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Monday, March 9, 2015

A man found with a gunshot wound in a Hazleton home was taken for medical treatment Sunday morning.

City police said the 47-year-old victim was transported from a residence in the 700 block of Hayes Street to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton and then flown to a regional trauma center. Police stated the incident doesn't appear suspicious and is still under investigation.

Monday, March 9, 2015
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Wally Breiner, of Nesquehoning, cuts a cake made to celebrate his return home from active duty in the Middle East. A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, 211th Engineering Installation Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Breiner was deployed in the area for five months. He had also served six months in the Middle East in 2006, when he was with the U.S. Navy. Members of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Nesquehoning held a "Welcome Home" reception for Breiner on Sunday.

Five months after a deployment to the Middle East, Wally Breiner was happy to see familiar faces on Sunday morning.

The Nesquehoning resident and Summit Hill native was the guest of honor at a "Welcome Home" celebration hosted by members of his church, St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church.

Breiner, a 1995 Panther Valley High School graduate, returned to the area early Friday morning.

It was the second deployment for Breiner, a 13-year member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, 211th Engineering Installation Squadron.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Csala Beers needed to buy milk before a snowstorm, which is one of those things people laugh about until they find themselves stranded at home without any milk as the blizzard howls.

She hopped in the car and headed for Crystal Springs Dairy Farm in Schnecksville, 3 miles away, expecting to return in short order to spend the rest of her Sunday Feb. 1 snugly cocooned indoors with her husband.

Monday, March 9, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS St. Luke's Home Health Care, 801 East Broad St., Tamaqua, will close its doors May 8.

By DONALD R. SERFASS

dserfass@tnonline.com

One of the area's leading providers of hospital-based home health services will cease operations within the next few months.

St. Luke's Hospital Home Health Care, which operates a facility at 801 East Broad St., Route 209 in Tamaqua will close its doors May 8, affecting 13 full-time and five part-time employees.

"We were told Monday that our jobs here were finished," said an employee.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Despite a double-digit drop in tickets given by state troopers last year during the seven-week manhunt for sniper attack suspect Eric Frein, overall revenue rose by $6.5 million because of a hefty jump in the fines for the citations.

That's a nearly 10 percent increase in fines and fees collected from drivers who received tickets from Pennsylvania State Police in 2014.

Monday, March 9, 2015
@Quote.News:Unfortunately, the program's current volumes do not support maintaining this hospital-based service in the future.  Bill Moyer

Bill Moyer, president, St. Luke's Miners Campus, provided this statement Friday regarding the closing of the hospital-based home care services:

In order to ensure the viable future of the St. Luke's Miners Campus, and our ability to meet the patient care needs of our service area, we must be consistently vigilant about assessing community patient care needs while effectively managing resources and expenses as a not-for-profit hospital.

Monday, March 9, 2015
WANTED BY POLICE

Jason Robert Wilk

Age: 30

Town: Lehighton

Charges: aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering another person, driving without license, reckless driving and careless driving.

Driving: brown 1999 Buick Century sedan, with drivers' side damage, the driver side window is broken out and the mirror is hanging off or missing. The license plate number is JDT1385.

CALL: Anyone with information on Wilk's whereabouts is asked to call troopers at 610-681-1850.

Monday, March 9, 2015

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has launched a voluntary registrationsystem for people attempting to hike the entiretrail.

The conservancy says the goal is to protect the 2,185-mile-long trail from overcrowding. Overcrowding can result in trampled vegetation, an accumulation of trash and unsanitary conditions.

Regional director Morgan Sommerville says in a recent news release that hikers need to spread out along the trail.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Carbon County's lighting retrofit project is complete.

On Thursday, the commissioners voted to extend the completion date from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23. The reason was to allow for the last lights to be finished by Electric Power Savers LLC of Camp Hill. The project began in December.

The county had until Feb. 28 to have the project completed under the terms of the grants that were secured to cover the nearly $110,000 price tag.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A suspect in a retail theft incident at a Schuylkill County business led police on a high-speed chase before crashing his vehicle.

State police at Frackville said the incident began about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday along Route 61 in Blythe Township and continued into Frackville, West Mahanoy Township and Cass Township.

Troopers attempted to stop David Flynn, 50, of Pottsville, who was wanted in connection with a retail theft at the Walmart store in Saint Clair. Flynn fled the scene at a high rate of speed, traveling on various roadways in those municipalities.