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Monday, November 3, 2014

A new date has been established for a zoning appeal to resume in Palmerton.

At 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Joseph Bennett will again appear before the borough's zoning hearing board for a variance related to the buffer area requirements.

The appeal relates to Bennett's land development plan for 555 Delaware Ave., which was conditionally approved by borough council on Sept. 11.

As approved, the plan calls for the installation of a required buffer yard along the alley.

Monday, November 3, 2014
JIM GILMORE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS People gathered to take photos and video of the fire.

A four-alarm fire heavily damaged the roof of the former Diamond Fire Company headquarters in Walnutport on Sunday afternoon.

The blaze, which broke out shortly after noon, drew response from at least a dozen fire companies from several counties.

Crews on the scene said nobody was injured and the building, located at the intersection of Main and Washington streets, is now used only as a barroom.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"We're not really sure what happened, it's a little early for that," said Walnutport Fire Chief John Kirchner.

Monday, November 3, 2014

By CHRIS PARKER

cparker@tnonline.com

Here are the companies that have submitted requests to offer proposals to buy the Schuylkill County nursing home at Rest Haven:

Weston Senior Living Centers, Easton, Northampton County

Senior Health Care Solutions, Scranton, Lackawanna County

Guardian Elder Care, Brockway, Jefferson County

Investment 360, Lakewood, New Jersey

Nationwide Healthcare Services, Brick, New Jersey.

Tryko Partners, Brick, New Jersey

Comprehensive Management Services, Lynbrook, New York

Monday, November 3, 2014

EASTON (AP) An eastern Pennsylvania jury has cleared one defendant and convicted another only on lesser charges in a shootout at an eastern Pennsylvania social club that killed a woman and injured five other people.

The Northampton County panel on Friday convicted 34-year-old Rene Figueroa of Allentown of involuntary manslaughter, rejecting the first-degree murder conviction sought by prosecutors.

The (Easton) Express-Times reports that jurors also convicted Figueroa of receiving stolen property and a firearms crime.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Firefighters are on the scene of a wind-swept blaze that gutted a house along a rural, dirt road
at the border of Rush and Ryan townships.

Schuylkill Communications Center dispatched response teams at 2:15 p.m. to the area of 40 Long Lane,
a narrow, dirt road on out the outskirts of Grier City.

There, emergency responders found the home of Susanne M. Long full engulfed. Long lives in the residence
with daughter Briana, said neighbors, and both are believed to have escaped harm.

"The place was almost down by the time we got here," said one firefighter at the scene.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A four-alarm fire heavily damaged the roof of the former Diamond Fire Company headquarters in Walnutport on Sunday afternoon.

The blaze, which broke shortly after noon, drew response from at least a dozen fire companies from several different counties.

Crews on the scene said nobody was injured and the building, located at the intersection of Main and Washington streets, is now used only as a barroom. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — Scott Malkowski, a task force commander with the U.S. Marshals Service, spied a figure moving from the woods toward an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains. Looking at his face, his black hat and fleece, and his height and weight, Malkowski was certain he had his man.

"Suspect," he told the two operators by his side, and they fanned out on either side of their quarry, who had no idea he'd just been spotted. Hidden by tall grass, Malkowski moved stealthily toward his target, adrenaline coursing through his body.

Eric Frein didn't stand a chance.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — During a small, private meeting in March 2013 that included state Sen. Mike Brubaker and the U.S. ambassador to Brazil, a security guard opened the door and unexpectedly ushered in someone else: Sean Bruce.

Then 13, Sean was Brubaker's last-minute guest at the Drexel University reception. He had charmed the dignitaries during a luncheon and then again took over at the small confab that followed.

Brubaker was delighted.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Campaign finance totals have been updated in the race for the 122nd district seat in the state House of Representatives.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of State website, the committees for incumbent Republican Doyle Heffley and Democratic challenger Patti Borger have both filed the most recent finance reports, which were due Oct. 24.

The Committee to Elect Doyle Heffley reported $79,807.51 in expenditures and $47,039.91 of in-kind contributions received so far in 2014.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says investigators are testing a .308 caliber rifle recovered from an abandoned airport hangar to determine if it is the weapon used to kill a trooper and critically wound another officer in the September ambush on a police barracks.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/13vFcXa ) also reports that Noonan said Saturday that law enforcement agencies may have had to change their strategy if the search for 31-year-old suspect Eric Frein had gone on for years.