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Friday, February 21, 2014

Sen. David G. Argall (R-29) announced his offices have forms for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program.

The income eligibility level for the Property Tax Rebate Program is $35,000 a year, excluding half of Social Security income, and the maximum rebate is $650, but the supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Carbon County officials made a number of appointments and personnel moves during their recent meeting.

On Thursday, the board voted on the following actions:


Ÿ Accept the resignation of Nick Krutz of Wilkes-Barre on the AAA Advisory Board, effective Jan. 31.

Ÿ Appoint Guy Lounge of Wilkes-Barre as the community representative for the AAA Advisory Board. This fills the unexpired term created with Krutz's resignation. It expires June 30, 2015.

Friday, February 21, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from various municipalities were on scene at a fire in Lehigh Township Thursday morning that gutted a mobile home along Riverview Drive near Walnutport.

A man has been hospitalized after sustaining burns from a fire that gutted his mobile home near Walnutport Thursday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1183 Riverview Drive at around 9:38 a.m., according to Lehigh Township fire Chief Rich Hildebrand Jr.

Hildebrand said he was driving through Walnutport when he saw a large column of black smoke. Upon his arrival, Hildebrand said he found a "gentleman walking from the woods, and he stated his trailer was on fire."

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term Thursday while others who previously entered guilty pleas were also sentenced.

A total of five persons appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika for sentencing.

Mahoning incident

Holly Marie Koch, 21, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison on a charge of receiving stolen property. A charge of retail theft was dropped in a plea bargain.

She was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Wal-Mart store on Nov. 1, 2013, in which $596 worth of merchandise was taken.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Shingles Vaccine Clinic will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, March 7 at the Lehighton Senior Center, 243 S. Eighth St., Lehighton. If you were registered for the clinic postponed from Feb. 14, or would like to confirm or cancel a previous registration, call the Department of Health at 570-325-6106.

If you had the chickenpox as a child, you could be the one in every three Americans who will experience shingles.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory, which has been extended to 4 p.m. today.

Visibility will be one-quarter mile or less at times. This will delay your commute again this morning.

If driving, slow down, use your low beam headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Lansford police are investigating the burglary of a doctor's office.

The burglar entered the office of Joseph Mussoline, 134 W. Ridge St., through the front door sometime Tuesday night and took money, police said.

They ask that anyone who has information about the crime contact them at 570-645-5844. The information can be given anonymously.

Friday, February 21, 2014

SUGARCREEK, Pa. (AP) — An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet.

Sugarcreek Borough police say they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes.

Police Chief Matt Carlson tells the (Oil City) Derrick ( ) he suspects the owner of the drugs has noticed them missing by now, if only because the bag contained a "substantial quantity" of pot.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A man has been taken to the burn unit at Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest after his mobile home caught on fire.

Crews responded to the scene at Riverview Drive in Lehigh Township at 9:40 a.m. today.

The man was at home and crews assisted him with getting him out of the home. The home, located on Route 145 between Kmart and Route 248, is a total loss.


Fire companies included Slatington, Lehigh Township, Palmerton, Walnutport and Laurys Station.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Seven persons in pending criminal cases were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first time offenders on Tuesday by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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

All were placed for a year.