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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia firefighter says he was drunk and making a "dumb joke" about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he posted a picture of himself holding a torch and wearing a Confederate flag hat on Facebook.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Eager buyers packed the stands and lined the ring at the annual 4-H Livestock Sale at the Carbon County Fair on Saturday, looking to secure some top-quality animals from hard-working young exhibitors.

“The kids are excited, a bit anxious. Their animals are going up for sale. They’ve put a lot of time and money into these animals, and hopefully they’ll get a nice profit out of their projects,” said Georgia Farrow, the 4-H program assistant for Carbon County, as buyers registered and enjoyed a luncheon before the auction.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Robert Estes, 41, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced Friday to 20 years’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for his role in a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that operated in Carbon County and elsewhere, during 2016.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Looks like Lower Towamensing Township may be getting some new spending guidelines and procedures.

At a meeting last week, Supervisor Ron Walbert and Planning Commission member John “Jay” Mullikin III brought up concerns about spending in the township.

Walbert questioned why almost $8,000 was spent on office furniture when the supervisors approved spending up to $3,000 at the February meeting.

During public comment, Mullikin asked about spending on items for Stoney Ridge Park and Recreation Center.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Penn State Extension in Carbon County will be offering the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger Program, a six-week exercise program for middle-aged and older adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 3 through Nov. 9.

There will be three sessions to choose from: 9-10 a.m., 1-2 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. All classes will be held at St. Peter’s Community Center, located at 177 Main Road in Lehighton (Weissport).

The series will be led by either Keri Byrne, a nutrition education adviser, or Diane Szwajkowski, retired massage therapist and personal trainer with more than 25 years of experience.

Monday, August 14, 2017

David Piperato was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley. He was raised in a blue-collar family, with his mom a hair stylist and his dad owned a roofing and siding company.

Piperato attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through high school.

Now Piperato is the superintendent of Pleasant Valley, one of the districts he competed against while in school. He was hired by the school board in March to replace then Superintendent Carole Geary, who retired July 31.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Police are at the scene of a shooting in Port Carbon Friday night. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An altercation led to a shooting incident in Schuylkill County on Friday evening.

State police at Schuylkill Haven said Alex Rosario, 22, and Kenneth Boyer, no age given, got into a verbal altercation inside 125 Spruce St., Port Carbon, at 6:15 p.m.

The dispute escalated and became physical. At some point, Boyer discharged a firearm that struck both Rosario and himself.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Carbon County man got his wish Thursday in Carbon County court when he asked the presiding judge to send him to a state prison.

Robert Adam Miller, 55, of Lehighton, told Judge Steven R. Serfass he has a long-term drug and alcohol abuse problem and felt the state system was the best way to address it because of the programs the state offers.

Miller said he had entered a long-term inpatient program with the Salvation Army but left before completing it. He said it was due to stresses in his life.

Monday, August 14, 2017

McAdoo Police are looking for Efrain Ramos Tejeda, 23, of McAdoo in connection with an assault on Aug. 6.

Tejeda faces charges of criminal attempt to commit aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, child endangerment, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment after a domestic dispute.