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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS A domestic long hair cat, which the Carbon County Friends of Animals shelter volunteers named Arthur, is seen in his cage at CCFOA. He was put into a taped up cardboard box and left on the shelter's doorstep over the weekend. CCFOA is looking for information on the previous owner of the feline.

Carbon County Friends of Animals needs your help to find out who dropped this cat, which they named Arthur, off outside the shelter in Jim Thorpe sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Volunteers at the shelter explained that the box was found on Saturday morning by Denise Sebelin, owner of Deezines Flowers and president of CCFOA, as she opened her store.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two sons of legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, as well as his native tribe, have joined as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against his namesake borough. The suit seeks to have Thorpe's remains disinterred from their resting place along Route 903 and moved to his tribal homeland in Oklahoma.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Gail Maholick/times news

Mahoning Township Police Officer Joseph David is investigating an accident that took place about 2 p.m. Tuesday near Route 443 Auto Sales. Andrew Stocker, of Summit Hill, was stopped behind traffic in the eastbound lane making a left turn when his Dodge Stratus was hit in the rear by a Mercedes-Benz, driven by April Card, of Coaldale. Card told police officers that the brakes were not working when she tried to stop. She swerved the car, striking the rear of Stocker's car and the guide rail along the highway. Stocker was cited for not having proper registration.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Nicholas Kerstetter, 27, of 121 Pitt St., Tamaqua, was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer, Tamaqua, on Tuesday on charges related to an alleged indecent assault on May 2. The victim disclosed the incident to Tamaqua High School Principal Steve Toth on May 3, stating that Kerstetter came to her home to pick up something, then touched her inappropriately when he was leaving. He allegedly refused to stop despite her pleas. Kerstetter cooperated with authorities and was escorted to his arraignment by Patrolman Michael Hobbs and Cpl. Henry Woods.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Carbon County man, who assaulted two ambulance attendants who responded to give him aid, and who also struggled with police officers in another incident, was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday. He was one of six defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a guilty plea before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Lehighton incident

Karl Allen Frable, 23 of Lehighton, was sentenced by Nanovic to serve six to 18 months in the county prison on two counts of simple asssault and one of persistent disorderly conduct.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Senator David G. Argall (R-29) is hosting 'Senator for a Day' with eleven local area high schools from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 13 at the Morgan Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Tamaqua. The program allows high school students to propose legislation, hold votes and debate issues critical to state government. The unique opportunity allows students to learn and experience the legislative process.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HARRISBURG - Attorneys General from 49 states and the District of Columbia have reached a settlement with Hollywood Video resolving allegations of unfair debt collections practices.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan said the settlement affects approximately 3.3 million consumers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including more than 87,000 Pennsylvania consumers.

Ryan said that Hollywood Video operated video rental stores across the country, until the company filed for bankruptcy in 2010. There were approximately 80 rental stores throughout Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A power line came in contact with a live power line on Third Street, causing Palmerton residents to be without power Tuesday morning.

The incident, which occurred about 10:10 a.m., left borough residents without power until about 11:50 a.m., according to borough manager Rodger Danielson.

Danielson said crews were removing some of the old lines that previously ran between the east and west plant of the New Jersey Zinc Company when a wire fell and shorted out other wires.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It was a ducky situation for state police at Schuylkill Haven after the crash of a tractor-trailer rig resulted in thousands of ducks being released on a county road and nearby property. The incident occurred about 5:04 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the area of 317 Main St., in Porter Township, and involved damage to eight parked vehicles.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The sacrament of Confirmation was bestowed on 19 people at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Nesquehoning on Monday. Administering the sacrament was The Most Rev. John O. Barres, S.T.D.,J.C.L.,D.D., Bishop of Allentown. He was assisted by left to right Rev. Anthony M. Drouncheck, M. Div.; Rev. James Burdess; Rev. James Bechtel; Rev. Kenneth Medve; Bishop Barres; and Msgr. John Chizmar.