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Friday, December 19, 2014

A New Jersey man is in Monroe County Prison under $1 million cash bail, accused of sexually assaulting a little girl and her mother between January 2011 and March of this year.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Pocono Mountain Regional police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened Wednesday along Route 940 in Mount Pocono.

Police are looking for a white man driving a dark colored pickup. The incident happened near Devil's Hole Road.

The victim was walking on the shoulder of the road at 6 p.m. when the man pulled over and and threatened the victim, who was able to escape.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 570-895-2400.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Living Hope Lighthouse on Third Street in Palmerton is hosting a Christmas jubilee this evening.

Partnering with Peaceful Knights, Family Promise and the Northern Lehigh Food bank, the church will serve a free turkey dinner with trimmings to anyone in need from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The church is able to accommodate 120 people.

A movie, "The Christmas Candle" by Max Lucado, will follow the dinner and the night will be rounded out by games.

No reservations are needed.

Friday, December 19, 2014
TIM GILMAN/BETHLEHEM PRESS Tamaqua Area High School faculty member John Buglio leads members of the school's Jazz Chorale in a holiday song before the start of the program Dec. 13.

More than 170 residents participated in the fourth annual breakfast sponsored by the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, the Tamaqua Community Partnership and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network. Goodwin, interim pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, gave the Advent message. Father John Frink of St. John XXIII Roman Catholic Parish gave the invocation, and the Rev. Michael Frost of Zion Stone Church offered the benediction. The Culinary Crew of Zion Lutheran Church provided the meal.

Friday, December 19, 2014
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Jasmine Rivera, daughter of Lonnie and Jose Rivera, Weatherly, has been named Senior of the Month for November at Weatherly Area High School.

Jasmine is a member of the varsity softball team and the high school chorus. She is active in the Interact club and is a member of the yearbook committee. She is a student mentor in the peer-mentoring program with Jeniemarie Farrow's Multiple Disabilities Support class at the high school. Jasmine assists the students daily with their assignments and participates in activities with them in and out of the classroom.

Friday, December 19, 2014
@Caption Stand Alone:Members of the Schuylkill-Carbon Detachment of the Marine Corps League prepare to make Christmas a reality for hundreds of local children through the league's annual Toys For Tots Program.

Yes, Virginia and Tommy and Katie, there is a Santa Claus.

Better make that Santa Clauses, as in hundreds of people who embodied the spirit of giving this year by donating their time, money and supplies to help the less fortunate.

Families in need in the areas serviced by the Tamaqua Salvation Army and the Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Detachment will have a merrier holiday thanks to the generosity of those Santas, not from the North Pole, but local individuals, organizations and businesses.

Friday, December 19, 2014

HJP Park and Open Space will be conducting a Christmas Morning Walk in the Woods at HJP Regional Park from 9-10:30 a.m. Christmas Day.

The park is located at 1186 Bartonsville Woods Road (Golden Slipper Road) in Bartonsville.

Join Recreation Manager Kim and Director Harold for a short hike where we will collect our "Yule Logs." Then we will build our Christmas campfire and enjoy coffee/hot chocolate, hear an inspirational Christmas story and share your favorite memories of Christmas.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Tamaqua man is facing charges, including DUI, following a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Hazle Township during which police say he was driving the wrong way and struck another vehicle.

State police at Hazleton said the charges are pending blood test results against Eric McCann, 25.

McCann was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley for his injuries.

Police said the crash happened at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday.

McCann was traveling south in the northbound lanes, police said.

His F-150 collided with a pickup driven by Joseph Novak, 50, of Freeland.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Carbon County's prison is in pretty good shape, officials said.

During the county prison board's meeting this week, acting Warden Timothy Fritz reported on the recent inspection at the prison.

He said that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections visited the Nesquehoning facility last Thursday and were overall "impressed by the cleanliness" of the prison.

"We never seemed to have a problem with that," he said.

Friday, December 19, 2014

The wheels of justice are again turning for a Schuylkill County man on death row for a 1992 contract killing.

County commissioners this week approved fees for the lawyer who will defend Ronald G. Champney, who turns 64 today, at his new trial.

A jury in November 1999 found Champney guilty of killing Roy Bensinger, 38, of North Manheim Township, with a single shotgun blast on June 4, 1992, as Bensinger stepped out of his pickup in the driveway of his home.