Thursday, July 31, 2014

Local News

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The operator of a tractor trailer was only slightly injured Thursday morning after he rolled his rig along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township. The crash occurred along the eastbound lanes at mile marker 182.2. The driver lost control with the rig entering the center medial and dense trees rolling it onto its side. The eastbound lanes were reduced to one lane at the scene while cleanup occured. State police at Fern Ridge are investigating the incident.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A motorcyclist was injured Wednesday evening after he was involved in a crash along Troxell Road in Mahoning Township. The crash occurred just before 6:30 p.m. when the biker apparently failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. He and his motorcycle were found lying along the west berm of the roadway. He was treated at the scene by members of the Mahoning Valley ambulance and Lehighton paramedics and transported to an area hospital. The scene is about a half mile south of SR443. Mahoning Township police are investigating the incident.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A T-Mobile cellphone tower in Lower Towamensing Township is one step closer to reality.

By a 3-0 vote, the township's zoning hearing board approved a special exception and three variances Tuesday night that would allow for construction of a 180-foot tower at 2970 Hahns Dairy Road on property owned by Leonard and Grace Borger.

The land is in the township's rural conservation zone, which permits cell towers by special exception.

The approved variances dealt with landscaping, setback and tower painting requirements.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

PPL Electric Utilities has received more than 70 scam reports this month and is sharing the information with law enforcement, including the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.

"We're in contact with law enforcement at all levels, providing information on scam attempts against PPL Electric Utilities customers," said Joann Kramer, senior manager of Customer Operations for the utility. "The majority of scam attempts are unsuccessful, but unfortunately, that's not always the case."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A drug dealer was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Scott Michael Kulp, 43, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone.

Kulp was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on March 24, 2011, after he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant. In exchange for his plea to the drug count, another count of deliver was dropped in a plea bargain.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Summit Hill resident told his borough council on Monday he doesn't want a group home in his neighborhood.

Manny Lanzos of West White Bear Drive said his neighborhood isn't zoned for a group home and urged the borough council to do what it can to make sure one isn't located there.

He referred to information presented at last month's borough council meeting during which zoning officer Bill Kirklosky informed the council he issued an occupancy permit for a dwelling at 116 W. White Bear Drive.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence in the county court.

He was one of eight defendants in pending drunken driving cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton stop

Kyle Scott Scherer, 27, of Palmerton, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, along Route 209 by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Tamaqua Rescue Squad will be launching its annual fund drive Aug. 1, and residents can expect to get information about it by mail, according to rescue squad secretary Bob Derr.

Derr said that the squad has purchased a new rescue vehicle, which should be received in January.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to serve a year in jail for drunken driving while a Philadelphia man learned prior criminal convictions never go away.

Both defendants, who previously entered guilty pleas to the charges, were sentenced on Tuesday afternoon by county President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Flees police

Norman Lee Smith, 23, of Lehighton, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence, and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  A Roaring '20s nickelodeon from one of Tamaqua's early hotels has been donated to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum by residents Dave and Judy Keller Johns.

A Roaring '20s player piano from one of Tamaqua's well-known and popular hotels of the past has been donated to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum by owners Dave and Judy Keller Johns.

The 1920 coin-operated nickelodeon, produced by 1920 Forrest Cunningham Piano Company, entertained patrons of Kellers Hotel, Tamaqua, for many years.

The hotel at West Broad and South Railroad streets opened on Aug. 4, 1897, as the Hotel Moyer. In its long history, it also was known by other names, such as the Plaza Hotel and Valesak's Hotel.