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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MANCHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Gov.-elect Tom Wolf says he'll forgo his salary as the state's chief executive and that he and his wife plan to divide their time between their York County home and the governor's residence in Harrisburg.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Wolf said he'll give the salary to charity or return it to the state, depending on what the law allows. The salary is currently $187,256. The wealthy businessman says he adopted a similar policy during his two years as revenue secretary in the Rendell administration.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom agreed Wednesday to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal.

Michelle Montgomery has already paid $200 to replace a toilet that exploded when her 9 mm handgun discharged in the faculty bathroom on Sept. 11. She pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of illegal discharge of a gun. It will be dismissed if she pays a $705 court fee and commits no new crimes over the next year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Graphic online photos that appear to show a slain woman before her body was found in Washington state were being reviewed Wednesday by detectives investigating a death, authorities said.

Kitsap County sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson saw the photos on two websites along with a statement, apparently from the killer, he said.

The identity of the woman who was found by a relative Tuesday had yet to be confirmed by the coroner, so the sheriff's office could not say if the online postings were authentic, Wilson said.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Lehighton man pleaded guilty to simple assault and was placed on probation.

Donald Raymond Hood, 48, entered his plea before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic for an incident that occurred on Dec. 7, 2013.

Franklin Township police responded to 673 Greenwood St. for a report of an assault incident. On scene officers learned that Hood had assaulted Rachael Simmons during a domestic dispute.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

An interesting phenomenon in Pennsylvania gubernatorial voting followed suit Tuesday in Carbon, Schuylkill and Northampton counties.

That's because voters in those three counties once again remained consistent with a voting mode they have been in for the past eight elections for governor voters in each of those counties, which are all contiguous, have voted "with" the eventual winner of the gubernatorial election every time since at least 1986.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Gail Lazar, a teacher in the Panther Valley School District, portrays the storyteller for the Halloween Concert.

Students from grades three through 12 participated in a Halloween Concert on Oct. 29 at Panther Valley High School.

Senior Steven Reehl directed the 125 instrumental students.

The concert opened with a parade down the hallway, led by the Panther, in costume, and ended on the stage.

All students were in costume and received a treat bag from the band boosters.

The boosters also provided refreshments for those attending.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

American Legion Post 316, Summit Hill, will conduct "flag-burning" ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Legion property.

This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to discard American flags to do so in a manner authorized by law.

Anyone desiring to get rid of their old flags can do so by dropping them off at the Post Home on Lehigh Street before next Saturday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Voters in Lehigh and Northampton counties, parts of which are in the Times News coverage area, went the way of the commonwealth on Tuesday, granting victories to Governor-elect Tom Wolf, a Democrat, over incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Meanwhile, voters in Northampton County participated in the balloting for the 17th Congressional District, where incumbent U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, defeated challenger David J. Moylan, the Republican. Northampton voters favored the incumbent in that race.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Joriki Bake of Blue Mountain Zendo meditates in his house on Deere Lane In West Penn Township.

Neighbors in West Penn Township are about to take part in a complicated zoning hearing involving privacy and religion. The West Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to hear the matter of the township versus Blue Mountain Zendo.

Is Blue Mountain Zendo, located on Deere Lane, a house of worship? What is a place of worship? Just how private is a "private lane?" Can the general public use a private road?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A development of major importance to the economic growth of Carbon County and the western Poconos took place when ground was broken for a 200-unit motel resort complex, an 18-hole championship golf course and related facilities in Kidder Township.

The groundbreaking signifies the inception of "Foodergong Lodge in the Poconos."