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Friday, January 23, 2015

Defendants entered pleas before Judge Joseph J. Matika on Tuesday.

Jose Juan Perez-Martinez, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of theft and simple assault.

He was charged for an incident on Aug. 28, 2014, in the area of 146 W. Patterson St., by Lansford police. He was charged with his part in an assault on two men. There is a co-defendant in the case.

Martinez said the victims owed him money and admitted it was foolish way to collect the debt.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Special to the Times News KidsPeace Hospital has expanded, adding eight beds to the previous 96-bed facility.

In keeping with its continued commitment to provide services to the youth of Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, KidsPeace announced its hospital has expanded, adding eight beds to the previous 96-bed facility.

KidsPeace Hospital is a free-standing psychiatric facility situated on 250 acres of land in Orefield.

The hospital is unique from other psychiatric facilities in that it only serves the needs of children and adolescents.

Friday, January 23, 2015

State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton/Lehigh, reintroduced legislation that would require the removal of snow and ice from tractor-trailers before driving.

"Ice dislodged from rapidly moving trucks is very dangerous and sometimes deadly," Boscola said.

Under her bill, drivers would be required to make "all reasonable efforts" to remove accumulated snow or ice from their trucks before driving. If a police officer would determine that accumulated ice or snow "may pose a threat to persons or property," a driver could be fined from $25 to $75.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St., Tamaqua, is sponsoring a chicken and waffle dinner this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Takeout dinners will be available.

For more information or to order, call 570-668-4630.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pennsylvania entered its next chapter Tuesday when Tom Wolf, a Democrat, was sworn in as governor, succeeding Republican Tom Corbett.

Taking in the inauguration ceremony was Lehighton School Board member Rocky Ahner, who said a new regime might be just the cure for legislative gridlock.

The new governor talked about the importance of investing in education and jobs growth, said Ahner, a Democrat, after returning from Harrisburg on Wednesday.

Friday, January 23, 2015
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An American flag flaps in strong wind in Tamaqua during Wednesday's light snowfall. The meteorological winter is better than half over and our region has so far escaped a crippling snowfall, prompting some forecasters to refer to a "snow drought." That could change early Saturday with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected over the region. Snow is expected to develop near midnight. There is a small chance the snow may briefly mix with sleet or freezing rain around daybreak Saturday. Snow is in the forecast Sunday night as well. Check tnonline.com for the latest updates.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A West Mahanoy Township man already serving a state prison sentence for an assault was charged with homicide Thursday by township police stemming from a separate incident last year.

Police Chief Shawn Tray charged Thomas J. Petrousky, 54, of 256 S. Wylam St., with killing David Halaburda, 50, about 8 a.m. April 28.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development has a lot of interesting things in the works.

And representatives want businesses and residents to know there are programs that aim to help them out.

On Thursday, Marlyn Kissner, executive director of the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development, and Kathy Henderson, director of economic development at CCEDC, visited the county commissioners' meeting to discuss what was completed in 2014, and what is being planned for this year.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Barraged by outraged hikers, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is backing off plans to require free permits and bar trekking during hunting seasons at least for now.

Game commission executive board President Robert W. Schlemmer said Thursday that the agenda item proposing the permit and hiking restrictions is being deleted from the board's Jan. 27 meeting agenda.

The permit would have been free, and required of those who do not have hunting or fur-taking licenses.

Friday, January 23, 2015

After two years of fact finding, Lansford Borough Council finally has an idea of what it will cost to upgrade its aging sewer system millions of dollars.

The announcement was made during presentations by the borough engineer, Johann F. Szantner of Cohan Associates, and senior project manager Carl H. Wishner. The upgrade has been mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which ordered the borough to install a system to separate storm and sewer water.