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Thursday, October 9, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman made jury duty even worse than usual for nine people by stealing their money while they were hearing a different case.

The Allegheny County sheriff on Thursday charged 38-year-old Jawanda Tench, of Swissvale, with stealing $520 from the jurors' purses.

Deputies reviewed surveillance video and saw a woman who appeared to have court papers sticking out of her pocket enter the jury room on Tuesday around the time the money went missing.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved contracts between its children and youth services agency and several providers.

The contracts run retroactively from July 1 through June 30, 2015.

They are with:

Ÿ NHS Human Services, Harrisburg, for VECOR at a per diem of $154.50, shelter care at a per diem of $233.59, and SMART at a per diem of $270.13;

Thursday, October 9, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A white hickory tussock moth caterpillar is seen crawling up a stone wall. The critter may look cute, but it can cause an allergic reaction if touched.

Area residents may have noticed a cute white and black caterpillar creeping its way through local foliage lately.

But don't let their pretty exterior fool you.

These caterpillars, formally known as the white hickory tussock moth caterpillar, can cause allergic reactions to humans if touched.

Franklin Klock, a naturalist with the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill, said it appears that this year was a busy year for the species, which is native to Canada, Nova Scotia and more into the Northeast.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Smokey Bear visited a group of Intermediate Unit 29 preschoolers and Tamaqua students Wednesday at Tamaqua Elementary to promote fire awareness and safety. A similar program was scheduled for other schools in the district.

Christian Hadesty, firefighter and educator with the Tamaqua and Kingston fire departments, tells fifth-graders at Tamaqua Elementary School that a plan supported by a simple drawing of a home'sstairways and escape routes can be the key to surviving a fire. The safety program was presented Wednesday to nearly 500 studentsin second to fifth grades.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to one to five years in state prison for involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of his elderly neighbor.

The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1oTO7G3 ) reports that 23-year-old Alexander Roscioli of Emmaus was sentenced Wednesday in Lehigh County in the August 2013 death of 70-year-old John Sweeney.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old who had fired at him, authorities said Thursday. The killing led to an angry demonstration, with some protesters likening it to the August killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in nearby Ferguson.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

State police at Fogelsville and the Lehigh County district attorney's office continue to investigate the shooting death of a Lehigh County man.

The body of Gary Alfred Wragg, 59, of 1037G Village Round, Wescosville, Lower Macungie Township, was found about 11:44 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the development where he lived.

Troopers responded to the area to a report of gunshots. Upon arrival they found Wragg was dead.

Troopers said witnesses told them a dark colored sports utility vehicle, possibly a Nissan Pathfinder, was seen fleeing the scene.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Authorities found a journal left by ambush suspect Eric Frein that describes how he opened fire on a rural barracks - watching one of his victims fall "still and quiet" - and then made his escape, authorities said Wednesday.

Frein wrote how he "got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick," according to Lt. Col. George Bivens, who read from the multipage journal that authorities said they found last week at a campsite used by Frein.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Carbon County judge has a granted a petition this morning for convicted former Coaldale mayor Richard Corkery to remain free on bail until his petition for an appeal is heard in a child pornography case.

Corkery was convicted on 27 counts of child pornography.

Judge Steven R. Serfass ruled that Corkery, 75, will continue with electronic monitoring. Corkery must surrender his passport and file an appeal by Oct. 16.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.

Thomas Eric Duncan was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where he was admitted Sept. 28 and had been kept in isolation, according to spokesman Wendell Watson.

"Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease," Watson said in a statement.