Saturday, April 29, 2017

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Christian Snyder, a seventh-grader at Panther Valley Junior-Senior High School, plays with therapy dog Dakota. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

Panther Valley eighth-grade treasurer Ann Simpson loves animals, so she looks forward to the weekly visits from Dakota, a German shepherd who belongs to teacher Kim Laird.

Dakota recently started visiting the emotional support class at Panther Valley Junior-Senior High School.

“We’ve learned about discipline, obedience and body language,” Simpson said. “You can learn a lot from dogs about obedience.”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Slatington fireman stands on its base Monday morning before being removed for repairs. For more photos of the removal, check out the photo gallery at BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

It took over two hours, a handful of borough workers, a backhoe and crane to lift the iconic 200-pound fireman statue from itsbase in Slatington on Monday morning.

The statue, created and constructed in 1910, had only been moved from its home once before now — when a car careened into the base in 1979.

In 2017, the more than 6-foot-tall statue is in need of serious repair due to the corrosion that has encrusted the plate between the cast-iron base and zinc statue.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Weissport statue shows years of wear and tear. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

During the 1920s, doughboy statues honoring the fallen soldiers from World War I were installed in communities throughout the United States. One such statue stands in Weissport Park, although weather and vandalism have taken a toll on it.

A member of the Lehighton Area Democratic Club has advised Weissport Borough Council it would like to get the statue refurbished.

Roy Christman, secretary of the club, said the restoration is being considered as the nation is observing the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés encourages Pennsylvanians to submit requests for primary election absentee ballots before the deadline.

Under the state election code, applications for absentee ballots must be submitted no later than one week before Election Day.

For this year’s primary election, the deadline falls on May 9.

Absentee voters must return their voted ballot to their county election office by May 12.

Completed ballots must be received in county elections offices by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. A timely postmark is not sufficient.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

St. Gabriel’s Club, 221 N. Market St., Summit Hill, will host Music by Jay Smarr, Sounds of the Coal Region from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.

Members and guests are welcome. There is acover charge for nonmembers.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Samuel L. Deppen, 24, of New Ringgold, was found guilty of criminal mischief for deliberately breaking a window at a Pottsville hospital.

A jury found Deppen guilty of the crime, committed Sept. 8, 2015, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill South Jackson Street.

Judge Jacqueline L. Russell ordered a presentence investigation to be done before she pronounces Deppen’s sentence.

Guilty pleas

Christopher M. Reed, 29, of Barnesville: Charged by Mahanoy City police in five cases.

In the first, he pleaded to burglary and criminal trespass on Aug. 29, 2015.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mauch Chunk Trust Company is providing a free community service to their branch office neighborhoods through shred days.

Bring confidential documents, medical papers and any other sensitive communications and have them shredded on-site immediately with the high-powered mobile truck from All Shred.

People are allowed as many as five banker’s boxes worth of material. This service is for individuals and not businesses.

Shred day hours are from 9 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

• Saturday: Main office, 1111 North St., Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

STEWARTSTOWN (AP) — Four Pennsylvania state troopers are on administrative duty while internal investigators review the fatal shooting of an armed 79-year-old man who had a history of mental health issues.

Police say that man, Robert Becker, called York County 911 dispatchers about 3:30 a.m. Monday and reported he had just killed someone and had also killed Satan, then threatened violence against the police who would come to his home in Hopewell Township.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's two large public-sector pension agencies got a message from Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday: cut the fees paid to outside firms handling billions in investments.

Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella said at a news conference that they hoped that the state government pension fund would find ways to save $46 million annually and the school employees' fund about $100 million a year.

The two Democrats said Pennsylvania is near the top in the ranking of states that pay the highest percentage of pension-fund investment fees.