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Friday, January 9, 2015

The Walnutport Borough Council is looking for a few good men and women to fill in the multiple vacancies on the recreation board and one on the UCC and property maintenance board.

Council Vice President Michael Gaston said, "We need to bring the recreation board back to life again."

The borough first created the recreation board in the 1970s, Gaston said, but membership has dropped significantly in the past few years. What was an eight-member board is now down to two.

Friday, January 9, 2015
 Larry Neff/Special to the Times News

A female driver escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in Towamensing Township. The crash occurred just before noon at the intersection of Berger and Penn Forest roads. The woman extricated herself from the wreckage. She was evaluated at the scene by Lehighton paramedics but refused further medical treatment. State police at Lehighton are investigating the incident. The second vehicle involved was driven from the scene.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Special to the Times News

At 2:09 p.m. Wednesday, Mahoning Township police responded to a one-vehicle crash in the 1000 block of Hemlock Drive. Police said Travis Trabalka of Lehighton was driving a Chevrolet Malibu when he failed to negotiate a curve. The car left the road on the right side and struck several trees. No injuries were reported.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Special to the Times News

Mahoning Township police reporteda crash on Thursday in the parking lot of the Walmart store. Police said a Dodge truck driven by April Willitts of Kunkletown struck a pole with a pedestrian sign attached. No one was injured. Pictured is the damage to the driver's side of the truck.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Special to the Times News

A driver was cited following a two-vehicle crash at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday in Mahoning Township. Township police said Linda Neff of Palmerton was driving a Saturn alongAshtown Drive when she failed to negotiate a right-hand curve. The vehicle crossed over the center line and struck an oncomingToyota Yaris driven by Lukas Ziegenfuss of Andreas. No one was injured. Police said Neff was exceeding the speed limit at the time.As the result of an investigation, police charged Neff with careless driving, drivingat an unsafe speed, and required financial responsibility.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Schuylkill County Judge James Goodman has imposed rulings on a number of local people.

Angelo Maldonado, 25, of Tamaqua, was charged by Rush Township police on May 21, 2013, with possession a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Goodman on Dec. 30 accepted Maldonado's guilty plea and sentenced him to the six days he had served to 12 months in jail. He also must pay court costs and fees.

Bail reductions:

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the home of William and Nancy Mason, 1204 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

President Edith Lukasevich will be in charge of the session.

The guest speaker will be Carbon County Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Democratic candidates in the 2015 election are welcome to attend. All committee members and interested people are invited to attend.

Friday, January 9, 2015

More than 10,900 entries were entered in the Carbon County Recorder of Deeds office in 2014, according to an annual statistical report released by Emmett P. McCall, the current officeholder.

As a result of the department's activities last year, the recorder collected and remitted $3,598,634 in revenues.

Breakdown of filings

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jim Thorpe Borough officially has its own noise ordinance.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote Thursday, council adopted the ordinance, which prohibits noise disturbances from 11 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. for residents and 24 hours per day for Jim Thorpe's 26 establishments with a liquor license.

Members Joe Krebs and Paulette Haupt were absent from the meeting.

The borough also voted to petition the state for relief from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's noise enforcement.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Anyone with a scanner will still be able to listen to Schuylkill County emergency dispatchers handling fire calls, said 911 center director Scott Krater.

Commissioners on Dec. 24 announced the county would spend $5.6 million to buy digital radios for the county's 110 volunteer fire companies.

The radios, each costing about $5,000 each, will be distributed this year.

While scanners will still pick up communications between responders and dispatchers, talk among firefighters using the digital equipment would not be broadcast.