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A Senate committee will hold a public hearing today to assess what worked and what didn't during the 48-day manhunt to capture cop killer Eric Frein. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold the hearing at 10:30 a.m. at the Pike County Training Center, 135 Pike County Blvd., according to a press release.

Parting Shot — 6.2.17

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Erin Jackson of Olyphant, Pa., begins her rappel down 150 feet from the rooftop of the Bank Towers building on Spruce Street in downtown Scranton, Pa., on Friday, during the Second Annual Over The Edge Scranton Rappel event.

Frein trial costs $480,000 and counting

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At more than $480,000 and counting, Pike County spent nearly double the $250,000 it earmarked for convicted cop killer Eric Matthew Frein's capital murder trial. Matthew Osterberg, county commissioner chairman, said officials faced a tough decision when they put the budget together in November.

Man charged in Middle Smithfield rape

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Anthony Edward Supinski, 28, of Olyphant, was charged Monday after allegedly raping and trying to strangle a woman while intoxicated on the weekend of April 1 at Cove Haven Resort in Middle Smithfield Township. Supinski is charged with rape by forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, sexual assault, strangulation, aggravated indecent assault without consent, aggravated indecent assault by forcible compulsion, indecent assault by forcible compulsion, simple assault, reckless endangerment and indecent assault without consent.

Motion denied to overturn Frein death…

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A Pike County judge denied a motion Monday seeking to overturn the death sentence for convicted cop killer Eric Matthew Frein. A panel of 12 jurors from Chester County convicted Frein, 34, of Canadensis, on April 19 on 12 counts related to the Sept.

Celebrating Mothers Day During Mass in Scranton

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In Scranton, people celebrated mothers both maternal and adoptive. A special Mass was held for them at St Peter's Cathedral.

Whistleblower’s lawsuit fileda against Scranton Counseling Center

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A former employee of the Scranton Counseling Center filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, alleging she was fired for reporting that a co-worker instructed a mentally disabled person to touch the genitals of a fellow resident at a group home. Tiffany Jones, 605 Sanderson Ave., Olyphant, was a residential program worker when she witnessed fellow residential program employee Tyler Williams, 20, of Covington Twp., direct a resident to drop his pants and instruct another resident to touch the man's penis on Jan. 20, according to the lawsuit filed this week in Lackawanna County Court.

Girl, 10, hit by pickup on way to school, released from hospital

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A 10-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries Friday morning in Olyphant after a pickup hit her on her way to school, Police Chief James Foley said. The girl, whom Foley refused to name, was a Mid Valley Elementary Center student crossing West Lackawanna Avenue near Susquehanna Avenue on her way to the bus stop.

Honors for Game Commission Officer Killed in 1906

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Officials at the game commission headquarters near Harrisburg admit they had never heard the name Charles Beecham until recently. The deputy game commission officer was shot and killed in 1906 while responding to a call in Lackawanna County.

New bakery opens in Olyphant

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First-time business owner Marlene D'Ambrosio, of Scranton, opened Homemade Heaven Good Baked Goods, in the storefront building at 412 Lackawanna Ave., where she sells treats such as lemon-filled or pistachio bunt cake, Italian ricotta cookies, anise cookies and a variety of cakes and pies. Homemade Heaven is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Closing the skills gap: Officials stress importance of community colleges

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Kmart, Gander Mountain in Lackawanna County to Close

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Kmart was one of the first big box stores in Dickson City but it's expected to close this summer. The Kmart location has been a mainstay in Dickson City for decades.

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

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Prosecutors are seek… . FILE – In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Alex Douglass of Olyphant, Pa., takes part during the annual Pennsylvania State Police Memorial honoring all members of Troop… .

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

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In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Frein, who they said targeted state police because he was trying to foment an uprising against the government.

Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

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In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Alex Douglass of Olyphant, Pa., shares a smile with Tiffany Dickson of Dunmore, Pa., during the conclusion of the annual Pennsylvania State Police Memorial honoring all members of Troop R past and present at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Dunmore, Pa. Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, in a late-night attack at their barracks, was sentenced to death late Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Frein sentenced to death

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Frein Trial: Family testifies to save shooter’s life

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Deborah Frein can't reconcile the “monster” on trial with the “gentle giant” she raised, she testified Monday as she pleaded for her youngest son's life. Eric Matthew Frein reached for a tissue and blew his nose while his mother testified on the 14th day of his capital murder trial for the 2014 ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks.

The Latest on Frein trial: Slain trooper’s widow tells of devastated family

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A survivalist who shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and injured another in an ambush at their barracks will now fight for his own life following his conviction on capital murder charges. Jurors on Wednesday convicted Eric Matthew Frein after 10 days of testimony with two counts of first-degree murder and 10 other charges for firing four shots at the Blooming Grove state police barracks on September 12, 2014.

Local History: Bad fire in Blakely

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Deemed “the most disastrous … in the history of the upper Lackawanna Valley,” a fire that ripped through the Peckville section of Blakely in 1902 destroyed 31 buildings, killed one person and forever altered the appearance of the town's bustling business center. The blaze began March 27, 1902, at Barrett's jewelry store on Depot Street, according to a story later that day in The Scranton Times.

Serving Those Who Served at The Mess Hall

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A new restaurant in Lackawanna County is bringing a new meaning to mess hall, the place where service members go for meals on military bases. From the outside of the Mess Hall on Route 435 in Covington Township, you'd never know about the stories on the walls inside.

Slain trooper’s wife offers tearful testimony during Frein penalty phase

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SHAMROCK FILE Bryon Dickson, right, father of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, arrives for court proceedings during the second week of the Eric Frein trial.

Closing arguments concluded, deliberation expect to start soon in Eric Frein trial

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Frein Trial: Wounded trooper takes the stand

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The .308-caliber round tore through bone and intestine and punched holes in his hips outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, 2014, he testified Monday.

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JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Staci Kenney, of Olyphant, with her daughter Addison Kenney, 6, color the sidewalk at the entrance of PNC Field on a warm, sunny Easter Sunday. JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Staci Kenney of Olyphant and her daughter Addison, 6, color the sidewalk at the entrance of PNC Field on a warm, sunny Easter Sunday.

Throop Arts + Food Festival to benefit valley civic center

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Educational/professional background: Graduate of Mid Valley Secondary Center and earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Marywood University. She is founder of Shanty Town Design.

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MICHAEL J. MULLEN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin contends that accused trooper killer Eric Matthew Frein's police interrogation, along with other evidence, shows the suspect's motive for the 2014 state police ambush. Pike County prosecutors detailed evidence they say shows Eric Matthew Frein's motive for allegedly shooting two state troopers, but a motive is not necessary to prove charges against him, two former prosecutors said.

Lackawanna County Court Notes 4/13/2017

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Ronnie Curtis will remain in the hole he dug for himself. In a victory for his victims' survivors, public safety and the concept of justice, the convicted killer of Jim and Joan Lotz a- Lisa M. Derobertis, DunA more, to Brian J. Loughney, Dunmore; a property at 114 Barton St., Dunmore, for $136,000.

Crews battle brush fire in Justus

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Frein police statement will be key issue on appeal if he’s convicted

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Accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein's statement to police is potentially powerful evidence against him, but it also will provide his defense a significant issue for appeal if he is convicted, several attorneys said. Pike County Judge Gregory Chelak denied a defense motion Monday to suppress statements Frein made during a videotaped interrogation after his Oct. 30, 2014, capture.