Saturday, November 28, 2015

Local News

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five people were shot late Monday night near the site of an ongoing protest over the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer, Minneapolis police said. None of the five suffered life-threatening injuries.

The shootings occurred late Monday night about a block from the police department's 4th Precinct, where protesters have been demonstrating since the shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark on Nov. 15.

Monday, November 23, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Assistant Fire Chief James Connely

Tamaqua fire investigators determined Monday morning that a raging fire that destroyed two homes and displaced 10 people was an accident.
Investigators believe the blaze appears to have started at 129 Orwigsburg St. and spread to an adjoining house.
“We do have a point of origin and right now we’re calling it accidental undetermined,” said James Connely, assistant fire chief, shortly after noon.
No other details are being released at this time.
A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal typically would have arrived Monday to search for clues and make a determination.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Vernon, New Jersey woman was slightly injured when a Lehighton man hunting coyotes in East Penn Township accidentally shot her on Sunday.

State Game Commission officials interviewed Michael Harvan who said he was hunting coyotes when he mistook the woman for game, said Bill Williams, information and education supervisor for the Game Commission’s northeast region.

Crews were dispatched to the scene at 11 a.m.

The woman was identified as Sharon Krause.

Monday, November 23, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The latest from Gov. Tom Wolf and top lawmakers on efforts to negotiate a deal to end Pennsylvania state government's five-month budget standoff (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Pennsylvania's Senate majority leader says efforts to secure $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates for homeowners as part of a broader budget deal has hit a wall over which districts will get the biggest benefit.

Monday, November 23, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums.

Beneficiaries have until Dec. 7 to see if there's a lower-cost plan that will cover their medications in 2016. Consumer advocates and experts say it will pay to shop around this sign-up season.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Palmerton Police Department announced the following charges this week:

Anthony McGraw: 28, and Garry Hoffner: 37, both of Palmerton, were charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property in connection with an incident that occurred Aug. 18 in the 300 block of Alley E. McGraw and Hoffner were also charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property in connection with another incident that occurred Aug. 29 in the 300 block of Alley E.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Palmerton Area School Board approved a motion last week that restricts a tax increase for the 2016-2017 school year to not more than 3.2 percent.

The restriction does not indicate whether or not taxes will increase. It just means that taxes cannot exceed that percentage level.

Current real estate taxes are 53.808 mills. This was a 1.36-mill increase, or 2.6 percent increase, for the 2015-2016 budget. The 2014-2015 budget had a tax rate of 52.44 mills. The millage rate for the 2014-2015 school budget was a 1-mill increase over 2013-2014.

Monday, November 23, 2015

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-17th) introduced legislation that would provide veterans who have served in combat from all military operations with greater access to mental health resources.

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 23, 1935

Congressman Francis E. Walter announced today a mammoth recreational park is to be developed in Carbon County under the auspices of the division of land utilization bureau of Rural Resettlement Administration.

The project will be one of 14,000 acres in the townships of Kidder and Penn Forest. The improvement will mean a considerable expenditure of public funds and will afford a great amount of work, the congressman said. He believes it will be of great value to this entire section in a permanent way, bringing immense numbers of travelers to this section.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Firefighters tackle flames Sunday night at a Barnesville house fire. For more photos, see the gallery at DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Five residents of a historic, 190-year-old farmhouse fled to safety Sunday night as the second house fire in 24 hours struck the Tamaqua area less than a week before Thanksgiving.

The Schuylkill Communications Center dispatched regional units and tanker trucks around 6:30 p.m. to 252 Hillside Drive, Barnesville, for a working structure fire.

Arriving on scene, responders found flames shooting from the upper floor of the building owned by Alice Schmerfeld, who reported that all occupants were safely evacuated.