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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The borough of Slatington will be holding several community events in the upcoming months.

First will be the community yard sale on May 9-10.

Borough Council recently voted to waive the $10 registration fee and permit requirement.

Then, in June, the Running of the Dawgs 5K Run/Fitness Walk and One-Mile Fun Run will be held at the Northern Lehigh Athletic Stadium.

After the race, a dog costume contest will be held and an award will be presented for the best dressed dog.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Numerous drug charges were made as the result of ongoing investigations by Pocono Mountain Regional police.

Gerard Whack, 42, of Blakeslee, is facing charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a communication device, persons not to possess firearms, receiving stolen property-firearms, endangering the welfare of children, all felonies, and possessing instruments of crime, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Berks County driver was given a Carbon County prison term on Tuesday for driving drunk while he had his children in the vehicle.

He was one of five defendants who previously pleaded guilty to be sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

DUI charge

Joshua Joel Damore, 40, of Boyertown, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison on a driving under the influence charge.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Summit Hill's work force leader has been charged with driving the plow that sheared mirrors off nine vehicles during a storm on Feb. 17.

William M. Frantz, 51, received summary citations for accidental damage to unattended vehicles and careless driving.

The citations were issued by Chief of Police Joseph Fittos Jr. Frantz was not given a sobriety test after the incidents.

He reportedly didn't report the incidents to the police officer on duty that night.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two drug dealers who previously pleaded guilty were sentenced to prison terms on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II presided.

Sold to agent

Joshua Jeremy Strohl, 29, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve 18 to 60 months in a state correctional institution on a charge possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine.

He was arrested Aug. 15, 2014, by agents of the attorney general's office for selling meth to an undercover agent.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two defendants who previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence charges were sentenced on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass presided.

William Joseph Gullick, 47, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve two days in jail followed by five months and 28 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program. The 28 days will be with electronic monitoring.

He was also ordered to render 25 hours of community service.

Gullick was arrested on Sept. 25, 2014, along Delaware Avenue by Palmerton police. Given a test, the result was 0.11 BAC.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) Police in Delaware have issued an Amber Alert for a 3-year-old girl who they say was kidnapped by her father after he assaulted her mother.

Police are looking for 43-year-old Michael Trotta and 3-year-old Elinor Trotta, saying they believe the girl "is in imminent danger."

Trotta grew up in Carbon County and lived in Lansford several years ago, a family member reported.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Temperatures dipped to the low of the season this morning. 

Schools are on a two-hour delay but it will still be cold so bundle up when you go out.

How cold is it where you are? Send your thermometer readings to mgouger@tnonline.com.

Take heart, Wednesday will be mostly sunny and the temps will reach a balmy 30 degrees.

 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. West wind 7 to 11 mph. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Keith Olbermann was taken off his ESPN show for the rest of the week after making insulting comments about Penn State students on Twitter.

On Monday, a Penn State alum tweeted to Olbermann the phrase "We Are!" and a link to an article about students raising more than $13 million to fight pediatric cancer. Olbermann replied "...Pitiful."

Olbermann, who often spars with commenters on Twitter, then refused to back down in several more tweets, saying he was referring to Penn State students in general and not the fundraising.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Phony $100 bills were passed at the Schuylkill County mall.

State police at Frackville said the bills were passed at the Benigna’s Creek Vineyard and Winery and the Mustard Seed Mercantile stores in the Schuylkill Mall on Feb. 19, at 11:20 a.m. A white male entered the stores and bought merchandise with the counterfeit bills. The bills were determined to be counterfeit after the suspect had left the mall