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Monday, August 24, 2015

West End Fair’s got talent

Kelley Andrade

The four judges of West End Fair’s opening night talent show did not have an easy decision to make. 15 acts took the stage Monday night, all hoping for the $200 prize and chance to open for headliner NOMaD, Saturday night on the main stage.

Last year’s winner Jordyn Kenzie opened the packed show. Every bench in front of the West End Fair Main Stage was filled with spectators, friends and proud family members. The talent was singer heavy with a mix of dancers, a solo drummer and saxophone player.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Charles E. Tidabock, 67, of West Penn Township, was killed at 10 p.m. Friday as he was traveling north on Route 309 on the Blue Mountain in the township.

Police said his van drifted to the right, striking the guardrail and going 50 feet down a steep embankment, hitting a large tree.

Tidabock was born and raised in Allentown, having worked at Mack Trucks until his retirement, then relocating to West Penn Township.

Monday, August 24, 2015


NANTY GLO (AP) — A western Pennsylvania high school football team had to move its scrimmage after geese — and the waste they leave behind — invaded a local stadium.

WJAC-TV ( ) reports Blacklick Valley High School moved Saturday’s scrimmage to a practice field after the field in Nanty Glo was deemed off limits.

The field is owned by the borough 65 miles east of Pittsburgh and its recreation authority, but the school district was paying to have the goose waste removed.

Monday, August 24, 2015

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a northwestern Pennsylvania woman found an intruder taking a shower and doing his laundry when she woke up Saturday.

That's why 24-year-old Casey James Shaffer, of Erie, remained jailed Monday on charges of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and loitering and prowling at night.

Troopers say the 44-year-old resident lives in Greene Township, near Erie.

They say she called police shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday.

Monday, August 24, 2015

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Legionnaires’ disease bacteria have been discovered in hot water systems at a suburban Philadelphia university, but officials say the levels detected are not cause for immediate concern.

West Chester University officials say hot water systems were drained and treated with chlorine in nine buildings where the legionella bacteria was discovered.

Classes start Monday.

Monday, August 24, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana trooper died Monday, a day after an apparently stranded motorist shot him in the head and then stood over him to tell him he was going to die soon, state police said.

Authorities plan to charge the accused shooter with first-degree murder after the death of Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, 43. Vincent had been trying to help a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch, Col. Mike Edmonson said.

Monday, August 24, 2015

State police at Lehighton responded to a reported domestic dispute on Saturday, but on scene they found much more — an active methamphetamine lab.

Troopers said the incident began at 6 p.m. when they went to 6 Christman Road in East Penn Township, Carbon County for a reported domestic incident.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Authorities have identified the man killed in the Route 309 crash in West Penn Township Friday night.

Charles E. Tidabock, 67, of West PennTownship, was killed Friday night in a single vehicle crash about 10 p.m., as he was traveling north descending the north face of the Blue Mountain.

His van drifted to the right, striking the guarding and going 50 feet down a steep embankment, hitting a large tree.

Tidabock was born and raised in Allentown, having worked at Mack Trucks until his retirement then relocating to West Penn township.

Sunday, August 23, 2015
State historical marker unveiled in Sheppton

John Bova, left, of Lower Shaft, son of lost Sheppton miner Louis Bova, unveils a state historical marker Saturday near where his father is entombed at Oneida Slope #2. Helping is J. Ronnie Sando, 77, of Hazleton, believed to be the lone surviving Sheppton rescuer and former employee of Pagnotti Enterprises. The Sheppton Mine Disaster, in which three miners were trapped 320 feet underground for 14 days, captured the world's attention in 1963. Saturday's moving event took place on the 52nd anniversary of the rescue of miners Henry Throne and David Fellin.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The 100th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Forest Fire Wardens was celebrated in Tamaqua's Owl Creek section Saturday by focusing on the aspects of the job that have made the wardens indispensable for a century.
"We have camp fire safety, burn barrel safety, debris burning safety plus Smoky Bear," said Mark Bower, Tamaqua, a state forest fire warden and chief of Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company. A wide array of other educational programs and opportunities were showcased throughout the day.