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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Traffic on Route 309 northbound in Tamaqua is being rerouted after a three-car collision.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 6 p.m. to the 200 block of Pine Street for a report of a multiple-vehicle crash with injuries.

The incident involved a Chevrolet Cavalier, Jeep Liberty and a third unnamed vehicle, with cars ending up on both sides of the road.

Airbags deployed and one passenger was thrown into the windshield.

However, police said all drivers and occupants refused medical treatment at the scene.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their "permanent removal" from society is appropriate.

Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the courtroom while some of the victim's relatives described the grief and pain they have experience since the Nov. 11 murder.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been charged with making three 911 calls to report bogus emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1mfFQjY ) reports 52-year-old Gregory Shaffer was jailed after his arraignment Wednesday on charges of making false reports to authorities.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

St. Luke's Miners Hospital Cares for Kids 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held Saturday, rain or shine. The course will begin and end at the hospital.

Proceeds will support St. Luke's Miners Community Health Initiatives, which focus on children, such as Live Your Life, Reach Out and Read, Reading Rocks, diabetes education, tobacco cessation, Healthy Homes, community safety initiative and "Get Your Tail on the Trail."

Miners Campus President Bill Moyer will lead the St. Luke's Team.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Lansford man who police say had over 100 bags of heroin on him before his arrest in Lansford waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

John Dominic Ferko, 29, remains in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000, 10 percent bail.

Ferko was arrested on Sept. 5 in the 700 block of East Bertsch Street, Lansford, following an undercover drug purchase.

He was arrested by Agent Charles Horvath of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

The hearing was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pleasant Valley Elementary, ShopRite, HOPE members and the community will be partnering to provide needy students with lunches and breakfasts on "Long Weekends."

ShopRite will provide breakfast and lunch items at cost and will allow the elementary to set up tables in the store for soliciting community members and packing bags.

School volunteers and HOPE members will be asking people to purchase a packaged bag containing breakfast and lunch items.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carbon County officials are investigating three possible services that would benefit inmates with addiction problems.

During the county prison board meeting on Wednesday, Jamie Drake and Richard Mroczka of the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, approached the board about services that could help cut down on the number of repeat drug and alcohol offenders that come through the prison.

The first program would be an extension of the outpatient treatment service programs at the commission.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Police accuse a 75-year-old former Carbon County man with sexually assaulting a young girl multiple times over a five-year period.

Curtis P. Strohl, who now lives in Mission, Texas, is charged with assaulting the girl approximately 25 times, between the summer months of 2009 and June 2014.

The child was between the ages of 8 and 13 when the assaults happened, according to police.

Strohl waived a hearing Wednesday that was scheduled before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
 (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys) Mounted members of the Pennsylvania State Police honor guard line up together during the viewing of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at the Rotunda at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Authorities were looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein who is charged with killing Dickson and wounding another trooper in an ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday.

Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, gathered in Scranton for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police.

Troopers lined up 10 deep today as they waited for the funeral procession that will bring the body of 38-year-old Cpl. Bryon Dickson to St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.