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Monday, October 21, 2013

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan today reminded motorists to "steer clear" of police, emergency responders, road crews and tow-truck operators while they carry out their duties.

"When you see law enforcement personnel stopped to write citations or responding to crashes and disabled vehicles, please make sure you proceed with caution and pass on the left,'' Noonan said. "It could be a matter of life or death for the first responder.''

Monday, October 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A Tamaqua driver is facing charges following a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 7:18 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, along Catawissa Road at the border of the Schuylkill and Walker Township line. State police at Frackville said Abilgai Velazquez, 22, was driving a 2004 GMC Envoy southbound, just north of the Walker Township line, when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The GMC went onto the right shoulder, then overturned onto the passenger side. Velazquez was not injured. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A Lansford resident was cited on two consecutive days of driving under the influence of drugs and received a prison sentence imposed by Judge Charles M. Miller in Schuylkill County court after entering guilty pleas to the charges. Ten others who also entered guilty pleas were sentenced.

Monday, October 21, 2013
Playing the guitar during the event is vocal artist Caitland Hawk.

Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua hosted a community event focusing on Women in Music. The eight-hour event included numerous woman performers, crafts, shamanic drum circle and a night-time fire show.

Monday, October 21, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Booster Club Flag Cheerleaders "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice" were co-winners of the Outstanding Palmerton Sports Group Large Float at the 22nd annual Palmerton Halloween Parade held Sunday.

From creepy costumes, to dynamic dances, to fun-filled floats, the 22nd annual Palmerton Halloween Parade played on the full gamut of human emotions.

To their credit, the participants who portrayed their respective roles did so in such convincingly real fashion that the jam-packed crowd on Sunday couldn't quite seem to get enough.

The parade went so well that plans are already under way for next year's event, said event chairperson Susie Arner.

Monday, October 21, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Drawing during the benefit are Abbey, 8, and Caleb Caracappa, 2, of New Ringgold.

Community members and friends came together Saturday at the West Penn Fire Company to hold a benefit in support of the family members of the late Jacob T. "Jakey" Troxell, 15, of Andreas, and Daniel "Danny" I. Miller, 21, of South Tamaqua. Both Miller, driver, and Troxell, passenger, were killed after their pickup truck struck multiple trees on Aug. 22 in Berks County. The crash occurred along SR143 just north of Bailey Road. After impact the truck began to spin counter-clockwise and came to rest facing southbound and off the road. After that the truck became engulfed in flames.

Monday, October 21, 2013

National Expired Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be observed Saturday.

It's an opportunity for everyone to clean out their expired medications.

One in six teenagers have used a prescription drug to get high or change their mood, and 44 percent of teens have at least one friend who abuses prescription drugs, according to a recent report by the Medicine Abuse Project. The same organization reports that more Americans die each year from drug overdoses than car crashes a tragic trend that's increasingly driven by the abuse of prescription pain killers.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Summit Hill Lions Club is continuing its American flag program this week.

The program was resurrected earlier this year as a means of honoring and/or memorializing veterans from the community.

For one-week periods, the club will fly the American flag at the Ludlow Park site to remember current and former town residents who gave service to our country.

As the program continues this week, the flag will fly in memory of the late Peter DiMattia.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Lansford Ambulance Association is making efforts to return to active duty under compliance with state standards, according to Chief Tom Staruch.

In July, the Department of Health announced that the Lansford Ambulance Association had deficiencies in its vehicles and equipment.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Two people were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first time offenders last week.

If they complete the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Placed by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II were: