Monday, March 30, 2015

Local News

Saturday, March 28, 2015

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to the state police force.

Trooper Alex Douglass, wounded in the Sept. 12 shooting outside the Blooming Grove barracks that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, made his first public remarks Saturday as the borough of Dunmore named a road near the community center after Dickson.

"It's an honor being here today," Douglass said. "The community did a wonderful thing for Cpl. Dickson's family and the state police as a whole."

Saturday, March 28, 2015

GLENOLDEN, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia-area police say an off-duty officer has died after being shot in his home in Delaware County. Police say no one has been taken into custody, but they aren't searching for a suspect.

Darby Borough police Chief Robert Smythe says one of his officers was shot at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in his home in Darby Township. His name isn't being released pending family notification.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A pair of bald eagles in western Pennsylvania have abandoned their nest following the loss of their second egg.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports that one of the birds discarded a portion of egg early Friday at the nest in Pittsburgh's Hays neighborhood.

Local biologists and eagle cam watchers looked for an eaglet, but the birds stopped sitting on the nest that evening and left.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her niece hours after the ceremony.

Christina George of Patterson Township wept as her hands were cuffed behind her back after the judge revoked her bail, and her relatives and friends cried as she was led from the courtroom to be held in the Beaver County jail, pending her sentence.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Two Hazleton men have been arrested by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office after they sold heroin to an undercover officer this week.

Anthony Jordan Vega, 19, of 400 Mine St., and Joshua Ynoe Mejia, 23, of 525 W. First St., were taken into custody Thursday evening in the area of building three in the Gypsy Hill Garden Apartments in Lehighton.

According to the affidavit, at 7:15 p.m., a confidential informant met with the pair to purchase narcotics. Prior to the meet, the informant made contact with the defendants, requesting heroin.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Panther Valley school board will pay $160,000 to a Northumberland County construction company to settle out of court a lawsuit over a dispute with the district's architect over concrete and an $87,986 unpaid bill.

The board by a 7-1 vote, with Irene Genther opposed, agreed Thursday to pay Zartman Construction to settle the suit, filed on May 24, 2010, in Carbon County court.

The school district hired the company for $11,589,000 on Dec. 28, 2005, to oversee construction of a middle school.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The County Line 4-H Community Club in Carbon County held its organizational meeting on March 12 at the Big Creek Grange.

The projects being offered this year are archery, photography, gardening and forestry.

Officers were also elected: Hunter Highland as president, Kaylyn Ahner as vice president, Logan Highland as secretary, Emma Gaston as treasurer and Alyssa Myers as news reporter.

The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. April 12 at the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Pleasant Valley School District is considering a policy that would require a health team member to make the decision as to whether to admit or exclude a child with AIDS from attending classes. Any such child would not be publicly identified.

The policy that has been drawn up favors neither mandatory admittance nor exclusion, instead relying on medical opinion on a case-by-case basis.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Seven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program this week by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted:

Saturday, March 28, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Blues harp virtuoso Jack Kulp, Tamaqua, performs on stage at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, a facility he helped to establish as part of his commitment to his adopted hometown.

Jack Kulp just might be considered Tamaqua's version of Professor Harold Hill from "The Music Man."

The Allentown native came to town and made a difference through music.

Kulp, a Vietnam veteran, moved to Schuylkill County more than 10 years ago to be closer to family.

The former vice president of Ludgate Engineering was familiar with Tamaqua through his career in civil engineering.

Tamaqua was a perfect fit, he says, because he enjoys an atmosphere where residents care about each other.