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Thursday, March 20, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS On hand to present a gift to Palmerton Area School District Superintendent Scot Engler (first from right) on Tuesday in the amount of $1,500 from the Raising The House group for playground equipment for Towamensing Elementary School in memory of Blaine R. House are (front) sixth-grader Kelly Heinick, (back, from left) Marcia Heinick, Jill Kuzo and Kelli Costenbader.

Palmerton Area High School seniors can finally plan for their commencement exercises.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve June 16 as the graduation date for the Class of 2014.

Also on Tuesday, the board accepted the gift of $1,500 from the Raising The House group for playground equipment for Towamensing Elementary School in memory of Blaine R. House.

Among those on hand from the Towamensing PTO to present the check to the district were Marcia Heinick, sixth-grader Kelly Heinick, Jill Kuzo and Kelli Costenbader.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Police and emergency crews are on scene at a shooting that occurred just before 7 p.m. on Meixell Valley Road in Eldred Township.

According to reports at the scene, a neighbor shot a father, mother and son.

One was reported to be shot in the stomach and one in the arm. The father was killed at the scene, according to reports, and the son died at the hospital.

The road is closed at the intersection of Meixell Valley and Weir Lake roads.

State police at Lehighton are on the scene and said more details will be released later.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An Allentown man told police he strangled a Tamaqua woman and burned her body because he thought she would refuse to drive him to a custody hearing.

Anthony Darrell Heath, 25, of 506 W. Chew St., Allentown, is charged with killing Angela Marie Steigerwalt, 35, on the night of Jan. 31 in his Allentown apartment.

Police testified at Heath's preliminary hearing Tuesday, saying he transported her body to Flagstaff Mountain in Jim Thorpe and disposed of it in a bed of laurel bushes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Carbon County man, who previously admitted his part in the assault of a Lansford man in his home, and also to his part in the robbery of a Lansford convenience store, was sentenced to a state prison term Tuesday in the county court.

Raymond Ziegenfuss III, 19, of Lansford, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of three to six years in a state correctional institution.

He previously pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal conspiracy-robbery and criminal conspiracy-aggravated assault.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Carbon County woman was sentenced to a county prison term Tuesday for retail theft while three defendants in driving under the influence cases were also sentenced. All had previously entered guilty pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Mahoning incident

Shelly L. Filer, 42, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve six to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of retail theft.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tamaqua Area School District has received a $276,000 tax claim settlement, its share of an increased tax reassessment levied on BET Lehigh Real Estate LLC of Horsham, in 2010. District administrators formally accepted the monies during the board meeting Tuesday.

In 2010, BET paid $11 million for lands formerly owned by Lehigh Coal & Navigation, which had filed for bankruptcy. The coal lands are located in Schuylkill and Carbon counties.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Weissport Council President Gene Kershner, left, discusses the MS4 Compliance Inspection Report with Paul R. Grella, project manager, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Weissport is in compliance with Department of Environmental Protection requirements for storm water management.

Weissport Council President Gene Kershner and Mayor Jonathan Troutman met Tuesday with Paul Grella of DEP to discuss the MS4 Compliance Inspection Report.

Grella said there were two communities in the state that gave him trouble and that the community of Weissport was one of them. He said that he works with 180 communities within the state.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Teachers in the Palmerton Area School District have a new four-year contract.

On a unanimous vote, the school board on Tuesday accepted a fact finder report from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

Afterward, Palmerton Area Education Association President Tom Smelas said that the report has been agreed to by both parties.

"We have a contract," Smelas said. "It's been a long two-and-a-half years; both sides worked real hard, and this is the end result."

Smelas added, "A third party came in and gave a recommendation, and the two sides agreed to it."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Firefighters from Lehighton, Mahoning Valley and Franklin Township battle a blaze at 357 Bridge St. in Lehighton Wednesday morning. The fire broke out just before midnight Tuesday. For more photos, see the gallery at

A Lehighton family of four was displaced after a late-night fire tore through their Bridge Street home.

The home of John Johnson at 357 Bridge St. sustained major damage from the fire that started just before midnight.

Lehighton firefighters were assisted by crews from Mahoning Valley and Franklin Township, as well as Lehighton Ambulance. Firefighters remained on the scene through the early morning hours.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row: Angelo Greek, Connor Penberth, Angelo Cerimele, Ethan Gardiner and Stephen Puza. Second row: Zachary Trubilla, Colin Rehnert, Sierra Bauer and Brayden Webb.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Lansford were recently named "Students of the Month" for February. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of tolerance. The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, Angelo Cerimele: "I respect my friends and help them."

Grade 1, Connor Penberth: "I show respect and work toward telling the truth and bringing peace."

Grade 2, Angelo Greek: "I respect my friends and treat everyone the same. I wait and listen to what they say and don't judge them."