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Friday, August 10, 2012

John C. Sabol, 48, of 221 E. Bertsch St., Lansford faces numerous charges after police executed a search warrant of his residence in the early morning hours of Aug. 9. Charges in the incident were filed by Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick and Officer Timothy Wuttke.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Carbon County officials are working to make sure funding is in place for a program that helps people who are victims of juvenile crimes.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted on two actions involving the Rights and Services Act (RASA) and Victims of Juvenile Offenses (VOJO).

Friday, August 10, 2012

Panther Valley School Board on Thursday approved a fact-finder's report aimed at settling a new teachers' contract. Teachers have been working under the terms of the previous pact since last August.

No details were released Thursday. Board President Jeff Markovich explained the process.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Conditional final approval was given to the Antioch Church plan for the old White Christmas Tree Farm on High Hill Road in Washington Township.

There were complaints from residents focusing on several who complained that they had not received notices of zoning hearings.

Supervisors were asked if the township would enforce deed restrictions. Engineer Roy Steward said it does not. Solicitor John Ashley said the township will enforce zoning hearing board restrictions. To get a deed restriction changed requires a zoning hearing.

Friday, August 10, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A 12 year old girl was seriously injured Thursday morning when involved in an equestrian accident in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County. The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. on a horse farm along Arrow Road just west of West Penn Township. Radio reports stated the girl had fallen from a horse which then stepped on her head. She was treated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning Ambulance then flown by PennStar helicopter to the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. The scene is on the Birdsall farm although the stable area is leased to an unknown second party.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A young female driver escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon after she rolled her car along St. Peters road in West Penn Township. The crash occurred just after 5 p.m. as she was rounding a curve in the roadway. She apparently lost control rolling the unit with it coming to rest on its roof. The Penn Mahoning ambulance responded to the scene but the victim refused treatment. West Penn fire police assisted at the scene. West Penn police officer Jason Lorah is investigating the incident.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Naturalist Robin Tracey will host an Oak Loop Trail hike at Locust Lake on Saturday, Aug. 11. Participants should meet at the visitor parking lot at 1:30 p.m.

The trail is four miles in length and is difficult. It loops around Locust Creek and traverses up the mountain for a really great view of the forest below. Part of the hike includes the "Tree Identification Trail" created by an Eagle Scout.

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and get along with other pets and people.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Parryville will formally rename the Parryville Playground after Carl Wolter II during a Dedication Ceremony to be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. Speakers will be Rep. Doyle Heffley; State Sen. Dave Argall; Carbon County Commissioner Tom Gerhard; Ben Witter, Carl's coach; Mike Grant, council president; and Parryville Mayor Dean Emrey.

Parryville recently adopted a resolution to rename a playground after him.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Schuylkill County jury found Franklin Stumhofer Jr., 41, of Molino, guilty of third degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and recklessly endangering another person for the fatal shooting of his father, Franklin Stumhofer Sr., 61, of 6 Log Lane, West Penn Township.

The jury deliberated slightly more than six hours Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Workers have built diversion waterways to keep running water of the Little Schuylkill River out of the work area.

PennDOT contractors and subcontractors are halfway done the construction of the new SR309 (Center Street) bridge in Tamaqua.

The work is being done to replace the structurally deficient SR309 bridge over the Little Schuylkill River.

During the first phase of construction, contractors built a temporary roadway and two-lane bridge to carry traffic over the river. Once the temporary bridge was complete, the second phase of construction involved the closing of the old bridge and the diverting both lanes of SR309 traffic onto the temporary steel bridge.