Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Highlighted by a change from a natural grass to artificial turf playing surface, Lehighton Area School District approved construction of a $6.3 million multi-purpose athletic stadium Tuesday night.

The 5-4 vote awarded the general construction contract to CMG of Easton for $5.229 million, electrical construction contract to Pagoda Electrical Inc., of Reading, for $582,748, and mechanical contract to Master Mechanical, of McAdoo, for $452,548.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) – A man pronounced dead on railroad tracks under a bridge had jumped after running from a police officer who fired a stun gun at him, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Authorities in Lehigh County said the body of Thomas Duffy, 62, of Whitehall Township, was found Monday under the span in Catasauqua.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Testimony is expected to begin in the trial of an eastern Pennsylvania police chief's son accused of pointing a gun at county detectives.

The Morning Call reports jury selection ended Tuesday and testimony is expected to start Wednesday afternoon in the trial of 23-year-old Christopher Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, the son of Allentown Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, faces simple assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Prosecutors say he aimed a gun at two undercover detectives following an alleged road-rage incident in August.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HARRISBURG Despite the recent precipitation events, the Department of Environmental Protection is maintaining a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania because parts of the state have below-average groundwater and in some areas surface water levels.

"We are still recovering from a very dry fall and below-normal precipitation this winter," acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said. "These factors have contributed to low groundwater and surface water levels mostly in the northeast and central portions of the state."

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta wants Congress to pass a bill that would require the exhumation and removal of a constituent's killer from a Pennsylvania military cemetery.

The Republican unveiled the legislation Tuesday at a news conference in Harrisburg.

Barletta's spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, says a federal law passed in 2013 authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter veterans who are found to have been convicted of murder.

But Murtaugh says it does not cover the constituent's killer, who died in prison in 1999, 30 years after the murder.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Philadelphia man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday after entering a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika to a drug dealing charge in Carbon County court.

Samuel Miletto, 45, formerly of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A man who admitted threatening to blow up the Schuylkill County courthouse in October will serve 30-60 months in state prison on a charge of criminal use of a communications facility.

Todd A. Dohner, 49, of Pine Grove, pleaded guilty on April 1 before Judge James Goodman to two felony counts each of criminal use of a communications facility, disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.

Goodman on Tuesday sentenced Dohner, who is in the state prison at Rockview, Centre County, via video. The sentence is to be served on top of the 3-9 month state prison sentence he’s currently serving.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Saylorsburg man died after being hit by a car Sunday in Northampton County.

Jonathan Kennedy 26, was pronounced dead at 1:53 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem campus. The cause and manner of death are pending the results of an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.

Kennedy was struck at 8:52 p.m. Sunday on Route 512 in front of Weona Park, Pen Argyl.

His death is being investigated by the Lehigh County coroner’s office and the Slatebelt Regional Police Department.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Six defendants entered a guilty plea to pending charges before Judge Joseph J. Matika in the Carbon County court.

Louis Vincent Clouser, 43, of Coaldale, pleaded to one count of criminal attempt-theft.

He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for attempting to steal various tools from the Kovatch Corporation, where he was employed at the time. The police report also indicates officers searched his residence and found other tools taken from the firm. All the tools were recovered.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Jacqulyn Maddon, director of the state Office of Children, Youth and Families, talks about the state's 23 new child abuse laws and how they affect people who work with children.

A session held recently to clarify the state package of 23 new child abuse laws left some people with more questions than answers.

The legislation, which went into effect Jan. 1, "is still a very fluid process," said state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

He said lawmakers are still fine-tuning the new rules, many of which govern who is required to report suspicions of child abuse and how, who is required to get background clearances, and whether people can use their clearance from a paid job for a volunteer position.