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Monday, October 6, 2014
LANSFORD POLICE PHOTO Police are asking the public's help to identify this woman accused of stealing money from a purse in Boyer's.

Lansford police are looking to identify the female in the grey top involving a purse theft from Boyer's shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

A customer noticed her purse was gone and went back to Boyer's to look for it.

The suspect female can be seen on video surveillance taking a cart and purse from the customer as she unloaded her groceries.

The woman can be seen entering the store with two purses in the shopping cart. She paid for her groceries and only had one purse in the shopping cart when she left the store, police said.

Monday, October 6, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Rose Queen Beatrice Petschauer, left, and Rose Princess Grace Ann Williams take part in Shower of Roses parade in the New Columbus section of Nesquehoning, Sunday. The event was held by St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning. For more photos see page 7 and check out the photo gallery at tnonline.com.

Beatrice Petschauer was crowned the 2014 Rose Queen during the annual Shower of Roses celebration in Nesquehoning Sunday.

The Shower of Roses was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the New Columbus section of the borough, a church that was closed during a consolidation of churches by the Allentown Catholic Diocese. The festival was sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning.

The celebration, started in 1932 by the late Monsignor Agnello J. Angelini, is held to honor St. Therese of Lisieux, France, commonly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus."

Monday, October 6, 2014

A hearing for a 48-year-old Lehighton man charged with providing a 15-year-old boy with alcohol and then sexually assaulting him has been continued.

The defendant is Jay Alexander Nenscel, who is accused by police of committing the offenses on March 21 in Summit Hill.

Nenscel is free on $100,000 unsecured bail.

A hearing was scheduled Wednesday before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford, but was postponed until 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The John E. Morgan Foundation has awarded the Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation a $250,000 grant expanding its support of the college and its scholarship support of Tamaqua Area High School students.

The first part of the grant, approximately $150,000, will be used to purchase, outfit and operate a passenger van for the college to transport students between its sites especially between the Morgan Center in Tamaqua and main campus in Schnecksville.

Monday, October 6, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Elijah Feisel, a third-grade student at Our Lady of The Angels Academy in Lansford, looks through his new dictionary.

Third graders at Our Lady of The Angels Academy and Panther Valley Elementary are learning about the benefits of dictionaries.

Area residents William P. Gardiner and Francis X. Koomar recently purchased 169 books 12 for OLOAA and 157 for PV and donated them to the schools as part of the nationally known program, The Dictionary Project.

The pair donated the books because they believe "a dictionary is the key to good communication, education, career and personal growth and self confidence."

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lansford Police are looking to identify the female in the grey top involving a purse theft from Boyer’s shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

A customer noticed her purse was gone and went back to Boyer’s to look for it.

The suspect female can be seen on video surveillance taking a cart and purse from the customer as she unloaded her groceries.

The woman can be seen entering the store with two purses in the shopping cart. She paid for her groceries and only had one purse in the shopping cart when she left the store, police said.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Lehighton sounded more like play time at the local SPCA on Sunday afternoon.

Around 10 dogs and their owners turned out for the church’s annual “Blessing of the Pets.”

The Rev. Jane Arrington Bender blessed each dog individually and the roughly 35-minute ceremony concluded with the reading of the Prayer of St. Francis.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ebola has arrived in the United States and people are frightened.

The nation's top infectious diseases expert said it's perfectly normal to feel anxious about a disease that kills so fast and is ravaging parts of West Africa.

"People who are scared, I say, we don't take lightly your fear. We respect it. We understand it," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said Sunday.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Visitors to the annual Shower of Roses reach up to the skies in hopes of catching one of the hundreds of roses dropped over the community of New Columbus on Sunday evening. The event is held at the Shrine to St. Therese, formerly Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, on the first Sunday in October.

For story and more photos, see Monday's edition.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

PRICE TWP. - Search teams are following up on a possible Eric Matthew Frein sighting in the area near a tree nursery on Clarks Road near Snow Hill Road, according to state police spokeswoman Tfc. Connie Devens.

Other teams "are searching in other areas of Price and Barrett townships," Devens said in an email at 6:15 p.m.