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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two men from Northampton and Lehigh counties were among five arrested in a child pornography sting by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

They are David Zeigler, 26, 732 Grove St., Catasauqua, Northampton County, and David Kohut, 54, 2329 North First Ave., Whitehall, Lehigh County.

The others were Robert Grubb III, 22, 4053 Fox Run Road, Dover, York County; Clark Collins, 48, 45 Franklin St., Susquehanna, Susquehanna County; and Matthew Vaughan, 44, 1039 Elizabeth Road, McMurray, Washington County.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Carbon County is taking the middlemen out of its retrofit lighting project.

On Thursday, the county commissioners voted to terminate the contract with Ingram Engineering Services Inc. of West Chester for professional services related to the project at the courthouse, annex and 76 Susquehanna St. building.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the county used Ingram to identify its needs.

The county currently has over 700 fixtures and 51 exit signs that it hopes to change over to LED fixtures.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Tamaqua patrolman Corey Herring prepares to use an ENRADD speed timing device on East Broad Street on Tuesday. The Electronic Non-Radar Detection Device measures speed wirelessly without the use of radar, making it legal for local police departments to use as the Pennsylvania Legislature debates the issue of radar use by anyone other than state police. The system has two devices, which are placed on either side of a road. One unit has two transmitters spaced at a certain distance and the other unit has two receivers spaced at the same distance.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS The Mahoning Valley interchange of the Northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. By spring much of the turnpike could have a 70 mph speed limit.

Back in 1941, you could have hopped into your Delahaye 135 convertible and rolled along the Pennsylvania Turnpike at a steady speed of 70 miles per hour.

And you would have been completely legal. And you would have filled your gas tank for 18 cents per gallon.

When the turnpike opened in October 1940, there were no enforced speed limits except a posted 35 mph in the tunnels. In 1941, speed limits were set at 70 mph for cars and 50 to 65 mph for trucks.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Durkin

St. Luke's is the first in the region and among the first group of hospitals in the country to implant a smaller and more refined second generation transcatheter aortic valve that was approved by the FDA last month.

Last week, St. Luke's University Hospital Bethlehem cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists successfully performed two Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement cases, placing the new valve into patients who were not candidates for the first generation valve, said Raymond Durkin, chief of cardiology.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weatherly Area High School wants students to know they can pick up their class schedules from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the office.

Also, seniors may register for parking permits beginning Aug. 4. Juniors may register beginning Aug. 11.

There will be an orientation for all new students to the high school at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 in the cafeteria. Parents, ninth-grade students and any new students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Carbon County is considering participating in the 2015 Gypsy Moth Spray program with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry Division of Forest Pest Management.

Residential properties with only scattered ornamental trees and shrubs or any property with trees that are readily accessible to ground spray equipment do not qualify for this program. Areas that have very small egg masses, regardless of the number, often do not qualify for the program because the gypsy moth population will most likely succumb to natural mortality agents shortly after they emerge in the spring.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The six-year-old "flying saucer" excitement was revived in Yorkville, Schuylkill County. At least a half dozen residents reported sighting a strange, unidentifiable aerial object heading westward and emitting a stream of vapor. The object was fully visible for 15 minutes.

The Air Force has asked people who observe what they believe to be "flying saucers" to telephone the nearest base and report all pertinent data.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS

It was the calm after the storms Thursday morning as the sun rose over the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Summit Hill, hours after strong thunderstorms blew through the region, causing damage and power outages in its path.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One man was injured Friday afternoon when involved in a crash in the parking lot of the Boulevard Drive-In Restaurant in Lehighton. The mishap happened just after 1 p.m. along Route 443. Fire fighters had to use special tools to remove a door of the vehicle to free the trapped victim. Initial reports are that a medical emergency might have contributed to the crash.