Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tom Wolf, a Democratic candidate for governor who took out a multimillion-dollar loan to help finance his campaign, reported nearly $2.2 million in adjusted income in 2012, according to the two pages of his 2012 tax return he released Thursday.

Wolf, who owns a building materials distributor, declined to release the rest of his 2012 tax return after seeking an extension for 2013, and instead offered to make those pages available to reporters to view at the office of a campaign adviser.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Every year the residents at Hometown Nursing Center have been dying eggs for the Tamaqua Keystone Club's annual Easter Egg hunt. This year the residents dyed 50 dozen eggs. They look forward to helping every year.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Carbon County man was given a minimum of a year in state prison for drunken driving while another county resident got jail time for defiant trespass.

The two were among seven defendants to enter guilty pleas on Tuesday before Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Jim Thorpe incident

Paul Zuzo, 44, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count each of driving under the influence and driving under suspension-DUI related.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Volunteers are needed for a spring clean up event, hosted by the Walnutport Canal Association, from 8 a.m. to noon, on April 26 at the Walnutport Canal Park.

The park is located on Lehigh and Main streets, Walnutport.

Lunch will be provided.

To volunteer, call 610-216-1130.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Northern Lehigh School District hopes to remove a dirt pile left over from its stadium project.

Superintendent Michael Michaels discussed the topsoil that's currently at Northern Lehigh Bulldog Community Stadium with the school board on Monday.

"Right now, we have topsoil at the stadium, and we can't get rid of it," Michaels said.

Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation, said a site survey was conducted last week by the Lehigh County Conservation office.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Members of Tamaqua Borough Council wore elaborate women's shoes to their April meeting in support of the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event that will be held in Pottsville later this month. The event raises money to help increase the awareness of sexual violence and abuse against women. For the story and to find out which council member is wearing these shoes,

see page 3.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Tennessee resident who was charged in connection with an assault incident involving two off-duty police officers was placed in a special probation program on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Kevin Lynn Perry Jr., 35, whose address is listed on the criminal complaint as Clarksville, Tenn., was placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Perry was charged by Lehighton police following an incident outside Sapore's Restaurant at the intersection of state routes 209 and 443 on June 25, 2011.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library has announced events for May 2014.

A new writers group is forming which is open to all published and aspiring authors of romance and mystery fiction.

Meetings will be held at the library at 402 Delaware Ave., Palmerton on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The first meeting will be May 6.

The group will read and critique each other's works and share publishing and marketing ideas.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Lehighton man is charged with dropping large rocks, one of them weighing an estimated five pounds, onto vehicles from his third floor apartment along Route 209 in the borough.

Two of the vehicles were moving when the rocks struck their windshields. An elderly couple was in one car, and a woman and young children were in the other car.

Police said the man, Matthew Fredrick Palenzuela, told a doctor he tossed the rocks because he was depressed.

Palenzuela, 66, of 178 S. First St., had a hearing scheduled Monday before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe.