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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Stephen James, right, and Rudy Forman, from Heather Zakrewsky's eighth-grade class, strain during the tug of war at L.B. Morris Elementary's Relay Walk at the Jim Thorpe High School stadium. The team won the event.

More than 800 students at L.B. Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe, enjoyed the crisp fall weather on Tuesday by taking part in the sixth annual Relay Walk. Each year the event is held at the Jim Thorpe High School football stadium to raise funds for the school.

PTA President Renee Marciante said the event began as a way to raise funds for the school's playground, but after the playground was built, the PTA continued the relay walk at the request of the students.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Robert W. Monroe

A Carbon County man admitted striking a Jim Thorpe police officer while he was directing traffic and also admitted to illegal recording of movies and his part in a fight at the county prison.

Robert W. Monroe, 53, of Towamensing Trails, Albrightsville, entered guilty pleas in three pending cases on Tuesday in Carbon County court and is facing a state prison term when sentenced in about a month.

Monroe appeared before Judge Joseph J. Matika to enter the pleas in the following cases.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Several crashes occured in recent months on Route 248.

A Slatington motorcyclist died of injuries he sustained in a crash on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the intersection of Centre Street and Route 248 in Parryville. Stephen P. Papay, 56, was operating a Harley Davidson Sportster eastbound when he was stuck by a car attempting to make a left turn onto Centre Street.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Area residents were arraigned on criminal charges before District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon this week at the Schuylkill County courthouse.

Kyle John Delpais, 27, of 314 Mine St., Brockton, Schuylkill Township, charged by Saint Clair Patrolman Joseph Leskin, with terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault, and harassment of Heather Elo, Saint Clair, and criminal mischief. Delpais was also charged by Trooper Arthur Wink Jr. with endangering welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Children at the Valley Christian Preschool were treated to a fire prevention program recently outside Zion Church in Walker Township. Pictured are, from left, Lauren Boyer, 5; Keegan Swedar, 4; and Assistant Chief Chad Felty.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:High winds make for great kite flying weather. Two mid-vent kites sway next to each other in skies above Barnesville. The owners, Jimmy and Janine Graver, stated that they've invested $500 per kite, which includes the kite, carbon-fiber frame, specialty string, custom handles, braided wire and other accessories.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Over 150 participants walked in support of breast cancer awareness during the Tamaqua Light Walk held Sunday in Tamaqua.

Over 150 walkers took part in a Pink Light Walk Sunday evening in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The event, organized by Tamaqua Girl Scout Rachael Paisley, 18, Tamaqua, for her Gold Award project. The walk, which started at the Tamaqua Bungalow, traversed down West Broad Street and ended with an emotional gathering at the Depot Square Park.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It was not a good day for the commonwealth as juries in three criminal cases tried in Schuylkill County court returned not guilty verdicts Monday in the opening day of the October term of criminal court. Three new cases started today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Students look and listen as Penn Forest #1 Fire Department Chaplain Rev. William Thompson explains the equipment on the fire trucks on display at the LB Morris Elementary School in Jim Thorpe during the National Fire Prevention Week program at their school.

Members of Jim Thorpe and Penn Forest #1 fire departments visited the LB Morris Elementary School and St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

The theme this year for Fire Prevention Week was "Prevent Kitchen Fires" but their visit with the students went far beyond just kitchen fires.

The firefighters went over everything from smoke alarms to escape plans to "stop drop and roll."

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Five defendants who pleaded guilty to criminal offenses were sentenced in Schuylkill County court.

Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced two men who entered guilty pleas to having illegal drugs.