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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Special to the Times News @$:Ann Baddick Adams, a Gold Star mother from Jim Thorpe, stands with Staff Sgt. Erik Olson, host of Warrior Summit Outdoors. Back, from left, are Sgt. Eric Bailey, Iraq War veteran; Sgt Jonathan Potts, Afghanistan War veteran; and Sgt. Chris Geiser, Afghanistan War veteran.

A Gold Star mother from Jim Thorpe will appear in Episode 4 of Warrior Summit Outdoors hosted by three-tour combat veteran retired Staff Sgt. Erik Olson, set to premiere at 9 p.m. Wednesday on WYLNTV35 from Hazleton.

Olson and three other veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan tackle a whitewater kayaking challenge on the Lehigh River under the instruction of Jerry McAward and his team at Northeast PA Kayak School in Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police This photo provided by Pennsylvania State Police shows Trooper Alex Douglass. Investigators on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, injuring Douglass and killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

Trooper Alex Douglass, who served at the Frackville state police barracks and who was wounded Friday in a shooting in Pike County, is a stickler for details.

He could always be counted upon to show up at hearings armed with sharp recall and meticulous documentation, said Schuylkill County lawyer Tom Campion.

Cpl. Daniel Conville, who worked with Douglass at Frackville, recalls him as a "very good trooper. He did his duties well, his performance was outstanding."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Dorothy Patzek, Blue Mountain Health System vice president of nursing, left, and Ruth Brennan, vice president of clinical services, accept the Safety Across the Board Excellence Awards for both Palmerton and Gnaden Huetten campuses. Both hospitals were honored recently by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania's Hospital Engagement Network for their achievement of exceptional performance.

Patient safety and the quality of care are two of Blue Mountain Health System's main goals.

On Sept. 3, the health system's Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses received the Safety Across the Board Excellence Award by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania's Hospital Engagement Network for their "achievement of exceptional performance." The community hospitals were two of only 26 PA-HEN participating hospitals throughout the state that received the award.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Monroe County residents pleaded guilty to drug dealing charges in federal court on Monday and are facing prison terms at the time of their sentencing.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Tamika Davis, 33, of Effort, pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo to conspiring with others to distribute heroin in the Monroe County area during a six-month time period.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant admitted to committing the crime between November 2013 and April 22.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Gold Star mother from Jim Thorpe will appear in Episode 4 of Warrior Summit Outdoors hosted by three-tour combat veteran SSG Erik Olson, Retired is set to premiere at 9 p.m. Wednesday on WYLNTV35 from Hazleton.

SSG Olson and three other veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan tackle a whitewater kayaking challenge on the Lehigh River, under the instruction of Jerry McAward and his team at Northeast PA Kayak School in Jim Thorpe.

Monday, September 15, 2014

State Police at Lehighton were at the scene of a three-car crash shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday at the intersection of Bridge Street, Canal Road and Main Road in Franklin Township.

A witness at the scene, Bernadette Vachon of Lehighton, gave police these details. Vachon was stopped at the stop sign on Bridge Street.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says investigators won't rest until they capture the gunman who ambushed two state police troopers outside their barracks, killing one.

Corbett spoke briefly at Blooming Grove Baptist Church on Monday afternoon. He was joined by State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night attack at the Blooming Grove barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dickson was stationed at Fern Ridge and conducted patrols in both Carbon and Monroe counties.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

The campaign, called "The Envelope Please," begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mahoning Township Police are looking for a motorcylist who was speeding Sunday night on Route 209.

Police were conducting an aggressive driving enforcement on Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe just before 6:30 p.m. when they spotted a motorcycle passing within an intersection at a speed of 90 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.

The motorcycle passed multiple cars, and failed to stop for officers.

The motorcycle turned onto Route 903 where officers lost contact as it left Jim Thorpe.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fog continues to blanket the area this morning, but it will burn off, according to the National Weather Service. We have a nice day with temperatures reaching 71.

The forecast:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A chance of showers after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 53. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.