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Police say rifle carried by Frein found

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CANADENSIS — Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, authorities said they believe they are hot on the trail of the suspect they describe as a self-taught survivalist despite an intensive search that shut down the heavily wooded community where he lived with his parents.Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens revealed a few more details about the manhunt for Eric Frein, saying he believes Frein planned it for months, if not years, and that trackers have discovered items he hid or abandoned in the woods — including an AK-47-style rifle and ammunition.“We are pushing him hard, he is no longer safe and I am confident he will be apprehended,” Bivens said.

 

Frein press conference set for this afternoon

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens will address the media at 3 p.m. today with an update on the search for trooper shooting suspect Eric Frein.The press conference will deal with search operations and public safety, according to an e-mail sent out by state police this afternoon.Though a shelter-in-place order had been lifted in the Pocono Mountains community where police have focused their search, they continued to urge residents to be vigilant Sunday as th...

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Experts debate Frein’s ‘survivalist’ skills

Where is Eric Frein? Most likely in a cave or in heavily wooded high-ground near a water source.But an extreme survivalist? Doubtful, according to a man who’s trained trackers for 30 years.Frein is suspected of killing state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Sept. 12 and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.If Frein is truly a knowledgeable survivalist, he could be out there for as much as a month, according to hunting guide and author David Canterbury, a U.S. Army...

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9 days in, no contact with trooper slaying suspect

CANADENSIS — Nine days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, authorities have had no contact with the suspect they describe as a self-taught survivalist despite an intensive search that shut down the heavily wooded community where he lived with his parents.Though a shelter-in-place order had been lifted in the Pocono Mountains community where police have focused their search, they continued to urge residents to be vigilant Sunday as the man...

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A Hull of a game for Penn State ‘D’

STATE COLLEGE — Sensing a chance to keep things interesting, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen went outside the box.And in less than a minute, their hopes of an upset went straight to Hull.Mike Hull, that is.Penn State’s leading linebacker not only caught up to a quick pass to wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, he jarred the ball loose.And it jolted the sluggish Lions from their sleepy haze.“When you have an opponent li...

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Some rain possible today, followed by cooler temperatures this week

Temperatures will continue to dwell into autumn-like ranges in the Wyoming Valley this week.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 57 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. this morning. A few clouds lingered in the sky, but sunshine greeted the end of the second to last weekend of the month.Clouds will gradually move into the area today, with a chance of showers before 5 p.m. — after 5 p.m., showers will become likely, along with a possible thunderstorm. Up to a quar...

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Traffic report for September 21

Plans to go out for an early Sunday breakfast or church service should involve an easy ride this morning.Free-flowing traffic is being reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380. No traffic congestion is also being reported on Route 115 and the North Cross Valley Expressway.Downtown Wilkes-Barre is also free of traffic congestion, save for some exceptions on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard near Northampton Street and on Academy Street. Free-flowing traffic is also being reported in ...

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Review: Dorney Park’s Halloween Haunt balances family fun with fright

Halloween Haunt features 12 attractions spread out across Dorney Park. Even with Halloween over a month away, lines already are long at some attractions. You’ll want to plan ahead.We chose to visit Halloween Haunt’s newest attraction, Blackout, and what we were told was its most popular, The Asylum.Blackout is what you’d expect it to be: black. A group of people are given a rope with a “flashlight” that you’re told will become brighter...

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Wilkes art exhibit is tribute to the late faculty member Richard A. Fuller

If the little toy donkey in the painting, the one with the friendly face and the red saddle, catches your eye, you may want to know it was part of artist Bruce Lanning’s childhood, acquired when it came “floating down the creek in my backyard after a heavy rainstorm.”And if you’re wondering why Steve Husted photographed a turquoise bicycle on a boardwalk or a llama that appears to be intrigued by his camera, know that he likes “remembering where I̵...

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PSU ground game gets on track to trample UMass

STATE COLLEGE — Bill Belton found the corner. And for the first time in a very long while, there weren’t two or three defenders waiting to meet him.Instead there was just the big, friendly blue jersey of Donovan Smith. With the left tackle in tow, it was almost a leisurely stroll to the end zone.Not at all used to such a sight this year, Belton found himself trying to calm down before he could hit paydirt.“I can’t get too excited,”...

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Manhunt, tension go on

CANADENSIS — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents for over 24 hours but leaving neighbors with few answers about what’s going on just outside their front doors.With a helicopter flying overhead, law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests a...

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George Spohr: NEPA Haunts is your one-stop guide to Halloween attractions

I spent three years as business editor of the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson Valley. I quickly became friends with one of the features writers, Sandy Tomcho, who annually reviewed haunted attractions for the newspaper.Sandy suggested I tag along on one of her review trips.Until that point, I’d only visited low-budget haunted houses or haunted hayrides. Seeing professionally produced haunted attractions was a revelation, and I was instantly hooked. I...

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Is that gas pump giving you what it’s supposed to?

WILKES-BARRE — If your gas-pumping goal is to fill the tank as fast as possible and be on your way, you might want to consider slowing things down to avoid being overcharged.Christopher Wilkinson, of Wilkes-Barre, recently posted a Facebook video that shows him holding the nozzle of a gasoline pump at a Sunoco station while the pump’s digital display of gallons pumped slowly increased — along with the cost — even though no gas was being pumped into his vehic...

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Building spree breaks post-recession blues as new businesses open in Wyoming Valley

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Post-recession growth is evident in Wilkes-Barre Township’s commercial hub and surrounding areas as new commercial construction projects are on the rise.Driving through the township’s commercial district surrounding the Wyoming Valley Mall, can speak volumes. National and regional businesses are popping up in shopping plazas, as new restaurants and hotels are being built.The recent spike is strengthening the township’s position...

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Coupons are a source of free money

I hope to dismiss a myth this week. I have heard references that people do not have the time to cut coupons and derogatory comments about people using coupons. Think of it this way: If a dollar were in a sales insert, would you take the time to cut it out?That is, basically, what manufacturers and stores are doing by offering coupons on specific products. The money you save by combining coupons with sale prices can save you several dollars you can stash away in a savings account....

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Walk benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

MOOSIC — Over 1,000 people gathered at PNC Field Saturday night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.During the two-mile walk, participants carried illuminated lanterns — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to honor the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.Event organizer Gregory Seitter, senior marketing manager for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the society, said the goal for the walk was to raise $109,000. The...

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HUNLOCK CREEK: New bakery offers Delicious Obsessions

HUNLOCK CREEK — A little sugar and spice can make everything seem nice, or so that is what Denee Nichols, owner of a new bakery, Delicious Obsessions in Hunlock Creek, is dishing out.With a motto of “Keep calm and buy a cupcake,” her sweet thinking could be her recipe to success with the opening of her bakery on Hunlock Harveyville Road on Oct. 1, with a grand opening planned for Oct. 4.Nichols, a recent graduate of Luzerne County Community College̵...

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Letter to the Editor: State’s prison guards imperiled by ‘poor decisions’ of department leadership

As corrections officers who deal with more than 40,000 inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons, we accept the danger of our work. It comes with the job.What we cannot accept is when our officers are savagely injured by inmates due to a series of poor decisions made by our leadership at the Department of Corrections. That was the case during a recent attack at the State Correctional Institution in Coal Township when an inmate with a documented history of violence against officers near...

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