Monday, September 22, 2014

Local News

Monday, September 22, 2014
A Pocono Mountain yearbook photo shows Eric Frein on the school's rifle team.

CANADENSIS (AP) Every time Tiffany Frein logs on to Facebook, she sees people calling her brother a "psycho" who should be hunted down and killed.

"It's hard and it's hurtful," the 18-year-old said.

"People just automatically think he's a psycho."

Standing in the doorway of her family's home in the Pocono neighborhood Thursday, Tiffany Frein looked out at her driveway and ran her fingers through the pink streaks in her hair.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Four first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program recently by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

The four were placed for a year.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lansford Alive is holding a downtown Fall Festival and vendor and craft fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include Joe Krushinsky, the voice of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society; Buster the Clown; singer Angela Nardini, folk singer Dave Matsinko; and the anti-bullying group, Heroes for Hope.

The craft fair will feature mesh wreaths, jewelry, paintings, used books, quilts, native designs, cookbooks, wood crafts and other holiday decorating and gift ideas.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Palmerton resident George Ashman, left, receives a recognition plaque from Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler. The plaque was presented to Ashman for his continuingsupport of the district. Ashman volunteered to participate in thedistrict's new teacher induction program, and went on a bus tourof the district with the new hires, at which time he provided them with a history of the area.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A proposed renovation project in Lehighton Area School District got slightly cheaper last week.

Superintendent Jonathan Cleaver announced the district has been awarded an $8,499,000 interest-free bond through the federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond program.

"It's great because we can save the money we would have paid on interest over the life of a bond," Cleaver said. "We can only use the funds for our middle school renovation."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Could a new set of medical offices be headed to Lehighton?

That depends on the outcome of a borough Zoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.

At that time, the application of Blakeslee Commons, LLC, 2216 Willow Park Road, Bethlehem, will be reviewed.

Blakeslee Commons will request a special exception from a section of the borough zoning ordinance that pertains to special uses.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the proposed development is medical offices.

Monday, September 22, 2014

State police seized a D-3 cargo plane carrying more than 1,300 kilos of cocaine worth $130 million and arrested one man early today after the plane landed at the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport.

The man, Harold Hill, 46, of Canada, is being held in lieu of $10 million bail in Lehigh County Prison.

Officials said Hill was arrested by Bethlehem State Police after the plane, believed to be traveling from Columbia to Canada, landed at the airport to refuel shortly after midnight.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club Ship 260 will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 7 p.m. Sept. 29.

The celebration will be held during the club's monthly meeting at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St.

Commander Scott Reinhart will be in charge.

The club is one of only seven chapters in the state. There are currently 30 members in the chapter, but membership is always open to anyone who served in the United States Navy, Marines, Seabees or the Coast Guard.

Associate membership is available for $10 a year, while regular membership is $15.

Monday, September 22, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS A roadside memorial at Route 115 and Rocky Mountain North pays tribute to the victims of the crash.

Orange roses and a balloon alongside Route 115 in Effort serve as a reminder to the horrible weekend crash that left one woman and four children dead.

Four teddy bears are sealed in plastic bags next to a utility pole. A crucifix is nailed to the pole. Below is a candle with the likeness of Jesus.

Destini Watson, 23, and four children, all from Blakeslee, were pronounced dead at the scene of a four-vehicle crash at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Chestnuthill Township.

Two of the children were male and two female, according to state police at Fern Ridge.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Carbon County Navy Club is looking for high school volunteers to serve as flag and banner holders in the annual Veterans Day parade in November.

A total of five students are needed.

To volunteer, call Robert "Ski" Siesputowski at 570-645-6586.