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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Carbon County judges held hearings recently on petitions filed by the county's adult probation department against defendants for allegedly violating the terms of their parole/probation.

Hearings were held for the following:

Nikki Rehrig, 54, of Lehighton, had a petition filed by probation officer Jillian McGinley in two cases, both involving charges of retail theft as felonies, for violating conditions by being arrested in November 2014 by Mahoning Township police for another retail theft.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

If the power outage proves long-lasting, you may be opt to "bug out" to an emergency shelter. Here's what you'll need:

Important papers such as deeds, medical records, insurance policies, pet records, prescriptions and bank account records.

Pet food.

Prescription medications and glasses.

Pictures of family members and pets.

Before you leave, even though the power is out, unplug televisions and small appliances.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lehigh Carbon Community College was granted a lease extension to keep its Carbon County campus at Jim Thorpe Area High School.

The Jim Thorpe Area School Board voted 6-0 for the extension of the lease. In favor were President Dennis McGinley, Robert Schaninger, Gerald F. Strubinger, Pearl Sheckler, Walter Schulz and John Ciavarella. Absent were William Allison, Glenn Confer and Dr. Michael Principe.

The LCCC pays the district an annual rental fee of $180,000.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS John Joseph Merchlinsky, 54, of Gilberton, was killed in this crash just before 1:30 p.m. Monday.

A Schuylkill County driver was killed Monday in a crash involving four vehicles.

State police at Fogelsville said the crash occurred at 1:27 p.m. along Route 309, a tenth of a mile north of Gun Club Road, in Lynn Township, Lehigh County.

Troopers said John Joseph Merchlinsky, 54, of Gilberton, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado truck northbound when he drove into the rear of a 1995 Ford F250 truck driven by David P. Matz, 30, of Schuylkill, Philadelphia County.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Two bronze Civil War cannons may soon be back home in Ludlow Park, Summit Hill.

The cannons were sold in May 2000 to a private museum near Pittsburgh. After learning of the sale, Summit Hill Borough Council filed suit in Carbon County Court, claiming ownership of the artifacts.

The court granted a writ of seizure to the borough, allowing for the return of the cannons until the official owner is determined.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Two dryers were damaged after clothing caught fire inside a laundromat in Palmerton Monday evening.

Borough fire Chief Larry Zawaly said firefighters arrived at around 6:15 p.m. at the 24/7 Laundromat at 643 Delaware Ave.

"The way it looked when I got there, you couldn't even see in the windows," Zawaly said. "It was just solid, solid smoke."

Zawaly said the fire appears to be accidental.

"Clothing caught fire in one of the dryers; we don't know why exactly," he said.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A lawsuit could be headed East Penn Township's way after its solicitor said Monday night he doesn't feel trailers on a township supervisor's property violate any municipal ordinance.

Solicitor James Nanovic rendered his opinion after meeting with East Penn zoning officer Richard Dietrich to review Dietrich's reports on the property, owned by Jacob Nothstein, the board of supervisors' vice chairman.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The occupants of a car walked away from a crash in Bowmanstown Tuesday morning. The crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. as the car was traveling along White Street and lost control on an ice-covered roadway, going over a set of guardrails, landing on its roof on a railroad bed. Palmerton Fire Police were called to the scene to direct traffic while the car was pulled back onto the road. State police at Lehighton are investigating theincident.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES  A sign on the front door of the RadioShack at 1211 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive, East, in Lehighton, states there is a clearance sale. As part of the storewide clearance, all products are an additional 25 percent off.

A fixture in the Lehighton area for about a quarter century, the RadioShack in Lehighton appears as though it's next in line to close up shop.

Located at 1211 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, in front of the Carbon Plaza, a sign on the store's front door states there is a clearance sale.

Contacted Monday morning, an employee, who wished to remain anonymous, said "We are a clearance store. Anything else from this point is rumor."

When fully staffed, the RadioShack in Lehighton employs about five people, the employee said.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NESQUEHONING POLICE Philip V. Pecora Jr.

A Nesquehoning pair has been arrested for their involvement with drugs.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith recently arrested Felicia C. Porter, 26, and Philip V. Pecora Jr., 35, both of 152 Coal St., after they sold Suboxone strips to a confidential informant on Aug. 4 and 5, 2014. Pecora faces additional charges after he sold an informant heroin during that same time period.