Friday, January 20, 2017

Local News

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It appears a near certainty that West Penn Township will update its property maintenance code.

The township’s board of supervisors reviewed the International Property Maintenance Code with township engineer Bill Anders at a meeting Monday morning.

Supervisors’ Chairman Jim Dean said the township’s current ordinance was put into play in 1997, and that while it has its good points, it needs to be improved.

Anders said he and board solicitor Holly Heintzelman reviewed a modified version of the International Property Maintenance Code line by line.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Police have accused a 20-year-old man of raping a teenage girl from Carbon County, and soliciting nude photos from multiple others.

Police are asking anyone else who may have been a victim to contact them.

The accused, 20-year-old Keefer McKenzie Ngirngesechei, was recently charged with a long list of felony incidents, in connection with two separate incidents in Carbon and Luzerne counties.

The incidents occurred approximately between October and December 2016.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lansford Borough Council filled several board vacancies during last Wednesday’s meeting.

Robert Lakata and Joseph Gallagher were appointed to the Coaldale-Lansford Joint Water Authority.

Mary Jo Eidle will now serve on the Lansford Park & Recreation Board.

Donna Valent was named to the Zoning Hearing Board and Steven Foster was appointed to the Civil Service Commission.

Council is still looking for people to fill the following vacancies: two alternates on the zoning/hearing; and one seat each on the Park & Recreation Board, Planning Commission and Vacancy Board.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Lehighton Borough Light & Power Department has scheduled an electric outage from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday for the cleanup at the site of the fire at 256 N. Second St.

Residents on Coal Street, from Second to Third streets, and Center Alley, from Coal to Ochre, will be affected by the outage, according to borough Manager Nicole Beckett.

Beckett said the cleanup of the site was set to commence today, and that the contractor would be using heavy equipment, which will be close to the power lines.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Class luncheon

Members of the 1964 graduating class of Jim Thorpe High School will meet for lunch at noon on Wednesday at Platz’s, 101 Harrity Road, Lehighton. On the agenda will be the discussion of the yearly events. Those members of the class who have made any type of homemade jellies or jams are invited to bring them along for a tasting party.

Memberships dues

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three Democrats are preparing to be sworn in to high-ranking jobs in state government known as "row offices" — attorney general, treasurer and auditor general.

Josh Shapiro will be the state's top prosecutor, becoming the fourth person to hold the position since August.

That's when Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigned shortly after being convicted of leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it.

Shapiro is a former state representative who more recently had been commissioner in the Philadelphia suburb of Montgomery County.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — Former astronaut Gene Cernan, who as the last person to walk on the moon returned to Earth with a message of "peace and hope for all mankind," died on Monday, his family said. He was 82.

Cernan was with his relatives when he died at a Houston hospital following ongoing heath issues, family spokeswoman Melissa Wren told The Associated Press. His family said his devotion to lunar exploration never waned.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Rodney, left, and Rose Hunsicker, birth parents of Grace Packer, arrive for a memorial service in Glenside, Pa., Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Friends described Grace, allegedly killed by her adoptive mother and the mother’s boyfriend, as a bubbly girl who looked out for lonely classmates at school. (Art Gentile/The Intelligencer via AP) Copyright - 2017 Calkins Media

GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) — The smiles radiate from photos posted online by friends: Grace Packer sporting an impish grin as a toddler, floating happily in a pool as a young teen, leaning in to talk to a friend at her school lunch table.

But the 14-year-old posted a more haunting picture, a forlorn selfie taken in a dimly lit room, when she opened a Facebook account last year and invited people to comment on it. No one did.

At the time, police believe, Grace's adoptive mother and the mother's boyfriend were plotting to kill her.


Monday, January 16, 2017

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a freezing rain advisory which is in effect from 4 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

A light glaze is expected on some surfaces.

Freezing rain showers will move into the area overnight with a steadier period of light freezing rain around sunrise.

Icing may create slippery road conditions during the morning commute.

Temperature will be just below freezing overnight into the morning but rise above freezing by mid-morning Tuesday.