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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A drug dealer was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Scott Michael Kulp, 43, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance-oxycodone.

Kulp was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on March 24, 2011, after he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant. In exchange for his plea to the drug count, another count of deliver was dropped in a plea bargain.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Summit Hill resident told his borough council on Monday he doesn't want a group home in his neighborhood.

Manny Lanzos of West White Bear Drive said his neighborhood isn't zoned for a group home and urged the borough council to do what it can to make sure one isn't located there.

He referred to information presented at last month's borough council meeting during which zoning officer Bill Kirklosky informed the council he issued an occupancy permit for a dwelling at 116 W. White Bear Drive.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence in the county court.

He was one of eight defendants in pending drunken driving cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton stop

Kyle Scott Scherer, 27, of Palmerton, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, along Route 209 by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Tamaqua Rescue Squad will be launching its annual fund drive Aug. 1, and residents can expect to get information about it by mail, according to rescue squad secretary Bob Derr.

Derr said that the squad has purchased a new rescue vehicle, which should be received in January.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Carbon County man was sentenced to serve a year in jail for drunken driving while a Philadelphia man learned prior criminal convictions never go away.

Both defendants, who previously entered guilty pleas to the charges, were sentenced on Tuesday afternoon by county President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Flees police

Norman Lee Smith, 23, of Lehighton, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence, and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  A Roaring '20s nickelodeon from one of Tamaqua's early hotels has been donated to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum by residents Dave and Judy Keller Johns.

A Roaring '20s player piano from one of Tamaqua's well-known and popular hotels of the past has been donated to the Tamaqua Historical Society Museum by owners Dave and Judy Keller Johns.

The 1920 coin-operated nickelodeon, produced by 1920 Forrest Cunningham Piano Company, entertained patrons of Kellers Hotel, Tamaqua, for many years.

The hotel at West Broad and South Railroad streets opened on Aug. 4, 1897, as the Hotel Moyer. In its long history, it also was known by other names, such as the Plaza Hotel and Valesak's Hotel.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Carbon County man was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Scranton on charges of producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the grand jury alleges that Todd Kowar, 24, Kidder Township, persuaded and induced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of such conduct. The indictment says Kowar committed the crimes between 2008 and December 2012. The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI, the Pennsylvania State Police and Kidder Township Police.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Flanked by her parents, Pam and Dave Shay, Pius X junior Lyndsey Shay shared her leadership training experience with members of the West End Rotary Club recently. The club sponsored Lyndsey's attendance at RYLA, Rotary International's leadership program for young adults. After hearing from cancer survivors and an NFL player, students worked in groups to overcome limitations and grow their skills. Some 80 young adults participated in the annual weeklong program at Keystone College in La Plume. At Pius X,Lyndsey participates in student government, SADD, peer tutoring and basketball.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doe licenses are sold out for the upcoming hunting season in one wildlife management unit that spans portions of Carbon and Schuylkill counties.

Carbon County Treasurer Ronald Sheehan said Tuesday that WMU 4C, which had 25,000 licenses for sale when the application season opened on July 14, has been completely exhausted.

As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, a total of 414,710 of the 779,500 licenses have been sold across the state.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission website, licenses in 3D in Carbon and Monroe counties and 4E in Schuylkill are still available.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County Commissioners say the county nursing home, Rest Haven, has a dismal financial outlook.

Schuylkill County's nursing home, Rest Haven, is bleeding so much red ink commissioners believe selling it may be the only option.

"It's just no longer sustainable," Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier said. "We need to make a decision very soon. We need to stop the bleeding."

The immediate cause of hemorrhaging is due to a buildup of bill payments $853,176 as of June 30 owed to Rest Haven that are over 120 days past due, and about $1 million in unpaid bills owed by the facility, said county finance director Paul Buber.