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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher is in trouble over his response to a mother who called for help after her 10-month-old son accidentally locked himself in her car, police said.

Shana Dees said she put her son Jack in his car seat Saturday afternoon and when she went to move a shopping cart, Jack hit the lock button on the keychain remote, The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/1mR1C8l) reported. She called 911 because it was hot inside the vehicle and said she was shocked by the dispatcher's response.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  Tamaqua Councilman Justin Startzel is dwarfed by the large school logo he painted for the top of Stadium Hill.

Justin Startzel does everything in a big way.

For instance, in 2008 he donned an eagle mascot uniform and pranced around in support of Tamaqua Area High School sports.

He was almost too good at it. He was so spirited in the role he was told to "tone it down."

"I'd go up in the stands and be goofy, maybe take someone's hat and put it behind my back," he said.

He no longer wears the eagle mascot outfit, but he's still in the business of energizing people.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from throughout Schuylkill County were at the scene throughout the night trying to quell a stubborn row home fire on Centre Street in Mahanoy City. The blaze broke out at 6:21 p.m. and residents said they believe it began at a center, unoccupied dwelling.

Firefighters from all areas of Schuylkill County battled a stubborn blaze covering almost one block of row houses in Mahanoy City on Tuesday night.

The fire, which began at 6:21 p.m., affected a series of eight wood-frame houses, each three stories high, at 217 to 231 Centre St., Route 54.

Residents of 217 Centre said they believe the blaze began in an unoccupied dwelling at the center of the row and then spread in both directions.

All residents were safely evacuated.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Months of negotiations culminated Tuesday night as Jim Thorpe Area School District approved a two-year agreement with the Youth Services Agency, a nonprofit that houses high-risk youth in the juvenile justice system.

While the agreement will reportedly keep the majority of the troubled youth in classes at YSA's Penn Forest Township facility, an undetermined number of YSA students may still end up in Jim Thorpe's schools this year.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EASTON (AP) An eastern Pennsylvania man is pleading guilty to simple assault and resisting arrest for what police say was a drunken fight with family members at his sister's baby shower in June.

The Express-Times of Easton reported Tuesday that 21-year-old Justin Hendershot of Catasauqua was sentenced to 4 to 23 months in jail, with credit for time he's already served.

The newspaper says he'll be paroled once he has a spot in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Carbon County man, who previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on his mother, was sentenced Tuesday in the county court to a state prison term.

Jason Michael Horvath, 30, of Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve 22 to 60 months in a state correctional institution. The prison term will be followed by three years of state probation. When Horvath entered his plea on June 12, it was to the assault count, but mentally ill.

But before imposing the sentence Matika said, "This is one of those difficult cases".

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District approved a two-year agreement Tuesday night that would keep a majority of troubled youth out of its schools and attending classes at the Youth Services Agency's Penn Forest Township campus.

Jim Thorpe Superintendent Brian Gasper said he couldn't put an exact number on how many of YSA's students would come to Jim Thorpe this school year.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Firefighters from all areas Schuylkill County are battling a stubborn blaze at six row houses in Mahanoy City.

The fire, which began at 6:20 p.m., is impacting a series of three-story, woodframe houses at 217 to 231 Centre St., Route 54.

Residents of 217 Centre said they believe the blaze began in an unoccupied dwelling at the center of the row. All residents were safely evacuated. At least one firefighter was taken to the hospital.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Rush Township Police Department responded to a bank robbery at the Mauch Chunk Trust Bank (MCT) on 226 Claremont Ave in Hometown at 2:07 p.m. today.

A man entered the bank with pantyhose over his face. He was wearing white sunglasses with a Philadelphia Phillies baseball hat.

The man made off with an unknown amount of money and red dye packs.

He left the store and got into a Ford explorer sport trac 4 door pickup.

A witness was able to get a license plate HCS-9343 which came back stolen. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fire companies from throughout Schuylkill County responded to a dwelling fire Tuesday afternoon at 314 Bob Alley in Cumbola.

Quick response by firefighters minimized the flames to the basement and first floor areas. The fire was first reported just after noon. No injuries were reported in the incident.