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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

With attendance almost double officials at Behavioral Health Associates in Lehighton are calling this summer's second annual Summer Therapeutic Activities Program for children with an autism spectrum disorder "a huge success".

"Finding My Voice" is a unique, six-week summer program serving children with an ASD diagnosis, their siblings and neurotypical peers from the community. STAR ran from July 5 through Aug. 12, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BHA Academy, 325 Alum Street in Lehighton.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The appeal of Lehighton interests to have the proposed Mahoning Interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension changed in designation to the "Lehighotn Interchange" is being met with formidible opposition. All indications are the name will remain the Mahoning Interchange. The Palmerton Industrial Development Association and Palmerton Businessmens Association are opposing the Lehighton move, pointing out it should be called the "Palmerton" exchange.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua citizens are concerned over the number of closed sidewalks throughout the borough during PennDOT's current Central Business District Improvement Project that is affecting most intersections on SR209 and SR309. The construction is causing people to stand, wait, and even walk through moving traffic at many busy intersections.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tamaqua Area School District's school board members resolved some lingering questions with the district's dress code during Tuesday night's board committee meeting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Charges have been dropped against a Palmerton man accused of improperly touching a girl.

Franklin R. Berger, 38, of 1045 Mauch Chunk Road, was found not guilty of two counts of indecent assault and one count of corruption of minors at a preliminary hearing before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton on Tuesday.

The case included testimony from the alleged victim, now 23, who said Berger was married to her aunt at the time she claimed he had molested her.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A man charged by Lehighton Borough Police with burglarizing a pawnshop in the community reportedly told police he doesn't remember much about the incident; that he was high on bath salts at the time.

Douglas Ahner Jr., 29, who police said has no known address, was arraigned yesterday before District Judge Edward Lewis on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking, all (all felonies) and criminal mischief (a misdemeanor).

He was committed to Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 (10 percent) bail.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Hazleton man who led Mahoning Township police on a high-speed chase after he allegedly stole a laptop computer from the Wal-Mart Supercenter has been arraigned and jailed under $50,000 percentage bail, Chief Kenneth Barnes wrote in a news release late Tuesday.

Robert E. Stalter, Jr. had been admitted to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, after he ran out of gas on Lieninger Road. Police used a Taser to subdue Stalter, whom they believe was on crack cocaine.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A member of Lansford Borough Council has been found guilty of harassing another council member.

Leonard Kovach, 44, had the guilty verdict announced following a summary hearing before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford last week.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred at a meeting of council on April 13 and involved member Thomas Vadyak.

Kovach has been ordered to pay a fine and costs that total $450.50.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

To the citizens of Coaldale:

Due to the extensive coverage by the media, I'm sure that everyone is aware of my personal legal problem. I must inform everyone that my attorney has given me strict instructions not to discuss my position regarding this problem with anyone. This I intend to continue to do. However, in order for our council to be able to carry on the very necessary business of running the borough with as little unnecessary distraction as possible, I will not attend council meetings until this matter has been put to bed. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS It is illegal and dangerous for installing the readdressing number markers on utility poles, like this.

Pennsylvania passed the Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act of 1990 (Act 78), providing a statewide emergency number, 911, for the purpose to direct emergency responders (fire, police and ambulance) to the site of an incident as quickly and accurately as possible.