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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Associated Press

The former fugitive charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania state police barracks had a laptop computer and used the Internet while evading hundreds of law enforcement officials, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Gas drops below $3 a gallon Lehighton station changed to $2.98 this morning

Joe Solt Jr. pulled his pickup up to the gas pump at the Exxon station on Blakeslee Boulevard in Lehighton early Tuesday morning, happy to see that a gallon of regular was selling for $2.999 a gallon.

"I was actually shocked," said Solt, of Lehighton. He typically spends $60 or $70 a week on fuel.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Views from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary provide birdwatchers with beautiful spots to watch hawks and other raptors during migration periods.

With only one week left to vote, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary needs your help.

The popular destination for local birdwatchers, located at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, has been nominated by USA Today in its 10 Best Readers' Choice Award contest. Voting is open at www.10best.com until 3 p.m. (noon, Pacific time) on Monday.

"I think it is really cool that we are up against huge regions," Mary Linkevich, director of communications and grants at Hawk Mountain, told the Times News recently.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Zoning issues were the main topics during West Penn Township's regular meeting, and the Comprehensive Plan public hearing which followed it.

During the regular meeting, supervisors discussed proposed adjustments to an ordinance addressing the size of accessory structures. Currently, the size of the accessory structure, such as a garage, in a residential zoning area is dependent upon the size of the residence the accessory structure can't be more than 50 percent of the size of the home.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Henry Desrosiers of Jim Thorpe casts his vote Tuesday morning

at Jim Thorpe's Memorial Hall. Key elections today include the

governor's race, with Democrat Tom Wolf challenging incumbent Tom Corbett. U.S. Rep Matt Cartwright, a Democrat, is being challenged by Schuylkill County Coroner David Moylan. Democrat Patti Borger is challenging state Rep. Doyle Heffley for the 122nd seat that represents Carbon County. Polls close at 8 tonight.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Have bike, will ride.

How far, exactly, remains to be determined when the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor hosts Bike for the Bridge in Jim Thorpe on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Pocono Biking and Webfoot Digital.

From the start, participants and their bikes will be shuttled from downtown Jim Thorpe to their starting destination by Pocono Biking.

Those who participate will have the option to ride from the Black Diamond Trailhead to Jim Thorpe (36 miles), or from Rockport to Jim Thorpe (15 miles).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Kunkletown teen was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after he fled the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police responded to the dispute in the 1200 block of Wood View Road in Eldred Township around 10 p.m.

Nicholas James Frable, 18, fled the scene in a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, which crashed into a tree on Fiddletown Road, police said. Frable then ran off and was located near his residence.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just when and how accused cop-killer Eric Frein, who was captured by U.S. marshals Thursday, suffered facial wounds, remains to be seen.

Conflicting statements from Pennsylvania State Police and U.S. Marshals have been reported about how Frein, 31, of Canadensis, got a gash on his nose and a scrape over his eye that were clearly visible in photographs and video widely disseminated in the media after his capture outside an abandoned airplane hangar in the Poconos.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The roads were paved with good intentions, but the cost of the work wreaked havoc with West Penn Township's 2014 budget.

During a budget workshop meeting Monday, the supervisors learned that paving work completed during the past two months was "more extensive than anticipated," according to roadmaster and supervisor Ted Bogash. He said that the paving work was completed on sections of Mush Dahl, Winter Mountain and Chain Circle roads.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey

A Palmerton man is poised to become the Army's highest-ranking enlisted soldier early next year.

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey will become the United States Army's next sergeant major, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno announced Monday.

Dailey will become the 15th sergeant major of the Army on Jan. 30, 2015.

"We have the utmost confidence in Command Sgt. Maj. Dailey and look forward to having him join our leadership team," McHugh said in a press release.