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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HARRISBURG Local veterans can apply now to receive new specialty plates created earlier this year to honor those who earned special recognition in the U.S. military, according to Sen. David G. Argall.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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The covered bridge in the Little Gap section of Lower Towamensing Township opened

Monday, providing a short cut from the village to the Blue Mountain Ski Area. The bridge has been closed since the summer, while crews repaired damage from vehicle strikes. The project, which cost $291,126, included replacing the open-grid steel deck, sandblasting and painting the bridge and was covered by Act 13 bridge

improvement funds, along with Act 44 funds. See the story on Page 3.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The ceiling in the Lehighton Area Middle School auditorium will be cut out to make way for asbestos abatement and the replacement of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

By a unanimous vote during Monday's building workshop, Lehighton Area School District's board voted to pay $82,000 for Sargent Enterprises to remove asbestos in the room's ceiling and walls. The board already gave the Jim Thorpe company the go-ahead to do $262,900 worth of abatement in the rest of the building.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Carbon County woman was one of two people who died following a three-car crash Sunday afternoon in Lehigh Township.

According to a police report issued by Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel, police were called at 1:42 p.m. to the multivehicle crash on Route 145 (Riverview Drive) near Willow Road in the Treichlers area.

A silver Chrysler Cirrus operated by a 17-year-old male from Bath was traveling northbound on Route 145 when it rear-ended a Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Ronald Wechsler, 65, of Coplay.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It started as a rescue story, but authorities said it turned out to be a marriage apparently beyond saving.

A man going through a divorce sent the red Corvette his wife drives plunging into a river, triggering a search for a possible victim inside, police said.

Officers were called on Monday afternoon about a car in the Delaware River. A witness told them that a man had driven to the riverbank, gotten out and then let the car run into the water, Inspector Scott Small said.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lehigh Township police are investigating a crash which occurred Monday afternoon along Route 248.

The crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection with Aspen Road.

The driver of an ambulance apparently lost control while driving east just having passed through the intersection in Berlinsville. The unit entered the right berm traveling across a large lawn of a community park narrowly missing a wood structure and as high chain link fence before impacting with and snapping off a large wooden utility pole with a light.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Panther Valley is part of a new lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state funding for public education.

Public school advocates sued top state officials Monday, alleging that an irrational system of distributing state subsidies is creating academic inequities and depriving many students of the "thorough and efficient" public education system that the state constitution guarantees.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Funding for a footbridge across the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe to connect the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Trail was approved today.

The $2 million project was among 56 to improve transportation alternatives that are in line for $33 million in federal funds, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced today.

The installation of a prefabricated pedestrian bridge across the Lehigh River wlill connect the 60 miles of D&L Trail north in Carbon and Luzerne counties to the 105 miles of D&L Trail in Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties.

Monday, November 10, 2014

An attorney hired by Eric Frein's family to represent the ambush suspect the night of his capture said Monday that police prevented him from seeing Frein and refused to tell his client a lawyer was available.

James Swetz, a veteran criminal defense attorney from eastern Pennsylvania, said he called ahead, then showed up at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30, some 3 1/2 hours after Frein's arrest.

"I was told, 'He's an adult and has not asked for a lawyer,'" Swetz recounted.

Monday, November 10, 2014

 A Carbon County woman is among two people dead following a three-car crash Sunday afternoon in Lehigh Township.

According to a police report issued by Lehigh Township Police Chief Scott Fogel, at 1:42 p.m., township police were called to the multivehicle crash on Route 145 (Riverview Drive) near Willow Road in the Treichlers area of the township.

A silver Chrysler Cirrus operated by a 17-year-old male from Bath was traveling northbound on Route 145 when it rear-ended a Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Ronald Wechsler, 65, of Coplay.