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Saturday, June 21, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS

The Lady Wreckers from Weatherly is one of the teams registered to participate in Relay for Life, Saturday, in the Tamaqua High School Stadium. The event began at 2 p.m. Friday and continues until 2 p.m. Saturday. Twenty-four relay teams registered for the event.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

An argument between siblings resulted in one of them being cited on June 16.

Tamaqua police were dispatched to 35 Vine St. at 11 a.m. that day for a possible domestic dispute in progress.

At the scene, they found Nicholas J. Dangelo standing out front. When he was asked what happened, he told the officer he had been disagreeing with his sister, Krista L. Connell, over another sister's wedding. At one point, Connell threw a candle at his head, and missed. At that point, he says he "body slammed her on the couch."

Dangelo was cited for simple assault and harassment.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Summit Hill Planning Commission held a public meeting and accepted the proposed zoning ordinance and zoning map. They agreed to recommend them to borough council members for their consideration.

Steps of preparation included a base map, existing land use, land use plan and zoning plan with revised zoning ordinance.

The planners worked on it for a year. Lentz Trail, Mauch Chunk Lake, the borough watershed, and the Panther Valley High School area are protected by zoning these areas as open space.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tamaqua police have filed charges against a New Ringgold man for allegedly stealing his friend's PlayStation 4 video console.

Dominic Chickilly, 23, of 684 Arrow Road, New Ringgold, allegedly went to the Tamaqua home of Michael Sedlock on May 7. Sedlock told officers he went upstairs for about 20 minutes and when he returned downstairs, Chickilly and the video game system, which included a Madden Football game, were missing.

A few days later, Sedlock heard Chickilly had traded the PlayStation in at a GameStop store.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Two people were arrested in Tamaqua following a fight on June 16.

Officers were dispatched to the area of East Broad and Swatara streets at 11:30 a.m., for a fight in progress. On scene, they found three witnesses who stated that Richard E. Michlovsky, 52, of 261 W. Rowe St., Tamaqua, had been punching an Allison Sanders in the face. The woman's face had visible red marks and her broken glasses were on the ground.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ten defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:

Vernon Fritz, 36, of Andreas, was arrested on Sept. 1, 2013, along Mauch Chunk Street, by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was 0.21 BAC. He was operating a motorcycle at the time.

Serfass deferred sentencing so Fritz could apply for placement in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Pennsylvania became the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage on May 20 when U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III overturned an earlier ban.

So gay and lesbian couples can now exchange marriage vows anywhere in Pennsylvania. But does that mean a same-sex marriage can take place inside a church or be recognized as a marriage by a church?

That depends on the denomination and the congregation.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

The sun sets over the trees near Penn's Peak after Palmerton's high school graduation Monday evening.

Saturday, June 21, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Mahoning Township Police were called to the scene at the Carbon Plaza Mall Friday afternoon as a car rolled the entire length of the mall lot across 443 onto Lowe's driveway. The car was originally parked at the upper end of the Carbon Plaza lot in front of Big Lots and drifted from its parking spot down a lane between numerous cars, over a curb and down the entrance of the Carbon Plaza Mall. When reaching Route 443 it was declared a miracle when the traffic light turned red for the opposing traffic giving the unattended car the green light as it crossed the busy intersection.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A Tamaqua woman has been cited after she decided to investigate a tire slashing incident on her own.

Lori Reppert, 43, of 259 W. Rowe St., called Tamaqua police at 11:26 a.m. on June 16 to report that two of the tires on her vehicle had been slashed. She insisted she knew who did the mischief, even though she didn't witness the incident. She was asked to come to the station and fill out a victim's statement form.