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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

By Joseph Kohut
Times-Shamrock

PRICE TWP. - Handwriting experts are analyzing papers found in the woods that chronicle the shooting death of a Blooming Grove state police corporal to determine if accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein penned them, sources with knowledge of the documents told The Times-Tribune, a Times-Shamrock newspaper, on Tuesday.

The handwritten notes are more like a log of events since the Sept. 12 shooting rather than a letter as reported Monday by CNN, ABC News and CBS News, the sources said.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
"The miners had to travel 30 miles to receive care," sayd Bill Moyer, president, St. Luke's Miners Campus, at Tuesday's announcement of the hospital trauma center earning three-year accreditation.

It's unusual for a newly accredited trauma center to win triple-year accreditation, but St. Luke's Hospital Miners Campus in Coaldale was able to pull it off.

That distinction shows how far the local area has advanced from the early days, said its chief executive officer.

"The miners had to travel 30 miles to receive care," said President Bill Moyer on Tuesday.

The hospital became an accredited trauma center in November 2013, the first Pennsylvania hospital to earn Level IV distinction.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A new program made possible by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation plan, will clear the way for traffic signal improvements that could dramatically ease congestion, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced.

PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program will assist municipalities with traffic signal operations, allowing them to make needed improvements.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ashtown road in Mahoning Township was closed to traffic at this morning after a car collided with a utility pole bringing down a wire across the roadway.

The crash occurred near 6:30 a.m. as the motorist was traveling west just past Mall road. The car drifted to the right entering the berm where it impacted with and snapped off a utility pole.

The impact brought down a utility wire which stretched acoss the roadway. The driver of the car was not injured. Mahoning township police are investigating the incident. Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11. Here are some of the events happening around our region. To have your event listed, send us the details at tneditor@tnonline.com.

Kunkletown

The Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company will hold an open house from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the firehouse, 597 Kunkletown Road, Kunkletown. Events include a display of fire apparatus, car rescue demonstration, safety smokehouse and rides on a firetruck. Free refreshments will be available.

Tamaqua

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Deeds recorded

Bowmanstown

Household Finance Consumer Discount Company to Carlos A. Amorim, 20 Helen St., Palmerton, property at 607 Fireline Road, $22,000.

Franklin Township

Guy S. Kenion to Gregory T. Gauronsky, 270 Innsbruck Drive, Lehighton, property at 270 Innsbruck Drive, $180,000.

Fay E. Graver to Tori B. Heffelfinger, 69 Shadblue Lane, Jim Thorpe, property at 106 Reber St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

Dana G. Dyer to James A. Ehling, 231 North St., Jim Thorpe, property at 229 North St., $25,000.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Glen Dutter of Penn Forest township photographed this bear recently in Bear Creek Lakes.

One dog was killed and another severely injured during two recent bear attacks in Mahoning Township, but state game officials said "nuisance bear" calls are on the same pace as 2013.

"We're seeing what we expect to see," said Pennsylvania Game Commission officer Bill Williams.

"In the northeast region, we received 1,679 calls in 2013 and, through the middle of July, we received 866 calls this year."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Autumn crafts are popular at Tamaqua festivals. Dave and Judy Johns pick up a few decorative fall items for their home at a recent Tamaqua Heritage Festival. The 30th annual event is set for Sunday.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will present its 30th Annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Tamaqua. It will be held rain or shine.

For the past three decades, the annual event celebrates the fall foliage season in the community that historically has served as a mining, railroad and manufacturing hub of the coal region.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Members of Blue Mountain Zendo, who live on Deere Lane in West Penn Township, are appealing the "cease and desist" order filed against them by the township's zoning officer last month.

They'll appeal the order before the township's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Township solicitor Gretchen Stearns updated the supervisors on the matter during a meeting Monday night.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A utility wire lies across Ashtown Road in Mahoning Township this morning after a vehicle struck a utility pole. The wreck happened this morning at around 6:30 and temporarily closed the road. No other details were available as of presstime.