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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A jury found a Pottsville physician negligent in his care and treatment of a Frackville man, specifically in failing to timely diagnose and treat the patient's compartment syndrome.

After deliberating late into the night Friday following a week's trial in the Schuylkill County courthouse, the jury reached a verdict against Dr. Robert M. Kimmel, a noted plastic surgeon, and awarded damages totaling $1.5 million.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Larry Neff/special to the Times News Ambulance and police personnel at the scene of last Saturday's Coaldale domestic incident, which led to the charges being filed against George Bonetsky. His wife, Angelique, is in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

A Coaldale man whom police believe deliberately struck his wife of 17 years with his pickup truck on Saturday afternoon remains in Schuylkill County Prison under $50,000 straight cash bail.

George J. Bonetsky IV, 34, of 262 Fourth St., is charged with felony aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving.

The victim, Angelique Bonetsky, is in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by patrolman Scott Cramer, here's what happened:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The death of a Monroe County man whose body was found in a drainage ditch two days after an accident has been ruled an accidental drowning.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen made the ruling Monday after an autopsy on the body of 19-year-old Corey Costenbader of Effort.

Costenbader's body was found Sunday submerged in a drainage ditch about 22 feet from where he was knocked down by a car Friday night near Saylorsburg.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Members of the Carbon County Association of Realtors executive board were installed by Bette McTammy, president elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors during the annual dinner held recently at Mahoning Valley Country Club. Installed were, from left, front row, Jim Zurn, president; Lisa Sawyer, vice president; Bonnie Hoffman, secretary; and Kristen Obert, treasurer; and back row, Eva Dugan, Paula Fritzinger, PAR President Elect Bette McTammy, Darla Kravetz, Hugh Dugan II, Kim Rabenold, and Hugh Dugan. The local organization is comprised of over 90 members in Carbon County.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thirteen area residents were among 42 who were arraigned Monday at the Schuylkill County courthouse before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon on criminal charges filed against them and all pleaded not guilty and requested trial by jury. They were:

Karissa Carleen Hunara, 18, of 170 W. Spruce St., Tamaqua, charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, careless driving causing bodily injury and careless driving last June 18 in the 300 block of Owl Creek Road.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Nardozzi, New Columbus Fire Company fire chief, left; and Don Schlier, assistant fire chief, stand with the hose from the exhaust extraction system after attaching it to the exhaust pipe of the fire truck.

The New Columbus Fire Company wants to make sure the fire truck garage is safe for volunteers when they start up their rig.

That's why they recently installed an exhaust extraction system in the building.

The system, which cost $11,000, looks like a series of ducts and tubes, but helps cut down on the amount of diesel fumes that are released into the garage when the fire truck is started.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The historical societies and organizations of Northampton County have issued a Passport to History for Northampton County.

The Passport program was launched in conjunction with the opening celebration of Northampton County Courthouse Week, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the county Courthouse at its "new" location at 669 Washington Street in Easton.

In 2012, the county will be celebrating its 260th year.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS The new Lehighton Ambulance Association garage in Summit Hill is nearly completed. The Ambulance Association provides both basic ambulance service as well as paramedic service.

The Lehighton Ambulance Association's new garage and headquarters in Summit Hill is nearing completion and occupancy could occur within a few weeks.

The new garage is being constructed on the corner of East Ludlow and Elm Street in the borough.

Groundbreaking for the structure occurred in September.

Joni Gestl, administrative coordinator for the Ambulance Association, said the single-story structure will contain two bays, a kitchen, and a locker room.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

In Saturday's TIMES NEWS, the incorrect telephone number was listed for the Summit Ridge Development in Mahoning Township.

The correct number is (610) 577-5551.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Robert Eugene Barry, 76, of Donaldson, Tremont Township, who had been found guilty by a jury last September of 49 sexual related offenses, was sentenced Monday by President Judge William E. Baldwin to serve nine to 18 years in a state correctional facility.

The sentence had been deferred as the judge had requested an evaluation be made by the Pennsylvania Sex Offenders Association Board to determine if Barry is a sexually violent predator and the report was positive.