Saturday, February 28, 2015

Local News

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Walnutport Canal Association is concerned that a 1.5-mile stretch of the Lehigh Canal, south of Walnutport, may deteriorate beyond repair in the next few years.

The association currently holds a 20-year lease for the land from the Three Mile Boating Association and is responsible for paying taxes and making the land available for recreational uses.

Since it does not own the land, the WCA is unable to request grant money, work with municipalities or make repairs to the property and is currently negotiating to purchase the property.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Amanda Everitt, of Palmerton, is escorted out of the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

A Carbon County woman who removed jewelry from the scene of a fatal traffic accident and attempted to sell it has had her charges withdrawn after she pleaded guilty to a summary offense.

Amanda Marie Everitt, 24, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

But, instead, Everitt, who was already incarcerated for another unrelated incident, pleaded guilty to a summary charge of disorderly conduct.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Members of Tamaqua's ACE team take their seats for their match against Palmerton. From left are Justin Weiksner, Morgan Lusch, Danny Chinchar and Olivia Lattanzi.

Hundreds of questions later, the two top teams of eighth-graders were separated by just nine points, with Northwestern Lehigh edging Palmerton in the finale of the 26th Academic Eighth Competition, held Wednesday at Northwestern.

The annual event has been renamed the Kern Klassic to honor the late Janet Kern, who taught English at Northern Lehigh School District for 35 years. She was active in ACE since its beginning, serving as adviser while she was a teacher, and acting as moderator for the competition after her retirement.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Master falconer Mike Dupuy faced down U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities who took him to court this week for allegedly possessing goshawks illegally, and won.

Audibly breathing a sigh of relief after the not-guilty verdict was issued by a federal judge following the day-long trial, the bird-of-prey expert also remained irate about the eight-month ordeal that threatened his reputation and cost him about $25,000.

"It was an unwarranted prosecution," said James Lister, Dupuy's Washington, D.C., attorney.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Janene Holter of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office discusses identity theft at the Jim Thorpe Community Watch meeting.

The situation is a familiar one.

You receive a phone call from someone at the Internal Revenue Service, which your caller ID confirms, claiming that if your back taxes aren't paid, you'll be going to jail.

Maybe it's a call from someone claiming to be a family member who is on vacation in a foreign country and needs money wired immediately.

In both cases, someone is trying to steal your identity.

Identity theft was the topic of the Feb. 19 Jim Thorpe Community Watch meeting at Phoenix Fire Company along West Broadway.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS The bridge carrying Route 209 over Middle Creek in Polk Township will be replaced in 2016.

Bridge replacements are frustrating for those who travel the affected road.

Motorists using Route 209 in Monroe County will have challenges when the structurally deficient bridge crossing Middle Creek, near Route 534, is replaced in 2016, but the news could be worse.

Project manager Dan Galvin, of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, said Wednesday during an open house at the Polk Township Municipal Building that one lane would be open to traffic during construction.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

State police at the Lehighton barracks are investigating a robbery that happened at 2:52 p.m. Feb. 24 at Sunny's Express Mart, 458 Interchange Road, Kresgeville, where a man brandishing a knife made off with money from the cash register.

Police said the man, a white male described as being 25 to 35 years of age, entered the store and demanded the money from the cashier while displaying the knife.

After receiving the money, he fled the store.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Route 248 has reopened after a vehicle rollover shortly after noon today.

One person was cut from the car and transported to the hopsital by ambulance.

Traffic was backed up from the crash which occurred between Club Road and the Bowmanstown exit.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A vicious assault in Frackville Tuesday afternoon injured three people, led to a countywide alert and eventually sent four assailants to jail.

The defendants were arraigned Tuesday night before duty District Judge Stephen Bayer in Tamaqua.

It began in the afternoon, shortly before 2 p.m., when Frackville Police were dispatched to 240 N. Nice St. for a fight involving weapons.

The caller said three men and a woman entered the home and assaulted the three people inside.

One of the men pulled a knife and another was armed with a ball-peen hammer.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CRESSONA -- Four goats, a donkey and some chickens were killed when the barn they were in caught fire just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2535 Panther Valley Road, North Manheim Township.

Schuylkill Haven First Assistant Fire Chief Andy Motko said flames were coming from the barn when multiple crews arrived on the scene.

"When I showed up, it was fully involved," Motko said.

He said it took about 45 minutes for firefighters to put out the blaze. The wooden barn was completely destroyed.
"(The animals)were gone way before we ever got here," Motko said.