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Saturday, December 13, 2014

One man was injured Saturday in Rush Township when his vehicle left the roadway and plunged into a drainage ditch, trapping him inside.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 1:38 p.m. for a report of an injured driver trapped in his vehicle near 211 Ben Titus Road in the Still Creek section.

The driver, Joseph Semasek, 79, McAdoo, the only occupant, was traveling east on Ben Titus Rd in a 1994 Oldsmobile Bravada, said Rush Township Police Sergeant Duane Frederick.

Semasek failed to negotiate a curve, police said, after which his vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

State police at Lehighton are investigating the armed robbery of the Turkey Hill mini mart in the village of Gilbert.

The incident occurred about 5 a.m.

A medic unit was summoned to the scene to evaluate the victim of an assualt which occurred during the robbery.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist a long time.

"Here it is two years later, and it's still hard to deal with. But, God, you didn't want to know me two years ago," said Beth Hegarty, a Sandy Hook mother who happened to be inside the school that day with her three daughters, all of whom survived.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A crash Friday involving a school van hurt eight people, including several students, said state police at Schuylkill Haven.

The crash happened at 2:30 p.m. in North Manheim Township when a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Corrine B. Firestine, 22, of Minersville, was in the parking lot of Rockview Center on Route 61 in Pottsville, waiting to make a right-hand turn onto Route 61 south.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

State police at Fern Ridge have updated information on the robbery of a Chestnuthill Township convenience store and injured the clerk.

The clerk, Nicholas Kirk, 19, of Effort, was robbed at gunpoint at about 4:40 a.m. Saturday by two black men who fled in a late model red Jeep.

The man who brandished a silver handgun and who struck Kirk in the back of the head with it is about five feet, nine inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie, red gloves, gray sweatpants, black shoes and a dark mask.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Should stores use the wording "holiday" decorations and "holiday" trees instead of "Christmas" decorations and "Christmas" trees so they don't offend anyone?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

VSAS Orthopaedics is joining Lehigh Valley Physician Group, a subsidiary of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

VSAS Orthopaedics has two locations, at 1250 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown and 2649 Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem. VSAS Orthopaedics also has satellite offices at Moselem Springs and Hamburg. The practice employs 110 people with 12 physicians and 12 advanced practice clinicians.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS A large crowd of family, friends and classmates hold a candlelight vigil in honor and memory of Crystal Schaller at Trout Run Covered Bridge. Schaller, 17, was a junior at Northern Lehigh High School. She died in a one-vehicle crash on Tuesday.

Tears glistened in the warm glow of candles. Heartbreaking sobbing broke the night's silence. A few hundred people gathered Friday to pay homage to one of their own at a candlelight vigil and bonfire held in memory and honor of Crystal Schaller. Many spoke with love about a 17-year-old girl who died much too soon.

Schaller died from multiple traumatic injuries in a single-vehicle crash in Washington Township at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday. She was the daughter of Jamie L. and Rose M. (Kocher) Schaller. She has an older sister, Amanda Schaller.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Jim Thorpe Council voted Thursday night to place no parking signs on Hill Road by the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Jim Thorpe Council voted Thursday night to place no parking signs on Hill Road by the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Police Chief Joseph Schatz said four cars were illegally parked in the eastbound lane during a recent opera house show.

"We ticketed one guy who wasn't happy because there was not a no-parking sign there," Schatz said.

"We don't really need one because it is a road. You don't park in the middle of the Pennsylvania Turnpike because there isn't a sign there that says no parking."

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jim Thorpe Borough Police released its monthly report for November.

Officers patrolled 4,736 miles, using 284.1 gallons of gas.

They issued three nontraffic citations, 74 traffic citations, filed 15 criminal charges including five driving under the influence offenses, and nine drug charges.