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Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Palmerton man who allegedly tried to take a video of a teenage girl changing clothes in a bathroom at Palmerton Area High School has had his charges bound over to Carbon County Court.

Robert Eckhart, 41, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, Eckhart decided to waive his right to the hearing, and will appear for a pretrial status conference at 8:30 a.m. July 3 in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The proposed tax increase for property owners in the Tamaqua Area School District is still on the table.

During Tuesday's regular board meeting held at Tamaqua Area Middle School, members approved a preliminary budget that calls for about $37 a year more in school taxes for 2014-15 with some paying more and some less depending on property value.

The board has until the June meeting to finalize the budget, according to Daniel Schoener, chairman, finance committee.

The increase of 0.93 mill the value of a mill is $295,000 would generate $274,000 for the district.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A turkey flying across Interstate 80 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County, was blamed for a one-vehicle crash.

State police at Fern Ridge said John Parrinello, 56, of Wanaque, New Jersey, was driving a 2007 Dodge Durango eastbound at 7:09 p.m. Saturday when a turkey flew across the road and struck the windshield of the Durango.

Glass fragments from the smashed windshield struck Parrinello on the left hand causing lacerations.

Parrinello did not require immediate medical attention.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a college prep course on May 31 for students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grades and their parents or guardians from Carbon County.

They will learn about college planning and test preparation from the perspective of LCCC students and college staff.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the LCCC Jim Thorpe campus, 1100 Center St., Jim Thorpe.

Following introductions and information about academics and test-taking, guests will board a bus for the college's main campus on Route 309 in Schnecksville.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Existing marriage license forms are no longer appropriate, but courthouse staffers say they'll do their best to comply with changes in Pennsylvania marriage laws.

Theresa Gaffney in the Clerk of Orphans' Court, Schuylkill County Courthouse, said Wednesday that the department expects to receive applications, even though the printed forms still refer to "male and female."

"I took an oath to uphold the law," she said. "Society has changed and the laws are changing."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Flames ripped through a vacant, 2 1/2 story house in Lansford early Wednesday morning.

The fire happened at 336 W. Snyder Ave. When the fire was discovered at about 1:15 a.m., flames already were shooting through the roof of the structure.

Lansford Fire Chief Joe Cannon said at one point the flames spread to the peak of the roof of a neighboring home, occupied by James and Dorothy Gulla at 338 W. Snyder Ave.

The fire inside the Gulla home was contained to the roof area.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dr. David J. Moylan used big support from his home county of Schuylkill on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in the 17th congressional district in a three man race.

Schuylkill County Democratic voters went big for Tom Wolf in his bid to face incumbent Republican Tom Corbett in the fall for governor.

The lack of local races resulted in a very low turnout of voters overall in the county with just over 25 percent of the eligible 84,000 plus voters turning out on a very nice day for voting.

Congressional race

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

atement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on his decision not to appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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"I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones' opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge Jones' decision.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Despite a stiff challenge, state Rep. Julie Harhart retained her spot on the ballot  in the 183rd district on Tuesday.

Harhart was able to stave off Republican challenger Marc Grammes, a former Lehigh County commissioner, after she garnered an unofficial 1,229 votes to 960 for Grammes, with all 26 precincts reporting.

The 20-year incumbent will go on to face Democrat Terri Lynn Powell in November.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

READING, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy in a shooting death on an eastern Pennsylvania bicycle trail 1½ years ago.

The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/1mX9kAr ) reports that 30-year-old Jose Rivera-Aguirre of Reading entered the plea Tuesday in Berks County Court.

He and two others were charged in the September 2012 slaying of 41-year-old Luis Salas-Ramos of Reading, whose body was found on the Thun Trail in Cumru Township.