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Monday, November 3, 2014

A Pleasant Valley School District custodian placed on administrative leave after he was charged with sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl has waived his hearing.

Robert Pini Jr., 31, of Effort, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Colleen Mancuso, Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Instead, Pini chose to waive his right to the hearing.

He remains free in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Monday, November 3, 2014

An observant employee at the Rite Aid in the Carbon Plaza Mall prevented a customer from being defrauded out of $4,000.

Earlier today, a customer informed store employees she received a call from the IRS stating she had to pay money immediately. The customer was instructed to purchase cards to avoid arrest by the caller.

While at the store the customer spoke by phone with the person(s) who told her she owed the money. She informed them Rite Aid employees had told her she was the victim of a fraud.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A woman is dead following a violent head-on crash Monday afternoon along Route 248 just west of Cherryville in Northmapton County.

The crash involved a car and a pickup truck with both vehicles coming to rest down an embankment.

Route 248 is closed and is expected to be closed until at least 5 p.m.

There is no word on any other victims. Lehigh Township police are investigating the incident with the Northampton County coroner on scene.

Fire police are maintaining traffic control at the scene.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The group fighting to have Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe's remains returned to his Oklahoma birthplace plans to file for a “rehearing” following the recent decision of the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Daniel E. Gomez, of Conner and Winters LLP, attorney for the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma and three of Thorpe's sons, Richard, William and the late John Thorpe, is asking for a 30-day extension to file its request.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Conflicting claims by a political candidate and an area non-profit organization took center stage Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours before polls open for the general election.

Members of the Lehighton 9/12 Project held a protest outside the Carbon County Democratic headquarters on South First Street in Lehighton.

Around 10 people, many of them holding signs, spoke out against claims by Patti Borger, Democratic candidate for the 122nd district seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, in an advertisement Borger placed in the Times News.

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Kunkletown teen was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after he fled the scene of a domestic dispute Sunday, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police responded to the dispute in the 1200-block of Wood View Road in Eldred Township around 10 p.m.

Nicholas James Frable, 18, fled the scene in a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, which crashed into a tree on Fiddletown Road, police said.

Frable then fled on foot until he was located near his residence.

Monday, November 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard stuck by her decision.

The woman with brain cancer who revived a national debate about physician-assisted suicide ended her life Saturday by swallowing lethal drugs made available under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die. She would have been 30 on Nov. 19.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Members of the Lehighton 9/12 Project are planning a protest Monday at noon at Democrat Headquarters, South First Street in Lehighton.

An advisory said the protest is related to comments made by Patti Borger, Democratic candidate for the 122nd district seat in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

Monday, November 3, 2014

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) — State police say a fire damaging an historic covered bridge in central Pennsylvania was intentionally set.

Firefighters responded to the 125-year-old Dellville Covered Bridge in Wheatfield Township around 3:30 a.m. Monday and worked for several hours to contain the blaze.

The bridge's wooden structure appeared charred and its metal roof warped in places.

Trooper Robert Hicks says police are continuing to interview witnesses. He says no arrests have been made.

The bridge spanning Sherman's Creek was built in 1889 and rebuilt after a 1972 flood.

Monday, November 3, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a state employee was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery a half-mile from the Pennsylvania capitol.

Harrisburg police tell PennLive (http://bit.ly/1x1i1g9 ) a jogger found Richard McQuown's body Saturday morning near a park along the Susquehanna River.

There were no keys or identification.

Police say McQuown was last seen with friends Friday night at a Harrisburg bar. They say he died from the effects of the stabbing and apparent hypothermia.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

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Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com