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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This is part of the property owned by Rockne Newell located on Flyte Road, Saylorsburg, the alleged shooter in the massacre that took the lives of three and injured four others at a Ross Township supervisors' meeting last night. The property had been condemned by the township after an ongoing dispute over the years with Newell about his septic and trash. This morning Pennsylvania State Police and members of the Blue Ridge Hook and Ladder Vol. Fire Co. closed off the perimeter around the property as they began a search for possible booby traps.

A man feuding with officials in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains over conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property blasted his way into a municipal meeting and killed three people before being tackled and shot with his own gun, authorities said.

The gunman, identified as 59-year-old Rockne Newell, indiscriminately fired shots Monday night as he barged into the meeting, authorities said. He left long enough to get another weapon from his car and continued firing upon returning until he was tackled by at least one person and shot with his own gun, police and witnesses said.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The search for a man with ties to Lehighton continues.

Matthew Greene, 39, has been missing in the Mammoth Lakes, Calif. area since July 17.

He is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School and currently a math teacher at Nazareth Area High School.

Search and rescue teams began searching the greater Mammoth Lakes area this weekend. With few leads and a large area to cover, the search has left friends and families with little information.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The parishioners of Saint John the Baptist Church in Lansford have undertaken several projects designed to make the church more accessible to those with disabilities while maintaining the historic integrity of the church building, which has stood on East Bertsch Street since 1911.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vietnam Veterans Organization of Carbon County will observe the 49th anniversary of the Vietnam War at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the American Legion Post 314, Lehighton.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Numerous area residents, including five from McAdoo, were among 85 who were arraigned on criminal charges before District Attorney Karen Byrnes in the Schuylkill County courthouse Monday morning and all pleaded not guilty and requested jury trials. They were:

Jeremy Michael Shafer, 19, of 21 S. Kennedy Drive, At. B, McAdoo, charged by McAdoo Patrolman Anthony Divirgilio, with 17 counts of theft from motor vehicles, 15 counts of receiving stolen property,12 counts of theft of moveable property, and one count each of criminal conspiracy and loitering at night.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Increasingly across Pennsylvania, it seems that the ubiquitous patches of multiflora rose are displaying symptoms of rose rosette disease.

This disease, first described in Canada, California, and Wyoming in the 1940s, has slowly worked its way across the range of introduced multiflora rose. Landowners and managers who have battled this invasive plant for years celebrate; rose growers lament.

Once infected, roses can show signs of the disease in as few as four weeks. There is no known treatment or cure for infected plants.

Monday, August 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The tractor trailer driver, Ernest Baehr of Jim Thorpe, escaped serious injuries during a three-vehicle accident on Route 895 in East Brunswick Township.

Two area drivers were involved in a three-vehicle crash that occurred just after 10 p.m. on Friday along SR895 (Summer Valley Road), in East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Frackville said Patty Adams, 59, of Orwigsburg, was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer SUV (sport utility vehicle) westbound when she failed to negotiate a right-hand curve in the road.

Police said the Explorer crossed the center line and struck the driver's side mirror on an eastbound 1998 Ford Club wagon operated by Samuel Burkholder, 39, of Tamaqua, who had taken evasive action.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Attempts by Saint Clair Borough to halt development of a demolition landfill adjoining its boundary line with Blythe Township was denied by a ruling from Judge Jacqueline Russell in the Schuylkill County court.

The borough brought the matter to court to prevent Blythe Township from executing a contract with FKV, LLC, to construct the landfill. The township and FKV both filed preliminary objections to the borough's suit and they were upheld by Russell.

Monday, August 5, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS This parked car was only a few feet away from the Little Schuylkill River after an older Tamaqua resident backed into it after striking a wall and another parked vehicle in the same Tamaqua parking lot. No one was in the car at the time.

Shocked onlookers watched as an older man crashed his SUV into a wall and two parked vehicles Saturday night in Tamaqua. The incident took place a short distance away from American Hose Company's annual community bazaar.

Tamaqua police report that Theodore Michaud, 81, Tamaqua, was driving an Isuzu Rodeo when he struck the wall and then a van and a car behind the Majestic House Apartments.

Monday, August 5, 2013
GAIL MAHOLICK/TIMES NEWS Mike Barna, 39, of Freeland, right, received minor injuries when his truck overturned on Route 902 in Mahoning Township. The triaxle truck was carrying a load of silt to Northampton when the driver lost his brakes.

A driver of a triaxle truck hauling silt received minor injuries when the truck rolled onto its side and lost its load on Route 902 in Mahoning Township this morning.

Mike Barna, 39, of Freeland, who drives for Franzosa Trucking, Hazelton, was taking a load of silt to Northampton, when the truck overturned as he struck the berm.

"I lost my brakes and I did what I could," said Barna.

The smell of burning brakes was heavy in the air as emergency responders entered the scene.

The large truck lay on its side with most of the load of silt spilled from the truck.