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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Schuylkill County district judge on Monday found enough evidence to send to court homicide charges against a man accused of killing Jason "Jay" Hahn of Andreas in June.

Ethan Michael Sullivan, 20, remains in the county prison without bail in Hahn's June 15 death. An autopsy indicated that Hahn died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

He is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, robbery/serious bodily injury, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lehighton area school board directors voted unanimously tonight to give Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver a $3,000 raise for the 2015-2016 school year. He will be earning $129,000.

See Tuesday's Times News for the complete story.

Monday, July 21, 2014

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say that two young men are dead in eastern Pennsylvania after being struck by a freight train while crossing railroad tracks.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim says his office is working to identify the two victims in Monday's accident in suburban Allentown. It happened around 3:30 p.m. Autopsies have been scheduled for Tuesday.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A garage in Palmerton sustained damage after it caught fire Monday morning.

Borough Fire Chief Larry Zawaly said the incident occurred around 11:40 a.m. at the garage at 158 Avenue A.

Upon arrival, Zawaly said firefighters found the garage on fire.

“There was a bush on fire, it went up the side of the garage, and up to the roof,” Zawaly said. “There was very little interior damage, and the structure was able to be saved.”

Zawaly said it took about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported, he said.

Monday, July 21, 2014

REEDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Leah Street has a slight daredevil streak. She says she got it from her grandmother. On Sunday, the two celebrated their birthdays together. They didn't have cake, didn't have a party, didn't open presents.

They jumped out of a plane. On purpose.

Street took her first jump at Skydive Happy Valley in 2013, when she turned 29. The State College woman came back to the Mifflin County Airport this year for the big three-oh, for what her mom, Michelene Springer, of West Decatur, called "the first anniversary of her 29th birthday."

Monday, July 21, 2014

The busload of illegal immigrant children never showed up, but the protesters and counterprotesters did.

On a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon, an estimated 85, some said to represent the Lehigh Valley Tea Party, protested the housing of illegal immigrant youths at the KidsPeace Broadway Campus, Salisbury Township.

On a sidewalk on the south side of Broadway, protesters stood and sat, holding signs, waving signs, chanting "USA" and cheering when passing vehicles sounded their horns in support.

Monday, July 21, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Several banks of solar panels are aligned in a field in front of Highwood USA, Tidewood Industrial Park, Hometown. A solar energy seminar will be held at Highwood from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Quick, start naming the top 10 states in the country for producing solar power. Florida would be an accurate first choice, and then most people would round out their guesses by continuing along the country's southern tier of states.

Did you include Pennsylvania? We rank number nine in the nation for the capacity to produce solar power. However, we're number 11 in actually utilizing the state's potential.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cody Kmetz, 22, of Nesquehoning, had his parole revoked on a charge of theft and was resentenced to a county jail term.

Carbon County Adult Probation officer Clifford Eckhart filed a petition to revoke Kmetz's parole for violating the condition that he complete 75 hours of community service work imposed by Judge Joseph J Matika. Kmetz did not complete the time ordered.

At a hearing held on July 11, Matika revoked Kmetz's parole and ordered him to immediately serve 75 days back time in the county prison.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Carbon County home improvement contractor was sentenced to a prison term in Chester County recently for not finishing work he was hired to do.

Richard H. Bauder Jr., 31, of Lansford was sentenced by Chester County Judge Anne Marie Wheatcraft on Friday to serve nine to 23 months in prison followed by two years of probation and pay restitution of $3,050.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A zoning permit for a structure on the property at the former New Jersey Zinc Company's West Plant in Palmerton has expired.

George Petrole, chief operating officer of Northface Development LLC, Lehighton, is scheduled to go before the borough's zoning hearing board at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Petrole will seek an interpretation of a section of the borough's zoning ordinance, as well as a special exception and variance to the four-month rule for tension membrane structures.