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Friday, August 8, 2014
SHARI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Police and fire crews responded to the scene of a three-vehicle crash in Lansford Thursday evening. The driver of the first vehicle was traveling west on the 300 block of West Abbott Street when it struck the yellow parked car, causing it to come to rest on top of the red vehicle. According to officer Jason Helmer, the driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. All three vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

Friday, August 8, 2014

During a meeting Thursday, Walker Township supervisors were asked to spend money to help the local fire company, and to purchase a digital radio system for its police department.

New England Fire Company President Robert Frantz and Chief Dave Duffy said that expenses are steadily increasing, while donations which aren't enough come in loyally from the same people.

They suggested that the township increase the amount of money it delegates from its tax millage, currently a half mill, as a yearly contribution to the fire company.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Deeds recorded

Beaver Meadows

Robert Petock to JJC Enterprises, LLC, 1971 E. Broad St., Beaver Meadows, property at 64-66 Berwick St., $7,500.

East Side Boro

Gerald D. Jones Jr. to Gerald D. Jones Jr., 426 Washington St., White Haven, property at 426 Washington St., $1.

Jim Thorpe

Sheriff of Carbon County to SRMOF II 2012-1 Trust, Houston, Texas, property at 229 Broadview Drive, $1.

Michael Stoffa to Main Street Luxury Rentals, LLC, 1820 Lower Smith Gap Road, Kunkletown, property at 79 W. Broadway, $7,500.

Kidder Township

Friday, August 8, 2014

Northern Lehigh High School will host its annual Freshman Orientation Day on Aug. 21.

The transition from middle school to high school is often difficult for many students and the purpose of this day is to introduce the students to their new surroundings.

The day's activities will begin at 7:15 a.m. and last until noon.

During the orientation day, students will be introduced to the high school administration and faculty, assigned lockers/combination locks, tour the building, and attend scheduled classes.

Friday, August 8, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua fifth-grader Alec Humes, left, and sixth-grader Nicholas Wall follow their creation through the gymnasium at the Tamaqua Elementary School.

Here's an experiment: take a small plastic tote, and fill it with a jumble of things, like Legos, axles, wheels, batteries and other various parts. Add a teacher and mix in about two dozen students.

And start watching where you walk.

Little powered robotic vehicles will soon be moving about everywhere, followed by budding mechanical engineers.

It was all part of a Robotics Camp, held at the Tamaqua Elementary School this week, sponsored by Tamaqua's Blue Raider Foundation and supported by Penn State University's Hazleton campus.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Stroudsburg driver was killed and his teenage cousin injured following a one-vehicle crash Friday morning along Route 715 Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County.

Michal Kobylinski, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 8 a.m., according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.

Friday, August 8, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Seated in this Radio Flyer wagon on display at the Carbon County Fair put together by Todd H. Dreisbach of Walnutport are siblings, from left, Katelyn Green, 11, Hunter Green, 9, and Gabriella Green, 7, all of Kunkletown.

They climb into their vehicles and attempt to smash into other machinery in what essentially amounts to legalized road rage.

Yet, it's exactly that sudden burst of energy that makes demolition derbies such as those held Thursday at the Carbon County Fair a favorite attraction of many.

Fairgoers packed the bleachers to watch the derbies, which consisted of four- and six-cylinder compact cars and full-size cars that battled it out in a fight to the finish.

The derby marked the first time back at the fair in five years for John Ritter, of Emmaus.

Friday, August 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama's promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Carbon County judges conducted parole/probation revocation hearings on petitions filed by the county adult probation office against defendants currently under supervision for violating the terms of their release.

Those who had hearings included:

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened the beach to swimming at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County, effective Friday, Aug. 8, because of safe bacterial counts in water samples from Aug. 6.

The swimming area was closed Wednesday after samples showed high bacterial counts in the water.

On Thursday, Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for DCNR, said the cause of the bacteria has not been determined, but there have been no reports of any swimmers becoming ill after swimming in the lake.