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Friday, January 2, 2015

PPL Corporation of Allentown, is suing Pennsylvania State Police and Trooper Brian Shandra of the Lehighton barracks over a motor vehicle incident.

Details of the civil suit, filed Dec.19 in Carbon County Court by Attorney Scott D. McCarroll of Harrisburg, are not yet available.

The initial filing indicates that PPL is demanding a jury trial and that the money requested is within the court's $50,000 limit of arbitration.

Efforts to reach state police were unsuccessful by press time.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Swoyersville man is facing kidnapping and aggravated assault charges after allegedly forcing a woman and two children into a car and initiating a high-speed chase that spanned two counties.

Kabril I. Williams-Keyes, 22, is facing 20 counts connected to the abduction and chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph before ending along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Carbon County, according to state police.

Friday, January 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – State health officials are warning of a possible measles exposure at Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum and a suburban pharmacy.

Officials say a person showing symptoms of the virus visited the hands-on learning museum Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The person was at the CVS Pharmacy in Wayne on Sunday between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Officials say children too young to be vaccinated and people who haven't been vaccinated or received their dose decades ago could be at risk.

The disease spreads through droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Motorists will have to dole out more money to fuel up their vehicles now that the gas tax has jumped another 10 cents per gallon.

The increase went into effect on New Year's Day as part of a state tax on gasoline wholesalers to pay for transportation projects.

Gasoline taxes went up by almost a dime per gallon, while diesel taxes will rise by 13 cents per gallon for the second straight year, according to the Department of Revenue.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bad weather is expected to hit the region Saturday night.

Here's the latest forecast:

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West wind 8 to 13 mph.

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Light east wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Festive music and revelry made spirits soar at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve
during the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce's New Year's Eve celebration.

Several hundred swarmed the 200 block of East Broad Street in biting 16-degree weather.
See Friday's Times News for details.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Wholesale taxes on gasoline and diesel in Pennsylvania are set to take another step higher, the second of three increases that a sweeping 2013 law imposes over three years to boost funding for highway, road and bridge construction.

Gasoline taxes will go up on Thursday by almost a dime per gallon, while diesel taxes will rise by 13 cents per gallon for the second straight year, according to the Department of Revenue.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The new year is expected to bring rising chicken egg prices across the U.S. as California starts requiring farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to move around and stretch their wings.

The new standard backed by animal rights advocates has drawn ire nationwide because farmers in Iowa, Ohio and other states who sell eggs in California have to abide by the same requirements.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NANTICOKE, Pa. (AP) — Barber Zelino "Zel" Vici, 100 and still going strong, decided he wouldn't retire at the end of 2014 after all.

Earlier in the year, as his centennial approached, Vici said he'd bow out of the haircutting business at the end of the year.

With two days left in 2014, Vici changed his mind.

"What would I do if I retired," Vici said while tending to a customer at his shop at South Prospect and Church streets in Nanticoke, about 8 miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre.

"What would I do, sit on the couch all day?"

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An opiate-addicted 20-year-old Lehighton mother faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of her 6-week-old son, Brayden Allen Cummings, who, like his mother, was on methadone.

State police Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia on Tuesday charged Tory Lyn Schlier, of 228 N. Seventh St. Schlier, who also had methamphetamine and other drugs in her system the when the baby died.

According to court records, Schlier told troopers she was high when she gave Brayden his dose of methadone.

She is in Carbon County prison under $100,000 cash bail.