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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Vincent Chitswara/Special to the Times News

McAdoo and Delano fire companies responded Sunday night to mile marker 137.1 on Interstate 81 in Ryan Township for an overturned vehicle. The driver was able to get out on his own. McAdoo BLS and APTS Medic 11 transported one driver to Geisinger Medical Center in Wyoming Valley. Firefighters pointed out that the car landed on it's roof after losing control while traveling in the northbound lane. They added that injuries did not appear life threatening. Medevac was on standby, but later canceled. State police are investigating.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Mia Leco, 9, holds her sister Serenity, 5 months, while looking at hundreds of clay miniatures during a community event held recently at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Also pictured is event organizer Brigette Holland. For a list of upcoming events at the Salvation Army, call (570) 668-0410.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Vincent Chitswara/Special to the Times News

Firefighters responded just after 1 a.m. Sunday to mile marker 136, southbound lane, on Interstate 81 for a vehicle fire. When McAdoo firefighters arrived, they noted that the vehicle, a white van, was fully involved. Firefighters added that no occupants were around the burning van when crews arrived. The fire spread to nearby brush and trees. Tanker trucks were utilized to help fight the fires. Responding were firefighters from Delano, McAdoo and Ryan Township. State police are investigating.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Three people sought possession of a murder weapon which the state police sought to destroy, and this led to a hearing before Judge John E. Domalakes in Schuylkill County court. The judge denied returning the weapon into society and ordered it destroyed.

The 44 magnum revolver was used on Jan. 14, 2010, by Cindy Arndt to shoot her husband. Ronald Arndt II, who operated Randy Arndt Gun Shop in New Ringgold. She then shot herself. Both died of gunshot wounds. The police confiscated the gun, found lying beside her, and also an unlicensed sawed-off shotgun found in the home.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Jim Anewalt of the Lehighton seniors prepares to shoot during the shuffleboard event on Tuesday. Anewalt went on to win gold in the men's 85 and up shuffleboard division.

With one day of competition complete, the 10-time defending champions, the Lehighton seniors, are leading the pack in points during the 2012 Carbon County Senior Games with a score of 101.

But this year, a new team scoring system will allow more competitors to take the title of Senior Games champions.

So who will capture the Commissioners' Cup? Will it be Southern Carbon County, which is made up of Lehighton and Palmerton seniors or Northern Carbon County, which is made up of Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe and Weatherly seniors? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In light of the May 12th Fishing Derby, Tyler Balliet President of the Balliet Agency in Nesquehoning, left, hand delivers a donation to Sam Kitchko of the Nesquehoning Conservation Club. The Club has spent countless hours stocking, damming, cleaning and maintaining the Nesquehoning Creek. The 2012 Fishing Derby is an opportunity for the local youth to come and take advantage of the Club's hard work a dedication to the community.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Northampton County drug dealer was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday morning in Carbon County court after entering a guilty plea to a drug charge.

He was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lansford incident

John S. Tuff, 29, of Bethlehem, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin, and was sentenced to serve 15 to 30 months in a state prison.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Frank Letterio looks at a picture, "Tea for Two." The photograph is by Don Bonett whose favorite subject is bluebirds.

Seventy-one photographs were entered in the sixth annual Friends of the Palmerton Area Library photo show held in the Knights Gallery of the library on April 29.

Twenty-six photographers entered their work.

Each of the photographers was permitted to submit only three photos.

They set prices for their pictures with the library getting 20 percent of a selling price.

Photos not sold are on display for two weeks any time the library is open.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PennDOT announced that both the on and off ramps of exit 31 (Hometown/Mahanoy City exit) on Interstate 81 are back open after being closed for over a month during reconstruction work. All four of the McAdoo/Hometown on and off ramps at exit 138 are estimated to be closed up to three more months. The road work is part of the I-81 reconstruction project that started last year with the resurfacing of I-81 between the Luzerne County line and the Hometown/Mahanoy City exit. PennDOT has published established bypass detours.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Mahoning Township Zoning Hearing Board granted a parking variance, clearing the way for the Mahoning Valley Cinemas Inc. to open an eight-auditorium theater in the former Brights building at the Carbon Plaza Mall on Route 443 in Mahoning Township. Credit for bringing an indoor theater back to Carbon County belongs to partners Dr. David Yanoff and Fernando Iannarelli. Iannarelli, of Philadelphia, is a professional movie theatre organizer who has set up 13 theaters in five states.