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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Man charged for two incidents in one day

Mahoning Township Police have a charged a man from two drug incidents that happened on the same day in August.

On Aug. 15, Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to Walmart shortly after 7 a.m. for a female crying inside a vehicle.

She told dispatchers she did not know how she got to the store. The woman reported she fell asleep in the car at 3 a.m., and awoke in the parking lot of Walmart.

She was unable to locate John Steskal, the driver of the car.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Coaldale mother and son have both been cited following a drug overdose at their home on Monday.

Coaldale Police were dispatched to 67 Second St. at 5:41 p.m. for a woman in cardiac arrest.

Once at the home, where several volunteer firefighters had also responded, the woman was identified as Peggy Hill, 49.

Hill was breathing but had a very weak pulse.

Emergency medical personnel from the Tamaqua Community Ambulance and Lehighton ALS arrived and began treating Hill for a possible overdose of heroin.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Haley Sawyer/Special to the Times News From left, Kathy Henderson, Chris Ondrus, Mary Soto, Robert Dobosh, Donna Valent and Pastor Jeremy Benack.

West Ridge Street in Lansford is illuminated for Christmas. Light posts clad with wreaths dot the sidewalks leading up to one particularly festive building: The borough office. Lighted wreaths and garland adorn the windows and doors.

It's all thanks to Lansford Alive.

Lansford Alive is a community-based group aimed at aesthetically improving downtown Lansford and encouraging small business production.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The B Street Band, a popular Bruce Springsteen tribute band, will perform at Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Saturday, featuring original E Street Band drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez.

Recently inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, Lopez backed Springsteen from 1968 to 1974 in several bands and performed on Springsteen's first two albums, the classics "Greetings from Asbury Park" and "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Choir of All Saints Church, 21 N. Cleveland St., McAdoo, along with some other members of the parish, have been preparing a very special work by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall titled "And on Earth ... Peace."

This work presents the peaceful Christmas story as if it were never told before. This cantata is a Christmas prayer as well as a celebration.

The cantata will be presented on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m., followed by the solemn Mass of Christmas at 10 p.m. It will be presented again at 4 p.m. on Jan. 4.

There is no charge to attend.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Christmas and New Year's holidays bring with them increased traffic on Pennsylvania's roadways.

People will be traveling all over the commonwealth to spend the holidays with their family and friends.

Motorists should give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations safely.

When traveling long distances, motorists should use rest areas if they are feeling tired and fatigued.

Motorists should remain aware that the cold temperatures and winter weather have the potential to cause slippery conditions on the roadways.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

People's Evangelical Congregational Church, 216 Wagner St. in Franklin Township, will conduct a Christmas Eve service featuring the cantata "The Night Before Christmas."

The service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Everyone is invited to attend this free events. For more information call 610-377-1696.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mahoning Township police said four youths fled the Concern Treatment Center on Country Club Road last week, but were all captured within 12 hours.

One was apprehended after he reportedly stole a knife from the Walmart in the township.

Mahoning Police Chief Audie Mertz said the four runaways left the center at 11:17 p.m. Thursday.

They were ages 14, 15, 16 and 17. Two of the four had previously run away from the center but were located and returned.

On Friday at 4:30 a.m., police located one of the males at the Carbon Mini Mart in Lehighton.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman, second from left, holds anti-impaired driving posters at a recent Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association meeting. At left is Minersville Police Chief Michael Combs, who is also the association president. Chief Schuylkill County Detective Dolly Dronick Malec is second from right. At right is Port Carbon Officer Joseph Ferraro.

Drive sober or get pulled over.

That's the message the Schuylkill County Chiefs of Police Association is driving home this holiday season.

The group met last week at the Schuylkill County courthouse to fine-tune plans to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS More than 500 gather in Palmerton Borough Park to pay homage to four teenagers killed in a fiery crash Friday night on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

A sea of more than 500 people gathered around the bandstand in the Palmerton Borough Park Monday evening for a candlelight vigil.

The vigil, arranged by Amy Dailey of Palmerton, was held in memory of the four teenagers who were killed Friday night in a fiery two-car crash on Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township.

Killed in the crash were Michael Muniz, 17, of Palmerton; Austin T. Hunsicker, 16, of Bowmanstown; Nathaniel Murray, 16, of Palmerton, and his sister, Courtney Anne Murray, 13, of Palmerton.