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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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Have investigators found a confession letter written by Eric Frein?

Cable television network CNN reported this afternoon that a "senior law enforcement official" told them that police discovered a letter describing how the Canadensis man allegedly shot two state troopers last month, leaving one dead and one severely injured.

In a tersely worded e-mail to the media that followed, Pennsylvania State Police offered no comment, but took a swipe at the network.

Monday, October 6, 2014

MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say a 35-year-old man has been killed by a Norfolk-Southern freight train.

Trooper Robert Hicks said the man was lying across a railroad track in South Middletown Township in central Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon.

The name of the Mount Holly Springs man was not released pending notification of his family.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Police are searching for a bank robbery suspect in northern Carbon County and Luzerne County after receiving a call about a bank being robbed in Butler Township.
According to scanner reports the suspect is a black male who was wearing a black hat and blue hoody. The suspect was also wearing sunglasses and gloves, and may have been driving a black SUV.
No further details are available at this time.

Monday, October 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Today is the deadline for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is battling for a second term against Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, who's led in the polls for months. Voters also will decide races for Congress and the Legislature.

People who want to register for the first time or to change their address or political party need to complete applications that must be postmarked or delivered to the applicant's county board of elections by the close of business Monday.

Monday, October 6, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded not guilty on Monday to aggravated assault after being accused of assaulting his wife during two arguments at their Phoenix apartment.

Dwyer entered his plea to the felony and eight misdemeanors, including assault, at a brief arraignment in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Investigators have said Dwyer broke his wife's nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument, and the next day punched her and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn't injured.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists traveling on the Northeastern Extension (I-476) between the Lehigh Valley (Exit #56) and Mahoning Valley (Exit #74) interchanges, to be prepared for continuous single-lane patterns and two-way traffic in the northbound Lehigh Tunnel starting tonight through Thursday at 6 a.m.

Monday, October 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety regulator has opened an investigation into complaints that the power-assisted steering can suddenly fail on three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.

The probe covers 938,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2010 through 2012 model years, as well as the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan. It includes gas-electric hybrid versions of the cars.

According to a class-action lawsuit filed in June about the matter, the problem could affect more Ford models, including the compact Focus.

Monday, October 6, 2014

There will be a meeting for the Carbon County 4-H Livestock Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Big Creek Grange.

This is for livestock projects only.

The 4-H program is open to youth between 8 and 19 as of Jan. 1, 2014. 4-H is a youth program of Penn State University.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Walnutport Boroough Grant Coordinator Michael Wentz provided updates last week on several grant applications, including gaming money from both the Mount Airy Casino and the Sands Casino.

Unfortunately, he said, the borough was denied Sands money this year; there were 36 applications, Walnutport ranked number 25, and the nine-member board only chose the top 20 applicants.