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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lehighton Area High School has announced the honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2014-2015 school year.

High honors

Students must have an overall average of 95 in the marking period in all subjects with no grades lower than an 87.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Carbon County woman who was arrested for causing a disturbance in her hometown, then fleeing a hospital after she was taken there for a blood test, entered a guilty plea to reduced charges Tuesday in the county court.

Rosa A. Fritts, 34, of Palmerton, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor), and summary counts of harassment and public drunkenness.

Fritts was arrested following incidents on Oct. 17, 2013, in the area of 548 Mauch Chunk Road.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A major bridge connecting Philadelphia and New Jersey may be closed to cars when the pope visits in September.

The Secret Service tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1MoaAup ) that the decision has not been made yet on whether cars will be allowed on the Ben Franklin Bridge when Pope Francis is in town in September.

The Delaware River Port Authority says a closure is possible though it's not in the plan currently.

One possibility is keeping cars off the bridge but leaving it open to pedestrians who could walk from southern New Jersey into Philadelphia.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — State police say a western Pennsylvania man with a penchant for making unnecessary emergency calls most recently complained of chest pains so he could ask medics for help with his air conditioner.

Twenty-six-year-old Travis Turner, of Indiana, Pa., was charged Wednesday with obstructing emergency services and disorderly conduct.

Troopers from the Indiana barracks 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh say Turner has called county 911 dispatchers or the state police 63 times in the last three years for minor or harassing complaints.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Schuylkill County man is being sought on a felony warrant after he fled from police into a wooded area west of Tamaqua.

State police at Frackville said troopers and other local law enforcement officers attempted to serve paperwork of Joseph Dwain Hartranft, 54, of 614 Old Route 209, in the village of Newkirk, Schuylkill Township, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at his residence.

Hartranft became noncompliant and retreated inside his home. A short time later he left the home carrying a long gun and ran into a wooded area near his home.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Gypsy moths wreaked havoc on trees in Carbon County this spring.

Around 75 residents impacted by the devastation turned out Tuesday night to hear how the state's aerial pesticide spraying program can help their cause in 2016.

During a half-hour presentation in the Carbon County courthouse, Tim Marasco, section chief for the Bureau of Forestry's Forest Pest Management Division, outlined how county property owners can qualify to have their trees sprayed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Palmerton Area School Board voted 8-1 tonight to move forward with the $21 million renovation project, which includes a junior high cafeteria and a multi-purpose turf field and stadium improvements.

Susan Debski said she voted against the project because of the turf field.

About 15 community members attended the meeting to find out about the project.

For the full story, see Wednesday's Times News.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The McDonald's restaurant on Route 209 in Brodheadsville has been temporarily closed after an inspection by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The sign posted on the door indicates a problem with the hot water supply.

A call was placed to the store for comment. A female manager answered and said, "I'm not allowed to comment" and hung up.

Later this afternoon the business posted a sign saying that the hot water heater wasn't functioning and would be repaired shortly.
"We would love to see you back here for dinner with a free dessert from us," the business posted.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Traffic was backed up in all directions in Jim Thorpe this morning as construction projects caused delays.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is doing construction at the Route 903 bridge. Verizon is doing work near Subway and the borough is doing a water project.

Did you experience delays? Tell us about it at tneditor@tnonline.com.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The turnpike has reopened after a crash left one dead and several injured at mile marker 74.1 northbound near Parryville.

One person is dead and at least three have been flown to area trauma centers. Six passengers have been reported to be injured.

The incident happened at 8:25 p.m., just south of the Mahoning Valley interchange and three miles north of the tunnel.

Motorists were detoured at the Lehigh Valley interchange while police were investigating.
All lanes remain blocked at the scene.