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Friday, February 24, 2012

A transformer failure knocked out power to 83 PPL customers in Mahoning Township Friday morning, likely making for many a late appearance at work or school.

PPL spokesman Rich Beasley said the transformer at Semmels Hill Road failed at about 5:30 a.m. By 8:30 a.m., power to all but 13 customers had been restored. Beasley believed all customers would have electricity again by 11 a.m.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Rep. Julie Harhart (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today announced that under a new law citizens will have greater access to birth and death records of Pennsylvania citizens after a specified period of time has elapsed.

"Pennsylvania has a rich and diverse history, and many genealogists, historians and average citizens have asked for improved access to birth and death records of individuals who have passed away," said Harhart. "This new law, which took effect Feb. 15, will make it easier to people to gain information on those individuals they are researching."

Friday, February 24, 2012

A McAdoo property order was found in contempt of court and given 30 days to comply with the court order to connect with the new sewer line installed by the McAdoo Sewer Authority.

Wayne C. Kapish, of 411 S. Kennedy Drive, who owns properties at 307 and 311 E. Blaine St., was held in contempt by Judge Charles M. Miller after a hearing Tuesday in the county court for failing to comply with a court orders dated Dec. 2, 2009, Sept. 2, 2010, Jan. 25, 2011, and June 28, 2011. He was given 30 days to connect his properties to the McAdoo line and to pay $150 to sewer authority.

Friday, February 24, 2012

State police at Frackville are investigating an incident in which trees, valued at over $43,000, and with a value at harvest of over $107,000, were damaged by vandals in Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the incident occurred at 513 West Pheasant Run Road, in East Brunswick Township. Troopers said unknown criminals damaged 639 trees in a field at that location. An unknown type vehicle was used to run over the trees.

The trees had a total value of $43,592 at the present time and a value of $107,544 at the time of harvest. The trees are owned by DPS Trees of New Ringgold.

Friday, February 24, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Police are pictured at the scene along Ridge Street in Freeland where a borough police officer was seriously injured by a suspect fleeing the scene of a disturbance.

A Freeland, Luzerne County, police officer was seriously injured on Thursday afternoon when he fell from the car of a fleeing suspect.

State police at Hazleton identified the injured officer as Matthew Williams. The suspect arrested and charged was identified as Michael Daniel Mokshefski Jr., 27, of Blakeslee.

Troopers said the incident began about 3 p.m. when Williams and Police Chief Nadine Sist responded to the area of 620 Ridge St. for a report of a disturbance.

Friday, February 24, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Volunteer firefighter Jereme Barkanic, front, tells borough council it should send back the grant money it received to build a brand new fire station.

Palmerton has been asked to return a grant it received to build a new fire station, or run the potential risk of watching the majority of their volunteer firefighters walk out.

That was the proposal presented to borough council on Thursday by members of the Palmerton Fire Department, which had 29 members in attendance who were opposed to the borough's prior decision to build a new fire station.

Friday, February 24, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Residents and guests of Heritage Hill Senior Community in Weatherly recently enjoyed an afternoon of Italian cuisine and music during their "That's Amore" event. Sharing the dance floor are, from left, Tony and Rose DeLaurentis, Marie Bock and Genevieve Booker.

Friday, February 24, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marissa Fatzinger

Marissa Fatzinger, a senior at Northern Lehigh Area High School, has been named at the Woman's Club of Slatington's Girl of the Month for January.

Her school activities/sports include: Students Against Destructive Decisions (Secretary); Peer Helpers, Library Club (Treasurer); Interact (Secretary); National Honor Society; Spanish Club; Girl's Basketball manager; Girl's Soccer; and Cross Country.

Marissa has been named to the Principal's List and is a member of the National Honor Society, All Pro Team. She has earned a varsity soccer letter and a JV cross country letter.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Carbon County officials are hoping that they will soon be able to come to a compromise with Mahoning Township so that they can move forward with the Packerton Business Park project.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein, chairman, said that he thinks the county has resolved most of the issues that the Mahoning Township Planning Commission has on the project.