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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 (http://bit.ly/1gnLZm2 ) 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.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Schuylkill County nursing home at Rest Haven will repay $557,927 it owes to the county's general fund in five installments.

Commissioners approved the plan, which wipes out Rest Haven's 2013 debt to the county, at a work session Wednesday.

The nursing home will pay $111,685 a month, beginning March 5. The plan was recommended by Service Access Management, which manages Rest Haven, located behind the Penn State University campus in Schuylkill Haven.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The winter weather took center stage at the borough council meeting in Tamaqua Wednesday.

Borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt outlined the snow removal schedule and provided a copy of the snow removal policy and the emergency route map to all council members.

He said the borough is currently running two crews of borough workers and another crew from an outside contractor to remove snow from the borough streets.

"We've reached out to another contractor, but he will not be available until at least Thursday," he added.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club will sponsor a Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education class for spring and summer 2014 on Sunday, June 22 and Sunday, Aug. 17.

Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. There are no walk-ins. You must register online at http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/

An online four-hour home study session must be completed before attending the actual class.

The program is based on the new PGC curriculum supporting a one-day six-hour class.

Sunday classes begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Minimum registration age is 11.