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Thursday, October 30, 2014

BETHLEHEM (AP) – A student accused of breaking into a friend's Pennsylvania home while wearing a yellow Teletubby costume and stealing leftover food is facing charges.

Police say the Lehigh University student was dressed as the Laa-Laa character from the BBC children's series when he damaged a door early Sunday in Bethlehem. They say he went into the friend's refrigerator and dumped Chinese food into a "man purse" before leaving.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Texas man has been charged in the death of a Lower Macungie Township man who was fatally shot earlier this month in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived.

Alexander Adrian Brown, 25, of Houston, Texas, was charged by state police on Wednesday with shooting 59-year-old Gary A. Wragg, of 1037G Village Round.

Wragg was known as a frequent visitor to Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mahoning Township police announced Wednesday the recent arrest of three area residents.

Barry Riegel, of Lehighton, faces two counts of driving under the influence, both misdemeanors.

He was arrested at a DUI checkpoint along Route 209 just before 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 .

A blood test showed his blood alcohol concentration was .11 percent.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10.

Ashley Bowden, of Jim Thorpe, faces one count of possessing a small amount of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police say an unmanned balloon brought in from Ohio has not been helpful in the search for a suspect in the killing of a state trooper.

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

Kelly says dense brush and rugged terrain in the Pocono Mountains search area hampered use of the tethered device, which is akin to a weather balloon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Rosemary Brown

State Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-189, will be challenged in the Nov. 4 general election by Democrat Liz Forrest. The district covers Hamilton, Middle Smithfield, Ross and Smithfield townships, Delaware Water Gap, and parts of Chestnuthill and Stroud townships in Monroe County; and Delaware, Lehman and Porter townships, and part of Dingman Township in Pike County.

The Times News asked each candidate the same set of questions. Their answers are printed below.

What will it take to achieve property tax reform in Pennsylvania?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Albrightsville man was killed when his vehicle ran up an embankment and flipped onto its roof along Route 534 in Polk Township, Monroe County.

State Police at Lehighton said George B. Sherman, 39, of Star Route, was westbound about 1 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and went onto the berm, up the embankment and flipped over. It then skidded on its roof. The crash occurred about half a mile west of Route 209.

Troopers said Sherman was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Summit Hill Water Authority, an independent entity of Summit Hill Borough, will likely cease to exist come Jan. 1.

The borough council is planning to take over the authority and create a Summit Hill Water Department.

The council, according to plans, would request all authority members to resign by Jan. 1. The present chairman of the authority is Lewis Alexander. He could not be reached for comment this morning.

A resolution regarding the takeover of the authority is set for adoption at the Nov. 24 meeting of the borough council.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county jail term on Tuesday after previously admitting to drug dealing.

Deborah Murray, 39, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve nine to 18 months followed by two years of probation, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance.

Murray was arrested by agents of the state attorney general's office after she sold 45 Percocet tablets to an undercover agent. The sale occurred on Dec. 20, 2010, in the area of North Second and Coal streets in Lehighton.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

People will probably get a break on home heating costs this winter. The price of popular fuels is expected to dip, providing the temperature doesn't take an unexpected plunge, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Those who use propane and heating oil should see the biggest savings.

Here's the EIA winter fuel forecast: (Information was not available for anthracite, although the price per ton in our region tends to hover around $200).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Pleasant Valley School District obtaining quotes for a contract for maintenance on the softball field.

The board authorized Christopher Fisher, assistant to the superintendent, to obtain quotes at a cost not to exceed $15,000.

Project Restoration Earth Work will also be done behind the Pleasant Valley Middle School at a cost not to exceed $15,000. Some areas, where some out buildings had been, needs to have some earth leveled out and restored to grass. Fisher said that sometime down the road, the district will probably put an athletic field there.