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Thursday, March 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Nancy Betz of Hometown, who has suffered through four bouts of breast cancer, gives a thumbs-up as a show of her determination in fighting the sickness. She said the key to victory over the disease is having a good attitude, support from family and friends, and having faith in God.

Nancy Betz will receive a Courage Award next weekend during the annual telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

And what courage Betz possesses.

In the past 14 years, Betz, 42, of Hometown, has been struck with cancer four times. She has undergone radical surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Yet Betz refuses to feel sorry for herself. She hasn't given up. She still attends kickboxing classes and walks her four Labrador retrievers, while certain that her latest bout will be conquered like those outbreaks in the past.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To celebrate the Carbon-Tamaqua American Cancer Society Telethon's 35th anniversary this year, volunteers are planning a concert featuring oldies band Remember When, Larry Chance and the Earls and Eddie "Mr. Ed" Collins at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Doors open at 6 and tickets are available in advance and at the door.

Those who have been involved with the local chapter of the cancer society for so many years have come to realize why the work is so important.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say a woman died after being pulled from a second-floor closet of a burning home.

The Lehigh County coroner's office said 27-year-old Lisanne Chin was pronounced dead at the scene of the Allentown fire, which was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Lee Laubach said crews encountered heavy smoke and fire from the outset, and they were being pulled back due to fears of a flashover when the victim was found.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tamaqua Police Chief Rick Weaver issues a citation early Wednesday on SR309 at the south end of borough limits. Police also were stationed at the north end of town, part of a program to stop aggressive driving, The $2.5 million initiative, taking place through May 4, is made possible through a grant from the Special Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project administered by PennDOT.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

State police at Schuylkill Haven are investigating an impersonation of a public servant (police officer) incident. The incident was reported by a female to have occurred about 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, along Route 61, a tenth of a mile north of Penn Street, in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

Troopers said the female reported she was southbound when she saw a vehicle approaching with red and white lights on the roof. She pulled over to the side of the road and the operator of the other vehicle followed and approached her.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

An icy Schuylkill County road was blamed for a crash involving a school bus and two other vehicles. State police at Frackville said the crash happened at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday, along Catawissa Road, just south of Mountain Road, in Walker Township, west of Tamaqua.

Troopers said two vehicles, a 2011 Kia Forte, owned by Sharon Coleman of Tuscarora, and a 2006 Dodge Charger, owned by John Daukshus of Tamaqua, were disabled on the west side of the road due to extremely icy road conditions. Both vehicles were unoccupied at the time as both drivers were able to exit their vehicles.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A nurse who worked at a family health care practice in Palmerton and was charged with 55 counts has had her case bound over to Carbon County Court.

Angela McClain, 42, of Palmerton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday at the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Instead, McClain chose to waive her right to a hearing, and will appear May 2 for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A business partnership that includes members of the rock band Live has been approved to purchase land in Allentown for a $42 million music venue and office building.

The Allentown Parking Authority voted Wednesday to approve the sale of the downtown lot for $1.4 million to a partnership of Think Loud Development and GSE Realty.

Think Loud is co-owned by three members of the band Live, which has roots 90 miles southwest of Allentown, in York.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MARSHALLS CREEK, Pa. (AP) — The founder of a boys choir based in northeastern Pennsylvania is accused of sexual assault by a man who was a member of the group nearly 20 years ago.

State police say 74-year-old Bernard Schade was arrested Wednesday on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and statutory sexual assault.

He's accused of raping a boy in 1996 who was under the age of 16. Authorities said the man came forward with the allegations this month.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say they removed about 260 cats from a Philadelphia home with a sign that proclaims it "the crazy cat house."

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Wednesday that officials had been working with the owner of the northeast Philadelphia property for several weeks.

A sign on a fence outside the home reads, "I'm the crazy cat lady. And this is the crazy cat house."