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Thursday, October 9, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens addresses the media during a news conference on Wednesday at the Blooming Grove Township Municipal Building. In the background is an enhanced photo of suspected killer Eric Frein, who has been hiding in the woods in the Poconos for over three weeks. The search has cost the state police millions.

Police on Wednesday added two felony counts of possession of weapons of mass destruction to the first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and attempted murder and related charges accused trooper killer Eric Frein already faces.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

During September, 16 residential break-ins occurred an equivalent of more than one every other day.

One man on Wednesday night told Lansford Borough Council it happened to him, and said if he's home when it happens, there could be a shooting.

Even a borough council member was a victim.

Many are happening in broad daylight.

Richard Vavra told the council, "These homes are being targeted. My home was broken into on Labor Day. I went for a bike ride."

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1949 celebrated their 65th reunion. Classmates attending include, front row from left, Janet (Evans) King, Marie (Fucci) Gernovage, June (Fethers) Camerini, Irene (Smith) Emerich, Mary (Deer) Reed, Dolores (Morgan) Boyle, Monica (Tuite) Heisler, Kitty (Coleman) Andregic, Mary (Brennan) Schock and Ruby (Houser) Knott. Second row, Marie (Hyduck) Hartung, Janis (Jones) Wenzel, Anne (Cooper) Cope, Meriam (Weston) Kester, James Ziogas, Lois (Roeder) Reeser and Robert Boettger. Third row, "Pete" Pruett, Robert Blewitt, Robert Breiner, William Mantz, Jay Heisler and Pauline (Koch) Heisler. Fourth row, Lowell Koch, Charles Betz and Rhea (Kistler) Lenick. Last row, James Allison, William Coombe, Donald Homm, William Lenick, Curt Bailey and Kenneth Pfeil.

The 65th anniversary reunion of the Tamaqua High School Class of 1949 was held on Sept. 26 at the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton. There were 46 people attending, including 35 class members.

James Ziogas of Elizabethtown served as toastmaster. The invocation was given by Mary Brennan Schock.

Monica Tuite Heisler and Kitty Coleman Andregic led the group in paying tribute to 92 deceased classmates. Thirty have died since the last reunion.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Siblings Arianah Lee, 8, and Cameron Lee, 8, of Palmerton, tug away at this hose as partof an open house hosted by the Palmerton Fire Company at its new quarters at Fifth Street and Lafayette Avenue. The open house, being held to make residents aware of the services that are available to them, continues this evening from 6-9. The fire company also hosted open houses Tuesday and Wednesday in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A new report on the proposed building/renovation project in the Lehighton Area School District shows a total estimated project cost of $23,298,050, which will require 41.42 mills in taxes.

Directors were given an update on costs by project architects Wallace and Watson Associates of Allentown.

The board scheduled a special meeting for next Monday to vote on the next portion of the development plan and to vote on advertising a public hearing as required by law.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Bowmanstown Borough Council relied heavily upon its solicitor, James Preston, to answer several borough code questions at Tuesday's meeting, including those pertaining to equivalent dwelling units and homeowners' curbing requirements.

While last month resident Carl Walck asked council to add another EDU to his White Street property, this month Councilman Rob Moyer said property owner Duane Schleicher is requesting that his Prince property be dropped from five EDUs to one.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Residents of Jim Thorpe and visitors will celebrate Halloween later this month thanks to two events sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Lions Club.

The highlight will be the 20th Annual Jim Thorpe Halloween Parade beginning at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26.

This year will mark the fourth year the Lions Club will be sponsoring the parade, having taken over management and coordination of it in 2011. Details, including the route and line of march, will be announced as plans progress.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News A sign outside the Mountainhome Diner expresses gratitude for the efforts of law enforcement officers searching for murder suspect Eric Frein.

The small town of Mountainhome was quiet Wednesday, much like any other rural Pennsylvania setting.

Locals went about their daily business, visiting the post office, pharmacy and diner like they would any other day of the week.

Meanwhile, minutes away in a bordering village, throngs of law enforcement officers embarked on day 26 of an intense manhunt for Eric Frein, the Canadensis man wanted for killing one state trooper and seriously injuring another outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and suspenders" approach an extra level of screening at five major U.S. airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.

About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and health officials expect false alarms from fevers due to malaria.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Pennsylvania State Police One of the makeshift campsites police believe was hastily left by Eric Frein as he continues to flee police.

State police on Sept. 18 found a checklist of items Frein planned to take with him when he fled into the deep Pocono Mountains woods after ambushing two troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County on Sept. 12. The handwritten list was among a number of items police found in Frein's bedroom, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

One section listed items used to conceal one'sidentity and location:

P Shemagh (a Middle Eastern scarf used to wrap around one's face and neck as protection from sun and sand, and for warmth at night)

P Camo net