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Monday, November 3, 2014

A Kunkletown teen was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after he fled the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police responded to the dispute in the 1200-block of Wood View Road in Eldred Township around 10 p.m.

Nicholas James Frable, 18, fled the scene in a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, which crashed into a tree on Fiddletown Road, police said.

Frable then fled on foot until he was located near his residence.

Monday, November 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard stuck by her decision.

The woman with brain cancer who revived a national debate about physician-assisted suicide ended her life Saturday by swallowing lethal drugs made available under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die. She would have been 30 on Nov. 19.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Members of the Lehighton 9/12 Project are planning a protest Monday at noon at Democrat Headquarters, South First Street in Lehighton.

An advisory said the protest is related to comments made by Patti Borger, Democratic candidate for the 122nd district seat in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

Monday, November 3, 2014

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) — State police say a fire damaging an historic covered bridge in central Pennsylvania was intentionally set.

Firefighters responded to the 125-year-old Dellville Covered Bridge in Wheatfield Township around 3:30 a.m. Monday and worked for several hours to contain the blaze.

The bridge's wooden structure appeared charred and its metal roof warped in places.

Trooper Robert Hicks says police are continuing to interview witnesses. He says no arrests have been made.

The bridge spanning Sherman's Creek was built in 1889 and rebuilt after a 1972 flood.

Monday, November 3, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a state employee was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery a half-mile from the Pennsylvania capitol.

Harrisburg police tell PennLive (http://bit.ly/1x1i1g9 ) a jogger found Richard McQuown's body Saturday morning near a park along the Susquehanna River.

There were no keys or identification.

Police say McQuown was last seen with friends Friday night at a Harrisburg bar. They say he died from the effects of the stabbing and apparent hypothermia.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ten companies are vying to buy the Schuylkill County nursing home at Rest Haven. Three of the companies are in Pennsylvania, three are in New Jersey and four are in New York.

"The strong interest in Rest Haven is not surprising, and it is indicative of the high quality of care the facility and its employees have provided for our residents," Commissioners' Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier said in a prepared statement.

Monday, November 3, 2014

If you live in Schuylkill County and want to participate in Tuesday's General Election, only two contested races await your decision.

Voters will have decisions to make in the Pennsylvania governor's race between incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, as well as the balloting for the 17th Congressional District seat.

In that race, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democratic incumbent, is facing opposition from Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan, a Republican.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Leon Sobolewski to Leon T. Sobolewski, McAdoo, property at 511 E. Grant St., McAdoo, $1.

East Penn Township

Peter J. Sikorsky to Realty PNP Enterprise, LLC, 780 Little Gap Road, Palmerton, property along West Bowmans Road, $11,605.

Thomas P. Breiner to Douglas E. Keller, 401 Pinewood Road, Lehighton, property at 401 Pinewood Road, $199,900.

Franklin Township

Chester Philip Cinamella to Troy M. Green, 1930 Forest Inn Road, Palmerton, property at 50 Briar St., $37,500.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Campaign finance totals have been updated in the race for the 122nd district seat in the state House of Representatives.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State website, the committees for incumbent Republican Doyle Heffley and Democratic challenger Patti Borger have both filed the most recent finance reports, which were due Oct. 24.

The Committee to Elect Doyle Heffley reported $79,807.51 in expenditures and $47,039.91 of in-kind contributions received so far in 2014.

Monday, November 3, 2014
Ron Gower/Times News Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and his wife, Susan, right, stand with Lehighton Mayor Thomas Mase and his wife, Ann Marie, during a campaign stop on Saturday at the Lehighton American Legion Post.

Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife, Susan, made a campaign stop at the Lehighton American Legion Post on Saturday.

About 100 supporters greeted them, including state Reps. Doyle Heffley and Jerry Knowles and Carbon County Commissioner Thomas Gerhard.

Representatives of the Carbon County Republican Party including GOP Chairman Jeremy Glaush also were present.

Corbett stood in the Legion parking lot and addressed the gathering, thanking them for their support and reviewing a list of his accomplishments.

He then went inside the Legion and chatted with patrons.