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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, recently authored House Bill 1357, which would define the impersonation of a law enforcement officer and outline the illegal use of sirens and lights by a person not authorized to do so.

The bill was passed by the House but remains with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"There seems to be a disturbing trend in our area with reports appearing in news media about motorists being pulled over and harassed by people impersonating law enforcement officers.

In July, a woman was pulled over near Palmerton by someone who was impersonating an officer.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Plans were finalized for an existing Dunkin' Donuts shop and neighboring property in Palmerton.

On a 6-0 vote Thursday, council granted conditional approval on a subdivision plan, as well as a lot line adjustment plan, for the properties at 555 Delaware Ave.

Also as part of its action, council made a motion that both plans must be recorded together to amend each other.

Saturday, September 13, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Edward Szczesny, of East Stroudsburg, is shown Wednesday being escorted from the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Szczesny was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing but instead waived his right to the hearing and will appear next month for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Charges against a Monroe County man for his part in a ring in which a nurse for a Palmerton doctor would forge prescriptions for the drug oxycodone have been bound over to Carbon County Court.

Edward Szczesny, 26, of East Stroudsburg, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Szczesny waived his right to a hearing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has revoked a Tamaqua woman's probation after she violated its terms in two cases.

Ashley Weirich, 20, is back in prison, serving four to 23 months. Judge James Goodman gave her credit for the 123 days she's already served.

Weirich will also serve 23 months of probation, have a drug and alcohol evaluation, and follow any recommended treatment.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For the third year in a row, Northampton Community College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The Military Friendly Schools website, http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features tools to help military students find school to suit their unique needs and preferences.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here are the final scores for area football teams.

Palmerton 54, Bangor 13
Jim Thorpe 7, Tamaqua 6
Marian 47, Minersville 12
Mahanoy Area 19, Panther Valley 12
Whitehall 41, Pleasant Valley 21
North Schuylkill 28, Lehighton 25

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nancy Snyder Knadler says the days of small, family-run businesses are coming to an end.

It began with the small neighborhood grocery stores and now it's reached the farm supply industry.

As a result, Charles S. Snyder Inc. of Tamaqua, turned over the keys to AG-Industrial Inc.

Effective Sept. 1, a local, 74-year tradition came to an end.

"Your mom-and-pop stores are disappearing, and we're a mom-and-pop store," said Knadler, co-owner and corporate secretary.

Friday, September 12, 2014

If you're planning outdoor activities this weekend it looks like Sunday will be your day.

Saturday could be a washout, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast:
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday: Rain likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. East wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mahoning Township Police have charged a man with careless driving after a crash with injuries on Sept. 5 on Route 443 at the Farmer's Market.

A westbound jeep driven by Justin Gombert of Lehighton had stopped to turn into the Farmers Market parking lot when his vehicle was rear ended by a Subaru driven by Kody Strouse of Lansford.

As a result of the investigation Strouse has been charged with careless driving.

Friday, September 12, 2014

ATLAS, Pa. (AP) — Four Pennsylvania police officers have been suspended indefinitely after authorities say they threw a firework at a patrolman from a neighboring town.

Mount Carmel Township supervisor Chairman Charles Gasperetti says he's asked state police to investigate the case.

The News Item reports (http://bit.ly/1uLThaC ) the off-duty Mount Carmel officers were traveling in a car together Sept. 1 when they allegedly tossed a firework at a Kulpmont police cruiser, sparking a chase.