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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Lehighton teen reported missing on Monday has been located, state police at Lehighton reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Benjamin Donald Kroboth, 18, of 8605 Interchange Road, was reported missing by his parents at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

He had been last seen leaving the Burger King on Route 443 wearing his uniform at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Police had said at the time that Kroboth was not believed to be in danger or a danger to himself.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An already wet Wednesday will get even worse, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters predict heavy precipitation throughout the afternoon, with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half-inch possible.

By 2 p.m., the area had already received almost three-tenths of an inch of rain.

The heaviest rain could come tonight, when between a half and three-quarters of an inch is predicted.

Tonight’s low is expected to be around 61 degrees.

Additional showers are likely Thursday with a high near 70 degrees.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today’s Schuylkill and Colonial League cross meets have been postponed because of the forecast for heavy rains in the area.
Both league will now run their championship meets on Thursday.

The Schuylkill League meet will be held at Tuscarora Park with the girls getting underway at 2:45 p.m. and the boys starting at 3:30 p.m.

The Colonial League Meet will be held at DeSales University with the girls meet starting at 3:15 p.m. and the boys meet beginning at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The annual Andreas Halloween Parade, originally scheduled for tonight, has been postponed due to the expected heavy rain.

Rain date is Thursday, when the parade will form at 6:15 p.m. at the Andreas Sporting Club. The parade will then begin at 7 p.m.

The parade is sponsored by the sporting club and the West Penn Township Lions and Lioness Clubs.

For more information, contact Becky at 570-386-3045.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Firefighters from several companies had to extricate the operator of a tractor trailer after he drove off the right shoulder of Interstate 81 Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred in the south bound lanes near the Mahanoy exit in Schuylkill County at 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A family is homeless after fire ravaged their home and an adjacent large wooden structure in Freeland early this morning.

Fire companies from Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties raced to the 4:30 a.m. alarm.

It was first reported there was entrapment but firefighters rescued the family from the flames. 

Fire crews were still on scene at noon today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy charged with fatally beating a 90-year-old woman told a Pennsylvania state trooper he was "only trying to hurt her."

But an arrest affidavit says the boy also said, "I killed that lady."

A bail hearing was scheduled Wednesday for the boy, who is charged as an adult with criminal homicide. His lawyer wants him released into his father's custody.

The beating occurred Saturday at the home of the boy's grandfather, who had been caring for the woman, Helen Novak.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School District might save as much as $2.3 million over the next three years by refinancing two bond issues.

This week the board approved the refinancing, which will be finalized in December.

Business manager Lauren K. Kovac said the exact amount of savings won't be known until the bonds are actually sold.

The amount of interest on the bonds at the time of the sale will determine the total savings.

The bond sales will be handled by Robert T. Aumer, managing director of Janney Capital Markets in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The latest leak was the last straw.

During a meeting Tuesday, members of Coaldale's borough council decided they'd be better off buying a new truck than continuing to pay for repairs on an old one. The truck's latest problem, a transmission leak, wasn't expensive but was the kind of thing that could have sidelined the vehicle at a critical time, such as a snowstorm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a free community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs.

The church is located at 40 Church Road in Penn Forest Township, just off Route 903, next to Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary.

For more information, call the church at 570-325-9151.