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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
bob ford/times news Lehighton has been asked to demolish this brick building.

The owner of several properties alongSgt. Stanley Hoffman Boulevard in Lehighton is asking the borough to remove a small brick building it owns at the site so the land can be developed.

Landowner Barbara Barilla was represented at Monday night's Lehighton Borough council meeting by Charles McKelvey, who said demolishing the 17-by-23-foot building, located next to Fresenius Medical Care at 168 Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Blvd., could signal an improvement to the area.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Carbon County man, who was found guilty by a jury of four counts of indecent assault, was sentenced Monday afternoon to a county prison term.

Joseph J. Kulp III, 41, of Lehighton, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to a total term of one day less 12 to one day less 24 months on the four counts. The jail term will be followed by one year of probation.

On March 7 a jury panel found Kulp guilty of the four counts of indecent assault. Serfass found him guilty of two counts of harassment as summary offenses.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Whitehall man faces two counts of driving under the influence after his vehicle was clocked going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on May 31, according to Mahoning Township police.

A test showed Timothy Frankenfield's BAC was .08 percent following a traffic stop at 10:10 p.m. He was also charged with speeding.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An old-fashioned gospel concert featuring The Hinkle Family from Texas will be hosted by Mount Eaton Church in Saylorsburg at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, and an offering will be taken for the group.

Directions to the church may be found at mounteatonchurch.org. Contact the church office at 570-992-7050 or office@mounteatonchurch.org.

Mount Eaton is a nondenominational church serving the West End of Monroe County since 1884. Mount Eaton Church holds worship on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings and offers a variety of programs for family members of all ages.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Nesquehoning man faces two counts of driving under the influence stemming from a June 15 traffic stop along Route 443, according to Mahoning Township police.

Lewis Labosky also faces one count of careless driving. A test showed his BAC was .18 percent.

Police said Labosky's vehicle swerved over the double yellow and fog line several times just before 1:30 a.m.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Lehighton man admitted his part in the theft of a television and jewelry in Carbon County court on Monday. He was one of three defendants to enter a guilty plea in pending criminal cases before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Mahoning incident

Shane A. Jefferson, 22, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-theft, as a felony three.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tensions were high at Slatington's finance/planning/zoning, public safety, and human/community services committee workshop meeting Monday, the first attended by Slatington's newly hired borough manager.

It began when resident Kris Burek, a former council member, said she had recently filed a right-to-know request for meeting minutes from the 2011-14 borough board of health but that "there are none."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Children living in Carbon and Lehigh counties, going into first through sixth grades, are invited to attend Good News Club Day Camp at Mauch Chunk Lake Park in JimThorpe.

Camp activities include crafts, games, singing, swimming, Bible verses and lesson time, as well as a missionary story time.

There is one remaining session to choose from: Aug. 4-8. Each session runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The cost for campers is $26.

For more information or to register, contact the office of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Carbon-Lehigh Counties at 610-377-3632.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Several people were injured Tuesday morning in a head-on crash along SR145 in Lehigh Township. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. At least one person was flown from the scene. No other information was available at this time.