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Monday, February 3, 2014

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN A bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning, a broken leg and puncture wounds to its body was euthanized Wednesday, despite efforts from rescuers trying to nurse it back to health.

"We gave him every chance to try to recover," Peggy Hentz, owner and wildlife rehabilitator at Red Creek Wildlife Center, Schuylkill Haven, said Thursday.

The eagle was recovering at the center after being found in December by a state Game Commission officer from Lebanon County.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Tamaqua Area School District is considering its options regarding legislation that could allow it to reduce property taxes in favor of an increase in earned or personal income tax.

That decision, combined with anticipated revenues from the commonwealth's new gaming business could shape the district's budgetary process for years to come.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The House voted this week in support of a bill that would deduct back taxes from those who win the Pennsylvania Lottery.

House Bill 1489 would require the Department of Revenue to conduct a background check on anyone who wins more than $2,500 as a result of playing the Pennsylvania Lottery.

That background check would reveal whether or not the winner owes any back taxes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) — Jake Ellex said he has seen more coyotes than ever this year.

On Sunday, Ellex backed up the claim when he turned in three of the wild canines just before the final weigh-in concluded for the Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt. The three-day event, which is sponsored by District 9 of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association, was held at the Triton Hose Company and attracted 759 hunters who converged on a seven-county area in the northeast, each hoping to harvest the heaviest coyote.

Monday, February 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A New Jersey state trooper shoplifted gun accessories and attempted to get out of his arrest by telling a Pennsylvania police officer that he would lose his job as a member of Gov. Chris Christie's security detail if charges were filed, a police chief told The Associated Press on Monday.

Monday, February 3, 2014

We now have photo galleries on the TIMES NEWS website and we'd love to have your help making the galleries.

How about sending us some photos of today's snow storm?

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Two incidents involving tractor trailers have been reported this morning.

The first incident happened at approximately 9:30 a.m., in the area of the Packerton Dip in Mahoning Township. Scanner reports stated that the rig overturned, blocking Route 209. The road was shut down shortly after the crash.

At 10:30 a.m., scanner reports started coming in about a disabled rig blocking Route 209 near the Route 248 intersection in Franklin Township. The roadway was shut down and traffic is currently being detoured.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Friday on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child his daughter.

Michael Taschler, 27, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve a total of 12 to 36 months in prison on the charge. He was also sentenced in other cases he previously pleaded guilty to including charges of criminal trespass, theft, and related counts.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A McAdoo woman is reportedly in stable condition this morning after she was stabbed on Saturday night. Her brother is jailed in the Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville, charged with trying to kill his sibling.

McAdoo Patrolman Steven Homanko was dispatched to 228 S. Cleveland St. at 10:40 p.m. Saturday for a reported stabbing. At the scene, he was able to speak with the victim, 19-year-old Megan Luchetta, who told him she had been stabbed by her brother, Ralph Michael Luchetta, 27, of 109 N. Kennedy Dr., McAdoo.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Corey Michael Samuels

A Coaldale former Marine, missing since Jan. 20, has yet to be found despite a two-day search by firefighters and other volunteers.

Corey Samuels, 24, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from his experiences in the military, Coaldale police Sgt. Keith Krapf said.

"His family said this is not the first time he's taken off for periods of time, but this is the first it's been this long," he said.