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Friday, October 31, 2014

Carbon County officials approved a number of board and personnel actions on Thursday.

During the county commissioners' meeting, the board approved the reappointment of Fred Bresswein of Lehighton, Frank Jacobs of Nesquehoning, and Jesse Walck of Summit Hill to the Carbon County Planning Commission. The positions are for four-year terms.

The commissioners also made the following actions:

Ÿ Approved the retirement of William E. McDonald of New Ringgold, effective Dec. 31. He currently serves as the first assistant district attorney in Carbon County.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Matt Cartwright

Name: Matthew Cartwright

Age: 53

Hometown: Moosic

Party: Democrat

Education: Hamilton College, BA in history,1983; University of Pennsylvania Law School, Juris Doctorate,1986.

Occupation: Attorney; U.S. Congressman representing the 17th District since Jan. 3, 2013

Family: Wife, Marion Munley Cartwright; sons Jack and Matthew.

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Friday, October 31, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Simon Bandzi Jr., left, and Richard Sosoka, members of R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, show pupils at Peters Elementary the proper way to fold the American flag.

It was a lesson learned in the traditional method of how to fold the American Flag.

Kindergarten pupils at Peters Elementary School also learned how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of an assembly held Tuesday in the school gymnasium.

The assembly was conducted by Karen Bandzi, president of the Ladies Auxiliary to R.W. Fritzinger VFW Post 7215 in Walnutport, which worked in conjunction with the VFW.

"I think the main benefit for the children is learning the flag etiquette and the proper words to the pledge," Bandzi said.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Here's how much money incumbent Democratic Congressman Matthew Cartwright, D-17, and his challenger, Republican Dr. David J. Moylan III, Auburn, raised and spent as of Sept. 30 on their campaigns for Congress, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Matthew Cartwright:

Total contributions: $1.2 million

Total disbursements: $619,915

Total individual contributions: $903,848

Top three individual contributors:

1. James Abrams, Dallas: $2,600

2. Matthew T. Pompey, Scranton: $2,600

3. Noble C. Quandel III, Pottsville: $2,600

Friday, October 31, 2014
Wayne J. Sanders Jr.

A man is in custody in Schuylkill County Prison charged with multiple offenses related to a counterfeit scheme involving at least 18 jurisdictions in three states.

Wayne J. Sanders Jr., 30, of Wilmington, Delaware, was apprehended Wednesday following cooperation by multiple law enforcement agencies on local, state and federal levels.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

After seven weeks on the run, Eric Frein, accused of shooting to death a state trooper and wounding another in an ambush attack on Sept. 12 at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County,
surrendered to U.S. marshals at 6 p.m. Thursday in an open field near an abandoned airplane hangar in Pocono Township.

He was handcuffed with cuffs belonging to Cpl. Bryon Dickson, the trooper he is said to have shot, and placed in Dickson’s cruiser for the trip to the Blooming Grove barracks to be processed.
Arrangements for Frein’s arraignment had yet to be finalized as of late Thursday night.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Canadensis man accused of shooting to death a state trooper and wounding another in September has been captured, state police say.

Eric Frein, 31, was taken into custody, trooper Connie Devens announced late Thursday.

“I can confirm that we have taken Eric Frein into custody. Further information will be released at a later time. No further information will be released or confirmed at this time,” she wrote in a emailed release sent at 6:39 p.m. Thursday.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Jean Strubeck

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Parryville woman with theft after they said she donned a jacket and concealed merchandise inside of it.

Police said the loss prevention department at Walmart contacted them on Sept. 15 and reported two females had put jackets on that the store was offering for sale, and they then concealed additional merchandise under the jackets.

The women later purchased other merchandise but failed to pay for the jackets, and other concealed items valued at $93.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pocono Raceway announced today the Verizon IndyCar Series will return for the 2015 Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Tickets to the 2015 INDYCAR events at Pocono Raceway are on sale now, including the opportunity for 2014 ticket purchasers to receive a 20-percent discount on their 2015 ticket renewals.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shortly before noon on Thursday, Tamaqua Area School District officials were alerted to a bomb threat at the Tamaqua Area Senior High School, after a threatening note was found in a student bathroom. The district immediately implemented its safety procedures and mobilized its bomb search team, which included three members of the Tamaqua Police Department and specially trained school district personnel.