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Friday, September 19, 2014

Learn about becoming a volunteer ombudsman at an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging Office at 724 Phillips St. in Stroudsburg. Meet local ombudsmen and learn how they make a difference in the lives of residents of nursing and personal care homes.

A volunteer ombudsman receives training and is under the supervision of the county staff ombudsman.

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) Home Depot said Thursday that a data breach that lasted for months at its stores in the U.S. and Canada affected 56 million debit and credit cards, far more than a pre-Christmas 2013 attack on Target customers.

The size of the theft at Home Depot trails only that of the heist of data from 90 million TJX Cos. customers, which was disclosed in 2007. Target's breach compromised 40 million credit and debit cards.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A benefit sporting event will be held in Walnutport on Saturday to help fulfill the dreams of serious, chronic, and terminally ill children

That's when the Walnutport Playground Association plans to host a special Dream Come True baseball vs. softball game at 5:30 p.m. at the Walnutport Playground.

The rain date is Sept. 27.

Admission is free, and the refreshment stand will be open. Donations are being accepted.

A tricky tray basket raffle will be held during the game, with baskets and gift cards donated from local families and businesses.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Nesquehoning police have charged a borough man for assaulting an officer.

Walter Honshiko, 61, was charged with simple assault, persistent disorderly conduct and harassment. He was arraigned before District Judge Joseph D. Homanko Sr. of Weatherly and released under $5,000 unsecured bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Carl Breiner, here's what happened:

At 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Breiner was dispatched to 127 W. Catawissa St., apartment six, for a complaint about loud music. He could hear the music as he approached the building.

Friday, September 19, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a one-car crash shortly after 6 a.m. Friday in which a car veered off Route 209, flipped over and crashed into the woods. The female driver was able to extricate herself from the wreckage.

A female driver was able to free herself from wreckage and crawl away from her overturned car after an early Friday morning crash near Tamaqua.

Emergency responders were dispatched to Route 209 in the Newkirk area, two miles west of town, about 6:15 a.m. for a report of a car overturned in the woods.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nearly eight months to the day Emily Brong was seriously injured in a car crash, she returned home to Palmerton, only to be greeted with a hero's welcome.

A bevy of fellow high school classmates lined up along the 200 block of Delaware Avenue in Palmerton to greet Emily, a junior, upon her arrival into town.

Several fire trucks accompanied Emily as she was driven home by her mother, Beth Brong.

Emily had been hospitalized after she was seriously injured in a car crash on Jan. 19 in Franklin Township.

Read Friday's edition for full story.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper has been added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., is the 503rd person placed on the list and replaces former fugitive Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first and could always be counted on for advice and support, his friends and colleagues said at the slain state trooper's funeral Thursday.

Dickson "was no ordinary trooper," police Commissioner Frank Noonan told hundreds of mourners gathered at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.

Dickson, 38, was gunned down in an ambush late Friday outside his rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. The days since then have been "a whirlwind ... fueled by stress and gallons of coffee," Noonan said.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police have reopened roads in rural Canadensis after swarming the area in a search for the man charged with killing a trooper.

Monroe County emergency officials said late Thursday that a temporary shelter for residents who couldn't get to their homes because of the heavy police activity in Barrett Township is shutting down.

Police are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein (green). He's charged with ambushing a state police barracks last week, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding another trooper.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day, police said Thursday.

The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities after he was taken into custody at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on a $25,000 bond early Thursday.