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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge reported investigating a four-vehicle crash along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township, Carbon County, in which 11 people were transported to hospitals, none seriously injured. It was one of several crashes along the interstate in Kidder over the past weekend.

The four-car pileup occurred at 4:47 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, during icy road conditions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, adding three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Jackson's publicist tweeted that Jackson was signing with the Redskins following two days of meeting with coaches and officials.

Jackson also broadcast the news, tweeting: "ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD".

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

hARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is going to prison Thursday for firing off a bottle rocket that landed in Hersheypark and injured a 9-year-old girl. ( said 36-year-old Charles Tomes III of Hershey told the judge before his sentencing Thursday that it was an accident.

Dauphin County prosecutors said the projectile was fired from a wine bottle in the yard of a bar beside the park.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.

James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.

Valentine had emergency surgery at Allegheny General Hospital. Doctors say the saw missed major arteries and instead cut into muscle. The hospital Tuesday released an X-ray showing the saw still in the 21-year-old's neck.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The cost to get a driver's license, a certificate of title and a range of other records became more expensive Tuesday in Pennsylvania as the first motorist and vehicle fee increases took effect under a major transportation funding law Gov. Tom Corbett signed in November.

Under the law, fuel taxes and motorist fines and fees are rising to boost the state Department of Transportation's spending on highways, bridges and mass transit by about $2.3 billion a year, or 40 percent.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A fire has damaged the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney said no one was in the four-story building by the time firefighters arrived shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Thick, black smoke poured from the broken windows firefighters smashed out on each floor to vent the heat and smoke.

The blaze was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

Delaney said the cause of the fire is still being investigated but it started on the first floor and spread to the floors above.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill before a House subcommittee, GM's Mary Barra acknowledged under often testy questioning that the company took too long to act. She promised changes at GM that would prevent such a lapse from happening again.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Participants in the Patriot's Pen awards included (not in correct order) Luke Cantrel, Rachel Hartzell, Magan Perelli, Jack Kennedy, Mikayla Davidson, Jenna Rogers, Andrew Kovalchick, Michael Kistler, Madison Lebish and John Fox. From the auxiliary are President Karen Bandzi, Sue Bortz, Miriam Mack, Deb Butz and Sandy Hopkins. From the VFW was Commander Carl Ellis. State and district guests were Russell Canevari, John Getz and Ron Byrd.

Prizes for the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the R.W. Fritzinger Post 7215 Veterans of Foreign Wars were presented on March 22 at the Walnutport post home.

Karen Bandzi welcomed guests and parents of the students receiving the awards. Of the 137 entries, the top 10 received a citation, a Kmart gift card and Patriot's Pen backpacks.

Each winner was asked to stand and announce who had accompanied them. In most cases, there were not only parents but grandparents as well.

The theme for the essays was "What Patriotism Means to Me."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coaldale council held a special personnel committee meeting Monday to discuss the terms of employment for the borough's secretary, Andrea Davis.

Davis was hired in October 2013 as secretary/treasurer at a rate of $12 per hour. Prior to that time, the borough had two secretaries. In 2012, the secretary salaries for the year were $37,000 and $10,100; in 2013 the secretary salaries were $24,500 and $10,000, up until October when Davis was hired.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Ron Williams, left, of the Rotary Clubof Slatington, recently presented a checkfor $500 to Dave Schnaars of the Slatington Westend Playground Association. Thedonation will go toward new bleachers.