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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dr. Stanley F. Druckenmiller, 74, of Lansford, one of Carbon County's oldest practicing physicians, has been selected to receive the Lansford AmVets Certificate of Merit as the Outstanding Citizen of 1958. Last week, Dr. Druckenmiller was elected to his 12th consecutive term as president of the Carbon County Panther Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A special Mass was held at Marian Catholic High School in Hometown to induct the 2014-2015 Eucharistic Ministers. The Rev. Francis P. Schoenauer served as celebrant.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 15th annual Lights On Afterschool program will take place across the country on Oct. 16.

In Carbon County, the Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE and Career Academy will hold a special assembly for the community at 5 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School, 1 Olympian Way, Jim Thorpe.

All are welcome to attend.

This year's theme is "10 Years and Still Shining."

Following the program, light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the SHINE Afterschool office at 570-325-2771 or email mbecker@lccc.edu.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John Boyer, Chairman of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation board of directors, has unveiled the organization's new website.

"The new site has been built with the latest technology to enable commercial real estate agents and site selectors the ability to search land and building availability, demographic information and much more in their offices or on the go," he said.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Hazleton man with driving under the influence.

On Aug. 30 Mahoning Township Police stopped a vehicle for a faulty exhaust system at a DUI checkpoint at 1:42 a.m.

The exhaust pipe was hanging by a strap secured through the driver door.

The driver of the vehicle, Victor Samuel of Hazleton, was found under the influence of alcohol.

A blood test showed a BAC of 0.12 percent.

Samuel has been charged with two counts of DUI and cited for the exhaust and careless driving.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Mary Fittos, Lansford borough secretary, stands next to a 1907 J&C Fisher piano in the Lansford Borough Hall. The borough council agreed to give the piano away on a first-come basis.

A 1907 J&C Fischer piano is being offered on a first-come basis by Lansford Borough.

The 53-inch upright piano, made of mahogany, sits it in the boroughhall.

The borough inherited it when it moved the borough office from the top of the American Hose Company to the former Lansford Recreation Center.

Borough secretary Mary Fittos said one person looked at the piano, played it and appears interested.

She said that person said the tuning is pretty good on it.

Whoever gets the piano will be responsible for moving it from the borough hall at their expense.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jamie Drake, treatment program manager for the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, left; and Vicki Karas, clerical staff at the commission, led the group during the Recovery Month Walk through Lehighton on Monday morning.

The Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission knows the challenges people with addictions face.

To honor those who made the choice to find the help they need, the commission held a Recovery Month Walk on Monday morning.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Hazleton man with driving under the influence.

On Aug. 30 Mahoning Township Police stopped a vehicle for a faulty exhaust system at a DUI checkpoint at 1:42 a.m.

The exhaust pipe was hanging by a strap secured through the driver door.

The driver of the vehicle, Victor Samuel of Hazleton, was found under the influence of alcohol.

A blood test showed a BAC of .12 percent.

Samuel has been charged with two counts of DUI and cited for the exhaust and careless driving.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 29.

Monday, September 29, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia sportscaster Donald Tollefson admitted Monday he stole more than $300,000 by selling fake sports-themed trips that he said would help various charities.

Tollefson, 62, pleaded guilty in a Bucks County court to defrauding at least 200 victims through travel packages to the Super Bowl or other sporting events.

Tollefson took money for nonexistent tickets and claimed some of the money would go to charity, said Matthew Weintraub, chief prosecutor at the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Frein

The face stares from posters, from video screens, from billboards eyes straight ahead, jaw set, lips a tight line.

By now, everyone knows Eric Matthew Frein, the fugitive accused of the Sept. 12 ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks that killed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and wounded Trooper Alex T. Douglass.

More than two weeks after the attack, and as the search for Frein methodically plods along in the quasi-wilderness of Monroe County, the 31-year-old suspected killer is still something of an enigma, an elusive man with an elusive past.