Saturday, April 22, 2017

Local News

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Catasauqua woman was killed early Saturday morning on Route 248 outside of Palmerton.

State police at Lehighton said Candy L. Growden, 48, was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang at 120 mph. She passed a car on the left and then went back into the right lane, driving off the shoulder of the road.

Police said Growden struck a cement curb and lost control, hitting a cement wall. She continued at least 280 feet on the shoulder of the road and hit a guiderail. Police said 64 feet of the guiderail was damaged and went through the front of the car and out the back,

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Catasaqua woman was killed in an early morning crash on Route 248 near Palmerton.

According to Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller, the report was originally called in as a double fatality, but only one person was in the car. Crews searched the area around the crash but didn't find anyone else.

Miller said the woman's identity is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

The car was traveling west at a high rate of speed.

The Lower Towamensing crash happened on the westbound side, near the cantilever.

Firefighters from Lower Towamensing were on scene.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fire companies from throughout Schuylkill county are battling a structure fire along Fairview Street in Rush Township.

The fire includes a large attached garage.

The garage was destroyed, including three vehicles inside the wood frame structure.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Kidder Township supervisors accepted the recommendation of the township’s planning commission and conditionally approved the preliminary plan for the PennEast pipeline compressor station that is to be built on Route 940 in the township.

“This is just one of many plans and approval hurdles that this project will need to go through,” said Chairman Thomas Bradley.

“There are a page and a half of conditions and waivers that need to be met.”

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Shoppers at the Carbon Plaza Mall on Friday saw something a little out of sorts.

Between the entrances of Giant and the Zoo Health Club stood a clothesline filled with green and blue shirts that each had different messages painted on them.

The messages and images included depictions of a butterfly, tree and skeleton, as well as words like self-hate, depression, love, safe and survivor.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Friends, family and fellow veterans helped deliver a 9-foot-tall steel silhouette cutout of fallen soldier Spc. Michael Wargo to the Effort garage of Zacharias, who will mount the cutout to a brace for display in Harrisburg, and eventually Lehighton. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

Local bikers hit the road to help draw attention to post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among military veterans Friday afternoon.

Led by the Gilbert American Legion Riders, with members of Valor House and more, the group transported a steel statue honoring Spc. Michael Wargo from Country Junction to a local a garage to secure it to a mount.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Carbon County man, already serving a long federal prison term for child pornography, pleaded guilty in the county court Tuesday to sexually assaulting a young girl over five years ago.

Grant Harris, 38, of Albrightsville, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count of aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 13.

Harris was charged by state police at Fern Ridge with sexually assaulting a teenage girl when she was 8 to 12 years old.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer of Tamaqua was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.

Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced this week that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp with a $41,115 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Nesquehoning Ambulance Corp will use the funds to purchase battery-powered ambulance litters and automated Power Lift Cots/Stretchers.

“The grant will be put to good use in saving back injuries attributed to lifting patients into the ambulance,” said John McArdle, president.

Saturday, April 22, 2017