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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nine first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Thursday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, the Commonwealth reserves the right to prosecute them on all pending charges.

A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

No injuries were reported in a two-vehicle accident just before 7 p.m. Friday night at the Tide Road and SR309 intersection in Hometown. The crash involved a tan 1998 Dodge caravan driven by Michael D. Hannock, 36, of Barnesville and Loretta D. Selby, 67, of Hometown, driving a red 1994 Dodge caravan. Responding were officers from Rush Township and Ryan Township Police Department, as well as the Hometown Fire Company. Hometown Fire Police volunteers detoured traffic around the scene while both vehicles were towed away. The investigating officer is Rush Township patrolman Ryan Rehatchek.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The following defendants entered pleas in Carbon County Court:

Andrette Haupt, 53, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of theft. She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at the Jim Thorpe Market, where she took items valued at $17 and did not pay for them.

Serfass placed her on probation for a year and ordered her to make restitution of $17, and render 50 hours of community service.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Carbon County man admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend and harassing her and her new boyfriend during guilty plea proceedings Thursday in Carbon County court.

His plea was one of 11 accepted by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lehighton incidents.

Steven Paul Brownmiller, 49, of Lehighton, pleaded in two pending cases.

He pleaded to one count of each of simple assault, unauthorized use of an automobile, and harassment for an incident on June 19 in Mahoning Township. Police were called to the 1100 block of Packer Dam Drive when Brownmiller had assaulted Lisa Hunter.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Julie Harris, chairman of the Lehighton Halloween Parade Committee, said this year's parade will have six divisions.

Harris announced the line-up for the parade, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The rain date is 3 p.m. Sunday.

There are six bands in the parade, including the Jim Thorpe High School marching band directed by Eric Flowers which will lead Division VI.

Other bands are the Perseverence Jazz Band, Blue Eagles Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Rajah Shriner Oriental Band, City of Bethlehem Bagpipe Band, and Almost Marching Hobo Band.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Tamaqua woman filed a civil suit against her church and president of the church council seeking monetary damages over alleged breach of contract of a book she wrote depicting the history of the church.

The suit was started by Francis L. Stahl, 12 Miller Lane, Tamaqua R.D., against Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua, and George Taylor, 200 N. Lehigh St., Tamaqua.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Schuylkill County Zoning Board issued 25 permits in September for $4,025 with the construction costs estimated at $1,959,237. Those who obtained permits were:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Two area projects were reviewed by the Schuylkill County Planning Commission at its monthly meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A request to extend Hemlock Drive's subdivision plans was rejected by Mahoning Township supervisors unanimously unless a letter of extension was received by the township by October 12, 2012. While the motion carried unanimously, two representatives for the project, George Fetch and Nawall Hadeed arrived later in the meeting with a sketch of the plan. Supervisors advised the two men to present the sketch to the township's planners at their next meeting.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Rush Township board of supervisors approved the township's revised submission at last evening's meeting in the municipal building to receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $60,000.

According to the board, the money will be used for sanitary line replacement on Chestnut Street and from Hunter Street to Ridge Street and to Ryan Avenue, 1,100 feet of pipe and laterals.