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Saturday, September 13, 2014

HAZLETON - City police and the state Office of Attorney General on Friday have charged Amir Edwards, 22, with the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Zachary Richards.

Zachary Richards was the brother of Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Justin Richards.

Edwards, of Hazleton, is charged with an open count of criminal homicide, which was filed with District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS The seats at The Angela, Coaldale, are spaced farther apart than is common in newer theaters.

When Mike Danchak was 14, he liked everything about movie theaters, from the neat rows of floor lights illuminating the aisles to the smell of popcorn. He worked at The Angela Theatre, Coaldale, ushering people to their seats.

But once the movie started, he'd sneak up a flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs was the door to the projection room, the place where his 14-year-old eyes thrilled to the size and flow of the projection equipment.

"I remember the first time I went up there and saw those big projectors working," he recalled. "I was hooked from that moment."

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Christopher Miller

A Lansford man is charged with hiding merchandise in his shorts at the Mahoning Township Wal-Mart, then entering the restroom.

Christopher Miller has been charged with retail theft. Police said the charge is a misdemeanor becuase of a prior retail theft charge.

Mahoning Township police said that on Sept. 2, loss prevention at Wal-Mart observed Miller hide the merchandise in his shorts and then enter the restroom.

Police said the male later attempted to leave the store with the concealed merchandise.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon, recently authored House Bill 1357, which would define the impersonation of a law enforcement officer and outline the illegal use of sirens and lights by a person not authorized to do so.

The bill was passed by the House but remains with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"There seems to be a disturbing trend in our area with reports appearing in news media about motorists being pulled over and harassed by people impersonating law enforcement officers.

In July, a woman was pulled over near Palmerton by someone who was impersonating an officer.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Plans were finalized for an existing Dunkin' Donuts shop and neighboring property in Palmerton.

On a 6-0 vote Thursday, council granted conditional approval on a subdivision plan, as well as a lot line adjustment plan, for the properties at 555 Delaware Ave.

Also as part of its action, council made a motion that both plans must be recorded together to amend each other.

Saturday, September 13, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Edward Szczesny, of East Stroudsburg, is shown Wednesday being escorted from the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Szczesny was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing but instead waived his right to the hearing and will appear next month for a pretrial status conference in the district attorney's office at the Carbon County Courthouse in Jim Thorpe.

Charges against a Monroe County man for his part in a ring in which a nurse for a Palmerton doctor would forge prescriptions for the drug oxycodone have been bound over to Carbon County Court.

Edward Szczesny, 26, of East Stroudsburg, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday.

Instead, Szczesny waived his right to a hearing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Schuylkill County judge has revoked a Tamaqua woman's probation after she violated its terms in two cases.

Ashley Weirich, 20, is back in prison, serving four to 23 months. Judge James Goodman gave her credit for the 123 days she's already served.

Weirich will also serve 23 months of probation, have a drug and alcohol evaluation, and follow any recommended treatment.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For the third year in a row, Northampton Community College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

The Military Friendly Schools website, http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features tools to help military students find school to suit their unique needs and preferences.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Here are the final scores for area football teams.

Palmerton 54, Bangor 13
Jim Thorpe 7, Tamaqua 6
Marian 47, Minersville 12
Mahanoy Area 19, Panther Valley 12
Whitehall 41, Pleasant Valley 21
North Schuylkill 28, Lehighton 25