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Connor H. Frey, of Lehighton, has attained the dean’s list for the 2016 fall semester at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Connor is a freshman enrolled in the engineering school studying civil engineering technology.

Connor maintains his honor student ranking in the engineering school at ODU. He is also a member of the Old Dominion Division I wrestling team and recently placed at the Lock Haven Mat-Town Open Wrestling Tournament in the 184-pound weight class.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Madilyn Off, 6, first grade. “Making igloos.”

Lawrence B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, “What is your favorite thing about winter?”

Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven McDonald, a police officer best known for forgiving a teenage gunman who left him paralyzed in 1986, inspired New York City by choosing a spiritual journey over self-pity and spite, Mayor Bill de Blasio and others said Friday.

McDonald's "road on this earth was not easy but he showed us what we need to know," de Blasio told McDonald's widow, Patti Ann, police officer son and other mourners packed into St. Patrick's Cathedral for his funeral. "Now we have an obligation to tell his story across this city and all across his nation, especially at this time."

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stolen hours after her birth in a Florida hospital 18 years ago, a young woman who came to suspect she didn't belong with the people who raised her has been found in South Carolina, and police charged the woman she long believed was her mother with kidnapping.

Thanks to DNA analysis, the young woman now knows her birth name: Kamiyah Mobley.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Friday at a news conference that she's is in good health, but understandably overwhelmed.

Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Federal agents have fined a family-owned fireworks business in Pennsylvania $200,000 and ordered the business closed for two week after learning an employee stole fireworks.

Zambelli International Fireworks, of New Castle, says, "This is a very serious issue that relates to poor record keeping," which the company has been ordered to improve.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives won't comment because the investigation is continuing.

Friday, January 13, 2017

CORSICA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to six to 12 months in prison for starving horses.

WJAC reports (http://bit.ly/2jfjZMi) 44-year-old Leonard Hughes, of Corsica, was also ordered Monday to pay fines and restitution.

Thirteen of the 29 horses in his field in western Pennsylvania were seized by Jefferson County humane control in September. Four horses died as a result of neglect.

Hughes pleaded guilty to the animal cruelty charges after initially appealing. He says he takes responsibility for what happened.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Carbon County is looking toward the future for its 911 computer-aided dispatching system.

On Thursday, the county commissioners approved an amendment to the license agreement with Tyler Technologies, formerly New World Systems, for the 911 center upgrade to the .Netplatform for dispatching.

The project, which will cost approximately $327,310, has been approved and will be 100 percent funded through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Act 12 Interconnectivity Funding.

Friday, January 13, 2017

A woman jumping out of a moving car in Nesquehoning led to the arrest of another passenger — a White Haven woman — for drugs that she had in her purse.

Charges were filed against Nikki Bertolette, 26, of 146 N. Sheaman Road, following a traffic stop on March 9 in Jim Thorpe.

She faces one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and is currently incarcerated in the Luzerne County prison on unrelated charges.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Schuylkill County commissioners have agreed to pay more for poll workers in an in attempt to attract more applicants.

The judge of elections wage would go from $105 to $130; the inspectors/clerks’ from $100 to $110; and the constables’ from $100 to $110.

The minority inspector of election will receive an additional $20 to accompany the judge of election in transmitting the election returns to the Schuylkill Transportation System building, where they are tallied.

The increases will be effective in 2018.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Residents living in a tourist town have it tough when it comes to finding parking near their homes.

The task may become easier in the future in Jim Thorpe as the borough’s planning commission begins discussions on permit parking in certain areas.

“There is no parking on my end of town,” said West Broadway resident Danny McGinley at Thursday’s council meeting.

“Tourists come in and park from Friday night to Monday. It’s really not fair to the people who live up there.”