Monday, February 20, 2017

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Monday, February 20, 2017

A Luzerne County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday in Carbon County court on a theft count.

Timothy James Brotzman, 34, of Freeland, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve six to 12 months in a state correctional institution. Matika also rejected a request to have the prison term run concurrent with a 15- to 30-month state prison sentence recently imposed on Brotzman by Luzerne County court. Matika ruled the terms would run consecutively.

Monday, February 20, 2017

STEP-Up Carbon’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdayat St. Peter’s Community Resource Center, 177 Main Road, Lehighton.

This month’s speaker will be Brandon Williams, a counselor for men at the Carbon County Correctional Facility. He will share information on the challenges inmates face.

Step-Up Carbon’s mission is to assist those dealing with addiction to get all of the support necessary — medical treatment, housing, life skills training, support networks, etc., to integrate them back into society to attain a positive and successful future.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Lansford woman had her probation revoked by a Carbon County judge while a Summit Hill resident was removed from the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program recently.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Palmerton Area School District’s board of directors meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium.

Meetings are normally held on the third floor of the Parkside Education Center.

At January’s board meeting, a large crowd packed the meeting room, with many residents commenting on the ongoing teachers contract negotiations between the district and the Palmerton Area Education Association.

Palmerton teachers went on strike for two weeks earlier this year and last week the union agreed to non-binding arbitration.

Monday, February 20, 2017

A controversial former police chief of a Schuylkill County borough is back in the new again — this time cited for unsworn falsification in applying to purchase a firearm.

Mark Anthony Kessler, 45, of Frackville, was charged by state police at Frackville on Friday. He was arraigned before District Judge David Plachko, of Port Carbon, and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Monday, February 20, 2017

(AP) U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright advocated for the continuation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion Saturday at the former Saint Catherine Medical Center.

“I say let’s keep the ACA. Let’s preserve the all-important Medicaid expansion and let’s prevent fine community hospitals like Saint Catherine’s from closing,” Cartwright, D-17, said.

Monday, February 20, 2017

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials in Bucks County are investigating a warehouse fire.

Authorities say a Richland Township warehouse went up in flames around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Officials tell WPVI-TV ( that the warehouse belongs to a company that performs boating repairs.

Authorities say there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Information from: WPVI-TV,

Monday, February 20, 2017
President Donald Trump talks to reporters on board Air Force One as he arrived to speak at his "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser — and even a few holes of golf.

Trump brought four contenders to his private club Mar-a-Lago club in Florida on Sunday as he seeks a replacement for retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week. Trump says he wants to make a decision in the next few days.

Monday, February 20, 2017

UPPER HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A small plane has crashed on a golf course in Pennsylvania.

Authorities say no one was hurt when the plane went down Sunday afternoon at the Butter Valley Golf Port in Upper Hanover Township in Montgomery County shortly after takeoff. Butter Valley is both a golf course and public landing strip for small planes.

Airport owner John Gehman tells The Reading Eagle that the crash likely was caused by a wind gust that caught the plane at just the right moment.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.