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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Nina Schnyder

Nina Schnyder has been named Slatington Woman's Club's Girl of the Month for October.

A senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, she is involved in Spanish Club, E7 (Environmental Group president), National Honor Society, Student Council, The Dog Dish (Broadcasting Club and is president), track and field, and cross country.

Schnyder was named Outstanding Female Runner for cross country, and holds the captain position.

She enjoys reading, learning about history and computers, and caring for animals.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A topic that has been raised in the borough for years was the main topic of discussion at Slatington's Water/Sewer/Highway Workshop Committee Monday.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, resident and former councilwoman Kris Burek brought up the topic of how the borough's water and sewer are billed when she asked President Gwyneth Neff about a list Burek said she had requested at council's Sept. 8 meeting to "show (her) how (Neff's) numbers don't add up on the water and sewer minimums."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper patrols the cemetery at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Tuesday in Swiftwater during an ongoing search for suspected killer Eric Frein. With two possible sightings in four days, Frein, 31, who's charged with opening fireoutside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing a trooper and seriously wounding another, appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Andi Hourican, left, and her daughter, Laura Frey, transfer dough discs to trays before  taking them to the next station, stuffing and pinching, Tuesday morning at Ben Salem Church. For more photos, see Page 10 and visit tnonline.com for our photo gallery.

Roll, fill, pinch, boil, slather in butter, repeat ... 3,600 times.

About 20 volunteers gathered at Ben Salem Church the past two Tuesdays to make pierogies by the dozen. In total the church will make approximately 300 dozen of the popular ethnic food.

Laura Frey, one of the organizers, said that they've been doing the fundraiser at Ben Salem since 2005, but it has roots with her mother, Andi Hourican, who used to do the same thing in her church in New Jersey.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Devan Pepe

The Slatington Woman's Club has named Devan Pepe as the September Girl of the Month.

Pepe, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been a member of the field hockey team all four years of high school and the softball team for three years. She is the current treasurer of student council, is a member of National Honor Society and is a member of the All Pro team.

She received the faculty scholarship award in 2010 and 2011 and the Blue Bat award in 2014 for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude during the softball season.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A federal grand jury has indicted two police officers, one from Lansford and one formerly from Coaldale, for allegedly planting narcotics during drug searches last year. Additionally, two former police chiefs from those departments have been indicted on a charge of a separate incident involving the alleged sale of a machine gun.

In the drug case, Lansford officer Jeremy K. Sommers, 28, and former Coaldale officer Michael R. Weaver, 35, have been charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights, obstructing an investigation and obstructing and lying to federal agents.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Tamaqua woman admitted in Carbon County court on Tuesday to her part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab in Lansford.

She is the fifth and final defendant in the case to enter a guilty plea.

Jackie Slaven, 38, pleaded before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count each of criminal conspiracy-operating a methamphetamine lab, hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of children.

The charges stem from a May 19, 2013, incident in Lansford.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Carbon County man entered a guilty plea to a criminal trespass count on Tuesday in the county court before Judge Joseph J. Matika and was sentenced to a prison term.

Joseph R. Becker, 32, of Summit Hill, pleaded to the charge after admitting he entered a home at 313 W. Water St. in Lansford on Feb. 27.

In a plea bargain with the district attorney's office, a charge of robbery was dropped.

Borough police said Becker entered the home looking for drugs along with another man, later identified as Brian R. Kehl, 31, of Summit Hill.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The first-grade students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy recently celebrated Johnny Appleseed's birthday by learning about the life cycle of an apple tree, reading the story of Johnny Appleseed, tasting and graphing favorite apple flavors, writing sensory poetry, and creating art pieces. Adam Kosciolek shows his favorite part of the lessons: making applesauce.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Two defendants were sentenced to jail terms on Monday after previously pleading guilty to driving under the influence charges.

Both appeared before Carbon County Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Anthony John Naimon III, 45, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail followed by 57 months in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program, with the first nine months on electronic monitoring.

Naimon was arrested on Oct. 17, 2012, by state police at Fern Ridge in Penn Forest Township. He refused a blood test and lost his license for a year.