Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A lightning strike during Monday’s storm caused smoldering and fire, leading to interior damage to resident John MacDonald’s garage. BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

A Palmerton resident’s garage was hit by lightning on Monday evening, resulting in interior damage.

During a violent storm in the late afternoon, lightning struck John MacDonald’s garage on Wood Road.

The bolt hit a topcorner of the garage, initially causing smoldering, which progressed to fire. MacDonald said his neighbors reported hearing a loud “boom” beforehand.

Local volunteer fire companies, including Polk Township, West End and Kunkletown, were dispatched to the scene at 4:20 p.m. Additional help was called in from Towamensing Fire Department.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lansford police have charged a 53-year-old borough man with performing an obscene act in front of a 13-year-old girl.

Richard T. Ogozalek was charged with a felony county of unlawful contact with a minor — open lewdness, and misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and open lewdness.

He was arraigned on July 14 before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek, and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. Ogozalek faces a preliminary hearing at 1:45 p.m. Aug. 8.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Residents of Coaldale Borough may have noticed an effort to clean up properties before the Fourth of July.

It’s part of an effort by borough officials to enforce its quality of life ordinance and improve lots that are a nuisance for residents who keep their properties in compliance. Council reported on the cleanup at their July meeting.

“We did courtesy calls in Coaldale to certain properties in town before the Fourth of July to try to make it look a little nicer for the people who take care of their properties,” Councilwoman Claire Remington said.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Former Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to delegates before speaking during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu

PHILADELPHIA — Ending months of animosity, Bernie Sanders robustly embraced his former rival Hillary Clinton Monday night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters, signaling it was time for them, too, to rally behind the Democratic nominee in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump.

“Any objective observer will conclude that — based on her ideas and her leadership — Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” he declared in a headlining address on the opening night of the Democratic convention.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A mini-mart in Summit Hill is seeking the transfer of a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board license so it can sell beer.

Miners Market at 128 E. Amidon St. is hoping to obtain the license currently held by Terpstra’s Tavern, 501 North St. in Jim Thorpe.

Summit Hill Borough Council received a letter from the attorney representing the mini-mart requesting the license transfer.

The letter, from Wetzel, Phillips, Rodgers and Falcone of Plains, says the transfer, if approved, would be from Terpstra’s Tavern to Miners Beverage LLC.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Jackie Seidman covers graffiti during the community cleanup at the Bake Oven Knob Sunday afternoon. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Sunday afternoon under the direction of Wildlife Conservation Officer Kevin Halbfoerster, more than 30 volunteers gathered at the Bake Oven Road parking lot on the border of East Penn and Germansville armed with garbage bags and nearly two dozen camouflage-colored paint cans to restore the beauty of the beloved trail.

Hikers and nature enthusiasts have walked the trail up to the Bake Oven Knob lookout to enjoy the more than 100-mile views. The area has served as a bird-of-prey watch long before the establishment of the Appalachian Trail along the Blue Mountain Ridge.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jim Thorpe police reportedon the following arrests made by officers.

• Michael R. Hricik, 36, of 101 Chippy Circle, Jim Thorpe, has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and careless driving for an incident on Jan. 16 in the 200 block of North Street (Route 903).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Michael Deutsch enjoys his favorite flavor of ice cream, cookies and cream at the Ice Cream Lab. TAYLOR KOCHER/TIMES NEWS

On hot days like these, we all need a little cool down, and ice cream is the perfect fix.

Cole Wenner, a worker at Claude’s Creamery in Palmerton, says customers come in all the time complaining.

“It’s so hot out, they’ll say,” said Wenner, “A lot of people come in and say stuff like that.”

The Moving Wall memorial wasn’t the only thing that drew customers to Claude’s. The current heat wave certainly helped.

“We were swamped,” Wenner said.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Moving Wall’s weeklong stay in Palmerton was a special moment that brought together residents young and old in appreciation of the sacrifice made by the 58,000-plus American soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.

But a rumor that someone stole donations intended for the group who brought the wall here emerged on Sunday and attempted to tarnish that moment.

The organizers behind the event said the rumor was just that, and that all donations given to the wall were accounted for.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog will audit the management of $78 billion in assets by the state’s two big public employee retirement systems amid a federal investigation into fees paid to outside firms that invest billions of taxpayer dollars.

The announcement Monday by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale came four days after federal prosecutors announced charges against ex-state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and Richard Ireland, whose firm marketed the services of private investment managers and shared in the fees.