Friday, June 23, 2017

Accused killer Michael D. Marchalk has been caught on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

State police said Marchalk was caught at 11:50 a.m. Friday, and is jailed awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Marchalk, 37, was being sought in the Father’s Day beating death of his father Gary D. Marchalk of Barnesville.

Gary Marchalk was a defense lawyer with offices in Tamaqua and Frackville.

He is believed to have beaten his father to death late Sunday after months of death threats.

Mornings in our house are currently looking like this: roll out of bed, grab some breakfast, brush our teeth, and head out the door.

On our way out, I yell out a bunch of activities, like clothes bag, reading bag, baseball bag, swim bag, piano bag, or whatever the day’s adventures may be or might possibly be.

It’s the kids’ job to pack up these bags the night before with everything they might need for the day, and they resemble small pack mules as they head out to the car. Summer turns us into bag people.

Everything might be coming up roses in some states, but for Pennsylvania legislators, all they see is a never-ending field of weeds as the clock ticks down to a June 30 budget deadline.

Faced with a deficit of now more than $3 billion, legislators are trying to explain how their rosy predictions for tax and other revenue came up embarrassingly short. In the process, it has made a bad situation even grimmer than it had been last year.

Sightseers recently got a rare opportunity to explore the dam tower at Beltzville Lake, and see how the structure plays an integral role in the local watershed.

Organized by Cynthia Kurket, environmental education specialist at Beltzville State Park, and led by Pat Cannon, dam operator with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, the tour allowed participants to explore the normally closed-off structure at the southwest end of the lake.

Deeds recorded

Banks Township

Bank of America N.A., to Dana M. Miller, Pen Argyl, property at 9 E. Market St., $20,000.

Franklin Township

Spencer W. Pyne to Derek M. Solt, 1785 Forest St., Lehighton, property at 1785 Forest St., $289,900.

Jim Thorpe

Jason Garcia to Jason W. Garcia, 118 North Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 118 North Ave., $1.

Jason Garcia to Hicham Elouali, 120 North Ave., Jim Thorpe, property at 120 North Ave., $1.

Melanie Vanderbeck to Melanie Vanderbeck, 674 Franklin Ave., Palmerton, property at 1009 North St., $1,...