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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Burglars used crowbars to force open three sets of steel doors in a $16,500 theft at Bright's Store in Lehighton. Using at least two vehicles to carry away the loot, the thieves selected 160 men's suits in the most popular sizes and valued at an average of $90 each. They also cleaned out display cases of 30 to 40 ladies' and men's wrist watches and broke open six cash registers to scoop up about $200 in petty cash, according to Frank Brunner, store manager. It was the first burglary in the history of Bright's in either Lansford or Lehighton.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS David Mace, left, presented members of the Tamaqua girls basketball team and their coach, Joe Berezwick, right, with certificates commending their accomplishments, including capturing the PIAA District XI Class AAA championship.

Tamaqua Borough Council approved requests for six handicap parking spaces at last night's meeting. The handicap parking space program has been on hold for the past several months pending a revision of the borough's policy.

Spaces were granted at the following addresses: 216 Center St., 122 N. Greenwood St., 231 Orwigsburg St., 251 Clay St., 402 Hazle St., and 115 Gay St. A request to move an existing handicap space from 200 Pine St. to the side of the same property, along Biddle St., was also approved.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This month's local TV report by Senator Dave Argall takes an in-depth look at Act 90, the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act. On April 25, Act 90, formerly known as Senate Bill 900, becomes law.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This year the host school district for the Sixth Sense Competition will be Panther Valley School District. The event will be held at the Panther Valley High School beginning on Monday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. It will continue into Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m. with the finals at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14.

Members of the competition school teams are as follows:

JIM THORPE- Carolyn Faria, Takumi Hawes, Maggie Halloway, Kayley Kovac, Ben Saxon, and Derek Scott.

LEHIGHTON- Tyler Dietz, Matthew Eckhart, Kaitlin Higgins, Ryan Moerder, Dominic Palumbo, and Lyssa Pantella.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Palmerton Area School District administrator originally hired on an interim basis must await word to see when or if she'll be kept on to serve in another capacity.

The school board unanimously agreed at a special meeting on Tuesday to table a motion to appoint Donna Les from interim business manager to financial consultant, effective March 28.

Prior to the vote, resident William Ravert questioned why the board even considered the move when the district already employs business administrator Lisa Vignone.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative Program graduation celebration at CCTI in Jim Thorpe are. left to right : Bill Richards, representing State Senator John Yudichak; Eve Centrelli, Executive Director Northeastern PA Labor Management Council; Justin Wingert; Tyler Merkel; James Newman; Sean Daily; Aaron Papay; Nick Sickonic; Dana Dunbar; Kevin Gray; Derek Ahner; and Tony Pondish, Carbon Career and Technical Institute Director of Adult Education.

Nine students at the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute (CCTI) in Jim Thorpe graduated recently from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative Program.

All nine graduates achieved perfect attendance and were awarded certificates of completion.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Preliminary hearings were held Tuesday for two suspects charged in connection with a car theft and stabbing incident in Tamaqua on Jan. 26. Cory M. Whitley, 18, of Tamaqua, and Joshua R. Gaugler, 20, of Northampton, both elected to waive their rights before District Judge Steven Bayer, Tamaqua. Gaughler's bail was reduced from $50,000 straight cash bond, to $25,000 percentage bail. He was unable to post the required $2,500 and was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville. Whitley posted bail shortly after being arrested.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Denise M. Langman, executive director of Heritage Hill Senior Community, presents a check for $750 to Eric Brill, 1st assistant chief of Citizen's Fire Company No. 1, Weatherly. Looking on is Brad Howton, Citizen's Fire Company chief. The money was raised during a pancake breakfast hosted by Heritage Hill, to thank the fire company for its service to the community.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The "meth kit" confiscated from a home at 101 E. High St., Coaldale. The kit contains drain cleaner and other chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Coaldale police on Tuesday nabbed four people in a drug bust at a house a stone's throw from the police station.

Michele L. Romig, 37; James Levan, 20; Tyler Strawdinger, 18; and Patrick Shoemaker, 21, all of 101 E. High St., face possession of liquified ammonia gas and other dangerous chemicals, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamines and related charges.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court on Tuesday to assaulting two state troopers and a local police officer.

Daniel Wassil, 25, of 2947 Wetzel Run Rd., Packer Township, Weatherly, pleaded to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Wassil was arrested on Nov. 28, 2010, when state police at Hazleton were called to his residence to a report of man throwing items and ripping apart clothing.