Friday, September 22, 2017

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced charges against Edward C. Smith, deputy coroner of Carbon and Schuylkill counties, for unlawful contact with a minor after Smith solicited sex online from an undercover agent who was posing as a 14-year-old boy.

Smith, 60, of Willing Street, Tamaqua, was arrested yesterday for soliciting sex from the agent posing as the 14-year-old on a social networking site.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Today might be the first day of fall, but summer temperatures are hanging on.

Saturday, the high will be near 84 and temperatures Sunday will near 90 degrees.

The late-season resurgence of heat has prompted Palmerton Memorial Pool to reopen this weekend, according to Larry Arner, general manager.

Arner said the big pool will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The baby pool will not be open, as it has been closed and winterized, he said.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Weatherly unveils plans for municipal complex

Weatherly has unveiled plans for its long-awaited $2 million municipal complex.

Borough officials have spent more than three years assembling a package of grants, including waiting out the 2016 state government shutdown.

At their meeting this week, council finally gave its approval to plans for a new police station, a municipal building and a magisterial district judge’s office, to be located on a 16-acre property at the intersection of Plane Street and West Main, the former Tung-Sol Electric plant.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Kidder Township board of supervisors voted 5-0 last evening to approve the land use permit for the sole compressor station along the nearly 120-mile PennEast pipeline which, if approved, will run from Dallas Township to Mercer County, New Jersey.

The pipeline will carry natural gas that results from the fracking operations north of Kidder.

The compressor site is an approximately 74-acre, undeveloped site near Interstate 80 and will include three natural gas turbine-driven units.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Jim Tkach, co-founder of the Bo Tkach Foundation, speaks to Lehighton Area High School students Thursday on depression and suicide awareness. The talk was organized by Lehighton’s chapter of Aevidum, a group organized last year to promote open discussion about mental health issues and ways to facilitate help. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS

Mental diseases such as depression are akin to cancer, in that some people beat them and some do not.

Ending the stigma associated with mental diseases, however, can go a long way toward encouraging someone having problems to seek help.

Providing that support group was the genesis for Lehighton Area High School’s chapter of Aevidum, an organization empowering youth to shatter the silence surrounding depression, suicide and other issues.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Monroe County man has been charged with attempted homicide and related counts for attempting to stab an emergency medical services employee.

On Thursday Pocono Mountain Regional police were called about 3:26 a.m. to assist an EMS unit with a man who refused to take his medications. The incident occurred at 1391 Pocono Blvd., in Mount Pocono.

Friday, September 22, 2017
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2017 file photo, an injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal in the Brooklyn borough of New York after a Long Island Rail Road train hit a bumping block. Federal investigators have found that the engineers of two New York City-area commuter trains that crashed into stations were both suffering from severe sleep apnea. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, the similar circumstances of the crashes warranted combining findings and recommendations into a single special report. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Copyright - National Transportation Safety B

The engineers of two commuter trains that slammed into New York City-area stations in the last year were both suffering from severe sleep apnea and have no memory of the crashes, according to investigative reports and interview transcripts made public Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the common circumstances of the Sept. 29, 2016, New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Jan. 4, 2017, Long Island Rail Road crash in Brooklyn warranted combining findings and recommendations in a single investigative report to be released early next year.

Friday, September 22, 2017

SCRANTON(AP) — Pennsylvania State Police and agents with the state attorney general’s office have raided several government offices in northeastern Pennsylvania as part of an investigation into sexual misconduct at a county prison.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) reports that Investigators entered the Lackawanna County administration building, county prison and the prison’s work release center on Thursday.

Lackawanna County spokesman Joseph D’Arienzo says the county welcomes the investigation and is cooperating.

Friday, September 22, 2017
FILE - In this April 1, 2015 file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., for his murder trial in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's lawyer said Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders .

Friday, September 22, 2017

WILSON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania pigment manufacturer will close, idling 80 workers.

The (Easton) Express-Times ( ) says the Venator Materials plant in Wilson will close by the end of the year.

A news release says Venator will also close a plant in St. Louis. The company says it’s ramped up production at a facility in Augusta, Georgia.

The plant in Wilson has been around since the late 1800s.

Venator, of Stockton-on-Tees, England, employs 4,500 worldwide.