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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago.

Police said in documents charging Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr. on Monday for the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr. that the 17-pound child had been living in a bare room smeared with a thick layer of feces, and had suffered from several painful conditions.

The bedroom door was locked from the outside and he slept on the bare floor, police said.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One of the largest bull elk ever recorded in Pennsylvania was shot illegally along with two other bulls this month, and three Centre County men have been charged with teaming in a poaching effort, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced.

The largest of the three bulls had a 10- by 9-point non-typical rack that initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. At that score, and if the bull had been legally harvested, it would rank as Pennsylvania’s third-largest bull elk ever.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, MIchael J. Mullen State Police officers ride on an armored vehicles patrol Bear Town Road in Barrett Township Monday as the search for Eric Frein continues since the Pennsylvania State Police shooting at Blooming Grover Sept 12.

State officials aren't ready yet to provide estimates of how much the extended manhunt for suspected cop killer Eric Matthew Frein in the Poconos is costing taxpayers.

But that doesn't mean the issue of providing the Pennsylvania State Police with resources to meet unanticipated costs for overtime and other expenses isn't on the radar screen of lawmakers in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Payment of the bills is one of the most taken for granted motions on a school district's agenda.

For a brief moment Monday night, it looked as if Lehighton Area School District wouldn't be writing any checks this month.

By a 5-4 vote, however, the board agreed to pay $3.47 million in bills made up of general fund, benefits, payroll, food service fund and athletic fund payments.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Several defendants had their parole or probations revoked following hearings held before Carbon County judges on petitions filed by the adult probation office.

The petitions were filed against each defendant for violating the terms of their release.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One defendant wassentenced and another entered a plea in driving under the influence cases heard in Carbon County court.

Both defendants appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Ryan A. Yackanicz, 23, of Beaver Meadows, previously pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced by Matika to serve 72 hours to six months in prison.

He was arrested along Broad Street by Beaver Meadows police on Nov. 18, 2013. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 Larry Neff/TIMES NEWS

Longtime residents of area agricultural communities cannot remember when they have seen such an abundance of corn being grown in the fields. Corn and soybeans have become the produce of choice and income. Mother Nature has worked with the farmers this year producing an outstanding bumper crop and an apparent early harvest. The abundant amount of corn may have also contributed to the vast number of bear sightings in the area, providing the bruin with outstanding cover and a source of food. So far it is the beginning of a gorgeous autumn.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College students in the JobTrakPA program will participate in National Manufacturing Day on Friday with a visit to ATAS International, a leading manufacturer of metal systems for commercial and residential buildings offering sustainable building envelope technology.

The students and their manufacturing instructor will tour the plant, allowing the students to see their skill training in operation in the workplace, understand employment opportunities and network with people in the field.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College will host a transfer fair for students, alumni and the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Community Services Center at its main campus in Schnecksville.

Representatives from various colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions about transferring from LCCC to a four-year school, as well as a schedule of Phi Theta Kappa activities.

These events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the LCCC Advising and Transfer Center at 610-799-1189 or transfer@lccc.edu.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dr. Stanley F. Druckenmiller, 74, of Lansford, one of Carbon County's oldest practicing physicians, has been selected to receive the Lansford AmVets Certificate of Merit as the Outstanding Citizen of 1958. Last week, Dr. Druckenmiller was elected to his 12th consecutive term as president of the Carbon County Panther Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society.