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Saturday, January 10, 2015
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS David Weaver is escorted out of the office of District Judge Ed Lewis by Pennsylvania State Police Cpl Michael Borosh Friday afternoon following his arraignment.

A Junedale man was arrested Friday and charged with the Nov. 18 armed robbery of the Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank branch on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township.

David Brian Weaver, 39, of Main Street, was charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward Lewis, who set bail at $500,000 straight.

The charges were filed by Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. William Gross, criminal investigator out of the Lehighton barracks. Gross was the lead investigator on the case.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A joint investigation by the Lehigh County Drug Task Force and South Whitehall Township police has resulted in prostitution and related charges against six women.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security assisted in the investigation into illegal activities at the Aries Spa at 3333 Hamilton Blvd.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A 17-year-old Barnesville girl will be cited for traffic violations after crashing her 2007 Kia Spectra on snow-covered Route 54 in Ryan Township.

State police at Frackville said the girl, whose name was not released, wasn't hurt in the crash, which happened at 7:20 a.m. Friday near the Lakeside Ballroom.

Police said the girl lost traction on the snow-covered road and hit a utility pole. She will be charged under the vehicle code.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company is at an all-time low in volunteer firefighters. It has reached out to neighboring fire companies to respond to calls.

You smell smoke. Upon investigation you find your kitchen engulfed in flames. You dial 911 and pray for an immediate response. Your local volunteer fire company's siren goes off, dispatches are sent to firefighters. Minutes can mean the difference between losing your kitchen and losing your whole house.

Now imagine there's no one to respond to the call.

Kunkletown Volunteer Fire Company is almost at that point.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Fewer volunteers are responding to the call to be firefighters.

Pennsylvania's volunteer fire companies are fighting their biggest battle yet without the presence of a single flame.

Family commitments, training requirements and the lack of glamour in working the end of a hose on sometimes-freezing nights have made finding new recruits a challenge.

"We're all hurting," said John McArdle, Nesquehoning Fire Chief and president of both the Carbon County Firemen's Association and the Carbon County Fire Chiefs Association.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Turner's Auctions and Appraisals in Summit Hill is now open.

Turner's, at 18 E. Ludlow St., is a family business that strives for professionalism, courtesy and excellence. Auctioneer Ryan Turner is licensed through the state and attended Reading Area Community College for his credits. His knowledge of the modern ways to conduct proper auctions will benefit the community.

Appraiser Bryan Turner is a Professional Certified Appraiser who attended Ashford Institute of Antiques. His knowledge on modern appraisal brings the community a truly certified appraiser.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Carbon County Commissioners acted on the following items this week:

Ÿ Approved a software maintenance agreement with ESRI Inc. of Redlands, California, for 2015. The agreement includes maintenance in the assessment office, $400; elections office, $300; liquid fuels program, $10,428; and 911 communications center, $3,500.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On Feb. 2, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department will conclude the public comment phase on the application of Highmark Inc. to acquire Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Highmark would add an estimated 550,000 Blue Cross of NEPA members from across the Blue Cross plan's current 13-county service area.

During the past 10 months, the department has reviewed the filing based on specific legal standards that address licensure, solvency, business plans and management, as well as its impact on competition and consumers.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Bellanca

On Dec. 22, Mahoning Township Police were dispatched to Nis Hollow Trailer Park for an intoxicated person causing a disturbance outside a residence.

As a result of the investigation, Nicole Bellanca, 31, of Easton, has been charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. A preliminary hearing is pending.

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Kayla Boswell, Summit Hill: "It would be getting some new friends. To make that happen, I'm being a little friendly to everybody, and be accepting to everybody."

What would be the most awesome thing to happen for you this new year, and what are you doing to help bring it about?