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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Monroe County teen was killed on Saturday after his pickup truck crashed into a tree head-on.

State police at Lehighton identified the victim as Conrad Joseph Caputo III, 18, of Kunkletown.

Troopers said Caputo was driving his truck about 4:50 p.m. along Hell Hollow Road in Polk Township when he lost control. The truck left the road and collided into a tree head-on. After impact with the tree the truck rolled onto its passenger side and struck a tree with its roof and then rolled upright.

Caputo was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster at a central Pennsylvania gun show, police said.

The Columbia County district attorney's office will determine whether the vendor, Geoffrey Hawk, will face criminal charges stemming from the shooting Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Officer Brad Sharrow said.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.

Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos. By Labor Day, it could be down to nine.

For years, economists and analysts talked in theoretical terms about "casino saturation" in the northeastern United States. But there's nothing theoretical about what's happening in Atlantic City now.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers returned to the Capitol for an unusual weekend session Sunday as Republicans try to advance a $29.1 billion spending plan as the clocked ticked down on the fiscal year.

The House and Senate returned to session Sunday evening, and a preliminary Senate committee vote was planned later on budget legislation whose details were just being revealed. Major floor votes on budget legislation were expected Monday, the last day of the fiscal year.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of Blue Mountain Health System accept the $20,000 check from representatives of the Diehl Memorial Fund, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton. They are, from left, Dr. Sheila Smith; Justin Miller, dental assistant; Andrew Harris, president and CEO of Blue Mountain Health System; Linda Williams, church council president and executive assistant at Blue Mountain Health System; Kay Becker, church treasurer; and Barbara Belon, chairwoman of the special gifts fund at the church.

An area church entrusted by a late parishioner to help the community is giving to the children.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton, which oversees the Diehl Memorial Fund in honor of the late Warren Diehl of Lehighton, recently presented Blue Mountain Health System with a $20,000 grant.

The money will be used to help cover maintenance and repair costs of the Blue Mountain Health System Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids mobile dental van. The van serves approximately 1,500 low-income children throughout the county annually.

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Gail Maholick/Special to the Times News Ten girls will be attending Keystone Girls State. From left are, front row, Cathy Ocker, District President of the American Legion Auxiliary and member of Unit 922, Canadensis; Alexandra Rozzi; EmilyKattner; Shannon Grundmann; and Alexa Iannace; and Deborah DeCindio, Unit 314 president and Four County Council Girls State Chairman. Back row are, Chloe Sicignans, Kristine Olsen, Elizabeth Pope, Allison Thomas, Madeline Aurisana and Hannah Gilbert. Also attending are Katelyn Freeman, Naomi Valladares, Riley Corrall, Annamarie Fiducia and Madison Davis.

Girls who were selected to attend Keystone Girls State recently were feted at the annual Keystone Girls State Tea held at the Lehighton American Legion Post 314.

This annual event is held to acquaint the girls with the program and prepare them for the week of learning how their government operates.

The girls will attend Keystone Girls State from June 22 to June 28 at Shippensburg University, Shippensburg. The girls will represent the Four County Council, which includes Auxiliary Units in Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The 20th Anniversary Monroe County Youth Field Day (held rain or shine) will be from 6:45 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 6 at Camp Trexler in Jonas.

It is a free event for boys and girls, ages 8-14, sponsored by Monroe County Youth Field Day and hosted by Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, Camp Trexler in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Only the first 225 applicants will be accepted.

Visit for an application/registration form. Email or call Angela Schwartz at 610-628-0355.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The "green" roof of the springhouse at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center sprouted additional color as the prickly pear bloomed. The roof was planted in 2013 as a demonstration.It attracted many people who were at the center for a volunteer recognition event.