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Friday, October 24, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shortly before 5 p.m. Friday West Penn Township and Tamaqua Police were dispatched to the intersection of Route 443 and Mush Dahl Road in West Penn township, the village of Clamtown.

There they discovered a woman in a car suffering head trauma from an assault.

The victim was treated at the scene by member of the Penn Mahoning ambulance and Lehighton paramedics, then transported to an area trauma center.

Friday, October 24, 2014

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a man provided bad information to police about the suspect accused of killing a state trooper.

Michael Abuiso was charged Friday in Monroe County with making false reports and related counts.

According to the complaint, Abuiso allegedly lied to police by saying suspect Eric Frein (freen) asked him in August for a forged identity in order to enter Canada.

Frein has been on the run from authorities since a trooper was fatally ambushed Sept. 12 outside his Pocono Mountains barracks. Another officer was injured.

Friday, October 24, 2014

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) — A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy charged in the beating death of a 90-year-old woman is now being represented by a county public defender.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1yundub) reported the change Friday.

A private attorney had been representing the Wayne County boy, and wanted the case transferred to juvenile court.

The boy is charged as an adult with criminal homicide in the Oct. 11 death of Helen Novak at the home of his grandfather, Novak's caretaker.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saucony valley has defeated Lehighton 6-0 in district soccer playoffs.

Pleasant Valley boys soccer team has advanced to the District 11 Class AAA semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Stroudsburg.

Check back for updates and for Friday Night Football scores.

Friday, October 24, 2014

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor says two police officers fired gunshots at a man who died after an early morning chase in the Lehigh Valley.

The Express-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1uOzRjR ) a witness heard 8 to 10 shots after Richie Scheuermann slammed his pickup truck into a pole in Easton around 1:20 a.m. Friday.

State Police Lt. Joseph Sokolofski says it's unclear if the gunshots killed the man.

If so, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli says he'll determine whether it was a justifiable homicide.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Stable, sound, and steady as can be, Palmerton finds itself in a position to once again hold the line on taxes next year.

On a 4-0 vote on Thursday, borough council agreed to grant tentative adoption to the 2015 budget with no tax increase.

Councilmen Kris Hoffner and Richard Nothstein, along with Councilwoman Holly Sell, were absent.

Borough Manager Rodger Danielson told council next year's spending plan does not require any increases.

"I can tell you right now, it does not call for any increase in taxes or user fees," Danielson said.

Friday, October 24, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Kyle Greenfield holds his October Student of the Month award

from the Penn-Kidder Lions club Saturday morning at the TerraCottage in Lake Harmony. Also at the presentation were, from left, his brother Brandon, sister Alyssa, mother Casey and Lions members Ken Cathcart and John Siani.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program this week by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year.

Friday, October 24, 2014

While Schuylkill County continues to be a Republican stronghold, a smattering of voters have aligned with a number of lesser-known political parties. The county currently has a total of 84,347 registered voters, down a bit from last year's 84,646.

The county is home to 39,590 Republicans and 35,280 Democrats. Another 4,095 claim no political affiliation, and 2,871 are nonpartisan; with 1,460 as Independent; 480 are Libertarians; 142 members of the Green Party; 108 have no party affiliation; 34 list their affiliation as Constitution and 71 listed "other."