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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nesquehoning residents, the borough snow emergency no parking ordinance will now be enforced.

On Wednesday, council adopted the amended ordinance outlining its snow emergency no parking policies on borough streets. Signs are expected to be posted this week and will be enforced by police once all signage is up.

Under the ordinance, no person should park a vehicle on the streets or rights of way following snowstorms that accumulate 3 inches or more between Nov. 1 and April 1.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Larry Neff/Special to the Times News  Lehighton Water Authority workers repair a water main break Wednesday morning at Sixth and Iron streets.

A water main break Wednesday in Lehighton is under control.

Members of the borough Water Authority tended to the incident at Sixth and Iron streets.

Arman Galasso, superintendent of the borough Water Authority, said a small 4-inch water main broke.

"It wasn't that big of a leak," Galasso said. "We never shut the water down to fix it, there was no boil advisory."

Galasso said a worker drove by and noticed the break, and work began first thing Wednesday.

The break took about seven hours to fix, Galasso said.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Pini Jr.

A former Pleasant Valley School District custodian's sex-with-minor and corruption-of-minor cases are headed to Monroe County Court.

Robert Pini Jr., 31, of Effort, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Colleen Mancuso of Chestnuthill Township.

But, instead, Pini opted to waive his right to the hearing, and is scheduled to appear at 12:30 p.m. March 18 in the county Court of Common Pleas in Stroudsburg for a pretrial status conference.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A regular meeting of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe.

The club is busy preparing for Valentine's Day visits to The Summit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, and the Mahoning Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at 2 p.m. Feb. 15. In addition, arrangements are being made for the club's annual Bunny Lunch to be held on March 21 at the Lehighton Recreation Center.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Other properties approved by the school board on the repository sale list are:

Ÿ Property in Lansford and the reputed owner is Pawel Heckman. The bidder is Black Diamond Equity LLC and the price is $2,100.

Ÿ Property in Lansford and the reputed owner is Fred and Deborah Norton. The bidder is Sarah Herb and Adam Spino and the price is $825.

Ÿ Property in Lansford and the reputed owner is Yelen Yuricheck Puskar. The bidder is 2015 Repository Trust c/o David Keller Trustee and the price is $851.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 30-year-old Reading man was sentenced to 66 months in prison this week by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani in Scranton for participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and other drugs in the Monroe-Berks County area.

Luis Linarez previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with others between 2010 and 2013 to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, more than 100 grams of heroin, and oxycodone.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Coaldale Police Chief Tim Delaney says his disability has become permanent and he wants the borough to pay his disability retirement benefit, which is spelled out in the police pension plan, according to a lawsuit he filed in Schuylkill County Court this week.

The benefit would be 65 percent of his $53,000 annual salary, or about $35,000 per year. He is also seeking costs, interest and attorney's fees.

Borough council President Thomas Keerans contends that Delaney has been asked to report back to duty and has not complied.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Some Pennsylvanians who receive Social Security benefits could see some extra cash in their wallets as part of an expansion of the state's property tax and rent rebate program.

The expansion, signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett recently, raises the income limits of those who can receive rebates.

New guidelines, which expire at the end of 2016, set the income limits as $35,298 for homeowners and $15,128 for renters. Qualifying homeowners could receive up to $975 in rebates each year.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hazleton police have reported crimes involving area residents.

Police said Robert J. Calucci, 58, Beaver Meadows, will be charged with disorderly conduct after an incident in the area of South Church and Buttonwood streets at 6:41 p.m. Monday.

A McAdoo woman faces charges after a state agency said she obtained the same prescription narcotic from two different doctors.

Brenda Gigli, 38, was charged with acquires or obtains possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation and possession of a controlled substance by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush is expected to enter a plea of not guilty.

A formal arraignment for Eric Frein (freen) is scheduled for Thursday at the courthouse in Milford. District Attorney Ray Tonkin has said he he expects Frein to participate by video from the Pike County Correctional Facility.