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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weissport Council voted on Tuesday night to pay $1,342 to Weed Inc. to spray the weeds along the levee and the Lehigh River. The work will be done in May.

One section that will be sprayed for weeds is the riprap north of the railroad. The other section is the riprap that will be sprayed from the playground south to the end of the levee. The fee will cover labor, materials, insurance and a guarantee.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced on Tuesday to a long state prison term for striking a Jim Thorpe police officer with his car as he was directing traffic. He also was sentenced on charges of illegal recording and for his part in a fight at the county prison.

Robert W. Monroe, 53, of Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville, was sentenced to four to nine years in a state prison and also faces large restitution bills.

Monroe previously pleaded guilty in three pending cases including the one involving the police officer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Winter Mixer is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Broadway Grille and Pub, 24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The event is sponsored by Blue Mountain Ski Area and Jim Thorpe Tourist Promotion Agency.

RSVP by Jan. 27 to nancyz@innjt.com.

There will be complimentary appetizers, cash bar, prizes and more. Proceeds of the event will help promote Amazing Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two of the teenagers who were injured in a multicar crash on Sunday morning along Pohopoco Drive in Franklin Township remain as patients at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest this morning. The driver of the car in which the teens were passengers was Liz Heffley, daughter of state Rep. Doyle Heffley.

Heffley's friend, Emily Brong, was most seriously injured and remains a patient in the trauma center in the intensive care unit, said a hospital spokeswoman, Wednesday morning.

Tyler Fisher also remains hospitalized.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Carbon County man entered guilty pleas in six pending criminal cases on Tuesday in the county court.

He was one of 11 defendants to enter a guilty plea during a daylong court session before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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Sean McFadden, 24, Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to two counts of escape, four counts of theft from a motor vehicle, and one count of flight to avoid apprehension.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A 23-year-old Poconos man must face trial for allegedly killing his accomplice after police say the two robbed a man who responded to their fake Craigslist ad, a district judge ruled Tuesday.

William McRae of Long Pond allegedly gunned down Brandon Fraser this summer because Fraser was getting sloppy in covering his tracks into the July 31 robbery they committed, Pocono Mountain Regional police said.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Adriana LeBar, a 7th grade student at Pleasant Valley Middle School, won First Place in the Western Pocono Lions Club Peace Poster contest.

A Pleasant Valley Middle School student won the Western Pocono Lions Club's Peace Poster contest.

Seventh grader Adriana LeBar "wowed" the club's judges with her vibrant colorful rendering of what peace means to her.

She explains that the tree in her poster represents life and that we could not exist without them. The outline of two faces represent family and friends, who without, the world would just not be the same. The two hands encompassing the earth in a background of orange/yellow is the earth shining from the people of a peaceful world.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Stroudsburg South at Lehighton, 7 p.m. (at Middle School) (ppd. to 2/5)

Marian at Williams Valley, 7 p.m.

Palisades at Palmerton, 7 p.m. (ppd. to 1/27)

GIRLS BASKETBALL Wilson at Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Moravian Academy at Marian, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to TBA)

Palmerton at Palisades, 7 p.m. (ppd. to 2/1) Northern Lehigh at Salisbury, 7:15 p.m. (ppd. to 1/27)

East Stroudsburg South at Pleasant Valley, 7 p.m. (ppd. to 1/27)

North Schuylkill at Panther Valley, 7:30 p.m. (ppd. to TBA)

WRESTLING

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Carbon County woman, who previously pleaded guilty to striking three people at a bus stop, was placed on probation yesterday in Carbon County Court.

Maxine A. Royer, 53, Summit Hill, was placed on probation for a total of two years by Judge Joseph J. Matika on charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Royer was arrested by Summit Hill police for an incident on Feb. 7, 2013, at the intersection of Market and Hazard streets. The incident occurred about 8:35 a.m.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Palmerton woman was struck by a vehicle as she was walking in the borough Tuesday morning.

Borough police Chief Randy Smith said Annelise Donadt, 85, was walking in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue at around 9:12 a.m. yesterday when she was hit by a car driven by Shane Wheatley, 21, of Walnutport.

Smith said Wheatley entered the parking lot at 241 Delaware Avenue, the offices of Manzella Family Healthcare, when he slid on the snow-covered road and ran into Donadt, who was knocked to the ground upon impact.