Friday, August 26, 2016

Local News

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Naturalist Robin Tracey will be leading a hike to Wolf Creek falls in Saint Clair at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Hikers will meet at the north end of the Walmart parking lot off Route 1 in the Coal Creek Commerce Center.

The hike is 7 miles and rated difficult. The hike is dog-friendly. All pets must be leashed and get along well with people and other pets.

Bring water and a lunch.

Registration is required due to limited space. Contact Robine at 570-467-2506. Shine only.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Charley Brown Nursery

Charley Brown Nursery School, located at First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton has openings available for the 2016-17 school year. For application and information, call 610-349-7532 or 570-325-8169.

Community Festival

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Jim Thorpe students board the school bus at Sixth and Center streets heading for L.B. Morris Elementary School on Thursday morning. Jim Thorpe is the first district in the area to start school this year. The high school will offer lunches at full price for $2.60, with L.B. Morris and Penn-Kidder charging $2.35. All three schools offer reduced lunch for 40 cents, adult lunch for $3.25, full price breakfast for $1.25, and reduced breakfast for 30 cents. Parents are reminded that the dress code must be followed by all students. Collared shirts are to be worn every day, with solid colors of navy blue, royal blue, traditional red, black or white. Casual, dress or corduroy pants in solid navy blue, black or khaki are required. Shoes, including sneakers, must be predominantly white, gray, blue, black, red or brown. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS
Thursday, August 25, 2016

EASTON (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge has denied a defense request to throw out drug delivery charges against a former college professor.

The Morning Call in Allentown reports the judge ruled against Tara Bealer on Monday.

Police say Bealer sold a total of 22 bags of heroin to an informant three times in January.

Bealer’s attorney unsuccessfully tried to subpoena the judge who authorized a police raid of her house.

The defense says the informant was Bealer’s former boyfriend and that police recruited him after she accused him of stealing from her.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Turkish authorities to be patient with the U.S. legal system as Turkey seeks the return of a cleric accused of masterminding last month’s failed military coup.

Biden, who met with Turkish officials in Ankara on Wednesday, said the U.S. extradition process would take time as he reaffirmed Washington’s cooperation in the case of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen has denied any involvement in the July 15 coup attempt that killed more than 270 people.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Final concert

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will wrap up its 10th annual free summer concert series on Sept. 1 with an evening of classic rock by Diaspora.

The concert will held from 6-8 p.m. on the platform of the historic Tamaqua Train Station.

Anyone planning to attend is welcome to bring a lawn chair or make a reservation at the new Tamaqua Station Restaurant.

Concerts are weather permitting.

Suicide awareness

Thursday, August 25, 2016

In other business, Tamaqua Area School Board, on an 8-0 vote, with Director Melanie Dillman absent,recently approved the following for the 2016-17 school year:

• Alexa Hauer, Amanda Peel, and Jessica Schaefer, professional employee contracts

• Heather Metric, occupational therapist, mentor for Heather Bleiler, occupational therapist

• Jessica Schaefer, special education teacher, mentor for Jacqueline Murphy, special education teacher

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WILKES-BARRE — Attorneys for Hazleton murder suspect Eleazar Yisrael are alleging the revelation of blood evidence and surveillance footage shortly before his trial date amounts to prosecutorial misconduct.

Jury selection is slated to begin today for a trial to determine whether Yisrael, 30, fatally shot Samuel Vacante in the back in his Drums home on Aug. 31.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Brian Butler, center, and his wife, June, talk with Butler’s attorney, Joseph Nahas, after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

A 56-year-old man is going to trial on charges he grabbed at an officer’s gun while he was locked up in the Lansford Police station.

But the man’s lawyer questioned police as to why his client was under arrest in the first place, during a court hearing Wednesday.

Brian J. Butler, of Cortright Street, is facing jail time after being charged with attempting to disarm an officer, a felony.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Police have filed charges against a Saylorsburg man accused of causing a March 2015 crash that killed another driver.

Robert D. Givey Jr., 41, of Vista Drive, was arraigned on charges on Tuesday.

Police say that on March 20, 2015, Givey caused a chain-reaction crash involving a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plow truck that led to the death of 27-year-old Richard Kline III of Saylorsburg.

A drug test revealed that Givey had morphine in his system following the crash, police said.