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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Carbon County’s prison population rose in July, officials said.

On Wednesday, Warden Timothy Fritz reported to Carbon County Prison Board members that the inmate population as that day was 192. The prison has 223 beds.

“In July we had a spike in population,” he said. “We still have a little breathing room but hopefully things will start changing.”

Fritz said that there is not one reason as to why the influx of inmates over the releases are occurring, noting that people are coming in for a variety of reasons, from parole violations to DUIs.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Lehigh County Coroner’s office said results are pending in the cause of death for a Slatington man who was pulled from the Lehigh River Tuesday night.

Marc Charles Henninger, 31, of 123 Fourth St., was pronounced dead by deputy coroner Wendy Brantley at 11:04 p.m. at the Lehigh River boat launch near the Route 873 bridge in Slatington, Washington Township.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday.

The cause and manner of death are pending further toxicological studies.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and consumer advocates are warning people who pay tolls using E-ZPass to watch out for an email phishing scam. The emails claim the recipient owes money on their E-ZPass accounts. The emails ask the reader to click on an Internet link to take care of the problem, but the link infects their computer with a virus.

Caitlin Driscoll of the Better Business Bureau says the emails use the E-ZPass logo and look legitimate.

But turnpike officials say they don’t communicate with E-ZPass users by email.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A hearing for a former World Wrestling Entertainment diva has been continued.

Tamara Lynn Sytch, 42, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner.

A new hearing date has not been set.

Formerly known as WWE Diva “Sunny,” Sytch faces charges in a DUI-related crash.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Cpl. Shawn Noonan of the Pennsylvania State Police:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Luzerne County Coroner William W. Lisman has released the name of the young man who died as a result of drowning at Hickory Run State Park Tuesday morning.

Tamir Scott, 15, of Philadelphia was pronounced dead at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital after being transported from the park.

Scott was a camper with the nonprofit group, House of Umoja, out of Philadelphia. The group was renting Camp Shehaqua at the time of the drowning.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempting to smuggle drugs into the county prison in his dentures.

He was immediately sentenced to a state prison term.

John Charles Sabol, 52, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of contraband into a prison, a felony two, before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.

Nanovic was sentenced him to serve 15 to 36 months in a state correctional institution.

Sabol was arrested on Feb. 10 by Nesquehoning police after they were called to the county prison.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You can’t help but notice that we’ve updated our look. This design was a long time coming and 18 months in the planning.

We think you’ll find the stories easier to read and the headlines easier to see.

The sections are better organized, and some of the type is a tad bigger.

But we’re not just a pretty face.

We’ve chosen a new slogan: “Here for you.”

We might have a fresh design, but we have the same commitment to bringing you the news that we’ve always had.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cumberland County Prison appears to be the front-runner among places to send at least 50 excess Schuylkill County inmates.

But the estimated cost of $3,300 a day is forcing Schuylkill to make alternatives a priority.

The aging prison, on Sanderson Street in Pottsville, has an “ideal” capacity of 250 inmates, but can hold 277. As of this morning, the count was 317. The state has ordered Schuylkill to ease the overcrowding.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Trinity happenings

Sunday worship, including baptism, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., Lehighton, begins at 9 a.m. The Rev. Nancy Moore presides. Coffeehouse fellowship follows.

For those desiring to arrange for a baptism or wedding date or congregational membership, appointments with Pastor Moore may be made by contacting the church office at 610-377-4303.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Checking for ticks after a quick romp outside may seem tedious, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests it’s time well spent.

The number of counties in the northeast with a high incidence of Lyme disease shot up from 43 to 182 between 1993 and 2012.

More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year, though estimates indicate 300,000 people are infected with the tick-borne illness every year.

Lyme disease cases in Carbon County have significantly increased over the years.