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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A 42-year-old Wilkes-Barre man has been charged with repeatedly raping a girl, now 12, over a period of 2 1/2 years.

Nicholas Molino Sr., of Magnolia Avenue, formerly of Summit Hill, is facing numerous of charges.

He was arrested at his Wilkes-Barre home on Tuesday night by city police, then transported to Carbon County where he was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis.

He has been placed in Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention will hold a walk fundraiser meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at La Dolce Casa, 16 W. Broad St., Tamaqua. The walk will be held next Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hometown Farmer's Market. For more information, visit www.outofthedarkness.org, stop by the meeting today or contact Ann Marie Calabrese at (570) 668-6450.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Schuylkill County man pleaded guilty to his part in a burglary in Carbon County was was told he faces a prison term at the time of sentencing. Several defendants in pending drug cases also entered guilty pleas in the county court on Tuesday before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Penn Forest Township

Joseph Michael Breuer, 22, of Cressona, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Following this summer's suspension of meetings, the East Carbon County Democratic Club will resume monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month.

The upcoming meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the firehouse of Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Route 903.

Club members will discuss the congressional deliberations concerning the national debt ceiling and the recall elections in Wisconsin.

New members are welcome.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
@$:SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps of Tempe, Arizona camped out in the Jim Thorpe High school gym.

The Jim Thorpe Area School District got a welcomed surprise this past weekend when the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps of Tempe, Arizona showed up at the door step. The group which was in town for the DCI Eastern Classic at J.Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown needed a place to stay after complications forced the band away from it's original housing destination at Milton High School.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS James Mellon is the Officer In Charge at the Kresgeville Post Office and eager to serve the community.

James Mellon of Effort is the "new face" behind the Kresgeville Post Office counter as the OIC, Officer In Charge. But he's not new to the area. He and his wife, Aileen, moved to the West End 30 years ago. Their two sons graduated from Pleasant Valley and played soccer in the West End soccer league. Mellon was one of the WE soccer coaches for many years. So he says that many of the folks that come into the Kresgeville Post Office will be very familiar faces and he's looking forward to serving them.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Joseph Fittos Jr., chief of police in Summit Hill, issued a warning to parents after a possible abduction attempt in the borough on Tuesday.

Fittos said he received a report that someone in a black pick-up truck tried to lure two children – both females – into the truck.

The incident happened on North Market Street in the vicinity of the Fell Street Deli.

Fittos urged that parents talk to their children and have them use caution around strangers.

Children should be instructed not to approach any vehicles if they don't know the occupants, even if summoned.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Schuylkill County employees retirement fund, managed by a board composed of county officials, suffered a $5.3 milllion loss in the stock market, between July 31 and Aug. 10, according to a report released by the Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board at its monthly meeting held Wednesday. The board held its meeting following the commissioners meeting at the Foster Township Municipal Building.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Champions of the four playground areas under the jurisdiction of the Lehighton Recreation Commission were crowned during "Playday" held at the Orioles Grove. The champions had the highest amount of points in activities at the playgrounds during the past six weeks. Community Grove champs are John Holland and Jane Holland; Weissport Playground champs are Mark Wehr and Susan Brown, Franklin Heights champions are Tom Serfass and Denise Leickel, and Skyline Park champions are Sandra Hunsicker and Clifford Hunsicker.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Specialist Nikki Monroe and SSG Chuck Francisco check out the new state of the art Freightliner just received by the Pennsylvania National Guard in Lehighton.

The latest and greatest in military truck transportation has come to the Pennsylvania National Guard in Lehighton with the delivery of the first of the newest trucks that the Army has to offer.

While the older model trucks being replaced are just basically modified, regular over-the-road tractor trailer types that you could buy at a Freightliner dealer, these new trucks are designed and engineered specifically for the Army.

The new vehicles are not the only changes with the National Guard in Lehighton, as there has also been a change in the Guard Unit located there.