Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Multiple fire companies are being called to fight a raging brush fire in East Penn Township across from the East Penn Sporting Club. The fire is rapidly spreading east in the high winds.
Firefighters fear it is spreading to Lehigh County.
Teenagers riding all terrain vehicles spotted the fire off West Sunset Road in East Penn Township, at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The flames spread fast, reaching heights of almost 40 feet at a few minutes after 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday turned out to be the perfect day to honor the men and women who served in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and wartime Merchant Marines.
Dozens of veterans, dignitaries and area residents gathered in Ludlow Park in Summit Hill Saturday afternoon for the unveiling of the new seaborne services memorial dedication. The plaque stands in the center of the park near the gazebo.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Native American tribes and relatives of the late Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe are asking the United State Court of Appeals for extra time to pursue a review of an Oct. 23 Supreme Court ruling that denied their request to exhume Thorpe's body from his namesake borough and move it to Oklahoma.

Notice of the request was sent Friday to borough, Michael Sofranko, Ronald Confer, John McGuire, Joseph Marzen, W. Todd Mason, Jeremy Melber, Justin Yaich, Joseph Krebs, Greg Strubinger, Kyle Sheckler and Joanne Klitsch.

They had filed for a rehearing, which was denied on Feb. 5.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Matt King, representing Americare Home Care Services Inc.of Bloomsburg, left, presents a $1,000 check to Henry Desrosiers, American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe, service officer, on behalf of Steve Brink, president of Americare. Americare is the endorsed home care company for the Pennsylvania American Legion. The money will be used to help cover costs for the upcoming 62nd annual fishing derby, hosted by the American Legion and Germantown Grove Association, for Carbon County's special needs students.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Carbon County officials are looking at ways to improve on the criminal justice system and lower the number of repeat offenders being sentenced.

On Friday morning, dozens of agencies gathered for the sixth annual Human Services Priority Brunch, formerly the Legislative Brunch, at Whispering Pines, Penn Forest Township Fire Company No. 1, to listen to the thoughts and suggestions Carbon County's judges face on the bench.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The thick layers of leaves covering the ground, the dry weather, and gusty winds already make April one of the peak seasons for brush fires.

But today, the danger is even greater in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the state Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service say.

NWS has issued a red flag warning for brush fires for Berks, Upper Montgomery, and Bucks counties, the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, as well as much of northwestern and central New Jersey.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS From left are Englewood Fire Chief Ed Beneshunas, accepting the citation on behalf of Taylor, who could not attend the meeting; Malloy, Cultic, Kravitz, Commissioners Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier, and Commissioner Gary J. Hess. Commissioner George F. Halcovage Jr. missed the presentation because he had to take his son-in-law, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander Peter Dwyer to the airport, where he departed for a year's tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Schuylkill County commissioners this week praised Englewood Fire Company volunteers for saving the life of Mount Carmel assistant fire chief James Reed Sr. in March.

Reed, 59, was on the second of one of several burning homes in his borough on March 16 when he collapsed under debris that fell on him.

The four Englewood firefighters, Steve Oravitz, Dave Malloy, Mark Cuttic and Scott Taylor, all member of the company's Rapid Intervention Team, heard the "mayday" call from Reed and fought their way through fire and smoke to rescue him.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Several defendants under supervision of the Carbon County Adult Probation Department had their parole or probations revoked on petitions filed by the probation office for violating the terms of their release.

Hearings on the petitions were conducted by the county judges with the following results:

Shawn Filchner, 44, of Palmerton, had his probation revoked on a charge of bad checks on petition of probation officer Kimberly Cooper for violating conditions by being arrested by Whitehall Township police on Oct. 7 for retail theft.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Rentschler Chevrolet is supporting Northern Lehigh Softball through the Chevy Youth Baseball and Softball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2015 youth softball season.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Robert Gleisner, 51, of Mount Pocono, and Constance Malago, of Tobyhanna, are both facing criminal charges after investigators discovered that the couple was using their neighbor's Internet service for nefarious purposes.