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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Five people are dead after a four-car crash this afternoon on Route 115 at Rocky Mountain North Drive.

Another woman was flown from the scene, and a man was transported by ambulance, according to reports on the scene.

The crash happened at 2:15 p.m. The impact was so loud that it shook Christine Graver's house, located a block away on Rocky Mountain North. "I didn't know what it was," Graver said.

She ran to the scene and saw a red car on its side, a blue SUV and two other vehicles.

Emergency crews arrived quickly on the scene.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Authorities who spent the night in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents donned bulletproof vests and gathered heavy rifles before scattering Saturday morning.

The burst of activity followed a long night that included gunshots and police telling residents to stay in their homes.

Police gave no information about the Saturday morning activity.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Penn State honored the late Cpl. Byron Dickson during the playing of the national anthem at Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon.

A contingent of state troopers lined the goal line in honor of the Penn State grad.

Dickson was killed in an ambush outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove last Friday. The suspected shooter Eric Frein is still on the loose.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

After a day of searching for shooting suspect Eric Frein, the Pennsylvania State Police has lifted the shelter in place order and are recommending that people in Barrett/Price Townships of Monroe County use extreme caution as they move back into the area.

"The PSP are very concerned for the safety of the community and are strongly recommending that people in the affected area stay in their homes and do not go in to the woods where law enforcement is searching," said public relations officer Maria Finn.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A western Pennsylvania senator believes a law that would allow teachers to carry guns would help keep students safe until police arrive to handle violent outbreaks.

But an anti-gun mothers' group, educational lawyers, and others worry the plan may backfire, triggering more firearms injuries or even deaths.

Local lawmakers, school administrators and police offered mixed reviews of the bill.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Police continue to surround areas in Barrett/Price Townships, Monroe County to conduct a search for Eric Matthew Frein, the man accuse of ambushing two state troopers a week ago in Barrett Township. They have been stationed in the area since early last evening.

Police said, "Due to the violent nature of his crimes, extreme precautionary measures are being taken. The PA State Police are very concerned for the safety of the community so we are continuing to ask people to shelter in place in these townships."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Barrett Township supervisor Loree Guthrie is confident police will catch accused cop-killer and self-styled survivalist Eric Frein, whom police believe is hiding in the area after gunning down Cpl. Bryon Dickson last Friday night as left the Blooming Glen barracks during a shift change.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that state police will have this resolved very soon. They're certainly trying. They are being extremely diligent in trying to get this guy," she said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Title: Providing for Protection and Defense of Pupils

Content: School boards may authorize school employees who are licensed and certified to carry firearms to bring their weapons onto school grounds

Proposed by: State Sen. Don White, R-41; supported by Sens. Elder A. Vogel, R-47; Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-40; John C. Rafferty, R-44; Robert D. Robbins, R-50; Charles McIlhinney Jr., R-10; Patrick M. Browne, R-16; Bob Mensch, R-24; Michael Brubaker, R-36; Richard Alloway, R-33; and former Sen. Mike Waugh, R-28

Introduced: Nov. 22, 2013

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Times News asked local lawmakers for their thoughts on state Sen. Don White's proposed legislation that would allow school boards to authorize trained, certified staff members to carry guns on school grounds.

Here's what they said: