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Friday, December 26, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lauren Sheckler and Connor Rehnert create their ice cream experiment.

With a pop, a bang, or even some fizz, many students at Our Lady of the Angels Academy became a whiz in chemistry recently.

For the past several weeks students in kindergarten through third grade had the opportunity to participate in Science Explorers, an afterschool science club, and explore the different states of matter and their characteristics.

The program was coordinated by Kristen Zellner and Kressa Dowling, teachers at OLOAA.

Friday, December 26, 2014

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say they are talking to a male in the crash of a pickup truck into a suburban Philadelphia home that was followed a few hours later by the death of an elderly woman inside the home.

Authorities in Bucks County said the red pickup truck hit the southwest corner of the Bristol Township home, causing heavy damage, shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said 93-year-old Jenny Russo, a hospice patient, was lying in bed near the point of impact and died a few hours later.

Friday, December 26, 2014

EASTON (AP) — A New York woman is jailed after police say she stabbed her boyfriend during a Christmas visit to eastern Pennsylvania.

Vidanti Charles was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Police say Charles stabbed boyfriend Georgie Allie at 4:15 a.m. while in Easton visiting friends for the holiday.

Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould tells the Express-Times the victim remains in “very serious condition.”

Friday, December 26, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS John Allesch, third from right, holds his "Firefighter of the Year" award, while looking on are, from left, Dan and Valerie Matika, owner of the Batter's Box Sports Bar, recipients of the "Friend of the Firemen" award; Joseph "Fuzzy" O'Donnell, repient of an award for his service to the fire department; Shawn Hoben, fire chief, and Ed Nunemacher, fire company president.

John Allesch has the personality and the features minus the beard of a Santa Claus.

He's always smiling and jolly, even when people cuss at him and give him what he calls "the number one sign." And it happens too frequently.

Allesch is a fire police member of the Summit Hill Fire Department. He also had been active as a firefighter and officer in the department.

The 38-year-member was presented with the Diligence Fire Company No. 1's "Paul 'Paucky' Yuricheck Firefighter of the Year" award on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friends, family and classmates gathered Wednesday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Palmerton to pay final respects to teen siblings killed last week in a fiery crash.

The memorial service was held to remember Nathan Murray, 16, and his sister, Courtney Murray, 13, both of Palmerton.

Both died at the scene of the Dec. 19 crash in Lower Towamensing Township, when the vehicle they were riding in crossed into the opposing lane of Dairy Road and struck an oncoming vehicle around 8:30 p.m.

The vehicle the Murrays were in struck a tree and caught fire.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a Lehighton man after a domestic assault.

On Dec. 4, a woman came to the Mahoning police station and reported she was assaulted by Cory Hunsicker.

Her face was visibly bruised and swollen. She required treatment at the hospital where she was diagnosed with multiple contusions, a cervical strain and a basilar skull fracture.

Hunsicker has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, terrorstic threats and harassment.

Cory was taken to the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The streets of Tamaqua were filled with the sound of music on Monday as students and staff of St. Jerome's Regional School spread a little holiday cheer, visiting businesses andresidents of the Tamaqua ABC High Rise and the Majestic House apartment complexes. Despite the cold, the carolers were eager to serenade everyone, even when it meant singing on the sidewalks. Here, the carolers share their joy with employees at the Times News and AAA Tamaqua offices.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bill Solomon, left, a conductor at Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway who visits schools  at Christmastime, punches a golden ticket, held by second-grade Shull-David  student Ryden Chapman.

Bill Solomon is truly a man who "believes" in Christmas.

The Jim Thorpe native, who also works as a conductor for Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, has been bringing the movie "The Polar Express" to life for area children over the past four years.

Most recently, he visited PathStone Head Start in Coaldale, Shull-David Elementary in Lehighton and St. Joseph's Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe to help ring in the Christmas spirit as students prepared for Santa Claus.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lehighton's holiday lighting contest winners have been named.

Judging was recently held for the borough's holiday lighting contest, and the winners were announced by Lehighton Borough officials. The contest is sponsored by the borough.

Borough Manager Nicole Beckett said the top residents will receive a $25 discount on their utility bill, while the top commercial winners will receive a $100 discount on their utility bill.

Next year, Beckett said the categories to be judged will be nostalgic, whimsical, judge's choice, best use of lights and most untraditional.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Lansford man is facing charges after he told police he stole a video camera to trade for drugs.

On Saturday morning, Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to Walmart for a retail theft. The man involved in the theft fled the store in a Hyundai.

The vehicle was spotted by Lehighton Police on Route 443 at Ninth Street.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle it passed multiple vehicles on the right hand side and then crossed the roadway entering a private driveway.