Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mahoning Police are looking for a suspect in a burglary in the township.

Police investigated a burglary in a residence in the 1100 block of Main Street in Mahoning Township.

The incident was reported at 2:21 p.m. Thursday.

The suspect is described as a shorter heavy set male driving a red SUV, possibly a Chevy Blazer.

All tips will remain anonymous. Tips submissions can be submitted on the pplice Facebook page or by phone at 570-386-2241. Please reference case number 1540-2017.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Freeland man has been charged in a June crash on Route 443 near the Carbon Plaza Mall.

On June 15, at 7:34 p.m. police investigated a two-vehicle accident on Route 443 at the Carbon Plaza Mall traffic light.

A westbound Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Gerald Phillips, 54, of Freeland struck a Ford Ranger that was crossing the intersection. Both drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the Ford was initially taken to Gnaden Huetten Hospital. He was later transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital for further treatment.

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Hero John “Buddy” Miller, who passed away attempting to rescue his neighbors’ children from a house fire in 1949, was honored in a ceremony by the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company and the Palmerton Heritage Society, who had a Carnegie Medal affixed to Miller’s tombstone on Saturday. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Dozens of people packed the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday to honor a man who gave his life attempting to save his neighbors’ children almost seven decades ago.

John “Buddy” Miller perished in a house fire, along with Alfred and Shirley Arner, when he selflessly ran into the Arner residence when it caught fire on Thanksgiving Day in 1949. Though Miller was awarded a posthumous Carnegie Medal in 1950, his story was all but forgotten over the years.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Changes are coming to Pennsylvania's sex offender registry as a result of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision issued this week, but experts say it's unclear exactly how they will play out.

The justices said 2012 changes to the registry that expanded and toughened reporting rules under the state's Megan's Law can't be applied retroactively, ruling in favor of Jose Muniz, convicted in Cumberland County of two counts of indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A New Jersey man with a degree in accounting is this year's World Series of Poker champion.

Scott Blumstein won the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event early Sunday in Las Vegas surrounded by dozens of supporters including relatives and college friends. He is now more than $8.1 million richer after eliminating Pennsylvania's Daniel Ott on the 246th hand of the final table, more than 60 hands with just the two of them with bricks of bills and a gold bracelet separating them.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with killing his father, who authorities say was shot to death and his body then left on a couch for weeks.

Twenty-four-year-old Tyler Swantek faces Schuylkill County charges including first- and third-degree murder in the death of 49-year-old Todd Swantek, whose body was found May 24 on the couch of the Frackville home the two men formerly shared.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Kresgeville man has been charged in a burglary at Dollar Tree in June.

On June 27, police investigated an overnight burglary at the Dollar Tree in the Carbon Plaza Mall. The store safe was broken into with a grinder, and pry tools. During forensic processing police seized an ATM receipt, a seat cover with a footprint, and an earplug.
On Friday police obtained an arrest warrant for Walter Francis Trainor, 53, of Kresgeville.

Trainor was taken into custody at his residence with the assistance of Lehighton State Police.

Saturday, July 22, 2017
A new sidewalk at the Family Dollar Store on Center Street in Tamaqua is almost complete. The project was discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting of Tamaqua Borough Council. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Construction projects in and around Tamaqua are progressing.

Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt advised council Tuesday night that a pre-project meeting for the Wabash Creek culvert repairs had been held and the work will get underway the week of July 31. He noted that a lot of the work will be done in the area of the Tamaqua Public Library. The contractor has 60 days to complete the repairs.

This is a different project than the bridge replacement slated for next year, which will close the unit block of West Broad Street and require a detour.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The following defendants entered guilty pleas this week in Carbon County Court before specially presiding Senior Judge Leonard Zito of Northampton County.

Matthew Joseph Oliver, 47, of Pottsville, and formerly of Coaldale, pleaded to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton on Feb. 18 at 7445 Pohopoco Drive in Towamensing Township where he caused a disturbance.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Five defendants failed to appear for their preliminary hearing on July 11 in the court of District Magisterial Judge Stephen Bayer. Two defendants who did appear, and went forward with their hearing, had their charges held for trial in the Schuylkill County Courts.

The no shows included:

Colleen J. Arner, 59, of New Ringgold, was charged with theft by deception and theft of services by Rush Township Patrolman Ryan Oldt. The charges are from Feb. 24, 2015;