of an elderly woman was found in the yard of her northeastern Pennsylvania home after emergency crews arrived to fight a brush fire.

East Union Township police chief Tony Harris told the (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker that the cause of the woman's death hasn't been determined.

Safety officer Dennis Antonelli Jr. of the Sheppton-Oneida Fire Company said crews were dispatched to the fire in woods in Sheppton at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MARC LEVY, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Tom Wolf was elected Pennsylvania governor Tuesday after the businessman and first-time candidate spent $10 million of his own money on an early TV ad campaign that endeared him to voters and helped send unpopular Gov. Tom Corbett to a historic defeat.

When he takes office in January, Wolf will likely face a Republican-controlled Legislature and a yawning budget deficit as he tries to make good on a promise to dramatically increase the state government's share of public school costs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gas prices in the area have dipped below the three dollar price point at some local gas stations.
The Exxon and Sunoco stations in Lehighton are advertising regular unleaded for $2.99, while the Normal Square Mini-Mart's sign reads $2.98.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

With 99 percent of precincts reporting in Monroe County and Northampton counties, Republican Mario Scavello has won the new senate seat for the area, defeating Mark Aurand of Nazareth.
Scavello had 53,465 votes and Aurand had 36,287.

Check back for updates.