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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nesquehoning residents should expect to see an increase in their 2015 borough taxes.

On Wednesday, borough council adopted its tentative 2015 budget, which includes a 1-mill increase, bringing the borough's millage to 16.5. The total budget is $1,698,026.54.

That means that a $100,000 home assessed at $50,000 will see an increase in real estate taxes of $50 next year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Five first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program on Tuesday by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, then they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

All were placed for a year, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Thanksgiving feast will be celebrated for those in need or just missing family, and will include fellowship and a free meal with all the trimmings.

Sponsored by Heaven's Helping Hands, the meal will be served on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 388 Polk Township Road in Kresgeville, next to the Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

Call 610-381-5600 to reserve your seat.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eight defendants entered guilty pleas on Tuesday to driving under the influence and related charges.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted pleas from the following:

Amanda Longenbach, 27, of Allentown, and formerly of Lehighton, was arrested for the drunken driving charge on July 30, 2013, along Blakeslee Boulevard by Mahoning Township police. A test showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS An oil burner malfunction created a fire scare at a residence at Kline Avenue and Cortright Street in Lansford shortly after 6 a.m. today. Firefighters from Lansford, Summit Hill and Coaldale responded.

Sometimes fire scenes aren't what they appear to be, even to firefighters.

Firefighters were summoned to a dwelling fire shortly after 6 a.m. today at the corner of Kline Avenue and Cortright Street.

When the volunteers reached the scene, they noticed a glow in the attic that appeared to be flames.

It was termed a "working" fire.

The situation, though, wasn't as serious as it was thought to be, said Lansford Fire Chief Joe Greco.

As it turned out, the house was filling with smoke because of an oil burner malfunction.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tamaqua Police have been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the death of a man who died after a stun gun was used on him on Aug. 8. Tamaqua Borough Council was informed the case is considered as closed during Tuesday night's regular meeting.

The announcement was made by Tamaqua Chief of Police Rick Weaver, who received word on the case from Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman.

The case began when police were dispatched to the area of 30 Center St., at 4 a.m., for a man who was reportedly running wild and acting aggressively.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Monroe County Historical Association is accepting nominations for the 10th Annual Historic Preservation Awards.

The association will present three awards to business and/or individual owners of historic buildings who have shown their dedication to preserving and enhancing Monroe County's historic structures.

The three categories to be judged are: private residence; nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization/publicly funded; and commercial properties.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police executed 76 arrest warrants, including several known gang members, in connection with a firearms and narcotics bust early Wednesday in Shenandoah.

Following a 12-month investigation by state police and the Shenandoah Borough Police Department, arrest warrants were executed and numerous search warrants were served on participants involved in a widespread narcotics distribution network in the Shenandoah area.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Local folk musician Jay Smar has traveled far and wide since quitting his day job to pursue his love of music, including touring Scotland twice in the past five years. Along the way, he has performed at numerous prestigious folk festivals, had his composition of the"Ballad of Glen Onoko" inducted into the Library of Congress,composed music for a BBC Wales documentary and been recognized by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He returns to his Coaldale area roots this Friday with a performance at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Carbon County woman was placed on probation Monday on a drug charge and also a theft count.

She was one of five defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

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Tammy G. McMullen, 46, of Jeddo, Luzerne County, and formerly of Summit Hill, was sentenced on charges of criminal conspiracy-possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession.