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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The impacts of the PennEast pipeline on Carbon County and on private property owners will be discussed at 7 tonight at the former Flow Restaurant at 268 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The Democrats for Change will host the free session with an expert from The Delaware Riverkeeper.

Call Linda Christman at 415-847-1607.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Schuylkill County judge has sentenced a Coaldale man to serve up to 48 months in state prison for operating a meth lab.

President Judge William Baldwin on Jan. 14 sentenced Jason Shiffert, 34, to 18 to 36 months, plus an additional six to 12 months for having a volatile chemical, liquified ammonia gas.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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The brunt of the record-setting winter storm missed our area, but an on-and-off snowfall kept roads slick much of Monday. Municipal, state and private plows were busy all day long. Roads were passable but often messy, as seen here on West Broad Street, Tamaqua.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rick Bekesy

Rick Bekesy of the Penn Forest Township area of Jim Thorpe has announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination for the position of Carbon County Sheriff in the May primary election.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

State police seized electronic gambling machines and cash from three area fire club social halls, authorities said.

No charges have been filed and authorities said the investigation is ongoing, according to a news release issued Monday.

State police said the raid happened Wednesday night at three area fire social clubs: Hecktown Volunteer Fire Company in Lower Nazareth Township, Vigilance Hose Company in Nazareth, and East Lawn Volunteer Fire Company Social Club in Upper Nazareth Township.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Palmerton man was sentenced to additional state prison time on Monday in Carbon County court after pleading guilty to possessing materials used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Ryan Keith Dillman, 26, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve six to 24 months in a state correction institution on the charge.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tara L. Paltanavage is a free woman after a Schuylkill County judge granted her immediate parole after sentencing her Monday for throwing out the body of her baby in July 2014 at her Blythe Township residence.

"This case is very troubling to the court," Judge James P. Goodman said before sentencing Paltanavage, 23, of Middleport, to serve four to 23 months in prison, plus five additional years on probation.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A state trooper who helped investigate the murder of a Tamaqua woman was honored by the Lehigh County Chiefs of Police Association.

Trooper Raymond M. Judge of Troop M, Bethlehem was presented the 27th annual Col. John K. Schafer Memorial award by Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin at a luncheon held Jan. 13 at DeSales University, Center Valley.

Martin called Judge "a thorough, tenacious investigator."

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Six defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Monday.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II accepted the pleas.

Two counts

Dillion Nicole Koch, 25, of Lehighton, pleaded to two counts of DUI in two pending cases.

She was arrested on Nov. 9, 2013, along Route 209 by Franklin Township police. The second arrest occurred on Nov. 22, 2013, along North Third Street by Lehighton police. In both cases blood tests revealed the presence of a controlled substance.