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Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Carbon County man who assaulted a police officer and caused damages to a county hospital pleaded guilty Thursday and was sentenced to a state prison term.

He was one of 13 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Lehighton incident

Shane Dease, 39, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count each of simple assault and criminal mischief for an incident at the Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Motorists traveling along East Broad Street in Tamaqua on Monday and Tuesday should expect traffic delays from the area near the U.S. Post Office to the east end of the borough.

PENNDOT road crews will be milling and patching potholes and bumpy sections of US209 during those two days, but expect to have the job completed well before Tuesday night's Halloween Parade.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tim Attewell, formerly of Jim Thorpe, braved sub zero temperatures to document survival skills of the Yukon Men.

When folks watch Discovery Channel's hit show "Yukon Men" at 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, they will see the film skills of a former local man.

Tim Attewell, 25, son of Tim and Rose Attewell of Jim Thorpe, braved the sub zero temperatures of Tanana, Alaska, for three-and-a-half months to document their daily struggle to survive.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's going to be a busy week for Halloween parades.

Six are scheduled in the immediate area over the next eight days, including three this weekend.

Today, a five-division parade is held in Lehighton beginning at 4 p.m. This is the 43rd year for the parade.

Tomorrow, parades are scheduled for Eldred Township in Monroe County at 1 p.m. and in Palmerton at 4 p.m.

The list of upcoming parades is as follows:

Ÿ Today - Lehighton Area Halloween Parade, 4 p.m.

Ÿ Sunday - Eldred Township Halloween Parade, 1 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Carbon County's retirement fund is having a great year, officials report.

During the monthly meeting of the county retirement board on Thursday, Robert Crampsie, secretary to the board and county controller, reported on the third quarter investment performance, which ended Sept. 30.

He said that the retirement portfolio value at the beginning of the year was $63,409,980, with an adjusted beginning balance after retiree disbursements of $61,204,137. The portfolio value as of Sept. 30 was $69,892,378, which represents an increase of $8,688,241 from the start of 2013.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Tamaqua man was jailed Friday morning following an altercation on Mauch Chunk Street, in the area of Freddy's Pub.

Percy Brown, 32, of 32 E. Elm St., Tamaqua, was arraigned before Duty District Magistrate James Kilker on charges of simple assault, and harassment. Bail was set at $15,000 straight cash.

Unable to post bond, Brown was incarcerated in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

Police were dispatched to North Railroad Street at 2:22 a.m. Friday and met with two females who reported being assaulted in front of the Mauch Chunk Street Bar.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Five Schuylkill County judges held heaings in the courthouse to act on probation violatons and impose sentences on those found guilty by juries.

Five defendants had their probations revoked.

Kevin Clews, 32, Ashland, admitted to violating the terms of his probation which was revoked by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin and was re-sentenced on a charge of possession of drug parpahernalia to serve three to 12 months in the county prison with credit for serving 21 days. He had pleaded guilty to the charge in September 2012 and was placed on probation.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Owl Creek Reservoir Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, at Tom's Auto and Marine on Greenwood Street, Tamaqua. New members are always welcome.

For further information, call 570-668-5066.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Coaldale veterans' organizations will hold a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 to honor those Marines who were killed in action in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. The ceremony will be held, rain or shine, in the Veterans Memorial Garden, next to borough hall, 221 Third St.

Thirty years ago, 241 Marines were killed when their barracks was bombed.