Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Crews prepare to transport the victim of a motorcycle crash in Towamensing Township Wednesday afternoon. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A motorcyclist was flown from a crash at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in Towamensing Township, according to state police at Lehighton.

Police identified the injured person as John J. Kline Sr., 67, of Kunkletown. They said the severity of his injuries is not known.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation approved by the Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday would let police departments across the state refuse public requests for copies of video recordings by officers, unless a court orders the release.

The bill sets a sweeping policy to exempt recordings from body cameras and dashboard cameras from public records requests in Pennsylvania.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
This 1975 microscope image made available by the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria magnified 200X. A report by the CDC released on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 says infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high. Chlamydia was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before. (Dr. E. Arum, Dr. N. Jacobs/CDC via AP) Copyright -

NEW YORK (AP) — Infections from three sexually spread diseases have hit another record high.

Chlamydia (kluh-MID'-ee-uh) was the most common. More than 1.5 million cases were reported in the U.S. last year, up 6 percent from the year before.

Nearly 400,000 gonorrhea (gah-nuh-REE'-uh) cases were reported, up 13 percent. And there were about 24,000 cases of the most contagious forms of syphilis, up 19 percent.

The three infections are treatable with antibiotics.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) — As a tumultuous campaign nears an end, undecided voters across the country watched the final debate of the U.S. presidential race with a mix of skepticism and rapt attention Wednesday night.

They were searching for clarity, and some found it. But others remained painfully undecided just a few weeks before the election, saying neither candidate won them over.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI says dozens of pimps, prostitutes and associates have been arrested in the Philadelphia area and New Jersey under international efforts to combat underage human trafficking.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( ) federal authorities say 15 pimps and associates have been arrested in the Philadelphia area as part of Operation Cross Country X.

Authorities in Newark, New Jersey say a 17-year-old was rescued in that state as part of the operation, and 29 prostitutes and pimps were arrested.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in a Northern California county near the Oregon border was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a disturbance call, the Modoc County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies were responding to a call on County Road 115, in a rural area about 10 miles south of Alturas, when deputy Jack Hopkins, 31, was fatally shot. A suspect was detained shortly after, the sheriff's office said.

Hopkins joined the force last year, the office said.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Schuylkill County man was jailed on Wednesday after he was charged with multiple counts, including attempted homicide, for firing a rife at another person.

State police at Schuylkill Haven identified the man as Donald Archie Wrona, 44, of Pottsville.

Troopers said they responded to a residence along Walnut Lane in Norwegian Township about 6:30 a.m. On scene officers observed Wrona in possession of a 30-06 rifle. Troopers said he was disheveled wearing only white underwear and a white robe. He also appeared to be hallucinating.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A West Penn Township police officer charged with making up a report about being assaulted and thrown down a steep embankment has pleaded guilty.

Melissa M. Ruch, 42, of New Ringgold, was charged with misdemeanor counts of filing a false report to law enforcement officials, creating a false alarm for agencies of public safety, falsely incriminating another, and making false reports after the incident in September 2015.

Her trial was scheduled to begin in Schuylkill County court today.

Instead, she pleaded guilty this morning to making false reports.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Two people have died as a result of a motorcycle crash in Monroe County, according to authorities.

The crash occurred around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday on Toll Road near Effort. Police said the motorcycle struck the rear of a Jeep that had stopped behind a school bus that was unloading students.

State Police at Fern Ridge identified one of the victims as 22-year-old Daniel Gregory Weir of Effort, who was operating the motorcycle. Police are withholding the name of his passenger pending notification of next of kin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The driver of a Panther Valley School District bus who police said slammed her brakes on injuring middle school students, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Carbon County court to 24 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. But the plea almost didn’t happen.

Rebecca Nicholas, 44, of Coaldale, appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika to enter the plea.

After Assistant District Attorney Brian Gazo read the affidavit of probably cause in which police said she deliberately slammed on the brakes of the bus she was driving, Matika asked her with she agreed with those facts.