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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lansford police officer Chris Ondrus wants people to know he went willingly with his friend and fellow patrolman David Midas on Friday night.

Midas drove Ondrus from Lansford to Jim Thorpe, where Midas committed suicide.

Reports that he was taken hostage by Midas, his friend since childhood, may be technically accurate, "but I didn't look at it that way," Ondrus said in a telephone interview early Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It was a busy summer at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool this year.

Lehighton Borough Council was informed Monday that membership this past year was 1,500 people, nearly double from when the reconditioned pool reopened two years ago.

Daily passes totaled close to 4,000 patrons for the summer, said Tom Evans, the borough's recreation director.

He told the council that more than 200 children took part in swimming lessons.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The resignation of Mahoning Township tax collector Richard Swarcheck was accepted by the Mahoning Township board of supervisors during last week.

The letter enabled the board to move forward with a temporary replacement until the municipal election occurs next week and the new collector starts in January.

Swarcheck became incapacitated late last month, which created turmoil in the township as taxing bodies and residents alike were not sure what would happen and how they could be assured their tax payments would be properly recorded.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

As the Carbon County community mourns the loss of sheriff's deputy and police officer David Midas, who took his life on Friday night, suicide prevention professionals speak out.

"Suicide among those serving in law enforcement happens about every 17 hours, and the rate among firefighters is sharply increasing," says Robert Michaels, CEO/Chaplain of Serve & Protect, a law enforcement and emergency services support organization. Serve & Protect operates a crisis hot line, has 3,200 chaplains, and a national network of trauma therapists.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Faith Alive Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will host a rape prevention/defense workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8; and Friday, Nov. 15. The workshops are open to anyone 13 years or older. Anyone 13 to 17 years old must have written permission from parents/guardians. Parents of young minors should be present during workshops.

The sessions, led by Paul Lanchantin, who has studied Kung Fu under many masters.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION Dale Freudenberger, president, Tamaqua Historical Society, will present a look at Victorian death and mourning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, Pine Street.

Tamaqua Historical Society will present "Death, Mourning and Burial Customs During the Victorian Era" at 7 p.m. on Halloween Eve, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center on Pine Street.

Dale Freudenberger has long been interested in Victoriana. He is well known as the guide for the Spirits of Tamaqua Ghost Tour, an October tradition that entertained guests for a span of almost 10 years beginning in the late 1990s.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Several defendants facing drug related charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County Court on Monday.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Anthony M. Capriglione, 24, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested on Dec. 8, 2012, when Jim Thorpe police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Leffler's Service station along Front St. Police found a vehicle in the lot with Capriglione as the driver.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Carbon County man admitted to burglary and also entered pleas in two other cases on Monday in the county court. He was one of seven defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Meth lab

Todd Greene, 39, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge but also admitted to operating a methamphetamine lab. In a third case he entered a plea to receiving stolen property.

Greene was charged by agents of the state Attorney General's office with operating a meth lab at his residence at 400 Mahoning St.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Carbon County Animal Response Team is looking for help finding the owner of a goat.

Diane Sharpless, the president of CART, said the team was notified Monday by the county Emergency Management Agency that a goat was wandering along Route 903 in Jim Thorpe, in the area of the future Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance. Reports stated that the goat had been seen in the area for a couple of days.

Four CART volunteers were dispatched to the area to see if they could capture the animal.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Lehighton man admitted to sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Franklin Derr III, 23, pleaded guilty on Monday before Carbon County Judge Steven R. Serfass to one count of statutory sexual assault.

He was charged by Lehighton police with having sexual intercourse with a then 13-year-old girl. The assault occurred on June 21, 2012, at a residence in the borough.

The girl reported the incident to police and claimed Deer had raped her. Derr's attorney Paul Levy claimed the sexual encounter was consentual.