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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Route 309 in the Tamaqua area has numerous potholes like this one seen Monday near the intersection of Route 54. Some are several inches deep and can cause flat tires, front-end alignment issues, and, in a worst-case scenario, can cause a driver to lose control of steering.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jim Thorpe Borough officials are looking at a rate increase in order to rebuild the two water mains along Broadway and North Street.

The mains are roughly 100 years old and contain various size piping (none of which are large enough for today's needs), and are made of lead. The lines are in constant need of repair due to their deteriorating condition.

Estimated cost of replacement is $4.6 million.

Officials have searched for grant money to help with the expense, but have been told the water rates are not high enough to secure grant funding.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Slatington Borough Council is hoping to bring electronics recycling services to the borough. The issue was raised by Councilman David Schnaars at the March meeting. The council has received quotes from two companies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Paul Hoffman/Special to the Times News Toni Bush, coach of the Pleasant Valley High School girls lacrosse team, presents a check for $15,000 from the Pleasant Valley Youth Association to school board President Russell Gould.

While the Pleasant Valley School Board was busy talking about the accomplishments of their students at a recent meeting, during the public comment section they received as well as shared some more good news.

Toni Bush, coach of the Pleasant Valley High School girls lacrosse team, was present to share some of the program's accomplishments.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Northern Lehigh School District wants to add a used dump truck to its fleet.

The district will accept proposals until 1 p.m. March 30, according to Greg Derr, director of support services and transportation.

Derr said the district is after a GMC 8500 Series Truck, year 2000 or newer, with low mileage, a plow and salt box.

"We have a smaller dump truck," Derr said. "We're looking for one a little bit larger to help us be a little bit more efficient."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This huge pothole has caused concerns for motorists traveling along Little Gap Road on the Kunkletown side of the Covered Bridge.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Monroe County man has been sentenced to a long federal prison term for drug trafficking.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Kerion Johnson, 41, of Effort, was sentenced Monday to 181 months in prison for his role in a heroin trafficking conspiracy and for violating conditions of his supervised release.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Johnson previously pleaded guilty to committing the crime between November 2013 and April 22, 2014, in Monroe County.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
 SUSAN BRYANT/LEHIGH VALLEY PRESS Cheryl L. Silvonek of 1516 Randi Lane, Upper Macungie Township, was stabbed to death after 12:01 a.m. on Sunday in her 2007 Ford Freestyle while it was parked in the driveway of the home she shared with her husband David and 14-year-old daughter.

A 20-year-old Maryland man has been arrested for the death of a 54-year-old Upper Macungie Township woman, whose body was discovered Sunday in South Whitehall Township.

Caleb Gregory Barnes, a U.S. Army specialist 4 stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, was arraigned Monday on homicide charges in the death of Cheryl L. Silvonek.

Silvonek was from Jim Thorpe, and her husband, David Silvonek, was from Lehighton.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Monroe County woman has admitted her part in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tiffanyann Cruz, 21, of Tobyhanna Township, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Scranton, to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine in Monroe and Wayne counties between 2011 and 2014.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Carbon County man, already serving a federal prison term of 15 years for child pornography, was sentenced on Monday in Carbon County court for sexual assault, more child porn charges and threatening a district judge.

Todd M. Kowar, 46, of Lake Harmony, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on charges of sexual abuse of a child/copy of obscene material depicting a minor, child pornography, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and corruption of a minor.