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Monday, June 20, 2016

Carbon County Commissioners approved a number of personnel moves last week:

• Employment separation: Stephen P. Vlossak Sr. of Palmerton, temporary assistant public defender, effective June 19.

• Resignation: Robert J. Bevich of Summit Hill, summer supervisor, Liquid Fuels Summer program, effective June 10.

• Resignation: Linda C. Curry of Lansford, part-time corrections officer, effective June 26.

• Resignation: Charles J. Puzzetti III of Weatherly, part-time dispatcher trainee, Communications Center, effective June 10.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016

A dozen first responders and emergency personnel met with officials last week about the Route 209 paving project set for April 2018.

Cathy Longenecker, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project manager, said the project is expected to cost $2.3 million.

Work will be done from just north of the turnpike to the Monroe-Carbon county line, improving 9 miles of the highway.

There will be no detours when work begins. Traffic will continue to move under the control of flaggers.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Riders start the St. Luke’s charity bike race at the Lehighton Trailhead of the Delaware and Lehigh National Trail. AMANDA TREIBLE/TIMES NEWS

St. Luke’s Hospice recently hosted its sixth annual charity bike ride.

The charity ride had a record 250 riders.

Riders have many reasons for participating.

Monroe Berger rode nearly 30 miles and decided to do it for the good cause and the exercise.

Courtney Fenner decided to join Paul and Jonathan Fenner because of how the hospice has affected her.

She has had three family members who were helped through hospice care.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Slatington Fire Department will host a wing night at the Vigilant Company on Walnut Street from 6-10 p.m. Friday.

All funds raised benefit the Slatington Fire Department.

For more information, call 484-707-1739.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The West End Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the West End Fairgrounds, Route 209, Gilbert.

Spectator admission is $3. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.

The event includes music by Chris Eckert from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the Pocono Old-Tyme Farm Equipment Association pedal tractor pulls and the Pocono Mountain Garden Railway Society Flea Market and Craft Show.

To preregister a car or as a vendor call 610-681-4045. Those preregistering will be entered into a drawing.

Proceeds will benefit the Western Pocono Jaycees.

Monday, June 20, 2016
A look at the exterior of the Lehighton Fire Department, located at 132 S. Third St. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Police Department is plagued by cramped offices, limited parking and an increase in crime.

The police department has outgrown its current quarters and needs more space.

What measures will be taken to alleviate the situation remain under consideration, according to borough police Chief Brian Biechy during a recent tour of the department.

About 30 members of the Lehighton Fire Department attended a meeting of borough council last month with concerns that the police department wants to use the entire bay of the old Engine Company No. 2.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A former Lansford man already in jail for threatening his ex-wife and calling in a bomb threat to both the home and office of a Carbon County attorney had to be removed from a courtroom after threatening a judge in Vermont.

John R. Large, 51, was arraigned on Wednesday after being taken into custody that day in Orange County for charges on terroristic threats after he told Pennsylvania State Police on Tuesday he was going to make the “Orlando, Florida, attack look small.”

Large also faces charges for separate incidents that occurred June 12 and June 13.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Chuck Thamarus, president of the Alec Campbell Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Carbon County, speaks during the “Day of the Rope” service on Saturday at The Old Jail in Jim Thorpe. The program was held to memorialize the death by hanging of four Molly Maguire members in the jail on June 21, 1877. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

An infamous chapter in Carbon County’s history was remembered Saturday during a service at The Old Jail, the former Carbon County Prison, in Jim Thorpe.

“Day of the Rope” was held to pay tribute to the sacrifices of The Molly Maguires, an Irish secret society that rebelled against the harsh treatment of low pay of the Irish-American and Irish immigrant coal miners in the Anthracite region.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The investigation of a rollover crash led to the arrest of the driver for a Megan’s Law violation.

State police at Lehighton responded to a crash at 9:25 a.m. on Thursday along Owl Hollow Drive in Ross Township, Monroe County.

Troopers said Andrew W. Hancharik Jr., 73, of Galeton, was driving a 2003 Buick Century southbound and attempting to negotiate a downhill left-hand curve. At the time he was speeding and failed to negotiate the curve.