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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Two first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday on driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

If both successfully completes the conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. 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.

Senior Judge Richard W. Webb placed the two for a year. They were:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In addition to the snow and slush left behind from yesterday's snowfall, roads were given another layer of precipitation consisting of freezing rain, sleet and ice. This made roadways very slick. Covered with slippery snow and ice is the intersection of SR895 and SR309 in Snyders, New Ringgold.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured in Lansford is the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum's old "Mine Lokie No. 51" steam engine and coal tender car covered with snow and ice. The engine was built in 1923 and once operated year-round between Nesquehoning mines of the No. 6 and 8 breakers.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Falling snow, sleet and ice are keeping borough and private workers very busy, as they rush to keep up with it. Ben Miller, 14, of Wildcat Contracting, helps a family member spread salt around the Hess Express in Tamaqua.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

This ornately carved, tree trunk bear, soaring to 15 feet high, appears frustrated with the onslaught of winter and the series of recent storms. But the snow-covered giant on Elmore Avenue in Hometown can take solace in knowing that springtime is six short weeks away.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Northampton County man admitted stealing a large sum of money from a Carbon County church where he was the treasurer. He was one of several defendants in pending criminal cases to enter a plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Kevin A. Hantz, 46, of Walnutport, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of theft and receiving stolen property, both misdemeanor ones.

Hantz was arrested by state police at Lehighton following an investigation into the report of funds being missing from the St. John's Lutheran Church, located along Fireline Road, in Towamensing Township.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Pictured in Lansford receiving fresh layers of snow and ice is the Panther Valley's Miner's Monument located in Kennedy Park.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Weather-wise things have been bad this winter. But the worst may be happening now.

And, if you think the weather today is bad, just wait until tomorrow.

The chain of storms has been a headache for commuters navigating in the treacherous conditions, school superintendents who must schedule make-up days, athletic directors who must get sporting events played before specific dates, and municipal officials whose snow-removal budgets are being drained.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Barry Messerschmidt (far right), sales representative for KME/Kovatch, Nesquehoning, hands the keys to a 2011 Ford F-250 4x4 truck for the Rush Township Sewer Department to Stephen W. Simchak, chairman of the township's board of supervisors. At left are Gene Rutch, township road foreman, and Supervisor Robert J. Leibensperger.

Rush Township has received delivery of a new truck for its sewer department.

The vehicle, a 2011 Ford F-250 4x4 SD, was purchased through the Pennsylvania CoStars Program with KME/Kovatch Corporation, Nesquehoning.

The vehicle cost approximately $32,000, according to Stephen W. Simchak, chairman of the Rush Township Board of Supervisors.

The new Ford replaces the township's current sewer truck, which is about 15 years old and in need of major repairs.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a long county prison term on Monday in Carbon County court for a robbery attempt. He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges to be sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Franklin incident

Evrin D. Kalkan, 26, was sentenced to serve a total of 11 to 23 months in jail followed by one year probation on charges of criminal attempt-robbery and unauthorized use of an automobile.