Friday, October 9, 2015

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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Lehigh Township Police Department will be participating in safety weekend from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Kmart in Walnutport.

The police department will be providing free child car seat and booster seat checks and installation assistance.

The police will also assist the elderly with proper fit in their vehicle and provide safe driver information geared specifically for senior drivers.

An occupational therapist will also be on scene to assist with recommendations in the most comfortable vehicle fit for senior drivers.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Here is a list of flu clinics in the region.

Vaccines are available at clinics for adults 18 years and older.

Blue Mountain Health System

• Oct. 19, 7-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. at the Palmerton Campus

• Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gnaden Huetten Campus

• Oct. 22, 3-7 p.m., and Oct. 24, 8-11 a.m. at the NMHS Medical Plaza, Bowmanstown

• Oct. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Gnaden Huetten Professional Building — Workforce Wellness office

All vaccines are by appointment.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Three defendants had their placement in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program revoked for violating conditions.

Paul Mathews II, 28, of Bartonsville, was revoked on a charge of DUI on petition of Eckhart for violating conditions of failing to pay court costs, failing to attend and complete highway safety program and failing to perform 13 hours of community service.

Friday, October 2, 2015
George Shaw

BENSALEM (AP) — A Stroudsburg man has been arrested in the 1984 rape and strangulation of a 14-year-old Bucks County girl.

Robert Scott Sanders, of Stroudsburg, was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution was charged in the death, whose body was found in the woods two weeks after she vanished, police said Friday.

Authorities said George Franz Shaw, of Geneva, Florida, was high on methamphetamine when he raped and killed Barbara Rowan, a neighbor who baby-sat his 3-year-old daughter.

Friday, October 2, 2015

On Thursday, a Carbon County Correctional Facility inmate was found dead of what officials said was a possible suicide.

Rodney Hudock was found less than six months after another inmate hanged himself in his cell.

This was the second incident in the Carbon facility in the last year.

In Schuylkill County prison, staff and emergency medical technicians on Oct. 22, 2014, scrambled to save the life of an inmate who used a shoelace to hang himself in his cell.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Declan Behan stands with his parents, Darren and Jennifer Behan. JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/TIMES NEWS

Rising to the rank of Eagle Scout is a great honor for the young men who make it. It is an honor, not only for themselves, but for their families as well.

When you hear Eagle Scout, you automatically think hard work, perseverance and someone who embraces the high standards set by the Boy Scouts.

Sometimes all of that comes wrapped in a young man who is also funny and full of personality.

That is a good description of Declan Behan if you listen to what his mentors, friends, scoutmasters and family have to say about him.

Behan’s Honor Court was held on Sept. 15.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Carbon County is host to a beautiful backdrop that comes to life with each unique season. As we say goodbye to summer, the leaves are rapidly changing and welcome the stunning colors of fall. Thousands of visitors will flock to our area to get a glimpse of nature’s magical transformation. Tourists as well as local community members will enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, train rides and much more. So, how can a business leverage the seasons?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Correctional and mental health professionals point to the closure of state hospitals and the subsequent underfunding of community mental health centers as the prime drivers of the increase in the numbers of prison inmates with mental illness. In the late 1940s, there were 20 state mental hospitals in the state. Now, only six remain.

Clarks Summit State Hospital (serves Carbon and Monroe counties)

Torrance State Hospital

Danville State Hospital (serves Schuylkill County)

Warren State Hospital

Norristown State Hospital

Friday, October 2, 2015
Suzy Jones, mother of the late Capt. Jason B. Jones, who died June 2, 2014, in Afghanistan, stands beside casualty assistant officer Lt. Col. Bill Luckie at a ceremony Friday to unveil a sign designating a portion of Route 61 in Orwigsburg as the Capt. Jason B. Jones Memorial Highway. CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS

Schuylkill County on Friday honored two of its own, fine young soldiers who died in battle more than four decades and almost 3,000 miles apart.

Officials unveiled signs in Orwigsburg naming a portion of Route 61 as the Capt. Jason B. Jones Memorial highway, and a portion of Route 443 as the Cpl. David F. Heiser Memorial Highway.

Jones, the son of Jay Jones of Pottsville and Suzy Jones of Orwigsburg, died in a small-arms fight on June 2, 2014 near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. A Green Beret, he was 29 years old.

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Thursday to the theft of a cellular phone in the emergency room of a hospital and using his young son in the crime.

Adam J. Spino, 30, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property, as a misdemeanor 1.