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Friday, September 19, 2014

After a contentious exchange with Rush Township supervisors during a meeting Thursday, Hometown resident Joe Shamonsky collapsed on the floor in front of his seat and was transported to a hospital by Tamaqua ambulance personnel.

Friday, September 19, 2014
AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune, Butch Comegys

LEFT: Tiffany Dickson embraces her 7-year-old son, Bryon III,in front of the casket of her husband, Pennsylvania state trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson,on Thursday at the Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore.ABOVE: Pennsylvania state troopers carry Dickson'scasket out of Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton after his funeral Thursday.

Friday, September 19, 2014

During a meeting Thursday, Rush Township supervisors adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as the property maintenance code for the township. Before finalizing the ordinance, they had made numerous alterations and amendments.

"What we adopt, we research and adapt to fit our needs," Chairman Shawn Gilbert said. "That's our job."

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Philadelphia man admitted in Carbon County court on Thursday to coming into the county to sell drugs. He was one of four defendants facing drug charges to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Sold to CI

Terrance Bernard Brown, 50, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-crack cocaine.

Friday, September 19, 2014
The wanted poster for Eric Frein who is charged with killing Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson last week.

The suspect in the slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper has been added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.

Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is the 503rd person placed on the list.

"When law enforcement officers are violently targeted, we take it seriously, and personally," said Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division.

"The FBI is committed to finding this suspect, keeping the public safe, and supporting our partners at the Pennsylvania State Police."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Loans totaling $300,000 have been granted by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to two Panther Valley industrial development organizations.

The Greater Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises will receive a loan of $240,000 for completion of its first shell building at Tidewood Industrial Park in Hometown.

The Carbon-Schuylkill Industrial Development Corp. will be given $60,000 to be applied to the conversion of a building in Lansford that houses the Majestic Lamp Mfg. Corp.

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.