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Sunday, September 14, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded.

The probe comes as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday's deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.

Eight investigators walked into the dense forest in Blooming Grove around noon Sunday, The Times-Tribune reported ( ). A day earlier, authorities suggested the suspect had left the area.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.

State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass to get additional information on the attack.

The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the barracks and another was arriving. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Schuylkill County employees who leave their jobs before becoming vested in the pension program will now have clear options for the money they've accrued.

Commissioners on Wednesday approved the county's first policy spelling out the choices.

Employees become vested after five years on the job. Now, those who leave before then will received two letters asking them to choose whether to take their money as a refund or roll it over into an Individual Retirement Account within 30 days, then 60 days.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Robert Clifford III

Robert Clifford III, 20, of 16 W. Abbott St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident that happened Sept. 2. Clifford is charged with criminal attempt-robbery, and two counts of simple assault.

He was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, and jailed in Carbon County prison under $50,000 percentage bail.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Jason Helmer, here's what happened:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Police have no suspects in the fatal shooting Friday night of a state trooper at the Blooming Grove, Pike County state police barracks.

The ambush attack left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead and Tpr. Alex T. Douglass critically wounded. The officers were leaving the barracks during a shift change at about 10:50 p.m. when they were shot.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were questioning a person of interest, state police said Saturday.

One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

A person of interest identified as Jeffrey Hudak, 48, was being questioned by police, Trooper Connie Devens said.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities were searching Saturday for the suspect or suspects, state police said.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) — A fire tore through a popular farmer's market in Lancaster County early Saturday, damaging numerous buildings and shops.

Ephrata Fire Chief Allen Pettyjohn tells the Reading Eagle ( ) that firefighters arrived at the Green Dragon Farmer's Market and Auction near Ephrata around 5 a.m. Saturday. They found much of the central section of the 30-acre complex completely destroyed. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to additional sections of the 82-year-old market in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

INTERCOURSE, Pa. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy struck by a pickup truck while riding a scooter in Lancaster County has died.

Lancaster Newspapers ( reports that Reuben King of Gordonville died after he crossed a road near an Amish school on Friday morning.

State police say the 68-year-old driver had seen the boy on the shoulder before the boy crossed in front of him at about 7:30 a.m.

Authorities say the driver tried to resuscitate the child, but he died at the scene in Leacock Township.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge say a man tried to lure two 13-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy into a green convertible on Pawnee Trail in Mount Pocohontas in Penn Forest Township at about 4 p.m. Sept. 8 and Sept. 10.

The boys had gotten off the school bus and were walking home when the incidents happened. The man is described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, with a gray goatee.